dudes my friend made this!

You simply must check out her new dress pattern!!!!!



Candy Carousel Dress with Easy Fits

So I had the pleasure to test the new Molly Blossom Design pattern, the candy carousel dress! It closes with that nifty tie on the front and is layered and twirly and just plain adorable! I LOVE it styled over the Scientific Seamstress Easy Fits and I think it will be so cute with a cardi or long sleeved shirt underneath!

The back is a solid piece but the bottom ruffle goes all the way around. 

I found the pattern to be well written (and yes, I have the final version). The pattern features illustrations to show the how to put it together - which I personally prefer over photos, I find it easier to decipher right sides and wrong sides and etc with illustrations. Nothing to get in the way and distract. The pattern has very few pieces to print - yay for saving ink, and pieces together perfectly.   

I don't work for nor was this post paid for by molly Blossom :) Just an FYI.

So who has started their fall sewing? (This was my first fall sewing piece!)


links to fun stuff and a 'how do ya do'

Hey all, So here is a little project round up from the past week(ish)

I did a tutorial over at Welcome to the Mouse House for this super cute stencil

Love my seafarer top (Thanks Abby from Sew-Much-Ado!!!!) - the fit is super flattering and I love my pretty knit fabric!!! 

and I made myself the Sisboom Vanessa in maxi length with a fe modifications that you can read about and get the tutorials on at The Scientific Seamstress 

Other than that - summer has been busy with kids and playdates and mini adventures!
How has your summer been so far?


A Pattern Review, Seaside shorts

Hi! My name is Jen ( waving and offering you a vegan cookie). I am the irregular blogger here at The crafting Fiend. I am a stay at home/working part time mom of 2 girls and wife of 1 British import. I started sewing back in 2010 after having my first daughter and quickly became frustrated and then discovered PDF's and quickly became hooked on sewing! I will admit though that I am a selfish sewist. I LOVE making myself stuff! I mean my girls look crazy cute in stuff I make them, but they outgrow their stuff sooo quickly I figure sewing for myself is really a much better bang for buck. Ok, enough intro... Let's get to this.

Now I am going to quickly run and grab my trash can lid shield so I can be safe from rotten tomatoes as I confess something to you... This was my first Brownie Goose pattern! Now before you throw those tomatoes please remember I did offer you cookies! And I promise you really can't even tell they are vegan!  

I sewed the entire outfit in one 2.5hr ish naptime! Yes you read that right, cut and sewed a shirt and shorts in one naptime! Which means these shorts went together in about 40 minutes (plus cutting time and bias tape making). Now to be completely truthful the most time consuming part was the home made bias tape. I HATE making it since I strongly dislike ironing.... and I do it by hand with my iron. but I think the beauty and uniqueness of these shorts is the bias tape and so I HAD to have it match the shirt! The detailed directions on how to make your own bias tape is included in the pattern though - so no googling to get that done! phew!

The pattern prints off in colour, well it should. The sizes are colour coded. I, however, am a print in grayscale on draft mode type of printer. It helps the budget :) So I printed in grayscale, and the lines were still very easy to follow to cut the sizes I wanted. So don't let that scare you away, just know.

Another wonderfully fun aspect of these shorts are the little back flaps! They aren't actual pockets but what toddler needs bum pockets for real anyways, right? Don't the pocket flaps just look darling!

The directions were so much fun to read, Amy (of Brownie goose), has a very personable and friendly pattern writing style. The directions were clear and to the point. You will also be happy to know that the option is given for both a flat front and a full elastic casing. I choose the flat front option.


My girl found these shorts VERY comfy and I had a heck of a time getting a picture of her in them since she spent the entire photo shoot running and jumping! Bonus points to the shorts for being so comfy, not so much for my photography though, haha.

The waistband piece you cut according to your length measurement across the top of the shorts- not a big deal at all and VERY easy to do. Just something I thought you should know for full disclosure purposes. You are told how wide to cut the piece and the directions clearly tell you how to measure.

