Catherine + Mama Catherine

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This pattern has been in progress for a while, and some website issues have pushed off the release for too many days! There are still some struggles behind the scenes, so they will be releasing it on Etsy! I will add the links to the main site, too, so you can purchase there if it’s working for you, or when it’s all back up.

This is Catherine, and Mama Catherine. If you love the Holly pattern from last year’s Dreamy Collection, you will love Catherine. The Mama version is the perfect coordinate for your daughter’s Holly, but in comfy knit. The yoke has square or scoop options, and of course there’s plenty of sleeve and bodice lengths! And they couldn’t leave the girls out, so there’s a girl’s Catherine too! This is for knit fabric, and includes scoop or square neck options as well. You can choose to line, or band the scoop neck. Top, tunic, and dress are included, as well as a ruffle dress version. I love all the ruffles!! This is a quick, simple sew!

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The sleeves are fun, with optional flounces. You can make a regular flounce, or a high-low flounce, which is what I chose to do on my daughter’s first one.

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And as always, there are plenty of hacks on the M4M blog! I sewed a slight variation on the sleeve, to make this pretty bishop sleeve.

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You will be set for Holiday photos, parties, Christmas Eve services, or family dinners in comfort with these patterns! You can see all the other amazing versions in the listing photos!

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They will be on sale for $7.50 each, or $13 bundled together. There is even a dolly version, and you can purchase that separately, or bundled with all three sizes for $16.50.


Mama Catherine

Dolly Catherine

Mama and girls bundle

Mama, girls, and dolly bundle

Fabric sources:

Floral single brushed poly: Pretty Posh Prints

Rose crushed velvet: Pretty Posh Prints




Black Friday 2017 Sales!

I am going to update this post as I hear about fabric and pattern sales! I will use my affiliate links* if I have one, but I will share everything I hear about! I hope this will be helpful to you. Consider that the fabric shops that are running sales will run out of stock, since most are small businesses, whereas pattern companies won’t, so don’t wait too long to shop! Also, a lot of these businesses are located around the globe, so pay attention to the time zone they are running their sale in. 🙂


Boho Fabrics: 20% off sitewide, unless 500 people RSVP to her sale event, then it will jump to 30% off. Join the event here: Details about the sale will be updated later. *Boho Fabrics.

Knitpop: Now through Friday 11/24 use code 40POP to take 40% off site-wide at Knitpop!

LDG Textiles: 11/26-11/27 use code Cyber15 to take 15% off your purchase at LDG Textiles.

Pretty Posh Prints: New Prints (will be loaded onto the website Thursday) as well as our already in stock prints will all be $4 or less per yard!!! Clearance will all have an additional 20% off *Customs excluded* Pretty Posh Prints.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics: On Saturday 11/25 take 15% off any order with code THANKFUL15. On Monday 11/27 take 15% off any order with code CYBER15, or 20% off orders of $50 or more with code CYBER20, or 25% off orders of $100 or more with code CYBER25. Codes expire midnight MST the day of the sale. Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Simply By Ti: Now through Tuesday 11/22 take 33% off the entire regular price shop using code “STOCKUP” There are also 9 fabrics that are marked down to $3.89/yard. Use at Simply By Ti.

Sincerely Rylee: Cyber Monday sale. Details will be posted shortly! *Sincerely Rylee.


A Sparkly Baby: Sale starts 11/20! Save 40% off your entire purchase, no coupon needed. Sale ends 11/26 at midnight EST. A Sparkly Baby.

Bella Sunshine Designs: Now through Monday 11/27 midnight EST patterns are marked down 50%, no code needed at *Bella Sunshine Designs!

Bebekins: Use code “givethanks” for 30% off entire cart through 11/26 at Bebekins.

CKC: 50% off your entire order from Wednesday 11/22 – Monday 11/27 with code thankful2017 at CKC Patterns.

Duchess and Hare: 40 % off all patterns through cyber Monday at Duchess and Hare.

Halla Patterns: 40% off Patterns with code GOBBLEGOBBLE at *Halla Patterns.

Honeydew Kisses: 11/24-11/27 take 30% off with code TURKEY30 at *Honeydew Kisses.

Koerbs Brothers: Take 40% off with code GIVETHANKS through 11/28 at *Koerbs Brothers.

