My Favorite Project To Date…

Hello everyone! Alisha here. Today I’m sharing my favorite project I’ve made to date. In December, my oldest son’s teacher and her husband were blessed to adopt a newborn baby girl. We were all surprised and elated by the news! I knew I wanted to make something for the new baby from her class. After thinking, I realized a handprint quilt would be a perfect gift.

After deciding on my project, I sketched out the quilt design and calculated my fabric needs. I decided on a simple block design with sashing between the blocks. There were 21 students in his class so in order to make a square quilt, I needed 3 more blocks. Another teacher’s mother does machine embroidery. She made me 3 squares with baby’s name, baby’s birth stats, and a Bible verse I felt was fitting. The verse I chose was “For this child, I have prayed” from 1 Samuel 1:27.  Continue Reading

SYSL 2016: Mama needs raglans…

Eleri here today! I’m sharing my entry for the Sew Yourself Some Love 2016 link-up at Pattern Revolution.

Guess what? This is the first time I’m participating in a link-up! I still have so much to learn about blogging, but I am really enjoying sharing my creations with all of you and appreciate all the support and feedback!

I don’t sew a lot for myself… I mean with four growing kids, I can fill every minute at my sewing machine making stuff just for them. At 5’10”, I am tall, but it is also not impossible to find store bought clothes that fit me well…. or well-enough. Continue Reading

Legacy Wedding Gown to First Communion gown…

Welcome to the third and final part of my series on transforming my mother’s wedding gown (which was made by her mother) into a keepsake First Communion gown for my daughters. If you are just joining us, check this post out for details on the original gown and this post out for the pattern inspiration and process I used to update the gown.

To refresh your memory, I started here. My grandmother made my mother’s gown out of crepe chine and polyester lace. Continue Reading

Sofilantjes Nivalis Dress and Tunic release!

A few weeks ago, I had the realization that some of my old standby patterns were no longer appealing to my oldest child. I started browsing around for the perfect pattern to appeal to her and fell in love with a new design from Sofilantjes.

I sewed up the Hibernis cowl shirt in testing for my oldest daughter. I then made a second one for Middle Miss out of a Riley Blake floral and Art Gallery as accent. Continue Reading

Introducing the Piper and Pipsqueak Pencil Skirts from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop has done it again! The Piper and Pipsqueak Pencil Skirts are adorable Mommy and Me skirts.  You cannot go wrong with an classic knit pencil skirt! These will surely become a staple in your wardrobe. The patterns are on sale (15% off!) today only for release day at Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. Add both to your cart and save an extra $2 with the code “PENCIL”.

Pipsqueak Pencil Skirt Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Simple Life Pattern Co.!

Join me in wishing Simple Life Pattern Co. a Happy Birthday! Can you believe it’s been one year since they launched their expanding line of on-trend patterns? Head on over to the Simple Life Pattern Co. today to check out their patterns as well as TEN new releases including the Lexi Strappy Back Dress which I had the privilege of testing.

Want to sweeten the deal? All NEW releases are 25% off and older styles are 40% off. This also works with their tiered pricing, so stock up on patterns and save! Continue Reading

The Pocketful of Posies Knit Dress by PAB Release!

Raise your hand if you love a great knit dress!

With three girls in our house, we certainly do!

Today at Show and Tell, we are blogging about the new Pocketful of Posies knit dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop!

Ever since Amy shared her knit dress creation with her custom Have Courage and Be Kind strike-offs in December, I have been watching for this pattern release and I was lucky enough to be chosen as a tester. Continue Reading

The Very Merry Communion gown…

Welcome back!

Today, I am going to talk about the pattern I chose to make my daughter’s First Holy Communion and Confirmation gown.

Last summer, I decided that I would make my daughter’s First Communion gown out of my mother’s wedding gown that was handmade by my grandmother.

I am going to be honest. I was tempted to purchase one. I could not figure out what I was going to do with the particular style of my mother’s dress. Continue Reading

Continuing a Legacy….

In a few days, it will be 14 years since my maternal grandmother passed away. I have wanted to share what I am creating but I have honestly had an incredibly emotional time working on this.

“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before.

They are now wherever we are.” – St. John Chrysostom

This is the woman who taught me to love to create and I visited her almost every day as a child. I remember sitting next to her on her recliner while she taught me to crochet at the age of 7. I remember sitting at her little kitchen table while she would sketch out birds and flowers (she was a talented china painter) for me to paint over with watercolors. She also taught me to embroider and tried to teach me to knit which became my true love in crafting for several years until I fell in love with sewing. Continue Reading

The Hibernis Cowl by Sofilantjes Release Day!

Hello, dear readers, and a belated Happy New Year to you all!

I am back from a break from blogging AND sewing. We went on a family adventure in November to reconnect as a family, and then straight into the Christmas rush, and Christmas travels. While we had a blast, it is nice to settle back into a routine again at home, school, and with my sewing! I have big sewing plans for this spring and I hope to share them with you over the next several weeks. Continue Reading