Browse Month: April 2016

A New Friend with a New Fabric Collection …  

Does it get any better???

Not long ago I received an email from an online sewing acquaintance, that instantly made my day.  I knew Audrey from my involvement with Top Stitchers (so ready for season 4 by the way!) and I was very familiar with her blog Skirt Fixation  so imagine my excitement when she mentioned she would be in my area coming up and wanted to know if I wanted to meet up?  Um… hello?!  Of course I said yes!!

She is so incredibly sweet and it never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to chat and how quickly an hour goes by when you share a passion for the same things.  Our first get together seemed to fly by and we vowed to get together again soon.

When she reached out to me about helping with some photographs for her current blog tour, I was thrilled.  I got to see a sneak peek at this gorgeous fabric she designed, which was amazing!   I also think we decided on the best setting, it really helped showcase the outfit she made.

Gorgeous right????

I still hesitate to call myself a photographer but I love how these turned out.  Its easy when you have a beautiful subject, seriously her daughter is a pro!

Looking forward to our next get together, hopeful that we can stretch it beyond an hour this time because gosh that just goes by so fast!

In the meantime,  I know i’ll be headed over to pick up some of this gorgeous fabric for an upcoming project so be on the lookout for it soon!

And you don’t want miss her blog tour this week where you can find some more lovely inspiration with the Floral Radiograph line she designed PLUS while you’re there, you can enter her giveaway!!

Duds for Dudes – a tour of all things boy (and our neighborhood)


By now you likely all know my love for Euro fabrics, so when Mabel Madison made a call for boys blog tour, you didn’t have to twist my arm to sign up!   They carry an awesome variety of high quality knits and an especially good section of more boyish prints.  They were also awesome enough to provide the fabric for today’s post, so huge thank you to Emily at Mabel Madison!

I fell in love with these Happy Little Buses by Stenzo and knew they would make the perfect summer shorts.  I had a slightly different plan for the stars (also Stenzo) but things changed, so while this is a little busier than my normal choices for an outfit, its a great match for my busy guy.  And speaking of busy…he is ALWAYS on the move, as evident in our photo shoot, haha!  I thought i’d let him lead the way (since asking him to stand still and smile is out of the question) and he led alright… a tour all around the neighborhood!  LOL!!


The Coastal Craze Baggies were EXACTLY what i’d envisioned for these shorts.  Knee length but not sloppy, POCKETS and an elastic waist. I’d come across them in the Peek-a-Boo shop before I think, but sometimes I need to have a fabric in mind for me to really decide on a pattern.  I sent a message about wanting to use the pattern and  Amy from Peek-a-Boo was kind enough to send it over for me to feature for today.


As with every PAB pattern i’ve used in the past, the directions were clear and the pieces all went together perfectly.   I’m thrilled with how they fit and we will be using this pattern for ALOT more this season.


The top I decided on is the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates.  Just a simple raglan but fits well and is a super quick sew.

Of course he would be drawn to the drains, anything that should be off limits right?

After following along to all of his “come on mom, your too slow” motions I have to say, this kid is the best.  He’s so curious, and has found lots of things he loves doing, things he giggles a little after he does cause he knows its not ok… like walking the curb 😉



Want more awesome boy inspiration??  Follow along the rest of our Duds for Dudes tour!



Mabel Madison is really thrilled to host a week-long blog tour focused on sewing for BOYS! Every day this week, you’ll have a chance to visit with a few of our friends and see what they have made for their boys. Here are today’s stops: