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I made this little cutie in a couple of hours… It was super easy and I love it so much. I found the pattern on Ravelry, but it is from Cornflower Blue a totally cute blog!

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I saw this dress as a project in vol. 4 of the Quick Stuff To Sew magazine.  It was insanely easy to make and I love it so much!  Its so flowy and bohemian…

The dress is essentially a circle skirt with two really long straps sewn onto the front.  You can wrap the straps around you in different ways to make a smorgasbord of dresses!  Heres a link to a tutorial and some strap wrapping inspiration.

The magazine shows you how to create a ton of different looks… it would be so perfect for traveling.  This girl made the same one and has some great tips to share.  Have fun sewing!


I got this awesome woven silk a while back.  I only got a yard so I had to make something kinda small.

I used a really simple design… that I can just pull it over without a zipper or buttons.   It needed some extra pizazz so I sewed a bunch of buttons around the neckline.

It was a quick and easy project.  I really like how it turned out… I can wear it with leggings or jeans!

Thanks for looking!


My 14 year old sister is going to her FIRST formal dance and I was obviously overjoyed when she asked me to help her make a dress. 

Its her first sewing project and she did stupendously!  Georgia is a rare breed of 14 year old, she is so self confident and sure of who she is.  She spends most of her time kicking ass at kung-fu or editing her latest novel.  She is a total tomboy and not only is this her first handmade dress, but her first dress period.

She chose Burda pattern 8174.  She used a gorgeous dark grey linen and purple lace for the skirt overlay.  She plans to wear it with black Converse to the dance.

She has all the makings of a fabulous seamstress; she’s patient, detail oriented and loves pressing.  Here she is at the machine:

I’m so proud and so excited for her… not to mention the dress turned out perfect!

I love that girl!


I LOVE Colette Patterns!  In case you don’t know they are an independent pattern company based out of Portland.  They make gorgeous vintage inspired dresses that flatter a variety of sizes (it seems like they were designed with curvy girls in mind).  Here is their adorable blog!  The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

This dress has 16 buttons down the front, needless to say it was extremely tedious but worth it in the end.  I changed the sleeves to a simple cap, the pattern features a gathered fuller one that I didn’t really love.

I love this dress, its so fresh and sunny.  Thanks for looking!


I made my sweetheart this shirt from McCall’s pattern 6044.  My experience with commercial patterns has always been that they run big, but this one was completely true to size and it fit him PERFECTLY without any alterations!  The fabric is one of Anna Maria Horner’s cotton voiles that are SO lovely.  I pre-washed the fabric and it came out of the dryer pretty much wrinkle free and virtually no shrinkage, which was obviously thrilling.  I was worried about it being too light for a men’s shirt but it turned out just perfect for summer. 

With a 60″ fabric you only need 1 3/8yds for this project, which made it a relatively inexpensive venture.  This is going to be my new default present for him on any holiday or gift giving event.  I love this shirt and the guy in it!   Thanks for looking!