Strawberries and Edelweiss

So I’ve got a new project for you today.  But when I say new project, I mean it’s never been posted before, but it’s something I actually made a year ago.  And then photographed a couple months ago.  And I’m just finally getting around to blogging it now.  Oops!  Better late than never right?

Strawberry Edelweiss Dress // you & mie

I call it the Strawberry Edelweiss Dress because, well, the strawberry part should be obvious and you may recognize the pattern as the Edelweiss Dress by Hey June.  This dress is actually a knock off of a dress I saw a little girl wearing in a picture.  I’m pretty sure it was a store bought dress and I thought it was adorable and I immediately realized the Edelweiss pattern would be perfect to recreate it.  Later on I saw a little girl wearing the same dress in blue at IKEA, so I’m thinking the original may be from a big company like Carter’s or something, but I don’t have a picture of the original.

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Snap Bibs!

I’m back with a fun review and giveaway! Not related to sewing, but so relevant for many of us, I’m sure.  Any of us who have messy eaters in the house.

When we started Kaya on solids, I was secretly dreading it.  Whether you make your own food or buy it, there’s just soooo much work and clean up and the food rarely ever ends up in their mouth.  When Yuki was a baby, we tried all sorts of bibs – cloth, plastic with a pocket, laminated cotton.  They all had their pros and cons, but I hadn’t really found one that I loved.  So as we were gearing up to start solids with Kaya I reached out to Katie of Snap Bibs to see if she’d let me try them out.  And she kindly agreed!

Snap Bibs Review & Giveaway // you & mie

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Triple Gauze Sleep Sack and Blanket

This month I’m taking a bit of a blogging break and enjoying time away from the computer.  I’ve done a lot of sewing recently though, so I’ll have a lot to catch up on when I’m back!  Reposting this project, originally published here, as part of the Miss Matatabi Makers series.  Mmmm . . . triple gauze . . . 

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Ooooh, do I have some amazing fabric to share with you today!

Triple Gauze Baby Set

TRIPLE GAUZE.  Did you know it existed?  I did not, until very recently, and I am now a huge fan!  If you think single gauze is lovely and double gauze is dreamy, well, triple gauze is downright heavenly.

The triple gauze available in the Miss Matatabi Shop is reversible, which makes it even more awesome!  Before I washed it, it was smooth and soft.  When it came out of the wash, it was like a fluffy cloud!  Double and triple gauzes are multiple layers of gauze fabric that are attached every couple of centimeters, essentially basting or quilting the fabric.  After washing and drying, the fabric was already like a perfectly lightweight quilt. Continue reading

Starry Night Washi Dress

Bringing home this post from March, originally published here, as part of the Miss Matatabi Makers series.  This is the THIRD Washi Dress that I’ve made (see 1 and 2), not to mention, the wedding dress I made from a hacked version of the pattern!  Can you tell I love it?  By the way, this fabric is still available in the Miss Matatabi shop!

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When looking through Frances’ fabulous shop, this gorgeous cotton voile caught my eye. It’s called Starry Night and comes in several beautiful colors. I knew immediately that this lightweight fabric would make something wonderful to wear for the upcoming warm weather months.

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

The pattern is the awesome Washi Dress by Made by Rae, with the large bow from the Expansion Pack. I absolutely love this universally flattering, easy-to-wear dress pattern! Continue reading

Birds Eye Skirt

July is a pretty busy month for me and I’ll be spending a lot of time with family and away from the computer.  So I thought it was a good time to bring some posts home, especially all the stuff I’ve been sharing on Miss Matatabi the last few months.  This one is back from February!

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I love to sew for my daughters, but recently I’ve been trying to sew more women’s clothing, so today I’ve got a skirt that I made for myself and I’m so excited to be here sharing it with you!

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If you know me, you know that I’ve been a HUGE Nani Iro fan for a few years now, but unfortunately my local fabric store stopped carrying the fabric.  I had to search elsewhere to feed my Nani Iro addiction and that’s how I found Miss Matatabi.  Frances has been my official supplier ever since!  I started out only buying little bits of fabric and using it only for my daughter because it’s pricier than most other fabrics and I didn’t want to buy a large amount of yardage.  But after realizing that a toddler does not need or appreciate the perfection that is Nani Iro, I was determined to start using the fabric for me.  And I’m so glad that I did!

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Washi Tape Book Giveaway!

