Basically Jalie

I LOVE getting to participate in blog tours, and this one was such a super idea, I didn’t have to think twice before signing up. This one is called “Basically Jalie” and the idea is to show off basics from Jalie patterns. There weren’t many stipulations, and you could make whatever is a “basic” for you, which is different for everyone. HOWEVER, my family needs nothing more than new underwear right now, badly, because I sew, but apparently can’t be bothered to assembly line sew some of the simplest things to make several for each them, until I’m scheduled to post about it on my blog. Haha!

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I chose to sew Julia 3886 and Gérald 3885 for everyone in the family. Julia also comes with a bralette and cami, and a high rise option on the bottoms. Gérald comes in three lengths, has an optional horizontal fly, and works as swim trunks or leggings too!

But the main versatility that makes it so perfect for me is that the size range of Gérald spans from toddler 2 – mens XXXL. And Julia comes in sizes toddler 2 – women’s 24. I can make these for errbody.


I chose the no fly option, and the lower rise option, respectively, for everyone. They came together so quickly. The boxers have 3 pieces to cut out for this view, and the Julia underwear also only have 3 pieces. I have gobs of fold over elastic from Hobby Lobby, which I bought when my girls were sewing sleep masks like nobody’s business, and had plenty of selection to make these.


All the fabrics are cotton Lycra, and most are from Raspberry Creek Fabric, with the exception of the dinosaur print, which is from Love Adore Knits.

These have been washed and worn multiple times by now, with exclamations of comfort. The sizing was exact based on measurements.


And last, but not least, MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT JALIE PATTERNS, and it’s totally not basic, is the thumbnail in the corner of the first page of the pattern pieces that shows you the whole picture of all the pieces, and as you’re clicking layers off, they disappear in that thumbnail too, so you can see exactly which pages you need to print to get your size!! GAME CHANGER, especially since I usually sew kids clothes, and don’t usually need all the pages.


Are there some Jalie patterns you’ve been itching to get? Now’s your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie’s website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only.

For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie “basic” between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group.

We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who have teamed up to provide the following prizes (please stop by their shops and show them some love!):

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Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $100 CAD in patterns!
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Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $25 CAD in patterns!
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Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $25 CAD in patterns! – One (1) x $30 USD gift card
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Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis



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It’s been a while! I didn’t realize how long. But the holidays have a way of making that happen 🙂

I selected the Tami hoodie from New Horizons for my next promotional make, but I was interested in trying it for my daughter. The Tami is a women’s pattern, but I wanted her to model it, not me, so I made some simple modifications, and I’m so happy it worked!


My version is a simpler one. I didn’t even do the double hood, which is why I super love this design, but I couldn’t find coordinating fabrics in my stash that were speaking to me, so the single crossover hood worked fine. In hindsight, I think it was good to make a simpler version first to check my modifications.

The pattern comes in sizes 00-26. My daughter was 1/2″ smaller than the smallest size, so I thought it should work fine! In order to fit it to her shape better, I drew a straight line from the bottom of the armscye, to the edge of the hem. She doesn’t need the curves yet, and prefers comfy/loose anyway. I also removed 2″ in length from the front and back pieces, and the sleeves, and took 1″ off the height of the hood. She is 5’1″ for reference. That’s it!


Since I wasn’t making all the amazing features in this version, I picked what I knew would be her favorite, and added them, the thumbhole cuffs. She is in love with this hoodie (it’s a hoodie, haha!) And I know it will get lots of wear!


So, if you have a tween who might love this style, check to see if they’re close to the bottom of the size chart, and you can make it work for them too!!


The fabric is a poly rayon French terry from Pretty Posh Prints.


Aubrey-A Handmade Holiday


One of my favorite parts of being on Project Run & Play is the new community I feel closer to, and get to support! The PRP store has designs from contestants who designed a piece for, or used one of their patterns on their season of PRP. This month, they’re running a Handmade Holiday blog tour featuring these patterns!

My daughter looked through the shop, and chose the Aubrey dress from Modkid. I love it too. It’s a simple silhouette, with a little extra design detail that adds just the right amount of interest. The sizing was perfect.


There’s actually a pocket option designed into the front seams, but I opted to leave it out since the fabric I was using was textured, and thick, I didn’t want it to be too bulky.

The dress fits my daughter’s no fuss style perfectly. When she put it on, she was in awe of it, and wore it the rest of the day after photos, plus every other opportunity she had after that until I made her wash it!


