Banyan Tee by Figgys

I’m way late for Kid’s Clothing Week. Here’s my Banyan Tee though!

Figgys Banyan Tee

I love the Banyan Tee pattern from Figgys. It features a relaxed fit basic tee, or a handkerchief hem in tee or tunic length. Flowy tops are in, and asymetrical hems are everywhere again.

Banyan Tee by Figgys

I live for Figgys patterns and own several of them. There hasn’t been a peep on the blog post since March…does anybody have any intel? Last October the Sunki Dress was made available in tween sizing. I loved my daughter’s tween sized Sunki Dress, she and I were hoping for more extended sizes.

Handkerchief hem tunic length t-shirt with leggings

My little niece wears the heck out of this top, but she has other plans today. Her eyes have not left the trampoline. You see, the big kids don’t like Sofia to jump with them because she’s so small and could get hurt. At this moment, the trampoline is gloriously unattended. We were going to try for some nice birthday pictures, but we just really needed to jump right now. So that’s exactly what we did. We can take birthday pictures when the next time the mood strikes.

Banyan Tee pattern by Figgys

Sofia’s bow is worth a mention; I have a few similar ones left in the MayenDesigns Etsy shop. I was on a big bow making spree last month and couldn’t seem to sew. Now I’ve finished a few sewing projects and can’t seem to write. Lol!

Floral bow with teal/ peach and gold metallic accents


I don’t set aside lots of time for blogging or taking pictures. My “blogging strategy” is to make something, take pictures if I feel like it, and write about it after everyone is asleep or waiting to pick up Bella from school. That’s if a project makes it past the photography stage. Not much of a strategy!

I read an interesting article on The Daily Femme about time chunking. Now, I make things as long as I’m in creative mode. When I get “blocked” or can’t decide what to make, I gather all the things I’ve made and take photos. Writing and photo editing is chunked together too. There is less switching back and forth between tasks and I feel don’t feel like I’m scrambling so much.

I still didn’t get a post up in time for KCW though…lol!


Pattern: Banyan Tee by Figgy’s (tunic length)

Fabric: jersey knit from Girl Charlee


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Dia De Los Muertos Hair Clip Tutorial

Today I’m helping kick off the second annual Dia De Los Muertos Tour hosted by Melissa at Rebel & Malice! Be sure to check out the tour schedule & giveaway at the bottom of this post!

I love The Day Of The Dead, a day to honor lost loved ones. The colors and festivities celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed away.

Dia Day Los Muertos Hair Clip Tutorial

Last year I showed a Dia De Los Muertos dress & fascinator I made for my niece. This year, my daughter gets a fun ribbon streamer clip. She’s too cool for an entire themed outfit, so this is perfect for my little girl.

For my contribution to the series, I thought I’d show you how to make this easy hair accessory.

Here’s my Dia De Los Muertos hair clip tutorial!

Dia De Los Muertos Hair Clip Tutorial

Gather your supplies. To make this look you’ll need: an alligator clip (the kind with a hole), the skinniest satin ribbon you can find, some little satin flowers, rhinestone mesh, about 5″ of 3/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon, and a sugar skull cabochon.

I have used bits of broken jewelry or buttons in the past, and often find dollar store goodies that I can use for hair accessories. Anything goes.

I got my cabochons from Oh My Gosh Goodies, in case you were wondering:)

How To Make A Clip With Ribbon Streamers | Dia De Los Muertos Hair Clip Tutorial

Begin by looping your ribbon streamers through thelittle hole in the clip. I used 2 strands and kept them long for my daughter’s hair. Ribbon streamers are fun because you can wear them loose, tie then into your ponytail, or braid them into your hair.

Covered Hair Clip With Ribbon Streamers

Cover your metal alligator clip with the grosgrain ribbon strip. Start on the inside of the clip and work your way around. Be sure to heat seal the ends of you ribbon.

Dia De Los Muertos Hair Clip Tutorial

Decorate the top of the clip, starting with your cabochon or resin. I reccomend E-6000 glue, but hot glue works too. Day Of The Dead is all about bright colors and flowers; especially marigolds. Position flowers near the crown and surrounding the sugar skull’s head. Cover any remaining ribbon with rhinestone mesh, Hot Fix crystals, or some type of fun embellishment.

Day Of The Dead Hair Clip Tutorial

That’s it! It’s super easy to make a hair clip like this for any occasion. Here’s the Dia De Los Muertos Tour schedule, I hope you get a chance to visit some of these amazing blogs.



Monday October 26 – Rebel & MaliceFrom a BoxSews n Bows
Tuesday October 27 – Call AjaireHattielu HandmadeMade With Moxie
Wednesday October 28 – Paisley RootsAmandaRosePhat Quarters
Thursday October 29 – Lulu & CelesteCalm and CarrionCraft Lady Abby
Friday October 30 – Whisk ‘EmWild & Wanderful Golden Rippy
Saturday October 31 – Just Add FabricFilles a Maman
Sunday November 1 – House of Estrela
Monday November 2 – Rebel & Malice
Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter. There will be a small giveaway for a copy of the DVD “The Book of Life”  and a copy of the book “Rosita y Conchita” by Erich Haeger and Eric Gonzalez. They are not affiliated with this website or giveaway.
Due to the nature of the giveaway, the book and DVD will only be available to residents of the United States and Canada. There will be a separate giveaway for any digital items such as PDF patterns or gift cards.  
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2nd Dia De Los Muertos Blog Tour

The Dia De Los Muertos Blog tour is back! It’s hosted by Melissa at Rebel & Malice. Last year was so fun to follow, I knew I had to participate. I’ll be back in a couple days to share an awesome Day Of The Dead craft tutorial with you, so get your glue guns ready!

