children, sewing

Sew Straight & Gather Avenue Collection Release

The mark of a great pattern designer is one who is willing to push a deadline until their pattern is just perfect! Terri from Sew Straight and Gather is one such designer. I started testing these patterns a little over a month ago and they are finally ready for release! Terri is based in Canada and designs… Continue reading Sew Straight & Gather Avenue Collection Release

children, sewing

Beauty-ful Boo! Swimmers

It's SWIM season again! I *love* sewing swimsuits - it is so rewarding! (Here's last year's swimsuits!). This week I was chosen to sew up a swimsuit for my daughter with "strike-offs" (sample custom fabric) from both Beanpop Fabrics and RP Custom Fabrics. When each company realized they had created a print that would look… Continue reading Beauty-ful Boo! Swimmers

sewing, women

Halla Women’s Lounge Pants Showdown!

After making three pairs of Halla Kids Lounge Pants last year, I was chatting with Samantha, the designer at Halla, who was floored when I mentioned that I'd never been brave enough to sew pants for myself. "Make my pants. You will love them." - is what she said (in a nutshell!). So an idea was… Continue reading Halla Women’s Lounge Pants Showdown!

sewing, women

Itch to Stitch Newport Top Release

I recently had the opportunity to test the Itch to Stitch Newport Top*. This was my first time testing for this designer and my third time testing a pattern for me. The Newport* is a boatneck style top with two sleeve options - full length and 3/4 length flute. It features a high-low hem and envelope… Continue reading Itch to Stitch Newport Top Release

children, sewing

Elegance & Elephants Mira Dress Release

Oh my heart! My third and last baby doesn't always get a lot of sewing love, so I was delighted to get picked to test the new Elegance & Elephants Mira Dress last week in my 13 month old daughter's size. Of course my 5 year old is eager to match her baby sister, so… Continue reading Elegance & Elephants Mira Dress Release