A Bitchin’, Bodacious, Radical, Totally Tubular Sundress


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I have done it before and I will do it again. Vintage Simplicity 4432. The perfectly simple sundress. My first go at this pattern turned out one of my favorite dresses for Holly and we had such a fun photoshoot at the Classic Car Show that runs in our town every Friday night on Grand. Then I made a Super Hero Comic Book Dress and a Star Wars Dress (unblogged until later this week.) All in all- its a perfect little sundress pattern!)

Simplicity Pattern 4432.

Holly was born in 95 so she was pretty young in the 90’s but all my kids enjoyed watching “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” When we saw the fabric online at Michael Levine (www.Lowpricefabric.com) I knew I needed to buy some. I actually bought quite a bit- and made my grown son a button down shirt, which he wears all the time and gets SO MANY compliments on I thought I should go into TMNT shirt business!

Holly’s dress is cute and simple and gets just as much attention as her Marvel dress and Pac Man dress.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dress

We went to a company picnic on Saturday and Holly wore her dress. It is my son’s company picnic and they put on a GREAT party. Olympic games, surfing, trampolines, jumpy castles, fantastic food and an “who can make the biggest splash” contest. Fun times and because we are his family we have attended three years in a row! I guess he will get married some day and then we will be nixed from the guest list but for now we all attend! This picture was taken in front of the house. A big gorgeous house!

Ooops- I got side tracked. Because honestly, there is not much to say about the process of making this dress because I have made several! The bodice has been fitted and as long as she doesn’t eat too many pizzas I can just use the same pattern pieces I used the first time round!

Holly Turtle Dress Close Up

I do cheat a bit on the skirt. I just cut two pieces the width of the fabric and the length she requested and add pockets. Ya gotta have pockets!

Holly Turtle Dress Sitting

Do you see the pizza slices on the dress? The Turtles were ALWAYS eating pizza!

Holly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Dress Back

The back of the dress is pretty much self explanatory too. I used an 18″ zipper. A white one because I have over 50 zippers in my stash and if I have a zipper I can use, I am going to take from the stash first!

Holly Turtle Dress Surf Collage

Holly tried her hand at “surfing.” She was pretty good. Stayed up for longer than I would have! “Cowabunga Dude!”

And there you have it. A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle dress worn by a college student! She has a line up right now- A Cowboy boot dress, a Dr. Who dress and a pair of flannel Dr. Who pajama bottoms. AND a cherry dress. I better get busy! Thankfully she wears her dresses all the time so I don’t mind adding to her wardrobe!

Fabric Collage

What’s in YOUR Sewing Basket


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For Mothers day this year D2- (middle daughter) got me a sewing basket. A PERFECT sewing basket. :) One that made me smile since it has dress forms on it. I mean, what could be better than that?!

Sewing Basket

And yes, I found it necessary to take my basket outside and set it on the fence so I could take a glorious picture! ;)

I love my basket. I struggle with organization. I mean I LIKE to be organized, and try to stay organized but inevitably I allow a mess to build up in my sewing space and spend half my time LOOKING for things I know I just had. If I was able to spend my time SEWING instead of looking for the seam ripper or tape measure, well, I would have twice the wardrobe! To that end, I have been really good about keeping the basket right next to me on the floor, and replacing the items I use. And so far so good!

Basket Inside View

Here is the inside view of my sewing basket- Note, the seam ripper, tape measure, bobbins and marking pencil. (I even hide my sharpie in here- Sharpies have a way of disappearing at my house- but no longer!)


I have a thing for sewing needles. So I bought a “truckload” off Amazon last year. (Slight exaggeration) but you know what I mean right? There is nothing worse then buying a few needles at a time and then always having to hit JoAnns for more. I actually need to buy some more Ballpoint needles now BUT seriously, I have over 100 Size 12 sharpie needles. Im’a thinking they will last me a little while! I also have 14’s 11’s and some denim needles. Gotta keep myself stocked! And hand sewing needles? I cannot even express how many times I was almost finished with a project and could not find my packet of hand sewing needles. I’d be crawling around on the floor at 2 AM hoping I had dropped it and would stumble on it so I could finish my project. NOW, here they are in my trusty sewing basket!

