Pattern Review

Sewing Myself Some Love

The lovely ladies over at Pattern Revolution are spending the month of February encouraging women to sew for themselves. Despite being in the middle of moving and having a super limited fabric stash, I jumped at the chance to give myself another push to sew something new!DSC_5912 copy

I sewed up the Telluride Top from Terra’s Treasures, and it’s quickly worming its way into my weekly wardrobe! It’s super comfortable and the fit is just lovely.DSC_5946 copy

There are so many different options in this pattern! I chose to sew the faux henley, because I don’t have any shirts that have this unique neckline, and I just love the look of it. The instructions for the neckline were a tad confusing at first, but once I had them figured out, everything came together beautifully.DSC_5925 copy

I also sewed the high low hem, which is another first for me. I’m really pleased with the length, and I may have even chosen to wear this top one day with some jeans that have a hole in the bum that hasn’t been repaired yet. What can I say, I like to be practical!

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And because I’m a cardigan girl, I needed to have one that would cover the back hem! A lengthened Peek-a-boo Cambridge Cardigan was the perfect choice. I left off the button band, partly because I just barely eeked this out of the fabric I had on hand, and also because this way the cardigan can be worn over a dress and not feel too casual.

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Let’s talk fabric: the sweater knit is from Hancock Fabrics (it doesn’t seem to be available online right now), and is pretty lightweight. It’s nice and drapey, and the color will go with just about everything. It’s so soft that I kind of want to wrap it around my pillow. That’s totally not weird, right??
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This floral knit… oh this floral knit! I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. Seriously, I wish I had gotten more! It’s from Girl Charlee, and the weight is absolutely perfect. And those flowers… all the heart eyes!

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If you’re not quite convinced that you need to sew yourself some love too, make sure you check out all these lovely stops on the blog tour. There’s so much inspiration! Every one of these ladies is killing it.SYSLTourLogo-300x300

Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting Jube Jube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom
Happy sewing, friends!

The Denver Tunic

Sometimes you sew something and as soon as you make it, you quickly realize it’s going to become a favorite. This is one of those garments. When the latest Pattern Anthology collection came out, the Denver (affiliate link) caught my eye, and I knew it would be perfect for cozy winter wear. So I sewed it for my post over on Melly Sews, and I might be a little obsessed with it. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m totally obsessed and wear it all.the.time.Denver Tunic Sewn by If Only They Would Nap

I sewed up the tunic version, and it is SO comfortable! The fit is superb, and it comes together very quickly. I cut this pattern one day, and sewed it up during naptime the following day. There’s nothing I enjoy better than a nap time sew!


There are multiple views to this pattern, so you can sew a dress or a top, which makes it a wardrobe staple, year-round.DSC_2609

I sewed this up with a thick jersey knit and a french terry, both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The floral didn’t have quite enough stretch to be comfortable on its own, but with the french terry, it’s perfect. I had to add a teensy bit of length to the cuffs and the neckline due to the stretch, which made it a fantastic fit. These fabrics by the way? Amazing. This french terry is divine, and I want to french terry all the things.DSC_2579 copy

The deep pockets on this tunic are amazing. I love the look, and they’re so practical for those blustery days or for tossing your phone in your pocket when you don’t want to carry a purse.

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The princess seams make for a great opportunity to showcase two of your favorite fabrics. I love the diagonal of the pockets against the curve of the seams near the shoulder!


I could easily fill my closet with Denvers… all I need is more sewing time! Currently, you can find this pattern in the Pattern Anthology collection or in the Blank Slate Patterns shop.

Handmade Gifts for Boys 2015 Giveaway and Wrap-up!


The fourth annual Handmade Gifts for Boys series has come to a close! Stacey and I always have so much fun bringing you new ideas for gifts to make your kiddos. Hopefully you’ve found an idea or two and have been inspired to make your boys (or girls!) some gifts this year. Keep reading through the end of the post for two FANTASTIC giveaways with multiple winners!

Handmade Gifts For Boys 2015

1. Trading Card Carrier
2. DIY Wooden Scrap Tank
3. DIY Indoor Hopscotch Mat
4. Mini-me Apron and Tutorial
5. Snake Softie FREE pattern and Tutorial
6. 15+ Softie pattern round-up
7. Floor Cushion (with hidden storage) Tutorial
8. Lego Minifig Doll
9. Alex and Anna – Sweet Dreams Jammies
10. Happy Feet Pajamas

To find the tutorials from the previous years, click these images:

Handmade Gifts For Boys 2014


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Now for the GIVEAWAY! We have two big giveaways, with three winners each!! Every year we’ve been blessed with some incredible sponsors who have been so generous, and this year is no exception. We have some awesome patterns and shop credit for you to win!

