Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: On Pointe Leotard by Striped Swallow Designs

I was so excited to test out the new On Pointe Leotard pattern for Striped Swallow Designs a few weeks ago.  With my girls both in dance we are always on the lookout for new unique leotard patterns to try out.   The On Pointe Leotard pattern is the newest pattern in their Movement line and it does not disappoint.

This pattern has a stunning elegant open back with lots of details and options including:

*Three sleeve lengths (sleeveless, short, long)

*Side accent piece (optional)

*Unique color blocking on the front bodice

*Elastic or banded leg options

I sewed up the sleeveless option with leg bands and skipped the optional side accent pieces.  You can use a sheer mesh for the bodice colorblocking but we went with a more modest look on ours and used cotton lycra.  For this leotard I used all cotton lycra, the solid black and pink are both from Purple Seamstress Fabric (their solids are the very best I have found for such great prices!) and the giraffe print is a custom from Mabel Madison Fabrics.  You may be able to find your s-hooks locally however I ordered mine from The Fabric Fairy as I could not find the right size locally.

I was a bit intimidated initially by the color blocking and open back binding.  However, the instructions are very clear and it was actually very easy to sew up.  I love that it has a leg band option as my girls do not like the feel of elastic on their legs.  It was also easy to grade for size, we needed a 6x in length but a 5 in width to get that perfect fit.


Striped Swallow Designs also released a second pattern in the Movement Collection alongside the leotard that is for separates.  I did not test the On Pointe Crop Top and Briefs pattern however I will certainly be sewing that up in swim fabric for a fantastic swimsuit option with extra sleeve coverage this summer!

These patterns are both on sale with coupon code onpointe through Friday March 22.  The coupon is valid on both patterns or the bundle for both here.  I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do and I can’t wait to see what you sew up:)



Craft Tutorials

DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornament

I have been obsessing over embroidery hoops lately.  I love them for wreaths, wall decor, just about anything!  When we started decorating for Christmas this year I knew I wanted to incorporate them into our tree as ornaments.  These were SO quick and easy so I put together a quick tutorial for you to add these to your Christmas tree too!

First, we need to get together our materials.  You will need the following:

*Fabric, Approx 1/4 Yard:  I used a buffalo plaid flannel from Joann

*3″ or 4″ Embroidery Hoops:  I got a 10 pack of 3″ hoops from Amazon Here

*Heat Transfer Vinyl

*Twine or String of Your Choice

*Optional:  Spray Paint, Additional Decorative Accents such as Greenery


I opted to spray paint my hoops gold to match my color theme on the tree.  After the hoops are painted you will trace the hoop onto paper to make a template for cutting your fabric.  Add approx 1/4″ to your circle to allow room for the fabric to be pulled taut into the ring. Once you have your template go ahead and cut your fabric.  I found it easier to cut on the fold to get a more uniform circle.  Cut your heat transfer vinyl designs as well.  I used the same design on all 10 of my ornaments and purchased it in the Silhouette Design Store.


After you have everything cut and heat pressed you add them to the hoops.  Be sure the design is centered and the fabric is pulled taut before tightening your hoops.  After they are all put together I went ahead and cleaned up the backs by heat sealing the frayed threads.  I also needed to add just a dab of hot glue to the tops under the screws to keep the fabric laying flat in that tiny spot.  Finish them off by tying twine or other string to the tops to hang them on the tree.  You can also add greenery or other decorative accents if you desire.





These ornaments look so pretty on our Christmas tree and tie the colors together so perfect!  I can’t believe how fast and easy there were to make, I will be adding more of these soon.  I can’t wait to see what you create for your embroidery hoop ornaments as well.

Merry Christmas!








Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Master of Disguise by Sew a Little Seam

I was so excited to test out the new Master of Disguise pattern for Sew a Little Seam last week.  I am usually sewing for my girls as there just aren’t as many fun clothing options to sew for my son.  When I saw the chance to test a dress up pattern all about boys with endless options I jumped on it!  The Master of Disguise pattern is the ultimate dress up collection for your little guy.  There are so many options I had trouble deciding which costume to sew up first!

This pattern is jam packed with options!  Here are some you can pick from:

*Jacket with 3 different lengths and optional tails and accents

*Open or closed vest with optional collar and closures

*Shirt with multiple sleeve, hem and collar options

*Tabard open tunic

*Pants in woven or knit with several options for length, cuffs, hem and accents

*Muscle suit

*Extra accessories including hat, belt, knight hood, hood, mask and jabot

When you start putting together these options you can create endless combinations for the ultimate dress up collection!

Our family has been watching The Greatest Showman on repeat for several months so a ringmaster costume seemed like the best set to sew up first!  I used the woven pants with side stripe, open vest with closures and jacket with tails for my ringmaster creation.  I was a little intimidated by the jacket at first glance but it was SO simple and easy to sew up with very clear detailed instructions included in the pattern.  I used the tails and high hip length and also added the optional epaulettes. For the vest I used the top length, added snap closures and sewed on decorative trim as well.

