C&T Lana Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Coffee and Thread Lana Blog Tour! The Lana is a top/dress with lovely ruffle on a dropped sleeve. To sweeten the pot, Olga, the designer, added a long sleeve to the mix. If you already own the pattern, it will be added to your account ūüôā


I recently helped Olga to test the girls Lana,  There is also a ladies version (or, go crazy and get the ladies/girls bundle). So, when I saw there was a pattern tour, I jumped at the chance to join the fun. I’m not the best for time management so knowing I had a deadline helped me to sew up another version of the pattern my daughter and I know we already love!


I don’t test as often as I used to but when I see something truly unique (like the Lana ruffle), I can’t not try to test! My first sleeve was a little fiddly but the next version I made went in much easier because Bonnie (here, here, and here are her versions) suggested first sewing along the seam allowance on the sleeve and ruffle individually before sewing them together. Eureka – – TADAH!


I love learning new tips. I have sewn countless bodices to gathered skirts but never once thought to add a small strip of interfacing like Olga suggests in the Lana pattern. This is genius because it eliminates the waviness I’d seen in the past when doing this in a knit. I was able to use woven interfacing on this knit pattern because it had some ease to it but I recently used this trick with a fitted knit bodice and added a strip of the knit interfacing instead and it worked like a dream!


Looking for more Lana inspiration? There are some amazing short sleeve, long sleeve, dress, and top versions (and tons of fun hacks!) from other seamstresses on the pattern tour. Be sure to stop by the Coffee + Thread Patterns Facebook group and find more Lanas on Instagram with these hashtags:  #lanatopanddress #lanatopanddresstour #coffeeandthreadpatterns#lanakids

To celebrate the pattern tour, there is a 20% discount code on the ladies patterns and girls patterns (bundles excluded). YAY!

Happy Sewing!

***As a Coffee + Thread Tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing it up
and offering feedback throughout the testing process. This blog post contains
zero affiliate links and it is my joy to share a pattern and designer I adore.***

New Orleans Sweater Time

I’m quite the sweater knit hoarder. I have so much sweater knit! It is soft and warm and beyond gorgeous. New Horizons just released the New Orleans Tee¬†and I jumped at the chance to sew up some of my pretties.


There are a variety of hem types, neck cuts, and sleeve lengths on this pattern. First, I tried the ruched tunic length with short sleeves and scooped neckline. I used this coral sweater knit from Simply by Ti.


The sparkle on this fabric is really beautiful without being overwhelming. Also, the sparkle is knit into the fabric so it is lovely to work with and will not shed in the laundry. I was really impressed with how little of it was on my mat after cutting all the pieces.

This sort of sweater knit might not be the best choice for the ruched sides. Totally a seamstress error in judgment, nothing fabric related. It found it difficult to get the sides ruched up.

The pattern has you gather each side seam, then sew over your gathers with a ribbon that is¬†later hidden in the seam allowance when you attach the front to the back. The less stable nature of this fabric meant I couldn’t really gather like I might with, say, a double brushed polyester.¬†NH-NO-Petty101118-3

So, I tried using clear elastic but my machine kept eating the fabric because I was so close to the edge. I finally found success by going back to the gathering stitch but attaching a thin strip of woven fabric as I stitched. Success, I could place fairly even gathers! I love learning as I sew and now I know for the future I might prefer to use more stable sweater knits like hacci if the pattern calls for gathering. Looking back, I could have also used a strip of interfacing or even tear-away stabilizer to get through that step.

Next, I did try a hacci sweater knit, this polka dot from Made of Love. I used the same options, except this time I tried the curved hem which is more of a top length. This is a fairly slim fitted pattern so I wore it with some cropped yoga pants and I felt really balanced in it.


Again, I’m loving the scoop neckline! This pattern uses a band method but you could easily change it to a binding too.


Here are the amazing options (line drawing taken from New Horizons website).

New Horizons also just released a skirt pattern too and it looks fab with the New Orleans top. It is called the Bourbon Street Skirt and comes with tons of length options as well.


***As a New Horizons Tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing it up
and offering feedback throughout the testing process. This blog post contains
affiliate links for which I receive a small commission on any sales.
This helps support my growing fabric collection and is much appreciated.***

Mermaid Dreams

Today is my stop on the Sewing by Ti Monster Tour. I used the newly released Once Upon a Pattern from Sew a Little Seam to make this frighteningly cute Little Mermaid inspired costume.


