Friday, July 18, 2014



1. Ladies tank top sewing pattern XS - XXL  (German)

2. Polly Tank Top By Hand London sizes 2-20  (English)

3. Easy CrossBack Tank Top by Melly Sews size small only (English)

4. Simple Simon Tank Top size small only (English)

5. Basic Yoke Tank Top by Nap-Time Creations size XS/S only (English)

6. Summer Breeze Tank by Melly Sews Size 32 bust only (English)

7. Go Fly a Kite Tank Top by Nap-Time Creations size small only (English)

8. Flutter-by Tank Top pattern by HotPatterns sizes 6-26 (English)

9. Sorbetto Tank Top Pattern by Colette Patterns sizes 0-18 (English)

10. So Zo What do you know? tank top pattern sizes 8-16 (English)

11. TL Tank Stop Top by Thunderlily size 16 only (English)

12. Asymmetrical Tank Top pattern by Sew In Love size 6/8 only (English)

13.  Top-toberfest  Easy as pie tank top by Leafy Treetop Spot size 4/6 only (English)

14. Yellow Tail Camisole tank by Seamster Patterns size 30" - 47" bust (English) It is a pay what you want pattern for donation, so if you want it free put $0 in the "Name your price" area and if you are able to donate then please put that in the blank.

15. Ella S. crop top tank pattern by sew be it studio size XS - M (English)

16. All Wrapped Up wrap tank top pattern by HotPatterns sizes 6-26 (English)

17. Cupid Cami by HotPatterns sizes 6-26 (English)

18.Serged Tank Top pattern by We All Sew sizes S-L (English)

19. Summer Drape Tank Top Pattern by So Sew Easy size one size fits most (English)

20. SewLoft Diana Cami/tank sizes 0-18 (English)

21. Keyhole Tank top pattern by GabyCat sizes 6-8-10-12 only (English)

22. Crop Tank Top by Sew In Love all sizes (English)
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23. Tricia Dress or shorten for Top by On the Cutting Floor sizes 4-22 (English)

24. Side Seam Tank by Burdastyle sizes 34-44 (English)

25. Summer Tank 5/2013 by Burdastyle sizes 34-44 (English)

26. Gathered Tank Top by Burdastyle sizes 34-44 (English)

27. Bambi Cami by Burdastyle sizes 34-44 (English)

28. Mila Dress shorten for top sizes 34-46 (English)

29. Ultimate Tank Top by Unique Patterns size 34-44 (English) 
This is graphed patterns that need to be enlarged.

30. Ms. Eliza Bennet Tank Shirt Pattern by Meanie Green size 33/35 bust (English)

31. From sloper to A-Line Tank by Zrinka size 38 only (English)

32. From Sloper to A-line Tank #2 by Zrinka size 38 only (English)

33. Tank pattern for Knits by tmngkobo size 36-42 (Japanese & English)

34. Flip Tunic by Supermix size M 8/10 only (English)

35. Cowl Neck Tank Top by Nicole at Home sizes S-L (English)

36. Button Down Peplum Tank by Made with Hugs and Kisses size 12 only (English)

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Offended? Say hello to your ego. First, let’s break down what an offense is. It is your ego’s response to what someone else said. When you are offended, you are in an ego-driven state, which is, ultimately, disempowering and a victim mentality. More than likely you are looking outside for validation, are overly concerned with the image you are portraying, tend to blame others, and are never satisfied. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks. In YOUR life, what matters is what YOU think. As long as you think you are worthy and amazing, you don’t need to be offended. It is a waste of your precious time and energy and gives the offender control over you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kitchen Remodel

As you can see we are almost completely done with our kitchen remodel other than a few finishing touches. We had the cabinets made using our own design.We ordered the copper drawer pulls and cabinet knobs were all from  The copper lampshade hanging over the eating bar were found by my daughter in an old shack on some friends farm and they just gave them to us. My husband did the electrical on them. The countertops are a suede finish granite. The farmers sink and faucet set we bought on

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sewing Machine Shaming!!!

I've had to use pliers to change the needle for a while and sometimes the needle drops into the lower part of the machine to be lost forever.
 I guess it's getting picky in it's old age!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight Jacket


The design of this jacket is extremely useful to throw on to go to the gym as well as wearing with a pair of jeans for a casual fashionable look. Its front pockets are perfect for stashing your keys or phone, while the front zipper allows you to zip up against any possible chills.

Pattern went together easily and quickly. Extremely straight forward, no nonsense instruction that a beginner with some general sewing knowledge could tackle. Zipper insertion usually scares beginners but the separating zipper is easily attached and a great zipper to learn zipper technique. Pattern is the Stand Up Eight Jacket by Mind, Body & Sew.

