Christmas Polar Bears for Minerva

I finished the Christmas Eve pajamas for the little guy early this year and I’ve added a coordinating pillow case that will double as a gift bag for the pajama set. Many thanks to for supplying me with fabrics for the project.

Here’s a little preview, but you can see the full details over on the Minerva blog. You can read the full details here.


Thanks for reading and visiting me over on the Minerva Blog

I’m Thankful For… (Thankful Sewing blog tour)

We’re begining the second week of the Thankful Sewing blog tour and another giveaway. Today, it’s my turn to share what I’ve made to show my thankfulness.

One of the blessings we’ve experienced this year is the addition of two nieces to our family. I’m so thankful for these two girls and the joy they have brought to their parents and the rest of us. I’m especially thankful that I have gained the skills to create something special for them that only their auntie can provide.

My first sewing project for little girls is to make them a set of pajamas for Christmas Eve, a family tradition I began with my son.

Cokie top wm

After a search, I found a Raglan Sleeve Dress pattern to pair with the Maxi pants in my pattern stash. The dress pattern was perfect for it’s simplicity to sew and alter.

Uma PJS wm 2

I use the cotton flannels from Joann Fabrics to make my pjs. Sure the quality isn’t great, but by the time the fabric is about to wear out the pjs have been outgrown anyway. I’ll be rethinking my approach now that there are younger generations elligable for hand me downs.

Uma pjs wm

Cokie wm

Now, waiting the almost two months until Christmas eve just might be too much. I guess this is the drawback to actually getting things done early.

As always, thanks for reading today and please read on about the blog tour and Giveaway.

Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

There’s one more day to enter this weeks Giveaway from Simply by Ti.
Come back Wednesday to enter the week two Giveaway from Simply by Ti.

Intro to the tour

November 1st:


Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns – YOU ARE HERE

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More

It’s Christmas in July for the whole family

Some of you know that I plan my sewing way ahead, but one area that I totally let slip is Christmas sewing. Usually it’s the week before when I think about making something and quickly talk myself out of it as being way too late to take on more of anything.

Not this year though.

As a Sewing Portfolios Ambassador I was given the opprotunity to receive some of the Nutcracker line from Michael Miller fabrics. With little Christmas sewing experience, I admit I didn’t know what I was going to do to show case them. My husband suggested I make pj bottoms for the whole family (not realizing he’d have to be in the pictures) and I ran with it.

If you’ve sewn with quality quilting cottons before, than you know what to expect from Michael Miller; a high density thread count, soft hand, and easy to press and sew. The Ornaments and Mini Overature fabrics have a gold metalic print that I’m so impressed with. After sewing, pressing, and several washings the metalic is still looking great. After disappointing results with other metalic fabrics, this was a pleasant surprise.

In making my little guy’s pants I made a rookie mistake, but the fix ended up making them even cuter. Here’s what happened. I pulled out my Maxi pants pattern, but forgot that I was using the pattern pieces for the knit with negative ease not the woven version. To fix the crazy small pair of pants I made, I inserted a side stripe in hopes at redeaming the project and to mimic the look of the toy solders printed on the fabric.

I have a little bit of each fabric left over to make something else. I have my eye on making some numbered drawstring bags to count down the days to Christmas. Here’s hoping I don’t forget until the week before Christmas.

Patterns: The little guy is wearing the Maxi pants from Zirestoff Patterns, hubby is in S1605 view D, I’m wearing the Comfy Cozy Pajama shorts from Laela Jeyne.

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Ella Cami & Shortie set from Designer Stitch

I got to test out* the new Ella Cami set from Designer Stitch last week and now I feel complete, in the summer pj department : )

I love the loose flowing pieces to keep me cool and feel pretty on trend with the ruffled cami.

You can also style the cami as a summer top. It works perfectly with my Chi Town chino shorts.

The Pattern and my alterations: The Ella Cami set from Designer Stitch includes a cami with ruffled band and a flowing bottom in short or pant length. I made two alterations to the pattern. I’m not a big ruffle person, so I took a total of 10 inches out of the length (front and back) of the ruffle band. I still think there’s plenty of ruffle here. On the shorties I added my usual 1 inch Full Seat Adjustment (FSA) and lowered the rise (front & back) by 3 inches making them a low rise short. If lowering your rise, be sure to check that you are leaving enough room for the elastic casing above the top of your pockets. My casing landed just above the pockets and I might consider lowering it another 3/8in next time so I can secure my pocket bags under the casing seam to keep them in place.

The Fabric I found this delightful Mini Floral rayon woven at Joann Fabrics amongst a ton of polyester in their Silky category. I used about 2 yards for my cami and shorties set.


The Ella Cami set and all Designer Stitch patterns are on sale for a limited time. Now’s the time to grab them up.


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*I received a free copy of the Ella pattern in exchange for my work reviewing the pattern instructions before release. These are my straight up thoughts on the pattern.

Breaking Ground with Laela Jeyne

I put new pajamas on my sewing wishlist for 2017, because my current pj situation is composed of mismatched super stretched out pieces with a long list of other problems. The Breaking Ground challenge was just the kick in the pants I needed to get this wardrobe hole taken care of.

I chose the Laela Jeyne Comfy Cozy Pjs for its classic style and its many options. With this pattern I can sew with knits or wovens, I can make long sleeves and long pants for winter, short sleeves and shorts for summer, and I can choose a low or regular rise. Bases covered.

Since I’m all about stashbusting this year and I had over 5 yards of plaid and some matching check print to use up, I decided to go big and make myself a summer and winter set of the Comfy Cozy PJs. I’ve never sewn with plaid so, that was going to be Breaking Ground too. I thought this was a great idea until about hour three of plaid matching and cutting pattern pieces. Ugh!

Plaid matching aside, the construction of the pjs went together very smoothly. The step by step instructions with photos made it super easy. I’m also thankful for the sleeve and pant cuffs that saved me from a ton of hemming.

Now I’d like to find some nice double knit to make another set for next winter.

Thanks for reading about my Breaking Ground project today.

Please visit todays other bloggers in the Breaking Ground Blog Tour:

mahlicadesigns,  Kaleidothought,  Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This

Tuesday Teaser collage


As always, thanks for stopping by today.