Measuring may seem basic and it is, if you know where you're supposed to measure. My patterns are drafted using the ASTM standards for a child's age/size and measure accordingly. When measuring, it's best to do so over snug clothing like a camisole and underpants or a tank top and leggings. If you measure… Continue reading Measuring Basics
About a year ago, my husband and daughter were a good friend's wedding. I offered to make a dress for my daughter to wear. I was sent some photos, we chatted and I designed this dress for the wedding. It started out as a Violette Field Threads Cosette hack, but I literally changed every pattern… Continue reading Sewing: Flower Girl Dress
UDATE* Pattern now available here I'm a fan of simple, especially for wardrobe staples. I like my daughter to wear what I make even if that means that she's going to run through the mud or roll around in the grass with her big brothers. So, I like to have projects for play clothes that… Continue reading Inspiration: Sweet as Pie and Bare Necessities
Tutorial for adding tucks or pleats to any pattern.
Okay, let's talk about size. Some people have asked me, "Why 8 inches?", so I thought I'd answer that question today. If you've purchased a Duchess & Hare pdf pattern, you've probably noticed that there is a little rectangle on the first page that measures 1" x 8", not 1" x 1" or 4" x 4"… Continue reading Why 8 Inches?
I've been quiet because I've been sewing in practically every spare minute this month! I've been thinking about my signature look. I asked my family to describe my sewing in 3 words if they could. One son said, "Vintage, girlie, bright." One son said, "Old school, dresses, fabric." My husband said, "Cute, little, classic." He… Continue reading Project Run and Play Sew Along Week 4: Signature Look
I've had the main fabric on this dress for years. I'd been holding onto it to make a Valentine's Day dress but I never managed to get to it before Valentine's Day. So, I figured I'd hold onto to until next year. That happened several times but this year I finally made it! I embroidered the… Continue reading Valentine Kate
I've had the Bohemian Babydoll pattern for some time but I only just got around to finishing this one. It has been on my cutting table for months! Between pattern tests and shop orders, it's sat around waiting for me for a long time. I finally got to finish it and I'm so pleased! I… Continue reading Elegance and Elephants Bohemian Babydoll
The second Sally Dress I made, I sized up on. This is a size 3 and the other dress is a size 2. I sized up because the 2 fit perfectly and was just a little difficult to get off and on. This 3 has a bit more room. I love, love, love this dress.… Continue reading Sally Dress Take 2
I'm late to this party but I finally got around to sewing the Sally Dress by Very Shannon. This dress is amazing and so much fun. It's beautiful inside and outside. Not a single exposed seam whether you sew it with sleeves or without! It doesn't have any closures so it's very simple (but you'll… Continue reading Sally Dress Take 1