Thursday, March 29, 2012

Modkid Swimsuit Pattern

I am extremely happy with the results of this pattern.  The most challenging part was sewing the foldover elastic to the lycra fabric.  I actually missed catching the fabric a couple of times and had to go back and pull out a few stitches so I could slip it back in and resew, which wasn't really a problem.  I decided to use the FOE for trim on the bottom of the tankini and skort to make it easier on myself for the hem since I do not have a coverstitch machine.  This can be done on a regular sewing machine using a twin stretch needle, but I also liked the color of the FOE and thought it would be a nice addition.  After I finished the tankini, the skort sewed up together very quickly.  I will definitely be making more for my girls since they love them.  I purchased both fabric and FOE thru

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Modkid's Bloom Dress

This is Patty Young's Modkid Bloom dress.  This pattern is one of the patterns in the "Sewing Modkid Style" book.  I can't wait to make more of these dresses.  I love how easily the sleeve cuff is put together prior to sewing it onto the dress.  I purchased this knit fabric thru 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Favorite Things "Little Prairie Girl" dress

This pattern is a favorite of cute in a dainty floral print.  I purchased this fabric at Walmart and used white batiste for the slip that I purchased from  This dress can easily be made in 2 hours.  Most of the work is done on the bodice, with a little gathering on the cap sleeves and bottom of the bodice before attaching to the skirt.  This time I did not make the dickie to attach to the dress, but instead my daughter just wore a ribbed tank top beneath; she found this to be more comfortable for her liking.  She also wore white capri leggings from Old Navy. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Refashioned skirt

Yesterday I decided to make myself the A version of Butterick 5456.  I bought some beautiful fabric in anticipation of this cute and fun sundress--Karavan with the beautiful pink elephants with a matching pink knit for the bodice.  The dress went together fairly easy, and I did use my serger for most of the sewing.  After basting the skirt bottom to the bodice, I tried it on to see how it looked.  I found the top to be rather "boxy" looking, with noticeably large armhole areas.  Unfortunately the front view of the pattern envelope does not show this.  I decided to scrap my dress and make a skirt for one of my girls instead since I was unhappy with this dress style on me.  It is beautiful fabric, and hopefully one day, I will find the right dress pattern to use the fabric again for myself.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Favorite Things Pattern "Little Prairie Girl"

I really like the way this pattern turned out; it is so delicate and soft looking.  I purchased this fabric last summer off the clearance table in Walmart.  The slip fabric is white batiste purchased from 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Farbenmix boy's Imke Shirt

I just love this pattern for my son.  I found this jersey knit fabric thru an Etsy shop; he loves it.   If only there were more fabrics geared for boys out there...I would make one of these shirts every week.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Patty Young's Penelope Dress pattern

This is my version of Patty Young's Penelope dress sewn in one of her knit fabrics.  This dress is very quick to make.  I did, however, have a little difficulty with the sleeves.  I'm not sure what I did wrong.  I turned the hem in 1/2" and used my twin stretch needle.  I had a point at the top of each sleeve.  I cut the sleeves off at the hem and attached a piece of the raspberry fabric I used at the neckline, attaching it in the same way.  It is definitely a very comfortable dress to wear.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Skyler's Stuffed Toy Fish

This is my daughter Skyler's stuffed fish toy that she made today on the sewing machine.  She used some of Patty Young's knit fabric (I'm making myself a dress out of this as well).  She did an excellent job at making her craft. The only help she needed was assembling the body and fins.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Serena's Stuffed Toy Fish

This is my daughter Serena making her very own stuffed fish toy.  About a month ago I taught my girls to sew on a sewing machine.  After that, my girls have been sewing up a storm.  Recently, Serena drafted her very own sewing pattern of a fish.  All by herself, she pinned the pattern on fabric (Lila Tueller), cut it out, sewed the pieces together, turned them with a turning tool, and stuffed them.  With a little help from me to attach the pieces with needle and thread, project stuffed fish was complete.  It's never too early to teach your children to sew; my girls are 8.  I have been sewing for years with them by my side.  Within minutes they were sewing on their own. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Farbenmix Insa Skirts

I love how these skirts are made!  Farbenmix children's patterns are so unique.  This pattern is included in the book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love."  I made my own bias binding out of the same fabrics I used for the overskirt ruffles.  Fabrics were purchased at Joann's Fabrics....Tutti Frutti.

Pink Fig's NieNie Skirt Pattern

This is a fun little skirt to make!  This Pink Fig pattern is simply made with strips of fabric.  There are 6 ruffles in all.  What I love about this skirt is how the ruffles lay on top of one another making the skirt very full and fun to twirl in.  There is a lot of gathering in this project.  I did use my ruffler foot, which saved a lot of time.  I ruffled each strip set on every 6th stitch, sewing the ends together afterwards, and then running a gathering stitch after that.  I tried it with and without the ruffler foot.  After using the ruffler foot, you only have to gather it slightly.  I purchased coordinating quilt fabric thru  Quilt fabric does make the skirt pretty heavy, but is perfect for winter wear.  I think it would be fun to make this in a variety of batiste fabrics for the summer!

Diane Kimono Dress

This is my version of Kay's Diane Kimono Dress, pattern No. 117.  I love how quick and easy this pattern was to put zippers at all!  I used Timeless Treasures fabric Lemon Grove, which I found online thru  This makes a great, light-fitting dress for the summer!