Bobbins and Tags

I have bobbins and tags. “Made by Me” and “Made by Mom.” :) I like my tags. They make me happy! I also keep bobbins in my sewing machine compartment as well. The colors I use most often like black and white so I keep several ready to go.


Not the best picture but in the bottom part I have scissors, my magnetic pin cushion, several rotary cutters and a few more random items. Like my tracing wheel and papers.

Tracing Wheel

Life is much better when you have an organized sewing basket! I have also started my organization project on other parts of my space. I am using the photo boxes from JoAnns to house “stuff.” Like buttons and zippers and notions like piping and lace. I love these because they stack nicely, and look good on my shelves!

Photo Boxes in the Sewing room

I even have an empty one I use on my sewing desk for my latest project! Keeps everything tidy! On a side note- that zipper one? Is STUFFED full of zippers- And it seems like I never have the right size/ color/ style and still have to buy zippers :( Sigh…

I am about ready to embark on organizing my fabric. I literally have about ** tubs of fabric. (I think like 11??!) I am debating on organizing by type- as in knits, cottons, challis etc… OR I have been thinking of organizing by colors! That way if I am working on a blue themed “capsule” I don’t have to dig through everything. I definitely think I want ALL my blacks together. Saves time digging through every time when I need something!

I have to say some of the sewing rooms I have seen are so organized!! And I don’t know HOW you sewists who have to sew on the kitchen table do it! Do you pick up every night?

On Aug 1st I am going to start a series. I have never had a series on anything but have had plenty of ideas. I like to challenge myself and so yesterday as I was looking at my “Free Patterns” Pinterest board I realized I had quite a few free patterns- and had NEVER made one.  Not a single one! So, I have challenged myself to make one free pattern project a month. First up? This sweet nightgown reminiscent of Downtown Abbey.


I know it is the “maids nightdress” but seriously, I am pretty much the maid around here!

See you soon friends!


The Holly-Anna- A By Hand London Mash Up


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Yes- I disappeared for a while. I have a tendency to do that and have been thinking a lot about why. And I think I have it figured out.

1. Picture taking- Most of my pictures are just plain crappy. I want a beautiful location and someone that will be patient enough to take several hundred pictures so I can throw most of them out looking for those few gems!

2. Picture taking- I make lots of things for my kids. But rounding them up and getting pictures is impossible. I SWEAR it was easier when they were little. NOw they have lives. :(

3. Picture taking- HEY- I see a pattern here. To take pictures you have to brush your hair and slap makeup on and make sure the lighting is good and you know what? That just takes time I rarely have. PLUS, you have to have someone available to take those pics. Sigh….

So, lets get to the reason I am here today- to blog about my Holly-Anna as I have dubbed it. I LOVE it. I LOVE it. I LOVE it.

First off- I have made THREE By Hand London Anna Dresses.

Three Anna Dresses By Hand LondonBecause I can be somewhat of a lazy sewist I decided to avoid LOTS of fitting by using a knit for my first one. (You can read about it here) I loved it so much I made the Black and White Anna from knit for my class reunion and the all black Anna to wear with cowboy boots to a Country Fest.  Knit all around- comfortable… easy to fit… and knit just works for me and my lifestyle. PLUS- size wise I have a little extra movement when using a knit so I appreciate that!

When Laura Loves Pugs announced she was having an International Anna Party to celebrate her birthday I decided to join in. I LOVE the Anna dress and had been wanting a new one. As I was planning my dress I realized I wanted to do a Mash Up. I have never done one and it sounded intriguing. I have been wanting a jumpsuit so in a moment of genius (if I do say so myself) I grabbed my Holly jumpsuit pattern and traced the trouser portion. And boom- my Holly-Anna was born.

By Hand London Holly Anna Mash Up
Hey guys! It is raining in California!

Initially I was going to use a different fabric for the bodice. As a matter of fact I made the WHOLE thing with this pink fabric but as I was ruminating over the result ( I do a lot of “sewing thinking” as I try to fall asleep at night) I realized I really did not like to wear pink. And I really did not like this fabric on me.

