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Working out the kinks

For months now I’ve been pattern searching.  Looking for the perfect dress to make for Miss P’s first birthday.  I wanted it to be simple, summery, and carefree looking.  Nothing too fussy or flouncy.  The fabric I chose for her party dress is a gorgeous bright floral pattern, so I wanted to stick with a dress that had clean lines.

I decided on McCall’s M6944.  A sweet summer dress with coordinating bloomers peeking out from under the skirt.  The finished measurements listed on the pattern were vague, so I decided to make a practice dress just to get the feel for the pattern and work out any sizing kinks.   And this is the finished practice dress-

McCalls M6944 | In An OrchardI love the pattern!  The directions were clear, and it truly was easy to sew.

McCalls M6944 | In An OrchardI added some trim to the waist line just to break up the busy pattern (and to hide some sloppy seams)

McCalls M6944 The bloomers I made in a contrasting fabric.  The bloomers gave me trouble, which seems counter intuitive… they should have been the easiest part of the dress.

The crisscross back was what sold me on the pattern.

McCalls M6944 back

The straps are adjustable and simply button on the inside of the bodice.

McCalls M6944So now we get to the nitty-gritty details.  Just because a pattern sews up nicely and looks good hanging on a hanger doesn’t mean you’re home-free.  Fitting is everything!  And that’s were things started to unravel for this dress.

While I was cutting out the bloomers a little voice inside my head kept saying “Man those look big.  They’d almost fit me.”  But I pushed those thoughts aside and kept sewing.  Sure enough…they’re huge.  MC Hammer’s got nothing on these pants.

McCalls M6944 bloomersThe dress is just too big as well.  It is supposed to be loose fitting, but this has a really big pucker in the back right were the straps crisscross.

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You can see from this picture how much it sticks out in the back.  Sizing is the most frustrating element of sewing.  Pattern companies all size differently.  The store-bought size your child usually wears is not necessarily the size you will end up making for them.  Miss P is a tall girl and a bit big for her age.  She’s been wearing 12 month clothes for several months now, so I was a little surprised when the size 1 (as it’s called on this pattern) was so loose on her.

McCalls M6944Now I have to decide what to do next.  The pattern has a 6 month size (or as they call it 1/2 size…which is just dumb), but I’m worried that it will still be too big.  The bloomers are just ridiculous and not even worth trying again.  I think I’m going to cut out the smaller size, and make another practice top out of muslin.  I’m going to scrap the bloomers all together and use See Kate Sew’s, bloomer tutorial.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll make her birthday dress using Rae’s tried-and-true Geranium pattern.

I still haven’t given up on the pattern!  I just think she might need to be a little older and a little bigger before it will fit right.

So, the moral of the story: listen to the voices in your head, and make the practice dress out of cheap fabric instead of darling fabric you actually like.  Hopefully this will fit her next summer!

EDITORIAL NOTE:  After reading this post, my friend Aliya, cleared up some of the sizing problems I was having.  The sizes on the pattern are listed like this: 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4.  I assumed that the 1 was equivalent to a 12-month size.  Aliya explained that the 1/2 is actually the 12-month size.  Which would make the 1 approximately an 18-month size? I guess?

From the Sewing Room

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been having so much fun in the sewing room lately!  I have picked up, and been giving some really fun fabrics that have inspired a lot of sewing for Miss E.

I’m still on my Geranium Dress kick.  This is Miss E’s fourth Geranium.  She has two dresses and two tunics.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s just a wonderfully versatile pattern with very user-friendly instructions.  Every dress I’ve made from this pattern has had it’s own distinct look.  My Mom surprised me with this citron fabric that I used for the bottom half of the dress (the fabric is Moda, and it’s called 2WENTY-THR3E by Eric & Julie Comstock).  I LOVE the colors of this fabric!  I added the solid colored top and decided it was a bit too plain, so I dressed it up with the ruffle and tiny buttons.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the things I love most about sewing is the freedom I have to personalize her clothing.  I decided to embroider her name onto the dress pocket (although she has informed me numerous times that her name is NOT spelled “all fancy like that!”).

