Plaid & Boots Tour!

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Well hello again there strangers! Sorry for being MIA but I’m back! And in full force! Today we are going to get back on track with the spotlight on Laela Jeyne Patterns and the amazing Plaid & Boots Blog Tour. I’ll share some fab sewing patterns and me-made greatness, and you can enter to for a chance to win one of three amazing prize packages.

Thanksgiving is my absolutely FAVE holiday of the year. It’s the holiday were I get be casual and stuff my face. Yes, I will admit it’s the food that makes this day very special to me. As first generation American, my family has taken in Thanksgiving with open arms and added a spicy little Mexican twist. Not only do we get turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and rolls, but we add red chile, beans, rice and tortillas. C’mon… just admit that it’s your favorite holiday too so we can form a foodie sewing circle. PLEASE?!

As an admin of Leyla Jeyne Patterns I jumped on the opportunity to get a spot on this tour. Marisa’s patterns are FAB! Take my word on it. Buy ’em, sew ’em, LOVE ’em. They are insanely easy and super flattering. I heart this designer. And with this I was able to choose patterns to sew up to make my Mexi casual Thanksgiving wardrobe comfy with plenty of room to grow in (none of that unbuttoning nonsense happening here).

First thing’s first! FABRIC! Holy moly did Marisa get some awesome sponsors for this tour. I was lucky to receive two choice cuts of delicious cotton lycra from Art Gallery Fabrics to sew my pretties with. ALSO, Josh aka My boo thang has just started a business (shoutout to Moon Man Printing!) and is sponsoring a lovely sewing themed panel.

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Yep… you’re reading that right. My fabric says EAT IT ALL. Ugh… dead. Art Galley how do you know me so well!? That little floral number you see under my foodie fabric is so soft and has such amazing stretch. Thanksgiving calls for stretch… A LOT OF STRETCH. I will admit, I’m hoarding the crap out of that panel. It’s my boos first printed panel and I can’t bear to sew it up just yet. Call me sentimental.

I chose to sew up two of my LJ faves for this tour, the Emily top and the Dani joggers. Words cannot explain how much I love these two patterns. They are a staple item in my closet and soon I hope they can have some cousins hanging somewhere in yours. I also decided to sew the new Sydney Slouchy Raglan. I followed the directions to the T and BOOM I had 3 fantabulous garments in no time. I decided to make an Emily out of the adorable floral that had enough stretchiness to forgive that third piece of pie I know I’ll be having. The pattern comes complete with a spectacular variety of options such as a cowl, hood, 4 elbow patches, 2 necklines, 3 sleeve lengths, and an accent triangle sides seam. Phew. I got tired just typing all those! I decided to go follow the KISS method ( Keep It Simple Smartie) and chose the long sleeved, scoop neck option sans fancy bells and whistles. Perfect top to start off my holiday. Just be the judge!

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The fit is what really does it for me. Not too tight, not too loose. Utter Perfection.

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Ala 1980’s with them Jellies!

If you’re anything like me Thanksgiving requires two looks. One for pictures and to appear decent in front of the visiting family and the other that is for after you have gorged yourself and need to get ready for Black Friday shopping (which is the theme for another day of this tour WOOO!). Laela Jeyne Patterns to the rescue! In the amazing words of a gal in my LJ sewing group (hey Kim!) there’s way too much trunk on this Porsche! The Dani Joggers are bliss and fit my fluffy body like Marisa designed them for me and me only. Have I said how much I love her? These versatile bottoms come in short, capri, or ankle lengths and have pocket options as well as a maternity option. I pair Dani with her new BFF Sydney and out popped an after Thanksgiving feast outfit to die for (well I squealed when I finished). The Sydney Raglan, no surprise here, also comes jam packed with a plethora of options: V-neck or off the shoulder, 2 sleeve lengths and types, swing bodice, and hood. All of these patterns could really be used to make so many looks. It’s really quite  bananas! I will be living in this outfit. Make sure to stop me and say Hi if you see me walking around it as it will soon be considered my daily uniform by many haha.

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EAT IT ALL! My shirt told me so!

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Double knit is a great option for these Dani Joggers!

I had so much fun with this tour and can’t wait to sport my new me-made garb on Thanksgiving. If you like what you see and are thinking… I NEED those patterns. Go to  https://www.laelajeynepatterns.com/?ref=544 and use coupon code P&BTOUR20 to get 20% off your order!

Make sure to check out the rest of the tour as Marisa has chosen the creme de la creme to participate!

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

Thank you for reading and for making it all the way to end. You are the real MVP! And to really thank you for your support and participation we have a Rafflecopter giveaway going on so one of you lucky readers have the chance to win one of these three prize packages which includes a Myrna’s Hubby printed MOON MAN PRINTING adult sized panel. It’s almost big enough to make a maxi.

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Until next time… Stay sassy ladies! Oh and FOLLOW FOLLOW FOLLOW!

XOXO Myrna

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Dear Cold Weather, I Miss You.

I’ve been living in Houston going on two years. They have been two LOOONG years and it’s almost summer. Dreadful, dreadful, summer. If you haven’t been here, let me paint a picture for you. Imagine that someone is holding an iron about a foot from your face. On high heat. With the steam setting on. Yes, I do not kid. It gets that hot and humid here. And I mean it’s not like I come from Antarctica, but New Mexico (aka Home) has gorgeous weather. The dry, four seasons, you won’t melt type of weather. Needless to say…. I’m homesick.

Houston weather has got me going to the fridge, opening the door, and not even taking anything out on the daily. That very activity is #1 on my top 3 favorite things to do here. I can say, however, that Houston also has the very best air conditioning I have come across. Every building is a sanctuary from the heat, but will leave you with mini sweat icicles hanging from your eyebrows. It’s cold.

 

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I see this and I want s’mores.

 

So in that lies the inspiration for this weeks pin. Check out this cozy number.

I figure if I can’t be in a mountain paradise roasting ‘mallows in this sweater I may as well make it for a day where I am sitting at my computer comfortably freezing indoors. As a plus, it’ll be there for next winter. Winner, winner!

And yes, I see that I can buy this for $13.31. Most ladies are like.. Holy Crap that’s cheap! But when you make your own clothes you control how much you spend (well most of the time) and I will most likely make this for WAYYYY less and have fun in the process. Plus, it takes over a month to get. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

 

 

Now let’s talk patterns. For this pinspired look I decided to go with an awesome pattern by Rabbit Rabbit Creations. Their Cowl Neck Sweater pdf pattern was perfect and exactly what I needed.

 

 

I will spare you photos of the printing, taping, and cutting of the pattern. It’s the worst. So horrible in fact, that I even offered a couple of my friends a part time job being my pattern tapers. They kindly declined. Sad face.

On with my favorite part of the whole making a me-made garment… Fabric Selection. Fabric is a word that embodies everything happy. I could be in the worst mood and a way to turn my frown upside down is to mention Fabric Shopping. My husband knows this and it’s the reason why I’m always happy and have one fat fabric stash!

For this top I chose a soft lightweight navy sweater knit. It’s still Houston that I am living in, so I had choose wisely. I almost cried when I passed the thick sweatshirt fleeces. I did pet them though. Yes.. you read that right. I pet fabric. It’s a common practice of “fabriholics” and I’m sure many of you ladies reading know exactly what I’m talking about! Haha! Though I can’t be too sad about this gorgeous knit because it’s soft, a gorgeous color, and best of all… it was only 49 CENTS a yard!!!! God bless Hancock’s spot the dot clearance section. I took the entire bolt home, washed it, and rolled in it 🙂

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A mad case of snuggles occur when fresh fabric comes out of the dryer!  

 

After the fabric snuggles were over I was ready to make something beautiful. So I sat at my cutting table and looked outside at the sky and was happy to see they were gray. I am a weirdo. I happen to LOVE gray, gloomy weather. This sweater was just yearning to be made and I couldn’t have picked a better pin to make this week. I settled in and my sewing goddess self started cutting, clipping, sewing, and serging. It’s quite the stress relief to allow my mind to jump into creativity mode. Before I knew it, the bodice was done! Just check out Gertie being a gal pal and trying it on for me!

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The process always blows my mind. I made something out of a bundle of yummy fabric!

 

Final step was adding the cowl. This is the make it or break it part of the top as it’s the focal point and the reason why I love this sweater. I cut my trapezoids and added the pattern piece to bodice. It was the moment of truth… Gertie needed to try it on! If she can’t make it look good then there’s no hope for me!

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OMG Gertie!

 

I couldn’t wait to wear this and lucky the weather has kept and picture day was just as rainy and gray as the day before. This is the equivalent of a snow day here in Houston and I will take what I can get! Not only did this sweater come out uber adorable, but it fitted to my body, in a color that I loved, and only cost me $1 and an hour to put together. Talk about a good deal! Geez this post is getting long… I will stop my little fingers from typing any more nonsense and let this gorgeous sweater speak for itself.

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Fit is amazing… the cowl is amazing… the sweater is AMAZING!

This helps me miss home only a small fraction less, but it does make me excited to think about wearing this in the future at our family cabin, telling stories and making jokes as the fireplace crackles in the background.

Thanks for reading! Until next time!

