Posted in How To

Reading Nook

My 7 year old LOVES to read! I had seen some ways to make a nap mat on Pinterest, so I decided to make one for my son. He has bunk beds, so the top bunk was perfect for this. The base is wood, so I purchased a foam pad at target, then covered it with an old fitted sheet. Then I bought 4 pillows and 4 pillow cases. Lastly I got him a big comfy reading pillow.

Here is how I made the nap mat. I matched the side seams on the pillows. I made sure to match the seam allowances. Then I pinned and stitched through the seams, on the insides, so you can’t see the seams. It turned out perfect!

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Posted in Sewing

A journey to get where I am today…

I’m just starting my blog, but I started sewing Christmas 2014. I started out by buying a paper pattern. It was so hard! I think it took me a few days to figure out one simple dress! There were words it didn’t do a good job of explaining, but I somehow figured it out!  My model is about 1.5 years old in this photo.

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I had made a local friend by needing a blanket finished and she pointed me in the direction of PDF patterns and that’s where it all started! There was a group behind the pattern and I got to ask all sorts of questions! I even had one of the designers Facetime me because I couldn’t understand it. That amazing company was Create Kids Couture.  Here are my first 2 patterns I did.  Note, I knew NOTHING about taking photos!

Then I realized I liked this sewing thing! I bought a whole lot of patterns and kept sewing.

Now at some point I realized that I wanted to be a part of CKC. I wanted to be a pattern tester! A pattern tester sews up a pattern before it releases to the public to hopefully get all the kinks out.   So I saw a post where they were looking for testers, AND I GOT PICKED!!!! I LOVED being a part of CKC! Here are some of my tests I have done over the years.  I started paying attention to my photography and making myself better (some I used a professional photographer for!)

I grew a lot in the 2-3 years I tested for them. Here are some more recent and some of my favorites:

Here are some of my Women’s Test I did:

I realized there were other companies out there, so I started testing for other companies. Here is one from JL Patterns

I also tested some underwear (which I won’t put on here, LOL), a dress, and I am slowly expanding my testing. I mostly have stopped testing CKC, but I haven’t stopped sewing their patterns 🙂

If you would like any info about CKC, please join their awesome Facebook group! They release patterns ALL the time! The group members are very helpful as well.  They really grew me as a seamstress and I will forever be grateful to them 🙂

Posted in Girl's Clothing, Women's Clothing

New Horizon’s Portlander Pants

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of clothing? It’s easy to do when you are sewing and that means you get to pick the fabric and the pattern 🙂 I recently discovered a new love: The Portlander Pants by New Horizons!

I think my favorite part of these pants are that they have 5 total pieces, and from print to finish, they take less than 1 hour. Now I am SLOW when it comes to sewing, so that’s FAST for me! The material is also a win win. I made mommy and me out of french terry and mine out of double brushed poly, all from So Sew English Fabrics: Link: http://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

I’ll be making pair number 4 tomorrow and pair number 5 on Thursday or Friday. I posted photos on Facebook and in one of my groups, my post had over 150 likes.  They are very in style.  Here is the link to purchase: New Horizons Designs

You won’t regret these pants!

 

 

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Posted in Giveaway

“For it is in giving that we receive” -St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis was a wise man. I absolute love his Peace Prayer and it’s one of my favorite songs to sing at church.  He says in his prayer, “For it is in giving that we receive“. So I want to do that; Give of myself for a friend.

I have decided to give one of my friends a pair of the Portlander Pants (comfy, soft pants, see previous blog post!).  They will be made to her specific size and height.  I love these pants and I want to pass them on.  Is there a catch? No, but all I ask is that I get a photo of you in them to share 🙂

So how will I decide on which friend?? That would be too hard. However, I know someone who has an innocent heart of gold and I’m going to let him pick (with no names or identifying parts read).  All you have to is comment on this post and let me know why you (or someone you know) deserve them.  Simple, right? I’ll announce a winner on my Facebook page on Wednesday evening.  To leave a comment, scroll down to where it says “leave a reply”

Comments must be made by 5pm EST on Wednesday.

Here are the 2 fabric options I have. The left is French Terry and the right is Double Brushed Poly.  Winner gets to pick! I can’t wait to make them for someone!

 

Posted in Girl's Clothing

What I’m working on 6/10/17

Yesterday I was in a sewing mood! I have had these fabrics for awhile and I finally decided to use them.  Item #1 is really cool fabric. It’s called Color Me Fabric.  It comes blank, you sew up, you color, let dry for 24 hours, then you are set! My daughter can’t wait to color her skirt after she gets done with her nap today! I didn’t use a complete pattern from this project. I got the band measurement from a pattern I own, then cut the width of the fabric and the length from another pattern I own. This was a first for me because I used a knit band, but woven for the bottom skirt. My daughter loves it and that’s all that matters!

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Next item was a dress pattern that I have owned for awhile. It’s called Samantha’s Knotted Dress and it’s from Create Kids Couture. The fabric I decided to use is special.  It’s designer fabric from Michael Miller’s Glitz Collection.  I’ve had it for a few years, but been too afraid to cut into it! I changed my mind of couple of times with the combo, but I love how it turned out. This one took a few hours. We are going to a tea room tomorrow to get photos.

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Posted in Uncategorized

My first blog post

Thanks for reading my blog.  I am a mom and teacher and in my free time, I sew creations. I chose this as my outlet to display all the pretties I have and will make.  I absolutely LOVE sewing and making things and I hope to spread that love!

Posted in How To

Sewing PDF

Ever wondered how I make my creations?  This blog post will hopefully explain that and maybe even get you to try sewing out for yourself!

Step 1: Find a pattern! I am in a lot of Facebook groups and this is how I find patterns I would like to sew. Patterns range from $4-20.  The pattern I will be talking about today was a bundled set for $14. It included girl’s sizes and women’s sizes.  This pattern is from a company called New Horizons and the pattern is “Portlanders”. Here is the link to purchase: New Horizon’s Designs (affiliated link)

Step 2: Once I purchase the pattern, I have to download and print it. Printing varies with patterns. Sometimes there are no pattern pieces and some companies you may have to print up to 30 pages! For this pattern, I printed about 28 pages.

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Step 3: ASSEMBLY! This step takes me FOREVER!  And every pattern companies does theirs differently, so you have to pay attention! For this pattern, I take one end and match it to a line from a different page.  Then I tape them together.

 

 

 

 

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Step 4: Now I have to cut out my pattern pieces.  The cool thing at PDF is I get all the sizes and then I can just print what I need!

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: This is my LEAST favorite part – Cutting the fabric.  Some fabrics are easier to cut than others. Woven fabric doesn’t stretch and it’s general the easiest. Chiffon and silk are HORRIBLE! They move on you. Knit can be difficult.  I am using french terry and it is an easier knit to cut.  See the candle in my photo? Those weigh everything down so nothing moves.

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img_4243Step 6: SEWING! Now I follow what the pattern says.  Most patterns show you a photo of what pieces you are sewing and where to stitch the lines. I can’t photograph that for copyright reasons, but the directions are quite easy to follow. For these pants, I sew up one side of one leg, then the other side of that leg, then repeat on second leg, then attach the waist band. Total time from print to finish is about 1 hour.

 

 

Last Step: ENJOY your work! These ended up as a mommy and me set. We both LOVE our pants!

 

Here is another one I made in a different type of material, Double Brushed Poly. You will find that material also used by a very prominent legging company.  It’s amazing and buttery soft!

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