Faux bow tie


One green faux bow tie for one little man to wear to a St. Pat’s party tomorrow 🙂

Took about 30 minutes, tops. Based on this bow tie tutorial.


Christmas clothes, 2013 edition, part 2

With one (holiday) weekend to go before family Xmas photos, here’s what I have left to do:

Daughter – jacket – haven’t started yet.
Son – vest: side seams, closures.

And which items are totally finished:

Daughter: Shirt, skirt.
Son: Tie, pants.
My dress 😀

I’ve got quite the pile of items that are very close to being done. I think I’m going to try to get those knocked off in the next couple days and focus next weekend on my daughter’s jacket, which should be pretty involved and for which I’m adapting three different patterns.

Here’s an in-progress photo of my son’s vest, which will be reversible – this is one side, and the other side is the same material as my and my daughter’s skirts, a navy blue floral. (My husband, upon seeing me laying out these pieces: “You know, there’s no way he’s going to wear it the other way, right?” I think I’m mostly ok with that, as long as I can get one photo of my kids wearing their matching outfits.)


Shorts on the Line fan voting is open!

Shorts on the Line voting has started! Head on over to Imagine Gnats and vote for my son’s patriotic shorts. He’s #252. Thanks!boy-shorts-side2-blog


Boy’s Patriotic Outfit

For my son’s 4th of July outfit, I used red and white striped cotton shirting and navy blue broadcloth to make a short-sleeved button down shirt with a front yoke and collar and a pair of cargo shorts. Both the shirt and shorts are based off of Simplicity 4760 with a number of modifications. boy-shorts-side2-blog

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Boy’s shorts upcycle tutorial

shortsYou know when your kids outgrow their denim shorts, but they are still perfectly wearable? Or when kids wear holes in the knees of their jeans during the winter, and by the time it’s warm enough for cutoffs the jeans are too small in the waist? Add panels on the sides and bind the bottom, and you’ve got a new pair of shorts!

Here’s what to do!

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Late-night crafting

Last week, I ordered some fabric for the last Project Sewn challenge this season, my “signature style.” (Update: Read about my signature style outfit here!)  But I also ordered enough fabric to make my daughter a dress, and a matching outfit for my son. The dress I thought I could knock out quickly and easily, using patterns I already had (and had worked with previously), and since it is Memorial Day weekend, I thought I’d make it for her to wear for the holiday. Continue reading


5 patterns for $5!

JoAnn had one of their 5 Simplicity patterns for $5 sales over Mother’s Day weekend… I made the mistake of taking the kids with me, so they picked out some costume patterns, swearing this is what they will want for Halloween… Here’s what we ended up with:


My son says he’s going to be the Knight (top right image on top left pattern) for Halloween, my daughter wants to be Tiana (but check out that awesome Mad Hatter costume in the same package), the stuffed animals were a compromise (we actually wanted the stuffed animal pattern on the previous page in the book, but the chicken/egg thing is cute), and the bottom two are going to be used by me for the next Project Sewn challenge.

Did you make it to the 5 for $5 sale? What did you grab?