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A Family Rainbow of Pajama Pants with Simplicity S8518 and S8519 Patterns

If your whole family is in matching pajamas in their favorite colors, you're bound to get a photo like this. Don't believe me? My kids actually HAD FUN taking these photos, didn't complain about our yearly family Christmas Card photoshoot (yes I used these for our cards as well!!! Genius right? I'm all about simplifying the holidays), and the 2 year old kept asking if we could "take more photos in our pants" for days! I'm patting myself on the back. Let's rewind for...

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Striped, Puffy Sleeved Shirts Aren’t Just For Pirates: Simplicity S8839 Pattern Review and Hack!

This Simplicity Pattern has been sitting in my cabinet since I bought it last spring. I've been DYING to sew it up, but by the time I had the chance, it was too warm outside to really be wearable. A few weeks ago I noticed this gorgeous striped linen on Measure Fabric's Instagram and asked Maria if this could be the fabric we used for our monthly Measure Maker post! She was initially surprised since it wasn't screaming with bright colors, but I assured her that I do in fact also...

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Fanny Packs for My Friends and Family’s Fannies!

Top to Bottom Spoonflower prints: 1. Exotic Flowers by Maria_Galybina, 2. Stella - abstract art print on fabric navy white orange interior decor bright abstract 222by charlottewinter, 3. Happy Fruits by allierunnion, 4. MKV Helmet Tiny by pink_ink, 5. White painted Rainbow by Katie Kortman So... How do YOU feel about fanny packs having a come back? Are you weary of calling them "fanny packs" and instead want to call them "belt bags?" It's okay, I understand you. My husband and I got married in 2006 and he decided that year...

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My Super Scuba Bomber Jacket (say that 10 times)

If you have been on my Instagram lately then you know I've been down and out with a pinched nerve and muscles spasms the past week. I was stuck in bed in pain for a solid week and I am thankfully starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! In the later part of the week I started this Pattern Scout Lulu Cardigan (View A) jacket. It could've been sewn entirely in one night on my serger, but because of my limited time...

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Review and hacks: Mini-Cottesloe and Mini-Eucalypt patterns for kids!

I'll keep sewing her clothes until she makes me stop! I was so excited to try out these two mini versions of the adult patterns by Megan Nielsen. I am always on the look out for simple, quick-sewing patterns that I can make for my kids without costing my precious sewing-for-me time (here is where I would insert the hand covering eyes emoji....). These two patterns fit the bill exactly AND they had sizes that still worked for my growing child! Let me tell...

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Living That 8-Bit Life In My Pixelated Dress and Perler Bead Accessories.

When I saw that Measure Fabrics had this pixelated fabric I knew it had to be mine. I mean.... I'd already made a crown that went with it, so it deserved to be worn on MY body, and live in MY home. See??? They were meant to be together!! ......But then I realized that I actually wanted glasses!!!! I wanted them to be a little closer in color scheme, so I got to work with...

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Fabric Painting and Design, Sewing

My Zadie Jumpsuit in the new Spoonflower Petal Signature Cotton™ Fabric (review of both!)

When Spoonflower offered to let me have a couple yards of their new Petal Signature Cotton™ I jumped at the chance!! Hello! I love to sew up my prints, and most especially to be able to give good reviews and feedback to my followers! People are always asking my opinion on the various Spoonflower fabrics and I want to be truthful and honest, because they'll be sewing with my prints and I want them to have a good experience. So here goes. First, you should know...

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STRIPES ON STRIPES!

A Pile of beautiful striped fabric and a washi-tape wall. What will become of these? After making this dress, I looked at that wall (that normally pains my eyes) and saw striped potential. I busted out a bunch of washi-tapes I'd bought in Japan and got to work making striped magic!!!! When I received this gorgeous striped silk cotton from Measure Fabric---- I was floored. It looked pretty in the photos, but the "hand" was even better. It was flowy, had a slight texture, and just...

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Let’s Make Pants: Fabric choices

I want to talk today about making fabric choices when making pants. I've learned a lot over the past year (yes I've only been sewing pants for a year--but I've made 16 pairs!) about how fabric choices can affect the way a pant pattern fits. Same pattern, cut at the same size, can fit very differently based on the weight of the fabric and the amount of stretch it has. I will show you an example with the Persephone Pant pattern by Anna Allen: This was the first pair I...

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PANTS PANTS PANTS!

When Nicole first contacted me about doing a big Fancy Pants Instagram party (complete with a Dance-off at the end of course) I told her I was on board! I figured since I'd sewn 16 pairs of pants in the past year (my first year ever making pants!!), I could figure out how to make a "Fancy" pair as well. It wasn't until we (joined by LONI and JENNIFER) got chatting that I decided to make a pair of pants unlike any of the ones I'd made before. I was going to venture into CULOTTES. I...

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