Change up the Tee blog tour + GiveAway

What makes a tee, the perfect tee? Well, when it comes to sewing for my little guy, perfection comes when I don’t have to think about it too much. That’s what I found in the Primary Tee from GYCT. I just cut it out, sewed it up and bam! Perfect fit.

The Primary Tee comes with short sleeve and long sleeve options (plus a dress version), so I’m feeling pretty good about sewing tees for my guy all season long with this pattern.

Primary tee 3 wm

To Change Up the Tee for the blog tour I planned a fun ice dyeing project for my little guy and I to do together. Perhaps you’ve seen the beautiful ice dye projects on pinterest too. I tricked myself into thinking this would be super easy, but found myself in a pickle when I didn’t really read the directions too closely ahead of time.

I made up the little guy’s Primary Tee using white cotton/lycra from the Simply By Ti shop and sorta followed this video tutorial using Rit dyes. We were golden up to part where you have to rinse and set the project. The sorta part was I didn’t purchase the fixative (again I didn’t really prepare well by looking at the directions beforehand) and I didn’t rinse for 20 minutes in hot water- more like 5 minutes.

Primary Tee close up sample

What I did was a short rinse in hot water with Retayne (the only fixative I have on hand), then refreshed my water bucket with hose water several times until it was running a little clearer. I did one last bucket full of water and fixative for a few minutes before bringing the project inside. At this point the tee looked great. The colors were vibrant purple, fuchsia, and yellow with portions of the white cotton/lycra coming through.

Next, I put the tee in the washer, washed on hot with more Retayne, dried on hot, and washed again in warm water with regular detergent. The final result is much more muted.

The little guy loves the tee and is proud of what we made together. I would have liked to colors to remain as saturated as they looked before going through the wash. I think another try at this is needed.

Primary tee 1 wm

If you’d like to try Changing Up the Primary Tee, you can save $2 using code “SEWBLUE” off of the Primary Tee pattern, good from July 2-July 15, 2018

Thank you Made for Little Gents for hosting the tour and Thank you GYCT Designs for providing the Primary Tee as our canvas for creativity.

Kicking Off The Changing Up The Tee Blog Tour

Thanks for reading! Check out what other bloggers are doing and come up with ideas for changing up the tee by following along with the blog tour below:

Fri. June 29
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. July 2
Family of Makers
Tues. July 3
Made for Little Gents
Wed. July 4
Thurs. July 5
Made by Laura!
Fri. July 6
Auschick Sews
Mon. July 9
Kate Will Knit | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy
Tues. July 10
Tenille’s Thread | Mahlica Designs
Wed. July 11
Momma Newey’s Makes | Our Play Place
Thurs. July 12
My Sewing Roots | Elli and Nels
Fri. July 13
Dreams and Stitches | Stylin’ Stacy

Ready for the giveaway to GYCT Designs Shop? Here you go! Good luck!
Follow this link for the Rafflecopter giveaway!


Juliet Bodysuit for It’s Gonna Be May tour

Hi sewing friends.  Today I’d like to share something new that I’ve tried for the It’s Gonna Be May blog tour. Brought to you by Petite Stitchery & Co. (Tour details and a giveaway are below-read on)

Juliet 1 blog label


You may have noticed that I’m pretty slow to follow trends, so again I’m behind the curve on the popular bodysuit. Bodysuits seamed like a bear to fit and I couldn’t see a use for one in my wardrobe. Until now.

We’ll be taking a flight soon and I’m one of those people who has an ideal for what to wear on a plane. I want my legs covered so my skin isn’t touching those super gross seats. I have to carry bags and keep track of a little boy, so I want clothes that are fuss free: no retucking, no riding up, and minimal adjusting. I also like knits so I’m not a wrinkled mess at the end of the day.

I’d already worked out that I like to wear jeans in winter and skirts in summer, but I still struggled with the right topper that didn’t need continual adjusting. Then it dawned on me, a bodysuit!

Juliet 12 wp

Juliet 11 wp

The Juliet bodysuit and skirt from Petite Stitchery & Co. will make the perfect outfit for plane travel. It ticks off all my boxes.

Juliet 8 closeup

The Pattern

The Juliet bodysuit in size large with no alterations. I chose to do the low scoop back and full coverage seat. I cut and sewed my lining first to test the fit. I trimmed a little away from the cheek area on the back piece and was good to go. My fitting worries came to nothing.

Next time I’d take advantage of the built-in swayback adjustment.

The Juliet circle skirt size large and cut at the xsmall midi-length hemline for length. Altered to be a 1/4 circle skirt and waistband shortened to 6in finished depth.  I’m not going to share how I made the alteration to a 1/4 circle skirt because I messed it up royally. You really can’t see it on, but believe me it’s there.

Next time, I’ll choose a longer length- just an inch more would be great.

Petite Stitchery provided a complementary copy of the Juliet pattern for me to use in my post.

Juliet 2 wp

Juliet 4 wp

The Fabric

For the bodysuit- about 3/4 yard each of Art Galley cotton/lycra paired with a rayon/spandex jersey for the lining. I found these paired well together.

For the skirt-  1 1/8 yards of brushed poly from Boho Fabrics.


