Sharing the sale

We have been without power the last day or so. I am so thankful it came on just in time to share this with you…

 Blank Slate Patterns is having a Black Friday Sale November 27th until the 30th!


I am a huge fan of Blank Slate patterns, and this year, I not only became an affiliate, I am on the Blank Slate Pattern Team!


The clean slate pants are one of my favorite go-to patterns.


As you can see.


And I have recently discovered the Bookworm Button-up!


And I lined this one to make it even cozier.


Any pattern you get, I am confident it would be one that is thorough with great details. I always learn some new technique or new skill from these patterns.


*All my links on this post are affiliate links. If you order through my special link, I get a little something too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bookworm Button Up, but Warmer

Remember the Bookworm Button Up I made for my youngest? Well, I sewed up another, only this time I made it in super soft, thick, flannel and lined it in fleece!


Talk about cozy!! She hasn’t wanted to take it off. It has gotten quite cold here, suddenly, and all we feel like wearing is fleece and flannel which is great because that is all I feel like sewing!


It was much like a puzzle figuring out how to line it with fleece, while keeping all the seams neat and enclosed. Not too difficult though, once I figured it out.


She has been wearing it with her thumb through the hole above the cuff. It’s like a built in fingerless glove.


This pattern is easy to follow and easy to customize!


I added a little lace to the back to fancy it up a bit.


I tried my best to pattern match, but this flannel made my eyes cross. Sometimes, I find I just need to not make myself crazy. In the end, she will love it anyway. I mean, what’s not to love about cozy fabric, right?


We’ve already lost power twice, this season, so our wood stove is getting a workout. Carrying in firewood is her favorite. Having a warm shirt to do it in…even better!

What have YOU made today?

Abilene Skirt on Tour

If you are stopping here from the Momma Quail Patterns Tour, then- Welcome! If you are a regular round these parts, then Welcome back!


I had the pleasure of sewing up this cute little skirt for my girl. You may recognize that fabric from this project and this one.


Pattern Details: There are two vents (kickpleats) on the back, that I had never done before sewing this up. There are belt loops (I made the simple tie belt myself), different panels, a flat front waist with elastic in the back. There is an option for a working zip fly, but my girl likes the ease of the faux fly. I think the pockets are her favorite part.


We couldn’t decide whether the practical boots or the impractical dress shoes look better, so we photographed both.


I love all the tiny details and flexibility with this one. Definitely a lot of options!


I also cannot get enough of this color combination! Can you tell?

You can purchase your very own copy of this pattern from Momma Quail Etsy Shop. Use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma  Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday!

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Check out the other fabulous patterns being sewn up on this tour:


Sew ThriftyWillow and StitchThe Wholesome Mama


Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane


The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee


House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says


Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty

Alpine Wonderland Wolf-Squirrel

My Falafel needed a winter coat and I needed to sew one for her because she wanted it to look like a squirrel (like the fox coat she had 2 years ago that she finally grew out of). Instead of using the same pattern out of fleece, again, I wanted it to be warmer and have a little more structure. So I pulled up all of the Peek-a-Boo pattern coats (there are quite a few) and she picked this one out:


The Alpine Wonderland Puffy Coat


I made a few changes. Firstly, I added fur to the sleeves. The pattern actually calls for the fur around the hood (which is so cool), but I added the ears. The other thing I did was add two panels in the front to extend it. She was on the border of size 7 and 8, and I chose a 7, but it was too fitted to wear heavy sweatshirts under (which she wears regularly this time of year), so I decided to just insert two panels to make more room. If I were to sew it up again, I would just go with the larger size.


I also gave her a tail. She originally wanted a squirrel, but my husband and I think it looks like a wolf or a coyote. It makes her happy, so that is really all that matters, I suppose.


I decided to quilt a zigzag pattern to mimic fur without having to make it furry!


The outer fabric is a gray bottom weight and it is lined with dark gray fleece. My girl picked those buttons out of my stash. At first I wasn’t sure they would go, but I really love them.


As you can see, she agrees.


I like that this coat is an animal without being too “little girl” for my almost 10 year old.


As with all Peek-a-Boo patterns, this one is easy to follow with clear illustrations.


And it was easily customized! The ears inserted right into the panels that were already part of the pattern.


The thickness of the fur combined with the outer fabric and the fleece lining was a little tough to sew through, but I did it slowly and carefully.


The weather has turned here, and all I can think about sewing is fleece and flannel and fur. Which is a good thing, really, because that is all that my girl wants to wear.




Now I have one happy, warm, and very cute little wolf squirrel.

::I did receive this pattern for free, but as always, my opinions are MINE MINE MINE::

*all links are affiliate links which means if you buy something using one of them, I get a little money from it*

Bringing the Bookworm Button Up home


I first posted this over at Melly Sews as my first Team Member post.

Melissa’s patterns are some of the very first patterns I had ever sewn up. Ever. They taught me how to install a zip fly, and do welt pockets, and oh so much more. I am honored to share the newest “first” for me with the Bookworm Button Up. *affiliate link*


Before this, I had never attempted to sew buttoned cuffs before! And do you want to know what? They weren’t that difficult to do! As always with Blank Slate Patterns (*AL), this one walks you through every step clearly and precisely so that in the end you have a very professional looking product.


