Florence Christmas Blog Tour: On reflection

Chalkboard-Christmas Florence

11 extremely talented bloggers have shown over the last few days what magic you can create with the Florence blouse pattern. Why not have a go yourself, you still have time to purchase the pattern and save 20% on Florence and all other patterns at MadeIt Patterns until Sunday, midnight GMT. Continue reading


Florence Christmas Blog Tour: FINAL DAY

Kimmie Sew Crazy


Hi!  I am Kim or as some (including my daughter unfortunately) call me Kimmie of KimmieSewCrazy.  I am a mom to three boys that I sew for sometimes and one girl that I sew for all the time : ).  I am also very very excited to be here and be part of this blog tour/competition for Madeit Patterns Florence top.  Thank you so much Olu for inviting me 🙂

Made by Sara


Hi! I am Sara, mom to three amazing kids and I am passionate about all things handmade. Sewing is a passion that I share over my blog – Made by Sara – and on Instagram. I was thrilled when Olu invited me for this blog tour! (Thank you and Anna!) I am so in love with this blouse… Head on over my blog to check my version of this pattern.

My Sweet Sunshine

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Hi, I am Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine. I have been handcrafting children’s clothing on my Etsy shop for 6 years now. I enjoy letting my creative side run free and Blogging about fun new patterns and participating in Blog Tours. Besides sewing I am crazy busy with my two very active kids. So If you can’t find me in my sewing room I am probably on the soccer field. I am excited to show you my twist on the Florence Pattern so please click HERE


Please remember to leave a comment on the Florence Competition Page to help us choose a winner. Anna and I will be deciding the winner over the weekend and it’s not going to be easy.




Florence Christmas Blog Tour: DAY 4

Call Ajaire

Hi, I’m Ajaire from Call Ajaire and I’m excited to participate in this series, but first a brief introduction.  I’ve always loved making. At an early age I started cross stitching and sewing and I taught myself to knit and crochet during college. When our now three and a half year old daughter Bean was born I was filled with all sorts of inspiration, so now I find ways to manage my crafty time and treasure those moments.  Okay, I won’t hold out any longer…. I just can’t wait for you to see more of the Florence I made for my girl!


 Sewing Sober

Hey all, it’s Ashley from Sewing Sober. I am so excited to be on the Florence tour with all these amazing bloggers, and was floored when Olu asked me to participate! I am a mommy of two little girls ages 5 and 10mo, 25 years old and living in Tampa, Florida with my fiancé Ryan. I hope you enjoy my “non-traditional” holiday Florence 🙂

Sewing sober


Bonnie & Lottie

Hi I’m Sam from Bonnie & Lottie.  When Olu contacted me about the Florence I was so flattered to be included and immediately intimidated.  Although I have sewn many outfits for my 2 daughter’s, I have been able to avoid the blouse.  It took me ages to find the right fabric but when I did, it all came together!  Head on over to my adventures in blouse making with a festive spin.  Thanks Olu!

Bonnie and Lottie


And don’t forget to head over to the Florence Competition page and tell us your favourite Florence so far.




Florence Christmas Blog Tour: DAY 3

The Crazy TailorThe Crazy Tailor

Hi there! I’m Sarah from The Crazy Tailor and I’m here with my twist on the Florence! I’m a huge PDF pattern addict (also, I love Kam Snaps, but that’s another story…) and I always like to give them my own spin! Head on over to my  blog to see what I did to change this blouse up a little! Thanks for having me, Olu!


Made by Toya

Made by Toya is a place for sharing my passion for sewing plus some family friendly craft projects and tutorials. I am a self-taught home sewer and predominantly make clothes for my 2 daughters and myself. I love learning new techniques and experimenting with pattern drafting.


The Florence Christmas Blog Tour was my first blog tour, and due to a combination of over-enthusiasm and indecisiveness I chose to make two different versions. For the first, a Mary Poppins inspired look, I followed the original pattern faithfully, and for the second, a snowflake shirt dress I played around with the original pattern quite a lot. You can details of both projects here.


Climbing the Willow

Hi, I’m Teri!  I’m a mom to six kids who keep me pretty busy 🙂  But in my spare time, I love to blog about my sewing projects over at Climbing the Willow.  I was thrilled when Olu asked me to be part of the tour for the Florence Blouse by MadeIt Patterns.  I’ve never tried one of Anna’s patterns, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity!   But, as always, I couldn’t just sew the pattern as is, so I made a couple of changes to make Mae a Christmas jumper that can be worn throughout the winter.  I’m not sure that white was the best choice for my always-in-the-middle-of-the-mess toddler, but I love how it turned out, so she’s wearing it anyway!

8 Wow factor Christmas gifts for boys

8 Wow factor Christmas gifts for boys

Firstly I must apologise for using the ‘C word’ in September. But I have an idea that could make you a very popular [delete as appropriate] mum/auntie/grandma/friend/dad/godmother/neighbour/other at Christmas time.

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