Blank Slate Sora Sweater

Wednesday, January 27, 2021


I have two short sleeve Blank Slate Sora Sweaters you can see here and here. This is my first long sleeve pullover Sora. If you've ever wondered what to sew with sweater knit, this is it!!

I actually found this sweater knit in the remnant section at Walmart. I've had great experience purchasing knits from Walmart. Don't knock it until you try it!

This sweater knit has maroon and white threads with a chunky soft texture. Perfect for a cozy sweater. 

The side gussets on the Sora Sweater give nice shaping. The deep v-neck with the shawl collar keeps it from looking to grandpa, if you know what I mean.

I traditionally tend to pair every top I have with jeans. I was reading up the other day on contrasting colors, and the ideas made so much sense. By shifting slightly away from the traditional contrasting colors, you can get great outfit ideas. In this sense the contrasting colors would be red and green. By shifting the color theory to maroon and olive, I've created a look that works beyond Christmas holidays.
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Hey June Brunswick Pullover

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hey June Handmade Brunswick Pullover

In true blogger style, I swore I would be making View A of the Brunswick Pullover shortly after testing View B. Two years later, I am finally following through. Insert palm to face here.

Hey June Handmade Brunswick Pullover

The speckled ponte from JoAnn Fabrics was the perfect weight to get a nice drape on that cowl neck.

I pulled out some vintage chambray shirting for the button plackets, and I love the contrast. Wood buttons are my absolute favorite!

I didn't add any length to the pattern even though I am taller than the designed height. I would definitely add length if I intended to wear this with leggings, but I like the length for jeans.

Hey June Handmade Brunswick Pullover

You can tell what a difference fabric types make for the Brunswick by comparing my original pullover in heavy sweatshirt fabric. I love them both!
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Blank Slate Patterns Verbena Skirt

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

It has been said before and will be said again. One advantage to sewing is being able to fit someone that may be off the standard size chart. Such is the case for Avery. At 12 years old, she is 5'-3", which puts her outside of many girl's pattern, but she doesn't have the bust or hips for women's patterns. I am finding a few women's pattern I can adjust to work for her. The bonus is that I can justify a few pattern purchases as being for both of us!

This is the Verbena Dress by Blank Slate Patterns. One of the simplest sewing pattern hacks around is changing a dress into a skirt. By shortening the bottom ruffle tier and adding a waistband, you have an adorable skirt perfect for a tween. I love the Verbena method for attaching the bottom tier, because you end up with the cute ruffle edge without having to do a narrow hem or other finish.

I sewed up the skirt portion of the Verbena Dress and measured the waist opening. I cut two waistbands based on the measurement including seam allowances. One the waistband was sewn into a circle, I folded it wrong sides together and tucked the elastic band inside. Then, I attached the band to the skirt. 

Since the Verbena skirt tier has a 3/4 circle skirt, the twirl and swish factor is high. In double brushed poly fabric, it's like wearing a cloud.

Cropped Wyler Hoodie Pattern Hack

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Cropped Wyler Hoodie

Now that the Wyler Hoodie Sew Along has wrapped up, it's time to play with hacking the Wyler Hoodie sewing pattern. For my original Wyler Hoodie, I made the sleeveless vest style adding my typical 1/2" in length.

Wyler Hoodie Waistband Tutorial

For a fun hack of the pattern, I created a cropped version with an elasticized waistband. Simple and sporty.

The photo above is the inspiration behind this style. 

I wanted the look of the waistband with casings, and I have a tutorial for creating it below. For more gathers like the inspiration image, you would need to cut the waistband pieces wider than the pattern pieces.

Blank Slate Patterns Wyler Hoodie

To achieve the cropped look, I cut down the bodice pattern pieces by 3". I omitted the pockets since they would fall at an awkward height with the shortened bodice.

Waistband Sewing Tutorial

To create the elasticized waistband, sew the two waistband pieces right sides together at the short ends. Press the waistband in half wrong sides together. Divide the waistband in three sections, mine are about 1 1/4" apart, taking into account the 1/2" seam allowance to attach the waistband. Stitch two rows to create the casings with a stretch stitch. Leave a 2" gap in each row.

Insert elastic in the bottom two rows sewing the ends of the elastic together. Stitch the casings closed. I used 1" wide knit elastic. I judged the length of the elastic based on where the waistband would hit on my body. For ultimate customization, I even made the top elastic a bit shorter than the rest based again on where it hit on my body. A safe estimate is also to cut the elastic to match with width of the waistband.

For the top casing, sew the elastic into a circle and insert it between the two layers of fabric. Pin the elastic as close to the stitching line as possible. 

Place the waistband right sides together with the bodice and stitch along the raw edges being careful not the catch the elastic in the seam.


 As an added bonus, the extra elastic in the waistband gives a degree of tummy control, and who doesn't love that!

Horse Riding Birthday Party

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Tandy has only been horseback riding for a couple of months now, so as soon as I mentioned the possibility of a horse riding birthday party, she was all in. I have a few mementos from my horse riding days, but my sister supplied most of the horse figures she has collected for her annual Derby party. My Silhouette Cameo came in handy for creating cupcake toppers, labels, number nine, and the paper backdrop ribbons.

Orchestrating a party during this COVID season provided some challenges, but we took precautions and forged ahead. The guest list was small, and the party room was not an option. We fought the flies outside, but the weather ended up perfect.

After 30 minutes of riding, the party goers thanked their horse with homemade horse treats.

The hungry riders had snack options of trail mix and "horse feed". We were sure to use packaged food to keep germs at bay. Snack size carrot stick packs and apples with caramel dip provided a little sustenance, although not a single kiddo opted for carrots with the other options.

Sweet treats included horseshoe sugar cookies complete with sparkling gold luster dust and chocolate/vanilla cupcakes. If you've been around our parties at all, you know this is serious restraint on the sweet stuff for my part.

The watering hole provided bottled water or Capri-suns for kids and hard apple cider for any adults who stuck around.

The center piece for the activity table brought together more of our favorite things. The stencil letters that spell Tandy have made an appearance at her parties for years. I simply switch out the cardstock backing to suit the party color scheme. Most of the horseshoes used throughout were picked up over the years at my family's ranch. As an added bonus, the horseshoes weighed down our colorful bandanas that wanted to blow in the breeze.

My aqua IKEA cart made another appearance at the party too. A sweet friend painted the horse color-by-number for me years ago.

The cart housed our horse party favors including personalized water bottles with a few caramel apple candies inside, pony hair ties, and a color changing crazy straw.

The bottom shelf held our party activates that included horse themed bingo and coloring bandanas. 

The idea to use fabric markers to personalize bandanas was the birthday girl's idea. I see a future party planner in the making.

Of course the horse riding was the highlight of the party. Tandy has become quite attached to Maya who had helped train her from the very first day. Maya made sure to have Tandy's favorite horse, Lucy, available to ride. 

The latest party almost always seams like the most fun, but this one will certainly remain toward the top of the list.  

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