How to Teach Your Child Not to Be a Bully

Pottymouth and Stoopid summer bookKids Activities Blog has partnered with JIMMY Patterson Books to share this information. I think most of us have been there. In a situation where someone was stronger, more influential or simply louder…AND not nice.  This situation can take on various degrees of severity and even into abuse. It is a terrible thing to be…

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Pattern Testing: Orsola skirt

Hello everyone! I’m reporting from Germany’s heatwave. I’m currently here spending some time with my family and the heat has hit us hard and sudden. Next week I’m returning to Greece, where I’m sure nothing-in terms of temperatures-will be different!So…

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Hella California

After the hoopla of the Mimi G. Sewing Conference, I spent Monday and Tuesday ‘sploring the city. Some people aren’t solo travelers; that ain’t me. I can totally get my wanderlust on and traverse anywhere, anytime by myself. Between finalizing production of the new Madalynne Intimates and promoting my latest Simplicity patterns with Simplicity, I haven’t given…

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Top Selling Embroidery Stabilizer

We go through football field lengths of this stabilizer. With so many quilt blocks and “In-the-Hoop” embroidery projects being stitched out at the store, it amazes us how many rolls of this very versatile stabilizer we embroider through every 30 days! This stabilizer is known by a couple different names: No-Show Mesh or Polymesh No-Show Mesh […]

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CONFERENCE 2017 RECAP (PIC HEAVY)

HI DARLINGS! I am so thankful for every single person who helps bring this conference to life every year. We work on this for eight months out of the year, and it is all consuming the last three months leading up to the big day. This year we almost didn’t get pics to recap, LOL […]

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Essential Oils for Pets

Essential Oils for PetsIf you use essential oils you probably know you can use them around the home for cleaning and for cooking, you can use them as aromatherapy to relax, and you can even use essential oils for pets! That’s right, if you’re a pet owner, it may benefit you and your pet to take the time to…

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Needle Pullers Round-up

Let’s face it, we all need a little help sometimes. Our needles go through the back of stitches just a little too tight and they are hard to pull through. Or your needle is going through a dirty hole and it gets stuck. Those are the times you need help. This help is in the […]

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5 Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

The warm summer months are finally upon us! It actually gets quite hot and muggy in southwest Missouri…

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What I’m Knitting and Yarn I’m Loving Lately

The hardest part about working on a new book is that I cannot share photos and details on my current knitting projects. You may have noticed the lack of knitting in my Instagram feed lately and it saddens me to…

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why not sew a straight stitch society pattern this summer

Check out our Straight Stitch Society patterns. They are small, quick and easy projects for simple summer sewing.

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Win Our NEW Collab Camera Bag!!!

We are in full-blown celebration mode over here! In case you missed our announcement last week, we just…

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Farrah Summer Blog Tour

Lucky me. Not only did I get to play with the Farrah Blouse and Dress pattern by the talented Chalk and Notch – I was also allowed to pick fabric from the one and only MissMatatabi for this tour project.This was actually my second pick. My first choice…

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How to Start Amigurumi the Easy Way! The Sloppy Slip Knot.

This blog post was originally published April 15, 2009. Today I’m going to show you my favorite way to begin crocheting amigurumi: using the sloppy slip knot. I find it easier to do than the magic ring, and it closes up nicely so that you don’t have a hole at the start of your work. […]

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The Hunt

 From my time in Rome a few years ago wearing one of my favorite consignment finds ever… I’ve always been told by friends and family that I’m “so good at finding deals,” but I shake my head at that (I don’t believe I’m any more skilled than my fellow shopper!). I’m just really fond of […]

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Sundressing with Mamemimo

Today we’ve got Monica of Mamemimo (and the Blank Slate Sewing Team) sharing this lovely dress for her daughter. Check out all the details here. While you’re on her blog, you might want to check out these posts; click on the image to go to the post. And don’t forget to check out all the Read the Rest…

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Dress: Goodnight Macaroon | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Purse: Cult Gaia | Earrings: Hart Studio | Sunglasses: Le Spec This past week, we’ve had to make the best out of some tough situations. We had been hoping our AC unit would hold out until fall but, as things seem to always happen, it decided to […]

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Flypaper thoughts emergency sewing division

Miss Daisy had a small benign thing removed yesterday from her bellyDespite my best efforts and a $35 cone she has ripped her stitches outMy vet is in Iceland with my middle son at a friend’s bachelor partyDon’t askThe wedding is in September in Monte …

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Hot Patterns Swingy Sweaterdress

Maybe you remember the Hot Patterns Swingy Sweatshirt I blogged a month or so ago?  It was really a wearable muslin for this Hot Patterns Swingy Sweaterdress. I was always more attracted to the semi-V neckline option of this pattern, and thought that it would work well with this bold chevron printed knit from Darn… Continue reading Hot Patterns Swingy Sweaterdress

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Camping With Kids (Tips For Families)

We have done the impossible three times in the past 2 months… we went camping with kids! We have six kids ranging in age from 2 to 8 and let’s just say the idea of camping terrified me at first, and we now have a routine. I love it! These are just a few of…

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Maine Getaway

After Julia graduated, she and I had a chance to visit our friend Sally at her home on an island in Maine. Unfortunately, The Farmer can’t leave the farm and the animals but I take opportunities for trips whenever I can. It is a long ride Northeast, th…

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How to make the Webster Dress more fitted

Howdy sewing friends! So as you’ve seen by now, our latest pattern, the Webster Top and Dress is designed to be an airy, floaty, swooshy garment – perfect for hot summer days. It’s fitted through the shoulders and bust, and then flares out pretty dramatically for a silhouette that’s almost trapeze-like. It’s not necessarily going to {…Continue Reading}

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A Hummingbird Dress

Last summer I made three Hummingbird Dresses for my girls and they wore them all the time. They were the perfect sundresses for our hot Texas summers. The girls continued to wear them into the fall and spring paired with a cardigan. That looked so cute…

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Yarn Harlot 2017-06-21 14:12:53

Monday was a stinking slag heap of a day. Monday’s scene was scrambled, it couldn’t get itself together, and despite noble, persistent and good-natured attempts by yours truly to bring it around and call it to its higher self, Monday … Continue reading

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She’ll be a summer girl. She’ll have hair. She’ll have summer friends who know how to be outside. She’ll play tennis and wear dresses and have bare feet, and in the autumn I’ll ditch her because she’s my summer girl!

HOWDY PARTNERS. How is everyone? Mainly a little bit like this, perhaps?

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not really complaining about good weather. I wish that I didn’t have hay fever and that humidity didn’t make me swell up, but I’m happy about the warm weather, even if it makes it difficult to leave the house. There are numerous ways to cope.

The last time I wrote, we were about to go on holiday to Paris. We went, and it was awesome. We had ten days and were staying in the 17th arrondissement, in a beautiful Haussmann apartment next to Parc Monceau. I did a little bit of fabric shopping and we did some cultural and touristy stuff (we went to the Pompidou Centre and to the Musee de Montmartre) but mainly we spent the time pottering around, drinking champagne and people-watching. It was bliss.

Here’s me with a glass of Ruinart and a Cafe Gourmand on the Ile de la Cite, living my best life.

We had ten days of relaxation and beautiful weather and then we came home to horrendous rain, a General Election and the fucking DUP.  Despite having lost my faith in the Labour Party as a result of their generally quite crap performance as opposition, I was impressed and encouraged by their campaigning and it was an easy decision to vote Labour again. My constituency had been Tory since 2010, and our MP was a total no-mark waste of space, so I was genuinely delighted that the seat went red.

My dress let everyone know how I intended to vote.

Everything following the General Election has been pretty strange for a Northern Irish person living in England. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s been enraging hearing English people engage with Northern Irish politics at this stage in the game. It’s certainly been annoying to see people horrified at the idea of a coalition with the DUP on the basis of their policies (homophobic, sexist, dinosaur-denying) because this shit is nothing new. It’s just that it’s only of interest to people here when it affects them.

I’m not a nationalist, but that’s the background I come from. I grew up Catholic in a border village in Northern Ireland. I have little interest in a United Ireland, but I consider myself to be both Irish and Northern Irish rather than British. I live in England and I have no real intention of moving (although ten days in Paris made the daydream of a Parisian life even more appealing) but increasingly I feel like a stranger here, and never more keenly than when English people discuss Northern Ireland as if the Troubles were all of our own making and not, you know, as a direct result of England’s colonialist past. It’s been hard not to feel enraged all the time, I have to be honest, and difficult to know what to do with those feelings. I know that a lot of people don’t want to hear it if you try to talk politics and I’m sure that some of you won’t be comfortable with me talking about it here, but I’m not about to ignore it either. As the situation currently stands, the DUP – who have repeatedly blocked equal marriage in Northern Ireland, who oppose the Good Friday Agreement, whose leader is implicated in a scandal costing the Northern Irish taxpayer £400 million, whose intransigence caused the collapse of the power-sharing agreement and means that Northern Ireland still has no government – potentially have a stranglehold on a weakened minority government. There’s a reason that ‘May you live in interesting times’ is a curse, and we’re certainly living through those.

