Floral Wars and a Tami Hoodie

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I love the Tami Hoodie.  This is the 3rd one that I have made and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.  I have so many other hoodie patterns and raglan patterns but I can’t seem to stray away from the Tami Hoodie.  I have made the Tami with regular cuffs and thumbhole cuffs. Now that I think of it I need to dedicate an entire blog post to all my Tami’s. That is now added to my to do list.  If you wish to purchase the Tami Hoodie you can do so here.

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For this Tami, I used a Darth Vader panel for the front bodice and the Floral Wars coordinate from Knitorious Fabric for the main hood, sleeve cuffs, and the bottom band.  For the back bodice, sleeves, and the hood lining, I used solid black cotton lycra from Seweird Fabric.  Both of these fabrics are amazing in quality.  The cotton lycra is readily available but the Darth Vader panel and the Floral Wars coordinate are very hard to find.

For the Darth Vader Tami Hoodie, I did the long length bodice, thumbhole cuffs, and a lined hood (not part of the pattern).  I don’t think I have ever made a hood unlined.  I like not having to hem the top part of the hood.  In order to make a lined hood on any pattern with a hood option, I cut 4 hood pieces (2 of my main fabric and 2 of my lining fabric).  I sew the right side of the hood to the left side of the hood (right sides together) in the main fabric and the lining fabric.  Then I sew the main hood and the lining hood together right sides together. Finally, I topstitch the top/front part of the hood but that is optional and is more so that the hood stays put and doesn’t show too much of the lining fabric or get wonky (technical term) in the front.

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If you know me, you know that I LOVE all things Star Wars.  I decided to have a lot of fun with my photo shoot so I grabbed my sons lightsaber and had a blast.  I hope you enjoy these fun pics in my favorite hoodie.

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I can’t wait to make more of these cute fandom items with the custom fabric that I have.

Thanks for reading and keep sewing!


Ellie and Mac Blog Tour – The Dashing Dress

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Welcome to the Ellie and Mac Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!  Today, I am featuring the Dashing Dress.  This dress features a peter pan collar and a beautifully flowy gathered skirt as well as your choice of 3/4 or long sleeve.  The Dashing Dress is available in sizes XXS – 3XL.  You can find the pattern available for sale here.

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I made the size small and it fits wonderfully without any adjustments (my measurements fall right into the small size for Ellie and Mac Patterns).  Personally, I love how the waist isn’t fitted but you could easily add clear elastic to the bodice/skirt seam to pull it in for a tighter fit.  I chose the 3/4 sleeves because I would like this dress to transition into spring (and maybe even summer).  The fabric that I chose is light and airy enough to wear anytime.

I made this dress with a single brushed polyester fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby a few months ago.  I was sweating while cutting it out because I knew I had only enough to cut one and I hadn’t seen this fabric in my recent trips to HL.  I was hoping that I could get this cut out without making any cutting mistakes.  Thankfully, I didn’t need to worry because I had enough with the 3 yards that I had and I didn’t make any cutting mistakes.  The black is a DBP (double brushed polyester) from So Sew English.  I think this dress came out wonderfully and I can’t wait to show it off.

I took a few pictures with my hair down and then I decided that it showed off the collar more if I pulled my hair up so into a bun it went.  Either way this dress is perfect for a day at the office or a night out on the town.

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Please visit all the stops on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns (35% of right now), hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Do not forget to enter the giveaway below too!

  1. February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. February 5th: Violets and Jewels
  4. February 6th: Threadistry
  5. February 7th: Mama Can Make it
  6. February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
  7. February 9th: Aurora Designs
  8. February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
  9. February 11th: Floral and Flannel
  10. February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
  11. February 13th: Minns Things
  12. February 14th: Our Play Place
  13. February 15th: Tenille’s Thread
  14. February 16th: Seams Like Style
  15. February 17th: Hutsepruts
  16. February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
  17. February 19th: My Sewing Roots
  18. February 20th: Manning the Machine
  19. February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
  20. February 22nd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  21. February 23rd: Sewjourns
  22. February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
  23. February 25th: Fee Bricolo
  24. February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
  25. February 27th: Big Fly Notions
  26. February 28th: Sewing Blue

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Petite Stitchery – Women’s Adelyn – On Sale Today Only (2/11/18)

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Today  is all about the Women’s Adelyn over at Petite Stitchery.  I made the dress length with long sleeves.  This pattern has options for a tunic length and also has 3 sleeve lengths (short, elbow, and long).  I can’t wait to make a tunic length and maybe even try sleeveless since I live in hot and spicy Texas. The Adelyn features a gentle swing silhouette with a v hem.  This is a really unique feature and it makes this dress so beautiful.  Don’t be scared of hemming the V, the tutorial walks you through how to hem it perfectly.


Fast sews are also becoming my go to’s and this pattern is so quick.  When it takes longer to print, tape, and cut the pattern out than it doesn’t to actually sew it up, that is a big win in my book.


I used a very buttery double brushed polyester fabric that I purchased off of a destash site on Facebook.  I don’t know where it originally came from but I love it so much.  Double Brushed Poly, or DBP as it is known, is becoming one of my go to fabrics when sewing knits.

Get your Women’s Adelyn Pattern here (aff link) while it is on sale today only.


Thanks for reading and Happy Sewing!



Petite Stitchery Lulu

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I am totally in love with my Lulu!  This sweater has been wore many times since I made it last fall.  I made my youngest daughter 2 Lulu’s, and my older daughter and I have 1 each (although I have been asked to make more with fabric already picked out).

