Don’t miss this one…you just have to share what you’ve sewn!

Anybody want to win fabric and patterns? The Bettie’s Basket Sales & Promotions Facebook group is currently running a photo contest. If you sew anything from a Bettie designer’s pattern, you should show off your hard work and submit a photo in the Facebook group! Besides the bragging right, you also have a chance to win some amazing prizes.

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The Soho Blouse

Recently Rachel and I were both fortunate enough to be able to test the new pattern by Kate, from See Kate Sew.  soho 1

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Easter Crafting-Quick and Easy

So I am not much of a crafter.  After numerous epic failures, I usually stick to sewing which I am much better at.  It is the week before Easter and I was not feeling very Eastery (is that even a word?)  None of the kids will be coming home this year so I shipped little Easter goodies to the grandkids, but there will be no baskets or Easter Egg hunts.  The weather  has not been very spring-like in this area, barely reaching the 30 degree mark, so I decided it was time for something fun and springy.  To Pinterest I go!

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Woman’s Wanderer Tunic Pattern

Woman's Wanderer Tunic PDF pattern

Anyone else notice that tunics are super hot in the woman’s patterns lately? I’ve made a couple so I thought I would share one with you today. This is my woman’s wanderer tunic, and yes it is totally unhemmed in these pictures (whistles). I swear it’s hemmed now.

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Dressing Dolly, a wardrobe starts

Those of you who have followed us for a while know that we mostly sew and design children’s clothing.  We like things that are easy to wash and wear,  designs that are classic but with a twist that makes them look like today.  Sometimes we are presented with an opportunity to do something a little different.  Last week we released the Grown Up Thumbs Up, a companion to our kids Thumbs Up Tee.  It seems now we may be moving into another fun area.

M is going to have a birthday very soon.  Rachel has decided to take the plunge into the 18″ doll world.  Perfect for a sewing grandma!  I decided that I would sew up a few items so that doll would not need to go naked (or with only one outfit.)

More and more designers are releasing doll patterns to match their girl patterns.  There are also many free patterns out there.  Today I am going to show you what I have put together, which is a combination of all of the above.

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Grown Up Thumbs Up Release and Sale!

It’s here!  We are excited to introduce our first woman’s pattern today, the Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee and Tunic pattern!

Grown Up Thumbs Up promo Collage

The Grown Up Thumbs Up is a relaxed fit knit top great for every day wear. It features a two piece sleeve for color blocking options, and the testers’ favorite feature thumb hole cuffs!

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee PDF Pattern

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Pattern Hack: Izzy with Long Sleeves

Climbing the Willow has a free pattern,  The Izzy has been all over the Facebook sewing pages.  I am sure that almost every mom sewing for a little girl has made at least one.  Well we have made several.  You can see our examples HERE.  In case you have not seen it, the Izzy is a sweet little top that can be lengthened to make it into a tunic or dress.  In cooler climates you can layer it over a tee shirt.  The bonus with this free pattern is that the sizes have been expanded up to a girls’s size 12.

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How to add a Thumb hole cuff to any shirt

Thumb hole cuffs are addictive. You’ve been warned, you’re going to want to add these to all of your shirts.

Add a thumb  hole cuff to any shirt

image via Gracious Threads- Pattern Grown Up Thumbs Up by OUSM Designs

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Katie Dress: GreenStyle Creations

Today I am excited to share with you the new pattern by GreenStyle Creations.  The Katie Dress , releasing today, is a slim fitting knit dress with an unusual twist.  The bodice is made up of two pieces, the one gathered onto the other.  It does beautiful things to you!  Generally speaking, I do not wear clothing that is form fitting or even close to being tight.  My husband is fond of telling me that I wear all my clothes too big.  The gathers in this bodice make it flattering to every figure.  One universal statement from the testers, was that their significant others told them how beautiful they were.  Smiley faces all around.katie full

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Free Pattern and Tutorial: Library Bag

Books have always been very important in our home.  Nighttime ritual included stories before bed.   Our kids spent a fair amount of time in libraries both at school and in the community.  The day care we used was very close to the library and one day a week during the summer break they would line the children up and walk them over.

Now our grandchildren are going to the library.  The moms or dads take the littles to story time when they are young and as they get older, they are choosing their own books.  Sometimes I have a hard time imagining how all those books ever get back.  How do you keep track of library books?  The kids have books that they own as well and they just get all jumbled together throughout the week.  As they kids get older they like to be in charge of their own books.  I have designed a library tote so that the kids can carry their own books all together in one place and maybe even keep better track of them.complete

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