Cold winter mornings are a great time to catch up on the sewing backlog; the chill winds make getting out on my bike a LOT less attractive. Here is a Wiksten Tova in a dressy fabric from Denyse Schmidt (“Ansonia”), a combination that immediately suggested itself when I first saw the gorgeous fabric at the store. This is my third Tova (first last Feb and second last April), and I can see the difference a year of a-project-a-month has made.
Of course the outfit itself came together quickly because I had gone through the moves a few times before, but there were other notable changes that improved the dressmaking experience: Continue reading Wiksten Tova III : more sensible pattern-following
Here is a fun way to teach practical addition, subtraction and simple multiplication, and build familiarity with currency: making your own supermarket. It also makes for a fun evening activity as the kids are involved in making the props.
Continue reading Practical Math: playing supermarket
This is an quick-to-put-together costume of an “Indian Princess”. It requires sewing in only one spot, and this can easily be done by hand. I put it together for my 6 year old for a community New Year’s party with a Western theme. Continue reading Easy Indian Princess outfit
This is my first knit in a long time – the last one was in 2011, a maternity dress I had sewn using my beginner Singer machine. It’s been four months since I made clothes, what with the pigs, the Halloween costume and the racoons. So I was very happy to use some the the Holiday break to catch up on my back-log. In my experience knit prints are hard to come by, which is interesting considering that a lot of store-bought clothes involve knits. I snapped this one up (Bari J’s “Emmy Grace”) in Rockland, Maine over the summer. The goal of this project was to sew a knit garment with the serger. While it bolstered my confidence Continue reading Butterick B5954 – Knit tunic