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One-piece with back snaps -Pattern 68

I am working on a collection that I will be releasing 1 at a time every week with an early bird discount :) This one-piece pattern is the second in the collection after the bodysuit dress.  A friend sent me a photo of this style and I thought it was great so here it is! Like I've [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:14+00:00January 22nd, 2015|Pattern tutorials|

Janome HD-1000 vs. Janome HD-3000

I recently needed to purchase a new sewing machine so I looked on Amazon like usual.  I was looking for a really basic mechanical sewing machine. I don't need the electronic settings or embroidery options. I ordered the Singer heavy duty to try first because it's so cheap.  Not surprising, I hated it and sent it [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:20+00:00January 9th, 2015|Reviews|

Bodysuit dress sewing pattern

I'm doing a rogue release prior to the collection I'm designing right now.  This pattern has been a popular request for a while so I'm happy to say I finally got it done for you all! It's a basic bodysuit dress with a long sleeve and short sleeve option.  I didn't choose the typical envelope neck because the skirt [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:32+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Pattern tutorials|

Never used a PDF (digital) sewing pattern?

If you've never purchased a digital sewing pattern it can be intimidating but trust me it's SUPER EASY! Do these 4 steps once and you'll never hesitate to buy another PDF pattern. I'll explain in detail here: After finding the pattern you want, purchase it with Paypal or a credit card. (Or get this one free.) If it's instant download, [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:25+00:00November 19th, 2014|Guides|

Shopping for knit fabric online

My focus is going to be knit fabrics used for children's clothing.   The first thing you'll have to decide is what TYPE of fabric you are looking for. The most common fabric for my patterns is JERSEY but you may also need RIBBING, INTERLOCK, FRENCH TERRY or SWEATSHIRT FLEECE.  Shop according to the pattern you are following, warmth [...]

2017-07-25T15:35:13+00:00November 17th, 2014|Guides|

Add a hood to #43 : footie one-piece

This hood modification will be perfect for the cool months ahead. Feet covered, head covered = warm, cozy little baby! I'll have a pdf for the hood pattern piece at the end of this post.  It is compatible with the footie one-piece pattern (#43). You will follow the tutorial in the pattern just the same except [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:32+00:00November 7th, 2014|Pattern hacks|

Free hoodie sewing pattern!

I know you've been patiently waiting for this sweatshirt so I'm super excited to get it to you! The pattern is a raglan sleeve sweatshirt with a scuba style hood, optional front pocket and arm seam detailing. It's been my favorite pattern for a long time because it's practical, unique, warm, super comfortable, versatile and beyond adorable! I love pairing it [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:35+00:00October 28th, 2014|Free patterns|

Handmade Halloween costume 2014

Hello everyone! With the Halloween costume contest running, I wanted to sew my own costume for Eleanor. The first thing that came to mind is a peacock so I went for it. :) If you have sewn a costume go enter it in the contest! We have some awesome prizes so check it out! You [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:36+00:00October 13th, 2014|Guides|

Raglan dress real pockets

We've been talking a lot about the fake pockets on the raglan dress.  KIDS WANT REAL POCKETS TO STORE TREASURES!!  RIGHT?? I am learning...  My baby girl isn't to that stage yet so it didn't cross my mind when designing the pattern. Good thing I have friends like you to tell me how it is :-) [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:39+00:00October 3rd, 2014|Pattern hacks|

Add curved hem to raglan sweatshirt

This is a  fast way to make a cute variation of the raglan sweatshirt.  Adding a curved hem in the back is easy and very trendy right now! To start you will need to cut out the sleeves, neckband and wrist cuffs. Cut about 1" off the bottom of the wrist cuffs. I do this [...]

2017-04-19T08:14:43+00:00September 30th, 2014|Pattern hacks|