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Yikes, Stripes

Do you ever sit down to write a blog post (if you have a blog) and everything sounds horrible? Why would I start out with this? That’s not exciting or enough to capture someone’s attention. I’m having that moment right now. I’m going to keep typing and we’ll see if we find ourselves in the end.

I had leftover fabric (again) from another project I made. That other project was baby clothes. No, I’m not pregnant. (yuck!) The clothes were for a friend of mine. She’s a fellow cat lady and this is her second kiddo. It’s a girl and who wouldn’t like to make a mini sized dress? Mini stuff is so cool. Expect mini humans… yuck…

I guess we could talk about the baby clothes first. I mean, why not? I seem to be meandering through this post anyways. Let’s get sidetracked!

I found a few free patterns for baby stuff. I’m a little wary about free patterns because sometimes they are just a hot mess. I know nothing about babies so if it comes out the complete wrong size, I’m not going to know any better. Having said that, these patterns come from Brindille & Twig . I chose the Ringer Tee and the Bummies. Which I don’t like that name “bummies”. What does that even mean? I called them scootie pants. I’m not even sure if that’s any better… So my thought was to take the ringer tee and expand it to look more like a dress. Pretty much like making an a-line skirt.

The shirt was easy.  I extended and expanded like I planned. I even cut a little strip to add at the bottom for a ruffle.  Also, quick planning on my part. If this kid comes out a boy, that’s okay because we’ll just chop off the bottom.  None the wiser, ya know?

The scootie pants, I made as is. You need something to cover the diaper right? I don’t know… I just assume you wouldn’t want to see that. Wait I lied. I didn’t make them “as is” because there’s a little drawstring.  I didn’t add that. These are so small that I can’t imagine needing to strangle the baby’s mid-section with a drawstring.  I know I don’t like that tight, chubby feeling.  I’m sure it’s the same for babies.

Okay, now onto the real reason I was writing this post. I made a shirt for me. The fabric I bought for the baby stuff was so cute that I couldn’t pass up making myself something from it too. Let me tell you, that I really squeaked this one out. Btw, fabric came for Joann Fabrics and yes, I had a coupon.

The pattern is the Briar Tee from Megan Nielsen Patterns. The thing I do not like about this pattern is the super low scoop neck. I feel that it flops all over the place and it pisses me off. I bend over and lookie! There’s my bra. No, just no. Needless to say, I always change the neckline of this pattern when I use it.

I think I was still vibing off the baby ringer dress that I ended up making myself a ringer-tee too. I do love ringers though so it’s not super big surprise that’s where my brain went. I made the bands for the arms a little smaller than the width of the fabric and it gave it a little bit of poof. Not intended, but I’m not mad at it.

There really isn’t much more to say than KITTIES!!!

To finish off a post about kitties, here’s one of mine: Freckles aka Fluffy Tail.

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Sleeping Lion

I’ve been wanting to make this for quite some time. For some reason, I’m into making lounge/sleep wear. I’m all about comfort I guess. So what is it? A football jersey style sleep shirt.

Now if you know Penn State their jerseys are super basic. I searched Pinterest for other school sleep shirts. I found one I want to emulate so I drew up something and bought double-brushed poly from Fabric Wholesale Direct. SO FREAKING SOFT!

The most exciting thing I got to make for this was the logo. I’ve never done appliqué before so this was going to be an exciting challenge. I did a lot of investigating prior to heading to JoAnn’s. I bought my first little bit of interfacing for appliqué. This stuff is pretty easy to use. The interfacing has a paper backing making it perfect to draw on. I printed my design and then traced it. Stick it to the back of your fabric and bond it with your iron. Then cut it out carefully, peel off the paper and then bond it to your other fabric. Boom!

Of course, you can go a step further and stitch it down to make sure that it has lasting power. I started with a blanket stitch on my machine and that looked like crap! I switched over to a regular stick and that worked out so much better. The only problem is that the blanket stitches were so tiny that I couldn’t pull them out. If you look too closely you can see the bad stitches, but who’s really going to look close.

I added stripes to the sleeves. It was just a pin and sew kind of deal on top of the white sleeves. I thought about using the interfacing so they wouldn’t move when I was trying to stitch them down but there were no issues. Plus, I pinned the snot out of them.

The neckline had a change while I was making it. I started out with a crew style and it was way to tight. Then I switched over to v-neck style. I think I made the piece of fabric too short and it pulls a little but overall I’m still happy with it.

The last bit to do was to cut the bottom. I wanted to make it hit right above my knees and have a curve hem. I stuck it on Gert and she assisted me with figuring out where to snip. She really does make life easier!

And there you have it! Super soft, sleepy Lion power! I want a closet full of them. I want to wear this every minute of every day. SO SOFT!!!

