the tie

I wrote this post back in October right after we had our family pictures taken. The day I wrote it I intended to go right us stairs, finish the tie, photograph it and publish.That is obviously not what happened.When I finished the tie today I remembered the poor forgotten draft so I put the tie on, posed for a picture and here we are. You […]


Zizza has a new love. It is yellow. Ever since the orange party she’s been talking about the yellow party she will have when her birthday comes. Accordingly, when we went thrifting a few weeks ago, she was on the lookout. She found this sheet and fell in love. Tuesday when I sat down to work on the sheet to dress transformation she was right […]

For Izzy

A dress for a dear little niece who will be blessed on Sunday. The only things her mother and I talked about were fabric, (this pink dupioni I bought for a wedding but it wasn’t quite the right shade so it was shuffled into the stash to await it’s day of glory) and ruffles, like the ones on Zizza’s winter dress. The rest of the […]

How to- narrowest rolled hem

I used to dream of tiny delicate rolled hems and despair over my inability to make a rolled hem foot work on anything but straight edged pieces of sturdy cotton. I was somewhat consoled when, while at work for an opera company, I learned of the “rolled hem” capability of some sergers. Still, I didn’t have one of those so the despair continued…UntilI moved to […]

Paterning a Back Pack

I set out to make this back pack for two reasons.One, I had this adorable elephant canvas that I bought for Zizza. She would ask every day when I was going to make her something with it and what the something would be.Two, She was starting preschool and the back pack I made for her last year isn’t large enough to hold her preschool folder.I […]

Making a Back Pack Part 3; Let’s get this done!

There are a few more things we need to do to get our main ingredients ready so we can bust this thing out.One of them is the main zipper. You’ll need 2 strips a bit longer tha your zipper of choice (Mine was 18″) Once the zipper is in this bit will need to be the same width as the piece your using for the […]

Making a Back Pack Part 2; The Front Pocket

If you want to appliqué on your pocket, do it now. Once that is out of the way, it’s piping time!Place your piping along the edge of the pocket front. The raw edge of the piping should line up with the raw edge of the pocket. Stitch around until you’re about an inch from your staring point. If you have faith in your measuring skills […]

Making a back pack- part 1

I’ve been thinking I should make a habit of taking photos during the process of making things. That way, If anyone wants to know how I did it, I can show them. Today I started working in earnest on Zizza’s back pack. I patterned it out Friday Night while watching “Shaun of the Dead” on the Tivo. Since that was before my decision to take […]

knotty bags

You’ll never guess what my kids did today, all three of them at the same time.They napped. (I know!)And I; It was a nice quick and rewarding project. There was one hiccup though, I generally utilize every bit of my fabric to the full width. This was no exception, but just look what they did to the selvage on this delightful floral! Disgusting isn’t it?That’s […]

Busting my buttons

My Zizza is well on her way. During one of our fabric shopping trips while we were in Utah she picked out the fabrics for this skirt. There was one like it on display in the store and, with only minimal guidance from me, she expertly browsed the fat quarters until she found the ones she liked for a skirt of her own.   The […]