A Floral Baby Dress and a tutorial

Today I’m sharing a tutorial on the Oliver + S blog on how to alter a shirt pattern with sleeves to a sleeveless shirt!  I modified the Lullaby Layette Shirt pattern for the tutorial, but you can use this method for pretty much any pattern.

Floral Lullaby Layette Dress by you & mie

Floral Lullaby Layette Dress by you & mie

Head over to Oliver + S to check out the full tutorial!

Floral Lullaby Layette Dress by you & mie

I made the Lullaby Layette Shirt pattern (View B in the 3-6 month size), but I made a few modifications.  Besides making it sleeveless, I decided to add a little gathered skirt.  It was actually supposed to be more of a peplum top, but I made the skirt so long that it became a dress!  But that’s ok, I think this will actually fit her for awhile!

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Before adding the skirt, I shortened the bodice by a couple of inches and also took the sides in a bit, so it was less A-line.  I was too nervous to add snaps to this amazing fabric (the chances of me messing up and tearing a hole in the fabric was too high), plus there’s something so sweet and more vintage-y about buttons, so I went with these light blue ones.  I think I made the right call.

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This fabric!  It was a gift from my good friend, Frances, AKA Miss Matatabi.  It’s a nani IRO double gauze and it says “Fuwari Fuwari” on the selvage, but I didn’t recognize it, so I knew it must be older than a couple years.  Well after I cut into it I asked Frances about it and it turns out it’s a super rare print from 2006!  VINTAGE NANI IRO (yes, 2006 is vintage when it comes to a fabric line).  I suddenly felt mortified that I had just cut into it!

Floral Lullaby Layette Dress by you & mie

But Frances said that it was probably a good thing that I was able to use the fabric without the pressure of having to create something “worthy,” and I think she’s right.  This fabric probably would have sat in my stash forever and ever, and at least this way it was used to make something special for my daughter and maybe someday it’ll get passed on or something.  Random question – do you save your handmades?  When they are outgrown, do you give them away?  Store them?  Toss them?

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In other news, Kaya is getting harder and harder to photograph.  That window of time when she could sit up, but not move has been too brief.  She’s already getting ready to crawl and I can barely get her to sit still for a few seconds.  Oh boy!

Anyways, I’d love it if you headed over to the Oliver + S blog to check out my tutorial.  It’s my first time posting over there!  :)

Happy Monday!

 

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Straight Lines and Angles Skirt

Straight Lines and Angles Skirt by you & mie

Today I am part of the Straight Lines and Angles series hosted by Jess of If Only They Would Nap.  The series is inspired by the geometric shapes trend, which I have totally fallen for.

I had originally planned on a triangle print skirt, but ended up setting that idea aside and taking a different approach to the project.  Instead of making something with geometric shapes on it, I decided to make something out of geometric shapes.

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I was inspired by this awesome hoodie, and decided to use straight lines and angles to piece together a skirt with pockets.  I figured it was the perfect opportunity to do some color blocking as well, because that’s always appropriate, right!?

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So this is kind of like a basic rectangular skirt (tutorial here), but I cut the pattern into polygons to create the angled center piece and pockets.  Here are my pattern pieces . . .

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Doesn’t get more “straight lines and angles” than that, huh?

Straight Lines and Angles Skirt by you & mie

As a finishing touch, I freezer paper stenciled a set of stars (my favorite of all polygons) in one corner.  I love stars so much.

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I’ve also been having fun coming up with different and unexpected combinations of colors.  Since I’m trying to use fabric from my stash, I dug all of these up from my scrap pile.  Recognize any of them?  The center panel is a gorgeous purpley shot cotton from the Maggie Mae Tunic.  The chartreuse is from my Project Run and Play Sew-along Signature Look skinny pants.  The side panels of the skirt are a cream linen/linen blend that I used for the Art Museum Vest.  The waist band is an oatmeal colored linen, but I have no idea where it came from or what I used it for before.

Straight Lines and Angles Skirt by you & mie

When I first showed Yuki the skirt, she said she didn’t like it, or the tank top I wanted her to wear with it.  Then she suddenly changed her mind and put them on happily and wore them the rest of the day!  That was a nice surprise – I feel like I haven’t made her anything she’s actually liked in a long time.  And hey!  I like it, too!  Isn’t it nice when things work out like that?

Follow along the rest of the series here and be sure to enter the Straight Lines and Angles giveaway here!