This fabric is from Simply by Ti and is an AMAZING textured nylon spandex. It is so sturdy, and has super stretch! It feels like a good weight for this dress, and my daughter felt the quality as soon as she touched it. You have to check it out, and the other nylon spandex she has in the shop!


I hope you’ll look at the other stops on the Handmade Holiday tour, and create something yourself for this season, whether it’s fancy or casual, for yourself, or a gift, it’s always good to use the creativity we have to share more beauty with the world.

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Raven Part 2


Hi! I’m back with another Raven before I’ve even posted anything else on my blog. Lol! I didn’t have to sew this up specifically for anything, so it’s my true love for this design that I’m sharing.

In all my versions, I had not made the top length yet, and I thought it would be perfect for this velvet. I’m on the promo team for Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and I get to sew up a 2 yard cut of their fabric once a quarter. I chose this velvet, because my oldest has been asking me to sew her a velvet dress for a LONG time. Apparently of all my velvet makes, none have been for her. I knew I couldn’t get a dress version out of 2 yards, and she’s been wanting a top version, so it seemed perfect.


This pattern is designed for woven, but I think it worked great with velvet! I made one big change, and did not line the yoke. So my seam on the bodice, where the ruffle is, is exposed. I thought the knit would be too thick to make it look nice, and it ended up just fine!


I needed to pick out some stitches from where I basted the ruffle on, but I forgot before pictures. If you’re looking closely, that’s what that is 🙂

I encourage you to join the Sofiona Designs Facebook group, and check out their shop! They are a new company that I am so excited to support, and watch them grow!



Fabric source:

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Sofiona Designs – Raven

There’s a new pattern company on the block, and I’m so excited to help welcome them! Sherri Herrera competed on Project Run & Play, and won her season! She was so supportive of me during my season, and reached out to ask if I would help test her designs as she was starting her own pattern company, Sofiona Designs. Her BFF Trisha Yanke is also part of Sofiona, designing patterns, and all the other work that goes into starting a new company!

I was moving slowly, with a few week old baby, and so the only tester call that had spots left open when I got there was the Raven pattern. But the design is gorgeous, and I love it.

I am very impressed with how smooth the ride has been, at least from my perspective. It’s clear that lots of background work went in before the tests were run, and they have a clear plan in place, that I hope will bring them lots of success!

The pattern is drafted beautifully, fits true to measurements, and they have beautiful construction in the tutorial! Inside finishes are not high priority for me. I don’t mind a serged seam, but for them, I followed directions, folded everything under, twice, and ended up with beautifully finished dresses!

The first version I made was the short sleeve one. except it started out as long sleeves. The sleeves needed adjustment, so I cut them off at the short sleeve length, and it might be my favorite! This one has the short ruffle, and ties in the back.


The next version I made was the gingham one. I did the long ruffle on this, and elbow length sleeves. This fabric came from an estate sale a couple of years ago, and I’ve decided to stop hoarding, and start sewing. Well, it’s not necessarily so much a hoarding problem, as a too much fabric problem, lol, but either way, I need to use it! The back is finished with the band option, and I love the look!


The final dress I sewed was the solid teal. This one has a full back, long sleeves, and the belt option. I wanted to use as many variations as I could. Bonus: my daughter loves the style, and was so happy for me to keep making them for her! This fabric is a Kona solid I picked from Fat Quarter shop with my store credit they gave for competing on Project Run & Play.


I hope all this photo spam has convinced you to check out this new company, support them if you like the designs, and share with others! There are four patterns in the shop for their grand opening, and there will be more coming! Their Facebook group will be running giveaways, as well as their Instagram account.

All patterns are marked down 30% through November 25th, no code needed.


Alpine Trousers+Summit Peak

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When we pulled out the winter clothes to switch out the summer clothes recently, my son was pretty upset that his favorite orange hoodie was too small, and I had passed it on to his little brother. There may have been tears, and he tried to put it on to show me he could still wear it, but I made a bargain that I would sew him a new orange hoodie with a motorcycle on it (like his old one) if he would let his brother have it.

I knew I had to deliver on this one, since it was replacing a favorite. I’ve made the Summit Peak hoodie from New Horizons before, but last time, it was the zip up version. This one is the hooded sweatshirt version. I was going to make it all orange, to match his last one, but then after seeing some inspirational color blocked versions, I decided to do that instead.


