Monday, September 1, 2014

I'm GoingTo Be A Grandma!!!

18 Weeks

15 Weeks
Yes, my daughter that just had her wedding about 2 years ago is pregnant. We are all so excited! Here are a couple of photos of her progression. Lower photo is 15 weeks along and the one just above that is 18 weeks. I can't wait to meet this new little one!

Sunday, August 10, 2014



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

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

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)

22. Crop Tank Top by Sew In Love all sizes (English)
This uses a draft your own pattern instructions. Sign up for newsletter for pattern.

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)

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)

37. A-line Tank Top by Flekka Size 38 only (English)

38. Basic Tank by Elna (French)

39. Sunshine Summer Tank Top size 38-44 (German)

40. Lady Topas size XS-XXL(German) Click on photo for download

41. Double Layer Top for Women sizes 32-58. (German) by Ki-Ba-Doo

42. I love Summer Tank size S - XXL (German) by Le-Kimi

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Maternity Sewing Pattern List

This list of Maternity patterns will be expanded as I find them. They are a combination of "for sell" and "free". 

1. BLOUSE 16H(French)

3. TUNIC MIDI (French)

4.DUO 13H(French)

5.BLOUSE 22H(French)

6. Ruched Maternity Tee (English) by Megan Nielsen

7. Wrapped Maternity Top (English) by Megan Nielsen

8. Basic Blouse (Polish) by papavero (FREE)

9. Maternity Top Jenna (English) by Loulou James

10. Maternity top Celia (English) by Loulou James

11. Maternity top Isabelle (English) by Loulou James

12. Mandy Maternity Top (English) by Style Arc

13. Peasant Maternity Top Small only (English) by Make Baby Stuff


1. 9 SKIRT (French)

2. Ruched Maternity Skirt (English) by Megan Nielsen

3. Maternity Pencil Skirt Meg (English) by Loulou James

4. Maternity A-line Skirt Emily (English) by Loulou James

5. Maternity Pull on skirt Olivia (English) by Loulou James

6. Maternity Skirt Ava Folded Waist (English) by Loulou James


1. Andy Maternity Pant (English) by Style Arc

1. DUO 13H (French)

2. DRESS 14H(French)


4.Dress pattern (Polish) by papavero (FREE)

5. Maternity Puzzle Dress 1 (Polish) by papavero (FREE)

6. Maternity Dress Jenna (English) by Loulou James

7. Maternity Dress Naida (English) by Loulou James


1.7:00 COAT (French)

2.JACKET 11AM (French)

3. Maternity Cardigan Gemma (English) by Loulou James


1. Maternity Survival Pack (English) By Megan Nielson

2. Maternity Band Bridget (English) by Loulou James (FREE)

3. Maternity Bandeau (English) by Style Arc

4. Maternity Set & Free Gift (English) by Style Arc

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!