Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pretty Frocks and a Top


 
pattern:  Antoinette by the very talented Nele (I love the School Photo dress with scallops that she sewed)
size:  128
fabrics:  Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons in Crocus, Aloe, and Camellia  (from Pink Chalk Fabrics)
 
This dress was a true collaboration between BK and I.  The pattern was my choice (with her having final approval, of course) and the fabrics were all her idea.  I turned her loose on fabric.com and had her put all the solid Kona Cottons she liked on the design wall.  It was truly interesting to see what she chose!  There were plenty of pinks and purples but also a smattering of greens.  I then had her make groupings of 3. She narrowed it down to 2 groupings and chose the above combo as her absolute favorite. 
 
Antoinette
 
I admit I was a little nervous and not sure the colors would indeed work well together but happily, they look the same as they did on the computer monitor.  I used a narrow off white piping to accent the armholes and unique pockets. 
 
 
 
I don't know which I  like more...the collar and bow on the front or the back with the V and invisible zipper.  Wouldn't this dress be fun all in one color but with slight variations in shade?  Next time!
 
 
size:  6
fabrics:  Roco Beat Ornamental Fabric from Hobby Lobby and Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton, Breakers & Azure from Pink Chalk Fabrics
 
MG didn't get quite as much input as BK did with her dress.  I chose the pattern and the main print fabric.  But I did let her choose 2 solids from the print to use for the pleated front section and for the bow.  MG and I are pretty much in sync...I would have chose the same colors!
 
 
The Birthday Party Dress is a relatively new addition to my pattern stash.  It was one of those that I didn't think much of but then I kept seeing cute versions pop up in the flickr pool.  Next time I sew this pattern, I'm going to try this tutorial and make some tunics with cap sleeves.
 
I made a tulle skirt for K to wear for Easter but unfortunately, the skirt ended up being a hot mess.  I rushed through cutting the tulle and ended up with a section in the back that was much shorter than the other layers.  It kept sticking out and just looked wrong.  Luckily, K has plenty of spring/summer dresses and wore one of those instead.
 
 
"Tiny Shiny" Top
 
pattern:  "Tiny Shiny" Top, Ottobre Design Woman 02/2014
#16
size:  40
fabric:  Lisette Lawn (spring 2012 collection) from Jo-ann Fabrics
 
The top has 2 flounces across the front with self fabric straps and an invisible zipper in the back.  The flounces and hem are finished with a rolled hem.  It's a bit big on me.  The neckline should lay flat across the chest.  I've lost about 10 lbs. between running and a bout with a vicious stomach bug and the first place I tend to lose inches is my bust (sadly!).  I really should have measured myself before tracing the pattern off.  But it was good enough to wear with my cardigan.:)
 
Easter Sisters 2014
 
Happy Easter!
 
 







Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kids Clothes Week & Perfect Pattern Parcel



Spring has finally sprung here in coastal Virginia, time to bust out the short sleeved shirts and shorts! Since there isn't a whole lot left over from last year that fits I have been back behind the sewing machine, just in time for Kids Clothes Week.:) 

All the clothes in this post were made using Parcel #2 from Perfect Pattern Parcel.  (I was invited to blog about Perfect Pattern Parcel and given the patterns for free.)  I chose to sew the Celestial Tee by Figgy's, Hosh Pants by LouBee Clothing, and Prefontaine Shorts by Made with Moxie (bonus pattern). 

Pattern Parcel #2
 
patterns(s):  Celestial Tee / Hosh Pants
size(s):  6/7 with an extra inch in length / 6
fabric(s):  Paris Green knit from Girl Charlee / pink cotton/lycra twill
mods:  added an inch in length to the tee using the shorten/lengthen line on pattern / cut off the pants to shorts length and didn't hem the shorts

Pattern Parcel #2

I love the slim fit and the flat front waistband of the Hosh Pants.  MG typically wears a 7 slim in ready-t0-wear pants and still has a bit of grow room in the size 6 Hosh Pants.   I'm hoping that Sarah will size the pattern up so that BK can have a pair.;)

Pattern Parcel #2
 
Instead of hemming the shorts, I sewed a line of stitching approximately 5/8" from the unfinished edge.  The fabric will gently fray (more) over time and leave a nice little white fringe. 
 
