Halloween 2013

In the autumn the weather turns cold, the leaves change color and fall, and then comes Halloween. This year we used freezer paper stencils to decorate trick-or-treating bags. The spider was a pumpkin carving template, the web/spider were free clip art, and the ‘I want candy’ was a copy of something I saw on Pinterest. I used the font Hobo STD, and then found some candy clip art.

As for costumes, all were homemade this year. A Mummy, Captain Kirk (I dyed the shirt and painted the collar black), Princess Jasmine (from an old simplicity pattern), and a dragon (another simplicity pattern).

Testing, testing…1 2 3

I have had the privilege of testing some pdf patterns for the designer at Sewing Geek Patterns. They are super cute, easy to follow, and quick to sew up. Definitely something you should check out.

Here are some Comfy Shorts for my youngest, in an 18 month size

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Here is the Olive Dress for my 4 year old



And recently the Comfy Shorts pattern was updated for larger sizes. Here it is on my 7 year old

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Christmas Gifts 2012

Now that Christmas is over I can show you the things I made. I didn’t do too many hand made gifts this year.
For one of my nephews I made a Bapron.

For my brother, a long time trekkie, I made a Star Trek apron. I even gave him the rank of Captain (hand embroidered).



For my older daughter I knitted a ballet sweater, since she often complains of being cold in her leotards.

My youngest got a marble maze toy. I don’t think he has quite figured out what it’s for though. But my other kids like it.

And for my younger daughter I made an art bag. She loves having her own colored pencils and coloring book.

I also made a bunk bed fort, so my kids don’t have to use their blankets to make a fort every day (I didn’t make windows or put words on mine). It went up that day and hasn’t come down since. Sorry I don’t have a photo.

Vintage pattern and fun cords


I found some fun patterned corduroy in the clearance section of my local fabric store. Well, I snapped it up and figured I’d find a pattern later. And I did. I found a vintage pattern in my collection that I thought would work great with the fabric. My 4 year old loves it. It’s long sleeved too, which is great for winter, since she seems to hate wearing coats everywhere.


I’ve been up to some other sewing, but can’t share it here since it’s for Christmas. I’ll have to post the projects after the big day. Only 35 days to go!

Dress Refashion

A couple months ago I came across a pin on Pinterest that lead me to a blog about refashioning clothes. It was a 365 project. That’s a lot of redoing clothes. Well, it was very inspirational. Most of the clothes were ugly thrift store finds that were turned into cute clothes. I love thrift stores and all the treasures you can find there. So, a few weeks ago when I was there I came across some dresses. They were too big for me, but I liked the patterned fabric. My oldest is always asking for skirts and things, so I decided to refashion the dresses into skirts for her.
I finally got around to doing one.

This dress was a size 17, had smocking on the back and a zipper down into the skirt part. Needless to say, it didn’t fit me, but it was cute.
And here it is as a skirt. Since there was lots of fabric around, I just cut off the top, made a casing and added elastic. I kept the zipper, but with the elastic I didn’t really need it, but it doesn’t hurt to have it anyway.

My daughter likes longer skirts, but seeing it on her I think I might take up the hem too. So maybe I’m not quite done with it.