A blog of Sewing Sweetness. Pattern Reviews, Tutorials, and More.

Pear Berry Lane

Pear Berry Lane

A blog of Sewing Sweetness. Pattern Reviews, Tutorials, and More.

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Project Run and Play Designer Capsule

Project Run and Play Designer Capsule

Project Run and Play has done their very first large scale pattern design collaboration! I am in awe of all the things Audrey had done with this project in such a short time since she’s taken over. She has a vision and is moving towards […]

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Swim Tour

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Swim Tour

I’ve been quiet lately on the blogger front.  Our family has been pretty busy with life and that’s left me a little on the dry end of creative juices.  Today I’m coming back from winter hibernation to share swimwear… How funny is that?!

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

I don’t get to create too much for my oldest these days. When Gabriela of Chalk and Notch Patterns announced that she was going to put out a girls version of the Fringe dress, I thought it would be a great option for an “older” girl style. I could have been identified as a post stalker the way I was looking out for any updates regarding this pattern.

I chose a Chambray/Lightweight denim with fairly nice drape for this dress. I snagged it at JoAnn’s just for this dress. Since I went with a solid color, I decided to add a little change up and actually made the sleeve tabs using the reverse side of the fabric. You can see the color difference slightly in the photos. Honestly, I was hoping for a smidgen more of a contrast between the two colors.

Here are my overall thoughts about this pattern. I really enjoyed the beautiful clean look of the neckline and couldn’t believe how nice the inside of this dress looked when I was finished. The pattern directions help to create this great look. If you haven’t given Chalk and Notch Patterns a try, you really are missing out on quality work.

The overall design of this dress is meant to have quite a bit of ease. I blended sizes to be sure to get the desired look for my very petite string bean. I think the final look is showing the true goal of the design.

If I was to reflect on my personal creation, I’m noticing that I probably need to adjust that top button. It’s pulling a little and I hadn’t noticed that before. My second area of refinement would be to work on my button tab skills. Man, my machine did not like those tiny tabs when it can to button holes. I may have made a significant number of extra tabs in the creation of this dress. I also may have called my machine inappropriate names. Lastly, I probably need an intervention on hemming curved hemlines. I really feel like I struggled to make mine look as tidy as I would like. Feel free to leave me any tips you have on that skill in the comments; I’d be happy to take them.

Fall Jacket with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Fall Jacket with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I made this adorable light jacket a few weeks ago and shared it all around on social media, but never officially wrote up a post.   I used fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics as part of their promotional team.  I used a Grey Lightweight Twill found […]

Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Tour

Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Tour

It’s that time of year when all the sewists are beginning to plan holiday wear.  For the last several years, I’ve been able to show off holiday looks for my girls using Simple Life Pattern Company patterns.  This year is following suit.  This post includes […]

Michael Miller Fabrics Paw Prints

Michael Miller Fabrics Paw Prints

 

Today I’m featuring a fabric from one of Michael Miller Fabrics soon to be released lines, Paw Prints.  This line hits the shelves November 15th, 2018.  This collection features our favorite pets, kittens and puppies plus some additional coordinates to bring all the prints together.  I mean, who doesn’t love an adorable pet print?  But, I have to say… The thing that gets me excited about this particular line is that portions of the sales go towards supporting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  Just this fact alone made me feel like I needed to create something for my “little” doggy Quinn to represent all the little critters out there that aren’t able to live their best lives yet.

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Thread Faction Knit Sewing Mini Series

Thread Faction Knit Sewing Mini Series

Hey friends! I’m loving this post I’m sharing today.  It’s all about learning to sew with knits.  When I started sewing I didn’t really even understand what sewing with knits would entail.  I didn’t know anything about fabric selection, stitch type, the required needles, and […]

Raspberry Creek Fabrics + Tami Hoodie = LOVE

Raspberry Creek Fabrics + Tami Hoodie = LOVE

I was recently selected to be on a promotional team for Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics is an independent fabric shop that not only does retail sales of popular fabric brands but also prints their own fabrics and designs.  What I love most about […]

Issie Top for Teens and Women

Issie Top for Teens and Women

What is this?! Two posts in one week! I can not believe it’s happening. And.. it may end up being more than that!!  I have to say… I love blog tours.  When I designer shoots me an email asking me to show off their latest project, I can rarely turn someone down.  I love jumping on tours because I am one of those people that is motivated by a deadline.  That’s not to say that I don’t procrastinate until the last moment, but it is to say that I know I can make things happen when it comes down to crunch time.  I stitched this top up and photographed it Sunday afternoon just in time for this tour.  It was a fairly quick sew with some features that add a little something for style.

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Laela Jeyne Emily T-Shirt Got a Face Lift

Laela Jeyne Emily T-Shirt Got a Face Lift

I’m running a little behind on sharing this post, but I’ve finally photographed my most recent creation for myself.  It’s been a crazy few weeks with back-to-school in full swing.  I was able to take a little time to decompress at my machines with this […]