Archive: Aug 2017

Style Arc Kylie top (again)

A (minor) miracle has occurred.  There is no longer anything in my already-cut-out-and-ready-to-sew box.  Nothing.  Nada.  Not one item.  That’s a big thing for me!  I tend to have cutting out frenzies, especially before I go away on a sewing weekend.  There can be up to twenty garments in that box at one time!  But… Continue reading Style Arc Kylie top (again)

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Flypaper thoughts and tie dye underwear edition



Subtitle: just when you thought you had seen it all.

I have taken care of the kids most of the week, plus two drop-ins from next door. It has been a fun and funny week and one that reminded me of the realities of being a mother of young children. More on that later. My daughter says these guys are ready to go back to school and I thought this was hard hearted, childhood being short etc., by I am here to report she might be right.

By the time I sent them all off every evening I was in sore need of some therapeutic sewing to gather my forces for the next day but not up to say starting a winter tailoring project or drafting a bodice.

I needed to just fool around at my machine with small pieces of fabric and limited ambition.

So I decided to do some practical sewing and to revisit a few patterns.

One of those patterns was this one from Jalie 2568 for underwear:



The underpants have two leg openings higher cut and what Jalie calls hipster, (although in French these are called culottesde garçonne, literally a female version of boy’s underwear – what you might be familiar with as boy cut).

After making all versions I have settled on the front of the higher cut, because I don’t like anything tight at the top of my leg and the back from the hipster/boy cut for coverage – and the higher waist too.

With all this experimenting I grabbed a very stretchy rayon knit I had picked up at some point in a tie dye, thinking the kids might like a T shirt at some point, and the next thing you know I have four pairs of comfortable tie dye underpants. To finish both the top and the legs I just stitched on some stretch lace because it was light. Past experience with the turned and stitched elastic edges on underpants is that it can be a bit stiff and too tight around the leg.

Now that’s about all anyone can say about this project, except that I had fun making these and will be making more, although maybe not tie dye.

Now onto a few flypaper thoughts that sum up the week:

  • Took the bunch of them fabric shopping.
  • I guess every zipper needed touching
  • High point was Miss Scarlett
  • Who as we were leaving she turned and announced to the store in general
  • “I will be back when I am older and have my own money!”
  • Other high points
  • Discovering without any doubt whatsoever
  • That a jar of quinoa will expand when dumped down a bathroom sink drain
  • My husband says not to worry
  • Probably if we take off the vanity, break the wall, and the open up the ceramic ceiling of the bathroom below
  • There will be no need to get into the pipes that come into the house in the front yard
  • That’s good news
  • Not really an enormous fan of quinoa anyway
  • Not her fault
  • Heidi was just in there trying to dye it blue
  • Of course
  • Nothing surprises a grandmother who is herself wearing tie dye underwear
  • There will be no more fighting over who gets to carry the caterpillar home
  • There will also be no more fighting over who lost the caterpillar
  • Also made a workout bra
  • Out of the cotton ponte scraps left over from my daughter’s lab coat
  • Good support but more along the lines of lift than separate
  • Will report on that in the next day or two
  • Not sure if trying to shop vac quinoa out of a bathroom drain counts as a workout
  • It certainly should
  • This is what comes of a no technology childhood
  • Children on iPhones hardly ever try to dye the side dishes blue
  • All dogs are therapy dogs
  • Babsie’s day off tomorrow





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Dior Haute Couture: a Magical Fashion Exhibit in Paris

Dior Haute Couture // Christian Dior, Couturier Du Reve at Les Arts Decoratifs // Closet Case PatternsPerhaps the most memorable thing that happened on my recent trip to France was the Dior Haute Couture exhibit at

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What size are my craft eyes?

Do you have some plastic craft eyes in a box somewhere… and you aren’t sure how to tell what size they are? Umm… yup, me too. Don’t worry! Today, I’ll show you how easy it is to figure out what size they are! All you need is a ruler with millimeter measurements. A craft eye […]

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Can a Jacket Cry?

I won’t include everyone, as I would like to believe that there’s someone out there who finishes every project that they begin. But, I think there are many of us that for whatever reason, have garments that languish unfinished, in a drawer, hanging in …

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DIY Neon Rainbow Sign

If you follow me on IG you may have seen me recently crowdsourcing some help with picture frame…

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DIY Neon Rainbow Sign

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Sugar Bake Shop | Charleston, SC

A couple of months ago I visited Charleston for a girl’s trip with my mom, P, and two sisters. We stopped by Sugar Bake Shop one morning for coffee and pastries, and were completely struck by it’s charm. Of course, every little nook in Charleston is so cute, and I’m obviously dying to go visit […]

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20 Crazy Fun Rock Decorating Ideas for Kids

 These rock decorating ideas will inspire you (and your kids!) to join in on the kindness rock craze. There are so many different ways to paint rocks, and we’ve found some of the best! Crazy Fun Rock Decorating Ideas for Kids Collecting and painting rocks is a classic activity for kids and one that gets…

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Kindergarten Wardrobe Fashion Show: Deer Tunic with Leggings

Almost through the marathon that has been this Kindergarten Wardrobe Fashion Show! Today, we have a tunic with leggings, and a model that was pretty much at her end of modeling, but insisted on finishing things up. Yep, she insisted. She was determined to get it done all in one morning. This was the second […]

