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Winner! Oh Deer Jelly Roll from Southern Fabric

The winner of Oh Deer Jelly Roll from Southern Fabric is:


I love Southern Fabrics. I especially love two of their new fabric collections...Vintage Modern in Aqua and Crab Apple Red and Lucy's Crab Shack. Their collection of quilt patterns is outstanding also.

Congratulations! Southern Fabric will be in touch soon!

Thank you to all who entered!

DEBBIE! You didn't leave an email address! Please email me at asewingjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize!!!

Giveaway: Oh Deer Jelly Roll from Southern Fabric

Southern Fabric is generously offering a Jelly Roll of the Oh Deer to one lucky commenter on this blog post. Designed by MoMo for Moda Fabrics, this assortment includes 40 - 2.5" x 44.00" fabric strips from the Oh Deer collection.

From Moda: 

Momo is back and Oh Deer! She has created another wonderland of whimsy and modern Japanese style. Nestled among a psychedelic rainbow of forestry are playful deer and fluttering freebirds. Pom poms of candy colored flowers pop alongside bold, graphic dots and streams of stripes while silhouettes of tiny deer are Super Kawaii! (That’s Japanese for Super CUTE!!!)  

To enter, simply hop over to Southern Fabric and browse for a bit. Come back here and let us know in the comments about something you really like about the shop.

Comments close Sunday, July 29. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday. Good luck!

Pattern Review: Sandpiper Top by Clever Charlotte

The Sandpiper Top is a cute pinafore-style shirt by Clever Charlotte. This reversible top is perfect for pretty quilting cotton fabrics. I used fabric from the Coquette collection by Art Gallery Fabrics on one side and Honeycomb Dots by Kei on the reverse.

It goes together very quickly, there are only two pattern pieces! The most difficult part (for me) was the buttonhole and buttons. But it was high time I learned how to do them. I followed the directions in my sewing machine manual word-for-word and everything turned out just fine. I would definitely recommend this pattern to any beginners ready to tackle buttonholes.

I made a size 4T for my 7-year-old. I was torn about whether to go the next size up because she was barely in the 4T size, but after reading the review for the Sandpiper Top on no big dill (she says the sizes are generous), I decided to stick with the 4T. I'm glad I did, because it fits perfectly snug without any gaping below the armpits.

The pattern also includes the Sandpiper Capris, which I hope to tackle in a few weeks. Stay tuned!


(Full disclosure: Clever Charlotte provided me with a copy of the pattern for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)

Pattern Review: The Daydreamer Dress by Tie Dye Diva

The Daydreamer Dress is a PDF pattern by Tie Dye Diva. It makes the perfect summer (or spring!) dress. With the many different pieces, there are ample opportunities to customize the look and make it yours. I used fabrics from Sweetwater's Lucy's Crab Shack fabric collection.

There are only two pattern pieces and only one needs to be put together (it was very easy). There are a lot of rectangles to cut out, but the pattern reminds you right away to label them immediately so as not to get them mixed up!

The instructions are extremely clear and easy to follow with a photo for almost every step of the way. I made no modifications to the dress, but if I made it again I might make it a bit longer. I ended up making a 2T for my 5-year-old (she's tiny), but she's taller than the average 2-year-old so I often run into things being a bit short. However, I really like this length for a summer dress. I would recommend this dress for the confident beginner with the most difficult part being all the gathering - especially for the bottom ruffle. 

Tie Dye Diva has a wonderful selection of printable PDF sewing patterns for girls, boys, babies and more. Also, check out the Tie Dye Diva blog for new pattern announcements and details, free tutorials and more.


(Full disclosure: as a sponsor of A Sewing Journal, Tie Dye Diva provided me with a copy of the pattern for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this reveiw are honest and my own.)

Go To Signature Dress Pattern Review

Andrea of The Train To Crazy has released her first sewing pattern, the Go To Signature Dress pattern. First, let me say that I'm a fan of Andrea, I admire her sewing skills and she's just THE friendliest person on Twitter and Facebook. (I bet she's just as great in real life!) Second, I was so excited to see this pattern. It can be a regular dress, maxi dress or tunic. Long sleeves, a variety of short sleeves or two sleeves. Many pocket options. There are so many ways to make this dress that no two ever need to be made the same. Unless you want them to be. The sizes go from 12 months to 12 years. So, let's see: 3 lengths, 7 sleeves, 4 pockets (oh, and a hood option). Also, there are 3 different waist options as well. It really is a perfect "go to" dress pattern.

The dress is made with knit fabrics, so it goes together quickly (no seam finishes!) It is a pdf pattern, which means no waiting for the snail mail! There are over 20 pages of pattern pieces and putting it together is a bit like a puzzle, but my girls thought it was great fun. And, it's really very easy.

