Hopscotch with The Shaffer Sisters

Can you believe the series is almost over again!!? Where does the time go? Our last guest is Al, from the Shaffer Sisters! If I had a sister, I hope we’d do as many fun things together as the ladies behind the Shaffer Sisters blog!  They seem like so much fun and I love how they all craft together! They have been guests before and always make the sweetest dresses! So happy to have them back this year! Welcome Al!

This year when I considered the possibility of games I could choose from, I found myself daydreaming of simpler days. I remember spending hours upon hours outside with my cousins pretending with our red wagon and stick horses, playing hide and go seek, and kick the can at grandma’s house. As I reflected, I realized that this year I wanted my theme for Sew Ready to Play to be more timeless than the projects I’ve done in the past.


Hopscotch is one of those outside games that can be played anywhere with very little effort. A few weeks ago we were sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the local parade to begin when the kids found chalk in the stroller. Before we knew it, there were a few hop scotch designs down and the kids were contently playing instead of impatiently waiting.


I had started out this project with the intent to make another dress for my very girly daughter, but unfortunately the printer was set to fit and not to actual size. I ended up with a dress in which the finished bodice fit my 1 year old daughter instead of my 6 year old. I didn’t realize this until I was practically done and had spent hours embroidering the hop scotch design on the skirt. The simplest thing would have been to just have my baby wear it, but it didn’t seem fitting since there’s no way a baby can hopscotch.

I wanted to recreate the bodice the right size and stick with my original design, but I lacked the emotional energy to invest that much more time into it. So when life gives you lemons make lemonade, right!?

And on that same day her little brother cut some of her hair an inch long

I seam ripped the skirt off the bodice and attached it to some elastic that I’ve been saving for just the right project.

Ty in her hopscotch skirt and Sally in her butterfly tunic and polka-dot leggings

The detail on the skirt was done by lightly sketching the hopscotch design and then going back and adding embroidery thread of different colors.

Skirts that fly are the only way to go for a 5 year old

She is happy because it’s a skirt that flies when she spins and has plenty of room for movement to navigate the playground.

With love,



Pac-Man with Paisley Roots

Today I’m excited to introduce Karly from Paisley Roots. I’ve known Karly for a few years now and am amazed at all the awesome clothes she produces for her kiddos! And herself! Lately I haven’t been able to sew for just one kid, and she sews for all FIVE of her kids! No idea how she does it. Amazing! If you haven’t seen her blog, be sure to check it out. She’s very inspiring! Welcome, Karly!

I’m so excited to be back on Sew Ready to Play again this year! Since last year, I have started to homeschool my kids, so games have become a much bigger thing in our house. If you then throw in my husbands influence of computer and Nintendo games, we’ve got a whole new level of geekiness going on. I’m even going to Comic Con this year and am beyond excited about it!

If you couldn’t already tell, I went with Pacman for our game. My kids haven’t actually played it before, but they love watching the show and it’s one of their favorite characters.

To make Jude’s hoodie I used the Bimaa hoodie (it’s one of my favorites!) Then I just appliqued Pacman and some pac-dots on the front. I traced a paint can for Pac-man. I knew there was a reason I needed to hang onto it!

 I had really wanted to make the other kids ghost hoodies, but life is chaos with homeschool and time got away from me. It’s still going to happen.

Thank you so much for having us Louise!

Be sure to stop back by for more!

Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Operation with Max California

Hello again! We got off schedule a bit, but we’re back on! Today is one of the most creative bloggers I know in making fun things for her kiddos!  I love seeing what she come s up with for the kids! She does some awesome superhero and star wars fun on Sew Geeky and I loved her Little Mermaid outfit. It brought back memories from my little Mermaid costume from high school!!  I’m so honored to have her back again to celebrate the five year anniversary of the series!!! Welcome Ari, from Max California!

