Simple Sewing and a book giveaway! {CLOSED}

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Hey, look at that!  I’m back with another blog post this week and this time I’m sharing a brand new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners.  This fun book is by Katie Lewis of The Red Kitchen and is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn to sew!

SimpleSewingBook1Just like the title suggests, the book is full of projects that are simple and quick to make, even for a beginner.  But before you get to the projects, the book walks you through some important basics, like supplies you need and sewing tips and techniques.


SimpleSewingBook3I love the variety of projects in the book – you can basically make something for everyone!  Katie does an amazing job of walking you through each project and there is actually a photo for every single step!  I can’t tell you how helpful this is, especially if you’re a visual learner like me.


The hardest part, honestly, was deciding which project to make.  But I finally decided on the memory game since that’s one I’ve enjoyed playing with my three year old lately.

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These were so fast to sew up!  Instead of using different fabrics, I used this cute animal print fabric that my friend, Sanae, recently sent me.  I knew that Yuki would get a kick out of matching animals.

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Truth is, Yuki doesn’t totally get the concept of Memory just yet, so we usually place all the “cards” face up and play more of a matching game than a memory game.  When she gets a little older, we’ll flip them over.

So once you’ve gotten a handle on the projects in the book, or for those who aren’t necessarily beginners, there is so much room for embellishing and personalizing, like the applique Jessica added to her lunch sack or the necklaces April made from her bows.

Or you can take the techniques you learned in these projects and apply them to something new, like enlarging the memory game pieces to make coasters!  So many possibilities!

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I love that so many of the projects in the book require so little fabric and materials that you might already have at home.  It’s great for using up little scraps of fabric that you’ve been holding onto.  After cutting out my squares for the memory game I had a little bit of fabric left over so I decided to whip up a drawstring bag to hold the game pieces.  This is NOT a project from the book, but there are about a million tutorials online if you’re interested.  It’s actually a great project after you graduate from Simple Sewing (affiliate link).

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And just like that, I have one of Yuki’s Christmas presents all ready to go!

This book would make a great gift for anyone who wants to learn how to sew (including kids)!  You can buy copies at any of these online stores:

Amazon (affiliate link)

Books & Things

OR, you can try and win one!  Giveaway is open to US residents only.  Click link below.


Good luck and be sure to head over to Sugar Bee Crafts to see what Mandy has sewn up from the book!

*This book was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

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Fabric Shopping Weekend Recap and a Giveaway!

You guys.  I’m. so. tired.  I feel like all the end-of-the-school-year craziness + pregnancy are really catching up to me.  I’m having trouble keeping up with regular stuff and it probably doesn’t help that I keep running off to do fun things like the Fabric Shopping Weekend a few weeks ago.

Truth is, I’ve been waiting so long to post about it because I wanted to share something that I’d made with fabric I bought that weekend.  But like most things on my to do list, that hasn’t happened yet.  Don’t worry, I have grand GRAND plans for what I want to make with all of it.  You just wait :P

Picture from Jessica Abbott

The weekend was PHENOMENAL.  Basically 20+ sewing bloggers got together from all over the country to do some fabric shopping (and socializing, of course) in Los Angeles.  Can’t really go wrong with that plan!  The weekend was organized by the amazing Andrea of The Train To Crazy.

Unfortunately, I was only able to make it to half of the weekend because of work, but I had so much fun in that one day – it was totally worth it.  I got to meet some amazing ladies and visit some great fabric stores and of course, I went home with a suitcase full of new fabric.  To check out some great recaps of the whole weekend, go see what Stef of girl. Inspired. and Caila of CailaMade (2 of my fabulous weekend roomies!!) had to say and also see 2 great posts from Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit about the weekend and Girl’s Night Out.

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The first stop for me when I joined the group was Mood Fabrics.  When I think of Mood, I think of the New York store that was made so famous (to me at least) by Project Runway.  Anyways, this store was awesome.  Jam packed with great finds.  It’s not really a bargain store, but full of some really really beautiful and unique fabrics that you probably won’t be able to find anywhere else.  I had a great time here and since it was my first stop, I had to try really really hard not to go totally crazy and buy everything.

