Maya the first

Our kids don’t watch much television,  but Maya does loves  “Sofia the First”.  So naturally, I made her Sofia’s gown.  Never again.  Let me rephrase that, Never Ever, Ever Again.  I LOVE how it turned out in the end.  I just don’t love the road I took to get there.

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I started with the Candy Castle Princess dress.  The skirt on this dress has the distinctive scallops of Sofia’s dress.  Less work for me when I have a perfect starting point.   I also started with the Candy Castle bodice thinking it would also be perfect. I wasn’t happy with the first bodice I made because the purple loop on the front didn’t turn out so well.  It was the first time I had used my piping foot to sew on a trim; I probably should have practiced a bit before diving right in.  So I made a second bodice, the purple loop was fine but the hand sewn “pearl” beads didn’t look perfect.  I was willing to accept it, but there were a couple things I didn’t love.  First were the arm holes.  They would have been great for a fitted non-costume dress, but they had no give (elastic) so I was worried Maya would out grow the dress before she outgrew Sofia. The same goes for the back.  It does up with buttons, so again, I was concerned about Maya outgrowing the dress too soon.  Finally, the neckline wasn’t perfect in my mind.  Sofia’s dress has a more flat neckline as opposed to the “dip” in the Candy Castle pattern.  All this lead me back to the original princess dress I made for Maya.  Her Cinderella dress.  It has elastic casings at the back, elastic arm holes and a straight across neckline.  Perfect for Sofia.  So I completely remade the bodice using the Mandy K Princess Party Dress pattern and it turned out perfectly!  I had to hand sew the beads on again, but seeing as I had done it twice already, this time it went pretty quickly.  Bodice finished, check!  And it will fit her for quite a while.  Even better.

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The skirt made me want to throw the whole dress out the window.  It started with the trim on the bottom.   I found white beaded trim at Fabricland that is attached to a ribbon so that it is “easier” to attach to a hem.  I used the skills I learned by sewing ribbon trim from sewing the Oliver and S Lazy Days skirt to sew this trim on.  It proved to be very difficult because of the curve of the skirt panels.  No matter how many pins I used I wasn’t able to get close enough to the beaded edge with my zipper foot.  Instead of cursing the entire time fighting with my sewing machine, I instead hand basted the trim in place and cursed the entire time I did that.  After I hand basted the entire length of the trim on, I then went back and machine stitched it in place.  It’s certainly not perfect, but it looks great (from the outside).

The next key feature of Sofia’s dress are the flower appliques at the bottom.  I found these pattern pieces for the flowers from Candy Castle.  After I decided on the perfect size pieces I traced each piece 24 times (48 pieces total) onto white Kona cotton that I had ironed Heat n Bond to, cut them out individually, and ironed them in place on the skirt.  I then straight stitched them to keep them in place.  Phewf.  But not finished yet.

This is where I would have done things differently.  What I should have done was hand sew the pearls on the skirt BEFORE I attached to skirt to the bodice.  It would have been much simpler.  But I didn’t.  I attached the skirt to the bodice and then sewed the pearls on individually to the skirt.  I decided to omit the peplum-like pearls that sort of loop down the sides of her dress.  I didn’t know of a perfect way to attach them so that they would sit properly, so I decided to leave them off.  So far, Maya hasn’t said anything about them.  If she notices that they are missing, I can always sew a string of beads on.

All those beads

All those beads

Maya is in love.  The look on her face when I showed her this dress was priceless.

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The only thing left to do is find Maya a purple amulet, just like Sofia’s.  Oh yeah, and to make Jacob a Prince James outfit.

UPDATE:  Jacob makes a pretty cute Prince James.  You can find it here.

Cinderelly, Cinderelly

This is the first of many Disney themed posts.  You see, my husband and I are taking the kidlets to Disney World in the very near future and I’ve been busy making as many outfits as I can for the vacation.  (Will it be a vacation with a preschooler and a toddler?!)  Truth is, we are super excited to take them and I can’t wait!

Cinderella was the first movie Maya sat through without being scared.  She’s just like me and it doesn’t take much to frighten her.  There are some not so pleasant parts to Cinderella, that step mother really is wicked, after all, but not in the sense that she is visually scary.

