Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lil Luxe Collection

I think I let my crazy out when it came to participating in the Lil Luxe Collection, Sew n' Style challenge. I have had my original collection finished for almost two weeks now. It's very fun and floral. Only problem is Bev hates it. I love all the pieces but it really didn't come out the way I had in visioned. So, being the completely sane person I am (insert sarcasm font), I decided to re-do my entire collection Sunday night. I know, what was I thinking?? Poor Jessica, she must think I am a nut case! Anyway, I wasn't able to finish three complete looks for my mini collection by the time I needed to make my blog post. I debated using my original ones since there are three looks but I love my Fall Fashion looks so much more. Plus, Bev loves this collection more. That's what matters in the end right?

My Fall Fashion collection was inspired by Bev's mustard colored tank top from Target. I couldn't find it on their site, so I'm assuming it's already out of season. You can tell by Bev's face she was over the moon about pictures, right? I used a bottom weight twill for the slim trousers from Lil Luxe. It does not have the recommended stretch so I made the pants a little wider to accommodate the missing stretch. The pictures don't do any justice to the pants. I love the ankle zipper detail, it's very trendy and not something I've seen in other pdf patterns. I will just say one thing, make sure you put the zippers on the outside of the legs. It's not a fun surprise at 3 am to find your zippers are on the inside of the leg. Hahahaha, that was all me and not the pattern. Whenever I rush I make stupid mistakes. I fixed it because it just looked off otherwise.

For the blazer I used Lil Luxe's Lakeshore Crop pattern. I made it a little bigger than Bev's now size only because she is in the midst of another growth spurt. The only change I made to the pattern was to make 3/4 cuffed sleeves instead of full length sleeves. I used a gray twill and lined it with a mustard fabric with white polka dots. The color of the blazer makes it interchangeable with both my looks. It's such a cute blazer, I think I might have to make another with all the cute corduroy Hobby Lobby is coming out with.

Just throwing this picture of Jammin in to give you an idea of what goes on when I'm trying to rush to make an entire new collection. No wonder Bev only got two looks.

On to the next look! I used LouBee Clothing's Bimaa sweater for the top. The Bimaa is hand's down one of my go to patterns. It's quick, easy, and always cute. I found this fun Aztec-ish fabric at Joann Fabric recently. It's got a very soft hand on one side but has a spandex feel on the inside. Great drape and recovery. Perfect for a Bimaa!

I used Lil Luxe's slim trousers again but this time without the zippers. The fabric is a black stretch denim which I would definitely recommend for this pattern. It worked out great! I think this is the first time I have ever made Bev size 4 pants without any waist adjustments. I went off the measurements and the fit is spot on. I did add on some length since her inseam was the next size up. Make sure you use the measurements and not what your child wears in ready to wear. Size 4 in retail hang off of her, where as these fit her perfectly. One of my favorite things about this pant pattern was there was a clear back pattern piece and a clear front piece. Slim jeans should not have the same front and back rise, so it was refreshing to see it done right.

I love that the blazer can work with both looks and the pants match both shirts as well. Bev likes this collection so much more than the first one. Plus, the weather is starting to cool down so these looks are more appropriate than my first ones.

Now that you have seen my collection, you should head over to Jessica's blog and check out the contest she is hosting! I have been really enjoying seeing what everyone is linking up. There are so many wonderful creations and dang, some of you are crazy fashionable!

A big Thank you to Jessica from Lil Luxe for letting me participate in this fun sewing challenge! 

Here is a look at the sponsors making the contest possible.

**I received complementary patterns for this challenge but all opinions remain my own .**

Friday, August 21, 2015

Moto Jacket Tour

 Wow, it's been forever since my last post! The kids and I always go visit family for the summer and there isn't much time to sew on the beach. Now that we are back home, I have been working on a lot of great projects and can't wait to share them all with you! I'm so excited to share my version of the Moto Jacket by Jennuine Design.

I jumped at the chance to join the Moto Jacket tour because it's such unique pattern. I haven't used one of Jenn's patterns before and I have been seeing so many great reviews, I wanted to check out her work for myself. I wasn't disappointed in the least. The pattern was well written and included illustrated pictures for each step. I did have a mishap with the zipper but Jenn was quick to respond and help me out. It comes in sizes 2T-12 years. It's a unisex pattern and has instructions on how to place the zipper on either side.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Make Believe Week

Guess what! It's Make Believe Week over at GYCT Designs. I love everything about this week. My kids love dressing up and using their imaginations. It's so much fun watching them and seeing what they come up with. I had some grand plans of dress up outfits for the kids  but I had to consult with my supervisor (Bev) when it comes to creative play. Bev decided puppets were in order, not just any puppets but a dinosaur like Jammin's Halloween costume and a Mermaid puppet.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Extraordinary Girl Blog Tour

Blog tour time! YAY! I have a hard time saying no when it comes to joining a blog tour. I really enjoy getting together with other sewing bloggers and seeing what we each create out of the same pattern. It's like instance creative motivation.

The blog tour is for The Extraordinary girl by Filles a Maman. You can grab your own copy of just the girls sizes or just the women's for $7 each or for a better deal can grab both patterns in the bundle for $13 (normally $19.58). These prices will only be available for the duration of the blog tour. I made one for both Bev and myself. I was going to match our fabric but apparently Bev didn't like the color I had picked out. She wanted the blue fabric.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AimerLae and Finn's Heartthrob Henley

Now that life is settling back down after a whirlwind of the past few months, I can finally get back to my blog!

Everyone likes to set New Year resolutions, and I'll admit I like the idea of them, I just don't like to commit to things. But I figured I would try anyway. This year I'm going to go outside of my comfort zone and try more patterns from new designers versus sticking with my tried and true ones as much.

So, to start off my resolution I bought the Heartthrob Henley from AimerLae & Finn.