Toaster Sweater #2 // Imagine Gnats Contributor Post

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hi everyone!!

I'm over at Imagine Gnats today, talking all about my Toaster Sweater #2 that I sewed up in this amazing soft and cozy ponte de roma knit from her shop. 

Head on over and read the post here. Just a hint, it sewed up like an absolute dream! I'm so happy about my cozy new sweater, definitely planning to sew up a few more of these for this winter. My wardrobe is strangely lacking in the cozy sweater department!

Panama Tee & Dress // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Hey everyone!! Today I'm celebrating the release of the amazing Alina of Alina Sewing + Design Co's second pattern! It is the Panama Tee & Dress Pattern, which includes 2 dress length options, a tee and 3 sleeve lengths.

And by celebrating I mean, jumping for joy that this pattern is in existence. Both the Chi-Town Chinos and now this dress pattern, are exactly what I wear all day, every day. Having patterns that match what I already wear anyway, is basically just the best thing ever. Not just having the patterns, but having well drafted, high quality and simple to use patterns is everything.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I was thrilled to be able to test this pattern and made 2 dresses during the process.

TIP Top Dress // Petit A Petit Block Party // Sewing For Girls

Monday, November 14, 2016

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

Happy Monday, all! I'm excited to be a part of the Petit A Petit Block Party today! All through the month of November, 31 fabulous bloggers from all over the world are showing off the patterns available in the Petit A Petit Pattern Shop. There is also a giveaway and coupon code good for the whole month. Scroll through to the end for the info!

I chose to sew up the TIP Top Dress & Tunic pattern for my stop around the block. It's one of those patterns that I have admired since the moment it was released. I'm so happy I finally got the chance/reason to sew it up! 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

My daughter's chest measurements fell between the 3/4 & 5/6 sizes. Since the pattern is meant to be quite loose fitting I decided to go with the 3/4 size in width and lengthened to 5/6. It's perfection!! 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

GIVEAWAY *closed* // 4 Yards Brushed Poly Solids

Monday, October 31, 2016

How about starting off the week right with a GIVEAWAY!?!!

I'm so excited for you all! Josie at Finch Fabrics has generously offered 4 yards of Brushed Poly Solids, in your choice of colors, to one lucky reader!

Entering could not be easier! Just leave a comment on this post, telling me which color is your favorite!

The giveaway is open to US and international readers as well. How awesome is that!? You have until Tuesday, 11:59pm EST to enter.

To see what I made with this awesome fabric, check out this post.

Can't wait to hear what you all would make!

EDIT: The winner is REBECCA, who said: I'm normally a blues and green type person, but there's something about that shade of red that I really love. Congrats!

Canyon Cardigan & Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

Happy Tuesday friends!

I can't believe it's almost November. It just hit me today. I'm so not ready for the holidays! But at least I'm working on getting my wardrobe stylishly ready for it. Haha ;)

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

So if you've been around the knit fabric world lately, you probably have heard things here and there about brushed poly. It's the latest thing, and I had to find out why, for myself! 

Union St. Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Friday, October 14, 2016

I am subconsciously on a Union St. kick! The last 2 posts on the blog will prove that :) 

I made these Chi-Town Chinos (which you can read all about HERE!) and decided they definitely needed a new shirt to pair with them. It is finally feeling like fall around here and I get to wear my fave combo of shorts and sweatshirts again! 

I basically wanted an oversized super cozy long sleeved tee. So I grabbed these 2 fabrics from my stash and went to work. 

Fall Floral Union St. Tee // Sewing For Women

Friday, September 23, 2016

Roscoe Blouse & Union St. Tee // Sewing For Women

You can catch Part 1 of this post here!

Union St. Tee // Sewing For Women

Next in Part 2 of today's post, is the tried and true Union St. Tee. I've made quite a few of these, and come to think of it, they've all been v-necks. I do love me a good v-neck, and folks, Adrianna's instructions will make anybody a successful v-neck seamstress! I sewed this shirt first and really didn't have all that many issues with it. I was a bit nervous about sewing a perfectly lined up V in this rayon spandex, and I did end up using my seam ripper a few times, but I coaxed it into submission in the end and am super happy with the result!

Union St Tee // Sewing For Women

Fall Perfect Roscoe Blouse // Sewing For Women

Roscoe Blouse & Union St Tee // Sewing For Women

Happy Fall!! Now that's it's officially fall, I can break out those boots. Weather, you just need to cooperate so I don't melt in them, m'kay?

I am so pleased with my 2 new fall tops that I busted out this week. Actually busted out isn't exactly true. I must have felt like making things difficult on myself and make as many blunders as possible. As you can see, all's well that ends well. But whew. It wasn't my week! Let's hope next week is better!
I'm going to split this post up into 2 parts today, part 1 being the Roscoe Blouse pattern.

