Charlie dress

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Maya has a dress from H&M that she loves.  It has butterflies on it and is super comfy.  I also paid $5 for it.  I have a problem paying $5 for something.  I basically have trouble with the idea that in order to charge $5 and actually make money on it, you must be paying your workers nothing.  So I am trying to avoid that, now that I have a better knowledge of the garment industry.  But I won’t go into ethics right now.  That is not what this blog is about.

Instead I will focus on the style of the dress.  It is a sleeveless, drop waist dress with a twirly skirt.  It looks almost identical to the Charlie dress by Mingo and Grace.  I sewed the Blake from Mingo and Grace a few months ago and loved it.  So I had no doubt I would also love the Charlie.  I was not wrong.  It may be one of my favourite dresses I have made.

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I sewed this dress a couple of months ago.  I have no idea why it has taken me so long to actually post it.  I think part of me thought I already had.  I have photos of Maya wearing this at Ikea, at her grandparents’, in Montreal on a family day trip and en route to Toronto for a weekend getaway.  Needless to say, she really likes this dress.

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It’s a pretty straight forward sew.  I love the binding on the neckline and armholes and I love how twirly the skirt is without being over the top ruffles.

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In Montreal we found a "balloon lady" who made Maya an Elsa and Jacob a monkey. They were really neat!

In Montreal we found a “balloon lady” who made Maya an Elsa and Jacob a monkey. They were really neat!

My husband is really into photography so when I saw this camera fabric I jumped on it.  I just needed the perfect project.  And this was it!

Maya and her daddy at the old Port in Montreal.

Maya and her daddy at the old Port in Montreal.

The fabric is from the Snapshots line from Riley Blake.

This is when the kids realized there were more flavours of ice cream than just chocolate and vanilla.

This is when the kids realized there were more flavours of ice cream than just chocolate and vanilla.

This is a straight up size 4.  It has a really roomy fit so I’m glad I made the 4 instead of the 5.  I’m in a bit of denial that my little girl is growing up.  Does anyone else get sad when their kids move up a size?

Look! I have bat ears!

Look! I have bat ears! At the Biodome in Montreal.

The best thing about this dress is that Maya loves it (almost) as much as I do.  It’s a dress that I will be making many times.  I wish there was a sleeve option so she could wear it in the fall and winter as well.  Who am I kidding, she will wear it in the fall and winter with leggings and a cardigan on top.  🙂

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She even wore it for her first day of school.  My big girl is in the equivalent of Junior Kindergarten (she goes to a Montessori school so they don’t call it JK)

My big girl!

My big girl!

As I was going through my photos for this post, I came across this one.  How cute are these two?  I moved Maya’s car seat to be beside Jacob’s a couple of months ago.  The first thing Maya said was, “Now we can hold hands”.  And when they aren’t annoying each other, that’s exactly what they do.

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And some more, just because.  I love how much these two love each other.  For now, they are best friends.

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Not Just a Sunsuit Blog Tour: A Hidden Pocket Jumper

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I was so thrilled when Ajaire invited me on her “Not Just a Sunsuit” Blog tour.  Ajaire (of Call Ajaire) released the Paneled Sunsuit pattern earlier this summer.  This pattern has so many options (in fact, I think there are 10 different ways you can sew it).  At first I was going to make the maxi skirt version.  But then I quickly remembered that, although Maya LOVES dresses that “go to the floor”, they aren’t the most practical for my dancing, flipping, biking, running all over the place little girl.  So I decided on the jumper.  And I’m glad I did.

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TaDa!

Maya LOVES dresses.  Usually, the twirlier the better.  Even though I’m not a huge fan of super twirly dresses, I do realize that Maya is 4.  And I’m sure I liked twirly dresses when I was 4 as well.  So when I can, I try my best to make her dresses twirl.  As you can see, this dress is very streamlined (which I love) so you would think that Maya would refuse to wear it.  But she actually LOVES it….for one very big, important reason.  It has HIDDEN POCKETS.

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The truth is, the pockets aren’t really hidden.  They are right there.  But when you use the same fabric as the skirt and CALL them hidden.  They become the most special thing.  And Maya will wear it.

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In fact, she’s worn it several times since I’ve made it for her.  But I only just got photos of her the other day.  She’s even worn it on a pony.

