A Hexagon Baby Quilt

A Baby Hexagon Quilt

First up, notice a difference? Yes? I currently did a blog migration and am in the finishing rounds of that and doing a little blog makeover. I have wanted to do this for a while, but I kept putting it off. I finally just went for it! I am still working on a new logo and all, but when it’s all done I will do a post of why I made the changes and all the wonderful companies I have worked with during this process. But, a few projects to share until then. This is a little quilt I made for my new niece. She’s really special. My brother and his wife had been praying about adopting for a long time and they put their names on the list. After lots more praying and waiting, they received that special phone call a few weeks ago that they had been chosen to adopt a little girl.

A Hexagon Baby QuiltI just had to make their little girl something special! I had this package of pre-cut hexagons (Sunnyside Honeycomb Kate Spain for Moda) and used half of them for the middle of this quilt. I had plans for doing a scalloped edging, but how I was thinking of making that happen ended up not working out. So I added the white border after I had made the middle (and yes, quilted it already too!). I learned some good lessons though and I’m so happy I could save it. It might not be the most polished, but it is soft and comfy and the colors are sure to grab baby girls attention. Oh, and I machine sewed the hexagons using this method. I just took my time and they came out perfect almost each time! I think I only had to rip some stitches out twice and that was on the cheapy fabric white hexagons I threw in last minute to finish the square.

A Hexagon Baby Quilt

I made a few other little things to go in the mail with it that I will share soon. One will be a pattern for a crocheted bunting. Until then!

-Jess

Knit Fabric Wrap – A – Round Skirt Tutorial

Let’s break up this quiet spell with a tutorial okay? I totally have spring on the mind and am excited for the wardrobe change this season will bring. I have been loving the flowy skirts and dresses that Free People has lately and want to create some pieces based on those. With that in mind, I was super excited when I received an email from Organic Cotton Plus to try out some of their fabric and share about it with you all. I already had a project in mind! I have used fabric with them before, but it was all wovens so I was very happy to play around with some knit fabric.

I picked out three yards of this yummy banana interlock knit. It is 60″ wide so it’s a great size to use for things that need a larger piece of fabric like a maxi dress or skirt. I whipped up this wrap around skirt in no time. It’s easy to put together and since it’s a knit fabric you won’t need to worry about raw edges. Here is what I did to create this look along with some things I learned along the way. As much as I love sharing final products, I also love sharing where I messed up to help others from having to go through the same mistakes.

Materials:
-Knit Fabric of choice
-Measuring Tape
-Scissors
-Pins
-Calculator

This skirt is three main pieces: The waistband, the top skirt (which is a circle skirt), and the bottom skirt(which is just a rectangular piece of fabric). Let’s go over how to do measurements for these pieces first. Please note, I ere on the side of “larger” so things can be cut back if necessary. It’s always better to have it a little too big and make a quick cut than to make something too small.

PLEASE NOTE: You are just plugging in 3 measurements you take (your waist, the length you want the top of the skirt, and the length you want the bottom of the skirt)  into the following equations. Write them down and then use your calculator to get the final measurements. It might help to copy and paste this part and separate it into the three sections to focus better on each one.

-The waistband piece is going to be 7″ wide and the length should be your waist measurement x 3. I had to sew a few pieces together to get this length.

Ex: If your waist is 20″ you would just multiply this by 3. 
So your piece cut out should be 60″ x 7″.

-The top half of the skirt needs to be figured out with a little bit of math because you need a circle. Here goes….
First you need a circumference which will be:

Circumference = (Waist measurement + Waist measurement/3)
Circumference = 36″ + (36″/3)
Circumference = (36″ + 12″)
Circumference = 48″

Then you plug the circumference into this equation to get the Radius.

