Classic Panties Pattern By PAB

The Classic Panties pattern by PAB: pretty much the fastest girls underwear pattern ever! The pattern is one piece, cut on fold.

Classic Panties Pattern by PAB | Funki Fabrics lycra

I’ll point out that these panties are a size 5/6; and I’m showing them on a skinny, butt-less size 4 dress form. (Meet Rosie.) There’s some weird bunching in these pics…but I assure you the fit on actual children is amazing.

Classic Panties Pattern By PAB

This is a project that I wasn’t going to show; because Rosie doesn’t do these undies justice. These are more pictures I took pre-move. I’ve been in the new place for 7 days. My sewing room still isn’t operational, and I was looking for an excuse to come say hi:)

Classic Panties pattern from PAB | lycra from Funki Fabrics

I’m not sewing yet, but plan to steal my plastic fold up table from outside. I use it for birthday parties and such. It will do for now. Ugly sewing table is better than no table! Plus I’ve pinned lots of future projects on my Home Decor Sewing Pinterest board. I want to sew everything.

Classic Panties pattern by PAB

Bella started her new school yesterday. I had an anxiety attack all day until she came home with a big smile on her face. My little girl is so brave to go to a brand new school in the middle of the year.

We are surrounded by beauty, and I’m not regretting the decision to uproot and move one single bit. Money will be tight for a while, there’s not enough time in the day, there is some unfortunate shag carpet and questionable wallpaper…but we love our new home and her smile said it all!

Pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from PAB *affiliate link
Details: Funki Fabrics: Triathalon Aqua lycra with picot elastic lace

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Sports Team T-shirt Refashion

Guess what? We thought we had until the 1st to get moved…but we found out we only had 2 days. I fell to my knees and prayed because I didn’t know what else to do. It felt like the wind was just knocked out of me. Krystal showed up with my nephews and calmly started packing, baby Sofie even wrapped dishes in newspaper. I was still picking myself up off the floor. And then my uncle showed up with a semi. And a whole bunch of friends showed up with a whole bunch of trucks. And it all fell into place somehow. I cried the entire drive, in our “train” of trucks filled with everything we own. It was amazing to know that we had all these people who love us.

So we are here, at the farm! And we’ve gotten the place set up, sort of. We even have a birthday party planned for tonight. Unpacking is ongoing, and I have no sewing room to speak of…but I am so happy and it feels like home here!

the pasture

I have a few projects to show you, and hopefully there’s enough content to keep my blog from falling apart while I set up the new house. Sewing and blogging keep me sane, I think. I need you guys…because I can’t afford therapy.

I’m a selfish blogger. I try to write posts that you’ll like, but I mostly use my little piece of internet real estate as a diary of sorts. So thank you for reading, sharing, commenting…that means I’m not talking to myself. It’s a great feeling to know you guys are cheering me on; and understanding that relocating my sewing room sort of feels like an extended stay at crazy camp.

DIY Sports Team T-Shirt Refashion

In the meantime, I’ll regale you with my sports team T-shirt refashion. This project was from a while back when I went to a Oklahoma City Thunder game with hubby. I showed you how to deconstruct a t-shirt for maximum refashioning; and promised to show you the finished product soon.

Sports T-Shirt Refashion | Jalie 3245

Here’s to keeping my promises:) Despite my careful cutting, I was a bit shy of the fabric I needed and lost about an inch on each side of the side seam up near the bust. This meant a bit of reshaping the sleeve.

Oklahoma City Thunder T-Shirt Refashioned into Raglan | Jalie 3245

I still crammed myself into it for the game, but gave it to Krystal shortly after. (Meet Sofie, Julian & Evan’s mama!) The blue fabric doesn’t have much stretch, but at least she doesn’t have uniboob like I did.

Sports Team T-Shirt Refashion | Jalie 3245

I used Jalie 3245, the raglan top. I’ve traced off my size and Bella’s, and we both have 3-4 each in our closets. I’m more obsessed with Jalie patterns every time I use them. I bought this tracing paper* (Amazon affiliate link) and don’t even complain about tracing them off anymore. The projects turn out so well and I use them so often enough that i don’t mind. Cindy from Siestas & Sewing told me it was worth it, especially for the size range. She was right!

Next time I’ll show you this top without any fabric shortages. See you soon, and hopefully I can share some photos of the new place!

