Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some Recent Sewing Projects

This is just a speedy catch-up post on a couple of projects I haven't shared. The first is a little outfit I made H for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. I had decided I didn't have time to make one this year, so I went to a couple of local boutiques to buy her something, but ultimately decided I was just too darn cheap to spend $60 on an outfit she might only wear once. (She may actually end up wearing it for a second time, if it doesn't get too cold this week.)

Anyway, I ended up at JoAnn's instead, hurriedly picking out fall fabrics.  I'm not sure if I've ever matched a polka dot with a print before, but I love it in this outfit. Both pieces were from free patterns, both quick and easy as pie, and I have to say, this outfit is one of my favorites! Just sweet, fun, comfortable for her to wear, and looked like a million bucks on her.



I wasn't sure about this pants pattern but it is a WINNER. I will be making it again. You can find it at Modest Maven.  The top is from a pattern (really more a tutorial) I've made lots of variations of, the Marilyn Slim Fit Peasant Dress pattern from Create Kids, which you can download free at fabric.com.


In the past week, I have made H two Christmas dresses. She also still has one from last year that fits. I'm not really sure why I think she needs so many!  I really, really wanted her to have a green Christmas velvet Christmas dress for her to wear in a photo shoot we were having done over the weekend. (Green looks SO pretty on her -- red, however, is not really her color.) I searched everywhere only to find that if you want red, you're in luck, but the only green velvet dresses readily available were eye-wateringly expensive (see cheapness reference, above).

So again, I went on a hunt for local fabric, not having time to shop online. I did not opt for velvet, because I'm a little scared about sewing velvet and didn't want to try something new on short notice. I found very little, but ultimately came up with this green and navy plaid at Hobby Lobby. The hand feel of the fabric is a bit rough (it is a homespun) so I was hesitant as to whether it would be Christmassy enough, but I like the way it turned out.

Mind you, I hated every second of sewing this dress. It was from a pattern I paid for, which irks me because it was a dreadful pattern. There were several steps left out (!), photos with no helpful detail, and writing that was just plain confusing. I won't link to it here because I don't want to slam anybody on my blog, but if you want to know where I got it so you can avoid it like the plague, message me. Obviously, I finally figured it out, and so I might eventually make it again, but I will probably only make the sleeveless version, because the method for attaching the sleeves is really hard (and confusing).

Aaaaanyway, here it is on the hanger:



And here it is on H, paired with some wildly inappropriate footwear. ;-) I promise it will be styled a little better when it goes out in public.



The hilarious (not really) thing is that she ended up not wearing it in the photo shoot because it clashed with the background. Oh, well! She will look pretty at church!

Then on Sunday afternoon I cashed in some "me time" N has been owing me to whip up this little number. It was the total opposite -- a delight to make! It was also a paid pattern, the Junebug Dress from Craftiness is Not Optional. (I actually got it as part of the Southern Institute Sew Fab Pattern Bundle -- what a deal!) Jess never disappoints. Her writing is so clear and her photos are great for showing you exactly what to do. Also, the clever way she puts the dress together is really simple. I thought this might be a bit fiddly to make because of the chest flap, puffed sleeves, and buttons, but it came together quickly. I realized too late that I should have made it a size smaller, but that was totally my fault.


I also like this one because it is pink and blue instead of traditional Christmaswear, so it can be more of a "winter" dress, as opposed to just a Christmas dress. Not that it ever snows here! :-) H likes the sparkly buttons, which she considers very fancy. 

So that's what I've been up to lately! Now time to catch up on the laundry pile. ;-)

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some Recent Sewing Projects

This is just a speedy catch-up post on a couple of projects I haven't shared. The first is a little outfit I made H for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. I had decided I didn't have time to make one this year, so I went to a couple of local boutiques to buy her something, but ultimately decided I was just too darn cheap to spend $60 on an outfit she might only wear once. (She may actually end up wearing it for a second time, if it doesn't get too cold this week.)

Anyway, I ended up at JoAnn's instead, hurriedly picking out fall fabrics.  I'm not sure if I've ever matched a polka dot with a print before, but I love it in this outfit. Both pieces were from free patterns, both quick and easy as pie, and I have to say, this outfit is one of my favorites! Just sweet, fun, comfortable for her to wear, and looked like a million bucks on her.



I wasn't sure about this pants pattern but it is a WINNER. I will be making it again. You can find it at Modest Maven.  The top is from a pattern (really more a tutorial) I've made lots of variations of, the Marilyn Slim Fit Peasant Dress pattern from Create Kids, which you can download free at fabric.com.


In the past week, I have made H two Christmas dresses. She also still has one from last year that fits. I'm not really sure why I think she needs so many!  I really, really wanted her to have a green Christmas velvet Christmas dress for her to wear in a photo shoot we were having done over the weekend. (Green looks SO pretty on her -- red, however, is not really her color.) I searched everywhere only to find that if you want red, you're in luck, but the only green velvet dresses readily available were eye-wateringly expensive (see cheapness reference, above).

So again, I went on a hunt for local fabric, not having time to shop online. I did not opt for velvet, because I'm a little scared about sewing velvet and didn't want to try something new on short notice. I found very little, but ultimately came up with this green and navy plaid at Hobby Lobby. The hand feel of the fabric is a bit rough (it is a homespun) so I was hesitant as to whether it would be Christmassy enough, but I like the way it turned out.

Mind you, I hated every second of sewing this dress. It was from a pattern I paid for, which irks me because it was a dreadful pattern. There were several steps left out (!), photos with no helpful detail, and writing that was just plain confusing. I won't link to it here because I don't want to slam anybody on my blog, but if you want to know where I got it so you can avoid it like the plague, message me. Obviously, I finally figured it out, and so I might eventually make it again, but I will probably only make the sleeveless version, because the method for attaching the sleeves is really hard (and confusing).

Aaaaanyway, here it is on the hanger:



And here it is on H, paired with some wildly inappropriate footwear. ;-) I promise it will be styled a little better when it goes out in public.



The hilarious (not really) thing is that she ended up not wearing it in the photo shoot because it clashed with the background. Oh, well! She will look pretty at church!

Then on Sunday afternoon I cashed in some "me time" N has been owing me to whip up this little number. It was the total opposite -- a delight to make! It was also a paid pattern, the Junebug Dress from Craftiness is Not Optional. (I actually got it as part of the Southern Institute Sew Fab Pattern Bundle -- what a deal!) Jess never disappoints. Her writing is so clear and her photos are great for showing you exactly what to do. Also, the clever way she puts the dress together is really simple. I thought this might be a bit fiddly to make because of the chest flap, puffed sleeves, and buttons, but it came together quickly. I realized too late that I should have made it a size smaller, but that was totally my fault.


I also like this one because it is pink and blue instead of traditional Christmaswear, so it can be more of a "winter" dress, as opposed to just a Christmas dress. Not that it ever snows here! :-) H likes the sparkly buttons, which she considers very fancy. 

So that's what I've been up to lately! Now time to catch up on the laundry pile. ;-)

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