Monthly Archives: August 2015

Skirts with Flare

08-flareskirtI tend not to make a lot of skirts and dresses simply because I don’t have a lot of opptunities to wear them. However, when I got this floral material in my June Knitfix bag, I knew that it had to become a skirt. Last week I mentioned that I had cut out Jalie’s half-circle\flare skirts and today I have a finished look – and I love it!

I’m really kicking myself for not making this skirt sooner… I am pretty sure that it took me longer to put the pattern together than stitch this up. My only regret is that I didn’t put the wider waistband on this – while the 1″ looks fine, I think it would have a fun retro vibe if I would have made it at least 2″ (I think I would also add a bit of elastic too because it fits a tad loose on me).  Now I’m hitting my fabric stash and making a few more (definitely one in a woven) because I am pretty sure Taylor is eyeing this pattern as well!

Floral Flare

Being a bit of a pattern hoarder, it probably comes as no surprise that some patterns often sit untouched. Last year I had purchased Jalie 3458 (half-circle and flare skirts) with the idea that I would whip up some cute skirts for summer…. I even purchased fabric! However, I got distracted with other projects and it never happened….. until yesterday.



I’m normally not a floral person, but when I saw the print in my June Girl Charlee Knit Fix bag, I knew that I wanted to make a pretty, feminine skirt. Since I had already used a (small) portion of this material for a shirt, I had just enough to make a flared skirt. I’ve pieced together the PDF, cut the pieces (I’ve opted for the flared skirt with the 1″ waistband), and am ready to sew! I think when I’m finished I may whip up a few pairs of underwear while I’m at it too… this print is too pretty not to use everywhere!

Linky Thursday

Who says machine covers have to be boring? This caravan cover is the cutest one I’ve seen!

Know a college bound student? This 6-pocket bath caddy would make a great going away gift (this is a great pattern to keep in mind for graduation gifts, too).

This boho style skirt looks great on the beach, but is perfect for a casual night out, too!

Looking for a new bag for back to school? The Malibu Satchel might fill your needs. Needing something simpler that can carry books back-and-forth? Try this quick 20-minute Library Bag instead.

Your next purse doesn’t have to be boring. Grab some attention with this fun, fish purse.

Hot weather means little girls can romp around in Triple Layer Ruffle Skirts or  adorable shorts – both work for great back to school looks!

A creative twist when writing your name on school supplies: a zippered pencil case with a “chalk board” front. You can find an alternate version here.

There’s still more time left to enjoy the summer. Hit the beach in a DIY halter and high waist bikini.

Last Christmas, I made Easton a fabric campfire set and winged it. Too bad I didn’t have this tutorial for a felt version and then I could have tossed in the s’mores kit, too!

Even beginners can make this knot tote!

Turkey Day

08-turkeyDoes your family have any unusual family traditions? One of ours is our annual “Thanksgiving in July”…. which usually happens in August because July seems to be too busy (not to mention hot) to celebrate. We started this tradition because we got tired of waiting a year to eat turkey with all the trimmings – so we break it up by feasting in the summer too.

So instead of sewing, today I am happily bustling around the kitchen baking, cooking, and peeling away! So what are some of your unusual family traditions?

Foxy Lady Tee

08-foxyAugust isn’t halfway over, but it is quickly becoming a month of unfortunate (sewing) events. Between fabric panels too small to use, unflattering patterns, and denim without enough stretch…. a lot of my sewing plans have fizzled. So yesterday I decided to work on a quick, tried-and-true project in an attempt to get myself back on track.

I sifted through my patterns and fabric stash and came up with the Trifecta Top and the fox family print I had picked up from Girl Charlee awhile back to make one adorable shirt that I call, the “Foxy Lady Tee”.  I used the cap sleeved, high-scoop style with a waistband hem and contrast band and sleeves to give this tee a different look from other tops I have in my closet. Best of all, this shirt was made in an afternoon and gave me enough mojo to work on a few other upcoming and larger projects I have in the works!

The Romper That Will Never Be

08-romperWhen you try out new patterns\companies, there are times that you win some and times that you lose some. This weekend, I thought I would finish off the last bit of summer sewing by making a romper. I stumbled across Winter Wear Designs Riviera Romper, looked at some of the finished photos and decided to give it a go (using the “Tahitian Sunset” print from my bargain lot bundle).

After attaching one arm binding, I can honestly say I’m not in love. First off, there is a lot of binding to this pattern… normally, I might not mind, but the end result is overly bulky and the method is less than pretty. So, I did an initial test fit to see if I wanted to go on and didn’t care for all the excess material around the waistline on me (the photo on my dressform doesn’t accurately show the fullness) – I realize that it will be gathered and distributed more evenly, but honestly, I don’t need people 08-papercutterwondering if I’m having another baby when I wear this. Consequently, I’ve decided to scrap this project. I’ve put it aside and may revisit it, but I think I may chalk this up as a loss.

On the bright side….. I finally got to use my paper cutter! There were quite a few pages to this pattern and the paper cutter totally sped things along in assembling them – bring on all those new PDFs because I’m totally ready for them!



Cosplay Planning

08-harleyThis year’s Comic-Con has come and gone, but it’s not to late to start planning for next year, right? I’ve been itching to make cosplay costumes for quite some time, but have put them on the back burner to other projects…. but this year, I’m taking the plunge and not putting it off.  In fact, I’ve got patterns lined up and fabric on order – this is happening, people!

I have 3 different ideas in mind: Harley Quinn (not the classic, more along the line of the DC relaunch), Catwoman (Arkham Knight version), and of course, Wonder Woman (I have material for the classic, but I’m thinking Bombshell style). I’m guessing that Harley will be first, but we’ll see which one inspires me more once all my materials come in.


Linky Thursday

Need a new top, but don’t have much time to sew? This 20 minute tunic is just the answer. Want a few more tops with just a different twist? Try the Hemlock Tee, too!

Learn a unique way to quilt a purse and make this fun Starry Night Clutch.

Skip the school lunches and bring your own … and pack it in a beautiful bento bag.

Transform your favorite ribbon into a pencil pouch.

Create a beautiful, full pleated mini-skirt.

Get ready for back to school and sew up a teardrop tote. Need something smaller for your child? Try this mini-messenger instead.

Enter enter to win a tulip mini tote.

Keep your sunnies safe with a pretty padded case.

Learn how to drape a skirt to make a tropical sarong design.

Keep your iPad safe and stylish with a new case.

National Underwear Day



Happy National Underwear Day! I’ve decided that I might celebrate this one by sewing a new pair of undies! I have quite an assortment of patterns that I’ve collected including Jalie (3242 is my favorite because it has so many different styles for men and women), Ohhh Lulu (I love the ruched back version), and Kwik Sew (3881 is a good pattern with lots of styles). Which pattern(s) is your favorite?


The definition of a sewing disappointment: When you measure your child, trace a pattern, then go to cut the fabric only to discover the panel is too small for the pieces.



I attempted to work with my Rudes panel yesterday (I was thinking a simple, ‘layered look’ tee for Easton) and found that it is too small to fit a body of a shirt. I’m not sure if it was just such a small cut, it shrunk during the wash, or a combination of the two, but now I’m going to have to re-think what I am going to do with this fabric… I’m definitely going to need to use it soon because in another year, this print will probably look too young for Easton.