Here on my blog, three winners will receive one of three prizes:

  1. $20 from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop and 1 Bottoms Up Pants PDF Pattern from If Only Designs
  2. 2 PDF patterns of choice from Swoodson Says and 1 Bottoms Up Pants PDF pattern from If Only Designs
  3. 2 PDF patterns of choice from Swoodson Says and 1 Bottoms Up Pants PDF pattern from If Only Designs

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Click here to enter the giveaway

Then head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts where Stacey is giving away patterns and shop credit from these awesome sponsors:

handmadegiftsforboysgiveawayThanks so much for joining us for Handmade Gifts for Boys again this year! It was so much fun! Happy making :)

Handmade Gifts for Boys Tutorials and Inspiration


Handmade Gifts for Boys Day 5: Peekaboo Pajamas

To wrap up our Handmade Gifts for Boys series, both Stacey and I decided to sew up some pajamas from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I’ve sewn many, many patterns from Peekaboo, including countless jammies. Today I combined the Alex and Anna winter pajamas with the Sweet Dreams PJs for a pair of everyday jammies with a hint of Christmas.

Peekaboo Pajamas

Peekaboo Patterns has basically every type of pajama pattern you could want… footie pajamas, zip-up, baby gowns, summer, long johns… everything! Whatever you want your kiddos to wear on Christmas morning, you can find it there.

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I’ve had this red and white houndstooth flannel since last year’s black Friday sale at JoAnn’s, and it feels Christmasy without being too out of season to wear the rest of the winter.

Christmas PJs from Peekaboo Patterns

I made the Sweet Dream pants, without the cuff. The pants are nice and loose for lounging, which is just the type of PJ pants my little guy prefers.

Pajamas from PeekabooThe shirt from the Alex and Anna pajamas is one of those fabulous comfy shirts that my kids never want to take off.

Darth Vader applique on PJs

My little man is a little Star Wars obsessed these days, so a simple Darth Vader appliqué got him so excited to put it on! And hey, anything to make bedtime just a little bit easier, right? ;)

Darth Vader appliqueI found a silhouette of Darth Vader, traced it onto some black fabric, zig zagged it on, and then zig zagged with white thread for the details.

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Stacey is sharing the sweet Happy Feet jammies from Peekaboo that she made for her little guy!

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I can’t believe this year’s Handmade Gifts for Boys week is already over! Tomorrow we’ll wrap up the series with a BIG giveaway, so don’t forget to pop in and enter.

Happy sewing!


Wear to Where: Date Night!

With four littles at home, date night out is a rarity. So when it happens, I need to get my CUTE on! I want to wear heels and something beyond the usual jeans and T-shirt. I want to look good for my guy! When the adorable and amazingly talented Katy of Wild + Wanderful asked me to join in on her Wear to Where series, my Date Night Out look came together in my mind.Wear to Where Date Night Outfit

This series is awesome – fashion and sewing bloggers sharing their looks for different occasions like date night out, sunday brunch, tailgating, and a bunch of others. Seriously, so FUN! I love seeing all the different looks, both handmade and ready-to-wear.

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I’ll admit it: I’m obsessed with this outfit. Am I allowed to say that if I made it? Well, it’s true. I am.DSC_2209 copy
The top is the Lane from Shwin Designs that Shauna was so generous to send my way. The pattern is fantastic and the fabric is amazing. I snagged it from the remnant section of Jo-Ann’s, and it’s PERFECT for date night. Sheer = sexy.

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I only made one slight modification to the sleeve,  elastic at the hem. I love how it turned out! The pattern is so perfect for date night, the way it flows.

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I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the whole top, and I thought it would be fun to do a contrast back. The black is a sheer knit fabric, and ohmygoodness the contrast turned out exactly how I pictured it!

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Let’s talk about jeans. JEANS! I’ve made a couple pairs of jeans so far (see them here and here), and I just hadn’t gotten the perfect fit yet. So I decided to start from scratch and make my own pattern.

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And they are nearly completely perfect. [insert ridiculous girly squeal here]

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The fabric is from Girl Charlee, and it has great recovery. I can wear them all day and they still fit great, unlike some of my previous jeans. I think I’m finally ready to step into the world of pay-through-the-nose denim, which I think will give me jeans that I really, really love.

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And there I go, putting my booty on the internet again… but a pair of jeans that makes your butt look good is important!

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I’ll definitely be perfecting this pattern so that I can make more.

