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!

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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 […]

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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

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!

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Back to School Wardrobes: Inventory

So, I bought all the kids new shoes and it made me feel pretty confident about starting off the school year with all the boxes checked and all their clothing organized.  Which led me to think/realize that their drawers are filled to overflowing with garments, but that I don’t know (1) which ones fit, (2) […]

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Boys Pattern and Fabric Pairs: Making Selections

I’ve got a round-up today of patterns that are great for sewing boys’ clothing, along with some suggestions for what fabrics you might already have lying around that would sew up great!  Check it out over at Cook, Clean, Craft–and thanks to Narelle for inviting me to play along!  

Sewing Buddy Challenge #1

Earlier this year, I matched up hundreds of happy folk with one another as Sewing Buddies, and then challenged them to complete a sewing project that would take BOTH of them to win!  Today was meant to be the deadline to submit photos to Flickr for the project, but I have EXTENDED the deadline through […]

Lost and Found Hand-Me-Down

We’ve lived in this new house for about five months now, and are still finding boxes to unpack.  My husband and I were superstars a couple weekends ago and completely cleaned out and organized the things that were more-or-less dumped in the garage when we moved in (and had sat there ever since).  Naturally, that […]

Brother and Sister Outfits for Easter (and Beyond)

  As fantastic as our Easter holiday was this year, our Easter photos didn’t turn out as fabulously as I had hoped. This was the best of the bunch, after the maximum editing I could muster: You’ll notice that I went all 1970s on my children this year: everyone has matching outfits. Hee-haw. All of […]

Sewing for Kids Weekend with Rae and Karen: Friday and Saturday!

Just a few short hours left until we launch the Sewing for Kids Weekend at Whipstitch!!  Rae of Made By Rae and Karen of Sewing for Boys are here for three big events this weekend, and we’d all really love to see you there! We’re all meeting for some crafty togetherness on Friday night from […]

Perfect (Retro) Jeans

I’m gearing up for the start of the Sewing Clothing for Kids e-course on Monday.  Add to that the desperate–and I mean, really DIRE–need my nearly-six-year-old has for pants right now, and I knew yesterday was Pants Day.  I had some lovely dark denim from the shop, so I opted to use the Perfect Pants […]

Sewing for Kids Weekend with Rae and Karen!

I am a loyal reader of Made By Rae, and bought a copy of Sewing for Boys the week it came out.  So I am genuinely and personally thrilled to announce that March 23 & 24 Whipstitch is hosting these fine ladies for a Sewing for Kids Weekend!  Whoo-hoo! I have read Rae’s blog for […]

Sewing Clothing for Kids e-course registration OPEN!

I’m already hearing lots of buzz and excitement about the Sewing Clothing for Kids e-course this spring, and I am delighted to announce that registration is now OPEN!  Woot! Psst!!  This class makes an EXCELLENT last-minute Valentine’s gift, so do feel free to forward the link to that certain someone who hasn’t yet made it […]