Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Izzy and Ivy Stella Dress, The Queen of Hearts


Today was school registration day for the three youngest so Sweet pea was able to wear one of her new dresses over to school. (Prince C wore his smore Sketchbook shirt with navy shorts). She chose her favorite Stella, her Queen of hearts Alice in Wonderland version. I am nuts over the new versions of the Alice in Wonderland movies. It's many the costumes. I would love to try and sew many of the wardrobe up but settled for this dress for now. ;) 


The pattern is the Stella from Izzy and Ivy with a skirt mod I made to it after seeing all of Jessica's dress. The wonderful part about this pattern is that each fabric I had only one yard of it and made this with a few left over scraps to go into my Children's Library quilt blocks. (A year long sew along I am in, I will share that here soon as I catch up!!) The funny thing about this dress is that Sweet pea was not sold on the fabric choice until the dress was done. She sure has a mind of her now! 


We both love the fit of the Stella. She said it is very comfortable and pretty. I made two already and have plans for at least two more for this autumn to be made. One will be shirt with a few mods made to it. I will share a tutorial when I have it all made on how to! 


This dress even has a lovely sash for my girly girl. All the gold on both dress fabrics and hem band/sashing is metallic. Perfect for the Queen of Hearts. 


I still cannot believe that this little girl will be starting second grade here within the month. The years have flow by and I am sure they will not slow down any time soon. I will try to hold on to her a little more tightly and savor the time. 


You can find the Stella pattern over on the Izzy and Ivy Etsy shop here. I highly recommend all of her patterns! 

Happy Sewing!

Sharon 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Forth Of July Sewing and Price C 5th Birthday

First off Happy Late Forth Of July!! I know it has been very quite on here this past year but I cannot believe how busy I have been in life. The kids keep me busy and remodeling the house it taking a lot of time. As summer is half over the thought of back to school sewing is getting into full gear here! Our youngest will be starting a half day of school this autumn so I have at least two children to sew whole wardrobes for! I am planning on things for the older ones as well, they will just have to wear and love it, like it or not. ha! 


First up today is Prince C  Forth outfit. I used my trusty old Sketchbook pattern from Oliver and S. I honestly cannot get enough of this pattern still! I cut out four tops and three shorts so that each piece can be mixed and matched for school. I did cut out a size 4 for the very first time so he will get lots of wear out of each piece. It did have me crying that my baby boy is really wearing the last size now in this pattern. Thank goodness I already own the bigger size! (Although that didn't make me feel at the time of sewing these!) 


Little guy sure has grown up! 

I have sewn so many of these shirts and shorts that I no longer to to read that pattern, ha! I need to recount how many I have made but I know it is over 50. If you have not bought this pattern for you little guy I highly recommend it! It has been a staple for all four of boys. 


Now onto miss Sweet pea's forth o July dress. I used Oliver and S Pinwheel dress pattern, one size bigger than she wears so we will have plenty of school wear out of it. The fabric is very special in that my grandmother sent it to me. She is over the moon for it and has worn it so much that she needs a second one for the wash while she wears this. 


This pattern is a very quick sew and very much fun to make that I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this pattern. Another one I highly recommend! I love that this dress is a two piece, a slip dress with the tunic over top to make the pinwheel skirt. Love! 



I added a white rick rack with red sparkle stitching that goes through the center to the bias tape top for fun scalloped look. 


Sweet epa loves the fit and that it twirls! I love that there was no gathering needed to make the skirts! Sewing was so much faster because of the skirt style. 


Lastly on this I did change teh back to add a button loop in stead of using the ribbon. The loop can be found in the Ice Cream Dress pattern. 


Lastly, onto the birthday boy!! We always have a low key party so I wanted to make him something fun to wear this year. I used the sketchbook pattern for this set as well but with a fun smore fabric and denim shirts. 


Prince C now loves to eat smores so he was so excited to have shirt with them all over it...and it not be sticky. ha! 


I sued a jean thread for stitching the shorts. The waist band was a little think sewing so I had to use a heavy duty needle for stitching. I did break one on the hem. oopps. They did turn out great though. 


Happy Birthday to my little Prince C!! I still cannot believe that you are five now. I am excited to see what the new year brings you. 



Happy Sewing!!

Sharon

Monday, May 8, 2017

WWD Amuse Boho Blog Tour


Hello and welcome to the first day of the Amuse Boho Homecoming tour!! I am so excited to be apart of this tour. I am a big fan of Winter Wear Designs, as they are one of my leading favorites of women patterns out on the market. The fit is always fabulous for all sizes and the instructions are always very clear. So now more about my Amuse tunics, yes I made two! When I first seen the pattern I new that I had to try a smocked version. If you have not been to my blog before I will let you know that I am a sucker for anything that has a bit of smocking in it. This was really the first garment that I have taken the plunge to smock for myself as well. I am quite pleased with the end results as well. 





To add the smocking was quite easy, no mods where made to the pattern itself to add the smocking to the gathering portion. This one one thing that I love about the Amuse pattern is that there is so much room for creativity! 


I used Woodland Lawn fabric for this tunic as I love the drape and it pleats up very nicely. Perfect for hot summer days. I think I will be using this as a cover up for those beach days as well. 

Another wonderful feature of this pattern is that it comes in three lengths. I choose the tunic length for both of mine but there is also a dress length and shirt length as well. Also the back has two options as well. I choose the straight back as I love the lines of this pattern. I love that it works so well for all seasons as well. I can see a fall dress or two in my future! 

Next up is my knit version. I adore the way this one feel on but it looks dressy enough to wear out. I am not a t-shirt kind of gal so I am very thrilled with this one. I used knit fabric from a new shop online called The Fab Clique fabric Shoppe. This shop is wonderful for price, shipping, and costumer service! I will be purchasing more knit form this shop soon.


While I didn't do any mods for my knit version there a knit version hack including in the pattern. This one was so easy to sew up and quick as well. It took longer to cut than sew. Well I might have been i a hurry to sew as I couldn't wait to try this one on! 


You can find the pattern here, 

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Use the hashtag #amuseme to share all Amuse sews - 1 winner will win WWD pattern pack and special fabric prize from the Fab Clique!! Share here over at Winter Wear Designs Fun group.
Special Discount at the Fab Clique - the 'Amuse Bundle' 4 yards for $24
 Be sure to check out all the stops on the Amuse Boho Homecoming tour!! 

Happy Sewing 
Sharon  
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Garden Party With a bit of Smocking Added


Sorry for the long quite spell on here. My life as usual has been a coaster ride this past fall. My advice to you is never take good health for granted.  I am starting to feel back to my old self now and I am looking everywhere for my sewing drive now. It seems to be hiding. While I am looking for for my lost friend I will share some things I finished this past fall, including today's dress. 


This was to be Sarah's dress last Easter but alas I didn't get it smocked in time, however this year I am ahead of schedule. The boys will all wear their outfits I made last year and the the two middle boys will get mama made pants too. Caspian still needs a new shirt to go with his Art Museum set as well. 

Well back onto this dress! This dress was made with my beloved Oliver and S patterns. They are always wonderful patterns and this was my first time sewing up this one. Of course I added added the mod of the smocked insert, as you can see. It was really quite easy to do. I did separate the bodice top from the skirt and added seam allowance to the the bodice and skirt where they were separated at. From there I measured how many rows I needed to smock and worked out my patterns. The smocking plate I used was the very same one from Sarah's Fairy tale Easter dress a few years back from the Sew Beautiful Magazine but I did change it up some to accommodate the separate skirt piece. 


Here is a closer look at the smocking. I want to make a big shout out to Barb and Diane for all the tips on how to make the roses onto the smocking!! I always been able to make them on flat fabric but for some reason on smocked fabric was a challenge. I can proudly say that no more now. The smocking is edged with self made piping as well. I just adore piping. 


The back of the dress. This was a one side boarder fabric so I took advantage of the layout for the back bodice and bottom skirt. I did fussy cut the whole dress to have the pattern layout I wanted. All the grey fabrics are from the same piece of fabric. I used three yards for a size 6. I did have left over fabric as well. 


here is a closer look at the back bodice. 


While this dress is made late it will still be perfect for this Easter this year and for once I am ahead! My daughter just adores it even though there is not one speck of pink and these colors do look lovely on her. 


Happy Sewing ladies!! 

Sharon


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sewing For Prince C


So it has been very quite here for while. I been taking a break from sewing altogether with some leg problems that has slowed me down and then had surgery at the beginning if July.  While healing is coming slowly I have been finishing up those UFOs. First up is two Sketchbook shirts for Prince C. One is for family photos so no pictures just yet but here is one of them. I love the fall colors in this print and he loves it because it looks like southwestern to him. 