I’m trying to include more pictures of Miss E wearing the clothes that I make, so that you can get a feel for how the pattern fits.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPersonally I really like the way the Geranium pattern fits her!  The little capped sleeves are my favorite.

These days there are more online pattern companies than you can shake a stick at, and while I really love PDF patterns not all pattern companies are equal.  Some children’s pattern companies are only interested in churning out a new pattern every few weeks, instead of really perfecting one good design.  That’s what I love about Rae’s patterns, she takes her time.  She designs clothes that fit well and look professional when finished.  She doesn’t release a pattern until it has been tested many times over and the attention to detail shows!

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This is one of the Geranium tunics I made Miss E about a month ago.  The tunics take very little fabric so it’s a good way to use up smaller pieces of fabric, especially if you mix and match like I did with this one.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a picture of E wearing her tunic with some pants I made her last week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese little pants are so much fun to make!  They are a really satisfying project that only took an afternoon to finish (I should mention that making these pants in an afternoon meant that dinner did not happen,and my husband kindly suggested that we order pizza).  I used Meg McElwee’s Basic Pocket Pant pattern from her book Growing Up Sew Liberated.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMiss E doesn’t like to wear jeans.  She hates how thick and scratchy they are and how they bunch up around her waist.  So all last winter she wore dresses and leggings or already worn-out thrift store jeans.  This year I decided to make her some.  I used some really soft denim I found on the flat-fold table at my local fabric store.  It was crazy inexpensive, felt nice to the touch, had a cool crosshatch texture, and it was 60 inches wide!  How cool is that?…very!  I made the all denim pants first and used the opposite side of the fabric for the contrasting pockets and cuffs.  I had Miss E try them on and she looked at me with a confused look and said, “But there just pain ol’ pants!”.

So for attempt number two I decided to dress them up a bit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce again I used the opposite side of the denim for the pant legs and a floral and dot fabric for the contrasting cuffs and pockets.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe cuffs look so cute with her little feet peeking out from under them!

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Just some pictures of the pants on E.  I did have to do some alterations to the pattern.  Miss E is four-years-old and usually a 4T fits her perfectly.  I cut out the 4T and was surprised when the pants were a full 3 inches too long!  Fortunately shortening the pant legs and redoing the cuffs was no big deal, and for the second pair I just cut three inches of the bottom right away.

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She was very happy with the second pair I made her!  I can tell that she really likes them because she’s always fishing them out of the dirty clothes hamper.

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Lastly, I made this slip dress one morning a few weeks ago.  The fabric is called Neighborhood Houses by Timeless Treasures.  I found it on Etsy and just fell in love with it!  I made a simple slip dress with bias tape finish.  This is another dress that Miss E seems to favor.  She tried to wear it three days in a row, but on the third day I put my foot down and insisted that the dress must be washed!

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And that’s all the buzz from the sewing room.  I already have more fabric on order and new patterns to try out!  I’m looking forward to tackling some new projects for the littlest member in our family (who is growing out of her cloths every time I turn around!).  So stay tuned… more to come!

~April

PS- as always if you have any questions about the fabric or patterns please feel free to ask!

 

 

All Things Baby Girl

This little post is entirely dedicated to all things baby girl.  I’m finally getting around to snapping a few pictures of the things I’ve been making for her and I decided to just post them all at once.

Last month Miss E helped me drag all her old baby clothes from the shed into the house, so we could sort and wash anything that this new little one might be able to use.  Fortunately, there were lots of sweet little things that could be handed down to baby sister.  E was enthralled and happily helped me make room in their dresser for the baby’s clothes.  I wish I had taken a picture of E standing on her tippy-toes, chin resting on the edge of the drawer, looking fondly at all the little things that will belong to an already most beloved little sister.

