The Sew Fab Tour- Bowling Shirt

I think I have found my favorite new button up shirt pattern!


It’s so easy! Seriously! It’s the Bowling shirt Pattern by by Scientific Seamstress that is part of the Sew Fab Pattern Sale going on now through May 13th!

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Awesome sale by the way….


I was asked to be a part of the pattern sale blog tour and of course I said yes! And was excited to be able to sew this shirt. I kinda avoid dress shirts, with the collar and all, but after Easter and my son loving getting dressed up, I knew I needed to step it up and make him a few more nice shirts.


So I was looking through my stash for fabric and found this one my son and I picked out a year ago. Love it! And no, I didn’t pick it to match the bowling bowl. That was purely a happy accident.


The pattern is so easy to make. The instructions are super long, though. But want to know why??? She gives you about a million different styling options! Ok, maybe more like 5 or 6. I chose the one stripe down the front. (obviously…)


And I did the solid back. In the options there is an option to do a stripe across the back, but I just loved the fabric so I left it as just one piece of fabric.


The instructions are long, like I said, but they are super easy. And very well illustrated for each step of the way. I almost didn’t even need the pictures though! And you get to skip a lot of pages, depending on how you want to do it, so you feel like you are moving right long super fast!

And it is super fast!


For finsihing she gives a few options there as well. Your normal serged edges, etc, but also she gives you instructions on a lined version. I went unlined, the size a bit bigger, for the more casual then fitted look. I also added in some french seams where I could!



Now for the buttons…. I did mention it was a button up shirt and you may notice snaps again… Well, my machine was on the fritz, so it was doing my buttonholes worse then usual. (I got so frustrated with the machine, not the pattern, that I called the fix it shop mid shirt just to chat with them about it. I needed someone to talk to! ) So, I resorted to my old standby, the snap. But here’s tanother beauty to this pattern. It’s set up so button holes are the last thing you make. The button holes are done early, so in case you meess them up like I did you can go back and redo that one piece. Not the whole shirt!



You can purchase the Sew Fab Spring Pattern Bundle for $29.95 this week only! The sale ends on May 13th, and once it’s over, it’s over. You can support independent pattern designers by purchasing the bundle from any of the designers below.

Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage

(Designers in order from Top left to right) Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

New Year, New Project

Man, I’m not sure exactly where this week went… Somehow I totally missed posting this week. Not a great way to kick off the new year! Maybe it was the sick kiddo. Maybe the holiday on Monday. Maybe it was getting down the Christmas decorations. Or maybe it was because I didn’t eat my black-eyed peas on New Year’s day… Whatever it was, the week got away from me! I’ll try to do better the rest of the year! Ha, is that my New Year’s resolution????

This year, I’m going to try to do the 365 project… A photo a day! I’ve tried it before, never at the beginning of the year, and haven’t gotten very far. But this year I started on the second (yep, decided a day late) and I picked a subject… It’s not a crafty thing, it’s my son. So I won’t be posting them every week, but I did want to share with ya, one thing I’ve been up to this week.

I made this Photoshop template to keep the pictures organized!

Have you heard of The CoffeeShop Blog? I started with a basic storyboard from her blog and made it my own specifically for this project and used her digital sticky tape.

Why mention The CoffeeShop Blog? because with my 365 project, I don’t want to spend hours and hours editing pictures! And she has TONS of free actions for editing pictures! You should really check out her blog, it’s fantastic! And she has some really great storyboards, perfect for blogging!

Another project for this year…. Catching up on my scrapbooking! I’m only about 6 or so years behind! I do it very simply, black paper, black photo corners and a white pen. So there probably won’t be too many posts about my sorting through piles of pictures. But it is one thing I’ll be up to!

More to come!

Reach Out and Touch the Stars

I don’t often enter the I Heart Faces challenges, but this week the topic is hands and I just happened to have taken this picture of my son holding these stars. I love taking pictures of hands! Once I started thinking about this challenge, I kept thinking, so that picture, or that picture…. But this one I just took days ago and I love it. I hope you do too!

Winter Photo Swap

Wohoo! I got my photo from the Winter Photo Swap  (by The Sweet Light) yesterday! I’ve been checking my mailbox daily  in anticipation of just this..

