Itty Bitty Baby Dress

I found this adorable pattern at Made by Rae and just KNEW it would be the perfect baby shower gift for a friend of mine.

Itty Bitty baby dress
The dress is adorably small and ALMOST makes me wish I was having another little one…Almost

The fabric was leftovers from Ally’s Easter Dress, which I’ve yet to document. Have to get on that…

The directions are very clear, although after constructing the entire dress I realized that there is no way to hide the inside waist/skirt seam. If I make another one (and I’m sure I will!) I will cut the lining pieces longer. I think I will also try out sewing the front to the back at 1 side, attach the piping, then close it up to catch the piping ends in the seam.

Embroidery 101: Stitch and Quilt Along

I’ve decided to join the Stitch and Quilt along over at Clover And Violet. The quilting I’ve got down – the embroidery? This could be interesting. LOL

I’m not entirely 100% in love with my fabrics, so don’t be surprised if they change. I was hoping to pick up the fat quarters at JoAnn’s today, but my local one didn’t have any single ones (which were supposed to be on sale) – so I grabbed a pack of 5 (bottom of picture) and stole 4 cuts out of my stash. I think some of the fat quarters are a little dark for the brighter colors in my stash. Didn’t have time on my lunch break to wait in the gimundo line at the cutting table to get anything else.

Embroidery and Quilt Along fabric

McCall’s 5498 The Princess Dress

Princess dress

Picture is before I added the elastic to the sleeve ends.

Pattern Description:

MISSES’, CHILDREN’S AND GIRLS’ MERMAID AND PRINCESS COSTUMES: Long dress has semi-fitted lined bodice, contrast peplum with or without button trim; slightly flared or contrast straight skirt, and back zipper closing; costume A has contrast sleeves with elasticized wrist and attached contrast shoulder drape with large button trim; costume B has contrast bodice overlay, armhole ruffles and fish tail; crown has elastic casing, with or without button trim

Pattern Sizing:
3/4 to 7/8. I made the 7/8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Kind of. I ditched the shoulder drape. Its drafted way too big and completely overtook the dress. If you want it, I would suggest shortening it drastically.

I also fully lined the bodice & skirt and used taffeta & Fairy Dust Organza for the sleeves instead of just organza to add a little bit of warmth while trick or treating.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very. No problems at all.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like I said, the shoulder drape was ridiculously big. Wish I had taken a picture of it before I ripped it out.

Fabric Used:
Pink and blue taffeta, fairy organza from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Fully lined. Sleeves are organza over taffeta and added a pearl necklace – which ended up breaking and I had to do an emergency re-beading right before we went out. LOL

Also for the peplum, instead of trying to do a hem on it, I just cut 2 out, sewed right side together and then turned right-side out.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! My daughter absolutely loved it.

Conclusion:
Great pattern. Carefully measure shoulder drape or ditch it entirely.

Another view with DD wearing it.
Princess dress

PJs – Kwik Sew 2905

Kwik Sew KP-2905

Pattern Description:
Boys and Girls pjs have front button closure, extended shoulders, collar and patch pocket. Pants and shorts have elastic waist. View A has full length sleeves and long pants. View B has contrast collar and pocket extension, short sleeves and shorts.
I have made View A

Pattern Sizing:
7-14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy. This was my 1st foray into buttonholes.

Kwik Sew KP-2905

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
At first I wasn’t happy with the way they insert the elastic in the casing, but by the end, I was digging it.

Fabric Used:
Little Mermaid flannel from JoAnn’s.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Ditched the pocket. Also made a size larger to make sure they fit through the winter.

Kwik Sew KP-2905

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES! Have a cute owl flannel set to go.

Conclusion:
DD loves them, although at first she thought the top was a coat. LOL

Kwik Sew KP-2905

Milkmaid skirt


Milkmaid Skirt 1, originally uploaded by floreksa.

I actually made it into the sewing room last night. It has been WAY.TOO.HOT this summer to go in there. I bought a small AC unit for the room, but it does nothing to help. Last night the heat & humidity broke slightly, so I raced up there to try out a skirt pattern for Ally. Still hotter than Hades up there, but at least it was slightly cooler than the surface of the sun.

