Gracious Threads Henday Zip Up Hoodie and Fabric Discount!


I was provided this copy for testing. Opinions expressed are my own.

There is a coupon code for L’oiseau Fabrics at the bottom of this post!

I had the pleasure of testing the Henday Zip Up Hoodie from Gracious Threads. The Henday Zip Up Hoodie is a unisex pattern in sizes 2-12. There are two versions of the hoodie. Version 1 features welt zipper pockets and is hip length. Version two is cropped with a trendy ribbed band at the waist. You can fine the pattern at The Gracious Threads Website

I picked out the crop version right away. Adorable!!! I find it hard sometime to pair jackets and sweaters with dresses and skirts. They are often awkward lengths. This crop version is absolutely perfect.


The hoodie comes together quickly. It took me about an hour start to finish. It uses a separating zipper for the closure. If you have never sewn a zipper before I think this would be a great pattern to start. Separating zippers are the easiest to sew in. The pattern takes you through everything you need to know.


I decided to use this fabulous Stenzo Panda fabric I’ve been hoarding for a while from L’oiseau. It’s such a fun print! It  has so many great colors that it will be a super versatile piece. I added some solid black knit from my stash. I think the black grounds the print well and really makes it pop.

I’ve talked at length about my love of Stenzo and Euro Knits. The colors are beautiful.  The fabric is high quality and a dream to work with.

As a treat for my readers today L’oiseau has been kind enough to offer a 15% off discount! Go to and use coupon code: sewstarly. The coupon is good until August 2 at midnight. So many awesome knits to choose from.


We love the Henday Hoodie and I will be making a few more if fall ever arrives around here =)  You can pick up your copy at the Gracious Threads Website


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Gracious Threads Raindrop Tee and Giveaway!


I was provided this copy for testing. Opinions expressed are my own.

There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the  Raindrop Tee from Gracious Threads. We tested this pattern and it is already a staple in my daughters wardrobe. We loved it so much I made three of them during the test window =)


The purple top is made with a lovely Stenzo from L’oiseau!

The Raindrop Tee is a Hi-Lo tee  with a slim fit available in sizes 2T-8. It has an optional front pocket detail. The pattern comes in short and cropped sleeve options. The cropped  sleeve is a longer sleeve. You can purchase this pattern on both ETSY and Craftsy. It’s currently on sale for an introductory price of $6.25!

I decided to do short sleeves. While everyone else is moving along to fall, we are just starting summer part two here in Texas so short sleeve tops will be handy for a while or forever really. We mostly have summer clothes + layers here.


The blue top was made with a double sided “jegging” fabric I picked up on clearance at Joann.

Speaking of layers, the slim fit of this top makes it perfect for popping it under a sweater, cardi, or even a dress. I love the idea of the back peeking out under a jacket or sweater. It pairs great with just about any bottoms.


The construction of this little shirt is quick and easy. I made the first one in about 45 minutes including cutting time and then the second two in about an hour. Her instructions are always very clear and complete.


“Go Hide Mom! 1,2,3…..”

We are very happy with this adorable top =)  I will  be making the longer sleeve version in a couple of months. I love a stylish basic that can be paired with other things but also stands up on it’s own.

Get your own copy of the Raindrop Tee on  ETSY  or Craftsy.


You can also enter to win your own copy by clicking Here


“Hey, you’re still there!!”

Make sure to check out the other stops on the Raindrop Tee Tour!


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Create Kid’s Couture Pippa’s Women’s Plus Poncho

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I was provided a copy of this pattern for review. Opinions expressed are my own.

I was honored to be given the opportunity to review Pippa’s Women’s Plus from Create Kids Couture.  The pattern comes in size 1x to 5x covering a bust size from 42in-59in. It’s also available in Women’s XS-XL  and Girls 6mo-8. The size range is amazing! My bust measurement is 45 inches so I chose the 2x size to sew up.

