Sunday WIPS

Sunday WIPS

I don’t have much planned for the blog this holiday season. Last year I let myself get overwhelmed and this year I just won’t.

A funny thing happened when I made the choice not to be a slave to my blog: I got really productive sewing. I’ve been working on a ton of things; a lot of them I can’t show you yet. But I got an urge to check in with you guys and show you what I’ve been working on. So here’s a real quick post; because I’ve missed you!

peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee

This fabric is peach skin from Girl Charlee. I’ve already raved about it to some of you. I promise to tell you all about it, and a brand new pattern very soon!

Stellar's Vest pattern: Same outfit one year later

I draped a piece of black velvet over my chest of drawers and a stool here in my sewing room to get these photos of my niece. She’s wearing the same chambray button up and Stellar’s Vest I wrote about almost a year ago. It’s neat to see how much she’s grown.

I’ve been practicing indoor photography. I don’t have a lot of natural light in my house so in cold months, nice blog photos are a struggle. (You may see more doll clothes at SewsNBows, because I don’t do chilly photoshoots with kids.)

Ruffled floral baby outfit | SewsNBows

I tried the same trick at a friends house, but forgot my camera. This is a phone pic. I’m disappointed in the photo quality, but if I can try again before my friends baby outgrows the outfit I made; I’ll be sure to share it!

Baby photoshoot with pink tutu& princess crown

Same adorable baby, different day. Here we draped some white bedsheets over her bouncer and these turned out so pretty. You can tell I had my big camera that day.

(I’m still working on getting custom order tutus and bows in my Etsy shop. I’m lazy!!!)

chrysanthemum ribbon technique

The other day I read Deanna McCool’s new book, 50 Ribbon Rossette & Bows to make. This was my first time ever making a chrysanthemum topper. Mine isn’t as pretty as Deanna’s but I’m proud that it came out like this on my first try. I’ll be reviewing the book for you soon, and giving a couple copies away. Watch for that…

See you soon, big hugs!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Annie

    I love that Sofie’s photo! She looks so grown up! She has mastered modeling, and i guess she doesn’t have to go to a portrait studios now that her aunt can take the photos!
    Keeping your priorities is important. Do what you love and enjoy your holidays!

  2. Pam @Threading My Way

    Awesome photo of your niece with the velvet backdrop. Have fun practising your photography and look forward to seeing your projects.

  3. irene

    How is your niece grown up? I love her with long curly hairs, she looks fabulous! Great choice with the black velvet… I need to find some because I have the same problem with cold days outside and bright photos inside!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Gina

    You have been a busy girl!!! Practicing photography can you as busy as sewing and blogging and is a whole hobby unto itself. Can’t wait to hear about your peach skin and see your dress. The sneaks look like it is very pretty!!! No blog pressure through the holidays is the best way to enjoy the holidays :)

  5. Mel

    Oh my goodness could Sophie get any cuter??? adorable baby too, lovely work Amy

  6. Diana Rambles

    Keeping busy, girlfriend. That baby is so perfectly chubbilicious!


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