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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sew sorry I haven't been blogging!

The school year started...and things slowed down. :-(

I do, however, have a few goodies to share:

Belle - made for a teacher costume contest (because what English teacher would not want to be Belle! She's the reading princess!)

The jumper is Vogue 8723 (lengthened) and the blouse McCall's 7184. The hair bow and apron were my own design. I wore the blouse on its own with a different skirt a few days later.

Gracie wanted to be Minnie Mouse for Halloween, but more specifically an all-star cheer version of Minnie Mouse! This one was done with Jalie's new "Anne" pattern. I added a back to the skirt and the shorts attached underneath are all black. The sheer parts are powermesh - just like her new cheer uniform.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dressy summer

Vogue 1449 - Rebecca Taylor dress

I made this in a scuba knit from Joann's. I love me some scuba knit! It sews up with body and is flattering to wear.

 This is Vogue 1448, a great design by DKNY. The fabric was also purchased at Joann's and has a rainbow ombre effect to it. With 4 yards I had enough to cut this (on the cross grain which the pattern requires and works well with this fabric). For an FBA, I added an inch to the overlapping wrap in the front. I also hand-tacked the bodice so it won't gape open if I move. Finally, the side zip is finished so that it is a true side open with no hook at the top - has a finished underarm seam instead.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Summer dressy casual

I decided to sew up Vogue 8553 for myself out of this lovely ITY print and a plain cream ITY contrast. It was easy to sew and flattering to wear. For an FBA, all it really needs is a little length!

 I found this great giraffe print fabric at a store in Wilmington, NC while on a business trip in March and finally got around to making it up. I used a tan and cream check for the contrast portions of the pattern.

My giraffe fan LOVES his new shirt!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spring wardrobe updates & why I have been almost too busy to sew!

 Here's our Easter pictures - it was a little chilly, but warmed up some by the time church was over. My mom's dress was also a new spring wardrobe addition!
  My silly kids!
Gracie's 8th birthday was a few days after Easter, and her special gift from mom was a new practice set for cheer. She wanted a theme of "This girl is on fire." and decided on the teal & blue flames on the red/pink/orange outfit. This is sewn from my TNT Jalie patterns. I made a bow to match and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the heat-set vinyl for the bow's embellishments. She wore the outfit to practice on her birthday and her teammates sang to her before she shared cupcakes - just a few days later, they were on fire at The ONE Cheer and Dance Finals in Virginia Beach. Cheer Extreme Allstars - Sanford's Youth Level 1 team Courage won their division and will be competing for the championship rings in a virtual final on May 16th. They beat 8 teams to get the paid bid to The ONE, and won The ONE - East (Va. Beach). Can they do it???

A little tumbling action!

Here's my beautiful girl on the beach after competing day one. We also did team photos - so cool!

With our weekend in Virginia Beach, there was no sewing time, and the next weekend didn't bring me any closer to my machines - her last competition was the  American Championship next week in Myrtle Beach!

I finally was able to get back to some project I had cut at the beginning of the month. I finished Simplicity 1382 for Gracie - love the heart cut-out in the back!

I also used this pretty teal/green ITY knit fabric to make a nice top for myself from Jalie 2806.
 Next up was Butterick 5980 - a special teal frock for her end-of-the-season cheer banquet plus church. I made it with washable formal fabrics. The butterfly fabric is sheer and layers onto the teal crepe. It's lined with a lighter teal lining and a teal tulle crinoline attached to the lining.

I had to subtract about 4 inches around the bodice to fit her since she is so tiny around.

Gracie shows off her certificate for "Most Improved" on her team - so proud of how hard she works at her sport!

Here's something I didn't make - she EARNED! Gracie and her teammates got their national champion jackets for The ONE the day after the banquet!
 I also finished up two tops - a simple striped top from Ottobre 1/2014 #28 and a McCall's 7114 top embellished with a beautiful embroidery from Urban Threads. The striped top was trimmed with "Frozen" fold-over elastic - she wore it to the Disney Store grand (re) opening today!

 A close-up view of the embroidery!

At the moment, I am facing a variety of potential projects, but if anyone reading this sews for a younger or smaller girl than my daughter, check out my Etsy shop - MAJOR pattern de-stash there with some fantastic deals!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Dresses!

All done with several days to spare!

Gracie is wearing Simplicity 1212 in a lovely cotton print.

She is moving into the big girl sizes now. She needs an 8 for length, but narrowed down for fit.

 Of course, no outfit is complete without fantastic shoes.

My dress is Vogue 1421, a sleeveless A-line style with interesting seams. I made it up in a stretch sateen print.

 This is what happens when I do joking "sexy" poses with the husband behind the

Finally, I had enough time to go ahead and knock out Simplicity 1458 for my mom - her pattern choice to go with the fabric I bought (because she really loved it). It's an Amazing Fit pattern and I think it loved up to its name.

 Happy Easter!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Awesome accessories for dolls and little girls

Kwik Sew 3909 - dolly sleeping bag and carrier

I skipped the girl sized sleeping bag since she just got a big fluffy one from Justice. Here's her American Girl doll taking it for a test drive before we dressed her up for the cheer competition.

Gracie's gym competed at All-Star Challenge "Clash of the Titans" in Raleigh, NC this weekend. Her team placed 3rd in their division - not bad at all for a National competition!

Of course, we get plenty of doll stunting with Gracie's team while they wait to go warm-up.

 They also had a shopping area with t-shirts and such (I caved - one shirt for me and two shirts and a hoodie for her) and big cheer bows. I did not cave on the bows! I used that as motivation to figure out how to cut heat transfer vinyl better.

 Grandma came along on the second day of competition!
 My girl and her teammates rocked the mat!
 Of course, there was more doll stunting while we killed time before awards Sunday.

 Since the competition, we got in one more practice (getting ready for The ONE National Championship next month), but got slapped with a snow day today (and a big whopping storm coming at us tomorrow night). It has been time to finish up the second project from the pattern.
 This carrier wasn't too bad to make since I used Peltex but cut the interfacing to not cover the seam allowances. (I finally got smart about this miserable stuff!)

Gracie likes the secret pocket in the carrier. She also likes that she can carry it like a papoose on her back!