Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Petite Stitchery & Co - Sweet Tea

Petite Stitchery & Co has been releasing new patterns like crazy! It's ridiculous and awesome all at the same time. The designers must be super busy! I just discovered them a few months back (they don't have a super huge following compared to some other pattern companies but they have some really really cute patterns!) and was able to join their group of testers. Testing patterns is a slightly stressful but really fun experience. (Probably more stressful for the designer!) 

Petite Stitchery & Co tends to release patterns on Thursday and this Thursday they are releasing seven new patterns! I had the opportunity to test the new Women's Sweet Tea. I am super excited for this! It's a swing dress & top with a modest cold shoulder (that's right, it covers garments and can be easily modified for the sleeve opening to be a little bit lower! Hooray for modest LDS sewing!), bottom of the sleeves tying in a bow and it comes in sizes XS-3X and three sleeve lengths. #swoon! You can check out the rest of their patterns here!

Here is my pretty little Sweet Tea Dress. Photo cred to my good friend Annie (I make her take all my pictures! <3) Don't mind my crazy hair in some of the photos. It just happened to be super windy the whole weekend! Which isn't the greatest for a swing dress!

Remember, if you make one of these beauts, please link it in the comments below so I can see! Or tag me on instagram! @tmcreates

Tip! When you are sewing the sleeve, it makes it a million times easier if you can get really close to the edge of the previous stitch line. This took me a few tries before I figured it out. (Light bulb moment!) I kept trying to keep the seam allowance instead of trying to get super close to the edge. But this makes it turn so nicely! I sew the V with my sewing machine first and then stitch the rest of the sleeve up with my serger. Trim more if you need to. :)


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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Petite Stitchery & Co - Emerson V-Neck

Isn't this cute?! I had the chance to help test the Emerson Top for Petite Stitchery & Co. (They have so many cute patterns over there! They also just released a handful of super cute patterns for women and girls. Go take a looksie!) Pattern testing is fun but can be a little stressful - depending on how quick the turn around time is for fit and final photos. But I love it!

The pattern is a semi-fitted v-neck (front and back!) with multiple flounce and plain sleeve options.

The flounce sleeve options make me a little nervous, only because I'm not quite sure if I can pull it off. Nevertheless, one of these days I'll attempt it before I make up my mind completely. Here is the front and back view. It also has a slight curved hem (that I love to hate since hemming curves aren't my favorite). 

Fabric is a super soft french terry from So Sew English. (I am seriously obsessed with there fabric. I recently ordered like 8 or 9 yards...and I really don't need any more fabric...Just don't tell my hubby!)

I also made a new Watch Me Sew video on YouTube. Still figuring all that out, but you can at least watch me sew the majority of this gem (I accidentally skipped the hemming, sorry!). See below or click here!

If you sew up one of these, link it to me in the comments so I can take a peek! Happy sewing!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cleaning the Sewing Room

Oh my goodness, it is about time that I get my sewing room somewhat organized! It seriously looks like a tornado came in and threw all my fabric all over the place. A little ridiculous, I know, and it really is about time, especially now that it's 2018 (still can't believe it!).

So, I'm attempting a new initiative (this may be the incorrect word choice, but whatever). I love to sew and make things, yes. My husband has been all about those youtube channels (Dude Perfect and Demolition Ranch mainly) where you are just watching people do stuff, i.e. shooting stuff and trick shots. So why not watch me sew, right?! Haha...maybe.

My birthday was yesterday (yay!) and he got me a GoPro so I can start taking all sorts of fun videos! We are going to try this out and kind of just see what happens. I don't really have any idea what I'm doing, so bear with me. To get things started, you can watch me clean up my messy room (technically it's mainly the floor since there is still lots that needs to be done and organized) and then we can start on some killer projects! And I just got some fabric in the mail and we can open that box of goodies together! 🙌 And maybe I'll get brave and attempt some vlogging, though I have no idea what to talk about...ha! But I'll try to keep all of these organized under the "Watch Me Sew" tab up at the top.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hello World!