She already had a Cinderella dress, so by rights it shouldn’t have been the first Disney Princess I created for her.  But I had ordered some Michael Miller Fairy Frost in a colour that I thought was going to work for Elsa from Frozen, but when I got it, all I could think of was Cinderella.  It is CM0376-PERI-D.  The dress Maya had already was from the Disney Store, so for a satin polyester costume dress it was actually pretty nice.  But not nice enough.  So I went on a mission to make her the perfect Cinderella gown.

I knew from the start that I wanted the point in the front and that it had to have the peplummy poofy things on the sides.  I really don’t know what those are called.  (If anyone knows, please enlighten me.)  I had purchased the Princess Party Dress from Mandy K originally to make Maya an Anna and Elsa dress, but it can also work for most princesses.  The key feature for me with this dress for Cinderella was the point in the front.  If I had that, I knew I’d be able to add the white poofs to the sides.

As you may remember, Cinderella’s ball gown also has a line down the center of the bodice.  I don’t really know why it is there, but it is.   I started by adding a half inch seam allowance to the front bodice and instead of cutting on the fold, I cut two pieces and sewed them together to give me the same bodice in the end, but with the “line” down the front.  Easy peasy.   I used the front and back  bodice lining pattern piece instead of the two front and back bodice pieces since I was creating a single fabric front (and back).  If you notice on the original pattern, it has the look of a shirt under the dress bodice.  I followed the instructions directly from the pattern once I had made my changes for Cinderella.

I know the poof on the right hand side in the photo doesn’t look perfect.  Truth is, it isn’t perfect.

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I used the width of fabric for each half of the skirt because I wanted it to be as full as possible.

Now those darned peplums.  I used a white Kona cotton from Joann’s.   I started with this tutorial from Scientific Seamstress.  The main difference is my skirt had the point and the Scientific Seamstress tutorial assumes you have a straight across skirt.  I just sort of winged it.  I cut a bit off the peplums to follow the curve cutout of the skirt, but I mostly maneuvered the fabric to fit the curve.  I basted the peplum to the skirt and then sewed the skirt to the bodice and crossed my fingers that it was all going to match up perfectly in the front when I was done.  It was perfect enough for me.

I really like that this dress isn’t fitted.  There are three casings on the back bodice with elastic.  This dress will fit her for quite a while.  I don’t mind when I make a dress for Maya and it fits for one season.  I’m not sewing out of necessity, I sew because I love it.  But for a costume, I would rather it fit for several years.

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Maya calls it her “real” Cinderella dress.  She wears it and carries a pillow with her “glass slipper” on it.  When she comes down the stairs wearing it she loses her “glass slipper” on a stair.  It’s the cutest thing ever!

So serious!

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I’m not sure I love the Fairy Frost for this dress.   The actual colour is spot on, but I’m not convinced that it looks quite right for Cinderella.  Maya loves it, and that’s what matters.  So I’ll just have to get over it.

I think she must sense a wicked step sister around the corner or something.

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Now I just need to make Jacob a Prince Charming outfit to go with it.  How cute will that be?!

UPDATE:  It’s super cute that’s what.  Check out Jacob as Prince Charming here.

Oliver and S Round Up Part 3: Bucket Hats

I apologize now for the photo overload that is about to happen.

This reversible bucket hat from Oliver and S can be found for FREE here.  It is also in the “Little Things to Sew” book by Liesl Gibson.  I have made more of these hats than I can keep track of.  They make the perfect gifts for toddlers and preschoolers.  I love bucket hats “almost” as much as I love bonnets.

Oliver and S patterns come with a “difficulty” meter measured in scissors.  One scissor patterns are beginners, two scissor patterns are for advanced beginners, three for intermediate and four for advanced.  This is considered a two scissor pattern.  It’s really pretty simple to make, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a first pattern. This pattern calls for some hand sewing.  I made the hat once following the instructions to the tee, but I won’t be doing that again.  I really dislike hand sewing.  And, there IS an alternative.   Jessica, over at “a little gray” has a great tutorial on constructing the bucket hat without any hand sewing whatsoever.  Awesome!!

One thing about having a toddler in the summer is they don’t always like to keep their hats on their heads.  I’m a stickler for hats and sunscreen.  Though my first hat was stinkin’ adorable both on and off Jacob, he didn’t always keep it on his head.  He loves hats, but he doesn’t always love them where they are supposed to be.

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The dinosaur print on the first hat is quilting cotton I picked up at Joann’s.  The reverse side (the rocket ships) is Launch by Robert Kaufman.

