Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bundle Up Sale: Spring Lily Dress

 Hello again! I'm back to share another pattern with you that is part of the Bundle Up Sale. The Spring Lily Dress by Elle Inspired. It is a fully lined dress, with princess seams, and an invisible zipper. I took a few creative liberties with my version and I'm happy with how it turned out!
The dress is fairly simple to sew but I will say that getting the princess seams perfect was tough but not impossible! I love the clean look that a fully lined bodice gives.
A bit about the sizing. I initially cut a size 6 & 8 and decided to do a muslin of the 6 first. My measurements were spot on for the size 6. It was way too big, which was surprising. So then I cut a 4 and it was much better but I still had to take it in on the sides and on the princess seams. Definitely do a muslin to check the fit and you may end up being a size smaller than you think!
I used a vintage fabric for the bodice and instead of doing a gathered or pleated skirt, per the instructions, I removed the waistband of an existing fully lined pleated skirt and attached it to the bodice. Now, this definitely wasn't a quick thing to do but I didn't have any other fabric that I liked for the skirt and since I'm sewing through my stash this was a happy solution!
The skirt is perfect for twirling with my girl! (Details on her dress to come at another time). And I guess you could say that my favorite color combination right now is navy and kelly green!
The Bundle Up sale ends tomorrow so if you want to get some great patterns at a great price, go now! 

Spring Lily Dress by Elle Inspired
Size: 4
Fabric: Bodice is a vintage floral and the skirt is repurposed from an existing skirt

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bundle Up Sale: Hip Hop Tank

I'm excited to share a few things I have sewn as part of the Bundle Up Sale presented by Pattern Revolution. This June sale is a collection full of women's patterns. Some are brand new releases and some have been around for a bit. You can mix and match the patterns you want and buy them at a discounted rate. Not too bad!
The first item I sewed is the Hip Hop Tank by Love Notions. Its a very simple pattern to sew and the result is a nice, simple tank. There are quite a few options but I went with the basic tank. The pattern calls for ribbing around the neck and arms but I decided to use bias tape instead. I had it on hand and like the finished look it gives.
 I'm a fan of this subtle hi-low hem, not too drastic and I like that. This can be made out of knit or a woven. I did a quick muslin to check sizing for the woven. I sewed a medium and it ended up being too large so for this one, I decided to cut a small in the chest and grade to a medium in the hips. Its a bit snug under my arms but the rest of the fit is spot on!
Pattern: Hip Hop Tank by Love Notions
Size: Small at the shoulders/chest and medium in the waist and hips
Fabric: Perhaps chiffon? I'm not exactly sure. It is semi-sheer but its definitely thicker than chiffon

Check back tomorrow for my version of the Spring Lily Dress by Elle Inspired! And visit some of the blogs below to see what they have sewn up!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Pleated Pencil Skirt

This seems to be the year of sewing for myself and I must say that it's been fun! I have made quite a few things that go in the "to be worn when cleaning or gardening" pile and then a few winners. This skirt is definitely a winner. I was able to test this Pleated Pencil Skirt pattern by Delia Creates. I love this style of skirt and I have quite a few pencil skirts but I have only sewn knit ones in the past. This one is just as comfortable as the knit ones and that is very important to me.
I love learning new sewing techniques and this pattern taught me how to sew a kick pleat and a blind hem. Although, I did sew the hem incorrectly the first time but luckily fixed it and I'm in love. It makes it look much more professional. Actually, all the little touches she added to this skirt make it feel store bought! I did mess up my invisible zipper but I blame that on my cheap, generic plastic one that I used. I really need to invest in the real deal!
I don't normally wear my shirts tucked but I love the look of it. So I'll be wearing this skirt with a few different style tops, cardigans and of course my kimono.
 High waist, invisible zipper, fully lined, kick pleat, and blind hem all mean an amazing pencil skirt!
Pattern: Pleated Pencil Skirt by Delia Creates
Size: 8 but I think next time I will cut an 8 in the waist and grade it to a 10 in the hips just for a bit more wiggle room
Fabric: Unknown from SAS Fabrics but it does have a slight amount of stretch and is super soft

Go check out Delia's adorable versions. I'm in love the with gingham one she made!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Contributor at Imagine Gnats

Hello! I've been gone from this space for awhile but I've been busy with lots of behind the scenes projects! I'm so excited to share that I'm a new contributor over at Imagine Gnats and my first post is live.
Hop on over to to see my tutorial for adding flat piping to the Alder Skirt.

And I'll be sharing more about this vintage gingham top very soon!

xo April


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