Monday, November 23, 2015

A Party Dress For Me!

This past week I was a very lucky lady to be able to test Suzanne's newest pattern From Winter Wear Designs, the Bateau Garden Dress for Women. This pattern will release this week, just in time for all the holiday parties coming up and this dress is perfect for a party! 

I love the classic feel this dress has to it, form fitting with princess seams on both the front and back bodice. It has a size invisible zipper with a fully lined bodice and the option to have a fully lined skirt. (Which I did not make.) 

I love the high front bodice and the low back bodice on this one. It has that 1950s feel I think. I can see me making a nice cotton or voile one up for summer time. 

This one I made is a Brocade, I love the weight it has and the drape it gives to the skirt. I made a circle skirt but he patter also has a  rectangle skirt option. I think the circle skirt is just so flattering though. The circle skirt has a box pleat at each princess seam as well. 

If you are friends of mine you already know how I dislike the scar at my neck line, well this dress covers it completely!! Yep, bonus points to this pattern. ;-) And check out the side zipper! Well check out how you can't see it. ha-ha! 

This is a highly recommended pattern of mine, a new favorite for me for sure. 

happy Sewing Ladies!! 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Little Bit Of Christmas For Prince C to Match His Big Sister

It is Prince C's turn for some Christmas sewing! After sewing his sister Sweet pea's dress he requested a Nutcracker vest to match her dress. Lucky for me he is so tiny still I was able to squeak out a vest just for him! I only had to add fabric firm my stash for the front lining of the vest. The fabric is just the right color to match lucky us! It was also so wonderful to find out that I can make vests with only scrap fabrics, Prince C was so thrilled that he went "shopping" through my scrap bin. 

See the happy dancing boy?!? Yep he was that happy over this outfit! 
I used Oliver and S Art Museum vest and pant pattern and he is wearing his shirt from Easter that I made him. The pants are made in a Fabric Finders Rust color corduroy. This pattern never disappoints either. 

The pants have slanted front pockets with welt pockets on the back and on the vest. I made some fun welt pockets for his vest. Christmas vest should be fun right?! 

He is already looking for Santa too. When you are three it seams to take a very long time for him to come. 

I think it is so sweet that these two love to match still, I hope they do not out grow it for while. They are really best friends as best friends can be. Every mother's dream come true. 

Yep, they are plotting together some mischief. ;-) 

For Prince C's second top choice for Christmas fun is a white tree knit Field Trip T-shirt. I did double the width of the neck band to give it more of a turtle neck feel and too keep my little guy warm. 

The above photo was the only smiling photo I got this time, he was busy playing the "Wheels on the bus". He still looks pretty cute though. So round one is done and on to round two of Christmas sewing!! 

**a Note to readers, I did offer to make the older boys the very same outfit but they declined. I don't know why? ha-ha!!**

Happy Sewing!!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Fairy Tale Christmas and A Sew A-Long

Christmas sewing has started in my house these past few weeks, first up was miss Sweet pea's turn. I sewn her two Oliver and S Fairy Tale dresses this year for the Holiday season, one dressy and one fun. 

The more dressy one was made in non traditional colors using the Art Gallery Wonderland line. Well these are the colors Sweet pea loves at the Christmas so to her is says Christmas all the way! 

I love this dress pattern for so many reasons. The darts on the bodice makes it look just right for parties and I love all the options this pattern has, each one gives a dress a totally different look to it.  The possibilities seem endless.  

The Art gallery dress is made in View B. I love how it has the hand stitching on the sleeves and skirt to give it a lovely finish. The darts give this dress a more tailored look.  

The skirt on this dress has such a beautiful full look because not only does this dress have a fully lined inside with skirt lining but also has a full Crinoline between the skirts as well. My daughter thinks that this is the perfect party dress for dancing.  

Now our fun version of the fairy Tale! This one is made with Sweet pea's favorite Nutcracker fabric. It is not Christmas with out the Nutcracker ballet so when she seen this fabric she wanted a dress made in it. 

I made View A on this dress. It has beautiful tulip cap sleeves and a hand sewn belt with a tiny bow sewn onto the front side. 

This was one dress I couldn't get her to sit still in for photos so it is a fun dress that she wanted! ha-ha! Prince C wanted a vest made with this fabric as well so stayed tuned for tomorrow for a brother sister matching outfits! 

