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Duncan & Kate Fabrics – a Canadian Online Fabric Store {giveaway + discount}

2014 November 20

Wow! This post marks the 10th Canadian Online Fabric Store in our series! Now… only about 48 more shops to go – yikes! Alright… We’ve got a fun one for you today! I’d like to introduce you to Karyn, owner of Duncan & Kate Fabrics. This PEI based shop sells organic cotton knits (and ships internationally) – hooray for apparel fabric! And it’s c-uuute! (P.S. There’s a super generous giveaway and a discount code for this shop at the end of the post – scroll down if you can’t wait.)

When Karyn contacted me I was so excited to see her shop and hear her story. She stocks Lillestoff, Stenzo, and their own range of exclusive Duncan & Kate Fabrics in both her Etsy Shop and on her Facebook page. If you love the European style knits, you are in for a treat. She’s even got some stripes to choose from – and you know how hard those are to find! Her story is amazing, and she’s designing some of the fabrics herself! I had such a hard time narrowing my favorites down… here are only a few of them.

In a little bio about her shop, this is what Karyn had to say: I am a Mum of two young children, and I love to sew for them! Our family moved at the end of 2013 from Scotland to PEI, Canada, to be closer to my family (I’m originally from PEI) and its been so wonderful being back in Canada again. It was a hard year for us as my husband was only able to join us (due to the immigration process) in September of this year – and we are pretty ecstatic to be back together as a family again now! In fact, my Love Home fabric design is all about childhood memories of “home”, and I look forward to sharing all of these amazing childhood traditions and memories with my children, and hopefully with their children too some day.

Thread Riding Hood: Why did you decide to start Duncan & Kate Fabrics?

Karyn: When my daughter was born, we lived in a really rural area of Scotland, so I started sewing things for her as there were no shops nearby, and I fell instantly in love with all the amazing organic knits available in Europe. I got a lot of compliments about the clothing I made, and people started asking me to make things for them. Which of course, meant I got to order more fabric; it became my husband’s favourite thing to say (while rolling his eyes!) “You have so much fabric, you should open your own shop.” I took his advice and opened my shop selling organic European knit fabrics in early 2013. We have since moved to Canada, and I am so pleased to be able to offer amazing European sourced organic knit fabrics that are not readily available in North America.

Thread Riding Hood: What is your favorite type of sewing project?

Karyn: I usually sew clothing for children and women from knit fabrics at the moment. But, high on my list of things I want to learn to sew is a quilt. I think they are just so beautiful, and I am totally in awe of people who can make quilts. My grandmother started to put together pieces for a quilt in the early 1950s but she never got to finish it. I have all the pieces and some day I will finish it, and then pass it down to my daughter. The colours in the fabrics are so amazing and bright, and its really special to me to have the pieces that my Grandmother had hand stitched together.

Thread Riding Hood: What is something coming up in the near future that you are especially excited about?

Karyn: In addition to some new fabric designs I am currently working on for our own range of organic cotton knits, I will also be stocking a new range of amazing European organic sweat shirt fabric and a range of solid colour organic cotton knit fabrics in the next couple of months. I am also excited to be introducing a new program for small business owners who sew items for sale; eligible members will receive a discount on all purchases, special offers from time to time, and flat rate shipping. Anyone who is interested in applying for this new program, please send an email to

Did you catch that bit about her grandmother’s quilt? What a great project – and all of you handmade sellers won’t want to miss her new program (with discounts!) either!

Karyn has generously given us a “Choose Your Own Prize” giveaway. These are the best because you can pick whatever you’d like from the Duncan & Kate shop! One very fortunate reader will win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Duncan & Kate Fabrics Etsy shop… just imagine what you could buy with that!

This giveaway is open to everyone, internationally from today until midnight on Tuesday evening, November 25th. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter” no social media login entry too!

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Ok… so you’re ready to start shopping? Many thanks to Karyn, you can click over to Duncan & Kate Fabrics and use the code “THREADRIDINGHOOD10″ to get 10% off your purchase. This discount is valid all of the way up until December 10th, 2014. Hooray! Here are a few more fabrics to get you started.

