Friday, September 25, 2015

Momiform MAKEover

This is an exciting post for me.
I've often struggled with dressing in a somewhat stylish fashion...

And, then in comes, 'Momiform MAKEover.'

 Momiform MAKEover
My plan was to make somewhat of a wardrobe that was stylish, yet comfy.
I want to look put-together at home, while I take care of my rambunctious brood,
and when I head out to town with them in tow!

First up, is the Katie Dress from Greenstyle Creations, along with a new bag pattern, the Buckle Me Up Beauty.
Here I am with my 'Mom-mobile,' all ready to go.

I sewed the Katie Dress up in a lovely cotton knit from Canadian National Fabric.
The flattering gather in the bodice takes it from being just another knit dress to being something fun and stylish.
The Buckle Me Up Beauty is sewn in a brown twill type fabric from my stash with a cotton lining from my local-ish Fabricland, with hardware from Emmaline Bags.
This is the small version, which is great if you're out without the diaper bag...yay!

I couldn't keep it at one...
The second outfit I made is Jocole's A-line Yoga Skirt and the Willow Wrap Top from Love Notions.

The maxi skirt is sewn with an amazingly soft and comfy knit from Canadian National Fabric.
(Can you tell I really like that shop!)
The yoga waistband and the fitted skirt make for a super comfortable, yet stylish look.

And, the top is sewn from a very drapey knit from Fabricland.  
I sewed the top with the higher neckline, and I love how it turned out.
It's modest, yet stylish--perfect for running after kids!
Plus, the asymmetrical style with the pleated side takes it up a notch from being a plain old shirt.  
The pattern is easy to follow, and the fit is spot on.

Yes, two wasn't enough either...
Here is number three!
The Kinaco Skirt from Waffle Patterns, sold at Go-To Patterns, with the Women's Cowl Neck Tee from Sewing Geek Patterns. And again the bag is the Buckle Me Up Beauty, but a large version this time!


The Kinaco Skirt is sewn with a drapey grey fabric that I have absolutely no idea what it is.
It is a thrift shop purchase, but I love the softness and how ideal it is for fall!
The skirt's design is really neat--I really like the asymmetrical design and the fit is spot on.
For the lining, I used the same knit I used for the shirt--it is super soft and comfortable!


The Women's Cowl Neck Tee is sewn with a nice eggplant colored knit that I bought through a Canadian destash group on Facebook.
The shirt is comfortable, yet flattering. And,'s not just a plain t-shirt!
It is a super fast sew with an elegant cowl and an optional banded hem.
Also, the sleeves are a nice fluttery sleeve instead of the 'normal' tighter sleeve, which is a neat feature.
The Buckle Me UP Beauty is sewn with quilting cotton from Walmart and the accents are Essex linen from Again, hardware is from Emmaline Bags. It's definitely large enough to be a diaper bag, for which I'm super excited--now I can have a stylish diaper bag as well for taking the kids out and about.

Thanks for stopping by my Momiform MAKEover!

Momiform MAKEover
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(There will a different winner for each line item so we can spread the love around!)
Janome - One Skyline S5 Sewing Machine* Indiesew - Four $50 gift certificates (four separate winners) Michael Levine / Low Price Fabric - Four $25 gift certificates (four separate winners) and 10% discount for readers through October 1 - code: Makeover10 UpCraft Club - Two $25 gift certificates (two separate winners) and 20% discount on patterns through October 1 - code: MOMIFORM
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Aspiring Designer's Challenge--the Release of the Buckle Me Up Beauty Pattern!

I'm super excited to join in on another Aspiring Designer's Challenge!
The group of designers that join in on this are a great group of ladies--very supportive, encouraging, and friendly.
If you haven't followed along, you definitely should take a look at all the other designers' new releases!
And, I'm even more excited to present you with my newest pattern--the Buckle Me Up Beauty.

 With its unique shape and decorative buckles, this versatile purse pattern is perfect for your next project. Sew the small size either for a child or if you prefer a smaller purse. The big size is perfect to carry all the necessities. With two zippered pockets inside--one being a divider that separates the main bag into two separate pockets, plus a zippered pocket on the outside, the Buckle Me Up Beauty is a great way to have an organized bag!
A huge thank-you to the ladies who tested this pattern:
Jess, Shannon, Ana, Essence, Carmen, Jennifer, Lore, and Linda.
The following versions are their lovely tester versions!



