An Auction to support Pediatric Cancer Warriors

Hello and welcome my friends, Thank you for stopping here today!  Today’s post is directed towards a special cause – one we hope that you might want to contribute towards.

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The Go Gold campaign by ACCO is geared towards raising funds to help support pediatric cancer warriors.  The ACCO aims to provide help and support for children and families living with cancer, and campaigns for more awareness and research in this area to give our cancer warriors a better chance at fighting the war against cancer. Proceeds raised from this auction will go directly to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO).

To that effect, makers and bloggers have worked towards an auction where both handmade and non-handmade products will be auctioned off with the proceeds going directly into the ACCO funds. I am honored to be part of this wonderful group of women who’ve put in so much effort into such an important cause.

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Read on to see what I’ve made for the auction and if you like them, please visit the Pediatric Cancer warriors auction page to bid for them. The auction starts on Oct 27th at 8:00 a.m. EST and ends on Oct 28th at midnight. I encourage you to visit this page where a lot of handmade as well as non-handmade items are listed, you just might find something you like! You can help support the cause by sharing the word about our auction.

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First up is the Girls Brooke Blossom skirt by Orange Daisy patterns. It features a half circle skirt with a dramatic high-low hem. If you want to see more on why we love this skirt so much, you can see my review here.

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The fabric I used is a really soft and drapey cotton polyester blend. I like the bright and cheery Hawaiian print and find it perfect for this pattern. This is a size 2 made to fit a child with a waist measurement of 21″ inches and height of 35″. All raw edges are completely enclosed by french seams.

The second item that I made for the auction is an all time favorite around here! The Cascade maxi by Chalk and Notch   is one of my daughter’s favorite dresses this season. It features a bias-cut maxi skirt with a lovely high-low hem.

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This is a size 2 maxi,  made to fit a child with a height of about 35″. This gorgeous dress is made from a cotton lawn with a lovely drape. All of the raw edges are enclosed by french seams.

We have had help from some amazing sponsors who have donated generously for this cause, I would like to thank our sponsor Upcraft club who is donating a $20 gift certificate for a GIVEAWAY to help us spread the word about our Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warriors Auction.

The Upcraft Club has an amazing collection of high quality PDF sewing patterns for projects ranging from appliqués and accessories all the way to outerwear jackets for both kids and adults. They offer great discounts and membership prices as well. If you are looking for more inspiration and reviews for some patterns available through the Upcraft Club here’s some:

Shawna from TroopsToTots made this adorable Cosette Dress by Violet Field Threads and blogged about it here. Here’s another lovely creation of the Grace dress by Violet Field Threads reviewed by Shawna here. Aren’t they precious?

The All Spice Dress PDF pattern by Paisley Roots is another lovely pattern available through upcraft club, with many options and styles to take you through all seasons!

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the $20 gift certificate to Upcraft Club. You can browse and bid for the items you like here.

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Blog Tour for “Go Gold©” Auction
Benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization


19th The Adventures of Bubba and Bug and Troops To Tots Giveaway is 5 copies of “Wild Things” by Molly Goodall
Giveaway is 6 month subscription to Seamwork Magazine
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to PhatQuarters and pattern stash
Giveaway is $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to UpCraft Club
Giveaway is the book “Building Block Dress” by Lisel Gibson of Oliver & S.
GO GOLD® is the registered trademark of the American Childhood Cancer Organization

Arenal Top – Pattern Test for Itch to Stitch

I have a new perfect-for-fall top pattern to share with you guys today! The Arenal top from Itch to Stitch is a lovely knit top with great details like shoulder accents and a beautiful soft V-neck. This well drafted pattern includes two bodice styles – a swing bodice with a handkerchief hem that includes a really nice hem finishing method, and a fitted bodice with a regular hem. It comes with two sleeve lengths 3/4th length and full length.

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I used a sweater knit (from Jo Ann fabrics) with 100% horizontal stretch and minimal vertical stretch for my first version. And for shoulder accents a rayon jersey knit from my stash. Picking fabrics that are incredibly hard to photograph must be my thing, the sweater knit is a shimmery teal and of course it doesn’t show 😦 and the shoulder accent fabric is a gold and black knit.

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The fit was spot on with no adjustments required for my size. I love how neatly fitted it is in the bodice, especially the arm scye. This is a very well drafted pattern with notches (I am partial to patterns that have notches that help me align everything nicely) and clearly explained tutorial and illustrations.

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The handkerchief hem is definitely my favorite feature, and the instructions and the way the pattern piece is drafted to get a nice mitered corner at the hem are some really neat features of the Arenal top pattern.

For my second version, I tried the fitted bodice with regular hemline, also in 3/4th length sleeves.

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The crimson rib knit that I used for my second version is also from Jo Ann fabrics, it has great stretch and recovery and works really well for this pattern though I do believe I could have easily sized up so its nearly not as fitted. The shoulder accents lace fabric is from hobby lobby.

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I’d never even attempted a V-neck until my recent Union St tee and now after making up this lovely curved V-neck Arenal top, I want to make all the V-neck tees! Wouldn’t they be perfect for fall and winter, a wardrobe full of long sleeved v-neck tees?

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This is my first time testing for Kennis Wong as well as trying an Itch to Stitch pattern, and I am thoroughly impressed by the quality of the pattern as well as the testing process. Suffice to say, I will be exploring more patterns from Itch to Stitch.

If you have been on the fence about getting this pattern, I highly recommend it – for the quality of the pattern, the instructions and for the simple fact that we all need a well fitted v neck top in our closets 🙂

You can check out more tester versions here. The Arenal top PDF pattern is currently on sale until wednesday Oct 19th for 20% off at $8 (regular price $10).

Happy Sewing!!