Draft and sew a pleated flap safari pocket

I’ve been sewing quite a few flapped pockets lately and have experimented with my favorite way to sew them. Here’s how to transform a basic pocket into a pleated safari pocket with buttoned flaps. Or just draw one up yourself. This is the simpler version of the two pockets I made on my DIY Safari […]

Faux Shearling Coat New Look 6416 pattern hack

First post of 2016! Happy 2016, readers! I made this faux shearling coat last week and gave it to my stepdaughter for Christmas. I’d love to make myself one, too, but doubt I’ll get around to it anytime soon. That’s the best kind of gift, isn’t it? Something you love,too. This is the second version […]

My favorite week.

One of my favorite weeks of the year is the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. And this year was no exception.After all the running around between Thanksgiving and Christmas I was soooo tired. It was so nice to just chill. For me the busy-ness starts on Thanksgiving. Every year I have the whole […]

A Return To Ruffles! Little Skye Kids Boutique

Sometime little girls just need all the ruffles. We got this cute little dress in the mail the other day from The Little Skye Children’s Boutique. I knew it would be adorable with some of G’s big sister’s vintage cowboy boots that we bought at the flea market! It makes sense soince this little dres […]

Jalie 2212 in Merino wool

This pattern went together perfectly! Jalie 2212 in size small. The directions were very simple yet the included illustrations explained the technique really well. I think I am a new Jalie convert! I used a Merino wool ponte type knit I bought at The Fabric Store in Los Angeles for this half zipup sport sweater […]

Patterns: Which do you prefer? PDF, paper, or tissue?

What types of sewing patterns do you prefer to sew with? Paper, tissue, or PDF’s? Personally I prefer tissue, then paper, and only make PDF patterns if I’m desperate, and can’t find something similar in paper. Why I like tissue the most: Because tissue is flexible, I can pin fit it to my padded out […]

Saint’s Day And All Hallow’s Eve party for first graders

  Every year we have not one, but two costumes to put together for the kids; one for the All saint’s Day performances at school, and another for Halloween Day. Gigi as Saint Kateri. The first Native American to become a Catholic Saint.And on Halloween as a  vampire Rapunzel.Lily as Saint Catherine , who appeared […]

Cotton knit Ikat sundress

    This is the first version I made from Simplicity 1358. I made it straight out of the envelope in view C, size 10 with no alterations, except for that I cut the back in two pieces and tapered in the waist to give more shape, instead of cutting it on the fold. I […]