Autumn Hide and Seek Dress

By Cory


There’s no time to lose, I heard her say.   Catch your dreams before they slip away.    -The Rolling Stones

I am ecstatic to say that fall has finally arrived here in Tennessee! So, how about a cozy flannel dress to celebrate!?!

I’ve been planning this Oliver + S Hide and Seek dress in my head for about 2 months now and the final dress looks NOTHING like where I started. I originally bought the striped fabric, used here in the yoke, for the main dress fabric and was going to embroider some chambray for yoke. Well, the embroidery that I spent hours on didn’t turn out like I had hoped, so I sat on it for a bit to see if it grew on me. And I sat, and sat, and sat some more. It never grew on me. While I was wracking my brain for some way to make the dress happen, I came across this dress from Ace and Jig and I was totally inspired.


I knew where to get the buffalo check and went back and forth on the yoke fabric until i finally settled on the striped fabric I had originally intended to use. I guess I was also inspired by the plaid flannel shirt with striped top look that I have been seeing.


I decided to do some subtle embroidery on the yoke. It’s two arrows embroidered in silver. While my intention was for subtly, I do wish the embroidery stood out a little bit more.


I took time and care matching the plaid at all the seams and making sure all the stripes were even as well.


The dress itself is a size 4. I cut the middle panels at the tunic width, to eliminate some fullness, and the length is somewhere between the tunic and dress versions. I bought the last yard of fabric and had to make it stretch, while still being able to match the plaids.


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I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I have a couple more Hide and Seeks in the works (I’ve got to use the other yokes I tried to make work with this dress! ha!).

Dress Pattern: Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress

Plaid Fabric: Plaiditues Buffalo Check

Striped Fabric: Purchased from Textile Fabrics

Shoes: Minnetonka Double Fringe Side Zip Boots in Brown

Jeans: Gap Toddler Legging Jeans

Embroidery Design: Double Arrows by Katie Lyons



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Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

By Cory


When I saw Papercut Pattern‘s  Anima pant competition pop up, I knew I had to enter. I had been wanting to try one of their patterns for awhile and the discount combined the the competition was too much for me to resist. Oh, and clearly I want to win all.of.the.patterns!

I’ve been really into Shibori dyeing lately. In the past, I’d dyed fabric on my stove and in my washing machine, and when I saw a few tutorials for Shibori dyeing show up on Pinterest, IMG_8459I decided to give it a try. I was hooked.

I thought this competition would be the perfect opportunity do some Shibori dyeing on some hemp/cotton french terry I had leftover from my diaper making days.

There are many ways to tie up your fabric before dyeing. you can cut pieces a little bit bigger than their corresponding pattern pieces, and tie them up individually, you could also tie up much larger piece(s) and then cut you pattern out of that OR sew up your garment first and then tie dye the whole piece. I like to tie up and dye each pattern piece separately. For this project, I ended up with seven pieces; four for the pants legs, one for the waistband ribbing, one for the leg ribbing and one big piece for the pockets.  I folded each piece of fabric back and forth on itself in an accordion pattern, then back on itself the opposite way and then placed rubber bands evenly across in both directions.

I followed the stovetop instructions on my dye packet,  a simple Jacquard iDye pouch in the gunmetal color, which came out in beautiful shades of blue.

Once the fabric has been dyed on the stove, I removed it from the dye bath and clipped all of the rubber bands. Make sure you wear rubber gloves, otherwise you will end up with blue hands (don’t ask me how I know this)! Then I washed and dried the dyed fabric as usual in my washing machine and dryer.

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Now, onto sewing the pattern itself. I love working with knits, because they are so forgiving, fast and gratifying to sew. I had never sewn any Papercut Patterns before, (mostly b/c I’ve been sewing for my kids and not for myself for the last six years), and had been wanting to for sometime, so when I saw this contest and the 20% off, I decided to go for it.

I measured in between an small and medium and because I am 5’10 and have never been a “small” anything in my life, AND I was using a thickish fabric (the french terry) AND I wanted the pants to be comfy, I decided to make the medium.