Now for the exciting part, the Sew Along!! Over at Whimsical fabrics this next month starting on the 7th I will be leading the fairy Tale Dress Sew Along! It is the perfect time to get ready for the holiday and party season with us. 

It gets even better, Danielle at WF has put together four lovely kits, each kit comes with everything you need to sew either views of the fairy tale dress up! A one stop shop. You can go over the shop to purchase your kit or even just the pattern if you have other fabric in mind. Plus if you join us you could win some awesome prizes, how awesome is that?! 

The Sew Along lessons will be posted up on the Whimsical Fabrics Face Book Group, please join us there?

I hope to see you there!! 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Fabric Sale over at Whimsical Fabrics!

There is s huge sale going on over at my favorite fabric store, Whimsical Fabrics! It's a great time to stock up on all your favorite prints. Help WF make room on the shelves for all the new fabrics bolts coming in. Use the coupon code below for a 20% saving off your entire order. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pattern Review for CC Ruthie Dress

Today I am over at the Whimsical Blog with the Children's Conner Ruthie pattern review! Come on over to ready more about this sweet dress and to find a coupon code to the shop, click the link below to follow me on over to the blog! 

Happy Sewing!!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink!

This year for Halloween Sweet pea decided to be Pinkalicious from the book Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink. At first she decided to be last years Elsa again but she was running int eh school's Mostermash race so she needed one costume that she could move in better so she picked this one for the one night...then decided she would rather wear this dress for all of trick-or-treating fun. She loves it! Well of course she would, it's all pink!! 

This is my only I am standing still photo, she was so thrilled with this one that she wouldn't sit still and kept twirling and singing. This happens to be her very favorite book so she thinks it's the best costume now as well. That sure makes me smile! 

I used Oliver and S Fairy Tale dress with no darts sewn on the bodice and I used a self-drafted circle skirt. It was easier than I thought it would be. The skirt does have the seam in the back for the added zipper to be sewn in as well. Her waist line and neck line are trimmed in cotton lace details to match the book's dress. 

Her dress in sleeveless but we layered it with our CC Mattie knit shirt to keep her warm on cool nights.  I put her Icing skirt I made last year under her dress so give the skirt the full look like the book as well. (As in why she wouldn't stop dancing for me to take photos, hehehehe) 

To make hemming this dress a breeze I made my own bias tape out of the dress fabric to finish off the seams neatly and quickly. 

She  even had to have a pink pumpkin bucket to match, oh and a pink flash light as well. That's my Pink loving girl! 

Happy Sewing!!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Bistro Dress and a Sew -Along!

Back in August I sewn my very first Bistro dress from Liesl + Co, of course you know it was love at first sew! Liesl has a way doing this with each and every pattern of hers. The fit is always spot on and the instructions are wonderfully written. This dress has darts on the front and back so it is a fitted dress. I did have to sew a FBA on this one as well. 

I used Fabric Finders Chambray for the outer the fabric and a Art Gallery Voile for the lining, the very same fabric as the scarf I made. The scarf is made with the left over lining fabric in fact.  I did modify this dress a tad to fully line this view, it was easy peasy to do and I will be going over it in the sew along that starts up Monday to show you how to sew one up as well. 

The darts on this pattern gives it such a wonderful shape for a great fit. The front has four darts, two on the waist and two on the bust. (Two on the back waist as well). This is what gives this dress such a professional look to it. 

Now for the fun part, I am leading the Bistro dress in a Sew-Along for Whimsical Fabrics!! Not only are we sewing this beautiful dress together but I will also be showing how to to make  a FBA and SBA as well. (Full bust adjustment and small bust adjustment) It really is not hard to do and the results are a wonderfully fitting dress that you cannot buy anywhere. 

You can find the sew-along over at the Whimsical Fabrics Sew-Along Blog and Danielle has put together these wonderful kits with everything you need other than thread.  You can find the kits over at the Whimsical Fabric Shop
The dates are:
Lesson 1 - Monday - November 9
Lesson 2 - Tuesday - November 10
Lesson 3 - Wednesday - November 11
Lesson 4 - Thursday - November 12

Please come join us!!