This is kind of the perfect fabric for school-age kiddos.  This is a pre-order up at The Fabric Cottage with numbers and letters is various colorways.  I was a bit late to choose a sample to sew up, so I ended up getting the numbers in white and black.  I probably would have chosen the alphabet, so I could do this quote again (cut file in the linked folder on the sidebar):

I had to think of something else to do for the numbers, so I searched for Math Memes and found this one (also in the cut file folder):

The girl is fairly good at math, and has been in advanced math at school, but she’s not a big fan of it.  I was hoping that she might see the humor in it, and still give the outfit a thumbs up.  You never know with a tween.  Seriously, they have multiple personalities.  Sometimes everything you make is fantastic, and the next time you get eyerolls so hard they hurt themselves.

She liked it this time. 🙂

The shirt is just a basic block that I have made for her.  She needs shoulder coverage since the school here doesn’t allow strappy tank tops.  The skirt is a skort that I have somehow just mangled the pattern drafting.  I had to redo it on the fly, so I will have to redo several pieces.  It all turned out pretty cute, though.

The pre-order is open until June 16th, so go check it out if you like the numbers and the alphabet.  They also have a ruled paper print that would be cute, too.  Kind of perfect for a back to school outfit in the fall!





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!

Rock on

When RP Custom Fabrics offered up these strike-offs for sewing up, I knew my time would be at a premium.  Unfortunately, this past week and upcoming week, we are in the thick of games and tournaments.  My poor kiddos are tired, tired, tired, but luckily school is almost out for them.  It is hard to have all these games, PLUS homework.

I got this sample to sew up last Thursday or Friday, so I washed it up and then didn’t have any time to sew.  Last night I got home at 5:15 yesterday from work and proceeded to cut, make and photograph these two pieces before leaving for my son’s baseball game at 7:45 (yes, it was a late one for the boys last night).   Photographing these at 7pm wasn’t fun, since the sunshine was bright and not low enough and then my remote was dead.  Being in a hurry, you will always, always have issues!

These are my two pattern drafts that I love the fit.  The top is here, and have a one size pattern for it.  I actually moved the front top part out from the seam a few extra inches to get more of a drape on it.  You just keep the bottom pattern piece against the fold line and move the top part of the pattern out at an angle.

This fabric had a great drape for this type of top.  It was a bamboo lycra, which incidentally, is now being offered in these prints for this round of fabric at RP Custom Fabrics.  It is one of my favorite fabrics to work with since it feels so nice.

The skirt is this pattern draft, just lengthened by 5 or 6 inches.  This is a nice heavy cotton lycra, so it works really well for a skirt.  Definitely not see-through.

The colors on this cotton lycra print are so pretty and vivid. This print is called Piedra and is available to pre-order at RP Custom Fabrics through the end of June.  I have a few more prints in this line to make and photograph, so more will be forthcoming!


Another gamer shirt

When I saw that Sugar Ink Fabric was planning a Skyrim/Elder Scrolls round, I knew at least two of my peoples would be interested in this fabric.  I was correct!  The owner, Christie, asked for strike off seamstresses, and I happily volunteered.

Pre-order for Skyrim

Upon receiving the panel, the design looked a little long.  After some back and forth with Christie, and seeing it sewn up, she is going to reduce the length by about 3 or 4 inches.  The actual ordered panels will then be a little smaller for the design, but still plenty awesome.

This is the Bram Raglan by Wardrobe by Me.  I did lengthen it by 2″ to try to get most of the design on the shirt.

He loves it, like I knew he would.  The back of the shirt is a game map with symbols from the game.  I used a grey jersey knit for the sleeves.

The pre-order for these and several other gamer fabrics (Mario, Splatoon and Plants vs. Zombies) will open on June 1 and close on June 18.   If you have a gamer in your family, check out the prints.  You may make them very happy by sewing up something they love.  This is why I can still sew for my teen boy…I make his clothes with his hobbies in mind!






Suit up for summer tour – Under it all

Welcome to the Suit up for Summer Tour!

Over the years, I have made many swimming suits. Sewing swimwear is NOT HARD.  I know people get intimidated by sewing them, but it really is much easier than it may appear.

Most of the swimsuits I have made over the years have been for my daughter.  These were pretty much all the suits I made for her, and they were all self drafted but one.  The earlier ones were made with just a sewing machine, and I generally still do use my sewing machine a lot during construction.

These were the suits I made for myself, and the first ones were self-drafted, but I used a pattern for the most recent one.

I also kind of want to slap myself.  The first three swimsuits I am modeling I was so self-conscious since I felt fat.  Yeah, that was 20 lbs ago, so I wish I looked that fat right now!