I have been wanting to try this pattern for way too long, and finally go around to it! But, that's where all my troubles began. And let me clarify. It had NOTHING AT ALL to do with the pattern. I was just very off this week! We all have those weeks or days I'm sure, and it was my turn this time. :)

Roscoe Blouse // Sewing For Women

I am sooooo pleased with how this turned out though! I made a couple of minor changes. First, I left off the ties at the neckline. I've found that in tops like these, they just tend to annoy me, so because of the joys of sewing, I can customize my tops exactly how I want! I also raised the neckline split by an inch, and next time, will raise it yet another inch, just preference. I also shortened the sleeves out of necessity, because I didn't have enough fabric. Another small change was to hem it by folding up 1/2" twice, rather than 1/4" as called for in the pattern. The whole shirt is plenty long on me and next time, I'll take it up a couple of inches before cutting. I also sized down 2 sizes from where my measurements put me, the top is intended to be very loose fitting, but since I'm on the shorter side, very over sized tops can overwhelm me and make me look frumpy. Next time I'll probably even size down one more.

That back neckline though... Heart.

Roscoe Blouse // Sewing For Women

Cozy Knits for Fall // Sewing For Kids

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hi friends!

Is any one else as excited for FALL as I am!? It's easily my favorite season. Always has been. And sewing for fall is so much fun too!

*NOTE: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for a fabric and pattern summary!

I recently got a few yards of fabric from Finch Fabrics. When I was choosing them, I had fall sewing in mind. Then Josie from Finch suggested I try this scrumptious, dreamy Black Modal French Terry to pair with the Jackson Scribbles Knit. When it came and I got my hands on it, I decided to make outfits for BOTH of my youngest and to plan them around the french terry! It is sooooo soft and lovely, the modal in it makes it feel super luxe. It's not too heavy either, which I love for our warmer fall. It has a really lovely drape as well.

Emerson Shorts & Southport Tank // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hey all!

When Kelly released the Emerson Crop Pant / Short pattern, I literally didn't even hesitate a second. I knew I had to have it. I'm not sure if I've ever had a pair of pleated shorts before, but somehow I knew that the shape was exactly what my hips needed. The flat front, pockets, and easy to sew and wear back elastic, all made it so great.

I've been pushing my luck with not making muslins lately... (don't worry, I haven't given up the practice!) But I felt confident with these, just by looking at the front and back curve, they looked right for my shape. And I was right. They were perfect! The only change I made was to add 1" in length to the hem length and sewed up a straight size 6. My hips measure 37.25 at the time of making these. I am 5'3", the pattern says it's drafted for a 5"5' person, but I didn't make any adjustments and the waistband hits at a very comfortable spot for me. I'm also very short waisted, so I tend to like my bottoms to hit a little higher to help avoid the oh, so awful, muffin top!

I sewed the shorts in a black linen/rayon blend from Joann's. It has a little bit of weight to it that makes it so nice for shorts and it's very soft! I want every pair of shorts to be this comfortable! If you haven't figured it out yet, they're good. Like really good. I can't wait to make a few more pairs. And also try out the crop length.

Summer Swimwear Tour 2016 // Classic Maillot

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Have you been following along with the Summer Swimwear Tour this past week? Well, today is the last day and I'm sharing another version of the ever so adorable Classic Maillot, view E mashed with G, and H.

Since today is the last day of the tour, you'll want to make sure to check out the discount codes at the bottom of the post and take advantage of them!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Shorts On The Line 2016 // Clemence Shorts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hey all! Today I'm over at Imagine Gnats blog with my thoughts on the Clemence Shorts pattern. Head on over and have a look! :)

The shirt I'm wearing is my latest version of the Lark Tee. I love this pattern so much, my count is currently up to 5! Check out my Instagram for more pics of all of them!

Lark Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Things are running a little slow on the blog front these days. Which only means that they are running full tilt behind the scenes. That's always how it works it seems!

Anyway, I wanted to pop in and let you know about a post that I did for Rachael at Imagine Gnats a couple weeks back. I turned the fabulous Lark Tee pattern into a dress!!

It's absolutely like wearing secret pajamas, and is fun for changing up the regular tee & shorts in the summer!

Head on over to the post to read all the details about the changes I made to achieve this!

Happy Sewing!!

My Sewing Space // Featured on Tilly and the Buttons

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

Hampshire Trousers // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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.

Mint Stripe Lane Raglan // Sewing For Women

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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.

Selfish Sewing Week // Denim Selene Skirt

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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!!

Easter Eleena Dress // Sewing For Girls

Monday, April 4, 2016

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
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