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Happy Halloween!

There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute to get your buttocks in gear, right? Goose has known that she wanted to be Pebbles since Nov. 1st of last year (no, I’m not kidding) and I finally sat down with Mrs. Singer yesterday to get the job done. I believe I have lost my creative mojo. Not only did I attempt to buy this outfit at the store, which they did not have, but I put off making it as long as possible. Not a good sign. All in all though, it came together and she will not only wear it tonight, but has worn it to school today.

I used no pattern… just a pair of PJs as my guide, cutting about 1/4 inch away from the seams. And I made it of fleece so that there was no hemming that needed to be done. The bone in her hair is made of 2 sheets of felt stuffed with batting. It was freestyle at it’s best… the sides are not even equal. Thankfully she didn’t notice. 🙂 And the leg warmers (if you want to call them that) are long and straight and offer no form what-so-ever – just a straight seam up the back.

I’d say the whole thing took me about 3 hours to throw together.. with much of that time spent hand sewing the black fleece triangle-like pieces to the shirt.

A Halloween masterpiece! Can’t wait until tomorrow when
Goose informs me on what she wants to be next Halloween. 🙂 I think I still have a few year’s left to enjoy before she gives up trick-or-treating.. She asked me a few weeks ago if there was a age law that would cut her off. Totally cracks me up. She’s a candy hog.

Hope you all enjoy this evenings fun!


Quick note: Goose won 4th in the entire 5th grade with this costume. He-he… tickles me to death!


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Knot Tote

I finally made myself a new purse. I found the pattern/tutorial thru Pinterest (imagine that). I’m especially fond of all the little knots in this pattern… two in the center and two on the straps. Also, I like the size of it. It’s big enough that I can throw a book in if I need it, but not so big that I have to dig for ages to find what I’m looking for – always a plus. I just hate it when my cell rings..and rings..and rings while I’m furiously rummaging thru all the junk…only to find the silly thing in my craft bag. So typical.

The only thing I wish were different in this purse is the length of the straps. They’re too short to hang it on my shoulder and too long to carry as a clutch. I could probably adjust them; all I would really need to do is sew a little length into extra straps and then tie a couple more knots… but, I don’t really wanna. I’ll just drag it around with me for awhile as is; while I sift through all the DIYs on pinterest in hopes of finding my next purse. Making a new one is alway more fun than fixing what you’ve already done.

Pattern: Me Sew Crazy

Fabric: Hancock Fabrics Top Drawer


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Working With Spandex

So, you know I have an obsession with spandex and little girl leotards. They are by far my favorite thing to make – quick and easy. You also know that I’ve had my fair share of struggles when making them; tension being my biggest enemy.

I hung in there though and finally mastered it. Or it gave into me, I guess I should say. I used my stretch stitches, but I didn’t change any tension settings on my machine.. just left them on the default settings. The only thing I changed was to clean my machine, and now the tension looks great. (There must have been globs of tiny bits of tread hung in the bobbin case – I’m not the greatest at remembering to clean out that junk). Easy enough.

My next obstacle was the tightness of the elastic around the neck.

First let me explain how I sew the leg elastic. It’s easy to measure the proper length of your elastic there.. just wrap it around the leg, pull it to the proper tightness, mark it, cut it, sew the ends together and pin it evenly around the leg opening. (Remember, you work on the right side of your fabric and then flip it under and sew again.. this makes it easy to work with the spandex and still hides the elastic). As you’re sewing, work from pin to pin..pulling the elastic to equal the length of the material in each area. When you’re finished the elastic will pull snug and the spandex will be evenly distributed around the leg.

But the neck area isn’t so easy (at least for me). I’d measure, sew, and the neckline just kinda hung there a little too loose – not so much that it caused a problem.. it just didn’t look exactly right. See?

It bothered me – big time, so I worked on it. The solution was easy enough. With this last leo I chose not to pre-measure. I left the elastic un-cut, I didn’t even pin it to the fabric. I simply guided it along the edge and pulled it a bit while sewing it to the spandex. Don’t pull too much though or you’ll get bunching.. just a little more than taut and that will do nicely. Fabric tight..

Neckline solved.

My next adventure with spandex will be to make and use spandex binding around the neck and sleeves. Should be fun. I’ll let ya know. 😉


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5th Grade Bookbag

The bag is done, thank goodness.

I’m not as crazy about this one as the others I’ve made..

2nd grade

4th grade

The construction is equally as good, but the fabrics aren’t bold enough for my liking. Goose on the other hand thinks the fabrics are awesome. I held my tongue at the fabric store, being that this is HER bag and not mine, and let her mix and match any way she choose. None are from the same collection – a move I’m not near strong enough to make.

I suppose she’s better at it than I am because the ladies working there all oohed and aahed over her choices and gave Goose high praises for her matching abilities. (They said nothing about the awesome fabric I chose for a future skirt. 🙂 )

If you get a chance, remember my baby tomorrow morning. It’s her first day at a new school.. going from around 200 kids in her grade to over 1000. It’s a bit intimidating.

The 2 print fabrics from this yr’s bag
Rock-N-Roses #6222 by Beverlyann Stillwell
In the Beginning Happy Heynen Painted Dots by Jennifer Heynen


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Back To School – Already!

I think we (meaning me & Goose) have been cheated! Ripped off! Violated!! And I’m here to tell ya I’m a little ticked over it. School starts back this Friday and we’re not ready…not even close! She’s only been out since mid May. That’s not enough time for diddly. Boo-hoo!

It’s all happened so fast that I’m a little caught off guard. Saturday we made a mad rush to Wal-mart for school supplies (before tax-free weekend – grr! $105.00 GRR) and then a quick dash to the fabric shop for the makings of what will be this years bookbag.

This is what she picked out.

A whole different look from what she’s picked out in the past. She loves them.. I’m still working on it. She’s also chosen to use the same pattern as last year.. which saves me mucho time, as I won’t have to reinvent a new one. The only difference is that she wants a zipper instead of a snap. Easy fix. So now I’m off to trace, cut, and sew! (tick-tick-tick)

To ease my anxiety I’ve added a few of my favorite vacation pictures..taken only a couple weeks ago. Enjoy. Relax. Savor your summer!


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See and Sew B5480

I’m actually doing what I said I was going to do, can you believe it? I’ve completed another summer top (3 total)! This time I set out to make a peasant top. I picked one up last year and wear it all the time.. So I thought it would be a good choice. Not only do I love the casual look of them, but also because I can let my gut hang out and no one notices :). Of course there is that chance that someone might ask me when my baby is due..hehe.


You can see that the patterns says, “Yes, it’s easy”, and for the most part it was. I had some trouble understanding how I was suppose to attach the sleeves AFTER I completed my french seams (as per the instructions). So I went my own way and attached them BEFORE. Another small issue was the Rayon fabric.. that stuff is slippery.. But as you can see, it came together. And there is still plenty of room for the gut. 🙂

Now that I have one under my belt, I think I’ll make another. I have visions of light weight cotton and plaid.


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The Sorbetto Top

I can’t tell you how easy this pattern is to make. It took no time at all. And really, with a few minor adjustments here and there this little top can be changed in so many ways. I’m sure you’ve seen it around blogland. Everyone seems to be making it, and why not, it’s super-duper cute.

I found the pattern at Grosgrain..back in May when she was doing her Free Pattern Month.

Colette’s Patterns offered it and you can find the download here..  The Sorgetto Top

It’s the first time I’ve used a downloadable clothing pattern offered by a pattern company. Another enjoyable endeavor. I’ve always been afraid of purchasing these because they look confusing.. But I can assure you, there was nothing complicated about it. In fact, pulling out the scotch tape made me feel like a kid again!

All-in-all: Cute top.. Fun project.. Two thumbs up!


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