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Sewing roundup- Endurance Bra, Phee Panty Party, 5K Tank

This is the Greenstyle Endurance Bra. I'm pleased that I didn't have any problems with the construction and the finishing looks nice, but it doesn't fit. There was an error in the sizing chart that led me to size up. I'm still wobbling on what cup size to make for my 2nd pair, but it should go a lot faster now that I know what I'm doing. This was my first time working with cut & sew bra foam and fold-over elastic. I was also holding my breath over getting the zipper installed through all those layers, but I had no problems. This project and my recent swimsuit project inspired me to add a new sewing machine to my flock, the EverSewn Sparrow 30!

I'm so pleased with it so far. My old Janome couldn't adjust stitch length or width. The Sparrow has lots of stretch stitches for construction and topstitching. I've used the automatic buttonholes several times already, and used the darning function to fix holes in Sean's blankies. It also has adjustable …

Boho Babydoll/Pencil Skirt, Tie Back Tank

I've had my serger for just over a year and here's a new version of the first thing I made ..the Pirate Pencil Skirt in Scuba from JoAnn. The top is the Boho Babydoll (also from P4P) in rayon/spandex from JoAnn. It's a little wrinkled from traveling, but I love it.

Tie Back Tank from Greenstyle Creations in some thin athletic knit from JoAnn. I skipped hemming the bottom and opening edges and just did the bands. I had some issues with this fabric when I hemmed it for my Moxi shorts.

Isabel/circle skirt tentacle dress

I ordered a 58" Pulpo round and a 36" Pulpo round about a year ago from Rikipedia custom fabrics. The "fun rounds" are circular or square panels with a border print all around. My original plan was the Sweetheart dress from Patterns for Pirates, which is a circle skirt with a fitred bodice. Then I realized the 36" round wasn't big enough for both front and back bodice (or sleeves) and I didn't know what solid to use. I was also worried about making the bodice too small. The printed cotton/lycra is thick with strong recovery. I needed to go up a size in the Sweet Tee, but a lot of people told me they didn't need to size up in the Sweetheart. I sized up for a Sweetheart in ponte (an even thicker fabric) and it was a little big. I also didn't love the neckline, even after lowering it.

I decided to order a yard of "mini linear" Pulpo so I'd have enough fabric for whatever I decided on. It has small tentacles pointing in from each sel…

Siren Swim Top/Hello Sailor bottoms

Swimsuit patterns from Patterns for Pirates...Siren Swim Top and Hello Sailor bottoms. Both using blue solid swim knit and lining from JoAnn, and inner lining of power net from Phee Fabrics in the fronts only. Flounce on top is a leotard-type knit from JoAnn. I'll update when I know how it holds up in the pool.
I chose the drawstring-sided skirt option for the bottoms and the front (pointed) and back flounce option for the top (with straight straps). I didn't use boning or cups in the top. It is very supportive with the power net and custom length straps. (Not enough for running/jumping, but plenty for the pool.) I want to make some no-flounce tops for sleep bras.
This is one of the 2 or 3 more advanced projects I've done lately. There is lots of basting of layers and inner elastic before it comes together. I wasn't sure how my sewing machine was going to handle the slippery fabric. I don't have a walking foot and I can't adjust the presser foot tension. I als…

Moxi Shorts

I've had my eye on the Greenstyle Moxi Shorts for a long time. There was a sew along in the Fabric Fairy group a couple of weeks ago, so I went for it! I used Fabric Fairy stretch woven for the shorts and bias binding, a thin athletic knit from JoAnn for the compression shorts, and the thick Superflex knit from JoAnn for the waistband. The only modification I made was to make the waistband pieces 1" taller to make them more like the Super G waistband. This is the size 14 with a size 16 waistband. I need to take them apart and make the waistband a little smaller. The SAL videos are at
They were incredibly helpful! I'm always nervous about any kind of binding attachment/topstitching/anything that can't be done on a serger. I did have a bit of a hard time hemming the compression shorts. The fabric is a less stable knit than what I usually use.

Kid sews- Joggers, Shorts, and Sequin Pouch

Another sequin shaker pouch, this one with a party hat corgi. Gabriel's reversible shorts (CKC) with Everest/Skye on one side and Stitch on the other. Baby Bear Joggers (P4P) in anchor Doodles and Paw Patrol fabric left over from tank backs. From 1 yard, I got 2 tank backs, 1 full length joggers front, 1 shorts length jogger front, and 1 pair of boxers (all 4T size).

Cricut Crafts- Odd Squad Party Decorations

My son turned 4 and wanted an Odd Squad Party (his favorite show right now, on PBS). There's not a lot of decorations/merch readily available, so I made all the decorations myself with my Cricut.

Banner- holographic cardstock attached to pre-cut banner flags

Large insignia signs- cardstock

3D jackalope head- cardstock. This is a free project in Design Space and I found an assembly instructions video on YouTube.

