There’s nothing the McKinleys love more than getting nerdy with it.  Our favorites are always and forever going to be Star Wars + the Marvel Universe.  We will take any chance we can get to celebrate them! 

STAR WARS >

Retro Star Wars Winter Jacket

Retro Star Wars Winter Jacket

Sound the alarm, I've actually sewn a winter jacket BEFORE winter hits!  Where are the balloons and streamers?  This is a big moment for me!! If there's one thing I love sewing the most, it's jackets for my family.  I've talked about this recently, but it's worth...

May the 4th Be With You, 2020

May the 4th Be With You, 2020

Next to Halloween, today is my favorite holiday ever.  May the 4th Be With You, my friends.  Every year, I look forward to making new themed outfits for the three of us to wear. But let's be honest with ourselves...I make Star Wars clothing year round.  It's just that...

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

My name is Katy and I have a love for Star Wars that goes beyond what a person should have.  Like....I LOVE Star Wars.  Even the Prequels, people!!!  And whenever I'm like, "what should I make that would be cute and fun?" I almost always want to make something related...

Chapter 2: The Child

Chapter 2: The Child

Along with the rest of the world, our family has fallen head over heels in love with "The Child"...also known to the internet as Baby Yoda.  The Mandalorian has been the best thing to come out of Disney+ so far and we are greatly looking forward to the next level of...

SUPER HEROES >

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

Doesn't the idea of a bodysuit throw you straight back to the 90's?  When you were rocking those ditzy floral bodysuits, and reading Tiger Beat?  No?  Just me? I'm always blown away by how much the fashion of my middle/high school life is coming back into style. ...

The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

For July 4th I created superhero themed shirts for the entire family to wear.  Honestly, I didn't need to make them.  But I wanted to make them.  So...it totally happened.  And I totally love it. I decided to make myself a Thor shirt.  But I really didn't want to wear...

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

On July 3rd, I decided that somehow none of our red, white and blue clothes were good enough to be worn this year for the 4th, and that I needed to stretch my sewing wings a little bit and make us some new tees.  I'm sure you know by now that I'm a huge fan of...

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Have I driven home the idea yet that I love Halloween?  Well, I do.  I so do. But I also love the final day, when we get to wear our costumes, trick or treat, eat all the candy, and then close that chapter of the beginning of the "holiday season".  The final hurrah on...

Phoenix :: Halloween 2017

Phoenix :: Halloween 2017

Since I already shared Louis' Halloween costume (HERE), I figured it would be worth it to break down my own costume...and hopefully Bennett's, whenever I get around to starting and finishing it.  #whoops Since we are all going as XMen, I had to pick a fellow redhead. ...

Quicksilver :: Halloween 2017

Quicksilver :: Halloween 2017

I could not decide if I wanted to share these photos before Halloween or not.  I was worried that maybe it'd spoil the fun of showing off Lou's costume before he gets to wear it out.  But then I realized that I am WAY TOO EXCITED about how it turned out.  So here's...

COSPLAY + COSTUMES >

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

Doesn't the idea of a bodysuit throw you straight back to the 90's?  When you were rocking those ditzy floral bodysuits, and reading Tiger Beat?  No?  Just me? I'm always blown away by how much the fashion of my middle/high school life is coming back into style. ...

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! :: Halloween 2020

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! :: Halloween 2020

We've been on a kick with Louis lately, watching classic movies from the 1980s and early 90's.  Since late September, we started watching movies in that era, but more on the Halloween themed side.  Beetlejuice was on that list and Louis immediately knew what he wanted...

The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

For July 4th I created superhero themed shirts for the entire family to wear.  Honestly, I didn't need to make them.  But I wanted to make them.  So...it totally happened.  And I totally love it. I decided to make myself a Thor shirt.  But I really didn't want to wear...

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

On July 3rd, I decided that somehow none of our red, white and blue clothes were good enough to be worn this year for the 4th, and that I needed to stretch my sewing wings a little bit and make us some new tees.  I'm sure you know by now that I'm a huge fan of...

Louis Bennett Jr. :: Halloween 2018

Louis Bennett Jr. :: Halloween 2018

Oh my goodness.  I am so excited to share with you the costume that we chose, created, and executed for Louis this year. Louis is a kid who makes a decision and sticks with it.  No matter if you try and talk him out of it or not.  He chooses his Halloween costumes and...

Angelica Schuyler Comes to WV

Angelica Schuyler Comes to WV

You guys.  I have not jumped aboard the Hamilton train and have just a very basic knowledge of the play and story.  So when I got a message that the custom costume I was about to make was one of the characters, my heart stopped a little.  And then it turned into a...

OTHER FANDOM >

Sublimation Printing 101 | Sublimating Coasters

Sublimation Printing 101 | Sublimating Coasters

I'm thrilled to be bringing you my first "shared" project for dye sublimation printing on the blog today!  I saw these coasters at JoAnn Fabrics the other day and immediately was overcome by my impulse purchasing ways. Cricut has been pushing their "Infusible...

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! :: Halloween 2020

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! :: Halloween 2020

We've been on a kick with Louis lately, watching classic movies from the 1980s and early 90's.  Since late September, we started watching movies in that era, but more on the Halloween themed side.  Beetlejuice was on that list and Louis immediately knew what he wanted...

Stranger Things “Squad Goals”

Stranger Things “Squad Goals”

We have a new Stranger Things OBSESSED fan in our household.  It's adorable how much Louis is taken with the Stranger Things stories.  After much debate as our parental team, we allowed him to watch the series with us.  Wether or not your child is old enough / ready...