Take me out to the ballgame!

10:37:00 AM,4 Comments

It's one of my most FAVORITE days ever!!  Opening Day at Comerica Park!  I never get to go(3 kids doesn't really work well in a crowded sea of drunk unruly Tigers fans) but we always celebrate and watch the game at home as a family! 

This year I am super duper excited because my little lady has the cutest Tigers inspired jersey EVER, made by yours truly!  Introducing the Old Tyme Baseball Shirt by Dandelions n' Dungarees.   This jersey inspired shirt can be adorned with the most awesome embellishments to represent your favorite MLB team, show your school spirit, or even just as a cute little spring top!  

I obviously chose to showoff what a ginormous Detroit Tigers fan I am and did my own take on a girly jersey.  I'm not into all the girly pink Tiger's stuff out there, so I chose to use the traditional Tigers colors in polka dots to make it a little girly, without being pink.  I am being thrilled with how it turned out.  The only thing it's missing is the iconic old English "D", but don't worry your pretty little head, that will be here soon!

I really love this pattern.  It is very easy to understand, the directions are wonderful, and the pattern went together beautifully!  I think I whipped this shirt out in less than 3 hours, and that is even with all the extra details!  I love the options to have snaps or buttons, and the piped placket and cuffs are adorable!  

The size range on this pattern is AMAZING!  NB-16yrs!!  Seriously, I'm not pulling your leg!  Take a look for yourself!  Want to see some more takes on this shirt?  Come take a look at the blog and see what the other testers of this shirt came up with!  There are some great ideas in there!

I was so lucky I was able to test this shirt(along with a few other pattern by Dandelions n' Dungarees!)  I like to think I've been with them from the start, and can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves!!  I can't wait to make one for each of the boys too!  I will sew those up ASAP, because they are definitely begging to have one of their own!  

And guess what?!?!  Dandelions n' Dungarees is giving away a FREE copy of the doll pattern today on their blog!  And you can enter their amazing giveaway to win some awesome prizes including an American Girl Doll!!!  So head on over and enter!!  You don't want to miss out on this!! 

Here's hoping if you're a baseball fan your opening day goes wonderfully, unless you're a KC Royals fan, and then I'll apologize now for us beating sweeping the series!  Eat em up Tigers!!  Can't start them too young, right?!?!?

And as always, come take a look at my business page on facebook!  This shirt, along with anything else you see on my page, are available for custom order, so send me a message if you see anything you can't live without!

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Ready for Easter

9:53:00 AM,0 Comments

I have been have some major stress over not having an Easter dress for my little lady yet. I'm sure all you other Moms(and some Dads too!!) can relate! We get so busy busy busy that 3 days before we all make a mad dash to the mall to try to find something appropriate left on the empty racks. Darn all those parents who've actually planned ahead! 

Well, have no fear! This year I am READY! Or, at least 1/3 ready! Introducing the Lorelei Dress by E-Beth Designs! This dress may possibly my favorite EVER!(and that's saying a lot because I have sewn LOTS of dresses!) 

She is loving her new dress!

The Lorelei features: 

My favorite part is the petticoat lining!  It gives this dress just just the right oomph it needs to really stand out and keep it's shape!  And the instructions are extremely easy to follow!

We love the fullness the petticoat adds!
Happy Girl in her Easter Dress!

I really liked the construction for this dress.  The under stitching and hand stitching techniques used really make this garment look professionally made!  I also thought the zipper installation was easy to follow for those who have never sewn a zipper before.  There is even an option for a blind hem!  This pattern has it all when it comes to being well made!

The tutorial is full of wonderful step by step photos and easy to understand instructions.  This pattern is probably best for an intermediate seamstress due to the more advanced techniques used.

I will definitely be making my next dress(oh yes, there will be lots more of these dresses to come!) with the optional sash! I ran out of time and opted for a super cute belt instead.

Zipper closure in back

There's a little secret I have about this dress though.  It is made with Target sheets!  Yes, you read that right.  I found these on sale at my local Target, and couldn't pass them up!  I wasn't sure what I was going to use them for, but when I found out I was testing this dress, I knew they would be perfect!  I love the look of this dress, and the vintage but modern feel it has.  Such a classic style, but not old-fashioned at all!  I also can't wait to play around with mix and matching fabrics!  Maybe the yoke and sash in a coordinating fabric!  My  brain is reeling with ideas!