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Since I’m at the tail end of the blog tour, I’m not going to reiterate how well the pattern is laid out or how great the illustrations are or even how thorough the instructions are.  But I will say that I am thrilled with how this jumper turned out.

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One thing I really loved about this pattern is that there are no zips or fasteners.  The straps have elastic in them which makes them scrunch up and there is a casing on the back with elastic.  Makes it pretty easy to put on and take off.

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Maya was being bitten alive by mosquitos.  Poor kid.  She has the worst luck.  They just love her.  Needless to say, she did not enjoy this photoshoot very much.

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darn mosquitos

I used Art Gallery Solid in Festival Fuschia for the top and for the bodice lining.  The skirt and the front panel as well as the straps is from the Floriography line by Chelsea Andersen for Riley Blake.

This is a straight up size 4 with no adjustments made.  In hindsight I wish I had made her a 5.  It’s a bit short, which I’m okay with it because we are heading into autumn here and she can wear it with leggings and a sweater.  Which brings me to the main point of the “Not JUST a Sunsuit” Blog Tour.  This is NOT just a sunsuit.  It’s an “all weather” suit.

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And what’s even better, is that now you can add long sleeves to your sunsuit with the free add on here.  So it will definitely take you into the cooler weather.

So there you have it!  A super cute, all seasons jumper, with two awesome Hidden pockets.

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Ajaire is giving away four copies of the Paneled Sunsuit pattern, plus she’s offering 15% off the pattern in her shop through September 4th!  For a chance to win your own copy of the pattern, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Be sure to check out all the awesome versions of the Paneled Sunsuit from the Blog Tour.

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Monday August 24th:Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela

Tuesday August 25th:Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th:Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th:Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Mandmade Martini

Friday August 28th:That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st:Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st:My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd:Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd:The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th:A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

 

The pattern was provided at no charge to me for the purpose of the tour, however all opinions are my own!

A Liberty Badminton Top and Swingset Skirt

Happy Bloggiversary to me!  Is that even a thing?  Just over a year ago I started this blog.  I guess technically I started it a year before, but I didn’t actually write anything.  I had the idea and never had the time.  Then I decided to actually make the time.  That’s something I know we are all lacking.  I haven’t been writing as much lately because it’s summer.  I have a whole line up of things I’ve made that I have yet to get photos of.  I haven’t been sewing as much lately either.  I really need to get my butt in gear because I’m really hoping to make most of the kids’ fall wardrobe.  I must admit, as much as I love sewing, I also love sleeping.  And going to bed “reasonably” early has been on the agenda lately.

So anyway, back to my “bloggiversary”.  I was hoping to write about everything I made.  Turns out that’s impossible.  So, I’m writing about what I can, when I can.  I started this blog for myself.  Something that I can always go back to look at.  To document my kids growing up in terms of what I sewed for them.  I think I’m staying true to that.  Enough about that.  Onto the goods.

My husband and I went to New York City in May to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.  It was a quick weekend away from the kids.  We had a great time.  Great food, great entertainment, awesome shopping (mostly for the kids) and FABRIC!  We spend most of Friday shopping for fabric.  And that is where I purchased my first Liberty of London fabrics.  Swoon!  The florals are just so pretty.  The only problem?  Price.  These might be the most expensive fabrics I have every purchased.  And I got a lot of them.  I don’t know whether it was smart or “not so” smart, but I bought a bunch of 1/2 yard cuts.  It seemed like a great idea.  Now that I am trying to find things I can make for Maya with 1/2 yard cuts is proving to be more difficult than I originally thought.  But it’s not impossible.  I purchased all of my Liberty Art Fabrics at Purl Soho.

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Inside

Inside

Swoon worthy.  I think this is ALL the Liberty I bought.

Swoon worthy. I think this is ALL the Liberty I bought.

I started with the Badminton Top from Oliver and S.  This is a super sweet summer top.  Nothing too fancy.  And not too complicated either.  I made Maya a size 4 and though it fits her, I wish I had made it a couple of inches longer.  This will fit her this summer and that is it.  Which is really too bad, because it’s really quite cute.

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This fabric is Betsy for Liberty Fabrics.  The accent fabric is a blue shot cotton I’ve had for some time.

