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Who else is sewing for a tween that won’t stop shooting up? She’s wearing my cami, boots, and necklace in this picture, and I’m not tiny!

I can’t keep up with her, and I love finding patterns that work well for her tween style, and come in a size range that works for her!


This is the Tanacross Cardigan from New Horizons Designs. There are 2 length options, hip, and knee. This is the hip length, only because I had a pre-cut piece of fabric to work with 🙂 I found this one at Wal-Mart… $2 for 2 yards! Score!! I’ve cut into more Wal-Mart fabric than anything else. I think because it’s so cheap, I don’t feel as terrible if I mess up. Does anyone else think like that?


I LOVE the option for trim on this one. I could have left it off, but I was inspired by a grey sweater I found with wide crochet lace. I think it adds a nice touch to what would have otherwise been a pretty basic cardigan!

Check this pattern out, and the women’s version too, if it’s coming up on fall where you live! You won’t regret it!


Back 2 School

Summer is over as quickly as it started. We spent hot days inside with friends, and the cool days earlier, outside with friends 🙂 It was a good, full summer.

My sewing groups have been full of back to school sewing and inspiration for at least a month, and I love it! I love seeing the fancy first day of school dresses, and all the practical capsule wardrobe ideas. I’m all about all of it!

Which I why, for this Back to school blog tour, I sewed pajamas. Haha!


My kiddos don’t have to leave home for their school day, and I thought a play on the old joke that homeschoolers do school in their pajamas would be perfect.

And, I mean, even if you go to public or private school, you do need to sleep well to succeed, so pajamas are appropriate even then!

I sewed up the Rad Patterns Long John Jammers for ALL of my kids! My oldest fits in XXS in the women’s sizing, but the other 4 pairs are from the kids pattern.

I’ve owned the women’s for a long time, even printing them out for myself, but somehow never made one. And the kids pattern is new to me. I think these turned out so well. I’m impressed that the whole size range fits well, based on measurements. Sometimes it can be a little scary to cut out so many things from one pattern, without a trial run first, but these are all just right.


So go sew some back to school clothes, maybe some pajamas too, and check out these other fantastic bloggers on the tour, and enter the GIVEAWAY!

10% off all patterns from DIBY Club with code: B2Sblogtour (expires Aug 25, 2019)
2 patterns of choice from DIBY Club (bundles excluded)
 2 patterns of choice from Rad Patterns
2 patterns of choice from Paisley Roots
1 pattern of choice from Sisboom
1 pattern of choice from Little Lizard King



1 pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs




Schooner Two Ways

Well, apparently I took July off the old blog. Wow! I’m telling you, that month literally FLEW by. And I didn’t even have anything major going on!

These five kids of mine, though, they’re keeping me busy, and it’s all the best.

I got to sew the Schooner top for my summer installment on the Certified Jennuine Design team. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to get this pattern and make it! I’ve eyeballed it so hard ever since it came out! If you’re like me, and you also haven’t made one, get it now, you won’t regret it!


Like I do, I wanted to make it my own. I often use Pinspiration when I’m sewing, and this time was no different. I love the shirt in this image, and knew I could make a good dupe with the Schooner pattern. It certainly isn’t the same, but the best part of being inspired is you get to put some of YOURSELF into it. There is no other YOU on this planet, and you’re valuable just because of that!

I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know how to make patterns, I have never had any desire to learn, I just take what the experts give me, and sometimes try to tweak, and see how it turns out! I want you to have confidence to cut into your patterns too, to try to make them your own. As I type, my daughter hasn’t actually tried on the finished product 🙂 So I don’t even know how this hack turned out! It does look pretty on the hanger though!


The one thing I kind of wanted to keep from the inspiration image was the longer sleeves. This is how I did it. I cut into the ruffle portion from the top to almost the bottom, leaving an 1/8th of an inch or so, then I spread it apart 3″ at the top. I taped it into place with a scrap of paper, and trimmed it down to be a smooth angle. Then I added an inch to the outside edge of that, since I needed a deeper seam allowance.


For my layered look, I just cut two rectangles that were the exact same height as my modified ruffle by a few inches. You can decide what you think looks good.

To sew, make your shirt all the way until hemming the sleeves, per the tutorial. Then sew your extra rectangles into a loop, and slide them RST over your sleeve. Serge it on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

To get the faux layer, fold your top ruffle under 3/4″ or so, and hem it in place, then hem your bottom layer 1/4″ or however far you like it.


I stitched on this pretty black lace to both layers. Boom! Inspiration achieved!


I also made a quick cotton Lycra version of the Schooner too, just straight from the pattern, so I could check sizing, and I had to add some trim to that sleeve as well! You can see the difference in the sleeves, both are beautiful! And see how the different fabrics make it hang.


Thank you for reading this post, I hope it inspired you to grab your favorite pin, and to recreate it in your style!