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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Happy Sewing 
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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!!