Love Notions Hip-Hop Tank and Top

School is starting back for me here sooner than I’d like.  I still have a few weeks left, but I’m definitely already thinking about fall and sewing for cooler weather.  I was lucky enough to join the Hip Hop Tank tour for Love Notions.  As I looked through the pattern, I had no idea that you could make one in woven fabric.  I envisioned making a woven sleeveless top to wear under cardigans or even a blazer for my upcoming school year.  I love when I can use a top both casually and professionally.  This pattern can be made in so many different styles and ways that it can easily be used to make it work for different purposes, and be a capsule pattern. hiphop

The pattern includes the cut chart for the neck and arm bands, if you’re doing knit.  Since I did woven, I made my own bias tape cutting 2″ wide strips on the bias.  I then folded and ironed to make the bias tape.  Since I didn’t have the measurements for the woven bindings, I simply clipped my binding on openings and clipped all the way around.  When I came to the end, I folded the bottom in 3/8″ so that I had a clean finish before I sewed them on.   hiphop5

This pattern has 4 different views with color blocking and two unique backs.  One back can be a button up back, and the other a tulip back.  Most of the views require knit for the bodice.  There’s a sleeveless cut line and both a tank cut line at the armscyes.  Cap sleeve pattern pieces are also included, if you’d like to make a short sleeve version.  There’s a hi-low hem cut line, as well as a straight cut line.  hiphop4

Overall, the pattern instructions are written very well and each view has it’s own set of instructions.  Both the front and back have separate pattern pieces.  The pattern states that you can do either knit bands or bindings, if you make a knit version, but the preferred method is binding.  The bindings don’t have pattern pieces, but a cut chart is given.  I really enjoyed sewing up this Hip-Hop tank!  It was really quick and easy!

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Made for Mermaids Tara Twist


When I first saw this pattern posted for testing, I thought it looked so complicated.  Catherine assured us that it was an easy sew.  Once I saw the instructions and got started, it really was a quick sew!  I could easily make one in about 45 minutes, and made several during testing in very little time.  The shirt has a unique twist on the front side that can either be twisted on the left, or the right.  As usual the Tara twist is available in both Mama and girls, or bundle them together. tara6

The Tara twist can be made either as a tank, or with sleeves.  I made her top with 3/4 sleeves.  There are short, 3/4, and long sleeves too.  The sleeves can also be done with a split and twisted.  The front piece can also easily be hacked and made as a plain front without the twist.  For our floral shirts, I used a modal that I got from So Sew English Fabrics.  The grey is a rayon spandex from a local shop.  You can get the patterns individually, or bundled together with the girls and women’s pattern.  The patterns are on sale for $7 each or bundled for $10, which is only available during the release with the sale ending on Sunday, July 30. tara20tara27tara10tara18tara7tara24

New Horizons Pierside Pencil Skirt


As you know, I love matching my girl!  Surprisingly, I don’t have a pencil skirt pattern for her.  The one thing that is nice about the Pierside pencil skirt is that it’s not super fitted.  There’s some ease in the hips, and she can easily still run and climb in it.  This skirt pattern has several lengths, knee, mid, and maxi.  There are a few different styles of hems, curved, curved with side vents, and maxi with side vents.  It has a nice and comfy yoga style waistband.  pierside21

You can also add pockets, or even a drawstring for a more relaxed look.  The pattern is semi-fitted throughout.  The girls pattern goes from sizes 12-18 months up to 16 years.  The women’s fits hip sizes 31″ – 53.5″.  I used some fabric from my Bee Box from Vinegar and Honey Fabrics for the stripe.  I believe it was a poly rayon spandex and used a Cotton Lycra for the waistband.  The floral is a brushed polyester.  The patterns are on sale either in a bundle or separately until Sunday, July 30 for $7.50 each, or bundled for $14. pierside17pierside19pierside5pierside15pierside7