Followed the tutorial on Crafterhours.

Incredibly easy, but I have 1 major problem. The skirt fits her BEAUTIFULLY – once its on. The problem? It won’t go over her hips. I have to put it on over her head.

I’m afraid to make the waist wider, as it will constantly slide down. I’m wondering if I’m going to be forced to put side zippers in? I dunno. I’m going to consult the experts at my new BFF site PatternReview.com.

New Look 6478 take 3

New Look take 3

New Look take 3
I am Sasha! Hear me roar! No clue where she comes up with these.

New Look take 3

New Look take 3

Stretch Rayon blend jersey knit in Berry from Fabric.com. Ribbon from my stash. Probably bought 4 years ago.

This dress is not my shining moment. LOL
I think from the outside its a pretty passable piece of clothing for Ally, but HOLY COW if you look at the construction on the inside. shudder… Its not pretty.

I either got cocky after making the 4th of July dress, or the sewing gods just wanted to see me cry. I’m going share a little secret with you – the lime green ribbon – I had absolutely no intention of using it for this dress. None, what so ever. So why’s it there? Can anyone guess??

Yup – I sewed the wrong side of the back to the right side of the front and didn’t notice until AFTER I trimmed the seams, and steamed. It was either seam rip it all and hope I can sew the correct “new” seam allowance, or find something to mask the mistake. The instruction don’t have you double turn the casing for the elastic so I needed something to cover the raw edge. Seeing as how I have 4 more yards of this pink material and ribbons galore from when I actually thought we’d be able to tame Ally’s hair with bows – I went for the “what the hell, let’s see if we can salvage this”.

12+ hours later

and 3 placemats are completely done.

Just 3.

I still have 5 more to go. 1 is quilted, just needs binding. The other 4 – NOT.EVEN.CUT.YET. sigh. Mom might be getting a set of 4 this summer, with another set next summer.

I realized why I hate them so. They take too much time. I’m an instant gratification kind of gal.

I forced myself to continue work on them this weekend because I’d be damned if I was going to let my cute 4th of July dress for Ally never materialize. So I spent 4 hours yesterday quilting and binding.

Then I spent 2.5 hours and made the most adorable halter style dress for Ally. Still not totally great at fabrics – but I’m pretty sure this is a single knit from JoAnn’s that I got on clearance months ago. I had never sewed a knit before, but I made sure to have the proper needle and used my walking foot and had no issues at all.

Ooh and I figured out what was wrong with the previous dress. If I bothered to actually measure her, I’d would have realized that her chest measurement falls right at a size 4 (22″). I cut a 7 – her RTW size. Ooops. I had previously traced off all of the views, so I had to alter the halter top so that it would be a size 5 (since she’s right at the measurement for a size 4) up top blending down to the 7 for length.

2.5 hours = completed dress & sense of accomplishment.
4th of July Dress
someone was a tad bit tired this morning and not in the mood to model

4th of July Dress

12+ hours = You’ve got to be kidding me I’m not even 1/2 way done yet?

Placemats from hell

The Girl Creative
mmm button

***edited to add pics***
Sorry no pics yet. I took some of Ally in the dress this morning, then realized as I drove to work that my USB cable for my phone is at home, not work. I’ll post them tonight.

Why I only sew what I want to sew….

So I promised my mom I’d make her placemats for our summer place for her birthday – in JANUARY. The placemats, they’re not done. Not even close. I have 3 tops completed and a 4th that’s already quilted. I still need to cut and piece 4 more, then quilt the 7 of them, then bind them all.

I DON’T WANT TO BE MAKING PLACEMATS.

So – I’ve been completely ignoring my sewing room. Pretending it doesn’t even exist. I have the cutest 4th of July dress I want to make Ally, but I refuse to go in there. I’ve told myself I can’t sew anything until I finish those place-mats, so I’ve sewn nothing. Nada. Not a stitch in over a month.

The last thing I finished was about 60 key fobs and I only let myself do those because they brought in some money.

So tell me internets, how to I get my mojo back enough to plow through and finish these? My fabric stash and sanity will thank you, as will my mom whose wondering if she’ll ever see these placemats.