One thing I will mention is the use of interfacing.  I think I must have used a heavier interfacing for the brim of the first hat I made because the one I made for Maya is quite flimsy as is Jacob’s second hat.  A medium weight interfacing at the least is essential to make the brim stay “brim-like”.

Enter modification number 2, straps.  I added a strap to the second hat I made Mr. Jacob.  Getting the strap through the adjuster was quite tricky, and it took a bit of trial and error.  I really didn’t know how wide to make the strap and ended up with several unusable straps.  In the end though I got it through and the adjuster works really great.  The only problem is the strap is a bit too long.  The other thing about adding a strap, is you lose the “reversible” nature of the hat.  But I’d rather the hat stay on the head than have it be reversible.  I’m sure there’s a way to have both.  I think you have to create buttonholes of some sort.  But I was fine having it be non-reversible.

He is always happy.

He is always happy.

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You may recognize the space print fabric on Jacob’s second hat from sandpit romper I made him here.

I didn’t have to worry about straps on Maya’s hat.  She’s pretty good about keeping hers on her head.  The fabric I used was Timeless Treasures Pretty Unicorns in Lilac with a purple and pink gingham that I found at Fabricland that coordinates beautifully with the unicorns.  I may or may not have mentioned before, but Maya’s most favourite colour is purple.  So anytime I can make her something in purple I will.

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And just because they are so cute together.

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Oliver and S Round Up Part 2: Hula Hoop Skirt

My second experience sewing with an Oliver and S pattern was the Hula Hoop Skirt.  Most of O and S patterns come as an “outfit”.  Shorts and blouse, dress with the option of a tunic, pants and top…you get the idea.  But there are also “single” patterns.  These are either parts from pattern sets or they are simply single patterns.  The Hula Hoop skirt is one of these “single” patterns.  It’s a reversible, twirly (pseudo circle skirt), super cute skirt.

Maya has only worn it once, unfortunately.  She’s really not big into skirts.  Put a dress in front of her and she can’t get it on fast enough.  But skirts, not so much.  It’s really too bad, because this skirt is absolutely adorable.

I used some quilting cotton from the local Fabricland.   The one side is red with large white polka dots and the reverse is red with small white polka dots.  It kind of reminds me of Minnie Mouse.

 

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Like most Oliver and S patterns it comes in two size groupings.  It’s really too bad I discovered sewing and these patterns when I did, because Maya is at the tail end of the lower pattern grouping so I’ll have to repurchase all my favourites again when she sizes out of them.  That is unless I can convince her to stay 3 forever.

This is a size 3T.  It fit her really well.  She can probably still wear it now with some leggings or shorts underneath.  But convincing her to wear skirts is not an easy task.  So this one may never see outside of her closet again.  Poor skirt.

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Oliver and S Round Up Part 1: Roller Skate Dress

Instead of making a separate post for every Oliver and S pattern I made over the last year, I thought I would do a quick round up of some of my first O and S sewing experiences.

The very first O + S pattern I made was the Roller Skate Dress.  I fell in love with this pattern.  It’s a fully lined, A-line dress with faux cap sleeves and some gathering just above the waist.  The back is in two pieces with a seam running down and closes at the top with a button.    It is such a timeless design.  It’s fantastic for showing off really awesome fabric because it doesn’t have any gathering so you can see all the details of your fabric choice.  The thing that puts it over the top, for me anyway, is that it is fully lined.  I’ve been pretty boring so far with my linings.  I’ve used either white or off white.  Yay!  But seeing how others in blogland have been lining their dresses with different colours, I am about to start following along and doing the same.

The first time I saw this dress was here.  It wasn’t the first time I had heard of Oliver and S, as I had purchased Liesl’s “Little Things to Sew” book when I first started sewing.  But it was then that I realized how many sewing patterns she had available.  Swoon!  They are all so gorgeous.  If you’ve never sewn an Oliver and S pattern, you have been really missing out.  Don’t get me wrong, there are thousands of cute patterns out there, but I have yet to come across another pattern designer who goes into the detail that Liesl does with her patterns.   I believe I’ve mentioned before that every pattern is like a personal sewing lesson.  She not only explains, how to do things, she explains WHY you are doing what you are doing.  The finishes on her garments are top notch.  Now, on to the cute stuff.

