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Christmas Jammies and a FREE pattern for FMA

So, my kids needed some Christmas jammies.... because... you know.... it's almost Christmas? and I like to make projects for myself as any good sewist does?? Or maybe I just wanted to sew and needed a deadline ???

Any way you slice it - I made PAJAMA'S!!!! and The pattern is one sale this week! AND AND AND  - I have a freeee pattern for you!!! The "Beary Christmas" free motion applique pattern you see on the front's here! 

Ok. Let's talk pattern. As you know I'm a super picky person when it comes to pattern testing and what I post on here, so as is no surprise I'm sure - this is another Little Lizard King pattern. 

The Northern Lights Pajama Set includes:
- sizes 12 months - 12 years
- designed for knit
- knee or ankle length gown with optional hem/bodice ruffles
- simple top or gathered top with optional hem/bodice ruffles
- fitted or gathered sleeves offered in long and short lengths
- shorts/pants with optional hem ruffle

As you can see I did the gown option (no ruffle because I'm lazy! which all you regular readers know by now), and the plain pj top and pants! My kids of course wanted to each have new jammies.. but one likes gowns and one top and bottoms, and I'm HAPPY to see a pattern with both - because who wants to spend MORE $$$$ at Christmas time??? NOT ME! and if you don't either - this pattern is double duty and helps the pattern budget with all the options!

I used knit fabric from truenorthfabrics.ca (yep - even the sparkle background is fabric from there...)

The jammies both sewed up fast as can be, and super cute, as you can see. As usual - I enjoyed LLK's directions and felt they were laid out very clearly , which is sometimes a challenge in multi optional patterns; and the fit is as per the measurements guide. 

Want the FREE free motion applique pattern? Head on over to my facebook group! I uploaded it there as I find that the easiest right now. But, I'm open to hearing thoughts on other ways to do free patterns as well :) 

*NO affiliate links used - yep. nothing affiliated on this post! So no worries - I am not making a cent off you reading or clicking through to anything

Free pattern for Hoop Art!

I did a FREE pattern and tutorial for Fleece for Fun! Click on over to check it out!

Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan

Gosh I love this pattern. Flowy and comfy, but nice fitted sleeves - because when it is cold you do NOT want drafty sleeves!
I made mine out of cotton lycra! I am thinking of maybe trying a french terry one next in a bit longer length... Perfect for wearing with tights and then adding 5 layers of cardigans and sweaters and wearable blankets over... #Ihatewinter.... 
The pattern itself is a quick sew - and that bottom ruffle is a light gather so you won't want to murder someone by the end of it! Great directions as well to the pattern, so if you are a beginner this is a great place to start with knits!
I got this fabric from https://www.truenorthfabrics.ca/ and I think it is a lovely weight and the colours and fabric print are great! It has survived many washes already without any fading!
Just in time for #chalkandnotchturns2 - with which this is my sew to celebrate!

Gift Giving Season is here! Wrap up in STYLE!

I love a FAST sew - as you all know...  and when sewing up a bag to wrap presents in is faster and less frustrating than wrapping - I'm all in!!! (how do you really wrap wine bottles anyways??)

I made the Pluton and the Mercure from the Bento option of the new Jalie Galaxie1 pattern set.  

As you can see by the pictures - LOADS of options! 
3 Bento style options from small to a tall bag, a box pouch, 2 sizes of drawstring bags, and 2 sizes of tote bags!


SPECIAL LAUNCH / BLACK FRIDAY COUPON : Save 50% on the new GALAXIE 1 pattern, with coupon code 50OFF2017, valid from November 24th, 00:01 Eastern Time to Nov. 27 23:59 Eastern Time. This pattern will be available in pdf ONLY

Perfect for quick kid gifts, teacher gifts, and making that bottle of wine look a little classy on your countertop!

The pouches are so perfectly adorable with little box corners - that are super easy to do and no measuring involved! 

I'll be over here making a half a dozen more for all the small gifts to give! I think the small one will fit half a dozen cookies nicely and a pouch of hot chocolate mix.. that is a good neighbour gift - right?

One Thimble Issue 17 is out and here to play in the snow!

Issue 17 is OUT!!!!*  One Thimble is hands down my favourite pdf/online sewing magazine!!! Every issue has several patterns I want to sew and articles I MUST read! *post contains affiliate links

Today I'm showing the Miss Blossom Bunny Purse pattern! This cute bunny purse is a fairly simple sew. It does have a zipper so just for that I always slap on an intermediate rating - but do not be scared of zippers! They are a great skill to have in your sewing skillset.

