A Silk Voile Evening Gown [Butterick 5987]

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Hello friends! Yay! I have an evening gown to show you!!!   I don't know about you, but any social occasion that gives me the opportunity to dress up is top in my books!  Formal wear is actually my favorite type of garment to make and thankfully I had a formal wedding to attend! The pattern I used was Butterick 5987, an evening gown pattern that I picked up last year (Holiday 2013 collection I believe).  I didn't have any events pending at that time, but I'm a pattern hoarder … [Continue reading...]

A Floral Silk Charmeuse Dress [Burda 7907]

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Hello, friends!   How do you like my new dress?  This is honestly one of the most sumptuous fabrics that I've ever had in my sewing room.  It's a stretch silk charmeuse panel print by Catherine Malandrino. This was one of my impulse buys from Fabric Mart that when I saw the fabric, I just had to have it, with no real idea of what I would make with it.  This is a panel print, but thankfully, the panels are not separated by lines or frames or anything -- they blend into each other. … [Continue reading...]

The Dracula Dress [Butterick 5982]

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  Hello friends! Just in time for Halloween is my new Dracula dress! I am a huge classic film buff, with my favorites being from the 20’s and 30’s.  I’ve always especially loved classic horror flicks and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula is the epitome of awesome to me.  The only classic horror “villain” I love more […]

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BurdaStyle Plus Size Blog Tour: A Rayon Challis Tunic Dress

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Hey there, friends! I’m the next stop on the BurdaStyle Plus Size Blog Tour!   This dress is truly a different style for me.  It has kind of a 1970’s vibe and felt a bit strange to put on as I’m not used to a loose-fitting garment.  I thought it would be good for me to […]

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A Nautical Moneta

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Hello there, friends! Yep! It’s another Moneta!  My favorite knit dress pattern!  I certainly can’t get enough of this pattern as this is the 5th Moneta I’ve made for myself.  It’s basically my go-to pattern for a quick, comfy dress. This one went together pretty quickly as I’ve made this pattern several times now.  The […]

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A Black Eyelet Odette

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Hello there, friends! I’m so happy to finally share this dress with you!   This is the Odette dress from BlueGingerDoll patterns.  I tested this pattern back in July and it’s been hanging in my closet ever since! As I was testing this pattern and it was in it’s beginning stages, this was not the […]

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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 […]

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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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