Creativ Festival – Fall 2014

2014 November 20

Some of you will remember that I went to Creativ Festival a long, long almost 4 weeks ago now! As usual, it was a great time to get some new fabric and visit with my favorite online shops that are based in the Toronto area. A lot of them have been featured in interviews here, so I know the owners and am always happy to get to talk to them in person.

Of course, I also stashed some lovely items that I’ve been waiting to photograph and wash up – crazy that they’ve been sitting here for that long! This time I promised myself I would try and stash lightly – and, while I think I actually accomplished this (YAY!), I also splurged a bit on some gorgeous Liberty fabric and Kaffe Fasset Shot Cotton (above) from Hyggeligt Fabrics. Now all I need is the perfect project to use them in. And you can bet that I’m going to make a muslin for that one!

Along with a Bonnie and Camille Scrumptious mini charm pack, I went on a bit of an Aneela Hoey kick. I got a tiny Posy pack (at Hamels) to and “a walk in the woods” yardage at the Lens Mill booth. Denyse Schmidt provided a lovely blue to match (found at Sew Sisters) and I’m all set up for something else new.

My youngest picked out two fat quarters from Fabric Spot while she was waiting for Karen and I to finish our conversation! She came with me on Saturday for a few hours to give out my postcards and was a huge help. The seasonally appropriate snowmen are for herself. The amazing Hapi Cotton by Amy Bulter is for her sister – because she said it looks like Minecraft, my oldest’s favorite game at the moment. I’m not sure about Minecraft – but it looks amazing!

Along the way I got to chat with a few new people, including Berene from Happy Sew Lucky - who just moved to Toronto, the amazing Samarra Khaja, Shannon from the Bryer Patch and Gillian – who lives quite close and might come sew at my place sometime soon! I also took a few photos of the shop booths I’ve worked with in the past, so you can feel like you visited too.

Country ClotheslineSylvia wins prettiest booth of the show. Truly gorgeous! She’s got fresh florals and an amazing amount of dots – so if you need some, this is the place to go.

 Fabric Spark: Daryl’s shop was full of goodness again this year – including LOTS of Cotton + Steel Basics! Soon to be released Thread Riding Hood patterns and (knitters rejoice!) Wool and the Gang products. Check out the WATG Instagram feed – warm and cozy!

Fabric Spot: SOoooooo much fabric! Karen’s Facebook feed says she brought over 500 bolts. Just amazing. Seriously… she’s got everything! And she’s got voile and organic knits – perfect for apparel!

Fridays Off Fabric Shop: Alanna’s varied selection is so much fun to look through! Echino, Tula, Ann Kelle and lots of British inspiration.

Warp & Weft: This year Esmari included handmade along with her fabric! Lysa Flower‘s lovely calendars + Merchant & Mills products = Love! Throw in a few TRH Warp & Weft Sewing Society tutorials and you’ve got an amazing selection.

Reader Feedback: Were you able to get out to Creativ Festival this fall? If not, what are your favorite fabric and crafting events?

Forest Glen Satchel – Tester Photos & Giveaway!

2014 November 16

This post is a tad emotional for me. I am so extremely grateful to everyone who tested the Forest Glen Satchel Pattern. I have had definite excitement from people around me that have seen the Satchel, but the excitement from the amazing sewing community we are all part of is a little overwhelming. Thanks so much to everyone!

I have 10 amazing satchels to share with you, and I’m also giving away three copies of the pdf pattern! (The giveaway widget is after the photos of the tester bags – so you can get to it if you scroll to the bottom of this post.) I’ve linked each person’s name out to their individual’s website/blog or Facebook page – so you can find more of their work if you’d like. Several testers also sell handmade projects – perfect for gifting (or for yourself, of course!)

I love the variety of fabrics and combinations that everyone used. The fabric (and hardware!) choices make such a difference in the final product. Good for lots of inspiration! One tester widened the closure strap a bit to give it a bit more rustic look.  Another used rivets on the strap, with faux leather for the front and side details – very trendy and easy to clean! They are being used as everyday bags and even to hold knitting projects! I love when creative people put their own stamp on a project. Here we go, and for lack of a better order, it’s alphabetical!

Amber – Sewing with Amber


Cynthia  -

Laura – Seams Sew Laura

Lisa – Lisa in Port Hope


Michelle – Barabooboo (and on Etsy)

My Mom!

Reece – Reece’s Pieces


This giveaway will stay open until midnight on Friday, November 21, 2014 (EST). I am giving away one copy of the Forest Glen Satchel PDF Pattern each to three different people. It is open internationally – so everyone can have a chance to win! Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email! There’s even a handy “Click to Enter” option that doesn’t require a social media login. (P.S. If you have purchased the Forest Glen Satchel pattern and you win, I will refund the purchase price.)

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Feature Fabric Discount – Stay Home Fabrics!

2014 November 14

I’m so excited to have released the Forest Glen Satchel Pattern today! It’s extra good because I have another fabric shop discount code for you, to help you get the fabric you need to make the satchel! Today’s featured shop is Stay Home Fabrics, and  it’s her birthday today too!  (Scroll down to get the discount information at the end of this post.)

If you’d like to know more about Stay Home Fabrics, their owner Lindsay has been a part of my Canadian Online Fabric Store interview series. She runs the shop from Saskatchewan, Canada. And I’m please to announce that she has recently started shipping to the US as well. It’s so great that more of you can benefit from her shop!

Some amazing things are happening at Stay Home Fabrics, Lindsay has been ordering up fabric like crazy lately. She’s gotten four new lines in recently with more on the way. Today I’m featuring Utopia from Art Gallery, Eclectic Modern from Tim Holtz, Fox Field by Tula Pink and Beyond the Backyard from Camelot fabrics. Whew!

Check out the gorgeousness below (I could only include a few from each line!) and go and get yourself some goodness – discounted of course. Hooray!

Save 10% on your purchase at Stay Home Fabrics by using the code “threadridinghood”. Lindsay has generously created this as an ongoing discount code. Lucky us!

(Please note: Stay Home Fabrics reserves the right to discontinue this code at a time of their choosing.)

Forest Glen Satchel {PDF pattern}

2014 November 14

I’m so excited to be able to offer the Forest Glen Satchel, my first “real” pdf pattern, for sale! I’ve talked a bit about the Forest Glen Satchel in past posts (here, here). Little did I know it would take such a great deal of work to finish it for you. Thank you to everyone who helped throughout the process – you are all amazing!

PURCHASE the Forest Glen Satchel – $8.50
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The Forest Glen Satchel is the perfect sized cross-body everyday tote bag. It’s simple to sew up, I created it with confident beginners in mind. There are no buttons, zippers or snaps – it closes with a strap so you can easily get to what’s inside! The front details and side chevron are my favorite parts of this bag, because they give it character. You can mix and match fabrics to create so many looks! I can hardly wait to post the tester bags (coming this weekend!) so you can see the amazing work my amazing pattern testers completed. SO much inspiration!

This Satchel began as a project interpretation of Elizabeth Olwen‘s second collection with Cloud9 Fabrics, “Wildwood”. I was fortunate to talk with Elizabeth about her fabric, and this Satchel is my creation based on our conversations. Her vision for the Wildwood collection, and artistic direction along the way, inspired the final design.

Would you like to sew a satchel for yourself or as a gift?

This bag finishes at 11″ tall by 10″ wide and 3″ deep. It features an adjustable cross-body strap, simple closure strap and it is fully lined with an inner divided pocket.

Here is what you can expect when you purchase the instant PDF Pattern download:

