Post Apocalyptic Recycled outfit revealed…and a giveaway! AND a sewalong!

Today is the day!! My entry for the sewing challenge is up on the Top Stitcher blog. Head on over to read what post apocalyptic story I came up with and get the details of the outfit…and to vote!

If you are coming here from Top Stitchers, Welcome!


I had way too much fun with this prompt, and consequently took an epic amount of photos.


I started with these items, plus a few others. 1 man’s stained white t-shirt, recycled bottle grocery bags, part of a patio umbrella, tyvek mailers, a holey sweatshirt with the ribbing in tact, the legs of a black pair of jeans, strips of leather cut from old boots, and part of a flannel bed sheet. The whole outfit is made from recycled materials, and only notions (such as zippers and grommets) that I already had.








Patterns used:

Shirt- Skipper top pattern by Sew Much Ado

Blank Slate Pattern’s Clean slate pants pattern *affiliate link*

Moto Jacket pattern by Jennuine Design *affiliate link*

Here is what is in it for you:

Just enter with the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of these awesome prize packages!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


AND if you are so inclined, you can sew along with any of the fun prompts this season!

Be sure to head over to Top Stitcher to vote!

Teach the One 2 Sew: Pillowcase

Over at Simple Simon &Co, they are hosting a series dedicated to teaching people to sew.


It began with the thought “What if everyone in the whole online sewing community taught just one person to sew?“.

What a beautiful thought.

I have had friends come up to me in past years and ask if I ever gave lessons. Why not? I guess I have always felt like I didn’t know enough, or I wasn’t qualified. Which now that I look back on it, was silly. Someone always knows more than you, but someone also always knows less. I could teach what I know, and that could be enough to help someone on their way to sewing.

So I decided to ask one of my friends if she wanted to have a lesson with me, with nothing expected in return (except for me to be able to photograph her and her project:). She was excited to learn!

She came over with a pillow that she has wanted to make a case for. It had been sitting there for quite a few months because she didn’t know where to start. I could totally help with that!


This is my friend Julie. She hasn’t touched a sewing machine since she was 16 in Home Ec class. She made this cover with an envelope closure for her pillow. She rocks!


We had such a good time. I am ecstatic to light a passion for sewing in someone else. Imagine the possibilities if everyone did this.

Who have you taught today?

Costume round-up

It is that time again to start thinking, and planning, and sewing Halloween costumes!

I thought I would do a round-up of all the costumes I have blogged about these last 7 years (the age of my blog) to give you some inspiration for your own.

First, I started with some oldies, but goodies. Look at how little they were!!


Fire,  The artist and the Butterfly Princess Popeye and familyKing

And some fun accessories…


Fish bag for cat costume,  R2D2 Bag


 If you would like to see any of the tutorials or original posts, click on the highlighted links.

Hobbit Feet tutorial,

Merida from Brave

Harry Potter (or just magic) wands

Donkey Head


Little Red Riding Hood

Grey Wizard Hat/ Witch hat


Rosie the Riveter

Vintage Vet

Have you started on costumes yet? I think the kids both have decided, finally, on what they want to be this year.

What are your kids going as?

Top Stitchers: Where I Interview My Opponent

Hey everyone! Remember when I told you I am going to be on Top Stitchers again? Well, today you get to meet the lovely lady that I am up against…and what is even better is I GET TO INTERVIEW HER! Oh the power!

Becca allowed us to choose our own questions, which may or may not be a good thing. I will let you decide. I did restrain myself from asking her what kind of bird she would be if she could be a bird. So there’s that.

Firstly, here is a photo of this talented gal, Jonie Brooks.


Jonie blogs over at Knot Sew Normal where she will be interviewing me today!

Ahem. Let’s get to it. Here are my questions and her answers:

                How long have you been sewing?                                    

  I have been sewing off and on since I was a teen. However when I took home ec in high school I picked a skirt because it was the easiest project. I started sewing seriously after my daughter was born in 2008. 

What is the most unique material you have ever sewn with?

Hmmmmmm… I don’t know that I have ever sewn with anything too out there. I have sewn craft foam as part of a costume mock-up. 

Besides sewing, what other hobbies/skills/ interests do you have? 

I love photography, graphic design and drawing. I also love to garden. 

Who are some of your sewing gurus or role models? 

That is a hard one. I have several in different sewing areas. Of course first off is Amy Macdonald! She is amazing in every way. For the business side I love Virginia Lindsey of Ginger Cakes and Abbey Glassenberg of While She Naps. I love the tween and teen stuff you sew, there isn’t much out there for tweens and teens and you are always sewing up something beautiful.

What is one of your favorite post apocalyptic movies? And why?

I have a ton that I love, but probably my favorite is Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome. It is one of those movies I saw as a child and it just stuck with me. Plus it has Tina Turner in it! I also love The Postman and Waterworld with Kevin Costner. They didn’t get the best ratings, but I just love them. 

Thank you for being here today, Jonie (and for saying such nice things about me)! I look forward to seeing what you  create for the competition!

Head over to Knot So Normal to check out MY interview, too.

Ladies Classic Cape release


I tested the Ladies Classic Cape recently, and the pattern releases today.


The pattern is geared for beginners (or anyone that wants to make a cape, really).

Sizes covering 0-24+ and five different length options
Shrug option
Longer cloak length options for more coverage/warmth
Two different hood and collar options
Can be made reversible!
Layered pattern pieces so you can print only the size you need


The pattern is for wovens, but I decided to use polar fleece for the outer of mine, and it worked just fine. If you decide to make yours with knits, then it probably would be a good idea to use a walking foot, since mine slipped a bit while making this.


I also added a felt feather (not in the pattern).


As you can see, my girl loves it.


I had gotten so many questions about creating a pattern for the Hobbit capes I made for Falafel’s party. THIS would be a fantastic pattern to make one of those (adult sized, of course).


Lisa from Big Little Patterns is offering 25% off if you purchase this pattern today, which would make it $7.50. This will be available until midnight on Friday, the 18th with the code BIGLITTLECAPE.

Exciting news

If you receive my newsletter, you already know this, but for the rest of you…

I am going to be competing again in Top Stitchers!

I am super exited. The thing I love most about this competition is the themes. Becca comes up with the best most challenging creative themes I have ever seen in any competition. Ever.

She also does a great job at pairing the competitors!  I will be going up against Jonie of Knot so Normal. I think it is going to be a blast. I can’t wait to see what she made!


Our theme is

“Post Apocalyptic recycled styles”.

“Bridges collapse, communication shuts down, and those fabric stores you love so much are over-run with zombies. Most survivors are hunkered down wearing whatever rags were on their backs when The End arrived, or ill-fitting garments they looted from a stranger’s closet. But not your kid. Your daughter has a master upcyclist for a mother, and you’re going to turn the trash around you into the most durable, functional, and stylish duds for your post-apocalyptic world.”

Eeeeee. I am so exited. I have already begun my outfit for Falafel.


{BTW: There is a sew-a-long, if you would like to join in the fun}

I also really love that we need to come up with our own post-apocalyptic stories to go with our outfits.  This contest pushes my creativity on all levels and I am ecstatic.

What do you imagine a post-apocalyptic world to look like?