XOXO – Myrna

 

 

** Remember if you have a pin to suggest, or want to have some input on what I do next contact me with your suggestions! Or if you have a pinspired look to share send that over too!**

Testing, Testing… Is this thing on?

Here goes nothing… my first blog post. Pattern tests. Now I know this doesn’t really go with my whole “Pinspired” theme, but I really want to show you all a bit of my sewing style. And in reality… Pinterest is what drove me to really start sewing and pursing these testing calls in the first place.

So let’s dive in!

I love tests!… Said no ever. Unless of course you are a pattern tester. I just started to dabble in the world of pattern testing over the past few months and getting chosen by a pattern designer makes me feel like I’ve been personally invited to join the cool club. It’s completely exhilarating! It’s also pretty time consuming. But hey if you love to sew what else are you doing with your time, amirite?!

Now I won’t bore you with details of every single pattern I’ve tested.. there are too many and  ain’t nobody got time for that! I will however, tell you a bit about the process, who I have tested for, and let you jump on for a short ride on the Myrna’s Thought Train. Choo Choo!

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George & Ginger Patterns, Patterns for Pirates, Laela Jayne Patterns, Seamingly Smitten, Made for Mermaids, and 5 out of 4 Patterns.  

If you’re thinking about becoming a tester, the number one thing I can suggest is to take advantage of social media. PDF patterns are all the rage and that means pattern designers are utilizing all areas of technology, which include recruiting testers via Facebook. I see a plethora of testing calls ranging from children’s, women’s, and items like stuffed animals on my daily feed. So basically, you see the post, you comment, you wait ( or stalk as I do) for the chosen testers to be announced. If you have mad skills, or are just happen to be the only one in the needed size range, you are most likely getting picked (commence happy dance).

Then the real work begins. Don’t go chasing after tests if you don’t have the time. It will end badly. You won’t be chosen again, and you will be sad. Fair warning. Though it is joyful work, it is still work. You print the pattern, you tape the pattern, you cut the pattern, you choose the fabric, you cut the fabric, and you sew. Then you evaluate. This is the toughest part as I always want to say I LOOOVE IT! PERFECT FIT! But this isn’t always the case. You give your feedback, changes are made, then you do it all over again. Just take a look at this before and after… and please don’t tell my mom I posted a picture of myself looking like a total bum on the internet.

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Not so great fit to the left and I hated it, but with pattern changes (1.5 in off the hem, 5/8in taken in the from the sleeve and hemmed, and 1 in taken from the sides) the top was completely transformed for me. 

To close of the testing round, final pictures must be taken. There lies the horror for all husbands of pattern testers. I literally have to bribe Josh to take pictures of me. Though I recently found a way to bring out his inner  Steven Meisel. Competition Baby! How can my husband resist the fact that he is literally in a contest against other men to take the best photos? He brought out the fancy camera and even scouted some locations. Just look at the difference!

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Blurry, faded picture on the left! Improved photog skills on the right. Thanks boo! 

What I love most is not only the FREE pattern I get after everything’s said and done, but rather the camaraderie that ensues shortly after testing begins through forever. I mean you’re in this cool group of ladies that love to do the exact same thing you do. We could talk for days about fabric, thread, and sewing machines. Also, my new friends do great as a confidence booster. Those ladies sure know how to give a compliment let me tell ya!  BFFF’s… Best Fabric Friends For Life!

To end this post, let’s stroll down memory lane and flash back to my very first pattern test. Believe it or not it was for a children’s kimono. I don’t have kids. Want them, but that’s a whole different story for another day. Anywho. I applied to test Striped Swallow Design’s Wildflower Kimono.

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Don’t forget to accessorize!

This was completely adorable as it was a size 12-18 Months! I literally melted after making it. This was the first glimpse of what it’s like to be a part of pattern design for me. There were fit pictures, tutorials updates, instruction changes, feedback, pattern updates. It was a collaboration of sewists and the designer to get the pattern just perfect. I like when I feel like my sewing voice is being heard… and pattern testing is just the platform for that.

This first pattern was the only children’s pattern I’ve tested. It was really hard for me to get fit pictures, but fortunately I planned pictures with my youngest baby cousin on our trip back home to NM. Honestly… Thank goodness she’s ADORABLE because my photog skills on this one were NO BUENO :/

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Don’t you just want to squeeze her!

 

I do really feel like I could never do what these pattern makers do… Kudos to all you designers out there! Virtual high five!

Thank you for reading my first blog post and I hope you enjoyed it! Follow, follow, follow for updates on new posts, upcoming pinterest boards (where you get to vote for my next pinspired look), and freebies/giveaways.

Until next time!

XoXo Myrna