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The employees here were really sweet and I hope I get to go back to this store again soon.  Maybe once my bank account recovers :P

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Thank you, Mood!!

About half of the group went to visit another fabric store in another part of the city, but since I had missed the famous Fashion District the day before, I headed over there with a couple of other gals.  I couldn’t miss out on Michael Levine!

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Michael Levine was one of our sponsors for the weekend and the group had visited them on Friday for a tour, lunch and shopping.  I did not stop hearing amazing things about them from the other ladies.  Apparently, Larry, the owner, and Regina (not sure what her title is) are genuinely awesome people.  The other bloggers kept commenting about how much Larry and Regina really love fabric and their store and how they treated the group so well.  That kind of thing makes a huge impression, you know?

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Well, I missed out on meeting them and getting the full tour, but I did make sure I stopped by for some shopping!

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Yes, I did walk away with some of this fabulous ikat fabric.

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Michael Levine has three separate stores just across from each other.  The main store, the home decor store and the Loft.  The Loft (above) is where you buy fabric by the pound.  $2.50 per pound to be exact, which is a really good deal!  You have to do your share of digging through boxes, but finding something awesome is like finding gold!

They also have an online store at, so even if you can’t get to LA, you can still access their awesome selection!

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After that I went over to Angel Fabric, which I had heard good things about.  Turns out, Angel also has a couple of store fronts and I went to the smaller of the two and totally missed out on the main store!  But I still found some great stuff for really cheap – fabric floor to ceiling.  I bought several knits here – $2 a yard!

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And that’s when I had to call it a day.  My feet and my wallet were hurtin’!

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But after a little break back at the hotel, we all gussied up for Girl’s Night Out!  This was a fun evening of great food and more socializing with these fun ladies.  It was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and organized by Jessica, who put a lot of work into making it an unforgettable night!  Jo-Ann was also a sponsor of the Fabric Weekend and really, what seamstress can do without Jo-Ann?  I find myself getting almost all my essential supplies there and it’s always there for me when I need something to finish off a project!

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Can you tell this is a group of bloggers or what!?  Besides the fun friendships made and bellies full of food, we also walked away with amazing swag bags full of goodies from Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft StoresPellonCoats & ClarkDear Stella DesignMichael Miller Fabrics, and McCalls.

Picture from Jessica Abbott

Seriously, I feel so lucky to have been able to meet all these amazing people and enjoy such a fun weekend with them.  It’s always great to be able to hang out with people who share your passion!


So here’s a little peek at SOME of the fabric I came home with (and my poor aching feet).  I didn’t even include the knits I bought!  So look forward to seeing some of this stuff come to life as garments and other fun things.  Just as soon as I can get off my butt and start sewing again :P

And since we wanted to include you guys in the fun, there is a huge giveaway going on right now!  It ends tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th, so go enter now.


Giveaway prizes, rules & entry:

One GRAND PRIZE winner!

Brother 1034D serger!
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Four lucky winners will receive $150 in prizes!

$50 to
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For contest rules and to enter, go HERE now!

Zakka Book and Fabric Giveaway! {CLOSED}

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Thank you to all who entered!!

It’s Giveaway Day on Sew, Mama, Sew!  If you’re unfamiliar with Giveaway Day, you can read all about it here.  Basically, people aaaaall over sewing blogland are giving away TONS of free fabric, sewing patterns and supplies, handmade bags, clothes, accessories, items for babies and the home.  It’s really your lucky day!

ZakkaGiveaway1I’m giving away this book, Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household (affiliate link), along with a few fabrics that I think would be great for Zakka sewing.

The book is full of cute sewing projects for home and life.



ZakkaGiveaway6It has lots of basic sewing and embroidery directions as well as great instructions and diagrams for 25 fun and adorable projects.

ZakkaGiveaway5I’m throwing in a bundle of fabric from my stash that is a great starter kit for Zakka sewing.