This pattern is standard Sew a Little Seam:

  • Tons of options (see the image below)
  • Perfect fit
  • Extremely thorough instructions
  • Happy model

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My model is quite mermaid-obsessed right now. I was recently told “I am going to be a mermaid when I grow up. You can be a mama mermaid when you grow up.” (All my dreams come true!)

We have NOT seen the Little Mermaid yet. Disney is the bane of my existence with their vaulting of movies. We do not own a VHS/DVD player so we have to wait for it to be released from the vault for the obsession to really begin. I had so much fun showing her pictures of Ariel using the fork as a comb. She was entirely perplexed and thought it awesomely silly.

To achieve the mermaid look, I selected the v bottom top, regular neckline, seashell overlay, and mermaid skirt.¬†There is the possibility of cooler weather by the time Halloween rolls around so I love that I can give her a costume she doesn’t have to layer.

I used Knitpop’s amazing double brushed polyester solids to create the white triangle bottom top, purple seashells (sold out, but here is a darker¬†similar¬†option), and green waistband and fins. I used quilting cotton for the main part of the skirt and cotton lycra for the darker green front and back fins.


We topped off the look with this wig from Amazon. She is totally loving that extra touch.


To sweeten the pot, Kelly at SALS also released the Imagine pattern which contains some amazing accessories: fairy wings, a witch hat, fingerless gloves, boot covers, a cape in three lengths (with or without a hood), and a petticoat in two lengths. For a short time, this pattern is being bundled with the Once Upon a Pattern, so is FREE. I made the gloves in testing:


Check out all the other amazing projects on this month’s Monster Tour:

Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti


Along Came Polly (the Playsuit/Shortsuit)


I recently helped Diorella, the designer behind Bebekins, to test the much-anticipated add-on to the ever popular Polly Pinafore Рthe Polly Playsuit (sizes 000-3), and the Polly Shortsuit and Pantsuit (sizes 1-10). The entire time, I was thinking of my only Polly reference, the popular movie Along Came Polly which Jennifer Aniston plays an absolute free-spirit and hilarious Polly.

Anyways, my daughter is 3 but a peanut for her age so fell into the baby size 00 width and size 3 height. I blended the pattern pieces using the method reference in this post. The fit was perfection straight away, no revisions/additional personal fit adjustments required. Diorella is a complete magician with her drafting.


Seamstresses have several options for making the new Baby Polly Sunsui pattern. You can sew the bodice with:

  • The sunsuit bottom only
  • The sunsuit bottom with a skirt overlay
  • The skirt only


As my daughter refuses to wear anything that resembles pants, I selected the skirt only version. Gathering is one of the things I typically hate while doing and love once it is complete, but this time, it felt really meditative. I turned on my podcasts and knocked out the entire dress in one morning.


My daughter was a little apprehensive about the¬†coverage at first b/c she’s used to a full bodice but it is more than appropriate. Once she wore it to school and got many compliments, she only wants to wear it more now!


I adore the sweet ruffles and the gorgeous waistband (with really terrific construction method!). Polly is a hit now and will be as she continues to grow! You can even get the bundled Polly with the baby sizes and bigger girl sizes for the dress, sunsuit, and shortsuit/pantsuit.

Can’t wait to see what Bebekins does next!

***I received this pattern in exchange for helping during the testing/promotion process.
My thoughts are entirely my own.***

All Dressed up in Halloween

Even though he’s only 3, my son has always been pretty practical. His twin sister likes to dress up like princesses and butterflies and other fantasy but his interests are more rooted in reality. Last year, he was a fireman for Halloween. This year, he’s going to be a train engineer in a RTW costume.


Today is my stop on the Magnificient Wizards Blog Tour (hosted by Made for Little Gents). Instead of making a costume that might not get the love mommy made deserves, I decided to make him a Halloween themed shirt.

I used the Himalaya shirt from Puperita. I’m quite a fan of my little man in collars and this knit top has the advantage of not using a placket so, for a collared top, it sews up rather quickly. The top yoke pieces that I’ve made in blue cotton lycra are fully lined so the collar can lay open and hide any raw edges. The sleeves and the bottom of the bodice are single layers.



