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?

This great photography is by Anna Caitlin Photography. Thanks for taking a look.




Roaming Buffalo Plaid


I’m Pretty excited about this project. I had some awesome blue buffalo plaid in flannel that everyone has had their eye on but I held off using it until I came across some vintage patterns. Blue is the new favorite color of my son so here we go.

Simplicity 9595  1970

boy coat20170917_10051720170917_10070420170917_095731A labor of love for sure, I quilted the flannel to some batting (I was going to use the batting to make a blanket for the kids when I realized that is never going to happen), and used a turquoise poly/cotton material for the lining.

There are some fun details on this coat; the sewn in elastic on the bottom, the pleat I added on the inside for flexibility, a cool flap for the snaps closure, & patch pockets. I changed the zipper front to snaps.20170919_145831(0)This is a very sturdy coat and could be worn for a lot of the dry cold winter days.  One thing I love about these children’s vintage patterns is that they come in only one size so there is no guilt about cutting into it (and ruining other sizes), and also the directions are so easy for me to follow since not every detail is lined out. It assumes you know what you want and it is surprisingly refreshing.

We tried out this new coat on a crisp fall day in the apple fields…20170923_10463920170923_10530020170923_11325220170923_10480520170923_105755(1)I’ll be honest, I am obsessed with this coat, and I am not the only one! I now have an order from my husband for a matching grown up version!!

What? Has the day arrived where my macho mate wants to be twinsies with his boy!

So lots of fun fall sewing ahead for me. A very cozy time of year.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!









A Visit From 1975 – Girls Jumper

Here we have a really fun pattern by Simplicity in 1975. Recently I found a nice collection of vintage patterns at the local thrift store and I excitedly tried them out. I found the style to be current and the fit is perfect. I’m so happy to have this in my stash!

Below is a little yellow corduroy print I had and a large floral lining that pairs well.20170918_09533220170918_084301(1)copy120170914_201040

This pattern only takes a single yard!! I can’t believe it and what a wonderful style for the first day of fall (rain). We immediately ran outside for a quick photo or two between rain showers. While so much of our country has been dealing with floods and disaster, our state has been swallowed by close to 30 wild fires so the whole of Oregon is rejoicing with this storm!

This was a perfect project to lift my spirits — simple, easy, and lovely.


Thanks for taking a look! I hope you all have a great week.


A Little Purple Dress


So I had good reason to sew up a new little outfit… our 12 year anniversary was a few weeks ago and we had a fun outing planned without kids! How fun to be us!

I made McCalls 7159, a pattern I planned to use for everyday dresses.


However, I was short material on my original pattern and improvised with this McCalls. It worked out well. A nice simple dress as I had anticipated.


This is a wrap around so it is a little flattering. Also a pleat in the back that gives lots of room for moving around. Overall this still feels very casual and I do wish I had made something a bit more fancy for my date.


And where did we go you may ask…the Circus of course!!

Cirque Du Soleil was in town and we absolutely loved it. Such a great time to reconnect on something fun.


Thanks for stopping by!


Eclipse Baby, Yeah!

So here we are at the solar eclipse 2017! There has been a lot of hype for our Oregon state as we are the first ones to get the show. I must have subconsciously known to hold off on this sewing project, because really — wolf’s with sunglasses…it’s too perfect!

20170821_085725This is McCall’s 6099 and I will say the pattern runs very wide so I’ll be cutting down the width in the next shirt. The wolf was so cute and a great ‘buy on a whim’ for a boy. Can you find the pocket? Probably not, it’s a green wolf on the left to help you out.

20170821_090039(0)I thought it would be fun to take photos during the eclipse so some of the pics were quite dark, whereas the sunny spots came out blurry as the camera tried to adjust itself. ( I guess I know for the next eclipse in 70 years).



It was pretty fun even though we stayed low key; snacks on the back patio, kids jumping around.



About 99% lunar eclipse here.


The birds (and kids) got real wild and loud up until it got dark-ish…then silence.


Overall a fun day for science exploring (explaining) and I’m happy to have made this souvenir for a boy who might remember this day in years to come!


An Autumn Frock

Every now and then I try something new and the outcome is wonderful! This is one of those projects.


I came back from a very long vacation feeling ready for our autumn routines. Having new fabric and supplies at hand I re-organized and browsed until I happened upon this combination (which I ran by some friends to be sure they worked well together).

I used a Simplicity pattern (which also has a matching doll pattern — too cute) and all the while wondered if the final dress would be a little country.


Somehow the floral and gold works quite well together and is just the perfect transition dress from summer into Autumn.

I love all the different angles on this dress.





The details on this dress is where all the work went in. The collar, tiny pockets, flutter sleeves, buttons, elastic, three tiers of skirt… it just went on and on, so I gave myself lots of time to sew it up (3 days) and just enjoyed the process.

The twirl factor on this dress is appreciated by my daughter; although she was a little disappointed by the lack of pockets…




Overall this was a winner!

More Details:

Simplicity D0684  (optional doll size which I purchased for later years)

Top Fabric: gold/yellow cotton-poly mix  $2 yrd at the market

Skirt Fabric: floral hand-me-down that couldn’t find a home  Free


Thanks for taking a look!!






On Holiday — May Shop ‘Till I Drop

My summer holiday is always in California, my home state. This means I know EXACTLY the places to go and the things to do. One much loved activity is going to the flea markets. My kids are forced to fill their backpacks with toys until they cry out “No more toys mommy!”.

However they are not the only ones who shop. It is a chamce for me to stock up on much needed sewing supplies. Here is a shop I visited.

Lots of thread to last me through…. eternity!?!

A few knits: $1 & $2 a yard

Cotton polly blends: $2 yard 

(anyone else hate spending top dollar for solids?)

I am a bit out of room so this is all I’m allowing myself for now.

In all about 20 yards of new fabric, I’m all set for the upcoming fall/winter.

Hope your season is as fruitful. Take care