Sailing Away

The Ellie and Mac Sailor Dress and Peplum Top Pattern has released!! It features sleeveless and short sleeve bodice option. It also features peplum top and dress versions. Two video tutorials are included in this pattern to make the construction process easier.
Sizes 12 months up to big girl 12.…

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A Little Panel Magic

I had the awesome opportunity to sew up this panel from Key West Kids! This was my first time using a panel and I’m super impressed with the quality and of course my daughter loves the sweet princess character. We chose one of our favorite ruffly patterns to show it off – the Bianca Party dress from Ellie and Mac (affiliate link)

Panel from Key West Kids here:

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Wild Things

Introducing the Wild Things Coat from Big Little Patterns!



I was thrilled to be chosen to test this coat pattern and it was all that I hoped it would be.


We made the unicorn version of the coat, but there are 14 animals to choose from including fox, horse, zebra, dog, bear, lion, giraffe, ladybug, dinosaur, and more!

The blue outer fabric that we used is a wool blend and the floral lining is a simple cotton woven, both from Joann Fabric and Craft store.



I knew I wanted something different for the pocket fabric and came upon this beige home-decorating fabric in the remnant bin at Joanns.  It’s very thick and not something I would normally use to make clothing, but it worked out well for the pockets!


IMG_2664editAt first glance you might think the horn is difficult to make, but it’s really quite simple.  I used a glittery denim-like fabric for the horn and variegated metallic thread for the lines.  Although I think the sparkle is lost in the picture, it’s actually quite shiny and impressive in person, if I do say so myself!


For the mane, I used a bulky yarn that I’ve had for awhile now, and also mixed in a little bit of a lighter weight pink yarn.

In my thirty-some years of sewing, this is the first time I have made a yarn mane.  The directions were very clear and I had no problem following along.  It came out great, but I don’t think I used quite enough yarn because my mane was a little limp and thin.  So I started experimenting with ways to make it fluffier and came up with this:

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I simply tied each piece of yarn upon itself to make a bow.  It took a little while but the results were well worth it!


The pattern calls for two buttons on the closing, and I found the perfect button for our coat, but of course I only had one.  So I used some large sew-in snaps all the way down the placket to keep it closed, and our one button became a decorative accent instead.


As you can see, my daughter absolutely adores this coat (and so do I)!


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I can’t say enough good things about the pattern itself.  It’s well written and easy to follow.  The fit is fantastic and the sewing techniques are very professional.  It was just a JOY to sew this coat and to be involved with the testing process.

Anxious to start your own version? Visit the Big Little Pattern shop and purchase your pattern during the launch sale with a 30% discount for only $8.40 (regular price $12) until Sunday.

Saturday: Adventures with Bubba and Bug and Blessed x FiveYou can find the daily blog tour overview link here, there you will also find several non-blog tour tester pics.








and so it begins…..

Welcome to Kate and Crew!   I’m excited to finally have a place to share some of the things I love.  My main goal for this space is to share my enjoyment of sewing and pattern testing.  I hope you will find it inspirational.  

A little bit about myself:  I am a wife, and mom to four children ages 19, 16, 11 and 4.  I stay at home 42 weeks of the year, and work full time as a tax preparer for the remainder.   We do a lot of sewing around here.  Shopping, organizing and anything craft related are also things we enjoy.  You might find that this blog consists mostly of pictures, as writing is not one of my strong points.  And photography, well, it’s not one of my strong points either but I’m working on it.  Slowly.   Maybe we will learn together!


Thanks for joining me and I look forward to many more posts to come!