I added a ready to wear shirt from his closet underneath and a top hat and magic cane from Amazon and it was ready!  My son was just over the moon when he tried it all on together and has been treating us to daily shows under the big top since!  I have to admit he is just the cutest little ringmaster I have ever seen too!








The pattern is also bundled with the Imagine accessory set here and bundled with both the Imagine accessory set and the girls Once Upon a Pattern in an ultimate dress up set here.  The Imagine accessory bundle includes everything you need to finish off your dress up sets including wings, fingerless gloves, hats, capes and more!  And, even  better, there is a coupon code available in the facebook group for an additional 25% off of the dress up patterns (including bundles!) through December 4th!

I can’t wait to sew up the muscle suit for my super hero loving son next!  This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here and whip up your little guy’s favorite character!  I’d love to see what you create:)



Pattern Reviews

Petite Stitchery Bonfire Basics Collection

I was so excited to test out the new Bonfire Basics Collection for Petite Stitchery last week.  The Bonfire Basics Collection  is so fun  for Fall.  I am just in love with all the options jam packed into ONE pattern!  You can make an entire mini capsule out of one pattern, that is a total win in my book!

This pattern is so versatile offering options for days!  Here are the options you can pick from:

*Three different romper styles with 2 different closure options (snaps or envelope back)


*Dress/Skirted bodysuit

*Separates:  tee (banded or hemmed), harem pants

*2 sleeve lengths:  short or banded long

*Optional pockets, patches, flutters and ruffles!

Since it’s still sweltering hot here in South Florida I opted for short sleeves on both of the rompers I sewed up.  I also did sleeve flutters and the ruffle romper on both because I am a sucker for those girly details.

For the first romper I used up some camo print I had in my stash from Girl Charlee and paired it with a cheery solid pink that I had from Purple Seamstress.  If you are looking for a great selection of cotton lycra solids Purple Seamstress is the place to shop!  I added a little glitter heat transfer vinyl as well at the last minute!  Don’t be intimidated by the snaps if you have never done them before.  They are seriously so easy and make diaper changes so convenient.  But, if you have a love/hate relationship with snaps the envelope romper option has NO snaps at all.  I made this romper in a straight 6 month size with a rolled hem on the ruffles and flutters; while it is a tiny bit big still it should fit great through the entire Fall season.


For my second romper I wanted something with a bit more of a Fall feel to it so I used this navy Jolene floral paired with a solid rust that I just swooned over.  They are both from Knitpop but I believe the floral is currently sold out.  They are my absolute favorite shop to buy fabric from:   they have lightning fast shipping, incredible customer service, have frequent sales, and a customer reward program.  I also did a straight 6 month size for this romper but used a traditional hem for my ruffles and flutters instead of the rolled hem I used on the camo romper.  This made the length on the pants a little shorter making it a perfect fit for right now.



I can’t wait to sew up the dress version and some separates for everyday wear!  This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here and whip up a mini Fall capsule for your babe!  I’d love to see what you create:)



Pattern Reviews

Petite Stitchery Back to School Collection

I was so excited to test out a few new patterns in the Back to School Collection for Petite Stitchery last week.  The Schoolhouse Tunic and the Tardy Bells are so fun and versatile for Fall!  My girls are in completely in love with both styles.

Living in South Florida we don’t need warm clothes for Fall so I was thrilled to see that the Schoolhouse Tunic had both short sleeve and sleeveless options.  I sewed up the short sleeve version for both but plan to try a sleeveless version with flutters next time!  It also fits a wide range of sizes going from size 2-12.  This pattern is perfect for that boho chic style with the full bottom ruffle and optional chest ruffle with or without accent buttons.  It’s also a great pattern for using up scraps with the color blocking on the sides.  I love mixing and matching fabrics so this pattern was right up my alley.  The tunic is full of options to get totally different looks all from the same pattern.

The Tardy Bells are probably my favorite pants pattern I have ever sewed up.  They are incredibly quick to sew up, as fast as a pair of leggings.  I was able to cut and sew each pair in under 20 minutes the first time.  There are elastic and knit waistband options which is great for my girls who hate elastic waistbands.  They were easy to grade for sizing with my very thin tall 9 year old who needed a 4 width and 8 length as well.  And, rumor is that ladies sizes are in the works!  My high school flare leg jean loving self is a little too excited about this prospect!


These patterns are both on sale for a short time so scoop them up here and whip up some back to school outfits for your girls!  I’d love to see what you create:)



Pattern Reviews

Petite Stichery Franken Tank

Last week I was able to test out a new baby and toddler pattern from Petite Stitchery.  The Franken Tank is LOADED with options and goes from newborn all the way to 4T sizing!  I was so excited to try out a few different versions for my  littles.

