Black Friday Sales and Wishlist

I started hearing about all the black Friday sales, and looking at round-up posts, and as I was making my wishlist, I thought it would be fun to share it here. I want to share some of my very favorite patterns and companies that are having sales, so that you can jump in on them too if you want!

421 Myers Design Studio is offering 50% off her patterns today with code BLACKFRIDAY I have made tons of her bow socks, although I’ve never put them on socks 😂 I add a quick hair clip to the back, and I’ve gifted many, and my girls have many. They’re so cute, and quick and easy.

Bow Sock Pattern from 421 Myers

A Sparkly Baby will be 35% off with code HAPPYSEWING Thursday-Monday! I love the Lil Bug Undies. My girls are huge fans, which is probably why I’m a fan. Lol! They proclaim their comfort every time they wear them, which has been going on for over a year, so it’s a good pattern! Plus, they’re quick, and good scrap busters.




Bella Sunshine Designs * has so many of my favorite patterns! The Felicity top and dress, the Rose Bubble shorts, and now the Sansa pants. You can’t go wrong. They’re well drafted, easy to sew, clear tutorials, and I love the styles! 50% off right now all the way through cyber Monday, no code needed.

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Sansa Pants from Bella Sunshine Designs


BLAVERRY. I am THE. SADDEST. about this, but BLAVERRY is closing 😦 They have some of the best designs for tweens and I love all of them! She’s offering 30% off, no code needed through Monday, when they will be closed. Go get the ones you need! I love so many. Finn, Xandan, Nina, Thea, and more.

Finn from BLAVERRY

Brindille & Twig have maybe some of my most used patterns. The Cuff Pants, and the Raglan Tee have been staples here for a long time! They whip together incredibly quickly, and are great for upcycling old tshirts, plus they’re comfy! I love B&T’s style! They’re offering 30% off with code BlackFriday2016 Friday-Monday.

Cuff Pants from Brindille & Twig

Coffee+Thread has some of the cutest, most well thought out designs. I love animals on everything, so the Wild and Free lounge pants were so fun, and the Ania tunic, is a good, classic, versatile style. Her store will be 40% off with code THANKSGIVING the 23rd-30th.

Wild and Free Lounge Pants from Coffee+Thread

Everything Your Mama Made and More * has my favorite pattern for a men’s tshirt. The Parker’s Vintage Fit T-Shirt is just a classic, straight cut men’s tshirt pattern. It includes a huge size range (XXS-6XL) plus it has a tall option too. I compared the finished measurements with my husbands RTW shirts, and they match up perfectly, so it was perfect. I don’t have a photo, because…husband. But it’s fabulous 🙂

Greenstyle Creations has several good patterns too! They’re especially great if you’re looking to make your own activewear! They have my favorite men’s shorts pattern, the Hampton Shorts. I’ve made several for my husband, and he wears them every evening! Highly recommend them, along with the Brassie Joggers from here 🙂 The One Button Cardigan is one of their patterns on my wishlist! You can get 35% off with code BlackFriday2016 from Friday-Saturday.


Heidi & Finn has tons of cute styles! They were the first company I tested a pattern for, so there will always be a bit of nostalgia for them. I love the Sugar n Spice dress and romper, I’ve made several! And I have several on my wishlist, including the Cocoon Dress and the Balloon Top! She released the sale code for facebook group members, so join there to grab a 35% off discount!


Hey June * is another pattern company who’s designs I love, and are high quality too! The Lane Raglan is my favorite top for me, and it already has a full bust adjustment option in the pattern piece. So helpful! Still on my wishlist is the Halifax, and all of the juniors line! The patterns will be 30% off with code BlackFriday16 from Friday-Monday!


Laela Jeyne Patterns * has the new Sydney Slouchy Raglan that I love so much! She has made lots of great patterns for women and girls! The Willa Vest is on my wishlist, and she has a free leggings pattern (maternity option included) if you join her facebook group. Her single patterns will be 50% off and bundles 15% off, no code needed, Thursday-Tuesday.

Sydney Slouchy Raglan from Laela Jeyne Patterns

Lil Luxe Collection always has styles different than anyone else, and I love them! I’ve made several of their patterns this year, and I love them all. The Peach Beach Swimset is a favorite, as well as the Starlight City Dress. She’s planning on having a black Friday sale if her facebook group reaches a few more members, so go join, and I’ll hopefully update with info later!

Peach Beach Swimset from Lil Luxe COllection

Love Notions * has a lot of my favorites as well. I love love love the Li’l Laundry Day Tee. So cute, and functional for my girls! But You can also fill your wardrobe with clothes from Love Notions Patterns. The Margot Peplum is my most recent favorite! You can get 15% off all single pattern with code THANKS2016 Friday-Monday.

Li’l LDT from Love Notions


Petite Stitchery & Co has some great designs for girls! I love the Maize dress, because of the looser style and the curved hem. They release their patterns in collections so you can mix and match to fill their wardrobe! Their patterns will be 20% off, no code needed, Friday-Monday.

Maize Dress from Petite Stitchery & Co

Sew a Little Seam also has some cute patterns, I love the Hadley top! A square neck is one of my favorites! ALL the rest of her patterns are on my wishlist, Lol! And she offers some free ones on her website too 🙂 THANKS40 will take 40% off Friday-Monday.

Hadley from Sew A Little Seam

I may add to this list if I hear of more sales, but these are most of my favorites that are having sales!

So happy shopping! I’m thankful for everyone reading this, I’m thankful for the joy of creating, and fabric shopping 😉 I hope everyone has a happy and healthy weekend!

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Oh Noelle. I just love this pattern so much!! First, you can’t miss with a hi-low skirt. Second, how many layers of tulle do you want to add? My girls love the girly stuff. Third, you also can’t go wrong with a boat neck! Fourth, it’s the QUICKEST sew!! Especially if you’re like me, and don’t hem any of the layers 😁🙈 I usually hem, because I want my clothes to look finished, but for these stable fabrics that won’t roll or fray, I left them 🙂

Noelle is the second pattern in the Winter Dreamy Collection from Made for Mermaids. It’s for knit fabrics with at least 30% stretch. I used a burn-out velour for one, and liverpool for the other.


-sizes 1/2-14

-peplum or dress OR layered peplum over dress with optional pettiskirt

-boat neck with stand up cowl

-3/4 or long sleeves

This is a quick and easy sew because there’s no gathering, the bodice goes together quickly, and the circle skirt attaches like a breeze. But the design, and the fabrics you can use make it such a showstopper! That’s my kind of pattern 🙂

You’ll want to grab it on sale now, I don’t think Made for Mermaids is planning a black Friday sale.

And I think we’re going to need more Sundays in December to get through all the amazing Christmas dresses these girls are amassing.

The pins that the girls have on their dresses were from my Grandma. I love that special touch, and the chance to use something that otherwise would have kept sitting in my drawer.



Fabric sources:

Rose liverpool: Pretty Posh Prints

Black velour: Needle Nook

All pettiskirt and dress lining fabrics: Joann

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This is the newest pattern from Love Notions. It’s the Whistler Pull-Over and Hoodie. Now, i wasn’t expecting much from this pattern, it’s a cute top, a little different style than a lot of other patterns that are out there…but when I made it and tried it on, I discovered that this is the GREATEST HOODIE EVER!!!! Let me share that my favorite things to wear around the house in the winter are hoodies and sweat shirts. I want to stay cozy and warm, and I have several favorites. But since I’m still nursing my baby, they’re really bulky to pull up and nurse in, plus, then my back is cold which is not warm and cozy!! I also really don’t prefer my clothes to look like nursing tops. Just a personal preference. So this hoodie, that doesn’t look like nursing clothes, plus is warm, plus has a shawl collar which makes it incredibly easy to nurse in has made my winter warmer and happier. All from a pdf pattern. Haha!

I made this out of fleece. And I’ve worn it many days since I made it. That’s the true test, and Whistler passes with flying colors!

The details about this pattern are:

-Sizes XS-XXXL

-Shawl collar or hoodie

-In-seam pockets

-Shirt length-banded, hemmed, or curved hem, or tunic length

-maternity and nursing friendly!!!!!!!

I can safely recommend Love Notions Patterns for being well drafted, and well-fitting. Tami pays attention to all the little details, and her tests are thorough. I love this pattern, and I think it will be a popular top! Go get it while it’s on sale. The release price will be better than the Black Friday price 😉

I have to add the disclaimer that I sewed this version up late at night, and messed up on the directions for the collar, it’s not supposed to be caught in the seam on the side, but instead be open, and then have buttons or snaps. I actually found this was a happy mistake for me, but I want to share that this is not how it was designed 🙂



Fabric sources:

Fleece: Joann Fabrics

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This is the first pattern in the Holiday Dreamy Collection from Made for Mermaids. Remember their Dreamy Collection? Juliette, Annabelle and Isla? They are some of my most favorite patterns. Both gorgeous, and easy to sew. I’ve made them many times this year! I am so excited about these holiday additions!

Holly is a classic style. It has a square neck, and a cute swingy skirt that starts high. I especially love the side profile!

You can make the perfect everyday fall top, or go all out, and make an amazing dress! These are the options included:

-sizes 1/2-14

-shirt or dress length (this would be incredibly easy to lengthen to make a tunic, or even a maxi to make it a nightgown)

-flutter, short, 3/4, or long sleeves, with optional elastic

-simple top, simple dress, or double ruffle dress

-optional big bow

The best part about this, is it’s a great pattern to use quilter’s cotton with! I love how it gives it some shape to stand away from the body. There are just so many great prints in this kind of fabric, and it’s not often there’s a pattern that really works well with it, but this one does!

It’s closed with a placket and single button or snap in the back. It’s on sale for $7 for the release! Be sure to check out all the listing photos to see everyone else’s gorgeous creations!!



Fabric sources:

yellow floral 100% cotton: Joann Fabrics

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Sew, What Do I Wear?

Sewwwwww, what do I wear? This is the question on all of our minds this time of year… Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates have teamed up to bring you some inspiration for all those holiday events you need to find something perfect to wear! Family pictures, family gatherings, work parties, etc…


I knew I wanted to make a Mama Mya in dress length since I’ve been seeing lots of other ladies make versions I love This is a nice light poly knit from Joann’s and it’s the perfect fabric for this dress, not too heavy to pull, but not too light to cling everywhere 🙂 I graded out a size in the waist and hips for a more tunic-y look, and so there would be lots of room for Thanksgiving food and leftovers 😉

I remember when I was a kid, hearing my mom tell us the “rules” for what to wear when you have photos made. You want the faces to be the easiest thing for people to see, and so you would want to make sure not to wear something too crazy in print or color, and you could even try to keep extra skin covered, so wear long sleeves, etc… now I wish I had some old family photos to share because I think she did a great job putting together our outfits! But then it went a little extreme and it was popular to take pictures with everyone in black shirts and khakis (we even have a family photo like this 🙂 ) Which makes it easy to see everyone, but those photos are so boring for me, and often look a little flat. I love so many colors and patterns that I knew I would never dress my family all in the same color for photos!

So here’s my Mama Mya, styled for casual family photos! To plan what everyone will wear, I like to make sure there’s a few different colors and a few different textures and a few subtle patterns, to add visual interest, and it’s fun to be able to show everyone’s personality a little too!


Then I threw on some fleece lined peg legs, and black boots, and changed my scarf to a necklace to change my outfit. This is still casual, but much warmer, and a little dressier! This grey dress is going to be a workhorse in my wardrobe!


Any way you style it, this Mama Mya is super comfortable, and flattering! These would be perfect to wear for all those family gatherings you have coming up, you will love all the options this pattern gives you!

Just for fun, here’s one of our Fall family photos we had done. I am not a planner, so I was pulling everything together last minute, and did not take time to make my outfit. But I’m proud of them, so I want to share.

(Miss Emily Photography)

Check out the rest of the bloggers giving you some amazing looks made out of Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids patterns!!


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Mama Bear and Baby Bear Joggers


I can’t even with these. Not that it’s stopped me before, but now I can actually wear pajamas to church/errands/meetings/whatever and actually look like I tried. Haha! These are the new Mama Bear Joggers from Patterns for Pirates, and you’ll want to know also that there are Baby Bear Joggers and Papa Bear Joggers too. Aren’t the names the best!!

Here are the options included in the Mama Bear Joggers:

-shorts or ankle length

-yoga waistband or elastic waistband

-optional drawstring

-slat pockets, patch pockets or no pockets

-ankle cuffs, elastic, or roll up hem

-low rise or mid rise

-sizes XXS-Plus3X

This should cover all your jogger making needs! I’ve made four pairs so far, because they’re perfect! Let me tell you about them. The floral pair is rayon spandex, they’re the softest, lightest ever! I did a yoga waist, slat pockets, and ankle cuffs on this pair. The white/grey pair are brushed poly, and they’re the ones I’ve worn the most. SO comfortable. Totally a huge upgrade from my sweats I normally wear around (and out of 😁) the house. They also have a yoga waist and slat pockets, but I used elastic at the ankle. Then the brown shorts are ponte. I made them with a yoga waist, but no pockets, because I wanted a crazy quick sew!

One of things I love about this pattern is that the thigh and ankle measurements are included, so you can grade to get exactly the fit you want!

Next, I’ll tell you about the Baby Bear Joggers. These are going to be the perfect cozy pants for my kids for fall and winter. And I love that they’re equally perfect for my girls and boys!

Here are the options included in the Baby Bear Joggers:

-yoga waistband or elastic waistband

-optional drawstring

-slat pockets, patch pockets, or no pockets

-ankle cuffs, elastic or roll up hem

-sizes 3m-14

You can buy them on sale individually, or bundled with the Papa Bear Joggers for an even bigger discount!


Mama Bear Joggers

Baby Bear Joggers

Papa Bear Joggers

Pattern Bundle

Fabric sources:

Floral rayon spandex: Vinegar and Honey

Grey/white brushed poly: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Brown ponte: Wal-Mart

Mint french terry: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I wanted to add that I’ve been feeling extra thankful for all of you who have purchased through my affiliate links. And for the companies that offer an affiliate program. My fabric for projects like these are funded in part from that. I feel really thankful to have found a place to share my creative passion! ❤ ❤

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Sydney Slouchy Raglan

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If you’re looking for the perfect, lounge-y, comfy, Pinterest-copycat pattern ever, than this is it! This is the Sdyney Slouchy Raglan from Laela Jeyne Patterns. There are several options with this pattern, and you can make all those cozy off-the-shoulder tops that are so perfect for hot coffee and fall!

Slouchy or swing silhouette

Slouchy or regular sleeves

Off-the shoulder or v-neck

hi-low or curved hem

Optional cowl hood

So, you can really create your perfect top!

These two are both made out of rayon spandex. The white version is off the shoulder, hi-low slouchy silhouette, with slouchy sleeves. The black version is v-neck, hi-low slouchy silhouette with regular sleeves.

I love these so much!

Bonus: raglans are such quick sews, and this is no exception!

Bonus #2: There’s a fresh new free pattern for some leggings to go with your Sydney raglan! You can get the code for it in the Laela Jeyne Pattern group! It has several options, including a maternity version!

Check out the rest of my photos, and then go pick up your copy on sale now!!


Sydney Slouchy Raglan

Taylor leggings

Fabric sources:

Black and white rayon spandex: Joann

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Petite Stitchery & Co.


There’s a new company on the block, and I was excited to test some of their first designs!! Petite Stitchery & Co. will be releasing their patterns in mini collections with the seasons! This first collection is full of mix and match options that stand alone, or go well with each other. The possibilities for creating your own vision are limitless!

I admire all the awesome print mixing I see, but neutrals and solids are my go-to. I’m always buying all the beautiful prints I see, and then when I want to sew, I just want to make things in black and gray, but I have no plain fabric. Lolol! I’ve been learning this about myself, and getting better about buying what I’ll actually use. It’s a little less fun, but the finished products are always winning.

There are so many patterns in the collection (baby patterns too!!), I won’t tell you about them all, but I will tell you about the three I tested. First up are the Fawn tuxedo leggings. These are a basic legging, but with the fun upgrade of a stripe down the side. Such a fun “extra” especially since my girls wear leggings all day every day!

Next is Sparrow. This is a collared peplum for knits. There are a few options for length, but my favorite is this hi-low version of the peplum. It’s tunic length, and I can’t say no to a hi-low anything!

And then Maize is the third pattern I tested. This is a woven dress with a few length options too. One of the fun things about this pattern is the option for a curved skirt, with raised sides, kind of like a men’s dress shirt. I love this subtle change from a basic straight hem, or even hi-low, which is also an option on this pattern 🙂 There is a keyhole opening in the back. I kept it simple and used ribbon for the ties.

Here are our photos from this first collection. I’m loving the fall colors, finally, even though it’s still in the 70’s and 80’s here!!

Get them all on sale through Sunday night!! Available individually, or bundled together.


Petite Stitchery & Co.

Fabric sources:

Black ponte: Joann

Grey knit: Needle Nook

Black and white floral: Girl Charlee

Blue chambray: Hobby Lobby