Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mini Aura Lee smocked dress

I have been absent from blogging lately but it is time I get caught up with it! Here is the first of many doll clothes I will sharing this week. The dress is a smocked one. I have recently received a 16 row pleated so the smocking bug is now spreading quick! 

The pattern is one from Ellie Inspired (Of course!) It is the Mini Aura Lee. I followed the pattern other than trimming the dress in baby pink lace and adding a ruffle at the hem. The pattern calls for a longer dress with growth tucks added but this one seemed to need a ruffle for spring time.  

I really enjoyed smocking this one. I love the look or wee half rows. They seem just the right size for the doll bodice. The dress reminds me of something that the Samantha "girl" would have really worn many years ago. A very classic look to it. 

The dress only took my three hours to sew but a whole week to smock but it was really worth it. The pattern was really easy to follow and I think I am getting the hang of pleating and smocking now that I am going to venturing out a bit from just sewing them and I am working making a few patterns up myself. (my first two patterns released this past month, you can find the Mini Penny here and the Mini Skinny Jeans here 

I can't wait to share all doll clothes I have been making, well over 50 garments now. (Do you think I have gone over board?!?) Until tomorrow, 

Happy Sewing!! 


Monday, March 9, 2015

Peter Rabbit: Piper and Pete Romper

With spring around the corner it is time to start thinking and sewing for the warmer weather that is on it's way! I was very happy and lucky to test This adorable romper pattern from Ellie Inspired last month. I adore the vintage feeling of it, the collar and the back lines are awesome! The button placket is very clever and looks almost hidden. The pattern can be made with shorts or pants and for style for a girls or style for a boy.

The romper is roomy enough for my skinny guy for me to layer this romper for the colder weather still. (he has a T shirt underneath I made him) I made some baby piping for the collar and hand made an applique' of Peter Rabbit to the bodice portion. He and I are big Peter Rabbit fans! He reminds me so much of him too.

This was a size 24 months. The pattern runs from a newborn size to 36 moths so he should be able to wear this style for about another year until potty training starts.

I am not sure who loves this outfit more, me or him.

You can find the pattern over here.

Happy Sewing!!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Sweet pea's new baby doll

Sweet pea received a new baby doll for her birthday, she was a bit late in getting here but she did make it. She is the Bitty Baby doll from the American Girl company. Since the move I had not sewn her new baby up an outfit. As I was told that Ella the waldorf doll and her could not share clothes and she needed her own things.  (I just love my Sweet pea!)

So first up is Ellie Inspired pattern Mini Holly Days made to a day gown length paired with our Mini Bonnet pattern. I couldn't leave her nappy uncovered so I made a wee little pair of bloomers to cover it.....

with ruffles on the bum! I made Sweet pea several pairs when she was a baby too so it is wonderful to be sewing wee things even if it is just for baby doll. I have been given a list of things to make her and I have my own list of things I want to make her too so this dolly will be as well dressed as Sweet pea's other American Girl doll. I do love sewing wee little things. 

Happy Weekend!!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Easter for my Prince C and my Sweet pea!! (and miss dolly too!)

This year I am ahead of the game and have both the two little ones Easter outfits sewn. Sweet pea outfit is the ModKid Addison dress and Prince C is the Oliver + S Art Museum vest/pants and the bow tie is also from Modkid.  (The dress shirt is form my very favorite boy pattern from Ellie Inspired, The Button and Bows onsie shirt)  (yes I have been sewing up a storm still but you will have to wait to see all the wonderful things I am working on)

I am helping host a sew along for these terrific outfits over at Whimsical Fabrics. (I am show you how to make the girl and doll dresses) Danielle even has these wonderful kits you buy with everything you need to get started other than the thread. Easy Peasy right? The kits are even on sale to right now with the code:SewAlongSavings and save 10%.

You know Prince C loves this outfit! I am sorry it took me so long to get around and sew him one. (almost 2 and 1/2 year?!? Where has the time gone to?) He has already worn it out to town a few times and has to show everyone the bow tie and vest and awesome welt pockets. The pattern for the Art Museum features these awesome welt pockets (the pattern takes you through step by step on how to make these)  and has lovely crisp darts on the front of the vest and the back of the pants. These pants are so wonderfully made too! They look so professionally made after I finished them, he loves them as much as I do too. I see a few more of these in Prince C future.

Yep he even loves the belt in the back too. :-) (he insisted he needed the belt too)

This dress is such a quick sweet sew. I love the two colored fabric and the skirt on this one. This is one of those patterns that was on my to try list for a few years now so I was more than excited to get and sew it!

I love the vintage style of the sleeves and cuffs and the under skirt peeking out from the over skirt. I did pick some of my favorite colors for the dress and surprisingly Sweet pea loves them just as much as I do. The wonderful thing this pattern too is that it has a matching pattern  doll pattern. The pattern fits both her American Girl 18" doll and her Bitty baby 15" doll too.  

Sweet pea really loves the doll dress!

If you would like to come join in on all the fun you can go here to join the sew a long. You can find the kits for the sew a long here and remember to use the coupon code too!  Did I mention that there will be prizes too for the sew a along for just sewing with us?!?

Happy Easter early!!!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Penny Vintage Coat and Dress

I have been quite here on the blog lately, that means I have been working on a ton of surprises! So Here is the new pattern from Elli Inspired that I was able to help test this month, it the Penny Vintage Coat and dress pattern. It is for sale right now in the Bundle Up Sale on pattern Revolution.