For boys suits, I have not made my son’s suits historically.  I finally made him one this spring, and have purchased more fabric for additional boardshorts.  I used the Jalie boys/mens boardshort pattern.  Boardshort fabric is not the easiest to find, but I have found some at Zenith & Quasar and Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop.

Swimsuits are not difficult to sew.  They can actually be pretty quick to make!  It depends on how much you want to do.  A simple one piece suit can be whipped up pretty quick.

There are different weights of swimsuit fabric.  The lighter weight can be used as lining, though, from experience, it can be difficult to sew.  I was about ripping my hair out trying to sew this pink fabric, which is why I used it as a lining and flounce over the main fabric.

I would steer towards the heavier weight fabrics, which tend to be easier to sew.  If it truly is heavy weight, you may just need a lining for the crotch piece and maybe across the chest.  If your main color is light, I would try to line the whole thing.  I buy my lining fabric from either Sew Sassy or Zenith & Quasar.

I like to put bra cups in my suits, and I buy mine from Sew SassyI have detailed photos here for putting in bra cups.  Just smooth it over the lining, without stretching the lining, and zigzag them onto the lining fabric.  I put the cups in between the lining and main fabric when sewing it up.

Here is the new suit I made for myself for this swimsuit tour.

I had been wanting to make a suit with the 5 out of 4 Agility Tank and Riptide Shorties.  Jessica graciously offered up these patterns for the tour.

This is very much a “mom swimsuit”.  It is not tight and revealing, and it is comfy.  I don’t have to worry about my belly pooch in this one.

I have to admit, this was not a fast and easy sew.  The bindings on the tank were a bit time consuming.  You attach one side of the bindings, along with clear elastic, and then pull it over to the opposite side and stitch down.  You then trim the excess.  I did turned the hem under for the straps, so it looked cleaner.  Not sure what is better.

I used almost an entire package of clear elastic on the suit.

I added cups to the lining of the bodice, but I think I put them too low.  I think they should be higher, since the neckline overall seemed too high.  The shoulder straps do hit at my shoulder, so next time I think I will scoop out the neckline more.

Yes, I only had black cups in my stash, but they didn’t show through.

The reversible shorties were a size too big, so I had to redo the leg elastic since it was way too loose.  I gathered the elastic a bit so they hugged my legs more.  I have chicken legs, so my thighs are generally the last place I gain weight.  I did a medium and should have made a small.  I have a thick waist that doesn’t reflect my butt and hips.  I am definitely a rectangle body shape.

I added a micro mesh in between the waist pieces to give it a bit more suck-it-in. The pretty patterned fabric was a pre-order I purchased (I had the matching solid already).





This is a suit that will get a lot of wear.  I don’t feel self-conscious in it at all and don’t feel like I will fall out of it.  A great suit!

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the rest of the ladies on the tour!

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The annual birthday outfit

I generally try to sew something up for the girl for her birthday, since it is a special day.  Having my birthday 2 weeks before Christmas makes you appreciate people actually remembering that you have a birthday. 😉

This was a last minute, start at 10:30pm and finish at 1 am, outfit.

The fabric is a brushed poly-type of knit, though not what you would think when describing this type of fabric.  This is not the LuLaRoe legging fabric, but a quality thick poly.

The skirt is a full circle and has shorts sewn underneath.  No problem in spinning in this one.  The top is a simple top, HTV design of my own making and lace sleeves.

I made the outfit to match her shoes that I designed for her, and the fabric does match.  It is a little yellow on the pictures above.  Quick pics before school and not the best focus!

My next project is a strike off sample that I have been mulling around in my head as to what direction to take it.  It will be pretty fun!  Then, I really, really need to get that gun holster made!  I hate having things sitting over my head for other people.  I also have a zipper to replace on my Dad’s jacket, but he won’t need it until the fall. 😉




Dresses for the girls

I finally used up some of my cotton woven fabric that had been getting dusty, and made these two summer dresses up.  These will be headed to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a part of the charity Sew for Kids.   The group tries to get some nice summer clothes to the kids that they can wear over the summer.  It is very much appreciated by the girls.

I made these both in a straight size 12 in the Mia’s Tie-back dress from The Simple Life Pattern Company.

I did a few things different, and didn’t use as much bias binding as the pattern says.  I like how the website shows pictures with just a loop and button, so I would probably do that next time.

This fabric is from Riley Blake and was the Simple Simon and Company collection from a few years ago.

This version is just the plain version of the skirt.  I bought this fabric many years ago (maybe five), so probably hard to find now.  The stripe is Mary Englebright and the Red Print is from Timeless Treasures.  The red was hard to photograph…it is actually a deeper red color and not so orange.

