A cool cat

Here is another seasonal print that is for winter.  This print is a kids panel, with a matching coordinate from Zenith & Quasar fabrics.

The panel looks like this (print yet to come):

24″ tall x 58-60″ wide cut including:

1 front panel (24″ x 20ish”)
1 back panel, solid color (24″ x 20ish”)
1 coordinate print (24″ x 20ish”)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get full length arms out of the width of the coordinate, so I had to be creative.

It is also directional, so no trying one way for one side and one for the other.  I had some matching bamboo lycra that I used to fill in the sleeve heads where it was too wide for the fabric.  I created a faux double sleeve.

I added a split band to the bottom, too.

I also needed to make some matching bottoms.  We live in matchy matchy town here where pretty much everything is an outfit.  I didn’t have enough left of the bamboo lycra to get all the bottoms out of it, so we went into “cobble together” mode.

I wanted them to be a fun tween-y look as she is going into middle school this year.  I worry a little that some of the more unique outfits I have made for her will give her unwanted attention.

I used the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans skort and leggings in a size  14w and 18L.  She’s all legs here.

Next, I cut the crap out of the patterns to get the look I wanted.  I cut apart the skirt to have the leftover fabric from the top along the sides.

For the skort, here is a little mod that I made for it.  I wanted to have some gathering and ties on the side seam, so I extended it out from the middle to give it more length there, and then cut the sides apart to get in the different fabrics.

More outfits to come…I got a bunch of strike-offs to sew up.  This tends to make sure I get clothes sewed up in short order!

Free summer tank top

This was a pattern test for a summer tank top for Orange Daisy Patterns.  I liked the coverage, and the fact that she can actually wear this to school.  It seems like a lot of summer tops are not geared towards school aged kids and schools clothing standards.  Strappy tops and open backs are usually a no-no.

This one has nice shoulder coverage and isn’t skin tight on her.  She really liked the fit of it.

This first one is before the armscye was raised on this size 14 long.  The second one is higher, so it hides her bra. 🙂

This is a lightweight knit in a tiger camo.  Tigers need to hide in the woods apparently.

This second one is from a lightweight jersey.  Very comfy and soft fabric.  The v-neckline went together nicely.

She is short on summer outfits, so I added a skort to this top.  The feather fabric is a pre-order at Fabric Anthropology and this is double brushed poly.  I added fold over elastic to the edge to lengthen it a bit.  I got less than a fat half of this fabric, so I was stretching it as it was!

It is a little heavy for summer as this is a nice heavy brushed fabric, but I figured it wouldn’t be too hot since the flounces weren’t right next to her skin.

Join the Orange Daisy Patterns Facebook group to get the free tank top pattern!




Zodiac rounds

Here is the next print in the Fun Round pre-order at RP Custom Fabrics.  This is the round with the signs of the zodiac.  I have to admit, I do not have much knowledge in this area.  I know my sign, and occassionally read a horoscope, but that is pretty much it.

I found these images to try to decipher what was on the print:

So!  That was the detail, now onto the sewing.  I wasn’t really sure what to make with these.  These just seem a bit dark-ish.    The sizes I received were a few medium rounds.

Zodiac Moon at RP Custom Fabrics

Once the girl saw them, she claimed them.  They were just the right size for a simple dolman sleeve top for her (self-drafted).

I tried my best to match the front and the back at the sides, and did fairly well at that.

The skirt is a circle skirt with an overlay (self-drafted).  There is gray ponte underneath the black cut-out fabric, which has a bunch of holes in it.  The shorts underneath and the waistband are ponte.  It is a bit heavy, but turned out pretty cool.

It is kind of a fun outfit for a little tween that is going into middle school in the fall.  She was pretty happy with it, so I call it a win!

The pre-order closes on August 15th, so get the prints if you love the moon and astrological signs…or if you just think it looks cool. 🙂

Color wheel

Yes, indeed.  I do have more fabric from the Fun Rounds!

Arcoiris at RP Custom Fabrics

This is the color wheel print, and I decided to make a skort and top with a flounce for the girl.  This were really easy to cut with the circular lines in the prints.  I used two  25″ rounds for the skirt and one 12″ round for the top.

I cut the flounce 3 levels, and then connected them all together.  I didn’t use the inner most circle.  I’ll save those for a rainy day.  I think they will work well for some flounce sleeves.

The patterns were self-drafted.  The skirt is just a simple A-line skirt with a doubled up waistband.  I attached the flounce all at once in one continuous line.  The top is a basic tank top, though I had to add some to the top under the flounce.  The panels were too short for her.  There is a watercolor music sheet underneath the flounce.

The watercolor music fabric is from Affordable Fabrics and More, and I purchased it last year.  I don’t think any is currently in stock.  I used a panel for the front and one for the back and then the sheet music for the upper part of the top and the waistband.

I was pretty “fly by the seat of my pants” in putting the flounce on the skort.

Which is why it is uneven.

I’m okay with that, though.

It is a skort, so it has shorts underneath.  She is pretty active, so any skirt I make her is going to have some shorts underneath.

