Friday, February 5, 2016

American Girl Inspired Knee-high socks and Tight Tutorial





I been sewing up some cute doll socks today and I thought I would share with you how to make some yourself. They are crazy easy to make and so much fun! These are all made with adult socks and knee-high women's socks. They are so much fun that I have plans on making some dress socks and a few more knee-high pairs. Well lets get started! 


1. Take the sock you are using and turn it inside out. It only takes one sock to make a pair of doll socks or leggings. This is a men's dress sock here that I am using for the doll knee-high socks. 


2. Measure down from the top of the sock 5 3/4". Cut a straight line across. If you are making a pair of dress doll socks cut this shorter, more at 3".


4. Cut up the middle of the sock to create two equal pieces. One for each doll sock. The top edge of the adult sock will become the top of the doll sock.


4. Now either sew with a zig zag stitch or your serger the bottom edge and the sides where the raw edges of the sock are at. Sew in one continuous line, curving at the corner.


5. If you are making a pair of the leggings skip step 2 but cut the sock (this needs to be a knee high adult sock to be long enough for doll stocking) right above the heel. Cut the middle of the sock just as in step 4 but stop 3 1/2" from the top edge. The top edge of the adult sock will be come the waist band of the leggings. Sew or serge all the way around in one continuous lines as before.


 Tun the socks or tights right side out and you are ready to style your dolls!


These are some fun holiday ones for St. Patti's Day. I think she will need a fun green outfit to go with them now. 

This is what the knee-highs look like with boots, they are the wrong color of boots and the wrong style but you get the picture. ;-) Now we are looking for some killer boots to go with all these great socks.


Happy Sewing!! 

Sharon 

Winter's Dance Skating Dress PDF pattern for Dolls Plus a Free Sweetheart Doll Dress pattern!


Happy Friday everyone!! 
This morning my pattern Winter's Dance Skating Dress released! This PDF pattern is for both the 18" doll and the shorter baby doll style dolls, like the Bitty Baby doll.  This dress is a vintage style ice skating dress from the 1950's era.  I really love the designs from that period of time! 


The dress is fully lined and has a circle skirt that is sewn in two pieces, easy for a directional print fabric to used. The lining of the skirt "peeks" out form under the top skirt some so it is a great place to add a fun color to the dress.  The bodice of the dress has darts as well to add really lovely fit and details to the bodice. The sleeves have a slight gather to the top and the dress is finished of with some fun trim that is on the bodice and the skirt as well. The pattern includes the trim stitching guild as well. 


For the red and pink dresses I used a flannel fabric for a warm look. I like the weight the fabric has as well to help hold the skirt's shape better at the bottom. 


This pattern looks really good in a quilter's cotton as well. I even added a fun bubble trim to miss Elsa's dress. 


You can find my pattern by clicking the link below! 


You can also win a free copy of this pattern by clicking the picture link below to my Free pattern that is featured over at Whimsical Fabrics Tuesday Tutorial! The pattern is absolutely free and if you sew it up between today and next Tuesday you will be entered to win a free copy of my Winter's Dance Skating pattern!! 


This doll dress pattern is one of Sweet Pea's favorite's! I even had to sew up a pair of doll cowgirl boots to go with it. 



Happy Sewing!!

Sharon 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter Wear Designs Blog Tour; The Women's Button Up Blouse


One of this year's sewing goals for me is sewing more for myself. I sew a lot for my two youngest children but never really enough for me. I love the great fit, my choice for fabrics, well I love everything that my children love about me sewing for them. Last year I was so excited to stumble across Winter Wear Designs. What first lead me to WWD was the children's patterns, (They are super cute by they way!) but then I noticed the women's patterns. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! The first pattern of hers that I have sewn was love at first stitch! 


This is my currant favorite of WWD patterns. It's the Women's Button Up Shirt. This is my second shirt to date, the second one this month. (Yes, if you sewn one shirt you will want to sew many more!!)  I cannot say enough how I love that the WWD pattern's for women are so well fitted to a real women's curves. I do not mind making a FBA or altering a pattern to fit me juts right but I am so excited to say that so far with each of the WWD patterns I have not had to do that one time. The princes seams that are on both the front and back of the skirt make for a fantastic fit, very flattering I think as well. 


For this blouse I used some vintage dotted poly-blend fabric that was gifted to me a few years back. I have been saving it for just the right project and this pattern fit the bill perfectly. The drape of the fabric works so well with this shape pattern. I can both of the shirts that I have made will work well into spring and summer. 


This is the Art Gallery Voile one I made myself earlier this month, I love how the different weight of fabrics gives this shirt a different look. Both of these tops are my favorite wear, the green one being my favorite clothing article I have ever made myself. 



Be sure to follow along all week and check out the fabulous bloggers!
1/17/16: Larissa from Connected By A Thread
1/18/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste
1/19/16: Tibeca from Sewing By Ti
1/20/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy & Tameka from Savannah & Co
1/21/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba & Bug & Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama
1/22/16: Cindy from Cindy Parrett & Patricia from Sew Far North
1/23/16: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumkins & Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn
Don't forget to pick up your own copy of the patterns featured this week from Winter Wear Designs and save 20% off any purchase of $5 or more through the 25th of Jan with the code BLOGIT20!
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Happy Sewing!!


