I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

When I saw Alison Glass carrying around her newest swatches at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, I was tempted to make off with her Circle Print from Clover Sunshine while she wasn’t looking. Since I know the lovely Alison personally, I simply asked for a little fabric to help her show the world her newest line. It’s so cheerful and beautiful, I knew I needed to make my little niece a Bonnie Dress (coming from me in Spring 2014).
Chelsea sparkles with enthusiasm, so a whimsical print with simple lines is perfect for her. I love the tiny details, and Alison’s line offers a multitude of options to mix it up.  (Her line Sun Print coordinates beautifully as well.)
I usually use a ribbon to cinch these princess sleeves, but the Kite Tail print is begging to be a bit of a star so I made my own “ribbon” trim with a tiny bias strip and bow on each little arm. I also made a wide bias hem for a peek of rainbow at the bottom of the skirt. The under collar is my favorite spot for a surprise. I used Corsage.
If you, too, would like the opportunity to get your hands on one of Alison’s prints for your upcoming projects, you can enter a giveaway right here on my blog.  Leave a comment telling me which print you would like to win.  Alison will send you 2 1/2 yards of  the print you choose.  If you follow me on Instagram, you can earn a second entry. Just post that in your comment as well.  The giveaway here closes on Monday, September 22, when I return from Disney World with my Ella and her cousins.
In addition,  Alison is very generously offering up a fat quarter of each and every one of her recent and upcoming fabrics! Hop on over to her blog for a chance to win (and make sure to follow her @alisonglass on Instagram to see all her pretty fabric previews!)
Group 1 – Feathers, Text, Party Streamer
8.21.13 – One Shabby Chick
8.23.13 – Silly Mama Quilts
8.26.13 – Threadbias
8.28.13 – KD Quilts
8.30.13 – April Rhodes
Group 2 – Feathers Quilt Pattern
9.2.13 – The ADD Crafter
9.4.13 – Sew Sweetness
9.13.13 – Imagine Gnats
Group 3 – Clover Sunshine
9.16.13 – Crafty Fox
9.18.13 – One Girl Circus
9.20.13 – Sew Sweetness
9.23.13 – There and Back
9.25.13 – J.M.B.
9.27.13 – Modern Maven
Group 4 – Corsage, Bike Path, X & +
9.30.13 – Gen X Quilters
10.2.13 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
10.4.13 – Canoe Ridge Creations
10.7.13 – Jacey Craft
10.9.13 – Bijou Lovely 
10.11.13 – Fresh Lemons Quilts
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  • Jacklynn Grimm September 18, 2013, 2:10 pm

    I guess someone has to be first…..I love the Feathers print and would pick the lavender (lilac?) color. Thanks for the give away!

  • Kimberly Kling September 18, 2013, 2:23 pm

    These fabrics are all GORGEOUS!!! I love the little dress (gorgeous details) and your little niece is just the cutest! I’d love to win one of the feather patterns, like what April Rhodes has on her site. Mmmmmm….so pretty!

  • Cindy Gillis September 18, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I love the Text Print Flourescent!! It is hard to pick because they are all gorgeous. Thank you.

  • Dawn Lourenco September 18, 2013, 2:33 pm

    I love the main print with the blue background. I love those little bows on the sleeves of your niece’s dress!

  • Tamie September 18, 2013, 2:44 pm

    I really love the Bike Path print in the teal color. They are all so pretty.

  • trillium September 18, 2013, 3:08 pm

    I’d like the Corsage print in the lime green + light blue colorway. I have a small panel that it will match. Love those vibrant colors!

  • mjb September 18, 2013, 3:20 pm

    I like the white snow globe.

  • mjb September 18, 2013, 3:20 pm

    I follow on instagram (meagangracie)

  • pam w September 18, 2013, 3:44 pm

    party streamer fabric in blueberry. which it all is faboulus

  • Kim M September 18, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I don’t know how I can choose just one! I want pretty much all of them! I’m being drawn to Snow Globe in Sunny today though.

  • Angela September 18, 2013, 4:20 pm

    I love them all! I would probably choose Feathers in the lilac color.

  • Ali M September 18, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Thad dress is so adorable on her! The question however, is hard :) I am in the Intrepid Thread fabric club so I will be getting a FQ of each print, but do I have a favorite? I guess I’d say the X and Plus in Ocean would be something I’d love to use more of, thank you for the giveaway!

  • Mariana@CoserTejerCrear September 18, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I love Circles in purple! Ita gorgeous!

  • Karen B September 18, 2013, 5:30 pm

    Every time I think I have chosen a favorite print, another one calls out to me. I think my favorite this minute is the bike path in lilac. I’ll submit before I change my mind again. They’re all great!

  • Michelle k September 18, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Oh all of the prints are gorgeous but I would LOVE to have some corsage in cloudy (green/teal) for a shift dress. Thanks for a chance to win some yardage!

    I also follow in IG (prettypenny7)

  • Vicki H September 18, 2013, 6:19 pm

    I like the corsage in the color pumpkin. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Sandy K September 18, 2013, 6:23 pm

    It is a hard decision to make to narrow down to one print, but I like the white corsage. Thanks for the chance.

  • Daisy September 18, 2013, 7:12 pm

    I especially love the eggplant party streamers print – so pretty!

  • Daisy September 18, 2013, 7:17 pm

    Also followed you on Instagram (@daisywreath)

  • Maggie September 18, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Love these fabrics! And your dress is adorable. I love the kite tail in cloudy. Hope you are having fun at Disney! Also I am an instagram follower :)

  • Violeta Murray September 18, 2013, 8:10 pm

    I like the Corsage print!

  • Alice McDaniel September 18, 2013, 9:01 pm

    I just love the geometrics and eye popping color combinations of the Party Streamers! I’m a sucker for brights, and I’d love to get my hands on those.

  • Terri H September 18, 2013, 11:00 pm

    Love them all!

  • Shawn J September 18, 2013, 11:11 pm

    I like the feather print in gray.
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  • Sonya September 18, 2013, 11:21 pm

    I would love to win some of the Circle in Sunny fabric!

  • Sonya September 18, 2013, 11:22 pm

    I follow on Instagram.

  • charlotte m. September 18, 2013, 11:37 pm

    I love that kite tails print!! Such pretty colors.

  • Linda Armenti September 19, 2013, 12:11 am

    I think I’d like to have the feathers, not sure which color though. I do really like all the prints. The dress you made for your niece is just adorable, great work. Enjoy Disney!

  • DeborahGun September 19, 2013, 1:28 am

    Gorgeous fabrics – all of them! I love the Corsage print – not sure yet what colour I would choose!

  • Sherry VF September 19, 2013, 3:45 am

    My favorite is the Snow Globe in aqua. The little flakes cute the way they are popping up in surprising places.

  • Hayley September 19, 2013, 4:05 am

    I love them all! But as I have to choose one it would be Favorites from the clover sunshine line. I could make some sweet outfits for my girls from that

  • Margaret September 19, 2013, 4:46 am

    They are all such great prints and colors. Today, I’m loving Corsage in Sunny.

  • Lisa S. September 19, 2013, 5:08 am

    That Peter Pan collar is just so cute with the other fabric on the underside (a brilliant idea I never would never have thought of). I would have loved to have a dress like that when i was younger. And that beautiful little girl Chelsea…if her personality is as bright and bubbly as her smile, you are one lucky Auntie!!
    As far as choosing one of Alison’s fabrics to receive 2 1/2 yards of that would be tough. I Love all of Alison’s designs so I would be happy with any one of them she would like to send me (plus love surprises).
    Karen, thank you for sharing your design and your super cute niece Chelsea. I will definitely following you on Instagram, as I can use some help with my clothes sewing. Have fun at Disney!

    Lisa Stahl

  • MoeWest September 19, 2013, 5:10 am

    I love this fabric line! If I was lucky enough to win, I would choose Party Streamer in Sea. I already have some Bike Path and Feathers and it is lovely.

  • Jessica September 19, 2013, 9:43 am

    Awww! Your dress looks wonderful! I would love to get my hands on some of her text print, I love all the colors but I have to say I’m really looking forward to the pink text!! Tha is for the chance to win!!

  • Joyce Mitchell September 19, 2013, 10:09 am

    I’d love to win the Sun Print Feathers in Teal. Thanks for the chance.

  • Betty September 19, 2013, 10:21 am

    Well, first off, I love corsage (esp. in the pink/yellow version) – would make a sweet dress for the nieces. And secondly, I love your site – what gorgeous little-girl dresses!

  • Lauren aka Giddy99 September 19, 2013, 11:17 am

    I love the feathers print in aqua/teal! Love the sweet dress, too!

