Gathering Fabric


Hunting and gathering. The life of a fabric lover, right??
The hunting part is fun and comes easily to most of us. Haah.
But gathering?  That can be a different story.

How to Gather & Ruffle fabric the proper way by MADE Everyday

There are so many different sewing projects that require gathering:
• Sleeves
, such as the puffed sleeve option on the Everyday Sweatshirt, or the Texas Dress.
Necklines, like the ones on many peasant blouses.
Blankets, like this tutorial here.
Basically, anywhere there’s a ruffle, gathering is involved.
How to Gather & Ruffle fabric the proper way by MADE Everyday

But probably the most popular use is for a gathered skirt with attached waistband (also called a dirndl skirt).  And the same concept is used on many dresses, except instead of being stitched onto a waistband, the gathered skirt is attached directly to the bodice.

How to Gather & Ruffle fabric the proper way by MADE Everyday

Sometimes gathering can be a pain. It can be difficult to control the gathers to make them even. And worse — a broken thread can mean having to start from scratch. Uggggh.
So let me show you the proper technique for the ultimate control, precision, and gathery goodness.
Just hit the play button below!

Now that you’re a gathering whiz, you might like to give the Anywhere Skirt a whirl. It takes the dirndl concept and adds some cool details — sash, button placket… POCKETS. Make your skirts any length! You’ll use this pattern over and over again to create loads of different looks.

Anywhere Skirt sewing pattern from MADE Everyday

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yellow + coral Sophie Dress


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Most of my family came from California to Texas and we partied for a week, which was so much fun!
And now, back to reality…..and to the BACK of this dress.  Isn’t it darling??
Oh my gosh you guys.
I. Love. This. Dress.

It’s called the Sophie Dress by Simple Life Pattern Company.  And of course, I used some Boardwalk Delight fabric to bring a little sunshine into my day.

This dress can twirl, look girly, you can add sleeves, make a V-back, try it without the ruffle?….although I can’t imagine why.  That ruffle just puts a smile on my face.
I’ve made two of these dresses now (one for our upcoming Chrismas card), and I love how beautifully the top bodice fits, with a button closure in back.boardwalk-delight-fabrics-and-sophie-dress-pattern-on-made-everyday-7boardwalk-delight-fabric-and-sophie-dress-pattern-on-made-everyday-1sophie-dress-pattern-and-boardwalk-delight-fabric-on-made-everyday-17

And, Simple Life just launched a new line of pattern kits called Get The Look.
You buy the pattern + the fabric together in one bundle so you’re all ready to go!


So you can make this exact same Sophie Dress (or any variation of it) WITH my Boardwalk Delight Fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics.   Or browse around Get the Look to see all the kits.
So many cute options—and all on sale right now.


Simple Life
(SLPco) asked 7 bloggers to make and share their new kits throughout the week.
Caroline just posted yesterday and I’m dying to see that dress that Delia made on Friday.  Ahhh. That fabric!

Check out these posts:
Mon 11/28  Kim Coffin – Sweet Red Poppy
Tues 11/29  Caroline Hulse – Sew Caroine
Tues 11/29  Kari Steiger – That’s Sew Kari
Wed 11/30  Dana Willard – Made Everyday
Thurs 11/30  Tami Peterson —  Sew Sophie Lynn
Fri 12/1  Bonnie Christine – Going Home to Roost
Fri 12/1  Delia Randal – Delia Create’s
Sat 12/2 Simple Life Pattern Company Recap

Happy Sewing friends!


Key Lime Mini Pies


The holiday season is coming – that means it’s time to make pie!
Or: many pies.
Or: MINI pies.

YES.  I love pie!
I asked Owen to help me with the recipe because he loves pie too.
Really, he just loves to bake.  Isn’t it fun when you start seeing real interests in your children?  Just last Sunday, out-of-the-blue he asked if we could make Peach Cobbler.  Um, YES.
He’s also helped me make Pumpkin Pie.  And now we’ll add this to his resume as well.


Daisy Sour Cream asked me to share a holiday recipe with you.  And it was a no-brainer:

Lime + Sour cream + and Mini Pie Tins?
Who doesn’t love mini things??


Okay let’s get started…


(makes 12 mini pies or one standard pie)

1 cup sugar
3 Tbl cornstarch
1/4 cup melted butter (and somewhat cooled)
1 Tbl zested lime rind
1 cup lowfat milk
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten

1 cup (8 oz) of Daisy Sour Cream



• Combine sugar and cornstarch in a stovetop pan.
• Mix in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the sour cream.
• Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.
• Allow the mixture to cool.

Then comes the fun part.
Add 1 cup of the Daisy Sour Cream.
And, as any 8-year-old boy would do, inspect the contraption to see how this amazing invention works.


For the recipe you need 1 cup of sour cream.


Mix it all together.
Then fill those mini pie tins on up!


Top them with a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of lime rind.
And smile at how amazing your house smells.
Chill them till you’re ready to eat.


These can be made one day ahead, but I wouldn’t do more than that or the crust will get soft.  And if you’re asked to bring them to a baby shower: double or triple the recipe and pull out the big trays.



Okay, want to make your own pies with Daisy Sour Cream for the holidays??

Tell me in the comments: what’s your favorite holiday tradition?

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