Create the Perfect Fit Book Review and Giveaway

Create the Perfect Fit Book Review on The Cottage Mama.

Today I’m excited to introduce a new book to you all, Create the Perfect Fit by my friend, Joi Mahon! I met Joi several years ago when we were both 1st time teachers at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion. I was teaching children’s garment construction and Joi was teaching an incredible draping class. Everyone who took Joi’s class raved about it and everything in her classroom looked straight out of Project Runway (I’m pretty sure if she were on that show, she would win)………she is the real deal. Anyway, fast forward and now Joi has released her first book and several printed patterns with the McCall’s Pattern Company. I’m so thrilled for her and I wanted to share a little bit about her book and giveaway an autographed copy to one of you!

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Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Pattern

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Pattern by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

Do your kids have special Halloween Trick or Treat Bags? I have been wanting to make my kids their own personalized Halloween Trick or Treat Bags for several years now. I have admired some of the cute ones I've seen in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and thought about ordering them several times. But my conscious always held me back since I knew I could make them very easily if I just took the time to create a pattern. So this is the year........we are due with our 4th child in about two weeks and she will be the final little one to complete our family, so this was … continue reading

Indoor Photography Shooting Guide

Indoor Shooting Guide by Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters. Review on The Cottage Mama.

So today I wanted to take a minute to let you know about a fantastic new downloadable e-book, the 'Indoor Shooting Guide' from my book photographer, Amy Tripple, and a fellow photography colleague of hers, Heidi Peters. I absolutely adore Amy's work. There was no one else I would have rather photographed all the adorable little girls and clothing in my book, 'Sew Classic Clothes for Girls'. Amy's work is fresh, inspiring and just.....well........stunning. Amy doesn't live far from me and here in the Midwest, we are forced to take many of our photos indoors during … continue reading

New Patterns from The Cottage Mama

Double Dutch Cardigan Pattern from The Cottage Mama.

New Patterns from The Cottage Mama now available! I have been working really hard behind the scenes finishing up three patterns that I wanted to release before baby girl arrived........and I did it! The new patterns have been released and I am so happy to share a little more about them with you today. … continue reading