Momma Quail Pattern Tour and Freebie Free Motion Applique Pattern


Happy Friday everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s post. This post is part of the Momma Quail Blog Tour. Why am I so excited about this tour?!?! Because Amy Macdonald is the most awesome. She is not only an awesome pattern designer, she is just an awesome person. She is a great friend and someone that is great to have in your corner. She has cheered me on more than I count. She is a member of the Sewing with Boys team and is constantly inspiring me. Ok enough of my praise, let this pattern speak for it’s self.


This pattern I sewed up is the Jackalope Tee. One of the challenges of having 1 boy and 1 girl is finding sewing patterns that I can use for both of them. All of Amy’s patterns are so versatile that it makes it so easy to customize for my girl or boy. I love being able to sew for both of them with just one sewing pattern.


The next thing I LOVE about the Jackalope Tee is the ease to mix and match fabrics and the ability to incorporate woven cotton into a t-shirt. There are SOOOOOO many cute woven’s out there and they are MUCH cheaper than most of the custom knit fabrics, this pattern really appeals to my frugal side. On Miss G’s shirt I used 5, yes 5 different fabrics. She adores all the colors and it makes my inner Punky Brewster smile. The side stripe on Miss G’s shirt is flannel to make it extra cozy.

For Mr T’s shirt I used a Marvel t-shirt from the clearance rack and some woven Marvel fabric from the remenants bin at Joann. This shirt cost me $4 in fabric. That makes my frugal heart swoon.


When you first print out the Jackalope Tee, you may think that it is a lot of pieces for a t-shirt. But have no fear, Amy makes putting this shirt together a breeze. I made these 2 shirts and 1 other in about 1.5 hours, including cutting out the fabric. I sew pretty slow so that is a quick sew for me.


So where can you get this and all the other fantastic Momma Quail Patterns?!?! Etsy, Friends Stitched Together, and join the Momma Quail Pattern Group on Facebook. Use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off in the Etsy shop through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday.
Amy is also generously giving away a pattern to 3 lucky winners. Make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the post for the giveaway.



For Miss G’s shirt she requested a giant cupcake on the front of it. We recently saw a t-shirt that said something along the lines of “happier than a unicorn sitting on a rainbow eating a cupcake.” I wanted a little more detail than a freezer paper stencil and I have recently been swept up in the free motion applique frenzy. Sooooo…what’s a blogger/pattern maker to do…make a pattern for a cupcake free motion applique. I also decided to offer this pattern to my readers for free.

Cupcake-FMA-illustrations-01You can download the pattern here CutieCupcakeFMA-ByKnotSewNormal, all the instructions are included in the file.


Make sure to go check out all the other fantastic looks on the blog tour and enter the rafflecopter giveaway.


Sew ThriftyWillow and StitchThe Wholesome Mama


Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane


The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee


House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says


Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty

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Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour – Polar Express Pea Coat and Sugar Plum Sweater Dress

***I received these patterns in exchange for participating in the Blog tour, but all opinions are mine.***

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal

Hi Everyone! I am excited to be a part of the Ellie Inspired Holiday Blog Tour. I was very glad to get to review not just one, but two of the wonderful Ellie Inspired patterns. I have been a fan of the Ellie Inspired patterns for awhile, but I hadn’t sewn one yet. I will definitely being sewing up more of these patterns.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal


I started off with the Polar Express Pea Coat. First off the name caught my attention because Mr T LOVES trains and LOVES the Polar Express. I love the look of a Pea Coat, it is something that is dressy, but also can be paired with sneakers and jeans.

The Polar Express Pea Coat comes in sizes 1-16 and is a beautiful dress coat with tailored details such as a full lining, back vent, lapel collar, and double-breasted. Optional couture techniques also included to help you take your sewing to the next level.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal




I loved the optional techniques included with this pattern. I definitely learned some new things, including adding a sleeve head and adding an interlining. I also love that their is such a wide range of sizes that I can sew this one for years to come. It took me a little longer than normal to sew this coat up, but that is just because I really took my time with it to make sure I got it just right.

… and just because I know you need some silly pictures, here are Mr T’s serious and silly face.
Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal

Along with the Polar Express Pea Coat, I made the Sugar Plum Sweater Dress for Ms. G.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

The Sugar Plum Sweater Dress comes in sizes 1-16 and is for a beginner sewing level. It is a comfortable top or dress with options for either short or long sleeves and a crew neck or turtle neck.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

For my version of this pattern I upcycled another old sweater of mine, which worked perfectly with the turtleneck version of this pattern. I used the top length and extended it just a bit to make it tunic length to pair with leggings. This pattern came together very quickly, after cutting the pattern out it only took me about 20 minutes to sew it up. This will definitely be one that I turn to over the years. I think it is one that will really grow with Miss G as she gets older.

…and just so you know what kind of conditions I am working under here, these are just a few of the crazy pictures that I got out of Miss G. How silly is she?


Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

You can purchase the Polar Express Pea Coat HERE and the Sugar Plum Sweater Dress HERE. While you are over there browse through all the awesome patterns they have to offer. Ellie Inspired is also giving us a discount code for 25% off with the code PARTY I already have my eye on one or five new patterns. Ellie Inspired Patterns also has a Facebook group so if you have any questions they will jump right in and help you out.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal


Knot Sew Normal and the Perfect Pattern Parcel #4 – Blank Slate – Zippy Jacket

Blank Slate Zippy Jacket - Sewn by Knot Sew NormalHi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed my Maxwell Shirt that I shared yesterday. Today I am sharing a girly version of the Zippy Jacket Pattern. I am so excited about the possibilities of upcycling with this pattern.

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Gracious Threads Raindrop Tee Blog Tour

* the pattern was provided to me for free in exchange for my time testing the fitting and tutorial, all opinions are my own.

Gracious Thread's Raindrop Tee Blog Tour - Knot Sew Normal

Today on the blog I am excited to bring you the Raindrop Tee Pattern Blog Tour and Gracious Threads Giveaway.
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The Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern by TeriLin Collection sewn by Knot Sew Normal

Last week I had the pleasure of testing a new pattern from a brand new pattern designer. The Uptown/Downtown Dress is the first pattern from the TeriLin Collection. TeriLin Collection patterns are designed by Terri Olson of Sew Straight & Gather. Her tutorial on tracing Ottobre patterns in 15 minutes is genius.
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Sycamore Shorts Review

Sycamore Shorts - Pattern by Sew Like My Mom; Sewn By Knot Sew NormalMr T has a slight obsession with Mickey Mouse. He spotted this fabric in the remnant bin at Joann’s and had to have it. He carried it all over Joann’s so proud of it. He even told the cashier, “My mom is going to make me something.” I knew just what to make with it, The Sycamore Shorts from Sew Like My MomContinue reading