Snap Bibs!

I’m back with a fun review and giveaway! Not related to sewing, but so relevant for many of us, I’m sure.  Any of us who have messy eaters in the house.

When we started Kaya on solids, I was secretly dreading it.  Whether you make your own food or buy it, there’s just soooo much work and clean up and the food rarely ever ends up in their mouth.  When Yuki was a baby, we tried all sorts of bibs – cloth, plastic with a pocket, laminated cotton.  They all had their pros and cons, but I hadn’t really found one that I loved.  So as we were gearing up to start solids with Kaya I reached out to Katie of Snap Bibs to see if she’d let me try them out.  And she kindly agreed!

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Snap Bibs are very simple in design – vinyl, waterproof, and durable.  They come in two sizes: Toddler and Mini.  The mini size is great for babies.  It fit Kaya perfectly at six months and I’ll probably continue to use it for many months to come.

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The toddler size is great for older kids who still need some mess protection when eating.  It fits my 3.5 year old perfectly, but she doesn’t wear bibs, so I’ll keep this one around for when Kaya is a little older.

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They feature a single snap which is sturdy – not something a child can pull off alone (a plus if you’ve ever dealt with a kid trying to rip off their bib while eating)!  And the snap is reinforced with an extra layer of vinyl to prevent the material from stretching out with wear.  The shape is so simple, yet there is something perfect about it.  When you overlap the ends of the bib to snap them together, the bib curves to perfectly fall over your kiddo’s chest.

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One of my favorite things about Snap Bibs are all the amazing colors that it comes in, and they are always adding more!  So many fun and bright options and glittery ones too!

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The bibs can be wiped clean with a wet towel, but my kid always seems to get food on both sides of the bib, so I find it easiest to take it to the sink with her tray and just do a quick wash with the dish sponge and rinse, then I hang it off our bottle rack to dry.  It does require a little extra work to clean, which is my biggest problem, but until someone invents a self cleaning bib, I think it’s just something I have to accept :P

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The bibs can also be washed in the washing machine (but don’t throw it in the dryer), which is convenient for the occasional deeper cleaning.  I also like that they are sturdy, but not super stiff.  It’s very pliable and comfortable for babies to wear (at least I think that’s what Kaya was telling me).  They roll up easily for throwing in the diaper bag for meal on the go too.

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Overall, I think the bibs are great.  We don’t use them at every meal, but just earlier this week, I was giving Kaya some soup and I definitely reached for a Snap Bib instead of one of our cloth bibs.

Be sure to follow Snap Bibs on Instagram.  I really love their fun color-themed pictures, with ideas for creative toddler meals, plus they are always sharing their latest sales, promotions, new bib colors and other announcements!  Check them out @snapbibs!

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Check out the entire selection of colors and get some bibs for your kiddo or as a fun and practical baby shower gift for a friend!

OR you can try and win a $25 shop credit that Snap Bibs is so generously offering one reader! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}  Click the link below for all the details on how to enter.  And good luck!

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I was given these bibs to try out and review, but all opinions are my own!

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Quilter’s Delight Fabric Bundle Giveaway! {CLOSED}

CONGRATS BETH!  You are the winner of this giveaway and you should have received an email from me!  Thanks to everyone for entering!

Yo!  I’m back with another giveaway for Sew Mama Sew‘s Giveaway Day!  This time it’s fabric!

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I’m calling this the Quilter’s Delight Fabric Bundle because it includes a lot of smaller cuts of fabric.  Everything from 5×5 inch charm packs to fat quarters and near half yard cuts.  Some of the fabrics have pieces cut out of them, but it’s pretty minimal.  There’s still a ton of usable fabric.

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I’m including some of the new Kokka Irome collection . . .

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Some Amy Butler fat quarters . . .

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And charm packs and other small pieces from Dear Stella, SUCH Designs, French Bull, and Pat Bravo.  And honestly, I’ll probably include more fabric that isn’t pictured here – I’ll just stuff the flat rate box with fabric :)

Wanna win?

Giveaway details: CLOSED!
- Giveaway will remain open until Friday, May 16th at 5pm PST
– Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email
– Open to US residents only!  (sorry, shipping is expensive)
– Void where prohibited

Here’s how to enter:
– Leave a comment on this post telling me what project has been on your “to do” list the LONGEST.  What have you been meaning to get around to forever, but haven’t quite gotten to yet?

Additional entries:
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– Follow you & mie on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.
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– Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment telling me you do so.

(maximum number of entries is 4)

Be sure to take a look at all the other giveaways happening this week on Sew Mama Sew: Handmade Items and Supplies.

Best of luck!!

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. We hereby release Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram of any liability. No purchase necessary.  you & mie takes no responsibility for packages lost by the postal service. Giveaway starts Monday, May 12th and ends Friday, May 16th 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.*

Four Seasons Pillow Cover GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

CONGRATS CATELYN!  You are the winner of this giveaway and you should have received an email from me!  Thanks to everyone for entering!

