Henley Sew-a-long Week!

Hey, guys!  There’s some fun going on over at Patterns for Pirates!  They are having a sew-a-long this week for the Henley patterns.  This includes the Women’s Henley, Men’s Henley, and the Yo Yo Henley for kids, so you can sew for anyone this week!  To make it more fun there are some pattern hacks!!!  I had some fun with the raglan color block hack!

How fun is that?  I love how it just adds a punch of fun to an otherwise basic shirt!  I actually sewed up two versions, but due to the weather I was only able to get photos of one, so I picked my favorite!

I found this super soft striped sweater knit and suede fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby forever ago!  I had originally planned a cardigan with suede elbow patches, but as soon as I saw this color block option I knew I had to give it a try!

The Henley is designed for stretch fabric and my sweater fabric is nice and stretchy.  Even though my suede is non-stretch it still fits great and is comfortable to wear.  I wore it all day on Sunday and it was super comfy!

For this version I sewed up the roll up length sleeves and added the button tabs in the suede as well.  Such a fun accent!  The Henley sews up really fast!  Adding the button tabs were an extra step, but so totally worth it.  I love everything about this sweater and expect it to be in heavy rotation this winter!  

So, if you’re ready to sew, but don’t have the Henley patterns, yet head over to day 1 of the sew-a-long to get the coupon code.

 

Happy sewing!!!

 

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Copycat Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookies

Pumpkin has discovered the deliciousness that is a Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookie.  One very, very cold snowy day we stopped at Starbucks to redeem a gift card for some cocoa and she saw the picture of the cookie on the board and promptly asked (with manners) for a cookie to go with her cocoa.  And she’s so cute, so it’s hard to say no.  She enjoyed her kid temperature cocoa and we shared the cookie.  It was good!  

So, when I told her I had volunteered to make a treat for her preschool class she said it had to be snowman cookies!  I wasn’t about to buy the whole class a cookie from Starbucks, especially when I had all the ingredients to make snowman cookies on hand!

These cookies are so easy to put together, but they’ll impress everyone!  They are just a simple shortbread cookie iced in chocolate!

Start with your favorite shortbread cookie recipe or use the one below.  Roll them out and cut with your snowman cookie cutter (mine came in a box of 10 different Christmas cutters that I bought at Target several years ago).  Once your cookies are baked and cooled it’s time to decorate!

Gather up your chocolate options! I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips for the body and dark chocolate chips for the hat, eyes and buttons.  And I had orange and blue Wilton Candy Melts leftover from another project that worked perfectly for the carrot nose and scarf.  I highly recommend using a good quality chocolate for the majority of the cookie.

I started with the white chocolate and melted it at 50% power for 1 minute, then stirred and warmed it in 30 second intervals until melted. Once melted add a little bit of vegetable shortening (1/2 tsp per oz of chocolate) to smooth it out and give it a gloss when it firms up.  I put my melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle and set to work outlining and filling the snowman heads and bodies.  Then I moved on to my dark chocolate, repeating the same steps, but outlining and filling his hat and adding eyes and buttons. I also used a squeeze bottle for the scarves.  For the noses I drew them on with a toothpick.  And that was it!  

The chocolate will firm back up and these cuties will be ready to share! Pumpkin loved sharing them with her classmates and her teachers were very impressed.  

Of course she also enjoyed eating our Copycat Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookies!  We still have a few left over and she’s already asked to make them again!  The girls are now on winter break and cookie decorating is on our to do list, so we may just have to make more!!!

 

Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  2. 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer. Add vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add flour and baking powder and mix just until combined.
  3. Remove dough from bowl, forming a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness, cut with cookie cutter and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Decorate once completely cool.
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Catherine Patterns and a Sale

You guys! I’m so ahead of the game!  I already have the girls’ Christmas dresses done!! Thanks to the new Made for Mermaids’ Catherine pattern!!

Look how cute they are!!!  I made these dresses out of double brush poly from So Sew English fabrics and they’re just adorable in them!  These are what they’ll wear to see Santa this year.  The wine colored plaid is festive without screaming Christmas so they’ll be able to wear them for non-Christmas occasions as well.  

And I might have made a little something for myself, too……..

They still love matching me so I won’t hesitate to coordinate!!

And Rosie likes to match, too!

Yes, there’s a dolly pattern, too!!

There are 2 neckline options, 3 sleeve lengths and 3 hem lengths with this pattern so you can have a lot of fun mixing and matching.  It looks great dressed up, but it also make a great casual top, too.  I love this top I made for Cupcake out of some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.

And I loved my Catherine top so much I made a second one for myself as well during testing.  This one is in a super soft sweater knit. It’s going to be a wardrobe staple this winter!!

All 3 patterns are on sale through Saturday and you can buy them individually or in limited time bundles.  In addition to the new patterns Made for Mermaids also updated their website and are celebrating 40,000 members so there is a sitewide sale (through Saturday)!  So be sure to pick up any other patterns you may have on your wishlist!!

 

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Dolly and Me Ava

Happy Friday!  Who’s excited about the weekend?  Big plans?  We have a low key weekend ahead of us and I’m OK with that!!  But I have some super exciting news!  Made for Mermaids is having a Flash Back Friday sale today!  So today only you can get the Ava and Mama Avapatterns for just $5 each!  And to go along with the sale pattern Dolly Ava is being released and on sale for just $3.50!!  But the sale ends at midnight (CST) tonight! (more…)