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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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 […]

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 this company, besides the excellent customer service and quality product, is that is was built by a family from small beginnings in their home through an Etsy shop.  Over the course of 8 years the business has grown and expanded into a household name in the sewing community.

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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 […]

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 often rave about.  I needed something that was a quick sew and wouldn’t need pleats ironed before each wear. **Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you decide to purchase a pattern from a link on this page, this means you will be helping to support my fabric hoarding tendencies at no extra cost to yourself.

When I was scoping for patterns I had a particular look I was going for, but fit was something I looked at as the most important criteria.  I can’t stand the poochey crotches and saggy bums that we often see in many PDF short patterns.  I’m serious when I say it took me weeks to settle on the patterns I went with.  I read a lot of reviews, looked at all the suggestions people made, and ended up trying two new to me patterns.  The first was the Satya Shorts from Jennuine Design.

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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 […]

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 […]

Upcycle Cycle Challenge

Upcycle Cycle Challenge

I wanted to enter Candice Ayala’s Upcycle challenge, so I went out to the Goodwill and grabbed a men’s button down shirt for a new upcycle project.  You can read about another upcycle here.  I just could pass up the awesome prizes from Michael Miller Fabrics, Baby Lock, and more. We had a great time taking some before photos before we got started.

I wanted to get two looks from this button down.  I combined parts of this yellow shirt with some new fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics.  Part of the requirement for this challenge was to mix but new and old.

For the first look, I used the Satya Shorts from Jennuine Designs.  Let me just say, I am loving this pattern this summer.  I have the Satya romper, but hadn’t utilized the separate pant/short pattern.  These shorts are so quick and easy.  I would put my stamp of approval on this pattern.  I’ve made multiple pairs already and I plan to make more for school. For this look, I wanted to utilize the front pocket on the men’s button down.  I had to lengthen the inseam on these slightly so that the pocket didn’t interfere with the hemline, but I’m completely happy with the end result.  It was a fun feature to include.

I used the Pleat Fold Top from Made It Patterns for the top I paired with the shorts.  It’s a fairly simple pattern to follow, but I love that it creates something with a little bit of a design feature.  I actually ended up making two of these so that both girls would have one of their own.

For the second look, I used the Molly pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company as my base.  Instead of lining the bodice, I created a facing so that I would be able to keep the button placket that already existed on the shirt and still be able to finish the neckline and arm holes.

To finish off the look, we did some final photos to match up with our before pictures, then we wrap up this party with an official photo shoot.

Indigo & Aster by Bari J.

Indigo & Aster by Bari J.

  I was completely excited to find an email in my inbox from Audrey of Skirt Fixation inviting me to join a tour celebrating and showing off the latest fabric line from Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics, Indigo and Aster.  I actually met Bari […]