Saturday, March 28, 2009


I had a baby shower to go to and I wanted to make another storybook quilt like the Willy Wonka one.
I went with the classic Goodnight Moon, I hand embroidered some of my favorite illustrations and made
the pinwheels using red, green and yellow. I used a soft red flannel for the back.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

for the birds

I used McCall's M5620 and the Alexander Henry Bird Seed fabric featured on the front of the pattern.
 I have to admit when I saw the pattern I thought "hmmm...this could be really ugly" but it is the best.
 I think all the stuff they put on the front of the dresses is really distracting.
I just stuck with one simple black button.
 I definately think the belt is necessary to keep it from looking like a house dress. I made the belt with cotton lined with fusible interfacing and the buckle was one of those bonuses you find in the bottom of a large tin of buttons from a church rummage sale.
If I make the pattern again I will make it a few inches longer but other than that I love it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

a nun, a church lady, and a princess...

 For this pattern I used Simplicity 2724. I used men's oxford shirting for the top and I love the pleating on the neckline and sleeves and it was suprisingly very simple to whip up. For the skirt I used suiting, I cut the fabric triple my measurement and attached it to the bodice. I used cotton lined with fusible interfacing for the belt. Response to the dress is varied, it reminded my BFF of "Sound of Music", my sister thought it was a little "church lady", and my son thinks it looks like a princess dress. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

second time around

 This dress used to be a top that I made for myself but I decided I would like better as a dress.
At first it was gonna be a drop waist dress--yeah not a good look for me so the trusty, looks good on everyone, empire waist won out.
 I just cut the bottom of the shirt, cut the fabric for the skirt 1 1/2 times my measurement, gathered it and sewed it all together.
I really like this dress, it is super comfy and the perfect length.

Monday, March 23, 2009


I bought an amazing vintage square dancing skirt at the thrift store ages ago and it has sat in my sewing room begging to become something else. The waist of the skirt was a tiny tiny 26 inches so wearing it as is was not an option. I deconstructed the entire thing and made it into a simple dress. I love the black and white swirls and those are roosters along the hem if you cant tell. There was so much yardage in the orignal skirt I probably could have made two dresses.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

little red

I made this little tote from a vintage pillowcase and some thrifted red and white polka dot cotton.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


I made this broomstick skirt with a repurposed crib skirt and red ric-rac.
It makes a fun and comfy summer skirt and Tony loves to dance with me when I wear it!