Hey guys! I missed out on Sew Ready To Play last year because of my inability to check emails in a timely fashion but fortunately I was lucky enough to snag a spot this year! Two years ago I brought you the Lego Indiana Jones shirt, and this year I’ve got something a little more low-key but totally up my boy’s alley anyway!

Would you believe I have never once played Operation? I saw it a few times in my friends’ games cupboards etc but I never ever got to play it! Every time I saw it at the shops I always wanted to buy it, but just never got around to it. UNTIL NOW! My biggest fear with this game was that I would get electrocuted! You know how there’s those pranks where you hold a pen or something and it zaps you? Yeh, clearly I’ve been tricked too much in the past so I was a bit worried about a game that was going to electrocute me and the kids… however fortunately I was way off ahha.

Since it’s the new game in the house, I decided to make Vincent an Operation Shirt! It’s pretty basic and straight forward but I’ll give you a little mini tutorial for it anyway!

I used the free shirt pattern by Dana over at Made (size 5/6) because it’s just the right size for Vin Dawg. You can really use any shirt pattern you like (obviously!).

I originally had the pieces cut out of fleece and was handsewing them together so they were kind of a lttle puffy and sturdy, HOWEVER it was just coming out really ugly so halfway through the wishbone I scrapped the idea and started again. Using really thick interfacing, I cut out the heart, wishbone and ‘funny bone’ and attached a little press stud through them. Then I found the places on the shirt where I wanted them to go and attached the other part of the snaps. I’m a little worried because the yellow fabric i chose is super crazy ridiculously stretchy, so there’s not a lot of support there. If i had a do-over I would have used iron-on interfacing on the inside of the shirt where the snaps go. Vin just can’t rip his Operation pieces off his shirt as dramatically as he may have wanted.

Since the pieces are small, you can sew them on before you assemble the shirt or afterward; it really doesn’t make that much difference but I did it before I sewed the shirt together just in case I made a mistake I didn’t want to ruin an entire shirt! I was originally going to have the shirt black because black shirts go with everything in Vincent’s wardrobe, but I found the yellow in my stash and figured it was a little more classic! I think the pieces would look even better if I had stitched them to some black felt a bit larger than the outlines.

The little guy loves his new shirt! And his little sister is incredibly jealous so I guess I’m going to have make an Operation Shirt 2.0!

Thank you for having me Louise!
And thank you, Ari!!
Be sure to stop back by for more!

Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Sew Ready to Play Recap

Wow! Another season of Sew Ready to Play has come to an end. I can’t believe it! I just have to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that played along this season. Everything was so fantastic! And so creative! I love just seeing how everyone interprets the games.


And in case you missed any here’s the recap…


Alpha Bandits by Jenn from A Jennuine Life

Balderdash by Karly from Paisley Roots

Chutes and Ladders by Jacqueline from Begin with B

Dominos  by  liZ from Simple Simon and Co

Puzzles by Melanie from Filles a Maman

Name That Tune by Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Cash Cab by Al from  Shaffer Sisters

Picnic Party by Irene from Froo and Boo

Queen of Hearts by Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Hungry Hungry Hippos by Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

UNO by Vicki from Sew Inspired

Thanks again for a such great tutorials, inspirations and fun!


Breeze Top Pattern Tour and a Giveaway!

I keep saying it recently, but it’s true! I’m just floored by all the talent I’ve had the opportunity of meeting doing this whole blogging thing! Another of my amazing blogging friend, Shannon of Little Kids Grow, has released yet another great pattern to her pattern line, Peaches and Peanuts! Be sure to check out the New Release Info!

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It’s the Breeze Top! I’m not sure were the name came from, but I will say it’s a ‘breeze’ to make! Ha! I crack myself up! I love being a pattern tester for Shannon! She’s really got it down with getting the info out and keeping up on questions. Makes our job as testers super simple!




The pattern has two versions, one for the woven fabric and another for a knit version. I did the woven and think it’s pretty adorable! (as is my guest model, don’t you think?) The top is a bit asymetterical with buttons only on one side. And I love me some asymettric! And you know me, I do snaps, not buttons. But it didn’t change the top any. I love the high top with the added fullness in the body.



