Category Archives: Sewing

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!


I’m gonna FLIP!

Not literally, of course. I haven’t done any kind of gymnastics in more than 20 years. Could you imagine? OUCH.

I am talking about this:


You can find out all about it here.

I am up against extremely talented ladies. Seriously. Check them out in this post where they announce us.

And click here to see my FLIP!

A pile

I have many piles right now to get through, but this one is high on my favorite list.


New fabric is sew much fun.


Now, what to make?

What is on YOUR list today?

Sew Many Books Announcement

sew many books logo

I have been waiting to share at least one of the special things I am up to with you for a while now. THIS IS ONE OF THEM!!

It is going to be so much fun. I am one of 10 bloggers that will share our looks based on a children’s book (of each of our choosing). You can also link up your creation for a chance to win a prize (or two)! As you may know, we LOVE picture books around here. And combining sewing and picture books is just bliss! PLUS (I am shouting now) Riley Blake Designs supplied the fabric to do it with. *swoon*

Check out the introductory post here at Nap-Time Creations!


Virgin Tunic

It has been warmer again, here and I love to wear tunic type dresses. They are comfortable and cool and fun.


So I looked in my stash for a big enough piece to make one, and found this fabulous fabric from Kirsten (of course). That lady has some good taste in fabric, I tell you .


I was a little hesitant to use a religious print, but then I got over it. What the heck. It is fun and now the locals can look at me a little more strangely.

I love the ethereal effect the sun creates in these photos.


I did things to this tunic that I normally wouldn’t do. I box pleated the top because for some reason the shoulders were too far apart. And I added more darts. Sometimes it is about damage control.


I also added some pockets, which are essential.


Overall it is a good fit and easy to wear. And I must say that I like the placement of all the Virgins of Guadalupe. It gets to be tricky when working with a large print like this.

What have YOU made today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Remember yesterday’s cute little mushroom?



by Nelly Pailloux

Both girls were drawn to this book the other day. But it was Falafel that really took to hand sewing! And more so, embroidery. This book breaks it down in easy step-by-step diagrams, which made it very user friendly for our 8 year old first-time sewer. And even better, she did it all by herself! She was super proud of her little mushroom girl.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

Falafel’s Felt

Yesterday, I posted about The Bee’s Art.

Today I have what Falafel has been up to.


Teeny little felt creatures! I will post about the book she used, tomorrow.


For today, I will share the cuteness.


I think I may know who to ask, now, when I have something to embroider!

What have YOU made today?

Ice Cream dress Remix number three

So you have seen the Elsa dress, and the tutorial for the blue and white version here. Today I am sharing yet another remixed ice cream dress that I made to show you the flexibility of the pattern! This was the very first one I made of the three, actually.


 I used some super fun fabrics. The colorful one is a batik and the green is a linen blend. I love how there are two different textures in one outfit. And to add to it, I made the outer skirt shorter than the liner.


Hmmm. Something is missing, though.


Ice cream, of course!


The back of this dress, I put together a little different. I added elastic loops for visual interest, but closed it with snaps.


This made the assembly a little more challenging, and that is why I redesigned it to only have two buttons on the others.


I still really love this one though!


After all that holding the icecream came the reward…


Eating the icecream!


This one is a nice addition to her ever growing school wardrobe!


Have you made any clothing lately?


I’m linking to:

Nap-time Creations link party

Oliver+S Ice cream dress remix tutorial

Today you can actually find me over on the Oliver+S blog with my tutorial for the ice cream dress remix!


See you there!

Oliver+S Icecream Dress Elsa remix

I recently remixed the Oliver+S icecream dress pattern to drop the waist a bit so that I could line the whole thing.


And I used it to make my girl an Elsa dress! you know who Elsa is, right?


I didn’t it want to look like a costume, but really how could it not? I did manage to keep it on the more casual side by using less fancy fabrics.


The bodice is made from a plain white sheet, lined with the same plain white sheet. To make it a little more ice- like, I made the sleeves come down in points (like icicles).


I also found this piece of trim that I thought fit the feel of the movie quite well.


The outer layer is the lace overlay. I attached it to the outer bodice pieces. The solid blue linen-blend is the liner. I love how it looks like the main part…but it isn’t.


It gives the inside such a clean look.


I did some single fold bias tape around the edge of the lace. And gave the linen some fancy stitches.


And it wouldn’t be an Elsa dress without a little sparkle. Jim found those for me while we were shopping at Joanns and They. Are. Fabulous.


Then it was time for some frozen fun!





You can almost hear that song (I will not mention the name in fear of giving you an ear worm for a week-ha!) in this one, right?


So Falafel started to twirl and jump and spin, and she said “Get your camera ready!“. Then she did this:


Flat on her belly.


Luckily, she was just fine and came up laughing.


Oh that girl of mine. Who would have thought that a photo session with me would be so dangerous!

Come back tomorrow and I will tell you where my tutorial for making this new version of the Oliver+S ice cream dress is (Princess version, or not)!