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Fall is here: Perfect reason for new clothing


Fall is finally here!  Which means it’s time to break out our hoodies, long sleeved shirts, and pants.  Though being in S. California some would say we are still having lovely “summer” weather; however, there is just enough nip in the air in the mornings that I feel the need to bundle my kiddos up a little more and sip hot tea or hot coco.

In any case, S needed some new shirts to brighten his wardrobe in some of his favorite colors, blue and green.  I chose to do a short sleeved option since we layer with baby legs for arm warmers or just throw on a light jacket.  Long sleeves seem to be an issue for him with hand washing for as soon as the sleeves get wet he wants the shirt OFF!

For his shirt, I used Figgy’s Tee for Two, a pattern I have returned to time and time again.  S loves the softness of knit and I love how quickly these sew up.  I think I’ve now made 4 or 5 of them and eventually will do the dress option for V (not that she’s hurting in the dress department, I’ve yet again run out of hangers for her!).  Next for these shirts will be a bit of stenciling, I think, but that will have to be a mommy/son project for another day, after he decides exactly what it is he wants on his shirt!

Figgy's Tee for Two-- That's What She Crafted

S was also in need of a new fun pair of pants.  The kid definitely had a growth spurt over the summer as his pants he wore in the spring are now just the right length instead of dragging along on the floor.  I turned to Blank Slate’s Coastal Cargos as I made a pair in a clothing swap I participated in and loved how they came out for the other child so naturally I needed to make my own child a pair too!

Blank Slate Coastal Cargos, pant length-- That's What She Crafted

Now what does every 3.5 year old boy NEED in his wardrobe?  Pants WITH pockets.  S loves pockets and these cargos do not fail.  Scared of pockets and don’t have a highly opinionated preschooler?  Leave the pockets off!  I love the detailed instructions for getting a great look for the front pockets, back welt pockets, and side cargo pockets.  All are definitely kid sized and will fit those very needed items of trains, cars, and nature’s treasures (eh hem, rocks or bits of tree bark).  My only qualm with the pattern is that the pieces do not have the grainline direction included on them and the pattern instructions do not have a diagram assisting with the layout for cutting out the pieces.  However, this pattern is rated for an intermediate sewer so perhaps those skills are assumed to be had to be able to figure it out yourself, which I did pretty easily even with my “beginner” sewing status.

With this pair, I did all the lining with a bit of left over Hungry Caterpillar Dots that I had laying around still from another project.  S loves all the colors and loves the story too so it’s a win for him as well to know he has a touch of color in his pockets and along his inner waistband.  For the pants, I just bought “bottom weight” cotton material from Joann’s when it was on sale in a khaki coloring that acceptable for S’s school uniform (they are required to wear a polo top but for shorts/ pants they just request navy or khaki coloring).  Dark brown for the bias tape which makes these pants look oh so nicely finished!

I did include the roll up option mostly because we live relatively close to the beach.  S HATES when his clothing gets wet and insists on taking it all off if it does so these roll up to the perfect height to stay dry while allowing him to play in the waves as they roll up to his ankles.

Little boys always seem to get the shaft when it comes to cute patterns so I’m so happy to give my little guy something he loves: a bit of color and comfort.  And now I shall go set the tea kettle on, I think I need another cup of tea.



Pattern Anthology


pattern anthology

I was somehow able to test not 1, not 2, but 5 of the patterns from Pattern Anthology’s new Winter Wonderland release.  I think it was a stroke of luck, because I really love these patterns!

We’ll start off with the Johnny B Good Hoodie

johnny b good

The first one I made was with a hood lined with knit.  I love the hood option. It’s such a fun twist! The second one, I made with the shoulder patches.

I did both in short sleeve and with the snow falling on the ground, you may be thinking that I’ve lost my marbles. I layer a lot, so I love that they are short sleeved and that way can still be worn when summer comes. I have found with my oldest that I can usually get almost 2 years out of a button up shirt, so I almost always make them short sleeved!

I know a lot of people may be intimidated by button up shirts, but they shouldn’t be. These were pretty easy to put together and the time part is more of ironing interfacing onto a few pieces. They really do look a lot harder then they are!

sweet bonnie

The next pattern I tested was the Sweet Bonnie Top.

I really like the vintage feel this one has. It has a zipper closure in the back , peter pan collar and gathered sleeves at the cuffs. I did make 2 of these and have a third almost finished…..

Birkshire blazer and Holly pants

The next pattern I tested was the Berkshire Blazer. I haven’t figured out the right fabric for Judes yet, but that kid is getting one for sure. Melly does an awesome job with her tutorials and again, this is one that looks a lot more complicated then it really is.

I also tested the Holly Trousers (the pink pants paired with the blazer) and I know I didn’t get a great picture of them, but they are adorable! I am just itching to make the girls the shorts version. They have tons of cute tights and I love shorts with tights in the winter.

 I am also almost finished with the other Sweet Bonnie Top that is going to match this outfit and I can’t wait to get it done! It’s going to be gorgeous!!

tree climber pants

Then the last pattern I got to test was the Tree Climber Trousers. I hate picking favorites, but these are them. The pockets, the construction, I just love everything about them. I love the fit and three piece front with the reinforced knees….LOVE! I didn’t find any fabric that inspired me in the store, so I bought this heavier white canvas material (which is actually super soft) to dye afterwards, but I can’t for the life of me decide on a color. I kind of like the white too and can slightly get away with it with him being this age. I’m not saying you can do that with every 16 month old, but with Judes personality right now, it’s doable!

Is this collection worth it?? Oh Yes. I know I will for sure be making more of each of these patterns

Now, this collection is only offered as a whole at a discount for a couple of weeks so go here to purchase the whole collection.

Only have a little girl to sew for? You can get the Wonderland Collection here. The Amaryllis Dress and Juliet Capelet are part of the girls patterns and I didn’t get to test them, but you should check them out cause they are super cute.

Opposite and only have boys?  You can buy the Winter Collection here.  That collection sports an Aviator and Trapper hat Pattern I didn’t test as well, and I WANT.

Thank you so much Andrea, Shauna and Melly for letting me test your patterns!!

– Karly

Pattern Review Halloween Style: My Little Plumcake- Cordelia


Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.  I love dressing up and getting my kids dressed up and begging for candy.  I’ve always made our costumes, but since learning how to sew, things have gotten much more epic.  Aurelia and Obren’s main costumes this year are the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit, respectively and can be seen here.  Well, she has a school parade and gets to wear a costume to school.  Here’s the deal; I don’t want her messing up her pretty dress.  She’s crazy.  She is so crazy wild that I’ve already had to replace her new shirts that I bought at the beginning of the school year at the end of August.  She only goes to school 4 days a week and only  2 hours a day, so it takes some massive skill to ruin things that quickly.  I needed her to be able to be involved in the festivities, while still being in a costume that would allow her to be a crazy kid.  This is what I came up with:


She’s a Strawberry!  Thank baby Jesus that My Little Plumcake released this awesome pattern just in time.  It’s called the Cordelia Sweetheart Peplum Top.  It comes in sizes 12 months through size 8 (including an 18 month size). The moment I saw it, I was inspired.  This pattern is a sleeveless sweetheart top with a gathered peplum  bottom and a scalloped peter pan collar.  The closure on the back is a sweet little keyhole with a ribbon loop and a button.    The bodice is lined and instructions for lace overlay are given to add a little femininity to the design.  Of course you don’t HAVE to use lace, but I think it’s very lovely. The collar is an option and looks just as fabulous without!

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I would rate this pattern for a confident beginner.  It takes a few hours to put together and there is a bit of hand sewing.  Also you will be sewing bias binding, which is not hard at all and you’re given the steps you’ll need to pull it all together.  Take your time and it will come out beautifully. The designer walks you through everything from materials, to piecing and cutting your pattern, to sewing it all up.  And if you have questions, she’s just an e-mail away or you can join The My Little Plumcake Pattern Group on FaceBook.

