Introducing Modern Style for Girls

In April 2014, I was finishing up a book proposal I’d started maybe 18 months prior. By the end of that month, it was in the hands of C&T Publishing’s acquisitions editor and less than two weeks* later received the exciting news that my proposal was officially going to be my second book:

Modern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe, October 2015, Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing
Modern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe, October 2015, Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing

Modern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe
Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing
October 2015

Give your favorite girls the gift of endless wardrobe options!

Best-selling author Mary Abreu is back with a book that will shut down the dreaded words, “I have nothing to wear!” from young girls. Starting with three basic pieces—a top/dress, skirt, and pants—you’ll learn how to modify simple patterns and rectangles to make twelve classic garments: four tops/dresses, four shorts/pants, and four skirts. Technique instructions teach you how to gather, create waistband casings, and insert zippers. Advice on choosing fabrics and adding embellishments is also included. With this handy guide, you can help your girls develop a style all their own.

• Add collars, change armholes, and add ruffles to basic garments to create updated takes on existing pieces
• Clear techniques will guide you on how to finish seam allowances, insert zippers, hem, and add unique embellishments
• Help your girls create an entirely new wardrobe of classic pieces to mix and match in any way they want.



*This was unusually fast. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂

Top Ten Reasons to Write Another Book

10. My husband has completely forgotten how unavailable I was while writing my previous book.

9. Daughter’s nine hours of gymnastics each week equals prime writing time.

8. I finally cleaned my sewing room. Why should it stay that way?

7. The rest of my house needs to be cleaned.

6. My 30th high school reunion is creeping up and I need something to talk about.

5. Sleep is overrated.

4. Nothing motivates me quite like a deadline.

3. So. Many. Ideas!

2. Writing a book should make a dent in all this fabric, thus keeping me off Hoarders just a little bit longer.

And the No. 1 reason to write another book…

Stash Books/C&T Publishing accepted my proposal! Coming Fall 2015!

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(More details to come next year, like the title. And the subject. But yay! Another book!)


Got Vinyl?

I’ve recently added a new tool to the Craft Addict arsenal: a Silhouette Cameo. I think I’m in love.

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The Cameo plugs into your computer via USB and lets you send cutting files so you can make die cuts, decals and iron on elements. But it really can do so much more. There are pens that allow you to draw. And you can set it up to do what they call print and cut, which tells the Cameo to cut around a particular design. So many possibilities! I’ve already used it to cut fabric appliques for a bag and now I’m exploring the wonderful world of vinyl.

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So far, I’ve thrown our initials on water bottles and the case for my iPhone. Last night was spent cutting and applying a rather large damask decal to my KitchenAid stand mixer. My dear friend’s daughter is about to head off to college and I’ve offered to make monogram decals to apply to anything she wants. Honey joked that I’d probably put decals on my laptop. Pretty sure that’s going to happen, too.

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There is a little bit of a learning curve (I’m probably going to need a new cutting mat soon because I keep slicing this one) but it’s not too steep. My biggest challenge is not being distracted by the Cameo when I have other projects I need to be doing! Of course, I had to start a board on Pinterest with tips and project ideas. I have a feeling this thing is going to get a real workout for Christmas this year.

Little Girls, Big Style: The Giveaway

I have been working on this giveaway forever. Like, since I started working on Little Girls, Big Style. I have always loved hosting giveaways and this one is even more special to me for rather obvious reasons. And I’m especially excited to be taking part in Sew, Mama, Sew’s annual Giveaway Day (be sure to check out the link and see all the amazing blogs/shops taking part).

Here’s what you’ll be winning from me:

• An autographed copy of Little Girls, Big Style.

• Two yards of Pellon Easy Pattern for tracing the patterns in the book.

• Some fun trims from my stash for using with some of the projects.

• A Clover Chaco Liner chalk marking pen.

• Three one-yard cuts of fabric (fun multicolored owls on white 21-wale cord by Robert Kaufman, Euro-style mermaids from JoAnn and the prize from my stash: Little Elfi from Germany).

• ModKid Little Chef pattern, which I tested for the lovely Patty Young.

• Indygo Junction Petal Blossom Bag designed by Violet Craft, which is the most recent thing I’ve sewn.

• A Starbucks Frappuccino cup and gift card. Starbucks was my office-away-from-home while I was working on the book and I spent many an hour there, writing without the distractions of home (or the Internet).

• An autographed copy of Jenn Cristy‘s Hotel Confessions. Not only was this the soundtrack of my book-writing days but I actually did the photography, CD packaging design and merch design while I was writing the book. You say “crazy;” I say “multitasking.”

