Halloween Hair Bows | Show & Tell

Just a quick show & tell! Be sure to follow my Ribbon, Tulle, & Hair Pretties board on Pinterest if you like hair bow inspiration. 

Halloween Hair Bows

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I’m trying to use up my ribbon stash…I went on a spree a couple years ago and now have a lifetime supply. I’m pleased to tell you that I’m almost out of Halloween ribbon. But it doesn’t feel like it put a dent in the stash.

Halloween Hair Bows | SewsNBows

Last year I wrote How To Make Halloween Fascinators. It’s a great  way to add drama to any Halloween costume. Check out that post for head piece ideas!

Halloween Hair Bows | SewsNBows

Also, I made Bella a costume that I’m hoping she’ll let me show you. They get to wear superhero gear at school so I made something comfy- anything to get out of school uniforms for a day. Other than that, I haven’t done much in the way of holiday sewing or crafting. Are y’all working on any Halloween goodies?

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Until next time!

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Boat Neck Top Pattern by Blaverry : Pattern Review

I sewed the Boatneck Top pattern by Blaverry. I’ve been wanting to make it forever, and I finally did. Here’s my review!

Boat Neck Top Pattern from Blaverry

The construction is beautiful inside & out; just like the Cruise Chino Shorts I made this summer.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top Pattern (inside view)

The yoke is attached like a facing, and stitched down using a twin needle. Then the shoulders are reinforced with a bar tack.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top pattern

I’m not quite sure if you can see my bar tack… But it’s there.

Boat Neck Top, pattern by Blaverry

There are so many cute patterns available at Blaverry. I’ve been seeing occasional sales on the new Blaverry Facebook page, as well as blog tours and pattern tester calls. Head over there if you want to keep tabs on this awesome pattern line.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top | SewsNBows

I used a Stenzo jersey knit from L’Ouseau. I like to use quality fabric with Blaverry patterns, because I know I’ll end up with a high end garment.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top : pattern review by SewsNBows

We love the Boat Neck Top pattern from Blaverry. I think I’ll make another for my 9 year old. It would be a cute tunic too!

Boat Neck Top pattern from Blaverry | SewsNBows

All in all, it’s a real quick sew. It’s labeled intermediate, but I think an adventurous beginner could swing it. Just make accurate cuts, & take your time on the yoke.

Until next time!

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Antiques at The Big Round Barn : Part II

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66photo credit to Arcadia Historical Society

Right off historical Route 66 sits the Big Round Barn in Arcadia Oklahoma. It almost fell to ruins, but Luke Robison & the Over The Hill Gang restored it it it’s former glory in 1992.

The Round Barn Rendezvous on Historical Route 66

In my last post about The Big Round Barn, I showed you some old farm equipment, an outhouse, and the beautiful barn loft which was built to host dances. I fully intend on going to one soon!

Today let’s take a look downstairs. There’s a gift shop and lots of  antiques to look at.

Antique Book Press

The Big Round Barn is full of treasures that give us a peek into another time. Fun fact: it was built round in an attempt to make it more tornado proof. I haven’t heard of any research to back up this theory…but it’s still standing.

Antiques on display at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

I’m not exactly sure what this piece of equipment is above. A loom? A giant pencil sharpener? (Just kidding) Any idea, guys?

Antique Copper Canning Kettle

A canning kettle, or boiler as they are sometimes called; is oblong shaped to fit a wood cookstove. They accomodate about ten 2 quart jars. They were made of copper and had wooden handles.

Early 1900's Frigidaire wooden ice chest

This early 1900’s wooden ice chest is the one of the oldest I’ve seen made by Frigidaire. It was a less expensive alternative to the full sized “ice box”, and could travel more easily. I’m sure they had some version of a tailgate party even then…

Antique wooden ice box

And here’s a refrigerator before electricity. It’s called an icebox because chunks of ice were placed into the bottom. Ice was harvested from lakes and ponds in winter and placed in an ice house. The “ice man” would deliver it to homes in a wagon. Later, clean ice was produced year round in industrial plants, and delivered the same way. It looks like this ice box may have had the hardware replaced. I’d sure love to display one of these in my house someday!