The vinyl design is from the Silhouette Design store. The orange sweatshirt fleece was from my local shop, Faithful Remnants. My FAVORITE place! You can’t beat the prices, and she always has fun new things. The other fabrics were all from my stash.

The pants are the Alpine Shorts and Trousers, also from New Horizons Designs. She does some amazing designs for boys, and the detail on the legs here is so unique! It would be fun to color block these, but I just used some black denim, from Wal-Mart, with some light grey denim faux piping to accentuate the seams.


These are a comfortable fit pant. Not baggy, but not slim. It’s a good balance for my son, who likes “flowy pants” and me, who prefers slimmer ones. He’s very comfortable in them.

They have side and back pockets, and an optional faux fly, but they’re a pull up pant or short. A really straightforward sew!


My son loves this whole outfit. I love the size range of the patterns, too, so I can keep making these for him for a LONG time.

Alpine Trousers

Summit Peak Hoodie


Black Friday Sales! Patterns and Fabric

It’s that time of year again. Sale time! I will be updating my annual list throughout the next couple of weeks as I find more sales. They will be organized by discount percentage, and alphabetically within each category. I will use my affiliate links when I have them, it provides me with a small percentage of the purchase, with no increase in cost to you. It helps me afford to buy patterns and fabric to keep creating things I love! I will note affiliate links with an asterisk. Also remember these companies may be located across the globe, in a different time zone, so consider start and end times 🙂




Mother Grimm: I will be making two of my paid patterns free in files for a limited period – The Locksley leggings as in the Robin Hood spirit of giving to the poor…and the Christmas Reindeer decorations to help you with festive sewing! They will be free in files from 9am -12pm GMT and 9pm – 12am GMT. This should help ensure that everyone gets a chance to get a copy, no matter where you are globally! I will also be adding a freebie pattern that will remain in files afterwards – so invite and tell your friends…..

50% off:

*Annelaine: 50% off site-wide, no code needed, Nov 20-Nov 27.

Create Kids Couture: 50% off all of our PDF sewing patterns this week! This is our best sale of the year and even the vault is open! No coupon code necessary! Sale ends November 26th!

DIBY Club: Buy one get one free patterns, discount automatically applied in cart. Through Nov 24th.

Duck Butt Designs: half off all purchases $10+ discount applied at checkout, through Sunday.

*Ellie and Mac: 20% off the current 50% off. Use Code is BFCM20 The sale will run from 11/23 12 am – 11/26 11:59 pm EST.

Eunoia: 50% off site-wide with code Thankful Friday-Monday.

Goober Pea Designs: 50% off! Use the code BF2018USD (USD listings) or BF2018CAD (CAD listings) through Monday.

Handmaiden’s Cottage: Buy one get one pdf patterns with code Black Friday through 11/25.

*Honeydew Kisses: 30-50% off patterns, with the biggest discounts starting on Thanksgiving/Black Friday. Sale through Cyber Monday. There will also be a sale on non-custom, in stock fabrics

Jalie: will launch a new pdf pattern-50% off from black friday to cybermonday #galaxie2

Lil Luxe Collection: 40% off all patterns with code THANKFUL2018 or join the Lil Luxe Group on Facebook to get a code for 50% off all patterns, 11/23-11/26.

*Mamma Can Do It: 50% off site-wide with code BLK50 Thursday-Monday.

*New Horizons: 50% off with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/23.

Rad Patterns: 50% off site-wide with code “BF2018” now through cyber Monday (11/26)!

Sew Toot Patterns: Buy one get one free of equal or lesser value, through 11/26.

Shwin Designs: 20% off 2 or more with BF20off, 30% off 3 or more with BF30off, 40% off 4 or more with BF40off, 50% off 5 or more with BF50off, 60% off 6 or more with BF60off. PLUS daily sales, with one category marked down 20% each day, Friday-girls, Saturday-boys, Sunday-teens, Monday-womens.

*Stitch Upon a Time: 50% off select patterns through the day, starting at 12am, and changing every 6 hours

Thread Theory: 50% off pdf patterns through Monday, no code needed.

40% off:

*5oo4: 40% off site-wide, no code needed.

*A Sparkly Baby: Save 40% off the entire store until Nov 27th!

*Bella Sunshine Designs: 40% off all patterns now through Cyber Monday, no code needed!

Duchess and Hare: 40% off Nov 23-Nov 26.

Greenstyle: 40% off with code BFCM18 11/23-11/26.

*Halla Patterns: 40% off pdf patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY through Nov 26th.

