Wild Giraffe on the Loose!

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When my grandson requested to be a giraffe at Halloween, he could not be dissuaded.  Rachel has made costumes for her kids for years, so I was excited that this little guy wanted me to make his costume. Off to the drawing board I went.  In the midwest, Halloween can be a miserable weather day.  We could […]

Special Dresses for a Special Day


Our baby daughter got married on Saturday and it was quite an event!  She was our fourth and last child to marry and so the excitement was quite high.  Everyone was dressed up nicely of course, and I really wanted the littles to look just as spify as the grown ups.  So I set out […]

The ICON Coat

ICON coat

Rachel and I were able to test the ICON Coat for the recently released Fall Lookbook by See Kate Sew.  I have not sewn a coat in years and was in desperate need of a coat for the transition season now upon us.  So I gave it a whirl. I made my version out of a […]

The Ravenna Top

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Recently Rachel and I both had the opportunity to test the Ravenna Top  by Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs.  The top has a scoop neck in the back and an exposed zipper with a double ruffle framing the back neckline. This top is a straightforward and quick sewing project.  The illustrations and directions are clear and well […]

Honey Bunny Funnybunny- Sew Many Books

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I’m very excited to be taking part in Sew Many Books today, a series showing off looks inspired by favorite book characters. The book the kids and I choose was Honey Bunny Funnybunny.(affiliate) A story about a big brother who torments his sister with all the best tricks- like mixing up her paint colors, switching […]

More Testers ( The Older Girls)

OUSM Designs

{Image from Jessica} Our Button Up Jumper is sized up to 8 Years.  We would not want all this fun for only the littlest ones.  Today we are featuring size 4-8.  Looking for smaller sizes?  You can find some samples HERE. Some of these girls chose their own fabrics.  It is always fun when the recipient can […]

Tester Round Up {the littlest testers}

12 month jumper

We can’t tell you all what wonderful testers we had for our Button Up Jumper the past few weeks.  They were wonderful helping us to get the perfect fit for our Jumper.  They showed us their creativity and special added touches that made us as designers thrilled.  It was so much fun to see our […]

Willow and Co Back to School Sewing

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There is a sewing contest going on with Willow and Co Patterns in honor of back to school.  Ms M is starting preschool this year and she will need clothing that actually can be mixed and matched.  The prize package is great, so I figured as long as I was sewing why not give it […]

Small Fry Skinny Jeans: Pattern Parcel Tour #4

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We broke out the denim and a pattern we’ve heard a ton about to make up an amazing pair of shorts this week. The Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads is part of the the Perfect Pattern Parcel #4, which is now available.  Are you as excited as we are these are BOY patterns?  As […]

Button Up Jumper {Tester Call}

Button Up Jumper OUSM Designs

We’re sharing an upcoming project with you today- and we would love you to be a part of it! We are currently testing a new pattern, the Button Up Jumper. Designed as a layering piece the jumper features a pocket and gathered front. The front bodice buttons into the waistband which wraps around the back […]