Monthly Archives: June 2012


1 yard rayon challis or other drapey type fabric. Here is a link to the fabric we used.

2 yards contrasting bias tape

1 yard (optional) decorative trim



Cut 2 pieces using the diagram below. An example of finding the bottom measurement would be:

30″ waist/2+8





1. Attach bias tape to top of front and back pieces

2. If adding an extra decorative trim, pin then sew a couple inches below the bias tape (I did 2”).

3. Right sides facing each other,  pin then stitch the sides of the shirt.

4. Hem bottom of shirt/sleeves.

5. You are going to stitch the top together at the far edges and again on either side of your neck.  You can pin this first and try it on to get the spacing right.  Attach the two sides by doing a short stitch back and forth a few times.

6. That’s it! You’re done!  Time to start your next project.





Today is my birthday!!  yea!   I decided to make myself a birthday dress from Colette’s new Lily Dress pattern.  Which was an easy choice for me since Colette Patterns are my favorite and I’ve been itching to test out one of her new patterns.  The Lily dress was fun to make and it went together pretty easily and quickly.  I used a cotton/stretch fabric in charcoal for the main dress and a cute retro floral dot from Moda fabrics for the pockets and top. For extra contrast I used a red pipping along the pockets and top edge.






Going to a party but don’t have the right bag?  Are you inhibited on the dancefloor by your giant, cumbersome purse?  Good news!  Here is a simple tutorial for a totally adorable clutch!  Its easy to make and even easier to individualize.



1/4yd fabric for exterior (if this is a directional print, you’ll need ½ yd). Here is a link to the fabric we used.

1/4yd fabric for lining

1 1/8 yd chain

1/3 yd decorative elastic

1 button

¼ yd peltex





 1. Cut 9×15” rectangles of the exterior and lining fabrics.

2.Cut a piece of Peltex that is 8×14”.   This will be fused to exterior fabric, but you don’t want it in the seam allowances, that would just make your life miserable! 

  3. Cut a 2 pieces of exterior fabric that are 9″x5″.  Round the edges.  Cut another piece of peltex that is 8″x4″, so that it’s not in the seam allowances.




1. Fold exterior fabric in half, right sides together and stitch up sides, 1/2” from edge.  Repeat for lining.


         2 .Trim any excess fabric and turn exterior right side out.  Fold peltex in half and slip it in to the envelope.  Press to fuse.  This is an unconventional approach, but trust me, anything is better than trying to flip a project with Peltex fused to it!


3.Slip lining inside and get it nicely in place.


 4.Stitch flap pieces together.  With right sides facing in, sew ½” from edge.  Slip your pre cut piece of peltex  in and iron!


       5. Mark center of flap and pin the elastic down so it loops down, like the picture above, and carefully stitch it.  Make sure not to stretch the elastic!



  6. Here is the trickiest part: Fold the exterior and lining sides down, hiding raw edges, pin.  On one side, pin in the flap, still folding down the edges around it. Stitch.



   7. Use little loops of excess fabric or ribbon to attach chain to sides.  


  8.Sew on your button

  9. Trim excess threads, make sure everything looks good and go wear it out on the town!!!!!




A couple months ago we started a Decades of Style Pattern contest. Here are the top 6 entries from the contest.   The winner of the contest goes to the 1930’s Butterfly Blouse, she will get to pick any three patterns from Decades of Style patterns.  Thank you Decades of Style for sponsoring this awesome contest!!!

1930’s Lilly Jacket

1930’s Lily Jacket                            1930’s Kitchenette Pajamas

1930’s Butterfly Blouse WINNER!                      1930’s Button Dress





Are you afraid of zippers and buttons? Do you sew mainly in knits to avoid difficult closures? If so, Pearl snaps are going to be your new favorite thing! This tutorial will show you how to add these easy and stylish snaps to your next project. Also, did you know we have them in a variety of colors?!? Button holes take forever and when one goes wrong it can ruin a garment! The only tools you need besides what comes in the package is a hammer and a spool of thread.


1. Your work surface is important. You need a slightly padded area that is still firm. A carpeted floor is perfect or lay a thick towel out on a table. If you don’t use a padded surface, your pearls will crack when you hammer them and that’s not good for anyone!

2. Mark your garment where you want your snaps to go. You probably want to interface or at least be going through double layers or else the snap might rip your fabric.

3. I like to start with the top part of the snap (the pearl part) because it is the face of the closure. You will need piece A and piece B (the part with the pearl and the piece that looks like a doughnut). Push piece A through the face of the fabric so that the prongs are sticking out on the other side. The back of the package says you can press a pencil eraser onto the backside to pull the prongs through. I couldn’t find a pencil but had a glue stick handy and it worked just fine!

4. Place piece B on the other side of the fabric so that the raised inner ring is facing the prongs of piece A.

5. Put a spool of thread on top of the piece and hammer lightly. The pieces should be joined together. If not, put the spool back and try hammering again until the top of the snap seems secure

6. It’s the same idea for the bottom half. Piece D goes through the wrong side of the fabric, piece C fits into the prongs on the other side. Put the spool in place and hammer until its secure!

7. Test your snaps, make sure everything is really well hammered in, and, VOILA! You have an awesome closure ready to be shown off on the town.

For an awesome way to use your new pearl snap skills, check out our Circle Skirt with Pearl Snaps tutorial!


Happy Sewing!