Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls Book Review


Recently, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls book by Tuttle Publishing.  Having throughly enjoyed the other titles by Tuttle Publishing in my sewing book collection, I was excited to dive into this one.

As described by the publisher:
"Author, Yuki Araki is one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-children movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY sewing favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki's simple mix-and-match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they're both cute and comfortable.

Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the sewing patterns in this Japanese sewing book are simple, casual, and look good on any girl. Araki provides westernized patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame."

Five and Ten Designs Sale


It's Black Friday, and that means there's a Holiday Thank You Sale at Five and Ten Designs.  These sales are rare, so this is a great time to get the Volume One & Two eBooks at this discounted price.

Bubble Pocket Shorts Pattern Re-release


The Bubble Pocket Shorts pattern is back!  So, what's changed?
  • More sizes!  Now includes sizes 6 months - 12 years.
  • Pattern sizes are colour-coordinated and have individual line styles, so you can print in black and white OR colour
  • Clear instructions for printing only the sizes you need using PDF layers

What hasn't changed?

Super cute, unique shorts with big pockets!

Warp & Weft Sewing Society


For this month's Warp & Weft Sewing Society project, I enjoyed sewing one of my favourite original designs using some beautiful prints from the Bungalow Collection by Joel Dewberry for Freespirit Fabric.

I couldn't wait to sew up a pair of the newly improved Bubble Pocket Shorts in Bungalow Swallow.  The deep purple print is so lovely and paired with some tights, it's a perfect outfit for fall.  Empress Grass was used for the waistband facing to compliment Bungalow Swallow.  

The new Bubble Pocket Shorts pattern is scheduled to re-release on Friday, November 21.  

This post is sponsored by Warp & Weft and the fabric used was complimentary.  
All opinions, as always, are my own.

Betty Skirt Tour


Today, I have the pleasure of participating in the Betty Skirt Tour.  This pattern is designed by the Shaffer Sisters, of whom I am a big fan.  You may have seen them on Project Run and Play or the beautiful creations they have made with some of my designs.  Their sewing always demonstrates their amazing skills and eye for detail, so I wasn't surprised by the high quality of their first pattern. 

I {Heart} Marcel Marlier Sewing Series and Giveaway


Have you heard about the I {Heart} Marcel Marlier? It's a delightful sewing series hosted by both An from Straightgrain and Suz from Sewpony.  Admittedly, when they approached me to participate, I was not very familiar with author Marcel Marlier.  While I'll let you read more about him on they're blogs, I will say this, I love what I have seen of his books, and the illustrations are full of inspiring vintage outfits.  The main character is an adorable little girl (whose name changes depending on which language you are reading), however, rather than creating an outfit inspired by her, I chose to make something for my son instead.  I noticed the little boys' shirts in the drawings below, and saw a resemblance to a pattern I've been wanting to try for some time (Charlie by Zonen 09).