Mar 9 2017

One of my favorite and most requested designs has been for the smocking design “Chocolate Bunnies” which appeared in an issue of Sew Beautiful Magazine several years ago.  I’m thrilled that Martha Pullen Company have posted the full article and smocking design on their blog!  Click here to […]

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Nov 10 2016

Good morning!  I just wanted to share a holiday version of the “No Smock Bishop”.  If you don’t smock or just don’t have time, the bishop style dress with gathered lace might be just what you are looking for.  You can click here for the tutorial. How is […]

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Oct 28 2016

Time for jumpers!  Our girl loves wearing jumpers and mommy loves that this one is reversible.  This jumper is made from orange pique’ and coordinating print using pattern #140.  I added that Kitten Pocket which is super simple to make!  I also like that the kitten face is […]

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Oct 26 2016

We’ve featured on www.sewmamasew.com!  A great little tutorial on re-purposing a man’s shirt. Do you have a re-purpose story? Michie’

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Aug 18 2016

Occasionally I want trim on a sleeve with a bit more substance than lace and something more formal than rick rack.  Crocheting in entredeux is quick and simple and gives me the look I want.  Best of all, I always seem to have the right supplies on hand. […]

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Jul 28 2016

 I thought that I would share my most common sewing mishap. It is………getting those buttonholes straight! Don’t you hate when the outfit is complete and one of the last steps is where your big mistake happens? I have finally solved this problem by marking a straight line the […]

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Jul 6 2016

Sometimes a touch of smocking somewhere other than the front yoke adds interest to a garment.  This little jumper and blouse was made using pattern #140 and is just right for Summer and Fall.  The jumper is fully lined with pink and white seersucker, which also makes it […]

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Jun 15 2016

This blog was first published in October, 2011 and was one of our most popular posts. First, I thought that I would share a picture of what is happening on my design board right now. Little Emma’s first Birthday is right around the corner and of course she […]

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Jun 2 2016

This is one of my favorite sewing tips that I like to share!  One of the signs of a well made garment is how well the collars matches at the neckline.  I use my trusty little ruler, which is also one of my favorite sewing tools and a […]

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May 9 2016

I don’t have a pattern for a smocked to the shoulder dress, so I used pattern #131. I cut a piece of fabric about 42″ wide and the length of the yoke and skirt together. I pleated and smocked the yoke area and then using a small straight […]

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