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Sunshine Day Tunic and Clam Diggers – Tutorial

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Well, the name is Sunshine Day BUT the pictures for this were taken on the COLDEST day we have had since moving here!!!!! LOL There was no way I was going to make Cailey stand outside in 40 degrees…..


For some reason this outfit (or maybe just the striped fabric) reminds me of…….



Y’all remember that, right??? LOL I loved watching Brady Bunch reruns after school when I was a kid.



ANYWAY…. Here is the tutorial.



What I used – 

3/4 yard of the stripes (very silky and flowy)

1/4 yard of the gold cotton for the yoke at the top

1 yard of heavier, stretchier cotton for the clam diggers

1″ elastic





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I had this idea… I was going to make the front and back yoke one piece…. with lining….. Yeah… I even cut a muslin (above).

It took me a bit to figure out the problem. LOL

One I realized that I wouldn’t be able to turn it right side out after sewing the lining, I resigned myself to 4 pieces instead of 2.


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So, then I made a pattern piece after much measuring and figuring. LOL




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Pin the lining pieces to the main pieces and sew all around, leaving the bottom open.



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Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.



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Cut the pieces for the bottom of the tunic. I cut the top of it about a 1/4″ wider than the bottom of the yoke.

Make it as long as you like, widening as you go and curving the bottom.



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Pin the bottom of the yoke to the top of the bottom piece, with right sides together. Sew then press your seams.




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Now, pin the front to the back, with right sides together. Sew the shoulder and the sides.


Next, fold up and press 1/2″ on the bottom. Then fold up and press 3/4″. Sew the hem.



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Remove the cat from your work space.



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Grab a pair of your child’s pants to use as a cutting guide for the clam diggers. Turn up the leg bottoms to your desired length.




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If you have a right side/wrong side fabric, you will want to flip the pants guide over to cut the second leg.



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Sew up the inseam from the bottom to the start of the crotch curve.

(If your child is very small, you will want to hem them first.)



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Turn one leg right side out and slide it into the other leg. Pin and sew.



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Now for the elastic casing. Fold over 1/4″ and press. Fold over again by just over 1″, press and sew the casing, making sure to leave a section open to insert the elastic.



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Pin the ends of the elastic and insert into the opening.

Then pull both ends out and secure with zigzag stitches.

Sew the opening closed.



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Fold up and press the bottom of the legs by 1/2″. Fold up and press another 1/2″ and sew the hem!



Turn right side out and press!




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As always, let me know if you have any questions. You can always use the Contact Me button at the top of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!





Holiday Crushed Velvet Top Tutorial

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Here’s a tutorial for a top to match the Pink Fig Designs Market Day Gauchos! :) Well, at least MY version of the Market Day Gauchos! LOL

I used the same colors of crushed panne (crushed velvet) for the top AND I made a little matching hair bow. For the bow I just tied scraps of the crushed velvet onto a ponytail holder. ;)


On to the tutorial!

You will need-

1/2 yard of main fabric

Scraps in the coordinating colors for the sleeve ruffles

A shirt that fits your child well to use as a cutting guide



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Yes, yes.. I know… A Justin Bieber shirt but she’s only 8, cut her some slack! LOL

Fold the t-shirt and place it on the folded fabric. Cut around the shirt leaving space on the side for seam allowance.



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Here is what it will look like.




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Place the shirt part that you just cut on the folded fabric and cut around it for the other piece.



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Cut one of the necklines a little lower for the front of the top. Make sure not to take any off the shoulders. ;)



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To cut the sleeves, place the shoulder even with the fold in the fabric and cut around the armhole. Then drop down a bit below the armhole and cut the rest of the sleeve.

At this point I was thinking long sleeves…. LOL I usually just fly by the seat of my pants when I start sewing. ;)



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Here is where I decided to cut the black part of the sleeve shorter so that I could add the ruffles. I measured Cailey’s arm from shoulder to wrist and then cut the sleeve at 8″ . Her arm measured 15″ but I knew some of the length of the sleeve would become seam allowance. ;)



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Now, to cut the strips for the ruffles! I cut them 3″ in width and 15″ long. I cut 3 for each sleeve.



