New Project!

This week, I will be scouting for fabric to make a new dress!  This will be my first attempt to make a dress for myself free-hand, and I am modeling it after Lily’s dress in this scene of “How I Met Your Mother.”  I imagine it won’t be too difficult–and here’s hoping I can find some fabric at the thrift store!  This time around, I’m going to try to only purchase elastic new, and the rest I am going to try to upcycle from other clothing!  This will be an exciting adventure for me, and I will continue to post whatever updates I can.

Stay tuned!


Thur-Fri Project

Ok!  I have successfully branched out!  Yesterday I followed this tutorial for an adorable pillowcase dress for my cousin’s baby!  Then, I followed this tutorial for a super cute fabric flower for the headband!

Here come the pictures!

My fabric.

I think I have pinned one pleat, but I didn't have it quite right at first, so I had to correct it.

The dress right side out, with pleats pinned in place. I also had the armholes finished at this point.

I then pinned on my homemade bias tape (I made my bias tape out of scraps from the pillowcase).

Pause to nurse Z, and take a picture of my tremendous messiness. Seriously. I'm like a toddler.

The back of the dress, nearly finished...just need to find a button...

The front of the dress is done.

I stole this button from a jacket that I haven't worn in years...considering reworking it into a sport coat for my 1 1/2 year old nephew...

The finished full back.

The headband. Find tutorial link for the flower above.

Close-up of the flower. So easy, so fun!

Okay.  I have to go get my baby who is waking up from her nap.

Someday I will post photos of my sunshine skirt…

Happy crafting!


I know.  I couldn’t keep up with any of my other blogs before, so why do I think I can keep up with one now?

Because it’s about one thing: sewing.  And while that one word can encompass an endless list of ideas, it will limit me to a focal point, a central theme.

Here, I will be blogging about my sewing attempts, both failed and successful, which means that you could find out about my recent go at dyeing 2 yards of fabric (I was definitely in over my head!) or an idea that’s been rolling around in my head that I finally decided to try.

In addition to that, you will find the occasional ramblings about my family and home life.

I’m a newbie at sewing, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, recommendations, feel free to let me know!  I will gladly accept them.  (:


For now, though, it is bedtime…as soon as my newly dyed fabric is done drying.

New and Blue!

Ouch!  Who knew that fabric dye could sting your hands?  I am dyeing my boring white cotton shirting into a nice bright teal for a circle skirt and plunged my rubber-gloved-hands a little too far into the hot water; and I’m not sure if it was the hot water or the dye, but my blue-stained hands are stinging a bit, even after washing thoroughly.  Maybe it’s the load of salt that I dumped in the dye bath………hmmm……..

At any rate, I am very excited to see the end result of my fabric!  I already have a wonderful plum purple for another skirt, and the elastic and dark brown RIT dye that I will be using for the waistbands.  California, here we come!


…in August.

Hey, at least I’ll be prepared, right?

After I figure out how, I’ll post some pictures of the dyeing and sewing process, and of course, a photo of my in my new (hopefully) lovely (hopefully) skirt, twirling.  At this point, I am even considering leaving the waistband white…

See you soon!  I’m off to figure out how to work this crazy site!