  • A 23 page PDF pattern e-book with 12 pages of instructions and 11 pages of pattern pieces.
  • Simple, detailed instructions to help you complete the 36 steps involved in making the satchel.
  • Over 50 full colour photos to illustrate the step-by-step process.
  • Easy to print and assemble pattern pages, print to letter size or A4 paper.
  • Granny’s Sewing Basket – highlights Notes and Tips to make sewing this satchel faster and easier! (introduction to Granny)
  • Large seam allowance icons throughout, no more searching when you forget.
  • Check boxes in all lists and for each step, for those of you who love to keep track of your progress!
  • This pattern includes a limited production seller’s license.
Supplies needed to complete the Forest Glen Satchel:
  • Outer: ½ metre/yard, 44″ wide quilting cotton
  • Lining: ½ metre/yard, 44″ wide quilting cotton
  • Contrast #1: ½ metre/yard, 44″ wide quilting cotton
  • Contrast #2: Chose one of the following options -
    • One-Way/Directional Print: 3/4 metre/yard, 44″ wide quilting cotton
    • Multi-Directional Print: ½ metre/yard, 44″ wide quilting cotton
  • ½ metre Medium Weight Woven Fusible Interfacing (20″ wide)
  • ½ metre of 44″ wide Fusible Fleece (ex. Pellon 987F)
  • Two 100 metre spools of matching thread (suitable for stitching and top-stitching all fabrics)
  • One 1 ½” Strap Adjuster
  • Two 1 ½” Rectangular Rings
  • OPTIONAL (to create a stiffer satchel): ½ metre Heavyweight Woven Fusible Interfacing (44″ wide) OR an extra ½ metre of Fusible Fleece
  • OPTIONAL Interfaced Lining: 3/4 metre Light Weight Woven Fusible Interfacing (20″ wide)
Ready to make a Satchel?
PURCHASE the Forest Glen Satchel Instant Download PDF – $8.50

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If you would like to purchase Wildwood fabric to compete your project, please visit Warp & Weft to view the entire collection. They also stock Forest Glen Satchel Paper Patterns & Kits in three different Wildwood combinations chosen by Elizabeth Olwen to compliment this pattern.

I think that’s everything! If you need any more information or help throughout the pattern I am always available – please email

Quiet Book Sew-Along – Teddy Bear Page {week 19}

2014 November 13

Eeek! The Forest Glen Satchel Pattern is likely going to be released within the next 24 hours! I’m just finishing up the last few things. (I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you!) Back on topic….

This Quiet book page is another one that my kids loved most. Putting someone or some-bear to bed is apparently enthralling! This also gives you the chance to put together a super-cute mini quilt. I used tiny pieces of my hoarded Geekly Chic Cassette Tapes from Double Decker Fabrics in mine. (Get a discount code for Double Decker Fabrics, expires Nov 21, 2014) Add in a little pillow and prepare to be sleepy! This Quiet Book page is found along with other information and tutorials links on the Sew Along page.

Here are a few little extras you can keep in mind when making this page…

Tips for a better page:

  • Use a piece of low loft batting under the pillow to make it stand out a bit more.
  • Place a small jingle bell inside the bear – make double sure to secure the opening well to avoid a choking hazard.
  • Don’t make the bear or pillow too thick or the page will not fit inside the book properly.
  • Replace the pieced quilt with one piece of fabric for a simpler and faster page finish.
Ready to start?

You will need:

  • Background Fabric/Bed Sheet: 1 piece quilting cotton exactly 9″x9″ square
  • Page Interfacing: 1 piece exactly 9″x9″ square, medium weight fusible interfacing (you will have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
  • Pillow: 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ faux fur or fleece
  • Quilt: 9″ wide by 4 1/2″ high pieced fabric
  • Blanket: 9″ wide by 7 1/2″ high sweater knit or fleece
  • Quilt Binding: 9″ wide double fold bias tape
  • Teddy Bear: 8″ high x 12″ wide quilting cotton or corduroy
  • Teddy Bear Ribbon: 11″ piece of ribbon/twill tape/rick rack
  • Teddy Bear Face: embroidery floss/needle
  • Small amount of stuffing
  • Ribbon Tab: 3 1/2″ long for the side tab
  • Small Safety Pin
  • Teddy Bear Pattern Pieces -> Click here to download

Before we begin/Important Notes:

  • Print out the pattern piece pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.
  • When you are sewing this book it is good to remember that some of the edges will be covered after the book is completed and sewn together. 1/2″ on the top edge of your page and 3/4″ on each side edge will not show in the final project.
  • Remember to use your iron liberally when you are sewing this book. It is going to be a work of art when you are done! Since it is thick and some of the pages will not be iron-able once you are finished with them it is advisable to take all of the care you can to remove wrinkles so they are not accidentally permanent in your final book.
  • Fuse the 9″ square fusible interfacing onto your 9″ square background fabric.
Here We Go:
  1. Cut out your teddy bear using the pattern piece. Place the long piece of ribbon on the right side of the fabric. Place it just over the edge of the left foot, fold and secure it in the centre of the bear. This will help only the bottom edge of the ribbon to be sewn into the bear shape.
  2. Place the bear shapes right sides together. Draw the stitching line on one wrong side, 1/4″ inside the outer edge of the bear shape. If desired, re-cut the pattern piece along the dashed gray line and use the new piece to trace the stitching line.
  3. Mark a small opening along one of the bear legs. Stitch the bear by following the stitching line. Be sure to catch only the bottom edge of the ribbon and leave the opening un-stitched. Double-stitch over the foot area where the ribbon is inserted, pivot at all corners. Note: As you can tell from this photo, I am not great at stitching around small curves. This is by far my best version of all of the bears I have made so far! Thankfully the kids don’t mind!
  4. Clip/trim into all corners and pivot points and trim curves – preferably with pinking shears. Turn the bear right side out through the opening.
  5. Stuff the bear lightly. Embroider the face. Close the opening with a ladder stitch.
  6. Centre the pillow along the top of the background fabric, about 1″ down from the top. Stitch around the edge with a close zig-zag or satin stitch.
  7. Open the bias tape and stitch it to the wrong side of the pieced “quilt” along the top edge.
  8. Place the “blanket” wrong side up and fold 1 3/4″ down at the top edge. The fabric fold will be wrong sides together.
  9. Match up the bottom and sides of the quilt and blanket. Fold the bias tape over and pin all three pieces together along the bottom of the bias tape. The wrong sides of the blanket will not show. The quilt and blanket will be wrong sides together.
  10. Stitch along the bottom edge of the bias tape to hold everything together. Quilt a few lines, if desired, to hold the layers together.
  11. Pin the teddy bear ribbon along the right side of the background about 3″ up from the bottom.
  12. Pin the quilt and blanket to the background, matching side and bottom edges. Baste the three edges.
  13. Tuck Teddy into bed. Fold the 3 1/2″ matching ribbon tab in half and use the small safety pin to attach it to your page so it does not get lost.

All done for this week! See you again next week with our FINAL PAGE! HOOORAY!

Feature Fabric Discount – Double Decker Fabrics!

2014 November 7

Hooray, It’s a new series! Thanks to some generous sponsors and partners, I am now able to post a fabric shop discount every so often along with some of their newest gorgeous fabric lines. Today we are featuring Double Decker Fabrics. (Scroll down to get the discount information, it’s after the pretty fabric!)

If you’d like to know more about Dorienne’s shop, Double Decker Fabrics is one of the first shops I interviewed in my Canadian Online Fabric Store series. She runs the shop from Alberta, Canada – and ships internationally!

Dorienne happens to have just received two of my favorite collections right now – and they are both Art Gallery lines! Winged by Bonnie Christine (Those butterflies are amazing!) and Emmy Grace from Bari J, whom I’ve just started following on Instagram – talk about gorgeous inspiration there!

To get 15% off your purchase at Double Decker Fabrics use the code “winter15″. Dorienne has been very generous and your discount can be used on anything in the shop, including sale items! (Discount expires November 21, 2014)

Reader Feedback: Which fabric is your favorite? (I know I have a hard time choosing! I think it would be either the Wingspan Melon or the Budquette Dayspring print)

Quiet Book Sew-Along – Buckle Up Page Tutorial {week 18}

2014 November 7

I’m so excited to get this posted! I’ve been trying since Monday to get everything finished. Between unexpected design work and my husband working 19 hour days it’s been a challenge! The joys of working from home, though, I think the outweigh the more difficult times!

As far as this page, if you’d like some help teaching your little one buckles, snaps and buttons you are in luck! And, you know how much little kids think belly buttons are hilarious? This page has one built in! (It’s my favorite part.) This Quiet Book page is found along with other information and tutorials links on the Sew Along page.