Fabric was bought from Nancy's Notions and is now sold out. It's called ONYX SYMPHONY JACQUARD KNIT FABRIC 
Textured jacquard double knit with raised dimensional designs
Coloration: black
Pattern: abstract arrows
Stretch: 25%
50" wide
94% acetate/6% Lycra double knit
26” Black Activewear Separating Zipper

Model is my daughter Hannah
Photos by Me

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pillowcase TOP Cutting Chart For Girls

There is plenty of information online for making a pillowcase dress but what about a top. You would think it would be easy to find but I couldn't locate anything, so I set out to figure out how to  do the length for a pillowcase top in sizes 3-14 girls.  You can download the pdf chart HERE

Saturday, November 23, 2013


I had the privilege to test another pattern, the Madelaine Shirt by the designer Parnuuna of sewing patterns. You may remember the bright pink Lucinda skirt that I tested earlier this year. (View here: Pink Happy Thoughts Lucinda Skirt)

The new design is the Madelaine raglan sleeve shirt with beautiful lace on the lower sleeves that is extra long so it can be scrunched around the wrist. The shirt features a tantalizing applique of your choice of Ravens (I reduced my Raven by 25%) and body and upper sleeves of the shirt is made from jersey or knit fabric. (Pattern link at bottom)

Fabrics used :
*Black knit jersey from
*Black knit lace from
*Stripe knit jersey for raven from

 *I used the size 40 for my model.
 *Available in a large range of  Sizes: 34 – 50 (European sizes)
 *Found sizing for my model to be true to measurements given.

Digital Pattern Details: 3 PDFs:
 *A 18 pages Pattern + 1 test page – ready to cut out when assembled.
 *A 31 pages step-by-step picture tutorial to guide you through the whole       process.
  *An 8 pages printable description

The Madelaine t-shirt design is appealing by 16-year-olds in vintage high-tops, to the 20somethings or even the more mature group who wish to look fashion forward. If you're looking for a T-shirt alternative, this knits-only pattern is a fantastic option. It comes in a large range of sizes (34 – 50 European sizes) to suit many figure types. It can be worn with jeans or the complimentary Madelaine skirt, also available at for free. (pattern link at bottom)

       This pattern features many options such as having two different Raven applique’s to choose from or no applique at all. The separate sleeve pieces could be pieced together to make the sleeve in one fabric instead of the lace and fabric combination. The pointed hem can be changed to a round or straight hemline based on your preference.

     The instructions are very detailed with photos for every step. Trust me there is no guess work with these instructions! Any beginner that is comfortable sewing with knits would be at ease on this pattern. It's easy, fast and you get such a fabulous and professional looking result.

The big pattern companies could take some tips from BeMyGoth designer!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Nap Time Blanket and Pillow For Kindergarten

Here is another' long ago creations' that I made for my little boy when he started kindergarten. He is now in the Air Force and is greatly missed at home. This is a little blanket made from all cotton fabric with a race car print mixed with solids red and blue. I made a matching little pillow from the race car cotton. When I made this for my son, I had hoped he would remember that mommy made it for him and that I was kind of there with him during nap time. He always loved taking this to school and then it became his travel blanket over the years till one day I caught him wrapping it around his regular pillow on his bed  when he was just 13. That's my boy!!! haha It's now put away in a safe place so that one day when he is ready for it again, I can give it back to him good as new. Enjoy the project but enjoy who you're making it for more!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nathan's Toddler Bed Sailboat Quilt

This little quilt was made for my son years ago when he moved into his toddler bed. I used a nautical themed cotton fabric and 12" square sailboat blocks. There is a rope trim around the edges. I had also made window valances that matched the nautical fabric, but do not have a photo of the room. The quilt block pattern is from a Georgia Bonesteel quilting book from the 1980's. All cotton quilting fabric was used with cotton quilt batting. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Upcycling A Fur Coat into a Hat

Faux Fur Hat Made From Fur Coat
Upcycling A Fur Coat into a Hat

I always love going to costume party's. Last weekend I attended a party that required us to dress up as a character from the old Pink Panther movies. I chose the character Olga, the Russian Spy. She was wearing a long fur coat and fur hat in the movie. Well, first problem, I didn't own a fur coat or hat, so I headed to our local Goodwill and found two fur coats that were the same. One to wear as is and the other to make into a matching hat. (note: not real fur). I used this tutorial by Love To Sew:  Here are photos of the before and after:
Faux Fur Russian Style Hat made for party.
Faux Fur Russian Style Hat made for party.

Coat before the Hack
At the party as Olga the Russian spy
Olga (The Russian Spy

Olga The Russuan Spy
Inspector Clueseau with Olga Russian Spy
2nd coat hacked!