The top is a racer back top, which I love for the girls! There’s a bit of elastic that runs from the side to the racer back connection. We were a bit nervous sewing this pattern for my niece because she doesn’t like tight. And she can sometimes be irritated by fabrics rubbing her skin. I debated my elastic measurements. Do I stick to the pattern directions? Or do I make it a little bit looser? I decided to stick with the pattern and see how it goes…. It worked! It was tight enough to keep the top close to the body without showing anything we didn’t want to show. But it wasn’t tight enough to cause any irritation to her skin! Perfect!


Then there’s the bottom band. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include the bottom band. But since I was testing, I knew I needed to at least give it a whirl. But first I didn’t. And I sent it home for a test fit. It fit fine, but was obviously a bit short. So I added it on, easy peasy. And now the length is great. It also keeps it from flying up when the kiddos are playing!


And trust me, it works for playing! And popping bubbles! I took my ‘assistant’ with me for the photo shoot and they had a great time!


I think it’s a great pattern for the little ladies! It comes in sizes 8 thru 16. I’m hoping for a woman’s version too!  Today is the first day of the blog tour, so be sure to check out the other versions! Including the knit version!

Breeze Blog Tour Pic

Shannon is also hosting a great giveaway on her blog! She’s giving away (3) Breeze Top patterns and (3) $25 Gift Certificates to The Ribbon Retreat. And I just ordered from The Ribbon Retreat, and it came super fast! Love!  Anyway, click here for the giveaway!

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And it’s not over yet! Shannon is also offering a discount code at her Etsy shop! The Breeze Top pattern will be 25% off this week with the code “BREEZETOUR” on her Etsy site. (Coupon code expires June 27th at 11:59pm). So just in case you don’t want to wait to see if you win the pattern, be sure to get your own copy!


The Rose Skirt by Filles a Maman

I’ve been having fun sewing for my nieces! For an only child (me) I sure to have a bunch of nieces! Ok, they technically aren’t, but by love they are! I can’t wait to show you the adorable little Rose Skirt I made for one of my Florida girls!


I loved this little pattern and it was so easy! I mean like probably an hour easy!


I though it was cute when I saw it online, but then when I saw the pattern I got a bit scared… The pleats threw fear in my face! But I went ahead and decided to go for it. And boy was I wrong! Um… super simple!


And it seemed to be super comfy on the little lady as well! The knit I used is super soft on the inside! I forget know where I got the popsiclie fabric, which was also well received. The top and bottom bands were an old shirt.



The pattern has instruction for both with pockets and without. I originally planned for pockets. Here’s the deal. Before we went on vacation I was working away and trying to deny that there was something wrong with my sewing machine. When I finally gave into the truth I stopped sewing. Then I decided to cut all my projects that I wanted to sew and I’d take the fabric with me. So for this one I cut it for without pockets just in case. But I also cut the pockets out too. But I had them the contrast color. Then when I set to putting it together, I didn’t think I’d like the pockets the contrast color so I left them out!


The little lady had a good time in this skirt! We played super heros, went to the beach and made sand cupcakes and even taught her to fish in it! She was pretty good at the whole casting thing!!


I loved seeing the skirt get worn and enjoyed! Now if we could only all go back to the beach together!

If you have a little girl and want an adorable skirt that is super easy to make… The Rose Skirt is your answer! It’s even adorable just hanging on the hanger! Thanks Mel for letting me try it out!



I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Surfer Slacks Redo

KCW is over, but I have one more project that I made! Well, I should say, that I updated!


This is my last project for KCW and my mending bag is pretty much done!


About a year ago I made the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew. Love the pattern! Aren’t these pants cute?


They were much cuter when they actually fit! Unlike the pj’s he wanted super long, these he didn’t care that they were about two inches too short.


But I had to take them away to figure out what to do with them!


Shorts! Perfect!


