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Month: August 2014

It’s Perfect Pattern Parcel Time!

Pattern Parcel #4

OK, for those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, a little about the Perfect Pattern Parcel (from the website):

Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White more

I’m Fawning Over this Top…

fawn lily

Oh, did I suck you in with my catchy title? Haha!! Not likely. But seriously. This Fawn Lily top may be the most beautiful thing I have ever made (besides my kids, of course 😉 ). I’ve been eye-balling this pattern since it first came out in the Glamping collection at Willow & Co., but was trying to curb my PDF pattern addiction. I finally caved and bought it. And since I haven’t seen as many tops as I have dresses, I went with that length. more

Bundle Up Tour – Aviator Pants

Have you heard of the Bundle Up sale??? This is all about the boys. I’ve really gotten my feet wet in the whole boy sewing thing since I’ve had Little E. At first, I thought it wouldn’t be very much fun, no ruffles or cute fabric choices. Um, WRONG. And the Bundle Up sale and tour is here to show how much FUN it is to sew for our boys!! more

Zucchini Round-up!

Are you “suffering” from an over-abundance of zucchini? Is your neighbour trying to pawn the stuff off on you? No worries! After my incredible yield last year (we learned the, um, hard way? Don’t plant 8 zucchini plants until you are planning on feeding an army), I learned a few tricks and found a few exceptional recipes and I’m here to share them with you! (and please excuse the cell phone/instagram pics….apparently I didn’t feel the need to document this goodness with the Nikon!) more

Okey Dokey Overalls!

okey Dokey overalls

Are those not the cutest little overalls EVER?? I was lucky to be a tester for this fabulous pattern, the Okey Dokey Overalls (*affiliate link) from the Peekaboo Pattern Shop, and let me tell you, every line of topstitching on these is absolutely worth it!

 This is not a overly quick pattern…the topstitching makes it a bit of a longer sew, but totally doable for an advanced beginner/intermediate seamstress (just don’t rush!). I used a medium-weight Japanese cotton print for these, and they are absolutely perfect for summer. I have some ochre corduroy that I’ll be making a winter pair from (and maybe even with a flannel lining – soooo warm!). more

Adding a Snap Placket to a Raglan Tee

Snap Placket for  Raglan Tutorial

I don’t know about you, but my babies have big heads. And mommy-made shirts need just a little more stretch for dressing than my fabric/serger combo can provide. Enter the snap placket! You could use this basic construction on a regular shirt with shoulder seams, just by adjusting the length of the placket. more

Zucchini Coconut Cookies

Zucchini Coconut  Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I know….zucchini and cookie shouldn’t be in the same sentence together, but really, these aren’t bad at all! I was a little skeptical, and almost went with a tried and true zucchini bread, but my daughter wanted to make cookies….and I had zucchini. 

The recipe I used was from Two Peas and their Pod, and I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, except to bake them a little longer. I like cookies that have a little crunch. Baking them longer did help for the first day, but once they were in a container for 24 hours, they went soft again. So beware, if you don’t like soft cookies, this isn’t the recipe for you 🙂 more

Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern Tour

dress, pdf pattern, classic

I’m so excited to be sharing with you my version of the Uptown/Downtown dress – my bloggy friend Terri’s first pdf pattern!! I’ve been watching her grow her talents, and really stretch herself and I’m so proud of my fellow Albertan! Head over to her newly redesigned blog, Sew Straight & Gather to catch up on what she’s been doing lately. more

Golden Rippy Delilah Top Tour

golden rippy delilah top

*As a pattern tour participant, I received a copy of this pattern for free, however all opinions are my own. 

Hey there! thanks for joining me on the Delilah Tour! I jumped on this because I seriously love dolman sleeve shirts. So easy! And such a relaxed fit, so it’s extra comfy! I went with a boring black mystery knit (it looks like a slub knit, almost) that’s got a slight burnout effect to it, although you can’t tell from the pictures. It’s the perfect weight for these hot summer days! I have a white polka-dot knit that I’m going to use next! more

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