Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Imagine Gnats: Nani Iro and Brussels Linen

I love sewing for so many reasons. Having an excuse to take more pictures of my kids and trying out new fabrics and patterns are just a few reasons that I enjoy sewing.

Now, I have taken LOTS of pictures of Miette. Normally she gives me her adorable no-teeth smile. Which I LOVE! But this time, she was just pure JOY. She and I went to a few of her favorite places, she brought her own accessories and she had fun.

So while I think this outfit is just adorable I am just in love with these pictures!

I'm posting over at Imagine Gnats (Oops, I had my dates wrong!! It will be live Thursday) about this Nani Iro top and Brussels Linen shorts so hop on over there to get all the details. And to see even more JOYFUL pictures of my Miette!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pattern Tour: Polka Dot Nina Skirt

Hello! It seems like its been so long since I've blogged that I don't know where to begin. I've been busy sewing quite a lot but obviously haven't been spending too much time blogging. I took these pictures bright and early on a very cloudy morning and boy was I tired! I had huge circles under my eyes in so many pictures and I wasn't ready to give up my coffee. So I'm thankful for my glasses hiding the circles and there aren't too many pictures of me looking straight at the camera!

I am excited to be part of this Pattern tour and to share this skirt with you today. Marte from Compagnie M. creates adorable girls patterns (I love the Mara blouse pattern) and she has recently branched out to include women's patterns and they sure are cute.
She just released the Nina skirt/culottes and after she sent me the pattern, I knew immediately which version I was going to sew. Marte loves to give options and this pattern comes with so many variations to choose from. First you can choose either an a-line skirt or culottes. Then you can add your options: front zipper, invisible zipper, different pockets, back welt pocket, etc. Seriously. So many fun and different options!

A quick note about the pattern pieces, they are layered so you will need to trace the pattern pieces so be sure to have some swedish tracing paper (or something similar) on hand!

How cute is this skirt? It has so many of my favorite things and I am so happy with how it turned out. 
I found this polka dot fabric in my stash (I bought it last year at Michael Levine Loft in DTLA) and knew it would be perfect. It has a slight stretch to it so I should have kept that in mind when deciding which size to make. I sewed a size medium skirt with an invisible zipper, contrast diagonal pockets and piping. I love piping. And polka dots. And pockets. And coffee. Anyway, the waist ended up being a little big so I had to take it in a bit. For my next one I think I can probably get away with sewing a small in the waist and grading it to a medium in the hips.

I don't normally wear my shirt tucked in but it is necessary for this skirt in order to show off the great details. I love this skirt and it is so comfortable that I have been wearing it all day. Oh, and this tank is my first version of the Basic tank by Cali Faye. I made it with a black double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop.
Since Miette happened to be wearing her matching polka dot dress, I had her hop in the picture so we could take a few twirling pictures! She just loves how much her dress twirls.

I love seeing all the unique styles that these amazing bloggers have created. Make sure to check them out and get inspired to sew one of your own. Thank you so much Marte for letting me participate in this tour and for creating a wonderful pattern!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Floral Pinafore and Striped Aster Cardigan

About a week ago, my friend sent me a text from an estate sale to see if I wanted some vintage fabric.  I said of course and I was hoping that it wouldn't be too expensive. It turned out to be a crazy bargain and it was even prettier in person.

So I quickly washed a few yards and found a pattern to use. I checked out the Japanese pattern book, Sew Chic Kids, from my library and decided to make the Pinafore (version R). Miette was in between sizes so I went with the larger size 6, knowing that it would probably be a little big on her. It is but that just means I get to see her wearing this adorable dress for a long time!
Vintage Floral Pinafore
Pattern: Pinafore (R) from Sew Chic Kids
Size: 6
Fabric: Vintage floral and vintage pink gingham. The buttons are a cute pink gingham as well

I think that the Aster Cardigan is one of my favorite patterns. This is the fourth one I've made and I love it! I used an thrifted sweater and had almost enough fabric.
I lengthened the sleeves a little bit and I had to piece the collar together so there is a center seam at the back. I also used a woven fabric (same as the dress) for the underside of the collar and for the binding I cut the woven fabric on the bias. It worked perfect!

Pattern: Aster Cardigan by Willow and Co Patterns
Size: 6
Fabric: Thrifted sweater and vintage floral

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chambray Sunny Day Shorts with Alder Skirt Pockets

I'm over at imagine gnats today sharing about these unique shorts. I took the free Sunny Day shorts pattern and added the pockets and flat front waistband from the Alder skirt.
Hop over and see some adorable pictures of Henri and get more details!


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