52 Week Sewing Challenge

Week 3 (52 Week Challenge)

Week 3 Theme: Something To Make Sewing Easier

Accepted or Rejected: Accepted

Pattern: basic zipper box pouch – no pattern

Fabric: Quilter’s Cotton scraps, purple and gradient dots. Both from Joann

Notes: I wanted to use up some zippers in my stash and needed something to hold all the small stuff that ends up all over the table when sewing, including pattern weights. I wanted bigger bags, so cut fabric to be as large as possible based on the zipper I matched up. The smaller two have fusible fleece to give structure and the largest has some thin batting with fusible interfacing in a decor weight.

This is an easy project to use up some scraps and pouches are pretty much always helpful. And full disclosure – one of the bags is going to be my new makeup bag, because I need it!


See you next time, until then – happy sewing!


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Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour

First off, a big thank you to Lo for hosting this blog tour, it’s been fun and pushed me to make some doll clothes! (Plus, there’s a giveaway – don’t forget to check at the end!) It was both easier and harder than expected… Sleeves were not super easy, but they go so quickly that I think it’s not as painful! This pattern is a beautifully finished dress and comes together in no time flat. Honestly. I think it took me 40 minutes to sew up, and that’s more because of small parts and being nervous.



Oh Sew Kat has a bunch of different doll patterns to choose from, and I was able to use the School Dance Dress – which itself has a bunch of options! I was even going to try to do the math, but dozens… There’s a straight front dress, a split and princess seam option. Then, she mentions belts, ribbons and bows and you can keep going forever!

For my first doll clothing experience, I decided to keep it on the simple side. Of course, I did cut two dresses, but some machine problems kept me from getting them both done in time. So, what you see here is the split front option, View B, done in some beautiful purple floral I’ve had sitting in my stash left over from a tea party outfit I made two years ago. I also decided to use snaps instead of velcro for the back closure, because – have you seen this dolls hair? It’s just as crazy curly as my daughters’ can get and the velcro could become a disaster….

We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:

  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Daydream Sewing and Design

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52 Week Sewing Challenge

Week 2 (52 Week Challenge)

Week 2 Theme: Something From the Last Fabric You Purchased

Accepted or Rejected: Accepted

Pattern: M4M Mermaid Tail Blanket (for girls and dolly)

Fabric: Fleece from Joann’s

Notes: I did make some changes to the pattern and construction, though not really anything visually different. I made it smaller than the pattern does because I wanted something that would fit my tiny girl. The construction was slightly different, but really just in order of ding things and doesn’t actually change the outcome. Overall, a quick and easy make with a HUGE thrill for little girls.

See you next time, until then – happy sewing!


Made for Mermaids – Mermaid Tail Blanket

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52 Week Sewing Challenge

There are so many sewing challenges popping up right now! One of the many that I’ve joined is the 52 Week Sewing Challenge, which has weekly themes for what you’ll be sewing. You can accept or reject the challenge, and posting your make in that week’s thread enters you in the giveaway (for that week, drawn randomly.

Not only will I be posting within the group, but I plan on having a quick post here each week with the theme, if I accepted or rejected and what I made. (Items are counted if you complete during that week. You can start ahead of time but it must be completed that week.)


Week 1 Theme: Something Warm/Soft

Accepted or Rejected: Accepted

Pattern: Large Peyton Scarf

Fabric: Sweater Knit, purchased in a destash

Notes: This pattern is one I drafted/adapted for holiday gifts, in two sizes. This is the larger size that can be used multiple ways – large scarf, doubled scarf, scarf with headwrap, shrug – even a breastfeeding cover if you wanted! (The smaller size is meant for a single layer wrap only and isn’t able to be doubled, but is great for an easy, full scarf. I’ll probably be making myself a small one soon, too…)


See you next time, until then – happy sewing!


Patterns/Links in this post

52 Week Sewing Challenge FB Group

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My 2018 Sewing Goals

Seeing as it’s the new year, and I’d like to try sewing with more intention this year, I thought it’d be a good idea to get a list together. Hopefully, it will be something I can refer back to and keep myself on track. Of course, it’s not going to be a list of only these things – I made sure not to make that. Some things come with special events, tests or needs and wants that pop up throughout the year. Plus – this years gift sewing!