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The skirt is the Swingset Skirt from Oliver and S.  I love this pattern!  It’s such a simple skirt to make.  It is really swingy and is lined.  It doesn’t take any time at all to make.  There are three casings.  Two for elastic and one for a drawstring.

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The skirt is the same blue shot cotton and though it looks great right after it’s been ironed, it wrinkles like crazy.  I knew that going into it, and for this skirt I think it works.  Especially since it is lined.  I lined it in a super soft batiste I picked up at Fabricland.

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Look at that.  A swingset skirt, on the swing set.

I’m sad that this pattern only goes to a 5.  I really wish Liesl would re-release it in a higher size range.  I could probably increase it myself, but I’m not a pattern designer and I would hate to mess it up.  I think I’ll be able to lengthen it without worrying about the waist for a couple years though.  So at least I’ll “probably” get another couple of years out of this pattern.  I just love this skirt so much.

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

Zebras Galore!

There was a time, not that long ago, when I decided to try my hand at sewing.  I enjoyed it right from the first stitch.  But I couldn’t ever see myself sewing a wardrobe for anyone.  Fast forward a couple of years, and tada! Maya’s closet is more than 50% filled with clothes I have made for her.  I haven’t bought her any summer clothes this year.  She has clothes that still fit from last year and she also has clothes that I bought in previous years “for the future” that now fit her.  I have no intention of making all of her leggings, underwear, undershirts or pajamas.  But dresses, tops and skirts…sign me up!

Off to the park to do some yoga

Off to the park to do some yoga

Onto the goods.  This is the LOL Swing Top by Jennuine Designs.  It’s a really loose and flowy, racer back tank top.  It’s almost a circle top…kinda sorta anyway.  It’s much wider in the back than the front which makes it super swingy.

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It’s a pretty straight forward, simple sew.  I had a bit of trouble attaching the back yoke to the front.  The way Jenn has you attach them together is clever, but I mixed my left from my right and had to unpick and restitch.  It’s just a matter of paying attention and going slowly for that step.  I’m not always the best at taking my time, especially when I tend to sew late into the night.

I just love the contrast back yoke.

I just love the contrast back yoke.

The pattern calls for single fold narrow bias binding.  I wish I had cut my own binding because I used regular double fold bias and it does look quite thick on the armholes and neckline.

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This top can be made in knit or woven.  This one is woven.  I haven’t tried the knit version yet.  Maybe next year.  The woven version has a button on the shoulder so you can actually put it on.  The knit version is stretchy enough that you don’t need it.  I used a snap that blends in pretty well with the back yoke.

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This fabric is part of the Origami Oasis line by Michael Miller.

Summersault!

Summersault!

Now for the shorts.  Seeing as I have a love affair with Oliver and S, I thought I would try the Puppet Show Shorts.

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This pattern also comes with a cute blouse.  This is one of several patterns released that only go up to a size 5.  If you want to check out the “size 5” project over on the Oliver and S blog, you can find it here.  I decided to “unofficially” take part.  Maya is in a size 4, so I still have a bit of time before she outgrows those patterns, so I plan on making them all (we’ll see if that happens).

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These shorts have a subtle bubble look.  I was worried they might be too tight on Maya’s legs, but they are absolutely perfect.  There’s not much to say about the shorts. They have an elastic waistband, and super cute bubble pockets with trim.  The hem of the shorts is gathered slightly into binding.  They are a simple sew and oh so adorable!

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And now for some photos, just because.

I love how close Maya and Jacob have gotten.  Now that Jacob is a bit older, they really play so nicely together.  Usually.  Of course they still have their trying moments.  But for the most part they are best friends.  I love watching them grow.

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Origami Oasis Class Picnic Shorts

I am determined to blog quite a bit over the next couple of weeks. I have made quite a few things over the past couple of months, and haven’t found the time to take photos or write about them. So here goes.

As you may remember from this post, the gauchos I made for Miss Maya were actually too small. I was going to try to alter them in some way to make them fit, but summer came on quickly and the kids were in shorts quite a while ago. So instead of trying to fumble my way through an alteration (which I have never done before), I decided to try a new pattern using the same twill fabric.

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These are the Class Picnic shorts from Oliver and S. They really are adorable.  I made a couple of the Class Picnic blouses a few months ago, but this is my first time sewing the shorts.

