The Next Stop on the Blog Hop

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Hey there, friends! There's something a little different today as I'm participating on the Blog Hop Around the World!   The lovely Vickie from Horsemark Cards invited me to be a part of this blog hop, which travels around to different creative blogs and lets us share a bit about ourselves before hopping over to some of our other blogging friends.  Vickie creates some of the most creative and fabulous handmade cards that I have ever seen, so you should most definitely take a look at … [Continue reading...]

Unselfish Sewing: A Birthday Moneta


Yes, I actually sometimes sew for other people! This is my mother-in-law Alana's birthday dress!  She's standing here in front of just a few of her fantastic fashion dolls.  She is a renowned doll fashion designer and makes beautiful couture doll fashions for dolls like Barbie, Tonner, Gene, Franklin Mint, etc.  If you're a doll collector (or a "Gone with the Wind" or Princess Diana fan) check out her website -- Doll Fashions by Alana. Yep, this is another Colette Moneta!  My hands-down … [Continue reading...]

Game Day Glam: A “Feminine-ized” Jersey and Matching Circle Skirt

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Hello friends!  I’m coming to you live from the game! Well….not really….. this was a few days ago. At the Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium’s inaugural game. Me? I’m a die hard Bears fan and have been since 1986.  I was a kid watching the Super Bowl and being mesmerized by the […]

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{review} Plus-Size Pattern Fitting and Design with Barbara Deckert

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Disclaimer:  I am a Craftsy affiliate and I received this class for no cost.  This is my honest review. I recently had the opportunity to take a Craftsy class and after perusing through the titles and reading about classes that interested me, I decided to take Barbara Deckert’s Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design.  This was […]

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An Anna Sui Peasant Dress

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Hello there, friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?   Before I tell you all about my latest creation, I’ll show you a sneak peek at what has been occupying a lot of my sewing time. This is embroidery on a 1950’s “Mexican-ish” peasant dress.  I have not done any embroidery for quite a while, […]

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{tutorial} Pattern Grading: Method Two – Shift Grading

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And now another way to grade your patterns! Disclaimer:  This is how I grade up patterns.  I am by no means an expert.  Take caution when grading up a pattern. Pattern Grading series Method One:  The Easy Way Ah, pattern grading.  Definitely not my favorite thing to do, but it’s sometimes a necessary evil.  This method […]

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The Doctor Who Dress


Well hello there, friends! Here’s a wee bit of geekery to start off the week.   This is my Doctor Who dress!  I love the idea of everyday fangirl dresses and made my own.  This one is the Colette Hazel pattern. I am honestly not too sure what I think about this pattern…. I have […]

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{tutorial} Pattern Grading: Method One – The Easy Way

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I’ve been asked many times  to do a tutorial on pattern grading, so here it is!   DISCLAIMER:  This is how I grade up most of my patterns.  I am by no means an expert.  Take caution when grading up a pattern. Pattern Grading series Method Two:  Shift Grading When I first started using sewing […]

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