InstagramCapture_4b241fd9-fb3a-4af6-8352-41a0c9e013e3See? Pink. Not me. And I loved the look of the jumpsuit so much I needed to find a bodice fabric I would be happy with.  I dug through every piece of fabric I owned unable to find something I wanted until on top of my washer I found my leftover Easter Dress fabric. What a happy result!

HollyAnna 1Pardon the wrinkles. Guess I have to learn to stand up straight! I do not look very thrilled to be taking the picture either. (SIGH)

This was not a difficult mash up. My bodice pieces had already been cut to accommodate using a knit so that part was done. I took my measurements (waist and hips) and traced the appropriate pant size. I also measured my thigh because unfortunately I am a “spoon” shape- small up top and a very round spoon bottom. (OK- pear shaped and VERY pear shaped!) I widened the trouser leg to fit my hip measurement.

I used a ponte knit – a lighter weight Maggy London one I picked up at Fabric Mart (Oh how I love Fabric Mart!) and it worked well. I shortened my bodice a touch because I knew the weight of the bottom would pull it down a bit. You know what? It worked!

WP_20150718_12_23_03_ProI am either celebrating here…trying to beat off a big lizard… or doing a rain dance! (serious drought here in CALIFORNIA)

For the bodice I used binding for the sleeves and the neckline because facings and trying to hem knits are not really my favorite things to do either. I think it looks quite nice and finished!

Knit Anna Bodice with Facings

When I attached the bodice to the trouser portion it was a perfect fit. Possibly because they were both BHL patterns? I am not sure but the two pieces went together beautifully. Another plus? Using the knit meant I could eliminate inserting a zipper. WIN! :)

Holly- Anna. I highly recommend it! Quick and easy sew and jumpsuits are in right now!


Maybe I will see you again soon? I made an adorable Star Wars dress for D1 and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle dress for D2. Now if I could just rope them down for some pics!

xoxox ~Laurie






April- a ME ME ME Sewing month! :D

I sew. I sew a LOT. Many of the things I sew never make it to my blog. Frankly I am better at short and sweet so Instagram is my favorite venue for social media. I LOVE seeing what everyone else is making. And frankly I love to see what you are eating and drinking and doing! I am not sure why- I suppose a psychologist would have quite a bit to say about that. :) But if you want to follow me I am LaurieSue– San Diego girl that loves craft beer, sewing and my kiddos!

A few months ago I was chatting with my cuzzy (yes, I call her that) and we decided that we were always sewing for everyone else, and it was time to devote a whole month to sewing up some things for ourselves. My cousin has 6 kids! Five rambunctious boys and one sweet little princess. She sews constantly for those boys and her daughter. She makes a few things for herself but not many! I sew for my girls too. Basically because they are cute and young and a think they are so much more fun to sew for! But I WANT to wear things I have made too. I am not saying I DON’T make things- I am just saying I don’t make much and have so much on my list I would like to do.

So, for Spring.. it’s all about me. :) Heck- this is perfect timing too because Me Made May is right around the corner and dang I am definitely participating! (there IS a Me Made May 2015 right??)

Spring Sewing

I went through all my fabrics and here is what I came up with. Some of them I don’t even know what I am going to make into yet! But maybe you will have some ideas! And yes, that is my mini trampoline. It’s for holding fabric right??!

Patterns For Pirates Every Day Eleegance Tunic

First up is this. Funny enough it is a fabric I just bought, because, well, I had to have it. You know how that is right? I am trying to be realistic with myself and make things I can wear all Spring and Summer and feel comfortable but nice in. This is kind of a sheer flowy cotton so I will put a cami under it.  I have been wanting to try this pattern for a while. It is The Everyday Elegance Tunic by Patterns for Pirates. I think this will be a quick make! I also bought some black lightweight cotton denim with a bit of stretch. I am going to make either a crop pant or a “legging” style pant to go with it. THIS is something I will wear a lot! So I am pretty stoked to be making it first. (Even though it is the “youngest” fabric in my stash!)

