Eight going on Sixteen


WOW! I seriously never anticipated such response to my knits announcement. My inbox has been flooded with questions and I can't even keep up with the Twitter and Facebook comments. THANK YOU! (I mean it!) And to think for a while there I was afraid I'd be the only one in the world sewing with these! Well, you proved me wrong. Can't wait to see what you guys sew up.

For those of you who have expressed some apprehension about sewing with knits, NO FEAR! Knits are easy peasy to work with and you'll be so amazed as to how fast you can complete a project because you are cutting out so many steps you'd normally do with woven fabrics. From time to time I will post tips, tricks and tutorials here on the blog. And I must also mention that my new knit patterns come with full knit-sewing instructions for the beginner.

So, now on to the topic of this post... my "big girl." She seldom models for me anymore because she seems to think it's not "cool" (who knew?) And she thinks most dresses make her look "like a baby" (geez, I thought she was my baby!) She pretty much could live in an old pair of jeans and a rugged tee (who's child is this anyway?)

So I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when she said she liked my Abigail pattern and wanted me to make her one. After I picked myself off the floor, I offered to make her 1 or 20 with the fabrics of her choice.



She even agreed to a mini photoshoot... if she could pick her own accessories! How could I refuse?


And... as icing on the cake, she decided to wear her new Abigail to her school concert Monday night. There she is in the back row, where they put the "tall" kids (that was never my issue! haha)


Ahhhh! Life is sweet! :)


  1. Jen Moore8:43 PM

    She has tons of style! I love the mix of fabrics! And for anyone scared of sewing with knits...don't be! Patty's knits are awesome and her patterns so easy to follow. If I can do it, anyone can! LOL
    Jen (one of Patty's pattern testers)

  2. Yep, sounds like my 9-year-old! It's tough to find patterns she approves of but I think she'd like Abigal, too. Can't wait :)

  3. Annie8:51 PM

    WOW, that Abigail pattern sure is deceiving. When you look at the cover shot it looks so sweet & girlie, but then you look at these photos and it looks all funked out & "cool"! LOL!

    I was one of those afraid to work with knits and now I feel silly about my fears... they are so easy, versatile and fun! Can't wait to fill my fabric shelves with yours!!


  4. I love the Abigail pattern. I can hardly wait to get my hands on some of that knit!!!
    Oh, and I was never one of the tall kids either...sigh.

  5. She looks adorable! I have always wanted a red headed little girl, precious :) I love the new knits and I can hardly wait to learn some tips and tricks. I have always feared the knit section of any fabric boutique!

  6. Who knew! Make sure and tell her one of your readers thinks she looks quite hip not an ounce of babyish(sob!) fashion going on there! =) Can't wait for the patterns and tutorial! Woo hoo!

  7. Nicki C K10:16 PM

    She looks adorable,,er I mean,, super funky, cool! ;-)
    I LOVE the fabric choices! I would totally wear the Abigail myself. Seriously--I love the pattern! I can't wait to get my hands on your knit prints! The first time I worked with a knit fabric, I thought it was going to be so difficult. Now, I actually prefer them.

  8. I think your knits have really given me the push to try out my coverstitch machine that I have NEVER used (gasp!!). I know, I know. That is so sad.

    She looks beautiful and definitely seems proud of her new style!!

  9. Hi Patty! I nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Check out the details here http://tinyurl.com/y63w4fz

    Sorry to add to your work load :)

  10. Wow! Love the pattern & the knits. So many fun things to try out! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  11. My girls always surprise me! Enjoy the journey for before too long they will grow up and be gone and you will miss them!

  12. P,

    The new knits AND your sweet girl both look WONDERFUL! I just LOVE what she wore to her school concert. Tres chic!

  13. Oh Patty, I feel your pain :( My 9 yr old had 10 birthdays while she slept! She went from wearing cute little dresses/skirts to jeans, a graphic tee, and converse (which have seen better days!). She also thinks she's old enough to tell me how it is....oh boy, is she wrong! I can't wait for the knits and patterns! AT least for me and my 6 yr old!

  14. hey, i think she looked super cool, and that hat made me wanna learn how to make one!!!

    i only wish i could get hold of ur fabrics where i live..... sigh... :(

  15. it is so pretty! this last Abigail is the best!

  16. your baby girl looks very trendy to me!

    And as far as sewing knits go, there is a tutorial on my blog with a few tips on how to sew knits:
    just thought id share.


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