Kindle Cover Tutorial: Updated!

One of the most popular tutorials I have ever published here on the blog is my Kindle Cover Tutorial.  I’m back today with an update to the measurements and construction of that cover!

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: 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: 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: 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!

4th of July Flashback

A week before the Fourth, my kids were all looking for their Stars and Stripes outfits.  Our neighborhood hosts a kids’ parade–complete with bike/wagon decorating competition and bake-off–and they wanted to be appropriately dressed.  This year, I didn’t need to do any sewing, because everything we needed was already in the closet.

Handmade Teacher Gift Round-Up

Alright, team players!  A bunch of you had some really great suggestions for end-of-year gifts for teachers, and I loved what you had to share.  I loved that some of you are teachers or are married to teachers, and you totally get where I’m coming from on the cookie plate thing–and I loved that you […]

Vintage Barbie Clothes Made by Someone Else’s Grandma

Two years ago, I went on a mission at Christmas: a vintage Barbie holiday for our 7-year-old. I was especially focused on the carrying cases, honestly.

Back to School Wardrobe: Inventory Results, and Analyzing WHEN to Sew & When to Buy

So, OK, this took waaaay longer than I expected.  Partly because–duh–I realized that you can’t really do a complete inventory without first doing the LAUNDRY so you know that you’ve really counted everything.  Fortunately, I didn’t wait to start the inventory until after the laundry was done (because WILL IT EVER, EVER BE DONE????); I […]

Skirting the Issue: Sewing for Foster Girls this Saturday at Whipstitch!

Foster children are a topic near to my heart, not least of which because Atlanta has a deep dark secret: the city of Atlanta is the #1 location for child trafficking in the United States.  Number ONE.  It is heart-wrenching and horrifying, and an issue of such far-reaching implications for the children involved (and for […]

Nesting Birds for the Little Girls

I went to a baby shower recently, and as is my apparent habit, liked the gift I gave so much that I came back home and made another for our house!  This was a sweet little bird arrangement that was originally designed as a mobile, but I think it has so much more versatility on […]

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 […]

Introducing the Pinafore!

I am delighted to introduce you to my newest Whipstitch sewing pattern: the Pinafore! It’s a super cute, very classic and clean shape for little girls, perfect for any season, all year long. In sizes 12m to 6T, it grows with her as she grows, and looks fan-tas-tic in any fabric–plus, what a great way […]

Celebrate the Boy: Fabric Giveaway with Made by Rae!

I have made it part of my mission to stock lots and lots of very cool boy fabrics–at least, I have ever since I had a boy.  I am pretty open about the fact that prior to the birth of our son, I thought I knew what boys were all about, but basically the day […]