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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bright,fun projects

Ottobre is such a great resource for kids' separates. Both the top & shorts seen here are from the 3/2010 issue.

The shorts are designed with a fly front, but since there is elastic in back, I did a fake fly. She is so small that she didn't need me to bother with a zipper.
 I had to tear her away from Minecraft on her brother's laptop to get her to model!

My other project this weekend has been the "Bow n Go Bag" by Aunties Two. It took 40 jelly roll strips to cover about 150 feet of clothesline, 5 spools of purple thread...and a lot of patience, but it is so pretty!

The finished bag!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Chevron Maxi Dress


 Gracie is totally on trend with this preppy, monogrammed, pink and green chevron halter maxi dress.

Gracie likes the twirliness of this one!
The pattern is a new McCall's design - M6736. I liked the version with the ruffled V-neck a lot, but I chose view C so I could add the monogram. It just seemed right on this masterpiece of preppiness!


 Gratuitous smiley model pose!
Instead of a zipper and elastic at the back, I decided to use buttons. It actually buttons on the inside as well as outside. I can adjust it and move the buttons and she can probably wear it multiple summers. She is a lean little thing, but she needs the length of a 6. I just though this looked classier that a ton of elastic at the back.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sew summery


 I made Gracie the jersey knit dress from the cover of the latest Ottobre (3/2013 - design # 12). I had picked up this cute seashell print knit from The Fabric Fairy and couldn't wait to use it. It took less than the yard of fabric, so I took the remaining scrap and sewed up a pair of the Jalie 3247 tumble shorts for her to wear underneath. She likes wearing skirts and dresses when she doesn't have to worry about her undies showing. (So do I!)

This dress is a really quick-to-sew project and would be a great showcase for a pretty applique on the front. I thought about adding an applique to this version, but I opted not to because the fabric is so pretty on its own.

Aside from cutting and sewing this outfit last night, I also stitched up a top for me - Butterick 5609, view D. I did an FBA by adding 2 inches of length to the bodice front and gathering it at the side seams so that the seam that joins the upper and lower front met at the right place.

I like that this top is cool without being too revealing. I hate playing "is my bra strap showing" when I wear a sleeveless top. Plus, the keyhole opening at the front is high enough not to be a cleavage hole.


I also recently finished McCall's 6754, a pattern for which I shall make the bold argument that it might be named one of the best patterns of 2013. It's a fantastic design - both a top and a dress. It is amazing in stripes and easy to sew. Plus, it is totally on trend. I'm calling it. Just sayin'

After finishing these projects, I'm trying to decide what to make next...might have to visit Elegant Stitches for a little inspiration!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sewing blitz!

 Amazing Fit skirt - Simplicity 1717 - second go-round for this pattern and the fit IS amazing!

Butterick 4723 dress - had this one in the stash for awhile!

 Rachel Comey skirt (V1247) & Young Image (Spring/Summer 2013 issue) shorts for Gracie

Farbenmix/Studio Tantrum Encinitas - really cute, but over 8 yards of bias tape and I need to have her wear shorts or leggings underneath
 Another item from Young Image - cute but I plan to add a peplum or ruffle so it doesn't show her tummy every time she moves.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ready to tumble! Jalie 3247

Gracie is now tumbling with a local all-star cheer gym, and she needed some clothes for workouts - esp. since her t-shirts want to flip up when she does! Jalie 3247 to the rescue!

 I cut three pairs of the shorts (without the contrast waistband). All three were cut from velour.

 She has proclaimed the shorts to be very comfortable!
 I also cut three of the sports bra/crop tops - one of each view.
 This one is view C, which has a really cool strap pattern in the back!
The entire outfit took less than an hour to make - win!

She did two hours at the gym tonight (tumbling conditioning and then tumbling with her level group) - I was impressed that she was able to go that long although I think she was getting a little rubbery in the arms by the time she was done!

I have also made two more pairs of the shorts in addition to both of the other tops.

Gracie is a pretty happy little tumbler!





Don't you wish you were that flexible? ;-)