I’m Jane, “retired” engineer and mom to four, who blogs over at Maiden Jane.  I grew up with a love of working with my hands.  Although my mom didn’t sew, she fostered my love of crafts by giving me many kits.  My husband bought me a machine when our first child was born 17 years ago and, since then, I’ve stitched many miles on that machine! 

I’ve always loved traditional styles.  When my kids were little I enjoyed smocking.  Now my kids are 10, 13, 16, and 17.  (Yes, with three teenagers in the house I have a few gray hairs!)  I enjoy sewing totes, accessories, t-shirt quilts for high school graduates, and dresses for my daughters.  My 16 year old plays piano for a youth chorus and has many opportunities to perform at various venues.  For her “big shows” (Christmas and spring) at the downtown theater I make her a dress.  I posted about all the dresses I made her the past three years here.

My favorite dress was made using a Butterick 4919 Retro ’52 pattern.

I look forward to being inspired by all of you!

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  • Very pretty dress!

  • Beautiful!


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