So, here it is… My list of 2018 Sewing Goals. Ideas, inspiration, needs… Maybe I’ll do a recap at the end of the year and see how I did! Continue reading “My 2018 Sewing Goals”


[Tour] Mommy & Me Holiday

A few weeks ago a call went out in one of my blogging groups for a Mommy & Me Holiday tour – I jumped on  it. I immediately knew I wanted to include my son, I’m always afraid that he might feel left out, especially with all of the adorable girls stuff in PDF world. I’m sure there’s more mom’s out there with a potentially sewing-lonely son…

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the holiday inspiration linked below as well as the Rafflecopter from our Sponsors!

I had recently picked up some burgundy velvet and faux leather from the seasonal apparel section of Hobby Lobby Continue reading “[Tour] Mommy & Me Holiday”

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Christmas Elves Day 6

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, Winter Wear Designs gave to me… a cute animal scarf with faces freebie!

Today’s mini post is absolutely adorable. They’re so cute and I’m wishing I hadn’t done modeled photos so I could’ve given them to the kids for Christmas. Oh well. There’s always more!

There are a bunch of different face options that you can customize further to make lots of options (I might use the fox to make a wolf for my son and his friend that are obsessed). The lengths come in toddler, big kid and adult and the “tail” tucks behind the face. All without being too bulky and long.

These are definitely a it in my house, I’m sure they will be in yours, too. Plus… free! Go check out the Facebook group for the code.

Unless I get some surprise sewing time, I’ll be back after the weekend for a couple more freebies. Keep checking the group and the Winter Wear Designs blog, too! Freebies are going all weekend!


Links/Patterns in this post

Animal Scarves

Christmas Elves Day 1 – Kids Pajamas

Christmas Elves Day 2 – Women’s Tee

Christmas Elves Day 3 – HTV Cut Files

Christmas Elves Day 5 – Henley Hood Add On

*As always, there are some affiliate links sprinkled throughout my post in an effort to one day turn my hobby into something that could be self sustainable.
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Christmas Elves Day 5

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, Winter Wear Designs gave to me… a hood add on for the EBTKS Henley! If you’ve got a keen eye and have been looking closely, you’ve seen this sneak peaked in Day 1 and Day 3 mini posts!

This hood is super easy, it’s two pattern pieces to make 4 parts. The hood is lined, crossed over in the front and the entire shirt comes together way quickly. I think I made both, from cut to finish, in a total of 1-2 hours? Lots of breaks in between, because kids, of course!

This one is free with no coupon needed and the EBTKS Henley is still on sale for $3 through the 12 Days!


Links/Patterns in this post

WWD EBTKS Henley Hood Add On

Christmas Elves Day 1 – Kids Pajamas

Christmas Elves Day 2 – Women’s Tee

Christmas Elves Day 3 – HTV Cut Files

*As always, there are some affiliate links sprinkled throughout my post in an effort to one day turn my hobby into something that could be self sustainable.
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Christmas Elves Day 3

On the Third Day of Christmas, Winter Wear Designs gave to me… vinyl cut files in multiples of three!

Three file types for each of the NINE designs, to be exact.


This was my first time using a cut machine. I’ve applied iron-on before, but not much and it was pre-made, store bought type stuff. So this was definitely an experience.


I got to spend a really fun Sunday afternoon with my mother in law though, since she has a Cricut Explore Air 2. First we had to figure out how to import the files, then how to load the vinyl correctly and weed. We also spent some time playing with window cling vinyl and designing some of our own files to use soon!


These are really cute designs for kids (or even adults) and have gotten me really interested in using a cut machine more often.


I don’t have anything for tomorrow’s freebie, but I’ll be back on Friday for another quick post. Any guesses for what’s next?


Links/Patterns in this post

HTV Cut Files

Christmas Elves Day 1 – Kids Pajamas

Christmas Elves Day 2 – Women’s Tee

*As always, there are some affiliate links sprinkled throughout my post in an effort to one day turn my hobby into something that could be self sustainable.
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Christmas Elves Day 2

Today, the WWD Christmas Elves bring you…. the Cross Front Hem T-Shirt! This is a modern, simple tee with a cute little bottom hem detail that makes it look like a tulip 23519069_10214994516756314_1757257983526794413_ncross over. The shirt sews up super easily and can be used as your own pajamas paired with the Parisian Nights PJ Pants or used as a stylish every day shirt. And guess what, today is the day I bring you a tutorial!


Do you know what a swayback is? A swayback is a forward curvature of the spine in the lower back, usually accompanied by the hips tilting forward and pushing the lower belly out. It also can be caused (or exaggerated) by a perky booty – a Kardashian booty! For garment sewing/fitting, this results in fabric pooling at the lower back (and for me, at least, making my torso sometimes look twice as large). So, we need to somehow take out this extra fabric to let the garment pull in towards the curve. There’s a nice post about this at Curvy Sewing Collective, but I’ve never had great success with it, and another that I stumbled upon talking about rotating the shoulder slope towards the center back which pulls the neckline up. Both are options, but sometimes a quick and dirty adjustment is what works best (and lets you increase even after completing your garment).

