Supertote Backpack with Leather Handles

Supertote Backpack with Leather Handles

I have never made a bag I liked nearly as much as this bag.  It is possible I have never OWNED a bag I like nearly as much as this bag–and I am deeply emotionally attached to my yellow full-grain pebbled leather Ralph Lauren satchel with brass hardware, so that’s saying something.  This is the […]

Family Halloween Costume 2015

Family Halloween Costume 2015

We’ve done a family Halloween costume for the past four years.  We did Scooby Doo, Sound of Music, and Harry Potter.  This year, we did a little more steering than previously, where the kids had a heavy hand in picking the costumes–this year, we convinced them to join us in Back to the Future costumes.

Corduroy Côte d’Azur Tote

Corduroy Côte d’Azur Tote

I said I was going to make it, and I did.  And I LURVE it.

Tutorial for a Lined Bodice on Sew, Mama, Sew!

Tutorial for a Lined Bodice on Sew, Mama, Sew!

Today over on Sew, Mama, Sew I’m sharing a tutorial for making the Flip Flop Dress with a variation in the waistline seam.  When I was manufacturing children’s clothing for a local design boutique, I made my garments in bulk–which required me to dip into the toolkit manufacturers use to reduce both fabric bulk and […]

Friday Fiver: The Flip Flop Dress is Just $5 Today Only!

Friday Fiver: The Flip Flop Dress is Just $5 Today Only!

Today only!  I am tickled to be featured on Crafterhours as today’s FRIDAY FIVER featured pattern with the Flip Flop Dress!

Cote dAzur Tote by Whipstitch

The Côte d’Azur Tote is Here! For Labor Day & All Autumn Long.

Introducing: The perfect large tote for summer, fall, and all your on-the-go and around-town needs!  The Côte d’Azur Tote is now available in my shop–and you can totally sew it up in time for the Labor Day weekend (and the autumn days ahead).  

Flip Flop Dress Coloring Pages: Free Download!

Flip Flop Dress Coloring Pages: Free Download!

Who loves to color?  YOU love to color! The Flip Flop Dress is a fun pattern in part because it gives you so many options: buttons on the front or back, sleeves or no sleeves, lined or unlined…  You get to plan and choose!  These sweet coloring pages give you the chance to play to […]

Making the Flip Flop Dress with an Unlined Bodice

Making the Flip Flop Dress with an Unlined Bodice

The Flip Flop Dress is a classic girl’s dress with a fully lined bodice.  One of the features I love about this dress is that all the interior seams are completely enclosed: the shoulder seams, armhole seams, side seams and even waistline seam are all tucked inside the bodice lining, so that only the skirt […]

flip flop both views line drawing

The Flip Flop Dress Pattern NOW AVAILABLE!

It’s here, it’s here!!  The Flip Flop Dress pattern is available for purchase and download NOW in my shop! Huge thanks to all of you who have been so patient and have been anticipating the release of this dress.  I think it’s a DREAM for back-to-school, and am delighted to have it ready and available […]

The Flip Flop Dress: optional cuffed sleeve

The Flip Flop Dress: Variations

In addition to the core Flip Flop Dress pattern, I’m also sharing some of the variations for the dress!  Initially, ALL of these pieces and techniques were included in the full pattern, but my testers reported back to me that it made the pattern bulky and unwieldy to work with.  I envisioned it as a […]

the flip flop dress with square neckline

The Flip Flop Dress: The Basic Pattern

The Flip Flop Dress features a lined bodice that can button front OR button back, with either a rounded or a square neckline, and a full gathered dirndl skirt.  The bodice hits about an inch above the natural waist, and the skirt falls just below the knee.  There is an optional lined cap sleeve, and an […]

The Flip Flop Dress: optional unlined bodice with rounded neckline

The Flip Flop Dress: What Makes It Special

The Flip Flop Dress pattern started out, years ago, as a style my mother manufactured when she made children’s clothing for her cottage company back in the late 80s and early 90s, back before people had cottage companies.  It is a simple, classic, adaptable pattern for girls sizes 2T-6.

At Last! Pre-Release: The Flip Flop Dress

At Last! Pre-Release: The Flip Flop Dress

I’ll be going on and on about this pattern for a few days, just be warned.  I’ve made about a zillion of them, and my daughter wears them all. the. time.  So I’ve got photos to share and lots to say–because I love the pattern, and I know you will, too!

lavender flowers

Relaxing Herbal Pillow Fill: 10 Recipes

When I planned my prayer and meditation cushions, I knew I wanted to use buckwheat hulls for the filling.  I’d used hulls previously for pin cushions, and I loved the weight of them, and the way they create a really stable base.  I’d also read about sleeping with a buckwheat hull pillow, and thought the […]

Prayer and Meditation Pillow Sewing Pattern by Whipstitch

Prayer & Meditation Cushion Pattern

Introducing a new super fast and useful sewing pattern: the Prayer & Meditation Cushion! Whether you currently have a spiritual practice of any kind, there has been a ton published in the media recently about how meditation is becoming widely used by successful professionals to allow them to balance their work with their personal lives. […]