Perfect Pattern Parcel #7 Bags! Bags! Bags!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Here it is folks.  The last day of the sale for the last Pattern Parcel for the year.   This time the parcel features various bags.  Now I’m not a very crafty person.  I know that sounds crazy from somebody who sews, but I really only like making garments.  However I have a bunch of really cool quilters cotton that will never see the light of day unless I do some crafty things with them.  When I found out the patterns included I knew instantly which one I wanted to make.  I had been eyeing the Swoon Patterns Betty Bowler for a long time, but was kinda intimidated.  Now it was like fate had put Betty and I together!

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The cool graffiti print is actually some fabric that I got by accident.  I thought I was ordering a type of knit from a person in a  Facebook destash group,  but it turned out to be the stuff cloth diapers are made from (PUL or Polyurethane Laminate fabric). This makes the bag wipeable should anything spill on it.

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Shhhhh!!!! My zipper is on the wrong side. >_<  Since I am a bag newbie, this one is not without it’s problems, but the instructions were so easy follow, I still managed to get a great bag even with my goofs.  I enjoyed the challenge so much that I purchased Swoon Patterns’ Dottie and Blanche.  If you are looking to try your hand a few different types of bags, the parcel is the perfect way to get your feet wet.

Since a bag doesn’t have a good side or bad side to photograph here is a cute girl and little dog!

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Yup the yorkie is in the bag.

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She’s telling you to click the Purchase button. ;)


Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7
Stitched ||
Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8
Made by Sara ||Oliver’s Fancy ||
Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9
from a box ||
Mia’s Creations ||

Monday, November 10
owen’s olivia ||
While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11
Nutta ||
Radiant Home Studio ||
La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12
Sew Fishsticks ||
Stacy Sews ||
Stitching Insane ||

Thursday, November 13
Needle and Ted ||
Patchouli Moon Studio ||
Sprouting JubeJube ||
The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14
Casa Crafty ||
A Jennuine Life ||
‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Saturday, November 15
Stitches by Laura ||
Rebekah Sews ||
Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16
Blogs Like A Mother ||
Vicky Myers creations ||
Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17
Shanni Loves ||
So Sew Easy ||
GYCT Designs ||
Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18
The Nosy Pepper ||
Keep Calm and Carrion ||
There & Back ||
Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19
Sew Like My Mom ||
Knot Sew Normal ||
Stacy Sews ||

Thursday, November 20
Mimi’s Mom ||
Our Family Four ||
shades of BOLD ||
Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21
Shawnta Sews ||
Lulu & Celeste ||
Amanda Rose ||
Robin’s Fabric Nest ||
House of Pinheiro

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The Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern Expansion Tour Day 5

UptownDowntown Dress

I’m excited today to be bringing up the rear on the  Sew Straight and Gather Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern expansion tour.


I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester during the summer for Terri, so when she announced the expansions I was really excited to see the improvements to the base  pattern.

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It’s a great  staple pattern that she has made even better with the FREE expansion pack.  For this dress we went with the regular length, long sleeve, knit binding, and pocket version.

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I made Brooklyn a straight size 9 with the only adjustment of adding 2″ to the sleeve length.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

For those that never win anything like me, there is a coupon code for 25% off Terri’s entire shop (UPTOWNEXPANSION25) for 25% off! The discount is good through Saturday the 22nd.

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Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 Hudson Pant by True Bias

Hey everyone! I’m back today to share with you some awesome Hudson Pants by True Bias that is currently one of the great patterns included in the Pattern Parcel 6: La La La La Ladies!

Camo Hudson Pants

Comfort and style all rolled into one quick sew!

Camo Hudson

This style of pants has been seen all over the place in fashion mags and RTW stores so it’s cool to be able to upgrade those sweats.

Ok so I know your asking: “Shawnta where’s your tie?”  Well somebody got a little excited about being in the home stretch and attached the side with the button holes on the inside.  *facepalm*

Hudson Pants front

Hudson Pants Full Body Front

I was able to make a size 10 with the only adjustment being adding 2″ to the length.  That’s right, no fiddling with the hip or crotch at all!!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #6 includes:

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose

BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!


All of the Parcels have been great but 5 and 6 have been my absolute favorites.  I hope to share with you guys at least 2 more makes before the 31st.



Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


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Perfect Pattern Parcel #5 for Girls and Tweens: Lily Knit Blazer

You all know my love for Perfect Pattern Parcel and the cause behind it.  You can name your price for a bundle of patterns and the proceeds help classrooms in need through the charity So of course when they mentioned that #5 will be for girls and tweens there was no doubt if I would participate again.

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Parcel #5: Girls and Tweens includes:

Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman
BONUS PATTERN: Sunki Dress by Figgy’s

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy’s. The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing.

Y’all know my love for Mimi blogged here and here.  I decided to go with the Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop, because it’s a pattern that I actually purchased when it was first released to show that these are great patterns and not thrown together cast offs.

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Everyone knows Boogie is my skinny minnie so I made a size 8 but still had to take in some on the side seam.  If it wasn’t for the piping I would have taken it in more evenly at the princess seams.  I also used the size 12 sleeve length, but ended up not needing it at all.

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I made the blazer with a nice weight ponte knit that I got from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I also decided to exclude the outer seam piping and pockets to keep the lines clean.

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To keep the lines clean I omitted the topstitching to attach the lining and instead sewed it to the ruffle and back by hand.

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She asked is this ‘like a jacket that I can wear with anything?’. So I’m thinking this will turn into her outer jacket until I make her winter coat. :)


Please check out the other ladies on this fabulous tour!!

Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi’s Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin’ and Craftin’ || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That’s-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara


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Sewing For Teens: Foxglove by Selvage Designs

Foxglove Tank

Boogie, Maddie, Boogie, Maddie

Seems like the girls are going back and forth on le blog so here is another installment of Sewing for Teens.  I got the privilege of testing Selvage Designs first women’s pattern, Foxglove.  Y’all already know how much I love her design style with the Soleil Dress for girls, and this one delivers the same quality with lots of options.

The Foxglove is a racerback tank that features clean seam finishes like french, or flat felled seams , and bias-bound neckline and armholes.  It can be made out of a woven or a knit like I have done here.

Foxglove Front cropRare in a pdf do you get those advance seam finishes explained.  Like I’ve mentioned before, the technical drawings is one of my favorite features of her patterns.  Sometimes photos used in other PDF’s can be distracting or hard to decipher due to fabric choice.  Lauren solves that problem with very clear technical drawings that are clearly numbered for each step.

Foxglove back

You have the option to cut on the fold or with center a seam.  I drew a 45 degree angle on my pattern so that I could do a cool chevron with the stripes.

I sewed the size 0 which matched Maddie’s exact measurements on the size chart.

Foxglove side

Ok Maddie make the most serious annoyed face you can.





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Sewing A Season Ahead: Mimi!

Can you believe it?  Summer has just started and I’m already thinking about the Fall and new school year.  There always seems to be patterns that I really want to sew but never get around to making before the season is over with.  For instance,  I’ve had McCalls 6844 and the fabric to go with it since it became the hit of last season. However a cool hi-low peplum card does not hang in my closet!  Now when I make it this season, I’m going to be all late to the party. Oh well, y’all will still love me a season behind and peplums aren’t going anywhere, right? :)

So I’m thinking that doing a few pieces here and there of the season to come will have me better prepared in the long the run.  With Boogie going to middle school this September, I have to get her cool mommy made gear started now if I don’t want to feel like I’m in a rush.

Filles A Maman is by far Boogie’s favorite designer.  She has already requested I make a couple more Agathe & Theo pants and Julia sweaters.  Her Mimi dress(blogged about here) is also well loved.

Well when Mel asked for contributors to the Mimi tour, I had to participate.  This time I did the shirt version with long sleeves.

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I believe I got this knit from Funkalicious Fabrics on Etsy.  The print is really busy, so here is a detail shot of the cute key hole feature.

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Where do you guys get your buttons from?  I feel like my button stash is serious lacking.

My favorite feature is the cool stabilized curved hem.  Hope I’m not sounding like a broken record, but it so is nice to be able to make a knit top that is just as comfy but is not a plain ole tee with some words on it that the kids seem to gravitate towards these days.

Curved hem detail

I also have a bit of a tip y’all.  When I have small pieces that need to be interfaced, I don’t leave it to chance that I’m going to cut the interfacing exactly like the pattern pieces.  Cut the same thing out 4 times and there is bound to be some shifting and slight differences.  What I like to do in these cases is block-fusing interfacing. I apply the interfacing to a piece of fabric that I know will accommodate all the small pieces that need interfacing, then I cut out my pattern pieces.

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There is some fabric waste, but not having to iron a bunch of pieces together is a fair trade.  Also not having to clean your iron all the time because of tiny bits of interfacing stuck to to it is also worth the loss to me.

