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Sis Boom Kelsey Dress & Top Pattern

I tested a new pattern from Sis Boom.  Kelsey is a great top/dress with a ruffle and crossover straps.  We hit downtown and had a fun photoshoot.

I love upcycling and used a dress I got from the thrift store in the black fabric.  The other two fabrics are Jennifer Paganelli from Sis Boom.  I had everything in my stash and love the mixture of colors.  My girl looks so pretty in blues....

Back has elastic and I added lace in the straps.

I've been looking for some fun backgrounds downtown and just adore this brick wall and the colors.

Then we found an AMAZING graffiti wall downtown and it's just gorgeous.  My daughter did this pose and it was so perfect.  

I did her hair for the first time in 3 french braids and pony tail.  Super quick and easy.  Will be a staple this summer.

Marlowe Top Pattern by Little Lizard King

Introducing the Marlowe Top & Dress Pattern by Little Lizard King.  It's one of my favorites so far!  SO SO quick and easy to sew up so I know my girl will have tons of these for summer.  You can get the pattern here on sale for $6.99 for a limited time.

I got to test this pattern and it was so much fun to sew up.  I found some bohemian style fabrics from my stash and used 3 different ones.  Batiks have always been a huge love of mine and I think I will need to buy some soon.....

I chose to make a top for my 8 year old.  Now that she's getting older, she still wears dresses but feels more comfortable playing in a top and leggings.  And we can't forget her signature cowboy boots or as we say, cowgirl boots.  We got our first pair last year at Target and I found them on sales a few months ago and bought the next two sizes so you'll be seeing them a lot.  They're the only shoes she likes these days and hey, the gray goes with everything!

We ventured downtown for this photo shoot and man was it fun!  I think she's bored of all the nature shots I normally do.  We just had to avoid some scary looking people in the alleys so it was interesting for sure, but I loved the buildings we found.  I have my eye on the most amazing graffiti wall for a shoot but I think it's a morning location or later than we were there (too sunny).

 This pattern is so quick to sew.  Crossover back allows easy on and off so no zippers or buttons which means time saved!  Front and back bodice goes into a V and has a gathered skirt.  I chose the top length but there's a dress and an incredible boho length too.

 I made a matching headband from all the scraps that is too cute.  I love my girl in blues to match her blue eyes and this definitely is my style all the way since I like to refer to myself as a hippie and ADORE the Bohemian and Moroccan style that has taken over my house. I plan to list some tops in my etsy shop from this pattern.  Just have to figure out fabric combos!

Little Lizard King Seashore Collection Pattern

I LOVE testing patterns for Cassie of Little Lizard King.  She's so sweet, fun, and her patterns are AMAZING and so well done.  This is her latest one - Seashore Collection.  I chose to test the Tunic and I love it.

These are Cassie's pics of the many options with the pattern (found here on LLK).  The pattern includes a tank top, tunic, dress, hi/low dress, maxi, ruffled maxi, shorts and pants romper.  She always gives a lot of options which is wonderful!

This pattern is made of knit, which I'm still a newbie to sewing with.  My daughter loves how soft and comfy it is.  The pattern was very easy to follow and a quick sew.  

There's directions to make an easy elastic casing for the waist.

The straps can be made of any sort of fun trim!  I had this rainbow flower trim in my stash (along with the main and lining knits I used) and I knew my daughter would adore all the color.  I was right!

This version was the first that was tested, and Cassie redid the pattern to have the underarm part higher and not so loose.  Also she raised the hem for the tunic.  I still love the first version too!!!

If you haven't tried any of Cassie's patterns, you should!  And all the other Little Lizard King patterns are great too.  Cassie's also a fellow contributor over at Pattern Revolution which is where I first "met" her.  It's a fun group of sewers from around the world!  So happy to be a part of it...

Elementary Art Project- Snowman with chalk pastels

This is an art project I did this winter with the 4th and 5th graders.  I wanted to have them do snowmen but drawing them at a different angle.  I found a wonderful art project on Pinterest here and used it as my inspiration.

The kids used Sharpie to draw the snowman and then used chalk pastels.  I asked them to work on SHADING the snowman, using two colors next to each other on the color wheel and blend around the edges.  Then I said to use a contrasting color for the background so the snowman would POP!

The kids only drew two out of the three snowballs that make up a snowman.  And I encouraged them to have the snowman go off the page.

I just love the creativity they came up with and how different they all were!  I think they really enjoyed this one.  My goal in teaching art to elementary kids is to have them think of things differently, to expand their thinking.  I want them to be creative and think outside the box.

I think this one is so funny, kind of like a Minecraft snowman!

Little Lizard King Ruchie Pattern- Cowgirl Bandana Dress

I tested an incredible pattern for Cassie of Little Lizard King recently.  It's the Ruchie I'm in LOVE!  It is going to be great for my daughter's summer wardrobe and I hope to put some in my shop too. 

Since we live in the wild west, I went with a blue bandana fabric from my stash.  I think I got it at Walmart (!!) a bit ago.  

We had a lot fun with this photo shoot.  She's getting so good at modeling!

The Ruchie pattern includes directions to make a dress, peplum top or romper.   

I added some black ribbon that I had for the trim on the front bodice.

The back can be shirred or can be made with elastic in casings.  I did the elastic.  The straps can be halter or can go through a fabric loop and tied in a bow like I did.  Cassie LOVES options and all her patterns are such a great value with tons of options.  I really appreciate that!

My daughter loves it a lot.  My straps are too far out and bothered her arms, and either I messed up or she changed them in the final pattern, so I will be moving them in a bit and it will be perfect!

Recovering my Sewing Chair

Here's a chair I refinished for my sewing room.  I love it!  I got the chair at a thrift store for $5.  I loved the metal frame.  It was covered in a brown/peach velvet that had to go!

It was covered in a brown/peach velvet that had to go!

First I took out a lot of screws, then staples. 

I used the old fabric as a pattern and cut out my new fabric from that.  I pulled tightly and stapled from each side to keep it even.  My little staple gun from the craft store worked perfectly!  I love that thing.


Screwed top back and bottom back onto frame and it's so comfy and pretty when I sew.

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