Category: sewing

Coordinating Christmas Dresses

Seeing as Christmas was almost an entire month ago, now seems a great time to post those pictures of my two girls in their Christmas Dresses!  🙂  Better late than never… Pigg#2’s was made with Bella Sunshine’s Adaline Dress and Tunic and Pigg#4’s was made with Terra’s Treasure’s Evening Primrose Dress.  So glad I made them!  Pigg#2 wears hers every Sunday.  Pigg#4 still wants to wear the dress whose decorative stitching is coming undone and sequins snag my nylons and skirts.  🙁  At least Pigg#2 loves hers!     Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps fund fabric for testing and reviewing patterns. Regardless, I only recommend what I believe is...

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Pattern Test: Shoulder Snap T-Shirt and Seated Panel Pants Harem Style

After I finished testing the Overlap Bodysuit for Kylie Crettenden of Fresh Stitch Patterns, she invited me to test two more patterns she had in the works.  This is probably vain of me, but I was flattered to actually be ASKED to test a pattern instead of applying and hoping to be selected…so I said yes.   Plus, Kylie is really nice to test for.  Her patterns come to testing already fitting very well and only needing slight changes for fit.  And the clothing turns out looking quite professional.  That being said, I don’t LOVE the style of Harem Pants.  Not my thing-at least not for my girl (I think Kylie is working on a version for older kids who don’t wear diapers anymore.  I can see these being really comfy pajamas for Pigg#3).  However, these have grown on me and look like they are really comfortable.  Pigg#4 got sick over Thanksgiving while at my sister’s house and I put her in these so she’d be comfy. One of the great things about these pants in there are only 3 pattern pieces!  They come together so stinking fast!  And Kylie has a link in her instructions for putting the elastic for the waistband directly on the pants with a serger instead of creating a casing, which makes these even faster to whip out.  The cuffs are folded up in...

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Haute Skinny Skirt Hack

Several weeks ago I posted about a pattern I tested called the Haute Skinny Skirt.  You can look at that post here.  I loved the look of the skirt, but was bothered by the slit in the leg.  I felt like it was too high for me. So I hacked the pattern and finished just in time to wear it while I accompanied Mr. Jiggs to some meetings he had to attend.  We took a weekend trip to the conference and I needed to look professional for several days.  I’m a stay-at-home-mom…business casual isn’t really a staple in my wardrobe.  (Actually, I took this skirt to work on in the hotel room and then ended up wearing it because I didn’t take quite enough outfits for all the events I needed to go to with him…) I put the slit in the back and created a vent sort of thing so I never show skin through the slit.  It was perfect!  It’s one of my favorite skirts now when I want to look professional and attractive.  It’s a comfortable, conservative, flattering, pencil skirt and it’s just what I wanted! Sorry about the wrinkles.  These pictures were taken on a walk after church.  I’d been sitting in it all...

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Items in Etsy Store!

A while ago I mentioned that my aunt owns a craft decor store (Things You WOOD Love) in Nebraska.  I made a few more things for her store, sent them, and then decided I would list more of them in my Etsy shop as well.  Soooo… Ta Dah! These bird ornaments are the bulk of what is in my Etsy Shop right now.  Each bird is a mix of burlap, lace, and linen.  My shop has close up pictures, if you’d like to take a closer look… I also have a couple banners made from a mix of burlap and lace.  I’ve put up pictures of an example but have options in the Shop for you to make just about any combination of Natural Burlap, Green Lace, and Cream Lace you can think of.  You can also choose to have them hang from white bias tape or cotton twill...

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Pattern Test: Autumn Grace

Here’s another pattern test-this one for Pigg#2.  Pollywoggles Patterns has created a quick, comfy, classic pattern that is perfect for cold weather.  The pattern is made for fleece so it’s like wrapping your child in a blanket except they can do everything they usually do. The Autumn Grace dress Pigg#2 is a very feminine girl.  She would wear dresses and skirts every single day if she could.  Not many dresses are very warm though and I hate to send her to school uncertain if she will be cold on the playground or not. Pigg#2 is also very picky about the way her clothing feels.  We have had many rough days because everything is ‘uncomfortable’.  No further descriptions.   This dress passes both the criteria of warm and comfortable.  And as a bonus, it is a really fast sew.  Because it’s made of fleece, the seams won’t fray and you don’t have to finish anything really. It’s a nice pattern. One of the biggest bonuses for me is Heidi’s instruction for blending sizes.  They are so very clear.  Pigg#2 is 6, but I made a size 4T with a size 5 in length.  And it fits very nicely.  It’s fitted through the waist and flares out to make a very girly wide skirt.  And the fleece holds that shape so well. We are so happy we got to be part...

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