New Pattern! The Belinda Dress is now for sale!

Today I released a new sewing pattern at GoToPatterns! The Belinda Dress is one of my favorites so far! It’s what I call “casual comfort”. My 5 year old has been wearing all of her Belinda Dresses non-stop, even to bed. That’s a win!

Elementary Style

Making and sewing DIY clothes and accessories for school aged kids can be tricky. Most are no longer interested in frilly dresses with novelty prints. Chosing fabric and patterns can be tough and sometimes you sew for hours only to have a less than enthusiastic recipient. You can see my Top 10 Tips for Chosing […]

Choosing Fabric for Children’s Clothing

Choosing fabric for children’s clothing can be tricky. The fabrics available in many local stores lend themselves well to quilting and home decor but often not clothing, especially for children. Left with few option, most home sewists turn to quilting cotton. This can work great for structured dresses or ruffly skirts but not for other garments, especially pants and tops.
When looking for fabrics for children think about the drape and weight. When shopping online, check their suggestions for the fabric. If it says it suggests the fabric to be used for home decor, skip it.

Kid Style with Sew Very

Today on the tour we have Veronica from Sew Very. I got to meet Veronica last year and she's just the sweetest! She's put together a Kid Style post using a couple Winter Wonderland patterns I think you'll love. What a fun use of pleather. Head over to her blog to read more! Check out […]

Skipper Top Tour

When Abby asked me join the Skipper Top Tour I jumped at the chance to say yes! I have loved every version of this pattern that I've seen and Abby is just the best. I got to meet her in person last year at Fabric Weekend and I can tell you she is hilarious and […]

How to make a Fancy Ladybug Costume

A couple years ago I made my daughter a Ladybug Princess costume. The really wanted to dress up to be a ladybug but didn’t have the clothes. We contemplated our options and then I made a new dress, of course. I used a sewing pattern for a dress and created a quick tutorial for the wings. Use this dress pattern to be any princess or even a Tinkerbelle costume.

75+ DIY Halloween Costume Tutorials Roundup

As the 3rd Annual Handmade Costume Series wraps up I thought it would be fun to look back at all the tutorials we’ve shared. If you need to know how to make a Halloween or dress up costume of any kind this is the place to look! From ninjas costumes to princess costumes and everything in between (ipod’s, anyone?) they’re all here! We’ve got mermaids and chefs, dragons, elephants, woodland creatures, hedgehogs, peacocks, fish, gnomes and dwarves, vikings, ewoks, R2D2, Rapunzel, Belle, Tinkerbelle, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy, Jessie, The Lorax, Fairies, Nacho Libre, Stick Men, Upsidedown men, witches, cats, legos, Wall-E, ladybugs and much more!

Sewing gifts for kids: Pajama Eaters

I prefer to make gifts for my kids for Christmas. I usually make pajamas, clothes and a toy. Last year I made each of my kids a Pajama Eater to go with their new pajamas. I used the pattern by Sew Fearless and loved it. I didn't make any of them exactly like the pattern. […]

Sally Dress Tour (girls dress pattern)

Last month Shannon from luvinthemommyhood and Very Shannon asked me to join the Sally Dress Tour. I was so excited to discover that there are no zippers or buttons on this dress! The girls dress pattern was so quick to sew.
But then I made a mistake and cut the skirt too long. So I took the skirt off and when I reattached the skirt I caught the bodice in the serger and cut a hole in it. WHAT?!? Tell me you’ve done that.

FINAL day to buy the Alphabet Collection!

Buy the Alphabet Collection and get 10% off the next Pattern Anthology collection coming in November! Today is the last day of this fantastic SALE. (BUY HERE) We have been so excited about the overwhelmingly reviews this collection has received. In case you haven't seen them yet, here are the 4 patterns included in the […]

Sewing school clothes

The Alphabet Collection by Pattern Anthology is a pure genius collection of Back to School unisex sewing patterns. You’re sure to love these!