Butterfly Wings

Whew!! What a weekend!! We were super busy and it just flew by! We spent Saturday up north celebrating Easter early with my family, then on Sunday we headed down south to celebrate the 3rd birthday of one of our dear friend’s daughter.
Today I wanted to share the gift Brynlee and I made for her, I really think it is the perfect, whimsical gift that any little girl would love!


I purchased the Wife-Made butterfly wing pattern back in October when I made Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume and have wanted to make the butterfly wings ever since. And a gift for a 3rd birthday party was the perfect time to try them out! I found the super colorful fabric at Joann’s and decided to just use solids for the wing’s appliqué since the main fabric is so busy.


I also used silver glitter elastic to make the wings even more whimsical. Brynlee loved them so much that I will be making a second pair very soon, she’s been begging for some ever since I had her try these on to make sure they would fit well.


I also decided to make a flower crown to go with the wings so the birthday girl could be a butterfly princess. I got Brynlee involved by letting her help me choose the flowers and their placement and to help me add the jewels. I also found a blue butterfly to add to the crown since the birthday girl’s favorite colors are pink and blue.


And to finish off the gift, Brynlee and I made a magical wand to match the wings. Brynlee thought it was so fun to pick out the beads and help string them on the ribbons.

I love giving handmade gifts and I especially love when I can get Brynlee involved in helping me. She’s been asking me to teach her to sew lately, I already have her step on the pedal for me when I sew, but I’m not sure what age is appropriate to actually let her use my machine. I also don’t know if I have the patience for it yet, but I do really want her to learn. I wish I would have been taught when I was young and I’m so excited that she wants to learn too! I love sharing my hobbies with her.

So, if any of you have any recommendations on teaching a child to sew and what is a good age to start them, please let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

The Grace Dress

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Brynlee had her Spring picture day a few weeks ago, so I decided to make her a dress that could double as her Easter Dress. And with Easter just a few short weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it.

Violette Field Threads is one of my favorite pattern makers for girls, I have almost all of their patterns at this point and am slowly making my way through all of them. They recently came out with a stuffed doll line that I am dying to make, I think they would make the perfect gift, especially with all the outfits you can make to go with them!

For Brynlee’s Easter dress, I knew I wanted to make the Grace Dress. I love the scalloped edge option and thought it was the perfect feminine detail for Easter. The floral fabric I used to make it is from Hobby Lobby, it has sparkly gold accents that I love! To dress it up a bit for Easter, I decided to make the bottom of the dress from tulle, I used 4 layers of aqua tulle and one layer of aqua cotton for the lining.  It is perfectly puffy and makes a great twirling skirt, which Brynlee has absolutely taken advantage of!

This dress is a pretty quick and easy sew, just go slowly over the scallops to make sure they turn out perfect.

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

Valentine’s Day Outfit

I meant to post this yesterday, but we had family visit and it just didn’t get done. So today I wanted to pop in and share the Valentine’s Day outfits I made for the kids.

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For Brynlee’s dress I decided on the Ayda dress from Simple Life Pattern Company. They have so many cute patterns. This one is quick and easy, it takes about an hour to sew up and I just love the back with the lace trim detail. It also has a circle skirt option, which makes it super twirly and of course Brynlee loves it. I used this Valentine’s themed fabric from Joann’s for the bodice and a matching red solid with one layer of red tulle overlay, also from Joann.

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For Lincoln’s outfit I just paired this striped Cat and Jack onesie with black pants and made a bow tie from the same fabric as Brynlee’s dress. I just stitched it to the neckline of the onesie, I didn’t want to add a bow tie strap or any other clip that might aggravate him. Now  I will just seam rip the few stitches I made to take it off and reuse the onesie for non-Valentine’s related things.

xoxo, Cassidi

Rainbow Dash Halloween Costume

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I had so much fun making Brynlee’s costume this year. I procrastinated until the last minute because I was pretty nervous about it turning out right, those wings scared me a little.

For her costume I used sparkly blue satin from Joann’s and for her mane and tail I used a rainbow of colored tulle that I cut into stips with my rotary cutter and mat then sewed them together. It was really easy and made her mane and tail super full. For the mane, I covered a headband in the blue satin, drew out an ear pattern, sewed it together and hot glued them to the headband on either side of her mane, also hot glued on. For the main body of her costume I used Violette Field Threads Haven pattern, then modified and attached this wing pattern to the back straps. And for her cutie mark, I purchased this PES filed and used my Brother embroidery machine to make it in the 3″ size.

Brynlee was so excited to wear her costume and I was glad we had so many events for her to wear it to, considering the amount of work I put into it. She loved the wings and her cutie marks the most, she would stop and show everyone who would pay attention to her her cutie marks. It was really cute!

So, what is your preference? Do you make your own costumes or do you prefer to buy them?

xo, Cassidi

Halloween Costume 2016

As you know, we have breached the month of October which means, along with pumpkin everything, it’s time to start planning/making Brynlee’s Halloween costume.

I love making her Halloween costume each year. Previously, I have always picked her costume, but tried to stay true to her personality. In 2013 I made her a Bumble Bee costume because I called her my Brynlee Bee. In 2014 I chose Minnie Mouse because of her obsession with all things Mickey and Minnie Mouse. And in 2015 I decided  a Kitty would be perfect for her because she loves cats. I was assured this year that I have chosen correctly in the past when I asked her what she wanted to be and first she said Minnie, second she said a Kitty. When I told her she has already been those, she started thinking more about it and finally decided that this year she wanted to be Rainbow Dash, which really is no surprise considering the theme she chose for her 3rd Birthday.

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Just as I did last year with her Kitty costume, I decided to use Violette Field Threads Haven Romper, made from blue sparkly satin, as the main body for Rainbow Dash. I love the Wife Made Butterfly Wings (and have the patterns for both the original and the Lacewing add-on), I think they will be perfect for Rainbow Dash’s wings. And lastly, for her rainbow mane and tail, tulle in all the colors.

This is definitely one of those projects that is either going to turn out exactly they way I have it in my head (fingers crossed) or it is totally going to bomb and I’ll be running out in the eleventh hour searching for a Rainbow Dash costume…

Wish me luck!

xo, Cassidi

Simple Sewing Patterns for Kids

In keeping with my theme from yesterday’s post, I thought today I’d share a few of my favorite simple sewing patterns for kids for anyone wanting to get their feet wet in the sewing pool. These are all patterns I own, most of which I have sewn multiple times and come together fairly quick.

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I mentioned Dana  yesterday and with good reason. The First Day Dress was the first article of clothing I ever made. I chose to make the A-line dress first, it looked to be the simplest and it was a great first project. It was very easy to make and although it took me a few hours the first time, I was being extra careful to read and reread the instructions for each step multiple times before completing it, it gave me the confidence to try sewing other clothing items. My second being the swing dress of the same pattern. As I said yesterday, Dana takes great care in providing very clear instructions and beautiful pictures for each step, which is great for beginners. This circle skirt tutorial is another simple sew and perfect for girls who love to twirl.

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Violette Field Threads is my go to for adorable girl sewing patterns. Just browsing their site makes me want to make each and every outfit for Brynlee, they are all darling. And truth be told, I probably own about 70% of their girls sewing patterns, I just need to get my booty in gear and make them all! The Hope Dress is a beautiful dress, designed for a beautiful cause, you can see the one I made here. Not only is the dress reversible (I mean, how fun is that) but it can be made in less than an hour. Its the perfect summer dress or can be layered over long sleeves and paired with tights as the cooler weather sets in.

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The Lola Top is another great one from Violette Field Threads that can be made in just around an hour. It’s super cute and Brynlee always gets tons of compliments whenever she wears hers. Here is just one of the ones I’ve made for her.

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I mentioned Kate yesterday too and it’s easy to see why with this pattern. The Recess Raglan is a great beginner pattern and perfect for this time of year. It has multiple sleeve length options and Kate offers additional add-ons/hacks free on her blog.

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Here’s a picture of the one I made Brynlee last year out of a quilted heart sweatshirt fabric I found at Joann’s. I sized up so she could layer it over a shirt and it worked perfect for her all winter long!

I hope you’ll try out one of these patterns and let me know how you like it! What are some of your favorite patterns?

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

My Favorite Sewing Blogs

Thank goodness for the internet and lovely people willing to share their talent, if not for them, I still wouldn’t have a clue what to do with my sewing machine! I’ve been meaning to share my sewing story/ journey here for a while and hopefully will get around to typing it all out soon. In the meantime, I thought I would share some blogs that have been instrumental in teaching myself to sew.

There are so many amazing sewist out there and so many amazing sewing blogs, here are just a few of my favorites (I have many), so if you’re interested in learning to sew, go check them out!

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madeeveryday.com

Dana is amazing and almost solely responsible for me learning to sew. It was her blog that first sparked my interest and her tutorials are so well documented, tons of photos and very clear instructions. Plus she now has a YouTube channel with video tutorials making it even easier to learn. I own multiple patterns of hers and would highly suggest them if you want to start making your own kid clothes. She also recently came out with her own fabric line and I am dying over all the bold patterns and bright colors! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of that “eat it all” fabric, I think it would make the most darling napkins!

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seekatesew.com

See Kate Sew is another great blog filled with all sorts of sewing know how from sewing for babies, kids and you! She is always coming up with super fun and unique tutorials, I love her doll fabric/tutorial. And if you’ve ever wanted to make one of those cute triangle quilts, but aren’t excited about all the piecing involved, try her 1-hr shortcut. She also has her own line a patterns and again, I own quite a few of them. I’m really excited to use her basic baby gown pattern for baby boy coming in December, these will make those middle of the night diaper changes “sew” much easier!

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sewcaroline.com

Great resource for learning to sew for yourself! She has great patterns (yes, I do own a lot of them) and tutorials for your everyday wardrobe. She is also a fabric designer for Art Gallery, her designs are so bright, colorful and fun!

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nanacompany.com

This blog is full of inspiration! Amy’s attention to even the most minute detail in each of her projects is something to behold! I love browsing her blog for ideas and she has plenty of tutorials to help out! She has two adorable fabric lines, a book and an Etsy Shop with some darling sewing patterns.

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beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com

Lori is a quilting genius!!! I would love to be able to quilt like her some day. All of her creations are just gorgeous. Her blog and her home are filled with vintage-y goodness and I love it all! She is a long time fabric designer with Riley Blake, all of which are beautiful designs. She has three books, I own this one and am currently working on the row along quilt. I might finish it some time in the next decade…

If you are interested in sewing or just looking for some creative inspiration I hope you found this post helpful! And please share with me if you have any favorite sewing blogs!

Happy Sewing!