This is a slightly looser version than the one I’ve made before (here on Instagram) but perfect because he is going through some intense growing spurts.


I think this ghost jersey fabric is my favorite Halloween print ever. I bought it last year from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This year, they’ve expanded to printing their Halloween designs on double brushed poly and I’m excited to sew up that new base too. They always have the very best prints without the price tag of customs.

Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents

See what other bloggers are making boys for Halloween by following along on our Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour! Each link will be available the day of or after as posted below.

Fri. Sept. 28 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour)

Mon. Oct. 1 | Angel Child Clothing

Tues. Oct. 2 | Made for Little Gents

Wed. Oct. 3 | Big Fly Notion

Thurs. Oct. 4 | Tenille’s Thread

Fri. Oct. 5 | Sewing Novice

Mon. Oct. 8 | Paisley Roots

Tues. Oct. 9 | Custom Made by Laura

Wed. Oct. 10 | Fée bricolo

Thurs. Oct. 17 | The Sewing Goatherd

Fri. Oct. 12 | Manning the Machine


Sweatering up for Fall

DIBY (Do it Better Yourself) is all about empowering women to learn and refine new skills. Their Facebook group has members asking questions about construction, recipes, gardening, etc. And DIBY designs, tests, and supports the DIBY Club with excellently drafted patterns with superior fit. They are truly women supporting women. Unsurprisingly, DIBY patterns are each named after a woman with an amazing story.


Malala-sept24-2018-5The newest DIBY release, the Malala Sweater was named after¬†Malala Yousafzai. Malala is an activist for female education and the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize. For more information about the pattern’s namesake, see her biography here.


True to DIBY fashion, the Malala features this amazing collar and is loaded with options (hem and sleeve lengths, bands), super-inclusive size ranges (each pattern comes with a misses and plus option), really detailed instructions (this collar looks super fiddly but with DIBY, you can totally do it!), and superb fit advice.


The pattern will be on sale during the release week AND there will be an additional BOGO offer! Buy the Malala, get any of the amazing DIBY jeans patterns for 50% off. Check out my DIBY flare add-ons to the Bravado below. This offer is also only good during the release week. As always, Sewing Insiders have an extra discount in their emails.

While you’re cruising the DIBY deals, snatch up the brand new FREE¬†Anything but Basic leggings pattern.



***As a DIBY Club Tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing it up
and offering feedback throughout the testing process. This blog post contains
affiliate links for which I receive a small commission on any sales.
This helps support my growing fabric collection and is much appreciated.***

Digging into the Kamp Shirt


If you scroll to the home screen of my blog, you’ll notice my little dude doesn’t have nearly the mommy made that sister and I do. So, I was happy to dive into the Kamp Shirt¬†as part of the¬†Eli Monster¬†Back to School Blog Tour. (Please see the list of patterns at the end that are part of the Back to School Sale, including the Kamp shirt.)

I absolutely love how the yoke is completely enclosed. As it is a kid’s top and won’t really be worn forever, I am not so keen on taking time for finishes like french seams, so I appreciate that I can sew this up a bit faster than something more detailed.

I used this¬†quilting cotton fabric from Joann’s and some yellow buttons from Wal-Mart. The quilting cotton is rather stiff so I’ll pick something with¬†a slightly softer drape next time.


I also used a yellow lining fabric for the inside of the yoke. It is from my stash and a mystery shop from (likely) ancient days.


I used a dark chambray as a pocket accent. My machine has one size of letter stitches so I was able to type out my son’s name to personalize the pocket.


I recently got a new sewing machine and its automatic buttonhole maker is fantastic. My old machine had the feature but couldn’t do two in a row – – – EVER! These came out perfectly and brother has been wearing this with so much love.

Please check out the other stops on the blog tour for more beautiful creations by my talented friends:
September 15: Seams Normal and A Random Knack
September 16: Threadistry
September 17: She Who Sews and Frullemieke
September 18: Big Fly Notions and Soveryjo
September 19: A siwsiw thing, Mother from girl and boy and Marieke Falderieke

All week the patterns featured in this blog tour are on sale for $7!

***As an Eli Monster Brand Ambassador, I received this pattern in exchange
for sewing it
, but my opinions are fully my own. This blog post contains
affiliate links for which I receive a small commission on any sales.
This helps support my growing fabric collection and is much appreciated.***