  • Karen A September 19, 2013, 11:47 am

    My favorite print is the feather print in aqua. I love how you used the variety of prints in that sweet little dress. My 3 girls are grown up now and I miss making them dresses. Hopefully someday there will be granddaughters.

  • rosa September 19, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Your dress is just beautiful and the model is just adorble with your elegant dress!

    Choose only one favorite print?There are many favorite..Text in pumpkind,Favorite in Sunny,corsage in sunny,bike path in noon,so If I win anyone would be welcome.Thanks

  • Marisa Edghill September 19, 2013, 12:21 pm

    What a sweetheart of a dress!

    I love the sun print feathers (though please don’t make me pick just one colour!) ;)

  • Courtney September 19, 2013, 12:36 pm

    What a beautiful dress! I would pick text in ocean. I got a fat quarter and used it all up already, I love it! Thanks!

  • Jennifer B September 19, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Corsage is my favorite!

  • Emily T September 19, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I love the text prints most – but they are lovely, your dress is beautiful!

  • Joanna September 19, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Your niece does indeed sparkle and her dress is lovely. I love Favorites.

  • Kathleen September 19, 2013, 4:40 pm

    That dress is absolutely adorable!! I love that little necklace peeking out too :)
    I like the Kite Tail print the best.

  • Shawn September 19, 2013, 6:08 pm

    Bike Path in Teal or any other color. In fact I am such a fan of Alison’s fabric
    I would be thrilled to win any pattern in any color.

  • Steph Blair September 19, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I _love_ the kite tails, especially the yellow and greens one but would not know what to do with 2 and 1/2 yards of it! Ditto the corsage in the lightgreen/ dark blue. The snowglobes in white/green (A-7242-PL) however, I could totally base a quilt around though

  • Allison C September 19, 2013, 10:59 pm

    Love the feathers prints…especially the black and the turquoises.

  • Patti September 20, 2013, 12:11 am

    Your sewing skills are amazing, and I love the cute dress your niece is sporting! So hard to pick a favourite of Alison’s fabrics, but I am pretty smitten with the feathers! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  • Lisa E September 20, 2013, 12:38 am

    I love the new Sun Prints line. I would have to pick Bike Path as my favorite.

  • Michele T September 20, 2013, 11:01 am

    Beautiful fabrics… too hard to choose a favorite ;-)
    Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

  • Cheryl B September 20, 2013, 5:00 pm

    I’d be thrilled to win the Circle in blue fabric! It was difficult to choose… there’s so much here to love.

  • Mara September 20, 2013, 5:45 pm

    oohhh.. just one, that’s hard. For 2 1/2 yards I like the text in white, it would make a terrific background for a quilt, and very interesting to look at.

  • shirley tener September 20, 2013, 8:00 pm

    I love the print with the turtles on in, I couldnt see anywhere where it listed the names of each of the fabrics.

  • Jan September 20, 2013, 8:34 pm

    I love Corsage in Sunny, from the Clover Sunshine Collection. These fabrics are amazing and the dress you made is adorable.

  • Gill September 21, 2013, 5:25 pm

    What a cute dress – I love the sleeve detail!
    I would be thrilled to win any of Alison’s fabrics!

  • Kirsten September 21, 2013, 8:35 pm

    I’m a feathers fan, in chartreuse or turquoise…always chartreuse or turquoise.

  • Jenny September 23, 2013, 12:34 am

    I would love the snow globe print in any color! I love it. Thanks for the chance,Karen. And I follow you on Instagram! :)

  • Brooke September 23, 2013, 2:11 am

    I love the feathers print but really can’t decide which color I want. Most likely the teal but I am also in love with the pink and dark blue.

  • Brooke September 23, 2013, 2:12 am

    I am an Instagram follower :)

  • Ashley Day September 23, 2013, 3:10 am

    I love this dress! I’d be happy to win any of these lovely prints…the green corsage is my favorite of the moment.

  • DeborahGun September 23, 2013, 10:20 am

    I follow you on Instagram :-)

  • Emily C September 23, 2013, 11:36 am

    Chelsea is adorable. That dress is perfect on her and I love how happy she is in it. I would love to win some circle print in blue.

  • kimberlee September 23, 2013, 11:23 pm

    That dress is too cute in corsage! I think favorites is my favorite print, but I can’t pick a favorite colorway between the 2! Such a fun fabric line.

  • Lisa McGriff September 24, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Text Print Flourescent is wonderful but I would take ANY of them!


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