When you are looking for supplies for this page, here are a few tips:

  • I used clothing that my kids had outgrown for this page. Make sure the pants and shirt are at least 9″ across if you’d like to use them.
  • Pick pants that open easily and make sure they have belt loops along the waistband.
  • Choose ribbon and a buckle that are the same width and fit through the belt loops.
  • Pick a snap or button closure on the pants, depending on the skills your little one has.
  • The best shirts for this page have a design along the bottom. Unfortunately I didn’t have one to use this time.
  • Check the buckle to make sure it is easy for a child to open. Some are very stiff and almost impossible to use with small hands.

You will need:

  • Background Fabric: 1 piece quilting cotton in “skin” colour exactly 9″x9″ square
  • Page Interfacing: 1 piece exactly 9″x9″ square, medium weight fusible interfacing (you will have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
  • Belt: 2 pieces 5 1/2″ long belting/ribbon as wide as buckle
  • Pair of Pants: (front only) with belt buckles or make them (will use a 9″ wide by 6″ high piece of front only)
  • Shirt: bottom of shirt or hemmed knit (will use a 9″ wide by 4″ high piece only)
  • Belt Buckle: Clip Buckle, mine is 1″ wide
  • Belly Button: small button (1/2″ – 3/8″) – will not show, is used to “fill” the belly button
  • small 2″ square scrap of fusible interfacing

Before we begin/Important Notes:

  • When you are sewing this book it is good to remember that some of the edges will be covered after the book is completed and sewn together. 1/2″ on the top edge of your page and 3/4″ on each side edge will not show in the final project.
  • Remember to use your iron liberally when you are sewing this book. It is going to be a work of art when you are done! Since it is thick and some of the pages will not be iron-able once you are finished with them it is advisable to take all of the care you can to remove wrinkles so they are not accidentally permanent in your final book.
  • Fuse the 9″ square fusible onto your 9″ square background fabric before you begin.

Here we go:

  1. Melt ends of synthetic ribbon/belting or hem ends of non-synthetic. Attach buckles to ends.
  2. Cut 6″ high by 9″ wide piece out of front of pants with top front as top edge. I find it easiest to cut the front off of the pants first, then draw the cutting line before cutting it to make sure everything is correct. It is ok if the middle front of the pants curves down a bit.
  3. Cut the shirt to 9″ wide by 4″ high. Use the hem from the shirt as the bottom edge.
  4. Align the edges of the pants with the bottom of the background rectangle. Baste sides and bottom edges with a 1/4″ seam. 
  5. Stitch over the original pants top-stitching between each belt loop and the side edge using a matching thread. Leave the centre portion un-sewn so the child can still open and close the fly.
  6. Stitch over the original fly top-stitching. Leave the zipper opening so the fly will still be workable. You may need to use a denim needle to get through the multiple layers.
  7. Top-stitch over the pocket edges if you want them to stay closed. 
  8. Place the button on the back of the background fabric where you want the belly button to appear. Place the extra piece of interfacing over the button and fuse it to the wrong side of the background fabric, enclosing the button.
  9. Hand-stitch around the button to secure it better and add more depth to the belly button shape. I used invisible thread to match the background best.
  10. Align the side and top of the shirt to the background fabric. Place the ribbon/belting into the belt loops. Baste top and side edges of the shirt and belting with a 1/4″ seam.
  11. Fold the 3 1/2″ matching ribbon tab in half and use the small safety pin to attach it to your page so it does not get lost.

See you next week! (PS. Only 2 more pages and the cover to go!)

Storybook Halloween: Little Red Riding Hood

2014 October 31

I have been waiting for this moment for… well… about two years and a few months (since I started this blog!). I finally convinced one of my daughters to dress up as Little Red Riding Hood – hooray! Amazingly I even managed to do this costume for $0. Of course, not really $0 – but all of it was already around the house. Most of it come from my stash, and the cape fabric came from a very generous friend.

Actually, it was going even better than this a few months ago – I had the little one agreeing to be a wolf, with my oldest as Red Riding Hood. THAT would have been amazing! Either way, I finally got my Little Red Riding Hood and both myself and my youngest are super happy! On to the next goal!

