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’s 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.

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.)


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 😛
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

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.
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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 😛 . 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!


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.


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.




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

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

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