Star Warrior

What happens when you “accidentally” buy too much fabric for a friends gift? You take the rest of that shit and make yourself an awesome dress of course! I bought this awesome grey and black knit Star Wars fabric from Jo Ann’s. If you didn’t look too closely no one even notices it’s Star Wars. It’s like secret nerd fabric.

I honestly thought I overbought enough for me to make a shirt, not an entire dress. My friend made me a super flattering dress last year so I wanted to model this dress after it. The dress bodice has princess seams and a deep front scoop. I knew I didn’t have enough for the full skirt so I was going to need a solution for that.

To copy the dress pieces from the original dress, I laid my new fabric over the dress. With chalk pen in hand, I found the seams with my fingers and made lines 1/4″ wider to create a seam allowance. I wasn’t too concerned about it being perfect since its knit, it’ll totally be forgiving. I did this process for the entire bodice. The sleeves I made from a random sleeve piece I pulled from another pattern. Again, since it’s knit, it didn’t have to be too exact.

I have a serious love for ringer tees. It’s those shirts that’s have banding on the neckline and sleeve hems that differ from the shirt itself. I wanted to make this just like that. The rib knit I had came from Jo Ann’s too. I cut strips 3″ wide so I could fold them in half and attach.

Moving down to the skirt I sat for the longest time trying to figure out how to get the most out of what I had left. I finally cut 4 trapezoid shapes. To add inseam pockets, I split the two side trapezoids in half. The pocket pattern I love the most is the Darling Ranges Dress from Megan Nielsen. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough fabric for them! I had to cut them so much smaller. My hands fit but that’s about it.

The skirt would have been totally too short if I attached it to the bodice as is. At these moments, I always hear Tim Gunn. “Make it work!” I had leftover rib knit. I cut another 3″ strip for the waist. It helped to break up the print but also gave me 2 1/2″ extra inches of length.

To make a nice, small hem, I serged the bottom. Then fold it over twice and stitch it down.

I’m so happy that I overbought! I wear this dress so often. I always receive compliments on it. It’s so soft and comfortable. I wish I would have made a pattern for the bodice. I imagine I’ll want to make this again.

She Uses Tangerines

Sometimes my fabric calls out to me. It could be a random piece that needs a friend to make something fabulous such as my last post. Sometimes it’s a piece of fabric that I’ve had for a super long time that decides it’s time has come to be made into something fabulous.

A tangerine knit whispered to me and said a tshirt dress it shall become. I was working on another dress at the time but decided I could make them concurrently. It’s does get tiring to work on one project throughout the day.


I used the Briar tee pattern by Megan Nielsen as my base. I raised the neckline to match my black crop version. I cut the length as far as I could with the fabric I had left. By the time I got to the sleeves I didn’t have the length I wanted. I had to add a bit to the length so each has a small band at the end.


There’s quite a bit of fabric pooling above my butt in this pic. I must have been standing weird. It doesn’t normally do that. If I make another dress like this, I would like to add a bit more swing but it could also be taken in a bit in the back do there’s not so much fabric there.


I hurriedly finished this dress to wear to a friend’s birthday party at the end of March. The weather was warm so I needed something light and comfortable. This dress was perfect and I received a few compliments. At least, I recall that I did. I had a really good time *glug glug glug*

I’ve been searching my closet more and more for dresses when I get ready in the morning. This dress is so ridiculously comfortable. I think it might be a good idea to throw a few more of these in there. Maybe change up the neckline and sleeves; possibly do pockets!

(3rd verse)

VD Dress

I’m not a Valentine’s Day girl but with a red dress it feels appropriate to talk about it now. Truth be told, I made this dress in an afternoon in December. I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. Hubby and I have bought a home and it’s been taking all my time. I good write an entire post just about all the things happening. Some has been planned but most hasn’t! I’m sure you can get the picture that I haven’t had much time to sew, let alone blog.

Okay, let’s continue with the dress!

I’m going to start with the fabric. It’s a red sweater knit from Wal-mart! It was part of my awesome score of 5 yds for $5. It’s a light to midweight, padow red. If it wasn’t so cheap, I would not have picked it up. I’m sooo not a red kind of girl. I can honestly say this the only red item in my closet.


The pattern for the dress is a mix of a Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen and McPattern Swing Dress. My original Swing Dress pattern is not a crew neck style so the introduction of the Briar Tee pattern helps to change up the neck. You can also see the tight crewneck on my cropped Briar Tee. I wanted more of a winter dress so that required long sleeves and I love an extra long sleeve so I added 3-4″.


The hem is a bit wavy but I’m not super annoyed by it. The hem is wide to give it a bit of weight. I’m not Marilyn!


There you have it. A nice simple red dress. It’s so comfortable and soft. I can easily curl up underneath it. Of course, it has some swing!


Add a heart necklace and I’m ready for Valentine’s Day!