Friday, July 6, 2012


Ok, I am back and hopefully with more consistency than the last two months.  The beginning of the summer season is always hard because of the switch to being outside more and somehow an infinite amount of energy for my girls.  I have been doing a little sewing but mostly birthday gifts for little girls and babies to come.  Come back on Monday for a pattern review for a darling little pleated top that can also be a dress.
See you then!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Birthday Girl Pajamas

M’s 2nd birthday was last night and of course I had big plans of several things to make for her.  Her birthday outfit was finished during KCWC so I was set for that but I could not decide on what else to make for her.  She has plenty of hand me downs from A but I still wanted to make her something special that she would also get some use from.  So, I decided to make her a pajama set for the summer. 

The blue and white striped flannel was something my Mom brought me during her last visit and was from her stash of fabric, and I picked up the butterfly flannel on sale from Joann Fabrics.  Both fabrics were washed and dried prior to cutting so hopefully most of the shrinking has already happened.  The only reason I mention this is because I once had a pair of flannel PJ shorts for A that seemed to shrink every time I washed them.  They went from being too big to too small in about a month’s time and it was not because she was growing.  I also learned my lesson about drying flannel in the dryer and after the initial was I plan on drying them on the line. 

So, back to the pajamas.  I used a pants pattern that I already had traced off and just shortened it.  I put the shorts together like normal except I left the bottom hem unfinished.  For the bottom ruffle I just cut a strip of the butterfly flannel 3” wide, folded it in half and then gathered it up.  Once it was gathered I sewed it on to the bottom of the shorts, serged the hem to clean it up and then just top stitched it.  For the top I knew that it had to be something sleeveless because of the hot weather here.  I wanted to do something similar to a pillowcase dress but did not want to worry about a tie coming undone.  I decided to do a twist on the pillowcase style top and put elastic in the casing of the body and just measured some straps for each side.  The ruffle on the top was put on the same way as the shorts except I used two pieces that were 3” wide and just sewed a rolled hem on the bottom edge for a longer ruffle.

These were so easy to whip up that I decided to sew a pair for A as well.  I made them both a little big so hopefully they will last for the whole summer!  **These pictures are of A modeling the new pjs.  M was wiped out after her birthday celebration and crashed after opening presents.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blah, Blah, Blah

Ok, I know things have been pretty non existent here for the last couple of weeks.  The combination of KCWC sewing madness and speed sewing a couple of princess birthday dresses just put me over the edge.  I decided to step away from all of the girl clothes projects I had planned and wanted to work on something for myself that might take a little bit of time.  The Diplomat Dress by Lisette has been on my selfish sewing list for a while and I decided to just jump in.  After a few orders and some quick sewing projects I am back to sewing some princess dress up dresses for my little girls. 

I promise to be back in the loop and show you some of the projects that I worked on while I was gone from here as well as the new things I have going on.

Finished Items to Blog About

Diplomat Dress in Polka Dot Cotton
Colette Sorbetto Tank in Textured Pink Voile
Oliver + S Hopscotch Knit Dress – For A
Summer PJ Sets – For A & M

Working On

Blue Cotton Princess Dress – 3T – For M
Pink Cotton Princess Dress – 4T – For A
Purple Cotton Princess Dress – 3T – Birthday Present for A’s Friend
Felt Crowns – For A, M & Birthday Girl
Cotton Knit Shorts – 3T – For A – White Interlock, Denim Print Interlock
Animal Print Ice Cream Top – 3T – For A



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

KCWC Day 5, 6 & 7

Ok, so I dropped the ball a little bit at the end of KCWC but only in the blogging department.  During the weekend I worked on a couple different tops for the girls and at the end came out with several pieces for each girl and a good start on their summer wardrobe.  This is the first year that I have participated in KCWC and I loved it.  There was so much motivation from the flickr pool, Meg’s blog as well as all of the other bloggers that participated and posted about it.  I am still sorting through the flickr pool and looking for pictures that I want to save for future sewing ideas.

Since I didn’t do any blogging over the weekend I am going to do a quick wrap up of what I worked on for the last couple of days of KCWC.

