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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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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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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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New Look 6871

A common known fact by most of my close friends, I hate to shop for clothes. Hate it. It started when 70s retro wear came back around. I’m sorry, but flare jeans don’t look good on anyone! There was nothing in the stores that I liked. So, I stopped shopping and I’ve never started back. Sure, I pick up a piece here and there, but it’s few and far between. The upside to this, I’ve saved a ton on money.. the downside, my wardrobe looks terrible.

So, I’m thinking I’m going to spend some of my crafty time making myself some clothes.

Here’s my first top:

To my surprise, it turned out pretty good. I used this pattern and paired it with this fabric..

Pattern: New Look 6871 – option E
Fabric: Nochella – Top Drawer – Leaves from Hancock Fabrics

I rarely ever sew clothes, but this pattern was super easy to follow. I cut the pattern and fabric about a week ago, the actual sewing took me only a few hours to finish. Pretty quick by my standards.

I already have two more patterns planned. Now, just gotta pick up some fabric… something I actually like shopping for. 🙂


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Finally, Leotard Success!

Exciting news at our house, Goose made the gymnastics team! She’s been practicing for a few years, slowly moving up the ranks, but now she will finally compete.

Now, here’s where I have to brag a bit… On any given week, there are between 500 to 600 girls attending her gym, but there were only 33 picked to represent them in competition. Exciting news indeed! She’s scared to death about it, but says she’s ready to move on to the next step.

So, pull out your spandex, baby! Here we go!

In honor of her big move, I sat down with my machine and made her a new leotard…love the neon pink and green, don’t you?

In the past I’ve struggled with the tension, but that wasn’t the case with this one. I have no idea of the difference.. The black spandex is the same that I’ve used with others, but with this leo I didn’t have to stop and adjust my machine and the seam ripper was never pulled out of the draw. Finally, success! I love that!

For the super-duper, eye-catching neon stripes and ever-so-nicely sewn trim I used these tutorial from Renae at Creative Chicks at Play…I consider her a swimwear expert! She knows all the tricks.

Swimsuit binding

Swimsuit straps

My pattern was a modified version of Jalie 2792.

For some reason, making leotards is an addition of mine… I could make a thousand of them. I think it has something to do with how fast they come together and the fact that there are so few pieces to cut out.

So of course after the completion of Goose’s latest leo, I got to thinking about another.. And I found some UT orange spandex online.


I might buy a yard of it. My only hesitation is that one of Goose’s coaches is a huge Gator fan..

I know!!! She must surely be deranged or something. 🙂

No, She was on the Gator gym team during her college years (a huge accomplishment).

But much to my dismay, she’s tried to sway the girls to her side of the fence (I told Goose that she’d better start packing her bags). Because of this, I have my doubts as to whether or not Goose would wear UT orange into gym.

We’ll see, still thinking.


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