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Here is what they look like!

Now, you are going to pin those tops together! Then run a row of gathering stitches across the top.



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Pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the sleeve, right sides together, adjusting the gathers as needed.  Sew together!



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Here is what it looks like so far! :)



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Place the back on the front, right sides together, pin and sew the seam! :)




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This is that OTHER way to do sleeves… LOL Place the sleeves to the armholes, right sides together and pin like crazy! LOL Then sew the sleeves to the armholes!



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Here’s what it looks like so far!



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Almost done!!! Pin up the sides of the top and the bottoms of the sleeves. Now, sew the side seams!!!!!


Turn right side out and you are ALLLLLLLL done!!!!! :)



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Hope you like this! Let me know if the tutorial is easy to follow! If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a message or use the Contact Me button at the top of the blog and shoot me an e-mail!






Cheesehead Tutorial


This tutorial is for the shirt. The pants are done the way I always do pants. LOL Just click the link and it will show you how. The only difference is, when I hemmed the bottoms I then turned the hem to the outside and top stitched.


On to the tutorial!

What I Used:

1 1/2 yards of main

1/2 yard of contrast

1 package of bias tape

1 package of Velcro circles

1″ elastic (for the pants)

1 button-up shirt to use as a “pattern”


***Always remember to PRESS after doing any stitching***


The first thing I did was study how a button-up shirt was put together.




I paid special attention to the back yoke, back pleat and the curve of the bottom.


Here are the pieces you will need:


2 pieces for the back yoke in the contrasting color. You can draw out the back yoke on a piece of paper to use as a pattern, if you want.




2 pieces for the front out of the main fabric. You can use the button-up shirt as a guide when cutting, if you like.




1 piece for the back. This will be shorter than the front pieces because it will be attached to the back yoke.



2 sleeves out of the contrasting fabric.



Sewing It All Together


Step 1 –



Sew the back yoke pieces together, leaving the bottom open.

Fold IN the bottom by 1/4 inch and press.


Step 2-


Put the back pleat in, lining up the sides with the back yoke, pin and press. Insert the bottom of the back INSIDE the back yoke, pin and top stitch closed.  Press.


Step 3-


Part 1 0f Step 3-

Attach the back to the front at the top (shoulders). I always do a finishing stitch first and then the straight stitch.

Part 2 of Step 3-

Pin the sides together and sew up the seam.

Part 3 of Step 3-

Sew and finishing stitch along the edges of the front pieces.  Fold over 1 1/2″ and press.


Step 4-


Edge stitch and top stitch along the folded edges.


Step 5-


Part 1 of Step 5-

Hem the bottom of the sleeves by folding up 1/4″, press, fold another 1/4″ and press. Sew the hem.

Part 2 of Step 5-

Insert the sleeves into the arm holes and pin. Sew the seam.

Part 3 of Step 5-

Open the bias tape and pin into place around the neck line. Stitch the bias tape. This is not the “proper” way to do bias tape, but I have found that it is MUCH MUCH easier and works just as well, if not better. ;)

Open the bias tape and pin into place around the bottom. Stitch it on.


Step 6-


Stick your Velcro circles on the inside of one side and the outside of the other, lining them up to match the opposite side. Then you will need to put a couple of stitched into each piece.  Press.


You are all done!!!!



I apologize that this tutorial isn’t as detailed as they usually are… I wasn’t quite sure if I would be doing a tutorial for it and I kept forgetting to take the pictures. LOL

Anyway, I hope it is clear enough to help you!!!

