Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Sweetie dress

Anyone who knows me, knows this grandma is all about sewing. I don't need a reason to sew. I love it. And my recipients love it.

I got to test this fun, cute dress pattern for Ellie and Mac.

This dress is the Sweetie dress. I made a size 4 and lengthened to a size 6. I did the plain version of this dress.

I was honestly not sure the striped fabric would work, but I really like it.

I needed to get this to my daughter, who lives in a different city, so I sent it to work with my hubby, and she picked it up and surprised my granddaughter with it. My granddaughter was very excited. She loves it.

I love testing for Ellie and Mac. Lindsey puts a lot of time and effort into making sure the pattern is perfect.

This pattern is on sale through Saturday, December 2nd. If you use this link aff=183 I do earn a small commission. And as an added bonus, when you add more patterns to your cart anytime in December, you get 50% off.  That is a great deal. So follow the link and get some patterns.

Thank you for reading my post today. I would love to hear what you are doing for kids or grandkids for Christmas.  Do you sew? I do. I love the joy they show when they open a present and it is something I have made. Well, Mrs. Claus needs to get back to the sewing machine, as there are 5 grandkids to sew for and a 6th coming in early January. Good thing grandma enjoys this, right?

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Friday, December 1, 2017

31 day blog challenge - day 1

Hi, and welcome to December. I have decided to join in on the 31 day blog writing challenge.

I love to share the things I am doing, and I honestly hope to inspire my readers. I love to quilt, sew, crochet and bake. I have several events that I will be participating in throughout this month, and so I will share each day things I am working on with, you, my reader.

So, some of the things I am working on is some pattern testing with Ellie and Mac. I just finished testing this dress, and it will be featured on my blog tomorrow.

So, I will post more tomorrow. Have a great evening.  You can see a full list of other bloggers here

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mommy and me Christmas outfit blog hop

Today is my turn on  the mommy and me Christmas blog hop tour. The pattern I chose to use is the womens Lulu and the Girl's Lulu by Petite Stitchery and Co.

Originally this was going to be a grandma, mommy, and granddaughters,  but there have been some setbacks this week.  So, I just made the tops for one of my daughters and granddaughters. Mine and my other granddaughters will come later.

This is a very easy pattern, especially when you use a serger. I love my serger and use it when making clothing.

The fabric for this came from my friend Serena at  It is a cotton lycra. I had never tried this fabric before.  As soon as I got my daughters top done, I had to try it on and I love the fabric.  So I thank you Serena for helping me. 

This pattern is on sale through today, December 11th, and I appreciate Ashley working with me on keeping it on sale for a bit longer for my readers. I would love it if you would use my link I do earn a small commission, and your price does not change.

As I mentioned this was a very easy pattern. I found the sizes I made fit my models very well. This is definitely a good to pattern for me. I can do short sleeves, elbow length or long sleeves.   I hope you will try this pattern out.

If you were to make one, who would you make it for and what colors would you use?  Please leave a comment below. I will respond on this page, but if you want it in your email, please leave your email address.

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Also, please visit all of the amazing Mommy and Me Christmas Outfit Inspirations in our Mommy and Me Christmas Blog Tour:
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  • December 5th: Katewillknit
  • December 6th: Tenille's Thread
  • December 7th: That's Sew Lily
  • December 8th: Stitched by Jennie
  • December 9th: Petite Stitchery & Co
  • December 10th: Seams Sew Lo
  • December 11th: kathys kwilts and more
  • December 12th: Sewing with Sarah
  • December 13th: Octaves of Color
  • December 14th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
  • December 15th: I Have Purple Hair
  • December 16th: Nu Me NuYou
  • December 17th: Frullemieke
  • December 18th: Sewing Blue
  • December 19th: Auschick Sews
  • December 20th: Violets and Jewels
  • December 21st: Seams Like Style
  • December 22nd: Aurora Designs
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    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    watch and see Tunic and dress pattern by Ellie and Mac

    I was lucky enough to get a chance to test this new
    Pattern from Ellie and Mac.


