It’s Gonna Be May – A Petite Stitchery Story

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The Juliet pattern by Petite Stitchery holds a special place in my heart and my closet. You may have noticed that I have blogged about Juliet before. I couldn’t help but make another one for this special blog tour.

When I found out this blog tour titled “It’s Gonna Be May”, my brain immediately thought about my sweetheart Justin Timberlake.

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With JT in my head and the music of *NSYNC playing in the background, I started brainstorming 90’s fashion.  My plan was to make a bomb 90’s/00’s outfit with the Juliet and the Sundance skirt based on a photo I found on Pinterest. But Oh Snap! Unfortunately, I will have to save that idea for the next time I need to dress like the 90’s, Wazzzzzap!

It was time to brainstorm again and come up with a different outfit.  With advice from a sewing friend,  I decided that since I haven’t made the skirt that is in the Juliet pattern, this would be a great time to try it out.  I now had an idea on which direction I wanted to go with my Juliet.  Even though this outfit isn’t 100% 90’s, I still think that it is a Stylin’ outfit. (Y’all see what I did there!?)

The Juliet Skirt

I received some black faux stretch leather in a mystery box from Simply by Ti and I knew I wanted to make a Juliet skirt with it. After washing my leather in cold water and hanging it to dry, I got to work cutting out the Juliet skirt. I cut on the mini cut line for the skirt because I love the shorter skirts on me due to the fact that I’m on the short side.  The only modification that I made to this pattern is that I cut a shorter waistband than the pattern suggests because I didn’t want to fold it down.  I want to make something else with the faux stretch leather and I knew I wouldn’t have enough to cut the full waistband from the cut chart. From cut to finish, this skirt took less than 30 minutes.

The Juliet Bodysuit

When deciding on fabric for this Juliet, I found this pink buffalo plaid Double Brushed Polyester from So Sew English in my stash. I thought it went perfect with the black leather skirt. I lined my bodysuit with some black Double Brushed Polyester from my stash as well.

For my bodysuit, I used the tall size small pattern piece and since I have a major swayback (from almost 20 years of dance) I cut on the swayback line. I have learned that I need to make a swayback adjustment on all my pattern pieces so that I get the perfect fit for me.

Styling my Outfits

Since I live in Houston, this will certainly be a great cool weather outfit. Although, I did have a lot of fun doing this photoshoot today. In keeping with the theme, I decided to style my Juliet as I once did in middle school. Who remembers the way we used to roll our jeans? You can laugh at me…I know I sure did!

I also couldn’t decide how I like my hair best for this outfit. Nor could I pick which shoes I liked best. I have some really high heels and some great boots.

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Thanks for reading my blog about my slight 90’s obsession and my Juliet Bodysuit and Skirt.  Please don’t forget to visit all the sites on the blog tour and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway at the end of this post.

Affiliate links to all the Juliet patterns and the bundle:

Women’s Juliet:

Girl’s Juliet:

Babies Juliet:

Juliet Bundle:

Its Gonna Be May Tour Schedule
April 22nd:


Kathy’s Kwilts


Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:


Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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5oo4 20K Blog Tour – Halftime Hoodie

Congrats to the 5 out of 4 Patterns Group!  20,000 members and growing!  That is amazing!  And they deserve it.  They have some of the best sewing patterns around.

For this blog tour, I made the Halftime Hoodie.  This is a unisex hoodie that sews up quickly and looks very nice on.  It is available in a wide range of sizes from 2-18. The Halftime Hoodie includes the following options, hood or crewneck, regular or thumbhole cuffs, optional grommets or buttonholes for hood tie, and a kangaroo pocket. It wouldn’t be hard to hack inseam pockets on this one. I will have to try that when I make my own hoodie!

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For my daughter’s Halftime Hoodie, I went with regular cuffs, and a lined hood.  The instructions were straightforward and I had no issues whipping this hoodie up.

My daughter loves it so much that she requested another one with a kangaroo pocket.  My girl loves pockets in everything.  I get fussed a lot if I don’t add pockets to my children’s clothing.

My daughter also loves cats so when I found this fleece cat fabric at my local Wal-Mart, I knew it would be perfect for this hoodie.  Now she will be the sweetest cat lady every time she wears it.

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I had such a good time making this. It was a quick sew and I love anything that has cuffs and bands so that I don’t have to hem. I don’t mind hemming but for me it takes longer (only by about 5 or so minutes) since I have to convert my serger to coverstitch mode.

Please join the 5 out of 4 Pattern Group on Facebook so that you don’t miss any of the 20K excitement.  Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the giveaway in this link a Rafflecopter giveaway!

5 out of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour Schedule

April 2 – Tales from a Southern Mom | Miss Marah Sewn

April 3 – Dragons Flames Designs | Poppy Monroe Collection

April 4 – Pear Berry Lane | Candi Couture Designs

April 5 – Sewing with D | Kathy Kwilts and More

April 6 – The Sassy Seamripper |My Heart Will Sew On

*This post contains affiliate links.  This means that when you purchase a pattern or fabric using my link I will receive (at NO cost to you) a small commission. This helps me to keep bringing you beautiful clothing and photos of the best patterns and fabric that I can find.

Happy Sewing!

A Bodysuit turned Bathing Suit – The Juliet Bodysuit from Petite Stitchery & Co

I feel amazing in my newest swimsuit.  I used the Juliet Bodysuit pattern by Petite Stitchery.  I used the low scoop neck front and it couldn’t be more flattering.  I love a good low scoop neck for anything.  And that low scoop back neckline is amazing.
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This is a beginner level pattern and sews up quickly.  I cut my fabric and sewed this one up in a couple of hours.  The options available in this pattern include:
-Petite, Regular & Tall
-Full Coverage & Cheeky Bum Cutlines
-Crew & Low Scoop Front Necklines
-High and Low Scoop Back Necklines
-5 Different sleeve lengths & a FLUTTER option
-Elastic or Leg Bands
-Snap Crotch
-Mini & Midi Circle Skirt Pattern INCLUDED!

There is also a swayback cutline.  This is amazing for me since my spine has a drastic curve below my waist.

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About the fabric, last summer I found this amazing new thing (to me) called CUSTOM FABRIC.  Wow, what can I say, there isn’t enough money in the world to buy all the beautiful custom fabric that is available.  This particular fabric is custom swim fabric from RP Custom Fabrics.  This is the Shattered Roses in Teal Swim Fabric.  There is still some availability so get it soon.

Affiliate links to all the Juliet patterns and the bundle:

Women’s Juliet

Girl’s Juliet

Babies Juliet

Juliet Bundle

Thanks for reading and I hope you love my new swimsuit just as much as I do.

Happy Sewing!

*This post contains affiliate links.  This means that when you purchase a pattern or fabric using my link I will receive (at NO cost to you) a small commission. This helps me to keep bringing you beautiful clothing and photos of the best patterns and fabric that I can find.

My newest Favorite Dress – CKC Deborah

I have been dying to make another CKC Deborah since I tested it back in the fall.  When I tested it, I made a regular bodice with a tulip skirt and ruffle sleeve and also a babydoll bodice with a tulip skirt.

CKC Deborah – Regular Bodice, Tulip Skirt, Ruffle Sleeve

Pinterest has so many amazing maxi dresses floating around and I was wanting one.  I turned to my trusty CKC Deborah pattern since it is one of the most versatile that I own.  There truly are so many options in this pattern.

This time I used the babydoll bodice, maxi length (adjusted for my height), and 3/4 length sleeves.  I am amazed with how this turned out.  I used some beautiful double brushed poly from So Sew English Fabrics.  The Esther in Red/Denim turned this into the most beautiful dress and it turned out as exactly as I imagined it.  Since I used some of this fabric for another garment, I was scared that I wouldn’t have enough but I managed to squeeze this dress out of the 2 and a half yards that I had leftover.

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I had a lot of fun with this photoshoot.  Red is one of the hardest colors to photograph but I think I edited this just enough so that it doesn’t hurt your eyes.  Here are more photos of  my first Deborah and this one.



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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed reading about my newest dress…the CKC Deborah.

Happy Sewing!




Petite Stitchery Runway Raglan – The Remix Featuring Emerson

I have been sewing off and on for almost 20 years now.  I have always used patterns, never venturing off the beaten path, just making beautiful things by following the directions.  I made my first modification last year when I was making dresses for the live action Beauty and the Beast movie.  I will write a blog post on my first modifications for these Beauty and the Beast dresses at later date.

When the tester call went out for the Runway Raglan, I immediately took to pinterest and started searching for styles that I love.  I found a few styles that I loved but I really loved the design that Ashley came up with.  It was a very simple yet nice design.  I made a few tops for me and my children (hubby didn’t get one since the men’s pattern isn’t ready yet).

While making the ones for me, I decided that I wanted a different look.  I wanted a larger neckline to have more of an off the shoulder look.  I made this one out of waffle knit fabric from a destash in the So Sew English group on Facebook.  Once I was ready to add the neckband, I decided that I wanted to try trimming 1/2″ off of the neckline.  I tried it on and the neckline was perfect but then decided that it needed to be a little wider since I needed to add the neckband.  After trimming another 1/2″ off of the neckline, I added the neckband and it was perfection.

