Monday, July 20, 2015

Simplicity 1793 with a modification

I love this pattern. It always makes the cutest outfit no matter what! I just love this whole outfit! The inspiration came from a photo I found on Pinterest and the moment I saw it I knew I had to make for my girl. But...I wanted to do something a little different.




Instead of button holes for the straps to tie, I wanted to make it a halter top and have it tie at the back of the neck. I extended the piece in the back for the bodice, sewed a casing for the elastic to cinch the top up, and presto! An easy modification for a great summer look. 



I had a friend do the embroidery for me. I couldn't find the perfect lime fabric to go with the rest of the outfit, so I decided to do white, but it needed something extra. 

Now, I am totally not one of those people who puts their kids' name/monogram/initials on every stitch of clothing. (Friend, you know who you are. :) ) But I have to say, it was the perfect decision for this project, and I kinda like it.



It's summery....it's sassy...it's adorable. It completely works for my little sassy girl. 

I do love this Simplicity pattern. 1793 has three options for different looks...dress, shorts, pants, top, even and apron add-on. It's a great little pattern and a must-have for anyone sewing for a girly girl.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Boy and his Stuffed Puppy: Matching PJ's

My son has this stuffed dog. He LOVES this toy. He got it from someone, I want to say between the ages of 18 months and 2 years old. When we asked him what he was going to name the toy he said, "Woof woof". And the name has stuck ever since. 



One day he asked me to make Woof woof some pajamas, because he wanted them to match at bedtime. Aww, how cute.


So I got to work. I had the perfect fabric, and the perfect pattern to make the boy and stuffed toy matching pajamas. I used the Monster's Rock fabric from the winter pj's, cut out the smallest baby size pattern for the puppy, and a larger size for the boy for growing room. Alex and Anna summer PJ's to the rescue from the Peek-A-Boo pattern shop.


When I finished the pj's the boy was asleep so I quietly went into his room and took out Woof woof and put his pajamas on him and put him back in bed with his boy. The boy was all smiles when he woke up, not the happiest to know that Woof woof left his room though. The next night he asked what he was going to wear to bed and I mentioned the matching set of summer pj's and I got the biggest smile out of that boy. He raced to put on his pj's that night instead of being his usual pokey self. A refreshing change from the usual bedtime routine.


They look so cute together!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Gnomeville A-line top and Bubble shorts

I absolutely love this fabric! Love, love, love. It. 


Cut gnomes watering plants, working in the yard with mushroom houses, and hanging laundry...what's not to love? They are just so dang cute. And the Christmas version...gah!..even cuter!

I searched Pinterest for ideas about what to make with it. I finally settled on an idea. A cute A-line top, Peter Pan collar, and matching bubble shorts.


I drafted the Peter Pan collar myself to match the neckline of the A-line top. I used the First Day dress (MADE) A-line dress and top version to make the top. I found a free Peter Pan collar to work off of and then modified it to work for this outfit.


My kids like to ruin a potentially good photo op by making silly faces. I still love it.

The bubble shorts are just the KIDS shorts pattern (MADE) and widened the legs so that I could gather them to get the bubble effect. 

I would have liked them to be more bubbly, but it works for me. 



And the whole thing looks adorable on my girl, who was less than enthused about wearing it. Maybe I should stop asking her to try things on when she is doing something she likes? Nah. That is one of the perks of parenting. :)


Love.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Peppermint Swirl Dress

I have been saving this fabric for about a year now for just this purpose. Other things came up and I just now got around to making this dress. Also, there was quite a bit of prep work and it just seemed daunting to me. It needn't be. Everything worked out great!
(The Peppermint Swirl Dress from Candy Castle Patterns.)



One adorable dress, and kid.




So much fabric!

Another thing my dress-lovin' girl likes is a dress that can twirl. And this is the perfect dress for just such a thing. 




She has a little growing room as well so she will get some use out of this dress. 




Even if you are sitting, the dress is beautiful! Love these photos.



My dress-lovin' girl should be very happy with awesome Mommy-made wardrobe for the summer.

I have a few more outfits that I have made for her to share as well. I am very excited about them because they are awesome!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Simple knit dress: Brown dots

I just love this adorable knit fabric. Brown with white dots. So simple. So cute. I knew instantly it would make a wonderful "First Day"-like dress. 



The top is like a t-shirt and the skirt is mostly a circle skirt. I didn't have much fabric to work with, so I just had to make it work. And it did!



It goes perfectly with cowboy boots. Fun!


This whole outfit just screams simple country girl. 



Good thing we live on a dirt road. It goes well for a country girl look.

It is a wonderful, all around, great dress to play and jump in.




Just remember, you can always run home little girl.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Long Dresses

As much as my girl loves a dress, she will ask for a dress that goes all the way down to the floor, you know, like princesses dresses do. Well, ok, I can do that. So I did.



Neither of these dresses sport the best sewing job. Practice is definitely needed in this area. A happy girl is a happy girl either way.


She now has two knit, long dresses perfect for the warmer weather. I have one happy, happy girl.




Happiness in a dress.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Chevron

I love the easy simplicity of this whole dress. As much as I would love it if my girly girl would wear skirts, she prefers the dress. What is a sewing mama to do?

So, I attached a skirt to the bottom of a tee and voila! Instant dress.



I cut off a couple of inches from the bottom of the tee so that the skirt piece would be in the proper place.



I love it so much!



And so does she!