The Plaid and Boots Tour

This blog gets wordy and tangential. Please feel free to scan to the relevant paragraphs describing the garments and GIVEAWAYS highlighted in bold! If you’ve got some time on your hands, though, here’s my unabridged blog post for the Plaid and Boots Tour hosted my Laela Jeyne:

A little while back I got an email asking if I’d like to be part of a fall blog tour. A blog tour!?! Me!?!? Little ol’ ThreadBear? Did they send it to the right person? Once I ascertained that the invitation was, in fact, intended for me I was excited to see that I was among a talented group of ladies!

I was new to the Laela Jeyne line-up and had fun looking through all of her designs. She has a diversified portfolio of patterns that can build a lot of different looks throughout the year.

It gets better…..The tour was sponsored by a slew of fabric shops and manufacturers including: Knit PopRaspberry Creek FabricsMichael Miller, and Art Gallery. Oh the options……I was one of the last ones to get my selections made because I couldn’t decide and, let’s face it, I have a penchant for procrastination. I’m suuuuper good at procrastinating.

Enough about my weaknesses, let’s move on to my iron-clad attributes. A couple things that you might not know about me: 1. I love bonfires and 2. I love game nights. As luck would have it, one of the tour’s themes was “Bonfire/Game Night”. Boom! I typed in my name and immediately envisioned the Willa Vest and the Emily shirt. Good, check.

Fast forward three weeks ahead and I’m furiously quilting the panels of my Willa and wheeling my rotary cutter at warp speeds around the Emily pattern pieces. I procrastinated. Again. Luckily for me, the Willa and the Emily patterns are well drafted and their construction is well thought out and easy to understand. I was able to get them both done on time and I LOVE (love, love, love) how they turned out.

Now if you’re like me with small children then you have two different types of “game nights”. One is at home with your kiddos, refereeing who gets to use the Mr. Gumdrop piece on your 87th round of Candyland. The other type is a night out with your husband headed over to a friends’ house for a lively game of charades and a (few) festive libation(s). I decided to style my Laela Jeyne outfit for the later. I paired my black cowl-neck Emily with the Willa vest and some heels. This is my look to a tee!

Let’s talk about the Willa vest. It’s a flattering cut with princess seams, welt pockets, AND an attachable hood. I really love all of these options. I found the princess seams to fit me perfectly and be very flattering.

Even though it has a fitted feel with the princess seams I still feel like I have plenty of room….which is good because I’m going to be wearing it over sweaters, not my swimsuit. The fact that that bodice is two separate pieces also gives you  a great opportunity to color block. The armscyes, neckline, and hem are all bound with double fold bias tape. I used boring old black, but can we say “accent opportunity”? This method would be perfect for adding a fun print. I used a sturdy denim from Art Gallery Fabrics and it was the perfect fabric. I used a bamboo batting to quilt it and lined it with a plaid flannel that I got at Joann’s. Now it’s the love of my life. 

I did make one modification to the collar. I love a good popped collar and I usually wear my collars up on my vests.

Because of how I wanted to style it, I cut down the collar a bit so that it was more square instead of the folded down style as it was intended. Because of this I had to shorten my plastic zipper which turned out to be a win because I got to use my wood burning tool! I’m a craft junkie and, yes, I have a wood burning tool. (If you’re wondering about this zipper method, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.)

Onto the Emily top! I made two of this top. One with the jewel style neckline and the other with a cowl neck. Love and LOVE, respectively. The description of the shirt says that it’s a fitted shirt and that’s the truth. It fits me very well and it’s flattering and comfortable, but I would recommend sizing up if you’re going for any sort of “slouchy” look. Or, just sew up her new Sydney Slouchy Raglan pattern!  It also depends on your fabric a bit, too.

For the cowl neck version I used a brushed poly from LA Finch Fabrics. This was my first time using this substrate and I’m a convert. It’s so amazingly soft, easy to work with, and drapey. I added 3″ to this one and flared out the sides a bit. I’m a tunic-girl, what can I say? Other than those modifications, I think the fit is great!


The other Emily is one I made out of this knit from Art Gallery. I love this color paired with the color of the vest. As you can see, the shirt hits me in the right places, just snugly, as advertised. I like the higher neckline of this one, too.

I paired this one with my vest and leggings and my trusty Hunter boots for my “Bonfire” look……now, where’s the kerosene? I need a s’more.

Before you lose your mind with excitement over the prizes below, I just want to say that I was honored to be part of this tour and am so excited that I discovered Laela Jeyne Patterns!

THE GOODS! Tour sponsors have generously offered 3 great prizes. Below is a description of each prize and a rafflecopter to enter!!


CLICK  THIS LINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, to get a 20% discount on any of the patterns, use code: P&BTOUR20

     Tour Schedule


Kaleidothought – idle sunshine – Allie J.


Sew Pinspired – SewSophieLynn – The Wholesome Mama


Nini and Ash – Sew and Tell Project – Sweet Red Poppy


Pear Berry Lane – Paisley Roots – Threadbear Garments – Lace and Pine Designs 


Olive Ashby – Sunflower Seams – Elegantine

Want to know a  secret about my plan for this blog tour?? I fully intended to make the Taylor leggings to pair with my Bonfire look. However, and this shouldn’t come as any surprise, I procrastinated and ran out of time. Plus, the kids needed to be fed. BUT, you can get the patten for FREE if you join the Laela Jeyne Facebook Group!



  1. I love how your vest turned out! The plaid on the inside is the perfect touch. I love reading your posts, they are always so entertaining! I can totally relate to the different types of game nights!


  2. Leslie!! You are my sewing hero! These outfits are so fabulous and your sewing is total eye candy (speaking of Candyland, hahaha). I don’t know which I love more – your writing or your sewing! I want that vest for myself, and yes I would love to know more about this zipper method….


  3. Oh, that vest! I haven’t quite gotten up the get to it-ness to quilt one but now I really want to! I love what you did with yours! We’re finally getting to the point where it’s cold enough for more than just a plain old shirt, and seeing your vest has convinced me that I need this in my life!


  4. Agh!! I think I didn’t leave you a comment either. I swear I read your post. I guess I’m a total slacker lady. I love all your makes for the tour! Thanks so much for joining in on the fun! Your vest is so amazing!! Great work!


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