It’s Giveaway Day!

If you’re not familiar, Sew Mama Sew hosts a huge collection of giveaways, for either handmade items or supplies (like fabric and patterns), twice a year.  Today is the day when all the giveaways are listed, and you have until Friday to enter as many as you want!

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I’m going to be giving away this Four Seasons Pillow Cover that I made from Kokka’s new Irome fabric collection.  The pillow cover measures about 15×15 inches and is perfect for a 16×16 inch throw pillow.  It has a simple envelope style closure in the back – no buttons or zippers.  The pillow form is NOT included.

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Giveaway details: CLOSED!
- Giveaway will remain open until Friday, May 16th at 5pm PST
– Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email
– Open to all (I will ship internationally)
– Void where prohibited

Here’s how to enter:
– Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite season is and one reason why!

Additional entries:
PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH
– Follow you & mie on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.
– Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me you do so.
– Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment telling me you do so.

(maximum number of entries is 4)

I might try and post another giveaway later today with some fabric and other goodies, so check back in for that.  In the meantime, be sure to take a look at all the other giveaways happening this week on Sew Mama Sew: Handmade Items and Supplies.

Best of luck!!

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Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids Review and GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

*CONGRATS to Natasha Tung, the winner of Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids*

You guys know that I love and adore Japanese sewing books right?  I mean, I did an entire series on them.  How to buy, decipher and sew with them even if you don’t understand a bit of Japanese.  Well, if you didn’t know that I love Japanese sewing books, now you know.  And I truly believe that anyone can sew from these sewing books without knowing any Japanese.

BUT I also truly believe that there is no reason to make things harder for yourself than necessary.  So now that the ever popular Happy Homemade Vol. 2 has been translated into English, I am psyched because, not only is this a AWESOME book of patterns, but it’s also a great way to familiarize yourself with Japanese sewing patterns without dealing with the foreign language!  Here it is, Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids!

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In this book, you get 20 patterns.  Dresses, shorts, shirts, skirts, blouses, pants, and a pullover.  There are a lot of great basic patterns that you can basically build a wardrobe from and I love that there are patterns that are for girls, boys, and plenty of gender neutral stuff.  And all REALLY CUTE!

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This Pull-over Parka is high on my sewing to do list!!

The English version is very similar to the original Japanese book.  The format is the same, with gorgeous photos of the finished products in the front and all the directions for each project in the back.  The instruction pages are also laid out the same way as the Japanese book.  This part is often tricky to decipher in Japanese, so having it in English makes it a breeze.  The best part in my opinion, is that you can learn so much from seeing a Japanese book in English that you can then use to help you with sewing books that are actually in Japanese.  This book makes a great teaching tool in so many ways.

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Here’s a little look at a diagram from the English version of the book and the same one from the Japanese version so you can compare.  Same great drawings, but labels, instructions and hints in English!  Yes!

Another plus . . . all the measurements are listed in inches and centimeters!

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The patterns in the book come in four sizes that are labeled 2, 4, 6, 8, but be careful because those aren’t the same as typical American sizes.  They are the equivalent to 100, 110, 120, and 130, respectively, in Japanese sizes.  This is approximately size 3/4, 5, 6, and 7/8 by American standards, but be sure to use the measurement chart at the front of the book to choose the right size for your child.

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The book includes plenty of handy tips about sewing basics, materials and skills, for example, adding seam allowances to your pattern pieces!

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The pattern pieces are laid out on both sides of two large sheets.  The pattern pieces overlap, so they do require tracing (and adding seam allowance), but they much easier to navigate than the Japanese version.

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If you’re drawn to Japanese sewing books but are still hesitant to take the plunge, this is a really great first step.  You really get all of the great things about Japanese patterns, but without the challenge of a foreign language.  You can’t really ask for more . . .

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And guess what!?  The kind people from Tuttle Publishing who have brought us Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids are giving away a copy to one lucky reader!

Giveaway details: {CLOSED}
- Giveaway will remain open until Friday, May 9th at 5pm PST
– Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email
– Open to US and Canadian residents only
– Void where prohibited

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

Additional entries:
PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH
– Follow you & mie on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.
– Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me you do so.

(maximum number of entries is 3)

Thanks to Tuttle Publishing for providing me with this great book to review.  Be sure to check out other titles from Tuttle Publishing (they’ve got several other Japanese sewing books in English, including 2 for women’s clothes!!) and keep up with their latest here:

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Good luck and have a great weekend!

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Zakka Book and Fabric Giveaway! {CLOSED}

THE GIVEAWAY WINNER IS . . . 
Stacy Alfano who said, “I like you on FB!”
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.

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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:
PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH
– 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

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*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!

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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:
PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH
– 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!

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*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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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

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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!!

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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).

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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!

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This pattern was given to me for this review.  All opinions are my own.
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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 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!?

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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}

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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!

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  • 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.

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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!