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Ultimate DIY Bundle

If you read my blog, you probably love to create. There’s a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment making.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! There’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and I’ve only scratched the surface with sewing. I’m unpacking at the new farm and plan to do more home decor project and get crafty. You know, lampshades and stuff. All the crap I see on pinterest!

Now,  to decide which project to dive into first.  Since my decorating budget for the new house is practically non-existent; I signed up to tell you about The Ultimate DIY Bundle! *affiliate link

It’s an instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

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Rediscover Your Creativity! Free 4 Step e-Course

I have a move coming up, and it’s a pretty drastic lifestyle change. I’m really excited about it, because I’ll have a new place to decorate! I also know that there will be major adjustments. For one, there is a lot of work to do on a farm. (It never ends.) But there nothing in worth having that isn’t worth working for, and we WANT this for our family.

A harvested field in Oklahoma

I tend to overwhelm easily and I don’t want to lose my motivation. Sewing and creating has always been my outlet, that’s why my sewing machine will be the very last thing that I pack up for the move. I’m cutting fabric on the floor, in between boxes for pete’s sake. This is my real life right now, dirty floor and all. And these boxes…are everywhere now.

Moving sucks.

I signed up for a free e-course to help me stay focused on being creative, but also to broaden my scope.  I’m gonna make lampshades and stuff, all the crap on Pinterest! It’s just 4 quick emails, each with a worksheet at the end. I don’t have time for any extra work right now- this is very manageable and easy. I think it will help keep me on track, and I thought maybe some of you might like it too.

Creative Motivation

There’s an amazing pdf pattern and e-book sale next week: the Ultimate DIY Package. If 10 people sign up for this e-course, I’ll get the bundle package for free (omg I want it) plus a FREE 1-year Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. If you sign up, you can refer people to get the free bundle and magazine subscription too.

The e-course is a brilliant marketing strategy. The goal is to get you to buy the bundle package, or help sell it. Personally, I want all those patterns next week, and I hope to earn some commission telling you about it! So aside from nurturing my creativity, there’s some extra motivation. Um, my decorating budget is ZERO. So click the image below if you’d like to sign up for the free creativity inspiring e-course. And if you’re dying to know more about the pdf bundle for sale next week, click the ad in my sidebar:)

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Easy to Sew Girls Dress Pattern

Here’s Sofies tribal dress, using my favorite easy to sew girls dress pattern.

An Easy To Sew Girls Dress Pattern: The Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

It’s the Uptown Downtown Dress pattern from Sew Straight Patterns.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns | SewsNBows

There are now more options than ever for this dress; including The Cool Cowl, The Magnificent Maxi, The Perfect Pocket, Lovely Long Sleeves and The Tank Modification. There are also instructions for a lace overlay, reversible dress, and bias finish.

Easy To Sew Girls Dress Pattern: The Uptown Downtown Dress

I showed you my striped version last summer. I used the longer sleeve this time, and improvised a neck binding out of scraps.

Cute Neckline Pleat | SewsNBows

I cut this dress on a night when I was very sleep deprived and over caffeinated. There was a little wrinkle in the fabric when I cut the bodice front on fold; which made the neckband just a smidge too wide. I straightened out the grainline by adding this cute pleat in front.  It also took in the neckline which was too wide due to my cutting error. Crisis averted.

Uptown/Downtown Dress with Mocs

I’ve been making lots of sewing errors lately. We have about a week left until we move, and most of my fabric is packed. I kept down several pieces of knit yardage and almost everything else is in lonely storage tubs outside in the barn. (I worry that my fabric gets cold or feels unloved out there.)

The Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern by Sew Straight Patterns

Anyways, with all the busy work of moving and the enormous list of small but overwhelming tasks…this is the perfect pattern for me. It’s an easy to sew girls dress pattern, but drafted so perfectly that it will never feel sloppy. Even if I did just slop it together! Easy patterns are a must right now, I can’t think straight!

The Uptown/Downtown Dress Patternfrom Sew Straight Patterns

The Uptown/Downtown dress bodice is fitted perfectly with just the right amount of ease. That’s not often the case in knit garments and patterns. The simplicity of the design also makes it perfect canvas to show off your favorite fabrics.

Easy To Sew Girls Dress Pattern: The Uptown/Downtown Dress

Pattern: Uptown Downtown Dress
Details: added a small neckline pleat, modified the skirt for less fullness
Fabric: tribal print Ponte De Roma from Girl Charlee

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