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They each wanted a long summer dress so we set out to Joanns to pick out fabric.  We had our cart full of choices. Fun fabrics, like shopkins and emoji prints,  a little bit pricey, but so cute. But Aria spotted her choice long before we reached it, and her mama and I looked at each other, wide-eyed, and we each understood what the other was thinking.


Yes, you guessed it. Red and white checked tablecloth fabric. We tried everything to persuade her to change her mind but she wasn’t having it. She was set on this fabric. We even offered more expensive fabric, but she would not budge.

The fabric not only looked like an unlikely dress, it felt bad. It was stiff and rough to the touch, which we pointed out to her. But no!

So finally, we relented and she got the fabric.

I came home with the choices and set out to find the pattern. I chose several long dress patterns and sent her a picture and she picked out her favorite.


She requested that I make it without sleeves, so view 4, minus the sleeves.

I began cutting the fabric with the attitude, “this is not going to look good, but it’s what she wants.” So I worked on.


As the dress began to come together I began to see it. It was totally her own style and it started to look like her, and I really liked it.


Even the feel of the fabric came together with this pattern, it gave the dress some body and it didn’t seem as rough once it was put together.

As soon as she saw it, she started squealing and laughing, she loved it so much! And I was one happy mammy.


Mommy said she wore it for three days straight!


Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.   Psalm 47:1

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This 1977 Style dress pattern originally was purchased and made for the pioneer (Laura Ingalls Wilder) side of Aria.


But being the classic style that it is, I have now made Aniyah a fall floral dress, stylish enough for 2016.


I love this pattern! It’s simplicity adds to the floral pattern fabric, purchased at Walmart. I also love that you can dress it up with an adorable little apron . . . (maybe next time, for I do have my eye on the longer version of this dress).


The neck line is plain but could also be dressed up with a lace collar, or some ruffles.  I chose to leave it simple.

The gathered sleeves are long, and have elastic at the wrist.


It has a zipper closure in the back, which is much easier for me than buttons.


I picked this fabric to match the mustard color leggings that I purchased at Old Navy. These beautiful, bright colors are a perfect choice for my sweet little girl.


Autumn is upon us and Aniyah is ready!


“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22


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I love the 1940’s style and get really excited when I can find a pattern from that era. I don’t have many but I treasure the patterns that I have.


This pattern just happened to be the perfect size for Aria. The style of this dress is also perfect for my almost nine year old, who is way past ruffles upon ruffles.


This pattern went together easily and I loved how it turned out.

It buttons up the front and ties in the back, giving it a more fitted look.


The sleeves are gathered with a band at the bottom, and it has a small rounded collar.


The fabric was purchased at Walmart for $3.97 a yard. This dress took about 1 1/2 yards.


Moreover, from the blue and purple and scarlet material, they made finely woven garments for ministering in the holy place as well as the holy garments which were for Aaron, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.  Exodus 39:1

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My dear friend Cindy gifted me with a bag full of goodies! Among the many treasures I found a beautiful, colorful paisley fabric, paisley being among my favorites.

I had an idea in my head and searched one of my favorite website for the perfect pattern: https://www.etsy.com/   and found this 1950’s vintage jacket pattern.

01-img_1194Once I found my pattern I did another search on etsy and found the most yummiest Mongolian faux fur:   https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SkyeKnitsforBabies?ref=l2-shop-info-name.

So . . . I gathered my treasures and went to work.


This precious little pea coat was perfect for Aniyah. The pattern is a size 3, and she is going into a size 4. I did not change the size at all and it was still a little big.


The only change I made was the collar. I used an olive green Mongolian faux fur and hand sewed it to the collar. It is lined with a cotton print that has a pattern of various size crosses.


This jacket is also a prayer covering for my precious girl!


I am a huge fan of the fur!

Onto bigger sizes and brighter colors!




“For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty.  Exodus 28:40


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Round three!


This pattern sews up so quickly that I literally made two at a time. This is the third shirt from this awesome pattern.


I made this shirt with long sleeves, the cuff closes with a button.


The fabric is from Walmart (I am loving their fabric these days), it was $4.97 a yard. The short sleeve shirt takes a little over a yard and the long sleeve shirt takes around     1 1/2 yard.




“You shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.  Exodus 26:31

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Aria loved this pattern so much I made a second one!


This shirt was made out of blue and white plaid fabric purchased at Walmart for $3.97 a yard.




“You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. Exodus 28:31


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I love just about any vintage patterns, but I certainly have my favorites, and this is one of them!

This pattern is from the 1950’s.


I had to add about two inches to the length of this shirt. Vintage patterns are usually shorted than we wear today, and Aria is so tall.


I just love this shirt and it turns out that Aria does too. I love everything about it, it’s a classic style. I love the sleeve length and the cuff at the end of the sleeve.


The fabric is something that I bought over 20 years ago, intended for a quilt back. It was tucked in a drawer in my sewing room and I haven’t seen it in years.

I searched and searched for fabric to match her red vest that I knitted for her. I found a couple of pieces of fabric, but it just didn’t grab me. I spent nearly three days looking and finally I felt the Lord remind me of this fabric, and it worked! I was happy with it instantly!


She was thrilled with the shirt so I am planning on making a couple more.


I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1

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I love this 1970’s vintage pattern.


My daughter gave me a beautiful yellow blouse and told me I could do whatever I wanted to with it.


It had pintucks running up the front of it with jeweled studded diamonds on ric rac trim. The collar was also trimmed out with the diamonds and pearl buttons closed up the front.


So I cheated just a little and cut the shirt down to fit Aria.


I used a fun rose pattern fabric for the skirt, added belt loops and topped it off with a rope cording for the belt.


The dress just took a couple of hours to complete. The fabric was a gift, the shirt was free and the ribbon and cording came from my stash, from many years ago. Pretty much the only cost to me was the wonderful pattern.


There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.  Proverbs 20:15

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I am not even sure where this hidden little gem came from. It had no envelope, just the instruction sheet with the pattern tucked inside, uncut.


This pattern sewed up quickly and easily, with just a few pattern pieces. It is a wrap around dress that closes with ties in the front.


I love how it went together, and I love the finished project. The length is perfect! I am not sure of the date of the pattern since the envelope is missing, I am guessing 1970’s, but it has a 40’s flare to it.


The fabric was given to me by a friend, it also has a vintage feel.


I added red piping down the front and along the neck edge.


My 8 year old granddaughter asked if I had it in her size. That makes this dress a winner for sure.


I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.                                        Hosea 11:4

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At a very low point in my life I received a very special package in the mail from my little sister Jodi. She knew my heart and her gift continues to bless me and inspire me.


am like a kid in a candy store! So many to choose from! 

I finally settled on the pajama pattern for Aniyah.


Since it’s summer, I didn’t want to do the long nightgown or the long pants. She’s pretty persnickety about elastic around her waist, so I decided to make the baby doll pj’s and eliminate the bloomers and make the gown a little longer.


The fabric in this sweet little gown is a cute little kitty pattern, given to me by a friend.


The bodice of the gown is made in a pin-tucked white fabric with lace, lined with a white cotton.


I used a cut up white T-shirt to trim out the arm holes, which made it super soft.


It closes in the front with two buttons.


It was a good choice. Thank you Aunt Jodi!

And now for the next pattern . ? . ? . ?


In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.  Psalm 4:8

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