Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sewing for me - Zippy Top!!

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

Is it silly that I'm nervous? Taking photos and especially POSTING photos of myself is just a little nerve wracking! Anyway, gulp, here goes.

One of my goals for this year was to sew more for myself. I've "experimented" in sewing for myself before. Meaning I've sewn stuff, without patterns, and it was always pretty much a failure. I've made a few skirts that turned out ok, but just... ok. So I was VERY excited when Kate came out with the Zippy Top pattern!

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

It was pretty much like she looked inside my head, read my thoughts, and created this pattern! With an added bonus... the zipper! No joke, I had two shirts that I purchased at a store last year, wore them to death, and then shrunk them in the dryer. *Sigh* I loved those shirts, but I had a few complaints. They were too short, and the necklines were too big, they kept slipping off of my shoulders and I was forever pulling them up to hide my bra straps. So I had thought, well, I'll just cut one of them up and create a pattern from them with a few modifications... Enter in the Zippy Top, all the work is done for me! Yes PLEASE!!

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

And it was like it was made for ME. The neckline is perfect, the length is perfect, and I LOOOOOVE zippers! I love that this shirt covers in all the right places and is still cool enough to enjoy all summer.

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

I've heard some concern that the shirt is short, based on versions out there in blogland. I am 5' 3" and I made the size S. The length is exactly what I wanted! It's long enough to keep my back covered when bending over and chasing the munchkins, but not so long that it's tunic length. There is no need to layer a tank under it, which is great for me because our summers get so hot here.

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

I used a peachskin fabric from fabric.com. The description says that it is semi sheer, but that is not my experience, there is no sheerness at all, which I love. Again, no need to layer! It was a bit slippery and tricky to work with, but I took my time and it was so worth it. The drape is perfect for the boxy shape of the shirt! Because the fabric frays very easily I used french seams to finish and it worked perfectly. And I also followed all of Kate's tips she shared here about how to work with chiffon, they worked fabulously with this fabric as well.

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

I tried the shirt on over my head before putting in the zipper and found that there really is no need for the zipper to get the shirt on. Bonus for if you want an even quicker and easier shirt to sew!

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

I kind of love polka dots. And navy. And green. Especially mint green. So I love this shirt! And another awesome thing is how I can dress it up or down. This outfit is great for a date or even church or a girls night. Right after this photo shoot I took off the necklace and changed into denim bermudas and ran to the store for groceries. Yay for versatility!

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

I have at least 3 more cuts of fabric I plan to use to make that many more zippy tops! The best part is you only need 1 - 1 1/2 yds of fabric for this top. I lived in my two last summer and can't wait to have FOUR in my closet for this summer.

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

In summary, I totally love this top, especially in this drapey fabric. I can't wait to try it in a knit too!

The Zippy Top - A Pattern By See Kate Sew

Outfit Details:
Shirt Pattern: The Zippy Top by See Kate Sew
Zipper: Zipit on Etsy
Pants, Sandals, Necklace: Old Navy
Earrings: Forever 21

Happy Sewing!!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Outfits - 2014. Geranium Dress & School Boy Vest.

Geranium Dress - Pattern by Made By Rae; School Boy Vest - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Hi all!! I hope everyone had a very wonderful Easter! And hopefully you've all had a day now to recoup and get into the swing of  things again. We had a pretty good day yesterday, especially for a Monday around these parts, I'm hoping the good moods will last for the rest of the week ;)

I wanted to share a couple of photos I got of both kids TOGETHER (amazing!) in their Easter outfits!

Geranium Dress - Pattern by Made By Rae; School Boy Vest - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

They've each been blogged separately, but it's always fun to see things come together.

Geranium Dress - Pattern by Made By Rae; School Boy Vest - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

For E, I made the School Boy Vest by Sew Much Ado. Blogged here. O's dress I made last week and blogged it yesterday (you can see it here).

Geranium Dress - Pattern by Made By Rae; School Boy Vest - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

These little munchkins were serious hams. Or maybe they thought Mom was being silly... :)

Geranium Dress - Pattern by Made By Rae; School Boy Vest - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

On Easter Sunday we had a little impromptu photo shoot before they went out in the yard to hunt their eggs. The pics turned out great, but next year I'll be getting out the tripod so we call ALL be in a photo together!!

I love these people so hard. Not to mention how handsome my husband is!


My munchkins. My life. My heart.


Tickles!!


Can't believe how big this boy is getting! He's got a BIG birthday coming up this summer!


My peencess.


She "loves" mama kisses.


Monkey.


Wishing you a wonderful week!! From our family to yours!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Geranium Dress & DIY Polka Dot Chambray Fabric


I maybe shouldn't even admit this... This is O's very first official Geranium Dress!! I know, I know! It's not that I haven't used the pattern before. I made these two Baby Geraniums here and used bits and pieces of the pattern, here, here and here. But for whatever reason I've never made the whole dress just for her. Now that I have I can see five more of these appearing in her closet. That is, once the days magically add about five more hours to themselves...

