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What’s up sewers and fabric hoarders!

I thought I’d pass along two dresses… both can be made to order… as usual, the first one is made in a size 6/8 so those are ready to ship!

Team Spirit dress in Lark by Amy Butler. Oh how I love this fabric… obviously, right!

Team Spirit dress in Lark by Amy Butler. Oh how I love this fabric… obviously, right!

Made to Order: Size 2-28

Ready to ship: Size Small (4/6…maybe even 8 if you’re small busted)

$68…. (Etsy price: $78)


Pantone's color of the year is pale purple. But let's be honest…I hate that color! This is my favorite print so far with any sort of purple in it. Just sayin'.

Pantone’s color of the year is pale purple. But let’s be honest…I hate that color! This is my favorite print so far with any sort of purple in it. Just sayin’.

Made to Order: any size!

Ready to Ship: size small (6/8)

$40 … (Etsy price: $55)

Just in case you’ve got a little Easter shopping to do!

Stay tuned…I’ve got a new tutorial coming ASAP!

love and fabric to all,



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I have had this project logged in my brain for about 2 months now.  I was “visiting” an Anthropologie store back in July during a huge sale.  Of course, very few things were yet in my price range, but I really enjoyed browsing around.  One of the things I saw on the sale rack was a huge scarf.  It was on clearance for about $50 – and it was 110 degrees outside.  Even if I had the bucks, there was no way I was walking out of there with a SCARF!

I didn’t take a picture, but I remember that all it was was one very long row of very lightweight fabric with ruffled sides.

Here is what I made as my version of what I remember.  (Admittedly, mine is quite a bit bigger – but such is life in Texas!)

Confession 1: This is not your average scarf. Confession 2: This is NOT a scarf for wallflowers!

If you like this little ditty …. read on….here’s how I made it for $5!!!

Start with 2.5 yards of lightweight fabric. Since I live in TX, I chose cotton because wearing scarves is more like playing house here than it is for keeping warm!

Cut 2 identical strips the entire 2.5 yard length of the fabric. I think my strips aer about 5" wide .. but make them however wide or narrow that you want. It's YOUR scarf.

Then, cut 8 identical strips across the crossgrain. To determine length, figure out how long/big you want the ruffle. Double that measurement and add 1" - 1/2" seam allowance on both ends)

Now join those 8 strips into 2 long strips. Meaning, sew 4 strips together twice.

For each of these two long strips, fold wrong sides together and press.

Tuck in a small seam allowance at both ends of the two long strips. Press. Sew ends closed.

Sew a long gathering stitch at the bottom of the long strips. (meaning the side opposite the fold) Gather the ruffles, and pin along one side of the main strip. Be sure to start and end about 1" away from the edge as shown. (to make it easier to end up with a uniform ruffle, I marked the middle to both the main strip and the ruffle strip)

Sew the ruffle to the main strip with about a 1/2" seam allowance. Then, fold up the ruffle and pin the center.

Repeat ruffle, sew, roll steps on other side. You'll end up with this concoction!

Now you're ready to get this scarf rolling! Put your second main strip on top of the "concoction" right sides together.

Pin all the way down to hold the strips and the ruffles in place. Sew down each side using about a 5/8" seam.

Now, very carefully, begin turning right side out. Remember, there are a TON of pins inside that tube - if you pull too fast you'll either stick yourself or rip your fabric. I may or may not have done both!

Now press that little baby ... you're almost done .. you just need to do something with those two ends ...

So tuck them inside the tube..

Press and sew shut.

Press very well ... and you're done!

It's big - but I think it's awesome!

It's just sooooo soft and so confident! I'm seeing this with a beautiful gray cape for winter.

And this much wow factor at your neckline - don't even bother fixing your hair - pull it back and you're done!

So, yeah, like I said – this is not a scarf for the faint of heart.  This scarf is powerful.  It’s feminine. It is NOT discreet!  =)

Of course, you can use the same tutorial and make it quite a bit smaller.  But why!?!

Cost: $5~ I got the fabric on clearance at Hancocks for $2/yd.  I used 2.5 yards.

Time: the only bad part about this project is that it is not a quick piece.  Give yourself anywhere from 1 t0 2 hours.  But I don’t think you’ll regret it!  Invite some friends over and make them together!!!

Anthropologie’s version: about $50.  sort of plain.

Handmade version: $5 – NOT PLAIN.

Take that!

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Oh my stinking gosh, I have fallen sew so far behind in my National Sewing Month’s SO Celebrate Sewing…please excuse me!  Apparently, life with a Kindergartener is much more hectic than I anticipated!

At last count, I was 6 posts behind.  I think that was 2 days ago.  That puts me at about 8 posts behind.  So, I’m going to try my darndest to catch up this weekend.  But – you should know that I have my legs crossed right now so nothing I say can be held against me!

For tonight, I’d like to show off my newest Jelly Roll purchase, and demonstrate how I made a very fast and easy cuff bracelet from just 2 of the strips.

