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  • Simplicity 1538


    I have all of my sister’s measurements from working on her wedding dress, so I put them to use to make her a custom sized button down flannel shirt. My sister has a hard time finding shirts that fit her well because she is so petite, which is why I made her a shirt.

    I started with Simplicity 1538 at a size 10 because that was the one that best fit her bust size, however it was too big for her waist. I also noticed the pattern had 4.5″ of ease, which was too much for my sister’s style. So I not only took in the pattern to fit her size better but also took out 1″ of ease, which made it a size 6 through the waist in hips (with more taken in at the waist) but still a size 10 for the upper chest and back (through the shoulders).

    I also had to shorten it. I had to take the waist up 1″ and the cross chest 1″. I thought this might cause problems with the sleeves but it didn’t when I also made the sleeves a size 6, even though originally the armhole was a size 10.

    The shirt fit my sister perfectly. I might lengthen it at the bottom if I am to make for her again (but I would still need to take the waist up 1″).


  • Happy New Year


    I have been so busy with the holidays that I have been neglecting this blog. So what have I been working on? I made a Tshirt for one sister and a button down for another. I made pajamas for my niece as well as for my kids. I made a top for my daughter. I also drafted a pattern and sewed up a muslin for my sister’s wedding dress.

    I got a lot of sewing done, but I also knitted, shopped, baked, cleaned and took care of a sick family while I was also sick. There was 3 visits and lots of doctor’s appts as well. It has been a very busy pass two months!

    In the next few weeks I will post about the projects I finished and the progress on the wedding dress. Meanwhile I hope your holidays were merry and that you have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • It’s Frozen!


    Finished both Frozen costumes. They came out really great! What do you think?

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  • Anna Costume Complete!


    I have completed the Anna costume. Simplicity 1233 (0733) overall is a good pattern. I made a few changes and had only one difficulty.


    I starter by hand embroidered the bodice and skirt. It took 120 hours to do all the embroidery. I had interfaced the skirt and bodice before embroidering or assembling. I embroidered the bodice before any assembly and the skirt after the skirt was assembled but before it was attached to the bodice.


    The changes I made were mostly with the bodice. Originally the pattern has the under shirt cut out only as an overlay on the black part of the bodice. I cut out the under shirt layer using the front pattern instead of the insert. I then cut out the black in the front pattern piece but used the overlay pattern piece to cut out the outline. I made the back both in the undershirt fabric and the black fabric. I trimmed the black fabric’s seam allowance away at the armholes and neckline. I then used gold bias tape to finish the edges after I sewed the shoulder and side seams. I sewed the undershirt following the directions for the pattern and then layered the black part over the undershirt and sewed then together only at the back opening before adding the zipper. The black part is still a separate piece that is only attached at the zipper.

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    The only change I made to the skirt was how I added the scallop part at the bottom. I drafted my own scallop to make it thinner (like from the movie). I then sewed it on the bottom. I added fusible webbing to the back and and ironed it on to the skirt. I finished the edges with a very tight zigzag almost like a satin stitch.

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    The cloak was easy to sew except the collar. It uses fusible webbing to hold to the layers of the collar together as well as the black band. I found this cumbersome and ended up sewing close to the edge instead. The black band didn’t work at all so I got rid of it. For the cloak decorations I just make a stencil and painted it on using fabric paint.

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    I also made boots which are shoe covers. I used the same pattern that I used to make my son’s knight costume. I interfaced them with craft interfacing to make them stand up. I used a fabric paint marker to make the design on them.

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  • Kristoff Costume Materials



    The Kristoff costume is a little harder to make since it has to be from scratch. There is no pattern. And there is fur! Here are the material I am using:


    I used Burda 9535 for the pattern base. I had used it before for a Flynn Ryder costume. I used grey upholstery suede I bought at Joann’s. I lined the collar and sleeve caps with grey wolf faux fur also from Joann’s. I also used the fur as a facing for the V and the bottom. I then used red felt to add the trimming.


    The undershirt is a sweater so I decided to knit it. I used a Children’s Raglan Sweater pattern from Lion Brand and Lion Brand Wool-ease Chunky yarn in Willow. This is really the first thing I ever knit so it didn’t come out perfect but it’s mostly covered and Kristoff’s sweater looks worn anyway.


    I just used a basic pajama bottom pattern and grey flannel from Joann’s to make the pants.


    I self drafted a pattern using this tutorial. I made them from green suede fabric from Joann’s and interfaced them with craft interfacing. They are shoe covers.

  • Hand Embroidery

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    Hand embroidery take a lot of time! I am just over 50% done embroidering my daughter’s Anna costume and I have been working on it every second I have free. So far 70 hours have gone into making this costume. Here are some pictures of my progress.

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  • Anna Fabric


    I have bought all the fabric I need for the Anna costume except one. I haven’t been able to find the darker pink fabric for the cloak. Here is what I am using:

    Anna Under Shirt

    Comfy Double Napped Flannel Aqua Comfy Double Napped Flannel AquaThis soft double napped (brushed on both sides) flannel is perfect for apparel, quilting, craft projects and home decor accents. This fabric is not flame retardant.

    Anna Over Shirt

    Toscana Velveteen Black Toscana Velveteen BlackMade of cotton, velveteen has the rich pile and depth of real velvet, but is much easier to care for. The nap of the fabric gives it a richness and vibrance in most lighting that make it instantly dressy and suitable for nearly any occasion. Use for skirts, dresses, jackets and even home decor accents.

    Anna Skirt

    Poly/Cotton Twill Fabric Royal Blue Poly/Cotton Twill Fabric Royal BlueThis poly/cotton twill fabric is lightweight with a full fold drape. It is perfect for pants, jackets, skirts and dresses.

    Anna Skirt Bottom

    Kona Cotton Dresden Blue Kona Cotton Dresden BlueFrom Robert Kaufman Fabrics, this 4.3 oz. per square yard 100% Kona cotton broadcloth is perfect for quilting, apparel and more! This fabric has been tested for carcinogenic dye stuffs, formaldehydes, lead, skin-friendly ph factor and has the Confidence in Textiles certification.

    Anna Cloak

    72'' Rainbow Felt Fuchsia 72” Rainbow Felt FuchsiaThis 72” wide felt is fade-resistant, cuts cleanly with no fraying and can be sewn and/or glued. It is made from eco-fi which is a high quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Rainbow felt is the perfect all-around craft fabric-great for school, camp, costumes, home projects, scrapbooking and much more! Made in the USA.

    I have found dark fuchsia felt but only in craft sheet size, not in yardage. So I will need to keep looking.

    I have washed all the fabric, except the felt, and now am ready to start cutting.

  • The Wedding Dress


    My youngest sister is getting married next summer! And she has asked me to make her wedding dress!

    Making a wedding dress is going to be a lot of work, especially since I plan on making my own pattern, but I think I am up for it. I just hope my sewing machine is up for it!

    We are starting with having her try on dresses at various wedding gown shops to see what looks best on her so can design her dress. I am also going to make a moulage to have a basic pattern that fits her to work off of. Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper is a big help on how to make your own moulage and sloper. There are other patternmaking design classes that I am taking at Craftsy that will help me depending on what design elements I need, like Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines, Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines, Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves and Patternmaking & Design: Collars & Closures.

    I also bought two books to get me started: Bridal Gowns: How to Make the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams and Sew a Beautiful Wedding. The first one I have checked out of my library before, so I already know that it will be a big help!

    I will post updates as I work on this wedding dress.