Granville Fabrics

I LOVE Sewaholic patterns. Initially I was going to do all Sewaholic patterns for the month of April but I am also trying to use stash- and I would have had to do some major fabric shopping. (Not that I would mind buying new fabrics but I need to be good… right?) I am going to be adding 3 new Granville shirts to my life this month. The white is a beautiful embroidered cotton and is slated to be a long sleeve. The pretty print is a voile and I am going to make a sleeveless variation. The butterfly is also a cotton voile. I am TORN. Do you think it would make a good Granviille? Or is it too much butterfly?

Vintage Silk Grey

I am very short on tops so knew I needed to focus on making several this month. I have some silk in my stash. SILK! I have never used it because it is expensive and I am afraid. But I am gonna do it. Because I have already made this top I know it is going to work for me. That makes me a little more confident that it will be a success! It is grey, which isn’t the best color on me, but with the right lip color I think I can pull it off!


I have over three yards of this really nice cotton jersey knit in royal blue. I have enough to make the sleeveless top in the left and the Simplicity dress in the upper right corner. I like solids… and I love blue. This top will go with my black pants I am making as well. I KNOW the top will get a lot of wear. Knit top? Solid color? Perfect!

Knit Maxi

You know I LOVE maxi’s if you have been a long time reader. So you know I have to have a few new ones to wear this season. I bought this black and white print jersey knit a long while ago. (Hurray for using stash so I can shop for more!) I made myself this maxi last year- so I know it is another winner. Maybe I will blog BOTH when I get this finished. :)

3 fabrics

I have more… But I don’t want to exhaust you all. The rest can be SURPRISES! In the meantime… tell me your thoughts on the butterfly voile Granville. Too much? And HELP me decide what to do with these oh so pretty florals as I am stumped! Ideas anyone? The tough part of sewing for me is that I am not slim and trim, nor am I a spring chicken* any longer. I love florals for Spring and want to add some to my wardrobe. The 2 on the outer edges are rayon challis and the center one is a nice cotton jersey. I have 3- 3.5 yards of each. Plenty for almost anything! (Except a pair of Carolyn jammies :( )

My initial thought on the challis with the white background is that I should NOT do a full dress. Maybe just a bodice with a solid darker blue skirt? Of course that is contingent upon me finding one and you know how that is! Another thought was making the Sewaholic Oakridge blouse and wearing it with blue jeans! This one:


Decisions decisions! That black and blue floral challis has been 3 different things already! And now I can’t remember any of the ideas I had!


I have some more aqua and black in my fabric collection for April. I would also like to make a black Hollyburn and Gabriola. And I have a few aqua knits for some drapey tops. My biggest challenge is going to be to get these things done! I guess as it is the 31st I can get cracking.

I have some “daughter sewing” blog posts just waiting for pictures. I will be sharing those soon!

Take care and happy sewing!

Laurie xoxo

* Speaking of Spring Chickens I had a debate with my eldest daughter on whether this pattern was too young for me. I don’t think we resolved it so maybe I can put it to a vote. Be honest! I don’t mind if it IS too young. I just can’t decide! Lets put it too a vote! I can take it! Really I can! (BTW- I have a 26 year old son! I am 40++)

Cynthia Rowley Pattern

Holiday Finery- The Emery Dress


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Hellooo friends and fellow sewists! I made an Emery Dress and I LOVE it! And so does the receiver of the Emery dress. :)

Making dresses for #2 is EASY as pie. She loves everything and wears it all. I can say, “HEY, Holly, look at this dress. Would you like one?” And she says YES! But Kadi is choosy. And picky. And likes things just so. She had a dress in her mind for Christmas and I searched high and low to find a very similar pattern as I did not want to make a ton of adjustments. And lo and behold I found it! The Emery Dress by Christine Haynes. And the only adjustment I would need to make was in the neckline. She wanted a boat neck!

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

I used a linen rayon I got from JoAnns. Kadi loves linen. I ordered a beautiful berry color from fabric.com but they were so swamped with orders I knew I was not going to get it before we left on our trip to Oregon. So, I canceled the order and trekked over to JoAnns, NOT expecting to find anything decent but HOPING. And there is was! A beautiful deep red linen. So home it went!

