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Reindeer Fabric Palooza

One night last spring I was drunk and bought 4 yards of holiday Fair Isle printed jersey fabric.


The first time I’ve ever gotten a rib-knit neck right on the first try!

That’s a lot of fabric for not having any projects in mind.


Drafted a t-shirt pattern for my husband!
Jorna tank for me.

I decided to spread it as far as I could into as many holiday outfits as possible for several of my favorite people:


flashback tees for my boys.


My niece and nephew!


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Jorna Junior!



Jorna Juniors!


Fancy Pants Leggings by Titchy Threads

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happy holidays.


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Infinity Sweater

Karen from One Girl Circus has a great new pattern out called the Infinity Sweater.

I love the look of an Infinity Sweater in Jersey, which can be worn in countless ways, but for the cold end of fall, I longed for something super warm.


So I made a version of the Infinity out of flannel!  And not just any flannel! Made by Rae’s flannel Fanfare Foxes!

Sorry for the grainy photos here.  Terrible fall lighting + dead camera + blogging with kids = my excuses.


The first time I saw Rae’s little foxes, I just wanted to drape myself in them.  Screw kid’s clothes – it was time to ensconce myself in flannel.  I am a modern-day George Costanza.


George ensconced in velvet

But I didn’t stop at the foxes!  I made another version for a friend out of some really fun woven fabric.



Blankets as fashion – this is me:


nicole6These “tribal” sweaters (ugh – there’s a better word I’m sure, but that’s the one getting used) are so hot right now.  Check out this one from Anthropologie:

anthroAnd I made one more.  This one I made from just cheap JoAnns flannel, as it was my first experiment with a flannel Infinity.  A wearable muslin, if you want.

plaidSo cozy! I love it.  I love all three of them and they are WARM.  If you’re looking for a socially acceptable way to wear your slanket out in public this is it.

plaid3  A couple tips if you want to try this look yourself.

  • Get the pattern – it’s awesome and can be made as-is, or given slight alterations to take on INFINITE design ideas.
  • Go a size-up – the Infinity is designed for stretch fabric, and if your fabric doesn’t stretch you should account for that for a better fit.
  • Play with the front-flap lengths.  If you’re making this from a thin fabric (like most t-shirt jerseys) then you could keep them full-length so you can wear the cardigan in multiple ways (as a wrap! tied behind your back! over your neck!).  But if you’re making this from a thicker fabric and know you’ll ONLY wear it open, you may want to shorten the flaps.
  • For the foxes Infinity, I shortened the flaps so it’s all the same length around when worn, and I actually hand-tacked a fold to keep a certain look in place.  Let’s call the a couture hand-sewing element, rather than a weird cheat ; )



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International Quilt Festival

I was very honored to have had two of my quilts accepted into the Modern Quilt Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  See all of the exhibit’s quilts here…

“Trapezoids at Work” originally blogged here


“Archicoop” – more pictures here – and featuring my homegirl Rossie who teaches this applique method.


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Felix Quilt

Here’s a take on a Positive Space quilt in perky yellows, oranges, and blues.  It’s for a new darling boy who was born a couple of weeks ago.


I love these Lizzy House fabrics and also, if you look at the picture above, I like the chevron prints that I cut on angles.  Sort of fun, huh?


I used yellow thread for the quilting; a zig-zag stitch done with my walking foot.


I love this binding with the plaid, and the backing is shirting fabric.  It is so incredibly soft!



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Knocked-Up Jorna Maternity Dress Pattern

Are you in the family way? Baking a bun in your womanly oven? Then I’ve got GREAT news for you!  A brand-new Jorna pattern – the Knocked-Up Jorna! 


This dress pattern will fit pre-pregnant sizes XS-XL.  A comfortable knit dress, perfect for the growing pregnant form. A semi-fitted bodice that extends to an empire waisted flounce. This jumper is long enough to be worn on its own during hot days, but looks great with skinny jeans or leggings. An outfit that can grow with you and remain in your rotation post-pregnancy.

This pattern is recommended for stretch knit fabrics, such as jersey or rayon-poly blends. Four pieces, no darts, no zippers, and no binding makes for a fast assembly! All-in-one lining creates clean lines at the neck and armholes.


Available on etsy and craftsy.

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Date Night Blouse

Hello everyone!  I needed a top to wear for a summer wedding, and what could be more perfect than transforming the beautiful date night dress pattern by April Rhodes into a blouse?


This worked perfectly with a bright pink pencil skirt I made, but I also love it with jeans.   The transformation was simple, as I just cut the pattern straight down from the armpits to my desired length.  I finagled little hemmed slits on the sides going up about two inches for a bit of muffin top wiggle room.

tsuru2  I adore these flirty sleeves and the french seams are a delight.  And can we talk about the fabric?  I’ve been wanting to drape myself in this 1000 cranes fabric from the Tsuru collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  Now was the time.


Are you addicted to jeans?  Or are you mostly in dresses?  I tell you what, I am FEELING the fall breeze we’re getting here in Michigan.

