St. Patrick’s Day Color

I have been working on a very big project the last few months; so in between hectic hours I sewed up a few festive outfits for my kids. We just love celebrating the holidays as they come month by month and there really is something special about over doing it!!


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My son got this really bright and fun shamrock’s & rainbows and he loves it.  McCalls M6099

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My daughter was with me when we picked out the fabric and she fell in love with sparkly dogs. I love to let them embrace these fanciful colors while they’re young…I know it won’t last forever…

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I find it increasingly difficult to photograph the 4 year old so none of her in the dress but it is a vintage Simplicity S7904 circa 1980’s I believe. Just a cute gathered dress with a bib.

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Next post I will reveal my big project. I love knowing that I still have this blog to show my personal makes. It just gives me a bit of fun to look forward too.

Until next time



A Handmade Christmas – Boy Edition

I think it is important for gifts to be thoughtful and not just shiny and new. This year since I had the time, I set out to make a few special things for the kids in addition to the regular haul of gifts.

This jacket is part of a highly interactive gift… A Secret Agent Kit!


I’m not going to lie, this coat was meant to be a quick and dirty, cheaply made jacket; but as my spouse pointed out, I can’t make cheap clothes. So instead it is a heavy-duty, fully lined, trimmed with vintage silk, boys coat to resemble the Odd Squad.


My attempt at a badge…it will have to do!


Here is a tidbit I discovered; my idea of a detective is a brown trench coat wisping around corners with a dark hat (inspector gadget anyone?), but my kids see it as a crisp blue suit solving math problems in a secret lab. I must say their version does sound pretty fun!


Then comes the bag where all the goodies will be stored. The fabric itself was a little more elderly, but I think we were able to punch it up with all the add ons.


I sewed a spiral on the flap for some fun, but forgot to change the patch thread, but he won’t care!


I did have to order some fun gadgets and spy science books; did you know there are invisible pens? Super cool!


The last portion of this present will be about 8 “crimes” to solve. He’ll have to find clues hidden around the house, crack codes (like Morse, riddles, decoder rings and such), use magnifying glasses and binoculars. It will be a math & science treasure hunt, perfect for a boy!


His second gift are a couple super hero toys……..WHICH FLY…..AND HAVE CHANGEABLE CAPES….enough said!


Use a rubber band to fling them across the room…so fun!

I used this Pattern.


Some of the best parts were the kids trying to catch a glimpses here or there of what Mom was up to, and having “don’t tell your sibling” moments where they got sneak peaks.

I was pretty early with with my sewing (starting in late October) so I am done with the kids.

Do you enjoy making something special for the holidays?




A Woolen Coat

This is a little woolen coat that I fell in love with more at every stitch! It is a vintage hounds-tooth wool from someone’s collection that was never utilized, then given away in hopes it would find the right home. Well I am so delighted that it came my way.

I used the pattern Simplicity 8305, altering in a soft lining and making sure the faux sherpa exceeds past the cuff. When dealing with wool this itchy I made sure to keep any edges off her skin.




I just can’t get over the cuteness of this one. Maybe it’s because I had been binge watching Call the Midwife with all their 50’s & 60’s fashion…




The only problem I had was that together these materials were so thick I was basically forcing the binding into place, I just went over and over with the thread and surprisingly you can’t tell too much.


These pockets are fantastic, able to fit a proper Benjamin Bunny book with room to spare…




I hope your fall sewing is going as great as can be!

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A Fall Collection

I made a few new fall outfits with some favorite and new patterns. The first is a vintage Simplicity from 1975. I just love this overall/skirt. I made it in lightweight denim & golden unicorns from Joann’s.





I widened the front pocket for more use and that was appreciated by my daughter. A hodgepodge of buttons completed this look.


The next is a quick dress (turned out too big), however the request for a giant pink bunny will make this a favorite next spring.






And this last was a work in progress for a present that I did not get a finished picture of. Lovely linen to work with and I hope it is worn happily!

After a long haul of coats and jackets these felt refreshing and quick. Thanks for taking a look.







Halloween Edition

Here we are, the weekend before Halloween! I don’t know about you, but our costumes get loads of action the week before Halloween. We are headed to our 3rd party tonight so I wanted to share the costumes the kids had this year.

I admit I favor the simple way you can put together a fun costume, and then we are not limited to what is sold in stores.

This year we have a purple bunny, black cat, and black bat. I used the classic PJ pattern from Peekaboo patterns. I sized up and that seem to do the trick — some fun costumes that will be worn as pajamas all winter as well!


They are all made out of fleece and I assure you no coats are needed this year as the kids all seem to be pretty hot when taking them off. Simple props were all that was needed, wings, a tail, a bunny hat…

Hope you all have a fabulous & safe Halloween!!



A Cape To Run With

I can sometimes see the project I will make and over the days I will design and change things all in my mind. This cape was definitely one of those projects.

This darling was meant to be a real garment whether picking pine cones in the park or adding just one more layer on a cold winter day. I hope it is loved!


I drafted this cape — shall we call it a caplet since it is so small and precious — after looking online and sensing there was not much past super heroes. I knew what I wanted; a place for arms should she need them (duh, always), a small cape where the kid is not drowning in material, and a collar to pull us away from little red riding hood.


I LOVE this caplet!! It is adorable and almost practical. It is hard to resist children in a bold red such as this.

My daughter, however disagrees with me. I could see in her eyes this would never pass her practical side (thanks husband for passing along that gene). That’s ok, it’s not for her!


This is 100% pure wool and the color is just as brilliant as you can see in the pictures.

I set off with a back width length of 17″ and the sideseam to sideseam measurement 36″ at the hem. I made one pattern piece for the front and the back. I did not cut out a complete half circle (way to cumbersome for preschoolers), but instead curved the side seam down.

Thanks for taking a look.


A Welsh Man’s Aura Is Plaid

Here is my other half, and finally he has his turn. Plaid flannel was requested and the pictures tell the story of why…

A Welsh man who calls the damp forests of Oregon home– these colors were exactly right for him as he blends into the Pacific Northwest.


This was the hardest sewing project I have undertaken…

I spent a week or more on his coat — 3 days to draft the pattern; 2 days to make a few practice runs; 2 days to quilt the flannel to the batting; and another 4 days to sew it up. I called upon all my sewing knowledge to finish off these details and it fits great with 3 warm layers.





A zipper front, cuffs, welt pockets and a roomy pleat to allow him to move were all requested. I loved making this coat, but I REALLY loved finishing it!!




It’s fully lined in black and is the fluffiest coat in the world…while still conveying manliness.

It hasn’t been terribly cold yet but I have seen it already come out of the closet a few times so I know it’s a winner. And while it doesn’t match my son’s jacket, it is a nice adult version in style.

What are your favorite winter sewing projects?

Thanks for taking a look.