Portlanders!

You know my well documented love for comfy pants (examples here and here)- it turns out I’ve managed to pass on my obsession to my children! When New Horizons put out the testing call for the girls Portlander Pants, I knew they would be the perfect summer and winter staple for Princess! There are so many…






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Suit Up For Summer: Keeping Cool in the Pool

    School countdown is in the single digits, the temperature is rising and the flip flops are claiming a permanent spot in the doorway: summertime must be (almost) here! And that means swimming, swimming, swimming. I’ve mentioned before that it gets mighty toasty around here (triple digits!) during the summer, so cooling off in the…






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Sewing Swimwear: Supplies

Welcome to the first installment in my series on Sewing Swimwear: Supplies! Before last month, the total amount of swimwear I had sewn myself totaled 1- and that 1 was an ill-fated attempt at a one piece several years ago. That suit literally disintegrated after a few uses, and so I put swimwear on the…






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That Girl’s Got Moxi!

According to the Urban Dictionary, “moxie” means “sass, spunk, attitude” and can also be used to refer to  someone as a “hot chick”. I’m not sure about the latter (I’m in my 30s now, I think only my husband still says this about me), but the former certainly describes how I feel in these shorts-…






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Flat Piping Tutorial and Shark Bait!

      I had the opportunity to sew up a few more of the prints up for preorder from Max and Meena Fabric this weekend, and I just love how they turned out! The minute I received the fabric I knew it would be a big hit with my boys, but that I also wanted to…






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Lago my Tank!

I have something very exciting to share with you today- A FREE PATTERN! Everyone loves free, right?! Sometimes, free patterns skimp on quality, but that is definitely not the case here- the Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch is a sumer staple, with impeccable drafting, excellent instructions (I would even say this would be good for…






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The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…






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En Garde!

My son O loves to fence. He picked it up earlier this year, and it has done amazing things for his self confidence, especially since it is the first activity he has participated in without his twin brother. When they are together, people tend to underestimate him since he is so much smaller, but when he…






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Belle of the ball (or pool…)

After my last swimsuit success, I was looking forward to trying my hand at sewing another suit, this time with some really gorgeous custom swim fabric from the Magical round over at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. When a group puts up fabrics for their strike off seamstresses, there is usually an opportunity to chime in and…






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Light as a Feather…

I’ve been holding out on you! Sly Fox actually sent me TWO prints to work with, the first here, and the second being this gorgeous rayon spandex feather print. Its difficult to tell from the photos, but there is actually a really nice subtle stripe in the background of this print, lending it a sophistication…






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