I will be working on Cailey’s Packers skirt and t-shirt today! Hopefully I will have a tutorial for you by Saturday! Tomorrow is my busy day, grocery shopping and bill paying… such fun. :/


Dinosaur Shirt and Pants Tutorial






Isn’t he a cutie?? LOL

This is a tutorial to make the dinosaur shirt and matching pants. I begged him to let me make shorts but nope…. he wanted pants. LOL  If you want to use the same dinosaur print I got it at Joann’s. ;)


This is what I used-

1 yard for the pants

1/2 yard of knit for the shirt

1 package of coordinating bias tape

1/2″ elastic

a ball point needle (for the knit)

A pair of pants that fit your child

A t-shirt that fits your child



Step 1 –



Fold the fabric over and place the pants on top with the crotch pulled out as far as it will go.

Cut around the pants leaving room for the seam allowance.


Step 2 –



Flip over the pants leg you just made and place it a fold of the fabric. Cut the second leg using the first as a guide.



Step 3 –






Cut out a dinosaur picture.

Remove the cat from the fabric!!! Good grief!!

Cut out another dinosaur picture (I did that so I can make a second shirt to go with a pair of shorts I made a little while ago)


Step 4 –



Pin up the side of one leg from the bottom to the crotch. Now, when I sew a seam first I do a finishing stitch along the edges and THEN I go back and sew either a straight stitch or another finishing stitch. I realize this is backwards (LOL) but it’s just the way I prefer to do it. ;)

Do the other leg the same way.


Step 5 –


Turn one leg right side out and slip it into the other leg


Step 6 –





Remove the cat from the fabric, AGAIN!!!! SIGH….

Pin up the sides and sew it up, reinforcing the crotch.



Step 7 –


Fold over the top 3/4″ inch and press. Fold over 1″ and press creating the elastic casing.


Step 8 –



Cut your elastic 1 to 2″ smaller than your child’s waist measurement. 2 if it’s VERY stretchy!

Pin both ends with safety pins and insert one end into the elastic casing while holding tightly or pinning the other end.


Step 9 –


Sew the 2 ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.


Step 10 –


Sew the elastic casing closed.


Step 11 –



Turn up the bottom of the legs 1/2″ and press. Then turn up 3/4″ and press. Sew the hem.


Now the pants are done!! YAY!!!


On to the shirt!


Step 1 –



Fold the shirt in half with the sleeves tucked under and place on the fold. Using the shirt as a guide cut around leaving room for the seam allowance.


Step 2 –


Place the piece you just cut on the fold and cut the 2nd piece.


Step 3 –


Place your bodice piece over the fabric with the fold at the top. Use the armhole as a guide to cut your sleeves.

They will look like the picture below.




Step 4 –



Pin the dinosaur piece to the front of the shirt and sew a straight stitch around the edges. You can zigzag around the edges if you want to, I just like the look it gets when it frays a bit. ;)



Step 5 –


Pin the tops of the sleeves together and sew. :) Right sides touching if your fabric has a right and wrong side. ;)


Step 6 –


Pin the sides together and sew the seam.


Step 7 –



Pin the sleeves together at the seam allowance and sew the seam.


Always make sure to press your seams open or to the side. ;) I should have been saying that all along……


Step 8 –



Turn the shirt inside out and turn the sleeve right side out. Insert sleeve into armhole, pin and sew the seam.


But be careful not to do this……. LOL



ROFLOL!! I was getting a little tired yesterday….. LOL


Step 9 –


Take your bias tape and pin it around the neckline. Sew it on. :)


Now, I seem to have lost or forgotten to take the pictures for the next steps but they are simple so I will just type them out.



Step 10 –

Pin the bias tape around each sleeve and sew in place.


Step 11 –

Fold over the bottom of the shirt 3/4″ and press. Fold over an 1/2 and press. Sew the hem. Press!


Turn right side out! You are DONE!! YAY!!!




As always let me know what you think about the tutorial. Is it easy to follow?? And definitely let me know if you try it out!!!! :)



J2 said to me today that my fabric stash resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa! ROFLOL!!!!


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