ZakkaGiveaway2So there’s some linen/linen blend, chambray, wool, home decor/heavy weight fabric, and a little bit of my favorite double sided (polka dot/gingham) Japanese fabric.  Just enough to get you started on your Zakka sewing!  :)

So you want to win?

Giveaway details: {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}
- Giveaway will remain open until Friday, May 10th at 5pm PST
- Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email
- Open to US residents only
- Void where prohibited

Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post.  Any comment will do!

Additional entries:
- Follow my blog (some people prefer email subscription, some have a favorite blog reader.  I use Bloglovin and really do love it) and leave a comment telling me you do so.
- Follow you & mie on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.

(maximum number of entries is 3)

Good luck and thanks for entering!  Be sure to check out all the other great giveaways on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog!  You can enter as many as you want!

Sewing + Craft Supplies
Handmade Baby + Kid Items
Handmade for the Home
Handmade Bags
Handmade Accessories


*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Bloglovin. We hereby release Facebook or Bloglovin of any liability. No purchase necessary.  Prizes will ship by May 15. you & mie takes no responsibility for packages lost by the postal service. Giveaway starts Monday, May 6th and ends Friday, May 10th at 5pm PST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This post will be updated with winners’ names. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway is void where prohibited.*

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Japanese Sewing Book GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

*UPDATE* The giveaway winners are . . .
Laura who won the Easy to Understand Baby and Little Kids Clothes and
Ajaire who won the Kid’s Clothes Sewing Lesson Book!


THANK YOU THANK YOU for joining us for the Japanese Sewing Book Series!!  I can’t tell you had much fun I had working with my 5 fabulous guests and how much I learned from them.  I’m honestly so excited to start digging into my Japanese patterns and get sewing!  How about you?

Well to thank you for following along and give you something to start with, I’ve got TWO Japanese sewing books to give away today!

The first is 子供服ソーイング LESSON BOOK (Kid’s Clothes Sewing Lesson Book) and was featured in Miss Matatabi’s post (check out the adorable outfit she made from the book)!

photo by Frances of Miss Matatabi

This book is aptly named, because it really is a lesson book.  It takes you through garment construction step by step and look how many awesome pieces you can make with the book!

Kids Clothes Sewing Lesson BookThe pattern book covers sizes 100-130cm, which according to the book fit ages 3-10 approximately.  It has a great size chart with full body measurements so you can choose the size appropriate for your child.  Go check out a full book review with lots of pictures over at Japanese Sewing Books.

The second book I’ll be giving away is いちばんよくわかる赤ちゃんと小さな子の服 (Easy to Understand Baby and Little Kids Clothes).

DSC_2832This book is geared towards beginners (as you can tell by the title) – it even says on the cover that it’s easy and not stressful for the beginning mama (excuse my rough translation).  And it’s meant for smaller/younger children – which I think is a bit harder to find!

DSC_2836This book has patterns in sizes 70-100cm, (0-3 years old).  Perfect for someone with a younger child.  It’s got patterns for tiny newborns all the way up to cute toddlers.

DSC_2839I can’t wait to sew up these cute summery tops for Yuki!

DSC_2843The photos here are taken of my personal copy of the book, but I’ve yet to sew from it (those little markers are for future projects).  I love the cute and simple projects for little ones.

DSC_2842DSC_2844The best part are the step-by-step photographs for constructing the garments.  Drawn diagrams are great, but I love the full color photographs.

DSC_2840DSC_2858It’s got great basics like t-shirts and shorts, and also accessories like a bib, hat, and leggings.

DSC_2845DSC_2848And look at this cute cape and vest!!!

DSC_2849Two prizes means, two winners!  Both books contain great basics for both boys and girls and have tons of helpful diagrams and photos to aid you as you sew (plus you’ve got the series)!  And since the books are geared toward different ages/sizes, I want you to tell me which you’d like, if you are chosen as a winner.