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I was going to do a tutorial for the hat I made, but my son slept a grand total of 3 hours last night and refused his nap this afternoon.  Suffice it to say that I’m miserable and not in the mood to teach you anything today.  Consider this “movie day” in class.  I’m rolling out the TV cart and falling asleep at my desk.  I will definitely try to get this up ASAP as you never know when you’ll need a strawberry hat!  But for  now, you must try to forgive me and my horrid son.

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Small FRY-Day Spotlight: Cautiously Crafty


It’s small FRY-day and our last of the month! We’ve had some amazing talent showcased and we have one more!  Today we’re featuring Paige  with Cautiously Crafty.  She’s got some awesome inspiration for ya!  Also, at the end of this post, we’re having a linky party!  Everyone link up YOUR favorite homemade Halloween costume…the one you’re most proud of.  This is just for fun and I LOVE costumes, so you can bet I’ll be checking out every.single.one!  Ok, now to Paige!


Hi everybody!  I guess I should start by introducing myself.  I’m Paige, and I’m the blogger behind Cautiously Crafty, my relatively new craft blog. I’ve got a darling daughter who is 4 years old. Anyway, I’m here today to share with you several costumes I made using the Heidi & Finn Urban Unisex Hoodie.  I’ve used this pattern for costumes for the past two years, for a grand total of 4 different costumes.   My first venture into costume making was two years ago. I made dog and cat costumes.Please excuse the shoddy pictures in this blog post, these were not taken with blogging in mind. I make no claims of being a photographer, but I promise the ones I share are usually at least marginally better than these.

Both are basically the same, just in different colors.

First I sewed up the hoodies following the pattern, except I left off the button closures, and because I made them with fleece, I did not do a lining. The tummy panels are felt from Joann’s that I (sloppily) hand sewed on.

The ears are two layers of felt sewn together, with the the inner ear color attached on top.  I drew them freehand, pointy for the kitty and rounded for the puppy. Unfortunately you can’t tell in this picture, but I folded down the edge of one of puppy ears for that cute floppy look.

Attaching them was a bit tricky. When I drew them, I drew them a bit longer than I wanted, and I did not sew together the bottom 1/2 inch or so.  I cut slits in the top of the hood to insert the ears into, then opened the loose flaps and sewed them down to the hood.  I’m sure there are way better ways to do this, but this way worked for some quickie costumes for my girl and her friend.

(The tails were done the same way as Boots’ tail, detailed below)

Now for Dora and Boots!

I’ll start with Dora.  Super simple.  Made the hoodie in pink fleece, and made some orange pants to go with it. And of course, Dora isn’t Dora without BackPack! I can’t take credit for BackPack though, I followed this tutorial to make her. (I totally just had to google to make sure BackPack was a girl. Surprisingly enough, if you type “Is backpack” into google, one of the suggestions that pops up actually is “Is backpack a girl”, so at least I’m not alone in my wondering.)

Boots was a little more labor intensive, but not hard at all.

Tummy panel was done the same way as the cat and dog, except this time I was brave enough to sew it on using my sewing machine. The boots were originally pink sequined boots that cost $10 at Wal-mart, I just slapped a couple coats of red spray paint on them. The hood was again constructed the same was as the cat and dog hoods, cutting slits in the hood and inserting the ears and waddle.  That’s what I’m calling it, because I haven’t the slightest idea what it actually is or what it should be, and to me it looks like a turkey waddle. The waddle was drawn freehand (and trust me, if I can do it anybody can, I am not in the least bit an artist), and loosely stuffed with random fabric scraps to keep it from flopping.  Nobody likes a floppy waddle.

For the tail, I sewed a tube of fabric and then slipped it over a long piece of thick jewelry wire.  I used the thickest wire available at the craft store, which I think was a 14 gauge. I then cut another slit right where the bottom band attaches to the body of the hoodie, and inserted the tail and hand sewed in. I opted not to use my machine because of the wire. Shape the tail as desired and you’re done!

