Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eggcellent dress

Been hard to get excited for Easter with winter seeming to never end this year.  Snow has now finally 'almost' melted everywhere after a few warmer days.  Finished Penny's Easter dress...don't usually get the seasonal fabrics, but this was too cute to resist last fall during one of Joann's 50% red tag sales.

 I used the Little Cup Cake Dress by Felicity Patterns.  It is to die for!  This is a size 5, the length is great, but I probably should've done the next size down bodice...I just made the elastic in back a tich tighter.  She says it's a bit itchy on the inside, but it hasn't been through the wash yet; we may just pick up a little spaghetti tank top to go underneath. I love that it's twirly, and the bodice with the ribbon lace is just too cute!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Laura Dress Testing

I was honored to be able to test Lilybird Studio's new Laura Dress.  I made the size 10, I love the kind of vintage vibe that I achieved with this fabric and pattern.  The dress comes with 2 lengths (dress & tunic), and two collar styles (peterpan, like I did, and a rolled collar option.  The sleeves are super cute and puffed, and the technique for putting them in was great.  It fastens with snaps, which I think I'll be doing more of, as that was also pretty easy. It has a center pleat that makes for a very nice shape and movement to the dress.  Perfect for active little girls!

The pattern came together pretty quickly; it took me a couple of hours of piecemeal bits of time. I'm guessing future ones will be even quicker!  I'm excited to put together a smaller one for my 5 year old. If you'd like to check out more tester photos, please visit Lilybird's blog:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Haven Dress butterfly dress

I had the opportunity to try the Haven Dress Pattern by Petitekids recently.  It is an adorable dress, full of cute styling that comes together quickly.  I put this together with some time during an afternoon and an evening, I'm guessing future ones will go very rapidly.  There are no pattern pieces to cut out, so once the pieces are cut, it's a fairly quick sew.  I stuck with the fabric patterning as was shown with the pattern (straps to match the top ruffle), but this could easily be adapted and customized for multiple fabrics.  We're anxiously waiting for spring to arrive in Michigan; this is definitely a great summer sundress, but I'm guessing she's going to be happy wearing it with a shirt under it til we see warmer temps.

The pattern goes from 6m-12yr, so it's a great size range.

There were lots of pleases and eyebatting after I showed her the I winged it and made a matching doll dress.  Not included in the pattern, but not too difficult to size down from the infant dimensions.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sweet cherry child

Jane wanted a cherry party for her 8th birthday.  I found some darling white cherry fabric at JoAnns...unfortunately when i got it home, it was a tich thin.  I wanted to use the Hannah dress again, as I love the collar and it feels a little 50s retro to me, especially with the cherries.  I had to figure out how to line it...I winged it, and it came out great. I found some darling polkadot buttons in my stash, and tried out some mini-pop trim for the arms and hemline. Super sweetness!  I didn't think I could figure out sizing it down for a doll dress, so I just used the Oliver+S popover, and made it much fuller. She was ecstatic to have an almost matching dress.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Galloping along

Round two of the Kate's Dress. Penny has been wanting a 'horse' dress as she's all kinds of horse obsessed at the moment. I had found this horse ribbon and some green fabrics I wanted to try mixing up.  Love how it came out in softer and lighter weight fabric (the previous ones were the ikea heavier weight fabric).  She's loving the dress with her new cowboy boots!  I also added pockets from this LBS tutorial.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Coloring book dresses

Managed to get the girls dresses done for Christmas. I used the Kate's Dress pattern by Lilybird Studio.  Pattern turned out pretty great; there are two yoke options, and I did one of each.  I had never done a lined bodice before, but the directions led me through it smoothly.  Not sure how much the girls love the buttons up the back, but so far so good.  I used an IKEA fabric, with the possible intention of these being 'coloring book' dresses...but I just can't quite handle the thought of them coloring this in with fabric markers! Twitch.

