Sunday, October 22, 2017

Test Pattern for Hvar Jacket for Itch to Stitch

**UPDATE: Our amazing designer Kennis and her family were burglarized while they were away on vacation. Unfortunately, her sewing machine, computer, and camera equipment were stolen.

She is holding a pattern sale to help pay for the replacement equipment. Please stop by her shop and she is doing a special “we just got robbed” sale:

For one week only (until October 31st), these six patterns will only be $5:
All other patterns in the shop will also be 20% off. This is the best time for you to finally get the patterns on your wish list! Thank you for your support!

Hello Everyone,

I completed testing a pattern for Kennis at Itch to Stitch. The pattern is an adorable chic jacket called the "Hvar Jacket". You can purchase the pattern in her shop. I chose this plum color and thought it would be perfect for the fall weather. I love how you can dress it up or make it casual and chic with a pair of jeans or khakis.

©Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife
Are you ready for the jacket season? Whether you are a veteran seamstress or a sewing novice, you are going to enjoy the simplicity and grace of the Hvar Jacket. This unlined jacket can transform a ho-hum outfit to the epitome of modern chic. In the Hvar Jacket, you will be fittingly polished at any event!
©Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife
Hvar Jacket Features:
  • Unlined bodice with optional Hong Kong seam finish
  • Graceful waterfall collar
  • Chic pointed front hem
  • Long sleeves
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)
©Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife

Skill Level: Beginner+

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

If you need help, don't worry there are very detailed instructions in helping you create it and Kennis is always there to help you out. Also, everyone on her Facebook page is always eager to help too.

Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Test Pattern Beausoleil Top for Itch To Stich

Hello Everyone,

I completed testing a pattern for Kennis at Itch to Stitch. The pattern is an adorable top called the "Beausoleil Top". You can purchase the pattern in her shop on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

This pattern has a dress and top option. It has the on-trend "cold shoulder" short kimono sleeves with cuffs, a comfortable scoop neckline, center back lapped zipper, relaxed fit above the waist, easy-to-wear A-line skirt, patch pocket with the dress option, bra strap holder and a layers feature (print only the sizes you need).

I got this cute pink polka dot cotton fabric and notions at Joann. This top is so comfortable and can be worn with shorts, skirt, capris, khaki's or denim. I can't wait to make more and the dress!!

The pattern instructions/illustrations were very detailed and easy to understand. Also, Kennis gives you links to tutorials on how to do a lapped zipper, grade seams, and a bra strap holder. 

If you need help, don't worry there are very detailed instructions in helping you create it and Kennis is always there to help you out. Also, everyone on her Facebook page is always eager to help too.

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Crimson Tide Thank You Gift Package

Hello Everyone,
I wanted to make a special "thank you" gift package for E's boss. She was a very good boss to E while he worked with her and especially since he was "out-processing" for his retirement from the Military.
I was told by E that she was a very big University of Alabama (Crimson Tide) Football fan. E showed her my blog and the different types of bags that I have sewn over the years. She loved the Lapin Noir bag by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.  I added an extra zipper pocket on the backside of the bag for more storage.

If you want to see the other bags that I made out of this pattern, you can view them here and here.

I also decided to make a travel neck pillow for her busy travel schedule and a journal (fabric and journal I found on Joann's website).

Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day and Remembrance Day

Good Evening,

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. An official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans--living or dead--but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Today, Americans take time and recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans. We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home.

A recognized symbol of Veterans Day is the red poppy. In World War I, Soldiers who were returning home, reported seeing battlefields covered with red poppies blooming. In their hearts, the red poppies symbolized the bloodshed and sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers. After the war, groups began making red paper poppies as a way to raise money for the wounded veteran's and selling them on Armistice Day (Veterans Day). The red poppy remains a symbol of solidarity for Veterans.

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on November 7, 1919, as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red color an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

If you know a Veteran or someone currently serving in our country's uniform, take the time today to thank them for their service and sacrifices. 

On a personal note, thank you E for keeping us safe, serving our country and keeping us out of harm's way!! I love you!! Thank you, to all of my family members and friends that have or are currently serving.

Thank you, Veterans!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Reisende Bag - Test Pattern

Hello Everyone,

I completed another beautiful pattern for Sara at Sew Sweetness. This bag is called the Reisende Bag and I love how it came out. This bag is available in 3 different sizes, from purse sized up to a large bag perfect for a long weekend. A beautiful buckle and purse hardware gives your bag that smart and sophisticated look. There is also optional piping that gives your bag that finished look.

The large size that I chose finished measurements are  19" long x 12" tall x 5" deep. You can store so much inside your bag and I love all the other added details that make this bag attractive. There are zippered pockets inside, a zipper closure and optional purse feet.

I already have my fabric picked out for my next bag (medium size), so stay tuned.

I fell in love with the bright and vibrant beach cabanas for summer. The fabric, zippers and thread are from Joann. The buckles and loops are from Strapworks.

As always, I love all the detail and thought that Sara puts into all of her bags. Her instructions are and pictures always easy to follow. If you ever have a question, she is always available to assist you.

If you would like to purchase this pdf pattern, hardware and notions, please stop by Sara's pattern shop. The pattern is available in her shop after June 3, 2016.

I am linking up with these parties, Remodelaholic, More the Merrier and TCB.

Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Our fur baby Patch

Hello Everyone,

June 1, 1996 - June 21, 2010

It's been six years since we lost our fur baby cat Patch and it still feels like yesterday. We look at his pictures everyday and miss him terribly. We know he is in a better place, but, our hearts are still ache. He was such a sweet boy and on the day we lost him I shared this post.

Patch would always lay under the Christmas tree and look up at the lights.

Before his second eye surgery.

Today would have been Patch's 20th birthday. He loved when we would sing him "Happy Birthday". We so loved our one-eyed wonder cat.

He loved his cozy bed and his little babies.

Patch and his best friend Holly.
We love and miss you so very much!! You will always be with us in our hearts and memories.

"Rainbow Bridge" 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Honoring Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important day in America. It is a day to give thanks, to pay tribute and to remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. In reality, we should be thankful every single day of the year. Most people (and I used to be one of them when I was younger), considered Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, as the unofficial start to summer. 

There is so much more to this important national holiday. It’s our country’s remembrance and tribute to our fallen heroes, the men and women who died defending our country while serving in the American military. Because of these brave American Soldiers who love our country and are willing sacrifice their lives to defend it, we are able to live as a free nation. 

Good and bad, America is still the best country in the world, thank you to those who gave up their lives to defend its freedom. They sacrificed their lives for you to have your freedoms in this country. In my opinion I think it is disgraceful to burn, stand on or do any other defiling to our American flag. Please have respect for the flag that represents our country and that in the end is draping the coffins of those who has protected you and your country.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Today, honoring Soldiers on Memorial Day often takes the form of special ceremonies, speeches, and laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Thank you to all the Military men and women who have served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.


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