DIBY Duchess Skirt


The amazing Jessica over at DIBY (Do it better yourself club) is releasing another pattern, and a free one at that!  The Duchess skirt is a simple circle skirt, but has an great feature of a hi-low hem.  It took me longer to print, cut, and determine which fabric to use, than it did for me to sew it.  It’s a great quick sew, and gives such a dramatic look.  dibyskirt

I did mine in a modal knit that I got from LA Finch Fabrics, but the skirt can also be made in woven too.  I did the midi length with the dramatic rise.  The one thing that I did notice, is that since it is a half circle that it does require quite a bit of fabric.  I don’t usually keep 3 yard cuts on hand, so I was limited to just a few fabrics.  The pattern says that the midi length requires 2 1/2 yards for sizes 1-9, and 3 yards for maxi length.  dibyskirt3

This was my first time sewing up a DIBY pattern.  I noticed that she does her sizing differently, but also has quite a large range for sizes and has sizing going all the way up to a 63″ waist.  I love that she’s accommodating so many different sizes.  She also has her sizing listed differently, and not as the usual store bought sizes.  This also helps to make people get their measurements.  Her sizing goes from 1-9 and then 1+ – 9+.  Below is the schedule for the tour dates and pages for this wonderful skirt!dibyskirt4

The Duchess Blog Tour Schedule

July 25th – Sewing With Sarah | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing
July 26th – Kainara Stitches | Wonderfully Handmade
July 27th – Seams Sew Lo | Mermaid Mama Designs
July 28th – Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen | Cookie on The Loose
July 29th – On Wednesdays we Sew | The Crunchy Mommy

Sew a little seam Birch Button up and Giveaway!

I was always intimidated to make a button up shirt when I started sewing a while ago.  They just always seemed so daunting.  I was pretty sure it would end up in a mess on the floor, and I’d want to never see it again.  PDF patterns have totally changed my outlook on this.  I feel like I can accomplish just about anything given pictures, videos, and thoughrough instructions.  Kelly at Sew a Little Seam makes the best patterns if you love lots of options.  I think I could clothe my kids in only Kelly’s patterns and they’d still wear a different looking outfit every day.  The new Birch Button up pattern is no exception either.  birch21

There’s full or partial placket, 3 different types of pockets and flaps, long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, front tie hem, curved hem, straight hem, collar, collarless….I think I could go on forever.  Here is the line drawing to show all of the options that are available to mix and match to customize the perfect shirt.  And the sizing goes from 3 months to 16 years, it’s a timeless pattern!20232321_1661967857213442_4652707939691959147_o

I made my son’s shirt with a more traditional look.  I really like the full placket, short sleeve, and pocket.  He didn’t have any short sleeve button up shirts, and this fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby is light enough that it’s great for his summer wardrobe.

The pattern is on sale through August 1 for only $4.90 with the code found in Sew a Little Seam’s Facebook group!!  Now it’s the fun time for the giveaway!  Click below and I’ll be giving away a copy of this great pattern!  If you happen to be the winner, and already purchased I’ll refund your purchase 😊

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Honeydew Kisses Fiona Shorts

I love bubble shorts on little girls!  I think they are the cutest look.  I’m pretty sure I have more than one pattern of bubble shorts in my pattern library.  They’re like a weakness for me, and I can’t help but sew them.  Well, I sewed another pair for little girl using the Fiona shorts pattern from Honeydew Kisses.  I much prefer having a cuff on the bottom though as opposed to just having elastic, like a bloomer.  I feel like it gives them a more polished look.  fiona13

This pair of Fiona shorts was surprisingly fast to sew up.  I like the look of the flat front, as they seem more put together.  This pattern isn’t lined, and does have pockets.  I chose to sew mine without any pockets, mostly because she just doesn’t really use them.  The front pattern piece has the pocket cut out already, but the instructions at the back of the pattern explain how to adjust the piece if you don’t want to add pockets.  It also comes with suspenders, if you want that look too. fiona12fiona16

Raspberry Creek Fabrics has some colored chambray, so I grabbed all of the colors she had available.  This is the purple chambray from her shop.  I found the polka dot fabric in my stash, and I love how they looked together.  fiona15