Now this beautiful piece of workmanship I had nothing to do with.  This is the baby quilt that my mom pieced and quilted for the baby.  Isn’t it wonderful?!  There are over 50 different pieces of fabric in this quilt that my mom pulled from her fabric stash, a few from my stash, and added a dozen or so new pieces of fabric just for good measure.

I am so delighted with how it turned out!  I gave her very little instruction but somehow she managed to make something even lovelier than I had envisioned.

I made the baby a few new dresses (hand-me-downs are fun but a girl needs a few things of her own)

One again I used Rae’s free Itty Bitty pattern.  I love that pattern!  I’ve probably made close to 10 of these dressed because they are so simple!

I didn’t make this dress.  I bought it at Old Navy and added the flower applique to the bodice.

I like the contrast of the navy stripes with the feminine floral.

This is a little glimpse at her hospital bag.  Just an assortment of things I have made and collected for her stay at the hospital and for her homecoming.

This is her “coming home onesie”.  I know it’s kind of silly, but I like to have something special for the babies to wear when they come home.  This is nothing fancy but it’s fun and comfortable, and I know it will fit her right away.

In her diaper bag I also have a few sets of tiny socks and a couple burp cloths.

I also made this little zipper pouch for keeping pacifiers from floating around in the bottom of the diaper bag.

I used the Little Cutie Pouch tutorial from Noodlehead (sorry I’m being lazy this time and not including links!).  It was a fun project that went together in about 20 minutes.

And of course the bag that holds them all together.  For her diaper bag I used an old favorite pattern, Amy Butler’s Swing Bag pattern.  It’s so simple and it really is the perfect size, not too big, not too little and easy to get into.

And lastly just a few onesies and headbands I put together for her.  It’s summertime and I know this little one is going to practically live in onesies or if I’m honest probably just a diaper :)


Both of these onesies are hand-me-downs that I added the cotton knit rosettes to.   It was a fun and easy way to bring life to something that was looking a little worn.

We are as ready as we are ever going to be and the doctor tells me that baby girl is doing great and can come anytime.  So now we wait…. but if there is one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that babies feel little obligation were due dates are concerned :)

Oh, and off the subject of baby girls for a moment; I’m in the process of setting up a new blog with WordPress.  I have been blogging on Xanga for 6 years now but it’s time for a change.  I hope to be able to keep in contact with you all, and I will be sure to post a link to my new website as soon as it’s up and going!

Thanks my friends,  April

 

Pinafores and such

Elsie Marley is a sewing blogger who hosts an annual Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC).  Those who participate, spend the week making one kids’ clothing item each day for seven days.  Their creations are shared on their blogs, Flicker, Pinterest, and some are featured on Elsie’s blog.  Half way through the week I was so delighted and inspired by all the kids clothes being made that I had to jump in myself (unofficially).

It started with a simple play pinafore.


I rifled through my fabric and patterns and came up with this Echino print I bought on sale last year and an out of print Simplicity pattern.


I found these simple wooden buttons in my old button stash


and added a vintage looking tag to the back flap.

But I couldn’t stop there.  The pinafore had gone so smoothly but it was a little on the small side.  I made another, but this time I re-traced the pattern and added some inches to the length.

This time I used a natural colored linen blend.  You can see from the pattern piece how ridiculously simple this pinafore is to make.  Just one pattern piece, and two button holes.

I made my own fabric design by stamping butterflies across the length of the fabric.


I used fabric paint and a cheap brush to apply the paint to the stamps.  It was a little time consuming but I really like the way it turned out!


As I was cutting out the pattern I realized I had made the neckline a little too big and I worried that it would fall off E’s shoulders.  I compensated by adding four pin tucks to the neckline.  I’ve never made pin tucks before so they aren’t perfect but they got the job done.  It’s a fun way to dress up a plain tee and jeans.

I also finished another Summer and Polka Dots dress for E.


I kept is simple with a small floral calico and a solid chambray for the main body of the dress.  The chambray hangs so nice and has a subtle texture to it that I like.


