Thursday, December 8, 2016

Little Laura Outfit

Miss H decided that it would be fun to be Laura Ingalls Wilder for Halloween this year. Because we had a bit of a time crunch, first a move and then a vacation, right before the outfit needed to be done, we chose to use a dress she had in her closet. I made an apron and bonnet, and we used some prairie style boots. Her costume was a hit, although many people were confused and thought she was Holly Hobby.

Apron Pattern: Violette Field Threads Rosemary Pinafore (the October 2016 updated version)
Fabric: Red on Salmon Tiny Flower Stripe from Little House on the Prairie by Andover Fabrics
Size: 6
Changes: I lengthened the longer version of the skirt of the pinafore by about an inch and a half.

Bonnet Pattern: Prairie Bonnett by AdoriesDesigns
Fabric: Blue Packed Daisies from Little House on the Prairie by Andover Fabrics
Changes: I used some pretty stiff interfacing on the bonnet brim, none was recommended.
Notes: I wouldn't recommend this pattern. It was the only pattern I could find last-minute in my daughter's size. The pattern writing, grammar, spelling, and instructions are atrocious!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Petal Girl Dress

My husband's brother got married in October to a fantastic gal, congrats guys! Miss H got to be their petal girl (translated: flower girl) at their beautiful wedding on the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. It was chilly and looked exactly the way fall ought to look. I had a few months to think about what style dress to make, and I wasn't happy with anything I was coming up with. I purchased some deep blue sort of stretchy lace at Fabric Depot in Portland on our drive back home in July, and I ended up with some buttery soft double gauze solids to pair with it.

I sketched out an Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek dress, but couldn't decide if it looked fancy enough. I spent hours trying to figure out how to make a dress with long sleeves look the way I wanted, and a friend suggested I look at the Violette Field Threads patterns. I ended up picking the Maisie Dress after she showed me some examples with fancy exposed zippers.

I ordered the zipper I wanted from Etsy, and went to work washing and cutting my fabric. Mid-sew we moved, and I worked hard to keep all the pieces, directions, and my sewing equipment together and clean. Our move was a week before we needed to leave for the wedding, and I panicked and ordered a back-up dress from Amazon. Three days before we left I was able to do the actual sewing, but my zipper still hadn't arrived! My husband found and ordered a 50 pack of various colors of lace zippers from Amazon, which did arrive in time, and did have one of the color I needed.

I still wanted to make the dress a little more fancy feeling for Miss H, so I ordered some hot fix Swarovski crystals and learned how to use the hot fix bejewler tool that Tom gave me for Christmas last year! It was so much fun that it made me want to immediately affix crystals to everything.

I'm very happy with the final dress, and will probably make more of them. The lace wasn't too bad to work with, and the double gauze was a dream.

Pattern: Violette Field Threads Maisie Dress with full skirt
Fabric: semi-stretchy lace from Fabric Depot, Robert Kaufman double gauze
Size: 6
Changes: I lengthened the skirt a bit, and I added a hook and eye at the top of the zipper.

Some Bicycle Sewing

Over the summer, I found some fun bicycle fabrics that I knew I wanted to use to make a gift for my good friend who was getting ready for her third baby to join their family. She has two older children that I wanted to make something special for as well. While we were home in the Seattle area in July, I found the Cycles of Life line of fabrics at my favorite little shop in Bothell.

In the end, I made a quilt for the baby, a shirt for big brother, and a dress for big sister. This was the first time I've made a button (or in my case, snap) down shirt with a collar, and I'm thankful it turned out well enough to gift! I found this tutorial by Nicole at Five and Counting to be a huge help!

Dress Pattern: Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress
Fabric: Cycles of Life by Kristen Berger for Maywood Studio and some yellow plaid from my stash
Size: 3
Changes: none

Shirt Pattern: Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt
Fabric: Cycles of Life by Kristen Berger for Maywood Studio and some unidentified chambray from my stash
Size: 3
Changes: I used snaps rather than buttons.

Quilt Pattern: 10" Twister Template
Fabric: Cycles of Life by Kristen Berger for Maywood Studio, red prints are from Bonnie & Camille

(I'm sorry for the poor colors in these photos, I had a hard time with the weather that day!)

A Cloud 9 Hide-and-Seek Dress

This post is a couple months overdue, but I still wanted to share this project because I love it so much! I think I could make the Hide-and-Seek Dress over and over again without tiring of the way it looks. This is the first time I've made something with Cloud 9 organic fabric, and I'm very pleased with the results! It washed well, held its color, and is soft to wear. Miss H loves the dress too, and wears it eagerly, which says a lot about the way the fabric feels.

Pattern: Hide-and-Seek Dress by Oliver + S
Fabric: Foxglove by Cloud 9, organic quilting weight cotton
Size: 6
Changes: none!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kid's Clothes Week: Roller Skate High-Low Top

This post is a little late, but it was actually finished last week! I made this pattern as an Easter dress last year, and the armhole ripped out after a couple wears. I saw the exact same thing happened to Gail's dress, and came to the conclusion that maybe I shouldn't clip the curves so closely. Because of the early demise of the dress, I have been hesitant to use this pattern again, but my 1 yard stash busting plan won out.

I wanted to make this top a little more interesting, but didn't want to spend the time embroidering anything. I decided to attempt a high-low hem line. I used the original length of the top for the front center, and tapered down with a small curve to about 3" below the original hem line. The back is pretty much just 3" longer straight across. I wasn't sure as I was putting it together if it was enough of a difference to be noticeable in the finished top, but thankfully it is! I like the finished top, and so does Miss H.

Pattern: Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress + Tunic
Fabric: Priory Square Clover Field from Art Gallery Fabrics
Size: 6
Changes: I used a snap rather than a button closure in the back, and I created a high-low hemline.