A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, May 19, 2023

Love Notions Sonata Dress

 Another great pattern by Love Notions with a million possibilities!

I had to lengthen the bodice 2” and lower the bust dart 2”.  But overall this pattern was a great sew. I did not add pockets since my fabric choice was a bit stiff.

$7.00 dress!

Happy Sewing

Monday, May 15, 2023

Designer Stitch Beth Dress

 I watched a few episodes of Yellowstone and I'm probably the minority of not really liking the show.  But when Designer Stitch put out a pattern test for their new Beth dress, I was in love! Unfortunately I had been so busy with "other" life events that I was unable to pattern test the dress and had to wait for the Beth dress pattern release.  

Woven fabrics are not as forgiving as sewing with knit fabrics but after 4 muslins I was happy with my pattern adjustments.  I used a floral print challis fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics I purchased earlier this year.  Next time I may consider using a fabric with a little more structure than the challis.  Medium weight woven .

Designer Stitch Beth Dress

Sweetheart neckline

Invisible zipper

I love the sleeves.  The shirring just gives the dress a little something. 

Shirred sleeve

 Happy Sewing!


Friday, May 12, 2023

Love Notions Pattern-Laundry Day Tee-Nursing Nightgown

 A Momma's got to sew for her soon to be Mom!  A nursing nightgown was the request of the day.  I started with the Laundry Day Tee, lengthened it to knee length, added short sleeves and a hidden panel folded in for a nursing hack.

Love Notions Laundry Day Tee

Back View

Girl M has been sending me nursing/maternity dresses & top she likes.  I'm off to sew something!

Happy Sewing!


Monday, May 8, 2023

McCall's 7976 Nursing Gown

 When Girl M sends me a photo of something she likes I try to sew it up for her!  She sent me this nightgown from Amazon and I knew I had a pattern that I could hack.


McCall 7976

I used View C and lengthened the top 21" to make it knee length.  I only had the Large/XL size so I had to size down for her. I made it out of a jersey knit fabric from my stash.  I think she'll have plenty of room & will be very comfortable.

McCall 7976 Nursing Gown

Back View

I added and elastic band and a plastic container to my dressform to make a pregnant version.  Cracks me up!

maternity dressform

Pregnant version

Side View


Happy Sewing


Thursday, May 4, 2023

Ellie & Mac Gathered Tankini Swim Top

 Living in Florida & having a pool swimwear is a must!  Being very self-conscious about modesty is hard with swimwear.  But the Ellie & Mac Gathered Tankini Swim Top was a possibility.  I sewed up a wearable muslin and overall was happy with the results.

Ellie & Mac Gathered Tankini Swim Top

 Since I was on a roll, I tried the Ellie & Mac High Waist Full Coverage Swim bottoms.  They are reversible but I just used a lining fabric.  The fit is spot on!  

Ellie & Mac High Waist Full Coverage Swim Bottom

Since I had the swim fabric out I made a swim skirt too!  I lengthened the skirt 2".  Perfect!

Swim skirt

Then I had to sew up another swim top.  Just basic black.

Black swim top & swim skirt

Mix & Match

The Ellie & Mac swim collection is a great pattern.  Lots of possibilities to mix and match.

Happy Sewing


Monday, May 1, 2023

Another Surprise!

 Guess who came Early?  We are in LOVE! 

Adaline Louise 8lbs 3oz

All are doing well & we are basking in being Grandparents!

Happy Sewing!


Friday, April 28, 2023

Another Surprise! (Lots of Photos)


Due Date May 4th!

Girl M & Boy AJ are having a Baby!  Our first Grandchild!

7 months


8 months
Girl M was extremely sick during her first two trimesters.  She lost 50lbs.  She finally re-gained 12lbs then caught the flu.  Loosing more weight but has since gained a total of 15lbs!  

8-1/2 months

Our baby is having a baby!

Boy F & Lady K gifted Girl M with a 3-D ultrasound session.  The pictures are amazing!

3-D Ultrasound at 34 Weeks

Baby Adaline

Sucking her thumb

Our Church hosted Girl M & Boy AJ a baby shower.  They received so many wonderful gifts!

Baby Shower

Baby Blessings!

Lots of Blessings!

55 packs of diapers!

3-1/2 Generations!
37 weeks!

She'll always be Daddy's Girl!

I'm all out of surprises!  We're on the countdown for Baby Adaline's arrival.  So if sewing is sporadic or non existent for a while you will know why.

Happy Sewing!