I added some small hand made “house” tags for a little extra embellishment.


I was finally able to use one of the vintage jade flower buttons I bought at the quilt show a few years ago!

I have this stack of material on sitting next to the sewing machine.  I have plans for a double layered circle skirt for the girl.  I also promised the boys I would make flannel pjs again for them this winter.  The nights are getting cold and they love to snuggle up in flannel pjs!

If you get a chance you should check out Elsie Marley’s blog.  There is also a KCWC Pinterest board that you can find here.  And if you still haven’t gotten your fill of amazing kids clothes you can check out the KCWC Flicker pool.

Have a great week ~April

Fall Sewing for the Girl

I haven’t had the chance to sew for Miss E all summer.  Now that the boys are in school I have a little extra time on my hands so I made a few things for the girl.

I found this Fan Dress pattern from Anna Maria Horner online.  It’s a free pattern that I downloaded directly to my computer and printed off on my little printer.  You can find the pattern here.


I bought this fun large dot material and thought it would make a darling dress.  Sorry about the quality of the pictures my camera didn’t like focusing on the dot pattern.  I thought it would looks sweet with some tights and a little cardigan.


I added a little vintage lace doily to the waistline but the box pleats ended up covering it up more than I would have liked.


This is what it looks like from the back.  The backside is my favorite!  The two little overlapping buttons and the row of little pleats at the edge… really it’s a great pattern (did I mention it’s free?).


I lined it with some material I had left over from a dress I made her last fall.

When I sew for E, I sometimes feel torn about the style of clothing I made her.  Personally, I love a simple minimalist style.  Plain, muted colors with unique textures offset by some lovely lace or trim.  I wander through the fabric store with those items in my hand, but I always end up putting them back.  That look just isn’t right for my little girl.  She is anything but muted!  She’s playful, and colorful and she loves bright, pretty clothing… so that’s what I make for her :)   Who knows, someday I might squeeze in a “mamma style dress” but I know it will be the one I have to beg her to wear.

I also made another simple skirt.  Once again, I used Dana’s skirt tutorial and made the double layer version.

I trimmed it with some large pink rickrack I had been saving for the right project.  I’m not quite finished with this skirt yet.  I’m planning on crocheting a scalloped trim around the brown layer but I won’t dare attempt it without Stephanie at my side.


If you have been toying with the idea of sewing for your own little girl, this is the pattern for you!  It’s a breeze to make and it turns out darling every.single.time.


I’ve made her four of these skirts in the last year.  They get used every single week!  More often than not, when I ask E to go get dressed, she comes out wearing one of these skirts (in some cases two at one time).  I must admit I love seeing her running around playing in the clothes I’ve made her.


She always pairs her little skirts with the funniest shirts and accessories.

I also made her a handful of covered clips.  Aren’t they fun?

E has a lot of fancy flower clips but on a day-to-day basis I reach for simple snap clips to hold her hair out of her face.  Why not make them look cute?  I used this tutorial.  Warning, it does require a fair bit of hand work, so if you have and aversion to needles and thread this might not be the project for you.  I had a great time making them!

Lastly I made this little bear/doll carrier for her.  It’s a pattern from my Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew book.  I’m just crazy about that book! I’ve made several projects from it now and there so many more I would like to try.

I’m realizing that I’m in that perfect, magical window of time with E, where her whole world revolves around pretend play.  One day she’s a butterfly princess, the next a doctor or a mommy… it’s so fun!  I plan on taking full advantage of this sweet time and make her lots of little things to play with.  I know the day is coming when she won’t be so thrilled with all her handmade things but fortunately today is not that day.

Have a great weekend!  April

Iron-on Applique 101

Iron-on applique is a sewing technique I use a lot.  It’s an easy, versatile way to add an extra little touch to just about any sewing project.  I thought I would take a minute to do a quick step-by-step tutorial for iron-on applique.

