Time is tricky

Hello friends! I know it has been awhile and thought that I should update y’all.

I have been busy sewing, desigining, loving, kissing boo boos, crafting, and just watching the kids grow right in front of my eyes. With Miss G I feel like I am literally watching her grow. She has grown 1.5 inches in the last 5 weeks. All I can say is I am glad that it is summer time and I don’t have to worry about buying or making new pants.


I can’t believe that we are already 1/2 way through summer break and that she will be 7 in less than a month. 7 seems like such a big number. I can’t believe how much she has matured in the last few months. I still see the shy little girl, but I also see a smart, sassy, incredibly creative young lady. She has declared that she wants to play guitar and get her ears pierced. She demands to know why Guitar Center never has any left-handed guitars. She is also so very funny.


What can I say about Mister T. He is truly an honestly himself at all times. He declared the other day that he wanted a “bob” head like Allen’s (that’s bald head if you didn’t know) I didn’t want him to cut it, but I know I have to let them be their own people even when it isn’t something I would want. I am still not used to the new haircut, but I tell him I love it everytime he asks.

So most of my time has been devoted to designing my first two sewing patterns. Most days I have to pinch myself. I just can’t believe people are sewing stuff from patterns that came from my head. I spend half my time feeling like a fraud and the other half feeling like I could create anything…if I just had the time. Then I am back to feeling like a fraud. It is a crazy merry-go-round  of emotions. I get a thousand great ideas about every 45 seconds and I drive myself crazy trying to get a few of them done.

I spend a lot of time just breathing in and out and trying not to feel so lost in my life. I try to remember it all, but some stuff still slips through the cracks. However my family is happy and healthy so I guess I can’t ask for much more than that.


Until next time dear friends!!


Time To Travel ebook

I have been busy working on a project and today is the big day that I get to share with you… Presenting Time to Travel.

Sewing With Boys - Time To Travel PDF pattern eBook

Time To Travel is a collaborative ebook from the team at Sewing With Boys. This traveling-themed ebook features four PDF patterns designed for families on the go, as well as a variety of PDF printables, tips for traveling with younger children, and some fun extras! Buy it HERE.

Included in this edition:
• Just Like Papa Briefcase PDF pattern
• Ready, Set, Go! Wallet PDF pattern
• Swansea Bag PDF pattern
• Adventure Belt PDF pattern

My first PDF pattern is the Ready, Set, Go! Wallet that is featured in Time to Travel.

Ready, Set, Go! Wallet PDF pattern in Time to Travel ebook by Sewing With Boys

Hurry on over to Sewing With Boys HERE to purchase your copy of Time to Travel.


Waiting for Alice – Crafting Con and a Free Applique

Knot Sew Normal - April Crafting Con - Disney - Waiting for Alice


“Little Alice fell
the hOle,
bumped her head
and bruised her soul”
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Knot Sew Normal’s Handmade Disney

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal -

Well…it has been a few months since we went to Disney, but I am finally getting around to getting this blog post all finished. I hope you all enjoy.
We LOVE Disney. All things Disney, but one of my favorite new trends is the trend towards unique Handmade Clothing. Don’t get me wrong, we own lots of the cookie cutter merchandise, but there is something so satisfying about going to the parks in something uniquely your own. Keep reading to see how we put our own twist on our Disney vacation.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Avengers Shirts  Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Avengers Shirts

Our first day was to Hollywood Studios where my husband, Mr T and I all sported Avengers inspired shirts. I used the freezer paper stencil method to make these shirts. Mr T’s shirt is upcylced from 2 t-shirts and I used my go-to raglan pattern, the Grand Slam from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. I dyed an old white tank top army green for my shirt and just googled the Avengers logo. For Hubby and Mr T’s shirts, I found the freezer paper stencils over at Doodlecraft, click here to get the images.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Mickey Mouse Upcycle

It cracks me up that Miss G is still wearing this top. I actually upcycled this when she was very little. I used an old Mickey Mouse shirt and winged this top. I think this might be one of the first garments I sewed for her.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Jasmine Costume

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Jasmine Costume and Dusty Crophopper Shirt Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Dusty Crophopper

Our second day we headed over to Epcot for some food and fun. Gracie’s outfit is a self-drafted Jasmine inspired outfit. I had planned to do a tutorial on this outfit, but I ran into so many issues when putting it together I just scrapped the idea. I may revisit the tutorial in a few months. Mr T’s shirt is a Dusty Crophopper inspired shirt, using the Maxwell Top pattern by Shwin designs.






Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Minnie Mouse Circle Skirt and Upcycled Spiderman Raglan

Our 4th day we headed over to Animal Kingdom where Miss G sported a polka-dotted Minnie Mouse inspired circle skirt. Mr T is wearing you guessed it, an upcycled Spider Man shirt using the Grand Slam Pattern. I color-blocked this version for some more interest.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Upcycled Spiderman Raglan with colorblocking KSN-disneHandmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Magic Band Bling




Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Tink, Peter and a PirateHandmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal -

We headed to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween all dressed up. The kids were Tink and Peter Pan, Hubby was a Pirate and I was Rapunzel. Tinkerbell just loved the kids all dressed up and she thought it was a hoot when Mr T actually crowed for her.



Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal -

The day after the Halloween Party we were headed back to Epcot where I wore my Rapunzel themed, “Keep Calm and Carry a Frying Pan” shirt, Miss G wore her upcycled Snow White Inspired shirt and Mr. T wore his Hulk Grandslam.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal -

Our last day was spent at the Magic Kingdom where everyone sported something handmade.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Our Handmade Family

Allen wore a t-shirt with the old castle logo on the front and the words “Old School” freezer paper stenciled on it.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Old School Freezer Paper Stencil

Thomas had a Grandslam with Mickey on the front and Brooks #3 on the back.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Freezer Paper Stencil

Miss G was wearing a Minnie Mouse inspired Caroline’s Party Dress from Mouse House Creations.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Minnie Mouse Inspired Caroline by Mouse House Creations

I think this photo of the three of them in front of Gaston’s Tavern is one of my favorites.




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I hope you enjoyed my handmade Disney and you are inspired to create something handmade for your next Disney Trip!


Until next time,




Top Stitcher Challenge

The day I have been waiting for is finally here! I am on Pattern Revolution’s Top Stitcher Challenge. I am beyond thrilled to be picked to compete in this challenge. I asked to be placed in the Women’s category because one of my goals this year is to sew more for me. I knew this would push me to do just that.
I had so, so, so, so much fun creating this look. I think this is in my top 3 things I have ever sewn.

Top Stitchers Challenge - Knot Sew Normal sews a Mad Men Inspired 60's Housewife Dress

Top Stitchers Challenge - Knot Sew Normal sews a Mad Men Inspired 60's Housewife Dress

I am competing against Becca DuVal in the Women’s Stylist category and the prompt I received was:

This St Patrick’s Day duel is inspired by the holiday’s symbol: The Shamrock! Saint Patrick used these little green plants to preach the trinity, explaining how three separate entities can be one. 
In honor of the three (or FOUR) leaves of a Shamrock, create a women’s fashion ensemble deriving inspiration from a famous trio or quartet. Think: musicians, movies, even politicians or culinary groupings. Get creative with it!

Remember, as a Stylist, your objective is to utilize patterns, fabrics, model(s), props and settings to tell a story, as inspired by your prompt.
Top Stitchers Challenge - Knot Sew Normal sews a Mad Men Inspired 60's Housewife Dress
I thought of about a million ideas until one day while sewing and watching Mad Men it struck me. I would base my look on the trio of lovely ladies from Mad Men, Betty Draper, Joan Holloway and Peggy Olsen. I have been a fan of Mad Men since the very start, it got me through some long nights and days when Miss G was just a baby. On the surface Mad Men seems to be about the men of the show, but for me it is about this trio of women and how they evolve during the decade of the 60’s.

I decided to focus on the look of Betty Draper. I just love the style of the 60’s housewife. The beautiful dresses that they wore always have my in awe.

Top Stitchers Challenge - Knot Sew Normal sews a Mad Men Inspired 60's Housewife Dress
I used the Miss Texas Rose, by Ellie Inspired, bodice as the basis for my bodice and then made some modifications including taking in the darts on the back to make the top much more fitted. I also added piping to the princess seams, the collar and all the way down the front centers. I also lengthened the sleeves and added a sleeve cuff to give it a more 60’s feel. The skirt is a self-drafted half circle skirt. I also extended the button placket all the way down the skirt. The fabric I used was a vintage bed sheet that I have had for over a decade just waiting for the right project.

Top Stitchers Challenge - Knot Sew Normal sews a Mad Men Inspired 60's Housewife Dress
I have to admit the most challenging part of this project is the part you don’t see. This pettiskirt was essential to getting the right look. Without that flare it just doesn’t look right. I know if I ever think I need to gather tulle to make a pettiskirt I am just going to go running the other way. I am glad that I can wear this under future projects to make the time worth it.

Top Stitchers Challenge - Knot Sew Normal sews a Mad Men Inspired 60's Housewife Dress

My other challenge was trying to think of a location to take my photos. I was talking to Hubby about it and he pointed out that our kitchen would be perfect. He was right, our sink is an antique double drainboard sink  Living in an older house sometimes has it’s advantages.

I hope you all enjoy my look and please make sure to go over and vote on Pattern Revolution, voting runs through Thursday night so spread the word.