Flutter Sleeves: A variation for the free Peasant Dress

flutter sleeve neckline

Today we are going to offer you another variation on our basic peasant dress.  With a three year old that is getting more independent by the day, we are always looking for options that are easy on and easy off. M is a little thin on summer tops, so I took advantage of that to […]

A Crochet Sweater: A New Pattern from 2 Crochet Hooks

shawl sweater

We’re leaving the sewing machine today to share something a little different. I was very happy to get the opportunity to test a new pattern for the mother/daughter team 2 Crochet Hooks.  This is their first pattern,  and my first venture into the world of testing a crochet pattern. We are familiar with garment testing with […]

Free Pattern Review: Reversible Wrap Top

blue crossover

We all love free patterns.  In fact we have a pinterest board for them.  I also am in love with quick sews, especially for the kids summer clothes.  I found this cute pattern at Craftiness is Not Optional.  The fact that it is reversible is very appealing.  

Serger Mat with Scrap Bag

serger mat top

Since I set up my new sewing studio, my machines and waste baskets have all been rearranged and I find myself with serger scraps and threads everywhere.  Actually I have wanted a serger scrap bag for years, but there has always been something more pressing. Rachel said that she would like one too, but she tends […]

American Girl Doll Summer Wardrobe Giveaway

You’ve been waiting for it and the time has arrived for our third American Girl Doll Handcrafted Wardrobe Giveaway. This time the contributors have outdone themselves and created an incredible summer wardrobe. You are going to love it!! This fabulous giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, & contributors~ 1. Diana of […]

A Ruffled Nightgown, a pattern hack.

ruffled nightgown

Today we are excited to share with you a tutorial on turning your Ruffled PJ’s into a summer nightgown.   When we first released our PJ’s we were entering the cold weather months and offered you the option to make them up in flannel, fleece or cotton.    Well now that summer is right around the […]

Sneaking in Some Self Sewing

The Parisian Top by Go to Patterns

It’s been a little crazy lately. In between pattern testing and working on our own projects, Rachel and I are trying to get some things sewn for ourselves. The last time I sewed for myself was at Christmas and to say it was a disaster would be an understatement.   When I was a young […]

Vote for that Flip!

Flip this Pattern Color Block

Hey guys it’s time to vote! The voting has opened up over at Frances Suzanne. We would love for you to give our outfit a look, and a vote if you feel so inclined. Finding the voting and the other two looks HERE. See our original post below.   We are pleased and privileged to […]

Flip that Colorblock

Today we are over at Frances Suzanne with our version of the Colorblock.  Be sure to go over and check it out.  This year long series presents a pattern from a different designer each month and challenges bloggers to make it their own.  This months Colorblock dress is by Heidi and Finn. See the whole […]

Sewing Machine Mania


On Vacation. Last week Rachel and I had an opportunity to go on a short family vacation.  You may remember my telling you that I retired at the end of 2013. Well, my brother-in-law also retired, and one of my nieces was celebrating her 30th birthday.  We started talking and one thing led to another and soon […]