First, you will need to purchase some iron-on adhesive.  I keep yards of this stuff around at all times.  It’s very reasonably priced.  I like HeatnBond brand the best.  In fact I wouldn’t waste my money on any other brand (Pellon in particular is very difficult to work with).

You will also need some cotton fabric.  I usually stick with fabrics that have medium to large prints with easy to cut shapes.

When you open up your iron-on adhesive you will notice that it has two sides.

A smooth side that feels like parchment paper and a bumpy side that is slightly shiny.  The bumpy, shiny side is the side that has the adhesive on it.  Whatever you do DO NOT let you iron touch the adhesive side!

Next you will want to cut out a piece of the adhesive that just barely covers the shape you wish to use as an applique.  In this case I’m using two little houses.

Turn your iron on to the “wool” setting.  Place the fabric on the ironing board with the right side down.  Place the piece of iron-on adhesive on the fabric with the bumpy (or adhesive) side down.  You want to make sure that you are ironing on the smooth paper side.  I want to be clear about this step, you are melting the adhesive into the wrong side of the fabric with the paper side up.

Slowly glide the iron over the paper.  Make sure to run the iron all the way out to the edge of the adhesive paper.  It should only take about 30 seconds to melt the adhesive into the fabric.

Allow the fabric to cool and cut out your shape.

Once you have the shapes cut out, peel the paper off the back.  It should come off easily.  If it doesn’t, that means the adhesive hasn’t melted all the way and you need to iron it a bit more.


Place the applique onto the clothing, being sure to position it exactly were you want it to go. Once it’s ironed there’s no making adjustments.  Once again you want to slowly glide the iron over the fabric applique being sure to get the edges.

When your fabric applique is secure, move to your sewing machine and carefully stitch around the edge.  The iron-on adhesive will keep the fabric from fraying when it’s washed.  The stitching is to make the applique a little more secure and to add a finished look.


Easy as pie!

Now that you’ve got the applique basics down the sky is the limit! You can use it on so many different projects.  It’s just my personal taste but I find that the simpler the applique the better it looks.  A little bit of embellishment goes a long way.
 

 

Have fun, don’t go crazy (unless you like crazy. the by all means applique everything in sight), and if you have any other questions please feel free to send a message.
~April

 

Show & Tell

I thought I would put together a quick Show & Tell post (yes, I realize it’s not Wednesday).


I love the look of  a simple graphic style tee, especially for a little boy.  I’ve toyed with the idea of purchasing a silk-screening kit and making my own, but that can be a bit expensive and it’s a little time consuming.  Then it dawned on me; why not use rubber stamps and fabric paint?  It’s quick, easy, relatively inexpensive (depending on how crazy you want to go buying stamps) and really darn cute.  So gathered up my supplies and made a whole stack of onesies and shirts.

If you are tempted to make some for yourself (and I think you should), here’s what you’ll need-

1. A small scrap of knit material (I save old t-shirts and use them to cut up for different sewing projects)
2. A rubber stamp, of your choosing   3. Fabric paint   4. A cheap sponge bush  5. A t-shirt or onesie

I start by tracing a rectangle on my scrap of knit material.  It needs to be slightly bigger than the stamp you are using, so make sure you do a rough measurement.  After I’ve traced lightly around the shape I carefully cut out the rectangle.  Cotton knit likes to move around, so take your time cutting.

Next, I dipped my brush into the fabric paint (don’t dilute the paint, full strength works best)

Then I carefully brushed an even layer of paint over the stamp.

Once you have the paint on the stamp, you want to work quickly.  Center the stamp on the rectangle and apply firm, even pressure.  Carefully lift the stamp off and heat set the image with a hot iron.  I just hold my iron over the image and give it a quick blast of steam.

The brilliant part about using a scrap of fabric instead of applying the stamp directly to the shirt, is you give yourself the freedom to make mistakes (like this one).  Ruining a small rectangle of knit fabric is so much less irritating than ruining an entire t-shirt!