Giveaway details:
- Giveaway will remain open until Monday, April 1st at 5pm PST
- Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email and announced on the blog on Tuesday, April 2nd.
- Open to international readers
- Void where prohibited

Here’s how to enter: {CLOSED}
- Leave a comment on this post telling me which book you’d like to win: Easy to Understand Baby and Little Kids Clothes (ages 0-3) OR Kid’s Clothes Sewing Lesson Book (ages 3-10) OR “either”
AND (though it’s not required), I’d love it if you shared with me what you thought about the series – something new you learned, a question you still have, a suggestion or tip for our readers – ANYTHING!

Additional entries:
- Follow my blog (some people prefer email subscription, some have a favorite blog reader.  I use Bloglovin and really do love it) and leave a comment telling me you do so.
- Follow you & mie on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.
- Follow you & mie on Instagram and leave a comment telling me you do so.

(maximum number of entries is 4)

Good luck and thanks for entering!


*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Bloglovin or Instagram. We hereby release Facebook, Bloglovin and Instagram of any liability. No purchase necessary.  Prizes will ship within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. you & mie takes no responsibility for packages lost by the postal service. Giveaway starts Friday, March 29th at 2pm PST and ends Monday, April 1st at 5pm PST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This post will be updated with winners’ names. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway is void where prohibited.*
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Miss Matatabi GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

**The winners are . . .
Delia, who will receive 1 yard of the Nani Iro Painting Check and
Carolina, who will receive 1 yard of Candy Party Paint Splatter!

Congrats to the winners (you should have received an email from me)
and thank you to all who entered!**

The Japanese Sewing Book Series starts next week, but let’s get the fun started a little early with a giveaway, shall we??

And what better to sew up some Japanese patterns with than some gorgeous Japanese fabric!? Today’s fantastic giveaway is from the Miss Matatabi fabric shop.

Miss Matatabi is an online fabric shop that sells Japanese fabric. When my local fabric store stopped carrying nani iro fabrics, I needed a new supplier (yeah, it’s kinda like a drug). Rae had mentioned Miss Matatabi in one of her posts and since I trust Rae, I checked it out and never went anywhere else for Japanese fabrics. The shop is run by Frances, an Australian who now lives in Japan and has a deep love and a keen eye for beautiful fabrics. She is such a fun and sweet person, and I’m lucky to now call her my friend! She’s also one of my guests for the series next week :)

Her shop carries the new 2013 nani IRO line. I seriously can’t even pick my favorites – I love them all. So here’s just a peek into her shop . . .

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naniirofavsRuby Star Sparkle by Melody MillerStamped by Ellen Luckett Baker
Not to mention Heather Ross, nani IRO prints from older lines, a sale section and other fantastic Japanese fabrics . . .
fabfavsYou really should just head over there and check out all the wonderful goodness that Frances has stocked her shop with.

She also has her own blog where she shares shop updates and some of the beautiful things she sews with the fabric from her shop (perfect for ideas and inspiration) and has a pinterest board called miss matatabi & me, where you can share projects that YOU have made with fabric from her shop!

And today, Frances has generously offered an amazing prize to TWO winners!

One winner will win 1 yard of this summery Nani Iro Painting Check in black and grey:

And another winner will win 1 yard of this super fun Candy Party Paint Splatter KNIT fabric!

Wanna win??

Giveaway details:
- giveaway will be open until Sunday, March 24th 12pm PST
- winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, March 25th
- open to international readers
- S&H is included

There are four ways you can enter. You can choose any method of entering and if you do all of them, you’ll be entered four times! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!
- follow Miss Matatabi on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me you do so
- follow Miss Matatabi on Instagram and leave a comment telling me you do so
- follow Miss Matatabi on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so
- follow you & mie on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so

Good luck and be sure to join us for the series next week!!


Sweetheart Bubble Dress and GIVEAWAY {closed}

Sweetheart5Sweetheart7The Sweetheart Dress is a pattern I’ve had my eye on for a long time, and what better time to sew one up than just in time for Valentine’s Day!?  What, you may ask, is so “sweetheart” about this dress?

Sweetheart6Well what is NOT sweetheart about this dress?  It’s seriously adorable from the front and then BAM! – that heart cutout in the back is just pure sweetness!