I purchased this "jelly roll" on clearance for $4.99!

I unrolled it to discover this selection of gorgeousness.

I very scientifically haphazardly wrapped my favorite strip around my wrist to determine where to trim off the excess. Cut two identical strips.

I chose my second favorite fabric to serve as the coordinating ruffle that I attached to the top and bottom of the cuff. I folded it in half, pressed, and trimmed off about 1/2"

Sew the ruffle fabric onto the two sides, making your ruffles/pleats as you go. Of course you could opt to make your pleats/ruffles ahead of time, but yeah right! It's much faster just to wing it.

Apply fusible interfacing to the second strip of the main fabric. Then, sew both main fabric strips together, right sides facing.

Turn right side out and press. Next, finish your two edges however you like. (I thought I was going to just serge my edges, but then I decided I wanted a more pristine finish. So, I had to pull back the seams a little at each end, turn down the orange and then fold in the blue on top. Hard to explain, but youll see what I mean if you do it that way!)

Here is what I ended up with ... I like it even more than I thought I would!

To fasten the two edges, I simply attached a snap. (It wouldn't be a true So Sew Something post without a blurry photo of an important step!)

So there you go – a very very very easy fabric wrist cuff / bracelet!  What a great way to show off your favorite fabric …better yet, what a great way to purchase that crazy expensive fabric you’ve always wanted – if you only need 1/8 yard, no big deal for your wallet!

Time: probably took me about 20 minutes.  Remember, the jelly roll people did most of the cutting for me!

Cost: Practically FREE – maybe 50 CENTS total!!!  hollah people hollah!

See you very soon!!!  Feel free to share your own ideas / plans for a cuff of your own!

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I’ve been operating my Etsy shop, Parsimony (meaning: frugal, thrifty), for almost 3 years.  It’s been a ton of fun, and I’ve sold over 400 dresses.  If you had to look at that number twice, so did I!  I can hardly believe it myself.  It seems like I’ve only made a few dresses, but I have the records and the feedback to prove that I truly have sold over 400 items.

By far, my best seller has been and continues to be my Team Spirit Dress.

In case you're wondering, that's me on the far right! Thanks J Cota Photography for such an awesome photo!

Why am I saying all this???

Well, I’m pretty sure that I’ve sold about 200+ of this style of dress…and today I mailed off a version in ORANGE  – and would you believe I have NEVER made it before in this color?  I show this color in my Oh So Cute Tuxedo Dress photo, yet no one has ever ordered it in orange….until now.  I liked it so much, that I took a few photos and thought I’d share with you all.  Furthermore, it got me thinking about the history of this little dress…so I thought I’d share some photos of a few of the different ways I’ve created this little number.  So,  yeah, this post is for me.  A little bit of memory lane strolling.

And here are a few other options that have been created … mostly at the request of Etsy customers.  If you’re one of those women who’ve purchased this dress – THANK YOU!  I really do enjoy making each one!

I just mailed this one off to France, I believe.

Wait...maybe it was Tahiti...

Eggplant version - featuring the lovely and talented Tiffany Schwedland.

Team Spirit Hook'em - commissioned by the super fabulous and fashionable Melissa Navarro!

Canary - featuring the gorgeous bombshell Jeana Hansen!

And the original photo that started it all - Team Spirit in Cobalt.

Funny little sidenote …  in the winter time, I get about as many convos regarding my boots as I do about the dress!  Thanks hubs for the great boots from San Francisco!

So there you go – there’s little bit about my Team Spirit Dress.  Thanks for obliging me!

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Rosamund is now almost 4 weeks old and I am still working on her nursery!  I know, no surprise there, huh!?!

I have been looking around for a very large “R” for her room…but in addition to being almost impossible to find, the ones I have found are very expensive.  Furthermore, with a name like Rosamund, buying individual letters to spell her name would require a second mortgage!  So, what’s a girl to do???  Make something herself!!!

My first thought was to create something out of very thin wood, having the local Home Depot cut it out for me…but that was proving to be just too complicated.  So, here’s what I came up instead:

I covered an old artist's canvas with white denim fabric and attached a strip of ruffles in the shape of an R.

Here’s how I did it…if you’d like to know…

Start with a canvas the size you want. Mine is big! (and thank you for holding your laughter at the "artwork"...I'm sure it's all making sense now why I stick to fabric art!)

Gather your fabrics ... of course, I used scraps! Side note: I was hoping to make the ruffle out of several layers of different fabrics but I didn't have enough scraps in my color scheme. So, I resorted to using all the same fabric. If you get to do lots of different fabrics, please send me a picture!)

Cut out strips of varying widths - make them very long... I didn't measure, but I knew I needed enough to ruffle up and have enough to make the letter. I went with just two widths, but again, if you're using lots of fabrics, you'll have lots of widths.

Layer your strips - widest on bottom and narrowest on top.