2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Blog Tour hosted by Rebel & Malice

Meet the bloggers who are joining the 2nd Dia de los Muertos tour. They will be bringing you a variety of inspired crafts, stories and a few freebies. Here is the full schedule.

Monday October 26 – Rebel & MaliceFrom a BoxSews n Bows
Tuesday October 27 – Call AjaireHattielu HandmadeMade With Moxie
Wednesday October 28 – Paisley RootsAmandaRosePhat Quarters
Thursday October 29 – Lulu & CelesteCalm and CarrionCraft Lady Abby
Friday October 30 – Whisk ‘EmWild & Wanderful Golden Rippy
Saturday October 31 – Just Add FabricFilles a Maman
Sunday November 1 – House of Estrela
Monday November 2 – Rebel & Malice

I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects, and can’t wait to show you mine. See you soon!

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Selfish Sewing With Love Notions Patterns

It’s time for some selfish sewing with Love Notions Patterns! This is the Sloane Sweater. I made this with jersey knit for a casual long sleeved tee.

Selfish Sewing Pattern: Sloane Sweater by Love Notions

The contrast back yoke extends to the front to add a little detail. I used a floral chiffon.

Love Notions Sloane Sweater pattern for Fall Selfish Sewing

Read my pattern review and see my summer version of this top here: Sloane Sweater pattern review.

Sloane Sweater by Love Notions Patterns | Selfish Sewing

Since I already covered everything I love about the Sloane Sweater, I’ll just let you know that I actually made this one last fall. Once a garment hits my closet and goes into rotation, I rarely remember to get photos. I happened to be wearing it when I took photos of my last Scarf Neck Cardigan.

Selfish Sewing With Love Notions Patterns | Sloane Sweater

I’m ready to do some more selfish sewing with Love Notions patterns. Particularly the new Laundry Day Tee and Origami Tunic. What pattern would you choose for Fall?

Pattern: Sloane Sweater by Love Notions
Fabric: jersey knit and chiffon from Girl Charlee
Modifications: None

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Selfie Insecurities & Striped Swoon Cardigan

I snapped photos of my scarf neck cardigan, finally! I’ve already shown a purple one I made for a friend, and a girl’s version I made for my daughter. I’ve professed my undying love for this sewing pattern, and what a wardrobe staple it is. And it’s a FREE pattern from Swoon! (Scroll to the bottom for pattern link & fabric details.)

A cute striped cardigan made with a free pattern by Swoon

There are 2 obstacles that kept me from sewing for myself more or blogging about it. One is the fact that I need every adjustment. FBA, DBA, broad shoulders, swayback, and flat butt. (Don’t be fooled darlings, these jeans are magical.) It seems like a new body fit issue pops up before I learn to adjust the last one! I talked about clothing fit issues before, so today lets talk about:

Selfie Insecurities

Months ago, while taking blog photos; I realized I was being a bully to myself. Here are some actual thoughts I thunk:

“Don’t turn your head. Nobody needs to see your witch nose.”

“Wow, 3 chins. Delete.”

“I’m not gaining weight. I’m just storing fat for the winter.”

“Suck in!”

“Are my boobs weird?”

“Open your eyes, you look stoned.”

“Okay, now you look like a serial killer. Just stop.”

“I hate my Medusa hair.”

Scarf Neck Cardigan by Swoon Pattern, and some thoughts about social media induced Selfie Insecurities

This post isn’t intended to self depreciate or beg for compliments. I consider myself a confident woman, so why so much vanity when the camera comes out?

Selfie Insecurities: some interesting thoughts from a sewing blogger

Then I caught myself scrolling my facebook feed, tongue-clicking the trashy makeup or booby profile pics. Bad parenting. Dating practices. Spending habits. The chick who posted 30 duck faces in a row. She must think she’s sooo cute.

Judgy McJudgerPants, here.


Free Sewing Pattern: Scarf Neck Cardigan by Swoon

I make judgments, that’s why I was so critical of myself and how I look in photos. It sucks, because I really like to think of myself as a kind person. Did social media turn me into a jerk, or did I just not notice it before?

Free Sewing Pattern: Scarf Neck Cardigan by Swoon

I’m not sure if judginess causes selfie insecurities, but there was a correlation in my case. I do know that my selfie phobia isn’t so bad since I’ve realized it was a choice I was making. People are going to judge us no matter what. Changing your outlook will not stop judgment. It will just make you above it.

(It’s still slightly awkward taking photos of myself. I must think I’m sooo cute. Just kidding.)

Scarf Neck Cardigan: Free Sewing Pattern by Swoon

Why is it so much harder to control my thoughts than my words and actions? Anyone else struggle with that? And have you made a Swoon cardigan yet? You won’t regret it!

Pattern: Scarf Neck Cardigan by Swoon (free PDF!)
Fabric: lightweight striped knit from Girl Charlee
Alterations: none- but I haven’t hemmed the sleeves yet.

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