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Month: January 2015

Bubbly Norah

Bubble Dress

I’ve got a mashup of the beautiful Norah dress with a bubble hem for you today! I’ve been eyeballing that MHC Norah Dress for so long, and when Hayley was looking for affiliates for the DIY Ultimate Bundle, I jumped on board! Have you checked out the amazing resources included in the DIY bundle? It’s basically every sewing blogger’s dream – photography tips, patterns, a free Craftsy class (that right there more than makes this package a steal!), some creative writing books (I’m pretty sure I need those!), and lots of non-sewing things like canning, making your own beauty products and scrapbooking. There really is something for everyone one in this bundle. more

Project Run & Play: 2015 Edition


Oops! I think this post got lost in my recent web hosting switch! Anyway, have you heard? Project Run and Play is using a different format this year – anyone can sewalong with each tutorial or pattern each month! This month is a fun little bubble dress tutorial by Alida Makes.

I decided to go with a skirt length, since separates seem to get more wear! more

Kid’s Clothes Week: Upcycling

I’m over at the Kid’s Clothes Week blog with a few tips on upcycling men’s dress shirts. KCW is running February 2-8, and I’ve got my stack of clothes ready and waiting! Some of my favourite upcycles are also the most well-worn clothes in my kids closets! These are a few (click through to read about the original garments!): more

Zippers 101

Zippers 101

I’m posting over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop’s blog today with an overview of zippers and zipper feet! If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a coil zipper and molded plastic zipper, or which one you should use for a jacket vs. a dress, head on over! Also, you can read my tips and tricks for installing a perfectly lined-up zipper every time! more

The Cobbler’s Children….

lil moccasins

You know how the saying goes? The cobbler’s children have no shoes…or something like that! Well, I’m no cobbler, but I finally made some Peekaboo lil moccasins (*affiliate link) for my little guy!

I made a pair a LONG time ago, but little E grew out of them so quickly. These have a little extra room to grow, they’re easy to put on AND HE CAN’T TAKE THEM OFF! Yet. more

If Only Designs: Bottoms Up Pant Tour!

Bottoms Up Pants

Jess from If Only They Would Nap has a new pattern and it’s cloth diaper friendly! If you’ve ever made pants for little ones in cloth diapers, you know that adjustments always need to be made – longer rise, a little extra width and gathering to cover that tush…

Jess has come through with a simple pant pattern, the Bottoms Up Pants that can be used for dressy pants, pj pants, or you could chop them off for shorts! She’s included a few pocket options, but I kept mine plain and simple since they were for jammies. These are being worn over a Grovia Hybrid (shell + cotton soaker) which is fairly trim, but still a good bit fluffier than a disposable. more

It’s a New Year!

…and boy did I close out the old year with…um, silence? Haha! Sorry guys! It was a busy month: my mom moved cross-country and bought a new place, and is living with us until closing on the new house. Aaaand since my sewing area is her area right now, it just felt natural to take a small break. Definitely for the right reason! We’ve been enjoying every minute of grandma-time! more

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