I have a number of pictures documenting how I created my adjustment, but the explanation should be fairly simple. This pattern has the back bodice cut on the fold – so instead I cut straight up the fold line, adding seam allowance. This creates two back pieces, but to start with I sewed them up completely straight. Once the shirt was constructed, before hemming, I checked to see how much and where I needed to “lose” fabric.


As you can see, there’s a good amount of pooling at my back, just below the half way point of the shirt. I put the shirt on inside out and had my husband help me pinch the fabric at the largest point of my curve, right on the center seam, so you can see how much I need to take out and clipped it. We estimated that 2″ would bring it right along my back. Then I took the shirt off and laid it out flat and straight on my mat.

Next, I used some tailors chalk and drew a curve along the seam. It ends up looking like an exaggerated side/hip curve. I used this line as my new “edge” and ran it through my serger following this curve. I wish I had saved the piece it cut off and taken a picture, but I think you can get the idea. (After trying it on and starting to take some pictures, I realized I could actually straighten the top of the curve a bit to reduce some gaping still happening. Along with my swayback my entire back curves in to my spine so that may be a “just me” problem. After doing that, the top curve is very gradual and the bottom half is exactly the same.)


And here is what the final shirt looks like! The fit is so much better, but still keeps the slightly loose fit that it was designed for. By the way, you can make this adjustment to your pattern piece, I will for future makes. I made the adjustments after sewing this time because it was a first time make so I didn’t know how much I would need for this specific shirt and wanted to be able to pinch that excess to find the best placement. If you know where a shirt lands for you because you’ve made it before, you could go straight ahead and alter the pattern piece.

Do you have any guesses for what tomorrow could bring?


Links/Patterns in this post

WWD Cross Front Tee

WWD Parisian Nights PJ Pants

CSC Swayback Adjustment

PSC Swayback Adjustment

Christmas Elves Day 1 – Kids Pajamas

*As always, there are some affiliate links sprinkled throughout my post in an effort to one day turn my hobby into something that could be self sustainable.
Christmas Elves · Tour

Christmas Elves Day 1

So the latest excitement in the Seams Like Style blog world is being a part of a series of pattern giveaways and hacks. What does this mean? Well, every year around the holidays, many PDF pattern groups offer a bunch of free things. These range from pattern hacks like a new neckline or collar option, to small patterns that can be used for making gifts. Well, this year, Winter Wear Designs has SO MANY THINGS for you! #sewallthethings


I’ll be doing mini-posts for each day that has an item I’ve helped with, as well as links to the items and a round up post at the end! Plus – I may or may not have made up a fitting tutorial on one of the patterns – check back to see!


So, today brings you…. Kids Pajama Pants!!! I really like that these give the option of using woven or knit, and still mixing up a yoga style waistband or elastic casing on either option. They’re not a slim/tight fit, but not as wide as some other’s available, which makes them a nice middle ground. They’re also cut as 4 leg pieces, which is nice for conserving fabric as well as adding other details like pockets or changing the shape if you want to.


I used these for our Christmas pajama pictures this year, paired with the Everything but The Kitchen Sink Henley t-shirt.

What do you think tomorrow will bring?


Links/Patterns in this post

WWD Free Kids PJ Pants – free with code in FB Group

WWD EBTKS Henley – on SALE for $3 through the 12 days!

Winter Wear Designs Fun Group on Facebook

*As always, there are some affiliate links sprinkled throughout my post in an effort to one day turn my hobby into something that could be self sustainable.

[Tested] M4M Catherine & Mama Catherine

Made for Mermaids has released their newest set of patterns and they are so cute! As they do a lot, there’s three different versions of the Catherine pattern –  Mama, Girl and Dolly sizes. So easy for matching, especially with the holidays coming. (Speaking of the holidays, this pattern has enough ease through the waist and hips, Continue reading “[Tested] M4M Catherine & Mama Catherine”


[Tour] Petite Stitchery Rory

Today, I join a group of wonderful bloggers for the Petite Stitchery New Women’s Tops Sewing Patterns Release Blog Tour! I’m really excited because this is my first ever blog tour and it’s awesome to be linking up with all these other talented women. It’s a different experience from testing and Continue reading “[Tour] Petite Stitchery Rory”


A Faire Day

I promised that I would actually post about the rest of the Faire outfits I made this year, and I don’t want to get too far away from it and end up forgetting. So.. you’re getting an extra post!

