Signature Style

dsc_6583-2I’m sewing along with Project Run and Play again this week. This week’s challenge is Signature Style. I feel like I am in a place this year where someone could unknowingly pick out one of my outfits from a line up, but articulating why is always a struggle for me.

Some repeating elements in the looks I create are casual clothing, print mixing, a strong color story. My outfits usually have a lot going on but I feel I do a decent job at bringing it all together. If it’s not quite coming together as cohesively as I’d like, some Tie Dye Punch Maxi lock will fix it ūüėõ Also hats, we love some hats.


This year I decided to go with tried and true favorite patterns I wanted to sew again, because Signature Style should really be like riding a bike, right? This outfit was very much a joy to sew.

I started building the outfit with the pants. I scored this denim, originally from Joanns at Austin Creative Reuse for a dollar. I knew I wanted them to be Momma Quail Patterns Just Chillin Sweats.¬†¬†I used some star knit from my stash for the waistband and pockets. The ribbing for the pocket binding is from L’oiseau Fabrics.¬†

dsc_6548-2I made the pants in her size, size 5 but omitted the cuffs for a cropped look.

dsc_6539-2For the top I used the Legends Top from Sew Straight and Gather. I shortened the 3/4 sleeves a bit to put them right below elbow length for more of a half sleeve. The front of the top is made from a scrap I had left of Liberty of London knit¬†my husband bought me for Valentines Day. I had just enough for the legends front and had she been a size up it wouldn’t have worked. I have had this on my list to do forever so now was the time!

The socks are Abby’s Trailblazing Socks from The Wolf and the Tree in bobby sock length. I used some Stenzo stripes from L’oiseau Fabric.¬†

dsc_6544-2The sleeves and back of the top are made from Navy stretch velvet from Zenith and Quasar. I’m sooo loving the velvet trend this season. I have sewn with velvet a lot in the past but its a special kind of awesome when what you already love happens to be on trend.

dsc_6630-2The cardigan is the Rondje Top from Eli Monster. I made this recently out of fleece and then was pretty obsessed with the idea of making it from flannel. The outer main is from The inner is Kaufman Shetland Flannel from IvoryThreads. The texture in the Shetland flannel is so amazing. Super soft and fuzzy like a cozy blanket. The sleeves are navy sweatshirt fleece from my stash, originally from Girl Charlee.

dsc_6629-2I coverstiched around the perimeter of the cardigan with Maxi Lock Tie Dye Punch in the looper so it would show on the collar.

dsc_6674The hat is the free Oliver + S Bucket hat. I made it unlined except for the brim from the same stretch velvet I used on the top. I made a little bow from the striped sock fabric. I wanted the hat to be soft and kind of floppy with the velvet. I didn’t use any interfacing.

dsc_6619-2I’m super in love with how the whole thing turned out.The colors, the textures are all very me and also very my daughter. ¬†All of these pieces will work well with her existing wardrobe and will be super cute all together once the weather cools off a bit here in Texas.


I had so much fun sewing along this season and watching the contestants compete. There were some really great makes this season. Huge congratulations to Gracious Threads for being the winner of Season 12!

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Happy Fall Y’all


Fall started this week, not that you would know it here in Texas as it’s still super hot still. Despite the never ending summer here, ¬†Project Run and Play had me in the mood for some fall sewing with the “I am Autumn” theme this week so I’m sewing along. ¬†There are two more weeks left and a couple of great themes. You should sew along too!


This week’s theme is all about the colors of Autumn. I found this amazing Autumn print from Finch at Emrose Fabrics¬†(If you run, they are having an awesome clearance sale right now). Yellow and Orange aren’t¬†always the most flattering on me and my little so I decided to play up the red, berry, and blue tones from the fabric accents for my other fabric choices.


With the Finch panel I made the Heidi and Finn Cocoon Dress. I love this dress so much, it has a really cute shape, doesn’t take much fabric and sews up quick.


I added a little reverse coverstitching to the back with maxi lock Tie Dye Punch. I love how it turned out but I will admit that the choice was partially made due to not having any yellow or orange thread around ūüėõ


The cardigan is the Heidi and Finn Slouchy Cardigan, another big favorite around here. My daughter gets cold in class even in the summer so we always keep a cardi in her backpack. This one is her favorite. The cardigan is sewn in a Burgundy thermal knit that I scored for $2 and Austin Creative Reuse. If you are in Austin you have to check out Austin Creative Reuse. I have found so many amazing supplies there recently.


The hat is the Free Ribbed Beanie Pattern from Delia Creates. I used a scrap of lacey jegging fabric I found at Joann a couple of years ago and paired with a plummy color stretch velvet, another score from Austin Creative Reuse.


The leg warmers are from the Abby’s Trailblazing Socks pattern from The Wolf and the Tree. As you can tell from my last few posts I can’t get enough of the socks pattern. I still have versions I haven’t tried so you will see them again. This is the legwarmer view with side snaps. The legwarmers are sewn in the velvet from Austin Creative Reuse and the snap placket is from the Joann Jegging material.¬†The tights are store bought.


