Thursday, October 1, 2015


I recently purchased a substrate called Voile.  It's 100% cotton, light weight, soft and drapes beautifully.  I knew right away I wanted to attempt the Bubble Dress  pattern I had purchased from StraightGrain.

I knew I was going to love this dress as soon as I had the pieces cut out.


This photo definitely does not do the dress justice.


But once I put it on her I still could not believe how cute it was.

Voila, a beautiful girl in a beautiful dress!


Head over to the Sew + Show to see what others are creating.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Still At It

I am still making my way through new patterns and techniques.  I want to make so many things but it definitely takes time. I also get distracted and make mistakes, some mistakes work, some don't.

I was going to hold out till An over at StraightGrain released the Tinny dress and buy the 3 pack but I just couldn't wait.  I had this fabric from Fabric Worm, by Alison Glass, that I knew I wanted to make the Hanami Top top out of so I got that and the Bubble Dress dress pattern.

I put the tulip sleeves on backwards but only I know that- well  now you do too.


I also did the side seams before I put the zipper in, I manage to get it in but I am pretty sure it would have been much easier if I had follow the directions (I was distracted - I have 3 kids, and a husband).

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Overall I am really happy with the finished product.  I am in love with the fabric.

I am also excited to have the Bubble dress pattern.  I just purchased a fabric called Voile from Hawthorne Threads  and can not wait to make this dress.  The fabric is sooooo soft!

I am happy to be able to participate again this week in the Sew + Show

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It's Always a Learning Process

So in recent months I decided to go outside my comfort zone of somewhat square blankets and sewing a fabric skirt on the bottom of clearance T-Shirts to making actual clothes.  Now, I am only making kids clothes, since there are no curve or darts required.  None the less, it has been such a learning process.

I have a new pattern for the Jaanu Dress by StraightGrain.  I love that there are two options and you can print out just the size you want by selecting just the correct layer.
My latest attempt was a zipper and actual sleeves.  After I had actually sewed the first sleeve on and to looked like a real sleeve I ran to show my husband.  He was not quite sure what all my excitement was about and his response was, "don't you need two?"

I can say that I was really apprehensive about taking this on, wasn't sure if I was really up to the task.  I am glad I did it though, learned a lot and got a cute dress out if it.

I decided on using a navy twill for the body and a yellow polka dot cotton for the bodice and sleeves.
I had cut out the fabric and reviewed the instructions (over and over again).


Here it is before the zipper and sleeves.


And now the zipper. I was so giddy when I finished and it actually zipped up.


In the end it came out great, I am pretty proud of the results. The dress is a little big on her, but that will give her some more time to wear it. I also might make another with the body one size smaller, the bodice fit nice.


I also made the bias tape to put on the hem.  Confession: first time I attached it I cut it to short, ended up taking it all off and starting over.  So glad I did too, the finish looks so much better than what I had with the first attempt.


I wasn't sure about the yellow polka dots at first, but now I really like the look.

She is such a ham.


She seems pretty happy too.


I am going to join in the Sew + Show again this week.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Hobby

I really wanted to participate in this week's Sew & Show, so I am going to jump in head first.  I bought an awesome pattern from Dana over at MADE and then learned an amazing technique by An over at StraightGrain.
This has by far been my favorite piece I have made.  Since the fabric came with the pattern along the sides I decided to split the bodice and put in the irregular pleats.  I also use the center of the fabric as the liner.

I purchased the fabric over at Fabricworm and the fabric is Alison Glass, Handcrafted 2, Plume Pewter

I love how it fits her and how cute she is in the top, I believe it is called a peplum tunic.  I just wish she was more willing to stand still and let me get a good picture.

See what others are sewing over at this weeks Sew & Show.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To See Them Shine

Francesco's second grade teacher told me that she thought Francesco would like to be part of the OLG Respect Life Kids Music Ministry. The kids go to various nursing home in the community and play their instruments for the residents. I thought that would be a great thing for him.

Once I connected with the gentleman that runs the program I found out it occurs every other Monday at 3:30 pm. Really, 3:30 pm, why so early. I thought I might be able to enlist my FIL in running him to these session but basketball started. Nicolo had practiced after school on Mondays and he could not be left at he school alone. I respectfully declined the participation till at least the end of Basketball season.

Well, Basketball came to an end and the gentleman told me about upcoming dates, and again the time was at 3:30 pm. Why?! Doesn't anyone work around here?

Then there was Baseball season and baseball practice, I was just about to respectfully decline (we are scheduled tight as it is already) when Francesco came to me and said, "I can't wait to go play for the medical place, what songs do you think I should play?" I knew right then and there I had to take him and make it work somehow.

I then thought, I would let him try it out and if he did not like it I would then respectfully decline. I went to work early, left early and got him there at 3:30 (argh!)

Nothing makes my heart swell and leak out my eyes more than watching my child do something he loves and enjoys. He was beaming ear to ear, enthusiastic about playing the piano and even kept finding more songs to play. He loved it, he shined like a star and I loved that. Needless to say, we are figuring out how to make it work, 3:30 pm, every other Monday.

I wish I could have gotten a better picture but the piano was huge!

The whole gang.