The pattern was a lot of fun to sew. When you first cut it out the main pattern pieces are similar to a large half circle. It’s really hard to imagine at that state that it will magically transform itself into a super flattering top, but it totally does! The pattern is listed as an intermediate. I think a confident beginner could easily sew this up. The instructions were very clear and complete. Make sure to check the materials list. You need some elastic thread and a small piece of fusible web. The only slightly tricky part for me is the shirring. They have a fantastic video available here if you have never done it before. It really is not hard at all but you have to prepare your elastic thread and machine which takes a couple of minutes and I always forget how to load my bobbin so I have to refresh on that =) There are several machine specific videos on youtube so I can get one for my machine by searching for “shirring Brother” on youtube.

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For the fabric on this one I used one of the Designer Overstock Modal Cotton Spandex fabrics from Girl Charlee. I really like this fabric and have been buying it up. It has a nice drape and weight to it and its nice and soft. I used a large tone on tone chevron print. It looks like they do not have this specific print in stock but lots of good choices. The Poncho can be made in knit or woven. If you have never sewn with knits before this is a great pattern to start with. There are no bindings or cuffs that needs stretched to fit so it sews up just like a woven. You can even sew it with a straight stitch!  I recommend if using woven to use an apparel woven with some nice drape. Girl Charlee has some specialty wovens that would be great for this too. If looking other places, fabric like Rayon, Crepe De Chine, or Peachskin would be good woven choices.

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I think the shape of this is super flattering on me and would be on many body types. I love the loose flowy arms. The shirring is just enough to pull in the underbust but not too much. It’s super comfortable and I feel very confident wearing it. Due to the volume on top I prefer to pair something like this with a more streamlined bottom. Skinny jeans at most lengths would be a good choice. I would also pair it with a pencil skirt or even a long streamlined maxi. You could make it more casual or dressy depending on the fabric used.

I am thrilled with how this turned out and already have another planned in woven =) Pick up your copy of the Create Kids Couture Pippa’s Women’s Plus Poncho Here! Make sure to  download their app to be notified of special sales and deals!

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Beachy Keen Bikini/Tankini


Check it out, I made a swimsuit!! I had the pleasure to test the new Beachy Keen Bikini from E-Beth Designs. I was so excited to hear that I got chosen as a tester. I knew I would make this when it came out, but I needed one asap. I have purchased 2 swimsuits this year for my girl and was given two swimsuits for her. That is 4 swimsuits I have in every size surrounding the size she should be, and none of them fit nicely. My daughter is slim and has a long torso so suits that fit her in the trunk are too big on bottom, or just too big everywhere. I noted I needed to give up on one piece suits for now. I saw this, and fell in love.


The Beachy Keen Bikini comes in size 6 months to 14. I love how it looks great on little girls and the teens too. It is loaded with options! This is the Bikini option with fringe and the skirted bottoms.  I was so in love with the fringe. It is so much fun! You can do the bottoms with no skirt, a flounce instead of fringe, and a fuller coverage Tankini. As always,  E-Beth Designs instructions are very clear and complete. I had no problems going through the steps on my first try.


I decided to do a mix and match set and made a Tankini top too.   The Tankini option is perfect for her Splash Days at Preschool. I want to make another set of pink bottoms with no skirt to mix in with the tops.


I was really surprised at how easy the suit came together. I had been interested in making one for myself. I even picked up a pattern but was pretty terrified to tackle it. After making this I have no concerns to try one for me. I’m hoping she will come out with an adult version of this. I could use a Tankini =)


The Swimsuit Fabric I used came from the lovely Mel at Purple Seamstress Fabric. She is such a pleasure to work with. She was super helpful in helping me pick out  fabrics from her shop to pair together.  I was concerned about ordering fabric because it was a test and I needed to get started quickly but I really dislike buying fabric at the Bog Box Fabric Stores. I made a good choice,  I had my fabric in two days and it is lovely quality.