Mel is having a great giveaway to go along with the tour.  You have a chance to win 5 patterns, which means you could get the Mimi and snag some of the others I’ve raved about.

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Don’t forget to check out some of the blogs on the tour.mimi blog tour image


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Perfect Pattern Parcel #3: Prefontaine Aggie Style

Prefontaine Shorts
I have a deep college rivalry brewing in my house between the girls.  The oldest has her eyes on Texas A&M University and the other bleeds burnt orange(University of Texas). I really don’t know how it happen, but they fiercely defend their perspective schools between each other, and acquire as much spirit gear as I will buy.   We came across this Reveille fabric at Hobby Lobby in January.  Maddie wanted it for the sewing part of her skills for living class.  Unfortunately they do not allow the use of licensed fabric so in the stash it went.  The Made With Moxie Prefontaine Shorts for women was the perfect pattern to showcase this cool print for her.
These shorts are awesome-sauce! Even hubby said they look like something that you would get out of store.  
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The pattern has great pictures that walk you through step by step and you can make it out of knit or cotton woven!
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I made a straight size 2 for Maddie which fit her perfectly.  We chose the longer 5″ inseam, but you have the option of the sportier 3″ inseam as well.
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I love the trim details and the welt pocket option.  I’m thinking somebody might be jealous and I need to be working on a kid sized pair of longhorn Prefontaine shorts. Of course by now you are absolutely in love with this pattern and you want it for yourself, right?  The Prefontaine Women Shorts are currently apart of the Perfect Pattern Parcel .
 Yup the Perfect Pattern Parcel is back!  This time the patterns are for women.  
Pattern Parcel #3

Pattern Parcel #3 includes:

Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect

Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio

Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand

Staple Dress by April Rhodes

Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files

Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie. This shorts pattern has a retro trim, loads of pockets, two inseams and are so comfortable you won’t want to take them off. Includes sizes 0 – 24. Exclusive launch on Pattern Parcel. Be the first to own this pattern!


About Pattern Parcel:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality.

A great cause and great patterns! Sounds like a win win situation.  You have until June 13th to get this bundle.

Buy Pattern Parcel #3
Here is the schedule of  tour so you can see all the wonderful items everyone decided to make.  
Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, May 30
Sew Busy Lizzy ||Pienkel ||SeamstressErin

Saturday, May 31
Design By Lindsay ||the Brodrick design studio ||Cookin’ and Craftin’

Sunday, June 1
Diary of a Chainstitcher ||a happy stitch ||Disaster in a Dress ||sew Amy sew

Monday, June 2
Idle Fancy ||Casa Crafty ||Kadiddlehopper ||Dandelion Drift

Tuesday, June 3
Our Family Four ||Casa Crafty ||Cookin’ and Craftin’ ||a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4
Lexi Made ||The Quirky Peach ||Stitched ||a happy stitch ||Casa Crafty ||

Thursday, June 5
verypurpleperson ||Casa Crafty ||sew a straight line ||Sewbon

Friday, June 6
Shawnta Sews ||Mama says sew ||a happy stitch ||Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, June 7
Casa Crafty ||sewninestitches ||‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Sunday, June 8
oonaballoona ||A Stitching Odyssey ||Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9
Sew Sweetness ||True Bias ||Ozzy Blackbeard

Tuesday, June 10
Welcome to the Mouse House ||Sew Caroline ||Adventures in Dressmaking

Wednesday, June 11
Peneloping ||YoSaMi ||sewVery

Thursday, June 12
la inglesita ||La Pantigana ||Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13
Seamster Sewing Patterns ||Paunnet



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Graduation Dress Fit for A Diva

MHC Graduation Dress

The power struggle between a recovering selfish fabric hoarder and tween/teen ideas of self expression are interesting. This is how it usually goes around here.

1) I pick the pattern and fabric-(I’m happy because the full vision for fabric is realized. They are happy for the most part, but sometimes I do make duds to them that never see the light day.  I reclaim those duds with the idea that my precious fabric will be refashioned into something that restores it’s value, but in the meantime it is almost like it is back in my fabric stash again)

2) They pick the fabric, I pick the pattern- ( This is an alright middle ground.  Sometimes my inner selfish self screams NOOOOOOOO not my precious, but I can usually find a pattern out of the hundreds I have that makes me feel like it is going to good use.  They don’t care because they had some say and will wear mostly all items that come out of this compromise regularly.

When I give them full reign of fabric and pattern, sometimes that inner selfish fabric hoarder goes all passive aggressive and agrees to do it, but some way some how don’t end up doing what they asked for.