My son loves comfy pants, but, like I’ve said before I have to make cute comfy pants or he’d wear sweat pants every day! And these still fit just fine everywhere except the length, so I hated to put them in the garage sale pile or something like that…


I just had to throw in this picture because it totally makes me laugh. It looks like he’s trying to escape from my photoshoot!!


What did you get done for KCW? Everything you were planning on? Anything?

More KCW Mending

Another boring post about my mending progress! Sorry…  I think it took longer to edit the photos then it did to do the mending!


My son has these pj’s that he loves. No, I didn’t make them…


But… They are huge! His aunt gave them to him, not last Christmas, but the one before. And they are too big, but he loves them. He has refused to let me make them fit. Unfortunately he looks kinda like a hobo when he wear them. He loves them too big, but he trips over them. and falls.


So I put my foot down and he finally agreed that we could make them fit a bit better!


Although I did hem the sleeves a bit shorter then we agreed upon. And of course he noticed!


The pants needed a bit of a hem too. And they got it!


Even now that they fit he still loves the pj’s. He can even to his ninja moves without worrying about falling down!

More T’s for KCW

Like I said on Monday, we’re fixing the things in my mending bag this week! I don’t think I’ll be featured on any of the KCW features, but it needs to get done!


Here’s another one you might remember! About a year ago I made the monster tee! I was so proud of myself for sewing with knits! I loved this shirt. I was kinda rigging my machine to use the double needle and it was a pain! the thread kept getting twisted and breaking….


Then the hem came out. I threw it in the mending bag and forgot about it!


But it’s back! And I figured out how to set my machine up properly to do the double needle and it went so smoothly! And the hem is fixed.


And the kiddo is excited to have him monster shirt back!


So then I moved on to the taxi shirt! I wish I could find a picture of the kiddo wearing this when they were pj’s. We bought this in NYC about 3 years ago. The pj’s fit then. It was kinda like a onesie with legs.


It fit, but it was kinda funny, because it was so wide! The legs and the sleeves were the right size for a 2T. But the width wasn’t. It was super wide! And three years later, the sleeves are a bit short for a 5T.


So I cut off the legs and it still fits! 3 years later! I hemmed the bottom. I was going to take off the sleeves and add red ones, but then decided that since the arms still fit, I just made it a short sleeved t-shirt instead!


More KCW done. You?

A Sewing Fail Revived!

Do you remember this project?


It was my Tic Tac Toe game shirt I made for Season 2 of Sew Ready to Play. The Tic Tac Toe game itself was designed by my husband and is totally cool. The game itself wasn’t a fail. It gets played with still. But as a shirt…. Never got worn…. I should have known from that look on the kiddos face, huh?


So for my first day of Kids Clothes Week, I’m bringing it back as a plain old t-shirt. I didn’t make the shirt. But I did use my seam ripper to remove all the Velcro. So that’s partly sewing right?


Ok, here’s the deal. This is my sewing room. Piles ‘o projects! See the shelves of fabric? See all the piles in front of the shelves of fabric? That’s all projects in the works. I’m really trying to finish all these projects this year. One thing that isn’t in the picture is a bag of projects that needed mending. So my first night of KCW was spent planning and going through my mending bag to see what I needed to fix. A couple of things just went away.


And then there were these two sweaters… Both had holes in them at some seams. So no knitting involved, just two quick stitches. The one on the bottom has been in the bag for over a year and it took a whole 2 minutes to fix… Why do I do this??? Wait so long for a 5 minute project??? I don’t know!


And then I found the orange striped t-shirt!


I saw that it was actually a 4T. Not so sure why I had my2 year old wearing it back then, but it still fits. Maybe not for long, the sleeves are getting a bit short. but Hey for the rest of spring, my son has a new shirt and it’s so soft. He wouldn’t take it off!


So day one of KCW, I did some planning and mending and reviving a failed project. It might not be new from scratch, but it’s Kids Clothes!

Did you make anything?


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