Completed! Button Shirt Recon …

July 25, 2007 at 9:49 am | Posted in sewing, tutorials | 8 Comments

Here is the front:


And the back:


And my little one modeling it for me:



Please forget you saw the messy room ;-)

I added jumbo rick-rack to the top front and the hem and I had to curve the armholes, but they’re still snug. Also the straps are just perfect, which means that soon they will need to be let out, so I kept all the scraps from the shirt to make any changes as she grows.

What do you think? I love it …. thanks Dad for the old shirt – it worked perfectly. Now I’m off to make one for the big girl :-)

Oh, and just in case you want/need it again, here is the link to the Button Shirt to Toddler Dress Recon tutorial that I used to make this cute dress. And again, it’s super easy!


Dreaming of Sewing …

July 25, 2007 at 3:34 am | Posted in sewing, tutorials | Leave a comment

782403_sleeping_statue_1.jpgAnd I do mean that literally! For the last 3 nights my dreams have all been about sewing! What’s up with that?

I am currently working on Button Shirt to Toddler Dress Recon with a shirt that is my Dad’s (how sweet is that? My baby will be wearing her Grandad’s shirt). I need to curve the armholes and hem it up and it’s done, but now my oldest (she’s 7) wants one. My Dad did give me another shirt and it looks like it might work, so we’ll try it. BTW these dresses are super easy and cute … give them a try!



July 23, 2007 at 3:26 pm | Posted in finds, sewing, tutorials | 1 Comment

Last week we went on a trip to the N. GA mountains with some friends.  I have not been sewing in about a week and I am currently looking for inspiration.  I did sandwich my latest quilt this morning and began quilting it, but I am outline quilting it and, well, it’s sort of a pain, so I am only working on it a little here, a little there.

So I need some more inspiration … and I found the following:

Button Shirt to Toddler Dress Recon — this is too cute!  I’ll have to visit the thrift store and see what I can find!

Bias Toward the Pretty – What can I say?  I am a big bias tape fan.  I saw these ideas last month in Martha Stewart Living mag and thought they were great ideas.  Two of my faves are the shoe laces (page 2) and the table runner (page 3)


A New Purse and a New Tip … Cleaning Interfacing Glue Off Iron

July 17, 2007 at 8:44 am | Posted in fabric, sewing, tips, tutorials | 14 Comments

I have been wanting to try this tutorial for a new shoulder bag. I found fabric that I liked at JoAnn’s last week and so I made it today … what do you think?


The picture is not so great for some reason, but I wanted to share it. I love the fabric and i made the lining out of a rich blue. I really, really like it and it was super-easy to make! Why don’t pattern makers (i.e. Simplicity, McCalls, etc.) make patterns so simple???

It only took me a couple of hours and a couple of mistakes. One mistake I made was that in fusing the interfacing I accidentally ironed the wrong side once … EEK! I proceeded to get glue all over my NEW iron! What to do? I searched and found to make a paste with baking soda and scrub the plate with a washcloth until it’s off. Took a lot of elbow grease, but I did it. Then I had to make sure the steam vents weren’t clogged with baking soda, which they were. So I filled the water reservoir and put the iron on high steam and steamed away until they were clean.

The purse would have only taken me about an your and a half had it not been for that little mishap. I do like it … I’m off to fill it up now :)


Sewing Fiend

July 12, 2007 at 9:52 am | Posted in sewing, tutorials | 5 Comments

According to, a fiend, among other things, is some one who is addicted to something or who is completely absorbed in or obsessed with a given job or pastime. That would be me right now. I am taking a day off from sewing today to visit with friends, but I wanted to share what I did yesterday with you …

First, I made a tote purse to match my new diaper bag (did I mention yet that I love it?!) and a changing pad for the baby. You can see the diaper bag and the fabric here. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon making …


twirly skirts for my girls yesterday and they turned out great. They are a bit more bulky than they should be because I used a denim fabric that my oldest daughter loves, but they are still so cute! I used an adorable fabric that I picked up a few weeks ago at a flea market for the hem, waistband and tie. I also made my oldest a headband a la Heather Bailey that you can see hanging on the hanger with her skirt. I decided not to even try to make one for the baby as it would be off in 2 seconds.

Both of those tutorials above (twirly skirts and headbands) are SUPER-EASY and cute! Try them … you’ll like them!

And I had to throw in a picture of the cutie-pie in front of the skirts …



~Tutorial~ Find!

July 5, 2007 at 4:51 pm | Posted in finds, sewing, tutorials | Leave a comment

I remade the tote bag from the other day — made it sturdier with lining and a bigger pocket.  But I didn’t have a wallet to match (a girl’s gotta have matching a wallet and bag, ya know?!).  So I searched and found an E~A~S~Y wallet to make – check out this tutorial for a Super Cool Wallet.  I made it to match and voila!  Handmade, unique ensemble that I like and looks good, if I do say so myself ;)

I’ll post pix later … gotta run!


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