The Beachy Keen takes very little fabric to make. I have plenty of leftovers to make another set of bottoms. I also had enough to make this Rashguard top. I used one of my go-to tshirt patterns Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew I have been making her 4T which has some growing room. I sized down to 2T width for the rashguard and 3T length as I wanted it to fit pretty snug. The rashguard is helpful for when we go to the splash pad which is unshaded.

I could not be more thrilled with her new swimwear ensemble. We are in Texas so she will get plenty of wear from this set all the way through September. I am already thinking about colors and combos for next year. I will not be buying another ready made suit. It’s soooo much easier to just make one that fits. This pattern is truly awesome.

The Beachy Keen Bikini is available here!

Go make your own and have a fabulous summer!



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Lazy Days Lounge Pants Giveaway!


There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post! I was provided this copy for testing. Opinions expressed are my own.

I was so excited to test the Lazy Days Lounge Pants from Gracious Threads. I have been on the lookout for a sweats pattern with larger cuffs for a while. When the tester call came out for these I jumped on them =)

The pattern is unisex. It’s available in sizes 2T-12 and feature a comfortable elastic waistband, faux drawstring, inseam pockets, and trendy leg cuffs. You can purchase the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.


I did my first pair in this owl sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee. I love the contrast of the bulky fleece and the slim cuffs on this one. It’s summertime here but with the AC running all the time it’s good to have a cozy pair of warm pants. I love the look of the sweats with a simple tank. This Daniel Johnston tank which might be my favorite thrift store find ever, was perfect =)


She wanted to make sure I got her “Cool trick”.  I stuck her up there because she kept running away. I thought it would help her be still 😛


The next pair I did in these gorgeous Euro Knits from l’oiseau. I am insanely jealous of this outfit. These knits are divine. So soft and vibrant. I have made myself tops but I really really need some cute euroknit sweatpants in my size. I made a simple top to pair with them using the Sommertop Freebook from Klimperklien and used this Chenille effect tutorial here to do the heart. The instructions are in German, but the technique is pretty easy and the photos are good. If you view it in Google Chrome it will translate for you.


The pants come together really quick. I sewed these up in about an hour each. I love that the waistband is knit covered elastic. Its comfy but the elastic adds a little more holding power. My kid has a tendency to randomly shoot up an inch or two and then her pants are sliding off for a couple of weeks. These should stay nice and snug =) We also love the pockets =) They were so easy to do and make such a huge difference in whether she will grab for a pair of pants or not. She loves putting treasures in her pockets.

This is such a great basic pattern with some trendy flair. We will make many more of these. You can purchase the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.


You can enter to win your own pair of Lazy Days Lounge Pants by entering the rafflecopter giveaway Here Click me to enter!


Silly goose =)

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Pirate’s Treasure Wallet


I have a confession, other than a simple fabric tote, I’ve never sewn a bag. I am kind of scared of them. The layers, the hardware, different types of interfacing. It just seems like a whole new thing to get my head around and it never seems the right time to figure it all out. I use a lot of bags though, and I hate to buy them, so it’s really time to get over myself and dive in.

When the opportunity came up to test the Pirate’s Treasure Wallet from Fabulous Home Sewn I thought it would be a good way for me to tiptoe into bag making. While it’s not actually a bag, it’s got a lot of the components, just in miniature.


I don’t have a boy but I knew it is something my daughter would love so I made a girly version. I filled it with some fun looking business cards, one of each coin, some play money printables, and flash cards. She has been taking it with her when we go places and playing with it in the car. She loves opening and closing the velcro. She spends a few minutes in each car ride looking at her cards and rearranging things. She’s added a couple of her own treasures too.

The pattern came together quick and easy. I had all supplies on hand except for vinyl. I didn’t want to go off to a fabric store looking for some so I looked around my stuff. I discovered that most 3 ring binders have a vinyl pocket on the front which I never use, so I just ran a rotary cutter over it and came out with a whole sheet of vinyl =)

The wallet is sized nice for both adults and kids. I think it’s a great gift option to have on hand as it works for all ages. I’m especially excited about having it as a gift option for older boys that seem so hard to pick things for.

