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Pear Berry Lane

Pear Berry Lane

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

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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 […]

Satya Shorts and Schooner Tee Complete a Capsule

Satya Shorts and Schooner Tee Complete a Capsule

This year I spent A LOT of time combing the web for a short pattern that I could utilize in the capsule wardrobe I was planning for my girls. I wanted a go-to short pattern that was more practical than the Papillon Shorties that I […]

Thyme Vest with Project Run and Play Pattern Shop

Thyme Vest with Project Run and Play Pattern Shop

 

I’m kicking off a span of no posts with a detail oriented project.  I stitched up this  Thyme Vest by Paisley Roots to help kick off the new pattern shop on the Project Run and Play website.  This shop with feature patterns created by past and future designs of contestants.  How cool is that?! Maybe one day I’ll have some patterns listed too, who knows?  To open up the doors to this new project, past contestants have been featuring some of these patterns and designs.  This week is outerwear week, which got me sewing up this awesome vest.  All the outerwear patterns will be at a discounted rate of 20% off this week.  Be sure to catch the sale now as I’ve been told sales won’t be happening often.

When Audrey emailed to ask if I would be interested in helping kick off the shop, I knew right away that I wanted to sew up the Thyme Vest.  Karly of Paisly Roots was probably my first real sewing friend in the digital world and I wanted to support her work with this project.  I love the support the sewing community shows, and Karly is definitely one of the people that has kept me going on this journey.

The Thyme Vest is an Anorak style vest for both boys and girls.  It features two top pockets and two lower pockets on the front. (At least the actual pattern features these.) You may notice that my vest only has one top pocket.  This is because I’m pocket OCD and I just couldn’t get those bottom curves to look identical.  After several attempts, I kept my favorite version and tossed the others.  I kept the two bottom pockets as they turned out quite nicely.

 

 

This was my first attempt at using Anorak snaps.  Surprisingly, I only messed up two in the entire set.  I didn’t even have to go back to the store for a new package. Woot.  This vest pattern gives the option of the center snaps being exposed or hidden.  I thought… if I’m going to take the time to do the real-deal-holy-field snaps… You’re going to see them.  So, exposed snaps was the option I went with.  I have to say… They look pretty darn good.

 

 

For fabric selection… Honestly I wanted to order some of the amazing pink tencel that Tami from Sew Sophie Lynn used on her Joy Jacket, but I procraftinated too long and didn’t get it ordered for this post.  Maybe I’ll make another. I picked up this gray twill at my local JoAnns and used an amazing Art Gallery Rayon that was part of my Project Run and Play season winnings.  I felt is was an appropriate choice considering the purpose of this project.  I think the contrast in the lining really makes the piece pop.  It was a success. (Though I really wanted to do something similar to Tami’s jacket.  I’m still not over how awesome her jacket looks.)

 

 

To give you an idea of my jacket sewing experience, this is only my third-ish outerwear piece.  With my very limited jacket sewing experience I was able to complete this vest with very little trouble. The only trouble I had was not being able to find a front facing piece.  I later discovered I had accidentally trashed it in my pattern cutting cleanup.  Oops.  If you are interested in tackling an intermediate project, this is definitely something that you could put on your to-do list.  Follow each step of the tutorial one at a time and you will have a beautiful piece to look at.

 

 

Along with the sale, there is a huge giveaway that would be worth entering.  Click the link below for all the details of the rafflecopter.

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Thanks for stopping in and be sure to scope out all the other creations over at Project Run and Play.

 

 

Sew Americana 2018

Sew Americana 2018

Several years ago Katy at Wild + Wonderful started hosting an annual Sew Americana Tour.  I participated the first year and absolutely loved my creation.  I share it often when the day calls for a little patriotic nod.  You can find that post here.  Last […]