The Sweetheart Dress pattern is designed by the super kind and talented Shannon of luvinthemommyhood.  If you ever go around her blog, you know that she is such a warm person and not only does she sew, but she’s a crazy amazing knitter too!

This pattern is a relatively quick sew, probably appropriate for an intermediate beginner.  It is a PDF pattern, so you can download it to your computer and print it out at home.  The pattern has very few pieces to cut and none that have to be taped together, so that made things even simpler and quicker!

Sweetheart1The way Shannon instructs you to construct the bodice was completely new to me.  I like learning new and different ways to do things.  Though I have to say, I had some trouble getting my arm holes top stitched nicely and looking clean.  It’s probably my least favorite part of the dress (I know you probably can’t tell from here, but if you looked close up, you’d see some slightly wonky stitching).


There are a couple of modifications I made to the pattern.  The most obvious change was making it into a bubble dress!  I know bubble hems have been popular for a long time now, but I never really had any desire to make one until I saw this dress by An of StraightGrain (she has a free pattern for a bubble skirt)!  After I saw the Sweetheart Dress pattern and picked the fabric, it seemed like it was just begging to be a bubble dress!  I’ll explain more about how I did it below.

The other things I did differently was to sew the skirt to the outside of the bodice with piping and then I hand stitched the bodice lining to the inside of the dress.  I just knew that with the double gauze fabric, it would probably look cleaner without the extra top stitched line.

Sweetheart3For the closure at the back of the dress, instead of doing a button with a loop, I hand stitched hook & eye closures to the inside of the dress.  Great idea, in theory.  It looks nice, but because the back of the dress is so open, it moves around a bit and the closures kept coming undone.  Soooo, probably don’t try that one folks.  I ended up adding a fabric covered button and button loop the way Shannon instructs (after these pictures were taken) – which looks just as nice.  Shoulda just listened in the first place . . .

EDIT!  Veronica from SewVery said that she used hook closures and it worked beautifully!  You can see her dress here.  Maybe I should have just used some pliers to close up the hooks a little.

Sweetheart4So to make my Sweetheart Dress into a bubble dress, I used An’s tutorial for reference.  You’ll want to cut your main skirt piece exactly the way the Sweetheart Dress pattern instructs you to.  Then you’ll need to cut a lining skirt piece.

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Basically, I cut 2 isosceles trapezoids with the following measurements.  The bottom of the skirt lining was 10 inches less than my main skirt pieces.  So since my main skirt piece was 29″ wide, the base of my skirt lining was 19 inches.  The height was just one inch less than the height of the my main skirt.  The main skirt piece was 15″, so my lining piece was 14″.  The width at the top, is the same as your bodice piece, so use that for reference.  Here’s what my lining pieces looked like:

bubblelining(disclaimer: these measurements worked for me, but I do not guarantee that this formula will work for other sizes.  sorry!)

Once you have your pieces, sew up the dress using Shannon’s directions for the bodice and An’s directions for the bubble skirt.  Pretty easy modification – super cute results!

Sweetheart10I made this dress in size 2T.  It fits wonderfully when on, but the bodice is a bit snug getting her into it.  Because of the design of the dress, I’m not sure how you can open up the bodice any deeper.  Maybe place the heart cutout lower?  Otherwise, it looks great on.

The fabric I used is Nani Iro Pon Pocho.  It is double gauze and I loooooooooove it.  I picked it up during my trip to Japan over the summer.  I still have quite a bit left, so I’m excited to use it again.  Doesn’t it just kinda make the dress?  The only thing that I’m a little baffled by is that after washing and drying the dress, everything just looked flat and smushed (look at the very first and second photos up top – see the difference?)  Is this normal?  Does it have to do with the fabric?  Any way to get it to fluff back up??

ANYWAYS.  This dress is perfect for Valentine’s Day which is coming up SOON.  And not just that, but it’s an adorable party dress, so I’m sure your little one could get plenty of use out of it all through spring and summer.

Sweetheart8If you’re ready to buy the pattern and sew it up right now, head over here to purchase the Sweetheart Dress.

OR if you want to try and win a copy of this pattern for FREE, Shannon is so generously offering the Sweetheart Dress pattern to THREE lucky winners.

