Something New: The Pattern Exam

A group of bloggers launched something new today called The Pattern Exam!

The Pattern Exam

I have been furiously working behind the scenes for the last few weeks and neglecting my own blog (OK, I was doing that anyway) to get this ready. Another blogger came up with the awesome idea of testing various categories of sewing patterns out there and putting it into reviews that are easy for others to read. Rather than vote a winner or loser, we prefer to give a breakdown of features so consumers can pick what is best for them.

We worked on underwear patterns this month, which was actually really fun! I’ve been meaning to sew undies for my kids for a long time now. For variety of reviews, I picked to make them for my oldest. Luckily, all the patterns cover her size!

Girls Underwear Review - Mimi's Mom

 

Please take a few minutes and check out my post and all the rest of the awesome bloggers’ reviews on the site! We’d love to hear how this has inspired you to pick a new pattern, and please leave suggestions on what you might like reviewed in the future!

Circle Shrug Free Pattern

Happy Thursday! Today I have a really easy and customizable FREE pattern to share with you! I kept seeing a ton of these drape cardigans out there, but nothing in a circular shape like I see in a lot of knitting patterns. So I thought I’d put one together, and I’d give others the chance to grab it too. I’m throwing this up despite my lingering illness, so please forgive my lack of a worn garment on me! You’ll have to do with this lovely line drawing for now. I’ll feel better soon to show of mine. I hope!
Circle Shrug Free Pattern
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One Thimble Issue 5

I have a very strict “No Christmas Before Thanksgiving” rule. I just broke it.

One Thimble Issue 5

Have you heard of One Thimble e-mag before? Such a beautiful magazine style collaboration! This is their fifth edition AND one year anniversary. It’s based out of Australia, so this special holiday edition has a fantastic beach vibe that feels so exciting and exotic to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
One Thimble Issue 5

I had a chance to sew up the Rustic Reindeer Bunting and Ralphie Reindeer from the latest issue. This completely goes against my defense of Thanksgiving. See, my birthday is that week, and I just don’t want Christmas to invade until after. But then, once that Friday comes, it’s open season on festivities. If the whole month was filled with nothing but crafts and baking and good smells and cozy sweaters, I would be okay with that. But real life still takes place, and there are years I forget to decorate until December 20th. Not this year.
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Around the World Blog Hop

6:46 am my Sleep Cycle alarm app goes off. I’ve got about 20 minutes before I need to be out of bed, so I glance at the notifications on my home screen. And then it suddenly hits me. I was supposed to do a blog post on Monday. It’s Thursday.

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So here I am. I took two kids to school. I’m eating that for breakfast. I’m writing a blog post. In my defense, it was a weird holiday week. With Veterans Day on Tuesday, my kids had Monday off as a teacher work day. A four day weekend. I didn’t have Monday until yesterday, which was actually Wednesday, which brings a whole other set of weird schedules. So here I am at Thursday morning. Having breakfast. And about to launch into my day. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

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