I used two books to make this costume – and I almost never sew from books. It was nice to do something different. The little pinafore came from my “One Yard Wonders” book and was really quick to finish up. The tan fabric came from a box of fabric donated to me, that someone had given my friend Leanne, I’m so glad I kept it! I have no idea what it is, but it’s a synthetic of some kind, because I almost melted it with my iron before I sorted that out! The weave is quite loose, and a bit thin, so I lined the skirt with some stashed broadcloth. And I added a button closure to the back instead of a ribbon tie, since she has to wear it to school. Sashes and toilets can be tricky for a four year old!

The cape came from the Oliver and S book, Little Things to Sew. It’s quick to stitch up and I made a large size so it should fit for a few years and also fit over her winter jacket for Trick-Or-Treating tonight. I got the red velvet from my amazing friend Lisa (who blogs at Lisa in Port Hope). When she came to my place for a test run on the Forest Glen Satchel she mentioned that she had quite a few yards of it she wasn’t using at home. I got busy and forgot to get back to her about it when my doorbell rang and the post dropped off a package. Inside was the most perfect red velvet fabric, along with the book necessary to finish the cape. Amazing! So amazing! Reminds me that the sewing community is so generous and a great place to be a part of.

My daughter’s brown boots still fit, we added a blue headband (her styling), and a white shirt given to us when my oldest was 3. Done! Thankfully it was a nice-ish day for taking photos yesterday, though not so sunny, my favorite nearby forest was running a bit low on leaves, but we made up for that by throwing a few in the air. Which gave us quite a few strange blurry leaf photos that didn’t make it onto the post… ah well!

Tonight has a 40% chance of rain – so we will hold our breaths to see if we will need to use our umbrellas.  Either way I’m sure the kids will have fun, it’s always the best watching them get excited!

Reader Feedback: Do you have kids/grand kids going out tonight? Who are they dressing up as for Halloween?

Star Wars Halloween: Princess Leia

2014 October 30

So my oldest says to me the other day… “Mom, this costume is perfect for us! Daddy likes Star Wars, I like Princesses and you like sewing.” She couldn’t be more right!

My husband is helping my daughter discover the world of Star Wars, with an appropriate amount of editing of course! This new found knowledge, along with my not letting them be Disney Princesses again this year, led her to Princess Leia. I hope you don’t think I’m too hard-hearted, but the commercialization of the whole Disney Princess thing can be a bit crazy. I also appreciate not re-creating another puff-sleeved ball gown every year! Trust me, they get their fill of playing princess at home – we’ve got an entire dress-up box of princess dresses that get used almost every day. Of course, now that Star Wars has been bought by Disney, I am redeemed – since Leia is a Disney Princess too!

This costume was relatively easy to make. It’s made from white knit fabric and a very sparkly silver belt. She even wore her rain boots for the second year in a row – perfect!

I used the tried and true Bimaa pattern. Though, in fairness, this has very little resemblance to the original pattern. I lengthened and widened the bodice, added a gathered skirt and cut straight , instead of tapered, sleeves. The hood was also lengthened, and I didn’t line it – because, it’s a Halloween costume and I ran out of white knit anyhow.

We attempted to make sock buns in her hair. Which (spoiler alert) looks super easy on YouTube – and I’m sure it is if you have done it 100 times. I’ve only made it to about 26 times so far – then we ran out of patience and attempted to wing it. Thankfully that lasted long enough for the photos!

When it came time for the photo shoot we had a small altercation over the use of props… since it seems that all she has available as a “true to the movies” prop is a blaster. Which led to a parental “Should we allow her to have a gun?” conversation. I’m sure I’ve got some of you on both sides of the argument… but since we had very little time to decide, (the sun and the rain were going down!) we decided we would skip the blaster for now. Her school won’t allow weapons when they wear their costumes on Friday anyhow, so that made the decision a bit easier.

I’m so excited about how it turned out. It definitely wouldn’t stand up to scrutiny from a hard-core Star Wars fan, since it’s in no way authentic – but it’s good enough for one night’s trick-or-treating! I’m excited to show you my youngest’s this week as well – and hint, she’s going to be something related to my blog name! Though, you may have already gotten a hint on Instagram. See you again soon!

Are you making or buying your Halloween costumes this year?