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!


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