CLOSED: The Zonneschijn Dress

The Zonneschijn Dress is a hip, mod, shift dress that has major attitude!  Sleeveless with a slight boatneck, the rays emanating from the center front provide the detail.  Works best in heavier wovens (twill, canvas, etc) and solid colors.  Try it with 2 colors up to the whole rainbow radiating from that center point!  Invisible zipper closure in the back makes sure that your little one shines instead of the zipper.

Sized 2-16.  Testing will begin Friday September 15th and will end Monday September 25th.

Knitting for Left Handers: Long Tail Cast On

Sewing gets most of my attention here at The Eli Monster.  But I do really love knitting, especially in the evenings after the kids go to bed and Mr. Monster and I want to sit back and eat copious amounts of chips and salsa and watch some Netflix (we’re rationing the new Bojack episodes so we don’t run out of them immediately).

I’m starting a new Youtube series specifically for fellow southpaws.  If you’ve ever wanted to start knitting but was intimidated, I will go nice and slow and demonstrate all the stitches, from the very basic to more complex.

Call for Testers CLOSED

Twirly and flirty.  Adorable and still sophisticated enough for older girls, The Rivier Dress is a versatile and timeless warm weather dress.

The Rivier Dress is a faux/partial wrap dress with a unique closure.  Add a ruffle or cap sleeves or choose simple and streamlined.  A full, gathered skirt dresses the outfit up and is accented by a bow on the hip.  Sized 18mo all the way up to teen 16.  Uses dress weight wovens or easy to find quilting cotton for maximum cute fabric potential.  Do you have a fantastic piece of fabric that isn’t enough to do a full project with?  The Rivier Dress is the perfect solution; just pair it with a coordinating solid and create a statement dress!


7 Sewing Tools You Totally Need

My studio can be pretty bare bones when it comes to all the extra bells and whistles.  I don’t need a lot and can make do with just the basics a good amount of the time.  Heck, I didn’t have a zipper foot for my sewing machine for almost a decade!!!

I did upgrade my sewing machine to a wonderful Juki last year after 8 years on a totally mechanical little Janome.  I still have her as a backup machine just in case, but man do I enjoy that knee lifter!

My birthday present to myself last year.

Good Scissors

You always want a pair of scissors that you only use for fabric/yarn.  I don’t know how many times I’ve messed up a project using dull scissors that my husband found on the side of the street (true story; we lived a few blocks from his work and he normally rode his bike and came home with a “present” for me.  I don’t know if he thought they were mine and I dropped them or what but I ended up with a random pair of nice scissors).  Designate a pair and mark them and keep them hidden when not in use.

Tape Measure

They’re cheap, they walk off, they stretch out.  Buy a new one more often than you think you need to.




A Good Iron

You. Will. Iron. Everything.  I would almost go as far as to say that properly pressing is almost the most important step in sewing.  Almost.  Every step is important.  Except the ones I skip…

You don’t need an expensive iron.  I have the same model as the one in the image.  It was a wedding gift and is very nice but is a general purpose model, not one of the fancy cordless, just for sewing, irons.



Or an empty mechanical pencil.  When you turn corners, you want a nice sharp corner.  Both of these guys are my go to tools for that job.  Usually the empty/broken mechanical pencil.  I keep one in the top drawer of my sewing desk; it’s usually scavenged from the bottom of a backpack or junk drawer.


Quilting Ruler

I love mine.  I adore mine.  I dream about getting more.  But one will do.  The kidlets snapped off one end of mine a few years back and I should really replace it but it still works and I keep forgetting to replace it.  Use it with your cutting mat and rotary cutter (see next list item).

Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

Besides good scissors, this is one of my most used things in my studio.





Seam Ripper

Don’t use the tiny little guy that came with your sewing machine.  If you hate to rip seams as much as I do, make the job a little more bearable with a nice, fat handle on your seam ripper.  Depending on how much you use yours, you may have to replace it more often than you care to think about.

Call for Testers: The Bloem Top for Toddler through Adult

Do you need a little Mommy and Me in your wardrobe this spring (or fall for all y’all down under)?

The Bloem Top is swingy, simple dressy casual top perfect for spring.  Excellent for beginners, this top features bias trim neckline and arm openings, a simple single button back closure and a subtle high/low hemline that brings it up a notch from your boring old basic shirt.  Wear alone when the sun is shining and the birds are singing or pair with a cardigan for those breezy days.  Expect to sew one in every color of the rainbow as this top will be sure to become a staple in your wardrobe.

Sized 18m-12y in children and 8 adult sizes (see size chart below).


63.5”  161.25cm

32”        81.25cm


64.5”       164cm

34”        86.25cm


65.5”  166.25cm

36”          91.5cm


66”       167.5cm

38”          96.5cm


67”          170cm

40”        101.5cm


67.5”    171.5cm

42”     106.75cm


68”     172.75cm

44”     111.75cm


68”     172.75cm

46”     116.75cm


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