Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cotton + Steel Square in Square

So excited to finish quilting and binding Penelope's Cotton+Steel quilt; it came together beautifully!  I'm loving the colors and all of the whimsy of a bunch of different lines of Cotton + Steel. Bit obsessed with decorative stitching for binding right now, and the hearts are perfect; I had just enough variegated thread to finish the binding.





Monday, February 15, 2016

V-Day dresses

My youngest had a Valentine's dress since I was testing the Naples Dress. My eldest seemed a little bummed, so I spent my birthday afternoon sewing. I love when I have a go-to pattern that I can adapt!  I only had a bit of the rose fabric, and we'll see how the solid fabric holds up (I find it's so lovely, but stains so easily, wahhh!), but I love how it came together with the tiny bias edging for the sleeves and hem line.


She was very excited to have something for her school Valentine's Party. Not sure how my teeny girls are so grown-up looking lately!

Naples Test

I'm so excited I got to test the Naples Dress from A Jennuine Life.

It is just so divine, especially the sleeves. I heart them, and so does my daughter!  This dress comes with a variety of options: different sleeve lengths, tunic or dress length, and A-line or gathered skirt.  This is a well tested design; we worked through any issues and many testers made multiple versions.  I found that it also is very easy to adapt or embellish.  On my second one, I added piping between the layers (baste, pin, and be very patient!) and I found some adorable pompom trim which really highlights the sleeves and pops on the hem line.  I also tucked some twine into the bias neckline and added some beads, making it the most adorable valentine's dress ever!














If you'd like to try it, there is a 20% code til 2/21  NAPLESRELEASE

Enjoy!




Saturday, October 17, 2015

BigLittle Cape Test

I tested a Cape for BigLittle patterns.  It is just so much fun!  I used a cheapy synthetic velvet material from my stash. I can't say it was fun to wrestle with while sewing, but the drape and sheen are pretty fantastic, especially with Halloween coming up!  This went through multiple rounds of testing and comes with different length and hood options, and it is easy to adapt!    I made a long unlined cloak length with a rounded hood for a Little Red Riding costume, and it's fantastic.  She loves the drama of it.
  



Costume time!

I kinda dread Halloween sometimes.  I love to sew, but costumes...bah.  Worked out this year with a little cat and little red!  I used the SS Tobago with some craaaazy fun fur and added a tail.  Super cute!
















Went out of my pdf pattern comfort zone and attempted my first paper pattern...did a trial with a sheet I'd intended for some jammy nightgowns, but we decided it was perfect for the costume (can you say WIN??).  It wasn't that bad once I figured it out, and I'm excited to have a base for future dresses as she's kind in that tween stage, which isn't that easy to fit!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Newborn Set=utter cuteness!

I made a newborn set for one of my husband's coworkers.  It's adorable and gosh I miss those wee tiny days! The hat reverses to the grey, perfect for newborn pictures.

 I wasn't sewing much when mine were infants, but I would have loved to dress them up in something like this.

I take custom orders for things like this via facebook or etsy.



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Crochet Play

I kinda love that my girls happily play in their dresses. I've never been much for making things to sit in a box or on a hanger. Use them. Love them. Play in them! 

This one is kinda special, as I used a crocheted collar that my Mom made...so she's got a dress made by Mom and Grandma!  Doesn't get much better than lots of handmade love.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sophie Tunics for all seasons!


I love the Sophie Tunic. I decided to try making a summer sleeveless version with bias tape, and it came out so adorable.  We needed the next size up, but this one will probably be roomy next spring as well!






While the pattern was out...decided to make one up for fall with this soft corduroy print we found.  It's so comfy, I want one!



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tobago mania

I saw a tutorial for cutting up the Tobago and was inspired to make a few summer dresses. I love how quick that pattern is (seriously, 4 dresses in a matter of days) but also love having a go-to bodice and a more fun skirt portion. I think my favorite of these all is the space dress, came out so cool!









Jane loves hers, especially the one I used lace on for a challenge, pretty, fancy, and I finally did a strip-work skirt as well!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Knit Dress Success

Finally took the knit leap by testing the Audriella Dress. It came out quite lovely and wasn't that big of a deal to sew it! Kinda funny that we got a warm-up with our temperatures outside, even though we still have a ton of snow. I promise she's not freezing!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paint party

So, birthday dress for paint party...didn't come out quite like I wanted. It's a Bishop style, and while I thought it looked super cute, it's really puffy; I kinda think I can now sew choir robes! Le-sigh. Looked cute with the apron from Gram Nomi, though!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day tunic

Super love Sisboom's sophie tunic. Youngest found a random remnant...we're going to an aquarium at the end of the month...she insists it's for that and not Valentine's Day, but she let me snap a picture!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Prairie Girl

We've been working our way through the Little House on the Prairie series at bedtime this winter. The girls decided they needed bonnets and Laura & Mary dresses. So cute! Used a great tutorial from Given Moment's blog for the bonnet.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Skirts

Picked up the LollypopPi pattern and love how it turned out. Knit waistband was a new challenge, but I think I made it work.  So fun having coordinated outfits with their cousins. Each has the red star fabric and a different print.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fantastic Fall

I've been wanting some family pictures, and my neighbor takes fantastic ones. Turned out amazing!  Had to make up outfits for the girls...Turned out pretty cute.  Penny has the Adelaide dress from Seamingly Smitten. She doesn't love the open back, but such a cute dress! It's line and love the long sleeves. It came together pretty quickly and easily. I tried a CKC peasant dress for Jane as she's out of the size range from my fav peasant dress pattern.   Came out cute, but not my fav to make. I really really dislike measuring and not having an actual pattern.  Found it ran super narrow, so had to alter it.  May have to be on the look-out for another one to try!