I’m pretty sure the Arcoiris fabric will go with anything, but if you have a watercolor type print…it definitely will.  I love this combo so much!

The pre-order is open until August 15th.

Softball swag

The softball season closed out for the girls with a Nationals tournament.  These tournaments are more like a regional tournament, where some do come from states away.  Fortunately for us, it was just a half hour away.

During their first game of pool play, the teams exchange gifts.  I made a few things for the gift bags, and also to give to the girls on our team. I also wanted to make the team some water bottles, since I had purchased a bunch at once.

I purchased the water bottles at Save A Cup for $4.48/each.  I was looking for a durable PBA free bottle that wouldn’t have pieces that would mold (like a plastic spout or straw).  These work pretty well.  The vinyl I purchased from Expressions Vinyl.  I copied a couple of images I found on the internet, and put them together for the bottle art (I won’t be sharing the cut file, since I didn’t make the art).  The names were from one of the fonts in the Silhouette design software (Cricut mats are cheaper, so I use those instead of the Silhouette mats).

When using this vinyl you need transfer paper.  Just an FYI if you have never cut regular vinyl before.  You weed it, and then put the transfer paper over the top.  You then rub it onto the surface.  I have a bunch of those little brown Pampered Chef nylon scrapers.  They work great for this job.

Next, the girls all trade these nice metal pins with their team on them.  The goal is to get unique ones, and ones from far away.  They need something to put them on, so we decided on lanyards this year.  I purchased 25 yards of each of these softball ribbon prints off of Amazon and a bag of clips and went to work!  I cut each one at about a yard, and heat sealed the ends before sewing them together.

Lastly, I made scrunchies for the girls hair.  This is the softball fabric I purchased from RP Custom Fabrics.

I cut them at 14″ x 3″.  I basically tried to make long tubes first and then cut them to length.  The elastic was 6″ long.  Here is how I made them:

  • Cut tubes of elastic and serge the long edge.
  • Flip right side out.
  • Insert elastic in one end and sew it to the raw edge on one side.
  • Pull it the rest of the way through, and sew it to the raw edge of the other side of the elastic to create a circle.  Make sure the elastic isn’t twisted before sewing together.
  • Fold the edge of the fabric under, put over the raw edges and topstitch.

I figured making it this way would make sure the elastic didn’t come undone.  It was a lot of steps for such a little thing, but I think they turned out well.

The tournament was fun and the girls made it into bracket play for the Silver bracket.  They lasted until mid-day Saturday (started on Thursday), and had a great time!

And she’s out!


How to make a leather tassel

Leather tassels on purses can be a great accent.  They can go on the zipper, or just hang off the handle.  I also use these for my keys.  I tend to have large purses, and it is much easier to find my keys when it is attached to a bit of fringe.

This is how I make these leather tassels, though, I am certain there are many other ways.  (Yes, my cutting mat has seen better days.  I tend to do multiple crafts on it, and it gets a bit messy!)

  1. Cut out a piece of leather. You can roll the leather to figure out how thick you would like the tassel.  Some leather is thicker than others, so it will be larger when rolled.  This piece is 6″ long and 13″ wide.  I usually cut somewhere around 10″ wide.  The length, again, is personal preference.  I sometimes keep the natural edge of the hide.  I do these for two reasons.
    • One:  I don’t like to waste the leather.
    • Two: It’s an interesting edge.

This piece sat next to an oil tanned hide, which leached into this one.  The discoloration will look fine on the tassel.

2.  Next, you need to take a straight edge and a rotary cutter to cut the fringe.  I make them roughly 1/4 inch apart, and stop it at 1.5 inches from the top.  You can use a scissors, but rotary cutters work really well for this.

3.  Now that the fringe is cut, you need a little strap for the top.  This is around 1″ x 4″.  I just rough cut the length to make sure it is long enough to go into the fringe.

4.  Using a glue (here are two options), spread the glue across the entire top piece.  I used a bit too much on this one.  You could also use something like a school glue, too, if you don’t have access to these.

5.  Place the top strap at the inside edge, and tightly wrap the fringe.  Make sure the top is even as you wrap it.  The glue leaked out a bit on this, since I went a bit too aggressive with it.

6.  Next, I put a contrast leather around the top piece.  Cut to size.  I suggest cutting a little wider than you think you will need.  This should have been a smidge wider.  I added some “bling” to dress this up.  You can also add decorative rivets.

7.  Sew the contrast piece to the top.  Generally, I want to have to stretch it to fit, so it fits tightly.

8.  Add a split ring and snap to finish it off.   Usually the snap piece needs to be wide enough to fit over a purse’s hardware.  I also had purchased some odds and ends on clearance at Michaels, and this stone worked perfectly!

Now you have a lovely fringe for your purse or keys!




Beautiful Sunset

This print is part of the RP Custom Fabrics – Fun Rounds pre-order.    The image is of a sunset skyline in a circular format.  Really pretty!

(click on picture to go to the pre-order for it)

I received a few of the smaller round panels, and two that were the same size.  I think they were the 12″ size.  I decided to use those panels for a round sleeve on a dolman shirt, using this Pinterest pin as an inspiration.