Gorgeous scoop front yoke

For all my fellow seamstresses out there, come follow E-Beth Designs on facebooketsy, and her website where you can enter to win a copy of the pattern!  I know she has lots more in store and I expect they will be just as fabulous as this pattern!!  

Taking a reading break

If you don't sew and are interested in ordering a dress, head on over to Lady and the gents and send me a message!

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I'm so crafty.....

10:25:00 AM,6 Comments

I sweat glitter.  Well, not really, but that would be kind of cool, wouldn't it???

If you are here, you are in one of three groups:

  • You are either family or a friend and came over here to show your support!! 
  • You are a fellow sewing enthusiest and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
  • You acidentally found this blog and are wondering what the heck you are doing here.
Regardless of your reason for stumbling across my blog, I'm glad you're here!  This blog will follow all of my crazy sewing and crafting adventures, and hopefully keep you entertained and coming back to see more!

So, how about a little background on me.   I am  a SAHM to one little lady and 2 handsome gents.  I started sewing almost 1 year ago.  Ok, let's back up a bit.  5 years ago my husband bought me a sewing machine and I was determined to teach myself how to use it.  How hard could it be, right??  Well, let's just say after hours of trying to sew a bib I was in tears and made a phone call to my seamstress mother.  I asked her, "Mom, how do I sew a straight line?????"  She answered, (insert laughing here....) "What do you mean how do you sew a straight line?"  I'm pretty sure the waterworks started and I quickly hung up the phone, packed up the machine, and vowed to never look at it again. 

Fast forward to last April.  My daughter's first birthday was fast approaching and an epic birthday dress was mandatory.  My Mom had this crazy idea that me, the one who cried because I couldn't figure out how to sew a straight line, should make her dress.  Are you kidding me?!?!  ME?!?!?  I decided to give it a go since she said she would help guide me.  The machine sat out staring at me for a while.  I'm pretty sure it was laughing and taunting me.  I threw caution to the wind and decided I would just dive in head first.  That first night I sewed a paper bag skirt.  It was HUGE!  I mean, super long, but once I hemmed it a tad more it was actually pretty cute!!
Cute, Right?!?!?

The next night I got pretty cocky and thought, well, I made that skirt, I'm going to make this dress.  I chose the Nelle dress by brownie-goose.  It seemed easy enough and Amy's instructions made me feel like I was chatting with my best gal pal!  Best decision I EVER made!!  I whipped that dress up in 3 hours and successfully finished my 2nd article of clothing!  Yes, you heard that right! The woman who couldn't sew a straight line just made not one, but TWO pieces of clothing that I wasn't embarassed to put my child in!

She STILL wears this dress weekly!!!

I didn't look back after those first two pieces, and kept on sewing every night, gaining courage, learning so much about sewing, and having tons of fun meeting new friends in the online sewing community!

The time was coming that the much anticipated birthday dress needed to be conquered.  I found the PERFECT dress pattern and went to work.  The big bow dress was exactly what I had been looking for!  My mom and I went fabric shopping and she chose a darling yellow and white polka dot.  After some lunch, and getting Cora to sleep, we attempted to sew up that perfect dress.  There were a few bumps along the way, a few trips into the sleeping princess's room to retreive a forgotten iron, but the end result was more than I could have asked for!

Cutest dress EVER!

I like big bows and I can not lie....
I continued to sew after the party was over and friends and family kept asking when I was opening a shop.  I was a little caught off guard, especially since sewing for a few months does not make you a seamstress, along with the fact that I had no idea what opening up a shop really entailed!  After some thought and soul searching, I decided to slowly start doing some custom orders here and there.  Enter, lady and the gents!

I never looked back after that first night of sewing, and I am so glad I took the leap to start sewing for friends and family!  I am really blessed to now get to test patterns for some of, what I consider to be, the best designers out there!  It is awesome to get to be part of the pattern process, helping work out kinks, pattern issues, and help make these patterns the best they can be!  I'm grateful for the designers who have taken a chance on me, even though I don't have a quarter of the talent and the experience some of these other ladies have.  I will be forever in their debt!

So, now you know a little bit about me.  I'm just a wife and mother, doing the best I can, making stuff that makes me happy!  I hope you keep coming back to see what else I have up my sleeves.  So pull up a chair, grap a big mug of coffee and maybe a snack(or 2), and relax.  I'm glad to have you along for the ride!

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