Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I’m happy to announce that Stephanie Woodson is the winner of the tshirt of her choice from Wee Rascals! If you didn’t win this time, remember to sign up for the newsletter at Wee Rascals for a free shipping code on your first order. I know they have a summer line plus their first female hero shirt in the works, so follow the Wee Rascals Facebook page for updates.

Also, thank you all for your support for my Flip This Pattern look. This sewing adventure is always stretching me and taking me places I never would have imagined.



Dressed for Deuce

Friday, April 18, 2014

It’s finally time for the vote!! Please head over to Frances Suzanne and pick your favorite look for Flip this Pattern!
When I first picked out this swimsuit fabric and sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee, I thought I would flip the Heidi and Finn Colorblock dress pattern into a swimsuit and cover-up. My daughter starting tennis lessons this semester, got me thinking about a fun tennis outfit for her. The result of my flip includes two top versions and one tennis skirt. Each piece features comfort and plenty of room for movement.

Flip this Pattern - Colorblock Dress to Tennis Outfit
The sketch below shows the beginnings of my pattern modifications to create the long sleeve sweatshirt version of the top. I used the size 6 pattern to make sure the fit would be loose and comfy. My goal was to maintain the colorblock in the original pattern design and extend it down the length of the sleeve.

The stripes meet at the top of the sleeves to form a fun point.
Flip this Pattern - Colorblock Dress to Tennis Outfit

For the tennis skirt, gathering the bottom most pattern piece made for the perfect skirt length. The skirt also features hidden shorts underneath for modesty while on the courts.

Flip this Pattern - Colorblock Dress to Tennis Outfit

Finally we come to the short sleeve top. I sized down to a 4 for a more fitted top since the knit had plenty of stretch. Instead of colorblocking the top, I slipped in a strip of the swimsuit fabric for a faux piping detail.

Flip this Pattern - Colorblock Dress to Tennis Outfit

Warm or cool, this girl’s ready to serve up some points!

Flip this Pattern - Colorblock Dress to Tennis Outfit

As for the name, deuce is a score of 40–40 in a game. A player must win two consecutive points from a deuce to win the game. With two looks in the bag, she’s poised for a win!!

Flip this Pattern - Colorblock Dress to Tennis Outfit

What a fun series this has been! Remember, please vote here!

Wee Rascals Giveaway

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I’m so excited to be teaming up with Wee Rascals to launch their first girl’s raglan tee! Lucky for us, they are starting the girl’s line with the Abraham Lincoln print. Avery became a real fan after memorizing Mr. Lincoln, President by Alice Leedy Mason last fall for school. I love the premise behind the Wee Rascals business, “Wee Rascals was born out of a desire to see real life heroes have meaning in our kids' lives and wardrobes. Wanting something different from the mass marketing of cartoon characters, we recognized a need to present faces of real people for all kids to admire. We set out to rediscover who a SUPER hero really was and we ended up finding several along the way.”

Abe Lincoln by Wee Rascals

Avery asked to sleep in her shirt the first time she put it on. These are super soft and a great lightweight knit for spring and summer.

Abe Lincoln by Wee Rascals

The neon pink gives the tees the perfect girly / modern vibe.

Abe Lincoln by Wee Rascals

Abe Lincoln by Wee Rascals

As for the pants I sewed to complete the look, they are the Daphne pattern by Violette Fields Threads. The fabric is an oldie but a goodie from the Hope Chest line by Josephine Kimberling. For those of you who sew, any one of the Wee Rascals tees is a great addition to handmade skirts, pants, or shorts.

Violette Fields Threads Daphne

The pop of the neon pink Kam snaps at the leg cuffs really ties is all together.

Violette Fields Threads Daphne

To add a little history to this post, I took the photos at College Hill Presbyterian church around the corner from our house. General Grant and General Sherman were known to have used the church and its grounds during the Civil War.


Now, to the really good stuff. The lovely ladies behind Wee Rascals have generously offered to give away a tee of your choice to celebrate their girl’s launch. Enter to win below! The winner will be announced on April 23, 2014. Also, if you sign up with your email address on the Wee Rascals website, you will receive a free shipping code for your first purchase.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Note: I received the tshirts for free from Wee Rascals. All opinions provided are my own. I will only recommend products that I would use personally and are good for my readers.

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We’ve been enjoying a little spring green by way of asparagus lately. Since my daughters helped devour this recipe, I thought I would share.

First, rinse and trim the woody ends off the asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet. Coat the asparagus with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Bake the asparagus for 12 minutes or until tender in a preheated oven at 400 degrees. Meanwhile, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar together in the microwave or on the stove.

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Transfer roasted asparagus to a rimmed serving platter and top with balsamic glaze and goat cheese crumbles.

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese


Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I’m going to be totally honest with you, I wasn’t wowed by this pattern when it first came across my email. Since I’m always a fan of Modkid patterns, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to pattern test for Patty. I’m so glad I did! The fit of this sweet top made me fall in love with the whole Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble. I mean seriously look at this cuteness! The other great thing is that the Modkid Zoey comes with two shirt versions and two short versions. By combining different options from each view, you can come up with several more looks.

Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble

I’ve sewn up view B for the top which features tabs at the shoulders and elastic cinching at the sides. The pattern calls for buttons and buttonholes at the front, but I used Kam snaps instead since the color was so great.

Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble

These shorts are view D with a flat front and handy side pockets. The solid coral I used here is an interlock knit for supreme comfort.

Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble

To tackle two projects in one, I did a little fabric design of my own to fit with this week’s Project Run & Play theme. The perfectionist in me is competing with the artistic side of me that loves the random sort of rustic looking lines. To achieve this look, I used acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium and painted on the side of a can wrapped with rubber bands. I placed the rubber bands in various widths roughly around the can, so the stripes would not end up perfect. It was nice to have small pattern pieces I could roll the can across.

Rubberband fabric painting

I highly recommend including this pattern for your little’s summer wardrobe! It’s been so long since I’ve seen those cute toddler legs in shorts!!

Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble

Modkid Zoey Summer Ensemble

Be sure to check out the Modkid page for the other views offered in the Zoey Summer Ensemble pattern.

Flip this Pattern

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The time has finally arrived to reveal my pattern flip for the Heidi and Finn Colorblock dress over at Frances Suzanne. Find out about the flip details and why I call this our Dressed for Deuce look here
Flip This Pattern Heidi and Finn Colorblock Dress

Spring Break Challenge–Project Run and Play

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This week’s challenge for Project Run and Play is to design an outfit around a favorite place to travel. Well for me, New York City is one of those favorite places. I look forward to the day I can take my daughters on a girls trip to NYC just like my mom did with my sister and I. (You can read all about that trip here.) As a former structural engineer, I’m drawn to the iconic building designs found throughout the city. One such building is the Chrysler Building.

Chrysler Building seen from Bryant Park


The piecing I did on this dress is directly inspired by those shiny arcs. The solid blue fabric by Kona Cotton is appropriately named “Fog”.  Both the fabric name and the color perfectly define what I see in my mind’s eye as I recall the tops of the unforgettable sky scrapers in New York City disappearing gradually into the fog. 

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

I started with the Heidi and Finn Colorblock dress. (I happen to be competing in the Flip This Pattern Challenge this month involving this dress pattern, but this is not that flip. Stay tuned for a totally different look from the same pattern!) For the NYC dress, I inserted a curved pieced color block at the bodice.

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

Those are the sewing details, now on to the travel plans! There would be tons of window shopping of course.

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

Gazing into the sky at buildings like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State building, and Grand Central Station.

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

We’d have to catch some theatre, people watch, and just be fabulous!

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

Wish I could pack my bags right this minute!

Baby + Bib

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Just popping in with a flurry of activity going on behind the scenes to post this little cutie pie. This is my sweet niece, Annie, sporting yet another quilt-as-you-go baby bib. I told you I’m addicted!


Put Me In the Zoo–Project Run and Play

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It’s that time again! Project Run and Play is in full swing with season 9. This season’s selection of contestants is amazing! I can only envision great things from them all. As for this week’s theme, it’s “Put me in the zoo.” I’m pretty sure the intent was to be loosely inspired by something associated with the zoo, but ever since Tandy’s Mary Poppins party, I’ve wanted to sew her a penguin dress. This was a great excuse to mark that one off my list!


Seeing Tandy hug the dress form when it was done, was all the validation I needed! Pockets never hurt either.


The pattern I used to get things started is the Farbenmix Celina. I rounded out the top of the bodice, adjusted the straps to use the mitten clips, and pieced the bodice for the penguin face. The fabrics are a dark grey corduroy from Joann’s and a Kona white cotton.

Penquin Dress for Project Run & Play

The beak and eyes are appliqued.

Penquin Dress for Project Run & Play

And, the feet are sewn into the seam to be dimensional.

Penquin Dress for Project Run & Play

The skate park made a fun “penguin environment” for our photo shoot / play time.

Penquin Dress for Project Run & Play

V-neck Blouse and Bubble Shorts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If spring-like sewing would hasten it’s arrival, I would sew up as many outfit like this as quickly as possible. At least the flowers are bring us some hints of brightness to come! We’re back in the 50’s as I type this. Please excuse the wrinkles in this outfit. This is post two hour plus car rides and one plane ride (long day.)

Girls Style Book Pattern M V-neck blouse, doguincho bubble shorts

The v-neck blouse pattern is pattern M from the Girls Style Book. This is the Japanese Pattern book that was published in English that I blogged about here. This is the size 2 without seam allowance added and it’s a tad big in the arm holes. Otherwise, the fit is great. The fabric is an old one of Sandi Henderson’s.

Girls Style Book Pattern M V-neck blouse, doguincho bubble shorts

I still love DoGuincho’s bubble shorts pattern. They are so great for play! After I made my top out of this fabric, I went back to Walmart to buy the rest of the bolt. So, there will be more!

Girls Style Book Pattern M V-neck blouse, doguincho bubble shorts

We all agree; hurry up Spring!!


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