The Pirate’s Treasure wallet can be purchased here!

Now I think I’m ready to tackle a full bag. What’s your favorite?



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Riviera Romper


I tested the Riviera Romper by Winterwear Designs! I’m not going to lie, as soon as I got the notification I was chosen I almost had volunteers remorse. What was I thinking, a grown up romper on my plus size self? This could go very wrong! You know what though, it didn’t, at all. It’s totally cute on me 😛


The romper comes in size XXS-XXXL. I made the XL top and XXL bottoms. There are options for shorts, capris, cap sleeve, and a tank with contrast strap. I chose the cap sleeve shorts version for this one. I also picked the pocket option. I always need pockets. I used a 2 way stretch knit for the top and some lightweight stretch denim for the bottoms.


The Romper has this adorable open back that’s high enough to completely cover my substantial bra. I was a worried that it might be difficult to take off for bathroom trips especially since I sized down on top but that isn’t an issue at all. It is very easy to untie the straps and slide the whole thing down.

I’m super happy with how this turned out and I really enjoy wearing it. It’s very functional, stylish, and easy to move in. Perfect weekend wear whether you’re going to be out running around or lounging around the house. I made another version in just knit specifically for loungewear. It looks great in drapey wovens too so you could make a super chic dressy version.

I’m really happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone a little for this. I’ve never worn a romper before but I’m totally sold and will be keeping  one in my wardrobe from now on.

Go pick up the Riviera Romper as it is sure to make you a Romper convert too!



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Homegrown Tank in My Little Pony


My kiddo is a trooper. So far she has excitedly accepted everything I’ve made for her. She is always eager to try on, and go outside to play in her new clothes so Mommy can get some pictures. Most of the time I sew what I want for her. I like this arrangement. I don’t want it to end anytime soon, so when she makes a special request I try to be accommodating. The most recent request was a My Little Pony dress.


I had seen the MLP fabric around facebook but I hate shopping at the big box fabric shops so had been passing it up. I thought I might satisfy this request with a My Little Pony patch or some embroidery. When One Red Blossom announced they had some My Little Pony in stock, I snapped it up quick and changed plans.


When the fabric arrived I found it went perfectly with this rainbow striped Euro Poplin I had from L’oiseau Fabrics. I started thinking about patterns and remembered I had not yet tried the Homegrown Tank from Little Lizard King I got the pattern when it was still cool and intended to make a few for summer. It’s well into summer now and with a big growth spurt she needs pretty much everything so it was a good time to give it a go.


The pattern was really easy to put together. It was refreshing to not have a ton of pieces to tape, there is only one for the bodice piece so you can start cutting within 5 minutes. The fit is impeccable and due to the genius design I think it will fit nicely for a long time. The front part has some structure due to the band. The back is stretchy all the way through and then the sash cinches it up to perfection.  I have lots of knit scraps and it takes just a tiny bit for the bodice so we will have fun with this one.  I decided to decorate this version with some kam snaps =)


She thinks this dress is the best thing ever. While I was not originally excited about making a My Little Pony dress, it’s pretty dang cute =)

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In case of emergency, make this skirt. Mimi’s Mom Saturday Skirt


Meet my new go-to – can be made in an hour- fits awesomely –  extremely functional – aline skirt. This is a new debut pattern from Mimi’s Mom, the Saturday Skirt. I had the pleasure to test this skirt. It comes in sizes XS-XXL 36-51 hip.  It’s on sale for $5 through Friday July 11 at the Mimi’s Mom Shop or on Craftsy.

I’ve been in search for a great A-line with a patch pocket for a long time. Most of them I’ve found use a zipper which is fine but not emergency skirt material. I’ve used free tutorials to make my own and they were OK, but I’ve never made one so perfect that I wanted to make it multiple times. I’ve just always wanted that perfect no brainer pattern where I can bring some great new fabric home from the store and be wearing it within a couple of hours.