Broof Doll complete with a Dickfish!

This sew - TOTALLY a just for fun sew!!! I've had this on my make list since we watched the latest Doraleous and Associates episode that hit youtube. (which you can go and watch HERE). Though the episode might not be child appropriate, depending on age of your child/ren of course and what you allow in your home - so consider yourself fair warned)

Broof has always been a favourite character in the series and right at the end of this episode when he comes back in with the dickfish made the husband and I laugh so much that we would randomly say "dickfish" to each other and start chortling again. 

I actually made TWO Broof dolls with dickfish. Why??? Well, because this project included heavily modifying a doll pattern (Nimblephish Delightful Doll pattern), LOADS of hand painting and of course sewing all those details and making my own pattern for the dickfish. 

So, I was pretty sure at some point in this project I would mess it up, which is why I started with sewing two, I wanted a spare in case I made an irreversible error. I ended with two dolls though - because I didn't mess up the painting anywhere and the sewing and mods turned out perfectly! (though the hair took a couple attempts ... and I almost forgot the ears..) 

I'm not going to lie about the time commitment for making a fan based doll, there was sooo much hand sewing and painting for the details here that each doll is about 15hours of work. A few times I had to take a few days break between working on the Broof dolls because my fingers were so worn down and sore from the hand sewing.

BUT, I was able to gift one to the husband - which he has decorating his gaming area and it makes us both smile when we see it - and he was very impressed with how this turned out and it is nice to be able to wow him sometimes with my sewing and painting. 

I was going to save this for the anniversary gift (11 years later this month ! ... not really sure where that time went) But of course, I suck at keeping surprises and like being all "look what I did!" when I make things... 

And now I am going to have to think of something else for a present....  OR (and I am favouring this) are anniversary gifts needing to be on the day of a bit overrated? I mean an early present is still a present right? 

Santa Stocking Time!!!! +PATTERN GIVEAWAY!

Anita is a German pattern maker who is getting some of her patterns translated to English, and her next pattern to be translated - the Santa Stocking!!! 

GIVEAWAY at the end of the post

A Tale of Two Raglans!

Today I'm sharing TWO raglan patterns with you! I know I've made the Camden by Hey June* before (and blogged it...). But it is such a great pattern that my oldest daughter just LOVES!

The second raglan is the Chalk and Notch Waterfall which I hadn't made before now. My youngest though wanted a shirt that looked like a dress, the Waterfall fit the bill and she LOVES it! (and has picked fabric out for her next one!

My daughters are very different body shapes - so even a simple raglan sew is not the same for both kids, another reason to love multiple designers having raglan patterns out!

Fringe Dress - selfish sewing fun!

I made myself a new dress!!! I bought this pattern the weekend it was released..... but only got around to sewing it last week. oops. I printed it within minutes of buying it  but as tends to happen, things arose that were a higher priority. 

Say hello to the Chalk and Notch Fringe dress ( no affiliate links - and bought the pattern with my own money and the fabric too!)

This dress is perfect for around the year wear - oversized cardi and boots for fall - I'll add tights for winter, and on it's own for warmer weather!

The pattern sewed up in a few hours, and the only changes I made were to how I constructed the ties. Because let's be honest, I don;t have the time or the patience to turn little fabric tubes! So I ironed them like bias tape and then sewed up both sides, tucking in an end!

I absolutely ADORE the hemline !!! and the pockets.... 

I added the ties to the front darts (pattern has that option) so I can adjust ties to tighter fitting dress or looser - depending on how much turkey and stuffing I eat this weekend at Thanksgiving...

Here is a closer up of the front - you can see the super tidy finishing - I love a well faced garment! and a close up of the fabric - it's not just dots! The fabric is a cotton - but a slightly more lightweight than average.. or maybe just a bit more drape... It is comfy though  and wears well.

The day after these pics the husband said to me about how much he really liked the dress I was wearing yesterday... If a dress has enough of an impact to get a compliment (again) the next day - it is a win!

There you have it - my new fall/winter dress! I think I'll sew one up in some Zelda print next for comicon this month! (Which I am hoping to go to!)

Don't be fooled by the smiles in the previous pictures - it was frost on the ground and seeing your breath in the air cold the mornign we took pictures! ... Anyone want to adopt a full grown Canadian out of the cold this winter?

