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Another Pretty in Peplum

Remember the pattern I tested? I made another because it is THAT GOOD.


Oh my goodness. Firstly, I must tell you about this fabric. I received it from Rachel of Imagine Gnats. This woman is full of awesome. I had a won a pattern bundle from her, and spotted this fabric that I fell in love with in her shop. Yadda yadda yadda, I asked and she did.


I highly recommend a little visit over to her online shop to see all the incredible fabrics and patterns there are! And BTW: she didn’t ask me to promote her products at all. I just am cause she is lovely and her fabric is incredible. And I love to share wonderful things.


OK I am finished swooning over Rachel. Now I am going to fawn over Abby some more.


I did the short-sleeved version upon request of my Falafel.


This time I finished the peplum part differently. I used FOE (fold over elastic) and sewed it on around. It gives the dress a bit of a Jane Jetson feel. Makes it bounce out a bit. I only wish I had grey. White works, though. I love how ruffly it looks.


The Bee told her to put her glasses in her mouth, and this was, apparently. hilarious. She is suppressing a giggle in this one.


Oh her teeth. The one next to the holes in front is now loose! I told her to go slowly pulling this one out, or I will have to blend all her food into liquid.


Such a goof.


Anyhow, I know this isn’t the last you have seen of this pattern here. It is fairly quick, and wears well. You can’t really ask for more than that!


What have YOU made today?

Pretty in Peplum Dress Review

I recently had the honor of testing a stinkin’ cute pattern by Sew Much Ado called the Pretty in Peplum Dress.


This is a knit dress pattern that comes with many options. Short, mid-length, and long sleeves. You can make it a shirt, too.


This one is the dress with 3/4 length sleeves. I sewed up a size 6 for my petite nut, and it fits her perfectly!


Falafel and I both love it! So comfortable while being very stylish.


Abby walks you through working with knits, and the facing, and the construction thoroughly. Really not too difficult a sew. The only thing I think could be tricky for someone who hasn’t sewn with knits before, was hemming the peplum part because it is circular. But there are a number of ways you could finish it. This one was hemmed, but come back tomorrow to see another option. Cause you know I sewed up two. IT IS THAT FABULOUS.


I only wish she had this pattern available in MY size! What do you say, Abby? Maybe Pretty Parents in Peplum, perhaps?


Thanks for choosing me to test another one of your brilliant patterns!


What have YOU made today??

Bear in the Square outtakes

When I photograph my girls, I always have tons that don’t make it into the posts (you’re welcome).

Most don’t make the cut for technical reasons (like a hair out of place, or the place I want focused, isn’t). But sometimes there are some fine photos that there just isn’t room for.

So I am sharing some fun ones today with you, that didn’t make the cut, yesterday.








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Sew Many Books: and a Giveaway!

If you are hopping over from Nap-Time Creations, WELCOME!

Today is my turn to share my creation for:

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Sew many books is a series where you sew kids clothing inspired by books!

When I was thinking of books we love, my mind wandered to the early years when our children were small. There were so very many beautiful picture books that we treasured and read over and over and over. And even though our girls are 8 and 14, and we read many many wonderful books now, I couldn’t shake the nostalgia I was feeling for all of those books that came before. The ones that reeled us in to reading in the first place. Our foundation books.


Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone is one of those books. It is happy and colorful. Everything I have always thought childhood should be.


I was a little hesitant to put my 8 year old in this vibrant outfit, but she LOVES it. It seems to fit her personality rather well. She insists on wearing the pants and tunic together, but she could mix it up (and tone down the circus vibe) by wearing them separately if she wanted. I don’t think that will happen though.


Details: I did a lot of embellishing with this one. The front was made with basic shapes (just like the book). I thought the red outline with the two-triangle collar looked like a little house. The neckline is squared (get it? bear in a SQUARE). I used the Noelle Party Dress as a base (by Peek-a-boo pattern shop) and made my changes.


I added snaps to the back and stripey pieces to the shoulders.


And cut out shapes on the pockets. I used the same method I did for this pouch and this bag. One circle…


and one square.


This past year, I actually made this chair. As you can see, it is embedded in me. Subconsciously, this combination of colors came bubbling to the surface.


I have to tell you, this whole outfit was made using Riley Blake Fabrics (even the polka dotted lining!) that they generously supplied me with. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??!!


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Thanks so much, Emily, for including me in this series!!