And now for the rest of the tour…

It's Gonna Be May blog tour

Sunday April 22nd:
Sewjourns,  Kathy’s Kwilts,  Naadjesendraadjes,  Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing,  Sewing Adventures in the Attick,  Sewing Southern Belle
Monday April 23rd:
Margarita on the Ross,  Our Play Palace,  The Scatty Sewer,  Rebel and Malice,  My Heart Will Sew On,  Sewing With D
Tuesday April 24th:
Sea of Estrogen,  Seams Like Style,  That’s Sew Amy,  Mahlica Designs,  Leslie J’s Sewing Shack,  Miss Marah Sewn
Wednesday April 25th:
Liviality,  Lime Leaves,  My Sewing Roots,  Tales From a Southern Mom,  Jot Designs USA,  Seams Sew Lo,  The Needle and The Belle
Thursday April 26th:
Candi Couture Designs,  Momma Sew Savvy,  Blooming Skies,  Stitched By Jennie,  House of Estrela,  Sewing Ambi

Don’t miss this:

Southern Belle Fabrics is offering a giveaway for a $50 store credit to support the blog tour. I think you could make up quite a few It’s Gonna Be May inspired pieces with Southern Belle Fabrics. I personally recommend the double brushed poly for circle skirts.

Enter to win a $50 store credit from Southern Belle Fabrics.


As always, thanks for reading today.

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ITS Love Blog Tour

My sewing friends today is the launch of the ITS (Itch To Stitch) Love blog tour.

Recently, Kennis Wong the designer behind Itch to Stitch Patterns returned to find her house thoroughly burglarized. While her fans were going bananas purchasing her patterns to help in her effort to raise funds, several of us thought it would be fun to do a blog tour to continue to support her. And hence the ITS Love Tour was born.

This week we’re showing our Love for ITS patterns and for Kennis by showcasing our favorite patterns new and old. We have tour sponsors that are showing their love and support for Kennis by donating a great collection of prizes for us to giveaway.

ITS Love Sponsor Graphic final

My hope is that you’ll follow along with the tour and if you’d like to lend your support you can do that by purchasing your favorite Itch to Stitch patterns from the shop.

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday:   Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday:  Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist,  kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew MariefleurFairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi,  and please visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti  

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$40 So Sew English GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns 

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

 A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns



Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or abou

As always, love.


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Breaking Ground Blog Tour from mahlicadesigns

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour. This week almost 20 bloggers have joined me to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, with a focus on smaller indie designers. I also threw out an extra challenge to see who would break ground with new tecniques, styles, or whatever way they wanted to push themselves.

I’ll be posting here daily with teasers and links to each days bloggers and showing some of my Breaking Ground makes too.

Today we have:

Anne-Mari Sews,  Sewing By Ti,  Musings of A Seamstress,  Tenille’s Thread,  Couturious, Embrace Everyday,  Sewing A La Carte

BG Monday Teaser collage


The Full Tour:

Monday March 20- Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille’s Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte

Tuesday March 21- mahlicadesigns,  Kaleidothought,  Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This

Wednesday March 22- Rainy Day SewingAnne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube JubeSewing A La CarteTales of a Tester

Thursday March 23- mahlicadesigns, Lulu & Celeste, Very BlissfulSprouting Jube Jube, Ronda B Handmade, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday March 24- Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a TesterSewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu,  Sewing A La Carte

It seems like I’m constantly learning about new indie pattern designers and it can seem overwhelming to keep track of it all. I’ve recently added an Indie Pattern List to my blog to catalogue them all. I hope this will be a helpful resource for you.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Ahhhh spring, where are you?

I’ve been ready for spring since back in September when I started putting together my blog plans for 2016. Spring and summer are my seasons and I’m much more inspired by the season’s sewing too. My sewing wish list is pretty long, but I wanted to share my more realistic Spring/Summer goals.

What? What do you mean, it’s still February? If I want things to wear this spring I have to start now.

I’m planning to continue to work through my pattern stash, getting through a lot of them this year. Having the patterns I own on pinterest boards helps me plan out projects.

I have a few items I want to make to further my Spring/Summer Core Wardrobe. I need sleeveless and short sleeve tops in almost all of my Core Colors. A few knit tanks would be useful too.

I may do another version of my VS. series this spring. I’m thinking of changing the format just a little by doing a regular post on the projects that I plan to feature in the VS. series, so you can have more detailed reviews of the patterns.

And just a few things that I’m considering:

I’m very intrigued by multifunctional clothing. After watching this many times, I worked out how to copy it, but I’m not confident my machine can flatlock the pieces.

I keep going back to look through Ralph Pink’s patterns. So far I’m exercising self control.


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2015’s Resolutions and what’s up for 2016

So December of last year I decided to try something new, actually making resolutions for the next year to come. You can see my plan here.

Time to come clean. I’d say I did about 50/50 in accomplishing what I laid out to do. While I was far from completing the list of goals, I do have a good routine for working through it and keeping myself accountable and that’s half the battle for me. For 2016, I’m going to continue the momentum I’ve established.

Sewing Goals for 2015

In 2015 I’d like to learn how to make a lapped zipper and try fancy seam finishes.

Actual: Lapped zipper yes, twice; fancy seam finishes not really

Finish up Core Wardrobe

Actual: Lot’s of new pieces added but still more to come

Work on the UFO pile, finishing four in 2015.

Actual: One item given up for scraps.

Serious destashing of stuff I won’t use.

Actual: About 5 pieces given away, still more listed on Etsy and Facebook

Organization goals for 2015

Getting things neatly in a place they belong. Small bites at a time, one closet or bookcase per month.

Actual: Finished two of these off my list.

Unpacking boxes from our move. One box per month.

Actual: 8 boxes done and finding it hard to move all those boxes of books into the house.

Downsizing. I’ve got stuff that needs to go! One thing/batch per month.

Actual: Best results here, about 9 things/batches.