In case you’re doubting my claim that these were super easy, I made 4 of them (2 Doras and 2 Boots, one set was sent to my niece and nephew) in less than two weeks, in between going to school full time and chasing my kid around.

So there ya go, 4 different costumes from 1 pattern. I’m breaking the streak this year though, unfortunately I don’t think I can transform the hoodie into Mario, Luigi, or Princess Belle. If you’re interested in seeing my versions of those, hop on over to Cautiously Crafty sometime after Halloween.  In the meantime, feel free to check out my tutorial for making the Urban Unisex hoodie reversible.   I hope you’ve enjoyed the post and have some awesome DIY costumes in your future!



Small FRY-day Spotlight: Ali Cat & Co.

It’s Crystal here and that means that it’s time for our third Small FRY-day Halloween post!  This time we bring you the mind behind the goddess body of Brianne from Ali Cat & Co.   Seriously, it takes a great bod to rock the Spock out of an invisible boat.
Just so you know, we love this gal.  She’s cooky and crazy and totally CRAFTY!  Check out her blog after you read this post; there’s tons of great stuff on there.  Anyway, without further ado from me to you…….

Heeeeyy Party Girls! I am Brianne from Ali Cat & Co.  I’ve “known”
the TWSC ladies for….well, only about 6 months…BUT I’d totally bail
them out of jail if needed.  They are rock stars.  Seriously.  I didn’t
wait to be asked to guest blog post, I begged and bribed for a slot.
They are that cool.  I NEEDED to be involved with the TWSC awesomeness.

So here I am.

About 6 weeks ago, I began asking my 3 year old what she wanted to be
for Halloween.

Response: “A ballerina with a big tutu riding a pink
horse”  PHEW!  Something easy.  I feared she’d say something crazy like
“a globe” or “a giant chicken nugget” or “you’re cooking bananas”.
Where do children get this random nonsense? Well, I know EXACTLY where
they pull it from, but am I allowed so say it????

Over the past weeks, I have periodically checked back in with her to
confirm she still wanted to be a ballerina riding a horse.  Lucky duck
me, she has continued to agree.  Last thing I wanted was for her to
change her mind at the last minute.  That’s the best way to drive a mama crazy.

I had two goals with this costume.  First:  Make something that she will LOVE.  Second:  make it wearable outside of Halloween.

Step 1:  Find a pink horse.  SCORE!  Found a pink stick horse.  She then
demanded to make it a unicorn.  Hum…I did my best. haha.  Ok,
probably not my best, but the damn thing now has a horn.

Step 2: Giant Tutu.  I immediately thought of Little Lizard King’s Retro Glam Skirt.  I took my little munchkin to the fabric store with me and she picked
out these two pink glittery satins.  She did a good job! The pattern calls for 10 panels each of triangles and
scallops.  I did 18 each and gathered the skirt into the waist band.  I
also added two layers of tulle for a small amount of poof.  I’m sure she
would want more fullness. But to agree with goal #2, the skirt must be wearable
daily without it appearing that she’s parading around in a ridic tutu.

Step 3: Top.  I’ve been eyeing the Heidi and Finn Ballet Sweater for
some time. I knew it would be perfect for the outfit as well as a great
top to wear when it gets cool.  I measured the wee-one and decided to
lengthen the sweater to turn in into a full shirt.  This was my first
Heidi and Finn pattern.  If every pattern of her’s is this awesome, I’m
buying them ALL.  I highly recommend this pattern. Fast (2 hours) and
easy and so very adorable. I totally want this sweater in my size.

Step 4: Leggings.  Once again, the Go To Pattern Leggings have been
sitting in the queue for sometime.  I love all the options this pattern
comes with, especially the peekaboo hole and bow.  The cuteness kills
me!  I was also able to whip these up in 2 hours and that includes a
whole lotta time spent on Facebook. Again, super simple and super
cute.  Did I mention all the options with this pattern?  Yea, there are a
lot of options. Me likey some options.

