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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Call for Testers

Introducing our newest pattern (still working on a name-it’s so hard to come up with good ones)!

Square neckline with an angled front panel that extends the whole length of the dress, this is perfect for pairing complementary fabrics.  Optional bows add an extra bit of detail.  Button back (optional zipper).  Lined bodice.

Use your favorite woven dress weight fabric.  Sized 18m-12y.

Testing begins Friday, February 17th and ends Sunday, February 26th.  


Crazy, Insane Password Requirements

Yesterday it was brought to my attention that our site was requiring some insane passwords to even register for an account.  So I thought I’d give it a try and sign myself up for another tester account.  Wowzers (channeling my inner Inspector Gadget) that was INCREDIBLY frustrating!  I suspect the recent facelift to the site might have caused the change.


So last night I decided to get down to work and pinpoint a solution for this problem.  A whole lot of googling and a few glasses of wine later, I decided I was overwhelmed and handed the computer over to the husband (he’s a “professor of the internet” so if anyone could make this work, he should be able to) and finally got a fix.  Usually it’s a one woman show but sometimes I just have to put my hands up and admit to not being able to fix something myself.

If anyone had problems yesterday registering for the site, please try again today.  The new requirements still point out weak passwords but do NOT keep you from registering with your preferred password choice.  If you purchased a pattern from us as a guest to avoid making an impossible password, please register now and purchase one of the free patterns (The Tropisch Dress is a great one) so I have an order attached to your new account.  Then email me and I will add your other purchases to your account (I can only do that with an order on file so it’s important that you make that free purchase prior to emailing me.

I super apologize for any frustrations the crazy password requirements caused anyone.  As a token of my appreciation for everyone who had to deal with that yesterday (I was told that I had “the worst website ever.” OUCH!), I would like to offer 20% off any future purchase with the coupon code **    UghPasswordsWhy2017    **

Blocking Acrylic Yarn: You Can and You Should

I admit that I can be a bit of a yarn snob and really only like to work with wools and other natural fibers.  I just don’t like how acrylic feels under my fingers and I can usually knit a sweater with a basic wool like Knit Picks WOTA for less than the cost of lunch out for me, I don’t even bother with acrylic.

That said, I sometimes have to reach for an acrylic or a blend every now and then for specific projects like this cowl.  I found a really amazing stitch that I thought would make a pretty cool cowl or gaiter and went about figuring out how to knit it in the round.  After about 3 inches into the project, I realized that I’d have to block this sucker and it would be a bit harder than just soaking it and laying it out on a towel in the corner of the living room.

Let’s look at the before.  It’s cute but not at all what I envisioned.

I dampened the cowl slightly and pinned it to my ironing board and got my iron ready.  To merely block the cowl, turn on the steam (or use a garment steamer but mine has somehow grown legs and walked off a couple of weeks ago.  My house is not that big; there are only so many places it can hide but I can’t find it anywhere…)  You want to hover over the piece WITHOUT touching the iron to the piece.  You don’t want to melt your piece to your iron.  I don’t know what would be worse – messing up your iron or messing up the piece you just spent hours making…  Pat your piece into place.  If I have areas of texture like this guy, I like to pinch the areas that need a little more definition.

Blocking Acrylic Yarn
I’m hovering over the piece without touching the iron to it.

Now let it cool and dry overnight.  Look at how that opens up the work, evens everything out and just finishes off the piece!

If you want to KILL your piece, (that term is just so scary but the process is pretty painless), you can place a piece of fabric between your iron and gently touch the iron down on the piece.  I do not put any weight on the piece but tap and lift, tap and lift.  “Killing” the yarn removes the elasticity from it and makes it permanent (by essentially melting the yarn slightly).  You get a much softer and gentle drape to the finished piece by killing it.  Killing your finished piece gives it more of a commercial, “store bought” feel so keep that in the back of your head when you’re knitting for those tweens or older kids who are too cool to be caught dead wearing something homemade (even though the stuff we all make is WAAAAYYYYYYY cooler than anything you can get in a store…)


Call for Testers

The Latona Dress Sewing Pattern

The Latona Dress

Now that my super secret project is done and submitted for judging (more on that in another post) I’ve been able to sit down and work on the pattern part of this amazing dress.

Featuring a fitted bodice with double button bands down the back and a super full skirt, the Latona (mother to Apollo and Artemis), Dress is sure to be the hit of any party.  And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this dress would be extra special in a luxe red taffeta (eek!).

This dress pushes towards heirloom quality details but is broken down into easy steps that anyone can quickly master.

Sized 12m-12y, this dress uses quilting cotton, silks, linens, or other like weighted fabrics.  Just be prepared to sew some buttons because there are a LOT of them!

Testing will begin Thursday, January 19th and conclude Thursday January 26th. Fill out the form below to be considered for testing.