My partner was Alexandra from Romania and here’s the picture she sent me.

Unfortunately, my scanner doesn’t do the picture justice. I lost some detail… And man, this is a perfect photo of winter. Makes me want to bundle up and head straight to that spot of sun at the end of the trail!

Now with my pictures, I couldn’t decide. I’m absolutely horrible at making decisions…. I had seen the call for artists to participate in the photo swap and decided, nope, I can’t take on anything more this month. Then one day I was driving to work and the landscape was covered in fog and ice. Just a magical winter scene. So I pulled over, took some photos and emailed Azzari of The Sweet Light. I had missed the deadline to sign up, but I emailed her anyway, just to see. And lucky for me, she needed one more person! So, when it came down to it, I remembered another picture I had taken of some geese on a frozen lake. I tried to make a decision, but in the end just decided to send both…

Ok, after feeling the cold from those pics, I’m back to keeping warm in my sewing room this weekend and making some things…. To do list… Another baby present, a pillowcase dress with flower, a play mat, and two of my projects to share with the Celebrate The Boy crowd!  And a trip to the zoo was requested this morning…. Probably won’t get everything done, but I’ll see! What are your plans for the weekend???

Postcards from the Gulf

This is another project that I’ve blogged about before, but can now post the finished piece. Which I have to get in the mail, ASAP….

Postcards from the Gulf: An Art Benefit for the Alabama Coastal Foundation

“In creating a canvas from someone’s long-forgotten postcard, we provide a reminder that coastal animals and plants are in danger of becoming only memories, themselves.”- Val Webb, organizer

(Luckily the piece looks much better in real life. I’m not the best art photographer)

 My piece is a collage interpretation of growing up on the Gulf and visiting the wonderful beach house that my grandparents purchased long before my days! The collage combines images from my photography of our trip this year, before our beaches were hit with any of the oil. Oh, and the ladies from yesteryear are my husband’s mother and aunt. I wish I knew what number pier this one is. They blow away and get rebuilt over and over. What a fitting metaphor for what our environment is going through now.

Postcards from the Gulf – Gallery Night

Friday, Nov. 12 from 6-9pm

Room 1927

(the gallery next to the main entrance of the Saenger Theater downtown)

 On Oct. 12, the Postcards from the Gulf website will be activated to provide a preview of the collection and info on participating artists. I’ll post the web address when it is available. 

On Nov. 5, the Postcards from the Gulf website will enable online purchasing, and postcards may be purchased directly from the site. Pre-sold postcards will be marked with a small sticker during the gallery night, and out-of-town purchases will be shipped on Monday, Nov. 15.

 Postcards may also be purchased in person at gallery night.

Backdrop Stand

I have a roll of black fabric that I use for taking pictures. But I haven’t had a stand of anything to put it on. I also have a roll of green fabric that I use to photograph da-a tis things, and again, same problem. So I decided I need one. And I could make it myself. So I started designing it out of PVC pipe. Then googled it. Tons of instructions on the internet! So, off to Lowes I went. Joe cut all the pieces. Sweet husband. Wednesday night he said he’d help me this weekend. But I wanted it on Friday. So Thursday night he helped cut! ahhhh… I measured it all out. Of course, I couldn’t just follow directions from the internet. I used that as a starting point and designed it myself! But…. I started gluing some pieces together, but not all of them, since it has to be mobile. I was building it as I went, thank goodness! Beucase it was way too tall! I couldn’t put the top piece on it myself because of how tall it was. In pops Joe again for some more cutting and walah! A backdrop. I took pictures if it while I was waiting for Joe to finish his video game before we shortened it a bit. But you get the point. There’s another bar across the top.

Ha! I just looked at the picture. The top rail is on, it just didn’t fit in the picture very well because it was sooo tall! 🙂

Total time, about an hour.

How to transport? The stand needs a bag. The next morning, I just happened to have some vinyl lying around and made a bag. the design didn’t quite work, so I have to add a little something to it. I’ll take a picture of that when I am finished with it. The bag is basically a 3′ tall present bag, minus the bow. Project time, bout 20 minutes!