• Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials

    How to Turn Leggings Into Sleeves – DIY Kid’s Clothes

    I don’t sew a lot for my kids because clothes are SO cheap new (and even cheaper used) and what with having kids, I have SO much less time to sew. But I recently ran into a problem – my daughter hates short sleeved shirts. She’s 2 so you know, nutso. But people keep buying us short sleeved shirts for her, and she won’t wear them, even when they are special gifts from special people, you can tell it makes her sad they have the dreaded “naked arms” when she only wears “down sleeves.” So she has about 5 long sleeve shirts that sort of fit her, and they are…

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    Hemming with Maxi-Lock Stretch Thread and Another New Dress

    I am incredibly excited about a very wonky sewing thing. Where to start? Let’s see, for years I sewed on an older sewing machine that did everything from knits to quilting to embroidery until it broke. Sad face. I decided to get a more sturdy, more metal, straight stitch only Brother 1500  which I love, but is no good for sewing knits, because you can’t do any special stretch stitches. Then two years ago, I ran across a Brother Serger for $60 (which is an amazing deal) So now I have a serger, and can sew knits, but I CAN’T HEM THEM or do any top stitching unless I buy a fourth…

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    P4P Sunshine Dress Lined Bodice Tutorial

    I have a favorite hiking dress made by Eddie Bauer, which I have outlined my quest to re-create here (using the Colette Wren) and here (using the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine Dress) I loved the Sunshine Dress but wanted to have the bodice lined, so I experimented a bit and came up with the method below. My first two dresses I made using this pattern are really low cut – due to some bad adjustments I made, but I am happy to layer them I know I’ll wear them all the time. Adding the lining takes a while longer, especially the first time, but I am really happy with the…

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    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 2: P4P Sunshine Dress

    I have detailed the first part of my quest for the Perfect wrap dress using Colette Wren Pattern – which I liked but didn’t love – especially the neckline which wasn’t what I was looking for. For reference, this is my favorite dress that I was trying to copy. So when the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine dress came out I bought it immediately! I then immediately made a dress in the wrong size. Ooopsies! Measure twice cut once, right? Patterns for Pirates patterns always have a lot of options and they make a lot of special adjustments to make their patterns more user-friendly for pdf printing. I highly recommend them for beginner sewists! About…

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    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 1: Colette Wren

    I have a favorite dress, which I call my hiking dress. I got it at an Eddie Bauer warehouse sale about 4 years ago for $4.  How do I love it? Let me count the ways! It’s easy, flattering, doesn’t wrinkle, and you can nurse in it. I wear it hiking, to weddings, and chase toddlers in 90 degree heat at the zoo. Though I have been gifted the perfect dress, perfection is never enough. I want more. I have been on a quest to copy the dress ever since I had a vision of it made with this fabric from Peek a Boo Fabric Shop. I immediately ordered the fabric (it…

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    Toddler Party Dresses! Playgroup, Snapdragon, and Bonny Leggings!

    I have been making some little party dresses for my animal loving toddler. First up, the Fox dress! The pattern is the Playgroup Dress by Fresh Stitch Patterns. I like this simple pattern, which uses woven fabrics (like quilting cottons) with a fully lined bodice and an option for a cute decorative panel. My only complaint is it doesn’t come with a print guide (that I saw – I have been known to miss things) so I had to manually go through the pattern pages to see which I needed to print. Either that or print out the larger sizes which go all the way up to 10 years – and…

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    Layer Me Up Tunic and Dress

    Sew all the clothes! The problem with sewing clothes instead of quilts is I never feel self conscious taking pictures of my quilts in the backyard, but the 5 minute selfie photoshoot I did of my bust this morning trying to get a good shot of the neckline of this tunic would have been pretty embarrassing if any curious neighbors had wandered by! I got some mustang fabric from girlcharlee, and it was burning a hole in my sewing room, so I had to make a tunic. This fabric is incredibly soft and nice to sew with. It’s lightweight, but not see through. And it has horses on it. This…

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    #memademay #biscayneblouse

    It’s the last day of May, so I’m going to talk about #memademay which is a project where people document themselves wearing clothing they’ve made.  I love the idea, and since none of my clothes fit right after the baby, it’s good timing for me to get into garment sewing anyway.  I think I might be *gasp* a little bored with quilting!?! I’m sure it will come back to me. I think I was just ready for a new challenge, and I got a little bit obsessed! I made some shirts, skirts, and more skirts. I tested a new blouse pattern, the Biscayne Blouse by Adrianne Appl at Hey June…

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    Knit Challenge Part II: Tank Girl

    My husband saw me printing out the pattern for this Tiny Tank Dress and said, “Oh, tanks, perfect for Josie. Is it for when she’s driving her tank?” I have been joking that she looks like a cross between Charlize Theron in Mad Max and post-Soviet bloc dictator, so it’s natural his mind went to the war machine type of tank vs. the summer shirt. Here we are in our matching tank driving shirts. Except I guess you can’t hardly tell they’re matching… Anyway, suitable for tank driving or chewing on, I made her a little tank dress with the last of my Charley Harper Knit from the awesome Knit Challenge…

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    Knit Challenge: Charley Harper Knit Syrah Skirt and Layer Me Up Tank

    Phew, I finished my Fabricworm Knit Challenge in time.  It was a great chance to tackle the terrifying beast that is knit fabric. I was so happy to have the opportunity to play with this beautiful fabric! I experimented with two patterns. First up: the skirt! I covered my first two rounds with the Syrah Skirt pattern here. It’s a great basic skirt pattern and it can be used as a maxi skirt or a shorter version. I looked at about a million patterns before choosing it, but it’s probably going to become a serious percentage of my summer wardrobe.