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Refashioned Adult Jeans into Kid Overalls

My husband wears his jeans until they are scraps. Literally.


So when he handed me these two holey pairs, I knew I wanted to make something for Falafel, but just wasn’t sure there was enough whole material to do so.


Guess what? There was! I had to cut them strategically, and the legs are actually pieced together. I used my favorite overall pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop (like these and these).


I had enough to make a pocket on the leg and two on the back.


The only original top-stitching I could save was the side pocket which I made into the bib.



I used some scraps to make bias tape for the leg hems, because the seams were too thick to double up and hem.



I used actual denim top stitching thread for these. I had never used it before, and I really love the effect. There is less of it on each spool, though, so I went through 3 spools making this pair. overallclimbm

These overalls are sturdy for my girl who likes to really play…and pick apples.



What have YOU made today?

Pinwheel barrettes

I found another gem of a craft out there on the interwebs, and whipped up some just in time for the girls going back to school.


Little Button Diaries has a tutorial for these, and of course, I did them slightly different. But only slightly, because these are really simple to make!


Firstly, I didn’t glue down the two layers of felt. I am lazy, what can I say? I did, however, hand sew all the points to the middle and the button on top.


Then I took some of that crazy strong E6000 and secured the clip onto the back.


Then repeated those steps a few hundred times.


And in no time, my girl has a few fancy hair thingies to wear.

Have you made these? What are you making this week?

Penguin overalls

I whipped up another pair of Okey Dokey Overalls for my girl (upon her request). This time she chose this fabric from my stash.


Corduroy PENGUINS !!


This time, I made her a size 7, so she could grow into it (crossing fingers). Right now she is swimming in it, but that doesn’t seem to bother her. I think they look adorable, too.


This pattern is fabulous. Lots and lots of beautiful little details. Not a quick sew by any means, but well worth the effort.


Do you see the purple strip at the top? I had one of those sewing moments. You know the ones where you know you should stop sewing, but you keep on doing it anyway, and you accidentally put button holes where they absolutely should not be? Yup. That.


“Mom, take my photos and then put them all together to spell YMCA“.



We start back to school this week. Eeeeee.

When do your kids go back? Are they back already?

I think Falafel has a pretty good start to her wardrobe, at least. Not sure anyone is actually ready for this transition, but when are we? Here we go!

Frances Suzanne Flip: The Butterscotch Sun Day Dress

I am bringing this post home because today is VOTING DAY!!!

I am super excited to share my Flip of the Sis Boom: Ethan shirt with you!


The Butterscotch Sun Day Dress (Get it?? Butterscotch Sundae, Butterscotch Sunday, Butterscotch Sun Day)

I have been on a Rockabilly kick lately, can you tell?


I made some obvious changes. Firstly, I made it into a dress (see? obvious) out of this very lightweight yellow and brown checked shirting. It had such a lovely vintage vibe that works for this look.


The front placket snaps closed. On the pocket, I made a faux flap with white stitching and added a decorative snap, but it functions as a regular pocket that is open on the top. For the peplum-type feature, I used the pieces that were supposed to be the cuffs! I added a little piping and a few decorative snaps there, as well.


More piping under the back yoke (you can never have too much, right?). I made it short sleeved, and added a tab to each sleeve to snap up in place. I used similar tab pieces in the back. For a more fitted look, I took in the sides, slightly.


She is wearing a crinoline to add a little extra poof. Because who doesn’t need extra poof?!




We did two photo sessions, and the second, she got to go wild and let her hair down.


This pattern was so much fun to work with and clearly so versatile!


 Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this FLIP!

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Okey Dokey Overalls

I recently had the opportunity to test the Okey Dokey Overalls pattern for Peek-a-boo pattern shop.


Falafel is so in love with these that she immediately asked me to make her more!


I love Amy’s attention to detail in her patterns, and very clear well-written instructions (with photos too). The top stitching and inset pockets are some of the highlights of this pattern.


They look so professional! Of course, this is the test pair, which sewed up a little snug of Falafel, so a few changes have been made.


This girl has put in a request for new overalls for the first day of school! I think I can oblige. Luckily, these are fairly quick to sew up!

What have YOU made today??

Catch me on the Scene

Today you can find me guest posting over at Sew Cool for the Tween Scene to celebrate their one year anniversary!

Sew Cool for the Tween Scene

Even though one of my girls is a Teen now, I do have another that is rapidly approaching Tween status. Check out what pattern I love to sew for them!