Emery Dress

I made a muslin. YES- ME! (I was quite impressed with myself.) I did not want to cut in to that linen until I knew the fit was right. I cut out a size 4 with a wider neckline and then adjusted the boat neck a little more and the dress was a perfect fit! Kadi always wanted a dress with  buttons down the back so we decided to go that venue as well. Heck… why not?!

Emery Dress with Button Back


Ah yes… linen wrinkles. But it is still a marvelous dress! I fully lined the inside so she would not need to bother with a slip. I wish I had inside pictures but I do not! (sorry!) But trust me- it is as beautiful inside as it is out. And it has pockets! All my girls LOVE pockets in their dresses.

I made a matching bow but Kadi decided to forgo the final touch. Sigh… I really liked the bow!

Emery DressI highly recommend this pattern. It is sweet and stylish and goes together beautifully. I can’t wait to make another! I will probably not do buttons down the back on the next one but I am sure it will be just as sweet!

I did a TON of sewing in December- Lots of gifts, sewing for my mama, button down shirts for my son (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!) and even made myself something I wear all the time! I have lots of sewing planned over the next few months including a “Selfish Spring.” I am going to make myself some mix and match separates out of mostly Sewaholic Patterns. I have them all and they fit me well. Although I will work in a few others – just because! I have already started planning and setting aside some fabrics I think will fit in with what I want to do. Currently I am planning black (I know- NOT a spring color but it will always be MY basic no matter what season!), white, grey and I think aqua if I am able to find some fabrics I like. It is an ever evolving plan but I will keep you posted!

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon! I need to blog Holly’s 70’s dress. I love how it turned out!

Take care and happy sewing!

Laurie xox


Pattern Parcel #7- And A Tale of a Thumb Catch Set


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It’s here! And it is most awesome! Perfect Pattern Parcel #7 was released today! By now I figure you all know the details of the Perfect Pattern Parcel and how the money you spend is being raised for Donors Choice. But until today you didn’t know the contents of Parcel #7. Surprise, surprise! :) Here it is!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/winI decided to make the Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White. My messenger bag was made with a twist!

Messenger Bag By Betz White

I was recently in Texas visiting my dad and my brother (and enjoying some great Texas craft beer) and I knew when I returned I would have only 5 days to make one of these fantastic purses and bags. I chose The Messenger bag and started ordering everything I’d need so it was waiting for me when I got home! Fabric from Michael Levine, buckles and thumb catches from Etsy, and a quick trip to JoAnns for a zipper and interfacing.

Messenger Bag By Betz White

But when I got home my thumb catches weren’t waiting. :( After checking Etsy I realized I had ordered them from China. I try REALLY hard to not order from China, but finding thumb catches that were from here was futile. (If you know a source PLEASE let me know!) I decided to wait until Thursday (yes, yesterday!!!) to make my bag in the hopes that they would arrive and when I checked the mail later that afternoon, BINGO. There they were.

Only, there they weren’t. After waiting all that time my “set” of thumb catches was ONE thumb catch. :( I looked back at the listing and sure enough it says, “Silver Color Handbag Thumb Catch – 50mmx46mm – 1 Set (LK11)” So when did a SET become just one?

Button Gold to Blue with Nail Polish

And to top this all off my post was due in 15 hours… and I only had my bag cut out. So, I just started sewing. And when I got to the point where I would normally add thumb catches I dug through my button tin and found 2 gold X shaped buttons. The gold was atrocious so I found some OPI Russian Navy nail polish and gave them 2 coats. Oh yeah! :) I like those buttons.

Top Showing Zipper

The solid red is duck canvas and the print is just a regular canvas. I thought the duck canvas may be too heavy but I think it worked out great. If I make another one I think I will choose a smaller print but I really like this fabric and the color scheme. The inside is all lined in red polka dots and I have a handy dandy velcro closing inside pocket the perfect size for my Kindle.

Kindle Pocket Collage

There are 6 bags you can make with this parcel. I was torn between the Messenger Bag and the Betty Bowler for my contribution to the Pattern Parcel Tour. I am happy with what I made but think I will be making one of those “bowlers” as well. And you should go check out the flickr for the Butterfly Sling Purse. WOW- there are some creative ladies out there! Purses and bags make GREAT Christmas gifts! So hop on over to PPP and get your patterns!

