Sew Pony Finch Dress Blog Tour

Friday, July 6, 2018

Good morning everyone!

Today is the last day of the Sew Pony Finch Dress Blog Tour and I am so excited to share the look I created using the Finch Dress pattern. Joining me today is Laurence, Eveline & Mijke, so be sure to check out their posts too!
For my version, I ended up making a modifications. Not because it needed it, I adore the dress as the pattern is written, but out of necessity. I bought this fabric specifically for this dress but after holding it up, I realized how incredibly sheer it is. See the entire outline of underwear kind of sheer. 😳 This being said, I knew I needed to add a full lining. Being that the hem has a lace border, it also meant I had to deviate from the curved skirt hem on the pattern piece which will give you a straight hem line. Mine is more of a mild handkerchief style with the sides extending about 1.5" below the front hem. This was totally fine with me but wanted to note that the pattern is definitely drafted to give a straight hem. 😊
To line this dress, I simply cut two identical pieces from my lining. I personally love this lining from Joanns - even though I wish it was 100% cotton, it is SO light and soft!!!! I lined as you would a traditional lined bodice. Instead of adding the waistband casing as directed in the pattern, I carefully pinned the lining and the main together and sewed along the pattern casing markings. 
I am sure you will notice that I used a smaller elastic than the pattern directs. I, once again, forgot to buy wider elastic at the store. 🙄 I swear, every time I go to the store with the intention of buying certain things, I come home with 5 things I don't need and never the thing I went to get in the first place! I do like the daintier elastic with this fabric though so I am happy with how that turned out.
The back of the dress has a lovely keyhole opening with ties. 
Since my dress is fully lined, I added the ties by sandwiching them between the main and lining when sewing around the neckline and keyhole. 
Side note, I really love this fabric! It has micro stripes (which even my non-stripe loving daughter liked!) and feels so nice. I think it would also make a lovely flowy top!
I hope you enjoyed my version! Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour for more Finch Inspo!

Molemieke//Kneesocks and Goldilocks//Kaatjenaaisels//zoe.van.den.heuvel
Flaflinko//Bel'Etoile//StraightGrain//des etoiles et des pois

For those interested in purchasing the Finch Pattern, it is available HERE in English and Dutch. For 20% off, use the code FINCHFRIENDS (coupon is good through Saturday, July 7th).

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Sew Pony Jeune Twinset Blog Tour

Friday, May 11, 2018

Good morning!

Today is the last day of the Sew Pony Jeune Twinset blog tour and it has been so much fun seeing everyone's Jeune sets! I love seeing a pattern in a variety of fabrics and styled different ways - so inspirational!

For my Jeune, I wanted something that screamed summer. I am a huge fan of flamingo prints, as is Joni. When I saw this Birch Croquet Organic Poplin randomly pop up on my Pinterest feed one night, I knew I had to have it. This poplin has such a lovely feel and was perfect for this top! The top is fully lined so I chose a lightweight Batiste blend that I got from Joanns to keep the airy feel that I knew she would need in the hotter months.

The skirt is Andover Chambray in the Ocean color way. Purchasing both the flamingo and chambray online in hopes of a color match was a gamble but it went together perfectly!!!!! I would like to think that it was meant to be. ☺️ Joni opted for no pockets on her skirt (I was so sad!!!!) but am hoping to whip up another one in the coming months with the pockets because they are just too cute!

I didn't have the proper width elastic on hand that the pattern called for and wasn't sure I would be able to make it to town to get some in the correct width, so I deviated a little and added three rows of narrower elastic. I added a faux drawstring side tie with fun tassels that I made from embroidery thread.

The wood buttons are from Joann's and I will definitely be repurchasing more of these. They are flatter than most wood buttons I have bought in the past which makes it easier for them to slide through the buttonholes!

My favorite part about the top is the back cut-outs - they are the perfect little detail! I love this little set so much because she can mix and match with other pieces of clothing in her closet for a wide variety of outfit pairings!

I chose the size 5 with 1/2" added to the top length and 1.5" added to the skirt length. For reference, my daughter is 7 years old with a chest measurement of 23" and is 49" tall. The fit is perfect and accurate to the size chart.

I am so pleased with how this set turned out, I think it is SO freaking cute and I can't wait to make another! 😍

That wraps it up for me! I hope you all loved the version I made and decide to sew one up for a special girl in your life! You can grab the pattern in both English or Dutch on the SewPony website and use the code JEUNETOUR (May 2nd-12th) for 10% off your purchase!

For more inspiration, be sure to check out the other makers!

Happy Sewing,

Burdastyle - Kid's Animal Socks 10/2016 #143 Pattern Review

Monday, March 19, 2018

Good morning everyone!

Today I am reviewing a knitting pattern that I got from Pretty cute, right?!

The pattern itself was an absolute breeze to knit up. Getting the directions from the pattern that were missing....not so much. After I started knitting these socks, I got to the gusset and realized that the directions stopped there. I emailed BurdaStyle and it took them what felt like forever to respond. In reality it was probably only about 10 days but when you are anxious to finish a pattern....that is pretty much eternity. 😜 Anyways, I spoke to a really nice lady who said she would forward my issue to the pattern department. Another few days passes....and the pattern department must have been confused as to what I was asking and copy and pasted the directions for the gusset, which was not the missing part. 🙄 I responded again.....and then waited. At this point, I started searching Ebay for the magazine that the socks originated from. I found a copy and promptly bought it for $19. I still hadn't heard back from Burda at this point and so I went ahead and forwarded the instructions to them. They were SUPER fast at updating the pattern, sent me an updated copy and graciously offered me a free  pattern. While I wasn't thrilled with the time to took going back and forth in the emails and getting nowhere, I feel like they handled it well in the end and I really appreciate that. 
I used Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist for all three colors. This was the first time I purchased yarn from Craftsy and I really enjoyed knitting with it - I will definitely buy some more! I used US 2½ - 3.0 mm and met the gauge of 30 stitches and 42 rows. I was worried that my daughter would say the yarn was scratchy as she usually does with wool but she hasn't complained yet and has been wearing them all day.

I don't typically care for a heel flap toe (I like a  Fleegle Heel the best!) but these had a nice little garter stitch edging along the flap which made picking up stitches really easy! The size I chose for my daughter who wears a 13 shoe was the 30/31 euro. I feel like they are a touch big but that is totally fine as she will get more wear out of them this fall/winter. 

I accidentally did a 1×1 rib instead of the 2×2 because I had just cast on a different project right before and forgot what I was doing. Since the rib was only an aesthetic mistake, I chose to keep it the 1×1 because I hate doing ribbing. haha. I also did a single crochet around the ears instead of double because I wanted the ears to be a little smaller in size. I chose to omit the hair detail on the front and black claws on the toes as I thought they were creepy looking. lol.

All in all, I would 100% recommend this pattern. The directions were super clear and easy to follow. It took about 1 day per sock to knit and I have only knit a couple pairs of socks before this!

Happy knitting,



Hello everyone,

I am so excited to be a part of another Coffee + Thread blog tour! I have so much love for Olga's designs that it is such a good feeling to be asked to showcase one of her patterns. ❤️ 

When Claudia asked if I would like to sew up a Nina Blouse for the tour....I was really pumped because I adore Olga's patterns and also thought it could help re-ignite my passion for sewing which has been a little lost lately. There was a moment when I thought I wouldn't be able to do it due to work commitments, but Claudia assured me it was a fast sew. She was absolutely right! So fast that I managed to sew up two tops! I will only be showing off one today but am hoping to photograph the other this week and post to IG. 😌
The Nina Blouse pattern comes with two sleeve options: cap sleeves (regular and scalloped) and long sleeves. I opted to go sleeveless. While not labeled an "option" in the pattern, it needed no adjusting to omit the sleeve piece. I simply just bound the entire arm opening with bias. I chose no sleeves because sleeveless button up tops always remind me of my mom who has worn this style of top my entire life. I hadn't talked to my mom all week, so my missing her must have carried over into my sewing. My thought was that it will be nice paired with a cardigan until it warms up a bit and then she can wear it this summer. 
The shoulders have three super cute decorative tucks. They are the perfect dainty touch!

Side note: the pictures are going to be a random mix of outside and inside. Normally I try to be somewhat cohesive but due to weather and whatnot, I went with wherever I could take a decent photo. haha. Winter and spring always have me cringing for pictures because it is always so windy and cold. And I am not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination so I just turn the knobs, say a little prayer and hope for the best. lol. The first round of pictures we went outside in a skirt....

This lasted about 10 minutes before we were literally running for the house to throw on some jeans hoping that would feel warm enough to take a few more pictures. Sadly, this was the only savable photo in that 10 minute period but I wanted to throw it in here to show how stinking cute it looks paired with a skirt. Versatility's what we all want in a pattern! 
The second round of pictures were outside our back porch where the wind wasn't as fierce. It was also when I realized that the chickens have been hanging out there and had to edit a few clumps of chicken poo out of the frame....casualties of living on a farm. 😂 
Back to the top...I am totally hooked on this little blouse. Any top that looks equally as cute dressed up or down is a winner in my book. last attempt at photos was held in the dining room. The sun doesn't hit this room whatsoever so I was nervous that they would end up super dark and grainy but I was happy to see a couple keepers on the SD card. 
We chose the classic peter pan collar for our top but the pattern also comes with a scalloped collar and optional ties as well - be sure to check out the other Blog Tour contributors to see those variations because they are all adorable!
Some more details about the pattern....

The Nina is sized from 12 months through 12 years. For size reference, I chose size 5 for my scrawny 7 year old. Her chest measures 22.5" and the 5 fit her perfectly. Joni is a 5 in most other patterns right now so not only was it true to the size chart, it was also true to what I have been sewing for her lately in other patterns as well. I think I might have added an inch to length because she is taller but I can't seem to find my notebook! I usually have to add an inch to most patterns so I am 99% sure that I did. Just remember, it is always a good idea to measure your own child prior to sewing any pattern as they grow so quickly!

I really enjoyed the construction of this pattern. It yielded a beautiful finish on the inside and out - YAY!

The fabric I used was given to me a while back (thank you again Erin!) and is a cotton voile by Avril Loreti. The shank buttons are from Joanns.
Joni and I would like to extend a very big thank you to Olga for a such a fabulous pattern and Claudia for inviting me along to share in the Nina making fun. You guys helped me feel like I want to sew all the things again and Joni LOVES her new blouse! 💕 

Be sure to check out the Nina Blog Tour for more Nina Inspiration!  Olga has a special discount running for the tour. Get 20% off with the code NINAPATTERNTOUR, good through 03/19, 11:59 pm Central Time Zone.

Have a wonderful week,


Coffee + Thread Blog 2017 Blog Tour

Monday, April 3, 2017

Good morning everyone! It feels like it has been ages since I have participated in a blog tour - I am hoping it is a bit like riding a bike. 😉

I was very excited to be asked to join in on this tour. I love the sweet vintage style of Olga's patterns and Joni needed a few new outfits for the coming spring/summer months as she has outgrown of a lot of things in her closet.

The first outfit I sewed up was the Mulberry Tunic.

I added a touch to the length so she could wear as a dress or a tunic. 

The other changes I made were adding a peter pan collar and gathering the sleeves. The collar is actually taken from the Eleena Dress with a slight modification to the opening to fit the bodice of the Mulberry!
Since I knew Joni would want to pair a belt with her tunic, I added belt loops so she doesn't have to worry about the belt slipping up or down when wearing. I think I will also make her a narrow fabric belt later on so she has more wearing options.

I love the shirttail hem detail in the pattern!

I had originally intended on modifying one of Olga's dress patterns to make a cardigan but did not have any fabric to coordinate with this floral. I did however have some perfectly coordinating yarn so I knitted up this little cardigan to keep her warm and cozy throughout the spring months. 

I made the second outfit using the Ania Tunic and Wild & Free Pants patterns. 

This entire outfit makes me ridiculously happy, it just screams spring! And Lord knows after this winter, we could all use a bit of spring! 😉 Added bonus, it is also 4th of July appropriate so I totally killed two birds with one stone without even planning it. haha.

I shortened the tunic by a couple inches for more of a top length. 

A while back, I saw someone who did ties in lieu of a button on their Ania (thank you to whoever it was who inspired me....I wish I remembered so I could link you!) and really loved how it looked. Usually I try to avoid buttons at the neckline due to Joni's fine hair getting easily snagged so this was the perfect solution to that. 

 For the jeggings, I modified the back panel to incorporate a yoke and added back pockets.

The front was modified by adding faux front pockets and fly. I had wanted to keep the same elastic waistband from the pattern but realized after the fact that I didn't make my front pockets quite deep enough to do that. I ended up removing some height and adding a separate waistband. I really love how these turned out and Joni loves how comfortable they are compared to the normal jeans that she wears! YAY!

I am including Joni's measurements and sizes sewn for reference. I feel like the patterns were very true to size. I did size down on the Mulberry Tunic as I wanted a more slim fitting shirtdress.

Chest - 22.5"
Waist - 20"
Hips - 22"

Sizes sewn:
Ania Tunic - 4
Wild & Free Pants - 4
Mulberry Tunic - 3

Olga has graciously provided a discount of 20% off all patterns in her shop for the duration of the tour (April 3rd - April 14th)! Code: coffeeandthreadtour

Be sure to check out all of the incredibly talented bloggers who are taking part in the tour! And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win some seriously sweet prizes. 

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April 14

Thank you SO much for having me on your tour Olga! I loved sewing up your patterns and my daughter is thrilled with her new outfits. ❤️

Marian Martin Vintage Dress Pattern #9052

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good morning!

One of the things I have done for a while now is keep a list of the special vintage patterns I have came across online. I search a couple times a week on Etsy, Ebay and a couple FB pages for these patterns. Apparently the few I have on my list must be somewhat rare because it took me a while to come across this Marian Martin pattern. I saw it pop up on Etsy and hesitated for a minute because it was a size 10 but ended up purchasing anyways with the intent of grading down to the 4 that I needed.

The grading process wasn't too difficult. I used the measurement difference between sizes to figure out how much I needed to remove from the pattern pieces. After adjusting the pattern pieces, I then made a muslin. The fit from the first muslin was pretty great but the sleeves were a little too "batwing-ish" for my liking and so made a second muslin with the excess removed from the sleeve region.

The pattern itself was beautifully written. I loved all of the old school sewing "tips" she provided in her tutorial.
Joni absolutely adored the dress! #momwin
The only thing that probably would have made the dress better in her eyes is if it was blue. She was all about pink/purple/yellow for the last few years but suddenly woke up one morning and it was BLUE. ALL THINGS BLUE. 🙄
Back to the dress, I have it shown on a 2T mannequin so it looks a little big. But you get the idea. 
I added piping to the top and bottom of the waistband seam.
The buttons are from Joanns. Originally, I wanted to find a deep plum color but none I found looked quite as nice as the light tortoise ones.
The trim along the bottom is vintage lace I had in my stash. I am not sure where it came from but it really complimented this color nicely and added a special touch. The pattern directions call for a 3" hem allowance. I am a HUGE fan of a wide hem but due to the amount of fabric I had on hand, I had to use a 2" hem instead.
 Aren't those bodice darts lovely?! There is just something about darts that makes me happy.
One of the changes I made to the original pattern construction was to fully line the bodice. Aside from being faster than applying bias around all edges, I love the look of a fully lined bodice on the inside.
This is the second dress I have made using this pattern. The other can be seen on my IG account. I really can't rave enough about this pattern....I have a feeling I will be making a ton of these every summer until Joni outgrows it.

OH, and I just found that MM must have made "Mommy & Me" patterns because I found the identical MM dress pattern sized for adults! The listing was sold, so I will be putting that one on my "wish list". ;)

Until next time,

Thyme Vest Pattern by Paisley Roots - One Thimble Magazine 14

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hello-hello everyone!

New year, new blog for this girl. 🎉 I let my old blog expire at the beginning of last year for many reasons. I honestly wasn't sure that I even wanted to have a blog again but realized this past year that I miss having one quite a bit! So here we are....

Let's talk about the new Thyme Vest pattern by Paisley Roots - available in the One Thimble 14 Magazine. I love how it turned out and am really excited for spring to hurry up and get here so my little girl can wear it!

The fabrics I used were all from Joann's. They had several color options at my store, I am anxious to make a trip to town again to get some of the navy!

I ended up sourcing the zippers on Etsy. I ordered #567 & #566. All of the hardware came from Joann's as well. They have these cute little kits specifically for Anorak Jackets/Vests.

I made two changes to the pattern. The first was adding the flap pockets - I love flap pockets and thought they would look cute with this style vest. Karly (the designer) will be adding a tutorial for these pockets on her blog to achieve this look as well! The second change was to omit the pocket lining. I finished all edges by serger, folding under the top as you would normally do with a pocket and then topstitching. I did this primarily so the lining would not be visible along the folded pocket edges. Due to the drastic contrast in the color of my lining and main fabric, I felt it would show much more than if my fabrics were of similar colors. :)

I layered this vest with the Mingo & Grace Crop Top. I modified by sizing down for use with Ponte and omitting all back closures. I then added a peplum bottom. Although Joni isn't the biggest fan of black, she really loved this top and asked for a second. Of course, she keeps pointing to a knit floral I am hoarding for myself....back away from my floral child!

The back features a sweet curved hem.

Sizing was very accurate to the size chart.

Size sewn: 3T/1" added to length.
Stats: 22.5" chest, 20" waist, 22" hips, height 47".

All-in-all, I love this pattern and will most definitely be making it for many years to come. <3


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