Selfish sewing week {uptown hat by heidi & finn}

This week is Selfish Sewing Week over at Imagine Gnats so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few things that I have made for myself lately.

  I have actually been sewing for myself a lot lately, I just never seem to blog about them. I Guess I am still not a fan of taking pictures of myself.


I made this cute Uptown Hat Pattern from Heidi and Finn. The moment I saw this hat pattern I knew I had to have it! You see, I love wearing hats but I have a pretty small head which forces me to buy kids hats. As you can imagine, kids hats are not exactly my taste.


I wanted to keep my hat simple so I used some grey corduroy fabric that I had purchased from Jo-Ann’s.


The Pattern was so easy to follow and was very detailed. It took me about 2-3 hours from cut to finish and that was mostly due to all the top stitching. But if you ask me, the top stitching is what makes this hat so cute!

The pattern ranges in sizes from 12 months to 12 years but like I mentioned before, I have a small head and the largest size fits me really well.


The kids have been begging me for one of their own. I better make them one or I might lose this one!


Hat Pattern: Uptown Hat Pattern from Heidi and Finn        Fabric: Grey Corduroy from Jo-Ann’s

Will you be sewing for Selfish Sewing Week?

Guest Posting over at Welcome to the Mouse House

I’m over at Welcome to the Mouse House today for Hayley’s Kids Can Sew Series. I am showing a fun little sewing project to do with your kids for Valentines Day. IMG_4669

Teaching kids to sew

A video taken a few weeks ago of my little girl making her first pillow.

Pretty darn cute isn’t she? I think she is on her way to being one good seamstress…then again I am just one proud Momma! As you already know I  have strong passion for sewing and seeing my kids show interest in it is pretty special. My kids are ages 3, 5 & 6 and they really are the perfect age to start learning. My three year old can be a little tough behind the machine at times but she is learning and that is what it’s all about. Heck I am still learning.

Don’t know where to start? Well Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and Jenn from A Jennuine Life have started their own sewing series centered around teaching kids how to sew.

Kids Can Sew by Welcome to the Mouse House
Welcome to the Mouse Houseand

Tiny Sewists by A Jennuine Life

I am really looking forward to following along both of these series and hope you will too. Let’s get our kids loving to sew just as much as we do!

One Round Stuffed Chicken

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Pattern: Cute Cotton Creations        Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics

She wanted a sewing machine.

My little girl turned 5 a few weeks ago and for her birthday she requested a sewing machine. As you can imagine my heart just melted! After a little research I decided or more like she decided to go Janome Fast Lane Fuchsia Portable Sewing Machine from Amazon. Pink is her favorite color and this one really caught her eye…and I can see why. Once she picked out the machine she decided that she needed some butterfly stickers to go on it. So I purchased these Colorful Glitter Stickers. I can honestly say it was love at first sight for her. The moment she saw her sewing machine for the first time you knew she loved it! 
IMG_3067 What I am loving most about this machine is that it is small in size and the kids are able to sit and sew all by themselves. They don’t need to sit on my lap nor do I have to push the pedal for them. They are doing it all by themselves. I was a little nervous about their fingers getting too close to the needle but the plastic foot that came with the machine actually has a bit of a lip on the front so it makes it a little harder for their little fingers to get in there. I’m not saying it is impossible to them to get hurt on it, I am just saying it keeps them a little safer then a regular sewing foot. I also purchased the book  Sewing School to go along with the machine. Not that I need anymore ideas, but it is great for the kids to look through and see some ideas on what they can make. Most of the time they cannot decide on just one project. They have sewn with it almost everyday since we bought it. They all are loving it and as you can imagine I am loving every second of it too! The machine works pretty good and I really don’t have any complaints other then the lack of a light. It has jammed up a few times but that is usually when a little 3 year old is behind the pedal. So yes, I would totally buy this machine if I had it to do over again.

IMG_3066My little girls first project was a pillow for her foxy. I may be a little biased but I think she did an amazing job!IMG_3062 She was pretty proud of herself too!IMG_3064Do any of your kids love to sew? Do they have their own machines?

KCW Day 1 {Debbie’s Birthday Dress}

Kids Clothes Week has begun!kid's clothes week

Will you be sewing along? I will be for sure! For day 1, I spent a couple of hours making Debbie’s Birthday Dress from sewponyvintage on etsy. Suz from sewpony is the designer behind the pattern. The dress is a sweet little A-line style dress with a button and loop closure on the back. debbies birthday dress 083The pattern comes in PDF form and can be instantly downloaded and printed off at home. It ranges in sizes from 18 months to 7 years. The dress can be sewn in heavier fabrics like wool, denim or corduroy as well as quilting cottons. I actually love the dress in wool like the picture shown on the pattern cover, but I am trying to use up all of my fabric stash before purchasing anymore fabric.debbies birthday dress 090The dresses sew up really quickly. It took me about 2 hours to make both dresses. The pattern was very easy to follow and had lots of pictures throughout. It is a great pattern to try if you have never sewn a dress before. You will need to know basic sewing skills but you can make this dress without having to sew a button hole or insert a zipper. Even I like the idea of that.
debbies birthday dress 083I made one of the dresses into a shorter tunic length while keeping the other dress longer. And instead of using store bought lace or trim I made some ruffled pieces out of fabric to be added to the bodice.