My very first Roller Skate dress was more of a “practice” dress.  It was the very first dress (that wasn’t a pillowcase dress) that I attempted.  I honestly didn’t think it was going to turn out.  This was about a year ago (Sept 2013).  At this point, I still hadn’t discovered how much I LOVED sewing.  Well, the dress turned out better than I ever thought it would.  I was beyond proud of myself.  The fabric I used was one I had found at Joann’s, the very first time I crossed the border to buy fabric.  It was when my fabric stash fit in a shoe box (more on how far that has come another day).  I was intimidated by turning tubes, so instead of making my own button loop, I used a piece of elastic.  One change I made is to remove the notch from the front.  I wanted to keep the front super simple (mostly because I was still learning).

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Very first Roller Skate Dress

Maya still wears this dress, even though it is a year old.  It’s a size 3T and though it is starting to get a bit short on her, it’s nothing a pair of leggings can’t fix.  One change I made is to remove the notch from the front.  I wanted to keep the front super simple (mostly because I was still learning).

 

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Looking super impressed at the Biodome in Montreal

 

I made my second Roller Skate dress about 6 months after the first.  I was finally getting into a sewing groove.  I was no longer afraid of turning tubes, so I made my own button loop.  This dress is the perfect dress to show off a really cool button.  I don’t have any awesome buttons, but that will change one day.  I’m very indecisive and sometimes I end up buying everything I want, but more times, I end up buying nothing because I get too overwhelmed by selection.  Cool button selections does that for me, especially when I do most of my fabric/sewing supply shopping online.  This dress is also a 3T.  Maya had just turned 3 when I made it for her, and like the first one, she is still wearing it and as long as she has shorts (or leggings) on underneath, it still fits!  It’s so nice when clothing (especially something I’ve handmade) fits for longer than a single season.

The fabric I used here is Anna Marie Horner’s Lou Lou Thi Summer Totem by Free Spirit fabrics.  The pattern is really quite large and it was absolutely perfect for this dress.  Maya really likes this dress.  She says she’s a gardener when she wears it.  That girl of mine absolutely loves flowers.

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One thing I will change the next time I make this dress, is to lengthen the elastic.  I find it rides up a bit on Maya’s chest.  She doesn’t notice, but I am constantly pulling it down.  I may also lower the elastic casing just a tad to also try to keep it from riding up on her.

This photo is of Maya when I first made it.  It was a few days after her 3rd birthday.

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And here she is, this past weekend on my parents’ farm.  I know she’s 6 months older, but she still looks the same to me.

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Little Mini Shearwater Kaftan

First off, Maya will be exactly 3.5 years old tomorrow.  How did that happen?!  There’s a saying I heard not that long ago, “the days are long, but the years are fast”.  So very, very true.

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Maya all tiny

Now on to other things.  Fall is in the air around here.  There was frost on the ground this morning!  What is that all about?

I made this top for Maya about a month and a half ago in preparation for the exact weather that has hit us.  I first saw Gail’s version over at probably actually a few months ago and LOVED it.  I sort of have a mini sewing blog crush on Gail. She makes the most adorable things for her kids and I get so motivated and inspired by her. This is the Mini Shearwater Kaftan from Make it Perfect Patterns.  It’s the first thing I’ve sewn from them and I was quite impressed.

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I will definitely make it again, but I will adjust the way I go about it the next time.  The things I will change have absolutely nothing to do with problems with the pattern itself.  It’s more about my thread and seam choices.  I tend to be pretty lazy about changing my serger thread if I really don’t have to.  I have white thread on there and I like to leave it that way.  The sleeves on this top can be rolled up and are held in place with buttons (I LOVE this about it and it’s one reason why I ended up purchasing this pattern).  But…you guessed it….when you roll up the sleeves you can see my white serger thread.  So, the next time I make this I will have a go at french seams for the sleeves, and if not that, I’ll at least change my serger thread.   That being said, I can still roll the sleeves up without the seams being visible, they’re just rolled up toward the inside instead of the easier way of rolling them on the outside.

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I used Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton in Blueberry; it’s a purply-pinkish colour.  It’s the first time I’ve sewn with a shot cotton and I have mixed opinions.  I love the look of it.  But I find it quite flimsy to sew with.  Perhaps it’s just because I’m used to sewing more with quilting cottons.  In the end though, I think it turned out really well.  Maya loves it, mostly because it’s purple, but that’s okay.  I’ll take what I can get.  She didn’t want the sleeves rolled up, which is just as well.