So there we have it. One day it will actually be fall here and she will be able to wear the full outfit but in the meantime she is excited to wear the dress to school on Monday with some leggings.


Happy Fall!!




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Fairy Pokemon


I’m sewing along with Project Run and Play. This week’s theme is Pokemon and that is very relevant to our interests these days. We have played a bit of Pokemon Go, my daughter loves the Pokemon XY show on Netflix and since she started kindergarten recently she has been playing Pokemon on the playground. I am not sure what all playground Pokemon entails but I do know she is always JigglyPuff.


This outfit was inspired by the Fairy type Pokemon. Besides being a big fan of Jigglypuff she also loves Sylveon. I found this piece of fabric that has circles filled with different fairy type Pokemon including both. It was perfect but I didn’t want to use it as is. I decided to make a coat and raw edge applique the circles to the coat. I have been wanting to make a Shwin Designs Nina Coat since it came out so this was a great opportunity.

How about some side eye?

I originally wanted to use aqua buttons to close the coat but she was having none of that. I did not want to use a zipper so I settled on Velcro. I considered doing a decorative button with verlcro on the back but instead decided to make knit velcro straps and use a D-ring for the buckle.

Clifford, Get in my ball!

9I sewed the coat in this gorgeous Pink and Plum Geometric denim from Cali Fabrics.¬†I coverstitched around the perimeter of the coat in a light pink color and used Maxi Lock Tie Dye Punch in the looper so it would show with the collar flipped down.¬†2The rest of the outfit was made from random fabrics in my stash that reminded me of Fairy Pokemon. I made the Lil Luxe Collection Pembridge Pinafore¬†in two gorgeous Stenzo Corduroys from Mabel Madison. I modified the pinafore slightly by adding side panel pockets. A girl needs some big pockets to store her PokeBalls!6The undershirt is the Hey June Camden Raglan¬†sewn in a solid berry color Rayon Lycra knit from my stash and this lovely Mona Blue from Loiseau Fabrics.¬†3The Knee Highs are Abby’s Trailblazing Socks from The Wolf and The Tree. I used the same fabrics I used for the undershirt on the socks.¬†4We made a little Jigglypuff alphabet bead necklace to complete the look.She is “Star of the Week” in her Kindergarten class this week. Each kid has a week and they get to take home Clifford the Dog and take pictures with him. She insisted that Clifford come with us and that she would try to catch him with her Pokeball. It turns out Pokeballs don’t work so well on Cliffords. 10

I got this week’s sewalong done by the skin of my teeth! Next week’s theme is Autumn and I can’t wait to see all of the fall makes! Join in the fun over at Project Run and Play!



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Back to School Tour


Welcome to my stop on the Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube Productions Back To School Tour!


Make sure to read to the bottom of this post for Discounts! Giveaways! and a Linkup for your own Back to School Creations!!

The Rondje Top pattern from Eli Monster was provided to me for this tour. Opinions expressed are my own. 


This tour was very emotional for me because this teeny tiny baby right here started Kindergarten this week. I am still in shock but hanging in there. How did she grow up so fast?? Despite me being in denial for pretty much the whole summer, and not doing any wardrobe planning for the school year, I finally had to accept reality. I was so glad I signed up for this tour because otherwise I might have sent her first day in store bought and would have been pretty mad at myself.

Let’s get on to the outfit..


I started with the Nivalis from Sofilantjes. I love this pattern as it has a ton of great options that work in all seasons.


We are in Texas and it’s still hot so I decided to do a short sleeve version of the dress but add a hood. We love hoods and it will be super functional with the cardigan over it when it cools down. I sewed up the dress in some yummy Stenzo Floral Line Knit from Mabel Madison.¬†


I’ve had The Wolf and The Tree Abby’s Trailblazing Socks pattern for a while but somehow just recently¬†sewed my first pair. They were a quick addiction for me because now I want to make socks for everything! These are the knee high version. So stinking cute! I sewed these up in Stenzo Birds on the Hedge I got from from L’oiseau Fabrics. The cuffs are the same Stenzo Floral Line from Mabel Madison but in a different colorway than the dress.

7To top off the outfit I sewed up the Rondje Top from Eli Monster. This is the first Eli Monster Pattern I sewed up and it turned out adorable!! It’s a super quick sew. I sewed it up in some purple sweatshirt fleece from my stash.


I left the edges of the circle raw and used my coverstitch to add some topstitching about one inch from the edges. I used pink in the needles and Maxi Lock Swirls in the color Tie Dye Punch for my looper creating a fun effect at the collar area. I reverse coverstitched the sleeve hems with the Tie Dye Punch in the looper.




She’s gone to class a few days now. She’s pretty much put herself to bed every night. I feel like she’s aged a year mentally this week. She is absolutely in love with her teacher and her school and that she’s a “big kid” now. Proud mom over here =)

Let’s get into the tour fun!

