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New Top!

 

This week I got the opportunity to test a new shirt pattern that was released today! This top is so cute and perfect for mama’s like me who are pregnant, and/or nursing. Even in this cold weather we have been having (the low is supposed to be -4 tonight! Brrr!), this top is comfy for lounging around the house or for a good work out.

Spoxxy Tank frontThe Spoxxy top has multiple options. For my test, I made the nursing and maternity option in one so that I can wear it for the rest of this pregnancy and postpartum while I am nursing and loosing my belly.

The top part lifts up to allow easy access to the milk. The underneath layer is a full length tank with holes to allow you to easily undo your nursing bra and feed baby.Spoxxy Tank maternity shotThe maternity options allow you to have the length needed to cover your growing belly and rouching to help with the expansion. As you can see here, I have already popped quite a bit!

My favorite part though is the back. I just love the racerback and the gathering! This tank will be gorgeous this summer in the regular length for lounging around, dressing up for church, or working out. I can see myself with a whole collection of them in my wardrobe!Spoxxy Tank Back

For this version I used a cotton/poly interlock blend. It makes it super comfy and soft! The pattern suggests using at least 5% Lycra/Spandex knit fabric to help it to retain its structure as you wear it. It also makes for good fabric to work out in!

Are you interested in making your own Spoxxy tank? Check out at Stitch Upon a Time’s Etsy shop and while you are there check out Jennifer’s other awesome patterns. Here are two others that I am in love with:

Beanstalk BritchesThe Beanstalk Britches are perfect for your little guys/gals! They come in just a few sizes but have snaps by the waist to make them convertible and last through several growth spurts. They are also roomy in the butt which makes them perfect for cloth diapers! To find out more, and to get help on sewing these pants up, you can check out SUAT’s Facebook group, where there is even help on adding a second layer to the pants in order to make them nice and warm in this cold weather!

But this…this is my favorite.

I plan on making a gazillion of these for every baby in my life! hoodsie for EmmaThis adorable pattern is called a Hoodsie, and comes with the option to leave the hood off if so desired. But I think the hood adds so much character! It can be made as a onsie or as a shirt. You can also buy an add on package that allows you to create an adorable coordinating cardigan to go over the hoodsie. It goes from premie up to 36 months. It was such a quick sew and turned out so unbelievably adorable!

Interested in any of these patterns? Check out the other great patterns Jennifer has to offer. From undies, to baby swaddlers, she has several amazing patterns and is sure to wow you with her talents!

For a limited time (until 2/25/2015), you can get a discount on any purchase over $6! Simply use the code DANAG and the discount will be applied. So what are you waiting for?! Hope on over to Stitch Upon a Time and fill your cart with all the amazing patterns Jennifer has to offer. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Blessings!
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*The opinions contained in this blog post are purely my own. Although I was given the pattern to test I am in no other way compensated for my opinions. There is a contest to see who’s code gets used the most, however, it is purely for fun and no monetary compensation will be received. I honestly love these patterns and am happy to share my find with you in hopes that you too will fall in love with these patterns! Happy sewing!

 


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I know, I’m a few days late. But I hope that you are having an awesome new year already and that you have many great things in store!

Around here, life has been more crazy than usual.

October brought us another move. We went from 90 degree weather to 50 degree weather in a couple of days. It was a quite an adjustment!

But with it came some beautiful fall scenery. Here are some photos I shot early in our explorations of the area.

Fall collage

It was absolutely gorgeous!

Of course winter came and the leaves have pretty much all fallen. And with winter comes Christmas!

I was very busy during the month of December sewing up a whole host of gifts. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the things that I sewed up.

2014 ornaments

The ornaments included one more red Ninja and all were done on my embroidery machine. They were purchased through Dreamcatcher Designs. I just love how they turned out!

Christmas sewing
I made 15 (I think) pairs of pj pants. I used the CKC Taylor’s PJ pants in Kids (free pattern from fabric.com), Tween, and Adult. For my nieces and nephews I cheated and bought them shirts to go with their pants. But for my kids and husband I went ahead and sewed them up some comfy long sleeve shirts.

For the boys I used the top from Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop for the Happy Feet PJs. I used appliqué files from Applique Mama for the Winter Penguin and Santa Reindeer.

For my husband I used the Greenstyle Creations Hudson Hooded t-shirt, without the optional pocket and hood. It was such an easy pattern to sew up and so soft and comfy! I had to try it on for him before I wrapped it up. ;)

Also included in the collage are the doll pants I made my niece for a sewing contest via Scientific Seamstress. I used the doll Easy Fits (came with the kids pattern) and the doll scollops from the Scallopini. I didn’t win the contest, but I think the pants are adorable!

For my mom I made her a skirt (in khaki corduroy) following a variety of different tutorials on how to take measurements and make a skirt. Hopefully it will serve her well for work! The top is the Seafarer top by Sew Much Ado. I originally bought the pattern for myself but my mom got the first version of it (the top in pink)! It was such a simple pattern, and the material I picked was so soft!