Final product all together. She LOVES the costume/outfit!  She did NOT
want to take it off.  However, I’m one of those mean moms who put it
away in the closet to not be worn until Halloween.  After that, she can
wear it until it falls apart.

 Cheesin’ out!

So what do you think?

Also, do you like me as a guest blogger?  If you do, please let TWSC know.  If I
get enough thumbs up, then they will have to “invite” me back.

Small FRY-day Spotlight: Diedelbug Handmade


It’s our second Small Fry-day Spotlight of the month (and of “ever”) and this one is going to knock your socks off, too! I’m telling you, there is some rockin’ talent out there. This week we have Erin from Diedelbug Handmade showing off her “super” costumes that are guaranteed to turn you into a mega villain named Jealous Man.  She was even nice enough to share some how-to secrets with you.  Grab some candy corn and read on!  Also if you missed last week’s Small Fry-day Spotlight, you can check that out here.  Thank you, Erin for joining us this week!


Well first off let me introduce myself. I’m Erin, the craftermind (inset evil laugh, well maybe it’s more of a cackle hehe) behind Diedelbug Handmade. I’ve just started to sell handbags but I mostly sew for my little monsters, umm I mean angels, 2 and 4 year old boys. Need I say more?  They’ve reached the constant picking and bickering stage. More recently I’ve started to dabble into sewing actual wearable clothes for me. I can only use so many bags you know? Ok, enough about me and back to the “angels.” The boys FINALLY decided what they each wanted to be for Halloween. I have to start asking in August because they change their minds daily. Who am I kidding? More like hourly. At one point I was going to have to come up with Optimus Prime. Really? I had no idea how I was going to make that happen for a 2 year old. Whew!

Last year Zander, my oldest, went as the Incredible Hulk, complete with crazy Hulk hair.

Hulk-- That's What She Crafted Spotlight

Cutest thing ever! So this year we’re in total super hero mode.  The boys decided they wanted to be Iron Man and Captain America.   Now I’m a pinterest addict, so of course I scoured for hours looking for inspiration for prefect costumes to recreate.  I had come across this tutorial for a muscle shirt from Sew a Straight Line. Thanks Sabra!!!! I followed the tutorial exactly last year, and used a glue stick to stick the muscles on before covering with the second layer of fabric and waited the hour for it to dry.  But this year I’ve found the wonders of spray baste! Spray baste=magic

spray baste-- That's What She Crafted Spotlight

 Who’s got time to wait? Just spray, stick and go! But make sure it’s temporary and washable. For both costumes I started out with the Scientific Seamstress All the Rage Raglan shirt pattern which includes the hood option. Gotta have the hood because both the Captain and Iron man have their heads covered.  Ronan’s Captain America costume I used the muscles from the tutorial. I modified the shirt by cutting just under the arm pits to create the bottom part of the Captain’s suit. Then I cut stripes of red and sewed the onto the bottom white part before attached to the top half.

cut cap  That's What She Crafted Spotlight

I used this same principal for the sleeves. Now you need two pieces of the front part of the shirt because you sandwich the “muscles” in between the two layers.  I pinned the two layers together around the edges, to keep them from shifting too much while I sewed.

cut cap 2  That's What She Crafted Spotlight

For the Captain’s muscles I wanted them to blend in with the suit so unlike the tutorial I didn’t just sew around them. I sewed around with the same color thread so it just looked like real muscles under the shirt. Of course at this point I realized I forgot the star! Doh! So I just sewed the star on top. Worked out just fine J.  I then tried the shirt on him to check the length to add the “belt.”

complete cap--  That's What She Crafted Spotlight

Someone, *cough* Zander *cough* was a little bent out of shape that his costume was not done yet. Well if you’d take a nap and go to sleep when I put you to bed I’d get more done kid! LOL, back to the Cap.  I cut a little off the length and added a rib knit band around the bottom of the shirt for the belt.  Same thing for the pants, except I chopped under the knee and added a band around to simulate the boots. He’ll wear red shoes and red gloves. The Captain is complete!