Real quick, just a couple of tips on choosing a stamp.  Try to buy stamps that have deep grooves.  A few that I bought were so shallow that the details didn’t show up on the fabric.  Also, the simpler the stamp the better. 

Now that you have your image heat set, center it to the front of the shirt and pin it.

Carefully sew all the way around the rectangle. 

You can use a straight or zig-zag stitch for this.  If there’s a tricky part to this project (and I’m not saying there is) this would be it.  Onesies are small. You don’t want to stretch them out while you are sewing and you don’t want to stitch the front of the shirt to the back, so go slow and be careful.  Always check to make sure the back of the shirt hasn’t gotten caught under the presser foot.

That’s it!  It’s really that simple.

I had fun trying different stamps, dying onesies, using a variety of colors.  I was concentrating mostly on making shirts for little boys but there are so many darling stamps that could be used for a little girl.


This one isn’t a stamped tee, but I threw it in because I loved the way it turned out!

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask  ~ April

Gifts for Baby Girls

I have a brand new beautiful niece, and several friends who are expecting baby girls later this summer.
The sewing room has been filled with frilly, feminine goodness.

Here are just a few of the gifts I’ve been making.


Tea dyed onesies with vintage lace, carved mother-of-pearl buttons, and chiffon flowers make a
one-of-a-kind gift.


~Ruffles on the bum~


I like to add a little vintage inspired hair clip.

I also made some baby dresses


This free pattern can be found here


No zippers, no scary buttons holes… just two little ties and a bit of bias tape for the hem.  Brilliant!


I realize that a baby dress might seem a little intimidating, but this is a lovely, breezy little pattern that goes together so quickly.  One hour… tops.  But you don’t have to tell your friends that.  Feel free to let them think you labored away for days to make a dress for their little girl.  I won’t tell.  Mums the word…

If you are looking for more sewing inspiration you can check out my sewing board on Pinterest.  It is filled with all of my favorite tutorials and patterns.

Now go have fun making something lovely for someone you love.  ~April

ps~ I tried to keep the post from being too wordy, but if there was something you wanted to know a little more about, I’d be happy to oblige.  

Show & Tell Wednesday


I love simple patterns.  I love them for a lot of reasons, the main one being, they’re simple (right in my comfort zone).  I’m a fan of clean lines.  Also, they are so easy to adapt.

I’ve made this dress for E several times now.

Using Fig Tree’s Polka Dots & Summer dress pattern.

It’s a fun pattern that I’ve gotten comfortable with.  The last time I made it, I came up with a way to alter the pattern.  Basically I took a simple pattern and made it ridiculously simple.  I took out the yolk and the box pleats and made a summery A-line, slip-over dress.


But I didn’t just make one.  I made three.  Because I’m a little crazy that way.  I know you’ve heard my arguments before.  “Be sure to make a pattern at least twice”, “it builds you sewing skills”, “it’s a more efficient use of your time”…blah, blah, blah.  But it’s true, so I’ll keep saying it.


There are no scary zippers or button holes, just a back slit with an elastic loop and button (I also used a hook and eye).  Don’t you just love this fabric?!!  I’m so smitten with those happy tulips and the bright colors.  I still have a half yard left and I’m trying to decide what to do with it.

The tulip dress was the last one I made, and by the time I had made three of them it was only taking me about 45 minutes per dress.  The green dress with the boarder took longer to make.  Did I mention they only take 3/4 of a yard to make?!  It just keeps getting better ;)


The neck and arm holes are finished with homemade bias tape OR…

…you can really make your life easy and use decorative bias tape.


It’s as simple as sandwiching the raw edges in between the bias tape and sewing all the layers together. You can buy specialty bias tape on Etsy (which is were I purchased the red bias tape) or you can make your own using this great tutorial by No Big Dill.  I’ve noticed that chain fabric stores are starting to carry a small selection of patterned bias tape but they can still be hard to find.


