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OK, this is totally shameless self-promotion. SHAMELESS, I tell you!

2015 Craftsy Blogger Awards by Sew Maris

But if you have fun reading Sew Maris, I would love, love, love it if you feel inclined to nominate me for a Craftsy Blogger award. The SEWING category would be good (lol!!), and probably Best Tutorials, eh? No one would suggest me for best photographs! 🙂

If not, s’ok. I will still blather on about all things sewing here in my teensy corner of the blogosphere. Because I hope to change the world just a smidge; one little sewist at a time. 😉

Happy sewing!


Downton Abbey WINNER(s)

Thank you all for your wonderful comments about the inspiring Downton Abbey sewing projects! It is so much fun to think about these lovely creations; how you might make them up, where you might wear them, and just dreaming about these beautiful clothes.


It was just too hard to pick only 1 winner, so I am sending my review copy to Linda so she can inspire her wonderful 4-H students, and my giveaway copy to Rita so she can make more pretty dresses and keep those compliments coming her way. We all could use more of that, right?

Thanks to each of you for your fantastic comments—you know how much I love hearing from you!!

Have a perfectly awesome day sewing!


A Tiny Hermione

Thank you so much, Tasha, Maegan, Karen, and Amy for including me in your awesome Crafting Con blog tour! I got the fun job: sew a cute, practical, wearable outfit for my DGD based on a theme of my choice. Well, actually it ended up being my daughter’s choice. After all, she is my DGD’s momma, so I guess she can have veto power.  We decided to go with a Harry Potter theme, and specifically Hermione. She and my DGD have much in common after all: they are both only children, brilliant students, and love books! Duh, a no-brainer! 😉


Hermione spends time in a pleated wool skirt and pullover sweater—hardly toddler-friendly clothing. I wanted to design an outfit that my DGD would love to wear, and also be comfie and hassle-free for daycare, the playgound, or running errands with Momma. After loads of sketches and discarded designs, I chose leggings, a simple pull-on top, and a cardigan sweater in a Hermione-inspired color scheme.


I used a vintage Kwik-sew pattern (KS 2024) for the grey cardigan, and added gold and maroon buttons down the front bands for a little color pop. I had some grey sweater knit in my stash that was cardi-perfect. The white cotton interlock top was hacked from Selvage Design’s Soleil sundress pattern, and a bit of maroon fold-over elastic (FOE) trim around the armholes tied it into the Hermione-theme. Both the fabric and the FOE were also from my stash. The leggings are from Oliver + S Playtime Tunic and Leggings pattern, and I ruched the legs and added matching gold and maroon buttons in a smaller size to give them a fun detail. And of course I had to knit a maroon and gold Hermione scarf! Amazingly enough my DGD  loves the scarf! The legging fabric, yarn, and buttons were the only things I had to buy for this whole outfit.


Wizards have to practice their flying skills, right?


Oooh, sneaky, sneaky Oona escaped capture by squeezing through this tight little space!


Little wizards-in-training LOVE showing off their skills to those less-gifted-than-they. Like daddies, for instance. 😉


Ohh! Good balancing, Hermione!


Little magician-wizards need fast running shoes for all those times when they can’t find any spell-casting ingredients or remember the right incantation

This whole project was a total win-win. Oona loves her new clothes, they are definitely wearable for every day, and I loved being part of this fun Crafting Con challenge. Thanks again, Tasha, Maegan, Karen, and Amy! Happy sewing!



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FREE Pattern Give-away WINNER!

We definitely have a winner, ladies, and she was selected by a random drawing in accordance with the strictest accounting standards.However, like all the entrants, she also left an awesome comment about her plans for Vogue 1174 and Vogue 1161:

“I’m going to Paris in July and plan on wearing all me-made clothes while I’m there. I would wear 1174 to picnic on the banks of Canal St Martin or dancing or dancing on the Left Bank Port St Bernard.”

Sooz, I hope you have a fabulous time in Paris this summer. (Though I ask you, how could you not have a great time in Paris?) Oh, and did I mention that in order to claim your prize you will need to purchase one companion ticket for me? JK! 😉

FREE Vogue pattern giveaway by Sew Maris

Enjoy making these 2 pretty dresses, and wearing them in the City of Light!

Happy sewing!



FREE Pattern Giveaway Friday

It’s time some of you lovelies benefited from my overflowing pattern stash. Look at these 2 beauties! Both of these patterns are uncut and in their original envelopes. Vogue 1174 (OOP) includes sizes 12-14-16-18, and Vogue 1161 (OOP) includes sizes 14-16-18-20. Evidently I unfolded Vogue 1174 at one time (who knows why??), but I checked and all the tissue is uncut—just not in the factory folds. I think you can deal. Plus I’m also throwing in a pair of Somore scissors, and a package of assorted needles and a tape measure. You can always use extras of those, right?

This single giveaway package includes both patterns, the scissors, and the tape+needles. My sewing studio storage area thanks you, and so do my children. They are already worrying about what do do with all my sewing paraphernalia when I die. Erin, Ben, Paul and Katie—I do this for you!! 🙂

FREE Vogue pattern giveaway by Sew Maris

Leave me a comment no later than 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 28th – I want to hear where you plan to wear these dresses or what fabric you are dreaming of using. I will either pick randomly, or I might decide to pick my favorite comment – so be creative!

Happy sewing!




I won!

Well, color me surprised! Actually, “astounded” would be a better word choice.

I won a copy of 100 Pretty Little Projects that was featured on the BurdaStyle giveaway on December 6th! I feel so lucky and excited to get my hands on this new book. I have been dreaming of having enough time to make some small, simple projects, and this post caught my eye AND my heart.  Hmmmm. I bet I really need to follow thru and make hand-stitched biz card holders with antique kimono fabric now, huh? Maybe some little coin purses too? Probably post the pictures on Burda Style? Yep, that’s what I think I need to do now very soon.

100 Pretty Little Projects: Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More (Pretty Little Series)

Thank you so much Burda – I truly appreciate winning and can’t wait to dive into this darling book!! More project ideas!

Happy sewing,


We have a winner

Last week’s giveaway – Pamela’s Bias Skirt pattern – is going to lovely Cindy! I loved your comment about making a fun skirt out of recycled T-shirts – what a great idea! Thanks to all readers for posting, and I hope you enjoy this skirt pattern, Cindy!

Pamelas Patterns Favorite Bias Skirt

Happy sewing!


A Monday pattern giveaway

Pamelas Patterns Favorite Bias Skirt

Let’s start the week off right with a FREE pattern giveaway! Summer is coming, and I bet you are itching to make a few flirty little skirts to wear with those new sandals you ordered.  Pamela’s Favorite Bias Skirt pattern should fit the bill nicely. It comes in 2 lengths, as well as a slim and fuller version.  Wouldn’t this be cute sewn up in a soft cotton voile, a pretty batik, or even a lightweight silk?

Leave me a comment about one of your favorite skirts from a previous or current wardrobe, and I get to select my favorite skirt story. Your comment can be about why you loved the fabric, or something funny that happened while wearing your favorite skirt – whatever made it a special memory for you. To be considered, please leave your comment by eod May 25th, and I will announce the winner of this sweet little pattern on Tuesday, May 29th. Good luck!!

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen