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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sewing Contest and Pattern Colllection Giveaway!



All Brands is having a sewing contest with Nanoo Design Patterns and SewSensible Patterns. Here is the flier with the details. All Brands will be selling the patterns on CD in all of their stores as well as online. They also have a great selection of high quality fabric to choose from as well as a large selection of sewing and embroidery machines. This is the email address for any questions: batonrouge@allbrands.com. How exciting!! I can't wait to see what customers create with the patterns. The winner will win a collection of patterns! Please remember to participate in the AllBrands sewing contest, you have to purchase one of our patterns from AllBrands :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Sewing Projects, Thanks, Happy New Year!

This is my precious Mother and wonderful husband! They are my best friends! Because of my Mom and my husband, I was able to get a lot accomplished in 2008 in reference to SewSensible! Mom, I love you so much. Thanks for ALL the encouraging words of wisdom you have poured into me and the times you have helped me with the children when I needed it with SewSensible! And, Tommy, thank you for helping me with a smile anytime I needed you especially those days and nights when I was completing a pattern. You are my gift from God! I love you!

And of course thanks to all of you who are reading this! Your comments, your emails, your kind words, your awesome custom creations have blessed me more than you probably know! Thank you!









This year the girl gifts were a pair of Boutique Bottoms with a matching applique tee! Of course I waited until the last minute and was sewing up until the 23rd to finish these gifts mainly because I was also still sewing for my three girls which I made them each an applique tee and at the last minute Asa wanted one too so that meant making him and Elijah one. Not next year! I have already ordered some of my fabric and will start planning for 2009 gifts early. I'll post about it and maybe some of you might want to start as early as I am planning. Now if you don't see some posts about gifts in the next couple of months please REMIND ME about this post!!!!! LOL


I also have two more outfits that I guess I did not take a picture of. They are cupcake applique outfits using SewSensible's Boutique Dress Top and Boutique Bottoms. Hopefully next year I will have some cute dolls to go along with the outfits! We will see!


And I have three sewing patterns on the drawing table and will dive into those as soon as 2009 begins. I also will be working on another free tutorial...... this one (if it comes out the way I am thinking) will be fun and so cute for our little girls! I pray all of you had a very blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!


From our family to yours..... MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Love Aimee', Tommy, Heidi (not shown), Henry, Anthony,
Zoë, Asa, Rose, Grace, Elijah

Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern!



Here are my precious nieces in their Santa outfits I made them using SewSensible Boutique Bottoms and SWAK's applique stocking! Aren't they so cute and they are so sweet! The younger one, Annalyce, is only a few days younger than Elijah. It was such a blessing to be pregnant at the same time with my sister in law. It definitely was a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks, Jill, for sending me these pictures! They both look absolutely adorable!


And here is a cute Applique Apron Skirt that I received today. I have a feeling someone is planning a trip to Disney!! Great job, G, and love the band instead of the ruffle! Here is what this Mommy said, "Aimee, here is another applique apron skirt that I just finished up. I didn't use the ruffle on this one and am just as happy how this came out. THere are so many possibilities with this pattern."

Monday, December 22, 2008

Boutique Dress Top and Boutique Bottoms sewing patterns and FAITH Double Layer Dress sewing pattern, sewing projects!

Below are some awesome Mommy creations that I received a couple of days ago and am just getting around to post. Why does sickness decide to visit when it is the holidays!!?? My sweet little Elijah, our almost 2 year old, had rotovirus. Let me tell you, that is NOT a virus you want a child to have!! However, with 9 people in this house not one got the virus. That was only God! However, I now have four with fever. Zoë had 103 last night and Asa was right behind her. Then Rose got fever and then my wonderful husband came home from work looking ill and he ended up with 102 fever!! YUK! You can know I am walking around this house praying a hedge of protection for all of them and binding anymore sickness in this house!! Did I tell you I LOVE to pray!! More than that though I love to see God move and do the impossible! It excites me! I think what really excites me is believing something is going to happen when everything around me is telling me it will not and then watching God do it! So maybe that is a word for someone reading this today! You are believing for something whether for another family member, a relationship, or just something you have been asking God for a long time. Stand firm to Hebrews 11:1 and know God is in control! I LOVE that scripture!!


Ok, back to the awesome creations! This Mommy below used SewSensible's Boutique Dress Top and Bottoms Sewing Pattern and FAITH Double Layer Dress Top. I love them and am making some this week for Christmas presents! Great job, N!!





Here is what this awesome Mommy said, "Thank you so much for your beautiful patterns. I have bought three of them so far and all three have been SO easy! You are very talented. May God Bless you with a wonderful Christmas."

And this Mommy used SewSensible's Zoë Doll Embroidery Applique' Design along with SewSensible's Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern. Here is what this awesome Mommy said, "..... my little princess in her new shirt and boutique bottoms. I just love it and so does M. She keeps showing everyone the dolly on her shirt and she thinks pants with ruffles are for twirling." I love this, P!! She is so cute and her sweet outfit is adorable!"



Sunday, December 21, 2008

Applique' Apron Skirt sewing pattern and Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern!


Below you will see some awesome Mommy creations using SewSensible Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern and Applique' Apron Skirt sewing pattern. I think cuter than the outfits are the adorable models!! How cute are they!!!!! Thanks so much for these pictures and your kind words! Love them all!!

Here is what this Mommy said, "Here is a picture of my little girl in her cute pants! love that pattern! I have made 3 different pairs of them this fall, and I get constant compliments!"


Here is what this Mommy said, "Aimee, I thought I would share with you another applique apron skirt that I finished up this afternoon. Love it.........ENJOY...... HAPPY HOLIDAYS"

And here is what this Mommy said, "Hi!!I just wanted to let you know that I love your apron skirt pattern! It turned out SO cute and was very easy to understand. THANK YOU! This is my first ever skirt and I think it turned out great!! I made it for a friend's daughter and they LOVED it!"

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Applique Apron Skirt sewing pattern and Boutique Bottoms Sewing Pattern!

SewSensible Applique Apron Skirt Sewing Pattern

Here are two cute cute awesome Mommy creations!! Above is SewSensible's Applique' Apron Skirt sewing pattern. Now this Mommy did her applique with a sewing machine and look how cute it is!! Here is what this Mommy said, Aimee', You did it again.... This skirt is fabulous and so easy to make.... I used a bunch of Park Slope fabric in different sizes. I think it would even be fun to use coordinating fabric and have different fabrics for the skirt panels." Great job, L!! Love this skirt! You did an awesome job!

SewSensible Boutique Bottoms Sewing Pattern

And look at these precious little girls!! This Mommy used SewSensible Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern. Here is what this Mommy said, "They turned out so cute and i got sooo many compliments that day. Be blessed, A" Thanks so much, A, for this great picture! They look too cute and the boutique bottoms are perfect!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Boutique Bottoms Sewing Pattern and Applique Apron Skirt Sewing Pattern!



Cute Cute!! Here are two awesome Mommy creations!! Both of these Mommies put their own twist to the patterns and their creations came out so cute! The first Mommy used SewSensible Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern. She added some coordinating ribbon around the pant leg to give this Roll Tide outfit some pizzazz!! And the second Mommy used SewSensible Applique Apron Skirt sewing pattern to make this precious Mickey skirt! Our family loves Disney and this skirt would be a fun and adorable addition to any Disney-vacationing wardrobe! Thanks to both of you for sending in these inspiring pictures!! Awesome!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern and Applique!


This is what I have been doing last night and this morning. Not because it takes long to sew these pants but because I have to work in spurts with all my sweet children around. I did the applique last night and finished the Boutique Bottoms this morning. The other day I finally organized my Christmas sewing projects. One year I used those $1-$2 white bins. I bought a bin for each child I sewed for and labeled the bin. I thought I would do the same thing this year but I never made it to the Dollar Store so I saw somewhere online someone using ziplock bags to organize their sewing projects. I had lots of those in the kitchen so that is how I am organizing my sewing projects this Christmas. Each bag gets a child's name with their sewing project inside. And my Mom actually suggested that I look into the hanging shoe bag organizer. If the pockets are big enough that might be a good way to organize sewing projects in 2009! I'll let you know!


Above is my nieces Santa picture outfits! Aren't they so cute!! LOL You can't see it but they each have their initial on the stocking applique'. The best part about these outfits other than I just love the way they look is the price I made them for. This year, just like all of us, we are on a budget. The red shirts were purchased at our local Wal mart for $2.50 and $3.50 a piece and the fabric was on sale for about $2.50 a yard online at Hancock fabrics. I used about a yard each for each bottom. So the total for one outfit was about $7.00 after shipping and a whopping total of $14.00 for both!! Now that is in our budget! And I'll be making a white applique shirt to match these bottoms so that they can where the Boutique Bottoms after Christmas as well!