Radius = Circumference/(2 x pi)

Now, we know the Circumference already and we know that pi is approximately 3.14. So we plug those in to get the following:

 Radius = 48″/(2 x 3.14)
Radius = 48″/6.28
  Radius = 7.6″

Now that is needed for cutting the circle out. To get how big a piece of fabric you need to cut out this circle, you need to do a little more math.
You now need to determine Radius + Length (Length = how long you want it to go; I measured from my waist to my knees)

 Radius + Length = x
7.6″ + 15″ = 22.6″, which I round up to 23″.
Then multiply that by 2
Ex: 23″ x 2 = 46″
I will need a piece of fabric that measures 46″x46″ to cut.

-The bottom skirt piece is a rectangular piece. To determine this measurement you need the circumference of the bottom of the circle skirt. The best way to determine this is using the following equation:

Bottom Circumference = (2 x pi) x (Radius+Length)
The R + Length is the same number as you used from the above equation, 7.6″+15″= 23″ and we know pi is 3.14.
 Bottom Circumference = (2 x 3.14) x (7.6″ + 15″)
      Bottom Circumference = (6.28)x(23″)
     Bottom Circumference = 144.5″

So the piece of fabric needed to be cut is 144.5″ by the length I needed to make it go to my ankles, which was 21″. I actually didn’t have quite enough for this length, but I was able to cut out a piece that measured 120″ by 21″. It worked out because I could stretch the fabric and I had ended up cutting some of the length off from the top part of the skirt anyways (talk about that below). In hindsight, having more fabric would have made it flow better but it’s still good!

*Refer to the above diagram I drew due to the sun never being out when I sewed so I could get good pictures ;)

1. Go ahead and cut the square piece out using the measurements you determined for the top part of the skirt (ex: 46″ by 46″).
2. Fold fabric square in half.
3. Fold fabric in half again the opposite way. You will have two “folds” of fabric and two sides that do not have folds.
4. Mark for your first cut from the corner where the two fold sides meet. This will be at the waist. Mark your 1/4″ circle to cut with chalk. The line should be the same length (the radius) from the corner all the way across.
The second cut you make will be made at the radius + length point from the corner edge. Use chalk to mark this line for easy cutting.
Cut skirt piece out after marking.
5. Open your now “donut” shape fabric piece. Cut down one side to open it. Wrap the waist part (the smaller circle) around your waist and make sure it doesn’t over wrap. You want it to wrap around your waist with one side coming to one side of front waist and the other overlapping going to the other side of the waist. If it is too big, trim some fabric off to your liking. I had to trim about 4 inches off on each side for my preference. It added to much fabric to the underneath side that wrapped under.
6.  Right sides facing, sew the bottom skirt piece to the bottom of the top skirt piece.

7. Fold skirt in half, wrong sides facing. From top, cut downward at an angle similar to image above.

Now find the middle of the waistband and the middle of the skirt top. Pin together at that spot, right sides facing. Pin the rest of the skirt top to the waistband and sew together.
Fold the waistband in half towards the inside of the skirt. The waistband edge should cover the seam. Pin in place and sew. Wrap skirt around waist so that the ends of the skirt are at opposite sides of the waist. The side tie that is underneath will need to wrap around your back to the other side for tying. You might have to play with it a bit to get it not to be too bunchy. Then tie on that side. Trim the tie to your liking at this point and you are all done! This is a skirt you can wear anywhere, but would also be an easy beach coverup piece as well.
It might take a little math to determine this, but it’s worth it! If you want to make it even easier to create, I suggest just making the whole thing a circle skirt. Just change the length for the top skirt piece to go as long as you want it to twitter, google plus, and facebook

and then sew on the waistband. That would be super easy! Thanks again to Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can also find them on

Happy sewing!
-Jess

Designed and Made by J: Monkey & Sheep

It’s been a while since miss J has wanted to sew up something. But, when I told her she could design and create something for her two baby cousin’s birthdays she jumped at the opportunity. She made her drawing (below) and picked out the fabrics from my stash. It’s a good thing I have a lot of fleece and felt for all her projects!

I ended up doing most of the sewing but she did help stuff them. She was so excited to send them off to her cousins! Oh that her little heart will continue to grow big, full of love, spilling over into the lives of others!
-Jess

See more of the Designed and Made by J series here.

