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Grainline Lark Tee – Pattern Review

I tried out a pattern that is perfect for wardrobe basics – The Lark Tee from Grainline Studio. Grainline has a reputation for putting out well drafted, high quality patterns so I was excited about trying the tee out. When I first started sewing clothes, I focused on making what I couldn’t buy (or couldn’t afford to buy), like a merino wool hoodie. As I try more and more to avoid buying “fast fashion, being able to sew the basics that I wear every day is becoming more appealing. T-shirts are perfect for my wardrobe as a work/stay at home mom, and I love being able to add extra length.

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Bohemian Carpet Bag – A Purse Pattern Review

A carpet bag sewing pattern - the Bohemian Carpet Bag by Sew LIberated. A giant bag to sew - this is so fun for road trips! Pattern review in the post.

My very first real bag! I’m sharing a review of the Bohemian Carpet Bag pattern from Sew Liberated – I initially sewed this up and wrote the review as a part of Purse Palooza over on the Sew Sweetness blog. I have been using it for a few months since then, it has held up great. Something I didn’t think about was how pained I would be when it got dirty – unlike a shirt, I can’t just throw it in the wash. I’m thinking I should have Scotch-guarded it or something? I’d love to hear your tips!

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Ottobre Design – Magazine Review

What is an Ottobre Magazine? I'm reviewing what it contains, and what the patterns look like. Swoodsonsays.com

If you spend much time reading sewing blogs or in sewing Facebook groups, you will quickly run across recommendations for Ottobre. When I first started sewing clothes, I had their patterns suggested to me several times, leading me to buy an issue. Once I opened it and realized the maze I’d have to trace from, I put it on the shelf and took another year or two to actually try it (my annual project, Try Something New Every Month motivated me!).

I finally did try it, and if I’m being honest, I didn’t love it. I absolutely adore the style and lines of their patterns, but I just don’t think it is worth it to do all that extra tracing, seam allowance adding, etc. for kids clothes when my kids grow out of sizes before a season is out! I know I am in the minority though, and many bloggers swear by them, but I wanted to at least share a sneak peek inside the magazine so you knew what you were getting, if you decide to try!

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Highland Avenue House Pillow – Radiant Home Studio 2nd Birthday Celebration

Highland Avenue House Pillow, sewn by Swoodson SaysIt’s party time! Sara from Radiant Home Studio shares the prettiest tutorials and creative ideas, I love when a new post from her pops up in my feed. She is as kind as she is creative, and it was my pleasure to join in a blog tour for her second birthday celebration. I sewed up a Highland Avenue House, her newest pattern, and added a fun little door flap for my daughter to play with.

This pattern is so fun, you have to see the other versions Sara & her testers sewed up, I LOVE the crazy busy print one that her little boy is holding!

{As a part of the blog tour, I received a pattern for free but all opinions are my own!}

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