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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!