Laela Jeyne: Starting 12pm EST 11/22 and ending 12 pm EST 11/28, Get 40% off all single patterns, 20% off all bundles, 20% off all subscriptions, BOGO Panels- Buy one, get one half off. Limited quantities only! Shop at *Laela Jeyne Patterns

Liola Patterns: Black Friday Sale 50% OFF all patterns. Sale runs from Wed 22nd- Wed 29th November. No code needed. Liola Designs.

MODKID: Thursday-Monday take 35% off with code BLACKFRIDAY35 at *MODKID!

Oliver + S: Pre-Black Friday sale. All Oliver + S, Liesl + Co., and Straight Stitch Society patterns are 40% off this week when you use coupon code HOLIDAY2017 at checkout at Oliver + S.

Peach Patterns: All patterns are marked down 20% at Peach Patterns.

Petite Stitchery: All patterns are marked down to $7, plus get an extra $2 off every pattern with discount code found in their facebook group. Sale is at *Petite Stitchery.

Pumpkin and Bunny: 30% off all patterns 11/20-12/1 at Pumpkin and Bunny.

Rad Patterns: Now through Monday 11/27 Rad patterns are 50% off with code “BF2017” Use at and

Sansahash: 11/24-11/27 (Fri-Mon) Sansahash patterns will be on sale for 40% off, no code needed. There will be a new release not included in the sale, but it will be at release pricing. Sansahash.

Seamingly Smitten: 40% off your entire purchase now through Cyber Monday with code SAVE40 at *Seamingly Smitten.

Sew Bratty: 45% off with code BrattyTurkey through cyber Monday at Sew Bratty.

Simple Life Pattern Co: Through 11/20 take 20% off all patterns with code SLPCOSPECIAL at *SLPco. This is the last sale of the year!

Snuggle My Baby Patterns: 11/22-11/26 use code BF2017 to save 50% off your entire purchase at Snuggle My Baby.

Stitch Upon a Time: Save 40% off all patterns with the code thankful17 at Through Cyber Monday (11/26)!

Suco by Susana: Patterns are on sale for 40% off at

Twig + Tale: Sale will run Black Friday-Cyber Monday. Details will follow. Twig + Tale.



SLPCo for the Holidays

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I get to be a part of this fun blog tour with Simple Life Pattern Company, and Harts Fabric! We’re showcasing Simple Life Patterns styled for special occasions, and Harts Fabric generously sponsored fabric for the tour!

DSC_3726 slpcopreview23231357_10100808585964323_5872000210990092906_nMy two looks were inspired by my girls, I knew what they would each like to wear, and created with them in mind! First, they prefer comfort! I knew they wouldn’t wear it again if it wasn’t easy to put on, and comfortable to wear. Knit usually wins for this. There are some woven garments that are comfortable, but generally, knit is an easier choice. After that, I chose what I knew they would love.

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I made Tilly’s circle skirt for my older daughter, and modified Adelyn’s scoop back dress to be the top for this outfit. I simply extended the main fabric a few inches, and hemmed it. It works great tucked in to a high-waisted skirt like this. I will probably attach a simple skirt to it later to make it a peplum top, so she can wear it on it’s own, or tucked in. I used this gorgeous Nicole Miller scuba fabric from Harts for the top layer, and added 2 layers of tulle, plus one layer of black ponte underneath for the other layers. Tilly’s can be made in knit or woven, so it’s a versatile circle skirt pattern! The Adelyn top is made from double brushed poly, with black crepe satin for the bow. I used the modest scoop option for this, since we’re heading into colder weather, but the lower scoop adds so much drama, and I love it just as much!

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My younger daughter gets the fun Harmony’s high-low dress! This pattern is actually designed for woven, and they suggest sizing down if you want to make it in knit. I did not size down, though I could have, but it’s fine as is too 🙂 There are a ton of options in this pattern, but I can not resist a good high-low, so that’s the option we went with. I LOVE this metallic knit I got from Harts. It’s the perfect weight, and drape for lots of apparel projects. Not too heavy and stretchy, but not too thin, or translucent either! I loved sewing with it.

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I have to mention, that my fabric mail from Harts came incredibly fast, and when I opened it, the packaging made me smile. They wrapped it in a paper pattern, and included matching thread for my fabrics! So good. I will link the specific fabrics I used below, so you can check them out, and see what else they have.


