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 […]

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 […]

Small Fry Skinny Jeans: Pattern Parcel Tour #4

shorts 1

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 […]

I see London, I see France, I see the Boy’s Bundle!

Jocole boxers

The Bundle Up sale is officially live and this one is all for the boys. I’m happy to be able to show off one of the patterns include in this week’s boy bundle, the Jocole Tank and boxer set. This was a fun departure from what I’ve had on my sewing table as of late, […]

Some times things don’t go as planned, and other truths about this sewing project

offbeat oxford, boys shirt pattern

Not long ago I blogged about a shirt my son really loved. So when the chance to join in a pattern tour cropped up it was a happy circumstance. I was going to make more shirts anyway! The truth is my son is a bit more temperamental about having his picture taken, and I’m not […]

Classic Chinos- a zipper fly pant

classic chinos peek a boo patterns

In our search for the ever perfect pair of pants for O we tried the Classic Chinos (affiliate).  We had picked up some good bottom weight fabric at the warehouse during our last trip, we’re talking drive a truck over it tough stuff. I have tried several pant patterns lately and for some reason, the […]

Big Boy Duds. The Ethan Shirt

The Ethan, boys dress shirt pattern

Donna sewed up a big boy shirt for O! The Ethan shirt is included in the Sew Fab deal (just a couple more days!) Sewing for boys often gets the short end of the stick, but we were really happy to see lots of options for both kids in the pattern bundle. This shirt fabric […]

A Homemade Clothing Swap

haileys ruffled up jacket pattern

I just finished up participating in a fun handmade clothing swap. The swap was orchestrated through Peek a Boo Pattern shop. If you follow us you know we are a big fan of their patterns, so this seemed like a nice opportunity to connect with some like-minded sewers. Here is how it worked: You signed […]

Dino Pants (and a small pattern tester call)

Surfer Slacks pattern by See Kate Sew

It seems like the summer has blown past us this year.  First it took forever to get her and now blast…..its gone.  So when I was looking for a project for O I thought I would work up a pair of  Surfer slacks.  This pattern fits him well and since he will be starting preschool […]

Adapting Girl Patterns for Boys

Adapt girls pattern for boys sewing

I have found, like most who sew for boys, that girl sewing patterns are much easier to come by. Whether you sew from PDFs, books, or the big 4  girl patterns way out number the boys. They are also, in my opinion, way more tempting to buy! The problem is most of us are on […]