I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Friday, November 27, 2015


Linny's Pinafore pattern is on sale now until Cyber Monday.

Make it from a fun Christmas print to top your little one's Holiday Dress!!

I am working on one right now from plaid taffeta with ruffles!

This will look darling for your family photos!!

Only $5 the lowest price of the year!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Vintage Knit O Graf

Knit O Graf is a pattern company that started in the 1940s. They offered patterns for knitting sweaters with designs knitted in. I couldn't find much about the history of the company, but I found a current listing for them in St. Paul, MN, so they are still in business in some capacity.
Very popular in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, their vintage patterns still fetch a good sum on ebay and etsy.

Isn't this snowman sweater adorable??

Here is a catalog page from the early 50s.

This ad declares "knitting is fun" the Knit O Graf way! I like the Humpty Dumpty pattern. The pixie next to it goes for a lot on ebay, but it isn't my favorite.

Here are some cute baby sweaters, hats, and rompers. I love the little lambs and kittens.

Their patterns weren't just for children, though! Can you imagine knitting hubby a themed golf tie for Christmas? How bout that nice burning cigarette- just what everyone wants hubby wearing! They also offered mittens, socks, hats, etc.
Even Christmas stockings were offered! These are still popular today, since I saw them listed on Ravelry!

I have lots of Thankgiving and Christmas sewing to share with you, but I am "down" with a backache, so I hope to be back to sewing, etc. soon!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Strawberry Temily

Temily (designed by Kathy Dykstra) from AS&E #80 is a pattern that has been on my "want to do" list for a long time. Now it will move to my "I want to make more of these" list. It came out as cute as I hoped!

This is for Ella's Christmas present. After I made the Izzy Color-me Dress, Ella's Mom told me she doesn't like dresses. I still wanted to smock something for her while she's little, though. She will be 3 in a few weeks.

This beautiful strawberry print is by Fabric Finders and I got a great deal on a yard of it on ebay. I mis-cut, not once but twice! so all I have left now are scraps. I had the pink piping in my stash from a grab bag of piping, but I didn't have any matching fabric for the ruffles. I had 100% cotton gingham, but I hate to use that on ruffles because of the "ironing factor"! So, I ordered the gingham from Fine Stitchery- the best prices anywhere!

I smocked a flower, but my girls laughed at it. I know it is a bit lop-sided: I don't know what happened!

I bought the leggings and hairbow at Walmart and they co-ordinate with the strawberry fabric perfectly, but I don't think they go as well with the pink micro-check. What do you think??

The neckline has an elastic casing, which is easier and quicker to sew than a bias neckline and makes it a comfortable pop-over top.

I just can't say enough good things about this pattern- definitely "do-over" worthy!!