Adding ease to the hips of the WRCT

Adding ease to a pattern with a plani and separate front and back piece is pretty straight forward. Things become a little more complicated when the pattern is color blocked, and when one of the color blocks wraps around from the back to the front of the shirt, all bets are off. 

The WRCT is one of my favorite patterns, but it is also one of the most difficult to grade out at the hips. Many people size up entirely, which works but is not ideal. In this blog post, I will show you how easy it can be to add ease to the hips of this fan favorite. 


RAWR nursing hack - guest blog post

Many of you saw the amazing RAWR nursing hack that Krissy Haines posted a little while ago. The snaps not only added functionality, but they also look awesome! I will let her tell you how to get this look. For the next week, the RAWR will be only $5 so snap it up and get this look today! 

Rocket Pocket (or, how to make those awesome shaped pocket openings!)

People have been posting pictures of the TPT (or Treasure Pocket Tee for those of you new to the Duck Butt Designs world) with funky shaped pocket openings. By far the most popular is the star shape, but there was an awesome bat one as well (seriously, you should check out the wings under the sleeves.)

This Pinterest-worthy look is super impressive, but also pretty simple. Here's how to make almost any shape you can think of!

Treasure Pocket Tee Twirler Hack (April Fool's featuring guest blogger Annelise Pyne of Elliedactyl Designs)

**TNT Pattern piece available in the files section at DBD Sew and Chat on Facebook***

Women's patterns

As it turns out, designing for women is a lot different than designing for kids. Kids are essentially tubes with arms and heads and legs...

Ok, way over simplified.

Women have curves- side to side and front to back. Trickier, but also opens up placement possibilities. Rather than having a useable pocket start under the arm, having it start at the natural waist pulls the eye in and has a slimming effect. 


The Treasure Pocket tee was born in late May of this year. It was one of those things that just popped into my head and I said to myself, as long as I am making it for my son, why not make it so that other people can make them too? 

Since then, the outpouring of support has been amazing. I have released three patterns, have two in testing, and many more planned. 

I couldn't have come this far without the help of lots of people; my family, my friends, my testers, and everyone who has joined the DBD community. 

Aspiring Designer Challenge

A few months ago, while my second pattern was in testing, I was given the opportunity to join a group of designers called the Swhetty Betties. This magnificent group of women provides support, direction, and publicity to new (as well as established) designers, and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to be counted among them. 

Growing Pains

Thank you to everyone who helped make my first pattern release a success! I have seen so much love for the Treasure Pocket Tee over the past month - beautiful fabric choices, creative pattern hacks, and glowing reviews. It's enough to make a girl blush.

The second effort is more difficult, they say. The sophomore jinx. So far, they're right! My FABULOUS testers helped me take my second pattern to the next level. From formatting to new fitting charts, from pictures to wording, we took it to task. 

I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!

On having boys.

Target was out of the blue cups. You know- the soft cups for the bath that you use to rinse the shampoo out of baby's hair? Only pink ones were left. Of course there were only two colors - blue and pink. I sat there for an embarassingly long time trying to analyze why I was hesitating. Pink. Dear baby boy loves pink!

A lot. And fast.

Everywhere he goes, my three year old has to pick up a rock. An odd quirk, especially given that it was a habit of my late grandfather, but consistent. I tell you that story to tell you this one:

It was just a piece of fabric - all but two dimensional. But it was expensive (and impulse buy) and prettty. And there wasn't much of it. I had to make something special, but suitable for everyday wear. Something where a boy could put his rocks.