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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Holiday collection

 I went traditional this year and sewed a taffeta and velvet frock for Gracie, but I couldn't resist making Benjamin this matching vest. I also sewed up Dad's tie (actually, I made two - one for each of the big brothers who were too cool to wear theirs today).
Benjamin's vest and bow tie are from Simplicity 1509. I made an 8 and it fits well through the body although I should have added an inch to the length. Oh well, once we are past this month, he won't wear it again anyway. I love this look with his fedora - such a little gentleman.

 Chris's tie is from Vogue 9073. I'm really pleased with this pattern and would definitely make it again.

Gracie is wearing a dress from the 06-2013 (#24) issue of Ottobre. It is lined in red (as are the vest and the ties) and I found a similar style dress in this McCall's pattern 6006. 
Here's another view of the collection - I used both red and royal blue shiny tulle for the crinoline of the dress. She liked how fluffy it made things.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Why, yes, I have been sewing!

Ottobre 3/2010 - #34 California skirt - done in Frozen-themed fabric and fussy cut to take advantage of the character placement with fine-wale corduroy in a purple/blue ombre (reminded me of the northern lights) for the contrast gores
 Jalie 3136 leotard done in contrasting, glitzy lycra and turned into a crop top for cheer (with my go-to Jalie yoga shorts pattern #3022 for the bottoms)
 Back view - gotta love that fabric!
 Basic design with stunning fabrics - sports bra and shorts from Jalie 3247 - the shorts are made from shimmery teal stretch velvet
 Completing this cheer look for winter is Jalie
 Back view - the top is meant to be layered with the sports bra peeking out
 #sparkle - now with attitude! (from Justice...I hate sewing sequins.)
Here's the outfit in action at tumbling tonight.
Simplicity 2190 - layered skirt from scuba knit plaid (and black ponte knit - in the colors of my daughter's team!)
Kwik Sew 0155 (make-up bag (for DD's cheer competition cosmetics) - I ended up making all 4 views (need to take some pics!)

McCall's 6171 in red ponte knit and lined with zebra ITY knit - a really fun and comfy look for work

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Inspired by Disney

I had a customer request through my Etsy shop for a Frozen-inspired all-star cheer outfit & sports bra. This, in turn, inspired me...I love me some Disney! So here is the first in my collection:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cheer uniform knock-off

My little girl (who you know is obsessed with cheerleading if you read this blog), hangs out with the cheerleaders at the middle school where I teach. She goes to their practices and has pretty much become the little mascot. She wanted to match them, so I drafted a cheer uniform to match what the big girls wear.

This is the actual uniform.

THIS is what I made.

I'm pretty proud of my efforts. I have never drafted a fitted garment just from body measurements, so I was thrilled when I got the skirt to fit on the first try.

The shell took two attempts (okay, maybe one and half because I only did the top half of the front one time). I had to add some length (very creatively) and re-cut the back.

The trim was a bit of a pain. I got athletic trim from the "Team Spirit" collection at, but I had to layer it to get the same effect as the trim on the school uniforms. I also had to go with Vegas Gold instead of metallic gold, but it's close enough.

The bottom line is GRACIE LOVES IT!!!

She is ready to get her cheer on at the football game this week.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Let It Go!


McCall's 7000 is clearly an unofficial version of the beloved characters from Frozen, Anna and Elsa. Gracie wanted to be Elsa for Halloween and I thought it would be fun to be Anna. I haven't made the Anna costume yet, but Elsa was fun to sew.

The fabrics are all from Joann (avoid the nasty costume satin - I always go for the bridal stuff). French seams and narrow double-turned hems will make the sheer parts look great.

I cut a 7-8 for length, but took in the bodice a lot. Clearly, they sized this for moms who sew once a year for Halloween not to have fit issues, but Elsa is a sleek character and does not need a billowy bodice.

The crown was a Disney store purchase.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's all about the NEON!!!

Okay, between a 4 yard cut of neon pink ponte knit and a pile of beautiful, bright neon sweatshirt material I got on clearance at Hancock Fabrics (in pink, lime, teal, and raspberry), I was ready to have a massive 80's flashback, but with a 2014 style vibe.

Here's what I made:

Butterick 6053 - in neon pink and black ponte knit & full lined in ivory and peach ITY knit (ivory where it might show at the sleeve and peach in the skirt to use up a remnant)

I had loads of the pink ponte left, so I made up leggings and a top from Ottobre magazine 1/2006 issue.

Then, I dove into the sweatshirt fleece...The two layer skirt is from 1/2008 Ottobre and trimmed in pink ponte knit. It looks cute with this Tinkerbell top I got her on clearance at a Disney Outlet.
Then, I stitched up a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie from the Spring 2014 Ottobre. (Designs #20 & 30) Having all these colors made the project fun to color-block and everything mixes in well with the bright colors and glittery prints my daughter favors when we buy things at stores (like Justice - which is where I picked up the neon pink tank top on sale today).

I also used the fleece to make two trendy tops for myself. The neon lime is Simplicity 1317 (view F) with a rounded applique monogram.

The raspberry sweatshirt (also monogrammed) is Jalie 3355, but since I didn't have any ribbing to match this intense shade, I used some lycra spandex that was a perfect match!

Gracie loves her new fall clothes and so do I.

I think maybe I can now take the neon thread out of the serger and work with something just a touch more subdued. (Or at least not neon - I don't really do "subdued" a lot.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Notice-me color-blocking with Vogue 1408

I love color blocking ,and I love ponte knit, so Vogue 1408 (from the newly released batch) was an easy choice to make. The dress has a flattering shape that drapes well thanks to the weight of the fabric. It is fully lined - I chose a magenta and white geometric pattern ITY from my stash. 
The pattern envelope dress is shades of black and dark gray, but that doesn't do it for me. I have my share of those colors, but a little goes a long way. Intense red, magenta, and dark purple stand out and this is a dress worth being seen in! (Plus, I'm a sucker for anything "red for ed.")

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

X-back to the future

My girlie in action!

I have been working on a new prototype crop top/sports bra based on an X-back leotard and I'm excited about how cute this turned out. I also was able to add a monogram (I used Designsbyjuju's bean stitch monogram).  One of the other moms from the gym made the bow (It says "This beauty is a beast.") and when I saw that it was from the same fabric, I had to get it - perfect match and I didn't have to fool with making one.

She wore this to the gym today and said it was very comfortable. I'm working on how to do this for a girl who might need more support in the top than my seven year old. I ordered some spandex spacer fabric, so I'm excited to try that out.

I also embroidered this cute design I found on a t-shirt for her: "Forget the glass slippers - this princess wears cheer shoes." 

I am listing this outfit as a customizable design on my Etsy shop.