Parcel #7 includes:

Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns

BONUS PATTERN: Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

Brand NEW people! You are one of the the first sewists to get the Daphne Bag when you choose the $32 price! :)

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


I have to say making a bag is not that bad at all. Just take it step by step and eventually you have a very useful carry-all for all your necessities!


Inside Finished Bag


Happy Sewing! And head on over to get your Perfect Pattern Parcel of purse and bag patterns.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


XO Laurie


Closeup Blue Button






Midtown Messenger Bag By Betz White


Friday, November 7

Stitched ||

Sew Exhausted


Saturday, November 8

Made by Sara ||Oliver’s Fancy ||

Strawberry Patch Ramblings


Sunday, November 9

from a box ||

Mia’s Creations ||



Monday, November 10

owen’s olivia ||

While she was sleeping


Tuesday, November 11

Nutta ||

Radiant Home Studio ||

La Pantigana


Wednesday, November 12

Sew Fishsticks ||

Stacy Sews ||

Stitching Insane ||



Thursday, November 13

Needle and Ted ||

Patchouli Moon Studio ||

Sprouting JubeJube ||

The Crazy Tailor


Friday, November 14

Casa Crafty ||

A Jennuine Life ||

‘So, Zo… What do you know?’


Saturday, November 15

Stitches by Laura ||

Rebekah Sews ||

Serger Pepper


Sunday, November 16

Blogs Like A Mother ||

Vicky Myers creations ||

Blossom Heart Quilts


Monday, November 17

Shanni Loves ||

So Sew Easy ||

GYCT Designs ||

Tiger In A Tornado


Tuesday, November 18

The Nosy Pepper ||

Keep Calm and Carrion ||

There & Back ||

Sewing Sober


Wednesday, November 19

Sew Like My Mom ||

Knot Sew Normal ||

Stacy Sews ||



Thursday, November 20

Mimi’s Mom ||

Our Family Four ||

shades of BOLD ||

Modern Handcraft


Friday, November 21

Shawnta Sews ||

Lulu & Celeste ||

Amanda Rose ||

Robin’s Fabric Nest ||

House of Pinheiro


Super Hero Comic Book Dress – POW… SHAZZAM… OOF


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Oh wait... That was old school Batman. Who was MY Super Hero growing up. I adored Batman when I was a little girl. When I was a growing up we were allowed to watch ONE TV Show a day. And we had to NAP! (eye roll) My one show was Batman- on at 4:30 PM. I never missed an episode! I still adore Batman!



My girls have different Super Heros. (I am not sure WHAT is wrong with them.) Juliette thinks the sun and moon shines on Spider Man… Holly thinks Superman is the Bee’s Knees… and Kadi- hmmmm… She has never expressed any Super Hero Love. Although she thinks Thor is pretty nice looking. She prefers Picachu overall though I think. Haha…

But this post is all about a dress. A bunch of Super Heros.. all on one dress!

Super Here Comic Dress

I love to sew for Holly. (My middle daughter) She wears it all. She is not afraid to wear her comic dress to college classes… In -N-Out… park day… the Dr’s office. If she feels like wearing her comic dress on it goes! And boy does she get the attention when she wears it. She is ALWAYS stopped and then people are in awe when they find out I made it.

I feel kinda bad about the awe. Frankly it is just a simple little dress! I guess in this case it’s the FABRIC that makes the dress. :)

Comic Dress


Just look at Thor and Friends BURSTING out of her chest. :D

I used my favorite vintage pattern for this dress. I first made this dress for Holly last October and it is still at the top of my pile to use! (You can see it here.) It is Simplicity pattern #4432. I love it and it is a perfect little summer dress pattern.

Simplicity Pattern 4432.



I did View 3 because we like the sleeveless look. Holly can add a cardigan for those chilly California days! Everything was just as easy last time. Except I was careful in my placement of “super heros” and comic print.



I lined the bodice and put a nice long zipper in the back. Lengthwise she prefers it right above her knee. Not too short and not too long in my book! Just right! I did not line the skirt of this one because the fabric was heavy enough without! OH! I used the DC Comic fabric from JoAnns. I bought it on sale (because that is the only way I buy ANYTHING) and Holly could not wait until it was finished.