This skirt meets all of those requirements. It’s easy to move in. It was actually designed to be able to bike in. Check out Mimi’s Moms blog post for Summer of No pants about Riding on Bikes with skirts! I don’t do much bike riding in skirts though I’m tempted to try now 😛 I do move around a lot, or sit unladylike on the sofa, or crawl around the floor cutting out fabric…Some I’ve made for myself ended up clinging around my legs, or getting twisted, or not having the right amount of fabric to sit criss cross applesauce.. This skirt works for all that.


Check out this cool pocket! Perfect for storing my iphone. Love not having to carry a bag around. It also stores a pull-up, spare pre-schooler panties, snacks, and random things that I might have to take away from or hold for my 3 year old. I prefer patch pockets to side seam pockets, especially for skirts. I love that they don’t mess with the shape of the skirt. This one is a great shape and can be done different ways so it doesn’t look the same. Add a button, use the same fabric as the skirt, use a contrast fabric for the flap, tons of options.


The pattern has an elastic waist and has a higher rise in back. This is a great feature that I never would have thought to add in a self drafted aline but it really makes a huge difference in the fit on me. I usually have the issue of the skirt ending up shorter on me in the back than in the front. I do not have that problem at all in this skirt. It also provides plenty of back coverage for leaning over when riding a bike, or picking up legos from the floor.


I made the star skirt first and wore it pretty much all weekend. I had to whip up the floral skirt Sunday night so I could wear it to work on Monday. I can make this skirt faster than I can do a load of laundry.

I’m really excited to have this pattern at my disposal and it will stay printed out and tacked to my wall. I’ve made two and have one more cut out.  I envision dressy versions, solid casual versions, themed versions for holidays and such. It’s just an extremely versatile functional pattern.

Go get yours while it’s on sale. I hope to come back with some pics of me in a skirt on a bike =)



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Cherry Pie Skirt Tour and Giveaway!

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Welcome to our little stop on the Cherry Pie skirt tour. there is a giveaway at the end of this post =)  The Cherry Pie skirt is a new pattern from PiePie designs. It’s on sale for $5 during the tour! I love a simple skirt and this one does not disappoint. It feautures a hi-lo hem with lots of style and tons of options! You can make it in wovens, or knits, or both! You can make it reversible, colorblock, add trim. This is the perfect beginner pattern to experiment with doing several different looks. It is also the perfect option for an older child that would like to sew their own clothes.
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We did two skirt for the tour. For the first one I chose the woven skirt + knit bodice option. I’ve had this Japanese import kitty cat print hanging around for a long time. At size 4T the possibility of what I can use a half yard for is quickly dwindling. I made the skirt and have fabric left to embellish another project.
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The Hi-lo hem is so cute and it keeps the skirt out of the way so she doesn’t get tangled up in it.
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I went in search for another half yard and found this Lecien Tiny Flowers print. For this one I did the regular elastic waist and embellished it with some vintage ribbon I had laying around. I love how the options yeild a completely different looking skirt.
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She is giving me a concert here. Her “Princess Boom Box” lovingly supplied by her grandfather plays 3 songs that she has now mastered and will perform at any opportunity =)
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You can tell she’s serious now, she had to take the hat off 😛
I sewed both of these skirts in less than 30 minutes a piece and used a half yard for each. I can’t even get out the door to go to a store and attempt to find something that quick. This is my new go-to for quick gifts  and emergency outfits. Seriously 30 minutes from print to completed skirt.  There will be many more in our future and I hope to come back and show you a year from now one that she has made for herself =)
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Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour . While my kiddo is still a wee one, the pattern goes up to size 12 and is such a cool and stylish skirt for the older kids. I will no longer be stumped on what to make for the nieces =)
You can purchase your own copy of the Cherry Pie Skirt here. You can also enter the giveaway below. If you win the giveaway your purchase will be refunded.


Click here to enter to win your own copy of the Cherry Pie skirt pattern!

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