Friday, August 28, 2015

Gingham Seersucker Paneled Sunsuit

Hello! We have had a busy summer and now we are getting things organized for our first year of homeschool! I am both excited and so very nervous to start Kindergarten with my sweet Miette. I know it will be a great year and I can't wait.

I'm very excited to share my romper/sunsuit with you. When Call Ajaire first released this pattern I was so happy for her then immediately sad because I knew Miette wouldn't wear the romper version. I've found out a lot about Miette since sewing for her. She is sensitive, doesn't like anything to touch her belly button (all skirts/shorts hit under her belly), and shes not a fan of elastic around her arms or her legs. But I really wanted to make a romper so I was determined to make it work. And I did!
It is still very HOT here in SoCal so I knew that I wanted this to be lightweight. I have this beautiful light gray gingham seersucker that was just perfect. And I decided to add just a few pops of pink to add some color.

I sewed a size 6 for her and to solve the elastic touching the belly button issue, for the bodice I simply lengthened it to a size 10. It was perfect! I also added a small bow to the waist and I love how cute it looks. Then onto the legs. I decided just to hem them without adding any elastic. Next time I will take out some width towards the bottom so they have more of a straight leg instead of flared.

The overall size is great but I should have made the waist elastic slightly larger as it is a little tight when getting it over her hips. But when its on the fit is great!
 I love the pop of pink on the pockets!
Now for the straps and bodice I completely changed things around! I have a vintage toddler girl romper pattern and it has the cutest scalloped bodice and I wanted to try to make a similar one for Miette! I used the front lining bodice piece and added the scallops to that. Then cut out the lining and main bodice the same. Using the same strap pattern piece, I simply cut it on the fold to get some extra length since I wasn't exactly sure how much I would want. I attached the front of the straps to the bodice and crossed them in the back.
For the back bodice I used the main back bodice piece so it would hit lower on her back. Then I attached the straps with an exposed pink flower button. So adorable! She does need my help to unbutton the straps when she uses the bathroom but that's not a problem.

The weather will cool down sometime in November so I'm excited that she can also wear this with tights, boots and a cardigan!

During the tour, she is offering a 15% discount on her patterns!  You can use the code SUNSUIT15 both at UpCraft Club and Etsy through the 7th of September.

So many amazing versions of this versatile romper are going to be popping up in the next few weeks. Be sure to check them out!

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That's Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ileana Dress Pattern Tour

I'm sure you aren't surprised to read that I love sewing with vintage patterns. I also love sewing with modern patterns but even better are modern patterns that have a vintage look and feel. And that is what I love about the patterns from Marte at Compagnie-M
When I saw all the amazing choices she was creating for her newest pattern, The Ileana Dress, I couldn't wait to start sewing. I knew exactly which fabric I was going to use but it took me awhile to figure out the options to sew. I debated for a very long time between the bow collar and the scalloped collar because who can resist a scalloped collar?

I eventually decided on the sleeveless bodice, half circle skirt, in seam pockets, and bow collar. How cute is this collar? There are so many variations of this dress and I love that you can also mix and match sleeves from the Louisa Dress, the Mara Blouse and the Lotta Dress!

Miette has outgrown the circle skirt dresses I've made her in the past so she was very excited to get a new one. And we are love with this one. I was lucky to get the last of both these fabrics from the Imagine Gnats shop. The pink checked is trefle by kokka and is a lovely lightweight canvas. For the collar and bow I went with midas kisses metallic cats, in mint, by kokka. The perfect combo for Miette!

While I LOVE circle skirts I am not a fan of hemming them. But Marte shows you how to use bias tape for the hem and it was so simple. And it looks great! I was putting in the invisible zipper late at night--well it was only 8pm but that is late for me--and I had to redo it 3 times.  I sewed a size 6 and the fit is perfect. She has worn it everyday since I made it and I must say that she looks so grown up in this!

Check out her blog for many more amazing variations of the Ileana Dress!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nani Iro EN GARDEN Fabric Challenge

Its not very often that I find a fabric that has all of my favorite colors, pretty flowers, a subtle bird, is lightweight and just gorgeous. So when Rachael stocked this nani IRO EN GARDEN double gauze, in green, I knew I had to have it. *The green is currently on reorder but there is a beautiful pink available here. Two blogging friends (who are also contributors over at Imagine Gnats) and I were talking about all the wonderful things we would each make with this fabric and the subject of a little competition came up. The challenge was accepted by everyone and here we are!
We each had 1.5 yards of this fabric (provided by Imagine Gnats) to work with and there were no rules. Just sew something that you love!  Scroll down to see what I sewed and be sure to stop over and see what Ajaire ( and Brooke ( made. I'm dying to see what they put together. I know each of their items is going to be just fabulous!

I knew that I would be keeping this fabric for myself (sorry Miette) and a summer tank top was just perfect. I searched my pattern stash for the perfect pattern and found one of my favorite vintage top patterns. Simplicity 6464, from 1974. I made one last year in black and white gingham and its one of my most worn makes. And also one that I've never blogged about!

I love the simplicity of this top. With the fabric being such a busy pattern, I wanted to keep it simple. I sewed version 3 with some alterations. I added about 4 inches to the length, omitted the rick-rack trim and the waistline casing. The last one I made was just a little snug around the chest so I made this one just a little bigger and its too big! I'll probably go back and adjust the back snaps to make a better fit.
There is a subtle side seam bust dart which is one of those things that I'm not sure is completely necessary but I decided to keep it anyway. I topstitched the front band using a golden yellow thread then I decided to do a blind hem stitch for the bottom. And my hem kind of looks uneven in this picture so I'm going to have to check that out! It could be the way that I'm standing or one strap could be shorter. Should be an easy fix.

This top will be on heavy rotation this summer and fall! I absolutely love it.

There was enough fabric left over for something small so I made a single loop infinity scarf. A beautiful, lightweight scarf for summer! And I made this top a few weeks ago using the Basics Tank pattern from Cali Faye Collection and Brussels washer linen blend in Ocean from the Imagine Gnats shop. I sewed a Medium (my measurements actually fit into the large but when I sewed that it was a little big) and the fit is perfect.

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!


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