pattern parcel #2
 
size(s):  6/7 with added length / 5 (7/8 kid size)
fabric(s):  Royal Purple knit from Girl Charlee / stripes from IKEA
mods:  added 1 1/2" length to tee / stitched the outside seam of the shorts instead of overlapping
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
The Celestial Tee has quickly become a favorite of mine.  I love the pleats at the neckline and the high/low hem.  It's a quick sew too.  It took me only 45 minutes to sew the purple one. 
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
The shorts were a gamble for me.  I dug through my stash of bottom weights and wasn't feeling too inspired by navy, khaki, and olive green.  At the very bottom of the tote was this striped fabric.  Do I dare?  Yes, of course!
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
I went all out with the stripes and turned them horizontal for the pockets, opting for black and white in the front.  I also used narrow white bias tape to finish the pocket openings and the hems.  I didn't want to take away from the impact of the bold striped fabric. 
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
Per the pattern instructions, you overlap the front of the shorts over the back approx. 1/2" and stitch the layers together.  I didn't want to break up the stripes on the side with the bias binding so I stitched the outer side seams right sides together.  I was concerned that the stripes would be a bit over the top but I love the final look of the shorts.

 
Parcel #2 patterns and designers are:
Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain
Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing
Celestial Tee by Figgy’s
September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations
BONUS pattern: Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie

For more inspiration, check out my fellow bloggers and their creations:
 Shawnta SewsP comme PlimplimCailaMadeWhile she was sleepingYoSaMistitched togetherSew Like My MomMarina Bebelexi.madesewVeryCall AjaireI Married SupermanGirl like the seaStitchedCompagnie M.Buzzmillsfloating worldfake it while you make itSewing Mama RaeAnnaOur Chez NousNeurosesGaloreBehind the HedgerowNeedle and TedKadiddlehopper2 little hooligansMax-California.comSiestas & SewingSo Cal Sewing Momlauren dahlLa gang à NatFrances SuzanneRadiant Home StudioModern HandmadeA Jennuine LifeIt's Always Autumnlea & larsI Seam StressedSo, Zo... What do you know?Andrea's NotebookSteph SkardalNutta!SewponyMade With Moxieimagine gnatsInder Loves Folk ArtPienkel
 



Saturday, April 5, 2014

I have been sewing....


Well, hello there!  It's been awhile since I've posted but never fear, I'm back.  While I was gone we spent a week in Florida (a much needed respite!), visited with family, outdoor track & field and indoor flag football seasons started, and we celebrated the first birthday of the 2014 birthday season.

 
One of MG's birthday present requests was for a pair of jeggings.   Luckily, I had just enough jegging fabric left over from a few years ago to sew one more pair. 
 
 
Jeggings
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design 04/2011, #20
fabric:  knit denim fabric from Jo-ann Fabrics
size:  122
mods:  added 4 inches of length
 
Jeggings
 
Her other request was a jean jacket like her big sister's.  Yes, I could have sewn one but instead I picked up a like new one at the thrift store right before we left for vacation.  I had grand plans on sewing the little girls all kinds of summer clothes for Florida.  But as so often happens, time got away from me and there was no way I could do that (and sleep too).  The girls are so rough on their warm weather clothes that I hate to pay full price at the store.  And right before we left, any warm weather clothes in the stores were not on sale.  A morning spent at the thrift store netted the girls several pairs of shorts and tops to supplement what clothes still fit from last summer.
 
I did manage to sew one new top for each of the little girls to wear while we were on vcation. (BK is sick today so no pictures of her top yet.)
 
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design 03/2012 #25 "Hopscotch Tunic"
size:  122
fabric:  large scraps from my stash left over from other projects
 
This pattern was not a good choice to try and make when I should have been packing.  My hurried attempt didn't produce very nice results.  In particular, the gathering of the sleeves and woven skirt section with clear elastic were horrible!  Once we got home, I chopped off the skirt section and unpicked the sleeves to fix it.  I ended up gathering the old fashioned way (basting stitches) and am much happier with how the top looks.  It's still not perfect but I don't cringe every time I see it.;)
 
 
"Hopscotch Tunic"
 
One other sewing project that I finished over a month ago is another button down shirt for K.  This time in a plaid shirting...
 
