Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – starting next week!

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – starting next week!

Next week I’ll be joining 5 crafty bloggers to participate in a Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop hosted by resliced by Jordan!

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The series will start on Monday, December 1 and run through next Friday, December 5, 2014.

Here’s how it will work:

Each day one blogger will share with you links to some of her favorite handmade gift tutorials. In addition, we’ll also share with you some handmade shops we’re looking forward to supporting (hello, gift ideas!) and some local craft fairs and other events where you can support local artisans this season.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday: Jordan of resliced by Jordan

  • Jordan is a full-time data nerd with a fierce passion for making things by hand. She owns a small handmade business called resliced where she focuses on upcycling to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and purses. Read more about Jordan here.
    • Jordan’s favorite crafts include: sewing (mostly bags & occasionally garments), jewelry making, calligraphy and just about anything else!

Tuesday: MaryAnn of Life is a Maker Faire

  • MaryAnn spends her days training teachers to better utilize technology in the classroom. To escape the Monday-Friday grind, MaryAnn makes cards and other paper goods for her handmade business, M.A.S.W. Designs. Read more about MaryAnn here.
    • MaryAnn’s favorite crafts include: Anything paper – cards, treat bags, banners, etc; Sewing; Baking- cookies, cakes, or any sweets.

Wednesday: Rachel of Sew Happily Ever After

  • Rachel spends her days chasing children around the classroom as an elementary teacher and her evenings chasing her adorable toddler around (and she’s got another little one on the way!). From making you a custom t-shirt quilt to sewing up some seriously impressive clothing – you name it, Rachel can sew it! Read more about Rachel here.
    • Rachel’s favorite crafts include: sewing garments (womens & girls), home decor sewing, and quilting – anything with fabric and thread! Rachel also enjoys photography and cooking.

Thursday: Addie of Addie K.

  • From a wedding dress to a 20 foot boat cover, Addie has been there and sewed that! Addie has been sewing for more than 20 years and has spent the last half of those teaching others to sew – at The Art Institute of Charlotte, at Midlands Technical College starting in the spring, and she’s even available for private lessons! In addition, Addie is also a talented pattern designer. Read more about Addie here.
    • Addie’s favorite crafts include: sewing clothing, quilting, embroidery, kid-friendly crafts and upcycling / finding creative ways to reuse things.

Friday: Shanika of Life is Pichey AND Emily of Butterfly Vintage

  • Shanika loves to craft so much that she founded Gather & Craft as a way to encourage members of the community to come together and create (gather and craft). Recently, Shanika started offering her handmade goods to the public through her new shop, Sebastian Harper. Read more about Shanika here.
    • Shanika’s favorite crafts include: anything fiber related, sewing (hand and machine), knitting, crocheting, natural dyeing.
  • Emily is a former art teacher turned vintage fashion expert {browse her shop on Etsy}. In addition to stocking my closet full of vintage clothes, Emily is also a graphic designer with Sandra Mack Studio. Read more about Emily here.
    • Emily’s favorite crafts include: painting, repurposing, minimal sewing, paper crafts, garlands and anything that incorporates vintage material.


I hope you’ll “hop” around and support the other bloggers participating – subscribe to their blogs, like their Facebook pages and share the love with these gals!

Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you’ll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia.

Pattern Tester Call: Canny Tunic and Dress Sizes XXS-3X




Update11/16:Test Call Now Closed

Hello Everyone! I am looking for  just few more testers for my newest pattern The Canny. I need testers for sizes XXS, Medium, Large, XL, 2X, and 3x. There are no small spots left. Below is the size chart. Please chose your size based on you bust measurement. The dress option for the Canny is not pictured but will have the same silhouette with length extended to the knee. You can apply here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12Ka1LUME5lwufjgWODcb-8PzEZztjcvVtQ3BiE9QSAI/viewform?usp=send_form

You must be able to complete the test by November 24th at midnight. The test will start on the 18th. You will be notified no later than Monday Morning if you have been chosen.



Thank you for you interest and I appreciate all of you who apply!! If you have any question concerning The Canny Pattern Test, please feel free to email me addiekdesigns@gmail.com.

Happy Sewing!!


Introducing The Rylee Dress Pattern


Well, today is a very exciting day for me! The Rylee Dress PDF Pattern is now released.  I am excited to share with the world, our go to favorite dress.

I designed the Rylee Dress about 2 years ago for my daughter. She is very picky about the way clothes feels on her skin, especially seams. She prefers knit fabric and absolutely despises back seams and  zippers. I designed The Rylee Dress to be comfortable, as it is cute.

