Introducing a New Fabric Designer + Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone! I am so super excited to be sharing this post with you today! My absolute favorite online fabric shop has been keeping a sweet little secret…they have been working on designing 2 of their own fabric collections and they have asked me to be part of this exciting new venture!

So without further ado….I introduce to you their first collection…Bengal!

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Since Christmas is less than 2 months away, I wanted to pick a project that would be great to give as a gift. I also wanted to pick a project that would allow me to play with a bunch of different prints in the collection, especially that beautiful tiger head! After perusing Hawthorne Threads’ pattern section (yes, they sell patterns too!), I decided on this awesome little jewelry roll by Modkid.

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How perfect would this be as a stocking stuffer for those hard to please ladies in your family? You could of course also make this for yourself, because who doesn’t need a better wear to store your jewelry while traveling! What I really love about this jewelry roll is all the storage for my necklaces. The tabs are supposed to have buttons so you can slide your rings off of it, but I am more of a necklace kinda girl so I decided to sew my tabs into the seam allowance and use them for more necklaces. By tucking your necklaces into the pouches you are bound to arrive at your destination without a tangled mess!

I love how my jewelry roll turned out with the Bengal collection! The front panel of the roll was perfect to display those tigers! I wish I would have used a tiger head as the zipper pouch, that way I would be able to see one when the pouch is open too. I can’t wait for more designs to come from Hawthorne Threads! If you haven’t checked out their online shop yet they are pretty much a one stop shop for all your fabric needs. They have the largest selection of fabric I have ever come across, especially Art Gallery Fabric (my fav). The shipping is super fast, I typically receive my fabric within 3 days of ordering it. You can even sign up to receive notice when new fabric arrives or when an out of stock item becomes available again. They are also nice enough to offer one of you the chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Bengal! Enter by using the rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will end on 11/10 at midnight! Thanks Hawthorne Threads!

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Pattern Parcel #6- Syrah Skirt

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

Yay! Pattern Parcel #6 is here and it is AWESOME!!!! In case you have forgotten all the good purchasing Pattern Parcel does for charity, indie designers, your pattern stash, and your wallet…let me refresh your memory…

“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!”

Just like last time, 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 it had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

For this pattern parcel, I planned on showing the Syrah skirt with the Bronte Top and Julia Cardigan. Well, a weekend in NYC fabric shopping and then another weekend visiting my parents in WV limited my sewing time and I only have the fabulous Syrah skirt to show you. The Bronte Top and Julia Cardigan are actually patterns I have on my Christmas wish list, so merry early Christmas to me! I will definitely be sewing these two up as soon as I get a chance and I promise I will share them with you!

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I love my Syrah skirt! It’s a quick and easy sew and just like all of Lauren’s patterns, the directions are fabulous! I purchased a fabric to make another one while I was in NYC and I can’t wait to sew it up. I am so thankful to be part of another Pattern Parcel and excited to try the rest of the patterns in the parcel!

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

Make It Perfect Skippy

After blogging my Coastal Breeze Dress for the Make It Perfect Pattern Parade, Toni emailed me asking me if I would also like to try her newest pattern, the Skippy Dress. Since I loved how my Coastal Breeze Dress turned out I quickly agreed! Make It Perfect Skippy 002 Make It Perfect Skippy 004 Make It Perfect Skippy 006Make It Perfect Skippy 005 Make It Perfect Skippy 008

Well you might have noticed that my Skippy Dress is not quite a dress. After receiving the pattern, I really started thinking how I would love to make the Skippy as a sweatshirt instead of a dress. My handmade dresses are really outnumbering my handmade tops in my closet and my life lately lends itself more to jeans and a comfy top (when I’m not at my real job). I ran my idea by Toni first and she was all for me making a Skippy sweatshirt. Thanks Toni!

You also might have noticed that this fabric combo is a repeat from my Colette Moneta Dress. I only started with 1 1/2 yards of each of these fabrics and I still have more of each left over even after also making myself a Briar top with it (something else I need to share). It’s the knit fabric that just keeps giving!

To make the Skippy a top instead of a dress, the only change I needed to make was to widen the band a couple of inches and then fold it in half lengthways to attach it. The band is a little too snug to pull it down to where I would really like it to sit, so I would add a little more width in this area next time. I was also feeling a little lazy and didn’t bother adding the neck band. I just turned the raw edge over 1/2 inch and it looks just fine.

