Wednesday, December 9, 2015

giveaway day 2015

It's Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew today! I know I've been MIA around here lately (though as a friend reminded me recently, gestating is hard work!), but I just couldn't forget about Giveaway Day. It is always so much fun!

For those of you who have never participated, it is a day (well, almost a whole week!) where lots of crafty blogs get together to give away finished projects, craft supplies, fabric, books and all sorts of fun goodies!

 Get your giveaway fingers ready to type, because there are hundreds of giveaways on these lists here and here! (Believe me, I will be entering as many as I have time for... I just can't resist the chance to win fun stuff!)

This year, since I have baby on the brain, I've made some lambie winter bonnets from the free pattern at Purl Soho. Soooo sweet! They are made with oh-so-soft Michael Miller Fabrics organic cotton sherpa and lined with Robert Kaufman organic Shetland flannel. I made one for my February baby, two more for cousins' babies due right after mine, and one more to give away... it just seemed right to make an even number. :)

The bonnet is sized 0-3 months and you will have the choice of either red or black lining. Got a baby or a baby-to-be who would look adorable in this hat? Scroll down to learn how to win!

The details:
* One person will win a size 0-3 month lamb bonnet with choice of black or red lining.
* This contest is open to both U.S. and international friends.
* You are not required to follow my blog to enter, though I would love it if you took some time to look around!
* The contest will be open from Wednesday, December 9 through Sunday, December 13, after which time I will randomly select and contact a winner. If the winner does not reply to my email within 48 hours, I will select a new winner.
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway below, telling me who you have in mind to receive this baby bonnet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

my big news

Well, you may be wondering why I have been such an infrequent poster around here lately. To some extent, it seems to happen every summer, but this time is much worse than normal... kind of reminiscent of my blogging habits back in the summer of 2012, back when I was pregnant with my daughter... hmmm...

Yep, you guessed it! I'm having another baby! Due in early February. And it's another girl! So excited that she will be able to wear all the cute dresses that my older daughter has been growing out of. And my girl is just thrilled that she's going to be a big sister. Smiles all around here. :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ileana dress

I tested a pattern back in July that I'd like to share with you. It was the Ileana Dress by Compagnie M. I was under a little bit of a time crunch as we were getting ready to leave for vacation, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to test this beautiful dress!

Since this dress was released a couple of months ago already, there are many lovely pictures of it that you can find online through a Google search, but I just want to give you an idea of the many, many different options that this dress offers! There is a raglan bodice or a regular bodice, three pocket options, four collars and three faux button placket options. There is also the option to mix the pattern pieces with Compagnie M.'s other patterns: the Louisa Dress, the Mara Blouse and the Lotta Dress. Like I said, TONS of options! It was a little overwhelming sitting down with the pattern the first time and having to choose!

I ended up using the raglan bodice with half sleeves and half circle skirt, the floral collar with accent on hemline and no pockets or button placket.

The dress features an invisible zipper. It was only my second time installing one and I didn't have an invisible zipper foot, but I think it turned out pretty well given the circumstances.

Here is a bit more detail of the adorable floral collar option.

I sewed a size 3 for my daughter and it fit a little larger and longer than most size 3s, but I know a size 2 would have been too small. I think it may even fit her next year, but that is just fine with me. However, after mine was sewn up the pattern was adjusted slightly and the sizing may be closer now. I haven't gotten around to making another Ileana dress to find out how much the fit has changed. Another thing that has changed is the sleeves... my sleeves are a bit too large and the pattern has been adjusted to make them not quite so wing-like. :)

Working with Marta from Compagnie M. was a great experience. She is Dutch, so it was wonderful having the chance to test along with sewists of a wide variety of nationalities and languages. I loved the chance to try out some new techniques and challenge myself to work on a timeline to sew something new and different. My favorite technique was learning how to hem a circle skirt using bias tape. Unfortunately there is no good photo of it, but let me just say, this is an AWESOME trick! I will certainly be using it lots more!

Thank you, Marta, for having me! I look forward to the chance to test for you again!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Iowa trip memories

It's been another busy summer. A couple of long trips. Not too much sewing. Lots of heat here in Texas... 

Blogging has taken a back seat, but I have found that is true almost every summer. The heat does not inspire me, lol.

Anyway, in an effort to "catch up," here are some of my favorite photos from the trip I took with my daughter to Iowa in June. Outdoors, family, fun... all of my favorite things wrapped up into one great trip! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

kid's clothes week: lemon drop geranium dress

I did it again... I'm telling you, I just cannot resist the Geranium Dress. Since I've already sewed this pattern so many times (seriously, check it in my search bar!), I'll skip the details and just give you a quick rundown:

Size: 3T
Fabric: Small World Organic Corduroy in Lemon Drop by Cloud9 Fabrics designed by Made By Rae
Changes to pattern: Yellow piping around bodice, french seams

So summery! I just love this one so much!

Friday, June 12, 2015

urban garden dress

I was fortunate to be able to help test the new Urban Garden Dress and Tank by Terri of Sew Straight and Gather. After testing several new patterns in the last several months (see here and here and here and here), I can honestly say that one of my favorite parts of testing is that it helps me branch out and try new patterns and techniques that I may not have chosen on my own. Sometimes I get into a bit of a sewing rut and only sew things that I know or am comfortable with. Testing encourages me to try out a pattern I may not have otherwise... and who knows? It might even become a new favorite!

I think it's safe to say this is one of those times! The Urban Garden Dress and Tank features an optional neck ruffle, a racerback design and a high-low hemline. The bodice is designed for knit fabrics and the skirt can be sewn with either knit or woven fabric. It is cute, comfy and super trendy!

It sewed up pretty easily. The knit binding around the neckline and arms was a bit tricky and time consuming, but beyond that it was super simple and straightforward. My daughter loves it and after trying it on for pictures, she insisted on wearing it all day! I think I'll be making the tank version next!

The Urban Garden Dress and Tank is on sale now at the Sew Straight and Gather shop - only $6.00 until next week!

Friday, May 1, 2015

popover fireworks dress

For my second Kid's Clothes Week make last week, I sewed my daughter an Oliver + S Popover Sundress. It's a free pattern and super cute and simple. I will definitely be making more because it went together so quickly.

Originally I had other ideas for the pattern... plans that were more in line with the season's "Wild Things" theme. But I was having trouble getting excited about starting it, so I ended up going in a completely different direction.

I used navy blue linen for the main dress fabric, and some vintage red and blue plaid for the yoke and ties. I also added a piece of vintage eyelet trim to the yoke for a bit of interest and I think it really makes the dress. I sewed a size 3 for my tall girl and the fit is great. I also used french seams (my new favorite technique - I use these everywhere now!) so there are no exposed seams.

Then at the last minute I decided to add some hand embroidery to the bottom. The dress was definitely veering in a patriotic direction with its red, white and blue colors, so I decided to just go all out and add some fireworks. I got lucky and found a cute (and free!) fireworks embroidery pattern from Mollie Makes that worked perfectly.

My daughter loves here "fireworks dress" and I can see her wearing it a lot this summer. The fourth of July is still a little way off, but I guess she can wear it for Memorial Day too?