*GIVEAWAY CLOSED!  Thanks to everyone for entering and congrats Kristin (@ktstitches)!  You are the winner of this awesome book and should have received an email from me!*

Ooh, do I have a fun book to share with you today!  My friend and incredible artist, Courtney Cerruti, has recently released her second book titled, Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! (affiliate link).  I don’t really know anyone that doesn’t love washi tape and this book is full of fun, creative and beautiful ways to brighten your life with washi tape!

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Shine Many Ways Bianca Top

nani IRO month is going on strong around blogland and you can follow all the stops on the Miss Matatabi blog.  The projects have all been SO AMAZING.  I love seeing how each person has been using the already gorgeous fabrics to create such unique garments (and an amazing blanket).

Today, I’m sharing another top I made for myself as part of the Miss Matatabi Makers series.  I used the Shine Many Ways – A print in sateen.   Check it out here.

Shine Many Ways Bianca Top // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along // round-up, winner and many thanks!

PHEW!  We made it to the end of the sew-along.  Today is the day we wrap it all up.

I am sooooo amazed by all the different hoodies that were made during the sew-along!  I loved seeing all of the ‘in progress’ pics and getting feedback and questions along the way.  And the finished hoodies are all so awesome and SO different!  I love the variety – it’s amazing how one pattern can be interpreted in so many different ways!

Meg and I have rounded up all the hoodies that were in the Flickr group (as well as a few from Instagram) and are sharing them on our blogs for everyone to see.  But FIRST, I’ll just go ahead and announce the winner of the sew-along PRIZE, since you all are probably dying to know if it is you :)

A big thank you to the wonderful sponsors of our giveaway prize:

Happy Homemade Sew-along GIVEAWAY!

The winner is going to receive:

$30 gift certificate to Miss Matatabi
$30 gift certificate to Girl Charlee
2 yards of fabric from Imagine Gnats
AND . . . 
Secret gifts from Meg and Cherie!

 

And the randomly selected winner is (drumroll please) . . .

L Poel Pull-over Parka

Lucinda P. who made this awesome hooded DRESS from an upcycled button up shirt!

Congrats Lucinda!

Seriously, all of the hoodies are all so unique and original, I loved seeing each new picture being added to the group.  Links to the original photo are below each collage and start with the picture in the top left corner and go clockwise.  Half of the hoodies are here and the other half are on Meg’s blog, so be sure to check out her post too!

One of the fun ways that people remixed the hoodie was by playing with contrasting fabrics and color blocking.  I love all these combos!

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It’s all about the details in this group of hoodies . . . floral binding, embroidery, applique, piping, added ties . . . such unique touches!

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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I also love the simplicity of these solids and classic stripes and polka dots.  They really let the design of the pull-over shine.

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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And in the last group, we’ve got some comfy looking hoodies made from knit fabric and a couple of fun floral fabrics too.

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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Be sure to check out the rest of the hoodie parade HERE!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the sew-along!!  I’m really glad that we were able to sew together – even if you didn’t get to finish your hoodie yet, that’s ok!  I had so much fun.  I especially loved hearing people tell me that they were always too scared to attempt a Japanese pattern and that this gave them the final push to try it.  That was the whole point of the sew-along, so I’m happy that we were able to do this together!

And definitely a big thanks to Meg, my co-host for the sew-along.  Definitely could NOT have done it without you, Meg!  You’re a rock star!  But I think we all already knew that.

Ok, so before I really wrap this up, I wanted to ask you guys for any feedback you have regarding the sew-along.  Who knows if I’ll do this again, but I’d love to hear what you thought – even if you didn’t participate in this sew-along at all!

What did you like?  What didn’t you like?  How was the pace?  The timing of the sew-along?  Anything you want to see more of?  Was there anything particularly helpful or still way too confusing?  Would you want to do another sew-along?  Another pattern from this book?  A different Japanese sewing book?  Any suggestions?  I’d love to hear it!

Alright friends, that’s a wrap on this sew-along.  Time for me to catch up on some sleep :P

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:

Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five

Happy Homemade Sew-along // the hoodie

Did you finish your pull-over for the Happy Homemade Sew-along!?  Today is the day you want to get your pictures into the Flickr group!  Be sure to do that by the end of the day.  Someone asked me what time “end of the day” is and I don’t have an exact hour, but basically by the time Monday finally slips away from this earth, try and have your pictures in the pool.  Or before you go to bed tonight – whatever.  Then check back in on Wednesday for our round-up and to find out if you’re the winner of the sew-along prize!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Though you’ve seen my hoodie throughout the sew-along, I thought I’d share some pictures of it finished and on my daughter.  It’s always one thing to see a garment on a hanger and then another to see the actual fit on a person.

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I made my hoodie in size 2, based on my daughter’s measurements.  Looking at other people’s pictures in the Flickr pool, I probably could have gone a size up so it would last her longer, but at least she’s got a sibling who will grow into it eventually as well.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The modifications I made were adding the kangaroo pocket, lining the hood and also adjusting the shape of the hood slightly.  Meg mentioned the hood being too small, so I also angled the straight edge of my hood forward and then I rounded out the back of the hood a little.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

I think that it helped, but even still, there’s something a little strange about how this hood fits and the shape. I think it has something to do with the very open and low neckline.  When the hood is up, you can see how it starts at the shoulder, as opposed to closer to the neck like I’m used to.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But besides that, I really love the hoodie.  In these pics, they are styled a little more appropriately for fall, but I like the versatility.  It can be layered for the cooler months, or paired with shorts and a tank top for warm weather, or thrown over a bathing suit as a cover up.  And I love that it looks great on all kids, boys and girls.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The main fabric I used is double gauze that I bought at Bolt back when I visited Portland in 2013.  I’d been saving it for who knows what.  I have to say, I LOVE the way it looks as a hoodie, but part of me is really sad because I don’t think Yuki will wear this and I really really love the fabric.  The first time she saw the hoodie she said she liked it.  Then when it was time to put it on she said she didn’t like it.  When I said that it made me a little sad to hear that since I had worked so hard to make it for her, she said, “Well, I LIKE it, I just don’t want to wear it.” :( Hah!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But this is basically how Yuki feels about it.  Sigh.  Maybe her sister will wear it someday…

The lining and drawstring were made with double gauze that I bought from Imagine Gnats.  It doesn’t actually match the color of the red stars, but close enough!

You guys know that I love double gauze.  It’s really soft and comfy.  Feels warm but still really breathable and perfect for hot weather.  I wish this hoodie fit ME!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Anyways, it has been soooo exciting seeing all the of the hoodies pop up in the Flickr group!  I love how they are all so different!  Everyone put such a unique spin on it with their choices of fabric and other modifications.  It’s so great and really makes me happy that people actually participated!  Thank you SO much to everyone who sewed along!  Be sure to check back in on Wednesday!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five

Happy Homemade Sew-along // day five

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mieIt’s the last day of the Happy Homemade Sew-along!!  So excited to finish up our pull-overs today!  I know that some of you have already gone ahead and finished your hoodies, and some people are just getting started, and that’s totally fine!  Move at your own pace, you still have the weekend to finish up.  Or if you’re done early – go ahead and make another one!  :)

Today, we’re finishing up with steps 5 and 6.  If you prepped the hems back on Day 2, these steps are super fast.  But even if you didn’t, it shouldn’t take us long to finish this puppy up!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Fold the edge of your sleeve towards the wrong side 1 cm and press.  Fold again, this time 2 cm, enclosing the raw edge and press.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Pin and sew along the folded edge.  Repeat with the other sleeve.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Fold and press the bottom of the pull-over the same way you did with the sleeve (but don’t pin and sew yet).  If you haven’t already, attach your strip of fusible interfacing to the center front of your pullover, just above the higher of the two fold lines.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Find and mark the center of your pullover by folding it in half and finger pressing or ironing a little crease by the interfacing.  Using that center mark, measure 1.5 cm to either side and mark your buttonhole placements.  I transferred my markings to the right side of my pull-over and sewed from that side since it tends to look nicer.

If you are not familiar with making buttonholes on your machine, there are a few more detailed directions on page 59 that may help.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Fold the hem back up, pin and sew along the folded edge.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

We’re almost there!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Attach a safety pin or bodkin to one end of your cotton tape/drawstring material and thread through one of the buttonholes, all the way around the hem, and back out the other buttonhole.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Tie it up and you’re DONE!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

So, what do you think!?  How did it go?  Do you like the pull-over?  Was it easy to sew up?  Will you use this pattern again?

I have yet to try this on my little one, so we’ll see how the fit is and if she approves, but I think it’s adorable and I hope she wears it!  I’ll try and take some pictures of her wearing it over the weekend and post them on Monday.  Be sure you get pictures of your finished pull-over (on the hanger or on a model – either is fine!) and add them to the Flickr pool by Monday, June 23 to be included in our round up and a chance to win the fantastic sew-along prize!!

I’m loving all the in progress and finished sew-along pictures popping up on Instagram and on Flickr.  You guys are doing an amazing job!  And I suspect we’ll see a lot more added over the weekend.  Can’t wait!  I’ll check back in with you on Monday.

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four