Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Darla!

I love this cute little pattern and made it with absolutely no changes!  That does not happen very often!  This was McCall Pattern # 6689.  Easy and adorable!  

I used a light-weight denim lined with a cotton print.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Norah!

 A little late, but here's Norah's birthday dress:

I really love this fabric.  I used the same pattern I used for this dress.  Obviously, I really like this pattern!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Two Elsa and Anna Costurmes

Here are the last Anna and Elsa costumes.  I used the same pattern for both and different fabric for Elsa.   

The Anna costume already needed a little spot removal but a little help from Woolite and it's  as good as new!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Anna Costume

Here's the first Anna costume.

I used the same pattern that I used for the Elsa pattern.  I simplified the cape by making it out of felt and adding fancy stitching instead of trim.  The flowers are also felt applied with heat and bond.

Monday, September 15, 2014


One Elsa down, one more and two Anna's to go!

Lucky for me, there are at least a couple of patterns available so this was pretty  straightforward.
I used McCall's pattern 7000.  I added snowflakes to the overlay with sparkly fabric paint and some rubber stamps.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bedroom Refresh

Our bedroom was in desperate need of a little update so I recovered our headboard and made a slipcover for a little slipper chair.  I call this fun sewing!!  At least it's a change!

Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm Back!

I have had a wonderful summer working on projects around the house. Now it is time to get back to work!  Homecoming dances will be starting soon so I'm trying to get birthday and Halloween sewing in before the craziness starts.  Here a couple of simple skirts I whipped up for two cute little birthday girls.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Portable Dollhouse

I thought it might be fun to make the granddaughters something other than a dress for Christmas this year.  Here's what I came up with:

I had so much fun designing and making these little dollhouses.  I hope the girls love playing with them! 

I hope to have a pattern available next summer.  

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas 2013

I made Norah a little Black Apple Doll using the leftover fabric from her last birthday dress.  

 I thought she might like a little bed for her dolly, so I whipped up a little bed and pillow.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Little Something For Anna

I've been putting most of my creative energy into Christmas presents so the last few birthdays have been dresses made from patterns.  Here's Anna's birthday skirt.

 I wanted to use wool but opted for a heavy cotton flannel so that it could be machine washed (always a plus with children's clothing!) and  I used McCall's pattern # 5459.  The pattern is very easy and has several variations so it's a great value.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween-Better Late Than Never

Halloween was pretty light duty this year.  I made four little tutus and this little witches costume.

Here's the cute little witch!

She's also an artist! Don't you love my portrait on the wall?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Another Jumper!

We have had a single yellow balloon on our dining room floor for almost three weeks now.  It is a leftover from our sweet Darla's birthday.  Darla's family moved a couple of weeks ago and I can not bring myself to pop that balloon!  We miss them!

Here's the birthday dress.

This dress was made from the same pattern as this dress.   I did a regular hem rather than the bubble  hem that was on the previous dress.

Monday, October 14, 2013

I love corduroy jumpers

Another birthday, another corduroy jumper.  I've always love them!

I used  Butterick pattern #4842.  I've used this pattern before here.  It's an easy pattern and always turns out really cute!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Another Birthday

Happy Birthday Lucy!  Here's the dress I made for her.

I used Simplicity pattern # 1596.  I think it's pretty cute!  The pattern was pretty easy if you don't mind lots of gathers.  I did use fabric trim on the bodice rather than the purchased trim that was recommended.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Look's Like I'm Ready For Fall

Ellie's Birthday was last week and here's her dress.  I've loved this black and white corduroy for awhile and finally decided how to use it.

This is a very easy McCall's pattern # 5692.  I made the dress according to the pattern and added  some little belt loops on the side to hold a ribbon.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Clowning Around!

Macy needed a clown costume so I used McCall's pattern # 6142 and made this:

 This is a super easy pattern.  I put the seam binding on the outside to add a little color and added a simple bow.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Macy!

Macy turned three last month and here's the dress I whipped up for her.

I used Simplicity pattern # 2320.  Easy and cute!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Orange and Blue Quilt is Finished and entered in the Bloggers Quilt Festival!

Time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Here's my blue and orange quilt.  I sort of made this quilt up as I went along.    I started with a plan but it kept changing!  This was my first attempt at straight line machine quilting on a large quilt.  Let's just say I learned alot!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Almost Done!

Almost finished with another quilt!

I really learned a lot on this quilt.  This was the original drawing, but it sort of evolved as I worked on it.  

Only a little more binding and I'll be done!

Monday, January 14, 2013

I made something for myself!

I really like sewing for myself, but other projects always seem to be a priority.  If I had the time, I would make all my clothes.  I did find a little time this month and made myself a vest out of the leftover fabric from this project.  I still love this fabric!  I used McCall's pattern # 5186.  Loved the pattern, love the vest.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas Skirts

I was a little overwhelmed with the thought of designing and making 6 little Christmas dresses this year so I decided to design one skirt for all the granddaughters!  I ordered some Town and Country little diamonds fabric by Dear Stella in three colors and made matching skirts for the sisters in each family.  Here they are all finished!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Another Birthday Dress

Here's Anna's birthday dress.

I used   McCall pattern 6594.  This dress went together very quickly.  I did change the flower on the belt to this flower with a fabric covered button.  I also made the belt close with velcro rather than a button.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cuter Than Minnie Mouse

We just returned from Disney World so we've seen a lot of really cute mice lately, but I have to say that Darla is the cutest of them all!!  Here she is in the mouse costume I made her for Halloween.

I used  Simplicity pattern #2506.   The main part of the costume was great--pretty simple.  The fit of the hat is a little off.  The opening for the face should have been bigger and it could have been several inches longer in back.  Unlike the rest of the pattern, the hat sizing is small, medium or large.  The pattern definitely needs some adjustments.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

More Halloween

I realize most everyone has started thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I'm a little slow!  Here's another Halloween costume.  Lucy wanted to be a pink cat so I used Butterick pattern # 3238  and whipped her up a costume.   The pattern was easy and went together well.  Here she is:

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