I made this pattern for my 11 year old, as we have a tough time finding sewing patterns she likes. There are so many options with this pattern that I knew we could make something work. She fit the 11/12 size easily.

I used Patty Young's Seaweed Wrap knit interlock fabric with a coordinating Michael Miller jersey (both medium weight). Note the perfect match with her knit shorts from Target. Nice coincidence!

And, also note that I invented a new neckline for the dress! I call it the "flash dance" collar (any children of the 80s here?) I wish I could say it was intentional, but alas it's one of those "alls well that ends well" type of things. I was hugely distracted while doing the collar (never a good thing when making collars with knit fabrics) and I didn't gather NEARLY enough. I should have figured it out when the ribbing wasn't big enough, but, no, still distracted. But the GOOD NEWS is that my 11 year old loves wearing her shirts this way. It's really in style in these parts. Phew. By the way, it wasn't that stretched out at first, she pulled it more stretchy.

So, our options were: tunic length, no waist, flutter sleeves, kangaroo pocket. I would agree with Andrea that this pattern is perfect for the adventurous beginner and up.

This post is a part of the Go To Signature Dress pattern blog tour! To see more versions of the dress, follow along!


(Please note that I am a part of the Go To Patterns affiliate program and this blog post contains affiliate links - which means that I earn a small commission if you buy something after using the link. Would you like to become a Go To Patterns affiliate, too? Follow this link for more information: Go To Patterns Affiliate Program!)

Shorts on the Line - so much more!

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You know, I completely forgot to mention to my lovely readers that you can follow along with Shorts on the Line all month! You can also join the sewalong and win prizes!! Here's all the information you need:
imagine gnatsDesigns by Sessa, and small + friendly are the fantastic hosts for this summer sewalong.
For the first three weeks in July, they are sharing guest posts with shorts inspiration, tutorials, and pattern reviews. Those sewing along at home will have a chance to be featured in the sewalong round-up posts the last week of July.... and some *great* prizes, including fabric, patterns, and gift certificates!

7.1 shorts on the line kick-off!

week one: imagine gnats
7.2 Rachael (imagine gnats) and Melanie (A Sewing Journal)
7.3 Courtney (mon petit lyons), Inder (Inder Loves Folk Art), and Nicke (Kiss Kiss... Quilt)
7.4 Rashida (i heart linen) and April (Sewing Novice)
7.5 Andrea (the train to crazy) and Kristy (Hopeful Threads)
7.6 Shannon (luvinthemommyhood) and Erin & Carla (Clever Charlotte)
7.7 Emma (Hello Beautiful) and Cassandra (Cass Can Sew)
7.8 Gail (probably actually) and Becky (Owly Baby)

week two: small + friendly
7.9 Carla (small + friendly) and Sophie (cirque du bebe)
7.10 Ros (Sew Delicious) and Veronica (sewVery)
7.11 Shelly (Figgy's) and Alyssa (Pile O'Fabric)
7.12 Jessica (a little gray) and Diane (from blank pages)
7.13 Kristin (skirt as top) and Kelley (Casa Crafty)
7.14 Katie (There and Back) and Tara (girl like the sea)
7.15 Alli (B. Yazoo) and Jennet (Feathered Nest Studios)

week three: Designs by Sessa
7.16 Vanessa (Designs by Sessa) and Jessica (Me Sew Crazy)
7.17 Cherie (You and Mie) and Jane (Buzzmills)
7.18 Karen (Sew Well Maide) and Stephanie (The Crafty Kitty)
7.19 Bianca (Sweet Diesel Designs) and Tara (true, pure, lovely)
7.20 Jenny (Stumbles & Stitches) and Susan & Adrianna (crafterhours)
7.21 Danny (Mommy for Reals) and Marian (Lady Face)
7.22 Jill (Made With Moxie) and Christina (2 Little Hooligans)

features and deadline
7.23 sewalong features, Rachael's favorites
7.24 sewalong features, Carla's favorites
7.25 sewalong features, Vanessa's favorites
7.26 final deadline for shorts sewalong entries
7.27 viewers choice voting begins

winners annoucements
7.28 judges' choice third place announced
7.29 judges' choice second place announced
7.30 viewers choice winner announced
7.31 judges' choice first place announced

The full sponsor list and guest judge line-up can be found here. You can also join the shorts on a line flickr group and check out the shorts on the line pinterest board for some short-y inspiration.

Eco Sewing Round-Up: 8 T-Shirt Refashions

Today I thought I'd share some t-shirt refashions that involve those way-too-big or too-small t-shirts from the back of our dresser drawers. 

Clockwise from top left: