It’s Gonna Be May Tour with Petite Stitchery & Co


Today I am joining in on the Petite Stitchery & Co. spring blog tour.  I know they have beautiful women’s patterns (have you seen the Woman’s Emerson Top? So pretty and on trend!) But today I had to go for the super adorable Tansy Slim Ruffle Pants for my older daughter. This spring isn’t quite yet spring-y weather wise (though I admit today has been so gorgeous it does seem more spring like) and she has grown so much she had no pants! This is quite a problem as you could imagine.

Tansy is a super cute elastic waist, pull on, slim ruffle pant with a capri option. Three ruffle styles are offered in the pattern with sizes 2T-12 included. Good news to everyone with growing kids! The pattern will cover you in the cute ruffle pant department for quite a while.

I chose to do a size 6 for my daughter, that is a little big on her intentionally, she is in a growth spurt and I wanted room for her to grow. so the ruffles on these may look a little short-that is because they are practically halved in length with a quite deep hem to let out as she grows. That being said, I love the proportions on these pants and how quick and easy they sew up! Quick sews are always good in my book when it comes to my kidlets.

I made this pair out of a rather vibrant vintage polyester that I knew my daughter would love (and would be busy enough to help hide the dirt and mud she likes to play in) Most of her knit tops are solids in pinks, purples and blue greens so they should go with anything. Such a huge plus when they are independent and want to dress themselves but you want them to look more put together! I really loved her choice of this faux band graphic tee so we went with it for this mini photo-shoot. Can you tell she has an attitude as vibrant as the pants?

I have another pair cut out and ready to sew up as I write this; this pair is another vintage polyester. This time a more subdued tan tweed print with little rainbow flecks and some very pretty vintage cream lace. They were actually a muslin for my StyleArc Barb’s Pull On Pants that didn’t work out and I loved the fabric enough I had to use it somewhere-the Tansy’s are perfect for projects like this! They will have lace on the ruffle and on the square patch pockets I want to put on the back. I think Tansy’s are a great pant to add pockets of all varieties and ALL THE TRIM. Seriously. Lace, ric rac, piping, appliques, if you can imagine it; Tansy’s are a great base to embellish! Have a dramatic print like this pair? Well they look fabulous in a print too!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this spring’s blog tour!




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Me Made May 2018 Pledge and Planning

Have you heard of Me Made May? It has been going strong for years now and if you sew you have probably come across it in your browsing online. You can take a pledge to wear your you made garments, add caveats or addendum’s; such as excluding under garments and shoes etc. and either post on a blog, on Instagram, Facebook or just follow along and wear all the things you have made with joy.


‘I, Marah of ‘Miss Marah Sewn’ blog and @lafleurmtnhandmade, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’18. I endeavour to wear 1 to 2 pieces of me-made clothing each day for the duration of May 2018′

I have participated for several years now, mostly out of the online sewing community eye. Though I have followed other community members makes with avid interest through the years. I decided this year I wanted to participate more actively, but without the pressure of posting everyday in May. I may still post on Instagram but I want to do more planning and posts here on what I am making to fill certain gaps in my wardrobe.

I plan to make myself several Sew By Pattern Pieces  Ladies Fun Tee’s in patterned fabric from Girl Charlee I really love checking out their fabrics!

Also some Angel drape tops from Rad Patterns using the All The Sleeves add on pack and original included sleeve options. Probably also from some Girl Charlee printed knits. Or possibly printed knits from my favorite Etsy Fabric Shop Fabulace. They take forever to ship but great service otherwise and such pretty fabrics! I also have some Simply By Ti Fabrics I am excited to use-if only I could settle on a pattern!


I did have somewhat of a plan I made last year and have slowly been working on between other things july17fourby5sewingplan

Out of this plan I have my Stitch Upon A Time Mary Peplum in this Simply By Ti Fabric is already done and has been worn a ton.brokenchrvronmarypeplum

This Angel Top in a Fabulace knit is completed and I wear it quite a bit to work. brightprintangeltop

I completed a Ladies Fun Tee in this Fabulace print and lengthened a ready to wear skirt with the leftovers for a matched set-this also gets a ton of wear. I love that the print camouflages day to day wear and looks gorgeous with the drapiness of the fabric while feeling like a luxurious pajama top.

I admit I have quite a ways to go to keep working on this plan and other things I have planned since then. The reviews and planning posts I had wanted to get done this month may be reaching a little far looking at the calendar. The last week of April I won’t have a photographer to document my makes unless I take some selfies. The Sewcialists has a really good #MMMay18 series going right now. That is their May challenge theme. I particularly liked this post on Different Ways To Document Your Me Made May experience.  I may be taking some of those tips and putting them to use! Are you participating in Me Made May 2018? Have you participated before?


5 Out Of 4 Patterns 20K Blog Tour

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Today I am joining the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour. I am here to show you my Knot Your Average Shirt. I chose to make the sleeveless tank version in a lovely eggplant purple cotton Lycra I had in my fabric stash. You can find almost identical, much higher quality fabric at Simply By Ti Fabrics .   missmarahsewnknotyouraveragetop22020182K5OO4Blogtour (2)  I thought this fabric would be a great color match to my favorite Ready To Wear Cardigan and was thrilled that it did indeed match so well! That being said, it languished in my fabric stash waiting for the right shirt pattern to come along.

I wanted something that would be an easy to wear basic, but had enough detail to add that little bit of extra that takes an outfit up a notch. The knot front detail certainly did that for me. I wanted to make this pattern but every time I went to buy it I looked at that knot and thought “I’m not there yet skill wise” it wasn’t until recently when I followed along with the Knot Your Average Top and Dress Sew-a-long that I decided I could totally do it! (Really, it is easier then it looks) And it looks so dressy! I have been on the job hunt lately and wanted something I could wear through the year with various weight cardigans. I have to admit taking pictures was quite chilly and the photographer literally ran back in the house as soon as she knew she had some good photos. I wasn’t far behind to tell the truth! I do love that the snow in the background made me look less ghostly.

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I agree with the pattern suggestion that you use fabric that the front and back are similar enough not to be noticeable in the knot where the front pattern pieces twist. Though I may try the Leopard Print Rayon Spandex I grabbed last year from Simply By Ti Fabrics intending to make a tank out of it. I can’t recall what the back of the fabric looks like without getting it out of my stash. I think it will work-how fabulous would that look with some nice jeans?! To bad I am not dating, that would make a great summer date night outfit. I will wear them anyways 🙂


I love how the straps are the perfect proportion for my body and hide my bra straps quite neatly, I had to include this back view to show it is indeed a full coverage back.

I forsee many more Knot Your Average Tees and maybe a dress or two in my future if I can get appropriate fabric that sing to me. There are no local fabric shops where I live that carry apparel fabrics, so it all has to be shipped in. I am curious, where do you shop for fabric online?

Don’t forget to follow a long on the tour and in the Facebook 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Group

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5 out of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour Schedule

April 2 – Tales from a Southern Mom | Miss Marah Sewn

April 3 – Dragons Flames Designs | Poppy Monroe Collection

April 4 – Pear Berry Lane | Candi Couture Designs

April 5 – Sewing with D | Kathy Kwilts and More

April 6 – The Sassy Seamripper | My Heart Will Sew On

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Pickle Toes Patterns Back To School Blog Tour

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I am joining the Pickle Toes Patterns Back To School Blog Tour today to show you the  Pollywogs Slim Fit Leggings. Stick around for the giveaway and a coupon code you won’t want to miss at the bottom of the post!screenshot_2017-03-13_02.19.53

(Disclaimer: I was given this pattern free for tour)

I am making my daughter’s Fall/Back To School wardrobe capsule style. Some of the combinations she comes up with are quite special. So a capsule wardrobe with everything matching? Sign me up to get sewing for sure! I was looking for a very slim fit legging -almost a footless tights- pattern to add to her wardrobe. I think I have tried 4 different leggings patterns for her previously and none of them were “The One” I am delighted to say these leggings are it! I had to hide the leggings from her so she wouldn’t go play in dirt before I could get pictures. Not even joking. Pretty dresses, leggings, and dirt are my 4 year old’s favorite things.

That being said, I really needed leggings for her that could pull multiple duties, as footless tights under dresses, leggings under tunics, and tight enough (yet comfortable enough) to wear as an extra layer under jeans and overalls for winter. She is tall and skinny for her age but has a little booty so I usually have to blend sizes for her, or rely on really good stretchy knits. She doesn’t fit store bought leggings very well to say the least,  so while most moms buy their basic leggings; I’m over here getting prepared to churn multiple basics out using Pollywogs. Think black, navy, cheetah, striped (yes those are basics for my girls) and I am going to show you her denim blue ones today. Dark-Denim-Cotton-Lycra4yds

I bought this lovely Cotton Lycra in Dark Denim from Simply by Ti Fabrics ($7.20 a yard right now-and she has fabulous sales if you want to try it at a lower yet price) with basic leggings in mind for my kids. (Maybe for me too…it feels so lovely!) It has 65% stretch across the width of the fabric and 50% stretch the length so it certainly meets the 40% stretch required for Pollywogs. The pattern is quite close fitting, with no butt or crotch bagginess; but it does still work well for lots of movement-running jumping climbing, crawling while playing etc. *happy dance* The Pollywogs pattern has the options of a yoga waistband or a regular elastic waistband, I chose to make the yoga waistband, and I made my daughter a size 5 with no adjustments and they fit great!missmarahsewnpollywogsleggings

missmarahsewnceciliapollywogsHer love for these leggings and how easy it was to get a great fit with this pattern makes me feel like a Rockstar sewing Mama. Best feeling ever.missmarahsewnceciliadolmanpollywogsfallcardigan

So if you need some leggings in your kidlet’s life I highly recommend grabbing the Pollywogs Slim Fit Leggings and I even have a coupon code for 25% off for you! The code is “MISSMARAH” and is good on any pattern purchase in the Pickle Toes Pattern shop with a minimum purchase of $7.50 (Pollywogs are $5) so grab another pattern while you are there! Hahaha I know right? Like I have to convince you, you are already probably looking in another window.  I think I would grab the Leia Dress for my girls (that twirl factor!) and maybe the Bread n Butter Pickles Tee for me? The pattern goes from XS-4XL so you could grab it too! Mama always needs cute tee shirts right? Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!




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