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If I can go out with my hubby and wear jeans and heels, it’s a good night. Now all we need is a babysitter… which may actually be more challenging than making well-fitting jeans. ;)
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Be sure to head over to Wild+Wanderful or Gardening in High Heels to check out the other brilliant bloggers, sewists and stylistas on the tour, as well as be able to link up your own looks and show us what you would Wear to Where!

Now let’s talk giveaway prizes for this tour!!
For the sewists:
Choice of 3 patterns from Cole’s Creations, Choice of 3 patterns from Made for Mermaids, Pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates, Pattern of choice from Scientific Seamstress, Sewing-tee of choice from Sewing Stadium, Pattern of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co, Pattern of choice from StitchArt

For the Fashionistas: Set of 6 cards from Designs by Nicolina, 30 minute Social Media/Copy Consult by Gardening in High Heels, Tee of choice from Handmade Escapade, $20 Store Credit from Jenny Penny Designs, Tumbler from Joy+Tren

A big thanks to our amazing sponsors!
Cole’s Creations | Designs by Nicolina | Gardening in High Heels
Handmade Escapade | Jenny Penny Designs | Joy+Tren
Made for Mermaids | Patterns for Pirates | Scientific Seamstress
Sewing Stadium | Simple Life Pattern Co | Stitch Art

Click here to enter the amazing giveaway



Not just a T-shirt

It seems a bit ironic that right after I posted about my upgraded mom uniform, I post another T-shirt. But you know, old habits die hard. And truth be told, this is so much better than your average T-shirt. I mean, for one, it’s a Union St. Tee (hello…. love the Union St. Tee!). And secondly, this fabric is amazing.

If you don’t already own the Union St. Tee, I’m not sure we can be friends. Just kidding. Kind of. This pattern is my fave. I’ve made it into dresses and t-shirts (though I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a tee version), and the fit is perfect.


You know how you have your favorite store-bought T-shirt that you can just grab off the shelf without trying on? That you have a million of in different colors? That’s the Union St. Tee.


Okay, let’s talk fabric. Because FABRIC. This is the softest knit I have ever worn. Seriously, it is amazing. I want to make all my clothes out of this fabric. It’s April Rhodes Bound Pathmaker in Slate – I purchased it from the Imagine Gnats shop (affiliate link). She doesn’t have it in stock anymore, but as I was looking for it, I noticed you can get 10% off any order of $50+ with code sswfall through 9/30. Side note: Rachael has the best customer service and the fastest shipping.



I made the elbow length sleeve, since it’s fall. Plus, in Wisconsin, an elbow length sleeve can get you through many more seasons than a short sleeve.


I could seriously sleep in this shirt, the fabric just feels so good!


The fabric pattern takes it beyond your everyday T-shirt too, in my opinion.


T-shirts forever. ;)

Happy sewing, friends!


Gwen Dress Test for Pattern Anthology

Pattern Anthology has recently released their latest pattern bundle, Unbiased. In it are four dress and top patterns, designed to flatter women of all sizes. I tested the Gwen, and wanted to share the dress version that I sewed.

There are many options in this pattern, and for this version I sewed the dress with a neck binding. The length of this dress is super flattering, and since it’s made with knit fabric, ridiculously comfortable.DSC_0531I used this fabulous french terry fabric from Girl Charlee, and my love of knit dresses lives on with this dress! Like all of Kate’s patterns, it comes together very smoothly, and the instructions are easy to follow. The pattern has a placket option, but when sewn without it like this one, you can be finished in less than thirty minutes.
DSC_0547I’m loving my new dress so much! Perfect for date night. So I have the dress and my man, now I just need the babysitter. ;)DSC_0555The Gwen is available as part of the new Pattern Anthology collection, and come back later this week for a different view of this fabulous pattern!


Wide Neck Tee for Remix the Stitch

My sweet friend Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs is celebrating the one year anniversary of her pattern shop! She has accomplished so much in the last year. I’ve been such a fan of her patterns – I’ve sewn the Capitol Hill, the Ballard and the Greenwood, and I’ve loved So when Kimberly invited me to be a part of her Remix the Stitch tour – taking one of her patterns and mixing it up – I knew I had to sew along!

Wide Neck Tee from If Only They Would Nap

*this post contain affiliate links*

I actually started out with the Ravenna, but I made a cutting error that ended up… well, let’s just say it wasn’t working out in my favor. I knew I had to set it aside, and since I had three other Straight Stitch Designs patterns printed and ready to cut, I came up with a brilliant idea: combine the Greenwood with the Capitol Hill to make a wide neck tee!


