Simplicty 3511 Girls Top, Pants or Dress

Simplicity 3511 is a toddler sized pattern and comes in sizes 1/2 to 4. It retails for 11.95, but I’m pretty sure like most of my other patterns, I got it at one of the 3511box stores on sale. With this pattern you can make a top or dress with different sleeve styles and a pair of pants. I used cottons for the three pieces I did, but you can also use, gingham, corduroys, linen or poplin. You will need buttons for the shirt and dress and elastic depending on what style sleeves you do.

For my daughter I first made a dress out of an orange owl fabric and a coordinating turquoise dragonfly print that I got from I made it last year and a bit large (a size 2) so she could grow into it. I used view D with the sleeves from E with no elastic on them. Later I made a shirt out of the same pattern (view E) and the pair of pants both out of cottons I got on sale at a local quilt shop…for $3 a yard. Nothing like $3 a yard cotton prints to make your day!  owl dress The pants were a disaster. They look fine but just didn’t fit my toddler well. The shirt however is one of her favorites. Continue reading


Simplicity 2377 Review

Simplicity 2377

Pattern front and the fabric I selected for the dress

Simplicity 2377 is from Simplicity’s Easy to Sew line, and it is just that, very easy to sew! The pattern retails for $13.95, but I got mine at a sale at Jo-Ann’s.

The fabric is a lightweight corduroy I ordered from, Kaufman 21 Wale Cool Cords Flowers Blue. I would suggest using corduroy, cottons, gingham, eyelet or linen. You will also need 1/4″ elastic and whatever trim you prefer.

For my daughter, I decided to sew view B in size 3. The pattern comes in sizes 3 to 8 and is either a paper pattern or a new printable file from  She’s two and a half and between sizes in ready to wear clothes. Continue reading

Easy Stripes Baby Throw Review–Crochet

I found this crochet pattern from Lion Brand Yarn on their Pattern finder and thought it might make a perfect baby blankie for my son-to-be. It turned out great and I was right, at two months old, this seems to be one of his favorites. He falls right asleep when I wrap him up in it! For my daughter, I knitted blankets. Since she’s become a toddler though, crochet has been my go-to for yarn crafting. The last thing I knit was a hat for her, and I’m pretty sure I re-knitted it enough to make three hats with all the “help” she gives me! With crochet I’ve found I loose less progress.Hilltop Homemaker: Blankie

I used the Tweed Stripes yarn in Marble and a size K hook. They suggest buying four balls of yarn, but I only used three. This uses the V-stitch for the bulk of the blanket and I added a single crochet border. The V-stitch is crocheted into the space made on the previous row. The pattern has a picot edge border, but I didn’t feel it would add anything so I left it simple. Working with the yarn, I did find a flaw, a large mass that didn’t get spun right. I stitched it anyway and it blends in nicely.  Skills for this blanket: chain stitch, double crochet and single crochet. It’s a great beginner project and worked up very quickly!

Hillthop Homemaker: Blankie