Mara Bouse Tour Via: Compangie M.

Mara Blouse


Featured PatternMara Blouse

DesignerCompangie M.


Details: This pattern is for a blouse that has a tutorial included on how to make it an A-Line dress. That’s the option I chose here. Sizes: 1Y to 10Y, so you can get a ton of use from this pattern. The pattern comes with four print options. With/without seam allowance, home printing, or shop printing. I love that feature! It also comes with a few sleeve options. I used the long sleeve option and shortened it. The pattern also comes with instructions on how to make the pin tucks.


Fabrics/Notions used: Mustard yellow linen. A type of white and black swiss dot. Pink piping, pink buttons, and pink single fold bias tape.


In the beginning of the pattern we are fought how to make bias tape for the dress. I chose to use store bought single fold bias tape around the neckline. Piping around the bib portion of the dress and the sleeves. Per the pattern you will use the self made bias tape for the button loops. That is another element I chose to change. I used black stretch cording.


Silly little girl was being so serious for this photo shoot. If I got a smile it was accompanied with a fun pose like this one:


We absolutely love this pattern and it has quickly become one of our favorites! Please don’t be intimidated by the details. It is easier than you may think and the directions are very clear.


I love the detail of the piping at the bottom of the sleeve and I think it would also be cute on the flutter sleeve even though it adds a stiffness.





Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour and thank you for stopping by!

Mommy and Me Tour Via Bebelambs

Mommy and Me Tour


I’ve been working on a ton of Bebelambs patterns lately so when Lynn announced that she was going to have a Mommy and Me tour I had to join in!

Featured Patterns: Labri and Berkely

Details: The Labri is a maxi dress pattern while the Berkely has different length options. Both patterns have a reverse knot, but the Berkely offers a tutorial on how to do a cross back without a bow.

Fabrics Used: These dresses can be made from either woven or knit fabric. I have made the Labri with a woven top and knit skirt. For this post I made the yellow, Labri, out of a knit sheet from Target. For my dress, the Berkely, I used a floral knit for the bodice and a pink knit sheet, again, from Target! You could also use a shear fabric with a liner, corduroy, and so much more.

DSC_0208(I should probably stop putting my hair in a bun for photo shoots because it always ends up feathering out!)

For the yellow dress I did the reverse knot and my mine I did the cross back.


Since I just cannot follow a pattern to the “T” these days, I shortened the bow/straps on the yellow dress. Normally the 2 straps hanging from the bow would be much longer.

I will note, so it’s not a surprise, the Berkely requires darts. It is okay though! They are marked on the pattern and Lynn explains how to make them with photos to help guide you. Plus, she is usually available on Facebook if you need more assistance. If you haven’t used darts yet, this is the pattern to learn with.



So, she loves this dress, which is a surprise because at this age she doesn’t care for maxi anything! They are just too hard to move in.


Me, on the other hand, I love maxi anything! They can be worn spring, summer, and fall. Can’t beat that.


Color, here, or black & white? Seriously, let me know what one you prefer. I sometimes just cannot decide.



She went from being one of those toddlers that run away from the camera to a poser in one photo shoot. If you have the running away child problem I recommend you do a photo shoot for yourself and let your little one watch. She will want to be like you and stop running away from the camera. Of course, there are no guarantees but it work for us.



Go pick up your patterns today while they are 20% off and enter to win a mommy and me pattern pack of your choice. You can click the bebelambs logo on the right sidebar to get to her blog then click the link to the shop! If your mobile keep scrolling down to find the link. Enter the rafflecopter link at the bottom of this page, too!

I still have a mommy and me post to do with the Cassandra and Sloan from bebelambs as well. I need to do the photo shoot first. Be sure to sign up to receive notice of my new blog posts so you don’t miss it.

Coupon Code: mommyandme

Tour Line-UP:
uly 20th Theresa Taylor from: Grammies Dolls
July 21st Gina Arnold Johns from: BabyFish Designs
July 22nd Faith Alexander from: Sew Like That  *You are here!*
July 23rd Hannah Rorke from: Hello Sunshine
July 24th Kylie Roberts from: Dribbles and Dots
July 25th Amy Huber from: How I Make Stuff
July 26th Tish C. from: Milileke


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Designer: Bebelambs
Pattern: Sloan Tutorial


Pattern Details: Measurements for top/tunic/knee length/maxi skirt. There are also different measurements for different types of straps, both skinny and wide.

There’s also instructions for shirring in the pattern incase you don’t know how. Plus tutorials on how to do a slit and ruching for the sides.


Was this pattern easy to follow: Yes! There was never a point where I wasn’t sure what to do next. There are plenty of pics to help you through, but really you might not need them!

(You can’t see it here, but there are little birds on the orange dress to go with the birdhouses)

What did I like/dislike about this pattern: I love the versatility of the pattern. The navy floral dress was size 2 while the orange dress was size 20. So, if your on the fence about what size to make~ it’s hard to go wrong! This orange dress is a bit loose and I plan on adding straps later, but it stays up. Basically, the larger sizes will give a fuller dress/skirt/top.

I added ruffles to the navy floral dress. So easy, just measure the length you would like them and do a 1:1.5 for length. I did 2, but you can add as many as you like.

Really, I would recommend using the measurements as a guide and let you imagination take over. You can make any length of top/dress/skirt you desire.

Put slits in like I did. The black/pink dress has 1 and the cream/black skirt has 1 on each side.


Fabrics used:
It’s really hard to see, but the skirt is made of a crape/gauze type fabric with tiny black dots. I LOVE it! I used a cream 4 way stretch knit for the underskirt.


For the black/pink dress I used some sort of rayon fabric. It is super flowy and I love wearing it. I always thought I was a cotton kind of girl until now! This was fun to wear.


This navy/floral dress was made with a heavy woven cotton. That is why I made such a small size. I wanted to make sure it would stay up! The belt helps.


Finally, this orange dress. I made it out of a woven cotton. I love the print. That’s why I made such a large size. I wanted to use as much as possible!

Pattern alterations/design changes: None. Just customizing the fit/length to suite my needs & likes.


Again, black & white or color? It can be so hard to decide sometimes!

(Ugh, darn wrinkles! How to get them out?)







I had fun making this dress and doing the photo shoot! Can you tell?

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I also made a pink top. I’ve been into up-cycling lately so I made a top version for myself out of one of my husbands white undershirts! That didn’t come out right, I only have one husband but he has many undershirts! I dip dyed it pink when I made the Elisa top for my daughter. Exciting stuff! Plus, I have another sheer fabric to make another top. I’m thinking halter straps. That’s what I’m going to do with the orange dress.

And, if you have a mini me Lynn also has a dress called Cassandra for girls to match.

And, (LOL!) head over to her blog to enter a raffle copter drawing for 2 of her patterns~ your choice!

To head over to her blog and shop click the Bebelambs logo on my sidebar! Sorry, I couldn’t get my link inserts to work for me today! If your mobile, scroll down and it will appear, eventually!

Happy sewing,

Hummingbird Pantsuit

Hummingbird Pantsuit


That’s right, you heard me! Rabbit Rabbit Creations has come up with yet another Hummingbird variation. I love this one and so does this little girl! It is so comfy and great for playing in while looking “stylish”.


Here’s the low~down:

Designer: Rabbit Rabbit Creations
Pattern: Hummingbird Pantsuit **To be released soon!**


Pattern Details: Thin shoulder straps. Elastic casing back bodice. Attached leg pieces. There are separate front and back cut out pieces. The only pattern piece not provided to cut out was the straps and she gives you measurements for those.

(I like that expression)



Was this pattern easy to fallow: Yes. It is packed with detailed instructions and photos the guide you through every step, but not too much to overwhelm you.


This is one of those pics that I just can’t decide: black & white or color?! Leave a comment and let me know what you think. I love opinions.


What did I like/dislike about the pattern:
I love that the pant/crotch cut out is different for the front and back. We are, after all, shaped differently in the front and back!


Fabric used: I used a woven cotton for the top. You can’t see it in most of the pics but it has a tiny mauve dot, I love it! For the bottom I used a dark purplish linen. The outcome is awesome sauce!


I had a little trouble getting the dots to show up in the pics. This birdie chair is her favorite place to for photo shoots so I must include it in all reviews!

From the looks of it you can use any fabric that’s not too heavy. During testing others used flannel and satin.


Pattern alterations/design changes: None.



I recommend you give this pattern a try. At this point, if your like us, you have made plenty of summer clothing for your little girl and this would be a good time to start sewing transition to fall clothing.


Elisa is here!


Elisa is finally here! This pattern is awesome! Am I the only person that uses that word these days? Anyway, back to the top. Everyone loves this top and my daughter loves wearing it, that’s the important part here. We all love making garments our kids will actually want to wear, am I right?


Designer: Filles A Maman
Pattern: Elisa
Pattern sizing: 12m to 14y So if your like me and have a 3 year old and a 13 year old~ your covered!
Other pattern details: This top can be made in knit or woven, bonus!
Was the pattern easy to follow: Oh my gosh, YES.
What did I like/dislike about the pattern: It was such a quick sew. Seriously, from printing to finish, 30 minutes max.
Fabrics used: I used knit for the first and woven for the second.
This was actually one of my husbands white undershirts! That’s right, I’ve been dabbling in up-cycles lately. I dip-dyed for the first time here and loved it! It was so easy. The key, I found, was to keep moving the fabric. That way you don’t get any hard lines.
This one was made with very light weight woven fabrics that had a good drape.
Pattern alterations/Design changes: None. Something you could do differently is make your straps out of the fabric used for the top.
I very highly recommend this top! Here are some more photos for your viewing pleasure:
I just love that last photo shoot location. Isn’t it super cool?’
This birdie chair is her favorite photo shoot location!
I adore her smile in this next picture. It’s a little challenging to get her to smile like this for the camera.
Black and white or color?
Here’s a link to Filles a Maman facebook page:à-Maman/557944717595558?ref=br_tf
Here’s a link to her shop:
Be sure to pick up your copy and show me what you make with it. You can post it to my Facebook page. Here’s a link: Come join us!

Giveaway Time!!!


Monday, July 7, 14
o Print/cut front bodice from Labri
o Cut all fabric pieces needed: Front and back bodice from Labri, 2 skirts from Cassandra, straps from Cassandra, and any trim you will be using.
o Post pics of you cut fabric!

Tuesday, July 8, 14
o Work on your straps. Measure for length. See blog post for details. Ask questions. You will end up with 4 straps.
o Assemble straps to front and back bodices.
o Sew all bodice pieces together. First, fashion fabrics to linings. Then, fronts to backs.
o Top stitch under arms and across front.
o Post pics of this done!

Wednesday, July 9, 14
o Cut the rounded corners on the short skirt.
o If not using knit finish the hem for the top and bottom skirt.
o Add the trim to the short skirt.
o Post pics of this done!

Thursday, July 10, 14
o Gather the longer/bottom skirt to fit bodice.
o Gather the shorter/top skirt to fit around other skirt leaving about a 1” – 2” gap in the center front.
o Pin them together.
o Sew/serge them together so they become one piece.
o Post pics of this done!

Friday, July 11, 14
o Sew skirts to the bodice per the tutorial on sewlikethat blog.
o Top stitch this seam if you wish.
o Finish the back bodice by shirring it. As many rows as you like for your dress.
o If doing a side tail hem and haven’t cut it yet, do that.
o Trim any threads and make any finishing touches you like.
o Post pics of finished dress on your girlies!

Below is the link to the giveaway. You must be participating in the sew-a-long to enter the giveaway!

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Oh yeah, don’t forget to share images of your creations!