Inspiration Board

Inspiration wall

Here is the beginning of little leona, this is my inspiration board for my first season of patterns.  The first pattern is called the Be Curious Top. I am so excited to get it ready for print.  I make patterns by hand, but will send them off to a company to have them digitized.  I will have an Etsy shop set up to sell downloadable patterns and will also sell paper patterns as well.  I hope you like them!

pattern ready to go




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Little Leona has a face

I have been working with a wonderful friend of mine to come up with the look of Little Leona.  Well, she is here.

Be Dreamy Nightgown in PS

Stay tuned as these childrens patterns are released each illustrated by the incredibly talented Beth Reid.  If you are looking for a fashion illustrator, check out her blog.  Not only is she incredibly talented, she is one of the coolest, sweetest, encouraging women I know.

Talk to you all soon.


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July 2013

This month is a month of vacations for me so not as much is happening over at Little Leona.  Last week our family went to Shasta Lake and stayed with our friends on their houseboat.  You can read about it at 7girls3boys. Next week, Tom and I get to help our friend celebrate his 50th birthday.  We will be enjoying the sun and white sand beaches.  I may not even think about work for a whole week.  But I will post pics so check out my intagram if you feel so inclined. The link is right over there on the right.

Last month I wrote about a sewing challenge that I entered at my school.  I finished the romper for Claire and I just loved how it turned out.

photo photo copy

I actually used the inside of the shirt for the self fabric or rightside of the romper.  I liked the faded look for a little girls outfit better than the darker brown and black.  I used a cotton quilting fabric to line the cuffs, pockets and top facing. This pattern will also be offered for sale at the Little Leona store.  A few more revisions need to be made and the pattern will be ready to go off to the grader.  I am writing the instructions now and find that part of the pattern making process the most challenging for me.  I will willingly accept constuctive advise on writing instructions if anyone is willing to help me out.  🙂

Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far.  See you in August.





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June Happenings

Well June is almost over and I am just now getting to my monthly update.  Alot has been going on this month.  June is always a busy time for our family, with the end of the school year and birthdays.  The summer is off and running, but I am still in school at Apparel Arts.  This month Apparel Arts is having a repurpose challange and I have been working on a few outfits for Chloe and Claire.  About a year ago Tom was cleaning out his closet and was getting rid of a couple of dress shirts.  I just loved the fabric on those shirts and couldn’t bare to get rid of them.  I saved them thinking I could make a dress or skirt for the girls out of it.  Well, when this repurpose challange was presented I finally had a reason to work on this project.

repurpose dress 3 repurpse dress 5

This dress pattern will be part of my collection that comes out for sale.

Tom's shirt before

Here is a picture of Tom’s shirt before I took the scissors to them.

 I am working on a romper for Claire.  I can’t wait to get that one finished.  I’ll be sure to post pictures with July’s update. But for now, here is a before picture of the shirt I am using.

Toms shirt 2

Have a wonderful summer.


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Free Bib pattern




Last month I held  what I like to call “Craftivism Day” here at my house.  What a great day spent with a wonderful group of friends creating bibs that will be delivered to a family who is in the process of adopting a baby from China.



 When they finally get to pick up their daughter they will deliver the bibs to International China Concern to be distributed to orphanages.

We have joined with CraftHope on many of their projects. They are a great organization bringing people together from all over the world to share hope in the form of a handmade gift.  This is my love language. It brings me joy to love others with these small gestures.  Stay tuned for more craftivism days.  There is always a need.

And in case you love to share handmade gifts as well, here is a free bib pattern that I made for our bib project.  Feel free to download and use for your baby or next baby gift.

Bib pattern 3


Talk to you soon.



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April News from Little Leona

Hi Friends,

Well, it is time to get official over here at Little Leona.

I will be giving monthly updates to keep you posted on the progress of my patterns as they start rolling out.  The first pattern in my line is called the peek-a-boo dress.  I made a version of it for the girls for Easter.

My inspiration came from some easter dresses my mom made for my sister and me when we were the same ages as Chloe and Claire.  I am sentamental and wanted  these little sweetie pies to have similar dresses.  While my line of patterns will mostly have a more modern flair, my old fashioned roots took over for this first dress.


The pattern will come with the bunny applique as well as a few other peek-a-boo animals and can be made with or without the animals and pocket.  Stay tuned for pictures of other versions as I finish up the instructions, grading and digitizing.



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beautiful fabric



Just received some fun packages from overseas.  These beutiful fabrics will be used for samples for the line of children’s clothing patterns that I am working on.  Can’t wait to show you how they turn out!

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