Recently, I was contacted by Erin, the designer behind Brooklyn Pattern Company, to review her debut pattern. Erin had worked as a pattern maker and draper for 15 years on Broadway, and in the ballet, theater and circus. After the birth of her second child, she launched her new indie sewing pattern company and the Franklin Dress for kids is her first pattern.
I have to admit, when I first got the email from Erin, I was hesitant to accept the offer. I’m all about promoting indie designers, but I’ve sewn patterns from many people and companies, and some of them are just not very good and have been frustrating to sew (and blog about). So knowing that this was her first pattern, I was worried about the quality and that I may not have a positive experience. But I liked the style of the dress and after taking a look at her website, (I was drawn to the clean design), and skimming through her professional looking pattern, I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad that I did! It turned out to be a fun project that gave me just the break I needed from my crazy Halloween costume to do list. Continue reading
Hello!! I’m here with a tutorial today that I’m really excited about! 3 years ago, I made a Totoro costume for Yuki and it was a huge hit with Totoro fans around the world. Since then I’ve been getting regular emails about custom orders for costumes or selling the pattern for it, but I don’t do either. I figured the least I can do is a tutorial for the costume so people can try their hand at making one themselves! Continue reading
Hey! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted over on the Miss Matatabi blog as a Miss Matatabi Maker, but I’m back! And in honor of it officially being October, I’m sharing quite the Halloween project over there.
Wanna see what I did with this fabric? I’ll give you a hint – it’s something for ME! Check it out here.
Happy October 1st!
**I just heard that Toni is having a HUGE sale on all Make it Perfect patterns – 50% off! You’ve got about a day left to take advantage of the sale!**
Awhile back, Toni of Make it Perfect contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out one of her new patterns, the Joey dress for girls. I dunno if you’ve noticed, but Yuki is aaaaall about the knit dresses so I was excited to add another knit dress pattern to my collection – and this one is so cute! I love that kangaroo pocket and the different sleeve lengths, making this pattern great for all seasons. Continue reading
Happy Saturday! This past week has been Selfish Sewing Week, a week to focus your sewing energy on things for yourself! I love this idea, because though I have a huge list of things I’d love to sew for myself, those things usually get pushed aside to make things for the kids. This year Rachael of Imagine Gnats invited me to be a Featured Stitcher for Selfish Sewing Week which was great because, honestly, if she hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have sewn anything for me! I had also just bought the latest Grainline Studio pattern, the Alder Shirtdress and needed the push to actually make it instead of joining the epic “to do” pile. Continue reading
So so so much sewing going on over here! I wish there were more hours in the day so I could sew more! But who doesn’t right? I’m here with a post for Sew Geeky, a fantastically nerdy series hosted by Sew Chibi and Max California. Each month, they pick a theme and invite some people to sew along with them! In fact, everyone can sew along! Everyone is encouraged to celebrate their inner geekiness!
This month’s theme is Studio Ghibli. I jumped on this opportunity, because I’m a HUGE Ghibli fan. If you’re not familiar with Studio Ghibli movies, I urge you to go and look some up and watch them immediately. The director/writer/producer that is most strongly associated with Studio Ghibli is Hayao Miyazaki and he has created some of my favorite movies. He is the genius behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and many others. And Studio Ghibli has produced other amazing movies as well, like Grave of the Fireflies, Arrietty and Whisper of the Heart. Seriously, go watch them all now. Continue reading
I have a fun review today of a product that I think is awesome! Around the time that Yuki turned 3, she started dressing herself. That year, she also started being in charge of putting away her own clean laundry. Crafterhours makes these awesome drawer stickers that help label your child’s dresser drawers to help them remember where things go. They are fun and practical! Continue reading
A month ago, I talked about a bunch of clothes I had made a month before that, and well . . . I still haven’t blogged half of it. So two months later, but here are some dresses I made. :P
The fabric may be familiar to you . . . it’s from Heather Ross’ Briar Rose Jersey Knits line. It came out about a year ago and it was all over the place at the time – I feel like everyone was making cute things with them! Strawberries! Knit fabric! Cute! But since I’m not one to follow the crowd (*cough* I’m actually just super lame), I decided to sew with this fabric when it’s not so popular and no longer available. Haha. Continue reading
Woohoo – finishing up with the last watermelon project today! Last week I shared a couple of projects from Yuki’s Watermelon Party: the watercolor invitations and a hand stamped dress. I was hoping to share this last one last week as well, but you know, tutorials take time. And I’m guessing that no one was sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for this last watermelon post, but if you were, I apologize! :P
My last watermelon project was a stack of felt pouches to pack up the party favors.
Watermelon Week! All watermelon! All the time!
So yesterday I shared the watercolor watermelon invites that Yuki and I made for her party. But what would a watermelon party be without a special watermelon dress? I was having a hard time deciding between a color blocked dress that mimicked a watermelon slice like this one, or a solid fabric with watermelon printed all over like this one. I was leaning toward the color blocked dress since that seemed easier, but finally I just asked Yuki and she said, without hesitation, the all over print dress.