April 8, 2014

One more, in lilac

Oliver + S Family Reunion dress in Kaffe Fassett shot cotton. 2T, cut-out buttons.

Button close-up. I love pintucks. 

March 28, 2014

Easter dress for the little

Made by Rae's Geranium dress in Heather Ross Briar Rose Strawberry cotton. 2T, lined with cotton voile, cut-out buttons.

Favorite button close-up.

Geranium in Good Folks

Made by Rae's Geranium dress in Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks cotton. 18-24 months, vintage red plastic buttons.

Simplicity 3807

Vintage Simplicity 3807 pinafore and bloomers in white swiss dot cotton, vintage pearl buttons. Elastic thread to gather the bloomers.

March 5, 2014

How to: Plasti Dip Sewing Pattern Weights

I've been looking for pattern weights for quite awhile, but I found the ready-made options to be either too expensive or not what I had in mind. I wanted something like old-school Wonder Weights -- rubber-coated metal and hefty.

These are easy to make and each weight should cost less than $2. My washers were 40 cents apiece and my can of Plasti Dip was $5 and change. The tube of glue, as you can see by the pliers-worn cap, was already on hand.

Parts List:
  • One can spray Plasti Dip (comes in several colors)
  • E-6000 or other strong glue
  • The largest washers you can find at your local hardware store
Optional, but helpful:
  • Milk bottle caps

Glue your washers together. I used stacks of three. Two is probably sufficient, but I wanted the extra heft. Don't go crazy or the glue will squish out of the sides.

Milk bottle caps (or similar) will make it easier to spray your weights. This is something you will want to do outdoors on a piece of cardboard or newsprint.

Follow the application directions on the Plasti Dip can (30 minutes in between coats.)

And you're done. Rubberized pattern weights for less than $2 a piece. Quicker, easier and less destructive than pins.

September 27, 2013

Branching out

Many Nessies later, I've turned my little lake monsters into a pattern. Make a mythic plush plesiosaur of your very own!
It’s a ten page, easy-to-follow tutorial with diagrams, photos and full-size pattern pieces to make either 10” Nessie or 7” Nesette.
This pattern is suitable for beginning sewists and makes monsters appropriate for all ages.
It’s also an ideal project for thrifted sweaters.
I’ve created a pattern pool for finished projects: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nessiepattern

March 22, 2013


Made by Rae's Geranium dress in Little Letter double cotton gauze from Nani Iro. 6-12 months. Lined in cotton voile. Vintage pearl buttons. So soft.