First, let’s take a look at the options available:

*Simple Tank Top

*Hooded Tank Top


*Skirt (with or without shorties)

*Romper (One piece or with a waistband, with or without hood)

*Dress (with or without hood, with or without shorties)

When you calculate all the options it’s practically endless (over 40 different combinations), you can create an entire summer wardrobe in ONE pattern!  The biggest drawback to the pattern is that the largest size is 4T and my older kids are jealous!  Hopefully a big kids size is in the works as it would be a huge hit as well.

My favorite option so far is the romper with a waistband for the baby sizes.  I made three in testing for my 3 month old and already have several more planned!  Both of these rompers pictured are made with fabrics from Raspberry Creek.  Their fabric is a dream to work with and these prints are so fun for summer!  The snap panel makes diaper changes a cinch and the neckband is stretchy enough to easily fit over the head.  You can customize it so many ways to your own liking as well by adding htv to the bodice, faux drawstring, a lace pocket accent, fringe on the neckline, and the list goes on!

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For my 4 year old the dress is my favorite option (so far!).  She LOVES all things twirly and this dress did not disappoint.  I have a hooded dress planned next for her.  The fabric for this dress is from the Doodles line at Joann.  The doodles fabric was on super sale so I scooped up some adorable prints last week.


The pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop up the pattern and whip up a summer wardrobe for you little!  Grab your pattern here and tell me what options you sew up!

Craft Tutorials

DIY Bow and Headband Holder

With the arrival of our baby girl coming soon my nesting instincts have kicked into high gear.  Number one priority right now is prepping all of the decor for her nursery!  One item I have made for our girls room that I knew we needed in the babies room as well is a bow and headband holder.  These are SO EASY to make and customize to your nursery theme that I wanted to share a quick tutorial with you!

You will need the following supplies to throw together this DIY bow and headband holder:

*Blank Canvas:  I prefer the 12×24 size

*Fabric (for covering the canvas)

*Cup Hooks:  I picked mine up at Home Depot but you can find them online as well


*Grosgrain Ribbon in 1″ or 1.5″ width

*Glue Gun, Scissors, Measuring Tape or Ruler, Lighter (for heat sealing ends of ribbon)

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Your first step will be to lay the canvas on top of your fabric and cut the fabric to size.  It will need to be several inches larger on all 4 sides so that you have enough fabric to wrap around the back edges.  Be sure your fabric design is STRAIGHT before cutting!

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Next, you will wrap the top and bottom edges of fabric taut over the back of the frame and glue in place using hot glue. If your fabric is cut too large and hangs over the wooden frame trim it down before gluing.  Be sure to check that the fabric is straight and taut on the canvas after gluing these two sides into place.

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You will then glue the next 2 sides onto the back frame.  Mine were too long and hung over the frame so I trimmed them down before gluing.  You will tuck the corners in and glue first, see photos below. Again, be sure your fabric is tight and straight on the front of the canvas.  After gluing down all 4 sides you can add fray check around the edges if you would like, I did not on this one but have on the ones I have gifted.  These raw edges will later be covered so it isn’t necessary to fray check.

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The next step is to add ribbon to the front of the frame to clip your bows onto.  You will use your measuring tape to mark along the top and bottom back frame where you would like to attach the ribbons.  I marked every 3 inches on mine and then chose to add only 4 ribbons instead of 6 as it covered too much of the fabric design on the front.  My ribbons needed cut to 16 inches to fit this size canvas.  You will then glue the ribbon down at each marking being sure to pull it taut before gluing the other end down.

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After the ribbons have been added to the front of the frame I like to also add hanging ribbon to the bottom to clip additional bows onto.  Being a bow maker my girls have LOADS of hair accessories and need as much storage on these holders as possible.  Again, you will mark on the back of the frame using your tape measure where you would like to attach the ribbons.  I spaced my hanging ribbon evenly between the ribbons on the front.  I used 20 inches for my ribbon length, you will need to use your lighter to heat seal the bottom of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

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Once all of your ribbon is added you will cover your back frame pieces with felt to cover the raw edges and give the back a nice finished look.  **If you would like to add ribbon or twine to hang the frame from please add it BEFORE adding the felt.  I chose to hang this one from the frame and not add a ribbon.**  Measure the width of the wood on the back of your frame to cut your felt to size, 1.5″ width for my felt strips was perfect for this frame.

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Your last step will be to add the cup hooks to hang your headbands onto!  You will use your tape measure one more time to evenly space your hooks on both sides and the bottom of the frame.  It is completely up to you how many hooks you would like!  Since the canvas frame is wood these hooks screw right in so easily.

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You are finished!  Wasn’t that super easy and quick?!  Now, go hang it up in your little girls room and organize all those adorable hair accessories!

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