Momma & Me Lulu Dolman Edition

As we all are gearing up for Valentine’s day (did you see Sierra’s Kimono post? Va-Va-Voom) I took a mini detour to step out of my comfort zone and sew up fabric I never EVER wear. FLORALS! I sometimes feel like I’m the only sewist in the world who doesn’t dig florals. There are many floral fabrics that I find pretty but I know I’d never wear them until, I saw Knitpop’s Double brushed poly w/Velvet Roses. I had been craving something different than my usually solids and this DBP was just what I envisioned. Petite Stitchery & Co have the cutest non-batwing style Dolman and today I want to show you my Lulus!

I actually tested the baby version and loved it so much I had to buy the woman’s. Plus I’ll take any chance I get to match my baby girl. Baby Girl and I are wearing Purple Hacci Sweater from Purple Seamstress Fabric. Perfect fabric for a cozy and soft sweater.

The Lulu dolman comes in Women’s, baby’s, and girl’s sizes. You can purchase all 3 sizes in one bundle or you can buy each size individually or even just in baby/girl bundle. Each pattern comes with Elbow and long sleeve options. I really love the fit on the both of us, and its such a quick sew! It truly makes a perfect sweater or tee!

Are you a Boy mom? Or a Mom to both? I have two older boys who I occasionally sew for. So in a couple of weeks, I’ll be taking a spin on matching with my boys! Sound off if you are like me and find it hard to Momma & Me matchy-match with your boys! Please feel free to tell me how you’ve matched with the little man in your life and leave me ideas you’ve got.

May your bobbin always be full,                                                                                             Danielle the Seam Ripper

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The Flirt Dress

Hello February and hello fellow crafters! I’m so ready for this month because, I have my fingers crossed in hopes of warmer temperatures! Texas is insane right now and I am not built for the cold! I’m really hoping Mr. Ground Hog does NOT see his shadow. Another fab thing about February is, it is Crafty Momma Sierra’s birthday month! Let’s all wish the Sierra a Happy (early) Birthday!🎁🎈🎉🎈

We also can’t forget that February means Valentine’s Day aka world wide Date Day. So crafters..are you ready for your valentine? Have you planned your outfit yet? In my home Valentine’s Day gets the boot! Lol BUT that’s because Valentine’s Day is also my daddy’s birthday and we spend it celebrating with him. So while I don’t have my outfit specifically for Valentine’s day, I do have one ready to go for date night! Ahh date night, what is that exactly again? Kid free? Say whaaaat?? For those of you who will be rocking the night, how about the perfect dress? Petite Stitchery & Co has just what you need and it’s called The Flirt! 😉

The Flirt dress can be fitted or flowy. It comes in 3 different dress lengths (mini, knee and maxi) as well as 4 (short, half, 3/4, long) sleeve lengths! Here you can see all the lovely ladies rocking the different options, as well as purchase the pattern. 😉 It’s on sale until Monday Feb. 5!

Fabric requirements for the fitted skirt are structured fabric with at least 50% stretch(4-way). I used Ponte. You want something with good recovery like, stretch leather, liverpool and even cotton lycra would work. For the flowy skirt, any knit fabric will do. For the top, you will need 4-way stretch of at least 30%. I used double brushed poly. For this dress, I shopped at Knitpop. They are currently having a killer sale until Feb. 4th at 11:59pm. Note: You do need 1/4 elastic for this pattern. I wanted to point that out because not everyone has that small of a size on hand but, this time I actually did! lol

What I love: I sewed up the fitted mini with the 3/4 sleeve length. It’s love! I feel sexy and classy but most importantly, I feel comfortable! I don’t feel like a sardine in a can! The top is loose in all the right places, while the skirt hugs where it needs to be! 😉 After 3 kids this is pretty handy, as I’m out of practice and will be focusing on walking in heels. Haha

Here’s a few more pics:

Are you into the fitted or the flowy? Or both? Let me know in the comments section below, I would LOVE to hear from you! I hope you all have a great February and happy sewing!

-Danielle aka The Seam Ripper

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Baby Juliet

Hey Crafters! I feel like I blinked twice and its almost February, please tell me I am not the only one? Before I start mapping out what my kids are wearing for Valentine’s day, I just want to gush about my MOST FAVORITE thing I have ever sewed for daughter. The Juliet from Petite Stitchery & Co is the pattern who stole my semi-girly heart and ran away with it. IMG_4308

A little background on me:
I have three kids, two boys and one girl. My baby is my little girl. I am one of those chicks that tries to look girly but, I am so bad at being a girl it is pretty comical. Seriously, I am the grown woman in Sephora asking the saleswoman where to find the powder that goes on after liquid foundation so, I can add my blush and the bronzer I hardly use. NO JOKE you guys, that happened and that was my second time looking for it because the first time I was too embarrassed to asked and just grabbed some powder I thought was the same thing. It wasn’t. lol So when I had my daughter I freaked (still do) because I can’t throw super cute outfits together, style hair to save my life, or much less paint my face like I know what I am doing. Thankfully not only is sewing my therapy (holla!) but, it has helped me branch out and create pretty things.