But anyway, you come for the dresses, I’m sure, so here is a dress. In fact, it’s the dress I wore to go and vote, and I made it… I think at the end of March. I took these photos in April, I think, and for some reason I really hated them. Looking at them now though, they’re not so bad:

Second Time Around dress – Butterick B6333 with a half-circle skirt, in Liberty Carline lawn, worn with Swedish Hasbeens ‘Suzanne’ sandals

ANOTHER B6333. Whatever, not sorry. I don’t think I have any more of these to blog about so next time you might get some fucking variety up in here (well, what passes for variety around here). Me oh my, I do love Carline, and my first shirt-dress was a M6696 in the red Carline poplin. I made it a few years ago now and the fit wasn’t brilliant, so I don’t wear it much. I still have it, because I’m oddly sentimental like that, but I don’t wear it. I chanced upon some of the lawn on ebay at some point last year and bought it. I didn’t have a shirt-dress in mind for it, but I was so happy with the How Can You Leave Me On My Own dress that I decided another one was in order.

I considered underlining this dress as Liberty tana lawn is so light and drapey, and I wondered if a bit of structure would be a good thing in a shirt-dress, but I decided against it in the end. This print is large enough and dark enough that it isn’t see-through, and I didn’t want to lose the essential coolness and breathability of the fabric. I think in these pictures I am wearing the dress with a slip as it was a little chilly, but I wore this dress in Paris without a slip (because it was so hot) and didn’t have any issues with it.
I made some self bias-binding to finish the armholes and face the hem. FUCK. ME. I think it might have been the most tedious thing I have ever done, and I regularly spend whole days checking numbers on giant spreadsheets. I mean, it was worth it (and I have loads left over) but the tedium of it made me angry. There are lots of tedious sewing jobs that I enjoy – I am one of those people who genuinely enjoys hand sewing and I even like sewing on buttons (I don’t like tracing, though, I’m not a pervert) but this was a bit too much even for me.
I love the dress and have worn it loads since I made it. In fact, I wore it to work yesterday! It came to Paris with me, and it was perfect for the very hot weather we enjoyed there.
Here I am, wearing it in Parc Monceau…
...and later the same day at Trocadero, with a minor monument in the background
I think this iteration of a Carline shirt-dress has a slightly more casual feel than the others I’ve made, but it is so comfortable and cute to wear. It’s been a winner. 
I don’t always explain where the names of my dresses come from. This one is obvious, and it’s also named after one of my top five episodes of Inspector Morse. For the sake of completeness, here is my list:
Second Time Around – the sadness of Kenneth Colley
Dead On Time – Oxford’s Next Top Widow

Death Is Now My Neighbour – Evil Richard Briers Is Now My Favourite

Deceived By Flight – Lewis’ hoose-painting leave interrupted by cricket
Masonic Mysteries – mysteries solved with inferior opera
Goodnight!
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Flavored Simple Syrup—Four Ways

Nothing adds a touch of whimsy to a hand-crafted cocktail like flavored simple syrup. These flavor-infused syrups are…

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Has This Ever Happened to You?

If your summer travels take you through the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, schedule a little more time to explore the terminals. You’ll find local fresh food, lovely shops and interesting artwork.  On a recent trip, I had ample time to browse in some of the shops.   Intrigued by this gorgeously-embroidered pillow, I stepped in take a […] Read more…

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Quilting in the Kitchen with Jenny Kae Parks

Quilted kitchen items are such fun projects to create, and always make perfect gifts. We have a new three-lesson online course on Craft University — Quilting in the Kitchen — that will walk you step-by-step through creating beautiful potholders, trivets, oven … Continue reading

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fabric shopping in madrid

Liesl introduces you to her favorite fabric and trim stores in Madrid. Use this guide and you’re sure to hit all the sewist’s hot spots when you’re visiting Spain’s capital.

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NEW MIMI G PRE-FALL PATTERNS! SIMPLICITY 8426 + 8427

HI DARLINGS! I feel like I have been gone forever but you all know that every year starting in late May my posts are not as frequent because the summer conference takes up all our time but it is over now and I am back! I will have recap pics of the conference for you […]

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Recap: Mimi G Sewing Conference

target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”> Mimi G.’s 6th Annual Sewing Conference. The best way to describe the 3-day event was it was the realist conference/convention/gathering I’ve attended. The realist? This sums it up for you. It kicked off on Friday night with a fashion show where ladies walked down the runway wearing one of Mimi G’s patterns. As…

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