2017 Sewing Review

Sewing for Grandkids

FullSizeRender.jpgThis year I had successes and failures in pattern fitting for the granddaughters.  Then I discovered Little Lizard King patterns. Yahoo! Successful fit and I am off and running..

The gray dress is made from the Roanoke pattern by Little Lizard King. I love the classic lines and used lace that was made by the girls’ Great Great Grandmother. My Grandma Jessie gave us crocheted lace towels as a wedding gift 45 years ago. Long ago I discarded the towels but kept the lace and am so glad I kept it. The fabric is Robert Kaufman Quilters 100%woven cotton linen, gray.

IMG_5335.JPGIMG_5337.JPGWhile I am not a huge fan of character clothing, the girls love My Little Pony and Minnie Mouse, so being a good Mimi, I made outfits using character fabrics. The  purple dress is the Roanoke pattern by Little Lizard King. The red/blue and red/black Minnie Mouse dresses are the Blue Ribbon Dress pattern from Little Lizard King.



This was one of my first experiences sewing with knits. The orange dot fabric is one of my old shirts repurposed and the crocheted dolly was made by my Grandmother. Pattern is Simplicity 1435 and this was an epic fail in the fit department! I made a size 5 but it swallowed my granddaughter. So it is in the closet waiting patiently for her to catch up to its size!

Sewing for Me

My recFullSizeRender-1.jpgent return to garment sewing for myself resulted in frustration after frustration until I took a class from Judy Kessinger, FitNice System. Judy and Lisa Niehaus took measurements and then custom fit a pattern to me. I learned so much and feel confident in my abilities to fit additional patterns and to made adaptations to the FitNice Top pattern.


IMG_5213.JPGI used the basic FitNice System top pattern to make this tunic. I added a cowl neckline, flare at the sides, and a shirt-tail hem. Fabric purchased at my local fabric store, Austin’s Sewing Center. I am looking forward to all the varations I can make to this fabulous fitting top pattern!





In June my husband and I visited New York and I spent hours at Mood Fabrics. Yep, I was lucky enough to be there on Swatch’s birthday. I spent 4 days visiting fabric stores. It was overwhelming,  but exhilarating to see and touch so many beautiful fabrics.

Sewing for the Home


The last 20 years most of my sewing has been costumes, sewing for the home, and craft type of sewing.  I did little documentation of these projects from 2017, but this is a pillow I made for a friend.