New Look 6881


It has been over a month since my last post.  I’m bummed about this but I’m also a realist and there is just no way I can possibly have my shit together right now.

I was on vacation for a couple of weeks visiting family.  This is a picture of my daughter on the front stoop of my parent’s house.  She’s wearing a dress I made for her! (More on that a few paragraphs down.)

While I had high hopes of working on a quilting project and doing some sewing related reading during out trip, it did not happen.  Frankly, hanging out with my family and being lazy was just more fun.   Towards the end of my trip, I started feeling kind of crappy and my illness followed me home to Houston.

Three weeks ago all hell broke loose.  I had hoped that I would not get sick again but I did and while I am truly thankful for this time right now, it’s hard to keep it together when my health is compromised. I have the sickness.  The sickness that’s supposed to plague women in the early hours of the day, leaving them nauseated and retching.  Except that I’m truly special and it’s an all day, every day, extremely dehydrating enterprise.  With my first kid, it started at 6 weeks and ended around the 22nd week.  But at least it ended.  This is what I have to look forward to, the 22nd week when the smell of my own closet will no longer make me heave.

In the meantime, the posts will be light, my sewing will be less, and my husband and I will be in survival mode.   There will be really good moments and I’m looking forward to those.  And how can I not be over the moon to think I will have another as perfect as my first?

So back to the dress…


The dress is made from New Look kids pattern 6881.  It seems that it is no longer available for sale.  This is kind of a bummer because it is adorable and a really good beginner project.  I did the view shown in white, View C, with quilting cotton, white ribbon and eyelet lace trim.


I made this for her second birthday and I was super disappointed to find that it was way too big for her to wear to her party.  Since March, I have pulled it out of her closet to check the fit a few times.  When I started packing for NJ, I was excited to find that it would probably fit her.  The thought of taking pictures of her and having my parents see her in the dress was thrilling.  I must manage my expectations a little better.

Have you ever tried to take a picture of a two-year-old?  She knows me.  She knew that I desperately wanted to get some good shots.  She was not compliant.  This was the best I could do!


Another perfect little one is on the way, ha!…I am in so much trouble.


Sewing withdrawal?

I’m heading to the East coast to visit my family for 2 weeks.  I won’t be able to sew and I’m kind of moody about it.  Technically, I can sew while I’m there.  While my mom doesn’t sew very much anymore, she still has her machine.   The last time I used her machine I had to use a miniature flat head screwdriver to push down the backstitch lever because the knob had broken off.  She told me it works but I’m skeptical.  (No offense, mom.  I love you.)

While I may pull out her machine even just for nostalgia’s sake, I have a few other things planned to keep me from getting cranky.


1. Drop off my machine for service.  I’ve had it over a year and it’s never been serviced. I feel hella’ better knowing that I’m getting my machine serviced when I physically can’t use it. I should probably find out how much it will cost…meh.


2. Read a sewing book…or at least page through it.  I bought Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear recently, on a whim, when I was frustrated with understanding how to tell if a pattern is actually going to result in a garment that fits.  My thought was that if I learned more about pattern cutting I might be more successful making my own clothes.  This idea really excites me!  The technical aspect of drafting a pattern is something I’m looking forward to geeking out about.


3.  Cut itty bitty squares for this quilt that I have had in process since I realized my baby girl would soon be big enough to sleep in a big girl bed.  I’ve never made a quilt and the process seems long and humdrum but I like the idea of making it for her.  Besides, it’s easy to pack a few fat quarters and my rotary cutter.

I’m more likely to just veg and (hopefully!) enjoy the cooler weather but at least I have a plan!  A short respite from sewing will probably do me some good anyway.

Peace out H-town!




Woohoo! I am on schedule and ready for Part 7: Fly Front of the Chi-Town Chinos.

My favorite steps so far: 1. making the belt loops and 2. topstitching.  Once I read Tips for Better Topstitching on Indiesew’s blog, I felt like I could take over the world. I put the technique into practice and I’m having a ball!





I am using an inexpensive gray (obviously) cotton twill.  The pocket bag is made from Kaufman London Calling Lawn that I had leftover from another project.  I made a muslin before cutting into the twill but more on that later.  I’m still not even sure if I got the fit right.  Ha!



Hi. Please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Rebecca. Stop by my About page to learn more about me and why I’m blogging!

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I am a mother.

I am a mother.  Let’s just get that out of the way right now.  I have a two-year-old that I am hopelessly in love with.  She has enslaved me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  When I have time to myself I hop over the laundry basket, dodge the dishes, and avert my eyes from the dog hair ridden floor so that I may sew.

I’ve never been a writer.  In fact, exactly one year ago, I left a career in engineering project management to care for my raggamuffin. I think many new mothers will tell you that, as important as this new gig is, it doesn’t seem like enough.  While I struggle to find peace in our new lifestyle, I will use this as my outlet. I will write and I will share the things that inspire me to create.  I imagine there will be lessons learned along the way.