God ain’t done with me yet :)

Boogie’s graduation dress fell into that final category.  The pattern she picked has a very deep V back, large bow, and two full circle skirts.  Very cute pattern that I obviously liked because I only let her pick from patterns I already own.  No problem there right.  She picked fabric that her sister already put a request for.  I had promised Madie a pair of shorts for her out of it, but figured I could wing it with the bodice made out of plain baptiste and one of the circle skirts out of this much coveted fabric.  Sounds like plan.

I cut out the square and set it up with the required double folded edges for the seamless circle skirt.  There it set just like that for over three weeks.  I made the shorts, I’ve made several tops, and couple of dresses.  Despite the day getting closer and closer I’m still doing a bunch of other projects.

When I finally decide to get started I had no desire to cut out all the pages for the circle skirt and tape them together.  I could have just did the math for the skirt and cut it out with out the pattern, but I sighed at the thought of the bodice not lining up with the self drafted skirt.  After working with the fabric previously I learned that it is a stiff, hard, pain in the butt to gather , so I really wasn’t feeling the probability of having to make it work.  I started to think maybe  the deep V was not appropriate and I dreaded trying to get that fitted properly on her small frame.  I imagined crazy things like the straps not staying up….total mental sabotage of this cute pattern.

So I sat out to find a new dress pattern that I felt like sewing and had no risk of a wardrobe malfunction :).  I felt terrible, but it was either that or going to a store and buying her a dress because I just wasn’t feeling it.

Enter the Mouse House Creations Caroline Party Dress.  Only two bodice pattern pieces to print out and tape together.  Music to my ears!  I’ve had the pattern for a while but never made it up.

MHC Graduation Dress Back

I changed it up a little bit by adding some lace and trim to bodice.  Here’s a tip: Don’t iron directly on lace on the highest setting.  It will melt.  I should know that.  Like I said the fabric is a PIA so I was just trying to get those pleats to behave in the skirt and got a little iron-happy.  Luckily the busyness of the print hides it.

Another crazy thing that happened during the construction is I poked my finger hard enough with a pin to draw blood and got some on the dress!  I felt like this dress was doomed and I should have just did what she wanted.  Again I was lucky  because the spot was small and I was able to get it out with hydrogen peroxide.

I managed to finish the dress in time with no more incidents, made a couple of bows for her to choose from, and made her a petticoat to go underneath.  All this was my way of sweetening the deal since I knew she would be a little disappointed that it wasn’t the dress she picked.  Even I had started to second guess all the choices.  When the total look was put together, she was happy and I was relieved.  The retro feel of the dress actually fit right in with a little performance they did of dances and music of the generations.

MHC both girls

Two babies in middle school now.

Where is the time going!!





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Pattern Testing: Rissa Roo’s Pixie Tank Top

Rissa Roo's Pixie Tank Top

(Disclaimer: I was provided this pattern in exchange for my time and feedback.  All opinions are my own.)

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy! I’m just going to slide right in here like I haven’t been AWOL for the past couple of weeks.

Not gonna work is it?

Ok I’ll be honest folks, May has been unexpectedly rough.  It’s been almost 16 years since I lost my mom, and sometimes Mother’s Day and May in general can be a little off for me.  Some years I try to over compensate and buy ever family member a card and make those over the top Facebook status to all my mom acquaintances.  Some years I’m a crying mess and don’t want to do anything.  This year I was a blob of blah and didn’t feel like a fuss being made nor did I make fuss for anybody else.   I wasn’t a wreck but I did lose some motivation.  I let a whole lot of stuff fall to the wayside like Me Made May, my blogging goals, and my new diet/lifestyle.  Yup, I may have had some pizza a few times this month…..and it was awesome.(Back on track Monday though, cause you know, Monday is the official back on track day!)

However despite falling off several challenges, I have been sewing!  When I saw the tester call for the Plucky Butterfly Designs Rissa Roo’s Pixie Tank I couldn’t resist.  It’s girly, has a few options, and just in time for the heat!(sorry Southern Hemisphere friends)  Tanks are definitely what the doctor ordered for hot Texas summers.  Now Brooklyn can have a few that don’t look like your average run of the mill tank.   The Pixie tank is a very quick sew.  It’s so quick in fact I’ve made 3 in the past week!

RRPixie Tank


These two tanks were made after a few tweaks were made to the pattern.

Rissa Roo's Tie StrapsThe first one I made shows the cute tie strap option.  Some slight changes for the better were made to the pattern afterwards so that’s why it looks a little different at the hem.

I loved how the fabric looked with it so I made the third one out of the same fabric as the first, with the regular strap.

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Sewing with Pam’s patterns is like sewing with one of your girlfriends.  The way she writes out her instructions shows her personality.  When’s the last time a pattern actually made you laugh? In a good way, not the ‘you expect me to do WHAT!?’ kind of way. :)

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You also get a great range of sizes, from 2-14yrs which is always a plus.  If your girl isn’t into ruffles, the hem can just be finished off with a rolled hem.  Y’all know Brooklyn is here for all the ruffles, but I’ve seen some of the other ones done that way and it looks just as cute.

Right now there is a memorial day special going on over at Pam’s Etsy shop.  You can get the Rissa Roo’s Pixie tank or any of her other patterns for only $5.57.  I’ve also read this on Pam’s page:

“I have decided that between this morning and Wednesday morning the 30th pattern purchased will get a full refund. To make it even sweeter. . .every 10th pattern purchased you will get a refund as well. Buy ANY pattern and the 10th sale between this morning and Wednesday morning @ 6:00am EST will receive theirs for free!!”

So you could be the lucky one and get your pattern free!

Well folks I got a graduation dress to finish!  I can’t believe my baby is going to be in middle school come September.  More later!!





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Sew-A-Bration of Womanhood

Sewabration collage

The sewing community is a beautiful place for its encouragement and empowerment.  When I first saw this post and read about the Sew-a-bration of Womanhood I was literally brought to tears.  I have struggled a lot recently with not being happy with the shape I’m in and most of all not sewing for this shape.  When I first started in 08 I only sewed for myself, but 6 years and 50lbs later I have gone from a selfish sewer whose fabric was too precious to waste on growing children to almost only sewing for my children.  I honestly feel like I can be  more creative with their makes, because all  prints are fair game and no lumps and bumps to try and get straight lines to wrap around.

weight difference Collage

About a month ago I did the Whole 30 challenge which in a nutshell is a paleo lifestyle primer where you remove all grains, corn, white potatoes, processed sugars, legumes, and unhealthy oils (canola, vegetable oil)from your diet.  Implementing this lifestyle I have lost about 12lbs which is a wonderful start, but to be honest when I look in the mirror I still see the same old Shawnta.  I’ve lost about 2″ from both my waist and hips, but when I tried to sew this outfit for Sew-A-Bration of Womanhood I kept adding back those inches to the measurements.

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The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a simple tutorial that uses your waist and hip measurements to draft a pattern.  Full disclosure: I am not a tutorial girl.  Most of the time I would rather have a pattern piece.  Seriously I have to give myself soooooo many marking points just to make sure I draw a straight line….with a ruler! Since you basically split your measurements into quarters, I didn’t have too long of a line to draw. :) While I was making my pattern piece, I kept adding a half inch here and a inch there.  I don’t know why I did, but it was like I didn’t have confidence in the measuring tape.  Well when I tried it on the first time it was ridiculously large.  I had to take in those side seams three times to get it to fit!

2014-05-06 15.53.09The fabric is a stash marinade from  The tutorial calls for 2.5 yards but since I’m not that tall I manage it squeeze this out in 2 yards.  Over all I’m pretty happy with my skirt and will probably make a few more in some solids.

2014-05-06 15.50.00The shirt is my first crack at a pattern from Lekala.  What makes Lekala unique is you input your measurements and they send you a pattern tailored to them.

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I made no changes so whatever magic they are doing over there seems to work.  When  I make this pattern again I will add a bit to the length.  These patterns are not for the faint of heart as there were no pictures and only 7 lines of text to explain how to put this shirt together.  However if you are an experienced sewist who does things her own way anyhow you shouldn’t have any trouble.  Also, you can take a peak at the instructions before purchasing to see if it is something you can handle.  I have a few more patterns by them and I look forward to sewing them up soon.

Lekala Bow


I still have a way to go to reach my ultimate weight goal.  In some respects, I don’t even know what that is.  Coming from being under 120lbs most of your life(even after the kids) to almost being 170 can change your perception.  All I know is that I want to be healthy and happy, so I’m not going to stress about a number.  I need to figure out a consistent exercise schedule that I can stick with.  Quiet frankly I’d rather be sitting at my sewing machine than sweating on a treadmill, but if just those changes to my diet did this, I’m sure I would be amazed by what a bit of physical activity could do.

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