Have two more to come for my nieces, not sure if I'll get a pic of all 4 of them, though!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Collar Dress

I loved the look of this dress from Yeppar and eyeballed the pattern for quite awhile til I ended up getting both sizes last winter.  Finally got around to making the bigger one, and it's lovely.  Didn't love having to add my own seam allowances, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't too bad.  This size came out fairly roomy for once, loving that she'll get multiple seasons out of it.  Pretty excited to have set in my first collar!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Just finished up participating in a sew along with Candy Castle for this's the bubblegum dress with a swing addition.  First time I worked with the pattern, and came out super darling!  It's a little 50's housewifey looking to me.  I also made bias tape out of the white/pink floral and it's super yummy and fun to have something unique.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jane's quilt

Finally decided on a design for Jane's quilt for her twin upstairs.  I'm doing the 9 patch with a patterned square next too it.  Trying to get a good amount of the Dick & Jane text fabric in it as well.  It's going to be loud! Cats, of course, think it's for them.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Color Block Tote Testing

I recently had the pleasure of testing the Color Block Tote by Aivilo Charlotte.  The pattern has an adult and a child size tote; I made the smaller one for my daughter.  I used some vintagey fabric I've had in my stash for awhile--with little cats drinking too much strawberry juz!  Still cracks me up.  She loves it, and loves red, so I used that solid for the contrast and handle.  I used the pattern as is, except for piecing a bit of my red fabric as I only had a small piece, and I did run more stitching stripes up the handle; I'm loving how that came out.  The pattern came together pretty easily, and I'm sure now that I've made one, it would likely take me only an hour or so, depending on my 'helpers.'  It would be a great project for a beginner, or a quick sew for someone with a little more experience.  I contemplated using holiday fabric, as this might be an adorable gift (filled or not).  I also might make more for my nieces and older daughter for our upcoming vacation reunion-perfect kid stuff.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Popover for some bugs

Little one had to stay home when the big one got to go camping with I let her pick through the fabrics I have and make some dresses.  She found this flashy one with butterflies, dragonflies, and lightening bugs that I'm sure one of them picked from the remnant bin, and there was enough for a dress for her and her doll. Did the Oliver+S popover dress again, such a quick sew and while it's still a little nightgowny for me, it makes a comfy dress for summer, that's for sure!  Definitely looks different in this than the Ikea fabric ones.  I also tried out my bias tape maker...thinking a wider one would be useful as well as the 1/4" was pretty narrow and a tich fussy to get sewed on.  She wasn't real thrilled with the yellow pompoms at first, but after seeing both dresses finished, she's pretty happy.  Whew!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Floral Linen Super Tote

Finally worked my way through the super tote for my mom. Little late for Mother's Day, but...

I tried out a few new things on this; I installed piping, my first magnetic snap, which is super fun to play with, and I did the recessed zipper, which will hopefully be a good thing for her to keep things solidly inside the bag.  I did a few of the little things I like to add at times, label, little heart ribbon tag, and a metal ring inside for clipping keys.

Love how it turned out, hope she will as well!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Parade Dresses

Bought this pattern from Aesthetic Nest to make the sleeves for the lemon birthday dress.  Finally got around to making the flutter dresses with it.  Love how they turned out.  Big one is maxi length and probably needs some kind of inner closure as it opens a bit too much in the back, but super cute regardless.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Super Tote

I've been eying noodlehead patterns for awhile, but fell in love with the new super tote pattern.  I made my first one as a gift for my daughter's speech therapy.  Fun tote with IKEA fabrics on the exterior. Ran out of time to get nice photos, but here it is!  I think the gusset is my fav feature!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Popover Sundresses

Found this IKEA fabric for a steal last time I was there.  Not sure if these are sundresses or more appropriate as nightgowns as the fabric is a bit sheer.  I kind of fussy cut so the bigger/brighter colors were in front...but super cute for yard play regardless.  I used the Oliver + S free popover dress pattern and it came out really cute.  I had to size up for my eldest and ended up just pleating the first dress and giving it to younger sis (which is why her's is longer).