Captain  That's What She Crafted Spotlight You should have seen his face light up, melted my heart.  Say it with me, “AHHH.”

Now Iron Man was a little bit more of a challenge. His “costume” is more machine than man so I had to draft my own armor. I traced the top part of the shirt bodice and sleeves. I rounded out the pieces and subtracted half an inch from the edges to make room for seam allowance.

iron man pieces  That's What She Crafted Spotlight

Although once I started sewing I should have cut a little more off because it didn’t leave much room after the muscles are between the layers.

cut IM  That's What She Crafted Spotlight

A little “muscle” on my part to catch all layers and squish the muscles through the machine as I sewed and we have armor! Now on to the bottom half of the armor, I was running low on red knit and didn’t want to have to run to Joann’s for the millionth time that week. So instead of cutting two layers for the pants I just cut the “armor” pattern out of the fabric and sewed it on top. Knit doesn’t fray so I didn’t need to worry about finishing the edges.  And we’re done!

Avengers ASSEMBLE!!Avengers Assemble

Now I have two of the cutest happiest super heroes on the planet. They ask to wear their costumes daily and wear themselves out saving the world from the bad guys.

tv heroes  That's What She Crafted Spotlight

How can I say no? Score one for mom J Hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings.

A Pixie Birthday Party


My little girl V is turning one on the 13th of this month.  It’s so hard to believe that she’s been with us a year while at the same time it feels like she’s aways been with us.  At the end of last month we used part of Mr. Viever’s paternity leave to travel to see friends and family and at that time through her birthday party celebrating her first year among our family members in Arizona at my in law’s home.  We did the same for S when he turned one and it was so nice spending time with family and being with those who loved us most to celebrate the life of our child so we had to do it again for V.

V is a bit on the small side and I call her a little pixie, so a party theme was born! Now some random background, I’m not a fan of Tinkerbell.  Just plain don’t care for her, her sass, or the fact that Pixie Hollow took over what used to be Ariel’s Grotto at Disneyland- I know I’m a bit of a freak but Ariel’s my favorite!  So when I was on my search for decorations, I wanted fairies but not of the Disney sort.  I found the perfect little cupcake toppers and matching garland on Amazon and suddenly two days before we were to leave for Boston for a week, (we’re a little on the nutty side and planned travel to Boston for a week, one day at home, then drive to AZ for the weekend of party fun and a relay triathlon) I was struck with a NEED to make V a party dress to match the fairy decor.

Party Banner-- That's What She Crafted

I used Zafarani’s Saffron Twirl dress (It’s still on sale price for $5, go get it now!) as my base for the dress knowing that it would make the perfect party dress and that with a small adjustment to the back button band I could create some awesome removable wings.  So I ran off to JoAnn’s during  naptime and bought fabric and all I needed to make wings– that’s right make the wings, never mind the fact that I ordered wings as party favors already…. crazy lady right here.

During her second nap, I used these tutorials (no sew wings and these gorgeous textured wings which when I have the time I want to fully do justice) as  guides to make my own wings. I didn’t quite follow either exactly as I knew I wanted the center piece to attach to the dress as in the second tutorial but I didn’t have the time to do the layers or the wire shaping of the second tutorial.  I did do some sewing for my wings as I used one set of panty hose and did the bottom portions of the wings separate from the top requiring a seam as I wanted more shaping than the first tutorial did.  Also to attach the pantyhose to the center I also hand stitched the panty hose in place there then used felt with my glue gun to cover up the wire and any panty hose ends that were sticking out.  I also used a glitter glue stick in my glue gun to add some texture to the wings before spraying it down with fabric glitter paint.  Thankfully I remembered to throw the dress fabric into the washing machine at this point otherwise sewing when the kids went to bed would have been postponed, whew!

Now to the dress.  I changed up a few things.  I added an additional skirt layer of a shimmery/glittery tulle material to mimic the look of the fairy dresses in the decoration pieces.  I also made it so that the button band was removable (rather than sewing in the band as instructed I made the whole dress and then did two button holes on the dress and attached two buttons on either side of the band) so I could use a band without snaps for the wings on days we didn’t want the fairy look.  The outfit was done with one day to spare for packing for our whirlwind adventure.

