Rachel shows you a new technique for making gathers in her Patchwork Skirt Tutorial, coming up next! While you wait visit nest full of eggs where you can learn how to make this cute dress with Rachel’s free pattern or see more from 2012 craft books in her latest series. Rachel always has something creative and new to share!

Hello Sew,Mama,Sew! readers, my name is Rachel, I’m a stay-at-home mother of three, and I blog at nest full of eggs. Starting from a young age I have enjoyed sewing. When I was a little girl, I started hand sewing (all self taught), making clothes for my Barbie dolls from my mother’s fabric scraps. A bit later I received a more formal training when I learned how to sew, cross-stitch, hand embroider, quilt, knit, and crochet in 4th and 5th grade summer school. I also took a couple of sewing classes in junior high school, making pillows, stuffed sock bunnies and clothing for them, for example. Then there were a few sewing projects here and there, but I didn’t really get back into sewing until the birth of my daughter (she is currently five years old). And now these past couple of years I have enjoyed contributing to sewing books and magazines, including being a project designer in Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves (Lark Crafts, 2011).

I have mostly been creating children’s clothing and today I wanted to share photos a couple of projects with you that include the quilting techniques of piecing and patchwork.

The first one is a purple and white striped maxi dress made entirely from a white sheet! I cut off part of the white sheet and dyed it purple. The stripes are achieved by piecing, purple and white strips sewn together.

And the second one is a boy’s patchwork blazer. From two gray fabrics I created a patchwork fabric, then cut out the blazer pattern.

If you are looking to shorten metals zippers from the top or wanting to sew a little girl party dress, stop by and visit me at nest full of eggs. I would love to meet you!