Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns!

jack-o-lantern prep

Halloween is almost here.  It is time for one last minute fun craft/sewing project that we can use through Thanksgiving.   I love seasonal kitchen linens.  I change out all my kitchen towels seasonally,  so I’ve pulled out my pumpkins and witches and ghosts.  I have a couple of table runners with fall colored leaves, which are fun, […]

Wild Giraffe on the Loose!

giraffe 1

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 […]

Greenstyle Focus on Fall (Giveaway)

GreenStyle Patterns Focus on Fall

(There is an awesome giveaway happening at the bottom of the post make sure to check it out) We’ve been enjoying a beautiful Fall this year! The temperatures have been moderate and the colors great. This means we’ve really been able to enjoy dressing and sewing for Fall. Some years we have to skip right […]

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 […]

Working with Sequin Cloth- Halloween Hack

fairy title

Happy almost Halloween! My littlest announced she wanted to be a fairy princess this year, having gone all out in the princess dress last year I really wanted to keep the dress a little more straight forward. I was standing in front of a bunch of pink sparkly fabric feeling rather uninspired when I saw […]

The Ravenna Top

ravenna top

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 […]

A Cape for a Princess… or Sherlock Holmes

Stitchwerx Princess Anna Inspired Cape

Stitchwerx Designs released a Princess Anna inspired cape this month, and it has been a huge hit at our house, even though the style I choose to sew up was a little more Sherlock Holmes than Princess Anna. Cape season under the best of circumstances is pretty short where we live. However, the length and […]

Secret Garden Dress

secret garden dress

Today we are showing you our version of the Secret Garden Dress.   Rachel requested a special dress that M could wear for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday.  What a perfect solution.  Because M is tall and lean, I made a size 3 with added length.  That is working well for us and we felt […]

What is Your Skill Level?

The longer I sew it seems the less confident I am in my skills.  That is silly I know, but…..How do you evaluate your sewing skills?  When my daughters were in 4-H and exhibited their clothing in the county fair, we had to evaluate each item.  Was it a beginner or intermediate level or was […]