Vintage Western Inspired Halloween

This year I decided to construct a costume inspired by the lovely and talented Pasty Cline.

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I love her bold use of fringe and rhinestone encrusted appliqués.

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I picked up some silver glitter fringe, piping, and 5 packages of rhinestones and went to work.


The skirt is made with a faux suede, which is also featured on the shirt yoke and cuffs. The shirt front and cuffs are fastened with 14 sets of pearl snaps.


The cactus and crescent moon appliques are made with a wool/rayon felt and encased in 654 individual rhinestones.

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The costume was constructed using two vintage patterns.
The skirt was made with Advance 6646 and the shirt was made with Butterick 4176.


Of course I needed a western themed companion!


Sheriff Pinto made sure to supervise the entire construction process.

Sorry this post is a few weeks late. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!!

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‘This Attractive Affair’ via A Stitch in Time Vol 2

Started this pullover in September and it is finally complete!

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‘This Attractive Affair’ is a knitting pattern from the 1930’s collection of Susan Crawford’s A Stitch in Time Volume 2. I received the book last March for my birthday. Flipping through the patterns I was very drawn to this one. I am a sucker for stripes and I was intrigued by the interesting construction.

'this attractive affair' seaming

After I got all of the pieces knit, I knew I was going to need some guidance on seaming this bad boy together. I signed up for the Craftsy class, Seaming Hand Knits, and let me tell you, it saved this sweaters life!

this attractive affair

After everything was seamed, the last step was to double crochet the neck band and add the buttons. Well guess who now knows how to crochet and double crochet…! 😀
The lovely buttons are ones my mother gave me. The are pretty amazing, German glass buttons from the 40’s/50’s, and were perfect for this project.

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So, all in all, I am glad I took on the challenge and am so pleased with the result.

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering Cotton in Ivory and Hollyberry
Check my Ravelry page if your into that.

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Merry Christmas Mom

Wow, haven’t posted in a while! Mainly because Halloween hit at work (which is madness) and then I jumped right into holiday gift making (…and you can’t really post about secret gift projects before Christmas).

I am very excited to be posting this project…

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jacket for my mom

a hand sewn jacket for my lovely mother!

I signed up for Janet Pray’s Craftsy Class, Sew Better, Sew Faster, quite a while ago. I was excited to learn the material but not overly excited about the pattern for myself. Then it dawned on me… this jacket would be perfect for my mom!

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Janet is a great teacher and I learned soooo much in her class.
Look I even did my fist welt pocket and got great tips on sewing curves, top stitching, and holding your fabric properly when not sewing with pins.
My sewing life will never be the same and I am so excited!

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My mom was pretty excited too!

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1st Pair of Socks

Crazy to think that is was a little over a year ago that I picked up knitting needles for the 1st time.

Over the year I have made quite a few scarves, tons of washcloths, two sweaters, and a few little creatures.

Today, I am proud to showcase my 1st pair of hand knit socks!


These came to life thanks to the course Knit Sock Workshop offered through

Donna Druchunas does a wonderful job walking through each step of the process.
Getting the toe started was the trickiest part, the rest was just a bit of shaping.


I made a few alterations to the original pattern.
Donna intended these to end a few inches below the knee, but I decided to extend mine over the knee cap.
I will need to add some elastic behind the ribbing so they stay up (no one likes a droopy knee sock!).
The original pattern also had a little diagonal lace pattern right before the ribbing.
I decided to omit it because I was not sure how it would look sitting right on my knee.


Here is a closeup of the lace pattern. It was pretty easy to memorize (esp. after doing it a bazillion times).
I knit these up using 3 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Weight Sock Yarn.



Knitting has humbled me in many ways. You can work for hours and watch only a few inches of your garment come to life. Working from the ground up I am learning so many new insights about shaping and the importance of consistency. It has caused me to slow down with my sewing and really take the time to create quality garments.

I look forward to continuing my exploration into the rich history of knitting and its relationship to sewing.

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Complete! New Look 6587

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When I pulled this light weight, printed cotton out of my fabric stash a few weeks ago I thought it would look great as a classic shirtwaist dress.
So I grabbed New Look Pattern 6587 and went to work.

blue&red printed shirt dress
I cut a pattern size 8 and did not have to make any alterations (yay!).
Pattern itself has very classic design elements and was a breeze to put together.
Definitely will be making more of these in other fun prints!

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New Skirts for Sale!

As I continue to try and work through some of my fabric stash this summer, I decided to make some skirts for my Etsy shop!

There are four new prints available from Running Amuck Designs.
Only $32.95 each.
Perfect way to spice up your summer adventures!

Tiki Print
(custom sizes available)

Butterfly Print
(Size: Small)

Deco-Inspired Geometric Print
(custom sizes available)

Skulls and Roses Print
(Size: Small)

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Frilly Purple Apron (Butterick 5302)

This summer I am on a stash busting mission!
I have all of this great fabric boxed up in my closet that desperately needs to be transformed into something useful.

After deciding it was high time I made the retro inspired apron of my dreams, I pulled out some purple, polka dot fabric from the stash.

Butterick 3502

Ta Da!

Butterick 5302

Yes, this thing is loaded with piping AND rick rack 😉

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Couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!

Time to grab something else out of the stash (this includes fabric and patterns) and create something fabulous.

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