Summer Play featuring Michael Miller Fabric and Little Lizard King Patterns

Today I'm excited to show two things! Fabrics and a pattern!! Does it get any better than that combo?? Well maybe... if we had some great vegan dark chocolate too... 

The Little Lizard King just released this top and dress pattern, the Tuscan! 

The Tucson swing top, gathered top/dress PDF pattern includes:
- sizes 12 month through 12 years
- suitable for woven and knits
- features a unique v shaped bib detail for the front bodice
- slips over the head with no closures
- includes a swing top version as well as a bodice and gathered skirt version in both top and dress
- QUICK to sew up! and great fir adding trims and details to!

The fabric is Peacock Pavillion by Vikki Chu for Michael Miller Fabrics and comes in the blue/green and the red/pink colourway and both match with the purple and eachother so perfectly! I love that there are both colourways - but that they both tie into eachother so well it is almost like 1 colourway.

Both the girls are wearing the Little Lizard King Beaufort shorts with their tops. (I know you've seen them a lot lately on this blog - but they are soooo fast and easy to sew!)

Check out the gorgeous vibrant colours in this fabric!
The bib top is a perfect length for pairing with shorts and pants and will look fab layered in the fall too. I love adding trim to the bib top version! The bib works on both the simple top bodice and on the gathered dress/top version.

The fabric was sent to me by SewingPortfolio's as I am a sewing Ambassador for them! 

Sewing Portfolio is a FABULOUS spot to keep track of your sewing and link to and share with designers of both fabric and patterns! You can see my sewing portfolio HERE

Peacock Pavillion by Michael Miller Fabrics and Little Lizard King Patterns make the perfect pairing for summer fun and play!

Which version of the Tuscan do you want to sew first? Which Fabric in Peacock Pavillion is your favourite? 


Leala Jeyne Summer Collection Pattern Tour!

 Welcome to my stop on the Summer Collection Blog tour for Laela Jeyne Patterns!

Laela Jeyne Patterns  Just released their SUMMER collection!!! And I got to join in on the pattern tour, which was perfect timing because I had just pulled out the summer wear and realized my oldest has outgrown nearly her entire summer wardrobe... So - yay summer collection pattern tour!

From the summer collection I chose the Rosie Skirt. It has a size range of 12M to size 10yrs. The pattern comes in full, half, and quarter circle widths and is made for either knit or woven fabrics. You can make it with a knit waistband or a zipper waistband. The skirts can be made in knee or maxi length.

I made the skirt in half circle and knee length options in woven fabric from SisBoom's fabric line with a knit waistband! I used the knit waistband cutting length from the chart and added it to the woven skirt - because my kids hate zipper waists and I love using fun woven fabric! It wokrs perfectly and is so comfy for the kids and makes it SOOOO fast to sew a woven circle skirt!

I chose to sew up the Emmy shirt to go with the Rosie Skirt which has loads of options and goes from 6m-14yrs! I decorated it with some of my own free motion applique work. Drew a little narwhal up and stitched it on - it adds about 30mins of time and about 125% to the cuteness ! The star fabric is from True North Fabrics.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour as well!

Love Things - Idle Sunshine - Lovely for Life - Neva Couture

Leave me a comment letting me know your favourite way to add some pizzazz to a plain shirt!

Happy Sewing!


Summer Sewing!

The Little Lizard King Phoenix has such unique front bodice details and a v-shaped back which allows it to slip over the head with no closures!!!! AND it stays on the shoulders! With all her playign around at the park it did not slip off her shoulders once!!!!

This top/dress has the option for a square skirt with a circle opening (yay no gathering!) and also for an a-line lightly gathered skirt - which is what I sewed up! The size range is 12m - 12yrs.

I made the top version and paired with the Beaufort shorts (also little lizard king pattern).  This is a pretty quick sew, I finished this top one tired evening in about an hour. and I was not sewing fast.

This pattern is a great quick sew, the bodice is fully lined and features the burrito roll method in the tutorial! (which is a great technique to learn and well explained)

Happy sewing!


Whittling down the list of unsewn patterns

I did a little just for fun sewing recently! I'm tryign to tackle that list of patterns I have but have not sewn (how long is your list? I try to not keep count of mine lol.... but slowly working on it!)

I chose the Penelope Pocket dress because my kid is OBSESSED with Beanie Boos and these pockets are the perfect size to hold beanie boos!

I changed up construction a little bit and did bindings instead of a faced bodice as it is summer and I didn't want extra heat, plus bindings felt a bit faster....

I also used a bit less fabric in the width of the skirt than the pattern calls for - and this works well since the pockets are placed according to the center and not the sides. The pocket construction is quite clever and not hard at all. Just be sure to follow the directions!

I managed to sew this up in an hour and a bit and cutting took about 20minutes. 
For fabric I used a great mid weight cotton lycra fabric from True North Fabrics (the stars are all sold out currently - but keep an eye for new retail!)

Final verdict: I'll be making this pattern again! I look forward to the long sleeve version (in pattern) to make winter dresses for the girls too!


Time for a PATTERN HACK! Making a tank top out of a romper pattern!

Today I want to show you a SUPER simple but SUPER fun pattern hack!

I took the amazing CaliFaye Collection Fenix romper and turned it into a triangle top tank!

If you want to see my version of the Fenix Romper as a romper check out my blog post HERE

This really is a fab casual tank! Spagetti straps and a nice low back so I don;t have to worry about awful tan lines when I want to spend a day in the sun!

The how to on this is sooooooo simple, I made a quick graphic - not based on the fenix romper, just a basic shape, as this pattern hack will work with any tank you want it too!

But really - using the Fenix Romper is a fab idea as I just love the base shape of it for summer wear!

I am thinking I will need a half a dozen more! It is perfect for summer! Breezy and cool in the heat, 

Leave a link to your favourite pattern hack of all time in the comments! I'd love some more ideas!

The FIGHTER Tee! A St.Jude's Children's Hospital fundraiser

Handmade Boy designed the tee and wrote this pattern and Love Notions drafted the pattern, this pattern although completly for charity is 100% professional and ready to sew! 

100% of the pattern proceeds are Donated to St. Jude's Children's hospital.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. 

This means Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food !  
Of course, as most of you know, I'm Canadian and so no medical bills is a standard thing here and that is one of the many reasons I truly love Canada. Free health care is something I am a huge supporter of and believe strongly in and ESPECIALLY for children. So I want to encourage you all, even if you live somewhere with free health care like I do, to help the families in the USA who have children with cancer. No family should have to worry about bills when their child has cancer!

The pattern costs 5$ and ALL the proceeds go to St. Jude's! You can also make a donation HERE through Kelly's link

Now, let's get into the pattern shall we ?

Basics: The pattern size range is 2-12yrs and is made for knit fabric and a relaxed fit.

This pattern features a colourblocked side strip and sleeves that lines up perfectly! The front of mine is colourblocked only because I used a panel - it is not in the pattern to colourblock the front, though it is a VERY easy thing to do on your own!

The directions are very clear and easy to follow - no guesswork in this colourblocked tee at all!

The fit is relaxed so it is a 100% gender neutral pattern, and my girl of course chose dino fabric (Panels are all that is available in retail) so I can pass this shirt down to either gender after it is outgrown!

She loves this tee sooo much she immedietly planned out for me to make her matching shorts and matching pants ! haha. She also wore it for school the next day and she is my fussy kid who is a bit sensitive to seams and such - so I know this means the shirt is a comfortable wear!

The pattern sewed up easily in an hour -ish. (I sewed BEFORE the kids were just tucked in so I had a few interuptions... but it meant I was able to get pics as soon as I finished sewing!)

 Check out the other stops on tour:
Monday: The Wholesome MamaMy Creative RoomWild & Wanderful


Key Largo! (It's a pattern not a vacay!)

As you know - I LOOOVE Hey June patterns! I love the directions, the drafting and the fit!

and her latest pattern, the Key Largo top is no exception! This shirt features a tie option and a no tie option! So if you are looking for a great woven tee shirt - this is the pattern for you!

ps. the ties have shortened up a bit for the final version vs what you see here

I of course HAD to make the tie option... If you follow me on IG you will have noticed I'm totally into tie shirts this spring/summer! I totally love the style!

The fit is so spot on - but no pulling or uncomfortableness in wearing! The front is cut on the bias for a great drape and strip matching fun!

and of course I used the Jennifer Paganelli fabric - from the Beauty Queen line! I think one of my favourites is that I used some contrastfabric for the hem facing and so my ties are perfectly pinky!

and of course - there are only so many poses one can take with a shirt before you just get a bit silly!

Happy sewing! and of course if you love this top and this post/my shirt helped inspire you please do consider using my affiliate link!  (oh and it is on sale until the weekend ends!)


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