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!





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!

Disney Villains

I have joined another seamstress team for sewing up samples of custom fabric prints to advertise for their new rounds.  These are from The Fabric Cottage, and this round includes Disney Villains.  She sent me a 1/4 yard of the coordinate and an adult panel of Maleficent.  I didn’t think that the coordinate went as well with this panel, so I made two different things.

First, I made a peplum top with the coordinate (my pattern draft).  It is a 3/4 sleeve, and I put one of the portraits in the center front as an applique.  I backed it with Heat n’ Bond, and fixed it with a satin stitch on the edge.

I don’t know why this is so blurry!  Ugh.

The peplum is two layers of a light-weight athletic mesh.  Unhemmed, as I didn’t think it needed to be hemmed, and I offset them a bit.

She needed bottoms to go with this top, and this turquoise metallic mermaid print went very well with the background of the villians coordinate.  Not sure they really match subject-wise, but they look cute together!  The pattern for the leggings is from the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans skort.  I should have gone a little wider with them, though, since this fabric doesn’t really stretch as much as a knit.  They are a bit tight!  If she is uncomfortable wearing them, I will likely just cut them apart and do blocked leggings with some black knit.

The panel needed to become a tunic for the girl.  I could have made something for myself, but I knew she would wear it more.  I made a cosplay for her of Maleficent a few years back.

I had the greens already in my fabric stash (I just needed to find them!), so I just needed a pattern.  I drew this up, and it mostly worked.  I just needed to add one more layer on the bottom of the side seam, since it ended up too short.  An easy fix.

This turned out so cute!

She can wear a pair of her black volleyball shorts underneath during summer if she wants to do cartwheels or handstands (she will).  Here she is wearing it with some black leggings.

The pre-order for these fabrics will open up in the group on April 28th if you want to order some of these villains.

I personally love Maleficent and Cruella.  There is also some other prints that are adorable.  I like the Monsters, Inc. ones, and the Sully fur is so cute as fabric.

Check it out!












Dance off Bro!

Look!  I sewed something for my son!

Poor kid gets so very neglected in the sewing room.

This was a strike off sewing sample for Stardust Textiles.  It is part of a new round of pre-sale fabrics that focuses on space shows (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Star Trek).

I was late to the tester group on this round, but there were a few more things that needed to get sewn up.  I got a fat half of this bamboo lycra dance party coordinate, and I knew my son would love something with it.

He is 13, though, so I have use character prints with discretion.  I decided to do the arms and some blocking in the coordinate using the Bram Raglan from Wardrobe by Me.  I just cut the bottom section up a bit on the pattern and added a seam allowance.   I made sure to make the pattern cuts at the same time so they would match at the side seams.  Pretty easy pattern hack.

This fabric is so nice and soft and drapey.  I love bamboo lycra. The black is an athletic mesh, so it is a pretty light-weight shirt.  Perfect for summer!

Next was adding a vinyl thing to the front.  It was obvious what was needed, really. 😉

I admit, I took a random image off of Google to do the cassette tape, so I won’t be sharing this cut file.  I was too tired to draw my own cassette tape.  Then, of course, I didn’t mirror the words to cut this out, so I had to recut the words.  Hate it when I waste so much vinyl!

A fun, cool shirt for the dude.  I hung it up on his closet door at about 11:30 at night, and he was wearing it in the morning!

The pre-sale on this closes on May 1.  Check out the fun fabrics.  I think the “Come to the dark side, we have cookies” panel is pretty cool, too.  🙂

Time for some softball!

While I was waiting for the pre-order to come in for Sports Stitches at RP Custom Fabrics, this strike off sample came up on a charity auction.  I just couldn’t wait, so jumped on the chance to buy it.  That was at least a month ago, and I just didn’t have time to tackle it.  I got the impetus to get going on it, so it is finally sewed up!

I drafted both the top and the skort.  She wants the skort a little longer next time.

My serger is having some “issues” right now with constantly breaking the lower looper thread, which is oh so much fun to re-thread.  Why does it always have to be the hard one??  I am hoping that I don’t have to bring it in to service it, since I have a lot that I want to get done!

I made some mistakes in sewing up the skort, but you can’t tell.  I serged a few layers together that weren’t supposed to go together.  The bottom is supposed to be a little wider than it is.  Still works fine, though.

So cute!