It was a really straight forward sew, thanks to the awesome instructions. The only part I found a bit fiddly, was trying to get the accent fabric curve to be perfectly smooth. If you don’t look too closely, I think they look pretty good.

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These have a flat front and an elastic back. I love the clean look of the front, with the ease of elastic for Maya to dress herself.

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Flat Front

Elastic Back

Elastic Back

The pattern pieces look intimidating at first, until you start to put them together and it all makes perfect sense.

I decided to use leftover Origami Oasis border fabric from the Grace top for the contrast on the shorts. They didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned. The birds are fairly sparse on the fabric so you don’t see as many of them as I would have liked. Oh well. They’re still cute.

These shorts are perfect for all sorts of fun summer activities.  Like:

running

running

swinging

swinging

 

sliding

sliding

running up hills

going up hills

running down hills

running down hills

rolling down hills

rolling down hills

and looking at the sky

and looking up at the sky

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Happy sewing everyone!  I hope you’re having a great summer!

Kids Kaftan

I’m going to start this post by saying, it took a lot of bribing with chocolate to get Maya to even put this on.  The only reason I’m even writing about it is because we actually got some photos.  I had this rainbow fabric that I bought because Maya LOVES all things rainbow and I thought she would also love it.  I’m not sure why, she won’t give me a straight answer, but she does NOT like this top.

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I used Pattern Emporium’s Kids Kaftan pattern for this.  Talk about options.  I had a hard time deciding which options to use to make this top for Maya.  In the end I chose a keyhole opening with bias trim tie, elastic casing and a curved rolled hem.

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Keyhole opening with bias trim

Elastic casing

Elastic casing

Curved rolled hem

Curved rolled hem

This top is really quite simple in its’ construction.  Basically a big rectangle sewn up partway with elastic to cinch the waist and a tie at the neck.  It would have been a naptime sew if both of my kiddos would have had a nap.  Maya is on the “it’s the weekend I don’t need a nap” phase.  She “usually” naps at preschool.  So I’m okay with her not napping every weekend, but it sure does cut into my sewing time.  😉  All things considered though, it’s kind of nice to spend a couple of hours with my little girl without Jacob messing up her “work” (like puzzles, or games or colouring pages, or lego…pretty much anything that a 2 year old will get himself into).

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Seeing how well it twirls

Seeing how well it twirls

I made this kaftan in “beach length” thinking she can wear it to cover up her bathing suit when she goes to the splash pad at the park this summer.  She can also wear it with leggings and shorts.

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It’s such a cute, comfy top.  I really don’t understand why she doesn’t like it.  Oh well.  At least I got some photos.

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Canadian Designer Blog Tour and a Holly Dress

Cover Photo Blog Tour

It’s my turn on the Canadian Designer Blog tour.  When I saw the call for bloggers, I was excited.  Firstly, I love to support indie pattern designers.  Secondly, I really love to support Canadian indie pattern designers.  Before this tour, I had no idea just how many Canadian designers there were.  Thank you so much to Ula of Lulu & Celeste for putting this whole tour together.

I decided on the Holly Dress by Audrey and Tiffany.  It was the partial circle skirt that sold me on it.  The twirlier the better, and my daughter is a sucker for twirl.  I must admit, I also prefer a circle skirt to a gathered skirt.  There’s something about the clean look of it and also NO massive amounts of gathers!  Don’t get me wrong, I also love a gathered skirt.  But it’s a nice change not to.

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I made this in a size 4 with the gathering option instead of the pin tucks.  I love both looks, but I haven’t made a dress with a gathered bodice before, and I wanted to give it a go.

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This is my first time sewing an Audrey and Tiffany pattern.  I’m always willing to try a new designer and I’m glad I did.  I’m a sucker for under stitching.  I much prefer it to topstitching.  I’ll often substitute it for topstitching in a pattern to prevent the lining from peeking over the top.  But I love it even more when a pattern actually tells you to under stitch; which this one did.

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Another thing I loved about this pattern.  The button placket on the back.  It was probably the part I had the most trouble with.  The photos really helped me muddle my way through it.  It may have been my first time doing a placket like this and I think it turned out really well.  I was worried at first, when I was trying to line up the contrast band at the back.  I’m not always perfect, but in this case, both sides lined up pretty much bang on.

