Monday, November 10, 2014


I had enough fabric left over from each of my Renfrews to make my kids their own tees too.
Logan's tee is made using the Vintage V-neck pattern from Blank Slate Patterns. These are pdf patterns for boys and girls. There aren't a lot of cool little boy patterns available buy Blank Slate has a good selection. I made a 4T based on his measurements. There isn't a lot of room for growth so I will go up a size the next time.
Next up is the baby's tee. She just turned 1 year old and is about 20 pounds. I used Simplicity 1566. This is a good pattern for basic separates- tops, pants, jackets, vest, and jumper. I made a size large (18 months). Again, there's not a ton of room for growing. This was also super easy. The most time consuming (and annoying) part was hand sewing snaps on each shoulder seam. These are necessary though so that the top can fit over baby's head.
Both tees came together quickly and they were a great way to use up the leftover fabric.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Pair of Renfrews

These are my third and fourth versions of the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern. My wardrobe is lacking in casual tops that are suitable for Fall/Winter. The Renfrew top is perfect for filling in that gap.
I made the long sleeve version with the V-neck (my favorite neckline). My original review is here. I've lost some weight since then so I went down one size. I left the length as is.
They went together quickly and easily, each taking less than two hours on a conventional machine.
Aren't the prints cool? They were both from Girl Charlee Fabrics. The fox print can be found here, and the bird print can be found here. They are each available in other color ways as well.
What basics will you be adding to your wardrobe for the cooler weather?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer's Last Hurrah: Bombshell Swimsuit

A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of going to Panama City, Florida for our annual visit to my in-laws. It was hot and humid, and daily swimming was a must.
What more can I say about the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern from Closet Case Files? It is well-drafted, easy to sew, and looks great on a variety of body types.
I used a matte black nylon-spandex from Spandex World. I also purchased a black swimsuit lining from them. I got the bra cups on Etsy.
I didn't make any changes to the fit or construction. And, as I am one of the last members of the online sewing community to sew this, I will let you refer to the multitude of reviews from others who have gone before me.
When we arrived back to New Mexico, the weather was already beginning to change. Fall is in the air and I am now planning my cool weather sewing plan.