When I was brainstorming ideas, I also knew that I needed a dress that could be sewn very quickly. My daughter often request new dresses and most with little notice of when she wants to wear them. Although, I may have a background in design and the ability to sew just about anything, my lifestyle just does not allow that. I need a design that I could get done and on her in approximately an hour.

I know that you will love sewing this dress, as much as I do. It is sure to become you go to dress, too.

For a limited time only, get The Rylee Dress for only $5.00. It is also on sale on Craftsy.

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The Rylee Dress PDF Pattern Features:

3 dress options

Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve options for each style

Optional inseam pockets

Professionally Grade dash line sized pattern

Fully illustrated clear instructions

Printable layers

5 video Tutorials

Tips for knits

Rylee Dress Sizing Info

The Rylee Dress has been throughly tested at all skill levels. Check out these great creations!



Here are just a few things that testers have had to say.

“The ultimate pattern for knit beginners! No fear to have with tricky collars or cuffs, the Rylee Dress is a 30-min sew”-Elsa Pomar

“Quick to cut and to sew….my granddaughters love it! I like the layout of the printed pattern….didn’t have to tape all pages together at once.”-Sandra Nevels

“Such a lovely dress pattern. With only three pattern pieces I was able to sew up two in no time. My girls said the dresses were so comfortable they did not want to take them off! I think this pattern would be great for beginners needing a simple yet rewarding project to start on. I already have requests from my girls for another one!”-Heather Turner

“This dress is so easy and quick to sew. I have 2 children so it usually takes me several days to do one project; I made 2 of these dresses from cut and sewn in 1 nap time! I’m a happy mamma.”-Lizz Bond

“”I am soooo excited by this pattern!!! Addie Martindale of Addie K designs has hit a home run with this simple yet beautiful dress pattern. Three choices are included for three different looks, and both versions sew up in just over an hour!Beginners can confidently make this dress, as there are no sleeves to sew in.I have a lot of dress patterns, but can firmly say that this is one of my favorites!!”-Donna Leng

Also, check out these great blog post from tester!

Rebel and Malice Review

La Casa Cactus Review

Miss Dixie O’Dare


Thanks to all my amazing Testers!!!

Go Check out the amazing things they are making!

La Casa Cactus

Lisa Lisa Designs

Sweet Expressions Designs

Savannah Grace

Miss Dixie Odare

Sunny Day Creations

Sam and I designs


Boutique Birdie

Sew Cool For The Tween Scene





Rylee Dress Pattern Tester Call!!!UPDATE

Pattern Testers Wanted!!!

Due to the amazing response to my pattern test call, I have now closed the call! I am both overwhelmed and extremely excited by all the wonderful people that applied. Thank you so much for your interest and please sign up form my newsletter and follow me on blogloving for an exclusive blog reader Rylee Dress Coupon Code. This pattern is scheduled to released the second week in November. Thanks again!!!



7 Tips for Machine Sewing Knits.

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Many people are under the perception that you need a serger to create great knit wear. Well, that just is not so. Honestly, I do love my serger but there are times, when I do not want to change 4 cones of thread to make one garment or times when my serger is out of commission. Here are some simple tips that I use to get great results using my basic sewing machine. Don’t think you can’t sew knit because you totally can. Sewing knits is so much fun once you get the hang of it. It can be significantly more forgiving than woven fabric and there is a lot less seam finishing. I hope these 7 tips for machine sewing knits will help you love to sew knits, too.


Button Size Guide Printable

If you are like me, you have bags and jars full of random buttons and no idea what size they are. I particularly like to collect and reuse vintage buttons on clothing. I needed an easy to access button size guide to use as reference to easily find out the size of the buttons I wanted to use. I made myself a handy little reference to print and decided to share it with you.


You can print a PDF version that is to scale, by clicking HERE.


Tips for Sewing with Young Kids



Summer is a great time to start sewing with kids and teach them how to sew. Life is moving a little slower for most of us and it creates time for sewing moments that we may not get during the school year. I have been sewing with my kidos more and I want to share with you the tips that I have discovered for many learning to sew a great memory. (P.S. these tips work with older kids and adults,too.)


Don’t Over Think it: 4 Tips To Just Let Go and Create.


I have been working with some fashion design students lately, giving them feed back on their work for an upcoming competition. I found myself saying over and over don’t over think it and encouraging them to try it out. These interactions them have really made me think about the design process, specifically my own design process.


Pin Free Fabric Cutting with Freezer Paper Patterns


As a modern sewer with limited time, I am always looking for was to improve my sewing efficiency, without effecting my sewing quality. I have found that using freezer paper patterns allows me to reduce a set or two when cutting out fabric, making pattern cutting pin free.


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