100th Snickerdoodle Sunday Celebration & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I’m so excited to help celebrate the 100th Snickerdoodle Sunday link up! One of my projects was the first feature, so I’ve been invited to share this great giveaway with you. Special thanks to Millie and Kristina of 2 Crochet Hooks for creating the original link party, and the current co-hosts who have organized this extravaganza. I’ll let them tell you all about it!

  Snickerdoodle Sunday 100th Celebration Welcome! Today is the 100th Snickerdoodle Sunday Party! We are so excited that the party has reached this milestone and we are so grateful to YOU for sharing your amazing posts week after week! To celebrate and say thank you for making Snickerdoodle Sunday a success, we are hosting a 100th Party Giveaway!  

Meet Your Hosts!

Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party


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Beverly and Gloria from Across the Blvd (G+/Pin/Tweet/FB) Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods (FB/Pin/IG) Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop (G+/Pin/Tweet/FB) Maria from Sew Travel Inspired (IG/Pin/Tweet/FB)

Please join our Pinterest Board made especially for you! Send a request to join the board after following your hosts on Pinterest to acrosstheblvd@gmail.com.

On to the Celebration!

As most of you know, Millie and Kristina of 2 Crochet Hooks created Snickerdoodle Sunday. They worked hard to make it a fun party for everyone. While they have stepped away from hosting, we want to thank them for starting the party and for encouraging us to keep it going. Before we go forward, we want to look back a bit and showcase a couple of favorite posts. The first Snickerdoodle Sunday Party was on October 19, 2013. One of the early features was this awesome One Hour Wicked Witch Costume from Amy at Sows and Bows. We are showcasing it now, in time for early Halloween planning.

At Party # 50, the feature was this fabulous Old Chair Redo from Robin at Redo It Yourself Inspirations. Robin does such amazing restorations!

We are excited to have Amy and Robin as guest co-hosts for our 100th Celebration! We hope you’ll give them both a visit.

Snickerdoodle Sunday 100th Party Celebration

In celebration of our 100th Party and to say thank you, the hostesses have chipped in to offer you a chance to win:

1st Thank You: $100 Amazon Gift Card (1 winner)

2nd Thank You: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card (1 winner)

3rd Thank You: $10.00 Amazon Gift Card (1 winner)

The party is open world wide – as long as you can legally shop on Amazon. It will remain open through October 2, 2015 and the winners will be selected and contacted via the email address provided. We will announce the winners once the prizes have been claimed. Please see the terms and conditions for details.

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Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee: Pattern Release

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee, women's sewing pattern from OUSM Designs

The Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee is here, and the ladies at OUSM Designs are giving away a free copy! 

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee sewing pattern by OUSM

The Thumbs Up Tee is $10, and there is a Women’s/Child bundle for $15. From the 19th to the 26th each will be on sale for 15% off. Buy your copy at Once Upon A Sewing Machine on Etsy.

My Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee, women's sewing pattern from OUSM Designs

I made the short sleeved version. (Cold weather is no longer welcome here.) This pattern goes hard all year, with several variations including tunic option, thumb-hole sleeves and a cowl neck.

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The thumb hole feature gets all the attention, because we love them. But the stand out detail for me is the cool sleeve contrast. It’s a basic that I’ll wear a lot, but doesn’t feel like another plain tee.

Thumbs Up Tee, sewing pattern from OUSM Designs| SewsNBows

Included in the pattern is an excellent guide for blending sizes. The instructions are well written, and Rachel even made a video tutorial for the thumb hole cuffs.

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee, sewing pattern by OUSM Designs

Pattern: Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee
Fabric: lightweight jersey knit stripes from Girl Charlee
Size: Large/Medium blend
Time: about 2 hours (spread out in agonizing increments of 5 minutes, all day. Is spring break over yet?)

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Enter to win the Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee pdf pattern below! Winner will be announced on March 21st.

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Fabulous PDF Pattern Designers Showcase

Fall Sewing Giveaway: 9 Pattern Prize Pack

I can’t wait to tell you a little bit about our designers for the Fall PDF Pattern Giveaway at SewsNBows & Diana Rambles!



Fall Sewing Giveaway: 9 Pattern Prize Pack

9 designers have teamed up to giveaway a PDF pattern package to one lucky winner; to jump start your fall sewing. I wanted to tell you a little about each designer, and show you what’s up for grabs! Feel free to browse around the shops and blogs who are generously sponsoring this giveaway. 



Blaverry is an up and coming pattern shop with edgy, professional grade patterns. Here are some deals for you, good through Sunday. You won’t see deep discounts like this again!

ILoveBlaverry40 – 40% OFF of $14.95 (one regular priced pattern)
ILoveBlaverry45 – 45% OFF of $29.90 (2 regular priced pattern)
ILoveBlaverry50 – 50% OFF for any purchase of $44.85 or more (3 or more regular priced items)
All valid through this Sunday August 31st.

Blaverry Nautical Line

You can see the entire nautical line at the Blaverry shop. Christie is currently designing her second line, which will include boy specific patterns, and new sizing up to 16! Hint: the aesthetic is very upscale and rocker cool.

Greenstyle Creations

Angie from Greenstyle is another of my favorite pattern designers. I’m excited about the new Shawl Collar Pullover pattern, available this week in the boys Bundle Up Sale. But my all time favorite Greenstyle pattern is…

Walbrook Boxer Briefs pattern from Greenstyle

Walbrook Boxer Briefs! (And not just because the cover dude is smokin’.) You can buy this pattern in men or boys sizes. I could’ve shown the boys pattern cover, But I figured a hot guy would lower my bounce rate. Pause and admire! See all Greenstyle patterns here.


Serger Pepper

Serger Pepper is releasing a brand new pattern August 30th, the Everyday Tank Top & Dress. The tank length is the perfect for underwear, matched with Big Girl Briefs, & midi dress length can be paired with Basic Leggings for a fashionable Fall look.

Everyday Tank & Dress pattern by Serger Pepper

SewsNBows readers get a special 30% discount on any SergerPepper patterns through September 4th: use promo code AMY30.


Shaffer Sisters

The Shaffer Sisters are competing in this seasons Project Run & Play. I’m so excited that I want to slap somebody’s grandma. I’d never actually slap a grandma, how did that phrase become a thing?! Anyways, I heard rumors of a new pattern in the works, but that’s going to be on pause for a moment while those girls are kicking butt in the competition. I’m rooting for ya, ladies!!

Betty Skirt pattern from Shaffer Sisters

The Betty Skirt is their debut pattern, and it has a ton of options. Big pleats, little pleats, gathers or button placket. There’s even a doll sized version, aw!



Chelsea from Get Your Crap Together writes the coolest blog, full of recipes, organizing ideas, crafty projects, printables, and sewing tutorials. She also has lots of fun patterns in the GYCT Pattern Shop.

Jean & Jamey Pajamas by GYCT Designs

I love the Jean & Jamey Pajamas. A super basic knit pajama pattern that is sure to be a staple in your pattern collection!


Ginger Baby Patterns

Ginger Baby Patterns writes some of the most user friendly PDF patterns I’ve ever worked with. It’s like buying a pattern and a sewing class at the same time. Plus, Shelly is about as sweet as pie. Maybe sweeter.

Active Classics: Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts pattern by Ginger Baby Patterns

The shop is full of adorable girls dresses that will make you go ape. But my favorite pattern is still the Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts. It has such a nice finished look; and the fit is dead perfect. My daughter & nephew wear theirs at least once a week, so I keep making them:)


Muse Of The Morning

Aside from sewing patterns, you can buy crafty kits and hand dyed wool felt at Muse of the Morning. It’s a fun blog with lots of sewing tutorials & children’s craft ideas. There’s something for everyone there!

Practically Perfect Girls Tee Shirt pattern from Muse Of The Morning

My pattern pick is the Practically Perfect Girls Tee Shirt, which is semi-long & fitted with 4 sleeve options. Chrissy has a little bit of everything in her pattern line, including toys, bags, women’s, and home decor.


Sew Straight & Gather

Sew Straight Patterns recently released their first pattern, the Uptown/Downtown Dress. I love all the test versions (including mine!)

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

Sew Straight & Gather is one of my favorite blogs; and I’m dying a little bit to see what comes next. Terri also has a fun group on G+ called The PDF Pattern Place. Check it out!



I almost won’t buy a pattern until the girls at OUASM have sewn it. I trust them to keep me up on all the latest patterns, and tell me what the tricky parts are.

Jumper pattern from OUASM (soon to be released!)

Rachel & Donna have several free patterns; and released their Ruffled PJ’s pattern last year. But I’m showing you a sneak peek of the soon to be released Button Up Jumper pattern! Visit the Once Upon A Sewing Machine Shop to see patterns, handmade sewing and crochet items, or even request a custom order.

I can’t wait to see who wins this giveaway! It’s open until September 1st, so go enter if you haven’t yet: Fall PDF Pattern Giveaway From 9 Designers.

