Sewing Up A Storm

*All professional photos in this post were taken by the very talented Brandi Hoffman Photography.

I haven’t been sewing up a storm, per say, but I have been busy sewing. And now that it is the Christmas season my sewing list just got longer. I did manage, however, to sew a dress for the Doll Face for our family pictures.  The last family pictures we had done where when I was pregnant with her, so it was long over due. I really wanted to make something special for all the kids, but time was not my friend and Doll Face was in desperate need of a wintery dress so she won out.

Earlier this summer Violette Field Threads released the Matilda Dress and the Rosemary Pinafore and I knew immediately that I needed to make one for Doll Face. It is not in my usual style of dress, but there was something vintage about it that I absolutely loved!


I thought I was going to make a mustard yellow polka dot dress with a navy blue pinafore but found this gray damask in my stash and knew that was it. It took me forever to decide on the lace trim though. Should I add it, should I not. I couldn’t decide. I had never sewn with it before and I had a hard time visualizing it with the damask, but once I bit the bullet and bought the whole spool (yikes!) I knew there was no turning back.  The directions for both the dress and the pinafore were easy to follow and I adore how it turned out. And I’m happy to say that I am not as afraid of lace as I had been.


Here is our whole family, including the Honey Bear. Don’t ask how we managed to get everyone looking at the camera because it was no easy task, especially with those hay bales temping my little dare devils. The top I’m wearing is the Parisian Top by Go To Patterns. I made it last winter and it has become a quick favorite. I used a thick knit I found at Hancock’s so it is nice and warm. I’m not a huge fan of 3/4 length sleeves, and I don’t know why I made this top knowing this was the sleeve length, but I really like the way this looks on me. I may just start wearing more 3/4 length sleeves.

Currently, I am making lots of angel and shepherd costumes for our kids program at church, then it is back to my Christmas sewing and a coat for our oldest, Buddy Bear. If I manage to get all my Christmas sewing done in a reasonable time, I will be sharing a tutorial for this fox dress I made early this fall. If not, be on the look out before the new year!

Foxy Dress

Until then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mama Bear


Life With A Bear

Life With A Bear

It’s January and that’s when those New Year’s resolutions are kept the best right? I must be on a roll because I just made a little change to this here blog. I like my little blog, but I was not satisfied with the web address. It wasn’t what I really wanted when I started out and it didn’t reflect the true nature of my blog, even through it’s few incarnations. So let’s shake things up a bit, shall we?

I purchased a domain! A what? A web site, silly!

So now, if you want to find this charming little blog of mine, just use my new web address. The old address will still bring you here, but this is more in line with what is going on around this place. I have to give the credit for the name to my dearest hubby. He is my Honey Bear and with all of our little cubs, it was very fitting. That’s also why this is called “The Bear’s Den”. Eventually, if all goes well, everything will be done through my new domain. I don’t dislike the current blog host, I would just like to be more autonomous. But that’s much, much, much further down the road.

(Funny side note, Honey Bear and I are both sitting here blogging tonight.  Hee hee hee
Ok, so it was only funny to me.  Let’s continue.)

You will also see a change in the look of the Bear’s Den. I haven’t settled on what I want it to look like just yet. It just needs a fresh look. Or I’m having a mid-life crisis. Either way, I’m changing it, so don’t be surprised if it looks different the next time you come back.

But, until then, from the new home of the Bear’s Den,, big ol’ bear hugs!

Mama Bear