sewing

wiksten tank dress

So there is this wicked virus traveling around this wee rock we live on. It comes complete with awful congestion and a cough that keeps you up all night. Bonus: we’ve had it for 2 weeks and there is no end in sight! So now that I can kind of breath, {emphasis on kind of} I finally got around to…

maternity patterns

So since the world of off the rack maternity clothes is either out of season for Hawaii or out of price range for my wallet I have decided to make some pieces. I raided my pattern collection {something i ♥ doing} and pulled several that will work. I have a few actual maternity patterns. Oddly enough they are all vintage…

glad that month is over…

Good gracious January was hard! I’m hoping that February will bring happier days. If those days happen to be laced with good sleep and lots of productivity that would be a bonus. I don’t know what it is about the 3rd baby but my body seems to be embracing the beached whale stage a bit prematurely. And boy am I…

pattern storage

Huzzah! I finally have a home for my pattern collection. After weeks of trying to figure it out I had a light bulb moment one day last week. After lots of searching with the intent to purchase something to house my patterns I realized I already have a solution in house. {pretty sure nothing makes my soldier happier than more…

preparing to prepare

Hello little blog! My family left this weekend and we hit the ground running trying to get the house back in order. {not to mention the vast effort we’ve put into getting the army brats back in order} Yesterday I finally felt like we were back in the swing of things and then I realized that Thanksgiving is next week!…

wednesday wanderings

The pattern edition. {this really could qualify as a friday confession and since my parents are still here it will have to suffice for both} So ever since my mom arrived we been jointly wandering through the interwebs specifically perusing vintage patterns. Ah yes, my latest weakness. The madness tends to start by looking for a specific pattern and then…

organizing my “collection”

I confessed a few weeks ago to having quite the growing collection of patterns. As I am still tackling the storage issue I realized I had an additional problem with all the patterns I have actually sewn from. {the % of patterns that i have sewn from vs the ones that are just conquests that have been won is crazy…

my wee hipster

My Helper is a wee bit dramatic. My full-time job till she says ‘I do’ will be helping her keep her emotions under control. The craziest things cause this child to weep. Heck, maybe she’ll become an actress and get paid for all the waterworks. I’m in a stripes mood and it’s becoming crazy hard to NOT sew her an…

for the writer

My friend Annie is a writer. Not an aspiring writer as if you can’t be a writer until you have a published work. That would be like me not being able to call myself a seamstress until I have my own line of clothing walking NY Fashion week. {oh the silly distinctions we make} Someday she will produce some lovely…

place mats with pockets!

I seriously missed the memo on the time saver that is the place mat. It was probably in one of the parenting books I was supposed to read before I had My Helper. {funny how 4½ years of parenting has flown by and i still haven’t gotten around to reading those books} I have friends who use them religiously but…