Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Collette Hawthorn - Fitting Issues!

This pattern is a lot different than my TNT shirt dress.  The armscye is obviously too small and too high.  These pictures are after I took out a little in the side seams and graded a bit off the lower armscye.  It's really tight at the upper back and shoulders.  What should I do? Cut out a larger size?

See that bunching?  

As for the front, this bra is a little on the small side.  The tightness in the  back makes it impossible to close the front with my normal bra.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hawthorn by Colette Patterns

I am totally in love with the new Hawthorn dress pattern by Colette Patterns.

I have an obsession with shirt dresses and it is time to another to add to my collection this spring.  I like semi-circle skirts because they add some flair without bulk at the waist.  The collar detail is my favorite aspect of the dress.  I splurged and bought this pattern because I'm not in the mood to draft it myself from my TNT Butterick 5315 pattern.  

I found this great lightweight chambray (100% cotton) at Fashion Fabrics in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  (I need to get some more Magic Sizing to iron this cotton to its best.)  It is a light aqua, in the same family as, oh...just my handbag, my bathroom walls, my sweater and some of my jewelry.  My mom says I'm obsessed with the same colors her mom loved.

This dress has options for sleeveless, short sleeves, and buttoned 3/4 sleeves.  I love the 3/4 sleeves shown above, but South Carolina is hot, so I'll work it up in some short sleeves.  I'll probably buy some pearly looking buttons for a plainer look I can dress up and down.

Can't wait for my pattern to come in the mail!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat

Can I just say how much I adore this pattern?  It is so hard to find a good free child's hat pattern online.  This one is so amazing I wouldn't have minded paying for it.  The first toddler hat pattern I tried was a disaster.  The top of the hat consisted of 4 triangles sewn together...I guess to make a round shape...??  Instead it looked like four flappy triangles sewn together maybe to make room for 4 floppy ears attached to one's head.  Not my style.  Not at all.

The Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat pattern is FREE.  It fits children 6 months to 8 years old.  I cut out a medium (3-5 years old) and ended up with this beauty:

I made this for my friend's 2 year old boy.  We stayed with her family while we visited around Northern Virginia and D.C.  I will use nicknames here.  The hat fit GoGo, but he wasn't in the mood for a photo shoot.

This is probably the best picture I got of him wearing it.

This one isn't too bad, either.

Crazy boy just wanted to watch a YouTube video! "Me deja ver el video, guys!" I know, adults are silly, huh?

So, we put it on his 6 month old sister.  If we played 'who wore it better,' I think she would win.  My favorite design detail is the topstiching all along the brim of the hat.

At six months old, the hat is a little big for Chicis, but the fit is not bad.  I wish I had gone up a size for GoGo.  

I gained an appreciation for sewing bloggers who photograph their children.  Sometimes they just gotta wiggle! 

What a great hat! I'd love to make it again.  I wish it came in my size...my bucket hat fell off at Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado last summer.  I wonder how many flip flops, sunglasses and hats end up at the bottom of Clear Creek.  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

SB 302 Striped Maxi Skirt

So, I finally busted out some of the fabric I bought last summer in the Los Angeles fabric district.  It was really hard to cut into this stretchy jersey knit.  It was only $2 per yard.  I thought that would make it easier if I made a mistake, that I was only out a few dollars.  It was actually harder because I knew if I messed up I had to buy a knit online at $12 or $14 per yard.  Yikes!

I loved Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic's Maxi Skirt Pattern the first time around, so I knew I could make quick work of it a second time.  This striped knit was stretchier than my first go around, which meant it was an even better choice for this pattern.  The one change I made was taking 1 1/2" off the edge of the skirt.  I find myself tripping over the first skirt I made, especially with bare feet.  I used design plus to fuse the hem together and then stitched it together with a twin needle on the machine. A design plus tute is here.

This project took about 3 1/2 hours to complete.  Stripes take time to match up, especially in the cutting stage.  My hard work paid off.  Most of the striped match up exactly!

My favorite part of this pattern is the way it flares from the knees to the floor.  So flattering!

Oh, and I got a new haircut!  I got rid of over 8 inches of length and have no regrets.  I am still trying to learn how to style it.  So fun!  

I hope you will notice an improvement in the photography on my blog.  I recently bought myself a new Canon EOS Rebel SL1.  It is the smallest DSLR yet, making it the perfect fit for my petite hands.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Baby Pants and Baby Dress

Here are some photos of some newborn baby pants I made for my friend's baby girl.  I love this pink print and the cute bow in the front!

The fruity fabric is left over from an apron I made a few years ago.  I used Made by Rae's Baby Newborn Pant pattern.  It is free!

I used Sew Much Ado's Infant Peasant Dress pattern to make this baby dress.  This was also a free pattern and included a tutorial.

Do you know of any great baby patterns on the internet?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Diamond Candles Winner!

The winner of the Diamond Candles giveaway is....

Daline Fairbanks

Congrats Daline!  (She was notified by email earlier today.)  A big thanks to Diamond Candles for my wonderful new peachy candle and for doing the giveaway.  And thank you to all of you who entered the giveaway.  Have a wonderful week!

Thank you so much for participating and big thank you to Diamond Candles for my lovely candle and this fun giveaway.  More giveaways to come!
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Thank you so much for participating and big thank you to Diamond Candles for my lovely candle and this fun giveaway.  More giveaways to come!! XO -
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vogue 8902 - My Clara Oswald Dress

Scott and I decided to be Doctor Who characters for Halloween.  He chose to be the Eleventh Doctor, and I chose to be one of his companions, Clara Oswald.  Soufle girl (Clara) wears a red dress in her debut on the show, so I whipped up Vogue 8902 in a lovely red double knit.

I've been saving this red double knit for a fall/winter dress and when I saw Vogue 8902 I had to buy it:

It is so comfortable looking!  It also looked like it would be easy to construct, and I was right on both accounts.  I mean, really, when I put this on I feel almost as comfy as I do in a nighty.

I only had the weekend to make this dress so there wasn't time to obsess and over-think the pattern alterations.  I cut out my size - 8 shoulders to 10 rib area to 14 waist and 12 hips - and made the dress 2" shorter in the skirt.  Well, I have news for you...although a double knit is one of the recommended fabrics for this pattern, it is NOT a knit pattern.  I had to take in gobs of fabric on the sides and would have been much better cutting an 8 or 10 out throughout the whole pattern.

The fitting isn't perfect, but I think it looks great for a quickie dress.  I chose not to line it.  I used some jersey to finish off the neck edge.  Yep, a quick fix, but it looks just fine.  I finished the sleeve and skirt edges with a blind hem on the machine.  The neckline is a bit higher than I would like, but it is good for fall.

P.S. - I love red lipstick.  This is Stila lip tint in 'Fiery'.