I am so excited to share a special book review with you today! I was delighted to receive a copy of Patternless Sewing: MODstyle by designer and author Patty Young from C&T Publishing. Patty is one of my favorite textile designers, and I love following her blog to get the latest on new pattern releases from her pattern company Modkid.
First I want to give you a short review of the book before I tell you about my first project. You can grab a copy here!
I tested the newly-released Wonderland Wings by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. The Wonderland Wings pattern includes three unique wing shapes: butterfly, fairy, and dragon. Testers also used the shapes to make angel and bat wings! This is a very versatile pattern to be used for Halloween or everyday dress up. I finished each pair in about 2 hours from cut to finish. The wings are made with 2 layers of very stiff interfacing to give them a nice shape! I was intimidated at first to sew with two layers of Peltex 71F on my little machine, but the tutorial includes tips and suggestions to make it easier.
After spending most of my August unable to sew, I sure have been making up for lost time! This past week I tested the newly-released Mama Ava from Made for Mermaids! I always love testing a good wardrobe builder. And it’s been even more fun since I got my new serger! It’s a 5 thread and it’s made my sewing time so much more productive!
This was a bit of a sewing challenge for me. Not because it is a difficult pattern – no, it comes together very quickly! It was a challenge because drapey knits are recommended for it and I am a cotton Lycra girl. I have miles of gorgeous cotton Lycra prints in my studio, but didn’t want it to end up too boxy per the designer’s recommendation.
Billions of people all over the world know of Mother Teresa. The petite Yugoslavian-born woman was a well-known figure in my childhood. She answered God’s call to found her own religious order, the renowned Missionaries of Charity. To this day the Missionaries of Charity are dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor all over the world. For her work with the poor, sick, and dying, in the slums of India, she would earn praise and accolades – including the Nobel Peace Prize. You can read more about Mother Theresa here.
Fall is in the air where I live. It is still warm during the day but the nights are crisp and the apples are falling off of our tree. I find myself still wanting to dress cool for the day, but then needing layers for temperature changes. Keeping that in mind, I decided to sign up to test the Canyon Cardigan as one of members of Love Notions Promo Team. Testing with the Love Notions crew is always so fun! There is so much style in this friendly group.
This is my middle daughter AKA Middle Miss. She is filled with spunk and whimsy and is probably my greatest enabler when it comes to sewing. When she was a toddler she would wander into my fabric cabinet and ask me to make her a “pwetty dwess.” She still LOVES to give me inspiration pictures and shop for fabric with me, but as I’ve started to have more children and more demands on my time, she doesn’t always get exactly what she wants when she wants it.
I know I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately! I’ve been spending time with my friends at The Simple Life Pattern Company, traveling a lot, and getting ready to start our homeschool year. I’ve started to feel some withdrawal from not sewing as much as I’d like but I know that it is all for good reasons. I’m so grateful that Alisha, Genie, and Emily have been letting me craft vicariously through their amazing posts.
I’m going to give you a little summary of the Sunshine dresses that Alisha, Genie, and I whipped up this past week during testing for Patterns for Pirates.
The new Sunshine dress has several options that make it a versatile staple for every wardrobe. There is a crossover bodice, halter bodice, and a strapless bodice. The skirt options include maxi length, above knee length, and below knee length. There are optional dress pockets as well. Both the halter bodice and the strapless bodice are lined, while the crossover bodice is finished with bands.