Hemlock Top for E&E

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I have a feeling all of the Matilda Jane lovers out there are going to love this new pattern from E&E patterns! The flutter sleeve is so reminiscent of the MJ style that many of us love. 

This is the Hemlock Top by E&E patterns with a couple modifications. The most obvious being that I created a dress out of the top pattern. I simply lengthened and widened the hem line to create a dress version. The main print for the dress is a Chez Ami knit. The striped sleeve fabric is from Banberry Place. I can't seem to find the exact prints still in stock, but there are many more to choose from.

I ended up having to widen the neckline for my daughter. Maybe she just has a big noggin! I was a tad lazy and just cut out the tight neckline to add a new one. The photos make it look a bit too wide now, but it actually seems just right in person.

I love the sleeve detail! It gives a great opportunity for variations. The entire dress could be made with a single print or solid. The sleeve flutter could be an accent print. The bodice, sleeve, and flutter could all be mixed prints or solids. Or, the sleeve could be the only variation creating sort of a layered look like I've done here.

I love when our little photo seasons can be turned into a fun little adventure. We spent about 15 minutes romping around William Faulkner's home at Rowan Oak. Tandy would lead, then I would. It's still hard to get her standing still and smiling at the same time, but I'm always glad when we can both leave happy.

Be sure to check out all of the new fall E&E patterns! There is a $1.00 off discount for the tour that will expire Oct. 24 and the coupon code is: TOUR.

Tandy the Clown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

As I indicated in the last post, Tandy will have a circus birthday party this year just before Halloween, so a costume fitting the occasion was in order. Perhaps there are a few too many photos, but I just couldn't leave any of these out!

I used the Modkid Bailey romper pattern to create the look. Sans the accessories, it will just be a colorful romper for next summer. The shorts portion of the romper is knit fabric adding even more comfort to the look.

The accessories bring it all together. I used spray glue to attach fabric to card stock to form the clown hat. The yarn pom poms are tacked onto the bodice of the romper with a needle and thread for easy removal later.

I'm hoping the large pom poms survive the party for Halloween night.


I love how this photo captures so much of Tandy's personality. Sweet, cute, and a whole lot of spunky.

I'll be including this with the signature style week at Project Run & Play. I know it's not what you would normally consider signature style, but if you browse my Halloween posts, you'll notice my trend of creating costumes with outfits that can be used beyond the season.

Be sure to come see what we have in store for some Halloween fun with Modkid patterns.

Circus Party Planning

Friday, October 3, 2014

Once again, it’s party planning season in our house. Tandy turns 3 at the end of the month, and she’s certainly something to celebrate. I’m guessing this is the last year that she will have little opinion over the party theme, so I’ll happily keep the ball in my court. Of course, she has been consulted, and happily taken on the character of a clown for her very own circus party.

You know I usually turn to my trusty and amazing designer friend for invitations, but this theme is nothing new and her schedule has gotten a little more demanding. A quick Etsy search resulted in over 3,000 circus party invitation options, so I new I could find the perfect thing. I’m loving this circus ticket invitation from Little Mountain Top. The ticket washi tape was the perfect thing to seal the envelope.

Can you believe the stamps my Mom found!?! Thank you USPS for providing these at the perfect time!

The main reason behind the circus theme is to make great use of all the elephant d├ęcor we collected for Tandy’s room. I’m pretty excited about all the inspiration I’ve collected on Pinterest. Stay tuned for how all the details will come together!

Modkid Wrap Skirt

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you are in need of a new skirt that is quick to sew, I've got the pattern for you! All you need is a few basic measurements, no pattern pieces, and you are set to sew the Modkid Wrap Skirt.

I made mine from a chambray from Walmart for an easy to wear look. You pick the length, so you can style it from mini to maxi. If you're not a fan of the bow, simply tie it off in a knot.

The wrap skirt pattern is available as a PDF or paper pattern. Happy Sewing!

Modkid Avery Sew-Along

Monday, September 15, 2014

Did you catch this announcement over on the Modkid blog last week!?!


There are different categories for prizes, so I hope you will join in the fun!

Modkid Avery Dress

I really love the fit on this Avery dress, and I’m excited to say that I finally sewed up an Avery for my Avery. These long sleeves make it perfect for fall. I think a pretty plaid would be fun for Christmas, and a chambray with cowgirl boots sounds perfect too.

Modkid Avery Dress

A chambray version with this collar detail is now on my list to sew. Don’t hold me to it though, because that list is way too long!

Modkid Avery Dress

Sew Japanese // Hand-made Little Girl's Clothes

Friday, September 12, 2014

I’m excited to be posting over at Nutta today for her Sew Japanese series. There is a bit of an interview about sewing with Japanese patterns and this book in particular, so be sure to go check out the details.

Japanese Knit Jumper

I’ve sewn this jumper before, but this time I used an old sweater of my husband’s for the fabric. It is an oatmeal colored knit that is somewhere between a sweater knit and a sweatshirt fleece. It’s hard for me to identify completely, but it’s super soft.

Japanese Knit Jumper

These petite pockets get me every time!! Love!

Japanese Knit Jumper

Japanese Knit Jumper

Once again, vintage buttons were in order.

Japanese Knit Jumper

I must admit, I’m sewing and styling for fall even though we’re still experiencing summer temps here. Thankfully it was still cool the morning of these photos!

Japanese Knit Jumper

Every time I dig into my Japanese sewing books, I want to sew more! Thanks for the push to pull these books out again Shino!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve written in my little space here. Last week was hard. H.A.R.D. It’s difficult to put it into words. I didn’t have a death in my immediate family, no one is seriously ill, nothing particularly bad happened. My circumstances in life were just a bit hard, probably no harder than yours, but it left me depleted. A friend shared something with me the other day, and I hope she doesn’t mind my sharing it with you. I want to echo her words. I want the Holy Spirit to enable me to experience joy in serving on a daily basis instead of being overwhelmed by my circumstances. Similar thoughts were mentioned in my bible study today about not letting anything get in the way of our worship and looking for the reason behind our circumstances where God may be trying to use us. I think He’s trying to get a point across!

back to school 2014

So, as I look at these pictures, I see the joys in the first lost tooth and the first day of First grade.

back to school 2014

I see the most beautiful sprinkle of freckles from the end of a good summer.

back to school 2014

I see my baby getting so big, and remember how excited she was that it was finally her turn to go to school even if it is only Mother’s Morning Out.

back to school 2014

back to school 2014

back to school 2014

Maybe in this quite moment, I can begin to put aside the sibling rivalry, the homework challenges, and discipline failures. I want to experience all the joys in their full, and especially see God at work in them.

Not Just for Jewelry

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Patty Young of Modkid just released her mini Jewelry Roll pattern in PDF form. I had the privilege of sewing one up and styling a few other ways to use the jewelry roll.

Modkid Jewelry Roll
My personal favorites, for the teacher or student, make the perfect back to school gifts! If you want to personalize your teacher gift with their favorite colors, don’t forget the teacher’s favorite things printable.
This is seriously a great beginner pattern!! It’s a quick sew and gives a great intro to installing a zipper. I’m thinking it would be a great pattern to teach a group to sew.

Book Review: Basic Black

Monday, August 18, 2014

Basic Black Book Review

Let’s face it black is a staple in every wardrobe. It’s slimming. It’s classic. It goes with just about anything. The latest Japanese sewing book, Basic Black by Sato Watanabe,  released by Tuttle publishing celebrates all things black.

Basic Black Book Review

Of course, you could make any one of the 26 patterns included in any color you’d like, but I love the variety of patterns and textures the book features while sticking to the basic black.

Basic Black Book Review

The button up shirts below show some of the more fitted silhouettes available in the Basic Black book as opposed to the usual loose fitting Japanese styles.

Basic Black Book ReviewBasic Black Book Review

This jacket and vest are two of my favorites in the book. Talk about fun textures!

Basic Black Book Review

There’s actually quite a variety of jacket options from blazers to long overcoats.

Basic Black Book Review

I love how the book shows the same pattern here in two fabric options giving two totally different looks with corduroy or chiffon.

Basic Black Book Review

The diagrams really make the pattern details stand out.

Basic Black Book Review

As with all Japanese pattern books that I have used, the directions for sewing are minimal, but the diagrams fill in the gaps.

Basic Black Book Review

My one complaint about the books is the sizing seems a bit tricky. Sizing options are broken down into three categories noted as “loose”, “garments with darts and shaping seams”, and “fitted”.  The finished size is shown, so you would need to use your measurements and account for the wearing ease you would like.

Basic Black Book Review

All in all, I think this Basic Black Japanese pattern book is a great addition to your sewing library. I can easily pinpoint 3 or 4 patterns I’d like to try!

I received the book, Basic Black, for free from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions provided are my own. I will only recommend products that I would use personally and are good for my readers.

The Sunny Dress by SewVery

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Veronica, of Sew Very, and I share similar backgrounds. We both left careers in engineering to stay home with children, and we discovered a passion for sewing in the process. Her love of sewing has lead to designing her first PDF pattern,and I'm thrilled to be a part of her first pattern tour!

Sunny Dress by SewVery

The Sunny Dress and Top pattern is such a quick and simple sew that I was able to complete it on my Mom's vintage machine with her vintage tools in a few quick sittings. It would have been even quicker if I'd had my turn-it-all tool for those long straps!!

The pattern has several options, dress or top and ruffle neck or no ruffle. I went with the Sunny Dress without the ruffle neck.

Sunny Dress by SewVery

The straps tie off at loops in the back that fall around the bottom of the shoulder blade.

Sunny Dress by SewVery

The sizing is great, and easily adjustable with the elastic in the back. For Avery, I sewed up a size 6 lengthened to a size 7.

Sunny Dress by SewVery
I can't leave you without discussing the fabric! A simple silhouette like this gives you lots of room to play with pretty prints. The Beauty Queen Charlotte print by Jennifer Paganelli really shines in this style!

There's a great line-up of guests on the pattern tour, so be sure to check them all out! During the tour, the Sunny Dress & Top pattern will be 20% off with code SUNNY20. Before you go, be sure to enter to win a copy of the Sunny Dress & Top below!

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