Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday!

I hope you will join me and shop with small businesses this Saturday and throughout the holiday season. I like to give gifts that are from the heart and handmade or small business gifts are really a wonderful way to show you care.

In our shop all epatterns are only $5!!! Stock up, these patterns make amazing gifts that you can make over and over for family and friends.
Below is a list of skills for each pattern.
Thank you!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Antrorse SweaterPattern by Shannon Cook

Antrorse by Shannon Cook
I love my new Antrorse Sweater. It feels soft and warm. It is also washable!!!! I think next time I wear it, I will wear my skinny jeans and boots. Each time I knit, I can see how much better I am getting because the fabric is more consistent. I have also learned how to fix mistakes. Mistakes are going to happen but if you know how to fix them, then you are better off. I still have a lot to learn but this sweater is so much better than the first time I knit this pattern.
Antrorse Sweater
Knitting takes a lot longer for me to complete a project but I love that I can take my craftiness anywhere. I adore sewing but being able to do both knitting and sewing is wonderful.
Antrorse Sweater
These buttons are all that I could find in my stash. I might have to look for different buttons.
Yarn: Vanna's Choice, Lion's Brand, color charcoal grey.
Needles: US 10.5 to get the right gauge.
Buttons: Vintage metal buttons with eagles.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

$5 Sew Spoiled ePatterns!

I love a great deal and this is a great deal! $5 Sew Spoiled ePatterns are available in my Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop this week! You do not need a coupon! 
TT Tote 002
The Tailgate Teammate Tote is a wonderful tote inspired to be at your favorite game, cheering for your favorite team! It is available in 3 sizes; small, medium and large. You can make them for yourself, a fan or an entire team! These totes make great Mommy and me bags too. Make one for yourself and little ones. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Everyday Cardigan in Cream Finished!

I have finished my  Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke. It has actually been done for a while because it is such a fast knitting project. I can see how you could easily make a few of these in different colors. I know I have told you that there is no button band on this cardigan but I can't tell you how wonderful it felt when I did not have to go back and make one.
The buttons are actually leather! I fell in love with the color and left the store thinking they were dark wood. However, when I got into my car I realized they were leather. Instead of returning them I decided to go with it and kept them for the project. 
It is a close fitting sweater and since I hardly ever button up my cardigans it works great! I think if I made this for a friend or someone else I might go up a size, just to make sure the size would be comfortable. I like my sweaters to be close fitting and I tend to wear t-shirts under my sweaters. If you wear a lot of button up shirts again you might want to size up. 
This is definitely one of those knitting patterns I will use over and over again. 
Pattern: Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke
Yarn:Cascade Yarns Cascade 220®
Knitting Needles:  Deborah Norville 32" Circular Knitting Needles
Buttons: Leather 3/4" Buttons

Thursday, October 1, 2015


There is something about the cold chill in the air that makes me want to knit a new sweater for fall. This is the Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke. I love that the button holes are made as you knit the body of the sweater top to bottom. That means I don't have to go back and knit a button band!!! Yeah! 
I am using Cascade Yarns Cascade 220® in natural and  Deborah Norville 32" Circular Knitting Needles I found both at Craftsy! My gauge is a little off, I am getting 20 stitches per 4 inches for the width but 7 rows per inch instead of 6 rows. 
I love the feel of the wool yarn and the birchwood knitting needles together. It is a match made in heaven.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bettine Lucky Strikes Dress!

Bettine Dress 4
I just received Kimberly Kight, Lucky Strikes Dime Store, from Cotton and Steel in Navy from the Fabric Worm. Thank you Fabric Worm for this gorgeous fabric!!  It is a beautiful navy cotton with little tan, coral and pink polka dots all over it. I made a Bettine Dress from Tilly and the Buttons. This was the first time I used a Tilly and Buttons pattern. I love how crystal clear all of the instructions are. If you are new to sewing this would be a great first dress to make. It does not have any zippers or difficult notions to install. 
Bettine Dress 1
I am constantly looking for dresses I can make and wear to work. One requirement is pockets!!! I love the pockets on the Bettine Dress because they are so large and deep!! It is extremely comfy to wear and move around in. I love to look professional but I want to feel comfortable at the same time. This dress hits on all the requirements for a wonderful work dress. 
Bettine Dress 3
I think I will be able to extend the wear of this Bettine Dress through fall. I plan to wear my boots, tights and even a cute cardigan. The only adjustment I made was to the tulip skirt, it was a little too wide. The bodice was perfect! 
Pattern: Tilly and Buttons, Bettine Dress
Size: 3
Fabric: Kimberly Kight, Lucky Strikes Dime Store, from Cotton and Steel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Super Online Sewing Match!!!

I did not win however I wanted to thank everyone for following me and giving me words of encouragement along the way. 
Thank you Beth and Kristin for hosting this competition on Sew Mama Sew
Thank you all so much!!!
I have learned more in the past 2 months than I thought possible. New sewing techniques like customizing a pattern for my size, new zipper installation on a pouch, piping pajamas and color blocking a dress. I have also learned a lot about taking pictures, modeling my handmade garments, updating my blog and new indie pattern hangouts. 
This competition really started with 10 fantastic seamstresses! I love their blogs and I love to follow their sewing projects they create. 
I hope to sew wonderful handmade garments, accessories, quilts, kid's clothes and more and I hope all of you come on the adventure with me!