You can find this pattern on sale on Craftsy and Etsy!
This weekend it is $2 off, at $5.50 US!*  **

I am also giving away a copy of this pattern!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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*Ends Tuesday, September 15th at 9AM MST.
**Etsy prices vary depending on the US/CAN conversion rate--I can only list them in CAN, and have tried to list them at a rate that was equivalent on the day of writing the listing. However, the conversion rate changes daily.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Jasper Joggers

When my friend Jess from Gracious Threads put out a tester call for woven joggers, I jumped in.
After all, my boys always need new pants. Seriously.
This son of mine had his Sunday pants and one other pair that did not have holes in them. One.
(And, that's because that pair had been forgotten in my diaper bag as a just-in-case pair...)
In comes the Jasper Joggers.
They are designed for woven and come in sizes 2-12.
I sewed up the size 2 and took a little in at the top of the sides for my skinny three year old, since the size 2 is designed for kiddos in diapers with a bit of extra room in the bum area.

The pattern features faux welt pockets in the back, a faux fly, and real pockets in the front.
They're easy off and on with an elastic waistband, and elastic cuffs.

Perfect for this little man's rough and tumble out-door play.

Gracious Threads is having a 25% off back-to-school sale right now as well. So you can save 25% off the Jasper Joggers and any other pattern you'd like from her shop!
Use the code: BACK2SCHOOL25

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Soccer Shirts!

My older two boys love soccer.
And, they've been begging me for special soccer shirts.
I found this neat soccer knit on a 'store-closing-clearance' at my local Fabricland, and thought it'd be great for soccer shirts.
Never-mind that it's not an athletic type fabric.
For the back and sleeves, I used a cotton/lycra knit from Girl Charlee.
The pattern is the Suburban Tee by Terra's Treasures. (affiliate links)
They're pretty thrilled with their 'soccer' shirts.
Now they can be a team and gang up on their dad.

Monday, August 3, 2015

An Adjusted Maggie Mae

Earlier this summer, I sewed up a dress for my littlest girl.
The Maggie Mae in size 9 months.
I love this pattern.
In the bigger sizes.
With this one, I had some issues--there was absolutely no way my little lady's hands, let alone her arms were going to fit through the arm holes.
But, I managed to salvage this dress by seam ripping the side seams open about 1.5" and folding the seam allowances to the inside, and then top stitching them down.
To keep the seam from tearing open further I stitched across the bottom of this new arm hole.
And, I'm glad I did because I love how this dress looks!
I also sewed up the free Dandelions 'n Dungarees leggings pattern, but cut them as little shorts.
The perfect Sunday outfit.
And, it matches her big sister's outfit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

S is for Sewing Blog Tour

Having 3 boys, I'm always on the look-out for good boy patterns.
When Sewing With Boys was looking for blog tour participants, I eagerly signed up.
There are a good number of extras included, in addition to the four main patterns.
I chose to sew up the Quad Tee and to use the Knight Knee Patch tutorial!
My boys are always wearing through their jeans. As in they have maybe one pair of jeans that do not have a hole. Sad, I know...
But, that has changed--they each have another pair of jeans that does not have a hole.
Instead, they are now some of their favourite because of the fun patches.
The tutorial includes the pieces that you can use, and gives ideas for how to arrange them.
The worst part was getting them sewn onto the pants by machine--it is very hard to maneuver a pant leg on the sewing machine.
I did have to enlarge the pieces by 150% because of the huge holes my sons wear into their jeans.
Some of their jeans it was still too small--but I think those are beyond repair anyway.
Next, I sewed up the Quad Tee for my youngest son.
He is in need of shirts that don't fall off his shoulders and that are slim enough.
I sewed up the size xxs and it fit him very well.
The front went together opposite of the pattern because I had flipped the pattern pieces upside down before cutting to get more mileage out of the fabric. 

He's pretty thrilled with it and the small pocket is a huge hit.
He started looking for a second one for his other hand.
Taking pictures was interesting...if you look closely at the bottom picture, you may see three photo bombers. You'll have to look closely--one is almost impossible to spot.

You can find the S is for Sewing E-book on Etsy.
It is 15% off during the blog tour, so grab it early!
Make sure to hop over and have a look at all the other blog stops:

July 13th
July 14th
July 15th
July 16th
July 17th

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Years Behind in Pictures

(This post contains affiliate links! When you click through, I get a small bonus. Thanks for helping me support my craft!)
Since I've started sewing, I've neglected an other crafty area--scrapbooking and photo albums!
I am seriously years behind in the kids' and our albums.
Ours ends at the birth of our 2nd child (we have 5 now!) and the kids' all end in 2011 sometime.
I went through all the photos on my computer and put all the ones I need/want printed off into a separate file on a USB stick so I could take them to Walmart.
But, then I received an email from one of my affilates-- Shutterfly!
They are offering 100 free 4x6 prints with the promo code 100FREEPRINTS at checkout, ending the 30th of June.
Something I've never tried, but think would be a really cool idea as well, is the photo books that you can get printed at Shutterfly!
They also have a deal on these--a free 20-standard finish page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book with promo code SUNNYBOOK at checkout!
Plus, on the website they have a 40% off everything sale as well!
Hop on over to Shutterfly and take advantage of these great offers!

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