The food.  I knew I was going to need to pick something that would appeal to the toddler crowd and the great-grandparent crowd while also being easy to prepare.  So we went with the theme of brunch finger foods.  We made apple pie dip and cinnamon chips, bacon corn muffins, set out the fixings for fruit parfaits; bought a few different sweet dessert type breads (banana nut, pumpkin strudel, and pound cake), mini cinnamon rolls, BBQ wings, and a veggie tray; catered a few subs and our favorite slushy drinks Eegees (local to Tucson, if you are ever in the area you HAVE to try some my favorite combo is lemon strawberry and favorite flavor of the month cherry cider, and get some fries and ranch too, yum).  My in laws made a mu shu pork dish for lettuce wraps and my husband’s grandmother made sausage/potato/gravy burrito wraps.  All in all the food was GOOD and best of all we didn’t run out of anything.  My in laws actually informed us this last weekend that they were still eating down the leftovers a full week post party.

Apple dip--  That's What She Crafted

Lastly I made fruity cupcakes (used 1 banana and subbed the second for 3 medium strawberries and substituted the honey for maple syrup) topped with a little whipped cream sweetened with a little maple syrup.  Birthday girl was very happy with her first tastes of cake.  Kids and adults alike also got to have mini ice cream cups served with their cake though the birthday girl missed out on them (mean mama I know.)

Party ended post cake when the birthday girl declared (loudy) that it was naptime.  Our littlest guests left donning Peter Pan hats or fairy wings while our grown up guests were invited to TAKE FOOD HOME!  All in all it was a wonderful family gathering and a lovely celebration for  our girl’s first year of life.


Family--  That's What She Crafted

Meet the SHE: Jenn


Hey All!

My name is Jenn. I love love love to selfish sew! (and thankfully have a job that encourages this) I also have 2 girlies that I love to sew for, a 3yr old and a 1yr old. I am trying to get myself to stretch some comfort zones and sew a little for the husband this winter and also some soft toys.

just me masked

I started sewing when I had my oldest as I wanted her to have cute things but couldn’t fund them all. I was soooooo bad when I started, mainly because I was scared I would hate sewing in the end and didn’t want to “waste” money on patterns! lol. Don’t worry – that ship has LONG sailed!!! I now know the value of a good pattern! You really should see some of that first sewing I did… I wish I had kept some of those pictures!

Not too sure what else to say about myself to be honest… How about a random fact? I told my husband when we were starting to get serious that I really don’t like getting flowers ad he should rather save the flower $ for a pair of shoes instead of wasting it on flowers. My mom thinks I am crazy for that…. You probably do too… Please tell me I’m not the only one who would rather have something that will last and get use rather than flowers.

I’m so excited to be on this blogging adventure with some great friends! I’m looking forward to getting to know you readers and get people involved and to challenge myself!

ps. Feel free to comment on here with a little random fact about yourself or why you started sewing tidbit 🙂

Meet the SHE: Karly


Hi! I’m Karly and I usually blog over at Zafarani. I have 5 little monkeys that jump on my bed (and everywhere else) and they keep me pretty busy.

 5 little monkeys

 I got my first sewing machine at the age of 20 when my oldest was 6 months old. I started off with simple blankets and quickly learned to make quilts and made and sold crib sets for a while. Sewing was touch and go at times cause of life, but once I had all 3 of my girls, clothing started being made and now I’m working on making patterns to sell!  I think I have earned the title “Sewing Addict”.


I love sharing my love of crafts with others. While at the Sewing Summit (so fun!) I heard this quote in a class:

“You are an authentic and unique individual and therefore have no competition.”

That is exactly how I feel about the sewing world! We all have a unique view and so much to share.


I’ve been so excited to start this blog with my super crafty friends, and hope you’ll enjoy it as much we do!

