Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sugar & Spice

I was happy to test out Peek-A-Boo Pattern's new Sugar & Spice Top and Dress. It's a darling pattern.  I made the basic top.  I've had this batik fabric for a little while, and I was recently searching for a top pattern that would work with it...and I recently got a Kam snap setter.  Perfect fit for this pattern, the basic top has optional piping details that really set it off.  The back closes with snaps!  I'm really liking those as closures for the kids, much easier for them to do than buttons on their backs.  I've decided that installing piping and flipping it for the reveal is just about as much fun as pulling a bag/purse out from the reverse and finally seeing it come together!  The piping on this top is just so much fun.  I'm excited to do more of the options-a dress length and the flutter sleeves. It's a great pattern for an adventurous beginner.  You may need to go slow with the piping, but it's all very doable. A great pattern to have in your files!






Friday, June 6, 2014

Somewhere over the Rainbow, there's a Unicorn!



Rainbow unicorn birthday party calls for a unicorn dress.  Recently released fabric with unicorns AND rainbows on it?  Yes, please!  Gold piping?  Why not!  I used the Kate's dress pattern again as I wanted her to be able to wear the dress for more than just her party.  I did add some length to it, both since I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible, and also to give it a little longer wear as she grows.  The horn was made using this Unicorn Crown tutorial as inspiration....that and liberal use of the hot glue gun. Bit past the party, but finally got some nice outside pictures of her outfit.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Caps!

I had the opportunity to sew Peek-A-Boo Pattern's Oxford Cap recently.  I've never tried making a hat before, and I'm loving it.  So much fun, and even better that it's reversible.  I love the style of this one, it's kinda sassy in a girl's version!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Bay Dress

Recently couldn't resist picking up a pattern bundle.  Figured it had a number of useful patterns, and this Bay top, which is just soo cute.  I love the back, and finding the coconut shell buttons worked perfectly with this fabric that's been hanging out in my stash for too long.  I used the Oxford Cap pattern again for the hat, the reverse is more patriotic, but really fun to have a top with a matching hat!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Apron Love

We've been busting through nice shirts when the girls get interested in some kind of project.  Only craft aprons we had were ones from the Home Depot kid's building day.  I found the Growing Up Sew Liberated's Basic Child's apron, and it was just what I was looking for.  I used some stripy IKEA homedec fabric for the girls' aprons, and made one for my nephew with the coloring book fabric and some random woodgrain quilting cotton.  Hoping they get lots of use, even though they're cute unstained!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Maxi-mum Summer

 Jane found this dress that Mom had made for me that never quite fit me right.  I cut it down for Jane and she'd been eying the turquoise eyelet, so I used that for straps. Penny had picked out this silky fabric last fall.  I used the Oliver + S popover pattern for the bodice and gathered it quite a bit so it would be full.  Ended up adding more length to it.  It's very full, but light and silky.  They love maxi length dresses, that's for sure!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lemon Re-do

Jane's lemon birthday dress had been chillin' in her closet...the bodice had gotten a tich tight, so she never wanted to wear it.  We tried it on, and the dress was okay everywhere else, so I hacked it up, and made it into a circle skirt.  So twirly and fun, and great to extend the use of the dress!

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: http://lilybirdstudio.blogspot.com/2014/03/lauras-dress-sewing-pattern.html

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 dress...so 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 dress...it'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.