Please check out the rest of the stops on the tour. The other participants blew me away with their gorgeous makes!

November 13 – Kainara StitchesAmmon Lane

November 14 – Sew and Tell ProjectLace and Pine

November 15 – Sunflower SeamsSewSophieLynn

November 16 – Wonderfully HandmadeIdle SunshineI am Mami de Sofiona

November 17 – Pear Berry LaneIt’s Liesel

Now there’s a few amazing things you won’t want to miss! SLPCo is having a sale during the tour, and these site-wide sales are rare! You can take 20% off with code SLPcoSpecial.

AND, there is a giveaway!!

There are TWO ways to win in this giveaway!

While both giveaways are open to everyone, contestants outside of the U.S. will be responsible for any excess shipping and fees and subject to the sponsors’ shipping guidelines.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the following. One winner will be chosen at random after Rafflecopter closes.

1 winner of Rafflecopter of will receive:
5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
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$50 Gift Card from Little Feather

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Already sewing for the holidays with Simple Life Pattern Company? Share what you made for a chance to win the Link-Up prize! One winner will be chosen at random after the link-up closes.

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1 Winner of the Link up will receive: 5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co. $50 Gift Card to Harts Fabric $50 Gift Card to Sincerely Rylee $30 Gift Card to Punkin Head Threads





Fabric sources:

Harts Fabric:

Black Double Brushed Poly: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Black ponte and tulle: Joann Fabrics

The Dress Up Hoodie

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I had a chance to sew up the Dress Up Hoodie from Mouse House Creations. This is such a perfect idea! I’m a last minute kind of person #noshame and this quick sew gives some amazing bang for the amount of time it takes to make!

The hoodie is a basic raglan style hoodie, with optional kangaroo pocket, and then the options are almost endless for what you can create! The pattern includes pieces and tutorials for making a dinosaur, horse, unicorn, rabbit, shark, cat, mouse, deer, bat, butterfly, owl, and bird. But with this base, you can use your imagination to transform it into almost any animal! The hood has options to add ears. There are pattern pieces for a divided sleeve if you want to add something down the arm, the back pattern piece has an optional seam also.

I received this green french terry from Simply by Ti, and knew it was going to be the perfect fabric for this project. I don’t know why I though a green cat was correct, but it was right in my head, and I went with it. My daughter is the crazy cat lady already. And she loves green, so this was perfect. This is cotton spandex french terry, which is my favorite. I love the drape of rayon or poly french terry, but they usually pill so much more easily, and aren’t as durable.

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I left off the whiskers, which you can sew in-between the hood and hood lining, since this was going to be more of an everyday wear, rather than a dress- up piece, and I used a tutorial from another blog to add the thumbhole cuffs. I printed off the cuff for the dress-up hoodie pattern, and cut the thumbhole cuff pattern piece that matched the width of the dress up hoodie cuff. Then I cut the thumbhole cuff in half, adding seam allowance, to sew in the claws, which I just free hand cut from felt. I under stitched just where the claws are, to make sure they stay in place. I think it’s such a fun addition that my daughter loves!

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You can get this pattern for $8.50 on sale through Halloween. Regular price will be $10.50. These really are a quick sew, and my daughter actually wore it for our first trick or treat outing last night!


Last minute moms can still come through 🙂

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Dress Up Hoodie

Fabric sources:

Mint French terry: Simply by Ti

Hood lining: Jersey from deep in my stash

Pink lining on ears: Cotton lycra from Needle Nook



Wiggle Dress

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The classic wiggle dress is what you might call a bodycon or pencil dress now, but it’s a classic style with a fun name! Patterns for Pirates has just released the Wiggle Dress, and It. Is. Everything. The options in this pattern are almost endless. I love the boatneck, it’s my preferred neckline, and I don’t see tons of patterns with it. You will feel amazing wearing this!

A stable fabric, liverpool, ponte, scuba, or similar, will work best. You will also want to wear shape wear underneath 🙂 🙂 This is form-fitting by nature, and the extra smoothing will help everyone. I grew up in show choir and theater, where we were hyper sensitive to lumps and bumps showing on stage, and so I’ve been a shape wear proponent for a long time. 🙂 Even though I prefer going through life wearing XXL sweatshirts, and joggers, or running shorts, I love wearing this pattern.

