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Jackalope Tee, Take 2 – Momma Quail Blog Tour & Sale

Jackalope Tee sewn by Swoodson Says, in Lillestoff monster truck fabricAre you ready to see my son’s favorite shirt ever? It’s a Jackalope Tee that I sewed as a part of the Momma Quail Pattern Tour!! Amy, the designer behind Momma Quail, is awesome and I have been so delighted to see her pattern designs grow and flourish. In addition to my first Jackalope Tee, I’ve also sewn her Little Papa Briefcase which is so fun. I had initially planned on sewing the Fix it All Coveralls as a carseat safe warm-suit for my daughter but I melted the zipper! Hoping to fix that soon and share them – be sure to click through to her shop and see the other designs she has.¬† You can use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off in the Etsy shop through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma¬† Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday!

As a part of the tour, I received a copy of the Fix it All Coveralls for free, I already had received the Jackalope tee for free, but all opinions are my own!

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Laurelhurst Cardigan from Straight Stitch Designs – A Pattern Review

laurelhurst cardiagn straight stitch designs

Shortly after having my daughter, I was chatting with my friend Amy and mentioned that I’d been eyeing the new Straight Stitch Designs cardigan pattern being shared online. It was the very next day that Kimberly emailed me a copy of the Laurelhurst as a baby gift, which was such a sweet surprise (and fun coincidence!). She didn’t ask me to write a review, but I really liked how it turned out. So I figured I would, even if I’m not sure I can be truly unbiased since I got it for free!

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Grainline Studio’s Hemlock Tee – A Pattern Review

Grainline Hemlock Tee Pattern

I’m back! At 2 months postpartum and with a 2.5 year old running around, my free time to sew is limited. I’ve been itching to make myself something now that I am not enormously pregnant, so I took the opportunity to try out the free Hemlock Tee pattern from Grainline Studio. I used the Scout Tee pattern for an upcycle last year, and really liked it.

The last time I sewed something for myself and went outside like a yo-yo to take selfies was this leopard Union St. Tee, so I’m a little out of practice. A second child has changed my body physically, which I expected, but also changed my style. I think after my son was born I was still in the habit of buying clothes for how I used to dress, working in a casual office. After two years of staying at home, I have a pretty good handle on what I actually wear and enjoy. I am trying to avoid buying “fast fashion” (more details in this post) and am slowly trying to sew a handmade wardrobe I truly love.

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Vintage V-Neck Pattern Review

Vintage Vneck Review

Why am I just now posting a pattern review for something I sewed last summer, the Vintage V-neck from Blank Slate Patterns? I originally made this shirt for a series on Gracious Threads that was focused on ‘Embellish is for BOY!’; I was showing off reverse applique as an option in my post. I really struggled with this- I printed it a second time and sewed 3 different versions (this is the third) because I was convinced it was me and not the pattern. After gaining more experience, looking at other versions online, and reading other people’s comments in Facebook groups I am more confident that it was *not* me and I feel obligated to share what is an mostly negative review.

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