I promise we didn’t actually PICK the neighbors lemon! We just sang “Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemons smell so sweet…” ;)

Holly has worn this A LOT! Which I love. So I immediately knew I could buy MORE fun fabric and make her more dresses. (The kids at the school she works at love when she wears a cool print dress.) Last week I blogged about her Pacman dress. And I bought some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fabric a few weeks ago to add to her collection!

DC Comic Dress


And that is the Super Hero Dress. Took a while to hit the blog but better late then never right?!

Lots of sewing has been happening in my little space. And I have lots more to do! I think sewing is a never ending fabulous way to spend most of my spare time. :)





Hudson Pants- Perfect Pattern Parcel #6


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Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 is here. And if you haven’t seen it you have to head on over! It is an awesome collection of patterns that you could use to build a great wardrobe! I already made and wrote about The Odette Dress which is the bonus pattern. (If you missed it you can read about my Pac-Mac Odette here).

The Hudson Pants by True Bias have been on my “must have” list for a while so I decided to whip up a pair for my eldest daughter.

Hudson Pants by True Bias

I used an olive double faced ponte I purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics for the Hudsons. Kadi initially wasn’t sure about the weight of the fabric for these pants but when they were finished she was pleased! I made her a size 4 and they fit perfect. Right down to the length. I love when that happens!


There was no drawstring available at my local fabric store so I used that twine. But I plan on getting an olive shoelace and switching it out.


The directions were clear and concise. I love how easy the pockets were. I have seen some sewists using contrasting fabric for the pockets, waistband and ankle bands. I think I will try this next time.

Hudson Pants by True Bias

In case you are not yet familiar with The Pattern Parcel here is how it works:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!

The patterns you get?

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose
See? Isn’t that a fabulous collection? You can literally make a wardrobe!

This Parcel has a BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. When you donate more than $32 you get it as well. Yahoo!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

 This is such a great cause! Just imagine, you are giving to a great cause AND getting some great patterns.
If you would like to see more Pattern Parcel makes be sure to follow their FB page and Instagram.

Black and White and Red All Over- The Giselle Dress… FROCTOBER 2014

I fell in love with this pattern months ago and promised myself I would buy it and make it. It was just so pretty and feminine with a cool bohemian/ country girl vibe. (Is there such a thing?) When The Monthly Stitch announced Frocktober AND were doing a week long Sew-Along and feature of the Kate & Rose Giselle pattern I knew I was going to be fulfilling that promise! So, let’s talk about the Giselle.

Giselle Pattern by Kate & Rose

There are 2 versions of the dress you can choose from. View A is above and has 3/4 sleeves. View B is a sleevelss maxi! I love me a maxi and WILL make one of these for myself. But the dress I was making was for Holly (who has been SPOILED in the dress department the last month or so), and she liked the shorter one. Although you will see I made some changes and sort of blended the two together!


Giselle Dress Pattern by Kate & Rose


I used a black and white floral print dress cotton I had bought in Los Angeles in the Fabric District. Can’t remember the shop but I know it was a SUPER deal. It turned out to be one of those pieces of fabric you wish you’d gotten more of. The weight is perfect- not too see through. It didn’t wrinkle too much during the pre-wash phase. And it was 54″ wide so plenty of space to work with. I actually bought it for ME ME ME but I was having trouble finding exactly the fabric I wanted for this dress. I was looking at the waistline pieces (there are 2 versions) and the lines of View A called out to me and said “PIPING.” Yes, I swear I heard the angels sing… and a lightbulb went off above my head… and I remembered the black and white fabric and knew red piping would make a most excellent addition. I would have piped the neck but the remaining packages of red at JoAnns were a different dye lot and I did not want to ruin the fabulous dress by using a slightly lighter red piping!

Holly Giselle Bodice

I am so in love with this dress and pattern. PDF’s are not my favorite thing in the world but I have been getting a little practice lately and this one ended up going together pretty easily. As you have probably noticed we wanted a “spinny” skirt as we call them around here.