debbies birthday dress 094debbies birthday dress 097 debbies birthday dress 099 debbies birthday dress 101 debbies birthday dress 103 debbies birthday dress 104 debbies birthday dress 109debbies birthday dress 106If you look close, you can see that I made the lined bodice pieces in the coordinating fabrics as well as the pockets and ruffled pieces.
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Pattern: Debbbie’s Birthday Dress from sewponyvintage

Fabrics: Amy Butler Henna Paisley from The Ribbon Retreat, Polka Dot fabric purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Flower: Jo-Ann Fabrics trim section

Project Sewn {The Little Black Dress}

Have you heard about Project Sewn?  It is just like Project Run and Play but for women.

Project Sewn is a 4 week sewing competition comprised of 6 designer/seamstresses.  Designers are given a theme each week to base their looks on.  These looks are then scored by their fellow competitors and are opened to an online popular vote.  At the end of the voting period the scores and votes are tallied together.   Then according to this combined score one designer gets “sent home” and one will be announced “the winner” for each week.  This continues until the final week where a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be announced.

Just like Project Run and Play, Project Sewn has a sew a long group and the first weeks challenge is all about The Little Black Dress.

little black dress 001I used this pattern from McCall’s and as you can tell its an old pattern. The date on the back says 1979. I don’t normally sew from older patterns but I really like this one and will make more dresses from it for sure.

little black dress 015The fabric that I used was a medium weight knit of sorts. It has a lot of stretch to it and I’m not sure which it is but it has either lycra or spandex in it. The wrong side of the fabric is smooth and the right side of the fabric has a nice woven look to it. I really wish I knew exactly what type of fabric it was because I would buy more for sure. It is the most comfortable material I have ever worn! It was a little hard to work with though. Super stretching and smooth. It definitely challenged my top stitching skills.

little black dress 009The pattern was for a loose fitting dress so I had to do a lot of altering. This type of fabric just looks better as a more structured fitting dress.

little black dress 004 I did shorten the capped sleeves and made the dress fall about mid-calf.little black dress 007 little black dress 013 little black dress 011 Now head on over to Project Sewn to see what the competitors made. They are all simply amazing!

Ruched Collar Shirt

I have been making clothes for myself lately and have really been loving it.
collar tee 013I have finally dared to wear my creations in public and thankfully they stayed in one piece. Yes I was nervous about it so much that I always brought backup clothes just in case. Now I have to admit that I am still having a hard time taking pictures of myself. Taking pictures of yourself is really awkward, is it not?
collar tee 012 copyThe other night I made this ruched collar shirt and I just love it. It is super comfy! I simply used one of my favorite shirts as a template. The tee came together really quick and easy. I didn’t do any top stitching and I even left the edges raw. I am actually a fan of raw edges on my tees for some reason. The fabric is a nice sweater knit fabric that I purchased from Michael Levine when I went to LA for Fabric Weekend. It is lightweight and has a great stretch to it.
collar tee 016Who else is trying to do some selfish sewing? I still have a dress in the works that I must finish for a wedding this weekend.

Project Run and Play {Mad for Plaid}

This weeks theme for Project Run and Play is Mad for Plaid.mad for plaid 011This is one of my favorite themes…I love me some plaid! Luckily I had two yards of this plaid fabric in my stash. I had purchased it from Walmart when it was on clearance for $1 a yard.
mad for plaid 006The dress is a pretty simple A-line shape with fluttery sleeves and a ruffle on the bottom.
mad for plaid 009At the neckline I added a little ruffle down the front of the dress and topped it with some bias tape. I was going to add a button for a closure but decided against it in the end. It is kind of a fun way to make a dress with no closures.
mad for plaid 008The hooded cardigan was made from some more $1 a yard fabric from Walmart.
mad for plaid 010So the whole look cost about $3.00 to make.
The tights are from Target and are lined with fleece. The girls are loving these tights! The cute little boots are from Target as well.
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Dritz Twin-Fit Petite Dress Form

My birthday was last week and I decided to treat myself to something that I have wanted (and I think needed) for some time now…a dress form.dress form 005  I had debated for weeks on what type of dress form to purchase. My logical side was telling me to buy a cheap adjustable dress form but my (hi, I want to be like project runway) side was telling me to buy a good professional dress form. And then there was my interior decorating side that wanted a cute vintage one. But as you can see I went with my logical side.dress form 006And I am so glad I did!  My body is pear shaped and I’m petite, but this adjustable dress form is me to a T. I know I would not have gotten this from any other dress form.dress form 008So this is a Twin-Fit Dressform by Dritz. I purchased it from Amazon for $121.00 with free shipping. It is sized petite. You can adjust the measurements at the neck, bust, waist, hips and at the height. Like I said, I was able to get my exact measurements on this dress form.
dress form 009The dress form is pinnable but it does not pin as well as I thought it would. I have read that using tape or velcro works well when working with these types of dress forms.dress form 007

The legs are a little wobbly and the quality is not the highest but I don’t mind. It does what it is supposed to. And I already LOVE it!dress form 010So do you have a dress form? Do you use it all the time?