Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mustang Betty Skirt // Betty Skirt Pattern Tour

Today I'm so excited to share a skirt that has been on my mind to sew for a long time. I was able to test the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and it has been Miette's go to skirt so when I was asked to be on the tour and sew another skirt for her, I said yes!
Miette is a fan of horses and I am a fan of the "mustard" color. So when I saw this new Mustang fabric from Cotton + Steel I knew it was meant to be. There are 4 different style options for the Betty skirt pattern but this time around I sewed the basic gathered skirt and I altered the yoke. The yoke is inspired after the deep yokes and pleated skirts of the 1920’s so it is pretty high. Miette doesn't like anything touching her belly button so I needed to make a shorter yoke. Luckily, the pattern provides instructions for how to alter it and it was so easy!
 I sewed a size 6 for her since I knew she would love it and I wanted it to last for awhile. When she saw it she hugged it, hugged me, thanked me profusely and immediately put it on. That's always a good sign! The fit is just perfect and the longer length is great for my growing girl. I was able to sew this skirt in just over an hour. That's the type of sewing project that I love.
The mustard mustang skirt and this shetland flannel cape are a match made it heaven, don't you think?
To go with the skirt I made a navy blue skipper top (pattern by Sew Much Ado). I also made a size 6 and used the cuff and banded neckline options. And for fun, I made this removable peter pan collar. This collar took longer to make that the top! But it is so cute and it has gold metallic bias tape! I'm in love.

 Use the coupon code BETTYTOUR for 30% off the pattern in their Etsy store (expires Noveber 16, 2014). And I can't wait to see all the different versions of this skirt that will be popping up the next few weeks.

Here are the other Betty skirts I made. The first is a pleated version with the regular yoke and the second is a basic gathered version with an adjusted yoke. She wears the gathered version with blue hearts all the time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shetland Flannel Vintage Cape

Do you sometimes wish you could wear the same things as your kids? Well, this cape is one thing that I would love for myself! 
When I found this pattern (through an Instagram vintage seller, thank you @vintageclutter) I knew that I must make this cape for M. It's vintage Simplicity 9246 from 1970. It features shoulder darts, is fully lined, arm openings, and has an option for buttons loops or bows with snaps. 
When choosing fabrics, I'm naturally drawn to prints even though when I shop I tend to buy things that are more neutral or solid prints. So I'm trying to sew with solid colors a bit more but I also love solids that have a bit of texture to them.
I bought this gorgeous herringbone Shetland flannel, in ocean, from Imagine Gnats and knew it would be perfect. And it is! I have a deep love for herringbone print so I also bought some in pumpkin and gray. It is such a soft flannel and it's just beautiful. I lined the cape with a simple mint colored cotton since it doesn't get too cold here. But I think it would be even more cozy with the flannel for the lining. 
The button loops are made from the herringbone and I also made fabric buttons to match. 
This is such a fun cape and I think these photos look pretty magical! She really loves it and had fun wandering (running) around Rancho Los Alamitos. I want to make her one in every color but that's not very practical. I may need to sew some for all her friends instead. 

I'll be sharing about the skirt next week. It's a good one! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Construction Vehicle and Gingham Hanami Dress

Hello! I'm posting over at Imagine Gnats today about this adorable dress I made for Miette. Double gauze and gingham make a perfect play dress!
Visit ImagineGnats.com for the full post!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Selfish Sewing Week: Tania Culottes


Selfish Sewing Week has been such fun and I'm so excited to be a featured stitcher this year. So many ladies are participating and it inspires me to sew even more than I planned! 

Let's talk culottes. I never wore culottes growing up and I know so many people have negative feeling when it comes to them. I was a little wary myself but when I saw this pattern, I changed my mind. The Tania Culottes are genius and at first (and second) glance you can't even tell that it isn't a skirt. So many amazing people were sewing these culottes last year and I thought they were cute, but didn't feel that I would be able to pull them off. My sewing skills have improved in the past year so I thought I would try them out.(Disclosure: I was planning to but this pattern but I was fortunate that Megan provided it to me to sew for SSW.) All  I am so grateful for all the sewing bloggers out there. I love being able to research a pattern fully before taking the plunge and it's so helpful to see different versions as well as being able to bypass potential errors.

The Instructions: This was my first time using a pattern from Megan Nielson and I loved it. The instructions were so clear and easy to follow. After cutting the pattern I was able to sew this up in about 1 1/2 hours.


Making a Muslin: I did my research and read a ton of wonderful blog posts about the culottes. I decided to make a muslin to check the fit and I'm so glad I did. My measurements put me in a Medium so I cut that size with a XL length. Well, the waist is just a little tight, it hit too high on my waist, even with the added length they were short and the inseam was pretty high and quite uncomfortable. So I did even more research and found how to add even more length, how to lower the inseam and made a larger size so they would sit lower on my waist.

Figuring out the Right Size: The second pair I made (this blue daisy floral) ended up being too big and too long. So I had to take in the waist quite a bit and its still too big. Its pretty hard to shorten the circle skirt once sewn so I did my best with that. For my next pair, I will try a size medium in the waist, lengthen the inseam and add 2" (instead of 4") to the XL circle skirt length. Then I may have the perfect pair!
Finding the Perfect Fabric: This fabric is a rayon challis and is great for these culottes. Lightweight with plenty of body. And I just love these tiny daisies.
Helpful Hints: After making my first pair I found a very helpful tip on how to match your pattern on the front. Make sure to line up your center seam pleat for the front pieces (and back pieces) to ensure that your seam line will match up. That way it looks more like a skirt than culottes!
Final thoughts: I love them. I'm planning to make a pair that is more appropriate for cool weather--I'm hopeful that at some point we will have some! My friend saw me wearing these and asked me if they were culottes and then promptly asked if I could make her a pair. I'd say that's a good sign


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