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Halloween DIY Costume | Rey from Star Wars

Are you ready for Halloween this week? Or will you be burning the midnight oil to get those DIY costumes done? This year my kids opted for store-bought costumes, which gave me a chance to make a new costume for myself! I chose Rey from Star Wars, specifically her outfit from The Last Jedi. We don’t do much to celebrate but it’s fun to answer the door to trick or treaters while all costumed up myself! I used Simpilicity 8718 and it Read More...

DIY Rey & Jedi Costumes | Halloween 2017

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to sew for. There is whimsy, imagination and the joy of pretending to be your favorite characters from the big screen. We don’t do Star Wars every year, but it does seam to weave it’s way in to our Halloween pretty frequently! TheFabricMarket.com is THE BEST place to get fabrics for costumes because the prices are so affordable! My daughter decided soon after the movie release that she wanted to be Rey. We used Read More...

Sew Your Own Messenger Bag!

This fall, I asked my kids whether they wanted a store-bought or mom-made backpack for the new school year. My daughter chose store-bought but my son asked me to sew him a mom-made Messenger Bag. We worked together to get the design he had in his head and I’m here today to share the result with you! Since this bag was for a 9 year old boy, I knew it had to be canvas (durable) and I knew it had to be black Read More...

Sewing Activewear | Ballet & Dance

If you live locally, you know that F&M fabrics has the best selection and pricing on dance fabrics in town! They have some great stuff online too, which you can see here. Last summer, my daughter and I started taking a combo dance class and an adult beginner ballet class, respectively. After a few months of loving it, I thought it’d be fun to make some dance wear for us. Fortunately, I walked into the store as the black spandex was being Read More...

Make Your Own Jeans | New Pattern, Helpful Tools & Tips

Jeans are such a wardrobe essential – the weekend uniform &, for many, the daily garment of choice. Yet many people who sew steer clear from making their own pair. Maybe it’s the metal rivets and zipper that are daunting or the idea of all that top-stitching. But making your own jeans is very rewarding if you aren’t afraid to jump in and learn some new skills. I’ll even share some tools and tips to help you get professional results. The Read More...

Introducing, Sir Knight!

Did you make any Halloween (or other) costumes this year with fabrics from TheFabricMarket.com or F&M Fabrics, locally? We’d love to see them on our facebook page. Some have already shared their creations so jump on in and show us what you’ve come up with! This year, my son asked to be a knight. In a happy coincidence, his schooling the month leading up to Halloween covered knights and the middle ages from a variety of sources so we had Read More...

Glitter Chiffon Maxi Dress

Hi this is Jaime again from MadeByJaime. A few weeks back, Caitlin posted this Glitter Chiffon as a part of the weekly Create This Look post, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind! I was gearing up to be a part of a Blog Tour this week as a part of a PDF Pattern Designer’s One Year Anniversary. Kimberly Payne of Straight Stitch Designs had asked us to participate by taking one of her patterns and “hacking it.” We were Read More...

Cowgirl Costume

Halloween is two months away so now is a great time to plan your costume sewing! For a little inspiration today, I’m sharing a Cowgirl costume I made earlier this year. For the shirt, I used the Granville shirt pattern by Sewaholic. It comes in PDF format or in print. You could use any button-up shirt pattern or embellish an existing button-up shirt. I just cut the shirt without the front pockets and then placed tissue paper over the pattern to trace the upper front Read More...

Double Tier Women’s Tank Top

If you’re still facing the heat in your area, you might want to pick up the Tank, Double Tier Tank and Crop Top Pattern by Seamingly Smitten. This is a printable PDF pattern so if you’ve never worked with PDF patterns before, this post has a great explanation for how they work! The subtitle at the top of the Tank, Double Tier Tank and Crop Pattern by Seamingly Smitten says, “sewing patterns for beginners”. Though this is a knit-only pattern, there is Read More...

Opera Costumes

A few month’s back I was asked to make two dresses for a local high school opera production. When I got the text of the pattern I’d be using to make the dresses, I was immediately ecstatic. Simplicity 1715 is an Edwardian style dress that reminded me of Downton Abbey. My husband and I had just caught up with the series and I couldn’t wait to re-create one of Lady Mary’s styles.   There is no better place to get your satin, Read More...