Friday, July 11, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Simple Simons!

The girls at Simple Simon and Co are hosting
Skirting the Issue again for the month of July.
Here's more info if you want to join in the fun and share your skirts with their linky party.
There's even a get-together in Provo Utah July 17th if you're near them.

 I'm sharing my free pattern for the pocket shirred waist for anyone wanting to sew skirts for foster girls.

The first pattern is women's sizing for teen girls:

The same skirt with sizing for girls ages 12 months to girls 10:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Birthday Dress for a Baby Girl

My boy Striker has the most charming little friend. She's a little English girl named Primrose. She just celebrated her first birthday, so I made a little spring outfit for her. I used vintage taffeta for the dress, and a polyester knit for the cardigan and knickers.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wedding Dress for Katie

This was a pretty unique project. Katie found a dress at Anthropologie that had some embroidery on the bodice that she loved. So I took the top half of the dress and added a lace skirt and sleeves. Katie's must-have detail was a sash with a big bow on the back which was made out of the bottom half of the original dress.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dress for Makell

This is a custom dress I made for Makell. I used a gorgeous vintage chiffon. The dress has a boat neckline, half sleeves, a gathered skirt, and a braided sash. I love how feminine and delicate the dress is.

Photos by Faund Images.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jessica Checking In

Hey, it's been months since I posted anything...mainly because I haven't had much time to make anything! Ugh!

But I just wanted to check in and say hi because I miss blogging and interacting with you guys, but have enjoyed watching Lynette build and create stuff!
Our family recently went to Disneyland.
It was everyone's first time other than my husband.
There were magical moments like fireworks at night with Tinkerbell flying across the sky...
and horrible moments like Micky Mouse shaped blisters on the ball of my husband's feet.
Which is the substance of family vacations I guess, amazing memories littered with mini nightmares along the way right?

My son turned six!
He wanted a Jack Sparrow cake. 
I'm low-key with birthdays and parties in general, nothing like those matching straw parties you see on pinterest.
But if that's all you know you are still excited for a kind of sloppy pirate cake I guess! 

I'm still trying to plow through my classes and taking them in the summer semester.
The spring semester ended with only one week break so that is killing my time and summer!

We haven't started construction on the house yet.
Hoping to get the building permit finally finalized and get a hole dug this month!
But I did score this antique door for free from a kid that works in the cabinet shop.  It's the front door from his families farm in our community...he gave it to me free!
It's going in the attic for the 1/2 bath and I'm going to sandblast the original glass to make it stoked to ever get time to sandblast!  I have all the supplies and tools.

I'm also in charge of a 3 day camp for the teenage girls in our church that is the end of this month so once that is over I will have one less thing to stress about!

Other that what keeps me busy we're trying to have a fun summer! 

I actually did sew something a few weeks ago but just need to take pictures to show you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thread Board

I found a big sack of pegs in my garage, so I slapped a peg board up on the wall to hold all of my threads. I found some 1 x 4 scraps to make the little shelf for my buttons. It's simple and functional and I like the way it looks.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Toddler Swimsuit

My boy has extremely sensitive skin, so I always try to keep him covered as much as possible. I thought a vintage-style swimsuit to cover his back and belly would be just the thing this summer. I took him with me to the fabric store to get the lycra. I was looking for navy and grey stripes, but when he saw this print with wales and crabs on it, he started pulling at it and laughing, so we got kid pirate print instead. It's so wonderful to see him growing up and shouting his opinions.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This is a project that has taken me months, and I'm so proud to finally have it finished. I built the bookcases for my husband's giant book collection. I built two 4' wide cases, and two 2' wide cases. I built the narrow ones back in December in our garage when it was freezing. I would work for about 20 minutes before I would have to go back in the house to get my hands warmed up. I waited to work on the big ones until spring, which was a good choice. I was able to work much more efficiently without my hands going numb. 

I used Minwax Jacobean stain for the wood, and I backed them with hardboard that I painted grey. I love the grain of the wood, and I also like how the dark colors make the books look like they're floating.

Big project. All done. So happy.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tutorial: Simplified Cuff for Children's Shirt

Kids' clothing gets worn out or grown out of very quickly, and so I always try to avoid spending loads of time on it.  I love the way my boy looks in a button down shirt, but the cuff and placket for the sleeve can get a little tedious. So, I've come up with a new method I've been using that allows me to complete the entire shirt in about 25 minutes.

1. Cut out a long sleeve, adding 2" to the finished length. Slash a 4" vertical line about 2" from the outer edge.
Snip a small V at the end of the slash.

2. Prepare double fold strips. Cut 2 strips 1 1/4" wide and about 10" long. Press them into a double fold.
3. Stitch the double fold strip over the slash on the sleeve.
4. Press the faux placket into place and stitch a bar tack at the top.
(Make sure you've got a right sleeve and a left sleeve).

5. Stitch and serge the sleeve seams.

6. Stitch a 1 1/2" hem at the bottom of the sleeve. Top stitch around the the outer edge.
7. Stitch a button hole and attach a button.

 Simplified cuffs are DONE!


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