Sharon 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sweet Pea and Pumkin Patterns; Branching Out


For the past few months I have been giving pattern making some serous thought. I really do enjoying sitting down and creating patterns. I have a several patterns ones I have made that I want to put into PDF patterns before I misplace them. (Yes that does happen a LOT.) With that thought I deiced "why not?!" So now Sweet pea and Pumpkin Patterns in born! 



The sewing and pattern making I most enjoy is for the 18" dolls. So my first pattern is s cute summer tunic and dress with a high/low hem. This dress is a "breeze" to sew. (As where the name partly come from.) 


I used art Gallery Voile to sew both cover photos tunic and dress. I also thought I would share all my lovely testers photos with you ladies as well. I really love how each of them came out!  


My Etsy Shop can be found here:


 The Summer Breeze Pattern Can Be found here;












I am not sure where this year will go but I am very excited and nervous at the same time. I guess that is normal though right?! I do have so many ideas and I hope that they will be enjoyed by others as much as I do. 


Happy Sewing!! 

Sharon


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Prince C and Mim Mim Bunny Friend


I started this purple bunny this past summer as a requested from my littlest one. He is a huge Kate and Mim Mim fan. After much looking around we couldn't find him a Mim Mim bunny anywhere for sale. Rather than leave Prince C sad we decided that mommy would make one. a crocheted on.... As I am sure you noticed the "I started last summer part" (yep it's winter now) I am faster at sewing than crocheting now. ha-ha! Long story but I get pain in my hands now so it makes crocheting harder. Did I give up, no I didn't!! :-) 


Prince C was thrilled with this bunny friend, he started to spin and say the Kate and Mim Mim chant to head off to Mim Mim a lou. If you watch the show every episode Kate takes her stuffed bunny there, where he comes to life  and the two of them solve a problem there.  Prince C went there last night to solve the problem on how to make sissy be quite for bed time. I love his imagination! 


I did sew the googles onto Mim Mim so that they wouldn't be lost but they still do fir over his eyes. 




Next on my crocheting list?? Two Easter crochet hats!! At least hats are easier to make than stuffed bunnies. The hats have beautiful flowers all over of them. 


We are off to have an adventure!! 

Sharon and Prince C



WWD Button Up Shirt in Voile


This year I am making more time to sew for myself! First up is this fabulous Shirt from one of my top favorite women's pattern companies, Winter Wear Designs. 


I am also over at the Whimsical Fabrics Blog today as well to talk about this blouse so come on over and read my review of this pattern and the review on the lovely Art gallery Voile. There is even a coupon code for the pattern and the Art gallery Voile for 20%! 



Sharon 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Valentine's Day Love!


What a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day then sewing for my two youngest loves! 

After Christmas these two loved their matching outfits so I had to make another holiday set as requested by both of them. (I better enjoy this while I can!! The three older ones have by far out grew this stage.) 


These fabrics are all from Whimsical Fabrics in one great bundle on sale today only! (Well all but the corduroy pants that is.) All four prints are included in one set for one great low price, you can't beat that! I bought the corduroy from Whimsical fabrics as well a while ago. It was great to be able to make matching sets and not worrying about pairing prints and fabrics. 

You can find this bundle deal at Whimsical Fabrics and Me Group. Look for the Wacky Wednesday deal!! 


First onto my little Price C. He is wearing Oliver and S Art Museum pants and vest paired with the Sketchbook shirt.  The pants are sewn in a Fabric Finders cord, complete with welt pockets on the back side. Price C could live in these pants! I have two more sets that need to be sewn this winter for him.  




The vest also has the wonderful welt pockets on the front, a plus for little man. He loves the pockets on this vest so much!  I made the vest lining and back vest in the same fabric as the sketchbook shirt. I think it has a Dick Van Dyke look to them. 



I cut the front welt pockets out on the bias for diagonal stripes.  


I also modified the sketchbook shirt to make it a two piece collar instead of a one piece. I love the way the collar fits like this. I also added a bias hem to the bottom of the shirt just for fun for me.  


Outfit #1 for Sweet pea! The blouse is the Children's Corner Mary De pattern and the skirt is from Oliver and S Swing Set skirt. The blouse is made straight form the pattern, no mods. I love the fit and style of this blouse with skirts! I can see a few more of these being sewn up. 


The skirt I did add a hem band to the skirt's lining for a second fabric to the skirt to be seen while worn. Sweet pea decided that this outfit is perfect for dancing in, and that is just what she and Price C was doing! Ha-ha! 


Outfit #2 for Sweet pea! 

This one is from Children's Corner Mary De pattern. All I can say is :LOVE!!!
The blouse above is the under shirt for the jumper. It looks great with or with out the jumper. The jumper can be worn without the blouse for summer time as well. It's so lovely and classic.  


The smocking plate included in the pattern was perfect for a Valentine's Day outfit as well. I really enjoyed making this dress so very much. I will not lie when I say I took my time smocking because I was enjoying it so. I need to start smocking much more often! 


I even made a piping for the jumper out of the pink and white striped fabric. 


Here is the back side, it has a lovely crossed wrap style back. I will be making a voile version for summer time of the jumper part. I am wondering how it will pleat up but I am sure it will be so much fun to make. 


Happy Valentines Day from us to you!!! 

Sharon and family