My daughter and I are in our favorite time of year…the time where we take off of homeschooling and just sew! She received 5 orders for ‘twirly skirts’ that need to be done before Christmas, and we are off to a good start. We have also begun sewing some aprons for family and friends. After that we have pillowcases, pajama pants and a baby blanket. We are hoping to finish everything in these next few weeks before we head to Chicago for Christmas. It seems a little overwhelming, but I think we will be able to pull it off. Here are some of the ‘almost finished’ projects along with the fabric for the ‘not started’ projects.

Christmas 2011 sewing projects

She is looking forward to a day at the American Girl Doll store in Chicago during Christmas break to spend some of her earnings. She has decided on a different doll, Marie-Grace. Maybe once we get there, she will change her mind again :-). All I know is that we are looking forward to a nice day together with some of our aunts and uncles.


I am so proud of her and how well she can sew; we make a good team. I look forward to many more years of sewing together.


My daughter informed me the other day that she would like an American Girl Doll with some accessories. Keep in mind, her aunts got her a Bitty Baby when she was five. Her cousins gave her their Samantha doll last Christmas, which she loves. I had a few other items on my Christmas list for her this year, and a brand new American Girl Doll was not one of them.

So, an idea came to mind.  She had a few sewing lessons this summer, and her skills increased quite a bit.  Therefore, I decided that if she truly wanted this new doll…Kit… (she will not stop browsing through the American Girl Doll magazine), that maybe she should earn most, if not all of the money to buy her along with some accessories.  She thought this was a GREAT idea.

The Plan

I have been sewing Kathleen skirts for a few years now.  The last few she has helped with quite a bit, and we have made many for her friends.  Therefore, we decided to put the word out and hope to start receiving orders for custom-made skirts.  She will be the main ‘sewer’ with as much assistance from me as needed.  We are focusing on two skirt styles named:

    • Spinning Twirling Skirt
    • Straight Strip Skirt (try to say that three times fast)

Spinning Twirly Skirt $25

If you are interested in a skirt for your daughter(s), please let us know.  You just need to purchase, and wash, your own material.  (Joann’s always has great deals or 40-50% off coupons). We will provide the thread and elastic, and have a final fitting to make sure the waist fits. 

Straight Strip Skirt $30

Are you interested???  Please email us to let us know, and we will figure out the details from there. eilisrose@yahoo.com
Please check out the original posts for these skirts.

My daughter turns 9 tomorrow, and I am so proud of the girl she has become. She is loving, kind, giving, creative, smart…I know, moms say these things, but I am so very proud of her.

She is the best big sister to her brothers. She is more patient with her three-year old brother than I am sometimes. It is something beautiful to watch. She helps homeschool her 6 year old brother, and she is an amazingly patient teacher with him.

I wanted for her to have a wonderful birthday. She chose to have a small party with just a few of her friends. She wanted to make it a sewing party. I was a bit panicky at this idea because, sure I can ‘sew’, but I can’t really. Cutting out and putting together doll clothes patterns is not my area of expertise, even though I am working on it. After a day of cleaning and making the food, I finally said, “Hey, why don’t we just sew skirts for the dolls.”I was so grateful she said yes!

So, her two friends came over and they got to work in our little sewing room.

What I discovered right away is that my daughter can sew. She has been listening to the limited instructions I have been teaching her, and she turned right around and taught her friends. She encouraged them, and assisted them when they needed it. In the end, they ran out of time to make a skirt for her doll, but she was OK with that. She was happy that her friends were able to go home with new skirts for their dolls. That is my daughter.

This afternoon, she spent the day sewing. She sewed a variety of skirts and a pair of pajamas for her doll. They came out beautiful, don’t you think?

So, happy birthday to my beautiful daughter. These last 8 years have been amazing. I can’t wait to see what our future holds.

Crafting this year

It is amazing with a new sewing machine, how much more fun it is to make presents for Christmas.  I had started table runners last year with my old machine, and did not get far.  Now, I am close to finishing them for this Christmas.  I just have to hand stitch the binding (not my favorite part).  That can be done in the car on the way to Chicago, since my husband always insists on driving (not that I mind).

This pattern is The Fat Quarter Table Runner.  I tend to find a pattern I can make, and duplicate it many times.

Also, my daughter wanted to make scarves for friends and family.  We are patiently waiting for our fleece shipment to arrive from Joann’s…ordered 10 days ago.  At least we were able to get a start.

We look forward to sharing our gifts with families and friends soon!

After using staples and cardboard last year for my son’s saint costume, this year I promised him, and my other children, better…My two sons wanted to be St. Martin and St. George, while my daughter wanted to be St. Therese.

For the boys, I planned on sewing together a soldier/knight outfit to match an existing one a friend made for us, but I ended up calling the same friend and asked her to do it again.

It is a Simplicity pattern, and the boys looked great!

St. Martin

Below is the costume we already had.  My son, the fearless night, needed to bring his kitty along to the party.

St. George


I was able to sew my daughter’s outfit after finding some ideas on how to sew the habit from a blog called Waltzing Matilda.  I followed the directions to a Jedi Robe.  I had the measurements wrong for the scapular, so that ended up a tad too short.  Here is how it turned out

St. Therese of Lisieux

She wanted to make her own rosary, which she did using wooden beads.

The party we went to was wonderful, and the kids spent much of the rather cool evening outside.  There was a pinata, large bonfire with smores, and many wonderful children for the kids to play with.  Much fun was had by all!


I have been taking a 6 week course to be able to use, and understand, the many many tools Photoshop has to offer.  I am not sure how much I will remember, but I do hope in my spare time (smile), that I can make some amazing pages for my family.

This page started out as an assignment to make creative type.  We were just to use a quote and make it look fancy (simply put).  Well, I couldn’t have a quote without a picture.  I couldn’t find just the right picture without cropping my son out.  Then I needed just the perfect background colors.  I could have continued on, but it is late and I need to go to bed.

I hope you enjoy!

My daughter is always asking for time together sewing.  I finally decided the best way was to find her a simple pattern and to just do it.  Today, we did just that. 

We found a pajama bottom pattern.  Simplicity 3553

And then the process began.  She did about 90% of the work herself.  She did an amazing job, don’t you think?

Now to get her to sew some for her brothers…smile.