LITTLE ZIPPY pattern hack with gleeful fabrics

I’m thrilled to be on the Gleeful Fabrics Tour today with Sew Caroline’s new fabric line for Art Gallery! Gleeful is such a bright and fun collection, it was kinda hard to choose one print. I sorta wish I got the squigglys! But no, this fabric is really gorgeous and we all know my heart belongs to florals. I originally thought I’d make myself something with this fabric, but when I got it I just knew it would be a dress for my girl. You know when some fabric is just telling you what to make with it? MAKE ME A BABY DRESS, is what it said!

So, anyways, I did little hack with the Little Zippy pattern to make it. I used a 4X ratio for the skirt, which felt kinda crazy for me. Since I design for women first, I sometimes forget that girl clothing can be outrageous and frilly. I think the result is really fun. And I’ve said this before, but Art Gallery fabric has a great hand and just feels great for apparel. It’s heavy enough to give this dress the look I wanted but lightweight enough for comfort and movement. I sorta want a skirt out of it now!

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I curved the bodice a little and used a straight skirt, so the edges of the skirt curve up just a little at the side seams. Pretty simple to sew and I’m happy with the result!


You can check out the whole Gleeful line at the Art Gallery site! There are some knits and voile, too! Woo!


the explorer hoodie: details!

The Pattern Anthology MAKE [BELIEVE] collection is still for sale! Thanks for all your support with this collection, we were so excited about these patterns and so glad you are too! We love seeing your projects from them, so tag us on Facebook or post to our wall if you have something to share!

Today I wanted to share more details about my contribution to the collection, the Explorer Hoodie. I originally made this hoodie back in February to go with my triangle pants pattern. (You can also get 4 pant patterns including the Triangle Pants in the super bundle!)


There are lots of options with this hoodie! You can make a straight zipper, an angled zipper, add a button tab, or use woven fabrics for the cuffs and hem band. So many ways to make the pattern! I also love that you can mix and match fabrics to create a really unique hoodie!


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MINI ME collection photos + mommy&me bundles

The MINI ME collection is all officially out! 6 new patterns to match 6 favorite women’s patterns! The patterns include the LITTLE ZIPPY, HARPER TOP, AVERY TOP, MINI MAIA top + dress, OLIVIA dress, and the PIPPA ADD-ON. They are all available in the shop!

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I also added a new shop section called mommy&me where you can find these patterns bundled up with the matching women’s pattern for a steal! Save $5 when you purchase this way!

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I had some great testers help me out with these patterns. Here are some of their photos!

Tasha from Glitter&Wit tested out the Avery top:

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Trinh of Sweet Cheeks Design tested the Harper and the Mini Maia:

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Jessica tested the Pippa add-on circle dress pattern:


Lisa from Mabey She Made It tested the Avery:


Renee from Two Many tested the Little Zippy:


Rachel from Once Upon a Sewing Machine tested some pippas:
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Danielle tested the Olivia and :

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Rachel tested the Little Zippy:

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Kimberly of The Nest Creations tested:



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the adventure tee on a really cool kid

My cool kid and I had a little adventure tee photo shoot the other day. The Adventure Tee is one of the brand new patterns available in the Pattern Anthology MAKE[BELIEVE] bundle. I made the hoodie pattern and Andrea made this tee pattern. The other patterns in the collection are a button-up and a versatile jacket!

We summer-ized this outfit with some sunglasses and a hat, but it will be a great outfit to take us into fall also!

the Adventure Tee

The Adventure Tee has lots of options including a few different necklines and fits. I chose the slim fit, which I love. I realized that I made a size too small after this photo shoot. We’ve just moved into the next size up but I am so used to sewing a 4T that I always cut a 4T. Anyways, I really love how slim fitting it is, it’s so hip!


I used the short sleeve pattern piece and front placket without a snap. I like the front open a little bit. This tee was super fast to make, it took less than an hour! I used a really nice bamboo knit in minty blue! It’s super soft and we both love it! So comfy and so useful, I know he’ll be wearing it a lot!



He protested the shoes because they were too tight on him. Hah, he has a mind of his own these days!


the Adventure Tee

the Adventure Tee

This tee is great for dancing, spinning, crawling, it’s the perfect play-time tee!


The Adventure Tee is only available in the MAKE [BELIEVE] collection!


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