EYMM Freestyle Harem Tour


I’ve got a thing for blog tours- I can’t pass one up!  An excuse to sew and a fun group of seamstresses is enough to make me giddy!


I’m happy to be a stop on the Freestyle Harem Blog Tour by EYMM.  I’ve got a great coupon code for you at the end of the post so keep on reading friends…


We’re prepping for Spring here and sewed up a capri version of the Freestyle Harem Pants.


I used a lightweight knit from my stash and it was perfect for these pants.


These pants are made for moving and grovin’!


Or standing on your head… (Man, I wish I could still do that!)


They’re stylin’ for a day out with friends…


And perfect for running and playing at home too!  Comfy and cute is what we do around here.


I like them because they are cool enough for my tween but modest and cute enough for my tastes too!  Seems like a hard balance to find these days.


The pattern features a couple of flat front waistband options…


With multiple rows of elastic in the back.  There are also shorts and pants versions and a variety of cuff choices too.  You know how I love me some options!


They’re the perfect spring pants!  Can you feel the sunshine already?!


Thanks for dropping by our neck of the woods.  Make sure to check out the other bloggers coming your way the rest of the week.  And stop by EYMM and look around a bit!  This was my first official EYMM make but it definitely won’t be the last!

Make sure to check out the rest of the Freestyle Harems Blog Tour during the next week. (Note: The links below won’t be live until their scheduled date.)

March 9 – Joelle at EYMM

March 10 – Patricia from Sew Far North

March 11 – Tami from Sew Sophie Lynn

March12 – Kelly from Analog Bytes

March 13 – Lore from Blessed x Five

March 14 – Larissa from Connected by a Thread

March 15 – Aimee from Capture, Craft, and Cook

During the blog tour, you can get the Freestyle Harem Pants on sale! Use code FREESTYLE to save 25% on the women’s or youth sizing or on the bundle, expires at 11:59pm PST on 3/15/2016.

Love Notions Vanguard Set


Two boy posts in a row- hallelujah!!!  Boys clothes are kinda boring and they tend to get overlooked for all the cute girly things I’d rather be sewing.  Until now…


I showed you an amazing hoodie yesterday on my big kid.  Today my littlest guy gets to show off the Vanguard Set by Love Notions (affl. links).  It’s on sale now through Sunday, March 6th.

It’s a versatile top and pants set that any boy will love.   It comes in sizes 2t-14 to fit all the little boys in your life.


The details on these pants are so extraordinary!  Big cargo pockets are perfect for storing all kinds of little boy treasures (like rocks and wood chips, of course).


Side slash pockets, knee darts, and a faux fly all add to the details that take these pants to the next level.


Elastic ankle cuffs and a knit waistband make these as comfy as they are cool!


The tee has so, so many fun color blocking options.


I went for a simple short sleeve version but there is a color blocked long sleeve option too!


I did the crewneck version but a v-neck and hood option are included.

I love that you can use this pattern all year long!  I’m excited to make a long-sleeve hooded version come fall.


This set is just the ultimate in little boy fashion.


For the tee I used my favorite cotton lycra solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and Purple Seamstress.


This amazing fabric for the pants is duck cloth from Hobby Lobby.  I originally bought it to make pillows but I love it as ‘Explorer Pants’!


My sweet little guy wasn’t feeling so great when we did this shoot.  He was so excited to get outside but this shot is so sweet and sad at the same time.  When your littles are sick their eyes say it all!


The fresh air was great for him and he still couldn’t help but be my cute, goofy little buddy!

Make sure you pick up the pattern here!  Another Love Notions pattern that will be in constant rotation at our house!

Sabrina Slims by Love Notions


I feel like these posts praising Tami at Love Notions might get a little repetitive but ladies…Do…you…see…these…pants?!!!


The Sabrina Slims are THE perfect pants.  With a change of fabric these can be worn for practically any occasion.


These pants went into testing the day before we went on our trip.  I was crazy excited about them and didn’t want to miss out so I quickly (like under an hour quickly) sewed up this pair in a stretch bottomweight from Joann’s that I’ve had in my stash forever.


I sewed up the basic pant- no bells and whistles.  They are sleek and fit like a glove.


They are made to hug your thighs then are straight from the knee to the hem.  The high waist is flattering (more on that in a bit) and comfortable.


So while I was thrilled with this pattern from the start, other testers struggled to get the perfect fit.  I got to watch the rest of the testing process from afar and I was absolutely blown away by the hard work and determination Tami showed to get these pants perfect for every body type!


She went through almost a dozen revisions as tester feedback came in and the fit just kept getting better.  She’s included a detailed tutorial walking you through various fixes for common fit issues.  I learned so much while testing these pants and you will get the same information right in the pattern tutorial.  It’s worth buying the pattern just for the fit tips!


As soon as I got home I was dying to whip up another pair using the final pattern.  I was not disappointed.


I used a knit jegging material from Joann’s and added the front seams and back welt pockets to this pair.


These were my first welt pockets and the instructions were fabulous! (gotta love the hand stamp 😉


I love how versatile this pair is.  Paired with boots and some jewelry it’s perfect for going out.


Or with a tee and sneakers they’re perfect for running errands.


I love that they look a bit more pulled together than leggings but still are oh so comfortable.

Now for the flattering part.  Everyone has their body issues and mine will forever be my belly.  This is a comparison of my ready-to-wear leggings on the right and the high waisted Sabrina’s on the left.  I love, love what these pants do for my gut!

The Sabrina’s are on sale through 1/30.  Make sure to pick them up here (affiliate link).  I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!

Summer Sewing- Why is it so hard?


With five kids, sewing time is precious.  When they are all home for the summer, it’s even more sparse.  Here are a few of the projects I eeked out this summer.

I had the pleasure of testing for Striped Swallow Designs again this summer.  Her Wildflower kimono is so unique and simple to sew.  I sewed one up for Soph in a cute striped knit and Payton got a cozy french terry version (from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, of course).

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I also had the pleasure of testing for Terri from Sew Straight and Gather.  Her Cousu Collection was kinda groundbreaking for me, pushing me to try new techniques and totally taking me to a new level.  This time I tested her versatile Urban Garden Dress and Tank.  It’s such a cute pattern and her tutorials are THE BEST!  If you haven’t tried one of her patterns you are totally missing out.  Beware though that once  you do, all other patterns will be lacking in comparison.

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This summer my quest for myself was to make the perfect pants and shorts.  I tried a gazillion patterns and I think my quest is still on…

Jocole’s Wide Leg Pants
True Bias Hudson Pants
True Bias Hudson Pants


Jocole Skinny Pants
Jocole Skinny Pants
IMG_8784 Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Summer Lovin’ Shorts

School starts this week and it’s always a little bittersweet.  I adore having my kids home and the adventures we get to do every day.  For the most part, they get along great and we spend a lot of time laughing and just being together.  BUT… we are together ALL THE TIME.  I feel guilty stealing away for an hour or two to create.  So the sweet part of back to school is that I will have every afternoon to myself (thanks to a cute three year old that still naps)! I’m so excited to be able to sew without the guilt of negletting the kiddos. Oh, the project list… 🙂