The light pink ribbed sweater knit is from Joann’s and the Coral and Red sweater knit is from Love Adore Knits.  I purchased the Neon Coral, Snow and Black, and Ruby Red.  I made my Lulu out of the Ruby Red, my oldest daughter (not pictured) requested the Snow and Black, and I used the Neon Coral for my youngest (shown in the Star Wars Santa hat below).


Ruby Red and Neon Coral Sweater Knit from Love Adore.


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Pink Ribbed Sweater Knit from Joann’s!  #handmadewithjoann

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The Lulu Dolman Sweater is a semi fitted sweater with a dramatic Hi-low hemline.  I finished my neckline with a band instead of binding and I did a regular hem instead of the hem binding that the pattern calls for.

Here are the links to purchase your Lulu Dolman ON SALE TODAY ONLY (2/10/18)!  There are a few bundles available also!






Thanks for reading my blog and Happy Sewing!

When my child requests me to make them something…I do it!

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Within reason, when any of my children ask for me to make them something, I usually do it. Don’t you? A few weeks ago, I received a flyer from my 1st grader for a Decades Dance performance. Her grade was assigned the 70’s and 80’s. I tried to find out from the teacher if each class was assigned a song so that I could determine if I would be able to narrow it down to one decade. I found out that the entire 1st grade was doing the same songs. Then I tried to figure out what those songs were, so I could work around that. I slowly found out that they were dancing to Eye of the Tiger, Ghostbusters, and ABC 123 by the Jackson 5. I could work with those options. Upon discussing it with my daughter, she requested that I make her something Ghostbusters. I originally thought of making a tan dress resembling the jumpsuit that the Ghostbusters wore when they were busting. Unfortunately I could not find a tan fabric that looked right. The afternoon before, I decided that I would just have to go with a simple shirt with a Ghostbusters appliqué on it. Instead of dragging 3 kids to buy a premade shirt, I decided that it would be easier to just make one.

I used the CKC Sydney raglan pattern as the base for my Ghostbusters appliqué. Another reason for using a shirt that I made myself is that it is so much easier to put the embroidery hoop on just the front of the shirt as opposed to having to move the back of the shirt out of the way and watch the machine while it works. This way I could cut out and sew up what I could of the shirt while my machine was appliquéing.

My daughter also wanted a skirt to dance in. She is always asking me for skirts even though she lives in leggings. So back to the drawing board. Circle skirts are very easy and very quick to sew. So I made her a matching circle skirt using just the skirt portion of the Petite Stitchery Girls Rory top and dress. I roll hemmed the bottom on my serger and it came out so pretty. Makes my OCD heart so happy.

She loves her Ghostbusters outfit and I think it looks adorable!

Thanks for reading Candi Couture Designs!

Petite Stitchery The Flirt Dress

The Flirt Dress is the new release from Petite Stitchery & Co.  I love this dress.  I had so much fun making it and it was one of the fastest sews that I have made yet.  This dress has a very elegant yet classic look.  The blouse is attached to the skirt.  I made the short sleeved fitted skirt version but the pattern has plenty of options for you to try out.


I love the soft feel of double brushed polyester.  It is so soft and it never disappoints me.  I used a navy double brushed polyester that I purchased from So Sew English a while back and the skirt is an unknown knit fabric that I purchased from a destash sale.  I love this fabric and have already made myself some undies with it (future blog post).  Here are a few more images of the Flirt Dress.

I was so excited about this pattern and all the options but I knew I wanted to make it with a fitted skirt only.  My inspiration for that came during a grocery shopping trip to Walmart.  I heard my name from some $4 leggings in the women’s department so off I trotted.  There I found some butterfly leggings and this pink with black x’s.  When I came home, I washed and immediately cut out the skirt in the pink with x’s.  I think it turned out amazing.  The only modification to the pattern was to add 1″ at the top of the skirt to account for the elastic and turndown (and of course the omission of the blouse).

Back to the fabric stash I went and I found this amazing mermaid scale fabric that I bought from HAPA fabrics to match some little mermaid panels and fabric.  I couldn’t resist making myself a mermaid skirt.  Here it is paired with a top from Target.

My inner mermaid wanted to shine so I went ahead and adjusted that top into a crop.

The pattern has options for mini and knee length fitted skirts as well as a flowy knee length and maxi length.  It also has 3 sleeve lengths, so it really has everything you could want.  You can purchase the pattern at (affiliate link) https://petitestitchery.com/shop/womens-flirt-fit-flowy-dress/?promo_rep82!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about these new outfits and the pattern.  I hope you check it out.

The Rulo by George and Ginger

The Rulo Top and Dress is on sale until tomorrow (1/26/18) for $6.75! This is the most versatile patten that I have come across. It has 2 bodice styles (Dolman and regular), 4 lengths (crop, top, tunic, and dress), a straight sleeve, a full bell sleeve, and a tiered sleeve that you can add 1, 2, or 3 bells to. Such a great variety. I have made the crop with full bell sleeves (Texas French terry fabric) and tunic length with double bell sleeves (solid gray). I have also made the top length in a sweater knit with a single bell sleeve except I used the smallest tier since I didn’t have enough fabric for other tiers. It came out really nice and I can’t wait to get some great pics of it.

Today I was able to cut out a dress version for myself with 3 tiers as well as a Dolman version with a single bell sleeve. I can not wait to make the ones that I have cut out as well as a million other versions.