Shortie Nightgown & Bloomer Tour

shorite 1

Today we are happy to be part of the Shortie Nightgown tour.  This summer pj pattern is from GYCT Designs.  Chelsea has come up with a versatile summer staple.  You can adjust the length to your liking making either a nightgown or bloomers and top.  I mixed and matched and changed up the sleeve a […]

Easter Dress Complete!

Savannah Pleated Party Dress

The first time I saw the Savannah, I fell in love with it and knew I needed to sew it up for M.  I am still not sure if it was the dress itself or the sweet little red head on the title page.   We have gotten to the point where we ask, do […]

Patterns for Pirates, Deep Sea Vneck

V neck pattern

A couple weeks ago I had the chance to pattern test a new top from a new pattern company Patterns for Pirates. This is a pattern company focused on producing patterns tailored for boys. The company currently has 3 patterns. The Jolly Roger Raglan, the Pirate Playground Shorts, and the pattern I tested the Deep […]

A Happy Handmade Clothing Swap

Tie Dye Butterfly Dress

Receiving something sewn by someone else in the mail is a special kind of happy mail day. I don’t know why but there is a different appreciation for something that someone else has made. It feels crisper, you can appreciate the construction with a different eye. I think it is because you have some separation […]

Transition Season Sewing

ava blouse

This is a funny time of year in the midwest.  We can have several inches of snow one day and the next day the sun comes out and it is 50 degrees!  It makes dressing children a challenge to say the least.  Once the kids start to shed their winter clothes, they really don’t like to go […]

Tracing Patterns: Options, the good, the bad, the cost

What to use for tracing patterns, cost, benefits, and suppliers

If you sew using PDF patterns, chances are you’ve debated whether to just print and cut or trace your size. And if you do trace, what do you use?! What is the easiest to use, the most affordable, what’s the BEST? I prefer to print once and then trace.  I must admit printing and taping […]

A New Spring Jacket

haileys Ruffle Jacket peek a boo patterns

It’s time!  With the beginning of daylight savings time on Sunday, can spring really be THAT far away?  M has grown like a weed over the winter and will need a new light jacket.  Spring in the Midwest is still chilly, so we opted for a mid weight fabric. Last summer Rachel made up a […]

St. Patty’s Day Dress

A St. Patty Dress, girls dress pattern

Late last year a friend of mine from work had asked me to make a special dress for her granddaughter’s first birthday.  She had a vision of a wrap dress with pleats.  Projects where you are working to meet a vision are always a challenge.  I showed her several pictures and we decided on the […]

The GreenStyle Laurel Tunic and Dress (and a 1 degree photoshoot)

Greenstyle Laurel Tunic and Dress

I made up my first GreenStyle pattern this weekend! It needs to warm up so I can sport my new dresses. I dropped my coat and we did the fastest photo shoot ever for this post. We topped out at 1 degree for the high today. Guys I’m so over winter. The pattern calls for […]

Fairytale Time

Fairytale Dress

Recently we were given the opportunity to review a pattern from The Tie Dye Diva. Miss M loves full and twirly skirts, so given a choice we opted for The Fairytale Dress.  Big bows, twirly skirt and a little tulle right up her alley! This dress appeals to me on every level.  The skirt is […]