Then sew a basting stitch (the longest stitch your machine allows) all the way down the center of the strip. It's hard to see it here since I used white thread, but if you squint and put your eyes right on your screen you can see it!

Now turn your strip into a ruffled strip. (Pull either the top thread or the bottom thread while you push down the fabric)

Take out your background fabric (making sure it's large enough to cover the canvas + a few extra inches all the way around) - Press the fabric as much as possible! Since I used denim, it took me a bit!

Now you'll begin forming your monogram - you can see the beginning of my R here.

And here I finished laying out my letter - at this point, it's loose so I can keep changing it as necessary until I get it exactly like I want it.

Now you can pin it all the way around - be very careful as you pin because the ruffle wants to move around on you! sneaky little devil!

Once it's all pinned, head to your machine and sew it to the background fabric. oooh, exciting!

Since my canvas had some dark "artwork" on it, I needed to be sure it didn't show through when I put the background fabric on, so I decided to put a layer of batting between the canvas and the fabric. If your canvas is blank, you can opt out of this step if you want. I do like the extra fluff it gives the final piece, so I'd suggest going ahead with it anyway.

cut out your batting so that it's larger and wider than your canvas because you'll be wrapping it around.

Pull your batting around to the back of the canvas and begin stapling it. I used a nice heavy duty staple gun but a regular stapler will work too.

The back looks like this when you're finished with the batting.

Now you're ready to do the same thing with your background fabric. Only this time, you'll want to be sure to pull the fabric tight at you staple. To keep the fabric evenly distributed, I stapled the top first, then the bottom - pulling very tight as I stapled. Then I stapled the sides.

Here is a creepy shot of a creepy hand pulling the fabric tight as it staples. Hmmm, it's a little bit gross looking, huh!

When you're all finished stapling, the back should look something like this.

Trim away some the excess fabric all the way around, and then tuck your corners and staple.

Turn it around, and hug yourself! I still have a few wrinkles in mine...but taking your hand over them and rubbing them out works wonderfully.

Truthfully, I meant to stop here.  Just a nice big R on a big white canvas.  However, I wasn’t super pleased and felt a little anti-climactic after hugging myself…what was missing???

Light Bulb Moment! Strangely, I had left a random butterfly on Rosamund's wall... a remnant from when the room was Ellie's. And, since Rosamund's room is themed with butterflies, birds and owls - it would be perfect!

Since there was plenty of batting underneath the fabric, I was able to attach the butterfly with a simple thumb tack. Feel free to sew it on if you need to. I always take the path of least resistance!

Here you see it prominently on display above what will become her changing table - a craigslisted sewing desk! That's Ellie's cute little head!

So there you have it – a potentially FREE monogrammed piece of art – with RUFFLES too!!!  The motto in my clothing shop is “You’re never fully dressed without a ruffle,” so I love that Rosamund’s room is finally well dressed!

And now for the breakdown…

Time: hmmm.  This is a guess because I wasn’t able to do it at one sitting…I think in total it took about 30-45 minutes.

cost: for me it was FREE because I had everything on hand, including the canvas.  If you have to purchase the supplies, it should run you less than $15!

Alrighty, that’s if for today … coming up in a day or two – a Reverse Applique Tutorial!

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Well, I made it through another night with no labor…there are times I wonder though…

So today, I have time to show another outfit that Tiff and I have put together.

Tiffany made the darling ruffle down the front of the onesie, then she added a wooden button just like what I use in my Etsy shop - awesome! I added a pair of reversible pants!

Here is a shot of the back of the pants - I LOVE that little bum block of fabric!!!

Now for the confession – I made these pants way back in early February when I had my “sewing retreat”…I’ve just been waiting to find the right top….enter Baby Shower!  I think it’s fun how the vintage-vibe of the onesie sort of offsets the surfer-vibe of the pants.

If you’d like to make these pants, I used a pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings.  Can you guess who gave me the book???


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I can honestly say that today is the first day that I almost forgot my 365 DIY challenge.  Lying in bed at 11:03, it hit me.  Being the responsible individual that I am (some of you have coughed up a lung)….I immediately got out of bed and created the first thing that came to mind (AND that was super-speed-fast!)
The week ahead seems all business, so be prepared to see lots of curtains and dresses…unless I go off course, which is certainly feasible!
But for tonight – here is another little idea for a dish towel!  None other than: A RUFFLE!

I just simply cut a strip of scrap fabric (yes, you’ve seen this fabric before!).  Made a tube, turned it right side out, and made a ruffle.  Then, I just sewed it right on top of the dish towel.  Don’t forget to close the sides of ruffle!!!

Time: 11 minutes.  (Don’t tell my students, but I did not even iron this project!)

Cost: $1.50…that’s the cost of the dish towel.

So what are you waiting for???  I dare you to turn off the TV and make one of these…just use on of your old towels because this ruffle can really add new life to dingy things!!!

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