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For my next modification, I did something very amazing…well at least to me.  I took a pattern that was only written to be a top and made it a dress.  I tested the Emerson pattern.  This pattern is amazing and I love it as a top but days before the release I saw our local traffic girl wearing a v neck curved hem DRESS.  I brought my kids to school and immediately got to work mashing up the Emerson top and the Runway Raglan Dress version.  I can do a more detailed tutorial if any needs but basically I lined up the underarms but kept the slim bodice of the Emerson so I had to scoot my pattern pieces over a bit.  The only other modification that I made to it was to smooth out the hip curve.  This is my first mash up so that could just be my inexperience.   I think this mash up worked out perfectly and it is a dream in Navy Laura Floral double brushed poly from So Sew English.

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Runway Raglan –

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Ha…my heel sunk into the grass!

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Thanks for reading about my modifications and mashups!  Happy Sewing!

Candi Couture Designs goes to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Striped Swallow Designs

For 2 weeks in late February/early March Houston has a Boot Scootin Good Time when the Rodeo comes to town. My husband and I went to the rodeo during college and we saw some great bands…oh and there’s also rodeo stuff too but I love music so that’s why I go to the rodeo.

When my friend said she had tickets to sell, I jumped at the chance to take my oldest daughter to another concert. She is 13 and she’s been to about 4 concerts now. She has seen Taylor swift (twice both birthday gifts), Demi Lovato (last year at the rodeo), and last night we saw Alessia Cara. She was very good. I loved her set.

Earlier last week, I asked if she wanted me to make her something to wear to the rodeo. I told her to browse Pinterest and give me some ideas. She was busy with school so during one of my late night Pinterest-scrolling-sessions (some people call it insomnia), I found a top and sent it to her. She said Yes to the Top…lol.

It didn’t take me long to find a pattern that was similar. I found Striped Swallow Designs. The Cloud Chaser was the perfect pattern to recreate what she was looking for in a top to wear to the rodeo.

This pattern came together very quickly. I modified the pattern and just left off the sleeve cuff that the pattern calls for. She wanted more flowy sleeves so that is the direction that I went.

Now onto my top. While I was on the Striped Swallow Designs website, I saw the Desert Breeze Top and immediately knew that is what I wanted for my top.

I made this pattern per the instructions without modifying it at all. For mine, I used some red (my favorite color) floral from So Sew English. I’m so glad that I have more of this fabric leftover to make myself something else. It is beautiful.

I am very pleased with my first 2 Striped Swallow Designs patterns. I wish I would’ve tried these patterns back when I bought them all those months ago (probably when they released)! I am excited to make more of these and all the ones I have already purchased.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my sewing. I’m so excited to be able to share with everyone.

Hop on into Spring

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Hoping into Spring

Are you ready to hop on into Spring?  Well this girl is and her mama!  While I love cozy cardigans and french terry pullovers, I love warmer weather (my idea of warmer weather is between 75-85 degrees, which we get for like 3 days in Houston).  I can’t wait to start making and wearing tank tops and shorts and rompers…OH MY!

In today’s blog post, I am writing about this wonderful fabric from Sew Jamlee Fabrics and More.  This pink floral fabric made the perfect leggings and raglan top for my girl to wear to school.  And a white raglan wouldn’t be completed without a perfect appliqué saying.

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Hello Spring Applique from HoopMama Designs

This applique design is a modified HoopMama Design that can be found here.  I used my Embrilliance software to remove the rays of sunshine since I only wanted the saying and the flower that matches perfectly with the fabric from Sew Jamlee Fabrics and More.

I’m so glad that I found this fabric shop. The quality is great and she is super fast at shipping.  You can place your orders in her facebook group by sending Jules a facebook message.  She really has some amazing fabric and I can’t wait to get more.

I love how the cotton lycra fabric is so comfortable and allows her to move freely.  Perfect for a fun and playful 6 year old girl.  She already can’t wait to wear this to school (hopefully it stays white) and show off her new mama made to her friends!

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I used 2 patterns from CKC patterns for this outfit.  The top is the Sydney Raglan pattern.  I made a size 5 and used the straight hem bodice for the top.  There is also a dress length option and an option to have both the dress and top length have a curved hemline.  I love how this pattern is perfect for showcasing appliqués as well as amazing fabrics.  For the leggings, I used the Priscilla Leggings pattern.  This pattern has a few options.  I chose the straight uncuffed option.  This version makes the perfect leggings to play in.  There is also an option to add a cuff as well as a side ruched panel option making this pattern very versatile.

Since Spring is on its way, my girl wanted to be the Easter Bunny so I snapped a shot of her posing as a bunny.

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And now I will leave you with a few more shots from our photo shoot.  She loves her new outfit and I love how it all came together.

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Happy sewing!