TO ENTER: {GIVEAWAY CLOSED – find out if you’re a winner here}

  • Leave a comment on this post.  You can leave a comment about anything, but if want a prompt, how about:  Who do you want to sew this dress for and what kind of fabric will you use?
  • One entry per person.
  • Winner will be picked at random.
  • Open to US and International residents.
  • Giveaway will be open until Sunday, February 10 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 11.

So go ahead and buy your fabric this weekend, then come back on Monday to see if you’re one of the winners!


This pattern was given to me for this review.  All opinions are my own.
I am an affiliate of Go To Patterns.

Washi Washi Washi Giveaway WINNER!

Winner winner chicken dinner!  We have a giveaway winner.  Is it you?  The answer is below.

But first of all, I just wanted to thank all of you for entering the giveaway.  It was my first ever and I know that I have Sew, Mama, Sew to thank for all of the traffic, but it was really fun and I hope to do more of them in the future!  I REALLY enjoyed reading what everyone is looking forward to.  I thought it was a random and simple question to put out there, but I found that reading all of your responses made me realize just how much I was looking forward to this holiday season too!

So without further ado, the winner of the Washi Washi Washi Gift Set (as determined by the Random Number Generator) is . . . Picture 14

WashiTrioWinnerBETH!  Who said, “this is the first year we have a “real” electric train going around the tree, and I am looking forward to watching the little guy play with it!”

Beth, I’ve sent you an email, so please get back to me so I can send you your prize!

To the rest of you, I’m really sorry I can’t give you all a prize – I know you probably all deserve it.  But like I said, I hope to do more giveaways in the near future, so come back and try again next time!

Thanks for stopping by, whether you’re a regular or a first timer – I appreciate you all.  Have a great weekend!

Maggie Mae Tunic and a GIVEAWAY!

I’m really excited to be the next stop on the Very Go To Christmas pattern tour!  Go To Patterns really is the place to go if you’re looking for fun and classic patterns.  They carry patterns for everything from clothing and gift bags to quilts and stuffed animals from a variety of great designers.  Andrea is the mastermind behind the pattern shop and the blog, The Train to Crazy, and she’s created a really amazing collection of must-have patterns.  It’s definitely worth checking out.

maggiemae1I chose the Maggie Mae Tunic by Shwin & Shwin to review because it’s been on my to do list for a very long time.  I actually purchased this pattern before KCWC in the fall, but never got around to making it until now.  I wish I hadn’t waited though because I. Love. This. Tunic. maggiemae5I just think it’s adorable and I’ve thought so since I first saw the pattern come out.  I love the colorblocking, the curved pieced bodice, the little cap sleeves, the pleats – I love how stylish it is, but still so appropriate for kids (Shwin & Shwin has a knack for designing kids patterns that balance style and practicality). And it really can be made for any occasion – from casual playwear to special occasion – depending on the fabric you choose.  I used this gorgeous Kaffe Fasset woven ikat and shot cotton that I picked up at Stonemountain & Daughter in Berkeley. sneakpeek maggiemae3 The Maggie Mae can be made as a tunic or a dress (the version I made is the tunic) and comes with inseam pockets and buttons in the back. maggiemae4 This project is a good intermediate beginner pattern.  The construction is fairly simple even with the curved bodice piecing.  You’ll have to do some pleating and of course buttonholes, but if are comfortable with those things, you can sew one of these up in a snap. Despite that, this project was a little bit of a nightmare for me to sew up (at no fault of the pattern – purely my own stupidity).  I just wanted to share the story with you so you know that I have really bad sewing days too.  Because this pattern is pretty simple, I was excited to get it done quickly.  Well I was finishing an edge with my serger, which I’m still learning how to use, when a corner of the bodice was gobbled up into the serger with the slicing blade on, so SNIP!  Off goes a small corner of the bodice. :( Then, it literally took me forever to get my pleats looking good – centered, evenly sized and spaced.  Unfortunately, there are no pleat markings on the pattern, so you have to figure it out yourself and I don’t know why it took me so long – but I must have pleated, pinned, basted and torn them out 5 times before I got it just right. When I was just about done, I accidentally hemmed the tunic up in a thread that stood out a lot more than I expected and I didn’t like it.  As I was tearing the hem out with a seam ripper to do over, I tore a small hole in the front of the dress at the hem line.  WTF – is this project trying to kill me!?  Have you ever had a project like that?  Where everything goes wrong?  And to top it all off, I had meant to make this a dress and didn’t realize until I put it on my daughter and her booty was hanging out the bottom that I had used the tunic measurements instead!!!  Haha, seriously, I was having issues that day.  BUT, despite all that, I still looooooove the way it came out.  So all of that to say, even if you’re a complete knuckle head like me, you can still make this adorable top/dress (just make sure you’re reading the appropriate measurements off the chart depending on whether you want to make a skirt or a tunic). maggiemae6 I made the size 2T for my 2 year old and it fits her pretty well.  The only thing that I would change if I make it again (and I’m sure I will), is to lengthen the top bodice piece just a little bit to make the armhole a little roomier.  It fits her just perfectly, if not a little snug there.  Otherwise, the sizing seemed just right. maggiemae2 I love that there are sooooooo many possibilities with this dress depending on what coordinating fabrics you choose.  I’m already dreaming up combinations for the next one.  What colors/prints would you choose? Well lucky for you, you have a chance to win an amazing giveaway prize and trust me, you’re gonna want to win this. {CLOSED}