*Jennuine Design: 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY18 Black Friday-Cyber Monday.

*Laela Jeyne: 40% off all pattern for newsletter subscribers through Nov 27th. Sign up here.

Little Lizard King: 40% off on all patterns, including new releases, now through Nov 26th. Use code GIVETHANKS at checkout.

*Modkid: 40% off your entire purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through Cyber Monday at midnight EST.

Oliver+S: 40% off paper and digital patterns with code HOLIDAY2018 through Nov 23rd.

*Petite Stitchery: 40% off site-wide Nov 22-Nov 26.

Project Run & Play: 40% off through Cyber Monday. There are 5 new patterns in the shop. And we’re giving away an EasyPress2 and mat!

*Seamingly Smitten: 40% off with code SAVE40 through Cyber Monday.

See Kate Sew: 40% off all patterns with code BF2018

*Sew by Pattern Pieces: 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 11/23-11/26 bundles not included.

Sew Much Ado: 40% off patterns with code SMATHANKS through 11/26.

Sewpony: 40% off patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through Monday.

Threads by Caroline: 30-40% off patterns, no code needed.

*Tie Dye Diva: 40% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY

Tilly and the Buttons: up to 40% off through Nov 26th, no code needed.

Upcraft Club: 40% off with code THANKS18 through Black Friday.

Violette Field Threads: 40% off site-wide, no code necessary, 11/22-11/28.

30% off:

Ann Normandy Designs: 29% off everything in the store. November 21st, 12:00am est – 11:59 pm est. Use coupon code FOREVER29.

Bebekins: 35% off with code SUPERSALE through 11/27

*Brindille and Twig: 30% off site-wide with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through 11/26.

Ensemble Patterns: 30% off with code THANKSABUNCH through Nov 26th.

*Heidi and Finn: 35% off all patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY35 11/22-11/26.

*Itch-to-Stitch: 25% off all patterns or 30% off when spending $30 or more through Monday.

*Jilly Atlanta: 35% off all patterns Wednesday-Friday with code GIVINGTHANKS

LBG Studio: 30% off with code THANKFUL30 through 11/26

Made By Jack’s Mum: 30% off all pdf sewing patterns with code HOHOHO until Thursday.

Made for Mermaids: 35% off now through Nov 19th! Use code MERRY35 at checkout.

Max and Meena: 30% off all patterns through Monday with code gobble18

Megan Nielsen: 30% off almost everything in the store, excludes newest releases, and already discounted items. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2018 at checkout.

Menta: 30% off site-wide until friday midnight, then saturday and Sunday all booties and add on will be 20% off.

Owl Creek Patterns: 30% off your purchase with code THANKFUL30 through Nov 30th.

Papercut Patterns: 30% off pdf patterns, and 20% off paper patterns.

*Peek-a-Boo: 30% off patterns with code SLEIGH30 and 15% off fabric with code SLEIGH15 11/21-11/26.

Petit a Petit: 30% off with code THANKSABUNCH

*Sew a Little Seam: 30% off with code THANKS18 now through Nov 25th. Excludes Constance patterns.

Sew Liberated: 30% off with code HANDMADEHOLIDAY2018

*Sew Like My Mom: 30% off your entire purchase with code GIVETHANKS bundles included! Through 11/26.

*Simple Life Patterns: 30% off with code FallintoSLPCo through Nov 19. Excludes new release, Betty.

*Sis Boom: 30% off through 11/27 no code needed.

Sofilantjes: 30% off with code buyme through Nov 26th.

Sofiona Designs: 30% off all patterns through Nov 25th. No code needed!

Striped Swallow Designs: 30% off with code Thankful18 Thursday-Monday.

Suco by Susana: 30% off storewide with code “THANKFUL2018”, from Nov 21st to 26th. (excludes bundles).

Toby K Patterns: 33% off patterns Nov 19th-Nov 26th.

Treasurie: 30% off any pattern with code THANKS2018 through Nov 27th.

Trish Newbery Designs: 35% discount on all patterns 24 hours only, no code needed.

*Wardrobe By Me: 35% off, code coming soon.

*Winter Wear Designs: 35% off single patterns and pattern bundles site wide* (*excludes WW Wardrobe Builders) use code: THANKYOU2018 11/19-11/26 (ends midnight EST) and BOGO Free – buy any* pattern get one of equal or lesser value free (*excludes WW Wardrobe Builders) code: BOGO2018
Black Friday $3 BONANZA – ALL Winter Wear Wardrobe Builders are $3 Friday 11/23-11/26 (ends midnight EST)

*The Wolf and the Tree: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/28.