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Check out the Friday Host Post and link up your Back to School sewing items for a chance to win the Grand Prize!

Friday Stops!

Check out the rest of today’s stops on the tour:

Cindy Parrett BlogSew StarlySew and Tell Project√Čl√©gantine!Gracious Threads

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My Desert Island Sew Sew20 Tour

sew20desertislandsewWelcome to my hop on the Sew20 July Tour. This month Sew20 wants to hear about our Desert Island Sews.

“Just imagine you are trapped on a desert island with only one sewing pattern at your disposal. Miraculously, the island is overflowing with enough supplies to rival a big box fabric store but the printer on the island has enough ink for only one pattern. What would you make? Read on to see today‚Äôs bloggers keep following Sew 20 this week for the Desert Island Tour.”


My Desert Island Sew is the Greenstyle Laurel and its mini version, The Greenstyle Laurelette.

I love both of these sooooo much. We pretty much live in them through the fall and winter. It’s a quick sew with a lot of options. The bodice fits me well. It looks great on me now and it looked great on me 50 lbs ago.


The Laurel can be a dress or a tunic. It comes with these great pleats that are super flattering to the midsection. You can do pleated front and back, pleated front and no pleats in back. An easy hack is to use the pattern pieces for the pleated front and back but gather instead of using the pleats.

10306175_10152838933059584_7090581203798876113_nSooo cute with some leggings and boots. I hacked this version by adding some arm cuffs.

10562940_10152504046814584_5515969126630860363_nOn little girls its just adorable and allows for so much variety. Here is the cowl version in dress length.

dsc2169editThe girls version also has a Ho-Lo option. This isn’t available in the Women’s version yet but I am doing my best to talk Greenstyle into adding it =) I made this a couple of years ago. It still fits! It’s a tunic now but still adorable.

10659249_10152503998664584_2481765162897185887_nGirls version in Tunic Length.

2014.06.01 starlyAnd so I don’t burn up on my Desert Island its also a super easy hack to add some binding and make it sleeveless.

The Laurel comes with 3 bodice length options. I have a long torso so I usually use the longest one.

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Here I used a shorter bodice which makes it more babydoll on me for a whole different look. I used another easy hack on this one ti line the bodice portion for a clean sleeveless finish.


I pick the Laurel/Laurelette because its really a Swiss Army Knife type pattern. I feel like I could make enough variations to serve all of our top or dress needs if I were stranded on a desert island with tons of awesome knits. Also, since it’s such a quick sew I would have plenty of time left for lounging under a fabric shade, reading books and drinking cocktails.

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Sew Americana Blog Tour

1badgeWelcome to my stop on the Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Wild and Wanderful! Check out the bottom of this post for a 20% Off Coupon for Thread and Grain and a Linkup for you to link up your own Americana sewing projects.

2I’ve had this vintage Red, White, and Blue stripe in my stash for a while. I picked it up at a little thrift store locally. The piece was 3-4 yards and I used it for a 4th of July outfit for my daughter a couple of years ago. I love it so much I knew I wanted to use it again. It’s textured like a seersucker but its cotton. Way cool for a thrift store find!9I chose ¬†the Heidi and Finn Cocoon Dress for this project. I love the shape of this dress and it’s a go-to for me because it’s a pretty quick sew. It takes me about an hour to sew up. It is designed for stable knits but I have had success making it in wovens without altering size. I have sewn a couple in a soft baby whale cord in the past.

and now for the impromptu song about America

4The leggings are the Bonny Leggings from Made for Mermaids. The Bonny Leggings are free if you join the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group. I have made a million pairs of these. This pair is capri length.5For the leggings I used some lovely Stenzo white stars on red from Mabel Madison.78

I picked up the sparkly headband from Wal-Mart and a flag from Amazon. The flag will come in handy for parades and such. She had a lot of fun marching and dancing around with the flag while making up her “America Song”.

6This big girl is graduating Pre-k on Friday. I was happy to hear they were doing a Red/White/Blue theme for graduation. I have just the perfect outfit =)

Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!

Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice

Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1
Very Blissful¬†|¬†That’s Sew Kari¬†|¬†Sew Happily Ever After¬†|¬†Pear Berry Lane

Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ‘ SEWAMERICANA ‘ and enjoy a 20% discount at¬†¬†You’ll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)


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Sew 20 Real Life Real Sewing Blog Tour


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.
Blank Slate Rivage Raglan (I think I have 4 of these)
See Kate Sew Recess Raglan – I have made this countless times


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.
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.
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? 
mmmmmm Chocolate!
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 ūüėõ
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

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Make Laundry Don’t do Laundry Tour

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!
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.
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.¬†
Laundry Time 1hr
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.
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.
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.
These Peg Legs are sewn up in some amazing supplex from Zenith and Quasar.
Laundry Time 30
I cut out and sewed these awesome leggings in less than 30 minutes!
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 ūüėõ . 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:

Link-up Prize Package
Prize Package 1
Prize Package 2


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


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