A bit of a late post today... I was planning to get photos yesterday (Easter Sunday) and get this post ready to go last night, but we just got too busy having fun, serving at church, going out for lunch, egg hunting and Frozen watching (they got it for Easter) that photos didn't even happen. :) So this morning I convinced them to dress up for me again and we went into the backyard for photos and now they are busy watching Frozen again so now I finally have a chance to get this post up!


But. AH! I so seriously adore this little dress!!
I forgot to take pictures of her with her hands in them, but I added the side seam pockets to this one, and eep! So cute!!


The main fabric is a chambray from Joann that I hand-painted the dots on. (Scroll down for the DIY instructions!) The bodice is an eyelet, also from Joann. I cut 2 bodices (actually 3 with the lining), one from the eyelet and one from the chambray, then basted them together and treated them as one piece of fabric from there on out. 


I just adore those flutter sleeves!!!


I let her choose the buttons for this one, well, semi-choose... I gave her 3 options, these flowers and 2 others that matched the dress.


It was no contest, she immediately picked these little flowers. Great choice, I think!



If you want to make your own DIY handpainted dotty fabric, I'll walk you through it!

It's super easy. Grab some white fabric paint, a chopstick, a paper plate, some large cardboard pieces and your fabric.


Lay your fabric out on the cardboard, then squeeze just a little bit of paint on your plate, dip the end of your chopstick in the paint and start stamping! I would recommend practicing on a scrap until you get the hang of how much paint to keep on the end of the chopstick. Not too thick is best. I would dip it into the paint, then stamp once on the plate, then go to the fabric.


Just keep stamping! I chose to do a "random" pattern with the dots. I like the outcome but next time I'll probably do rows, I think it's just easier to find the rhythm that way.

Once your fabric has dried (this particular brand said 4 hours), you'll want to heat set it with your iron. Remember to use a press cloth. Ask my iron why I'm telling you this... ;)


I'm quite thrilled indeed with her hand-painted, mama-made Easter dress this year!


This just happens to be my 100th post today too! Woohoo! I absolutely am so very grateful for all of my readers and all of your lovely comments!! It definitely helps to motivate me to keep posting :) Hugs to you all!!

Size Sewn: 2T
Changes made: None
Fabric: Handpainted Chambray & Eyelet from Joann
Shoes: Old Navy (current)

Happy Sewing!!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

Hi!

Today I'm sharing the last pattern I had the chance to test for in the Willow & Co pattern collection, The Clover Shorts!

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

This is an absolute MUST HAVE pattern for your stash!! 

It comes with quite a few options so you can customize for just the look you want. There is an optional sash, belt loops with buttons, ruffle for a paper bag waist, front pockets, and the cuffs can be folded up or left down. Really, there is so much you could do with these!


I am so completely thrilled with this sunshiney yellow pair that I sewed up, it is View B just as written. I used a yellow twill and the weight is perfect for these.

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

The fit on these shorts is A-MAZ-ING. Hayley put a lot of work into making sure these have the perfect fit for ALL sizes. And the size range is from 6mo - 12yrs! The back rise is perfection, no sagging and there is plenty of room in the bum area as well.

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

The waist is flat in the front with elastic in the back for an even more perfect fit. Another thing I LOVE about this pattern is that is has an attached waistband. Not only does it give a very professional and clean finish, it also allows for some fun "secret" pattern mixing. I don't have a picture of the inside of the shorts but you can see the black & white polka dot fabric I used for the inside waistband and the pocket linings peeking in the photo below.

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

I love the look of the front pleats, and also the way the tabs are attached with buttons. It's all in the details for me!

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

I made the sash a bit longer than what the pattern calls for, it just made it easier to tie it in a neat bow for me.

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

She found the pockets! 

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

My little dancer...

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Clover Shorts - A Willow & Co Pattern

I am completely thrilled with all 4 of the patterns I was able to test for the lovely Willow & Co ladies. I know they have been working SO hard to get this all together and they have done an absolutely phenomenal job! I can't wait until the whole collection is released and we can see all their hard work come to life. And then I can get my hands on the patterns that I wasn't able to sew yet as well!

The release date is Tuesday, April 22nd. Mark your calendars!

Outfit details:
Shorts Pattern: The Clover Shorts by Willow & Co
Size Sewn: 18mo
Changes made: Made the sash a few inches longer, adjusted the elastic to fit my girl.
Fabric: Yellow=Twill from fabric.com; Sash=Joann; Polka dot lining=Mary Jo's
Bow: Forever 21

See you soon!!

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