Sew Like My Mom Tulipa Top and Dress


The curve and unique look of this top is just so cute!  And with the most appropriate name, Tulipa top and dress.  Color blocking and dolmans go together so well.  When Melissa from Sew Like My Mom posted this top for testing, it was too cute to pass up on.  The front and back curve near the neck just gives a really cute finished look.  I also love that most, if not all, of her patterns are great for all my Cotton Lycra that I’ve got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  tulipia

The pattern has short, and long sleeve options.  There’s also a gathered front option.  With 3 different lengths, top, tunic, and dress, it’s sure to have whatever length that you might need.  The size range goes from 12m to girls 16.  I made a top length, because she’s starting to grow out of all of her tops and the girl has so many dresses already.  The pattern is on sale for $6 for sizes 12m-8 or 6-16, or bundled for $10 for all sizes through Thursday, August 31.  tulipia5

My Favorite Things


I’m on the Sewing by Ti blog today showing a few of my favorite sewing things.  I love a simple wardrobe.  I don’t have to dress professionally for anything in my life right now.  I  mostly wear jeans or shorts, and a t-shirt.  I’m very plain and simple, since I stay at home with my kids mostly.  I’m usually running around feeding people and cleaning up after others.  Although I make dresses and skirts for some pattern tests that I do, I don’t wear them on a daily basis.

A loose fitting t-shirt is my go-to.  I recently started sewing some of Hey June Handmade’s patterns.  They are the most comfortable t-shirt patterns!  I love the loose fit in the waist and hips, but more fitted bust.  They are a fitted pattern, but they aren’t tight in the lower areas which is perfect for my not-so-perfect body.

I love the Lane Raglan is a great fitting raglan.  I usually have extra bulk under my arms, which is usually where raglan patterns have issues.  This sleeve is not the typical boxy pattern piece and is more fitted.  It fits snuggly under my arm instead of hanging down. (vinyl cut file can be found here too Peek-a-boo digital designsmessybun

I used a grey jersey fabric that I had in my stash from LDG Textiles and the floral was from the Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring CLUB line.

The Union St Tee is another one of Hey June’s patterns that is a set in sleeve pattern, but is also a nice loose around the hips and waist pattern.  rcffall17-6rcffall17-5

This is another fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and is part of their current fall CLUB line.  There is one thing that I noticed about both patterns, and that is the neckbands on both tended to be a little tall for my taste.  I made a shorter neckband on my Union St Tee and plan to do the same on any of the Lane Raglans that I make in the future.

One of my favorite sewing gadgets has to be my Purple Thang.  I use it a lot!  It’s perfect to help turn corners, push fabrics that are being stubborn under the presser foot (so I don’t get my finger), and anything else that I can think of.  It’s a fairly cheap tool, but it’s come in handy way more that I thought. 41nmjpRahkL._SX450_

(Image taken from google).

Tuesday, August 1st: Intro ***You are here. 😀, Tenille’s Thread
2nd: Stitching At Night
3rd: Sewing By Ti
4th: Needles To Say
5th: Very Blissful

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin
7th: Anne-Mari Sews
8th: Sewing With Sarah
9th: Thats Sew Lily
10th: Stitching at Night
11th: EYMM
12th: Sew Sew Ilse

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday
21st: She Who Sews
22nd: Idle Sunshine
23rd: My Heart Will Sew On
24th: Lovely For Life
25th: Margarita On the Ross
26th: Anne-Mari Sews

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
28th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Me Made
31st: Living in Twinado Alley

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Fall 2017 CLUB line

I was so honored to be asked to sew up some of the new RCF fall 2017 prints.  I thought I would write up a quick post showing the ones that I sewed up all in one place.  Her CLUB jersey fabric is really nice.  She has her CLUB fabric milled exclusively for her.  It’s a nice weight and I’ve never had any issues with it being see through.  I would easily use it for a dress without worry of my undergarments showing through.  rcffall17-21rcffall17-20

This print is the moody triangles designed by Kim Henrie.  I made a Jolly Roger Raglan by Patterns for Pirates with this fabric.  I paired it with the solid mustard from RCF. rcffall17-10rcffall17-9rcffall17-8

I made some Movie Night PJs from Sew a Little Seam (which is a free pattern if you join her Facebook group and use the code in the pinned post) with this arrow fabric.  I paired this with the solid salmon from the shop.  This was another design by Kim Henrie. rcffall17rcffall17-2

The Peony leggings from Sew Like My Mom work great for my tall and skinny kid.  This abstract stripe is so cute for leggings.  I paired in with the solid teal from the shop.  Kim Henrie also designed this print.

Many of these cute fabrics come in several color ways.  Check out all of the new and lovely fall fabrics that Raspberry Creek Fabrics has to offer.  They’re on sale for $1 off per yard until Sunday, August 20 making them some of the cheapest custom prints that I know of.


Rebecca Page’s Arabella skirt pattern

I think I’ve sewn more with woven fabrics this summer than I have with knit.  It seems like a lot of patterns lately have been for woven fabrics.  I do love the feel of the wovens that have lots of drape.  I’ve mostly sewn with rayon challis, georgette, and chiffon.    aribella3

The new Arabella skirt from Rebecca Page looks so lovely in the rayon challis that I used. The pattern has 4 different lengths (above knee, knee, midi, and maxi lengths), and two different height waistbands (regular and tall).  I made her skirt a knee length with regular waistband.  There’s also an optional sash and optional side seam pockets.  A women’s pattern is available too, and also a bundle to grab both of them.  The patterns are on sale until Thursday, August 17. aribellaarabella6arabella3

New Horizons Deer Creek Tunic


I feel like I blinked and summer went by.  I’ve started to think about cooler weather already.  My son and I are both starting school in just a couple of weeks.  I love wearing leggings, cardigans, tunics, and boots during winter.  I can never have enough tunics to go with my leggings.  I have several different types, but I’m always drawn to ones that have a true waist.  The Deer Creek Tunic from New Horizons Designs has an elastic casing waist with a dolman sleeve.  deercreek2

One other thing that makes me giddy about this pattern is that there are different options for finishing the neckline.  I’m sure for some that might not be a big deal, but I really like having a polished looking neckline.  I love having the ease of doing a neckband sometimes, but the professional look of a binding is something that I really like.  The pattern has the option of doing either, but I’ll almost always choose doing a binding over a neckband whenever possible.


I used a rayon spandex french terry from So Sew English Fabrics.  I wanted something that would still have drape, yet be warmer for the cooler upcoming weather.  The pattern states the fabric needs to have at least 35% stretch, but light/medium weight knits with good drape work best.  I like that it’s long enough to cover my bum to wear with leggings.  I made mine in 3/4 sleeves, but the pattern also has long and short sleeves too.  There’s also a curved and straight dress length too.  It’s also the last day for the New Horizons Designs 30% off sale. Use the code BACKTOSCHOOL to get the pattern for even less. deercreek6deercreek