I'd like to welcome to the world our little man Maxwell.

Isn't he the cutest?! And so much hair! 😍  Can you believe it? We are parents! A whopping 8lbs 4oz and approximately 19 inches long. (They measured him at 21 1/4 inches but a few days later at his pediatrician appointment they measured 19?? So we aren't quite sure how long he really was at birth. Maybe he had a really bad cone head and it went back to normal in a few days...)

He is such a bundle of joy and the best baby we could have ever hoped for! <3


I started noticing what I was 75% sure were contractions around 9pm on Tuesday night. Max was my first, so I had absolutely no idea what anything was supposed to feel like, and my water didn't break at home, sooooo, yeah. I was texting my girlfriends during this time and they were pretty sure it was contractions. I tried to go to sleep but I just could not get comfortable! And I'm not used to going to sleep before 11, ha! Getting closer to 1am, Scott is starting to get ready for bed and I'm like...I think we need to go to the hospital... (I feel terrible mostly leaving him in the dark, but next baby I will be more prepared and know what's going on!) I call my Dr and he basically tells me to go to the hospital and the worst they can tell me is to go home. 

BTW, for me, contractions felt almost like menstrual cramps in the lower uterus area. More of an annoying pain than anything (at least at that point in time), especially since you can't really shove your fist in your stomach to make it feel a little better...

We get to the hospital around 3am. **If you are planning on delivering a baby and it's your first, I highly suggest you get some food on the way to the hospital! The only thing they will let you eat is ice chips and they are terrible after awhile! Just don't eat a full meal or anything too heavy, in the off chance you need a C-Section.** Luckily for us, I was 6cm dilated, which means we were staying! 🙌

It took FOREVER to get out of Triage. I think somewhere around 2 hours. It was terrible and boring. You do lots of waiting and baby monitoring there. Finally, around 5 ish we got to our delivery room. I was debating going natural but then decided against it. And glad I did because it was so much more enjoyable! I was getting super irritable before the epidural. Scott probably wouldn't enjoy dealing with a monster during such a special moment. 

I was not comfortable in the hospital bed AT ALL. I'm almost certain I was having some back labor or my lower back was just hurting because I couldn't sit/lay in a way for it not to. And I had to wait for the anesthesiologist, since the mom with 3+ babies was a higher priority than me...who would have thought? Good thing the best one was on the clock that morning! Totally couldn't feel any contractions with 10 minutes. Life was great! And I wasn't a monster anymore so Scott was now allowed to rub my back or my feet. I couldn't feel any contractions but I could still kind of feel my legs/feet, which probably made changing my dressings easier for the nurses. My water broke within the next 45 minutes. 

My nurse had me use the peanut ball and kept rotating me every 1-1.5 hours. It wasn't very exciting. She also kept asking me if I felt any pressure, which I never did. My Dr FINALLY got there around 9 and guess what, fully dilated! Boom! If he would have stayed, I probably could have delivered Max within the hour, but my doc had one last patient that morning and his office is literally 5 minutes from the hospital, so I didn't object. Besides, I couldn't feel anything anyway. 

Once the nurses got the call that my doctor was going to be there soon, they started prepping me for some pre pushing. Basically to get the baby in position so the doctor can deliver him. And guess what? Max was already crowning! That chunky monkey just slid right down my birth canal! Once my doctor got there, we got the show on the road! I pushed 4 times during each contraction and 4 contractions later...we had a baby! It was such a weird feeling having my belly huge and hard and then all of a sudden it was gone! I could see my belly button! And my belly was so squishy! Hahaha

He was perfect. <3 And still is perfect. We love him so much! And I'm so grateful for my good friend Annie who was able to capture the moment! The stars aligned and everything worked out perfect for her to be there! God is good! And my amazing husband. I love him so much! I couldn't have asked for a better man to be by my side. Our little forever family is growing!! 


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