Day 5

I worked on the second part of M’s birthday outfit.  I used the wonderful Oliver + S Swing set Tunic and cut the Children at Play parade fabric so it looks like they are parading around the hem of the tunic.  I am super excited about how this turned out and it looks perfect with the balloon shorts.  The only thing I am missing is the buttons for the back.  I picked up some small flower buttons last weekend but I am worried that they are too small so I might add some covered buttons instead. 


Day 6

On Saturday I looked at everything I had cut out and was not too excited about sewing anything in the pile.  I had an old shirt of mine that no longer fit and decided I would use the Toddler Swing Tank pattern from Kelli at True Bias.  Because I used a knit that would stretch I cut the back as one piece and because A is at least a 3T for length I added about 2” to the bottom.  I positioned the top just right so I could save the original neckline and used some of the scraps to make bais binding for the arm openings.  Because jersey does not fray I decided to leave the hem unfinished and help to preserve the length of the top.  This was a pretty quick project that I was able to finish in about 1.5 hours from start to finish.  This is something that A can wear to preschool and I don’t have to worry about her getting paint all over it.

Day 7

I had the Class Picnic tunic cut out for over a month and finally finished it this weekend.  The Lisette sateen is so soft and there was only a little bit of shredding while I was sewing it.  There are no exposed seams on the neck or bodice of this shirt which makes for no scratchy edges for my girls.  I added about 5” to the length of the top and my initial thought was it would be a tunic.  After I finished and tried it on A it ended up being more of a dress and I am still very happy about it.  She can wear it now as a dress and then when the fall hits she can pair it with leggings or jeans for a layered look.  With the way she is shooting up it might not fit as a dress long tough.  I have a couple of store bought play dresses in 3T and they are already becoming too short for her to wear without something underneath.

New Projects

We have a special joint birthday party that the girls and I will be attending this weekend for two little girls that live in our cul-de-sac.  They are sisters and one of them is the same age as M.

The theme of this party is going to be knights and princesses so I thought it would be fun to add to their dress up box. For my next project I am in the process of making them some princess dresses with cotton fabrics.  I picked up some white, light blue and purple cotton fabric over the weekend as well as some chiffon for an overskirt on each dress.  I am about half way through the first dress but will try and take some pictures while constructing the second dress so you can see how I did it.

Project List for the Week

Purple Princess Dress – 3T – For birthday girl S
Blue Princess Dress – 6 – For birthday girl K
Finish button holes and buttons on Swing set Tunic – For M 2T
Ice Cream Top – For A 3T – Animal Print
Cotton Knit Shorts – For A – Basic solid colors (white, black, navy) for under shorts



Friday, April 27, 2012

KCWC Day 4 - Balloon Bubble Shorts

My younger daughter M will be turning 2 in just under a month, sob.  My little baby is growing up so fast and I can’t believe it.  But, I am so excited for her birthday and knew that I wanted to make her something special to wear on her big day.  It has to be comfortable, cool and easy to play in because she will be at preschool that day. Going with the birthday theme I decided to use a couple of fabrics from the Children at Play line by Sara Jane Studios by Michael Miller. 

For the bottoms to M’s birthday outfit I picked the Oliver + S Puppet Show shorts which are some of my favorites.  They are super easy to sew up and look so cute.  A lived in these shorts last year and those were passed down to M for this summer.  I decided to use the balloon fabric from Sara’s fabric line and I think they will match the top that I have planned perfectly. 

These took me about and hour and a half to get done and I really wanted to start on the top as well but had to work on a few computer things for my husband.  There are a few little boo-boos (pocked binding was sewn on wrong and one of the leg bindings is sewn with the balloons going the wrong way) but I still think they turned out darling. 

Tonight is the Swingset Top in the Parade Print.  SO excited to see how this is going to turn out!!!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

KCWC Day 3 – Clever Charlotte Flutter Blouse

Well, I finally tackled a project that has been cut out and ready for over a month. 