This giveaway is open until U.S. residents until Dec. 17 at which time I’ll select a winner using (Sorry, international friends! I will do a book-only giveaway just for you after the first of the year.) To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post. Yep, it’s just that easy.

And don’t forget you can still enter the giveaways on the Little Girls, Big Style blog tour (continuing through Dec. 15) to win a copy of the book. Check out these blogs for your chance to win there:

What are you waiting for? Get commenting!

Gratitude 2009

I’m bringing back Thankful for 30 this year. You can read all about it here.

My MacBook is still at “the spa,” but I’ll add a Mr. Linky as soon as I can for those who want to participate. (blogging from my iPhone has challenges.)

ETA: My MacBook is home! I feel like I’m back in touch with the world at large again, although I’m still trying to work out the kinks that sprouted from replacing the hard drive. Thanks for your patience. 🙂

You’re welcome to sign up with the Mr. Linky widget if you’re taking part in this year’s Thankful for 30. Feel free to grab the little graphic, too.

1. Sunny Fall days and more in the forecast.
2. Finding the stash of checks after I ran out.
3. Bringing home my MacBook with its shiny new hard drive.

Scrapapalooza Results

I had no idea there were so many scrap addicts out there! One hundred comments on my little giveaway post, which is a record for my blog. Wow! Thank you all “sew” much for reading and commenting (and coming out of lurkdom). I am just overwhelmed, humbled, grateful. And I’m so happy to be able to spread a little love with my giveaway.

I printed out 100 numbers to correspond with each comment (I’d have printed out the comments except I’m almost out of printer ink!), cut them up and placed them in my lucky Junior League ballcap. Now, for the big drawing …




Congratulations, Rachael, Kaedra and Nichole!

And a big thanks to everyone who entered. I wish I could send all of you a big envelope of scraps! And I will — sort of. I’m just so delighted to be able to find homes for my ever-growing pile o’ scraps that I’ve decided to make Scrapapalooza a monthly giveaway! Yes, every month, I’ll do another Scrapapalooza post and you can comment to win an envelope full o’ scrappy goodness. Because I have scraps and apparently lots of people can do cool things with them. So, be sure to subscribe to my blog’s feed through Bloglines, Feedburner, Google Reader or whatever aggregator you have so you don’t miss out on future giveaways.


I started saving my fabric scraps because other people made me feel guilty for tossing them out. They’re perfectly good pieces of fabric, I’ve been told. Plenty of life left in them.

And that is why I now have 1-1/2 outdoor trash bags filled with scrap pieces of fabric. Know what I’ve done with them? Pretty much nothing. Instead, they are taking up space in my laundry room and life. I think y’all know what that means.

Yes, I’m giving them away! Three lucky winners will receive a Flat-Rate Envelope stuffed with scraps. Most are pre-washed; some are not. I’ll try to stick with all wovens but I make no guarantees about sizes — just know that anything 1/2 yard or smaller ends up in my scrap bag. Amy Butler, Sis Boom, imported European and Japanese fabrics. You name it; there’s probably a scrap there.

And more scraps than you can shake a stick at can be yours. Just comment below and you’re entered. I’ll draw three names from my lucky Junior League ballcap on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

What are you waiting for? Good luck!

We Have a Winner!

Where are you going to find time to answer all these questions?! Or better yet, did you have any idea when you started that you’d have 54 comments and counting on one post?! Isn’t blogging great? — Amy

Well, Amy, I’ve spent the better part of today trying to compile all those questions into a single post so I can start working on answering them. With any luck, I’ll be able to answer the other 60-some questions before the end of July. LOL! I honestly am surprised at all the questions — so many of them really thought provoking — and I have to agree that blogging is great.

Thanks so much to everyone for playing along! At some point I fell behind on replying to all your comments but please know that I read every single one and enjoyed them all.

Of course, I know the real reason you’re all back — and that’s to see if you won anything (and, really, I can’t blame you).

I wrote down each name and prize on a slip of paper and divided them into three piles. I then had my handy assistant help with the drawing of names …

  • The ICE Atlanta swag bag goes to …. Stephanie!
  • Winner of the Ottobre and embroidery patterns is … Michelle (who asked “What non-crafty hobbies do you enjoy?”)!
  • Guess who’s getting a new skirt? It’s … Krista!

Congratulations to all three of you. Please email me at mac (at) flourishes dot com with your mailing address so I can get your goodies on their way.

I wish I could give everyone a prize … so I’m working on two tutorials for next week. Hopefully at least one of them will make you oh-so-happy!