     These patterns are pdf patterns. You can print each size individually, or you can print all sizes and trace them. I usually print all sizes and then have a master copy. I don'the print the instructions. I save them on my tablet ando use it while sewing.  After printing my pattern, I tape it and trace the size I need.  Then I get to the fun part. The sewing.

    The pattern has cutting lines for a tunic or dress. I chose to do the tunic length.  I used a piece of crushed velvet (also known as panne velour). It is a 2 way stretchome, meaning it stretches from selvage to selvage.  The way this pattern is cut is mirror image and all in one piece, except for the neck binding and the sleeves, so I was down on the floor. I cut out 1 piece, then laid it on the fabric to put it right sides together, and make sure it was really right. Because sometimes I do confuse myself.

    This pattern really is an easy sew.   Lindsey over at Ellie and Mac, gives a lot of detailed instructions.
     I plan to team this with aair of navy or black slacks. I may even do leggings. What would you wear with this? I would love  to hear your comments.

    I have seen this tunic/dress done in a wide variety of fabrics. So, use this affiliate link and get it for some of your holiday parties.  You can read about another one by my friend Aaronica here

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Sitting pretty top

    This is the sitting pretty top by Ellie and Mac. I love this top. It has a pretty collar on it. I made this for my granddaughter and she loves it.

    This top is made out of knit from my stash, that was bought at  I have to admit I love having a stash.

    The pattern is from  It is a pdf pattern and comes in sizes from 12 months to 14.

     And guess what? They also have it in women's sizes.

      It is a very easy sew.
    I know you will love this pattern.

    This post contains affiliate links and if you order using the link I do earn a small commission.  The pictures on the patterns were borrowed from the Ellie and Mac website. 

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    The Fireside Sweater

    I usually blog about quilts. This one is about a pattern  I tested for "Ellie and Mac" and you can find them at  this is a pdf pattern, which means that it comes via email to you.

    I love to sew clothes, but had pretty much given up.on sewing for myself, as I had a hard time getting a good fit. I love the way this sweater fits. It has a strap across the back. I prefer to layer, but you can wear it without layering.

    This was a quick sew, about 2 hours. I love the dolman sleeves. One of the testers used a different color for the bottom half of the sleeves. Turned out so cute. I used a t-shirt knit from my stash.

    I will definitely use this pattern again. Keep watching the blog, as this week, I will be posting a few more clothing makes I have been working on.

    If you would like to purchase this pattern, you can do so by clicking on this link And just so you know I am an affiliate,  so, I do make a little off of your purchase.

    Thank you for reading. I love to hear your comments, so please leave some.

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    Winter Wonderland - Christmas Carol row along

    Today is my day for the Christmas Carol row along. I am excited for this. Now, before we get too far, I am not a big name pattern designer. It sounded like something fun, and so I thought I would try it.

    My pattern is a very simple one, without a lot of detail. This is so you can let your creative juices flow. I like when I have a pattern, that allows me freedom.   It is an applique pattern, and can be done by hand or machine. When doing machine applique, I like to use the blanket stitch, which is the same stitch I use when doing hand applique.

    I have been working crazy hours, so my row is not completely done. The eyes and nose will be put on after I quilt, as I want to use buttons for the eyes and nose and maybe the mouth. These would just be small buttons.

    If you remember the lyrics, there is a snowman that is a pastor. Use a ribbon for the tie. You can also make a suit jacket. For the circus clown, a fun party hat, maybe a skinny lace ruffle around the neck.

    Now, let's have a bit of fun with my pattern. You can download it for free at

    I want to see how you enhance the pattern. So, download it and get it made. Send me a photo of your row by October 29th Midnight Eastern Time, and I will write a post on October 31 featuring all your photos. And because I like to share, I have a stash builder roll of beautiful batiks from Island Batik. These fabrics are 5" x 40", and there are 4 or 5 to a roll. The fabric will be sent only to U.S. residents and the winner will be chosen by random number generator.

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    The white for the snowmen comes from the color works collection, and the number is 9000-10
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    The gray with snowflakes (fence) is from the Hurry up Santa collection and is # 21711-92.
    The white snowflakes is from Silent Night and that number is 21661-10.

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