The fit is PERFECT. I made my girl, who wears a 4T in ready to wear store stuff a 4T in the seasides and they are absolutely spot on! I also LOVE the length of them! Thank-you Amy for making a short pattern my little girl can bend over in and still looks girlie in and is cute to boot!

(The shirt seen in these pictures is the Simply Sweet pattern by the Scientific Seamstress and is my absolute favourite shirt/dress pattern of the summer! This is my 5th version!)

These shorts are a perfect beginner pattern and have a great size range as well, 6/12months all the way up to a size 12 girls! I know I need to make my girls another pair or 3... each. You can find Brownie Goose on Etsy and she has a fun blog as well!

So there you have it, my honest and complete review of my very first ever Brownie Goose sew! I wouldn't be nervous to buy Brownie Goose after trying out this pattern!


google reader - say what??!!

Apparently google reader is going. I think this is silly... but it means you will have to find another way to blog follow. What are you choosing? I have bloglovin on the right sidebar if you want to follow me that way.

In other news. I sew I sew, I no post! Ha! Good thing you already know what a terrible blogger I really am and the expectations are low... but check out what I've been neglecting the blog to do: 

Simply sweet pattern by the scientific seamstress - maxi length with bib front (bib front tutorial is on facebook in the scientific seamstress lab group)

Sisboom Carly bubble romper - babies neeeeeed bubble rompers, but this mom is happiest when the bubble rompers also cover the back and protect the sensitive skin! 

I made myself a sisboom Lucy shirt length! 

Scientific seamstress portrair peasant as Minnie Mouse - the oldest loves it!

A sisboom Vanessa top - do you like the fun fabric? I won it from Alida Makes - her calling all kids series. 

Tommy boxers - another sisboom pattern - love them! The husband got a pair too - but he refused to model. 

The boxers were made for a sewalong - and my new thing to eat is vegan chocolate chip cookie dough 

and this is how I like to sew - empowerment mug, gummy candies, and pretty fabric. Also I prefer classic rock to be on the radio.  

So there you have it - I have been busy! Now who is going to bloglovin me?


sewing sewing and working on my photos

I think my photography is improving anyways :) I love the sewing too. As you can see the simply sweet pattern is a summer basic around here :)

Summer posting is likely going to be slow by the way... I want to get more done with the kids, and more sewing/less computer time (except for work obviously - which is also eating my computer time)

What are you hoping to do this summer? any summer goals?


Another Dress for myself :)

This is the LUCY pattern from sisboom/Scientific Seamstress. It was such a quick sew - I had it done in an afternoon (that included many breaks for taking care of the baby). The directions were very clear and you choose your size for the main dress - but you also choose your cup size for the top AA up to DD!!
Great pattern! Perfect for sewing along with the Summer of No Pants!
 ( full disclosure: I work for ScientificSeamstress now)

I really do love this dress and think it is a very flattering fit :) I decided to make the knee length version for chasing after kids this summer, but maybe I will make it maxi length yet too ... Perfect for beach days! 

Another Angie Dress Me Hearties!

ok... so mother's day has come and gone and I am still selfish sewing... 
this is the Sisboom Angie dress pattern - I LOVE it!

I've made it before and raved about it then too - but I'll say it again - easy sew and pockets and no zippers or buttons. Comfort and style!

ps. yay for the summer of no pants! (at hideous dreadful stinky! - I know I'll have to wear some pants this summer - since I'm not even sure summer will come yet... but I love love love dresses so  I will be sewing along! ...and adding this dress to my summer dress pile)

(and I really do think my vintage bling and pirate hat adds to the look.)

ps. the pattern is HERE and for full disclosure work for the scientific seamstress now (just started) :) !!!!!


I really do like to sew for myself !

I made myself the Devon tunic this week (sisboom patterns) and I LOVE it!!! 

Happy Mothers Day to me! 
(and you other moms too - but I'm not making you a shirt - but sisboom does have a 20%off code on their blog if you want to make one for yourself)

ZIGZAG Bubblegum! See Kate Sew blog Hop!

I was soooooo (SO) excited when the lovely Kate asked me to be a part of her blog hop, and hugely honoured!

I absolutely adore this dress, and my girl loves it too, she has asked to wear is a few times already. She calls it her button dress, and she really does love buttons.

(do you love all that snow? haha. the weather is WAY off this year!)

This pattern was a delight to sew, very easy to follow directions and it went together in an evening. 

I love the piping detail. and I love that the sleeves are elbow length - a perfect spring and fall and cooler summer days dress.

and every photo shoot has a butt scratching picture doesn't it lol.

Thank-you so SEW much Kate for having me be a part of your blog tour!

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful versions of the dress from the rest of the blog hop (some great inspiration is to be had from these ladies!)

Justine at Sew Country Chick Veronica at Sew Very Sabra at Sew a Straight Line Ashley at Cherished Bliss Angelina at JoJo and Eloise Summer at Sumo's Sweet Stuff Jen at The Crafting Fiend RaeAnna at Sewing Mama RaeAnna Image Map

The Nelia by Popoluk

I was sooo excited to get to pattern test this gorgeous dress, I whipped it up the evening before family pictures so my girl could wear it for the photos.

Fabric used:  I found locally in the discount section - I am sorry I have no idea what my fabrics are brand wise. 

Time: I found the dress to sew up fairly quickly. About 2-3 hours I would say. It is more complicated in looks than actuality :)

Pattern: This pattern comes with so many variations, a great bargain in you want a multitude of looks with one pattern! I chose the peter pan collar, short sleeves, knee length. I would rate it advanced beginner because of the buttonholes though. If you are comfortable with buttonholes you will do great! Though she also includes snaps as an option. 

Sizing:  I love the fit on my girl! It is spot on in it's sizing! My girl wears a 3T and I made her a size 3.

Would I make this pattern again: YES! though I think I want to try the bow collar sleeveless next time like Ginger Dimples did - love that look!

Thanks for having me pattern test for you!


Jocole everyday princess top

Fabric used: This pattern used less than a yard of main fabric in the 3T. As for the print... I have no idea. it was on special in the basement of a local fabric warehouse

Time:  the top sewed up fairly quickly once I gave up on getting my new brother machine to shirr and got my mom to bring back my viking (good thing she only lives 10 minutes away!). cutting wasn't a lot of work, a few pieces and then a few measurements. 

Pattern: I found it well written and easy to follow. The thing about jocole I have realized is that she also does quick instructions - so if you don't need pictures you can just reference the quick sheet by the pattern for the step by steps - this will be a huge inksaver for those of you who like to print up the directions! The photos were great and I only had one user error part that was a very easily cleared up due to the designer being VERY easy to get a hold of :)   
I loved the shirred back - it makes the on and off so easy! and the length is super cute with a little denim skirt too :)

Would I make this pattern again: Yes! It is on my pile of make again... but after looking through the jocole pattern page on this one I think I might try to make it ala fairytale style! I don't know about your girl/s - but mine is into princesses right now...

My kid makes some pretty funny faces when she poses lol

(I was not asked to or paid for this review, but I did pattern test this shirt so I guess in full disclosure I did get the pattern free)


Kids clothing week!

I made this gorgeous Wednesday dress (pattern by Califaye collection ). I am in love with this dress. Though it is on sale on my facebook Page. But I plan to make more, for both girls as the pattern goes 12m-10yrs. Isn't that back cut out just lovely? 

I had to bribe my girl with a candy to put the dress on for a minute and hold still for a picture.

Do you have a favourite new pattern? Are you sewing for kcw? In you opinion do you prefer a white cake with fruit, or chocolate cake? (I'm a white cake and some fruit kind of a girl)
Check it out here 

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