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Floral & Lace Bustier Dress ~ BurdaStyle 6/2015 112 Review




Added by Renata on September 10, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Flirty Twirl Dress VOGUE V1448 (DKNY)

It's been a great summer! I know it's not what you want to hear, but it's August already. The kids will be back in school before you know it. My summer has been a whirlwind from softball games to basketball. Let's just say I'm beat and finally getting my summer sewing completed.…


Added by Renata on August 19, 2015 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

Floral Overload Dress ~ Phoebe Couture

Phoebe Couture ~ McCall's M6518


Don’t Like Floral You Say!

In my last video I said I didn’t like floral fabrics. Well that was a lie :), I do love floral. It’s just that floral patterns are already busy. When you make a dress it will definitely be loud. I don’t have a problem with loud clothing. There is a line between loud and annoying. The…


Added by Renata on May 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Pattern Review McCalls M6988 Version C: Exposed Zipper Dress

Color Block and Exposed Zipper

I've become a fan of color blocking and exposed zippers. This is my first…

Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

New Pattern Review BurdaStyle 7065

I hope you all had a wonderful week and I know you'll have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lets take a look at this week's project. They all consist of the color black. It would seem that black and purple are my "go to" color. Below are the fabrics used for this project, along…


Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Made it to Round 2 - Pattern Review Surprise Sewing Bee Contest

Hooray I Made It

How exciting!! Right,  I was 1 of 56 chosen to move onto Round 2 of this contest. Not a bad deal when you consider 140 sewers were in Round 1. It also show how tough the judging is, which means Round 2 is not going to be…


Added by Renata on November 15, 2014 at 12:25am — No Comments

Pattern Review Burda 6911

Hanging on to Summer?

Yes I said it, one last summer day in Wisconsin. It's not often to enjoy an amazing day like last Saturday! I took the opportunity to cut one last summer tee. I've already used this pattern a few weeks ago to create a dress, but that's for a another post.…


Added by Renata on October 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

BurdaStyle Dress 5/2014 114B Pattern Review

BurdaStyle Mini-Dress Pattern Review May 2014 Issue:

I've been hard at it running up a storm but not  on the blog. I've clocked in about 33 miles this week and about…

Added by Renata on September 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Burda 6910 Dress C - Pattern Review

Splatters & Waves Dress…


Added by Renata on September 14, 2014 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

BurdaStyle 5/2011 Top 107B - Pattern Review

BurdaStyle Sewing

Pattern Review -


BurdaStyle 5/2014 107B

Pattern Description:    Knit Top (View D with and without straps)


Added by Renata on September 10, 2014 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Pattern Review - Simplicity 1613

Fall Sewing In Full Swing



Added by Renata on September 7, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Review of Butterick B5559 - Plum Aztec Dress - Pintucks Rock

Hey Fashionistas,

Below is my review of Butterick B5559

Pattern Description: Butterick…


Added by Renata on September 4, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Pink Dolman Sleeve Top

Pink  Stripe

Last week I shared my intention to make the Dolman Sleeve blouse that Lori of Girls in the Garden made. I really love dolman sleeve, they can be easily transformed. Wow this was a quick and easy blouse to make.

I followed all the instructions completely, they were very clear.…


Added by Renata on November 11, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Power Puff Girl Z _ Completed

This is my first costume, and I think it turned out great. The belt could have been better but Izzy didn't seem to care. The kids enjoyed themselves this evening with my friend Vanessa of Bailey Belle Creation. Here are pictues, wish I had with all five kids.

The are ready…


Added by Renata on October 31, 2013 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Power Puff Girl Z Sewing Project

Where to Start? 

Well I have been sewing :), just not finding time to post. 

Anyhow today I started this costume for Izzy :) 

Lets just say she has an…


Added by Renata on October 20, 2013 at 2:32am — 2 Comments

Sewing For Little Girls

These are the two outfits I made for the girls last weekend.

All I did for the skirt was double up the girls waist measurements and add the lengths I wanted the skirts to be. Sophia's was approx 44 x 9 and the second layer was 44*15.

For the waistband, I took the girls measurement and added about 2.5-3 inches to the waist measurement. Please note the waistband is made of ribbing, which is very stretchy. When all is said and done you'll end up with a rectangle and for…


Added by Renata on June 1, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Burda Gown - 11/2009 #105

Something Blue (Not that photo!)

This post is about five weeks overdue. I made Burda Evening Gown 105 form the November 2009 Issue.  Below is the magazine photos along with some photos of  Ashley's (My friend that trusted me so much to make this). It's one of the best dress I've sewn and it was not for me :)…


Added by Renata on May 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Burda Peplum Top 08/2012 #113

The Peplum Top

 I love Burda patterns, as always their instructions can do with a little help. Nonetheless I'm a fan and this was/is my first peplum. Wow - fun and fantastic piece. Definitely a hit with me :). Below is my short and sweet review!


Image: Kelly Whitman of …


Added by Renata on May 2, 2013 at 9:28pm — 5 Comments

Feather Feather Print Infinite Scarf

Feather Feather Print Infinite Scarf

The Fabric

Last Friday I hit Hancock fabric on my lunch break and came back to work $60 dollars poorer! Yes I said it, $60 "bones or clams or whatever you call them"less. I'm finding myself loving Hancock, they have such a variety, or maybe I'm becoming a better shopper :). This is a huge plus, it saves me a trip to SR Harris in Minneapolis.

Okay so the fabric, is a light polyester blend, that…


Added by Renata on February 17, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

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