Spiral decorations and confetti- party foil. This is non adhesive and fairly inexpensive. Making custom confetti is so much fun! The spiral shapes are in Design Space.

Scientist T-shirt- Siser Easyweed HTV. Badge made from print-and-cut gold smooth cardstock (decorated with metallic silver and bronze markers) and a backing piece of cardstock and pin back.

Goodie bags- adhesive foil decorations on bag containing print-and-cut sticker sheets and print-and-cut mathroom fortune teller (used heavy copy paper because the scoring stylus was tearing regular paper).

Cupcake toppers…

Spoxxy Tank, more Super Gs

The SUAT (designer of Bunzies) gathered back athletic tank (Spoxxy) was retired right when I found out about it. I was super bummed because the Bella Flowy Tank is my favorite RTW option that a lot of screen printing companies offer, and Spoxxy was the closest pattern I'd seen.  Well, the Spoxxy was just rereleased! I thought I'd leave off the band to make it just like the flowy tank, but I decided to do one with the band and try it. I'm super pleased with it. I used clear elastic to do the gathering of the back. It was a little tricky because the clips have a tendency to pop off, but it was less frustrating than gathering with thread and having it break. There's another method where you zigzag stitch over dental floss. I might try that for another project.  Another pair of Greenstyle Super G capris. These are mostly the multi supplex with heavy supplex accents, finishing off the last of my bundle fabric from Zenith & Quasar.
Shirt decorated with metallic and holo…

Diamondback Socks, Paw Patrol Tanks, and more

DiamondbackSocks in Manos Alegria. I tried this pattern in the color way I ended up using for Posey, but it didn't quite work. I went back and bought this one (Locura Fluo) so I could use the pattern.

Fabric scrap Bunzies and Pirate Booty boxer briefs. We made matching kid and Dad Rubick's cube t-shirts with heat transfer vinyl cut on the Cricut Maker.

 5K tank from Elliedactyl in special Paw Patrol panel and coordinating print from Embotts. There's a code to get the pattern free in the Elliedactyl group on Facebook. The fabric is sold out, FYI.

Zigzagular and Posey Socks

ZigzagularSocks (added one extra twisted stitch column to motif) in White Birch Fiber Arts "Nothing Says 'Screw You' Like a Rainbow" I bought this same yarn at Stitches 2017 but Sean claimed it for a hat. I got it again this year and finally have my rainbow socks.

Sort ofPosey, but stockinette stitch instead of garter and one colorway instead of two and seaming instead of joining the sole. Also ribbing instead of picot edge. Manos Alegria in Carnaval.

Sweetheart Peplum top and Xpress Tank

Sweetheart Peplum top-
I'm working up to making a dress with a circle skirt for a really special "round" of fabric from Rikipedia. I'm trying to decide what bodice style to make. I assumed I'd make the Sweetheart, but I wanted to try it in something else to check the fit since I think I to size up in custom C/L after what happened with my last Sweet Tee. But of course I don't have any custom CL I want to risk on an experiment, lol. I had some Refined Ponte from JoAnn and realized that the peplum top version would go great with the pencil skirts I never wear because I don't know what to wear them with. Some people said to size up with this fabric too. I had some extra room in shoulders, sleeves, and under the bust, so I'd probably want to go back to my regular size and do a FBA to one size up. I also lowered the neckline quite a bit. Overall it's more of a success than I thought it was going to be before I hemmed it. I didn't realize I needed …

Spring Basics- Free Spirit Tank and Mashup

Free Spirit Tank with sleeves and armscye traced from the Sweetheart dress pattern.

Cut on the "dress" line then hemmed to hang evenly. More of a tunic length. Super comfy in the DTY knit.

Full back FST with narrower a-line much as I could fit on the fabric I had left over from the leggings. Between crop and shirt length, simply serged around the bottom edge. I couldn't get a great looking rolled edge with the thread I had available in a good color.

Cricut Knife Blade Crafts

The knife blade for the Cricut Maker is finally available! I used the Cricut brand 2mm chipboard for this Paw Patrol sign and a faceplate for one of Bryan's electronics projects. This is sealed and painted chipboard with adhesive vinyl for the white paw pads. The chipboard pieces took about 8-10 minutes each to cut. It took about 20 passes. You should stay nearby in case you need to clear debris from in front of the blade. I've also done test cuts ok craft foam and the results look amazing.

Knitting FO: Liguria Brioche Cowl

After 12 years of knitting, my first brioche knitting project. It's so smooshy! (And really not difficult at all.) This is Yarn Love Amy March DK yarn from Stitches West 2016. The original Liguria pattern is a hat. I cast on twice the number of stitches (med size) for a cowl. I had some yarn left over, maybe enough for a less slouchy hat, a child hat, or a child cowl.

