Sewing for Kindergarten! The X Factor Dress

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It’s my turn Sewing for Kindergarten! It feels like it’s been forever since I experimented with fabric, and this was a particularly fun experiment – I’m calling it the X Factor Dress. For the duration of production I wasn’t sure whether the X was going to be a critical factor in its success OR the… 

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The Breeze Top from Peaches and Peanuts


Shannon is the creative force behind the popular sewing/crafting/momming blog Little Kids Grow and her own pattern shop Peaches and Peanuts. She just released her very first tween pattern, the Breeze Top!  I know there’s a huge demand for tween patterns in sewing world, so this will make a lot of you very happy. Although I… 

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My Penelope Peplum Dress!


I just love saying that name, Penelope Peplum!  Try it, you’ll feel happier just saying it.  Of course, I’m pretty biased toward the name Penelope anyway.  This is Kate from See Kate Sew’s brand new pattern, and I was lucky enough to get to try it out. When I saw the peplum, I immediately knew… 

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A Very 5 & 10 Christmas


Who’s up for one last Christmas post?  I’m finally getting around to showing you the dresses I made for my girls this year.  Luckily they’re not very Christmassy.  I didn’t want to spend the time making three dresses that would only be good for one month out of the year, especially since all the girls… 

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It’s Summer KCW!


Did you guys know this week is summer Kids Clothes Week?  Because it is.  And you should join in!  The new KCW website is up and running and already full of tutorials and projects.  Lots of your favorite bloggers have been working really hard behind the scenes to add content to the site and make… 

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Pretty in Pink

Do not adjust your screens, this is the actual color of this fabric!  My daughter had a Father/Daughter Dance this weekend for Girl Scouts and needed a dress.  I asked her what kind of dress she’d like, and her complete and vehement instructions to me were: 1. It must be sparkly 2. It must have… 

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Big Bow Dresses

Both of my girls get really, really excited as soon as I start to sew anything at all, wanting to know whether it’s for them. As M saw me hemming her dress she asked me no less than 50 times “is it ready yet? How about now? Ready yet? NOOOOOW IS IT READY?” And when it… 

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The Outfits of Easter Past

We’ve done quite a bit of Easter-y apparel, and it seemed fitting to round it up in one post. Susan’s going to be making Big Bow Dresses this year, even though the willingness of her six-year-old to wear a Big Bow Dress is yet to be determined. It’ll surely be captured for posterity if/when it… 

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A Pony Birthday Dress

Our sweet little friend turned 4 last weekend and had a party at our local equestrian center where the kiddos got to feed horses and take little pony rides.  I thought it would be fun to make her a dress to tie into the theme, and I just happened to have this ages-old Heather Ross… 

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The “It’s all about the fabric” Dress

I had no reason to make this dress, it’s really just about the fabric.  Here’s what happened: I went to the fabric store looking for an ungodly amount of garish polyester for halloween costumes, but amidst all the petroleum based bolts, I discovered this:   A gorgeous pre-stitched one hundred percent cotton bolt of loveliness. … 

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Make Little Dresses

You may have seen yesterday’s post about the dresses I’m making to send along with some fabric and supplies to my new friend Margaret, who is putting them together to send to little girls in Africa.  She’s collecting them through the end of May. Plenty of time to make some simple dresses. Or if you… 

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Unselfish Sewing: Join Us!


Have you already read about Skirt Week? If not, read more here. Entries are already rolling in, and later this month the tutorial fun begins. We’ll follow that with info about sponsors and prizes, and then a really fun week of voting for our favorites. It’s a fun time all around. But today, I’d like… 

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