spider man lunchbox (and giveaway!)

as you know, right around Halloween, O got super mega obsessed with Spider Man.  barely a day has gone by that he hasn’t worn (or requested to wear) his hoodie – that superhero love that so many little guys seem to have has been awakened.

so when my new sponsor, Virginia of the lovely Gingercake Patterns, asked me if I’d join her holiday pattern tour, i thought there couldn’t be anything much more perfect than making this fella his own Spider Man lunch box!

spiderman lunchbox

this is Gingercake’s Love Your Lunch Box pattern.  Gingercake first came to my attention last year when Gail made this adorable one for her little gal.  it’s the perfect size to hold lunches for kids to carry, and i love the idea of customizing the fabrics to what your kid is into, since lunch boxes inevitably get gross and need to be replaced pretty regularly anyway.

spiderman lunchbox

in O’s case, what he’s into right now is spiders (and webs).

spiderman lunchbox

the “web” fabric is topo in navy from architextures by Carolyn Friedlander, one of my all time favorite fabric lines.  so cool, so versatile.  i think it’s is supposed to suggest elevation lines on a topographical map, but it works as a web too, right?  then i stuck a little spider appliqué on there.

spiderman lunchbox

the inside is a sturdy seersucker/ticking i’ve used a few times.  i thought it could be more washable than laminated cotton (either is suggested in the pattern).  it was clear and quick sew, though probably not a super beginner project just because it gets tricky sewing a gusset around tight curves, but no biggie if you’ve made some things.

spiderman lunchbox

he really does love it!  he even wanted to pack his own lunch, he was so excited.

spiderman lunchbox

and i’m pumped to have a go-to lunchbox pattern that i can make again a year from now with whatever his obsession is then.

spiderman lunchbox

> > >    : :  THE GIVEAWAY!  : :    < < <

would you like to win a Love Your Lunchbox pattern of your own?  it’s a great one to have for little gals or guys in your life, and not too hard to enlarge for adult lunches either, i wouldn’t think!  customize it up and it’s a fun gift to give for the holidays.

to enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite pattern over at Gingercake Pattern Shop  (there are such cute ones…you know i’ve got my eye on the Lucky the Elephant for Em).

giveaway is open until Friday, November 15 at 8pm Pacific Standard Time.  winner will be chosen at random, contacted by email, and will receive the PDF pattern from Gingercake.  one entry per person, void where prohibited by law.  

good luck and thanks for entering!

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nordika sally dress and giveaway {closed}

sometimes, it’s impossible for the weather not to influence my fabric choices.  last weekend we were hit with a decent little rain/windstorm that knocked out power around town and didn’t let up for days.  at the beginning of that storm, i pulled fabrics for my stop on the sally dress tour!

nordika sally dress

the sally dress is the newest pattern from Shannon of luvinthemommyhood / very shannon.  she actually debuted this sweet design as my guest on vintage may this year, so it was a no brainer for me to help her promote the pattern now that it’s been released!

nordika sally dress

i’m so happy with how this little dress turned out!

nordika sally dress

the pattern comes in sizes 2T – 8, has three sleeve options, and actually pulls on with no closures, which could be a bit scary, but the fit is great!  the design of the dress is smart in that it doesn’t slip down in any kind of noticeable way.  see that little point at the shoulder?  i can’t be sure, but i suspect that helps.

nordika sally dress

the stormy fabrics i chose for this dress make me happily fallish.  i’d been wanting to use Nordika by Jeni Baker ever since i saw it debuted at Quilt Market this year!  Jeni is such a sweet gal and i really admire her work, so it was fun to showcase her fabric here.  this print is called Whimsicöl Mist and it’s part of a panel that’s really stunning.  i only had a fat quarter and it was just barely enough!  i got it at Bolt of course.

nordika sally dress

the skirt is a wonderfully drapey charcoal gray baby wale corduroy from fabric depot, and the pockets are lined with scraps of gray shot cotton.  for a storm-inspired dress, it sure is soft and light!

nordika sally dress

i added flat piping between the bodice and lining but sewed it a bit out of order and had to fold the piping up and stitch it down to make it work.  kind of a nice effect in the end.

nordika sally dress

this is a 3T bodice with a 5T skirt to fit my little beanpole.  the pockets a tiny bit low because of that two size discrepancy, but just barely.  i never know when i sew non pink/rainbow dresses whether she’ll actually like them, but she loves this dress!  woo!

nordika sally dress

i’ve got one tip when sewing the bodice and its lining, since Shannon’s method differs from other patternmakers a bit.  if you’re going sleeveless like i did, sew a 1/2″ basting stitch around all armholes before sewing anything together.  this will guide your pressing later and help everything match when you join the shoulders and topstitch.  i always have trouble pressing evenly along a tight curve, personally, but this helps me.  🙂

be sure to check out the versions my co-pattern-tour-stoppers Tara and Sabra made today, too!  the sally dress is such a great little dress for customization, and i love seeing what those ladies came up with.

nordika sally dress

okay!  miss sassy pants wants to know if you’d like to WIN a copy of the sally dress pattern!

::  Giveaway details  ::

> giveaway is open until Thursday, October 3 at 9pm Pacific Standard Time Giveaway is now closed.

> winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email and announced on the blog

> open to US and international residents

> void where prohibited

::  Here’s how to enter  ::

> leave a comment telling me your favorite warm drink to curl up with in a storm.  my current addiction is a homemade decaf salted caramel latte – mmmmm so good.


> follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do so (Bloglovin, email, feedly, your pick).

> like skirt as top on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.

> like luvinthemommyhood on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.

that’s four maximum entries!

good luck and thanks for entering!  hugs.

nordika sally dress

* i received the sally dress pattern in exchange for this review, and was not compensated for the giveaway.  my opinions are entirely my own.

sewing book giveaway winners

i have winners to announce from my sew, mama, sew giveaway!  thanks so much to ALL who entered.

the winner of In Stitches by Amy Butler is Annie K., who said

“In Stitches sounds like my cup of tea, thank you for a chance at it!”

::  and  ::

the winner of Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner is Alison, who said,

“Either one for me!” 

i’ve emailed you both to get your mailing addresses.

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i hope you’re all having a great weekend and a peaceful mother’s day, and i’ll see you back here tomorrow for the start of Vintage May! 

sew, mama, sew giveaway day! {CLOSED}

it’s giveaway day at sew, mama, sew!

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i’ve decided to do a little spring cleaning and free up some space on my sewing room bookshelf, while helping to build YOUR sewing book library all at once.  i’m giving away both of these beautiful sewing books:

Amy Butler’s In Stitches (see table of contents and more info here)

– OR –

Anna Maria Horner’s Seams to Me (see table of contents and more info here)

i will randomly select TWO winners.  the first gets their choice of either book – leave your first choice in your giveaway comment.  the second gets the other book!  fun fun!  both books are spiral bound with beautiful color photos and an envelope with full size pattern pieces included, and both are in like new condition.


they’re chock full of fun projects for home, gifts, self, quilts, you name it.


Giveaway details:

  • Giveaway is open until Friday, May 10th at 5pm PST
  • Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email and announced on the blog.
  • Open to US residents only (sorry, these books are heavy!)
  • Void where prohibited


Here’s how to enter: 

Leave a comment on this post telling me which book you’d like to win: In Stitches by Amy Butler, Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner OR either one!


  • Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do so (Bloglovin, email, still haven’t moved from Google Reader, your pick).
  • Like skirt as top on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you do so.

 three maximum entries 

Good luck and thanks for entering!


*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Bloglovin. We hereby release Facebook and Bloglovin of any liability. No purchase necessary.  Prizes will ship within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. skirt as top takes no responsibility for packages lost by the postal service. Giveaway starts Monday May 6 and ends Friday, May 10 at 5pm PST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This post will be updated with winners’ names. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway is void where prohibited.*

flip vest pattern testing and giveaway!

i know you all know how much i adore pattern testing – i learn something every time i do it, i feel like i’m able to help fellow bloggers out, and it’s just a neat way to see other people’s processes. so of course when dana of MADE emailed me asking if i could test her newest pattern, i jumped at the chance.

flip vest for a little guy

i’m pretty sure dana’s blog is the first blog i found that helped me discover the world of modern sewing 4 years ago, and it’s an absolute must-read. she covers lots of different crafty topics (in addition to sewing), has a fresh, clean aesthetic, beautiful photography, and a lighthearted attitude that makes her just so fun to follow. i admire what dana has built so much, and was so flattered she asked me to test this pattern for her! i really enjoyed the process and bouncing ideas off each other as i sewed.

flip vest for a little guy

the pattern is called the flip vest – a cozy little vest for babies and kids that’s perfect for layering as we head out of winter and into spring. O has gotten so much use out of his vest already – it’s been under a coat on cooler days, over a light sweater on warmer ones…it’s really a fantastic transitional piece (i’ve got plans to make one for Em to wear on the playground too!).

flip vest for a little guy

last Friday, we happened to have the most gorgeous day – and the little fella grabbed his “noculars” to head out for a walk. i had actually taken different photos of the vest already on a more typical overcast february day, but the sunshine definitely called for a reshoot.

flip vest for a little guy

the flip vest is designed to be reversible if you use velcro, though i made mine button up so i could show off the essex yarn dyed black linen which i’ve now decided is my favorite fabric of all time. inside is a dark olive green micro fleece from Joann, and the rib knit is cream (also from Joann). this pattern is a very quick sew and takes very little fabric, which i love.

one of my notes to Dana was to see if binding the armholes with a sort of bias bound method would work and she was totally open to it, so i tried that and it ended up in the final pattern as one of two armhole finishing options. you probably should use a walking foot if you do this, as the fabrics get a bit thick all together, but i think it gives you a really nice finish.

flip vest for a little guy

i sewed this vest in a 2/3T, and the width came out great but it’s just a tad bit long on 2-year-old O – Dana shortened the length from what you see here in the final pattern. his sweater underneath is this sailboat top made last year, which fits perfectly now!

flip vest for a little guy

don’t you think the vest looks sort of old timey with the linen and buttons? it’s like i’ve already got the “There Will Be Blood” film petit halfway done. ha!

flip vest for a little guy

okay, so how about a giveaway??

flip vest for a little guy

Dana has generously offered THREE flip vest patterns from her pattern shop for me to give away – that’s three different winners! you may not fully realize how much you need this pattern, but you DO. you NEED it. it comes in size 6m – 5T and i can see it becoming a wardrobe staple for both of my kids – a fun and easy gift to make for others, too (did you see Delia’s versions? adorable).

to enter the giveaway:

  • leave a comment, any comment. i’m feeling ready for spring these days, so if you need an idea of what to write, how about telling me your favorite flower!
  • giveaway is open until friday, feb 22 at 5pm PST.
  • make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment.
  • i’ll pick three winners on friday and put you in touch with Dana to receive your pattern.

good luck!

*giveaway is now closed and the three winners, Maryna, Ivana, and Stacey, have been emailed.  thanks to all who entered and happy sewing!*

P.S. did you see Dana and Rae are joining forces for Celebrate the Boy again starting next week?! soooo fun. can’t wait. i’m always in need of some good boy sewing inspiration.