Meet Backpackenstein – a Simplicity 0736 hack

Check out my new backpack!   It’s been put together with a collection of bits and pieces from my son’s old school bags that were worn out and recycled. I had been searching for a good pattern for quite some time but none seemed to have all the details I needed. Luckily, there are a large…

Exciting Announcement!

I’m so happy to announce the grand opening of my very own children’s fashion shop! For many years I have been creating clothing for my close friends and family.  Realizing the fashion possibilities I can design with fabric and crocheting has awakened my inner passion. It especially makes my day to see something I made bring…

Simplicity 1653 wrap dress pattern

First, allow me to say don’t get fooled by the instructions of this pattern!   This is an easy dress to sew if you disregard parts of the instructions. I rarely follow instructions of patterns to the dot but for this pattern I decided to humor it because I noticed a method I had never used…

Replicating your favourite bikini

It wasn’t too long ago the thought of custom making a bathing suit would never cross my mind.   Let alone making one myself! Every time a swimsuit of mine would start losing its elasticity and become all flimsy I’d cringe at the thought of having to go bikini shopping.  It’s been getting harder to find…

Tutorial: Expanding a Tight Skirt

Ok, I know it’s January.  It’s the get-active-lose-weight-and-fit-back-into-your-clothing time of year.  For those who are hard at it, awesome! Keep going!   I think I’m finally getting into a good balance with healthy eating and a workout routine that will hopefully become a life style for me.   Now, while I understand that getting back into shape is something that comes…