Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thread Faction Blog Tour // SS2016

Hi all!! Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for the brand new Thread Faction collection for girls called SS2016. It is a seriously cute collection of very functional wardrobe pieces for active little girls.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Sewing Space // Featured on Tilly and the Buttons

Heidi's Sewing Space // Handmade Frenzy

YOU GUYS! Have you ever wondered what my sewing space looks like? Well today you can see a bunch of photos and read ALL about the details of my work space over at Tilly and the Buttons!!

I am crazy thrilled to be allowed to take up a little space over there today, so be sure to head over and check it out!

Heidi's Sewing Space // Handmade Frenzy

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hampshire Trousers // Sewing For Women

Hampshire Trousers: Pattern by Cali Faye Collection // Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Yep. That's right. 


And that is the first and last time you will see me do a jump pose. But I felt like the sewing level unlocked with this project deserved it. Unflattering as it may be!

Let's move on. Truth is, the fact that I sewed pants for myself makes me feel just a little bit sassy! Lol.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mint Stripe Lane Raglan // Sewing For Women

Hi friends! 

Popping in again to show you another Lane Raglan I made recently. This was another one of the coordinating pieces for Aiden's big birthday bash. Yep. Seriously. We all coordinated that day. Crazy mom over here. Lol.

I'm still trying to find the perfect sizing on this pattern for me. I keep using different fabrics each time so that makes it more difficult. Ha! This one is the updated version (which I LOVE, btw). I made it in a straight medium, but because of the drapey-ness of the rayon spandex that I used, I ended up taking it in under the arms and through the bust again. I also didn't shorten this one any, just cut it straight across at the band line and then hemmed rather than adding the band. It's really quite perfect I think.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Selfish Sewing Week // Denim Selene Skirt

Colette Selene Skirt // Selfish Sewing Week

Hi all!
Today I'm over at the Imagine Gnats blog sharing my stretch denim version of the just released skirt pattern from Colette Patterns.

It's the first of my makes for Selfish Sewing week. If you want to follow along in real time with what I'm up to this week, hop over to Instagram ;)

And don't forget to check out the whole post with all the details on how to modify this pattern to make it in a stretch fabric. (Spoiler alert: It's super easy!)

Colette Selene Skirt // Selfish Sewing Week

Happy Selfish Sewing Week!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Easter Eleena Dress // Sewing For Girls

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

This year's Easter dress was brought to Miss O by, the Eleena Dress and THIS gorgeous fabric that I was ever so fortunate enough to win in a giveaway from Brooklyn Pattern Company!

I couldn't believe my luck, especially since I just on a whim decided to enter because I saw Erin's dress and thought it was gorgeous. I wasn't completely sure what I would do if I won, but as soon as I opened the package I new it was destined to be an Easter dress for Olivia.

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

I paired it with a chambray from Joann Fabrics. It is from the Famous Maker line. It's a really nice weight and great to work with and I'm a huge fan of the color. I bought the chambray with intentions of making coordinating shorts for the boys, but this was all dreamed up the week of Easter. Oops. So instead it became the inside of the pleat and a bow that I made as an accent for the dress. It is pretty perfect, I think! The boys will be getting those shorts, yet. And they will all go to church coordinating someday, heh! :)

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing for girls

For the baby's first birthday party, I had the crazy notion that we ALL should have new handmade clothes to wear! Well except for my husband... I need to change the none at all lack of sewing for him.

I managed to complete 6 items of clothing for the party, with a 7th needing only a hem and a buttonhole. 

Today Miss Olivia is showing off her new clothes, of which she was quite proud!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

I actually bought the fabric for both of these pieces over a year ago, thinking they would be perfect together and even with these patterns in mind! How often does that happen?? They are both from Hobby Lobby.

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

The shorts are my go-to pattern for her, the Clover Shorts (affiliate link) by Mouse House Creations, from the original Willow & Co collection. I even got to test them way back when. They are so good and my affection for them has certainly not changed!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A ONE And WILD Birthday Party and Some FUN News!!

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

My baby is ONE!!! 

I'm really not sure how to feel about my third and probably last baby turning a year old. I'm happy and sad. But mostly happy. I'm not terribly sad to see the sleepless nights fewer and farther between, and I'm LOVING watching his little personality blossom and those first words, and we still have the first steps to look forward to. This is a fantastic place to be. Both baby and toddler. My favorite.

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

For his birthday party, I went with a loosely "wild" theme. Throw a few teepees, arrows, a woodland animal together and we have ourselves a party!
(The adorable little fox hanging out in the background is made my lovely friend April. She made him as a baby gift when Aiden was born, he's still a favorite and much loved friend, April!)

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

If you would like to see where most of the inspiration came from, you can check out my Pinterest board.

Next came the cake smash! This was actually his second cake, he got to smash one on his actual birthday and I set up a little photo shoot (with my new lens!!) with that one.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Aztec Montlake Tee // Sewing For Women

Aztec Montlake Tee // Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

I am FINALLY getting around to posting this Aztec Montlake tee I made way back in the beginning of February. Actually I started it in January. Yikes!

But it seems to be a rule of thumb that the things that get worn or used the most are the ones I never (or almost never) get around to blogging!

I must change that.

Aztec Montlake Tee // Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Friday, March 4, 2016

French Terry Nessie Top // Sewing for Girls

French Terry Nessie Top: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

I made this fun little Nessie Top Sweatshirt for my little valentine back in February.  

This shirt came about because when you let fabrics linger in your stash, they eventually become friends and start hanging out together. At least that's how my fabrics like to socialize. Oh, yours too? ;)

French Terry Nessie Top: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Slings // A New Pattern Release

Book Slings // PDF Pattern Review by: Handmade Frenzy

I met Terri of Blue House Joys a little while ago on IG, as most IG friends go, I don't remember exactly how it happened, haha. Terri makes amazing items that she sells in her shop to create the coziest reading nooks you can imagine!

Book Slings // PDF Pattern Review by: Handmade Frenzy

Just this week, she released a pdf pattern for her book slings, so that if you're sewing savvy you can make your own, all the mathematical work already done for you!

Book Slings // PDF Pattern Review by: Handmade Frenzy

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wedgewood Skirt // Pattern Testing

Wedgewood Skirt // Pattern Testing by Handmade Frenzy

This week I pattern tested again for Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs. And this, just like the Montlake, is another good one ya'll! This is the Wedgewood Skirt.

Wedgewood Skirt // Pattern Testing by Handmade Frenzy

I have been loving the pleated high waisted skirts I've been seeing on Pinterest and was so excited to see that a pattern was coming out that exactly fit my needs (ok, wants...)!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress & Tunic Pattern

The Magrath Dress & Tunic is here!! Can you tell we are excited!?

It's no secret that Abby's patterns are some of my very favorites. I've had the pleasure of testing several of them and it's always a wonderful experience working with her. So I was completely thrilled to be able to test her newest pattern as well!

The Magrath Dress & Tunic comes in two lengths, dress and tunic (OBviously ;)), lined bodice, 3 sleeve lengths and 3 views. Sweetheart yoke and curved back piecing, or choose whether to keep the back or front solid. The back features an exposed zipper, which you can match to your fabric or contrast for a pop of color!

There are so many options for mixing and matching your favorite fabrics with this pattern. I really want to copy all of Abby's versions! You can see a few of them here in the pattern listing and even more on her blog.

Ok, so let's dive into the details of the dress I made for my little lady!

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress & Tunic Pattern

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress & Tunic Pattern