                                           Back to the pattern already Danielle geez:
Juliet stole my heart simply by its beauty and its versatility. It also makes me fan girl at the thought of my daughter taking ballet which, is something I always wanted to dabble in but never did. Not only did Juliet give me visions of dance classes but, you can definitely use Juliet to create a leotard for your gymnast, a one piece for your swimmer or use her as a bodysuit. * Make sure your fabric is a four-way stretch knit with at least 50% recovery. Think of material like Spandex, Cotton/Lycra Knit, Swim, DBP, Stretch Velvet, etc. Tulle, Fusible Interfacing & Lining fabric (cotton/poly blends, silk etc.) if making the banded tutu.*

                                                                    Juliet herself:
The Bells:
• 4 sleeve lengths- sleeveless, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve
• Regular or set-in sleeves
• elastic or leg bands
The Whistles:
• flutter sleeve
• a bow across the upper back bodice
• banded tutu skirt

This pattern is designed without snaps but, that does not mean you cannot modify yours. Bodysuits are meant to be a little snug so try not to get your heart racing if you have to shimmy it up.My daughter measures tiny in every aspect but her belly. Her belly is the reason I say shimmy it up! lol I graded out at her waist (so easy with the pattern’s layer options) and back in for her height however, pay close attention to your little’s trunk girth measurement and you’ll do just fine! IMG_4329

Juliet made my little one feel like a million dollars. She twirled so much that I had a hard time photographing her. Lol Make sure and join the Petite Stitchery & Co  fb group, there are a lot of wonderful and helpful people in the group, as well as myself and Sierra!

PS. You can find the Girls version on there site too! Happy Sewing!


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2018 Make 9 Challenge Accepted!

Happy 2018 everyone! If you have been on any form of social media this past week, you may have seen that 2017 was deemed as the worst year ever. Last week, I would have agreed 100%! My family and I have had a rough last couple of months, and that right there was the only thing I could reflect on until my husband reminded me of all the wonderful things that had happened this past year. One of my biggest accomplishments was completed in 2017, and I forgot about it. =(  Seriously! Who forgets something epic? My husband and I graduated with our Bachelors in May, with 3 homeschoolers! Talk about chaos!

So the other day, I heard about the make 9 challenge and I knew it was perfect for me and Sierra! Like me,(and I’m sure you as well) Sierra doesn’t get to sew as much as she would like, especially for herself. We both enjoy challenges, especially if they are able to easily fit in with our busy schedules and if it is something we can easily keep track of each other thru text. She always motivates me to do every idea I share with her. I can hear her now, “Do it!” haha So I wanted to make sure she heard about the challenge.

If you haven’t heard about the #2018makenine, it is a challenge to make 9 things you have always wanted to make. It can be something you have put off because it sounded intimidating, or something that requires you to learn a new sewing technique. Or if you are like me, it’s about making 9 things you have never made before and have had those 9 patterns for at least a year. *Insert face palm*

Here are my #2018makenine:

Greenstyle Creations Green Tee is a shirt I have always wanted to make for myself but, never did because I thought I had enough tee patterns already printed. This past year during recent pattern testing’s I have learned that, just because it looks like another designers tee, does NOT mean it is the same.

P4P Sweetheart Top is a top I started last year and gave up. I attached the front and back, tried it on, and threw it away. I felt too fat. I was about 6/7 months PP and not digging my body. I’m not where I want to be physically but I sure am mentally! Can’t wait to give this another go!

P4P Muscle tank is for the hubster of course! I sadly sew the least amount of stuff for him and I am changing that this year! Our spouses need love too! Hehe

M4M Lea Romper was a pattern I bought when my little was around 6 months but, she was too tiny! She is 19 months and the size of a 9 to 12 month old. lol

Ellie andMac: The Be Trendy halter for myself, the Girls 90’s dress for my little and the Sunshine Romper are all patterns I have wanted to try but never got to it.

SUAT Scrundies and Brazi Bra because I desperately NEED more undergarments in my life. I hear these are insanely comfortable.

Sierra is on board the make 9 train! Whoot! Whoot! Check out her list here! I am so pumped! Let’s rock 2018 with style! I cannot wait to see what you all make. Please feel free to leave me your list in the comments!
Happy New Year!
-Danielle AKA The Seam Ripper.

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Greenstyle Creations: The Chelsea Pants Blog Tour


Two for one special here guys! Sierra and I both were fortunate to test for Greenstyle Creations’ newest pattern, the Chelsea pants! Thats not all! We are also participating in the Chelsea Pants Blog Tour! Keep reading for the give away! The Chelsea pants are a fitted pair with a big flare. Its Fall Y’all, this means we need to get workingon our fall wardrobe and these pants are just in time. These pants are insanely comfortable and yet they can be casual, dressy, fun and wild.

Sierra was born in the late 80’s and myself in the early 90’s so, back in our day bell bottoms were a thing of the past and it was about the flare(which is a smaller bell bottom) and then bootcut! Haha. Now I’m a short chick, a whole 5 nothing and, Sierra isn’t much taller 😜 but if you ask me, with the guidance from Greenstyles designer Angelyn, we rocked them!5logo

(Check out that cute baby, even she wants a pair!)

