Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Practicality Won this time.

I bought the Emmaline Maxi Dress pattern awhile ago when it was on sale, and it has been sitting on my computer ever since.  I came across it in my documents yesterday and decided to give it a go. 

I finished Jenna's today, but practicality won, and I left off the longer bottom ruffle that would have made it floor length.  I can't imagine her getting much (really any) wear out of a floor-length dress.  For real!  It is still maxi length and gorgeous!

I made the pattern as written. . .almost.  Well, who am I kidding?!  I completely changed the construction method.  The pattern has you put together the front bodice and skirt separate from the back bodice and skirt and then put them together at the side seams.  I don't like the finish under the arms this way, so I sandwiched the front bodice between the two layers of the back bodice before sewing it right sides together.  When I turned it, I ended up without any exposed side seams on the bodice at all. 

At any rate, I love the pattern and will make it again.  I have Allie's already cut out of a black and white chevron print.  I think it is going to be beautiful!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's a maxi-dress kind of weekend!

I was browsing in blogland last night and came across Katie's post about the Signature Dress pattern from .  I've been meaning to draft a pattern for a maxi dress for my girls, so when I saw this one, I decided to give it a go. 

At $10 for the pdf pattern, it is a little more expensive than I usually pay for e-patterns, but this thing has TONS of options!  There are several different sleeve options, different pocket options, including in-seam side pockets that I will definitely be doing next, and different waist options.

Oh, and it can also be made in different lengths.  I went with a maxi length dress out of Chez Ami striped cotton lycra.  I decided to do flutter sleeves and the elasticized waist option.

Jenna measures in between the charted measurements for the size 5 and the size 6/6X.  I want her to be able to wear it awhile, so I made the size 6/6X.  I need to tighten up the elastic at the waist on this one. 

Next up is another maxi dress, this time in a woven.  The fabric is pre-washing in the machine!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independance Day!

Wow!  It has been a long time, hasn't it?  I've been sewing some, but I haven't done anything I wanted to show here.  Since I'm off work today, I took the opportunity to make a new outift for Jenna.  I stuck to the red, white, and blue theme, but I didn't want it to scream 4th of July, so I went with non-themed fabrics in shapes and colors that I know she will get a lot of wear out of.

I started with the Classic Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern by Oliver + S.  I pinned the shorts from Siestas and Sewing awhile ago, so I could refer back to her tutorial for how to add the ruffles.   It worked perfectly!

They are made from some red linen-look fabric I picked up at Joann's yesterday.

For the top, I used the top without the sleeves and added bias trim to finish the underarm edges and for the ties.  I put the monogram on it before constructing the shirt, so the inside doesn't have any scratchy stabilizer.  It is made from very thin denim.

Because the top for this pattern as written is a fairly close-fitting woven shirt without any closures, the armhole area is very roomy.  If I do it again, I'll adjust for that, but I like it a lot anyway, and so does she.

I hope you are having a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Best Swimsuit Yet!

I'm actually pretty impressed with myself this morning (LOL!). . .this swimsuit came out exactly as I envisioned it.  I've been pinning swimsuit inspiration over the past few months, and I designed in my head one that combined my favorite parts of each one, a ruffle here, strap placement there, etc.

This fabric is Chez Ami swimsuit lycra, which I absolutely love.  (I have coordinating board short fabric and matching green terry that I plan to make cover up pieces for the girls with as well, but that's a post for a different day.)

It is a tankini, which is my preference for the girls. . . they make bathroom breaks 100 times easier!  I attached the straps near the center back to keep them from slipping off her shoulders.

I used my usual Kwik Sew bikini bottom pattern because it provides the coverage I think they need.  The top started with the Seahorse one-piece pattern from Ottobre.  I tried a new technique for the straps.  I've done bound edges on suits before, but I've never put elastic in the binding, and it has always seemed pretty flimsy.  I used the tutorial here and absolutely love the results.

And even though we haven't brushed hair or washed faces yet this morning, this picture is too cute not to show.  She has informed me that she is going to surf when we go to the beach.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

My First Oliver + S

I've gotten to the point in sewing for my girls that I don't often buy new patterns for them.  I have plenty of patterns and plenty of Ottobre magazines, so I can usually find exactly what I want to make in what I have, and if I can't find exactly what I want, I can find something to start with. 

But when I saw the Classic Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern from Oliver + S, I had to have it.  I like both pieces and can see myself sewing the shorts and the shirt for the girls. 

I love woven shirts for my girls, but I don't often make them any beyond a basic peasant top.  This top has a similar feel to a peasant top, but a slightly more classic look.  

I decided to sew it up in this brown pin-dot seersucker I ordered from Chez Ami.  I did lengthen it slightly, so she can wear it with capri leggings.  I love the length of the sleeves, and both the sleeves and hem have nice deep hems.

This was my first time sewing with an Oliver + S pattern, and while I didn't need the level of detail she includes in the instructions, I found them extremely clear, and the techniques result in a nicely finished shirt.

I have the shorts cut out to try next, but I will definitely make more of the shirt.  The yoke provides a really nice opportunity to add a monogram.  In fact, I may still go back and add one to this shirt.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Come on, summer!

We have had some gorgeous spring weather lately (on days when it isn't raining), and there's nothing that gets me in the mood to sew quite like the prospect of sewing cute summertime outfits for my girlies!  A new toy doesn't hurt either.  For my birthday, I got a new serger, and it is SO nice. 

I've decided that Jenna's summer uniform will be capri and bike-length leggings and tunic-length shirts and dresses.  They are cool and comfortable.    Here's the first set.

The leggings are from Otto 4/04 and the shirt is adapted from the basic t-shirt pattern from the same issue.  (I'm sure I could have found a pattern like this one in my pattern stash, but I already had the right size traced for the t-shirt, so I used it.)

Isn't the fabric pretty?

I made her several other pairs of leggings as well. 

Allie asked for a pair out of the denim-looking knit, so I made a pair for her too.  It has been quite a productive weekend for me!

How about you?  Are you thinking about spring and summer yet?