Honeydew Kisses Eleanor

This is love!  If you’ve never heard of Honeydew Kisses patterns, then you’re missing out.  She designs some of the cutest boutique-type patterns out there.  Recently, she said she was updating her Eleanor pattern, and I was so excited to be able to make one.  The details on this pattern are just so sweet!Eleanor12

It’s such a sweet look, and so cute!  The bow back was an update to the pattern, and the original pattern still has the crossover back.  The pattern has short, long, flutter, and sleeveless options.  There’s also a tunic, dress, and bubble romper option.  I sewed up the shorts romper option with the short sleeves and added pockets.  You can also add a snap crotch, which is included in the pattern, and a functioning button placket front.  Eleanor11EleanorEleanor5Eleanor4

The pattern is currently on sale until Sunday, July 23 for $6.97.  I used chambray from Raspberry creek fabrics, and Art Gallery from One Red Blossom.  Eleanor9

Patterns for Pirates Linen and Little Loungers

I love a nice comfy woven pant.  Especially as a mom of young kids, I’m all over the place and up and down a lot.  I need something that can accommodate running around with my kids, or just going to the store.  Having a pair of pants or shorts that I can throw on and know they will be comfortable like my yoga pants, but look more put together, is exactly what I need.  Patterns for Pirates has fulfilled my wishes!  Meet the Linen Loungers and Little LoungersLL7

When Judy posted about this pattern, I started looking around for some nice chambray fabric.  I got this grey chambray from Cali Fabrics for a great price.  I made the bermuda length for my son and me.  I did the patch front pockets for mine, and the hidden slat pockets for my son.  There’s also back patch pockets with the pattern too.  You have the option of doing a woven or a knit waistband, with either waistband having an optional drawstring.


The pattern also comes with several different lengths.  There’s are pants, capri, bermuda, and shorts lengths.  The shorts can have cuffs, curved hem, and/or button tabs.  LL22

Recently when I was in Los Angeles, I picked up several yards of rayon challis.  The print above is one that I grabbed while I was there.  It worked perfectly for these capri pants with the hidden slat pockets.  The pattern will be on sale until Sunday, July 23.  There is a bundle with the kid’s and women’s pattern, or you can grab them separately.  The final pattern round-up post can be found here.  There’s also a blog post about hacks, so check that out too.LL2LL10LL17LL23

Bella Sunshine Designs Tess Tulip Shorts


You know I always love matching my little girl!  Anytime we match, she always points to her and me and makes some sort of comment about how we look the same.  It’s so fun, and I know the day will come when she won’t want to, so I’m taking advantage of it now. I’ve been searching for a tulip shorts pattern.  When Melissa at Bella Sunshine Designs (BSD) said that she was testing some, I knew that I needed them.  These shorts were a fairly quick sew.  They aren’t lined, so that saves some time and fabric.  There’s a flat front, and elastic back.  There are two different lengths, a short and long length.  Both my daughter and I are wearing the long length.  For the women’s this ends up being about a 5″ inseam for the long length.  For the girl’s, her shorts came to about mid-thigh.

I used Art Gallery fabric for out versions.  The shorts are on sale until 7/28/17 for $6.50 for the women’s, and $5.50 for the girl’s.  tulip4tulip17tulip

Simple Life Pattern Co. Lorelei Swimsuit

The new Lorelei swimsuit is a simple, but adorable swimsuit.  This suit has been in constant rotation in our house.  She’s used it several times during our swim lessons and it’s passed the swim test with flying colors.  We haven’t had any straps come down, or any wardrobe malfunctions (haha!).


I chose to make the simple suit with the ruffle down the full length.  There’s also an option to have it with a side cut out on the wearer’s left.  It can also be made without the ruffle.  I used Raspberry Creek’s starfish swim fabric for this suit, and just happen to have a coordinating coral solid swim fabric.  Simple Life Pattern Company is currently having a sale with 25% with the code SUMMERSALE.  Grab this cute new pattern with the sale!Lorelei7Lorelei2Lorelei3