For this pattern, you will need a “stable” knit. Think Ponte, Scuba, Stretch Denim etc. Fabric that has AT LEAST 25%, 2 way stretch for most knit fabrics and 35% for stretch denim or other stretch woven fabrics. For Sierra, This was the first using stretch denim. This was my first time with Ponte.

Sierra here guys! So you guys need a pair of Chelsea pants in denim. Seriously the most comfortable jeans I have now. I Love that the designers show you how to get the perfect fit. They do this by adjusting that flare to YOUR height. If you plan on wearing heels you may want to add that to your height. As you can tell they are a little short for these wedges but they are perfect for flats. 


There are 3 different rise options for the waistband. That’s right,3! During testing, I tried all 3. Hehehe. My favorite is the mid rise. I found it the most comfortable rise. There is also the optional back pockets, they have a unique and flattering shape to them too. I have never sewn a pair of pants like these and now I’m hooked! I definitely recommend you use a muslin to get the perfect fit and for you. This way you don’t waste all your pretties.

Would you like to win a pair of the Chelsea pants (or another Greenstyle pattern, if you’ve already purchased the Chelsea’s) for FREE? How about some awesome stretch denim from Aurora Fabrics to complete the package? Enter the giveaway below, and check out all the other bloggers on the tour!
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Happy sewing!

-Seam Ripper aka Danielle

Huckleberry Kid Hoodie

Hey everyone, Danielle the “Seam Ripper” here! Something very excited happened to me! I was recently given the opportunity to test for Peek-a-boo Patterns. I tested the Huckleberry Hoodie pattern, which I will get into more soon.. but what makes this so so so so exciting is the fact that this was my first time to ever test! Actually with this pattern, I had a lot more “firsts” than I expected. It has been one of my goals (to test) since I started using PDF patterns about two years ago. Absolutely epic!

Okay, now that I may be done squealing, let’s talk about the pattern. The kid’s hoodie fits sizes 3 months to size 12! I love it when patterns have multiple sizes, getting the best bang for your buck from a pattern you already dig! I suggest reading thru it all a time or two, just to familiarize yourself with it. There are also layers! Which means you can print only the size you want to use!

Anywhoo, this pattern’s fit size is determined by the chest size. This pattern is a semi-fitted pattern. It is fitted in the chest and loose on the belly, with a wide crossover hood.

For this pattern, you will need:

Main Fabric: sweatshirt fleece, French terry, velour, fleece, etc. with at least 25% stretch

•Accent Fabric (hood lining, pockets, band & cuffs): interlock, jersey, cotton lycra, french terry, etc.

•1/4″ twill tape

•1 large button

•Small scrap of leather or faux leather for pocket accents

•1 yards piping (optional)

•Scrap of fusible interfacing for reinforcing pockets (optional)

I used French terry for my main fabric and cotton lycra for my hood lining. I chose not to add pockets because, I just envisioned it without. See this main fabric I used, this lovely Mauve French Terry was purchased for me but I gave it to my baby girl. I got it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

To cut my fabric, I used my Rotary Cutter as well as my handy dandy Gingher Scissors. This pattern includes cuffs and a waistband, those 3 pieces alone scream for my rotary cutter. I can cut longer straight lines with a rotary cutter. Just like any other clothing pattern, there are small notches ( you know those random looking triangles that you thing you can live without but actually cant because they play an important role in pattern piecing. Ya.. once upon a time I thought I could skip them too. Lesson learned!) I find it much easier to cut those areas with my scissors. Having both cutting tools is NOT a must. It is all about personal preference and if you haven’t found your groove yet, you will. Below you will see a pic of my notch before I busted out the scissors.



In addition to testing for the first time, I have never (in my 7 years of machine sewing) used any type of piping or twill tape. Honestly, I had never heard of twill tape before this testing. I was not able to obtain twill tape so, I used a piece of extra piping I had. You could easily use cording or a small piece of elastic as well. I found this pattern easy to follow, if you have made a shirt or hoodie before, it is a similar concept. The piping is super easy to sew, just make sure you have the front and back piping laying the same direction. However, I do know the welt pockets can look very intimidating, they do to me too. Read about them once, breathe, then read it again. Power thru, you got this!



Piping has been added to the front and back

Example of my cut piping:



Cut piping for button holder instead of twill tape

The piping seemed a little snug on my front and back pieces however, this pattern was made for it, and it all worked out just fine.
My thoughts when dressing my model:

So my model is almost 16 months old but, she is small. My little bit has always been on the smaller size. Seriously! Her waist lines up perfectly for a 9 month old! Lol She measured on spot (chest size) for the 12 month size, as I expected. Fit is important but more importantly, fit in the neck/head/hood area is what I focus on as well. My kiddos freak out if something is snug going on. I did not make an altercation to my pattern and it fit great! She has room to grow from Fall to Winter. It was very easy to get on. The button is not only a cute embellishment but, it also helped open up the crossover hood as well. I was really impressed by how easy it was to put on over m baby’s head. Many babies rightfully get scared when hoodies are going over there head but, the ease was very cautious of that and went on in a flash!



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