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Real Life, Real Sewing Blog Tour


In my world there are three sewing truths…

  1. At any given time there is at least one UFO floating around my sewing space (aka. The Faceless Room) and the longer it stays a UFO, the harder it is for me to finish it.
  2. I could probably figure out a mathematical formula to predict my project errors. It would involve the mood of the kids, how much I slept the night before, how much I slept all week, the amount of coffee/wine I’ve drank, and the speed I need to complete the project. Speed kills… sewing projects…
  3. I get the warm and fuzzies when I catch myself wondering when I BOUGHT something and it turns out that I MADE it!

Organizing this tour gave me an opportunity to reflect on my past few years of sewing projects. It is amazing how much love things I sew can get. I almost feel like I have a super power!

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project? I do enjoy sewing “interesting” projects more but simple patterns tend to work better if I expect them to be worn everyday.


Happy birthday Miss P! #twoyearsold #realliferealsewing #cake #felicitydress #bellasunshinedesigns #sewing

A photo posted by Roxanne Kennedy (@pensebrox) on

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects? Total whining over here but I wish I lived in a place with warmer weather year round. I try to sew things that will be flexible for various seasons until the kids outgrows the item. This leads me to avoiding certain design details since I feel like the effort is wasted when it will covered up 80% of its life.  Which means I’m drawn to simple designs like the Felicity pictured above and the modified London Dress below.


 3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently. I have to confess that despite sewing a whole wardrobe worth of dresses for Pen recently, she pretty much lives in the modded back London Dress. I really love what I’ve sewn for Pen recently but the mystery fabric I upcycled for this dress does not wrinkle much.  That means I don’t have to take it quickly out of the drier or iron it when I forget to remove it quickly from the drier. Not needing to iron the dress definitely gives it an edge in my book!



4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out? I LOVED (loved, loved, loved) the Captain Jack Harkness inspired blazer I made Seb for Craftingcon but it was too light for the middle of winter (when I made it), then too heavy for warmer summer weather. He wore it a couple of times during the spring but he out grew it by the time fall rolled around. I don’t regret the project by any means but it is a good lesson in gauging how much wear an item will get vs effort spent on it.


5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life? “Measure twice, cut once.” is my default crafty mantra. That I should listen to more often…


Speaking of “room to grow”.  There is about 9 months between the two shots of Pen in the Hazelbee Baby knit dress. I quickly whipped up the dress the night before a trip to the zoo, that ended up never happening because somebody (too busy looking for their cellphone) hit us, destroying out car.  As much as I try to avoid thinking about the car accident in general, the idea that I added +10 armor to the dress when I made it does bring a smile to my face.

That is it folks! Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to head over to sew20.com to check out more examples of Real life, Real sewing. I’m also posting daily examples over on Instagram. There is also a giveaway!


Do you have any examples of Real Life, Real Sewing to show off? You can play along by using the #realliferealsewing on social media.

6/20 | Sew 20 Tour Kick-off  | The Wholesome Mama | Wild & Wanderful  | Randoms by Rydz

6/21 | Daydream Believers | Sugarplum Cuties | Friends Stitched Together | The Inspired Wren | PenSeb&Rox

6/22 | Sewstarly | Very Blissful | House of Estrela | The Berry Bunch | Musings of a Seamstress

6/23 |  mahlicadesigns | sewingbyti | Candice Ayala | Call AjaireSunflower Seams

6/24 | Beri Bee Designs | Lulu & Celeste | FABulous Home Sewn | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

6/25 | Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up


    I’ve always loved your sewing style. Especially with your take on boys clothes. Because they’re fun and funky without being tacky.

      Thank you so much Katy! I always have so much fun sewing for Seb. I need to start planning some fall pieces for him. A lot of Pen’s summer dresses will layer well when the fall rolls around. Woohoo! Boy sewing time!

    My hubby was always asking why I make my little guys pjs so long. After letting the hems out completely on a set last fall, we were musing on how it would be the last winter to wear them. Now he really gets why I build in the extra, so we can enjoy these hand made items longer.

    When I’m altering or hacking patterns I measure and measure again to make sure I’ve got it right. It’s a good mauntra to practice and those times I flub it up really make me kick myself for not doing what I know is absolutley necessary.

      I love how your hubby finally came around! In the name of speed, I still occasionally skip over one last measurement check and I swear it comes back and bites me every single time. 😛

    I love seeing your projects!
    That Hazelbee dress is great – I do love when a dress can be a tunic, then a top! Getting the most wear possible out of all the clothes 🙂

      Maximum wear is a great thing when it comes to kids clothes. It always seems like my kids gain an inch overnight. Thanks for stopping by!

    I always love all your pictures <3 Love that Pen can still wear her dress after so long!!!! That's always a great feeling.

      Thanks Courtney! It is definitely a great feeling. Since the jersey stretches so nicely I’m sure this will eventually be top length on her. lol

    I LOVE that you call your sewing space the Faceless Room. Love. It. And I definitely need to start living by the “Measure Twice Cut Once” mantra. Glad I’m not the only one!

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