Antique Grinding Stone

I’d like to have one of these grinding stones too. The wheel is called a millstone, and they were used to sharpen tools and knives. Its made out of natural stone and if you find the complete rig, it usually works as good as the day it was built. Lots of collectors use these old millstones in their gardens. I think I’d put mine in my sewing room and have sharp pins and scissors for the rest of my life.

Tres Suenos Winery, Luther Oklahoma

As soon as I get a chance, I’ll tell you about our trip to the Tres Suenos Winery & Vineyard. There are so many things to do in Oklahoma off Route 66.


We plan to put an offer down on the farm this week. Fingers crossed we can make a deal!!


Until next time.

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BFF Undies (Shh…don’t tell!)

I’m not sure if this is the coolest thing ever, or utterly strange. So, with great hesitance, I present to you:

BFF Undies

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Lately, I’ve been getting requests for all things monogrammed, initialed, and customized. Since I don’t have an embroidery machine, the decorative stitches on my Brother SB4138 have to suffice.

BFF Undies : Ever wonder what do do with your decorative alphabet stitches? Don't worry, I've come up with the most ridiculous thing ever :)

I have the alphabet plus all the characters and even the weird letters. It’s a fun feature that I haven’t gotten to play with much.

Cutesy monogrammed underwear

Since the letters are pretty tiny, it’s the perfect size for clothing labels or secret messages for my peeps. I may already have made a certain man a pair of briefs with a cutesy love message inside. And perhaps I was busted by our daughter while folding laundry.

Tiny monograms with Brother sewing machines

So when I was asked to make some matching BFF undies, and I obliged.

Why not? (Right? I mean…why not.)

BFF Undies | SewsNBows

Pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from Peekaboo Patterns * affiliate link

Alterations: I use fold over elastic instead of knit bands, and it’s the fastest sew EVER.

Secret message underwear. It’s a thing. And now…the secret’s out!

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Alex & Anna Winter PJs in Stenzo Jersey Knit

Today we welcome back the star of SewsNBows: Sofie! She’s modeling her Alex & Anna Winter PJs. Tomorrow is the last day to get your 15% discount from L’Ouseau Fabric, so your promo code at the bottom of the post:)

Girls Pajamas in Bus It! Stenzo Jersey Knit

I’ve been showcasing L’Ouseau Fabric with pajamas specially made for each of my little loves. Last week I shared Julian’s Harley Davidson loungewear, and Evan in Moto style pjs.

Alex & Anna Winter PJs | SewsNBows

Sof likes anything girly and pretty. Her pjs were the easiest to make, probably because I sew for her more than any other kid.

Don’t mind the makeup y’all. Aunts get to things that we can’t as moms. It’s the privilege of being an aunt, breaking the rules. And as an aunt I can’t really get fired for feeding her cream cheese for lunch or letting her roll in a mud puddle…so I take full advantage.

Alex & Anna Winter PJs | SewsNBows

Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Patterns*

Bus It! Cotton Jersey Stenzo Knit from L’Ouseau

Alex & Anna Winter PJs | SewsNBows

Sofie’s pjs have 2 layers of elastic ruffles sewn on the sleeve and ankle hems. I shortened the sleeve to elbow length, and made the pants without the cuff. Nothing fancy here, but the elastic ruffles sure are fun to sew with.

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Alex & Anna Winter PJs from Peekaboo Patterns

The top and bottom double as a skinny tee and leggings, they don’t have to be pajamas! It’s a quick sew, and a highly customizable pattern. Size range is 6 months – 8 years. See my boys verion here. It’s a great addition to your pattern stash.

Bus It! Stenzo Jersey Knit from L'Ouseau

This fabric is one of my all time faves. I love Stenzo jersey knits from L’Ouseau. I use it a lot for kids clothes because of the great stretch recovery and fade resistance. And the cute prints, of course!

Alex & Anna Winter PJs pattern | SewsNBows

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