Modkid Avery Sew-Along

Monday, September 15, 2014

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

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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!

Circumstances

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!

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

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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.

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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!

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

Monday, August 11, 2014

I seem to find inspiration everywhere I shop, store, window, or online. I love the challenge of recreating another look for my own. Heidi’s Knock it Off series over at Elegance & Elephants is what initially drew me to her blog. Now I’m here participating for my second time! I have a Pinterest board filled with ideas and styles I’d love to knock off. The dress I chose to knock off is from this Pin by Max Mara. I can’t find the original dress anymore, but the Max Mara dresses generally run around $500. My version cost less than $20, but the real fun was creating a toddler look based on the adult design.

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

I used the Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress pattern to accomplish this look. As usual with Oliver + S patterns, I have nothing but good things to say.

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

I made the dress length (View A), but used the shorter sleeves of View B to mimic the cap sleeves of the original dress.

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

I love those welt pockets, and so does Tandy!

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

The main change that I made to the pattern was with colorblocking to create the color variation below the bodice. Liesl had a great tutorial for colorblocking on her blog. You can see the basics below where I cut the pattern piece at the desired point and added seam allowances.

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

Thanks Heidi for including us in this fun series!! There are prizes for sewing along, so be sure to check out Elegance & Elephants for all the details.

Knock It Off Hide and Seek Dress

If you’d like to check out a few of my previous knock-offs, check out the miniBoden skirt, Tea collection dress, Oscar de la Renta dress, and glam shorts.

Nautical Desert Rose

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

When Caila, of Caila Made, sent out the tester call for the Desert Rose pattern, I filled out my info and crossed my fingers that I’d get picked. I had seen her Desert Rose dresses pop up in her Instagram feed over and over, and I knew I needed to make one. This is a seriously sweet look! It has options too. You can choose from tunic or dress length and ruffle or no ruffle neckline. You can also follow a skirt pattern piece for an A-line cut or follow a dimension chart for simple rectangles. I opted for the A-line, no ruffle dress version. She’s even added directions for side seam pockets!

My sister in law generously gave me the nautical print. I think it is a poplin but if you need to know more I’ll have to ask. The dot is an old line by Barbara Jones called Bubblegum Basics.

I scored the adorable buttons at Textile Fabrics in Nashville during a recent trip.

I love the scoop of this neckline, and Avery loves that she can dress and button herself.

And, she highly approves of the twirl factor.

This is the perfect light and breathable pattern for summer sewing, but I saw a few tester’s photos layered with long sleeves underneath. So basically, you could create something year round with this pattern. I see tunics and leggings in our future! You can purchase the Desert Rose Dress & Tunic pattern here.

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along

Monday, July 28, 2014

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I’m on vacation all this week, but you can find me posting over at Modkid for a Sun & Surf Tote sew-along. Come join us!! If you need any incentive, there’s an awesome prize pack involved!

Knock it Off

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elegance & Elephants

I get excited every year when the Knock it Off series gets underway at Elegance & Elephants. Just take a look at the line up of guest bloggers! This year there is even a sew along with prizes for participating. So, follow along and sew along to join in the fun! I’ll be back in August with a fun adult style knocked-off for a kiddo. See you then!

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