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Monday, September 30, 2013

.:Girl Loves Glam Giveaway:.

One thing I really love about the blogging community is how we all come together and try to support and lift each other up. We like to celebrate success with each other, and I'm so excited that I get to do that today! My blogging pal, Mckenzie from Girl Loves Glam, is releasing her first book today! I'm pretty sure this is something I could really use in my life. To celebrate the release of her book, some of us bloggers came together to celebrate with a huge giveaway! Read on!

Girl Loves Glam's makeup book is finally here! It is called The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup!
The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup book
Doing your makeup doesn't have to be scary, time consuming, or a total chore anymore. This book is full of great tips and tutorials to help you with your basic makeup needs at any age. It is the perfect book to keep next to your makeup bag, or keep on your phone, iPad, or Kindle as a quick reference for those busy days that you need some inspiration.

The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup is available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

You can purchase the paperback version for $13.99 here. It will also be available on Amazon starting next week.
You can purchase the Kindle version for &7.99 here.

Just to help add to the excitement, a big group of bloggers got together to celebrate this book launch with a GIVEAWAY!
The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup Giveaway

There will be FIVE winners of this giveaway!

Grand Prize (one winner)- $200 Sephora gift card, $25 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat, 14 piece makeup brush set, and paperback copy of The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup!

Second Prize (three winners)- 14 piece makeup brush set and a paperback copy of The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup!

Third Prize (one winner)- Paperback copy of The Busy Girl's Guide to Makeup

Aren't those some pretty fabulous prizes?! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to emails once the giveaway is done. Good luck!

.:Sew Fab Pattern Sale:.

** This post contains affiliate links.  When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links I earn a percentage of the sale.  Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale!

Last week I told you all to get ready for the Sew Fab Pattern Sale that is happening this week. Well, it's here! And I couldn't be more excited to share it with you! 

The bundle this year is INCREDIBLE. There are so many amazing patterns that you will get TONS of use out of! This is worth every single penny you spend. Not to mention that it is an incredible deal for the amount of patterns you will receive.


Welcome to the Fall and Winter 2013

Sew Fab e-pattern Sale Event!

Last February was the first ever Sew Fab e-pattern Sale and it was so successful and was so well received that Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute, the creator and administrator of the sale, decided to have more!  This sale is bigger and better than the first, with plenty of patterns to get you through the fall and winter (if you live on this side of the hemisphere), and a few warm weather patterns thrown in for those of you who live on the other side of the world.  You'll also find more gender neutral patterns for those of you who are sewing for boys.  And what about you?  Of course there are a few women's patterns thrown in for some selfish sewing too! Over the past several weeks a lot of behind the scenes planning has taken place to bring you this newest bundle of ePatterns from many of the top established and up and coming online sewing pattern designers.  The result is a bundle of 26 PDF sewing patterns that you're going to love! 

  For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers have come together to bring you 26 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at well over $2oo.oofor the incredible price of $29.95!!!  That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!  Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway with several prize packages from some of your favorite online fabric shops!
For less than $30.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again.
The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft.  Each designer has contributed one of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please!  Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is!  After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will.  Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern!  At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size.  PDF patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!


Now for the good stuff... the PATTERNS!

26 amazing ePatterns from 26 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle.  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the images for more  information about each pattern.):

Reversible Zippy Hoodie from Kitschy Coo, Ananda Pants from CHOPSTIX, The Sally Dress from Very Shannon, Best Harem Pants from Too Sweets , Notebook Slipcover from Gingercake, Junebug Dress from Craftiness Is Not Optional, Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, Skinny Jeans from peek-a-boo, Pajama Eaters from Sew Fearless, Ruffle Dress from Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Go To Cape for Women, Sadie Grace Nightgown from Seamingly Smitten, Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns, Zermatt Bow Swing Coat from See Kate Sew, Tumble Tee from imaginegnats, Nituna Jacket from Figgy's, Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June, Gathers and Giggles Quilt from Sew Much Ado, Billy Car Play Mat and Roll Up from Handmade Therapy, Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing, Candy Carousel Dress from Molly Blossom, Convertible Clutch from LBG Studio , Infinity Sweater from One Girl Circus, Undies Pattern from From the Red Kitchen, Owl Backpack from The Sewing Loft, Ethan Shirt from the Scientific Seamstress 

  This Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from September 30th at 8 a.m. EST through October 8th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds.
You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 26 PDF sewing patterns from 26 of the best designers out there!

And now for The Sew Fab Giveaways!

I'm so excited about these giveaways!  Can’t buy the pattern bundle?  It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter.  Each of these prizes will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with what you need for your upcoming projects.  There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to all of the giveaway packages.  Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.  
#1: $50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly who began her shop as a side business, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer.  You'll still find the same level of service at Fat Quarter Shop, along with an extensive selection of high quality fabrics at great prices.
#2: $50 Gift Card to Girl Charlee Fabrics

Girl Charlee Fabrics is your retail and wholesale source for unique knits fabrics at the best price.  Browse their wide selection of fabrics and specially select knit specific sewing patterns from independent designers.
#3: $50 Gift Card to Modern Yardage

Modern Yardage has a curated team of talented designers who design fabric exclusively for them. They print your fabric on-demand and offer their prints in small, medium, and large scale and as many as 10 different color options.  Designs  are printed in the standard 44" width on 58" wide, pre washed, 100% cotton quilting weight fabric, and they use the 12" margin to print features about their designers, free projects and patterns for you, and other fun goodies!
#4: $50 Gift Card to Michael Levine, Inc.

Located in the heart of the Los Angeles garment and fashion district, Michael Levine, Inc. is one of the Largest fabric retailers and wholesalers in the nation. With two retail outlets and a super stocked warehouse, Michael Levine, Inc. is the place to buy fabric. 
#5: $50 from Finch Sewing Studio

Finch Sewing Studio provides a curated selection of modern fabrics and cool tools. Our classes are offered in our physical shop in Loudoun County, VA. We offer fun, on-trend classes for beginner and experienced sewists alike. We teach the skills and provide the materials to make beautiful, handmade goods.
#6: $50 Gift certificate from Fabricworm

Fabricworm offers a selection of fresh, modern fabrics that you'll love, including organic fabrics and japanese import fabrics.  You'll find children's fabrics, fabric bundles, quilt kits, and free sewing patterns when you visit Fabricworm's shop.  Come by and search their great selection today!

Sign up for the Sew Fab Newsletter to get the latest Sew Fab News!  Winners will be announced in the newsletter as well as upcoming sales and other news pertaining to the Sew Fab Sale and the world of pdf patterns.

The Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale!

Sew Much Inspiration right at your finger tips…

only $29.95!

Get your bundle now!

  *Patterns included in the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle are intended for personal use only.  The selling of patterns without designer's permission is prohibited and punishable by law.  Please contact individual designers for licensing requirements if you desire to create and sell clothing from patterns that have been purchased through this sale. **For answers concerning sale terms and customer service questions, please see the FAQ page.  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

.:Block Party:.

It's Monday again and that means...

It's Time for a Block Party! Link up at one of these great blogs and be seen on all four! Making the World Cuter, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Rae Gun Ramblings and Keeping it Simple

This week's block party is brought to you by Tiffany at Making the World Cuter.
Hello everyone! I hope by now you are all getting ready, or super inspired to do some Halloween projects! I've been working on a bunch, and here are just a few of the past projects I've done to celebrate this most fun time of year!

  • Candy Corn Lollipop Tree
  • Bat Mobile
  • Cheesecloth Ghosts and Paper bag Scarecrows   

  • This week’s features are all about decorating for the spookiest of Holidays!

    23 Halloween Decorating Ideas

    23 Halloween Decorating Ideas

    And be sure to check out these Halloween fun posts from our hosts!

    Halloween Fun

    Halloween Fun

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    Saturday, September 28, 2013

    .:Showcase Saturday:.

    Happy Weekend!

    Here are some Showcase Saturday features to kick off your Saturday!

    Click over to the original link before you pin!

    Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins - - super cute and easy fall decor!

    Have a great weekend!

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    .:Sally Dress Pattern Tour:.

    I was super excited to be asked to be part of the Sally Dress Pattern Tour by Shannon from luvinthemommyhood and Very Shannon. I have maybe been coveting this pattern since I first started seeing pictures from the testers.

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    You can’t tell me you don’t love the Sally Dress, too. The first thing that I love about this dress are the pockets. Oh the pockets! They are so big, and I love how they are added directly into the hemline of the dress. It is a neat look, and I loved being able to use a contrasting fabric for them. You know that I love to pattern mix!

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    The skirt of the dress is just nice and loose. Very comfortable for my young girls. I really like how it flares out from the bodice.

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    Another favorite part of the Sally Dress for me is the neckline. I love the square neckline, and the shape where it comes to a point at the tops of the shoulders – it kills me!

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    The Sally Dress doesn’t have any buttons or zippers; just a nice, open neckline, so it’s easy to go on and off over heads. Which also means a little less help from Mom when getting ready!

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    Don’t you love the shape, too?

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    The Sally Dress comes with three different sleeve options. You can sew a sleeveless version or a shorter sleeved version if you like. I can’t say enough how I appreciate a pattern with versatility!

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    I had so much fun choosing fabrics for this dress. The fabrics are colorful and bright, and just goes perfectly with the dress. My girls are going to be wearing these to church on Sunday. I’m expecting the compliments to roll in!

    Sally Dress Pattern by Very Shannon - Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

    Be sure to check out all of the other amazing dresses sewn up by these fantastic bloggers!

    sally dress pattern tour on luvinthemommyhood.com

    How would you like to win a copy of the Sally Dress pattern?

    Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. This will be a quick turnaround giveaway, so don’t put off entering!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    .:Giveaway Winner - The Paisley Emporium:.

    We've got a winner for the Paisley Emporium giveaway!

    Thanks to everyone who entered!

    Domestic Bliss Squared Contributor Post! The Mortal Instruments Inspired biker chic style (for real people)

    Hi! We're Hilary and Jessica from Domestic Bliss Squared, and we're excited to be Sumo's new fashion contributors! With our first post being about biker chic, you probably think we're crazy right about now, right? You're probably thinking "Biker Chic you say? You're crazy! I'm a mom/adult/not a biker!"

    But wait, hear us out.

    Hilary and I (Jessica) recently went on a BFF date to see a teensy little movie recently, maybe you've heard of it?

    (Oh yeah, admit it, you love it too. And if you haven't read the Mortal Instruments books yet, you should! They're a fantastic guilty pleasure!)

    Even though The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones the movie was not exactly as good as we had hoped, we found ourselves totally inspired by the costumes! I mean, how cool do the actors look?

    And then I (Jessica) was rifling through the September issues of my fashion magazines, and found this:

    Apparently we weren't crazy thinking the actors from The Mortal Instruments looked awesome. Biker chic is totally a trend for fall 2013, and we're going to show you how you (yes you!) as a regular, real person can rock the biker chic look too. We'll show you how we both interpreted this hard-edged look into outfits you could really wear!


    You guys, this is my thing. This whole post makes me happy because secretly (in my dreams) I own a giant red Harley Davidson and I'm roaring off into the sunset wearing a sweet leather jacket and biker boots that cost $400.

    In real life? I'm driving my SUV to pick my sweet daughter up from Kindergarten. And there are a lot of other soccer moms in this area who would think I was really weird if I sauntered into her private Christian school wearing a leather miniskirt and biker boots. Dang. Also, I don't have $400 to spend on boots!

    So this is my compromise. I'm going to talk about how you can wear things that have a hard edge, but are still approachable and not look like you're in a costume. I did this by starting with a key accessory, then layering other pieces on top to get different outfits! Easy!

    I started with these awesome (and super practical for texting) DIY fingerless biker gloves that I made:

    I'm totally loving them! And they are the perfect accessory to add a little bit of toughness to a mom's wardrobe. And they let me buckle a carseat without taking off my gloves.

    The Base and layer #1:
    I started with a base of a tank top, the fingerless gloves and some skinnies tucked into black boots. To soften the toughness of the accessories I added a super fluffy white cashmere sweater (from a thrift store, for $7!). Even though the sweater is the only difference between the two outfits above, outfit #2 looks much less biker-chick and more biker chic. A little softness goes a long way!

    Layers #2 & #3:
    With the soft sweater as a base, you can then layer other tough accessories on top if you want a little more edge. In the first outfit above I threw on my vintage leather biker vest. And for the second outfit I put my biker jacket on top of that. Because, like I said, in my head I'm secretly getting ready to ride off into the sunset on my hog.

    Pure costumery:
    This last outfit is totally inspired by the movie, I admit. After I watched the movie I immediately thought of this top! With the stylized writing it's totally reminiscent of the Shadowhunter runes they tattoo on their bodies! This is probably a little more costume-y then I would normally wear, but for this post it was fun to try something a little different out and play a bit.


    I'm not going to lie.  As a curvy girl, my thought was, "all black, the most slimming color ever? Yes, please!"  I love love love fall clothes, but all my curvy ladies out there know that while layering and darker clothes can be more flattering, too many layers can make you look bulky and...bigger.  *sigh*

    Plus, I love the look of biker chic, but I work part-time as a social worker, so I have a business casual/formal dress code at work.  Biker gloves would seem out-of-place with blazers and khakis.  So as we watched the movie, my brain started whirling.  How can I rock the biker chic trend in a subtle, flattering way?

    Here are my three outfits and why I think they work.

    1. The work version.  You can see, this is very very subtle.  I wore a fitted outfit of all-black (sweater dress + leggings).  I wanted to wear boots, but thought they might be off-putting to my clients!  I chose a subtle pair of shoes and to keep it from being too goth, I added a bright scarf to soften the look.  I do love how slimming the black is.  My advice with layering is make sure you have a) thin layers (don't use chunky sweater leggings), b) opaque leggings (I think they are more flattering) and c) a sweater dress that is form-fitting without being super bulge-showing tight or figure-hiding baggy.

    2. The "I'm not thrilled" version.  Initially, I was going to pair my black boots and edgy look with a leather jacket.  I LOVE the jacket Lily Collins wears in the movie.  The collarless, form-fitting leather jacket is everywhere this season and I. want. one.  So I tried on Jessica's and....crickets chirping.  It makes me look stumpy because it cuts me off at a weird angle.  It is not as flattering on the chest, and I love how even looking at the picture, I clearly don't feel comfortable.  So, in a fit of inspiration, I pulled my normal coat out of my car and came up with the...

    3. The going out/I'm totally thrilled version.  It was amazing how much more comfortable I felt with my pop-of-color red coat ($5 at a thrift store!).  Now I had a great going-out outfit.  The thing I love about the all-black look is you can transition from work to going out with only a few minor changes.  I put on my amazing, brand-new black boots that I got from Savers.  Finding boots that fit my calves were a minor feat and I love that there is actually a little room about the calf (which is more flattering and truer to the motorcycle boot trend).  I threw on an edgier pair of earrings, a darker shade of lipstick and replaced my cutesy scarf with my bright red trench coat.  So with four quick changes (boots, earrings, lipsticks, coat), I feel like I'm a little closer to the biker trend.

    The lessons I learned were yes, you can tone it down, but still rock the boots/leather/black look and make it cute for work or curvy figures and more importantly, find a balance.  If you love a trend, go for it.  Wear it.  Even if its not always the most flattering (JESSICA: Lord knows I do!).  BUT, if you don't love what you are wearing, trend or not, it shows!  Sometimes working tiny elements (my boots or the all-black) is a way to feel hip, while still feeling comfortable and the more comfortable you feel, the more confident you'll look!

    What about you guys?  Anyone loving the biker chic look?  Anyone else totally loving the Mortal Instruments series?

    Come on back and check us out for more style tips and diy projects at Domestic Bliss Squared, and we'll see you again next month!

    ~Jessica and Hilary

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    .:Sew Fab Sale Coming Soon:.

    Coming next week...


      For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns (valued together at over $200.00) and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!
    Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you'll be all set to sew for school and the coming holiday season! You'll have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this fall's bundle, but I can tell you right now that you won't be disappointed!

    See you bright and early on Monday morning!

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    .:Handmade Costume Series - Jessie Costume:.

    ** This post contains an affiliate link.

    Today I am excited to be a part of the Handmade Costume Series going on over at The Train to Crazy. When Andrea invited me to participate again this year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Remi is obsessed with Jessie and Toy Story. Obsessed. So I knew that was what she had to be for Halloween.

    The shirt is bought, and I made the denim jeans underneath using Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop’s Skinny Jeans pattern.

    And the chaps are all me. Here’s what you need to make some:

    - cow print fabric (found mine at Hancock)
    - ribbon
    - elastic
    - fabric marker

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    For the chaps, I started off using a pair of Remi’s jeans, folded in half, to get my chaps pattern. I laid the jeans out on the fabric, which was already a double layer. That way, I’d only have to cut once to get both the right and left side of the chaps.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Use the fabric marker to outline the jeans, adding about an extra half inch to account for seams.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Cut out the chaps.

    Cut out eight pieces of ribbon – four per side – at about 10-15 inches long. These will help keep the chaps in place.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Hem up all sides, catching the ribbon where you want them placed.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Now cut a piece of fabric to serve as a waistband for the chaps. I cut it wide enough to fit the elastic once the fabric is doubled over, and enough to go around Remi’s waist. Fold it in half, right sides together.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Sew along the long side, and turn it right side out.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Cut a piece of elastic to your child’s waist measurement. Feed it into the waistband casing, pinning it at each end.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Sew the ends of the band together. Be sure to catch the elastic in each end!

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Take each chap, and fold it over the waistband. Sew in place. This will allow the chaps to move a bit if they ever need to be adjusted for different wearers.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    That’s it!

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Try them on your Toy Story obsessed little lady, and see her light up!

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    I love how these turned out, and they were so easy to make! The elastic waistband just slides easily over whatever pair of pants you have on underneath.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    The ties in back really help to keep them from flapping around. (Don’t you love that heart print denim? It’s from Jo-Ann’s. And I love this Skinny Jeans pattern!)

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Remi hates having her picture taken, so the fact that she was willing to do this – and even smile – really says something!

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    We may add a yellow bandana in somehow when Halloween rolls around, but for now, we are pretty happy with this get up.

    Jessie Chaps at www.sumossweetstuff.com #costume #halloween

    Be sure to check out the rest of the costumes for the Handmade Costume Series!