Have a great week!

Camp Ivanhoe Inspired Divided Basket

So you all know Kristin from skirt as top, right?  Well, she just welcomed her third babe into the world a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to send her and her littlest one some love.  I was trying to think of the perfect handmade gift, but when I couldn’t decide what to make, Jessica of A Little Gray came up with the brilliant idea of a Noodlehead Divided Basket.  Kristin has made a few of these for other people already, it’s kind of her go-to baby shower gift, so it just made sense for her to receive one too, right?

Well, it turned out to be such a great idea, that Gail had the exact same one!  I finished making my divided basket the night before baby C was born and the same day Gail blogged her basket.  When I first saw it I thought, “NOOOOOOOOO!  Curse her and her adorable divided basket!”  Haha, just kidding (love ya, Gail)!  It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but well . . . maybe a little. ;)

But then I realized quickly that this was a great thing, because two divided baskets is certainly better than one!  With all the things you can do with a divided basket, we might as well have made one for every room in the house.

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The theme for the boys’ room is Camp Ivanhoe from the movie, Moonrise Kingdom.  I checked out Kristin’s pinterest board for some inspiration and picked this particular blanket to pull colors and style from.  I grabbed all of the “campy” fabrics from my stash and it turns out, I have quite a lot!  The main fabric is a wool remnant that I’d been holding on to for awhile and never quite knew what to use it for.

Camp Ivanhoe inspired Divided Basket by you & mie

BINGO.  I think it worked perfectly here.  The pocket and accent pieces are all solid quilting cottons.  On the pocket, I made some strips of fabric to make stripes and top stitched them on.  The lining of the basket is an awesome plaid flannel from Jo-Ann.

The pattern is great.  I’m thinking that Anna (aka Noodlehead) is a genius, because I couldn’t really imagine how this was all going to come together, but she figured it all out for us and it’s really kind of magical.  This is the first time I’ve sewn one of her patterns and I’d say it’s a really great one to start with.  I also really want to make a Super Tote and a Cargo Duffle, and well, pretty much all of her other patterns.

Camp Ivanhoe inspired Divided Basket by you & mie

In the directions, Anna recommends using fusible fleece to give the basket more structure, especially if you are using a lightweight material.  Well, I thought that the wool was thick enough and didn’t use any, but I wish I had.  The basket is pretty floppy and doesn’t really stand up on it’s own when it’s empty.  But even without the fusible fleece, my machine had trouble stitching through the thicker sections (where the handles meet the body of the basket), so I’m not sure if it would have been able to handle another layer!  So we’ll see.  If I make this basket again (and I assume that I will), I definitely will use the fusible fleece and just hope my machine can handle it.

Camp Ivanhoe inspired Divided Basket by you & mie

I also made a little flag garland for the room with craft felt and felted wool.  I used the template for the scrap flag garland from this book (affiliate link), except I cut the top 1/2 inch off the top of the flags and carefully top stitched baker’s twine to connect them all.

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Then I filled the basket with a bunch of other goodies (not the diapers shown here) and shipped it off to meet its new little owner.  I hope I get to meet him someday soon too!  He seems to be fitting in so well with his awesome skirt as top family :)  Awwww . . . you really gotta check out those sweet newborn pictures.  Is it crazy that I have baby fever already when I still have my own baby??

A Little Lavender Geranium

Just a quick post today of a dress I made for Kaya a couple of weeks ago.  Remember when we had some family pictures and the girls needed something to wear in purple/gray?  Well Yuki got her Skater Dress, but Kaya needed something too.  I didn’t want her to show up in onesie or something when I knew everyone else was going to look nice.  But it was the night before pictures and I still had to make Yuki’s dress, so I tried and tried and tried NOT to sew up something new for Kaya, especially since she’s a baby and does not need a new dress.  But in the end, I couldn’t NOT do it!  You guys understand, right?

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So I made her a Geranium.  The perfect pattern for a quick and cute dress.  This is my fifth Geranium!  I know this pattern.  I trust it.  It never fails me.

Anyone recognize the skirt fabric??

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Well, if you said it’s from the first Geranium I ever made, the Geranium in Eyelet, you’d be right!  And you’d have an impressive memory!  :)  I had a piece that was just the perfect size leftover from that first dress.  And that was back when I tested this pattern over a year ago!  The fabric is a dusty purple color, though it looks gray in all of these pictures :(

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The bodice fabric and skirt lining is Dear Stella’s Polka Dot in Gray from their Mercer Line.  I love the new Mercer Line and I’ve got some fabric just begging to be sewn up soon!!  I just can’t seem to decide what it wants to be yet . . .

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The pattern calls for buttons in the back, but since I was running short on time/feeling lazy/making this for a baby who spends so much time on her back, I decided to go with velcro instead.  May not look as nice, but it’s sooo easy to put on and I imagine, more comfy for baby too!

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So that’s it.  Another dress for Kaya.  She was able to wear it to a bridal shower recently and hopefully it’ll fit for another month or two.  And then maybe I can pass it on to another baby, so it doesn’t go to waste.  I don’t think I need to go into details about how great this pattern is – you already know I love it right?  If you want to see the others I’ve made, here are #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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I’m trying to clear out some of my fabric stash and I have a small cut of this eyelet fabric that I’m thinking about selling as part of a destash sale.  I haven’t worked out the details (how, when, where) yet, but I’ll be sure to fill you in if you’re interested in helping me get rid of some of my fabric.  I’ll probably do a giveaway too.  So stay tuned!

Can you believe it’s February already!?

Bess Top in Ikat

So if you’ve been following along the blog recently you know that I’m trying to sew more for myself, but since I’m nursing, anything I make has to be nursing-friendly.  I’ve got a few different styles going on, but honestly, my uniform has been button up shirts with a nursing tank or camisole underneath.  My absolute favorite shirt right now is a Converse One Star top that I got from Target and it has a placket with snaps in the front that extends below the bust for easy opening.  It’s not meant to be a nursing top, but it’s perfect for it.  AND it’s really cute (sorry, I couldn’t find a picture or link).  Then I realized that it closely resembles the Bess Top!

So when Rachael of Imagine Gnats and creator of the Bess Top pattern asked if I would be part of her pattern tour, I was psyched to have the opportunity to recreate my favorite store bought shirt!

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So the main alteration I made to the pattern is adding a placket to the front.  I used this great Continuous Placket Tutorial by Melly Sews.  Otherwise, I sewed up the pattern as directed.

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My favorite feature of this pattern is the super unique way the sleeves come together.  The back piece of the shirt wraps around to the front to create sleeves instead of attaching them as separate pieces.  SO CREATIVE.  I love how you can use two contrasting fabrics, or just one, depending on what look you want.  If you use two different fabrics like I did, you only need a little bit for the front, so you can use something special you’ve been hoarding, like this woven ikat fabric.

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Ok, I have more to share about the pattern, but can we stop to talk about this fabric for a minute!?  I bought this ikat from Michael Levine back in June when I was in LA for the Fabric Shopping Weekend and I’ve been saving it for something special because it’s reeeally gorgeous.  Ikat fabric is made up of threads that have been dyed before it’s handwoven.  Bindings that resist dye are applied to the threads before they are dyed with one or multiple colors (kind of like tie-dying, except tie-dying is done after the fibers are woven into fabric and this method dyes the thread first before being woven).  The bindings are then removed and the threads are woven creating really unique and intricate designs.  The fabric has a looser weave which gives it nice drape, but it also means that raw edges fray very easily.  Michael Levine has a lot of other gorgeous ikat fabrics in their online store, if you’re interested!

*Edited to add – I forgot to mention that the fabric that I used for the back is a black shot cotton I picked up from Stonemountain and Daughter.  It’s got a similar feel and weight compared to the ikat – I really like them paired together.*

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Where were we? . . . Oh, right!  The pattern!  It comes in women’s sizes 2-20 and in three lengths, top, tunic or dress.  There are two necklines to choose from and a hi-low hemline.  I appreciate how the top fits loosely over my mid-section – it’s meant to flatter a range of body types.  The neckline, sleeves and hem are finished with knit, which is something I’ve never done before, but really liked!  It’s like finishing with bias, but I feel like it’s a bit lighter in weight and softer too.

The trickiest part of the construction is attaching the yoke and sleeve.  I can’t help but feel like one of the markings is a little off, but I followed the pattern and fiddled with it and it turned out ok.  I might play with it a little more the next time I make this top.  And yes, I do think I’ll make another.

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Here are a couple of awkward selfie chest shots for you.  I wanted to show what the placket looks like open, and OH SNAP!  Yes, I used snaps instead of buttons.  I wouldn’t have though of it, but that shirt I love so much has snaps and it’s so genius.  When the baby is hungry, I can pop my shirt open with one hand in one second.  And snapping it back up is a cinch too.  Oh, how I appreciate anything that can be done with one hand instead of two!  I only wish I had used black snaps instead of silver, but this is what I had.

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And here it is styled differently.  90s-ikat-denim love anyone!??

The Bess Top pattern can be purchased here.  And be sure to check out all the other stops on the Imagine Gnats pattern tour showcasing all of Rachael’s patterns!

*Edited to ALSO add that Rachael is offering 20% off all of her patterns through the end of January with the code “januarytour” so if you’re thinking about buying the pattern, be sure to buy it now with the discount!*

Inder Loves Folk Art / mon petit lyons / Sew Delicious
la inglesita / Miss Matatabi / Rae Gun Ramblings
Welcome to the Mouse House / Casa Crafty
Make it Handmade / Made with Moxie / Buzzmills
girl like the sea / just me jay / Play Crafts
Sew Well Maide / Sew Charleston / Mingo and Grace
Caila Made / Sewbon / do Guincho / call ajaire
Alison Glass / a.Amelia Handmade / Bored & Crafty
you & mie / Stitched Together / things for boys
fake it while you make it / Sanae Ishida
Behind the Hedgerow / I Seam Stressed / Charming Doodle
The Crafty Kitty / Siestas & Sewing / Figgy’s

Have a great weekend, everyone!

*This pattern was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

Super Yuki to the Rescue!

Superhero4My main Christmas present to Yuki was this superhero dress up costume, and honestly?  Best. Gift. Ever.  For two reasons – 1. it was all suuuper simple and fast to sew up and 2. she absolutely loves it.  Can’t get much better than that!

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SUPER YUKI!  Oh man, I get a pretty good kick out of this costume too, I must say!  I first got the idea to make her a cape awhile ago when Yuki started pretending that she was a magician.  But recently, she saw a few episodes of the 1980s show, Spider-man and His Amazing Friends, and got really into the character, Firestar.  She kept asking if she could be her, but she looks like this and I wasn’t going to make that costume for her.  Luckily, details don’t matter much to a three year old and as far as Yuki is concerned, she is totally Firestar.

Superhero2So there are a ton of great cape patterns out there, but this one was made with this free pattern/tutorial because I really liked the shape of it.  Though I used velcro instead of magnets and I also shortened it quite a bit.  The cape is reversible and one side is made of some sort of shiny red fabric with the felt star “logo” top stitched on.

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The reverse side is black cotton with silver stars hand stamped on.  This side is supposed to be the magician side.  She hasn’t actually used this side since she’s much more into being a superhero, but I imagine that if I get her a hat and magic wand, she might be inclined to put on some magic shows as well.  I love that this cape is reversible and easy enough for her to put on by herself.

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The mask and arm cuffs are made of felt (the red is a glittery felt) and are technically both reversible as well, though these are just yellow on the other side.  I used this template for the mask and this pattern/tutorial for the arm cuffs, though I shortened my cuffs to fit Yuki better.  I started by top stitching the yellow stars on the red layer and then sewed the yellow and red layers together close to the edges.  Sandwich the elastic in between the two layers for the mask and it’s done.  The arm cuffs close with velcro.  I think I finished these in one nap time!

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I love how she falls into character so quickly when the costume is on.  All I have to do is give a Green Goblin cackle and she’s after me like the world is depending on it!

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Stealth mode.

I just love her imagination right now.  Everything she does is so creative and intensely real and meaningful it is to her.  Sometimes it gets tiring to play the same games over and over again with her, but I also know that I’m going to miss this stage when it’s gone.  She is just always 100% in that moment.  I envy that.

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OOF – she’s just too powerful for me!  Super Yuki saves the day once again!

What was the best present that you gave this year?  This would definitely be it for me, hands down.

Pajamas for Four

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Christmas pajamas have never been a family tradition in our house, but when I was trying to figure out what to give my nieces for Christmas, my sister-in-law suggested pajama pants for the middle schooler.  And then, since I’m crazy, I decided to make matching pajamas for my both of my nieces and both of my daughters.  Finished them the night before, but they were a hit.

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The cousins are 9 and 11 and we let the 11 year old pick the fabric.  I went to Joann‘s to pick up some flannel and it was on sale for $2.80 a yard!  Score.

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For the three older girls, I used the Parsley Pants pattern, though I had to grade it up for the 11 year old.  I was pretty nervous about the fit because I had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out great!  I basically added about 1.5 inches to the top, and 2 inches to the bottom and then cut the entire pattern along the tuxedo stripe line and added an inch to the width.  Love this pattern for pajama pants!!  I’m thinking of grading it up to make a pair for me!

For the baby, I made Rae’s Basic Newborn Pants (free pattern) with a little added length.  Of course, she’s already almost outgrowing her pajamas.

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The older girls got shirts from Target and Kaya is wearing a store bought onesie.  I just added the yellow pocket to match the yellow on the pants and had to do some altering on Yuki’s shirt since it was way too big for her.

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Yuki claims these are her favorite pajamas now and I’m certain that it’s because her cousins have the same ones.  She absolutely ADORES her cousins and think they are the best.  And they are.

So Christmas pajamas weren’t a tradition before, but maybe they are now?  I admit, it was pretty darn cute seeing them all running around (or just lounging around, in Kaya’s case) in their matching PJs.

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Check out my second shooter!

Do you guys do Christmas pajamas?  Where did this tradition even come from?  Worth continuing?  Apparently some of Hideko’s high school students totally dread it.  Haha!  Were you blessed with (or a victim of) matching pajamas as a kid?

Four Corners Nursing Blouse

One thing I tend to do is buy up new fabric prints and then hang on to them forever and never make anything with them.  Then they aren’t really cool anymore.  Or, the print might still be awesome, but everyone has already seen them and sewn with them and moved onto something else, so I feel like I missed the boat.  I bought some Washi to make a Washi dress with and never did.  I bought some and old lace to make myself shorts with and never did.  I won a charm pack of Briar Rose and had a quilt planned out, but . . . well, you get the picture.

When one of my favorite artists, Leah Duncan, released her Tule fabric line, I carefully chose two fabrics to order with a few possible projects in mind, but nothing definite.  This gorgeous Meadow Vale Dark is exactly the type of fabric that I’d hoard forever, constantly changing my mind about what I wanted to do with it and then never using it in the end.  But what’s the point of having such beautiful fabric if all it’s going to do is sit on the shelf?

I was looking through Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings (affiliate link), the same book I used to make this nursing top, and was intrigued by the other nursing top included, the Four Corners Blouse.  I wasn’t convinced that it was my style or that it would be flattering on me, but I wanted to give it a try anyways since I’m trying to find ways to give my nursing wardrobe some variety.  I debated whether or not I should use my precious Meadow Vale fabric or not.  What if I didn’t like the top and ended up wasting the fabric?

Well in the end I decided to just go for it because letting it sit on my shelf would be a waste as well.

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The construction of the top is really quite interesting – all the pieces (and there are quite a few) are rectangles!  So there are no pattern pieces to trace, only rectangle measurements.  I made some obvious changes to the pattern, 1. I omitted all the buttons and button loops.  They are purely decorative anyways and I like to keep it simple.  2. Instead of using a contrasting fabric for the placket (in between the boobs), I used the main fabric to avoid drawing more attention to the chest area.

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I also made the straps narrower and lengthened the top and made a few other changes here and there.  This top is made with a panel in the front that acts as a nursing cover that opens up when you untie the ties.  Pretty creative and sneaky!

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The downside though, is because the front panel isn’t connected to anything at the sides, I noticed that when I was picking up things, say, children for example, it would flip up easily and expose my tummy.  Not good.

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I can’t say that I love this top, but I am glad that I gave it a try and I will definitely wear it. Mostly layered up like this to give me a bit more coverage.  I think this fabric might have been better as something simple like a Wiksten Tank or an Everyday Skirt, but knowing that I probably would have just let it sit in my stash indefinitely makes me feel like using it was the right decision.  And I do love opening up my closet and seeing this lovely fabric begging me to put it on :)

Do you have any favorite nursing top patterns?  I’m trying to sew more for me, but need to keep it breastfeeding friendly so I feel like my choices are pretty limited.  I have a few nursing hacks in mind, but I’d love to hear your suggestions as well!  And if you have some fabric in your stash that you are saving away for a special occasion, I dare you to just use it in your next project!  You might be really glad you did!!

Have a great weekend!

Mariposa Top for Me! (Confetti Sparkle for the Holidays – Part 3)

GoldSparkleMariposa1Ok, so am I a little obsessed with Dear Stella’s Confetti Sparkle line?  Yes, maybe I am.  This is the last of 3 projects I’ve made (so far) with their beautiful metallic gold dot fabric, and look at that, it’s for me!  (see Yuki and Kaya’s holiday dresses here)

The pattern is from Anna Maria Horner’s book, Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby (affiliate link).  The book has lots of sewing projects for little ones, but it’s also got its fair share of patterns for expecting and nursing moms.  This top is called the Mariposa Dress and Tunic and is perfect for breastfeeding.  It can be made as a maternity top/dress or not.  I’d been looking for some tops that worked well for nursing and was excited to try this one, especially after seeing this beautiful dress by Miriam of Mad Mim and this fun top by Meg of Sew Liberated.

GoldSparkleMariposa2I thought it would be fun to make something dressy enough for the holidays but casual enough to wear comfortably while caring for (and nursing) my baby.  The glamorous Confetti Sparkle in Cream as a Mariposa tunic turned out to be the perfect combination.

I generally stuck to the pattern in size medium/large, but made some adjustments for fit.  I ended up taking the bodice in a little and adding some tiny gathers to the front skirt piece.  The top crosses in front and wraps around and ties in the back.  A bit of elastic in the back also helps bring the top in under the bust.  You can also tie it in the front, but I prefer it in the back.

GoldSparkleMariposa3There is a modesty panel as well that makes nursing, well, more modest.  Somehow my modesty panel doesn’t fit perfectly – mostly because of the adjustments I made to the bodice – but it also seems a bit long, so if I make this top again, I’ll have to shorten the “straps” of the panel.

GoldSparkleMariposa4I haven’t actually tried nursing in this top, but I imagine it will work quite well.  I love that I can feel dressy and comfortable at the same time.

As Christmas quickly approaches I feel like my “to do” list is getting longer and longer.  I hate how this season sometimes ends up feeling a bit stressful, but it’s always worth it.  I’m looking forward to a lot of fun family time, which is really the best part of the holiday season for me.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you all peace and love as we close out another year.  I’m very much looking forward to a new year – new adventures with my family and more sewing and more blogging!  Very best wishes to each and every one of you!  What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Confetti Sparkle for the Holidays (Part 2)

Last week I shared Yuki’s Confetti Sparkle Hanami Dress and I mentioned I had sewn something for Kaya and myself in Confetti Sparkle fabric too.  Well today I’m back to share Kaya’s holiday dress along with a few more pictures of Yuki’s dress.

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For Kaya, I went with the always adorable Geranium Dress pattern in size 0-3 months.  I used Confetti Sparkle in Cream for the skirt and some leftover shirting from the lining of my wedding dress for the bodice.  I used the same Berry piping around the waistline as Yuki’s dress, but it looks dark brown or maroon in these pictures.

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I’ve sewn this pattern up many times before and it’s always fun and fast.  You’d think an itty bitty dress would be even faster, but since I was only getting about 5-10 minutes of sewing time here and there, it took me forever!  And something about the shirting I used for the bodice, or the small size, or the way I sewed – I dunno!? – but I couldn’t get the bodice to press totally flat.  So the neckline and armholes aren’t crisp.  It totally bugs me when I look at these pictures, but I have to tell myself that really no one is going to care, right!?  Especially when the model is this darn cute!  :P

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So that’s Kaya’s dress.  She is totally in drool and spit up mode over here, so the best part about this dress is that it doesn’t even show!!

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Kristin at skirt as top made a sorta similar, but waaaay more gorgeous dress in Cream Confetti Sparkle for her daughter!  You should check it out, it’s seriously the perfect holiday dress.

And in case you missed it, here’s Yuki’s dress in Navy Confetti Sparkle . . .

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All the details of the dress can be found here.

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And I am so happy to report that Yuki loves the dress!!

Almost as much as she loves popcorn.

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Yes, she did almost drop the baby trying to sneak some popcorn!!  Haha.  Caught her just in time . . .

Well I hope your holiday preparations are going well.  I’m honestly starting to feel super stressed about all the things I want to get done before next week.  I have a list of things I wanted to sew up as gifts, but I’m afraid that at some point I’m just going to have to let some things go.  How are you doing with your lists?  Feeling ready?

Alright, one more Confetti Sparkle project coming up this week and then I promise to give it a rest for awhile.  Hope your holiday season is filled with your own sparkle! ;)