 
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design Women 05/2012 #7 "Gardener Cotton Shirt Blouse"
size:  34
fabric:  cotton plaid shirting from Fabric Mart Fabrics
 
 
"Gardener Cotton Shirt Blouse"
 
 This shirting fabric was bought for my son but when it arrived the cornflower blue was a little more purple-y than P would have liked.  K's high school colors are purple and gold and she had been wanting a plaid button down shirt so the fabric didn't go to waste.  I used a yellow, subtle floral for the inside collar stand and inner plackets.  
 
 
"Gardener Cotton Shirt Blouse"
 
 
Since I'm in a confessing mood, K hasn't worn this shirt at all.  I used a heavier weight interfacing for the plackets and collar and she doesn't like how stiff the button placket in particular is.  Maybe a few turns through the washer and dryer will help?  It's a shame as the chambray shirt gets worn pretty much every time it's clean.
 
I'm looking forward to sewing sun dresses, shorts, swimsuits, and tank tops as the weather slo-o-o-owly starts to warm up.  It's officially spring after all...even if it doesn't feel like it!
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Terrific Trifecta Top!


Amanda at Kitschy Coo has been at it again.  Her newest pattern was released today...the Trifecta Top!

Trifecta Top
 
Straight from the pattern's description (since Amanda sums it up way better than I ever could!)....
 
"The Trifecta Top is a versatile wardrobe builder with loads of customisation options! There are three necklines (high scoop, low scoop, and scooped V-neck), three sleeve lengths with hem or band finishes (cap with hem or band, elbow length hem or band, long sleeve hem or band), and two shirt lengths (a hit-at-the-hip hem length and a marginally longer waistband length). Fitted through the bust, there is gentle side seam shaping through the high waist before skimming through the hips. Scrap hoarders will be delighted that there are also options for a tiny pocket, contrasting shoulder insets, and a centred triangle inset to showcase those small scraps you can’t bear to part with. With easy to sew raglan sleeves this top is a perfect introduction to sewing for yourself and testing the sewing-with-knits waters; a super fast sew and straightforward to fit. More experienced sewers will enjoy the myriad customisation options and more challenging insets and V-neck. Colour-block the sleeves and body for a sporty baseball style, utilise the inset neckline triangle for a retro sweatshirt look, or throw something fancy into the shoulder insets for dress up occasions! There are eight sizes included in the pattern, ranging from a 30” to 44” high bust, and a 24” to 38” high waist."
 
Trifecta Top
 
K's top is a size 1 with long sleeves, a low scoop, and hemmed.  Mine is a size 3 graded out to a 4 from under the bust down with long sleeves, a low scoop neckline, and hemmed also.  I used a hefty white cotton/lycra knit for the main part of both tops and lighter weight cotton/lycra jersey for the contrast sleeves.
 
I can't wait to try some of the other looks.  I think a short sleeved, scooped v-neck top would be perfect for the warmer weather that I'm sure is on it's way.  You hear that winter??  It's time for you to take your cold temps with wintry precipitation and hit the road!


 
PS  Thanks for all the encouraging comments regarding the 5k.  They really boosted my morale!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Shirt, Pants, 5k

It's wrestling season again!  P needed some new ties and button down shirts as everything from last year was too small.  He has definitely outgrown the Oliver + S Sketchbook pattern so I gave a new pattern a try.

Kwik Sew 2974
doesn't he look thrilled?;)
 
pattern:  Kwik Sew 2974
size:  14 with extra length
fabric:  cotton plaid
mods:  added an inch in length for the body and sleeves
 
Overall, I was happy with the Kwik Sew pattern.  The fit is good on P.  My only complaint is how high the shirt tail hem comes up on the sides.  The tie is the grown up version of what I made last year. (Purl Bee Father's Day Tie)
 
 

One thing I need to work on if I'm going to keep sewing plaid shirts is the placement of the plaid.  I get so wrapped up in matching it on the side seams and front that I forget about balancing the pattern of the plaid on the front panels and the back.  Next time, right?

"uncomplicated" leggings

pattern:  "Uncomplicated" leggings, Ottobre Design 04/13 #15
size:  116
fabric:  Charcoal gray cotton/lycra from Girl Charlee
mods:  took a little of the width out from the hips

MG is doing Girls on the Run through her school and wanted some leggings to wear for running when it's cold.  I had grabbed the Fall 2013 issue (thinking there was a traditional leggings pattern in it) to take to my parents' house for a spot of sewing.  There was one but the smallest size was a 128...too big for my tiny MG.  So, I gave a new silhouette a try.  There's no center front/back seam in these leggings.  When she first tried them on they were pretty loose through the hips and had some funny bagging in the crotch.  Taking in the side seams a bit through the hips eliminated the issue. 

If you're not familiar with Girls on the Run here's a little blurb from their website....
"Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness."

For the "celebratory 5k running event" each girl has a running buddy.  I figured that K could do it with MG, after all she's my runner.  Come to find out that the running buddy has to be over 16 years of age.  That left me.  Time to dust off the ol' running shoes!

Once upon a time I did (kind of) run--before I got pregnant with MG and the summer after I had BK.  But it never stuck.  And truth be told, I'm probably in my worst shape ever.  There's no way I'm letting MG down though! I've downloaded the C25k (couch to 5k) app on my phone and I'm working my way through the program.  I completed the week 2: day 2 workout this afternoon.  The 5k is May 10th.  

"uncomplicated" leggings

 I'm discovering that when you have a goal (the 5k race) it makes you a lot more motivated to get out there and run.  I only hope I can keep up with MG!


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Classic Pattern

One of my all time favorite sewing patterns is the Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress. But it's been a few years since I last sewed one. A few weeks ago, Christine posted on Instagram asking for help choosing fabric combinations for a Jump Rope Dress. Around that time, I had been trying to decide on a pattern for a new long sleeve dress for BK. Why not the Jump Rope?
 
 
Jump Rope Dress

pattern:  Oliver + S Jump Rope dress, view B
size:  7 with 8 length
fabric:  cotton/lycra poplin from Fabric Mart Fabrics and a small floral quilting cotton print from Joann Fabrics
mods:  finished the sleeve hems with bias binding, lengthened dress

Jump Rope Dress

When asked what color dress she wanted, BK requested purple.  So I pulled all the solid purple fabric I had in my stash (not much, it was this and a darker shot cotton) and she chose this one.  Digging through my scraps, I found just enough of this small floral print to eek out the placket and bias strips.  I chose to finish the sleeve hems with the floral print so that the dress had longer sleeves.  It always seems like my kids outgrow the sleeves before anything else!
 
 
Jump Rope Dress

BK paired the dress with an In Threes cardigan for church on Sunday.  Since the turquoise cardigan was such a hit, my mom knitted another one for her.

Now I owe MG a new outfit for church.  She has picked fabrics and I think I'm going to use the Clever Charlotte Orchid minus the bow on the top.  I'll get to it soon... 

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hopscotch in Hearts


Seeing as BK already had a heart shirt to wear to school on Valentine's Day, I had to make one for MG.

 

Heart Hopscotch

pattern:  Oliver + S Hopscotch
size:  7 width, 10 length
fabric:   Rainbow Tiny Hearts Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee (2 years ago) and blue ribbing
mods:  additional length added

Heart Hopscotch
 
I had plans to make MG a special shirt for Valentine's Day well in advance of the actual day.  But as usual, a million and one things conspired against me and instead I spent yesterday afternoon sewing her a top.  Notice the splint on her pinkie finger?  I got a call from the nurse at her school on Wednesday that she had hurt her finger in PE.  I didn't think too much about it and planned on her staying at school and coming home normally.  After the second call from the nurse and a recommendation that I take her to the doctor's for an x-ray, I went and picked her up.
 
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Ick!  Not the little owie that I was expecting.  The doctor didn't think x-rays were necessary as the finger wasn't displaced.  So, she gets to wear a splint for the next week or so and is excused from volleyball (and any other contact sports!) in the meantime.  But it's not slowing her down a bit.:)
 
Heart Hopscotch
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day!