Durathon Iron Giveaway!!!!!

It’s been a while since we have done a giveaway, so let’s do on for a Durathon Electric Iron with Retractable Cord by Hamilton Beach. Ok? :)

Durathon Iron Giveaway on Happy Together

I don’t know about you, but I have found an iron to be a huge part of my creating process. The iron we had was one we picked out when we first got married (over seven years ago!). At that point in time, we were buying the cheapest stuff we could to make it fit into our budget. That meant some of the things we bought were not the best. The iron was an iron, but not an awfully good one and I wanted a better one. I received this iron c/o Hamilton Beach and was more than happy to send my old one away. It’s been a lot better with this new one to use during my sewing projects…take that wrinkly fabric! But I really like some features that we didn’t have on our other iron, like the retractable cord and the large opening to pour the water in. I haven’t spilled any water yet ;)

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This iron is one of their best-selling irons they have had in their history (and they’re over a 100 years old, so that’s a long time).  What makes it great for crafters, sewers and DIY’ers is its amazing steam performance. It also has a non-stick sole plate that is suppose to be virtually indestructible – so they gave it a ten year warranty! You can read more about the iron here. Now for the giveaway. I was able to set it up on rafflecopter so it’s super easy to enter. It is only for US residents. Enter up to four different times. Winner will be contacted once giveaway is over and iron will be delivered via the Hamilton Beach distribution center.

The Praire Rose Pattern Tour

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

It’s my turn to share some outfits I made for the Prairie Rose Set Pattern Tour. Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest created an adorable set of patterns consisting of a top, pants, dress, and skirt. She gave the outfits she made a vintage feel and I wanted to do that but was having a hard time finding the right type of fabric. So I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and determined to pick fabric from there. I hate dragging miss E around, so I try to be as concise as possible when shopping.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

I found the pretty pink aztec print first. Then to coordinate a bit, I used a lightweight stretchy “jean” like polka dot fabric and a breezy aqua fabric. I was nervous about sewing with that breezy fabric, but it went really well. I just made sure to take my time.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

I ended up making pants and a top for miss E. I left out the elastic waist and arms because it just looked so pretty all flowy like that. The pants are just fabulous. I want to use this fabric to make some pants for myself, although no ruffles for me! haha

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns
Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

Miss J has become a little more picky about her clothes as she has gotten older. She still likes things I make, but likes pieces that are more simple. So I went with the skirt for her. The fabric is a bit thin, so I added a half lining underneath. It fits well and is just her style.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

You can see more specifics about the pattern here and it can be purchased here. It’s a good addition to have and can also be a good foundation pattern to add your own additions too. Thanks Anneliese for creating the pattern. It’s been fun sewing up some new clothes for my girls.
-Jess

Penelope Peplum Tour: One for Each of Us Girls

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

Last week was a fun and new experience for me. I was able to go away on a short little trip for a very special event! It was nice to have a small break from routine and be in such a creative and inspiring atmosphere. I just finished going through all my photos last night, so I’m planning to blog all about that tomorrow. Today, I’m sharing a Penelope Peplum knit top (for women) and two Pippa Peplum knit tops (for the little ones) I made using this fabulous pattern by See Kate Sew PS: There is also a circle skirt add on for the women’s pattern to make it into a dress here.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I have always adored Kate’s patterns, so I was more than happy to sew some of these up. I went knit fabric shopping online at Girl Charlee for my fabrics. Miss J picked out the pig fabric. She’s still on her animal/farm kick and I love it. I can’t wait for the day I can get her some real animals to take care of. I picked out the foxes for miss E because she really likes that “what does the fox say” song, like most little ones. What is it about that song? lol.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I picked this vintage inspired fabric. Typical me, right? The shirt pattern has three different sleeve options: cap, bicep, or half sleeve. I did the bicep length. I also used the circle skirt add on for the bottom and sliced it up a bit so the back bottom fabric peeked around the front. I think that striped fabric was from a recent GC purchase as well, but don’t remember. It was in my stash. I kept the top with the same and just angled the sides when cutting to get this look. I also added a small fabric strip around the neckline inbetween the outer fabric and interfacing piece.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I am happy with the fit and how the look turned out. I like how she suggests to use elastic thread where you sew on the bottom. It helps it have better stretch for when putting it on. I didn’t use it on mine, but I did for the girls. I wanted to see the difference. The next time I make one for me again I will try the elastic thread. I have a dress in mind with some lovely black stretchy lace in my stash.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together
Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

For miss E’s, I added a doily to the neck. I had one just the perfect size and cut it in half. I tacked it in place before sewing on the inner facing just like I did on mine with the fabric. I did the cap sleeve style on this one.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I had to add a little something to miss J’s too, so we made a little pocket for it. I would recommend this pattern for a quick and easy sew with a polished look.
Thank you Kate for letting me try the patterns out! You are a rock star :)
-Jess

Scrappy Plus Sign Baby Quilt

Scrappy Baby Plus Sign Quilt

I didn’t make too many quilts last year, but I’m hoping to change that this year. I have always wanted to make some for family members. I plan on starting them now so then I get them done through out the year instead of trying to wait until September and have them done by Christmas. We shall see how that goes. Ha! I finished up this little quilt last month for a baby present.

Scrappy Baby Plus Sign Quilt

I had no idea what kind of quilt I was going to make at first. I knew that I wanted to try and use only fabric from my stash (which I did! who knew I had so much “boy” fabric? well, except for the back fabric). I also knew many of the pieces I wanted to use were not very big, so I needed the quilt pieces to be on the smaller side to work it all in nicely. I went over to my friends house one day and just starting cutting out 3″ squares.

Scrappy Baby Plus Sign Quilt

I thought about doing a hst quilt, but after looking at them I decided a plus sign quilt was the way to go. I really didn’t plan much at all. I just laid squares out on my bed until I felt it would make a good size. And I still have a big stack of squares leftover. The final size of the quilt once sewn together ended up being 38″ x 44.5″ which is a good size. Small enough for a baby and yet big enough to use until a big kid.

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I did a simple straight line quilting and didn’t use any batting because the baby using it lives in Florida where it is warmer most of the year. My friend sent me the sweetest picture below of her little one under the quilt. And guess what? Her other little boy still uses the triangle quilt I made him :) My heart just exploded when I saw this.

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Anyone else have some quilts on your list of things to make this year? I can’t wait to get started on all the ones on my list.

-Jess

Scrappy Baby Plus Sign Quilt
Scrappy Baby Plus Sign Quilt

12 Skirts of Christmas: The Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

This little skirt has been an idea in my head for a while. I was browsing fabric at Hancock Fabrics and spotted this little peg doll print fabric (designer is Heather Ross). I was super excited that they were carrying some of her fabric and I just thought it was so fun and whimsical. I bought some with no project idea, but then it came to me. To make a little skirt with a house on it for peg dolls. I couldn’t find the clothespin looking like peg dolls like on the skirt, but I found some that work for my miss E. Then, I received an email from the so very talented Kelly of Sewing in No Man’s Land inviting me to join in a 12 Skirts of Christmas series. I knew this skirt would be the perfect thing to do for it!

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

It was so much fun to see my little girl discover the little dolls in the skirt. She was just excited about getting a new skirt at first. She has hit a stage where she likes to spin with a skirt on and say she’s a “barina” aka ballerina. It’s so cute. It will be interesting if she takes to it. Miss J had no interest in that kind of stuff at all.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

You can use any fabric you want to make the skirt and for the house, you just need some type of non-fraying material. I used felt, but originally had wanted to use some type of leather. I just didn’t have time to go around looking until I found some I liked. I had tried wool felt, but the kind I had was just too thick for what I wanted. If you want to embroider some on the house, you will need thread and an embroidery needle for that. And of course, 1″ elastic for the waist. So get your sewing machine, scissors, ruler, pins, a safety pin, and iron ready to go too.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Here is how I came up with the measurements to use for a size 3. If you are making one for a gift, the Children’s Place sizing guide is great for measurements. Just use the waist measurement they give and the skirt length as your guide. They only offer the waist measurements for ages 3 and up, but for smaller sizes I would just go one inch down for each size down until at the size you need.