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I picked up some really sweet buttons that I think suit the fabric.  I really like the button loops at the back instead of button holes.  I think it makes the dress that much more special.  I really love the elegance and simplicity of the entire dress…but I especially love the back!

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We decided to take the kids to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa.  We try to go every year.  There is so much that goes on in Ottawa every year and we really don’t take advantage of everything that is available to us.  What I didn’t realize is that we went on the last weekend of the festival.  So the tulips were pretty much dead.  It didn’t bother the kids at all.  They still had a blast.   If you’re ever in Ottawa in May, it’s a great time.  Especially if the tulips are actually in bloom.

Who needs tulips when you have dandelions?

Who needs tulips when you have dandelions?

And what would be a day at a festival without a ginormous bag of popcorn and ice cream?!

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Now for the fun bits.  From June 11th to 15th only, Audrey and Tiffany are offering 25% off their patterns with the coupon code OHCANADA.

Also, you can enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win the Holly and Secret Garden pdf dress patterns.


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There are so many bloggers taking part in this tour.

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And also so many sponsors.

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Head on over to Lulu and Celeste to sew along and enter to win some amazing prize packages.

 

A long overdue Ice Cream Dress (and a pseudo pocket tutorial)

I have had this exact dress on my mind for over a year.  I bought this combination of fabric to specifically make an Oliver and S Ice Cream dress.  I loved Gail’s version here and had to make one.

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This is a super sweet dress.  It’s not structured, so I imagine it’s probably pretty comfy.  Maya wore it all day, even though it doesn’t twirl.  She did twirl in it though and I made a big deal that it “does” in fact, twirl…a little bit.  Well…not really, but if I can convince Maya that it is twirling, she is more likely to actually wear it.

Here she is...mid "twirl".

Here she is…mid “twirl”.

There are different ways to make this dress.  A top or dress, with/without pockets, with/without notch and you can also play with colourblocking.  I chose to do View A with notches.

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The pockets are perfect for my dandelion loving little girl.

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I think Maya will be able to wear this for several years.  I have a love/hate relationship with dresses for Maya.  I LOVE making them, I love making them so much, that when they last for so long, it means I really shouldn’t make so many.  But I still do.

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This was a very straightforward pattern, as is standard with Oliver and S patterns.  For the most part.  I had a feeling I would run into a bit of trouble with the back closure because I had read about it on several occasions.  I don’t really know how to describe the issue, but I feel like if you are SUPER PRECISE when clipping the seam allowance at the closure, you MAY not have an issue.  There is a bit of raw edge peeking through that drives me a little batty, but I tried to stitch over it and I think unless you know it’s there, you would never see it anyway.  But I’m a bit of a perfectionist so it will continue to bother me.

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Despite the closure issue, I really love this dress. And I will most likely make another one.

This is a straight size 4.  No modifications whatsoever.  Both fabrics are from JoAnn’s.

I have never done a “tutorial” before, and I don’t even know if this qualifies as one.  It’s more of a, “hey there’s this really cool technique for adding patch pockets that I read about somewhere and I thought I would show you how I did it” post.

I honestly don’t remember where I saw this.  I wish I did so I could link it.  But it’s brilliant!

Basically it’s this.  Cut the pocket out of the the “pocket placement” guide on the pattern piece before you pin (or iron in my case)  your pattern piece to the RIGHT side of your fabric.  (You can do it afterwards if you’ve forgotten.)  Continue as normal, but leave your pattern piece on the cut fabric.  Prepare your patch pocket and place in the hole of your pattern piece.  Pin it.  Remove pattern piece.  Stitch on.  Tada!  Done!  Easy peasy.  No measuring in so many inches, up so many, trying to use a marker underneath the pattern piece, no more chalk papers and tracing wheels.  Seriously.  Mind blowing and so simple.  Maybe everyone knows this, but I did not, and so I share.

Step 1:  cut the pocket placement markings out on your freezer paper (or whatever you used to transfer your pattern to)

Step 1: cut the pocket placement markings out on your freezer paper (or whatever you used to transfer your pattern to)

Step 2:   make your patch pocket as per instructions.

Step 2: make your patch pocket as per instructions.

Step 3:  place your pocket in the hole and pin into place

Step 3: place your pocket in the hole and pin into place

Step 4:  remove the pattern piece (freezer paper) and sew pockets into the perfect place.