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Kindergarten Wardrobe Fashion Show: Deer Tunic with Leggings

Almost through the marathon that has been this Kindergarten Wardrobe Fashion Show! Today, we have a tunic with leggings, and a model that was pretty much at her end of modeling, but insisted on finishing things up. Yep, she insisted. She was determined to get it done all in one morning. This was the second […]

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Kindergarten Wardrobe Fashion Show: Deer Tunic with Leggings

Almost through the marathon that has been this Kindergarten Wardrobe Fashion Show! Today, we have a tunic with leggings, and a model that was pretty much at her end of modeling, but insisted on finishing things up. Yep, she insisted. She was determined to get it done all in one morning. This was the second […]

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Making a Burlap Table Card Display for a Rustic Wedding

This summer, I had the joy and honor of helping my friend and culinary goddess with a few crafty tasks for her daughter’s wedding. She kept my glass of rosé full and my baby occupied while I crafted away. Little…

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New Pattern Roundup for August 2017

Are you gearing up for fall sewing yet (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere)? Even if you’re not, the pattern companies certainly are. As we wrap up the month of August, we’ve got one of the more robust and interesting collections of new releases in a while. BurdaStyle Plus – August 2017 Usually, I give…

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Buying on Facebook, Etsy, and eBay Part Two

Yesterday we talked about buying and selling on Facebook. Today we’ll cover buying and selling on Etsy. It was originally, and mainly still is, a platform for selling hand-made and vintage goods. Originally you had to be the maker of non-vintage items you sold, but they have loosened this requirement. Even so, the vast majority […]

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Preventing Fleas Naturally

Preventing Fleas NaturallyAre you looking for natural ways to treat fleas? Essential oils can be an ideal home remedy to take into consideration. Here are some tips for using preventing fleas naturally. Preventing Fleas Naturally Choosing the Right Essential Oils for Flea Treatment If you’re planning to use essential oils to prevent fleas naturally, it’s important to…

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Not dead — yet!

My brother called a couple of weeks ago, worried that I might be dead. Apparently my niece mentioned that I hadn’t posted anything in ages, and she was a little concerned.  Contrary to opinion, I am alive! What’s been going on??? I’ve been se…

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Chocolate Flecked Slice and Bake Cookies

I’d like to think I’m pretty fancy, but the truth is when it comes to desserts (and probably…

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Chocolate Flecked Slice and Bake Cookies

I’d like to think I’m pretty fancy, but the truth is when it comes to desserts (and probably…

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Don’t Forget About the Binding!

I have to admit I am not that good at binding my quilts. Usually by the time I get to this stage I have a bad case of “quilt fatigue” and I am so ready to be done with this … Continue reading

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Thursday Things 04

 There is nothing more calming than a beautiful sunset, and we’ve been lucky with some gorgeous ones lately. A few thoughts this week: My heart goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. I just can’t imagine – I hope you and your families are safe. I loved the list of organizations that the The New York […]

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Cosmo Tour

Today, I’m part of the blog tour of Cosmo, the newest pattern by my Aussie bestie Suz (from sewpony). From the first glimpse, I immediately knew that it was a design that Ava would love. The reason is, of course, that it has pockets. Pockets! The first thing my youngest always checks whenever I make her something […]

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August Indie Pattern Update!

I hardly dare say it but it feels like August was a slightly slower month in the indie pattern community as designers ramp up to releasing their autumn/winter patterns. Although I have an uneasy feeling that perhaps a combination of too much work and t…

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Lekala #4398 for Elsa

Elsa is off to Ireland next year to work as farm labourer/ au pair and was advised polar fleece jumpers and t-shirts were the go!Once again, we turned to trusty Lekala and #4398.The polar fleece was purchased from Spotligh…

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Lekala #4398 for Elsa

Elsa is off to Ireland next year to work as farm labourer/ au pair and was advised polar fleece jumpers and t-shirts were the go!Once again, we turned to trusty Lekala and #4398.The polar fleece was purchased from Spotligh…

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The Summer of Wow Sewing Recap

I think I’ve finally found my groove and my summer sewing reflects that. Here are my makes for Summer 2017 – which I’ve included in “The Summer of Wow Sewing!” tag. I really wanted my sewing this spring/summer season to have a Punch or Wow fa…

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Lekala 4639 coat

This was the final garment I sewed at Sewjourn in May.  That was a highly successful Sewjourn – I sewed less items, but was very happy with nearly all of them!  It’s nice when it all works out that way. Lekala 4639 is one of Lekala’s more recent offerings. I knew as soon as I… Continue reading Lekala 4639 coat

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A trip to the museum

As machine embroiderers, I think it’s important to step out of our comfort zones to see new interpretations of the everyday.  That’s why I took a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art recently.  A fashion exhibit featuring the work of Iris van Herpen was on display and it was well worth the trip! If […] Read more…

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5 Nighttime Wetting Tips from an Expert

This post is sponsored by GoodNites.  Having a child who wets the bed is not. Even when it seems like you finally have it figured out, it is common for nighttime wetting to prove you otherwise. This doesn’t mean you have failed as a parent. Take a deep breath, and know that so many families…

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The Ultimate Wall Mirror Shopping Guide!

Mirrors can add so much to a space—they make rooms appear larger (that’s pretty cool, right?), and oftentimes they…

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