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I made Maya a size 4 and it fits her perfectly with a little room to grow.  I will probably lengthen it a bit the next time because she’s long in the torso.

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The other thing I love about this pattern is that there is a women’s version.  Maybe one day I’ll sew for myself.

From then till now: part 7–Summer dresses for Maya

Maya loves dresses.  I should say Maya LOOOOVES dresses.  Getting her to wear shorts, or pants or even a skirt is very difficult.  So she is usually in a dress.  Here are two dresses I made for her this past summer.

The first one is the Hummingbird dress by Rabbit Rabbit Creations.  This is quite possibly one of the simplest dresses I have ever sewn.   There are 3 different skirt options for this dress and they are all adorable.  I chose to make the “everyday” skirt for this dress since I wanted it to be something Maya could just put on to play outside.  I didn’t want anything too big and full for playing at the playground (not that a big dress would stop her from doing anything).  There’s also the “dress up” and “something special” versions included.  The main differences between the three skirts are that the everyday skirt is quite a narrow skirt, not too much twirl factor and thus not much gathering.  The dress up and something special have much fuller skirts and the something special is meant to have an overlay over the main skirt (like chiffon or lace).  The bodice on this dress is unique and beautiful.  I love how it comes to a V in the back.  Overall, a super cute, super simple, very pretty dress.

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I made this in a size 3 with the length of a 4.  It fits her perfectly.  Maya chose the fabric.  To me it looks a little “night gown-ish”, but that’s okay.  She’s 3.  And if she wants to wear it to bed, I’m okay with that, too.  It’s “Rainbows and Unicorns” from Michael Miller.

Just doing a little sweeping on Grandma’s back deck

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Ringing the bell in Grandma’s garden.

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City girl on the farm

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What can I say about this next dress other than I like it so much, I’ve made three of them.  They weren’t all for Maya, two were gifts, but I really like it.  And there will be more for Maya.  It’s the Bubblegum dress by Candy Castle Patterns.  It’s a wrap dress with bias trim all around (though you can hem it instead if you are so inclined).  I have some really cute bias trim and am thrilled that I now have a pattern to use it on.

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I did make a couple of mistakes when I was measuring my bias tape.  I didn’t read ahead (I know, I know) and cut my bias tape when I shouldn’t have.  So it meant I had to sew it back together again, but I don’t think you can really tell.  I love the technique used for the binding on the armhole.  It’s gathered with elastic, but then instead of just leaving it, it has bias trim covering the elastic.  I really liked how simple it was but how nice it looked in the end.

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Don’t take my bracelet!

Instead of exact sizes, this dress is sized in pairs because of the wrap nature of it.  It doesn’t have to be an exact fit.  This is a size 4/5 and she will be able to wear it next summer as well (unless she has some crazy abnormal growth spurts in the next year).  The fabric I used was from the Flower Sugar line by Lecien fabrics.  I’m amazed at how soft this fabric is.

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And just because, here is one of the other Bubblegum dresses I made.  This was a gift for our daycare provider’s 5 year old daughter (which she ended up wearing for her first day of school…yay!).  It’s a size 6/7 and I used a polka dot cotton from the “My sunshine” line by Riley Blake.  I just love the crocheted trim on this one.

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From then till now: part 6–rompers for Mr. Jacob

Sometimes, A lot of the time, I feel as though my little man is neglected in the mommy-made clothing kind of way.  I find most boy fabric patterns tend to look like jammies no matter what you do with them.  I’m determined to make things for the littlest guy in my life, who isn’t so little anymore.  For this installment of “from then till now” I will share with you a few of the things I’ve made for Jacob.  Hopefully, they don’t look too much like jammies.

This is the Reversible Romper by Scientific Seamstress.  This was one of the simplest, quickest things I have made and I just love it.  Jacob looks so cute!  I made this in an 18-24 month size in the shortest length.  The pattern gives different length options from shorts to pants which I love.  So it can be worn in the summer as a cute short romper or into the fall as pants with a short or long sleeved t-shirt layered underneath.  And since it’s totally lined (and reversible) you could also line it with a warm flannel and it be super cozy for the winter.  It also comes with instructions to add ruffles to make it girly.  I’m not a fan of ruffles, so I will probably never make it for Maya, but it’s really nice that it is included.  All in all, a great, multi-purpose pattern.  Carla’s patterns are so thorough and not lacking in any details whatsoever.  Sometimes I feel like the instructions are too detailed, but I would much rather have too many details than too few.  The fact that the instructions are so detailed means that pretty much anyone can tackle a Scientific Seamstress pattern.