Prince C was very lacking in some tops so I made him the size 3. (I have one more finished and three more in the works) It's so hard to believe this little guy is on a size 3 already! It seams just yesterday I was sewing him a size 18 months. I did decide to get more wear out of all his clothes that I would make him several new sailboat tops to layer over his sketchbook shirts the fall and winter. He loved doing this last year so much. 


For all his Sketchbook shirts now I make them as a two pieces collar. It is a very easy mod to do as all the pieces you need are already in the pattern. I love the way the collar like this sits very nicely. 


I paired this top with his Sailboat denim pants. Another Oliver and S combo that I love. 


Hopefully within the next two weeks I will get up a tutorial on how to make this shirt with the two pieces collar. 

Until next time, 
Happy Sewing!!

Sharon 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mother's Day Blog Tour, Sewing With Liesl + Co


Happy Mother's Day Early! I am happy to be apart of CBAT Mother's Day Blog Tour. Today I thought I would share you ladies a few of my favorite tops I have sewn myself. I have made these a while ago but never have taken time to blog about them or share them. 


First up is Liesl + Co Gallery Tunic made in Art Gallery Voile. This is the perfect top for summer and early spring for me. I burn so easy so this fabric is light weight enough for it to be worn as a long sleeve even in the hot summer sun. 


I do wear this top a lot as well. I love the pattern and the ease of the construction as well as the fit. I made a straight size 18. It loose fitting so I could size down but I love the breezy feel of this one so I do adore the fit as is. I am hoping to pair it with a capris this summer. 


Next up is the most worn shirt to date. It is nothing fancy but is sewn in my all time favorite Art Gallery knit fabric of mine. It reminds me of Florida and makes me smile.   I used the Liesl + CO Cappuccino Tunic in all knit. I all this tunic pattern as much as the first pattern I talked about. I have yet to make it in a woven but hope to soon. It is divine in all knit.  The fit is straight from the pattern, no mods needs. This is the second top I have made in all knit with this one. I must make a all knit dress for fall and one denim dress for fall as well. Defiantly a staple in my wardrobe! 






Be sure to visit all the blogs this week (their links won't be live until the date listed, but I encourage you to visit!): 
 5/3/16: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins 
 5/4/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug
5/5/16: Melissa from Rebel and Malice 
 5/6/16: Heather from All Things Katy 
 Happy Sewing and I hope you enjoy your Mother's Day!

Sharon 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Oliver and S Bubble Dress in Voile; Whimsical Fabrics Blog Tour

I am so glad to be apart of the Whimsical Fabrics Voile fabric tour! For today I picked one of my favorite patterns to sew up today, Oliver and S Bubble dress. AS this pattern goes from a size 3 months to a size 5. My little girl is now wearing the size 5 so this is also part of our size 5 project. (O+S size five project is for all those little ones outgrowing the pattern size rage, we are trying to sew one of each of these patterns before she will forever out grown it.) 


Now I adore the Bubble Dress pattern. It was one of the second batch of Oliver and S pattern that I bought. I fell in love first sew! It is so quick and easy to sew and is such a sweet dress. I will confess that I have always dreamed of sewing this dress in voile, they always seamed to be a perfect match. Now that I finally have they really are perfectly paired! 


This dress pattern is fully lined so I used the same fabrics as the inside as the outside. My daughter adores this dress so much because of the "silk" feel. She does have a beautiful silk Bubble dress as well (a gift) and this is the only dress that she has said that she loves to wear as much as that one. I had to pry it off of her when it was play time. That is the highest complement from a child I would say. 


Even her doll Grace had to have one. Lucky for that both of these are so quick to sew. I think they both will need another set very soon. (The doll is mine that I made to look just like the O+S version).


I finished both dresses with some vintage yellow velvet ribbon that was from my Great-grandmother. It makes this dress that much more special to her and I both. 


You can find both the pattern and the voile in the Whimsical Fabric shop by following the links below. Use the coupon code VOILE to save 10% off all store Voile. 



Thanks for stopping by!




Be sure to check out all the posts this week! So many different uses for Voile! 3/14: 
Larissa from Connected by a Thread 3/15: 
Denita from Hattielu Handmade 3/16: 
JaNette from Merri Poppins 3/17: 
Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins 3/18: 
Stacey from From a Box 
 You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.

Happy Sewing!!

Sharon