My boys got new clothes for Christmas too! S begged for the Spiderman Christmas fabric so I had to make all three of them special shirts for Christmas Eve. I used the Scientific Seamstress Bowling Shirt for their shirts and the Peek-a-Boo patterns Castaway Cargos (minus the side cargo pocket) for their pants. I love how it turned out!

And the final picture in the collage is me, in my Greenstyle Creations Laurel. I whipped it up for a Christmas party for Aaron’s work. Of course, he waited until that night to inform me that it was 20’s themed. Oh well. It was a comfy dress and worked just fine for the event and for Christmas.

I also tested for Terra’s Treasures Andover Pullover in December. It is such a cute design! I think that it could be more flattering on me if I brought it in some more (and remember I am about 6 months pregnant!), but it is definitely a good pattern that would be worth checking out.

 

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I’ve got several more projects in the works, including hoodies (I have already finished 2 of the 5) for the family that I wanted to have done before Christmas. But with everything going on, I’m impressed with the amount I did get done!

What did you do for Christmas this year? Did you make any gifts? I’d love to see what you are creating!

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Summer Time Fun!

Just a quick peek at the outfits I have been (slowly) working on for my kiddos so that they will be nice and cool when the hot, humid, Mississippi summer hits…

Peek a boo patterns summer outfits

 

I need to get my stinkers to let me get better pictures. And to get some of the outfits outside. But I am so in love with these summer outfits. So cute, so cozy…perfect for summertime! Now all they need are a couple of glasses of lemonade and some time in the SUN!

I’m linking up:

Keep your eyes peeled for more on the cute and comfy Coastal Craze Baggies pattern by Peek A Boo patterns coming soon!
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Candy Castle Peppermint Swirl Pattern Review

If you are someone who sews PDF patterns, you have probably seen the Peppermint Swirl. The twirls, the swirls, the fabric bends and curves just right to make a wonderfully fun dress perfect for any little girl.

I’ve made 5 of these dresses. 4 in size 5 and one in size 18 months. Each one has been a labor of love. And each one has amazed me at their outcome.

Here’s the dresses that I have made.

Peppermint Swirl dress collage

My final dress was inspired by the all so popular ice queen from the newest Disney movie. I altered the pattern of the bodice to make it mimic the ice queen’s bodice. I also made a cape to drape over it. But that’s not part of the pattern. ;)

Here’s a glimpse of it with the cape.

Ice Queen Cape

Although there are many women who have tackled this pattern as beginning seamstresses, I would not recommend it to someone just starting out. It is not a complicated pattern but it does have a lot of parts to it and might be overwhelming to someone just starting out. It is perfect for the intermediate or advanced seamstress.  Or for a very brave advanced beginner!

I am in love with this pattern! It goes from 6 months to 12 years old.

Need an adult version? Candy Castle has one of those for you too! It goes from 11 years to a women’s XL and pairs with either your favorite bodice or the Cherry Cosmopolitan Dress bodice (shown in the photo) also offered by Candy Castle Patterns. (Notice the beautiful woman is this photo? That’s the amazing designer Rebecca who created these beautiful patterns.)


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 really hope you will give these dresses a shot! They are truly beautiful and worth every second of your time.

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*I have not been paid for this review. I personally bought the original Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern. The pattern belongs to Candy Castle Patterns, but the review and photos of (aside from the two from the Candy Castle Patterns website) are entirely my own and are not to be used without consent.

 


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Peek A Boo Patterns Maui Muscle Tee Review

Its released!

 

I am so excited about this pattern!

I was chosen to be part of the testing team for this pattern and was so honored. Its cute, my son loves it (and the other two are dying for me to get theirs done). And for someone who is fairly new working with knits, it was still super easy! I think it took me about 30 minutes from start to finish (not including having to stop to take care of the children).

Here’s baby G rocking his Maui Muscle Tee:

Maui Muscle Tee Gideon 2

I was able to use some fabric that I had left over from pants I had made from the Peek A Boo winter PJs pattern during January. I just love how cheerfully boyish it is!

Now I have 6 more tanks cut out and ready to be sewn together for the boys so they will be stylish when the summer heat hits!

Now here’s the best part. Amy at Peek a Boo patterns is offering a sale today on her Maui Muscle Tee! It is on sale for only $6.75! What a great deal for a cute pattern that runs from sizes 3 months to 12 years! And don’t think it is just for little boys. With some cute girly fabrics you can have an adorable tank for your little girl as well.

The pattern also has color blocking options. Create side panels in a different print or color for a whole new look! The possibilities are endless!

I promise you will be seeing more of these tanks on my boys. They will be hitting the park and the beach in style this summer wearing this adorable tee.

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I’m linking up to:
PiePie Designs

*I have not been paid for this review. Although I was given the pattern for free during the testing period in exchange for suggestions and help making the pattern ready for the general sewing public, I have not been reimbursed financially in any way shape or form. The pattern belongs to Peek A Boo Patterns, but the review and photos of Baby G’s shirt are entirely mine.