It’s a super simple hack: I used the front and back of the Greenwood – the low back version, so the front and back are the same. Then I used the sleeve from the Capitol Hill. I shortened the Greenwood about 1/2inch from the shoulder to match up with the sleeve. I used a one inch binding for the neckline. I also graded the body of the shirt out just a little bit, as I wanted a slightly looser fit. When I make another one, I’ll also add another inch to the sleeve, since the shoulder is higher than the Capitol Hill, and I forgot to factor that in.

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This shirt is ridiculously comfortable. I looove the wide neck. Plus, I put it together from cut to sew (to photograph!) in less than two hours. So basically it’s faster to make a new shirt than to do a load of laundry. Clearly laundry is overrated.

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I didn’t get a good picture of it, but the back of the neck mirrors the front. It’s unlike any other t-shirt I own, so it’s a fun way to mix up my everyday t-shirt and jeans wardrobe! I just adore this shirt! It’s starting to feel like fall, so this will be getting a lot of wear.

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Kimberly’s having an amazing sale and giveaway in honor of her anniversary. Her PDF and paper patterns are 50% off and her stitch kits are 40% off through 9/20. I really can’t recommend her patterns enough!


Click here to enter the giveaway

Make sure you check out all the other stitchers on the #remixthestitch tour!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio
Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston


Snapdragon Dress + Giveaway!

Since I have a house full of boys, I jump at the chance to make dresses for my nieces. My lovely friend Melissa from Sew Like My Mom sent me her new Snapdragon Dress pattern, and if I had girls, I’m pretty sure this is all I would make them.
Snapdragon Dress pattern by Sew Like My Mom sewn by If Only They Would Nap

If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love Melissa’s patterns, and oh my goodness, I am in looooove with this one.

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This dress is super versatile – there’s the tank version that I sewed, but you can also choose from three different sleeve options. This pattern is so perfect for every season!

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I love all the gathers … even though I hate the actual gathering process. ;)

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I used a fabulous double knit from JoAnn’s that I’ve seen in a few different colorways. The polka dots are on one side and the stripes are on the other, so I mixed and matched throughout the dress. If I hadn’t started making this dress (ahem) the night before we left to visit, I would have hacked the pattern a bit to make this dress reversible. But I guess now I just have to make another one!

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The knit is so soft and the design of the pattern is made for girls who love to run and play, my niece actually wore it for 48 hours! I’m all about making clothes that kids can play in, and this dress perfect for it.

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Even when playing means waiting for your cousins to move out of the way, so you can bike through.

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This might be my go-to dress pattern for the little girls in my life!

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And Melissa is so amazing, that she is giving away a copy of this PDF pattern to one lucky winner!! Click below to enter to win your own PDF copy of the Snapdragon Dress pattern – giveaway closes Tuesday night.snapdragon-listing-main1

 Click Here to Enter to Win!


Greenwood Tank: a wardrobe staple

I’ve been thinking to myself lately how much I needed a good knit tank pattern. Luckily for me, Straight Stitch Designs (affiliate link) is releasing the Greenwood Tank today!
Greenwood TankWarning: if you sew one Greenwood Tank, you will be unable to stop and will need to sew more. As part of the testing team, I’ve already sewn three! It’s such a fast sew, pretty soon I’m going to have one for every day of the week.


The Greenwood Tank comes with options for a regular high back or a low back that mirrors the front of the tank. I chose the low back option (even though I failed to actually take a picture of the back!).


I shortened the straps a bit, but this is something I have to do quite often with ready-to-wear clothing and PDF patterns. Once I did that, the fit was fantastic. Also fantastic? This knit from JoAnn’s. I’m in loooove with this floral!

DSC_6510I had a little bit of this luscious Anna Maria Horner knit left from this dress, and it was perfect for this tank! This will definitely be an everyday wear this summer.

DSC_6559This tank really is a wardrobe staple. Depending on your fabric, you can dress it up or down. The knit binding on this tank is one of my favorite ways to do binding. Kimberly has a great video to walk you through this if you’ve never done it before.

DSC_6497I loved the Capitol Hill and the Ballard, so I knew right away I would love the Greenwood. Kimberly’s pattern instructions were easy to follow, as always, and it came out with a superb garment!DSC_6352So what are you waiting for?! Hop on over and check out the newly released Greenwood Tank! It’s 30% off through Sunday, and if you’re anything like me, once you start sewing them, you won’t be able to stop :)

Happy sewing, friends!

Disclosure: I received this pattern as part of the pattern testing group, in exchange for my feedback.