Monday, December 28, 2015

Natalie Top

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This month for my Go To Patterns Brand Ambassador pattern, I chose the

I used a lovely voile from Canadian National Fabric.
It was a bit of a bigger print than I had expected but I still love it.
It's the first time I've sewn with voile and it sews up really well.

I found the pattern to run a little boxy around the natural waist, which may be intended with the blouse-y look. But, I made a small mod and did three short rows of shirring to pull it in a little.

I also left off the optional pocket as I thought this print was busy enough without a pocket.

The rolled up sleeves are really comfy--I haven't worn them unrolled yet! 

And, I braved the cold (-15 Celsius) to get my husband to take a couple of pictures.
This from the lady (me) who is always cold and does not enjoy cold very much. In fact, my husband looked at me rather incredulously when I suggested it.
I'm glad we did go with the outside pictures--the snow makes a lovely backdrop.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dungaree Dress, a Raglan, and a Sale!

Merry Christmas yet!
 It feels like it's been a while since I've posted any new outfits.
I have been busy with some, but it has been rather slow in my sewing area!
I thought I'd share this dress--I made it a little while back now, but never blogged about it yet.

It is the Cassidy Dungaree Dress by Modkid.
I used a denim I had in my stash, and since I had no purple topstitching thread, I used regular thread.
It is a lot lighter than it would have been with topstitching thread, but it does the trick in a pinch.

I love the details on the dress, the pockets, the front seam, and the topstitching.
I did not like the buckles I bought. They keep slipping open, even though I've tried bending them in a little tighter.

The top is a raglan from an Ottobre--the Rascal Raglan which I've also used here.
The fabric is from Girl Charlee a while back now--they have it in a different color way but I haven't seen this purple for quite a while now. The grey is also from Girl Charlee.
My daughter loves this outfit, even with the unhitching straps.
And, it's a sturdy denim so it should outlast her time of wearing it!
(Many of her dresses have been patched, either because they get caught on barbed wire, a tree, or in her coat zipper, even!)
Oh, and have you heard of the sale yet?
It ends on the 28th (and I don't know if it ends in the AM at 12 or in the PM at 12) but in my Etsy shop, you can get 25% off using the code BD2015 for Boxing Day.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Giveaway! Patterns and Fabric!

Welcome to my little place on the internet! 
This is where I share about the things I sew, new patterns I've designed, and every now and then, a giveaway.

First of all, I'd like to share with you my Etsy shop where you can find my patterns listed.
If you prefer, I do have them listed on Craftsy as well! 

I enjoy designing these patterns, though it's slow going as I try to fit it in between life as a wife and homeschooling mom of five kids 8 and under. 

Also, a little more about me:
I grew up in a very Dutch family and still love droppies, stampot, and taai-taai. (plus many more Dutch goodies!) Plus, I can still speak a bit of Yankee Dutch. 
I was the worst at sewing of all my sisters (there are 5 of us) during Home Economics class. Seriously. 
But, I am now the only one who actually sews. (And, I've improved significantly since then!) 
I live on a dairy farm with my husband and our 5 kids. 
I love to garden and can all the delicious produce from our garden. 
And, I love baking a good batch of sourdough bread. 

So, there's a little about me.

Now, on to the giveaway!
This week, I'm giving away 2 patterns of choice (see shop above), and two pieces of fabric that are 1 yard each. 

To enter, please follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below: 

Giveaway is open internationally.
Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
Void where prohibited.
Must provide valid email address so I can contact the winner.

Make sure to check out the other giveaways over at Sew Mama Sew!