I also finished one more of our daughters Christmas Chenille Scoop Neck Dress Top that I am making out of an old white chenille blanket. The cost of three Christmas dresses will be about $3.00 and that is the cost of the thread and the little bit of rick rack I am using to accent the bodice of each. WOW!! I am SEW excited about these "right on the budget" sewing projects!!


You too can be on budget this year with Christmas! Custom Creations are awesome Christmas gifts that are just absolutely adorable as well! And if you don't have an Embroidery Machine, YouCanMakeThis has some great sewing machine applique designs or you can just add a cute coordinating fabric yo yo flower to the shirt instead of an applique! Jennifer Paganelli has a great video tutorial on Country Living magazine for you! It is sew easy and free and you would be using your fabric scraps from your sewing project!! There are so many ideas. Another great idea is to use some of the leftover fabric and make a easy belt/tie that they wear high on the waist. It brings an ordinary shirt to the next level!! Ok, if you are using any of SewSensible Boutique Sewing Patterns for your holiday, please don't hesitate to send them to me! They are a blessing to receive and you will be helping others get inspired!!

FAITH Double Layer Dress Top sewing pattern and Boutique Bottoms Sewing Pattern!







Look at these awesome Mommy creations using SewSensible's FAITH Double Layer Dress Top and Boutique Bottoms sewing patterns. Here is what this Mommy said, "I love using your patterns and I get so many comments from others on L's clothes. Here are a few of the latest ...The Santa pants were a big hit. I often use the Boutique Bottoms pattern to compliment other sun dresses or tops I make. They are so easy to put together but the ruffle adds a little pizazz."


Thanks, C, for sending these pictures and the kind words! Your outfits are so cute and your little daughter is a doll!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Felt Ornaments Tutorial, Boutique Bottoms Sewing Pattern, Scoop Neck Dress Top Sewing Pattern and Embroidery Applique' Christmas Tree!

This is going to be a long post but it will be full of awesome Mommy creations that I believe you will enjoy and be inspired by!!


SewSensible Boutique Bottoms












Here are some awesome Mommy creations using SewSensible's Boutique Bottoms! If you are a beginner, all of my patterns are just that simple! The Boutique Bottoms is an excellent pattern to start with. Look how cute these outfits are! She even added some elastic at the bottom to create a pantaloon! How sweet! She also has a boutique shop so check out Creations by Lou Lou when you have a moment! And here is what this sweet Mommy said, "Aimee', I made my girls the CUTEST Christmas outfits using the Faith top and Boutique Bottoms.... I accented with wide ribbon that looks like ric rack..... I also sent you a picture of by best friend's little girl in a pair of BB I made for her..... I am LOVING my new calling!" Thanks, L! I love all of these. You are doing a fabulous job!



Here is a cute cute Christmas apron using SewSensible's Christmas Tree Embroidery Design. Here is what this awesome Mommy said, "Hey Aimee, Just wanted to show off your applique that I embroidered on B's Christmas apron. She loved putting it on! It is soooooooo cute. Love it, Love it!"
Check out Little Miss Monkey when you have a moment! Thanks, A! Love this!! Very very cute!! And A just had a baby and look at her sewing!! Congratulations on the newest daughter who will be so cute in all of her Mommy creations!



SewSensible Christmas Embroidery Design

Here are some awesome Christmas Felt Ornaments from a creative Mommy who does not have an embroidery machine! So even if you do not have an embroidery machine, you can still use the free Christmas Felt Ornament Tutorial! Here is what this creative Mommy said, "Aimee', Here are the ornaments I made using your pattern..... You know I don't have an embroidery machine, so I just did the tree and JOY by hand.... I also used some of my Michael Miller snowflake fabric and appliqued it to the felt for my snowflakes... I used some decorative stitches around the edges. I think they look so vintagey! Is that a word?? LOL! They look like something my great grandmother would have made, and I LOVE that. Thanks for the great pattern!" L, great work!! Very inspiring and they do look "vintagey"!! LOL

Free Christmas Felt Ornament Tutorial







Here is another awesome Mommy creation! This Mommy used SewSensible's Scoop Neck Dress Top sewing pattern! What a cute little dress and of course the model is adorable!! Here is what this Mommy said, "Here is a pic of the dress I made with your scoop neck dress top pattern. I have almost all of your patterns and cant wait until I am able to get the applique apron skirt!! M, love this dress and the embroidery on it! Awesome work!!



