Testing for the Tinley Tee

Last week I had the pleasure of testing the Girl’s Tinley Tee pattern for Chelsea from GYCT designs. It was a wonderful experience. The directions were great and I really enjoyed being part of the testing group. Today the pattern is available.


This is a slim fitting girlie tee pattern with tons of options. I sewed a size 4 with gathered cap sleeves and banded hem.

details collage

You can find out more about this pattern and all the options here.
Annabelle loves it. It’s great for running, playing and mastering the hula hoop!


After my first one, I had to try a second from a thrifted shirt. Using the existing hem made it sew up even more quickly and I used the existing sleeve bands to make the elastic casing for the sleeves.

tinley tee 2

(Love my little photobomber peeking out in his pj’s.)
You can get the Girl’s Tinley Tee pattern on Etsy here or Craftsy here. It is on sale today and tomorrow so don’t miss out!

Think Ruffles: my day!

Many thanks to Mdm. Samm from Sew We Quilt and Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy for organizing and cheering us on through this hop. I have loved seeing everyone’s ruffled creations and now it is my turn to share.
Here is what I ended up with:


A fabulously frilly and ruffly outfit for my little girl who loves to play in the mud but wants to look as girlie as possible while she does it!
I used a pair of pants that I had scored from the thrift store a while back. They were very inexpensive because they were missing a button but check out the brand!


I started with a skirt pattern from Octtobre magazine. It was my first time using one of their patterns and I was nervous. If you haven’t seen one you might be wondering why. Here is why:


This page has the patterns in lots of sizes for lots of patterns including the ones I needed. Fortunately they are color coded and when I stopped panicking and took my time, I ended up with this.


The ruffles in the back are made by cutting U shaped pieces of fabric and straightening them as you sew them on. I had to read the manual and rethread my serger 3 times but I got the rolled hem on those ruffles!


I used a spare strip of floral fabric and made a double ruffle to add the flower on the store bought t-shirt. I am proud of my free hand stem and leaves on the shirt. It was my first time “doodling” with thread on my sewing machine and I loved how it turned out. Lastly, no ruffles but I whipped up a quick pair of sweater leggings from a thrift store sweater and the Go-To leggings pattern that I love to use. The leggings will keep her warm enough until our South Carolina spring really gets rolling! I am thrilled with how this outfit turned out. I love it! My daughter loves it!


Even the chickens love it. They kept following her and trying to peck the ruffles.


Thanks for coming by to see what I made. I hope you come back again soon.

Be sure to check out the rest of today’s ruffles at the blogs below:
March 11th

Needle and Hook
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Blessings From Our Nest
Little House on the Dairy <–This is me
Just One More Stitch
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Just Sew Quilter

A big thank you and a quick link up!

A few weeks ago, I was enjoying all of the posts on the Hugs and Kisses blog hop. While I was there, I entered a giveaway at Sandy’s lovely blog Upstairs Hobby Room and I won! My prize was a $25 credit to Zipit an awesome zipper store on etsy. Jennie was so sweet and made it easy for me to email her my order. It came quickly and wow I am excited. I love finding neat zippers at thrift stores but this package of rainbow goodness might make me a new zipper addict!


Look at all this! I was amazed how far $25 dollars went in her shop.
She threw in a beautiful zipper pull and a fortune telling fish that my daughter is going to claim as soon as she sees it!


So thank you thank you to Sandy and Jennie and if you are in need of zippers, Zipit is the place to go!


In other news, Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a link up for people to show off how they travel “crafty.” I had to take a chance to share my camera strap.


I made it for our Disney trip and put it on flickr but never got around to blogging about it. I used leftover scraps from Annabelle’s twirly skirt and loved how it turned out. I followed a tutorial from lbg studio but adapted it for my small lens cap. I love that it has a pocket on each end to hold the lens cap and spare battery.


I wore it all over Disney World and the corduroy was definitely comfy against my skin.

PicMonkey Collage

Thanks for the chance to link up! Head over to Ellison Lane to see other great crafty traveler’s creations.

First day of the Ruffle hop

I haven’t disappeared but I have been busy sewing behind the scenes and enjoying a visit with out of town family! I have a quilt finish to show soon and after a battle with my serger, I am most of the way ready for my day on the Ruffle Hop.
Since I don’t have any pretty pictures to show you today, I will send you over to see Mdm. Samm. If you are looking for some great sewing and beautiful pictures there is lots to see on the first day of the Ruffle hop!

Have a great day!