Before going, we spent a lot of time explaining what the Renn Faire IS to my son. Which is harder than you’d think. Continue reading “A Faire Day”


[Tested] P4P Wiggle Dress

Recently, Patterns for Pirates had a Next Top Tester contest, I joined figuring if nothing else it would be a new and different experience. It was a completely crazy week with over 500 of us in the testing group doing mens, womens and kids versions of their free Walk the Plank Pajama bottoms. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of my first pair. I did shorts and there was an issue with the leg width for the plus sizes. This did get fixed for the released version, but we didn’t test it.

Continue reading “[Tested] P4P Wiggle Dress”


[DIY/Hack] A Merida Dress for the Faire

We recently made plans with a small group of friends to go to the Renaissance Faire. When a date was decided, one friend let us know that they “go in costume” and hubby immediately responded by asking if they had any idea what they had just done. 😂😂 Yes, I had already started planning outfits, sorting through patterns in my head and dreaming of fabric! He was actually the one who came up with the idea for my daughter’s outfit. He’s always loved Merida, even though I don’t think he’s watched the whole movie yet.DSC_0890

I actually ended up making two Merida dresses. Yes, there’s a story there. For the first dress I used Made for Mermaids Sutton which I’ve hacked before to make a Sofia dress, but didn’t blend sizes then. Let me tell you – princess seams are not fun to blend sizes and hack. I made 3 muslins and have an almost finished dress:

  • Blend 1/2 width and 2 height
  • Change closure from front to back
  • Raise/widen neckline to more of a boatneck shape, add in v cutout
  • Draft/change sleeves to not be gathered at sleeve cap, fit with less ease and extend to wrist. Then slice apart for each section (more on this later)
  • Extend bodice to maxi skirt length, flaring bottoms to mimic a half circle skirt
  • Not complete: hem and sleeve hem with added ruffle
  • Not complete: neck ruffles
  • Not complete: close the back skirt seam to hip and put eyelets on back bodice for lacing closure

Continue reading “[DIY/Hack] A Merida Dress for the Faire”


A Dress and A Launch Party

Book SignedI had such an incredible experience last night. My friend Joan and I went to the launch party for Charm Patterns by Gertie! It was in this really cute store on Main Street in Beacon, NY. I had never been to the store, Beetle and Fred, but will definitely be back. There was this cotton lawn that was so dreamy feeling, patterns from Oliver + S and Made by Rae and Collette. There’s also a sewing studio where they hold classes and a Thursday night Make Out where you can bring in whatever project you’re working on and even rent a machine for the night.  Continue reading “A Dress and A Launch Party”


[Tested] GPD Gold River Adventure Dress


mccarty.stars3.newI have really come to respect Adrienne, the designer of Goober Pea Designs (aff link). This is the second test I’ve done with her (the first was her Campbell Jacket) and I’m really pleased with her integrity and work ethic. During the pre-test period, it was found that her sizing, which was spot on and drafted perfectly, didn’t match the newest available industry standard measurements. Not only did she extend deadlines for her pattern, she purchased the latest information to make sure she would be in line with average measurements and other indie designers.

Continue reading “[Tested] GPD Gold River Adventure Dress”


Looks Like I’m a Blogger, Now

My name is Nikki and I’ve decided to go absolutely crazy and become a blogger. Wait, what?Headshot


I don’t really like to talk about myself – or at least in an introductory, who am I, sort of way. Here goes nothing, right? The best way to get over that MUST be by starting a blog.

  • I’m a young mom to two. My oldest is my nine year old son and my daughter is two. You’ll see both of them on here as I try to make sure I sew for them, even if finding things my son likes is hard.
  • I’m married, but we weren’t when we became parents. We’ve been together ten years now and there have been lots of ups and downs, which is just like life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
  • I did work, up until about 3 years ago. I was a secretary/office manager/IT assistant/purchase manager/no real title for an awesome boss that I worked for when I was a teenager as well. We worked for a finance company, but also for some related non-profits… Long story short, we spent a ton of time increasing department productivity and implementing new software – then came the call that my position was “no longer needed”.
  • I am now a homemaker, stay at home mom, caretaker, wrangler of the natives – pick your favorite, they all work! I was let go from the job I talked about right when my son was starting full day school and my husband was starting a new job that made him unavailable for drop off/pick up. Perfect timing!

Continue reading “Looks Like I’m a Blogger, Now”