Thursday, May 21, 2015

Easter 2015

Some time this spring I took Emily to Elegant Stitches, my really great local sewing shop, with me.  I'm not sure why I took her since I usually don't but all of a sudden she was walking up to me carrying a bolt of quilters cotton that she wanted a dress made out of.  While its pretty its not something I ever would have picked but she loved the print so we picked out a coordinate and bought enough fabric to make a dress.
Here is a closeup of the print.  I also decided that she just had to have one bow as big as her head while she's still little enough to pull it off.
Here is our current favorite new way to demonstrate twirl factor.
Finally one where you can see the dress.  This is the Oliver and S Garden Party Dress.  This pattern was a bit of a mixed bag.  If I make it again I will not put the waist band on the back as mine did not line up well at the end of the project.  I will also follow the directions for the arm binding instead of getting creative and ending up with and exposed seam under each arm.  Oh well its super cute and I think it bridges the little girl big girl gap nicely at the moment.
Her are both kids together.  Elijah is wear an Old Navy shirt and Target shorts.  He's also super thrilled to be having his pictures taken.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dress Swap 2015

I know I know life has been full and let's just say the end of this school year cannot come fast enough.  I actually have been sewing a good bit but the whole photo taking and thing hasn't been happening so much.  I'll try to go back and post some things and maybe just tell you about some things that I don't have pics of.  I really hate taking modeling pics of things for myself but have found some patterns I like.

I decided to participate in the spring dress swap on sewing mamas.  Here are some instagrams of the dresses I made.
This is a size 10 pattern mash up but the top is based on my current favorite pattern Jallie 3352  seriously if you don't have it buy it now and if you have it but haven't made it this one should be your next project.  I've made 3 for me, 1 for Emily, and this version for the swap.  Its super easy and I think it looks nice on. 

Emily really wanted to keep this one for herself but I sent it on anyways.  Its based on the dress pattern from this book.  I don't love or hate the book.  I don't really use it much though.  I really prefer buying patterns more then drafting them myself.

These are the two I received.  She loves both.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bits of 2014

So truth time.  I just haven't felt like blogging lately.  I did a good amount of knitting for Christmas that I didn't even get pictures of.  I also made a shirt so bad that I never took pictures.  OH and I have another shirt sitting upstairs waiting to have the strings clipped.  All that said here are a few not so great pictures of completed projects.
This is actually the first thing I made from the tween pattern parcel.  It is from Everything your Mama Made and More.  I love the pattern.  Loved it so much I bought a few more of hers.  Sadly one of those is the one that needs some serous help to work for me.  None the less this one was well drafted and her directions are great.  They are simple patterns but simple seems to be good as the little girl gets bigger.
These are the pants from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.  Its a lovely book and these are comfy.  The fit isn't quite right and I'm not thrilled with the butt zipper but I may give them another go and would love to make more from her book.  On a side note Emily now wants pink hair just like Gertie has in the book.
Emily and I made this together.  I'd been using a wreath my MIL gave us bc she didn't care for it for years and decided it was time for something I actually liked.  I followed the directions from this pin.  It took a bit of time but was super easy.
Here she is helping.

I have a bunch of instagrams too but at the moment I can't seem to get them liberated.  Hope you like this little bit of stuff. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mustache Top

Let me begin by being honest and telling you I'm a little over mustaches everywhere.  I just think kind of like chevron they are a bit overplayed.  Not to say you will never see me use chevron again mind you I just think its sort of lost its shine.  Same with mustaches but I was really drawn to this print on Girl Charlie so I figured why not?
I used not one but two patterns from Perfect Pattern Parcel 5 for this outfit.  I used the Mimi dress which was a pain to make and the yoga pants which were great.
So first the Mimi dress.  When I looked at the parcel I was least impressed by this pattern but it grew on me a bit and I thought the tunic length would be cute out of the mustache fabric with a fuzzy collar.  Really it was the collar that gave  me fits.  There were so many sizes all on one sheet that it was impossible to trace accurately without a color printer and then mine just wouldn't line up the way I thought it should.  After nearly giving up (trust me if I hadn't liked the fabric I would have quit) I looked more closely at some of the sample picks and I think its on the way its supposed to be.  Other then that it was an OK but not great pattern.  I doubt I will make it again but who knows.
As for the pants they went together like a dream and fit her really well.  I know they look long but little miss has pretty thick soled shoes at the moment so they work well together.  I used some of that really think JoAnns Rib knit for these and I think it was a good match.  I'm not sure if I would have purchased the pattern on its own since I have versions of yoga pants already but now that I have it I think it will be a go to for a while. 
So there you have it for those two.  All in all I'm having fun with this parcel and am looking forward to seeing what is in the December parcel. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sleeping Sunki

Here is my second offering from Perfect Pattern Parcel 5.  This is the Figgy Sunki dress.  I had been lusting after this pattern for a while when it popped up as the bonus pattern in the parcel.  I'm pretty sure its also the one that pushed me over the edge in terms of buying the parcel.
I was drawn to this pattern because of the unique pocket detail and my pocket loving not yet tween also loves these pockets.   I like the way they look, she likes that they are flannel lined.  I will tell you though they were a but of a pain to make.  There are directions and pictures but it still took me a while to wrap my brain around exactly how they went together and I felt like the pattern pieces were not shaped quite the same way as the pieces in the drawing.  That said once I figured it out it wasn't hard so that could have been me.
I used my Far Far Away 2 sleeping beauty fabric that had spent way too long curing in my stash for the body of the dress and pink flannel for the pockets.  I ended up having to recut the front because a line had worn into the fabric at the fold.  If you look closely you can also see that she has a long sleeve shirt on under the dress.  She said it was itchy and I've known her long enough to know there is no point in arguing with her on this point.
Once I got past the pockets this one was easy to sew.  I did choose to use my invisible zipper foot instead of following her directions and I gathered the sleeves instead of making the little pleats.  I could see making this pattern again next year.  I think its a nice winter dress pattern (there is a short sleeve option for spring).  I'm glad to have it in my stash even though its not a pattern I can see using often.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Playhouse Nightgown

I'm guessing most of the online sewing community has heard of the various Perfect Pattern Parcels by now.  I think I've considered buying all 7 well 6 of 7 since I don't sew bags.  That said to date I've only purchased parcel 5.  It was the tween girl parcel and while Emily really isn't a tween yet and she edges closer to a 7 in many pdf patterns I'm just not willing to buy the little girl ones anymore.  I still wasn't sure about this one but I had not tried out any of the designers yet and thought all the patterns looked pretty cute.  At this point I have sewn all but one of the patterns and will be reviewing them individually over the next week or so.

First up the Playhouse Dress from Fishstick Designs.
I'll be honest here.  I think it was the fabric she used in her pdf pictures but the more I looked the more it looked like a night gown to me so I decided to just make a night gown.  It turned out cute and was easy to make but as drafted its a major fabric hog.  You could fix this by straightening the skirt just a bit but I didn't bother for this one.
I used knit fabric for all of the pieces though you could use a woven for the skirt and sleeves.  I like that you can use both bc I still have a lot of cute woven fabric hanging out in my stash.  These fabrics were both in my stash as well which is why I didn't mind using so much fabric for the skirt.
Someone else also appreciated the extra fabric in the skirt.

I'm pleased with the outcome of this project.  The pattern pieces lined up well and the instructions were easy to follow.  I'm not sure if I would have purchased this pattern on its own but its one that I'm glad to have in my stash even if I just use it for night gowns.  I think it could also make a cute tunic top with a few modifications.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cupcake Hat

I've really been enjoying making hats these days.  Well that and looking through ravelry for patterns that I just love.  Some of my favorites are the cupcake hats so I made this one for Emily using leftover yarn from the sweater I made her last year and the dolly Emily from a few years ago.
It was a pretty simple knit.  I didn't like the way they did the bobbles though so I made them my own way.  I think she looks a bit more like an ice cream cone but that's still pretty cute.
Here is the link to the pattern.  I also left off the pom pom since I never put cherries on cupcakes.  Well that and bc I didn't have any red yarn at the house.