Friday, April 7, 2017

Auction to Benefit Zoey, a Cancer Warrior

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There is a young warrior girl my daughter and I have been following on Facebook. This young warrior is fighting a type of cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and it is brutal. There is no cure, and this type of cancer takes our smallest cancer warriors very quickly and with a lot of pain.

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Zoey and Emily are the same age, and will be starting kindergarten this fall. This is one of the reasons why I’m so “attached” to Zoey - she is Emily and Emily is her. There is no difference between these two spunky girls, except one has a cancer that is trying to kill her.

Zoey’s and her parents have been putting hope into an experimental treatment that is in Germany. They have been flying out once a month for treatment and have to cover everything associated with this trip, including the medical costs, Zoey’s mom talks about this on their Facebook page.

To help Zoey’s Family with the financial burden they are carrying, a family friend is hosting a Facebook auction that runs from April 7th to April 11th and there are over 150 items!  

To support the auction I sewed up a dress using the Lacey pattern from Violette Field Threads.

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The dress is a size 4 / 5. The finished measurements are Bust 23.5, Waist 22 (but adjustable because of the wrap style), Length 23.75. It’s a classic wrap dress with cap sleeves and sash closure and is fully lined. Currently the bid is at $24 (as of 9:30 am Friday morning).

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Please consider supporting Zoey and her family, if the auction doesn’t have something you want or you get outbid, Zoey has a GoFundMe page that donations can be made to.

Our cancer warriors need a huge community to support them, they and their families can’t do this alone. The doctors, scientists, nurses and countless other people involved in helping these children in their fight need our support too. Love Beats Cancer!

Written by: Shawna

Friday, February 24, 2017

Petite Stitchery's Boho Collection

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Petite Stitchery & Co has been busy these past few months designing their new Boho Collection that just released (and is on sale, but not sure for how long).

I tested two of the new patterns in this collection. Please know that they patterns have been updated and the pictures are from the testing phase so some things have changed (such as shortening the band on the sleeves above so it doesn’t dangle past the wrist). If you have a question just email me or leave a comment! Petite Stitchery also has an amazing team of testers and many are posting their outfits on Petite Stitchery’s Facebook group here. And at the bottom of this post I’ve linked to a few other bloggers sharing their creations from this collection!

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Up first is Hazel (baby version can be found here), a wonderful knit tunic with the lower sleeves gathered below the elbow and banded at the bottom to create a full lower sleeve. The neckline on this pattern is also different, in that it is finished with a facing rather than a band. I added some poms-poms to several of the seams of this shirt and made the flower headband and pin.
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The next pattern I tested was the Jasper Vest. I sewed this vest up for my neighbor’s daughter, and she loved it. This pattern is especially great for a tween girl. Depending on how you sew it, it’s reversible. I hand stitched the bias binding on one side so ensure a clean look on both sides. From my understanding the instructions are going to cover a few different construction methods based upon the fabric being used, so don’t let the bias binding put you off.


I made the felt flower pin and will hopefully have a tutorial posted soon on how to make your own.

This pattern features a two piece side panel that creates curved seam lines that makes this pattern different from other vest patterns I’ve seen.
Besides hand sewing the bias binding, this pattern is a pretty fast sew. From printing the pattern to finish (besides binding) this pattern took me about 2 ½ hours.


Here are the links to some more inspiration!

  • It’s Lisel sewed up the woven Willow which features a design that allows for using multiple prints. She also sewed up the knit Laurel, and all white Jasper vest.   
  • KuttieCouture sewed up 5 of the patterns so is spreading her posts over three days. Here you can find her version of Hazel and Tansy, which is a pants pattern that can be sewed in woven or knit. She posted about the Laurel knit dress here. Lastly she wrote about the Clover, which is designed for woven fabric, here.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Me, Myself and I - Ohh and a friend or two!!

Me, Myself & I -- Oh and a friend or two!


Here I am again on another Sis Boom blog tour! The theme for this blog tour is all about sewing for ourselves, which for me is difficult since I have two small children. Kids are so much easier, cheaper and quicker to sew for - plus they freaking grow like weeds and are constantly needing new clothes.

For this blog tour I enlisted the help of two of my friends who are novice sewers. I don’t think either of them have sewn a garment for themselves before. If you are new to sewing for yourself, you really can’t go wrong with a Sis Boom pattern, the instructions are great and very thorough. Add to that the patterns come with many basic alterations already put into the pattern!
And if you know anything about Sis Boom’s blog tour, you know there are some awesome giveaway prizes, be sure to read to the bottom!!

We went to my favorite boutique shop, Mimosa Goods, to take pictures. What I love about Sarah’s shop is that she stocks items that fall in one of three categories; ethically made/fair trade, organic/earth friendly, or locally made. If you are local to central New Jersey her shop is just amazing, and it sits in the middle of downtown Bordentown - which offers lots of little shops and restaurants. If you aren’t local no worries, her little shop is online too! (And no I was not reimbursed in anyway to say all that - I just love her shop and supporting her business.)  

Let me introduce you to our first model, Elaine. She sewed up the Devon using a polyknit from JoAnns. This isn’t Elaine’s first rodeo with being a part of a Sis Boom blog tour, her daughter was a model for the “Back To School” tour that was hosted in August. Her husband was also the photographer for our photo shoot - how awesome is that!


Elaine chose to go with the gathered sleeves and ribbon tie neck options.

In terms of being a beginner sewer, this top was fairly easy. The most difficult thing about this shirt was the fabric - oh that fabric. We actually gave up trying to sew it on her machine and used my serger and sewing machine. After that, in terms of construction, the gathers and attaching them was something Elaine and I did together. Elaine figured out the neckline with the notch on her own!! This pattern is also stellar in terms that is has a loose fit and the option to have an adjustable neckline - this really allows you to sew up a garment that you will wear.


Up next is Shannon. She sewed up the Tortola in a thrift store fabric, I think it was similar to a lawn or voile. This pattern was a little tricky, in that it is cut on the bias. We found it easier to cut out the pieces not on the fold (so print the pattern twice and tape together). There is plenty of ease built in that it could also be cut on the straight of grain.
And if you think that necklace is divine - it is from the little shop we were taking our pictures in, you can find it here!

With the Tortola the sewing was easy going, as it is a simple tank that is finished with facings. The only tricky part that I did for Shannon was to understitch the facings, but that is a learned technique and isn’t necessary. In regards to the fit we do need to do a pattern adjust with the bust dart, it is about two inches to low for her, but don’t let that deter you. This pattern comes with the option to chose a full bust adjustment - for those that have to do this on the regular this really makes this pattern stand out!

And lastly me, your host for today! A little side note, I’m wearing three inch heels -- and am still incredibly short next to these women, this really gave our photographer obstacles to overcome :) I sewed up the Patricia in a faux twill from JoAnn - I’m not really sure what it was but it was a nice fabric to work with.

I wanted a more fitted shirt so used the finished measurements listed to determine the size I sewed up. The pattern also really lends itself for color blocking.

I really can’t wait to make myself a summer cover up with this pattern!

And if you like my necklace and bracelet, I’m sure you can guess where I got them, yep at my favorite little shop here! I had picked these items up the last time I had been in Mimosa Goods, they are made by a company called “The Shine Project”.


It was such a fun project working with these two incredible women, and I’m so lucky to have friends like them!

If you’d like to enter to win a free pattern enter the Rafflecopter link below!! The winner gets to choose one of the patterns we sewed up, Devon, Tortola, or Patricia!
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I would like to thank Jason for being our awesome photographer and Sarah for allowing us to use her shop, Mimosa Goods, as the location for our pictures.

Check out Sis Boom’s Facebook group for more “selfish” sewing ideas!

And if you have some extra free time check out the other “selfish” makes from the blog tour!
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Written by: Shawna
We were each given a free pattern for participating in this blog tour!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Don't Forget The Boy - Sis Boom Holiday Tour


I’m so excited about today’s post. Little C is making his first appearance in a blog tour and looking handsome too in his mama made Ethan Shirt from Sis Boom. This was Little C’s first photo shoot where I had an objective, and after this photo shoot I’m going to need some recovery time. Trying to take good pictures of a 2 year old (with a energetic almost 5 year old in tow), while not having the camera on automatic, and using a new 50mm lense with no zoom was interesting to say the least.

Yesterday I shared my post for Sis Boom’s Holiday Tour. For the tour I had chosen to sew up the Betsey Apron and Ethan Shirt, however when it came to writing the post about these creations - I couldn’t figure out how to combine the two sets of pictures together. The problem laid in the fact that there was no way I was letting little mister decorate brownies in a white shirt - nope not happening! Luckily Sis Boom was game for me posting twice for this Holiday Tour! Plus he is just so darn cute in his Ethan shirt that he really does deserve his on post!


I took Little C to his daddy’s work for his pictures, both of the kids love going to visit daddy and getting to see the fire trucks. Even better, my husband is now working at a firehouse that is just five minutes away and right across street from our favorite park - which means lots of visits.

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Little C was a good sport, it was a blistering 20 degrees outside with a lot of gusty winds, his only requirement to have his picture taken without a jacket was that he wear his elephant hat - he insisted very strongly about that. I just love this hat, I had gotten for him for Halloween (he was an elephant) from the Etsy shop Emily’s Purlfect Knits, she custom made this hat for him and it is just wonderful. I always have the hardest time finding a hat that fits Little C as he has a small head circumference - they are either too short but have a good snug fit, or long enough but way too loose.



Now a little about this shirt, it was the first time I’d sewn a collar stand. It’s also the first time I’ve sewn cuffs with a fancy slit opening. Maybe it would just be easier to say this was my first collared button down shirt :) The instructions for this pattern were phenomenal, as intricate as all the details were I never got confused or lost. I also really love how the pattern is drafted with all the sizing options, it really allows for a custom fit.

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Here Little C is holding a fire truck I made from felt. The fire truck is part of a Quiet Book firehouse set I made a few years ago. It’s the cutest little pattern that I picked up from Stephanie over at Imagine Our Life, and even better the patterns are free! Normally there is a ladder and other accessories on the firetruck but big sis was playing them, and Little C will only sit still for a small amount of time before he has to start moving again - so alas it is what it is.


This little guy has the cutest face!


And the cutest facial expressions!


The kids are pretty lucky too, Ed is the most amazing father!

Thanks for stopping by again, it’s so fun sharing my sewing creations and photography with y’all! I hope this Holiday season is full of lots of cheer and good health for each of you! If you are in need of an apron pattern I’m giving away the Betsey apron, you can find out more here! And here is the line-up for Sis Boom’s Holiday Tour, there are so many wonderful makes please check them out!

Written by: Shawna

P.S. I just love this photo - I’m still very much learning how to take good pictures and this one is just so cute, even if I focused on his nose instead of his eyes!