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Go To Patterns sewing pattern giveaway

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Go check out the rest of the Very Go To Christmas posts here:

Handmade Therapy Nov. 29th a pretty cool life. Nov 29th Sew Much Ado Nov. 30th Simple Simon and Co Dec. 1st One Little Minute Dec. 1st The Cottage Home Dec. 2nd Sew country chick Dec. 2nd Nap Time Crafters Dec. 3rd A Little Gray Dec. 3rd skirt as top Dec. 4th you & mie Dec. 5th Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! Dec. 5th Me Sew crazy Dec. 6th see kate sew Dec. 6th Delia Creates Dec. 7th

And what Yuki photoshoot could be complete without one of these pics!?


Haha – I love this kid.  I hope you’re all enjoying getting ready for the holidays.  Please go check out Go To Patterns – I’m pretty sure you’ll find so many things you love.  And be sure to enter the Washi Giveaway here (ends Friday, December 7th at 5pm PST).

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and I hope you’re all having a great week :)

Washi, Washi, Washi GIVEAWAY! {closed}

(This giveaway is now closed)


It’s Giveaway Day on Sew, Mama, Sew! What better opportunity for me to host my first giveaway ever! I’m really excited to share this little package I’ve put together for one lucky reader. It’s a Washi Trio Set of some goodies I’ve been hoarding :)

First up is good ol’ washi tape:
WashiTape6 rolls of washi tape that I picked up from Japan this summer. 3 rolls are Lotta Jansdotter!

Next in the package is this AWWWWWESOME washi stamp:
WashiStampSeriously – how cool is this? (Don’t worry, I didn’t use the giveaway stamp – I bought one for myself too :)) I picked this stamp up in Japan also, and the image is like a piece of polka dot washi tape. La-la-loooove!

And what Washi set would be complete without some Washi fabric?
WashiFabricThis Washi fabric by Rashida Coleman Hale in charcoal is gooooorgeous and also discontinued, so it’s getting harder and harder to find! Here’s a 1/2 yard for your stash – perfect for any small project.

That’s it – Washi, Washi, Washi for one of you!



  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what you are most looking forward to this holiday season (it can be anything!). One entry per person. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner!
  • Winner will be picked at random.
  • Open to US and International residents.
  • Giveaway will be open until Friday, December 7 at 5pm PST. Winner will be announced on Sunday, December 9.

And be sure to head over to Sew, Mama, Sew to check out all the other fantastic giveaways going on!

As always, I appreciate you stopping by. If this is your first time here, take a look around and maybe you’ll see something you like ;) Have fun and good luck!