20% off:

*Amelie and Atticus: 20% off storewide with code ETSYCYBER2018 through Monday.

Below the Kowhai: 25% off pdf sewing patterns with code thanks25 this weekend.

Chalk and Notch: 20% off all patterns and bundles until Monday, November 26th, coupon code: holiday2018. 25% of all November sales are going to fire victims, including sale orders.

Closet Case Patterns: 20% off almost everything in the shop, 30% off online workshops with code THANKSGIVER18 through 11/26.

Deer and Doe: 20% off all patterns through Saturday at noon (GMT+1 / 6AM EST)

Elegance and Elephants: 20% off all patterns, no code needed.

Elemeno Patterns: 25% off everything 8pm EST 11/22-8pm EST 11/25.

Grainline Patterns: 20% off with code GIVETHANKS2018 through Monday.

*Hey June Handmade: 20% off  pdf and paper patterns with code HJ2018BF through 11/26.

Made by Me: 25% off all patterns, no code needed.

Misusu: 25% off site-wide, no code needed, through 11/26, additional %10 discount code in the Misusu Facebook group!

*Puperita: 20% off with code BFCM2018 through Monday.

Sprout Patterns: 20% off site-wide with code SEWLONG through November.

Straight Grain Patterns: 25% off with code BF25 through Monday.

True Bias: 25% off with code THANKS2018 11/22-11/26 paper and pdf patterns.

Twig+Tale: 20% off with code ALLBLACK Friday-Tuesday.

Other discounts:

*Brownie Goose: All patterns marked down to $5 through Monday no code needed.

Blank Slate Patterns: Buy one get one 50% off with code 2018BLACKFRIDAY 11/21-11/26.

Cali Faye Collection: $4 off a purchase of 2 designs with code THANKFUL, or $6 off a purchase of 3 designs with code GIVING through 11/26.

*Eli Monster: All patterns marked down to $7 no code needed. Pre-Thanksgiving sale.

*EYMM: everything $3 or less no code needed, 11/22-11/23.

*Hazelbee Patterns: The pattern is $5 now through Cyber Monday on Etsy. No coupon needed.

*Love Notions: $5 Tessa Sheath Dress, Friday only.

Phat Quarters: All pdf patterns $5 with an additional 10% discount code in their Facebook group.

*Pickle Toes Patterns: Starting at 12am est Wednesday ending at 11:59pm Friday
70% off ALMOST our entire site.

we will bring back all of the patterns we have retired this year at special $1-$2 pricing starting Wednesday at 12am est and ending Monday at 11:59pm est

Small Business/Subscriber Saturday
12am est Saturtaday – 11:59pm est Saturday
Subscribe to our newsletter from our website and get an extra day to save 70% off ALMOST everything on our site.

Manic Monday where every pattern that we put out for Manic Monday will be on sale for Manic Monday prices from 12am est Monday – 11:59pm est.

Rain City Patterns: $0.50 patterns all day Black Friday from 12am-11:59pm PST.

Seamwork: $20 off a premium subscription. $70 for 24 patterns, plus other benefits.

Sew Straight Patterns: All patterns $5 through 11/26.

Sinclair: $10 off $30, $15 off $40, or $20 off $50 Nov 19th-Nov 26th

Toriska: All patterns $5 through 11/26, no code needed.




Knitpop: 40% site-wide with very few exclusions. Through Nov 25th.

*Pretty Posh Prints: $4.99 site-wide and $20 medium boxes of sweater knits. Starts Thursday 2pm PST.

Punkin Head Threads

Raspberry Creek Fabrics: Friday use code BP15 for 15% off double brushed poly. Saturday use code WOVEN15 for 15% off all wovens. Saturday use code COZY15 for 15% off cozy French terry, sweater knit, and sweatshirting. Monday use codes: CYBER15 for 15% off any order, or code CYBER20 for 20% off any order $75 or over, or code CYBER25 for 25% off any order $120 or over.

Simply By Ti: 30% off everything, plus some doorbusters. Friday, Nov 23rd.

*Sincerely Rylee: Daily deals every day, now through Cyber Monday.

Sly Fox Fabrics: Now through Nov 18th, 15-50% off select fabrics, $6.99 flat shipping. Link goes directly to sale fabrics.