I adore this coat! It is perfect for Sweet pea to wear over her dresses (just the right length on the skirt of the coat). This one will be worn over her Easter dress this year. I used a pastel blue stretch twill for the outer coat and matching flannel backed satin for the lining of the coat. I used purple piping that matched the knit dress to line the collar and the right side of the coat. The button are even the same lavender from the knit dress too. I sewn the tie of the coat to slightly stretch the twill so it makes it swirl into a lovely curl when tied.

The knit dress is very lovely too, it has a drop waist with a ruffle neckline and the neck line and sleeves are finished with a knit bias (love this!!) I will be for sure making a few of these dresses for her for summer time too. She even has some knit fabric already picked out. 

The coat can even be interlined for the colder weather but we just lined ours for spring. Lucky for us the winter really has not been here this year so it works out great.

Recognize the hat and mittens?? My hat I crochet last year and missy's mittens form LTTS book. Both have gotten so much use out of them.

If you would like the pattern it is on sale right now in the girls Bundle up patterns.

Happy Sewing!!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas Eve Night Gowns, Sweet pea and dolly matching ones

SO I am waaayyy behind in blogging about any sewing at all. I promise you that there has been sewing, lots and lots of sewing but no blogging. So this month as the kiddos go back to school I will try and play catch-up with all the lovelies I have made. First up Sweet pea's Christmas Eve night gown for her and her new American Girl doll!

I used the pattern All Tucked in from Ellie Inspired for both Sweet pea's and the doll's night gowns. I used a light weight red cotton fabric for both (sorry but I forget exactly which type of cotton it is) and trimmed each in lace and ribbons. The big girl's pattern was wonderful in showing how to make each growth tuck perfect in size and evenly spaced. It left me standing back admiring my work! The pattern does also have the pattern piece and instructions for using a pin tuck foot on the bodice but you know me I had to add the traditional pin tucks to the bodice. I did this buy cutting out a rectangle piece of fabric and marked my lines, sewn the pin tucks and then cut out my bodices for both the doll and the big girls.

The other part of this pattern I love is the lace that runs down the center of the bodice. It reminds me very much of Ana Sofia's style on her dresses. ( I just adore her sewing style so very much!)The skirt is trimmed in lace and so are the elastic casing on each sleeve for both Sweet pea's and the dolls. Both were a labor of love. Sweet pea's loves this style of night gown very much seeing she always tries to wear her dresses to bed al of the time. She told me that this is her princess night gown. I plan on making one for each season for her including the sleeveless version for the summer time. Did I mention that the pattern comes with both the girls pattern and the doll pattern as well??!

This is one of the many things I have to share! Come back tomorrow and I will share Prince C's Christmas Eve pj's you with too!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Welt Pocket tutorial

I love sewing welt pockets since the first time I sewn one. I was always a bit scared of trying them but it turned out that they really are not hard and after practice they are quite easy and so satisfying to sew as well. I thought I would share a little photo how-to tutorial in hopes of making it a bit easier for others to learn how to sew these amazing pockets as well.  

Let's get started! First you transfer your marking for the welt pocket placement on your pattern pieces. I draw a rectangle on the back side of the vest and on the front side I place a dot on each corner.  (these marking make it a lot easier when it comes to pinning and sewing later)

Now transfer the same marking onto the two top pieces of the welt bag pattern pieces.  (rectangle on the back and the dots four corner on the front)  Then on the four pieces cut interfacings transfer the rectangle as well.

At this point iron on the cut interfacings to the wrong side of the pattern pieces, matching up the rectangle boxes that you transferred form the pattern. (I used the Dapper Lad pattern but the same goes for the Jack Frost knickers or the Celebration Chinos patterns as well)

Next on all four welt pocket bag pattern pieces finish the edges. I serged mine but you can narrow hem them as well.  

Now remember those dots on the front of the pattern pieces? Match those up so that both right sides are facing each others so that each dot matches together. Pin these pieces together in place. Then, sewing on the side with the welt bag on the wrong side; stitch the two long parole lines,  locking the stitches at starting of the line and locking them again at the end of each line. (see Picture just below this one)  

You can see the sewn lines in this picture better. I drew a the cut lines but you don't have to do this part. Cut the center with the rotor cutter and ruler and then trim the "triangle" at the ends with the scissors.

Be careful when trimming with the scissors to cut to the stitching but not into the stitching. This will make for a nice and neat corner when turned.  

Turn the welt back to the wrong side of the vest and press.

Now press the bottom side of the welt pocket up towards the top.

Refold the topside of the bottom back down again at the opening of the pocket on the front side to create a new fold and press. This is what the back side looks like...

and this is what the front side looks like at this piont.

Now we are going to stich the pocket into place to the front of the vest. Working from the font side of vest (or pants) stitch right down the side as close as you can to the vest itself right over the triangle. There is a mark from where you have transferred from before so you will be stitching right on this line. (just stich over this line only as well and not down the entire pocket pieces.


The stitching will go right through the back layers but not the front. 

It makes for a nice and tidy front finish. :-)

Now pin and sew the pocket back to the front with right sides together at the top.

Press this two seams open, then pull the bottom of the pocket pieces together and pin then sew then togehter.

Then press the two pocket pieces into place then pin and stitch the sides closed. 

Flip over and admire you pocket!

This vest is for Prince C as you already figures out I am sure. It's for his Valentine's Day outfit. You'll just have to wait to see the entire outfit but it's coming together pretty cute so far!

Happy Sewing!!