Pattern Review: Simplicity 8084 (Mimi G Style) shirt dress

I was a little nervous to jump into this pattern. I haven’t used a commercial pattern in over ten years, and the fabric I had my heart set on was a rayon challis, which doesn’t have a reputation for being super easy to work with. It’s very fluid and tends to shift all over the place when cutting and sewing.

But I did it anyway, and I’m happy to report that both the pattern and the fabric were less daunting than I expected.

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Softcup – Live Life Without Interruptions

This post brought to you by Softcup. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you know there’s an alternative to pad and tampons? I’m surprised how many women don’t. If you’re out of the loop, then allow me to introduce the Softcup!

Oh Softcup, how I love thee, let me count the ways:

  1. No more carrying around a purse full of pads and tampons!
  2. No more waste! You are producing drastically less trash when you say goodbye to pads and tampons!
  3. No more public restrooms! Put the Softcup in before you leave home in the morning, take it out for cleaning when you get home in the evening! The Softcup can be worn continuously for 12 hours.
  4. No more worrying about leakage! Swim, run, and sleep, and you’ll barely know the Softcup is even there.
  5. No more worrying about TSS: studies show that the Softcup does not promote growth of the bacterium believed to cause Toxic Shock Syndrome.

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Be My Goth Sewing Patterns

Any seamstress with a taste for the out-of-the-ordinary has likely been disappointed by the offerings of most pattern companies, which tend to cater to the mainstream.  If you’re hankering for something a little bit on the dark side, then look no further than Be My Goth Patterns!

I had the pleasure of reviewing the Lucinda top and Lucinda skirt patterns, seen below:

Both pieces are stunning and are the types of garments that people will stop you on the street to ask, WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? I can’t wait for a spare moment to sit down and make myself the Lucinda skirt- I love the fitted high waist and the pleated pockets.Read more…

StitchCrafty4U Review and The Cup Cozy Debate

I thought I never had much use for a cup cozy- I like my hot drinks to scald my mouth AND my hands.

And then one frigid January day I was trying to enjoy an equally frigid smoothie, and I realized I was shivering from having to hold the freezing cold glass in my bare hands.


So when Nizel of StitchCrafty4U offered to send me a sample for review, I went straight for the cozies.

protect thy hands!
protect thy hands!

Perfection! The cozies have 2 buttons with an elastic closure, so they’re sure to fit any size. I felt the heart print was excellently timed for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner!

The major bonus here? Her cozies come as a set with little handwarmers! I think Nizel understands the true calling of the cozy!

The handwarmers are pure genius. I have something similar that’s much bigger that I use when my neck and shoulders get sore from my perpetual slouching, but these little guys are the perfect size for pockets!

Everything came wrapped in a cute little bag, perfect for gifting!

Speaking of gifts and Valentine’s Day, her cozy sets are on sale right now for only $8 ($3 off ). Go check out the StitchCrafty4U shop!


And don’t forget to swing by the StitchCrafty4U Facebook!

If you’re a handmade artisan and would like to send a sample for review, please contact me!