Now I need to go through my stash and see what else I can sew up for the girls.  It is kind of fun to get some dresses made, since I used to make so many of them when my daughter was smaller.  I want to get a few more made before sending them out, so hopefully I can get that done in the next few weeks.


I love damask, which really shouldn’t be a surprise since I draw it quite often!

This damask print is part of the current round open at RP Custom Fabrics and it is inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The other prints are closer to a Tiffany blue, though.  This one seems to be closer to a turquoise color, which is still very pretty.

I know this because I got a gift at work for Christmas one year that was a silver bracelet from Tiffany’s.  I still have the box, though the bracelet was stolen when I was a dumb dumb and left it out at a hotel in Vegas.  Yep…it somehow “disappeared”.

So, this top was a bit of a challenge.  In fitting and getting the HTV vinyl on the front (nope, not a panel…that is my drawing).  The HTV was actually a different, far longer design.  I had let a piece overlap the edge of the cutting mat, and it caught and messed up the cutting.  I stopped it before it went over everything again off design, and just dealt with what was cut.  I wish there was a vinyl store that I could get things from locally, but I don’t.  This vinyl was from Expressions Vinyl.

I will try to remember to load the original cut file into the folder linked on the sidebar.  The design overlaps so it is longer.

The top was a highly hacked Sneha Tunic from Wardrobe by Me.  I basically  used the top pieces and the length of the skirt.  I should have used something more fitted, since it is a bit wide.  The skirt was longer originally, but it was not flattering at all.  I cut it to the sweet spot on my hip.

Overall, I think this turned out pretty.  I was questioning whether I would wear it when I finished it last night, but I think it works with skinny jeans.

Now I have another fabric on it’s way to me, and in the meantime I have a few dresses cut out to go to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the girls for summer.  I really want to get them sewn up and on the way to them, along with a few dresses that my daughter grew out of and were barely worn.  Hopefully, I have time to get it all done this week!


80’s revival

A few years ago I sewed up my girl an outfit inspired by Kira from The Dark Crystal.  She still wears it, too, and wants more like it.

Naturally, when Moonbeam Textiles created an 80’s movie inspired round including The Dark Crystal, and this order came up to sew up the samples, I jumped on it!

I received an infant/toddler panel of the crystal, an adult panel of the gelflings and a fat half of the coordinate.  The multiple panels had me stumped a bit on how to incorporate everything.  I decided on a design using the small panel for the tunic top and the larger panel for the skirt.  I added in some poly lycra, as there just wasn’t enough to do the whole skirt with the fabric I had left.

The pleat on the poly lycra was completely unintentional, since I cut the pieces too large.  Then, I serged one of the arms together incorrectly, which I noticed after top-stitching.

By brain is not thinking so well lately.  Sleep…need more of it!

I had to watch the DVD while sewing this up, because OF COURSE I have it.  It looks quite antiquated compared to the movies of today, but I still enjoy watching it.

I had to piece the back, so I added a pair of wings and some topstitching to camouflage the seam.

The leggings were very much pieced together using up bits of the fat half of the print and adult panel that were remaining.  The rest of the leggings were a jersey lycra I had that matched the browns.

She also has prints inspired by a few other 80’s movies, in addition to a group of coordinating colors.  Check it out on Moonbeam Textiles.










We are made of starstuff

Oh, Zenith & Quasar Fabric, how much do I love thee?  It’s not just because Lilly gives me free fabric, though that is kind of cool.  It is because her panels look like this:

You can actually make a matching back to your shirt out of her panels!  It is a whole yard (for adult panels), so yes it is more expensive, but IT MATCHES.

I also love the STEM fabrics geared for girls.  She has some Code Like A Girl panels in this round, too, so go check out the pre-order before it closes.  It is just all very cool.

I was sent the above panel and a nebula print.  Two yards of goodness right here, that I turned into a fantastic outfit for my girl.  I should really be sewing summer stuff, but I made sure these were a little extra long for next fall.

Besides…it is still cold here.  I saw snowflakes on Thursday.  Brrrrrrr….

Round 20 Space Prints Pre-order

In case you haven’t noticed (I am sure you have), I have volunteered myself for sewing for a few fabric groups.  They are only ones that I like and would actually buy the fabric (most of them I have purchased fabric from in the past).  I just get the free fabric I am showing for my troubles, so I am not getting loads of cash from advertising for them.  I don’t do affiliate links on any fabrics or patterns, since I don’t like to be beholden to anyone’s expectations.  I would rather be honest than get a free coffee.

I rather like the sewing for fabric (as long as they give me time to sew!), since I get to be more creative with the fabric.  In doing pattern testing I have to follow the pattern exactly.  Not a fan of doing that!

I will try not to be too spammy with my blog posts, but, as always, I am just sewing what I like to sew!