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Pattern Walkthrough – Backless Dress

I needed a nice summery dress for a good friend’s wedding this past July.  She was doing a lot of adorable vintage-y touches to her decor, so I thought I’d finally put this yardage of gentle “grandma” floral to use and make an outfit!



I used this pattern but made my share of alterations.  It’s vintage (is 90s vintage? I think this is from the 1990s) Simplicity 9494 “Design Your Own Dress” pattern.


This pattern utilizes facing for the neck and armholes, but I decided to do a full bodice lining so that I could sew on some bra cups.  I also added some bust darts that I self-drafted (imperfectly) on my “muslin” of Dinosaur Train fabric.

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For the all-in-one lining, I made two copies of each bodice pattern piece, put the darts in both the front pieces, and attached the front pieces to the back pieces at the shoulders.  Laying the bodice’s right-sides-together, I then stitched along the red lines indicated below:


And then to attach the sides I did this method, just as in the Jorna pattern!

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The pattern for the basic backless sheath dress has a big. ass. bow on the rump, which I wasn’t feeling 100%. The purpose of the bow was to cover the scrunchy-esque elastic band that joins the gap.  Rather than all of the above, I decided to make a flap that would latch with hook and eyes.  For the exposed skirt in the gap, I finished the top edge and used elastic shirring to gather the fabric.


I hand sewed the cups into place.  They are left-over inserts from a sports bra.  I only attached about 75% of the cup to the lining, leaving the tops of the cups unsewn because i didn’t want to distort the shape of the cup or the lining and I was having problems.  This worked fine. 

I also hemmed the dress considerably shorter than the pattern indicates to add to the sexy sex appeal of my grandma floral dress.


With the exception of the misplaced bust darts, this dress is a success!  Add some fun braided bun mess accented with fake flowers in your hair, and you have a complete look : )


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Jorna Jr. – a toddler’s dress pattern

Just three weeks after the launch of my Jorna pattern, I am so happy to announce the Jorna Jr!  Same silhouette but made to fit 2T – 5T young ladies.


Includes two length options. This is a comfortable knit outfit, perfect for those hot summer days. The tank looks adorable with leggings or pants. The dress begs to be twirled! Great for everyday wear or use as a stylish swimsuit cover!

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At just $6 for the pattern, and utilizing just 1 to 1 1/2 yards of jersey knit, this is a cost-savvy way to dress your dearest in comfort and style!


AND since it’s so much fun to matchy match, why not look into my MOMMY-DAUGHTER option?!  For just $12 (a $3 discount) you can get BOTH the Jorna and the Jorna Jr. pattern downloaded ASAP.


Thanks for reading, and happy sewing!

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Jorna – a tank/jumper/dress pattern

I am so thrilled to announce the launch of my first ever garment pattern THE JORNA (that’s a hard “J” folks).

button3Without further ado, you can buy the pattern through Craftsy and Etsy!  It costs $9, includes sizes XS-XL, three different lengths (tank, jumper, and dress), and full color instructions.  Both stores are set-up with automatic downloads upon purchase.

Can I take a sec to tell you about Jorna?  The focus on the design was to combine comfort and a flattering silhouette.   All three of the lengths offer the same benefit of a semi-fitted bodice, and a relaxed flare below the waist.  The tank is long enough to fully cover your trunk.  No worries about pulling down your top to cover up stomach skin!  The flare sits on the hips loosely, accentuating the waist and smoothing over any hip-area lumps and bumps.


This pattern is just four pieces.  A front, a back, and a front and back lining piece.  All-in-one lining provides beautifully finished neck and armhole edges without any binding or bias tape!  No zippers, no darts.  Let the knit fabric of your choice do the work accentuating your bodice with relaxed, but form-fitting style.


Running in sizes XS-XL, this will fit a wide variety of womanly shapes and will work for grown-up gals of any age!  Wear the jumper length as a swim-suit cover!  Find some flashy poly-rayon and make the perfect dress for that summer wedding!  The tank paired with jeans is a fabulously comfortable go-to outfit.


Are you afraid of sewing knits? DON’T BE!  You can do this pattern – with just four pieces and no tricky binding, this is a fine first-timer project.  Get yourself a stretch-needle and get sewing!

dorie2If you make one, won’t you please tag it #JornaPattern if you Instagram, or add it to this group if you flickr?


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Lynn’s Atomic Pinwheels


When Lynn showed us her quilts made from her newly released pattern, Atomic Pinwheels, I knew I’d like to try this design myself!  So I volunteered to be one of the pattern testers and gave it a whirl.


This design features a really cool piecing method where you do partial seams and really build the entire quilt top quite fast!


And as for the curved piecing – I can always use the practice.  The inner quarter circle pieces were quick and easy to piece into the arches.  Getting the arch units to go into the larger rectangles took a lot of pins and patience for me, as I’m still learning.

When it came time to quilt I wanted to pick a design that highlighted the movement of the pinwheels and the details of the circles within the blue patterned fabric.

Thanks, Lynn, for giving me the chance to try out this excellent pattern!


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