northern momma sewing up a storm!


Project Run & Play MINI: She’s a Wildflower

Hey hey! So it’s another round of Project Run & Play! Remember this from 3 years ago?? They were soooo small! This time, it’s a short little competition, and our little plot twist is that the fabric was chosen for us! We were sent 2 yards of this Art Gallery canvas, and allowed to pick 1 yard of coordinating fabric, whatever we liked…but picking fabric online is hard for me! Especially when I had no idea what I was going to do with canvas!!?? Thankfully, this Art Gallery canvas washed up nice and soft! I picked a coordinating minty aztec print and the golden fabric is a little linen from my stash. more

Skirting the Issue: a Skirt Waistband Round-up!

Hello readers! I’ve been neglecting my poor blog, but I’m thankful for sewing buddies that pull me out of my slump and ask me to sew things, or do fun things like this round-up! You’ve probably heard of Skirting the Issue (maybe? I’ve posted about it before here). Anyway, it’s a great reason to sew up some skirts and donate them – and they don’t have to be fancy…just something that a girl would like to wear 🙂 Read more about this great initiative over at Simple Simon & Co. more

Twig + Tale Upcycling Pattern Tour!

twig and tale wild thing shoes

I’m on the upcycling tour for Twig + Tale! If you love whimsical children’s patterns, these are what you’re looking for! I love finding new designers and I was so honored to be invited on this tour. I haven’t yet blogged about the super cute buffalo plaid vest I made for J, so that will come later, but it’s another cute pattern from Twig + Tale! more

Simple Simon & Co fabric tour

by popular demand

Hey there, friendly blog readers! Can someone please tell me what happened to my 5 year old and who is this grown up kid?? Aaaaghh! Seriously, I popped the scarf on her and she aged 8 years. Never again. 

But she’s still a great little model, even without a candy bribe! I’m on tour today with the ladies over at Simple Simon and Company. You may recognize that name from previous Project Run & Play seasons, Skirting the Issue, and Teach the ONE to sew…what can I say? They’re busy doing great things! And then they somehow squeeze in designing a fabric line. This fabric is part of a mini collection called By Popular Demand. It’s meant to coordinate with their Four Corners line (LOVE IT!!!) but give a little extra variety. This is the Gray Feathers jersey knit and it is DELICIOUS to sew with! If you sew, you know what I mean, haha! more

A Summer Summary!

That may have been the longest blogging break I’ve ever taken! But for good reason! I’ve finally opened an Etsy Shop, Painted Truth Co. and have been busy “stocking shelves” over there! If you follow me on Instagram then you I’ve recently taken up painting again (after about a 15 year break!) and it’s been so fun! So far I’m just doing digital downloads, but may add prints in the future 🙂 more

Surfin’ Shorts

surfin shorts

Ha, like we’re anywhere close to surfing here in northern Alberta. Maybe at the indoor pool’s wave runner? Anyways, when I was asked to join in the swimwear tour, I almost said no, because I just bought the kids new swim clothes and besides, swim fabric is probably like formal wear fabric and not much fun to sew with, haha! But then I saw the cute swim shorts that Jess from Gracious Threads had done and I was all over that sign-up sheet! And y’all, she has a ladies pattern too! Do you know how hard it is to find swim shorts that will fit my hips and still cover my butt? Not everyone wants shorty-shorts! So she has done three lengths with optional built-in swim bottoms so everyone can have what they want 😉 more

The Doll Wardrobe!

dolly clothes

I’m finally doing a post of the doll clothes saga you may have followed along with on Instagram! I started off by making a matching dress for this Geranium Dress by Made By Rae.

I used the Chloe Dress from Imagine Gnats for the doll, but made some modifications to make it fit this Our Generation Doll from Target. I think the sizing between 18″ dolls is mostly the same, but there are some differences in the shoulders (these doll are made like a linebacker!) and chest/torso circumference. I added 1/4″ to the back seam allowance to make it fit this doll better. I used the faux cap sleeve option on this which makes it a super quick sew! more

Charlotte Dress by ModKid

*this pattern and fabric were given to me at no cost in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own, as usual 🙂

Have you tried double gauze? I’ve seen that name thrown around in different groups here and there, but WOW. This stuff is amazingly soft. It basically turns any completed garment into pajamas! When Courtney from ModKid contacted me to do a pattern review and sew something up in some double gauze, I was all over that! This is the Charlotte Dress by Patty Young for ModKid. more

Mori Dress Tour

I’m baaaack! Haha, I’ve been keeping up with my Instagram feed, but I’m so behind in reading blogs let’s not even talk about how behind I am at WRITING a blog. I just had to pop in to share my Mori dress with you! I started eyeing this pattern when it first came out, so when Heidi from Elegance and Elephants asked me to join in the pattern tour, I couldn’t say no! Besides, having a deadline is the only way I’m getting any sewing done these days! more

The Reason


…for the two month blogging break. This little guy:

He’s my biggest baby yet, 9lbs, 6oz at birth, up to 12lbs, 4oz by 6 weeks and who knows at 2 months?? Better book that appointment – time flies!

Anyways, I’m starting to get some short sewing sessions squeezed in here and there (that is, if I’d rather sleep than sew….sometimes it’s a real battle!). I’ve been working on some doll clothes for J’s birthday coming up in April. I know I have a whole slew of things to blog about, but getting photos in the daylight is my downfall right now. One day I’ll be back to regular blogging. Until then, you can find me snuggling my babies over here 🙂 more

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