Spring basics- Nina, Pegs, Bunzies

Feeling inspired to use some of the fabrics I stashed after Black Friday sales. The floral DBP (So Sew English) became a Nina and Bunzies. The pink DBP (also SSE) became Peg Legs (as always, with the contour waistband from the add-on pack) to wear with the Nina (and a Free Spirit Tank in progress). The grey brushed DTY poly from Knitpop is becoming a Free Spirit Tank dress with armscye and sleeves from the Sweetheart dress. (Similar mashup tutorial here.) I made Bunzies with the leftovers. I love this DTY fabric but I'm not sure where to currently get more.

Cricut Crafts- Unicorn Pouch, Baby Gift, Star Wars Day Shirt

Zipper pouch with a sequins behind a layer of clear vinyl. Regular, electric, glitter, and holographic Siser Easyweed HTV on a canvas fabric. This is a mashup of a See Kate Sew tutorial and graphics from Caluya Design.

Baby shower gift set- Baby Bear Joggers from Patterns 4 Pirates (print is Doodles cotton interlock from Joann and solid from Purpleseamstress) and HTV (Siser Easyweed) decorated onesies with graphics from LoveSVG

Shirt for Star Wars Day with free graphic from Thread & Grain.

Me Made May: Dany Sweet Tee and Super G Shorts

Sweet Tee from Patterns for Pirates in Game of Thrones cotton/Lycra panels from Made Whimsy and solid from Purpleseamstress. I was planning on incorporating my pink dragon scales from Threaded Candy Customs for long sleeves, but it's almost summer now. I made the same size that I'd made in hacci sweater knit, but it was too tight in CL...really clingy in the back. (It probably would have been ok in a dark color, but the white is not very forgiving.) I took it apart and added a stripe of the teal all the way from sleeve to hip on both sides. (It's a dolman.) It's a little "sportier" than I had in mind with the side stripes, but I'm pretty happy with it.

Super G athletic tights pattern from Greenstyle Creations. I made a quick short, pockless version to check the fit because this is a new designer and new pattern for me. The shape that Greenstyle drafts for is further away from my shape than P4P's, but it wasn't too hard to adjust. The reason I bou…

Cat Purse Cricut Project

I found the template and instructions for the purse base at See Kate Sew. I used Cricut brand metallic leather (rose gold). It takes 2 sheets but there is enough left over for some bracelets. I used the strong grip mat (smooth side of leather down) and the deep cut blade+housing. I used the setting for that material. It goes over each cut 3-4 times. It worked perfectly.
I had already downloaded this super cute free kitty face SVG here. I just resized it to fit the purse template. I used a mix of regular, "electric", and glitter Easyweed HTV. The bow is cut from the Cricut brand felt with the rotary cutting blade. I've learned it's better to use the "felt, acrylic" setting than the setting that corresponds to the Cricut brand felt.
My old Janome Jem Gold didn't have any trouble with the leather. I don't have a walking foot or Teflon foot or anything. I used a leather needle and regular thread.

Easter painting crafts

Trying something new with my acrylic pouring. These had stencil vinyl applied after a solid base coat. The vinyl was removed after the pour was added on top. (Sort of a modified PVPP method.) More details below.

For this one I was trying to get separation between the green and pink (which worked great, inspired by this video) but I used too much white and lost some of the contrast with the white shimmer base cost). I added glitter paint to the lettering after uncovering it.
This came out great. I think the paint mixture was a little thick and/or not enough paint in the cup (these are all flip cup). I had to tilt the wood a lot to get coverage and lost some cells doing that. For this one I actually used 2 different flip cups at the same time to keep the color groups separated.

OK...alllll the details. The bunny shape is from Target and already had some kind of finish/laminate/paint on it. The egg was a wooden "charger" also from Target. I didn't put any sealer on these b…

Easter paper crafts

Cardstock flowers from Cricut Design Space "make it now" section (Hoppin Easter Bouquet)
I've been trying so many different adhesives for paper crafting, but haven't been happy with any of them. I use textured cardstock, so that might be part of the problem. For this project I went back to good old fashioned rubber cement and it worked great! I used hot glue to attach the wire stems. I bought some new "less mess" glue sticks but haven't had a chance to try them yet.

Candy hugging animals project from Cricut Design Space. The machine draws and cuts. I figured these eggs might be too big for a 3yo to eat in one sitting (and I was right) but the project was so cute! I used glue dots to attach the paper animals to the candy wrappers.

Cricut Suncatcher Preschool Craft

Design Space file link here.

I used clear Contact paper for the suncatcher. For a kiss cut, you can use the regular "vinyl" setting. To cut all the way through the paper and backing (like I did to prep ahead of time), use the "heat transfer" setting. (Don't use that for regular HTV, use the "iron on" setting. Lol.)

A 12" x 12" square of contact paper is big enough for two sets of large + small circles.

I attached the larger Contact paper circle to the flower cutout and covered it with its backing paper. I placed the face cutouts on the smaller contact paper circle and covered it with its backing paper.

At school, I unwrapped the flower cutout + sticky paper (one at each of 3 stations) and  let the kids attach petals and leaves. I asked them which color face they wanted and helped them peel the backing off the face and stick it on top of the petals.