Step 4: remove the pattern piece (freezer paper) and sew pockets into the perfect place.

Happy sewing everyone!

Tiptoeing through the tulips (?) in his sketchbook shorts

Before I looked through Jacob’s dresser for his summer clothes, I decided to make these shorts.  It’s a good thing I made them before I knew he had about a bazillion pairs of shorts, because I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

Look how cute!

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These are the sketchbook shorts from Oliver and S.  Such a fantastic pattern.  Like usual, all the pieces fit together perfectly.  The little details, like the fake fly and the side pockets put these shorts over the cuteness edge.  I even added a button to the front.  There’s an option to do a flat front, and if these were a dressier pair of shorts I would have chosen that.  But seeing as these are pretty casual shorts, I kept it simple and just added elastic throughout.

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Jacob isn’t a very big boy.  He still wears 18-24 month store bought shorts.  2T normally look like capris and fall down when he walks.  That’s the great thing about making clothes yourself.  You are able to adjust the waist and shorten or lengthen the legs among other things.  I decided to still make the 2T in these because based on the pattern pieces, the length looked okay and it is simple enough to shorten the elastic in the waist to ensure they don’t fall down.  Also, this way I’m pretty sure he will be able to wear them next summer as well.

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We went to the Canadian Tulip Festival a few weekends ago.  Turns out, going on the last weekend of the festival means the tulips are pretty much all dead.  In past years we’ve gone  closer to the beginning of May and there are many more tulips in bloom.  The kids still had a blast.  There was a clown, afterall.  And ice cream.

These two love each other so much!

These two love each other so much!

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The fabric I used was Military Plaid from the Military Max line by Riley Blake.  I love the plaid. Originally I bought it to make a button up shirt, but I much prefer them as shorts I think.  I thought it was going to be tricky to match up the plaids, but it turned out to be easier than I thought.  Not too shabby.

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This little guy steals my heart every day.  He is such a happy, sensitive, loving little boy.

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He’s definitely not a baby any more.

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But he sure is handsome!

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A Butterfly Maxi

Out of the blue, one day Maya asked for a “long dress that goes to the floor”.  So I went on a search for a maxi dress.  I have several, but they use at least 2.5 yards of fabric.  As you may recall, I am trying really hard to use the fabric I have sitting on my shelves.  I don’t have more than 2 yards of many.  So I had to find a pattern that only uses 2 yards.  My search led me to one of my favourite designers, Boo! Designs.

This is the Shirred Dress pattern.  It can be made in a top, dress or maxi dress length.  Perfect!

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This was such a simple dress to put together.  It has a separate bodice piece and cute flutter sleeves.  Like the Grace top I posted about here, I decided to line the flutters instead of doing a rolled hem.  Pure laziness, really.  But I like them better this way.  One thing I must add is that I ended up shortening the straps a bit.  She wore the dress a couple of times and I really didn’t like how low it went so I just folded it over a bit and stitched it in place.  These photos were taken after I shortened the straps.

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Some days I LOVE my sewing room.  I have a nice big table, decent floor space, nice shelves to hold all my fabric and a great desk for my sewing machines.  Other days, like when trying to cut fabric for a maxi dress, I wish I had more space.  But alas, the fabric got cut and I “think” it was pretty straight.

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The bodice of the dress is shirred, so there are no closures whatsoever.  There’s also no difference between front and back, so Maya can easily dress herself without her having to worry about putting the “tag at the back”.  Bonus.

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If you’ve never tried shirring before, the instructions are great.  They really walk you through every part of it.  This was my second time shirring.  The first was on this dress, also by Boo! Designs and also one of Maya’s favourites (quite possibly still her favourite).

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At first I was a little worried my little girl would be lost in all the fabric.  But that is not the case at all.

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She can even twirl! (Of course she wouldn’t actually twirl for a photo because, well she’s 4.  Enough said.)

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This is a size 4.  The fabric I used was “Aflutter” from Michael Miller’s “Emma’s Garden” line.  Next time I think I will make the straps a tad bit shorter, the dress is quite heavy with all the fabric and pulls it down a bit.  The only modification I made was to use the width of the fabric for each the front and the back.  As you may recall, Maya is on a “twirl” kick, so the more it can twirl, the better.  And there less wasted fabric this way too.  Win, win!