Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Fair-Weather Trousers

I was so excited to test out the new Fair-Weather Trousers for Petite Stitchery these last few weeks!  Like their other patterns I have tested out this one is also full of options.  My girls fell in love with the bib (overalls) option so that is what we tested out.  There are also different variations for paperbag waist pants.  All of the options can be made in shorts, capri or pants length and with wide or tapered leg and several different pockets.  This pattern has a huge size range from 2-17 as well.

We are heading into summer here in South Florida where it is hot all the time so we opted for tapered shorts on both pairs of overalls.  These will be so quick to throw on over a swimsuit for trips to the beach.  For the first pair I used a woven from Joann that Ava has been eyeing for quite some time (I mean who doesn’t love unicorns!).  For the second pair I used a cotton woven also from Joann as Annabel has been on a sunflower kick lately.  The cotton wovens I used work great for the tapered shorts but you will definitely need to use a drapier/flowier woven if you decide to go with the wide leg options. I used buttons on the straps and shorts cuffs for both pairs but you can opt for easier snaps instead.   I also wanted a cleaner finish on the inside facing of my bibs than the pattern called for.  I cut two sets of facing, sewed right sides together, flipped and top stitched to enclose the raw seam before attaching the facing to the overalls.  It was a few extra steps but I love the nice finished look on the inside so much better.   I paired both bibs with a Sapphire top which is my favorite layering top, it’s quick and has ruffle options built into the pattern.

We will be making the shorts next as I am just in love with the paperbag waist! This pattern will be a staple in both my girls summer wardrobe this year.  And, they also just released this in women’s sizing as well so you can sew these up for yourself too!

This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here and whip up some fun summer outfits for your girls!  I’d love to see what you create:)







Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Nathan Vest and Taylor Tie by Sew a Little Seam

I was so excited to test out the new Nathan Vest and Taylor Tie patterns for Sew a Little Seam recently.  I love any opportunity to sew for my son and with Easter coming up quickly I was so excited to be able to sew his Easter outfit this year.  I usually sew the girls holiday dresses while he is in store bought clothing.  But, with these patterns that is going to change!

Let’s start with the Nathan Vest.  This pattern is a traditional waistcoat in single or double breasted look, optional collar, back adjuster strap and pocket.  It has front and back darts for a professional finish and fit.  I opted for the single breasted vest and kept it simple with no pockets, collar or back strap.  His measurement put him into a straight size 7 so no size grading was needed.  I found some suiting fabric on clearance at Joann’s and lined it with a silky apparel lining.  I found this pattern  very intimidating before starting, however, Kelly’s directions are super clear and very thorough.  It was my first time sewing darts and understitching but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I anticipated.

The Taylor Tie pattern is also loaded with options.  You can choose from a traditional or faux neck/bow tie and traditional or adjustable neck band.  I opted for the traditional tie and neck band. I found my fabric for this tie at Hobby Lobby.   I have a free tie pattern from another designer that I have sewn up in the past and this pattern is so much better.  It fits well and is drafted extremely well with clear instructions for assembly.

I paired the tie and vest with store bought pants and shirt.  Kelly does have both a button up shirt and dress pants pattern as well that I will sew up before the next holiday!


The Nathan Vest is on sale for a short time and when you purchase the vest you get the tie FREE!   Head over and join the facebook group for a coupon code that’s good not only on the vest but also on the new dress pants pattern for a short time.   I can’t wait to sew up the double breasted vest with pockets and bow tie next!   I’d love to see what you create:)



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:)