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!!

Sharon





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!


Sharon

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!!

Sharon

Monday, November 24, 2014

American Doll Closet/clothes hangers Tutorial






Sweet pea recently received her very first American Girl Doll, so you ladies know I just had to sew her Isabelle doll clothes!! Ellie Inspired has so many great AG doll patterns, in fact almost every pattern she has there is a doll version of them. I am sewing my way through every single pattern too! Now that brings me to today's blog post. Right now Miss Isabelle has 7 dresses and a shirt/skirt set with nowhere to put her clothes so I had to make her one. (Now I say that like I didn't want to, you know I did!!!) You can find all her doll patterns here.


This closet is really very easy and quick to make. I used a crafting crate from Jo Ann's but you can find these at Wal-Mart as well. I paid $8 for mine on sale. I also bout a 1/2" round dowel rod a 1/4" dowel rod.



To make the curtain rod and the clothes rod I marked on both top sides of the crate. For the clothes rod I marked the center of the second from the back panel, 3" down. (I used the 1/2" dowel rod for this one)
For the curtain rod I marked the first panel on the front top side down 2" from the top. (I used the 1/4" dowel rod for this one) My wonderful dad then drilled both holes for this using a 1/2" drill bit for the back and 1/4" for the front. Then cut each dowel rod to the same width of the crate then glue in with wood glue. At this point if you want to you can paint or stain the crate.






Here is the view of the top od the closet, the curtain rod in the front and the clothes rod in the back.



Now onto the clothes hangers!! These are just as easy and quick. I took some wire hangers from the dry cleaners and cut off part of the top curved part and the sides/bottom just like the photo above. I used wire cutters for this part.




I then used needle nose pliers to bend the top into a curved shape and the sides in to make a bottom. I bent the sides at the at the second indentation  on the clothes hanger.




Now to keep the two ends together I used duct tape so there would be nothing to snag on the clothes. You could even use the fancy colored/printed duct tape too for this part.








Now they are just the right size for the doll's new wardrobe! This is her EL pink Ballerina dress. I am not done yet! Now for the curtain!











Cut one big rectangle 16 1/2" x22" and four smaller ones 2"x3". The smaller
ones are for the curtain tabs. Then pressed the curtain a 1/4" then another 1/4" to make a narrow hem.  Then stitched just the two short sides and the bottom, leave the top unstitched for now.

 



Next fold he curtain tab in half the long way to make a narrow tube. Stitch the end and the long side, leaving the one short end unstitched. Turn and press. Then top stitch the three stitched sides. (see the picture above)



Now take the four curtain tabs and place them evenly spaced under the narrow pressed hem of the top, pin in place, then stitch the across the top sewing the tabs into place.






To finish the tabs you can add buttons and button hole but to keep it simple for my daughter so that she can change the curtain herself I use hook and loop tape. I cut four small squares of the hook and loop tape and sewn them onto the front side of the curtain a 1/2" down and to the tab on the front side. Lastly just add your curtain to your new closet and you are done!!






Now your daughter's American Girl doll has a place to store all her beautiful home made clothes!



Isabelle is modeling her Ellie Inspired Miss Merry Mack dress. It is the very same dress as Sweet pea's too. Sweet pea loves that her doll ahs all matching clothes as hers. They will look great this Christmas!





Next up will be all the clothes I have made her so far!

Until then Happy Sewing!!

Sharon






Sunday, November 9, 2014

Olaf Big Sister and Brother Outfits for Winter and a sale!


My two little ones lately love have matching outfits and have requested a few of them....ok Prince C first requested a matching dress like his sister but I found him some patterns that were better for him, lol.  



Both children had seen this amazing smocked insert over on a Face Book smocking stitches group that a wonderful woman shared with the group, the Olaf smocking plate. I have not smocked very much for Prince C so I wanted to it for him. Along with the smocking plate both children really loved the fabric that this gal used as well, Olaf the snowman. It took me a while but luckily my mom found it for me a Wal-Mart. (Jo Ann's now carries in store as well) For Sweet pea's dress I used the Miss Merry Mack dress, the very same dress pattern as her plaid Christmas dress. This one I added pin tucking to the bodice and I fuss cut the blue Olaf fabric to make the baby piping to tie the bodice into the skirt.



I added a sash onto this dress too. (The sash is included in the pattern as well.) That was one of her requests that it have a bog bow in the back. Also not really seen but is the Icing Skirt that is under her dress. It gives the look of one of those gathered pettie skirts but this skirt sews up so much easier and quicker. It has several circle skirts sewn onto a waist band, no gathering what-so-ever in this pattern! It took me about 2 hours to sew. It was pretty much all sewn on my serger, the neatest part of the skirt is that the edges are sewn with fishing line in them! It gives the skirt this lovely curvy edges to it.

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/clothing/special-christmas-colloboration/120153

You can see the Icing skirt better in this picture of Ellie Inspired. I love how the how the edges of this skirt curl! It can even be worn without and over dress too.


The bodice of her dress has these light blue pin tucks on it. I thought the light blue would look lovely on the white bodice and help tie in the skirt fabric. I fussy cut the Olaf fabric so I had just the blue snowy part od the fabric to use to make the piping for the bodice.





For Prince C outfit I used the Dancer and Dasher Dungarees with the Buttons and Bow body dress shirt. I added in the smocking insert to the overall's. It was my very second time picture smocking, were there is room for improvement I am very happy with it! One of my new sewing/smocking friends helped me with the picture smocking. I plan on making more of them! I really love it. (Now to get my own pleater, hint, hint hubby!!)

Here is a close up of the Olaf. I was so happy that he really looked like Olaf when I was done! Yes, it is the little things that make me happy. :-)


For his shirt I used fold over elastic for e leg openings. It made sewing this a bit quicker and I love the way it fits on him and the way it stays tucked in his pants as well!

I cannot wait to see what these two little ones request next time!

For this week the Miss Merry Mack dress and Icing skirt are paired together for a great sale on Crasty at 25% off! You can find them here.

Happy sewing!!


Sharon