Pattern Review- Deer&Doe Bleuet


As I mentioned in my introduction, I consider myself a newbie sewer.  I’ve been sewing on my current streak for about 7 months.  Prior to that I had made my first project, a skirt for myself, in 2007 when my mother in law took pity on me and agreed to teach me to sew using her sewing machine.  After that first project, there were many items that went unfinished and a few baby items I made as gifts, but my machine mostly sat lonely in the bottom shelf of my bookcase.

NO MORE!  My sewing machine and now serger both have permanent homes right on my desk.  They have little cubby homes in the attached bookshelf but they rarely see them now.  In any case, I tell you all this as I attempt something even newer to me, blogging and pattern reviewing!  So here we go!

Deer and Doe’s Bleuet is the first for me project I’ve done in 6 years and rather than ease myself into something nice and simple I went for an “advanced” pattern.  Remember that “newbie sewer” status I gave myself?   Well you might be telling me to hang up that title after this post, as my fellow SHEs have tried to do, but I’m holding onto it dearly and will be showing/telling you about all the rookie mistakes I made during this project.  Honestly, this pattern probably has an advanced marking because of the 15 buttonholes and for the princess seams.  Neither scared me and they shouldn’t scare you either!  In today’s great technology age, we have so many resources to tap so put on a brave face and stretch your skills… with a computer and a trusty internet connection close at hand.  With most adult patterns, I’ve been told to make a muslin as we all curve and are shaped a little differently.  Well I pulled a “no no” and I did not make a muslin of this dress prior to cutting into my material (a beautiful red stretch poplin) as my measurements were pretty much dead on for the chart.  What can I say, I like to live dangerously every once in awhile.

Night one, I had my pieces cut out and started sewing the panels together.  I thought I was doing fabulously.  That bow made me so happy.  Then I stopped and really looked at the dress.  Something was off.  Can you figure it out?

Progress- princess seams

If you guess that 1) I had no clue how to do princess seams and 2) I sewed the back side panels on backwards.  Then you would be VERY right.  First, I googled and youtubed princess seams to see what exactly I was supposed to do with them.  Then, I came to the conclusion that I had mistakenly sewed my pieces together incorrectly (using my traced pieces and my new knowledge about princess seams).  All that research occurred during a RARE two hour nap from my children, as in they were both asleep for the duration of 2 hours some sort of miracle there!  So night 2 was spent ripping out 90% of the work from night one and then correctly sewing all the panels together.


The next few days went without a hitch sewing the sleeves up, adding the collar, and making the button placket.  I had a bit of a hitch with the collar as the directions weren’t the most clear and because I have never sewn a collar before.  If you are used to PDF patterns, you’ll probably feel like the directions are lacking for this paper pattern. But if you are used to paper patterns or have worked with any of the big box patterns, you’ll be right at home.  I took the dress to show my mother in law after I finished it and told her that I had issues with the collar.  She looked at it said it looked great and then told me in more detail what the paper directions failed to convey.  Next time maybe I’ll get it right… or maybe I’ll just wing it my way since it looks fine anyway!

progress-mostly finished

After this last victory self shot, the dress sat…. for a week.  I was avoiding it and working on the house work that I had neglected during my sewing binge (see one of the above shots for proof of very cluttered living room).  During nap time one day, I finally sat down to conquer the buttons and buttonholes.  I got 7 done during that nap time and finished the other 8 after the kids went to bed that night.   Dress COMPLETE!

And a nap time photo shoot on my back patio with the handy dandy clicker in hand.

As you can see, the dress fits me very well.  I am SO pleased with my results.  I will be making more of these for myself even though I’m not usually a dress gal or a collar gal.  Typically, I like to roll in my yoga pants and a tee shirt, but I feel like this dress is just enough dressy for those days when you need a little outfit pick me up but not so dressy that you put it on and wonder what you were thinking since the only people you’ll see are the kids and maybe a neighbor or two.

Front Back

Well that’s my review.  Let me know what you think.  What details you would have liked hearing about that I didn’t mention?

Happy “selfish” sewing!