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A Variation of the Sorbetto

As previously mentioned, I am part of a group that has committed to creating 100 or more items before adding anything to our stash.  That includes both fabric and yarn for me.

In the 3 weeks since I have joined, I have created 14 items.  Wow!  I never thought I would have got through so many so fast.  To be fair, 2 were finishing projects, but that counts too because it gets the project off the sewing/crochet list! Yay!

One of the projects I made is one I’ve been meaning to make for a while now.  It’s a variation of the Sorbetto Tank by Coletterie.  This is a wonderful free pattern that can be found here.

I have made this top once before and really liked it, but the fit of the top was shorter than I like to wear.  So for this version, I added 3 inches to the hem.  I also gathered the neckline instead of having the pleat.


Because I didn’t want to buy anything for this project, and I was out of extra wide double fold bias tape, I chose to change the way the top was finished.  Truth be told, I could have made my own bias tape (it’s really not very hard!), but I decided to go with something different.   To finish the neckline, I just serged around it, then flipped it to the inside, pressed it gently with the iron and stitched it down.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I’m actually pretty happy with the result.  For the armholes, I used single fold bias tape.


I love how it has a very different look from the first Sorbetto I made – such a great base pattern!

Have you made a Sorbetto or a variation of it?  I would love to hear all about it!



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Creating 100

I’ve recently joined a group on Facebook called Creating 100 or More.

This is a group for those of us who have a lot items in our stash – be it yarn, fabric or whatever.  As a member of the group, you try to not buy any more fabric, yarn, etc until you have made at least 100 items using what you already have on hand.  The idea is to use up some of that stash!

This group is exactly what I need!  Although I have bought a lot of fabric and yarn, I have probably been given about triple the amount I have bought for myself.  I have kept the fabric and yarn, even when it’s not my favourite because it could be used for something.  And yet, there it still sits on my shelf.


We get to create our own guidelines, so for myself, if I need thread or a zipper, etc for part of a project, it is okay for me to buy that.  I am going to try to sew from my own patterns and free ones online as much as possible, but I may buy a pattern or two if I need it.

Want to join me?  I would love the company!  I plan to share some of my projects here with you and I hope it will offer you with some inspiration.

I have started a board on Pinterest called Sewing with Scraps.  I have also started adding projects using scrap yarn and single skeins of yarn to my crochet board.  There are so many great ideas out there!  You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Happy crafting!

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Ideas for Home Sewing

So, one of the benefits of closing my shop is that there will be more time for sewing all the other things I have been wanting to sew!  Today I want to share some home sewing inspiration.

I am so in love with this cute little table runner from Moda Bake Shop.


I think a bird pillow like this one from Bless would be such a great addition to the couch.


This pillow is one I want to make for my husband who loves VW vans.  Thanks Tula Pink for this amazing pattern!


I have been wanting to make one of these love trees, seen at The Modern Lady, for my husband as an anniversary gift since I first saw it.  Now might be the time to finally get started on it.


And let’s not forget a quilt.  I have been wanting to learn for a long time and I can’t wait to have a quilt or two in my home.  This quilt tutorial over at Tip Junkie looks great!


Have you made any great stuff for your home?  I would love to hear about it!




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It’s been a while since I have written.

So much has been going on around here.  Changes have been happening.  This blog has been put on the back burner.

I am hoping in the New Year to get into a routine and to find time for blogging again.

(photo via Pinterest)

My poor sewing machine has been fairly quiet recently.  Inspiration and desire has been low, but I know it is just a bump in the road.  I love sewing.

(photo via Pinterest)

I have been crocheting and trying to teach myself to knit (again).

(photo via Pinterest)

Starting next week, I will more than likely be homeschooling one of my children.

It will take time for us to adjust to our new routine.  I’m unsure as to what will happen with the business I have been working over the past few months to start.  There will be adjustments to be made (and remade) in our routines.  But I am excited for the changes.  We have a new direction in life that we are headed into and I think that this new path will only bring us wonderful things.  I am nervous for the time it takes us to adjust, but I am confident the end result will be fabulous!

I hope that I will find time to come here and share with you what I have been making.  I hope to share inspiration and maybe even a little of our homeschooling adventures.  So keep checking in, I’ll be back in the New Year with things to share!

Happy New Year to you all!

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This is Fancy Nancy.   There is a whole wonderful series of books about her.  My 7-year-old adores her!  I can see why too.  You see, much like my own daughter, Fancy Nancy is the only fancy person in her family.  This is not only her favourite doll, but a friend to have tea parties with, have dance parties with and read stories to.

Fancy Nancy would love to be a part of my daughter’s fashion shows, but the poor doll has only one outfit – the one she came with.

Lucky for her, my daughter’s birthday is coming up very soon!  And guess what I made?!?!

A pretty Christmas outfit complete with red satin dress, fur cape and black party shoes!

But that is not all!!!

I also made a tutu-like skirt…

A hat and scarf for the upcoming wintery days…

And a nice fancy and warm blanket and pillow (complete with pillowcase).

And the best part?

She never had any of this on her wish list!!  She will never guess what I made!  But I know she will love it!

This was all so fun to make and I can’t wait to give it to her!

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I took time for some ‘selfish sewing’ recently.  I absolutely love dresses, but wear them so rarely since I had my kids.  Last Christmas, my wonderful little family gave me the book Chic & Simple Sewing.

I immediately fell in love with The Back to School Shift Dress.  It was time to make this lovely dress for myself.

I looked through my stash and found this great grey woven fabric.  It ended up being quite a challenge to sew with as it frayed so easily.  I made the dress using my regular sewing machine, but wished that I had my serger up and running. I am hoping this dress will hold up in the wash.  I love the way it turned out!

I found this dress relatively simple to sew.  In fact, the only hard part was matching up the gathered piece to the neckline band.  I would definitely recommend this pattern to others.  Easy to make in a day if you need something new to wear.

Time to get back to the Christmas sewing!

Have you done any selfish sewing lately?

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Bursting With Creativity!

Have you ever had one of those evenings where you are quite tired and yet you are bursting with creative energy?!  So much so that you can’t start anything?! I feel like I want to sew a million different things, and crochet a few.  All at once.

I think I might take the time to clean up my sewing space.  It’s a mess and hard to create anything the way it is right now.  Probably a good idea.

And maybe I should lay off the caffeine. 😉

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