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A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Contributions

The next American Girl Doll Wardrobe giveaway starts today! The contributors have outdone themselves with a ‘Year of American Girl’ theme. There are outfits and accessories for all weather, each season, and any event. Let’s take a look!

Luanne of Doll Fashions by Luanne created this fully lined, satin party dress featuring a double ruffle skirt .

Lora of Aunt Sissy Originals created this cute heart t-shirt and twirl skirt for Valentines Day.

Jean of Jazzy Doll Duds made casual lime green capris and plaid button up top for Spring.

Jessica of Jesse’s Girl Clothing designed a turquoise butterfly tankini with matching flip flops and visor.

Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way put together a fun scrapbook kit for girl and doll, with pens, stickers, and embellishments!

Gina of Gina’s Craft Corner created two doll sized vinyl bags. Diana Rambles made a felt wallet full of doll money. Doll money!!!

Jamie of Punch Place Plus has crafted a set of 12 glitter headbands, one for each month!

Dacia of Mini Me Dolly Divas created this fun ‘Life is better in flip flops’ summer outfit, including tank top, leggings, skirt, & fringed top.

Kim of Kimmie Sew Crazy made this beautiful, hand embroidered Easter dress with peekaboo underskirt.

Annabella of Starbella Doll Design designed a winter outfit with a plaid hooded jacket, crocheted hat & scarf, black stretch leggings, and gray sweatshirt.

Cherie of Darlin Girl Creatives created a 5 piece formal Christmas outfit with petticoat, full length skirt, bodice/top, shoulder wrap, and velvet head band.

Darci of Cat’s Meow created an Elsa costume from aqua satin, sequins and white snowflake organza. A crown is included.

Anna of Doll It Up made a 4th of July knit sundress with stars, stripes, and tulle.

Amy of SewsNBows created a 10 piece back to school uniform collection.

Laura of Laura Kelly’s INKlings has designed this fun St. Patrick’s Day outfit with shirt, jeans, & handheld shamrock.

Janette of Tickie’s Treasures made a soft coat trimmed with with faux fur, and matching hat & boots. Also a fabulous knit dress & leggings!

Guinivere of Camelot’s Treasures designed gray corduroy pants and cowl neck pullover sweater, headband, and backpack.

Amy of Confetti Doll Designs made 5 pairs of shoes: a pair of knit boots, ballet flats, platform sandals, slip on sandals, and chevron sneakers.

Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy has created a turquoise mermaid outfit with purple bandeau top.

Dee of Meatloaf & Melodrama and Diana of FreeStyleMama Creations have teamed up to bring you this bed set. Dee made this awesome wooden bed and Diana created the bedding.

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the Year of American Girl: Wardrobe Giveaway!

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Uptown/Downtown Dress Blog Tour

Uptown/Downtown Dress | SewsNBows


I love the Uptown/Downtown Dress from SewStraightPatterns. It’s designed for knit fabric, fitted through the waist, with just the right amount of flare in the skirt.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by SewStraight Patterns

I ordered this Mint Peach Ella Stripe from Girl Charlee for the tour. It’s a jersey knit, but there’s very little stretch. The pattern recommends % stretch, so I was nervous. I sewed it anyways, because it’s such a fast dress to make. The plan was that if it was a pain to put on or take off, I’d run and get a different fabric.

Peach & Mint Striped Jersey Dress | SewsNBows

But the fabric worked out, and Sofie has worn it several times, so it’s a win. Fabric crisis averted. *wipes sweat from brow* Next time I make this dress (and there will be many next times) I’ll order something I’m familiar with, or find something in a local shop. Or, you know…read the fabric description.

Peach & Mint Striped Uptown/Downtown  Dress | SewsNBows

The pattern has several finishing techniques, sleeve variations, and a tutorial for a stretch lace overlay. I know it can be made so many ways, but I like the sporty/girly feel of my niece’s dress.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

So it was sort of fitting when Sof went after a basketball during the photo-shoot.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

I really love the length on her too. It’s doesn’t impede her movement, but doesn’t show any butt when she bends and plays like a wild monkey. Also, in a medium wight jersey; there is just enough movement in the skirt for twirls and prancing, but it doesn’t lift and blow in the wind.

Dress Pattern : Ninja Approved

This dress is also suitable for ninja action…

Chillin' in the Uptown/Downtown Dress

And chillin’ like nobody’s business.

Uptown/Downtown Dress | SewsNBows

You can buy the Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern at SewStraightPatterns. Use code uptowndowntowntour for a 30% discount! Or, enter below for a chance to win a copy.

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