Sew 20 Real Life Real Sewing Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Sew 20 Real Life, Real Sewing Blog tour! Roxanne asked us to share some snapshots and answer some questions about #realloferealsewing and I was happy to participate! Let’s get on to the questions!

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?
There are two types of projects I seek out. The first is everyday wear. These are usually basics with maybe an interesting shape or detail. Quick to sew (I like most of my projects to take less than two hours) and something I might want multiples of. I hate to print and tape a pattern and only use it once.
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Blank Slate Rivage Raglan (I think I have 4 of these)

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See Kate Sew Recess Raglan – I have made this countless times

 

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Greenstyle Laurelette – I think I’ve made 5-6 of these

The other type of projects I like are challenges to build an outfit around a theme. I have participated in Craftingcon several times and Top Stitchers twice. These challenges let me exercise my creativity and work on longer projects with items I might not have sewn otherwise.
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Craftingcon – Steampunk

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?
Sometimes I wish I were more decisive. I will spend hours agonizing on some little detail. I spent a couple of days recently picking out a hi-lo tank pattern. I had something exact in mind. I had to find every hi-lo tank pattern that existed, look at all the views, compare and contrast. I’m sure I’d get a lot more actual sewing done if I’d just decide and move on sometimes. On the other hand I’m usually most happy with the things I’ve agonized over.
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I recall a few days picking a hoodie pattern too. I went through every hoodie available before deciding for sure I wanted the Bimaa I already owned

3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.
This would have to be a three way tie right now between Love Notions Laundry Day Tee, Blank Slate Rivage Raglan Dress, and Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs. I have been rocking these 3 patterns most of the summer so far.
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4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?
I have some woven skirts that I didn’t make a big enough hem in. I don’t reach for them as often as I would otherwise. Small hems always crinkle on me and I hate ironing clothes that are already made so when that happens I start passing over them.
5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life? 
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mmmmmm Chocolate!

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Kid asked for crab legs when she turned 5. When she turns 6 she wants a K.I.S.S birthday party with carrot cake

I think my favorite tip is to wear the clothes! Don’t save them for a special occasion. My daughter spent the first few years of her life looking like one of those trash the dress photoshoots 😛
My other tip is Chambray goes with everything. If you have a random woven print that doesn’t match anything, throw in some chambray with it.
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Walking in the sunshine in my Laundry Day Tee

Do you have any examples of Real Life, Real Sewing to show off? You can play along by using the #realliferealsewing on social media. You can also win one of two $25 gift cards. More details at Sew 20.
Be sure to visit the other participants on this tour!

6/20 | Sew 20 Tour Kick-off | The Wholesome Mama | Wild & Wanderful | Randoms by Rydz

6/21 | Daydream Believers | Sugarplum Cuties | Friends Stitched Together | The Inspired Wren | PenSeb&Rox

6/22 | Sewstarly | Very Blissful | House of Estrela | The Berry Bunch | Musings of a Seamstress

6/23 | mahlicadesigns | sewingbyti | Candice Ayala | Call Ajaire | Sunflower Seams

6/24 | Beri Bee Designs | Lulu & Celeste | FABulous Home Sewn | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

6/25 | Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up

Make Laundry Don’t do Laundry Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Make Laundry Don’t Do Laundry Tour! For this tour we were challenged to make something in the time it would take to do a load of laundry. Check out what I made with two patterns that you can get for FREE! Enter the link up and giveaways at the end of the post, and check out the other stops on the tour!
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We were given the choice to do a “Fresh Sew” or “Go To Sew” I opted for the “Go To” and picked a couple of my favorite most sewn and worn pieces.
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This is a great tee and tunic pattern that is super flattering on a lot of body types. It’s also a pattern that you can get completely free by joining the Love Notions Pattern Support Facebook group! I sewed this up in a Aqua Grunge Streaked Jersey from Cali Fabrics. 
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The pattern comes in both a scoop neck and Vneck version. I can sew up the scoop neck in about 30 minutes. I am a little less confident with Vnecks so it took me an hour, but the vneck was well worth the time addition and will be faster for me next time.
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I think I have made 7 Laundry Day Tunics so far. I like them over leggings, over slim capris like the ones above, and over pencil skirts.
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The next component of my outfit is Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs. Peg Legs are a leggings pattern that is also completely free if you join the Patterns for Pirates Sewing Group on Facebook. I have 6 pairs of Peg Legs. I wear them under Laundry Day Tunics on the weekends. I also wear them under shorter dresses at work.
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These Peg Legs are sewn up in some amazing supplex from Zenith and Quasar.
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I cut out and sewed these awesome leggings in less than 30 minutes!
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So, laundry is done, 1.5 hours. I have a whole new outfit now so we’ll just skip the folding bit for a while 😛 . This Laundry Day Tunic and Peg Legs Combo is pretty much my weekend uniform. So comfy and cute! Go grab these free patterns and great knits and make you some, then link them up!
Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.

A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here’s the codes!
George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns

Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns

Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns

Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns

These codes are good through June 12th!

Then Laela Jeyne’sEmily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here’s the prize packages:

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Make sure to check out these amazing bloggers with other stops on the tour!

 

Spring Break PJ Party Tour and giveaways!

1-2Party Time! Spring Break PJ Party that is! Welcome to my stop on the Spring Break PJ Party tour co-hosted by Sprouting JubeJube, Lula & Celeste, Made by Jamie and Create 3.5 and the Sew Your Pattern Stash Facebook Group! 30 Bloggers sewing PJ Patterns from their Pattern Stash. Make sure to read to the bottom of this post for the daily giveaway, grand prize link up giveaway, and some discounts!

I received this pattern for participating in the EYMM All Tucked in for the Holidays tour 2014. Opinions expressed are my own. 

1This was such a great idea! I am so bad about making night clothes even though they get worn the most (My daughter wears uniforms at school) I knew exactly what I wanted to make. The Riley’s Nightgown and Nightshirt from EYMM!

3I have had this pattern in my stash since I made it for the All Tucked in for the Holiday’s tour 2014. My daughter still wears the Christmas Tree version a couple of times a week. That was handy back in Dec 2015 because I didn’t need to make new Christmas PJs, but I think its about time to put the Christmas tree away for a while.

6I love this pattern. Simple Raglan nighty with cute little side slits. I made the nightshirt version instead of gown version this time since we are heading into warm weather but its great that it has both options. I love the length on this. It sews up quick (Less than an hour for me). It’s a good scrap buster since you can use different sleeve fabric. I also love that it is one piece. My daughter leaves PJs all over and freaks out if two piece PJs don’t match. This eliminates the problem plus, less laundry! I need to make a grown up one for myself.

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Showing me her MAD face 😛 This is what I get when I ask her to pose :P

I’m also soooo in love with this fabric. I used Verhees Rolling Robots in Pink from Mabel Madison. It’s also available in Blue. Verhees is a Euro knit. So buttery soft and such cute prints! I have enough left to make another top! Check out the bottom of this post for a Mabel Madison discount!

5The Stars are from my stash. They were purchased from BWD Fabrics but appear out of stock. 2You can see in the first photo that my neckline is a little big. This is my own fault. I cut the pattern piece for the neckband on the the wrong size (too small) and then thought I’d wing it instead of re-printing. I didn’t quite get it right. I have since re-printed the neckband piece and in the spirit of sewing from my stash I have cut out 3 more night shirts! This should get us by for quite a while.

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There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!
sponsorspjtourAlong with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Made By Jaime to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Fabric Sponsors Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st! PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US. Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th! Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Paisley Roots. You could win both patterns: the All Spice dress and the Saffron Twirl dress! Visit Paisley Roots to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 25th at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 7 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 26th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want to win more prizes? Visit Sprouting JubeJube tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Lulu & Celeste’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 24th)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 21st

Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots

Tuesday, March 22nd

Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread

Wednesday, March 23rd

Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli | The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Thursday, March 24th

Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane | Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor

Friday, March 25th

Made By Jaime | Mae & K | Mabel Madison | SewSophieLynn | Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns

Leprechauns and Rainbows – For the Love of Legends

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!! Welcome to my hop on the Love of Legends Blog tour hosted by Phat Quarters and Craftingcon! Make sure to read to the bottom of this post for a giveaway from our amazing sponsors and link up for a chance to win a copy of One Thimble Magazine!

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I was so excited to be part of this tour. Legends are so much fun! I had a hard time narrowing down but in the end my posting date made up my mind for me. I decided to tackle the Leprechaun! I wanted to do a Leprechaun inspired casual outfit that would be fun to wear today but that would also be good for wearing after today.

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Only one problem, I could hear my daughter’s 5 year old voice in my head “Green is not my favorite color, Mom” to head off that battle I decided that every Leprechaun needed their own rainbow =)

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I used the Blaverry Finn for the top, I love this pattern, I have used it several times and it always makes up so cute! I added the Lucky Day design from the Sihlouette Store in some Heat Transfer Glitter Vinyl.

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The pants are the awesome Just Chillin Sweats from Momma Quail patterns. I have made these sooo many times since I have the pattern. They are super versatile since you can make them in knit or woven, lined or reversed. These are done up in Jungle Peppered Cotton from Phat Quarters. The peppered cotton is super cool, I love the color variation!

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I love the green on her. She loves the rainbow and the glitter. She is so excited to wear her outfit to school today (She usually has to wear uniforms)

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For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat QuartersMake sure to check out the other amazing bloggers on the tour. So much fun to be seen!

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The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
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Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
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Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
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The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
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PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson SaysFriends Stitched Together

And be sure to check out our giveaway sponsors and enter below!

Prize Package 1:
Phat Quarters: $20 Gift Card
Momma Quail Patterns: 1 Pattern of Choice*
Bella Sunshine Designs: 1 Pattern of Choice*
Handmade Escapade: 3 Digital Downloads of Choice
Sewing Mamma RaeAnna: 1 Pattern of Choice*
XO Jessica: 1 Custom Shirt
Knot Sew Normal: 1 Pattern of choice*

Prize Package 2:
Phat Quarters: Legendary Pattern with 3 piece FQ Bundle
One Thimble: 1 Magazine Issue
Modern Yardage: Paul Bunyan FQ
Love Notions: 1 Pattern of Choice*
Beatnik Kids: 1 Pattern of Choice*
Swoodson Says: 1 Pattern of Choice*
GYCT: 1 Pattern of Choice*
Call Ajaire: 1 Pattern of choice*
Skirt Fixation: 2 Yards of Fabric

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We would love for you to sew along with your own Legend inspired fun! We will draw a random link-up to win an issue of One Thimble Magazine!

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Sunday Lately Week #62 – Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming and Expecting

Welcome to Sunday Lately, a weekly brain dump hosted by the Blogger Tribe. If you have a blog, we’d love to have you join us and Link up! This week’s linkup can be found at Wild+Wanderful!

This week’s themes: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, and Expecting.

Doing

Lots of little things to get ready for vacation. I dyed my hair last night and went to get my eyebrows done. The woman who has done my eyebrows for 10 years sold the shop and I had to use the new person. I was freaking out on the inside but it went fine. I am pretty picky about the experience of getting hair ripped off my face. Mostly I need them not to talk to me when they are doing it as thats pretty much the only thing keeping me from screaming. Its not that it hurts that much, and only for a second but they usually surprise you and if Im in the middle of chit chat, there’s no telling what might come out of my mouth :p

Appreciating

My husband. He turned 45 on Friday. We went to Pappadeux for lunch yesterday to celebrate. He’s such an awesome husband and dad, and he’s about to drive us 9 hours both ways to visit my family next week. I think I’ll keep him.

Designing

Mad rush to finish up projects before we leave next Saturday. In process is a Leprechaun and Rainbows inspired outfit for St Patricks Day. I just need to do some glitter vinyl on the top and finish up the pants.

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I hope to finish up today and then spend the rest of the week focusing on adorable baby things for my niece. It’s so refreshing to cut and sew baby things again. I miss how small they are.

Humming

Fresh Beat and of Spies theme song. That’s whats going on for cartoons this morning.

Expecting

This week to be insane. It always is leading up to vacation. I will be working this week. Lots of things to finish up and hand off there, sewing projects to finish up and I haven’t even started thinking about packing. At least we are driving so I can overpack my heart out.

My kid is more on the ball than me, she woke up at 6 this morning and “packed” this little pile of things for “her babies” ..because I dunno how we’d get by for 4 days without a doll toilet 😛

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Sunday Lately Week # 61 – Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing and Feeling

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This weeks themes are Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing and Feeling.

Planning

Vacation! Two weeks and I go home to Arkansas to visit family. I am super excited about the trip. Hotels booked, Pet Care booked. I have one more sewing project to do for the blog and then a few outfits to make for my niece, shopping for supplies to take with us ,and then packing. I have things to do at work to prep for being gone too.Its so much work to go on vacation but they are sooo needed.

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My new glasses. I went to the eye doctor a week ago and needed glasses. I knew this already because my close up vision was getting really blurry and I was getting headaches. Since my glasses were going to take a week to come in I got some inexpensive readers temporarily. The experience of wearing the readers really had me worried. They would slip all the time. I could see better but around the edges things would distort. Between that and taking them off and on all the time I spent much of my days kind of dizzy.

My real glasses shown above arrived last night and the experience is soooo much better. They stay on my face. The lenses are big enough that I can see everywhere without distortion. I haven’t been dizzy with them. This is finally better than not having them at all.

Reading

Catching up on blogs today. I was so busy over the past week I have not been able to follow hardly anything. I feel so out of the loop on everything. Hope to do some catch up today in between my weekly prep.

Wishing

Wishing for continued success on my Paleo plan. This week was crazy for me and I barely thought about eating, I just did. I ate on plan but there was way more snacking than usual. I ate more things that are technically on plan but more carby than I usually eat, like potatoes 3x this week when i usually just have them once. I thought for sure it was going to be a wash this week but I’m down another 3 lbs. I guess this is to say that I am having an easy time doing this and i feel somewhat guilty and somewhat suspicious. It can’t really be this easy right? I guess I will keep on keeping on at this point and then look to change something if I stop getting results and don’t feel I’m finished.

Feeling

Accomplished! I ended up participating in all 4 sewalong weeks for Project Run and Play. Not that its a huge accomplishment but I had worked out with the other stuff going on that I’d be able to do 2 of them. My original plans I executed were:

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Nothing but Knits week.

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Cosplay Week

Then I had a random great idea and ended up making kiddo a soccer outfit.

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All that Glitters Week

Once I did 3 it felt wrong to not do the last one so

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Signature Style Week

I had other projects in between too and a lot going on at work and home. I barely made it on this last one. I had the pants done on Tuesday and the tunic cut out. I only had time in my schedule to sew on Friday night and had to get it submitted on Saturday. I made it though!

For real I love every single piece I made for this. They are all good for spring and they all have piece that mix and match well so I am very happy to have pushed through and sewed them all. As I mentioned I have more sewing to do in the next two weeks. I am usually sad I can’t sew on vacation but this time I think the break will be appreciated =)

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