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Sweet Caroline

My great-grandmother, Caroline, was Bohemian; so “boho” means a little something different to me because I think of her.  I remember her fierce hugs and the stories of her spunk and determination. Widowed, with three young children, she moved from the city to rural PA and married a bachelor farmer.  I have always thought she was brave, and I wouldn’t be here if she hadn’t taken a chance. Characteristic of her generation, she was very resourceful.…

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Ombre Dyed July 4th Skirts

I haven’t been sewing lately, but I have had this idea in my head for awhile to make ombre dyed skirts for the girls and July 4th was as good of a reason as any to try it out. I had some knit in a tote that was given to me about 9 years ago (back when I was still scared of sewing with anything but quilting cotton). So, this project only cost me about…

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Peasant Dress Quick Sewing Tutorial

I know there are peasant dress tutorials galore, but I am going to show you how to make these dresses using a few tips and tricks we have picked up over the past few years while making hundreds of these dresses for groups like Project Yesu. I already covered the “system” we use for cutting them out quickly and efficiently. Today I am showing you how to sew them together. I mentioned yesterday that we will…

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Peasant Dresses for Charity- Choosing Fabric

Yesterday I shared how we cut out peasant dresses quickly and efficiently, and I probably should have done this first, but I want to backtrack a bit and talk about how to choose fabric for these dresses. First, a bit about fabric… 100% cotton works best. It is durable and will hold up to a lot of wear and tear. We usually hit up Joann’s red dot clearance sales when they have 50% off the clearance…

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Peasant Dress Quick Cutting Tutorial and Pattern.

Hi! Things have been going pretty well here for the last 9 months or so. I have still been sewing and crafting a lot, mostly for friends and family. We are also making dresses for Project Yesu again this year. Each summer, Mallory goes to Uganda and she has a pillowcase dress drive to take dresses along with her for the girls. We actually make peasant dresses, which are just a little easier, in my…

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Sunrise Dress Tutorial

I am going to be totally honest here. This was my least favorite dress when we sketched out all of the designs. In the end, I LOVED it! Sometimes my 10yo’s fashion ideas make me raise an eyebrow, but it was her dress, so I went along with it. Yeah, she was right.  This time. I pushed for a wide neckline and scoop back because I knew it would look great on her body type.…

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All-American Dress Tutorial

Just for fun, I decided to make dresses for all four of my girls for Independence Day.  I designed this high waisted halter style and it was sooooo easy to make! Really!! OK… here goes a little tutorial. I make my bodice patterns by tracing shirts that already fit the child well and adding seam allowances.  For this one, I also made a V-neck and a high waist- only about 3/4″ below the armpit.  Cut two…

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Vintage and Lace Nightgown

Next to nothing in the way of PJs or nightgowns survived the first two girls to be passed down to my 3yo. Nightgowns are, in my opinion, way too much $ for what they are to buy them in stores. I made it from some great giveaway prizes, so it cost me nothing but a little bit of thread, elastic, and time. Sweet!  There is that picture smile again. I whipped this one up in about a…

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Halley’s Plan B Dress

Halley’s dress was not what I intended to make.  It was supposed to have a yoke across the neck and ties on one side, but I just could not get it to lay flat, so I ended up ripping it apart and going to Plan B!  It still has the big bow on one shoulder like she wanted, so it works.  I also found a way to incorporate some extra white into the dress so…

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Isabelle’s Bubble Dress Tutorial

As promised, I am showing you all how I made Isabelle’s Easter dress.  I talked her into a bubble dress, but she chose the wide, high bodice style with a highish waist and wide sash part herself. And she picked the buttons out, too.  (Yes, it is missing one- I forgot the buttons when I used Mom’s machine to make the holes and didn’t listen to her when she said she thought the pack only had three buttons. …

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