Camden Raglan Pattern

I am in LOOOVE with the HEY JUNE Camden raglan* for girls!!! it is in the juniors line which means it is size 6-16. Basically this is the kids version of the Lane raglan - so it is no shock I love it considering how I feel about my lane! (Read about that HERE!)

As soon as she tried on the top I knew I HAD to make all her shirts in this pattern! the fit is sooo perfect on her! I did the 6 width and 8 length as she is a bit longer than she is wide.

For fabric I used the cranberry mini stars (open now for a preorder) and my penguins from True North Fabrics a canadian custom fabrics group). They are a basic cotton lycra - but a good quality and weight cotton lycra! 

but seriously - this fit is SPOT on!!! The pattern has so many options in it as well I feel like I really can make all her shirts in this pattern and they won't all look the same!

*Affiliate links to Hey June are used in this post - it costs nothing extra to you to use an affiliate link - but I do get a small commission - so if my sewing inspires you please do consider clicking my links :)  HEY JUNE Camden raglan

Back to School Sewing

Hi!!! WELCOME !! This is my stop on the giant back to school blog tour! All about back to school sewing!!! Now, if you read the blog regularly, you've already seen a lot of the back to school sews I've done, but no such things as too many clothes until it is time to do laundry right?

I made 4 patterns:
  1. the Jalie Vanessa Fluid pants
  2. the Filles et Maman Souris top (in tunic length)
  3. the Gracious Threads Raindrop Tee
  4. the Bubby and Me Darcy (in top length)
  5. Sis Boom Sophie Tunic (on sale until oct 5th with 50% of shop sales going to help rebuild Puerto Rico)

I Drink and I Sew Things!

This weekend I took the time to sew - for ME!!! I made this hoodie and a dress (which will be a later blog post). It was amazing. I left a lot of the "momming" to the husband (he did dishes and snacks and spent time with kids) and I sat at my machine listen to some classic rock in my headphones and sewed! AMAZING! I had fun, I feel re-energized, and I love my new fall/winter clothes!

Sewing for Kindergarten

 I'm not quite sure how it happened... but my BABY is in Kindergarten this year!!! She is SOOOOOO excited about it and loving it sooo much!

Her first day when she got home she says to me,  "Mom, I listened to my teacher ALLLLLLLLLLL day - and I even did the boring work!! ALLL the boring work even!"

and that was Kindergarten, day 1 folks...

The ESTEEM dress! A lot of pics and pattern details!

This post is ALLLL about the new Cali Faye ESTEEM dress

Kitten Birthday Party

Cheeks had her 5th birthday celebration this week!! (I do NOT know how on earth my baby is 5 already... but it happened)

Her and her friends LOOOOVE to play kittens together, so she HAD to have a kitten themed birthday party! And I did it on the cheap! So if you want to get some animal inspired birthday party ideas - here you go!

The majority of the party budget was spent on Beanie Boos. I was going to make cats... but I really didn't feel like making 7 cats was a good use of my time, and especially not when I found beanie boos at Chapters for 5.06 each (yay for getting an email with a weekend coupon code!)

7 Beanie Boos =  $35.42

TOTALLY worth the money too have a fun take home gift (I HATE doing goody bags... mostly because I end up throwing most of the dollar store stuff out when my kids get them)

Next up I found headbands on EBAY (I got them for about 1$ each) Here is a link to them, there are many sellers who have them as you can see 

7 headbands: $7

The craft was a make and decorate your own collar - I made these with a simple tag shape and ribbon using vinyl and fabric.  

Ribbon cost : $2 - everything else was scraps

The kids had a blast decorating with little self adhesive dots.  Dots cost: $2 at Walmart

For the cake I used 2 boxes of cake mix and a container of icing 

Cake mix + icing = $4

The ears and nose I made using scraps of felt and candles were ones we bought previous years. 

Total cost = $50.42

or $54.42 if you include the $ on buying the Kitty Garland banner embroidery file... but that has other uses and will be used to make banners I can sell at markets too.

Me: "Show me your I'm 5 now face!" and this is the face she gives me!

The dress she is wearing is the Buby&Me Darcy dress, which I tested and you can read all about in THIS blog post. The fabric is fabric I designed for True North Fabrics. I'm not including the dress in the party budget - since she needed some new school appropriate dresses anyways.

She really does love her new dress though!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the birthday party - I know it is a little out of my normal posting, but hopefully it helps give some ideas! 

I'd love to hear some comments below! What do you love about the kitten part theme?

Bring on FIVE! 

Happy Crafting!

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