Thursday, August 30, 2018

Back to school for boys blog hop

I am so excited for this tour.  I love sewing for my grandkids, and it is fun to feature boys and the fun things you can make for them. Back to School Boys Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents We're making back to school fashion fun for boys with all these makes!
I appreciate Sunni at Made for little gents for putting this blog tour together.  

Today I am featuring a raglan pattern from  the pattern is Ragtag Raglan for boys.

My little grandson just love this shirt and it is made in his favorite color, which is blue. When he first got this shirt he wore it pretty much non stop.

This shirt is a very easy shirt to make.  It goes together very fast. I have more of these to make, just need to find the time to do it.

I hope you will take some time to try out this pattern.

Check out what each contributor has made: Thurs. Aug. 23 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Back to School Boys Blog Tour) Fri. Aug. 24 | Tenille's Thread Mon. Aug. 27 | Sewing with D Tues. Aug. 28 | Made for Little Gents Wed. Aug. 29 | Custom Made by Laura Thurs. Aug. 30 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy | Paisley Roots Fri. Aug. 31 | My Sewing Roots | Ronda B. Handmade

Monday, July 9, 2018

The twirly baptism dress

Every little girl needs to feel like the princess she is, and this dress does just that. This pattern has been in my sewing room for a while. I always thought it would be a cute dress for a flower girl dress, but it never happened.

What it did happen for is my granddaughters baptism dress.  She had asked me to make her one. Of course, I said I would.  She wanted a yellow sash, but other than that, I was free to do what I wanted.

This dress has pleats instead of gathers.  In the petticoat that attaches to the dress, there is a total of 656 inches of gathered tulle.

I knew the dress was full, but was not aware of how full, until the photographer spread the dress out.  I love it as does she.  This dress also has a great twirl factor.

Her little sister has requested the same dress for her baptism,  but she wants a pink sash.  The pattern for this dress is now out of print, but is Butterick 5705.  Can I make a recommendation?   When buying a pattern you think you will love, but it in all the size combinations. I am sad that I can't get it in bigger sizes.

Changing up a basic tee for boys

I would like to thank for letting me join this blog hop.   The pattern was generously donated to us by  this pattern is the primary tee pattern. We were asked to change up the pattern in some way, by adding color blocking, applique, embroidery, whatever.  My original plan was to do some applique, but I started late. I was in the process of finishing a baptism dress for my granddaughter.  So, I decided to do the sleeves in a different color.
The grandson this is for loves blue. There is some blue in here.

I love this pattern. I was having issues last night with my serger, and that is why the hem is a bit wavy.  Doesn't it seem like things go wrong when you are in a big hurry?

This pattern is very easy to stitch up and honestly stitches up fast. I am going to be making more of these. In fact, I may go home and cut some out after work today.

Please join the other bloggers on this tour. And enter the giveaway.

Kicking Off The Changing Up The Tee Blog Tour Thanks for reading! Check out what other bloggers are doing and come up with ideas for changing up the tee by following along with the blog tour below: Fri. June 29 Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour) Mon. July 2 Family of Makers Tues. July 3 Made for Little Gents Wed. July 4 Frullemieke Thurs. July 5 Made by Laura! Fri. July 6 Auschick Sews Mon. July 9 Kate Will Knit | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy Tues. July 10 Tenille's Thread | Mahlica Designs Wed. July 11 Momma Newey's Makes | Our Play Place Thurs. July 12 My Sewing Roots | Elli and Nels Fri. July 13 Dreams and Stitches | Stylin' Stacy Ready for the giveaway to GYCT Designs Shop? Here you go! Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Guys and Patriotic Vibes blog tour -

Welcome to my new blog. I decided to keep quilting and sewing separate.

My goal is to blog about all of my clothing makes here. I want to be able to share things I have learned throughout my 45 years of sewing.

Welcome to the Guys and Patriotic Vibes blog tour. This blog tour is hosted by

Today I am sharing a cute t shirt, but not made by me. Life got a bit crazy.  I have had some long hours at work.

The shirt I am sharing was picked up at a Children's entrepreneurial fair. My granddaughters participate in these, and my daughter liked this shirt.  They encourage the kids to make the things they sell as well as collect the money.

The kids my daughter bought this from said they used their mom's Cricut machine to make the aplique. They said their mom watches them but they do it.

What a fun idea to make with your kids for the 4th of July.  Now, if you are like me, and you don't have one, you can always make designs like this, and use fabric with a fusible Web backing, such as wonder under and put it on with a zigzag stitch.

Next month with this tour, we will share ideas on changing up a t shirt pattern to customize it.

In the meantime, I have some fun blogs that I will be sharing with you. So be sure to follow me, so you don't miss anything.

Please visit my friends who have also joined in on this tour and see what they have done. We still have time to make things for the 4th of July. I will be sharing the patriotic makes for my group of 6 grandkids as soon as they are done.

Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents Celebrate America with the rest of us! Follow along with the Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents by viewing each blog contributor below. Fri. June 1 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour) Mon. June 4 | Family of Makers Tues. June 5 | Made for Little Gents Wed. June 6 | Paisley Roots Thurs. June 7 | My Sewing Roots Fri. June 8 | EYMM Mon. June 11 | Ellie & Nels in Stitches Tues. June 12 | Custom Made by Laura Wed. June 13 | Our Play Palace Thurs. June 14 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy Fri. June 15 | Dreams & Stitches | The Sewing Goatherd

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Organizing PDF patterns A Tuesday tips and tutorial.


Welcome to my new blog. I decided that I wanted to  separate the sewing and the quilting. So, I am hoping this works well.

One of my goals is to blog at least one time each week, but more often when I can and when I have things to share.

I use a lot of PDF patterns and I don't always want to reprint each pattern each time I need a different size. So, I print all sizes of the patterns. If you use PDF patterns, you know that they are often done in layers, so you can print specific layers. I send  mine to the copy center, and just have them print it as you see it on the screen. I then trace my patterns onto butcher paper.

Once I trace the sizes I will be using, I then roll the master pattern up, put a rubber band around it and write the name on it.

Then, I put it in a mailing tube and write the pattern info on the tube.

For the ones I have traced, I put them in a file folder, label the folder with the size info  and put them in a filing cabinet.

I divide my drawers in the cabinet, in the following way. Top is baby and toddlers  up to size 4. . 2nd is kids sizes 5 and up. 3rd drawer is women's and 4th is men's and crafts.  The instructions are stored in my tablet as well as a flash drive for backup.

This has worked well for me.

I would love to hear what you do for organization  for your patterns.   Please leave a comment and be sure to follow me on my social media.