25 & 6 Months Round Up

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today is a special day here at Sewing Sober! Six months ago (to the day) I decided that I wanted to create a sewing blog. Little did I know how much joy blogging my creations with you would bring not only to myself, but the people around me. It has opened my eyes in "sew" many ways. There is so much meaning behind Sewing Sober, but that post will have to wait till a later date. I also turned 25 on Monday, WHOOP WHOOP! Still can't believe I am a quarter of a century old :) There are many things I wish to accomplish before the big three-oh comes around, so lets hope I can put those dreams into motion. With all this goodness being said, I wanted to share my most viewed posts over the last six months, and bring the newcomer up to speed on what has transpired!

One of the first posts created was The Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle. And to put it out there, this was my second time sewing a zipper lol. Jess from The Sewing Rabbit has a wonderful program where you can become a pattern member, and for $10 a month you will receive three patterns in your inbox. It is such an awesome deal! If you would like to read more about her program please click here.

 For those of you who don't know, I am in love with the designs that Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House brings to the table. I applied to test her Persimmon Dress (affiliate link) from the Willow & Co. collection, and have been hooked with her patterns ever since. You can read more about this Persimmon Dress here.

Another post that received lots of love was my Simple Chevron and Leather Bracelet Tutorial. I love the look of leather and embroidery floss together. Something about the textures just speak to me. If you'd like to read more about the tutorial, please click here!

Have you guys heard of Wanderlust Fabrics? They are a super cool online fabric shop that has a wonderful selection of knits that you won't find anywhere else. In this post, I had teamed up with them to showcase one of their beautiful rayon jersey knits, and created the Watercolor Roses Rayon Knit Jersey Lulu Dress.

Jenn from A Jennuine Life had released her LOL Swing Top pattern (affiliate link), and I had the pleasure of testing this cute top out. Her designs are simple and practical, and the girls couldn't get enough of their tops :)

The Alley Cat Romper from Lil Luxe Collection (affiliate link) has to be another one of those "oh my gosh how awesome is that" patterns. Jessica has created such a versatile and hip collection for little girls, that I am so honored to be a part of her testing crew. Come check out more of her designs here (affiliate link). This is Madison in her "Cat Lady Romper" as she calls it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! The end of September is filled with alot of sewing surprises, and I cannot wait to share them with you. I will be busy sewing away until the debut, and hope this round up holds you over until then :) Thank you for being readers of Sewing Sober! I strive to make good quality garments for my little girls and to stay true to myself as a mom, partner and daughter of God. If you want to get a behind the scenes look of what goes on in our everyday life, please follow us on Instagram @SewingSober. Thanks again ya'll! Looking forward to the next 6 months!

Polkadot Aster & Seersucker Clovers

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ok so onto entry number two! What we have here is the Aster Cardigan and the Clover Shorts. This was my first time sewing up the Aster Cardigan by Vanessa of LBG Studio, and I can say it will most deff not be the last! Living in Florida, the weather is super humid with rain guaranteed almost 75% during the spring/summer, so jackets are needed; especially when going from outdoors to indoors, the temperature is super drastic. Madison gets cold frequently, and she kept it when we got home from taking the photos. The size I sewed up was a 4, and the fit was magical. 

The fabric used was this super, yummy ponte de roma from Girl Charlee. I have never sewn with this type of fabric before, and let me tell you, it is AMAZING. Where has this type of knit been all my life??? Seriously you guys. If you're the beginner and still hesitant about using knit, I recommend a ponte of sorts because it's super stable yet has a good amount of stretch. LOVE! Kudos GC, you didn't let me down. 

Oh, and the other thing I tried for the first time... sewing on my buttons with my sewing machine. Score! Not the most perfectly even buttons ever, but this saved me so much time. I'm not even kidding you. I would say it cut my button time down by 30 minutes. I even used them on the Clover Shorts too!

If the Clover Shorts (affiliate link) were the only PDF I was asked to sew forever, I would not be bummed whatsoever! These shorts are perfect in every way. Not to mention the construction time on them is under an hour; great for doing during nap. Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House is a pattern genius, and I am so blessed to have been able to help test this pattern out. The fabric used to sew the clovers was the remainder of my seersucker. I am so sad it's gone! I really thought the seersucker would pair gorgeously with the polka dotted aster. I think it worked, do you? Please leave a comment down below if you agree :) If you want to see more pairs of Clover Shorts, you can click here and here

Also, don't mind that puff in the back... I had to use one of my shirts to wear under the cardi as we do not have a single white tank in her size lol I should probably sew one! And of course, the great natural posing comes AFTER we shoot :( But I couldn't resist adding this into the mix!

Thank you guys for taking the time to look at my late night postings! I had a blast creating stuff for the girls this weekend. The house was one hot mess though... fabric and buttons and patterns and kiddos running, crying, nursing. But it was truly wonderful. I take life too seriously sometimes, and really need to just take things "One day at a time", sometimes it's one hour at a time even. I am very blessed to have the life I do today, and it wouldn't be possible without the good Lord above. Sleep well my friends!
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