It all started when I won a giveaway on the Clever Charlotte web site for a copy of the Spring/Summer 2012 Stitch Magazine which included their Flutter sleeve blouse.  The blouse is perfect for Spring and Summer here because it is so light and loose on the body and I knew that I wanted to make one for A right away. 

I got to looking in the stash and found a yard of the blue with white and green dot Lisette Lawn that I had picked up from Joann last summer and knew it would be perfect with how light and soft it is.  It cut into it right away and then it sat in my To Do pile for over a month.  I looked at the pin tucks and got nervous, I looked at the facing and got nervous, and I looked at the keyhole back and got nervous.  But I wasn’t nervous because of those things I was nervous that I didn’t have the skills to do them and I would mess everything up. 

Luckily I jumped in after getting some encouragement from another blogger and it turned out great.  It took me about an hour and a half to get it all sewn up and that is with chasing A around trying to get her in bed.  I think the sleeves look a little off with the shirt on the hager but I am sure they will look much better on a little girl (or I might have sewn them on wrong, who knows). 

There are supposed to be three buttons on the front of the top and one to hold it closed on the back but I do not have the right buttons in the stash.  I can’t decide if I should go with white, green or maybe even some covered buttons.  Of course this means a trip to Joann this weekend to check out what they have!  I am so excited for this top and can’t wait for A to try it on.  I see many more of these for the summer for both the girls.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

KCWC Day 2 - T Shirt Dress x2

I am not sure what came over me when I bought these shirts.  Now I remember, they were on the sale rack at Target.  The green is a pretty but an odd color and once I got home I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to match them up with something.  As luck may have it I bought some of the Tula Pink Price Charming fabric line not even thinking about these shirts and when I went digging through the stash I found that they matched up perfectly. 

Originally I had planned to make either a skirt or pair of shorts to match the top but A has been on a dress kick recently so I though I would make my girlies some matching dresses.  Oh, I have to fess up.  I also have one of these shirts in a size 5T so I will probably make some matching shorts for A when she grows into that size and has decided that she wants to wear shorts all the time. 

To cut the shirt I measured 4” down from the armpit and then cut it all off with my rotary cutter and ruler. 

To figure out the length of the skirt portion I just measured a dress that fit each girl from the chest to the bottom of the skirt and added 2 inches for hemming and attaching to the shirt. 

I used the full width of the fabric and positioned the seam in the back.  If you are making this in a bigger size or want the skirt to be a little fuller you can take 2 pieces of fabric and just have the 2 seams on the side matching your shirt.  Just and FYI: I usually use about 1.5 times the width of the shirt to find my measurement for my skirt fabric.

I serged and hemmed the bottom of the skirt and then gathered the top up to attach to the t-shirt.  I attached the skirt and top with a straight stitch on my regular sewing machine and then I used my serger to neaten up the edges. 

For the sash I just used white Kona cotton that I had from my stash and cut three 3.5” pieces the width of the fabric.  I took the first strip and cut it in half and sewed it together on the long sides.  I turned it right side out and pressed it flat.  This will be the main part of your sash that goes across the front of the dress.

The second two strips are going to be used for ties on each side of the shirt.  I cut each one of the straps in half, cut one end on an angle and then sewed them together leaving just the short flat end open.  Cut the seam down along the angled end and turn your straps right side out and press. 

This is the only place that gets a little bit tricky.  I measured the center sash to fit the front of the dress just covering the seam where the shirt and skirt match up.  I added about ½” to each side and then took each side sash and attached it to the center piece. 

I pressed the seam allowance towards the center strap and then pinned the center sash on the dress just covering the skirt seam.  I stitched along the perimeter of the sash on all 4 sides attaching the center sash to the skirt panel and to the shirt making sure to keep the seam ends tucked under towards the center. 

I finished both of the girl’s dresses last night and it probably took me about 45 minutes for the each dress. I will probably sew some white bike style shorts for A to put under her dress when she wears it to school and make a matching diaper cover for M.

Tonight I plan to start on the Clever Charlotte Flutter blouse.  I have been putting off sewing it because it seems like it might be a little above my head but I am jumping in with both feet and ready to start it up.