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Month: November 2014

Pristine Swing Top

Pristine Swing Top

I’m posting over at Melly Sews today with a festive little dress-turned-top! Head on over and check it out! And don’t forget about the amazing sale going on NOW!

Pocket PJ’s Remix!

Ok, it’s all about the sales this weekend! The American Black Friday tradition is slowly creeping into Canada, hopefully minus the craziness…but I wouldn’t know – I’m not too keen on waking up that early. But if you are addicted to pdf patterns like I am, then you’re in luck! Shop from home in your jammies if you like! The Peekaboo sale (affiliate link) goes until December 1st, and Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) is having a great sale as well – starting today! This is how it will work: more

Downton Duffle: Northern Edition

Downtown Duffle

Well, if this cute little munchkin in an adorable little Downton Duffle coat (affiliate link) doesn’t get you excited about a pdf pattern sale, then I don’t know what will! Today through December 1 you can save 20% on all Peekaboo Patterns with the code “jingle20” and 30% off 5 or more patterns with the code “jingle30”  at checkout! more

Florence with a Festive Twist!

Florence Blouse

Have you been checking out the amazing blog tour that Olu from Needle and Ted is hosting? She rounded up a bunch of bloggers to sew up the Florence Blouse by MadeIt Patterns, but to give it our own festive twist! So far, the results have been absolutely stunning. 

I’m here with my take on a classic pattern – a slightly fitted, princess-seamed blouse. What better way to make it festive than to play up the princess side, eh? I used a gray and white striped shirting for my Florence blouse (yes, the same stuff I used on this bag!). more

Helios Dress for One Thimble

Helios Dress

I had the chance to test a pattern that is in the One Thimble e-zine released on the 14th. This is the Helios Dress by Golden Rippy. It is a tent dress – a style that I was not familiar with, but if you like a more billowy silhouette, then this is for you! It’s definitely got some possibilities when it comes to mixing and matching fabrics! There’s a zipper in the back for easy dressing and the style makes it a comfy dress for playing in. more

Half-Handmade Gift Ideas!

half-handmade towels

I’m posting over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop with a fun little applique tutorial! Grab your free template here* and head over for the details! Pair these up with some color-blocked utensils, and it’s a quick gift for the chef in your life!

*this is an affiliate link, and it’s free for you to download, but if you do sign up for a craftsy account, I make a little bit of change to keep this blog going! Thanks! more

Uptown Downtown Cowl Mod!

You guys. You know I love Terri and her patterns. Well, here’s another reason to love her MORE. Actually, there’s at least five more reasons. But this one is my favorite. The Cool Cowl! Terri added some free add-on mods to the Uptown Downtown Dress, so I’m kicking off this pattern tour with two of the add-ons: the long sleeves and the cowl. more

Color-Blocked Utensils

Color-Blocked Utensils

I’m posting this to coincide with a fun little tutorial that will be up on Monday over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop’s blog. So many things going on in the next few weeks, so my days were limited for when I could post this!

This is not a new concept, but this is my take on it, and I’ll give you a few pointers to make sure your utensils turn out cute, and kitchen-worthy. more

Fun-Sized Midtown Messenger Bag!

Fun-Sized Midtown Messenger Bag!

Midtown Messenger Bag

Oh yeah. I’ve got another Pattern Parcel for you! This one is all about bags! 

You probably already know how this works, but here’s a summary: head on over to Pattern Parcel to name your price on the five patterns. If you choose a price of $32 or greater, then you also get the bonus pattern! This is the last Parcel of the year, and it’s a great one if you plan on making some gifts in the near future! more

Ansley Top Pattern Tour

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I’m back again with a new pattern to review! This is one stop on the Blaverry Ansley Top/Dress tour, so be sure to check out the other bloggers! 

This pattern comes with a ton of options (you can check them out here). I did the hi-low hem (I LOVE this style!) and cropped it a bit, a peter pan collar and 3/4 length sleeves with a modified band to finish them off. I also  turned it into a cardi, since it’s nearly winter here! I used a beautiful ponte knit (the sugggested fabrics are wovens, but I like to live on the edge 😉 ) and a swiss dot for the collar. Of course I did snaps. Why not? Olu from Needle and Ted says I’m the queen of snaps…I’ll take it! more

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