I made a size 7 for my petite 9 year old, based on her measurement, and the fit is great. There is even a little room to grow (which I so love). This shirt has so very many options to choose from (that I was super excited to sew up), and it honestly surprised me when she chose the most basic version. No pockets, no fancy back, and no bows. She is “almost 10, you know“. Goodness they do have strong opinions, don’t they?  Even without all the fun stuff added, you can see that it still looks great!


Rachel from Imagine Gnats (affiliate link) generously supplied this incredible Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric which was perfect for this pattern. Seriously decadent. I think choosing the right fabric for the right pattern makes all the difference.


I did French seams throughout, which aren’t necessary, but do give it a lovely finish. I even did a little pattern matching! The instructions walk you through putting together the back yoke so that the inside is as pretty as the outside. The collar and cuffs are finished neatly.





This shirt is an excellent addition to any Fall school wardrobe. Along with the great embellishment options, there is also a boy version! I really enjoyed sewing this one up so much that I have started another.

The Airdrie Bag

I had the recent pleasure of sewing up the Airdrie bag. In all honesty, I actually begged asked the lovely Abby of Sew Much Ado because I thought it would be perfect for me. And you know what?



The pattern is for a large bag (meant to be a diaper bag), but it can absolutely be an everyday bag (for those of us who carry around a ton of stuff). Or double as even a camera bag, perhaps. I plan on putting mine in there, when I need to.


I made a few changes to suit my needs. The first one is, I made the strap wider and not adjustable. I am the only one who will be carrying it, and I like a fixed length out of convenience, even though I do think an adjustable strap is a great feature.


The only other change I made was to not insert plastic into the bottom. Again, not being a diaper bag, I wanted a floppier more relaxed bag.


Let’s see where to begin. How about that fabric?! Do you recognize it from this project? This time I got to use some of this amazingly dreamy canvas (Archery Pool) from Fabricworm for me! I paired it with a wonderful mustard cotton and a super soft gray flannel.


OK here are some pattern details. There is a roomy  pocket with a magnetic snap in front.


In the back is a fantastic zip pocket. I used “faux piping” by bringing the lining up a little. I then had to shorten the pocket by just as much, but that really didn’t affect it, since it is inside.


I did the same thing on the side pockets too.


There is a recessed zip and I triple stitched it just for a fun look.


I did the same to the zipper tab.


Now for a look inside...


There is a whole lot of awesomeness happening in there! There is a padded divider zipped pocket, PLUS a divided elastic pocket. It is an organizer’s heaven in there, I tell you. I had never made a divider pocket before, and love this pattern for teaching me.


All seams are finished professionally and like all of Abby’s patterns (like this one here), this one is written with clear instructions with clear illustrations to go with them. If you trust this pattern, and do everything that is written, you will end up with one magnificent bag. The details are well thought out and worth putting time into.

For the record, I was provided this pattern for free, but all the gushing is absolutely genuine, and all opinions are mine mine mine.

Laptop bag with Birch Fabric

I was sent some dreamy fabric by Fabricworm from the new Birch Organic Wildland collection.


I chose this one:


Archery Pool Canvas

It is so soft and amazingly creamy fabric. Usually canvas is stiff and rough, but not this stuff. I (reluctantly) agreed to part with a small amount of it for my daughter’s new laptop bag. My teen archer loves it.


It was a quick sew. I wanted to showcase this beautiful fabric by keeping it simple.


I just cut out a rectangle sandwich with the Birch fabric, some batting, and an old white sheet. Then I sewed it right side together into a bag. Added some velcro, and it was done.


I did add this super cool button, as a decoration (not functional).


I wish these photos were touch and feel, because oooooooh weeee.


This fabric was such a pleasure to work with. I bet it would even work for garment sewing.


Luckily, I saved some for myself.  I will be sewing up a little something just for myself.


Big thank you to Fabricworm. All opinions came from me.

Where you can find my Bookworm Button-up today


I am over at Melly Sews today, sharing the Bookworm Button Up (affiliate link) I made! Believe it or not, we did this photo session 30 minutes before this one. What a contrast, right?

I want to give a shout out to Imagine Gnats (affiliate link) for supplying this gorgeous Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric. It was perfect for this shirt! This is the second time I got fabric from here, and both times there was speedy delivery plus it was such a pleasure to deal with Rachel. She is a lovely woman, and always super helpful!

Now that I gushed all about this, head on over to Melly Sews to see it all in action.

On-our-shelves Sunday: Book Review

This week, I have the privilege of reviewing this book:


The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction

by Christine Haynes

This book is a fantastic resource for all levels of sewists! With really clear photographs (which my visual mind needs) and a well-written narrative, it walks you through everything from installing zippers to sewing pintucks and darts.

The book is broken up into different sections: Tools of the trade, Working with patterns, Construction, Shaping a garment, and Finishing touches. Each section is chock-full of information pertaining to the title.

I am thrilled to have this in my sewing library. I know it will be referenced a lot!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are mine mine mine.