This dress is the closest to the original pattern.  I used the hidden bias facing and kept the coordinating boarder at the bottom.  It’s made out of a green linen blend (meaning it can be washed and dried.)  I added the little pocket and buttons to keep it from looking bottom heavy.

Naturally the pocket is E’s favorite part :)

They’re such sweet little dresses, it’s going to be hard to wait until summer!

If you have any questions about the pattern, fabric, or trim just let me know.  I’ll do my best to answer them :)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Wednesday!  ~ April

Semi- philosophical side-note that you may ignore if you wish: I hope that when I use words like “simple” and “quick”, you don’t get the idea that I mean “fast” and “sloppy”.  Even the simplest step deserves attention and thoughtfulness.  While cutting smooth lines may seem like kindergarten business, it’s actually very important.  Cutting and sewing straight lines are the foundations that everything else is built on.  If those are wrong, everything that comes after that will be too. Be conscience of how every step effects the project as a whole.  If you are taking the time to do something, do it well.  I think those are skills that translate well to many aspects of life.  Who knew sewing was so deep?

Finished & Future Projects

I promise that one day soon you will get a proper “Show & Tell Wednesday” but for now all I have to show is little snippets of sewing projects.

I’m always so thrilled when I actually start and finish a project.  I have dozens and dozens of planned sewing projects at any given moment and it feels so good to cross some of them off the list.

I made the kiddos pajamas.  Joanne’s fabric had all their flannel 50 percent off, so I picked up three different prints to make each one of them a new set of p.j.s.  It was fun to sew something for the boys and this was easy breezy sewing.

I used Dana’s tutorial (from Dana Made it), which you can find here.

These are G’s.  He was so sweet about his new pajamas.  I had him try them on so I could measure the hem line, he was so excited to wear them he didn’t want to take them off again.  He beamed and bounced around and then wore them for the next 36 hours.  Every time they are clean he wants to wear them, and if they’re not clean he’s fishing them out of the laundry basket :)   I think I need to go back to Joanne’s and get about 5 more yards of flannel.


These are Miss E’s.  I added the little polka dot boarder to hid the wobbly hem line.


And these are J’s.  He’s very sensitive about my making anything that might look “baby-ish” so I chose a simple baseball fabric for him.

I finished E’s cape too!  Love the way this came out.  I just wish she loved to wear it as much as I love to look at it…

This pattern came from my new Oliver + S pattern book “Little things to Sew”.  Such a great sewing book just chalked full of fun little projects. 

This is another pattern I made from the Oliver + S book.

A little lambs ear hat to keep small heads warm.  I’ve made three so far.  This one was my first attempt.  I made one for E with pink lining and polka-dot fabric for the inside of the ears.  She calls it her mouse hat.  I also made one for my nephew out of beautiful brown velvet with a soft cream lining, and red polka-dots lining for the ears.   This picture doesn’t really do the hat justice, it looks so darling on!

Last weekend while we were staying at the beach house, all of the ladies took an afternoon to run to Santa Cruz and do some fabric shopping at Hart’s Fabric.  Oh my!  I walked in and thought I was in heaven.  For the first 15 minutes I wandered around empty handed with my mouth hanging open.  My mouth stayed open the whole time, but I soon after had small stack of fabrics piled up on the cutting counter.

I spotted this Alexander Henry print right away.  I thought it would make a darling summer dress for E.


The trim section alone was amazing.  I bought some ribbon for making this tee shirt dress.

I bought this fabric thinking it would make a really sweet summer skirt for me.  Now I just have to work up the courage to sew something for me :)

And this sweet little piece will make some fun baby gifts for all my pregnant friends and family members. 

I was very good this week and got the house clean, the laundry washed and put away, and the grocery shopping done, so tomorrow I’m rewarding myself with a morning of sewing!

~ April

ps- you probably noticed that I have stopped using the children’s full names in my posts.  I hate referring to them as J, G, and E but I think it’s probably for the best.