New Horizons Designs

New Horizons Designs sells very well drafted pdf patterns for men, women and children. My favorites are the Bali Blouse, Sunset Cami, and Portlander shorts/pants! Check them out here: https://newhorizonsdesigns.com/?affiliates=fe9fc289c3ff0af142b6d3bead98a923 (aff)

Portlander Shorts Hack!

Counting how many Portlander pants I have is a bit like asking me how old I am…I’m pretty sure I’m over 35, but unless I do the math, I can’t *quite* remember by how much 😉 That’s totally OK though, because it gives me the freedom to sew a few more pairs- and since I’m…

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Hacked! Summit Peak Hoodie with Nursing Access

I’ve been waiting on the women’s Summit Peak Hoodie ever since I tested the children’s version late last year. I’ve actually thought about using the largest kids size, but that can be problematic, as I’m not really proportioned like a kid, despite being pretty petite. So I was really excited to see it finally come…

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The Family that wears Camo together….

One of my sewing goals for 2018 was to make more things for my husband and sons, and to delve more into their fitting needs, as well as my own (see the whole post here). I’ve had 30 years (plus or minus a few…won’t say which!) to evaluate my body shape and its fitting idiosyncrasies-…

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Raglan Round Up! (Part 1)

When I first started sewing indie patterns I was shocked that pretty much every designer had a raglan pattern. Why, I wondered? Don’t they know that style has already been “done”? After sewing a couple though, I quickly realized that while the basic design was the same, they all put their own spin on the…

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Ringing in the New Year in my PJs

New Year’s is fast approaching, and it’s time to get dressed for the occasion. Some people make fancy, sexy clothes for a night out on the town, but my favorite way to ring in the new year is curled up on the couch, watching a movie, and cuddling with my hubby. I’m not saying champagne…

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Bear-O-Flauge

You know how sometimes you spend hours sewing your kid something, picking out the perfect fabric, and the perfect pattern- and then they totally hate it? Like tantrum on the floor, refuse to even put it in the drawer hate it? That used to be this kid. Everything I sewed him, he hated- so I…

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Superstar Hoodie!

My boys have grown like crazy this summer, as boys in general tend to do when you’re not looking. All of a sudden, they’re big seven year olds, and that sweet baby look is being replaced by a more mature confidence as they step forward in their journey toward becoming men. Its amazing and heartbreaking…

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A Vermont State of Mind….

I’ve heard amazing things about fall in Vermont, and though I’ve never been, the Vermont Cardigan from New Horizons Designs has been calling my name as the perfect way to usher in the cooler weather and stay cozy while the kids make forts out of the neighbors’ leaf piles (if you’re my neighbor, and you’re…

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NO MORE Dinosaurs in Church on Christmas!

I don’t ask my boys to dress up often- I’m usually pretty laid back about what they wear, but I every year on Christmas and Easter I go digging frantically through their drawers to come up with something church appropriate for the holidays. And I usually come up empty- as their fashion sense leans more…

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My Favorite things in (sewing) life are FREE!

There are a number of sayings in our culture cautioning people not to trust a free product- and while sewing is far from being an economical hobby (at least for me!), I’ve actaully found the opposite to be true with regard to patterns: many of my favorites are FREE! In fact, a designer’s free pattern…

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