Secret Sewist

Back before I understood the importance of making muslins, which wasn't that long ago - try May 2018, I attempted to make Love Notions Sonata. I bought the pattern when it first came out. I loved the neckline, and it was for ANY kind of woven fabrics. The bodice fit so well on everyone who... Continue Reading →

Birthday Dress 4.0

I have two birthday traditions for my daughter. I make her a birthday dress and take a picture of her with her bedhead and a balloon the morning of. You can see my previous birthday dresses here. As she gets older, she has gotten to provide more input on her dress. This year, I started... Continue Reading →

Phoenix Rises in June

Two posts in one week? 😱 What's gotten in to me? Today I am sharing my Phoenix Blouse dress by Hey June Handmade patterns. I first came to know about Hey June via Instagram when everyone was sharing their Phoenix Blouse. And when Loni, from Having Sew Much Fun, announced that she was looking for... Continue Reading →

The Dress That Almost Wasn’t

I had months to prepare for husband's friend's wedding, no excuses to wait until the last week and a half to start working on the dress I wanted to wear. But that is EXACTLY what happened. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I didn't even start deciding fabric options until 14 days before the wedding day. My procrastination definitely got... Continue Reading →

Margot and Maggie Dress Hack

The Love Notions Margot peplum is one of the shirts I made first for my self. Before that, I didn't think even think peplums would work for me. But I wear the two, I made last year, constantly. Proving again, that it's all about the fit. Tammy re-released the Margot today using her new pattern... Continue Reading →

Lyric Shirt Dress

Shirt dresses are such a fun way of being dressed up without being uncomfortable. Pair it with no collar and v-neck casual look and you can go from meeting room to dinner date without much change. So when Tami from Love Notions announced testing for the Lyric Dress, I was in! Without ANY regard to... Continue Reading →

Mini Me Salwar Kurta

I love wearing salwar kurtas. They are so comfortable and feminine. I feel dressed up while being extremely comfortable. My daughter, one day, seeing me wear one said she wanted one too. I finally made her one using an old one I had that didn't fit me anymore. Upcycling for the win! I loosely based... Continue Reading →

Cartwheel Collection – Pattern Review

I joined the Love Notions Brand Ambassador team a few weeks ago and today is the first Feature Friday sale that I could take part in. This week, the Cartwheel Collection is on sale for $5 and it is such a great deal! Update: Sale is running through Saturday. Pattern Description: This pattern has SIX... Continue Reading →

Memory Quilts

In Spring of 2017, I was starting to work up the courage to start my business. My friend, and neighbor at the time, trusted me and became one of my first clients. She had a box of onesies and shirts from her two kids when they were babies and toddlers. There were memories in these... Continue Reading →

2018 Year in Review

Happy new year! I had so much fun over the holidays and I wish you the best in the new year. The past year saw a growth in the sheer amount of sewing I did. I made 46 items vs 27 in 2017! I can say I am growing more confident in my sewing, which... Continue Reading →

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