Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tobago mania

I saw a tutorial for cutting up the Tobago and was inspired to make a few summer dresses. I love how quick that pattern is (seriously, 4 dresses in a matter of days) but also love having a go-to bodice and a more fun skirt portion. I think my favorite of these all is the space dress, came out so cool!

Jane loves hers, especially the one I used lace on for a challenge, pretty, fancy, and I finally did a strip-work skirt as well!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Knit Dress Success

Finally took the knit leap by testing the Audriella Dress. It came out quite lovely and wasn't that big of a deal to sew it! Kinda funny that we got a warm-up with our temperatures outside, even though we still have a ton of snow. I promise she's not freezing!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paint party

So, birthday dress for paint party...didn't come out quite like I wanted. It's a Bishop style, and while I thought it looked super cute, it's really puffy; I kinda think I can now sew choir robes! Le-sigh. Looked cute with the apron from Gram Nomi, though!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day tunic

Super love Sisboom's sophie tunic. Youngest found a random remnant...we're going to an aquarium at the end of the month...she insists it's for that and not Valentine's Day, but she let me snap a picture!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Prairie Girl

We've been working our way through the Little House on the Prairie series at bedtime this winter. The girls decided they needed bonnets and Laura & Mary dresses. So cute! Used a great tutorial from Given Moment's blog for the bonnet.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Skirts

Picked up the LollypopPi pattern and love how it turned out. Knit waistband was a new challenge, but I think I made it work.  So fun having coordinated outfits with their cousins. Each has the red star fabric and a different print.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fantastic Fall

I've been wanting some family pictures, and my neighbor takes fantastic ones. Turned out amazing!  Had to make up outfits for the girls...Turned out pretty cute.  Penny has the Adelaide dress from Seamingly Smitten. She doesn't love the open back, but such a cute dress! It's line and love the long sleeves. It came together pretty quickly and easily. I tried a CKC peasant dress for Jane as she's out of the size range from my fav peasant dress pattern.   Came out cute, but not my fav to make. I really really dislike measuring and not having an actual pattern.  Found it ran super narrow, so had to alter it.  May have to be on the look-out for another one to try!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pearfect tunic!

I super love this pattern!  After trying the Tobago top for Jane, I got the Sophie tunic.  Just made one for Penny for fall.  Eek. Seriously.  It's so flipping cute!  She loves it and I am starting the next one soon!  It's pretty quick to sew it, too!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


It's been a labor of love, seemingly all summer long.  This pattern just takes so much time and so many pieces!  I pieced the front pocket out of some Modern Bliss quilt leftovers.  Love. Used more leftovers on the inside and the strap.  It's kinda fun to have all the different colors going on. Also super love the owl fabric I found in the remnant bin, perfect for little surprise inside the exterior pocket.  Even though I love the charcoal with the colors, I didn't love sewing with the linen, and didn't love how the interfacing didn't stick to it very well.  Guessing it's going to be a very wrinkly bag once I start using it. Excited to use this bag this fall, regardless!  I padded the front pocket, so hoping it keeps my kindles safe. :D

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little Big Girl

Whipped out a Tobago Dress from Sisboom patterns. Cut on the bias, which was new to me, but came out super cute.  Perhaps a bit much for my 8 year old, kinda funny what fabric choice can do! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sugar & Spice

I was happy to test out Peek-A-Boo Pattern's new Sugar & Spice Top and Dress. It's a darling pattern.  I made the basic top.  I've had this batik fabric for a little while, and I was recently searching for a top pattern that would work with it...and I recently got a Kam snap setter.  Perfect fit for this pattern, the basic top has optional piping details that really set it off.  The back closes with snaps!  I'm really liking those as closures for the kids, much easier for them to do than buttons on their backs.  I've decided that installing piping and flipping it for the reveal is just about as much fun as pulling a bag/purse out from the reverse and finally seeing it come together!  The piping on this top is just so much fun.  I'm excited to do more of the options-a dress length and the flutter sleeves. It's a great pattern for an adventurous beginner.  You may need to go slow with the piping, but it's all very doable. A great pattern to have in your files!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Somewhere over the Rainbow, there's a Unicorn!

Rainbow unicorn birthday party calls for a unicorn dress.  Recently released fabric with unicorns AND rainbows on it?  Yes, please!  Gold piping?  Why not!  I used the Kate's dress pattern again as I wanted her to be able to wear the dress for more than just her party.  I did add some length to it, both since I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible, and also to give it a little longer wear as she grows.  The horn was made using this Unicorn Crown tutorial as inspiration....that and liberal use of the hot glue gun. Bit past the party, but finally got some nice outside pictures of her outfit.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I had the opportunity to sew Peek-A-Boo Pattern's Oxford Cap recently.  I've never tried making a hat before, and I'm loving it.  So much fun, and even better that it's reversible.  I love the style of this one, it's kinda sassy in a girl's version!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bay Dress

Recently couldn't resist picking up a pattern bundle.  Figured it had a number of useful patterns, and this Bay top, which is just soo cute.  I love the back, and finding the coconut shell buttons worked perfectly with this fabric that's been hanging out in my stash for too long.  I used the Oxford Cap pattern again for the hat, the reverse is more patriotic, but really fun to have a top with a matching hat!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Apron Love

We've been busting through nice shirts when the girls get interested in some kind of project.  Only craft aprons we had were ones from the Home Depot kid's building day.  I found the Growing Up Sew Liberated's Basic Child's apron, and it was just what I was looking for.  I used some stripy IKEA homedec fabric for the girls' aprons, and made one for my nephew with the coloring book fabric and some random woodgrain quilting cotton.  Hoping they get lots of use, even though they're cute unstained!