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Instead of using real buttons, I got lazy and used snaps instead.  I really wanted to finish it and I didn’t have any buttons that matched.  I used “raccoon in blue” by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 fabrics for one side and “fox in grey” on the reverse.  These fabrics are just the cutest!

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They really do love each other (sometimes anyway)

They really do love each other (sometimes anyway)

I had the pleasure of testing the Sandpit Romper pattern for Rabbit Rabbit Creations a couple of months ago.  It’s the second time I’ve tested a pattern before it was released.  I consider these more to be overalls, but I guess by definition, all rompers are overall-like.  This pattern was super simple to follow and has several different finishing options.  It can be partially or fully lined, and the leg openings can be either left open or cinched with elastic in a hem casing.  I chose mine to be fully lined and left the leg openings wide.  I chose to modify mine slightly and lined it in a combination fabrics.  I used white broadcloth for the majority of the lining, but then I added more rocket fabric at the bottom so I could roll the pants up and have it show.  I chose to make the 2T for Jacob even though he was in the 18 month size range because I wanted it to fit him into the winter.  It’s quite wide on him, but that’s okay.  I’d rather it be slightly big than too small.  I knew the legs were going to be really long because my kiddos have long torsos and short legs.  I like how the rolled up hem looks.  I was lazy again and used snaps instead of buttons.  If I ever make this pattern again I will use pocket pattern pieces from a smaller size.  I thin they are a bit overwhelming, though it is nice to show off an accent fabric.  The fabrics I used were a grey cotton-polyester twill for the main fabric and Rockets in Blue from the “rocket age” line by October Afternoon for Riley Blake for the pockets and lining of the hem.

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Getting photos of this little mover is proving to be super difficult these days.  The only way he would cooperate to get these photos was to let him hold my phone.  Oh well….whatever works.

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Let’s play Hide and Seek

I have a bit of a love affair with Oliver and S patterns.  Not only are they totally the style of clothing I love to dress my children in, the instructions are flawless and the finishing is as professional as they get.  Every Oliver and S  pattern I have sewn has taught me something new and each one feels like my own private sewing lesson.  As someone who is self taught, the more professional and accurate the instructions, the better.

Maya goes to a Montessori preschool that runs during the regular school year.  So obviously, I needed to make something for her first day back. I saw Gail‘s Hide and Seek dress she made for her daughter and I knew I had to make one.  If you haven’t already discovered Gail’s blog, probablyactually, you should check it out.  She does amazing work.  She’s a major inspiration for me.  But I digress.  The Hide and Seek dress is a super cute dress with side welt pockets perfect for holding treasures such as rocks, plastic princess rings and boxes of raisins.  The pattern has a notch at the neckline, but like usual, I removed it since I prefer simpler lines (usually).

I used Cloud 9 organic woven cotton from the Koi line by Rashida Coleman Hale.  The accent on the front and back bodice is “The way of the flowers” and the main fabric is “Ebb and Flow”.  I absolutely love this stuff.  It’s so soft and really doesn’t need any ironing after it’s been washed.  This line of fabric seems to be hard to come by now so I’m thrilled I was able get some when I did.  You may recognize this fabric from the peasant dresses from this post.

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I found these wooden buttons at Walmart.  I think they suit this fabric perfectly!

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Maya doesn’t actually start her new year at Montessori for another week,  but I finished the dress a while ago and was able to get photos of her (thanks to my super talented sister) wearing the dress.  Maya quite likes the dress, though she did say, “It doesn’t twirl very much, but that’s okay”.

My sister, Jessica, made the matching headband to go with the dress.  I LOVE it!

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Pockets!!

Pockets!!

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Maya’s runway.

Love this dress and love my little girl.  I can’t believe she’s already 3.5 years old!  Time sure does fly.

From then till now: part 5–an assortment for Maya

Just when I think I’ve posted about all the things I’ve made over the last year, I find more.  So here goes, another installment of “from then till now”.