I dyed each piece separately and I spent a lot of time placing the pattern pieces on the fabric and to make sure I could get the the end result I wanted . I took special care with the parts of the pockets that would show and mades sure the dye lines would line up and blend well. Because of the nature of tie dye this was impossible in some places, but that’s what makes every piece so unique.

The pattern was very straightforward, easy to follow and easy to put together. I used my serger  to sew all the pieces and it came together very quickly. The waistband insertion was a new method for me and I was eager to try it. It gave me some trouble, but I stuck with with and got it in. Once mastered, it’s a really clever way to do the waistband and also a timesaver.


The pants came out exactly how I had hoped in look, fit and comfort. I wore them to my birthday dinner last week, received many compliments and felt like, whatever the contest results, that I had already won!

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Knocking it off

By Cory

So it seems my new obsession is copying Ready-to-Wear clothing with fabric and patterns that I already have on hand. I love flipping through children’s catalogs or websites and marking or pinning the items I know I can make myself.  Also just to clarify, I am not talking about copying clothes to sell for profit. This is just purely for fun and to see how far I can take my sewing skills. I enjoy pushing the limits of my sewing and who doesn’t love saving money? It’s always a fun challenge.

I made this particular t-shirt last weekend for yet another birthday party. My dear friend’s son Drake was turning 2 and in my close circle of friends we have committed to NOT getting each other’s kids any more toys. Trust me, they all have PLENTY!

The shirt was made in a size 2 with leftover hand dyed hemp/cotton that I had in my stash, from previous project. I always dye up a little extra for future use. (Including ribbing).

Anyhoo, it fit him perfectly and his Mom loved it. I think he did too….but what can I say, he’s only 2.



I saw the next two t-shirts in the Mini Boden catalog this Spring and and challenged myself to make similar ones with only supplies I had on hand. The only thing I purchased was the paper crane applique design from Urban Threads and the pinwheel design from Pick & Stitch. I had the Fabric, thread and Figgy’s Banyan pattern all on hand. Pretty close doncha’ think?



I saw this next beautiful dress in the Mini Boden catalog this spring and I immediately thought O+S Fairytale dress. Having just made one, I knew I could knock it out fairly quickly for Ruby’s Easter Dress.

While I was dyeing what was supposed to be bright yellow fabric for another project, I threw in some white piping and lining fabric, in anticipation of this dress. Well we all know how that turned out…LIME GREEN. Again, I went with it. I also dyed some white eyelet turquoise and came out PERFECT. But the eyelet I had purchase didn’t have the holes in it like I wanted so the lime could show through. Well what do you know, on a spur of the moment trip to JoAnn’s, I found the same shade of turquoise with holes in it!! Nice.

I did a little finagling with seam allowance to add the piping to the waist and collar and made my own interfacing for the collar (b/c of the holes). I also had to finish the seams differently b/c I didn’t want fraying or thread to show through the eyelets, but other than that I followed the size 2 pattern as written.

Oh and as a fun touch I added leftover tulle I had from making my wedding dress. :)


While I was in J.Crew with my mother-in-law shopping for Ruby’s birthday, I came across this dress, priced at $50 and I knew I could make it myself. My original plan was to make it exactly as pictured. I just needed some yellow fabric. I have a lot of hemp jersey left over from my old business, so I thought I would just dye it. Well the dye, which was labeled “Bright Yellow,” came out this crazy lime green color…so I just went with it. The gray fabric is also a hemp jersey and the shocking pink is a knit that I had in my stash. I used the Oliver + S sailboat top in a size 2 and modified it. First I lengthed the bodice and shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length. I then marked where the color blocks should be, spliced the pattern pieces and added in my seam allowance. Adding the pockets was a little tricky, but I just added them as you would a side seam hidden pocket. After I sewed all the color blocked pieces together (including the pockets), I just followed the pattern as written. I can’t wait to make my next one.



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Coming Soon!

By Cory

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I am excited to announce that my blog will be up and running soon! So sit tight and follow me —–>

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