The Sports Stitches are apparently coming in this week, so hopefully I will get the rest of the fabric I ordered in the next few weeks.  I ordered softball, baseball and volleyball.  It is really hard to find softball and volleyball fabric, so I am happy that I was able to find these.

I applied to be on their strike off tester team, and was accepted, so you will see more from this fabric host in the future.  I like that she doesn’t do a lot of “inspired prints”.  I think we are starting to get out of the animated characters phase, so sewing up stuff for the kids can be a challenge.  There are still ones that they like, though, so that is good at least.

I have a few more strike-off samples to sew up this week, along with 2 baseball games, a night out with the neighbor ladies, several softball and baseball practices, along with the last volleyball tournament of the season.  Should be easy to get them done amiright??

Over-committed?  Nah! 😉




Mantica dress

Look at that stripe matching!  Just look at it!!

Yes, I am happy to say that I paid attention during cutting to try to get the side seams and the front and back all matched up for the plaid version of this cute little dress.

Mantica Dress by Sofilantjes

This knit summer dress was another pattern test for Sofilantjes.  There are options for a gathered, longer skirt, and different color blocking on the back.

I wish she could wear it to school, but no shoulders showing is the dress code.  Still, she can wear it elsewhere over the summer.

It also is a little harder for bra-wearing tween/teen to wear it due to the back, but they can also just wear a nude colored or matching bra.  It seems showing straps is not such a taboo thing anymore.  With the lined bodice, I’m not sure my girl will really need to wear one with it, but she can if it makes her more comfortable.

This dress was mostly made from a complimentary mystery scrap pack that Zenith & Quasar fabric sent to me.  The cuts were only a 1/2 yard, some had flaws, too, so I had to be creative.  Luckily I received two matching plaids, but in different fabric bases.

This plaid dress has many different types of stretch fabric:

  • skirt plaid – scuba knit
  • top plaid – brushed poly
  • red and black – ponte, though different weights and stretch
  • black skirt lining – athletic mesh

So yeah.  The seams didn’t exactly match up as well as I am used to with this pattern maker.  As no one else mentioned the issues I had (which really weren’t many), I can attribute it to the different stretches and weights of fabric I used.

The instructions worked well for attaching everything together.  It is a really cute look!  Make sure to mark the armbands from the pattern, so they all match up at the same spot.  There are reasons for pattern markings.

Then there was the big decision of gold or silver grommets.

I ended up going with gold, and made a cording out of red knit jersey fabric.  Now that I have a tube turner that works, I love using it!  I did not have the correct size grommet setter, though.  I ruined the first waistband, and had to cut another off grain with the remnants of the black I had left.

As for the cording, in the instructions she has you put the cording in at the end.  I knew it would be a huge pain to get it through the holes (though I think I do have a bodkin…somewhere).  I added the cording before sewing the waistband to the skirt, so it was already sandwiched in there.   I just had to make sure it wasn’t near the seam when I was serging it together.

Inside of the dress:

This was the second dress I made.  These dresses are good to use up smaller cuts of fabric you may have laying around.  I had used both of these for clothes for myself, and used up much of the rest of it for this dress.


  • Flowers – This is a stretch woven that has a nice satin sheen on it.
  • Matte Grey – This is a performance knit
  • Shiny Grey (skirt lining) – An athletic mesh
  • Navy – Rib knit

They worked pretty well together.  I had to piece the back, since I didn’t have enough to cut two skirts on the fold.  When sewing together two fabrics with different stretches, always put the one with the lower stretch on top or else the stitching goes off.  This dress is sewed a lot on the sewing machine, so that is pretty important.

The design on the top part of the dress is two layered vinyl designs in green and a holographic silver.  I purchased the vinyl from Espressions Vinyl.  The designs are my own.

The only issue I really have, design wise is the open pocket on the skirt.  I think on the smaller sizes it works pretty well, but on the larger sizes, you end up having a huge open pocket for the skirt.  It is the entire skirt front.  I mean it works great if you are collecting seashells, picking apples or harvesting veggies, but otherwise…seems a bit excessive.  I understand why she designed it like this – for a cleaner look on the front and no pocket lines showing through.  I just think that what works for littler ones, doesn’t necessarily work the best for someone over 5 ft tall.

So just an  FYI on that.  Overall, seriously cute little summer dress.

When I took the first plaid dress to the Girl to get fit pictures, she was in the process of giving me the tween eyeroll for disturbing her.  She took one look at the dress and deadpanned.

“You like it don’t you??”


There was much looking in the mirror when she tried it on.

A winner!

Details on the pattern release:

– sale will run from Saturday 00.00 to Monday 00.00 CET (6pm. est)
– Sale price is €5 exl tax (€6,05 incl. eu tax)
– Links:
EN pattern-…/mantica-tunic-and-dress-pdf-en/

NL patroon-…/mantica-tuniek-en-jurk-pdf-nl/












Cute little swimsuit

I purchased this galaxy swim fabric last summer from Zenith & Quasar (no longer available) with good intentions to make my daughter a swimsuit with it.  I didn’t end up getting to it, so I wanted to make sure I got one made in time.

She said she is over two pieces where she is showing her belly.  I guess she thinks it is too big??  I always thought that way growing up, so I get it.  I told her she is not fat (like, really??  I have to tell her that???), but I made her a design of her choosing so she is comfortable.

I showed her several suits on Pinterest and she chose a design that had flounces in the middle.  I drafted up this design with the halter and split the front and back pieces to be able to insert the flounces (which were cut in a continuous circle).  The flounce fabric is a sample that is not available to purchase yet.  I will blog about it if it gets stocked.  It was cute for this!

It is fully lined so the seams are all covered.

The bottoms are fully lined, too, and have elastic at the legs.

This is a good suit, since all 6th graders have a waterpark outing at some point before school is out.

This will have good coverage. 😉



Sylva top and tunic

Another test for Sofilantjes patterns!  I like her style of clothes for kids, since they are on trend and comfy.  I still have a few more sizes she can wear in these before she graduates out of them.  They go up to a size 14, and right now she is a 10W and 13L.

Sylva Top and Tunic by Sofilantjes


I tested the short-sleeved tunic with the v-neck on the front and back.  This is an interesting design feature.  When I get some more time, I have plans to make the top out of some fun fabric that I have waiting.

There are also options for a piece long sleeve, a placket front and a hood.  It is a pretty versatile pattern!

This is the 10W and 13L.  She was in between sizes for length, so I went with the longer side.  She is growing.  She’s actually wearing my size 8 shoes now, so poor thing is going to have some big feet if she doesn’t stop soon!

This is about the last of this fabric.  I made her a dress out of it a few years ago.

Okay, several years ago…

I modified it, so it fit her longer, but she still doesn’t wear dresses much at all.  Tunics are her thing these days.

This color is so pretty on her, too.

We took these out in our lovely brown backyard.  It was a dismal year for snow, so we are crossing our fingers for an early spring!

Sale details:
– sale will run from Friday 00.00 to Sunday 00.00 CET (6pm. est)
– Sale price is €5 exl tax (€6,05 incl. eu tax)

One last picture of someone overacting for the camera. 😉  I had made her SO MUCH clothes in the last few weeks that she was losing patience with getting pictures.  First world problems for this kid…geez!

I am going to start on summer sewing for her now.  She has PLENTY of winter stuff to wear at this point, and she mostly needs bottoms.

My main plan is summer skorts, since she seems to like the ones I made her in the past.  I will probably use the base from the volleyball shorts I made for her.  I sewed up 4 new pairs for her before the season started.  Love being able to sew them up for much cheaper than I could buy them (they go for $20-$35 each)!










Pretty coral

I was sent a few fabric samples to sew up for Zenith & Quasar fabrics, and this is one of the prints I chose.  It is called Watercolor Coral, and it is printed on a heavy brushed poly base.  It feels soooo nice!  I don’t know what she will end up ordering but both bases I worked with were great.  This base worked really well for leggings.

Plus, they are soooo soft!

I made the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans leggings, but put a more shaped waistline on it.  I think these stay up better on leggings with this waist piece.

The top is one that I drafted.  The pieces are very curved, but I love the look across the front and back.

I also topstitch the seams on these pieces so they lay flat.  The iron is your friend.

The shirt saying I really like, and she helped choose it.  I had a hard time finding the source for it, though.  Unfortunately, the teal color I used is metallic, so it doesn’t show very well.

I drew the wave in Photoshop, and put the file above in the Google Drive folder of my files.  See the sidebar for the link.

I’m pretty happy with how this outfit turned out, and so is she!

If you are interested in the fabric, you can buy it through the pre-order here:

Zenith & Quasar Watercolor Coral