Category Archives: Sewing

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!

Now it is time to VOTE! If you liked my dress, please go here to vote for me!

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!


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?