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 […]

Giveaway: Win a Craftsy Class!

This post contains affiliate links. This means we make a small amount if you purchase using our links, at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance for your support.  I believe I mentioned ages ago I had started taking a Craftsy class, Sewing With Knits. If you’re not familiar with Craftsy, here is the quick […]

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 […]

Add Box Pleats to any plain bodice pattern: Tutorial and pattern

Add box pleats: tutorial and pattern

Last week we shared our Little Tummy Tunic for infants.  Download your free pattern HERE.  It is a very simple straightforward top that lends itself to a number of variations.  I have been having fun with pleats of late and today I am going to show you how to add box pleats to your tunic. […]

The Little Tummy Tunic, Free pattern and tutorial

free pattern baby shirt

We originally shared this post as part of GYCT’s baby series. We are bringing it home and have expanded the free sizes available! The pattern below is available for download HERE. It comes in sizes 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 12 months. ********** Hi! My name is Rachel, I blog over at Once Upon a […]

Sewn by You: A round up!

Courtney's dress!

We love getting emails, Facebook messages, and seeing posts on projects you’ve completed using our tutorials. Seriously- it is one of our favorite parts of blogging! We thought today we would share some of those projects with you guys. We are going to try and do this every few months so please feel free to […]