Asymmetrical Leggings Pattern and American Girl Pattern

New pattern in the shop! A favorite from the clothing line so I’ve added it to the pattern line: The Asymmetrical Leggings…..and even added a miniature pattern for the American Girl style dolls.

Pattern can be sewn with regular sewing machine or a serger.  Any stretchy cotton/lycra/spandex blend works great as well as stretchy ribbed cotton like the kind used in tank tops.

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With Boo’s new American Girl obsession a few of you saw this coming…..yep, that’s Pf-1221 doll or “Grace” as we now call her:


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The leggings are easy to make and are for almost every season! Make them capri length or full length:

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These are Boo’s favorite leggings and I love how she looks like a little elf in them:

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A few of my friends, Katherine, Olivia, and Melanie tested them out for me. I love their fabric choices:

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Both patterns are available in the shop now!  More in the pipeline……for girls and dolls…..stay tuned!

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The GoTo Knit Top Pattern

This is one of my favorite “go to” tops right now. I can use thin jersey fabrics for a dressier look, or upcycled old tees for a casual every day look.

I recommend a serger for knits but this can be sewn with a regular machine as well. Perfect for tweens and adults.  The instant download PDF pattern includes the basic style and tips for piecing.

Here’s one I made from an old t-shirt, some yardage and a few knit scraps:

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Here’s my friend Katherine in the top she made. I love the bright colors!

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DIY Suede Fringe Handbag

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I see so much suede at the thrift store….I have a few jackets, a skirt, a few pairs of pants….it’s all outdated and just waiting to be cut up and made into something amazing. Here’s my first suede remake project……an old pair of suede pants and a thrift store belt into a fringe handbag. It was actually a fairly easy project. The key is to not cut the fringe until the handbag is finished. If you can’t find suede at the store you can also check Etsy and Ebay for remnants. You can also use leather or microfiber. Here are the original pants:

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DIY Nautical Inspired Altered Tote (A Tutorial)

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I saw some large totes made from recycled canvas sails in Tahoe the last time I visited and wanted to make a similar nautical-inspired tote. I used a plain white tote as my starting point. If you don’t have one you can always make one from plain white canvas or even a canvas table cloth. I’ve got a simple pattern in the shop here and you would just leave off the handles.

Other materials:
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store

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Industrial Fabric Rotary Cutters

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I got a ton of questions about the electronic fabric cutter featured in the Evolution of a Dress video yesterday….I figured it would be easier just to write a post about it! So here’s the 411….

I love the small rotary industrial cutters. They are easy to use and pretty darn quiet.  They can cut through about an inch of stacked fabric. You can purchase the smaller industrial cutter that I have for under $100 here. I own several different brands including the Yamata.

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I love that it is self sharpening….just push the button and the little grinder sharpens your blade. Just be careful of the sparks around fabric!

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Play Food: Tea Box and Tea Bags

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Boo loves to have her own toy version of things we do in the kitchen for her playroom……and recently making tea came up.  So today we made some tea bags and a cute little box to store them in. Super simple project!

First, I cut out 2 pieces of white felt, 2 pieces of purple felt and 1 pieces of ribbon for each tea bag:

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Next, I sew three sides of the tea bag leaving the top open:

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I filled the tea bags with wild rice so that it actually resembled tea in color:

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As I sewed the the top of each bag shut, I slipped one end of the piece of ribbon inside:

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I sewed the top part of the bag together and inserted the other end of the ribbon inside:

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Finished tea bags!

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I found this cute little wood box at Micheal’s for $1.00:

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I made a vinyl shelf paper stencil using my Silhouette Machine to say “TEA” and masked out the areas I didn’t want to paint. A little fan of the spray paint over the stencil is all I needed:

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The finished set. I love toys that have their own storage container:

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Time for tea!

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The Dishtowel Skirt (A Tutorial)

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This cute little skirt was made from dishtowels!


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Inexpensive, easy to sew, already hemmed and festive:


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Holidays always bring the cutest little linens. I picked up these two Easter-themed dishtowels from Target and made them into a skirt for Boo:


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Here’s how to make your own! Dishtowels are perfectly sized for a girl’s skirt up to about a size 6.

Step 1 & 2: Lay out your dishtowels and cut them in half.
Step 3: Cut off the side seams, but leave the bottom seams.
Step 4: I used the towel with the bunny as a patchwork panel so I trimmed the sides.

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Step 5 & 6: Sew together your panels to create 2 large panels.
Step 7 & 8: Once you have two larger completed panels, place them on top of each other and sew the side seams together.

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Step 9 & 10: Turn your skirt inside out and fold the top edge over about 1.5″ to form a casing for elastic. Finish the raw edge.
Step 11 & 12: Stitch your casing closed leaving about an inch opening to insert the elastic into. Thread the elastic through, sew the elastic shut and close the casing.

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I added some pretty crocheted trim at the bottom of the skirt for some extra detail:

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Dainty and pretty!

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The finished skirt:

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To make a matching tank, I made a little pom-pom from crocheted trim……

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…..and sewed it to a plain camisole:

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An Easter-themed outfit!  A quick sew and great for a beginner project.

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My sister Perry is here visiting this week! We had fun today hiding eggs in the yard to practice for some upcoming Easter hunts:

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