Author Archives: Jane

Pink and Polka Dotty! Mini Tutorial on simple, fingerless gloves

 I stitch up many custom requests for Cheer Uniforms and Dance Costumes like this one: made to match these photos: Girls costume photos from the Weissman dance costume company website which you can find here: https://www.weissmanscostumes.com/ This one looked fun! I got started on pattern work and made this garment first. Pretty close! But… I was disappointed that the bodice was… Read more »

Notes on gathers – to drape? or pouf!

A recent topic of conversation on one of the facebook doll pages I favor had a variety of questions about GATHERS. We covered a variety of ideas. Just to recap my preferences: I generally do take the time to run 2 rows of machine gathers one on the seamline directly, and another in the seam allowance. If it’s a very… Read more »

Miss Karlie gets a face up!

Remember Miss Karlie? I found her naked and abandoned in a thrift store display case last year. She was a bit dirty and had a head full of neglected curls. Here’s what she looked like after intensive work on her hair. I thought she was cute. She looks about 6 here. I put her to work in a modeling job,… Read more »

New Pattern Coming Soon: The Triple Axel Skating Dress

Apologies for the neglect of my blog posting. I never wanted to inundate you with too many posts but guess I really need to remind you that I’m still out here, right? I’ve been busily working on the next pattern. Soon to release: The Triple Axel Skating Dress. Here are some sneak peak photos of what’s going on in this… Read more »

Super Quick ‘Cheater’s Fudge – time for Christmas!

Don’t we all get super busy at the holidays? I hope you’ve been busy sewing! I know I have; so many custom cheer uniform orders this year! I scarcely have time to make any goodies but I was intrigued by a recipe idea I saw on Pinterest. Here is the first pin link I found: http://www.just2sisters.com/2-ingredient-peanut-butter-fudge/ Only 2 ingredients to… Read more »

oh, my goodness! It’s the busy Christmas season!

I’ve woefully neglected my blog of late! So many craft shows in the month of November. Here I am working one of them… I’m working on a dream dress tutu dress there… and here I am at another, goofing off! Craft shows are a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! You meet wonderful people, and a few… Read more »

Mix ‘n Match – the Ezy Underall meets the Love U Bunches Jumper

I just love a versatile pattern! I also love it when garment separates are useful for lots and lots of outfits! I recently launched the Ezy Underall It’s been very popular for a variety of reasons. It’s quick to sew and it looks great all on it’s own. It also looks great underneath just about anything! Voila! the Ezy Underall… Read more »

Chocolate Chip Cookies – We can’t sew ALL the time!

I’m not much of a cook but every now and again you just have to make yourself some treats! Just as I specialize in easier methods in sewing I also appreciate recipes in which the end product is more than the sum of the parts! A recent chocolate chip cookie recipes fits the bill. With just a few little tweaks,… Read more »

Pattern Work – Getting things done

I always have good intentions. Don’t we all? I said to myself, ‘You can focus on a simple pattern and get it done quickly!’ I perfected this look about 6 years ago. It’s a classic peasant dress with a few differences. I did a little combining and changing and cut the sleeve all in one with the garment. I made… Read more »

Janie Carroll – A lifetime in sewing and crafting!

Going to share much of a post I made for a doll page I love. Want to know a little more about me? I cried a lot when I was little. My dad says I screamed from the day I was born until I went to preschool. This might be true. I have always loved to learn and my older… Read more »