SewSensible Scoop Neck Dress Top



Many many thanks to each of you that sent me your awesome creations! Please keep them coming. They not only bless me but inspire others! I just love to see what you are making for your loved ones!


Also, SewSensible Christmas Gifts are available to order online. These are SewSensible Sewing Patterns on CD in a case that will be sent directly to the person you want to receive this gift. They make great hostess gifts or a great gift idea for one of your internet sewing friends! Click here to find out more information.




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

FAITH Double Layer Dress Top sewing pattern!






Look how cute this Mommy creation is! She used SewSensible's FAITH Double Layer Dress Top sewing pattern. Don't we all need FAITH this season!!?!! :) Thanks, A, for blessing me with these pictures! Your little girl is so precious and your outfits are awesome!


Also, I have a free Christmas Felt Ornament Tutorial on the sidebar. Follow the link to get your tutorial! Oh, and if you make some, please send me some pictures to show off your creations! People are always inspired by what others are sewing..... what an awesome way to use your sewing talent..... inspire someone with it!! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Free Christmas Felt Ornament Tutorial!


I have added a Free Christmas Felt Ornament Tutorial in the right sidebar. They are super easy and if you don't have an embroidery machine then you can get creative with iron ons and already made applique' designs to sew on. For the few people that downloaded it last night, I forgot the fiberfill on required materials list. It is now added on this one! Sorry!! I will try to send those people the revised copy!


Monday, December 8, 2008

FAITH Double Layer Dress Top sewing pattern and Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern

Here are two awesome Mommy custom creations that I think you will just love! They both used SewSensible's FAITH Double Layer Dress Top and Boutique Bottoms sewing pattern. The two Moms tweaked their outfit some and it just looks awesome! The first Mommy added an apron! How cute is that!! Here is what this Mommy said, "I love your patterns! I made this for my daughter's 2nd birthday back in July. I added the apron to the top. Thanks again for sharing all your great patterns. I just got the scoop neck dress and can't wait to try it! C"

And this awesome Mommy made her beautiful daughter a holiday outfit! Here is what this Mommy said, "Hi! I just wanted to share my latest creation. I used the Faith double layer dress top. I altered the pattern a bit and made the top layer a bit longer. I also added elastic to the boutique bottoms to make them into bloomers. The result: an extra special holiday outfit for my little princess! She was so proud to wear it to church today! Thank you for your wonderful patterns! It is so fun to be able to quickly create clothes to make my little one feel as special as she really is!! J"


C and J, THANK YOU both for blessing me with these awesome creations! Truly, this is why I do SewSensible..... to hear from Mommies like you who are loving to sew for your children! And the GrandMommies are great to hear from as well! Both above are beautiful outfits and both of your daughters are absolutely adorable!!



Saturday, December 6, 2008

SewSensible's Doll Embroidery Applique' Designs



SewSensible's Zoë Doll Embroidery Applique Design



SewSensible's Grace Doll Embroidery Applique' Design

SewSensible's Rose Doll Embroidery Applique' Design

Ok, I tested my Zoë Doll Design and she did great! I put a red applique' dress on her and if you look close you will see a sweet cross! Also, I just submitted my Grace Doll to SWAK so that should be available soon! She has a sweet heart on her dress. The picture of above makes it difficult to see the heart because I used a cherry print fabric for the applique'. Next time I will use a solid color for the dress. And I already have my Rose Doll available at SWAK. If you go here, you will see the Rose Doll Designs on some awesome pillows that a wonderful Mommy made!

I am also showing you my 2009 upcoming project: Doll Patterns! I just saw some new ones on YouCanMakeThis! so I decided to go ahead and post about it today. I did a test of the Grace Doll back in August or September and I have some changes to make. As I was making the doll, I saw my girls wearing a custom Mommy outfit with each of their namesake doll on the top and the same design on their sweet little purses while carrying their sweet little doll! I really hope I find time to make them all of this! Below you can see my design coming to life!! How exciting!



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