Monday, May 23, 2016

blackberry sally dress

I'm getting back into my sewing groove, hooray! Bedtime for my girls has been a bit of a mess lately, but things are finally settling into a groove and that means I have some time in the evenings to myself. Makes me feel like a human being again. Truly.

Anyway, my 3-year-old is loving dresses lately. She would wear them every day if she could. So I thought I would take advantage of that and make her a few new dresses for the summer. First up on the list was the Sally Dress by Very Shannon. I have had the pattern for several years - I purchased it as part of a pattern bundle awhile back. I've been meaning to sew it up for awhile, but the timing just never seemed right. You see, the really fun thing about this pattern is the huge pockets, and my daughter has never really been into pockets. She finally loves pockets... so it seemed like the perfect time to finally make this dress!

I chose the fabric "Raspberry Bramble" in purple from The Lovely Hunt by Lizzy House. Love it! The colors are so rich and vibrant in person. Also, the large print works really well for this dress. 

I made my daughter a 4T with a 5T length since she is so tall. It fits her perfectly and if she shoots up in height a bit over the summer it will still look great.

I had no trouble with the sewing... the dress came together quickly and easily with no particularly tricky parts. Just like the Bohemian Babydoll dresses I shared last week, this dress has no closures, so I enjoyed not having to add any buttons or zippers. I could definitely get used to that! My daughter loves her new "Blackberry Dress" so I call it a success!

Sharing for Kids Clothes Week! Even though I sewed it a little early, I have a 3-month-old at home and am lucky to get any sewing in at all. I feel justified in throwing myself a bone this time. Plus, for the last several Kids Clothes Weeks I haven't been able to get my projects photographed and blogged fast enough to share with the Kids Clothes Week community, which is kind of sad, so this time I am starting a bit ahead of the game. And that's that.

kid's clothes week

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

double gauze franklin dress

Here's another blast from the past...

I spent a lot of time in early December debating what dress to make my daughter for Christmas and I finally landed on the Franklin Dress pattern by Brooklyn Pattern Co. I'd been eyeing it for awhile and the 3/4 length sleeve option meant that it would be warm enough to wear in the (Texas) winter without having to go find a matching cardigan to wear with it.

I bought some coral-y red colored Cotton + Steel double gauze to use for the dress. It was my first time using double gauze and I do love it. It is so comfy cozy. Plus it looked Christmassy enough to wear for Christmas but no so Christmassy that it couldn't be worn year-round, know what I mean?

Since I sewed this six months ago, I don't really remember much about the process of making it. The pattern was clear but not quite as detailed as most of the pdf patterns I have used. This may have been a problem if it had been the first dress I had ever sewn, but since I have some experience it was very easy for me to figure out. Also, I always find it interesting how different patterns recommend doing things in different orders... some start with the bodice, some with the sleeves, some with the skirt. This one was out of order for me so I would probably switch things around a little next time, but that really has no bearing on the final project, just how my mind works. 

I did end up hemming the skirt a little higher that the pattern calls for because the dress looked rather pajama-y. I think it was due to the double gauze. It helped a lot to shorten it, but I left the extra fabric in the hemline in case I want to lengthen it as my daughter grows. 

I finished off the dress with a few vintage round faceted black glass buttons. I had originally intended to use gold buttons but the red fabric is kind of a funny shade and the black just looked better. Love how it turned out, though! I am looking forward to sewing a few more Franklin Dresses with different sleeves and fabrics. It is always so fun to see how the same pattern can yield such different results depending on materials and finishing choices.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

pink tiger bohemian babydoll dresses

I've been wanting to try out the Bohemian Babydoll Dress by Elegance and Elephants for a long time... ever since it was released, actually! I've seen so many cute examples online, plus one of my friends who loves the pattern has been encouraging me with all of the adorable dresses she has sewn for her daughters. I finally sewed some up and I'm so glad I did!

Ever since baby girl was born in February, I've been dying to make some matching dresses for my daughters, and since this pattern includes sizes from 6M-9Y it seemed like the perfect fit. 

I used an adorable pink tiger fabric by Cotton + Steel for the skirt and a dark denim for the bodice. Denim is one of my all-time-favorite fabrics to use in clothing because it pairs with everything and it helps tone down all the busy prints that I always seem to buy! 

The dresses came together easily and turned out beautiful. I especially love the flutter sleeves (with pink tigers peeking out from underneath!) and the facing detail on the hi-lo hemline skirt. I also have to say that I really enjoyed the fact that there are no closures on this dress, so when I was done sewing it was finished... no buttons to sew or buttonholes to agonize over. So nice!

I made a 6-12 month size for my baby and it is still a little big so I haven't taken a photo of her wearing it yet. I also just realized that I should really make a matching diaper cover. I'll add that to my project list! My 3-year-old got a size 4T since she is pretty big for her age. It fits perfectly but I was surprised at how short it is on her. She's tall so that's nothing new, but it made me realize that I should start lengthening her skirts from here on out so that they will last longer.

All-in-all, we love the new dresses! I especially can't wait to get a photo of the girls wearing them together sometime this summer!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

doll cat costume

Another thing I made for Halloween last year was a costume for my daughter's doll, Pretty Baby (the doll is actually an American Girl Bitty Baby but she has always called her Pretty Baby instead so we just go with it). A few weeks before Halloween, my daughter announced that Pretty Baby was going to be a black cat. She also announced that I was going to dress up as a knight... but that didn't happen!

Anyway, I thought that it would be cute to make an outfit for Pretty Baby, so I went looking for a pattern. If I had designed something myself I probably would have just made ears or a mask and been done with it, but luckily I found the Catwoman Suit pattern by Cole's Creations and it worked just perfectly. I cut up one of my old black t-shirts and the outfit came together very quickly. The pattern was simple and well-written, with tips on how to make a better, more durable doll outfit for those of us who haven't before. I can see how making doll clothes could become addicting... they use such little fabric, are easy to sew and don't require nearly as much perfection or attention to detail as an actual article of clothing does, so there's lots more wiggle room for errors. Plus tiny things are generally just plain cute.

I sewed the pattern as written (minus the catwoman mask), except that I added a tail. Unfortunately, Pretty Baby was sleeping in her crib in my daughter's room so I didn't get to try the cat suit on for fit before adding said tail... and I sewed it on way too low. Like in the crotch area. It looked great until I put it on the doll the next morning. Oops. But my daughter loved it and that is all that matters!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

astronaut costume

The first item I want to share with you is the astronaut costume I made for my daughter to wear for Halloween. She decided she wanted to be an astronaut last year in March, I think, and she talked about her costume every day, so it was a long wait until the end of October for her!

I put off designing the costume until October... I know I could have started sooner but I honestly thought she would probably change her mind before Halloween, but she never did! I decided I didn't want to make a costume that was too complicated or that could be uncomfortable or hard to wear - this was a 2-year-old I was dealing with after all... I wanted her to wear it! I ended up loosely basing my costume off of this photo I found on Pinterest (source unknown). I loved how comfy it looked, while still obviously being an astronaut.

For the top I made a Bimaa sweater with a hood. For the pants I made Go To Leggings. Both are such easy, quick patterns. I decorated the costume with black bias tape to imitate zippers and sewed on NASA and space shuttle patches I purchased off Etsy. I finished it off with black boots and an American flag... and voilĂ ! 

So simple yet so effective!

And the best part was that my daughter LOVED it! She still talks about it all the time now, over five months later! 

kid's clothes week

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I'm Baaack!

Long time no see!

I've been busy... specifically with this little one born in February!

Yep, she celebrated her 2-month birthday already this week! We are so in love with our newest addition. She is just the sweetest thing and I am trying to snuggle her and love on her so much. As you may imagine, this has led to not much sewing or crafty time for me (and zero blog time!), but I've been missing the creative process so I'm going to start making a concentrated effort to get back to it. I have several (cute!!) projects cut out and ready to sew and I'm itching to get going! (though that may require bringing my sewing machine down to the dining room table - sorry husband!)

On my blog, I'm going to start with a big no-no and try to catch up on all the stuff I've made since I went MIA while pregnant... starting with Halloween. If you hate that sort of thing, please look away... but I really love having [almost] everything I have sewn documented on this blog, so I'm going to soldier along and get it all up here.

See you soon... baby just woke up! :)

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.