The shirt is a pattern I have drafted, but you could do this with any dolman pattern you would have.

To make the sleeves, just measure the arm opening for the circumference of the circle.  Make the circle opening the same distance.  It is helpful if you have a circle cutter template tool.  I generally make the circle a little smaller, as they tend to stretch out more.  I did the same for the stretch lace piece, only making it a little longer.

To add more interest to this top, I did a strip in a coordinating lace in the front and back.  This strip was about 4″ wide.

The main fabric here is a Calvin Klein stretch shirting fabric, that is really nice.  I’m not sure this shirt is completely “Me”, but it was a fun experiment!

This pre-order is open until August 15th, so go check out the pretty panels!


July…time to get some work done!

I knew June was going to be hard to get into the sewing room, and I was correct.  When I did have day or a night that I could work, I was just too tired.  The only things I got done were ones with deadlines!

My list for July is going to be trying to FINALLY get a few things off my to-do list.  This weekend is mostly free, so hopefully I can spend some time in my sewing room.

  1.  Finish up a purse and do a tutorial on how to make a leather tassel.  I have the outside done and most of the interior, so I just need to get it finished up!

2. I have a few strike-off samples on the way, so I will work on those as I get them in.

3. Finally get that leather holster done for my friend.

4.  Leather pouch for the dinosaur bone.  Finally got measurements and this one should be fairly easy to do.

5. I received some Michael Miller fabric as part of being a Sewing Portfolio’s Ambassador.  I am hoping I can squeeze two dresses for the girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation out of the three yards I received.  We’ll see.

6.  Make my black purse.  Keep it this time and don’t sell it.

Now to get to work!



Sew Americana

Today is day 4 of the Sew Americana tour, and I am sharing an outfit with a baseball theme.  What is more Americana than baseball?

In the past I used to make my kids 4th of July outfits when my parents had a big 4th of July party.

Now, we are lucky if we do anything, and if we do, we are likely camping by a lake with just immediate family.  The effort doesn’t seem worth it.  I decided to make myself something for baseball, since I knew I would definitely use it this year, and for years to come.

I used my skort pattern and made it with the cotton lycra baseball stitches from RP Custom Fabrics.  She has indicated that she will continue to hold these prints in stock, since there were so many people that wanted them.  That is a great thing for all us sports parents!  They are a bit on the spendy side, but I can rationalize it away in that I would gladly pay $25 for a skort in this fabric.

The top is the Wardrobe by Me Basic Builder t-shirt.  I did pivot out the front a little bit to give me more room for my tummy.  All this sewing and sitting at games doesn’t give me much free time to spend with my elliptical.  I tried to squeeze into my favorite pair of jeans this week, and no amount of sucking it in was going to make that zipper magically rise up.  I see lots of salads in my future. 😉

The saying on the shirt is a spin of a quote I found on a shirt.  I don’t know about you, but I need a lot of coffee.  I also need me some Jesus when the ump is making some calls I don’t agree with, and the swear words start coming out!

The cut file is located in the Silhouette folder on the sidebar.  If you notice, I didn’t put the red line over far enough when I was layering the cuts.  *sigh*

I think this will be perfect to wear to the State Tournament that they qualified for by winning a qualifier tournament championship game by NINETEEN POINTS.  Yep, proud mama.  They won every game in that tournament.  It was fantastic.

The best part was after the end of the last game, one of the parents had purchased an excessive amount of Dairy Queen Dilly Bars, so the boys brought them over to the opposing team and shared them.  It was a tough loss after a very long and hot day and weekend.  Our coach is a nice guy and wasn’t trying to run up the score, putting in third string pitchers and not stealing home on passed balls.  Our boys just had more energy left.

Learning compassion and sportsmanship is an important part of sports.  Some days you are on the top and some days everything goes wrong.  If you have kids in sports, the Positive Coaching Alliance has seminars for coaches and parents that your league might want to check out.  I have attended a few, and it is good information on how to support sportsmanship and a positive team spirit.  Some coaches really, really need to take it, too.  Y’all been there to one of those games I am sure!

Now you need to go visit all the other ladies on the tour to see some fantastic creations:


Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.



What’s your sign?

This was kind of fun to sew up!

The constellation fabric for the skirt is on pre-order at RP Custom Fabrics.  This sample is the 58″ round on bamboo lycra.  She has a few other round panels, and they come in various sizes.

The girl claimed it when she saw it, so I had to make something for her with this pretty fabric.  I decided to make a tank top dress, with the circle as just the skirt part.  The top is from a pattern I drafted for her, and I just didn’t have the right white fabric.  All my whites were see-through.  I ended up choosing this swim knit and used the matte (not shiny) side.  I lined it with a white swim lining I had, so now it it not see-through!

The constellation sign is a Taurus for her birth month.  I found a picture of the constellation online, drew over it in Photoshop and then created a cut file for my Silhouette Cameo.

The bamboo fabric has a beautiful drape to it, and it makes a very twirly dress!

The Estellar constellation print will be available to pre-order until the 30th!