Holly Giselle Skirt

I cut a front and a back the width of the fabric. The Maxi has a second ruffle so I borrowed from that look and made a short ruffle to add on. I think that makes it “double spinny” right? ;)

Giselle Dress by Kate and Rose


Sorry about the blurriness. I was checking out the new BURST feature on my phone camera. My bodice has lining also. I just have a thing about lining bodices. Especially if I am working with a white base. The directions call for bias tape around the sleeves and neckline. I had to think the whole lining thing through before starting because of the extra pieces but it worked beautifully.

Holly Giselle3


The Giselle dress also does not have a zipper. Hip Hip Hooray! It is a just loose enough to get over your head and there is a pretty tie back to give the dress nice shape.

Holly Giselle Back


This dress was a big hit at my house. I have an open stairwell and whenever I finish a project I hang it under the stairs. The next morning when #1 walked by she asked, “who is that dress for? I love it!” Ummm… that is for Holly. Several hours later daughter #3 came down (she likes to sleep until noon) and said, “Who  is that dress for? I want one!” Ummmm… that is for Holly. I guess Holly is a lucky little girl! But frankly, as I tell them, she WEARS what I make her! Sewing for someone who WEARS what you make is a joy! But I will be making more. They will all be a little different- Less skirt and no ruffle on Juliette’s. 3/4 sleeve for Kadi. Maxi for ME ME ME! Seriously a great dress! And Kate & Rose have more delights for you to check out! 

Holly Giselle2


Thank you Monthly Stitch for getting the ball rolling on this one. Me and my girls all need MOAR DRESSES!

Happy Sewing!

Laurie xo


Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde Meet Odette- Perfect Pattern Parcel #6


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Did you know that the video game Pac-Man debuted 30 years ago. WOW! 30 years! It makes it even worse that I remember when the game came out! Guess this means I am getting past the Spring Chicken phase!?

Did you know that Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde were originally named Fickle, Chaser, Ambusher and Stupid?

OK OK… enough with the Pac-Man trivia. That isn’t why I am here! (Although it’s pretty interesting stuff right?!) I am here because I was asked to be a “stop” on the Perfect Pattern Parcel Tour. I love being a part of something that is for a worthy cause. And the Pattern Parcel definitely has one!

Blue Ginger Doll Odette

You guys seriously do not want to miss out on this collection. There are some fabulous patterns here by some great designers. Pattern Parcel #6 includes the Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!), Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren, Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations, Hudson Pant by True Bias and Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose. And the BONUS pattern: The Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll.

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

I bought this Pac-Man fabric online from Michael Levines in Los Angeles. I knew it would make another fun dress for Holly. When I saw that Odette was part of Pattern Parcel #6 I decided to make a fun Odette! And yes, I think I accomplished one! It is such a perfect pattern for Holly’s tiny shape. I think it would be a great pattern for my not so tiny shape too!

The pdf pattern had a LOT of pieces and at first I almost put it all back in the folder but I decided to forge on. Once I started it wasn’t so bad. I am getting more used to something I refused to do 2 years ago when I first realized there was such a thing. Once you start doing them you realize it ain’t so bad at all! I use glue and my paper cutter which cuts the time in half!

I have never made a BlueGingerDoll pattern before but I love the style of so many of the designs. That Betsy skirt and Ava Jacket. Swoon…

BlueGingerDoll Odette Dress Pattern

I looked all over for Pac-Man buttons. But there weren’t any to be found so I went with yellow. Pac-Man yellow! I used blue as my insert for a little contrast. And those buttons really work! I made fabulous button holes if I do say so myself!


There are pockets in The Odette- whenever I make Holly a dress with pockets she dances around for a bit! I really should add them to all her dresses!


She started having a lot of fun with this “shoot.” I use the term loosely because I am no photographer!


Here is how the Pattern Parcel works:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!

And the lovely Odette?

She is the Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!


I have to show you the back of the dress right? Well, I guess I could have lined up the “maze.” But it’s a beautiful zipper job and the waistband is perfectly matched up. That makes me happy! I also love the vintage feel the Odette has.


Don’t miss out on this great collection! Get yourself on over to The Perfect Pattern Parcel and make your donation!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

And I will leave you with some more Odette pictures to drool over.

Laurie xo





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