Thread Faction SS2016 Tour (and Giveaway!)


Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour

So excited that I was able to make a few of Thread Faction Studio‘s #108 tunic/dress pattern for my girls. I had some perfect custom fabric panels from Dark Matter Fabric I’ve been wanting to use for a long time and finally had a pattern that would work great!

Red Riding Hood custom – who could resist?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free pattern by commenting on this post and follow this link to the big giveaway Thread Faction is hosting with lots of fabric and other goodies! I’m giving away a copy of #108 – the pattern in this blog🙂

I made 3 of the peplum length (two in size 4 and one in size 2). I was a little leery of how the shirt sleeves would look but the look and fit is really perfect. It looks wide when laid flat and cutting, but fits so well as you can see from the photos!

My 2yo showing fit🙂

The peplum tops are made exactly as the pattern describes with the only change being that I cut my skirt in 4 pieces instead of 2 folded sections so as to have my pattern going the same direction all the way around.

As the sleeves are a part of the shirt cutout it is such a fast sew. No need to attach sleeves🙂 The tutorial is very clear and well written. This is the same concept as pattern #105 which I was able to test a few months ago:

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For my hack on this pattern I added a hood to the dress length in the size 4 to make a great beach coverup. I made it out of stretch terry that I had. Unfortunately it was chilly and rainy for picture day so it isn’t over a bathing suit on the beach as intended. Still super cute and she didn’t want to take it off! Of course when making anything for my oldest, I had to add a pink heart. All clothing items must have something girly on them for her🙂


Here is a mashup of photos of the 4 versions I made of this pattern. Total love and great warm weather pattern🙂

There are some awesome giveaways as a part of this blog tour! If you leave a comment on this post you will be entered to win one free pattern from the spring set!

There are also a ton of other awesome seamstresses who created amazing things with this tour – please visit their posts:

5/26 Nap Time Creations Miss Castelinhos Swoodson Says Needles to say 5/27 Made By Sara Sew Not Perfect Hello Holli Whisk ’em 5/28 House of Estrela Made By Amanda Rose Max California Brave Fabrics 5/29 Create 3.5 Bless by Tone The College Seamstress 5/30 Ma Me Mi Mo Paisley Roots Skirt Fixation 5/31 Sew Very Rebel and Malice Call Ajaire 6/1 Better Dressed Child Buzzmills Handmade Frenzy 6/2 All Things Beautiful Pen, Seb & Rox

Custom designs

I’m having so much fun working with and learning more in Adobe Illustrator. I love learning new computer programs and this one is so much fun! I have a subscription to Graphicstock and so I have so many vectors and illustrations to work with.

I’m starting out with baby bibs. Here’s an example of the design. I then order this printed on Spoonflower and then cut and sew! I also included some designs for cutout for appliqueing on baby onesies.

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Craft show!

Working super hard to try and get ready for my first show and have some inventory set up. 

Been sewing lots while the kids are sleeping and cutting fabric on the floor in the family room while they are playing. 

Hubby made me a hanging display rack for my little clothes and I’m so excited for it!

Adult headbands

Baby headband🙂
My auction item for donation. 

Criss-Cross Applesauce Hoodie



I felt so lucky to be able to test another one of Kelly J Designs patterns. This time it was for the older kiddos!

This hoodie pattern was wonderful. I was quite leery as I have never done a hoodie and have never done a pocket. The instructions were so straightforward and the pattern came together beautifully (as you can see!). The kangaroo style pocket is perfect, and although I tested the size 4 both my girls are in love with the large open pocket.


I highly recommend adding this pattern to your arsenal. There are lots of options to make it a great pocket shirt. It can be made with or without a hood and with short or long sleeves.

Here are the links to purchase the pattern:–/196893

And some more gorgeous photos plus wear pics – fit was perfect!

Bottom right is the toddler as she insisted she had to also get to try it on🙂