Mad about Ruffles — Think Ruffles!

I am super excited to be taking part in my first Blog hop from Mdm. Sam of Sew we Quilt. From March 5th through the 14, check out the hop to see lots and lots of ruffles. I have loved reading along with all of these hops from Mdm. Sam for a while. With a little girl who loves all things ruffled, I knew this one was too good to pass up. Stop by on March 11th to see what I dream up.

Kids Clothes Week Days 5/6

On Friday I pulled out the pattern for the Sally Dress from Very Shannon. I won this pattern a while back from Jess of If Only They Would Nap. Click here if you want to see her adorable version. This pattern is so cute and I knew Annabelle would love the big pockets. She needed a few simpler dresses so she could wear some of the cute patterned tights she got for Christmas and I had a giant corduroy skirt that I snagged from the thrift store quarter bin a few weeks ago. The skirt had buttons down the front. I was determined to keep the button placket for the back of the dress and I wanted to be able to still use the buttons, so I had to make a few changes to the pattern. It would have been a much simpler sew as the pattern was written. I especially like how the gathered seam allowance for the skirt are tucked between the bodice layers. This makes it look very clean on the inside. And then the square neckline comes together with these cute points at the shoulders. I love that too!
Here are the buttons:


I made the sleeveless version figuring that Annabelle could wear it with a shirt underneath. Although A is growing out of a size 4 in some store bought clothes, her measurements put her squarely in the size 4 pattern. I am very pleased with the fit. I cut the skirt a little long hoping it will work for a bit longer. The raindrop fabric was one I bought by the pound from the remnant bin at All About Fabrics. I love the modern colors and she does love the big pockets!


She tried it on Saturday and pouted when I made her take it off. She wore it to church on Sunday and I grabbed these quick pictures outside the restaurant before we headed for home.


That was my final Kids Clothes week finish as Sunday I had a headache and used naptime to catch a nap in the lazy boy. It was wonderful and I am not sorry at all! I am still working on one more pair of skinny jeans then I am going to take a break sewing clothes and get back to quilting for a bit. I am hoping to finish an ancient WIP (work in progress). I started it in 2005 or 2006. It is definitely time!

Kids Clothes Week Day 3/4

Day 3 could also have been called the day I didn’t get anything finished! I sewed for a full 2 episodes of Season one of Downton Abbey. (I got it from the library and am finally catching up.) This was my first time trying the Skinny Jeans pattern from Peek A Boo patterns. The directions were great but there are a lot of pieces and a lot of top stitching. I was able to cut all of the pieces out of a thrifted pair of patterned cords. I did continue my character fabric theme by using some Tinkerbell fabric for the pocket linings.

On Day 4, I broke my self imposed rule and sewed for a little while before nap time. I wanted to get the jeans together so A could try them on before I added the waistband. I was pleased they fit. They are a little looser than I expected but I think that is better for her. True skinny jeans might not get the wear that I am hoping these get. During naptime, I finished them up and after naptime, Annabelle helped me go through the button box in search of the perfect button. She begged to wear them and happily wore them on her field trip to Publix the next day. She had a blast on the field trip but all of my pictures include her classmates. So here are a few shots of the pants minus the girl!


Love the details!


After finishing up the pants it was time to do a little more sewing for my little guy so I grabbed a waffle knit henley shirt my mom had brought down. It had a cute Disney embroidery but they hadn’t stabilized the fabric well enough and the embroidery hung heavy on the not so stable waffle knit. So I cut a t-shirt from my favorite mashed up t-shirt pattern avoiding the embroidery and grabbed a saved blue collar from my mason jar of t-shirt collars. I guess not everyone has one of those but if you do enough upcycling you start saving these things! Sadly, when I started putting the shirt, it was just boring! I knew from the original shirt that embroidery would be tricky so after thinking for a bit I pulled down my box of ribbon. I wished I had realized I would be doing this before I picked a collar but since I was stuck with the blue collar it was easy to pick the only ribbon that matched.


I picked one motif to make a patch for the hem. It sewed on so nicely I decided to add the stripes down the arms.


I hadn’t added the sleeves yet so it was easy to apply the ribbon first and have the raw ends on the shoulders tucked into the seam. Since I cut the sleeves to use the existing cuffs, I just cut the ribbon long and rolled it under before I sewed it. He loves the shirt and loves to show me Lightening McQueen on his sleeves. Store bought shirts are always too short on the sleeves so I might have overcompensated with these. That is ok. Next week his arms will be longer. They grow so fast!