Size 3 from sizing chart: 
Waist measurement= 21″
Skirt length (at the knee)= 9.5″

Cut two pieces for waistband:
No matter what size, the width should be 4″. This makes it big enough to create the casing for the elastic.
For the length, simply add 10″ to waist measurement and divide by 2. This will be the length needed. Ex: (21″ + 10″)/2= 15.5″.
So I cut two pieces of fabric measuring 4″ x 15.5″

Cut two pieces for main skirt piece:
For the width, just use the skirt length measurement giving on the chart.
For the length, you want it to be a few inches less than double the length of the waistband piece. I say less than a few inches, because many times when I do double it exactly I find it too thick when gathered up.
Ex: 15.5″ x 2 = 31″ and then 31″ – 5″ = 28″
So I cut two pieces of fabric measuring 28″ x 9.5″

Optional: Cut two pieces for bottom of skirt:
This would be the same length as the previous skirt piece, just not as wide.
I cut two pieces of 28″ x 3″

Cut one piece of 1″ elastic:
Waist measurement – 2″ = total needed
Ex: 21″ – 2″ = 19″ of one inch elastic

*Remember to pay attention to any pattern that is on the fabric. You want it facing the correct way.
*Use the measurements you create to determine the yardage you need to make a skirt.
*I use a 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

1. Take one bottom skirt piece and pin it to the bottom of a main skirt piece, right sides facing. Sew together. Repeat with other bottom and main skirt piece.
2. Finish the raw edges with a serger or a v-stitch/zig zag stitch. Push the seam up and sew right above seam on the main skirt fabric piece to hold in place.
3. Baste the top of each skirt piece across the top. Gather each side by pulling the bottom (bobbin) thread. Gather it until it is the same length as the waistband piece. Knot loose threads on each end and even out the gathers.
4. Place a waistband piece on top of gathered skirt, right sides facing, and pin in place.
5. Sew together and trim off extra fabric. Repeat for other side of skirt.
6. Place the now two skirt pieces together , right sides facing, matching up the seams. Pin and sew down each side. Finish raw edges with serger or v-stitch/zig zag stitch.
6b. (Not shown) With skirt still wrong side out, turn bottom up around 1/4″ and iron.  Turn up about 1/4″ again and iron. Sew around to create the hem.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

7. With skirt wrong side still facing out, fold down waistband 1/2″ and iron.
8. Then fold down waistband so that it goes past the top seam a little bit. The waistband needs to be able to fit the 1″ elastic in it, so don’t put the waistband fold too far down. Sew very close to the bottom edge of the waistband, leaving a 4″ opening when sewing for the elastic to go in.
9. Top stitch very close to the edge of the top of the waistband all the way around. This will help keep elastic from twisting and moving as much.
10. Place a safety pin on end of elastic. Push it in opening and pull all the way through.
11. Once through, sew two ends of elastic together. It’s best to overlap them no more than an inch and use a zig zag stitch.
12. Push elastic into casing and sew opening shut.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

To help keep elastic in place even more, turn skirt right side out and sew elastic in place at one of the side seams. You can do both, but make sure to even out the elastic before sewing on the other side. You don’t want the skirt to look lopsided.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Use wooden dolls of your choice to create sizing for a house. I just made sure it was wide enough for them to fit and tall enough so it could have windows. I sewed the roof on the skirt first. Then I top stitched across the top of the house piece and around the windows for extra stability. I also added a some embroidery. And lastly sewed the house part so it went overlapped the roof a little bit.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Paint dolls if you like. We kept it simple. One was painted after miss E and one after miss J.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Thank you so much Kelly for hosting this fun series! Don’t forget to follow along and see what all the other creative bloggers share. There are many great sewers on the list ;) Happy sewing everyone!
-Jess

Simple Sewing Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend went well. I had a blast doing the mini sessions on Saturday. I might have to do it again next year. Today I’m very honored to be a part of The Simple Sewing Blog Tour. Katie Lewis is the author of this great book and blogs over here. I’m so happy for her seeing her dreams come true. It’s always exciting to see bloggers get to write their very own book. Congrats Katie! Today I’m sharing a project I made from the book and you also get a chance to win a copy for yourself too :)

Katie was so kind and build up the excitement of us receiving our books with some fun happy mail.

Once I received my book, I knew right away I needed to make the tooth fairy pillow for miss J. She just lost her first tooth the other week, so this will be getting a lot of use in the upcoming months as she loses more.

It was so “simple” to sew up and took literally five minutes. Who doesn’t love projects like that? Seriously. It’s the perfect size for little goodies the tooth fairy might want to leave and they can leave this beside their pillow instead of under making it easier to make the tooth-present switch.

To let you see the variety of projects in this book, here is the list of contents. Katie shares such a large variety of items to make for accessories, the home, celebrations, baby, school items, and toys. I loved how she categorized them. It makes it easy to pick a project depending on what you need. The book is super easy to follow and reads very well. The instructions all have pictures with them too so you can see exactly what you are suppose to be doing if you need to see it.

I have a few other must makes on my list for Christmas gifts next. I plan on making the toy camera for a stocking stuff for miss E.

And I want to make a bunch of these headbands for myself and family members! Isn’t it so cute? I really recommend this book if you are new to sewing or teaching a younger one to sew. It would even be great for a seasoned sewer just to have all the patterns on hand. Sure beats making your own patterns all the time. Plus, all you creative people can easily add your own spin on these to make them personal (you know, like add some embroidery or what not). Now for the giveaway! It’s real easy to enter. We are using rafflecopter for this one. Just sign in and do what you need to do and a winner will be chosen soon and contacted by Katie. Also note, it is only open to US residents.

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Simple Sewing” can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books and Things.

See what other bloggers are sharing on the book tour today too:
-Jenny at Southern Institute
-An at Straight Grain

Pattern Anthology Remix: The Amaryllis Dress

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

See Kate Sew, Melly Sews, The Train to Crazy, and Shwin & Shwin are at it again with another round of Pattern Anthology Patterns. The one currently available are out just in time for the colder weather. You can see them all here.

http://patternanthology.com/

I had the fun opportunity to do a pattern remix on the Amaryllis Dress. It’s such a pretty dress and an easy sew as well, no zippers or button holes! It’s actually not even connected on the sides, as it wraps around creating a fuller effect. The sash holds it in place and there are loops to keep the sash in place.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I did a few things different for this remix. I made it shorter first of all, so it would be more of a top than a dress. Miss E is very busy and always climbing so pants and shirts are a better idea for her at this age. I also added a bigger simple curved sleeve. It has a small capped sleeve in the pattern already though. I cut out the middle and added a pleated piece to make a tuxedo look and finished that off with a bow I made from some sequin ribbon I had in my stash.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I wanted the “lining” to show at the bottom, so I didn’t sew the lining and the top layer together like in the pattern. To finish off the edges of the fancy fabrics, I just used a curving stitch to add some pretty detail and let the edges be raw. You all know how I like things like that :) And lastly I used a gold rick rack trim for the tie instead of fabric.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I also used the rick rack as the button loop on the back and a vintage gold button. The fabrics all came from the cheap fabric section at Hancock’s fabrics. Nothing was over $4 a yard. I had originally wanted to make the whole things from the gold polka dot fabric, but when I went back to buy more I couldn’t find it. Sad face. At least I had some I had bought.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

Miss E loves her “pretty dress” (her words) and it makes me smile to see her as excited about things I make as I remember miss J being at this age. I can’t wait to make some clothing from the other patterns now!
-Jess