You may remember this dress from this post.  Truth is, this Savannah Pleated Party Dress is the original one I made.  Instead of the pleated neckline, I chose the flat neckline and omitted the sash.  I’m not a hug fan of sashes.  I won’t say too much about this dress because I’ve talked about it before.  This is a size 3 and is now getting quite short on Maya.  The fabric is from the Little Red Riding Hood line by Riley Blake, which I believe is now out of print.  I stocked up though, because I just love it.  This is the first time I’ve used a border print and I think this dress looks great with it.

Peek A Boo Pattern Shop-Savannah Pleated Party Dress

Peek A Boo Pattern Shop-Savannah Pleated Party Dress

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These next dresses are the Blue Ribbon by Little Lizard King.  Though I am happy enough with the final product (and Maya just loves them), I found the tutorial a little bit confusing.  I found it was jumping all over the place a bit, but I’ve come to expect this with Little Lizard King patterns.  I keep going back to them though because some of them are really cute!  This was the very first time I had sewn with knit and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  I up-cycled two Gap tank tops for these dresses so they are super comfy to wear.  Instead of following the skirt panel measurements, I wanted them to be super twirly for my twirly little girl, so I used the width of fabric for each panel.  Twirl they do.  I wish I had omitted the sashes, because like I mentioned above, I don’t love sashes.  But Maya likes them, so I put them on.

The fabric I used was both from Springs Creative.  The first is called “Fashionable Princess”.  This fabric was selling like hotcakes all over the internet.  I managed to snag some for my princess loving girl.  I’m not a fan of character prints, but seeing as I’m not sewing for myself (at the moment, anyway), I knew Maya would love it.  The second is “My Little Pony”.  Maya has never watched the television show (she’s a Dora and Sofia the First fan) but she has some of the toys.  And it’s purple. Double bonus.

Little Lizard King-Blue Ribbon

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Here is an Elise Halter Dress and Top.  Again by Little Lizard King.  I have made a few of these over the past 6 months or so.  I really like this dress.  I think it’s perfect for summer.  Maya wore the red flower dress quite often, which makes me very happy because it didn’t start out to be hers, but I’m certainly happy it ended up in her closet.  The first dress is made with Michael Miller’s Worn Poppy in Red from the Cosmos fabric line.  The yellow is a tone on tone yellow I picked up at Joann’s fabrics.  The second one is tunic length with a solid purple I had lying around, Dora the Explorer patterned print from Springs Creative and I believe the pink polka dots were from Robert Kaufman.  For as much as Maya adores Dora the Explorer, I thought she would wear the top all the time.  Not so much.  But that’s okay, she did wear it a couple of times.

Little Lizard King-Elise Halter

Little Lizard King-Elise Halter

Maya and her cousin

Maya and her cousin

Lastly, here is Little Lizard King’s Fly Girl top.  This pattern has known issues, so I won’t go into it here.  I still managed to sew the whole thing in a day (nap time and after bed) so not too shabby.  I made a size 3T.  If I ever make this top again, which I’m leaning on the “no” side, I would lengthen it substantially.  I find it quite short on Maya.  Then again, maybe it’s her long torso coming into play again.  There are several options for the back:  with button closure, tie closure (I opted for this), open back or closed back.  I found the instructions for closing the back somewhat lacking, so I just sort of figured it out on my own.

Little Lizard King-Fly Girl

Little Lizard King-Fly Girl

I think the end result is adorable, but getting there wasn’t the smoothest ride ever.  I love how there is so much fabric gathered into such a tiny bodice (though I was cursing while trying to gather it) that it is super flowy.  Maya looks great in this style of top.  The fabric is the balloon print from Sarah Jane’s fabric line, Children at Play by Michael Miller.  I love this fabric so much.  If you look closely enough, you can see tiny bunnies and little girls hanging from the balloons.  Super cute!!

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I’m going to end this post with quite possibly THE best FREE pattern out there….yes FREE!  It’s the Izzy top from Climbing the Willow.  It’s an awesome pattern and such a sweet end result.  It comes in sizes 18 months to size 12!  I saw these pop up in my Facebook sewing groups and had to try it.  I’ve made a few of them, most weren’t for Maya, but rather as gifts for others.  The instructions are simple to follow and I can easily whip one up over one evening.  This top looks awesome with leggings and you can even add length to make it a dress.

The one I made for Maya is a size 3T I believe.  I have no idea what fabric this is, but I do know it’s a rayon challis.  Sorry about that.  I made it quite a while ago and don’t have any left to go back and check the selvage.

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