The options include short, half, 3/4, or long sleeves, high or low back, crop, top, above knee, below knee, midi, and floor lengths. Optional zipper, and back kick pleat for the below knee and midi lengths. And I know there are a bunch of hacks already on the P4P blog.

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The bust, waist, and hip lines are marked, so you will know exactly where to adjust for your body. The seam down the center back gives you another easy place to make adjustments. This one fits me well with no adjustments, except for adding 1″ of length for my height. My waist and bust are normally in the same place as on the pattern, and I have to add length below my waist, that was true for this pattern too.

You can get it on sale for $7.50 through November 1st. Since Patterns for Pirates has had their last site-wide sale of the year, this will be the best deal for a while at least! I think it’s a great bargain with all the options included, and for how amazing you will feel while wearing it. It can go from casual in a knee length, elbow sleeve, striped ponte, with sandals or sneakers, to mega-glam in a fancy fabric with the off the shoulder, mermaid maxi length.

Oh, I almost forgot I was going to mention that this does NOT take much fabric! Of course, haha, but it was a nice surprise to be able to sew an adult pattern that isn’t a fabric hog. It’s also a simple and fast sew. I have already ordered fabric for my next version. I ❤ everything about this pattern!

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Wiggle Dress

Fabric sources:

Liverpool from Pretty Posh Prints



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I have been so ecstatic with the styles that have been released lately, and this gorgeous pattern is no exception. This is the Zahara peplum and dress from Sansahash. I love the bodice design, and after going through a couple of versions in testing, I can say the fit is perfection.

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This is another sew I was excited to have done, but not looking forward to actually sewing. Woven bodice, princess seams, slippery fabric, lace, so I can’t use a serger to finish seams, invisible zipper. It all sounds horrible, right? Hahaha! But I had an afternoon, and look what happened again! This was done while working with the girls on math, reading history and science to them, working with my preschooler on his school, cooking supper, etc… And just like that, it was finished, and photographed in one afternoon! (The pictures came after supper, waiting for the good light).

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I love everything Mgeni designs. I’m sounding like a broken record, but I don’t care. Now that I know how easy this is to sew, I might make another version for my oldest. The fancy fabric ideas are swirling.

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My daughter is IN. LOVE. with this dress. She felt like a princess, and told me that she is going to wear this exact outfit when we go see the production of White Christmas in a few weeks. I might have to make her a velvet jacket to go over it.

You can get this on sale for release week! I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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Fabric sources:

lace and lining from Joann

Summit Peak Hoodie

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I honestly don’t buy many patterns anymore. I am busy enough sewing for testing, or promoting, and have more patterns than I care to count that I have never sewn yet. I need to make more time to sew for fun…

But I had bought some spider web print fabric that was released recently, for Halloween, and at the same time, I bought some red french terry, thinking I would make a Spider-Man inspired hoodie for my four year old. I searched a little bit for a good color-blocked hoodie pattern, considered the ones I already had, and did a little internet research on Spidey hoodies that were already out there, to get some inspiration. And nothing jumped out at me, so I moved on for a bit.

And then (and then, and gentlemen, and then…I’m sorry. Probably nobody will get where that reference is from. Haha!) the Summit Peak Hoodie from New Horizons released. I immediately bought it, and equally as immediately, sewed it up! I loved the style of it. I love that there is zip-up or pullover options. The color blocking was perfect. It works easily for boys and girls, and I hear an adult version is coming!DSC_2215 wm
It is so perfect. I cut this and sewed it in one short afternoon, filled with many interruptions. It’s a simple raglan jacket. There’s nothing complex about it. This is the first zipper I have chosen to do. Meaning, I’ve sewn one when it was assigned in a test or promotion, but I have never picked a pattern with a zipper to do for fun. I’m so happy with how the whole thing turned out!

The size range is amazing, it includes 12-18mo-16. The tutorial is clear, and easy to follow, all necessary markings were included on the pattern pieces, and it was generally an easy, satisfying sew.

I keep old shoe laces and hoodie drawstrings, and found this blue one in my stash. It’s a little long, but I thought the color was appropriate. The pockets are blue too, I thought a smidge of that color would help give the Spidey vibe.


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You can’t go wrong with this pattern.

I love sewing for boys, especially this one ❤

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Summit Peak Hoodie

Fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics