Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Aspiring Designers Challenge Final Giveaway

Have you been following the amazing Aspiring Designer's Challenge?
There are some super talented designers out there!
And, I'm excited to be able to contribute a pattern of choice to the final giveaway!!!
Scroll down to see what you can win and how.

"Thank You" to all those who have been following along with the Aspiring Designers August Challenge at the Betties Basket Sales and Promotions.  We love our new and experienced Indie Designers alike.  So today we would like to give one lucky winner the entire August Aspiring Designers Collection!!

That is right, the ENTIRE August Aspiring Designers Collection which includes the pattern from EACH of these designers:






PLUS, get BONUS patterns from these great designers:




That is a total of 20 FREE patterns!!
1.  Jester Hat from Kelly J Designs
2.  Cherry Blossom Dress from Mandy K Designs
3.  Ziggy Top from Madeit
4.  New Pattern from Azurerocket Designs Studio
5.  Mimi for Women from Filles a Maman
6.  Omni Tempore Boys Shirt from Sofilantjes
7.  Fiona Shorts from Honeydew Kisses Patterns
8.  Raglan Top from GYCT Designs
9.   Henday Zip Up Hoodie from Gracious Threads
10.  April Showers Raincoat from Ruby & Jack
11.  Mary Top from Rose and Lee
12.  Teeny Kini from Dandelion 'n' Dungarees
13.  Everyday Tank:  Top and Dress from Serger Pepper
14.  Pattern of Choice from GYCT Designs
15.  Playtime Pocket Pants from AimerLae and Finn
16.  Pattern of Choice from Mo's Bowtique
17.  Pattern of Choice from Terra's Treasures
18.  Pattern of Choice from FABulous Home Sewn
19.  Carol, Choice of size 2-8 or 10-16 from Muffin Heads
20.  Pattern of Choice from The Sewing Geek

Enter to win the ENTIRE Collection w/ Bonus Patterns Below

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Boy's Perfect Pattern Parcel--Small Fry Skinny Jeans

When I was invited to join in on the Perfect Pattern Parcel tour, I was thrilled!
And, it couldn't have come at a better time--my oldest had worn a hole in his Sunday pants...again.
In comes the Titchy Thread's Small Fry Skinny Jeans.
I was a little rebellious and sewed them up in a nice linen.
It worked out great, and he loves them!
The detailing on the pants are amazing--flat-felled seams, lots and lots of top stitching, a coin pocket, belt loops, adjustable waist (a must-have on any and all pants sewn for my kids!), etc.

And, he can even play soccer in them after Church with his friends. Perfect!
Make sure to go and get this great bunch of patterns--you make your own price!
It has a value of around $48 or so dollars plus, if you pay over $26, you unlock the bonus pattern which bumps up the value to over $60.
More than a 50% discount!
So, hop on over and get your parcel!
Pattern Parcel #4

Buy Pattern Parcel #4
If you choose a price greater than $26, you get the Knight Hoodie Pattern free!
Pattern Parcel #4

 Make sure to stop by all the other amazing bloggers on the tour!
Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24 little betty sews

Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi's Mom

Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver's Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California


Friday, August 29, 2014

Boys Bundle Up--Greenstyle Pullover and Brownie Goose Britches

There's a new bundle up sale over at Pattern Revolution!
And, I had the opportunity to sew up a couple of the patterns before the bundle hit the web!
Because my August was so busy, I chose two of what I thought would be the quicker was a really hard choice--I'm definitely planning on buying the rest--they all look amazing!
I chose the Brownie Goose's Butler Britches and Greenstyle's Shawl Collar Pullover.
Here is my second son, inspecting the great cuffs on the Butler Britches.
They're a great pair of pants to highlight a favourite fabric.
Plus, the line of the pant is not too baggy, it's actually quite slim around the upper legs.
This is what I get when I ask him to smile.
He is such a goof--I love it!

The Britches have two options for the back pockets--a regular pocket with a triangle flap or an asymmetrical flap. I *had* to choose the asymmetrical--such a fun pop of different!

And, the Shawl Collar Pull-over is a quick, fun sew as well.
I did the more laid back version with no button or shoulder tabs.
As a person who does not really like hemming, the cuffs and waist band were great features.
Here, I told him to point at the sign...
Which he did, and then....

He started to climb....

And, I had to tell him that he'd wreck his clothes before he even had a chance to wear them to Church! (The plan is for this to be his winter outfit for Church.)
He loves climbing up trees or anything for that matter.
And, these clothes are comfy enough to do that!

Fabrics I used are:
Butler Britches: a lovely grey suiting material that is oh-so-soft but I have no idea what it's made of--I got a couple yards from a friend. And, the cuffs and pocket fabric are an organic cotton from cloud9.
Shawl Collar Pull-Over: two spandex cotton knits from Girl Charlee (referral link). Black White Ethnic Diamond and Turquoise Blue.
This outfit looks so comfy--and my son says it is as well.
I love that he can look stylish yet comfy at the same time!
Make sure to take a look at all the other stops on the tour.
And, don't forget to go get your bundle!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Headbands and a Giveaway! **CLOSED**

I am so excited for an opportunity to show case a great little shop--Bowtique Emilee.
They sent me the supplies to make two headbands and have offered to giveaway your choice of  supplies to one of my readers!!!
I love that I can order fold-over elastic and a large variety of flowers and other bling in various colors to make matching headbands or clips for the dresses and clothes I make for my daughters.
And, the prices are very reasonable as well.
For this first headband, I used:

For this second headband, I used:

I love how they look on my daughters!
If you want to win the supplies to make your choice of these two headbands, you have two chances to win!
First, comment here with your favourite item from the Bowtique Emilee shop!
For a second entry, like Bowtique Emilee on Facebook and comment here that you did with your Facebook name!
Giveaway ends September 1st, 2014.
If you are a no-reply commenter, please leave an email address so I can contact you if you win.

Oh boy, forgot to pick a winner yesterday!
So....the winner is....Julia Floyd
Julia, you have 24 hours to email me!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Colorblock Dress Blog Tour

(This post contains affiliate links! I was given the pattern to try for free but all opinions are my own!)
Deby from So Sew Easy has a new pattern out!
It's a beautiful, slimming dress--perfect for a date night or a wedding.
I was privileged to try it out and I love the results.
Princess seams, and strategic color blocking make it a simple yet elegant dress.
The fabric is from Girl Charlee--both lovely cotton spandex mixes.

I love that I can bend down and not show anything--the neckline is perfect that way!
Also, the dress hits just around the knee, so it's not too short.
I'm excited to wear this on a future date with my dear husband (who incidentally is my own personal photographer...)
Hop on over to check out all the details on the Color Block Dress pattern and to buy your own copy!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY Photo Background--Guest Post at Mabey She Made It

Hey all!
Today I'm guest posting over at Mabey She Made It with a DIY Photo Background!
Make sure to hop over to check it out. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Betty Skirt and Skirting the Issue!

I recently got to test a very cute little skirt from the Shaffer Sisters!
The Betty Skirt. (Soon to be re-released--will update with link when released!)
There are so many options and sizes in this skirt:
doll, newborn and all the way up to 16, including plus sizes!
Options include a gathered skirt with placket, small pleats, and big pleats!
I chose to make the large pleats in a 3 month size, using fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.
My plan is to donate this to the Pregnancy Care Center during our next Pregnancy Care Center Sew-along!
The pattern went together very well--you can print which ever size you'd like with the handy layers feature.

I had to let my little girl 'model' it for us...
I'm joining in on Skirting the Issue over at Simple Simon and Company!