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Favorite Sites for Fabric for Mom for Mother’s Day

Hey Dudes and Kids,

Did you wait yet another day and STILL forget to order a special gift for Mom? Don’t worry. You still have time to check out Monday’s post and choose Prime shipping and be golden.

But let’s say your wife is just like me and FABRIC is her love language? I have a few independent retailers to hook you up with! I have personally purchased custom fabric, specialty fabric, and designer fabric from each of these retailers. Continue Reading

Adding Applique to a Knit Shirt {How to Jazz up Your Kid’s Wardrobe}

Hello! Welcome to part 1 of my {How to Jazz up Your Kid’s Wardrobe} series! I’ll be posting periodically this summer and sharing some fun ways I’ve found to add some excitement to my boys’ clothes. My boys love characters from Star Wars to Ninja Turtles to Paw Patrol, but as you may know, finding character knit is expensive! Frankly, it’s out of my budget. Character woven is much more affordable; however, instead of just using it to make shirts like the Classic Oxford from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I needed to think of ways to add it to the knit shirts my boys love. I love sewing with the solid cotton/lycra knits from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, but my kids get tired of just plain solid shirts. I’ve had to get creative! Continue Reading

The Lisbon Cardigan by Itch to Stitch – A Classic Layering Piece

While looking through my spring and summer wardrobe, I realized one piece I was missing was a lovely sweater to layer over my tops and tanks for those cool spring and summer mornings and evenings. To my delight, Itch to Stitch, a designer I recently discovered, released a testing call for the Lisbon Cardigan right after I noticed this gap in my wardrobe!

The Lisbon Cardigan is available in a full or cropped length as well as with full or 3/4 length sleeves. As testers we were allowed to select which options we wanted to try. After great deliberation, I chose the cropped length and 3/4 length sleeves. I found a beautiful lightweight gray cotton lycra in my stash to use for a nice, neutral layering piece. Continue Reading

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Sewist!

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day with a favorite sewist? Maybe your mom likes to quilt, or maybe your wife makes adorable clothes for your sweet kids. Alisha, Emily, Genie, and I have been chatting up a storm about what we use the most in our home sewing studios and what we most wish for to make our favorite hobbies easier!

If you are looking for last minute gift ideas for your favorite fabric junkie, the Sew and Tell Project has compiled a list for you! Many of these items are available with Free 2-Day shipping on Amazon Prime to make it easier for you to get your gift in time for Mother’s Day, May 8th. (*This post contains affiliate links which support operation of our site so we can share our creations with you). Continue Reading

Introducing the Riviera Raglan by New Horizons Patterns

If you’ve been following me here at the Sew and Tell Project, you might have noticed that raglans are my favorite style of shirt. What’s not to love about sleeves that are sewn as a straight line? I don’t mind a traditional set in sleeve, but raglans are a quick and easy sew for me. When I saw the testing call for the Riviera Raglan from New Horizons Designs pop up in my Facebook news feed, I signed up right away. I have my measurements (plus the measurements of my kids) stored in my phone so they’re always handy! I’m so glad Terra chose me for this awesome pattern. Let me tell you why you need the Riviera Raglan in your life Continue Reading

Meet the Summer Caye Pants and Shorts by Love Notions!

Hi guys! This is a bit of a different post for me. This is my first post as a member of the Love Notions Promo team which means that I do receive a small payment for testing and shooting this pattern test. This was also my first time testing for Love Notions. Awesome Emily tested the Vanguard Kit that was released a short while ago.

Today I want to talk about the Summer Caye Pants, Capris, and Shorts released today (4/29) and on sale for $6. I asked to test the girls’ 4″ hem shorts in a size 3T. I often request to test for my big girls as they are more in need of clothing than the baby. Continue Reading

Ready for Sunshine with the Sofilantjes Solis Dress and Tunic!

Hey guys!

Have you ever taken a risk on a pattern and been thrilled with the results? We love Sofilantjes patterns in our house, but when I saw the tester previews of the new Solis Dress and Tunic I was a bit worried that this would be a style I wouldn’t be able to make work for my slender girls.

The Solis is an ontrend racerback sundress with two skirt options (pleated tunic or dress length and a circle skirt). It has a lovely and unique racerback style. However, when I go shopping for my daughters and see these styles I immediately know that we will have peekaboo gaping, saggy necklines, and a skirt that is too short. Continue Reading

The Journey Tank and Dress – Swimsuit Edition!

Are you still pumped for our Swimsuit Sewing Challenge 2016? I still am! I have yet another suit to share with you today.

This is my version of the 5 out of 4 Patterns Journey Tank and Dress worn as a tankini top!

I have been sewing a lot lately (probably too much) but I couldn’t pass up testing this adorable dress and tank by 5 out of 4. The 5 out of 4 Patterns started popping up in my sewing newsfeed frequently last summer as being awesome for nursing mothers and maternity. However, I knew I was winding down with the nursing stage of my life for now and I am not currently expecting. Continue Reading

The Molly and The Sophie by SLPco

Hey guys!

I have something new to share today! I took a short break from sewing to celebrate my daughter’s First Communion and it feels so good to be back in my sewing room – and even shooting outside on a night like yesterday’s!

Today, I’m going to share the newest releases from the Simple Life Pattern Company,  Molly and Sophie.

As soon as the Molly and Sophie bundle released, I purchased it, and I made a muslin. I have some gorgeous Art Gallery denim that I want to use, but before I cut into it, I wanted to be sure on how I would blend sizes for my oldest. She has a very tall and slender build and I really like to pay attention to getting the best fit possible especially with woven designs. Continue Reading

The Picknick Dress by The Eli Monster Release!

Today I’m super excited to introduce you to a new dress from The Eli Monster – the Picknick Dress!  The Picknick Dress is a perfect summer pattern for all kinds of woven fabrics and can be dressed up or down. Cute little ruffles at the arms and neck, a row of buttons from neck to hem, and a full, twirly skirt – what’s not to love?

It is comfortable and allows for freedom of movement for active little girls.  In addition, there are pockets hidden away in the side seams – perfect for collecting flower petals or carrying other small treasures.  The back of the dress is simple and ideal for little girls who are bothered by the bulk of buttons or other closures on the back. Continue Reading