Friday, March 20, 2015

Sewing Rabbit: Knot Dress/Julie's Dress Mash Up


This month, Project Run and Play's challenge is to make something with Sewing Rabbit's Knot Dress.  I used it to make the girls' Easter dresses with some sweet rosebud fabrics.


Both girls were made a size 4 bodice and then for the skirt I used both skirt lengths and had a layered look like Sewing Rabbit's Julie's Dress pattern.  Laurel's is the size 4 lengths and Eleanor's is size 5.


Eleanor's dress is white lined in the pink fabric and Laurel's is pink lined in the white.


They loved the dresses so much, they insisted on wearing them and their crowns to buy milk after photos.  Such silly girls!


The crowns were made using this darling tutorial.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Treasured Heirlooms: Springtime Jubilee Pattern Testing



I've been finding/making more time for sewing lately and one of things I did was to test the under dress for the Springtime Jubilee pattern by My Treasured Heirlooms.  This is the same designer as the dress I made here.


The pattern includes an under dress and a smocked apron, both are really darling.  I used a fun puppy and kitty fabric that I was given.  Since I got it, I thought it would be fun to use it on a more traditional style dress.


 The under dress has a peter pan collar, puff sleeves, and button closure on the back.  On Eleanor's, I added lace to the bottom for extra length (and to cheat on the hem, I do not like hemming).  Eleanor loves twirling in it.

Silly face!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ottobre Design: #24 1/2015 Jeanie Skirt


Eleanor recently wore out her last pair of jeans (plus they might have been a tad short) and since she is allowed to wear jeans on Fridays at school, I decided I should probably make her a new pair.  I made myself a pair a little while back and had some leftover fabric.  Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough for pants, but it was enough for a skirt.


I used #24 from the latest kids edition of Ottobre Design, 1/2015.  It was a rather fast sew and turned out so cute.  It has an elastic waist, faux fly, pockets with flaps that snap closed, and topstitching. 


 The only changes I made was to lengthen it a bit and use a fun pansy print for under the pocket flaps.





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chandelier Update

When we got our new house I was super excited, because I got to have a chandelier.  After removing a wall of mirrors and painting it just didn't show up as much as I would have liked, plus from the start I wanted to paint it.  After Christmas, I finally got around to doing just that.  

One of the house listing pictures
Gold before painting
I used Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Pewter and it took two coats.


I love how it turned out.  It shows itself off so much better now.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Sewing for Me: Ottobre 2/2011 #1 Trento


I've been a bit frustrated with my lack of options for shirts, so I've been making an effort to make more time to sew for me.  This is one that I really only like in this outfit.  The shirt turned out way too short, even after adding to the pattern length.  I used a clearance nightgown for the fabric so it is nice and soft.  The pattern is Ottobre 2/2011 #1 Trento.  I have a favorite t-shirt pattern, but thought I'd give this one a try for more variation.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Serendipity Blouse and Capris & Giveaway


A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of pattern testing for The Mother Huddle.  Destri has a great new set of patterns out called  The Serendipity Collection.  I really suggest looking around her website, sewlosophy.com.  She did an amazing job and her videos make me want to be best friends with her.


I tested the blouse and capris.  These were some of the best patterns to test.  The pattern was very easy to follow and the attention to detail was spot on.  They really easy to customize to your tastes; it can be done in all the same fabric or two like I did on the blouse.  I also added piping to the bottom of the yoke on the shirt.


The capris have darling little cuffs and there is a front yoke.  My husband said they remind him of Aladdin pants, which I didn't see till he said something.


Destri is super awesome and is letting us testers do giveaways for the whole collection; blouse, trousers, coat and hat!  Just enter via the rafflecopter below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Project Run and Play "Signature Look"


For this week, I took care of two birds with one stone, Project Run and Play and Easter dresses.  My girls love wearing dresses and I love them wearing dresses.  One of my favorite dresses I made for Eleanor was the one I made for her to wear as a flower girl.  I used that pattern again.  It is Julie's Dress by Me Sew Crazy.  It doesn't seem to be sold anymore.


Thing after thing came up to keep me from getting this done, including a cold when I was trying to finish up.  Then it was raining so I couldn't get any outside pictures and this house has zero natural light.


The pattern calls for twice as much fabric for the skirt width, but apparently I can't read and was working from a half yard bundle.  I used Michael Miller's Glitz.  Laurel's is Mist and Eleanor is Glitz.  For the binding I used some glittery gold quilting cotton.



For the buttons, I used some beautiful gold and ivory floral buttons that were my grandma's.  The girls really love their new dresses.  Laurel even threw a tantrum when I tried to take it off.