I really love how my sweatshirt turned out and it was such an easy sew. I’m especially in love with the fun kangaroo pocket that allowed me to play with pattern mixing, which is my favorite thing to do. It would be super cute as a dress as well. The pattern includes short, 3/4, and long sleeves all finished with a band, which I was also too lazy to add. I was so tempted to add the cowl neck to mine as I am a huge fan of a cowl, but it won’t be cowl weather here in Charleston until maybe late November and I want to wear my sweatshirt now! For those of you that are Mamas, there is also a mini me Skippy called the Joey….too cute!

Thanks to Toni of Make It Perfect for providing me with this great new pattern. Although this pattern was given to me, all of my opinions are of course my own!


Pattern Anthology: 8 Days a Week

8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women’s sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology. This collection includes:

  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.

Pattern Anthology sells their collections for a limited time at a 40%+ discount. You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.

8 Days a Week sewing patterns


Sabra from sew a straight line
Rachel from House of Pinheiro
Melissa from Melly Sews
Stacy from Stacy Sews
Trinh from Sweet Cheeks Designs
Kate from see kate sew
Dixie from Dixie DIY
Abbey from Sew Charleston

Last spring the Pattern Anthology team released their first women’s collection called Just Add Jeans. Well you might remember I loved the patterns so much that I made all 4! Over the summer, Pattern Anthology released a call for testers for their next women’s collection. Knowing how much I loved their last collection I decided to enter. Well, I was lucky enough to be chosen! In my opinion, the patterns this go around are even more awesome then before. Get ready to see a whole LOT of pictures!!!

First up…the Go To Knit Pants

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There are a lot of leggings patterns out there, but along with these leggings you also get two more completely different pants patterns. I don’t know about you, but 3 pants patterns for the price of one is pretty much a no brainer. I chose view B, mostly because  I’m in need of comfy pants with pockets that I can put my cell phone in when I walk my dog. These pockets are so nice and roomy! I chose a great ponte de roma tribal print from Girl Charlee.  I think ponte de roma is a great weight for this version. I love all of the versions and can’t wait to make my first pair of leggings.

Next up is the McCartney Jacket,

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This was my first ever jacket and I am beyond happy with the results. This jacket is fully lined, zips in the front, and the sleeves and hem are finished with knit What I love most about this jacket is how practical the pockets are. I hate pockets that I can’t put my hands in comfortably when I take my dog for walks! These are also my first attempt at welt pockets. I could definitely use a little practice to make them perfect, but the detailed directions were so helpful. Also, when picking out your fabric for this jacket make sure you really love your lining fabric as you can see at all times. I like my lining fabric, but the design really limits what I can wear it with. The heat index the day I took these pictures was 110, so please excuse my shorts! Now that the fall is finally here,  I am dying to make another one out of some trendy floral fabric!

Next we have the Neptune Tee,

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I had a really hard time deciding which version of the Neptune Tee to make. You can do all 4 triangle cutouts, or 2, or none and with or without fabric. Such decisions! In the end, I am happy with what I chose. This is such a fun top to design and a quick sew even with the triangles. Both fabrics are actually left over from my beloved Pattern Anthology Just Add Jeans Parisian Tee.

Finally, the Marigold Dress

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I have been hoarding this fabric from Five Eighth Seams for awhile and almost chose it for my McCartney Jacket (I actually might buy some more and make the jacket with it too), but it ended up being absolutely perfect for this dress pattern. I love how I was able to use the reverse of the fabric for the yoke, placket, and pockets for a little visual interest. This dress also comes with lots of options. You can make it long sleeve or cap sleeve and as a dress or peplum top. I also think it would be super cute sleeveless!I really want to make a long sleeve peplum version for fall. It would look so cute with some skinny jeans and boots!

Megan Nielsen Briar Top Hack

Yikes! It’s been almost a month since my last blog post! I’ve been super busy with some things I can not discuss at the moment and getting back into the work groove (boo hoo), that I haven’t had much time to share my summer makes. So, I thought I would share a quick post to show you a tank that I’ve been living in this summer.

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Make It Pefect Pattern Parade + Giveaway!

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I’m back from a great vacation in Maine and finally getting to share my Coastal Breeze dress as part of the Make It Perfect Pattern Parade. I made sure I had this project completed before my vacation, therefore I’ve had this dress made and have been waiting for my turn to blog it for weeks now! I don’t like wearing my handmade cl0thing until I can get pictures taken. I guess I’m afraid I’ll do something to ruin it and then I won’t be able to share my finished project. Well obviously my pictures are taken, so I finally get to wear my Coastal Breeze dress!

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