Straight Lines and Angles Skirt

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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?

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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.

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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!

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Figgy’s Ethereal Dress

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Have you seen the new Heavenly Collection by Figgy’s?  The collection is made up of 7 super unique and stylish patterns for kids and some of them for young adults.  When Shelly contacted me about being a part of the Heavenly Tour, I jumped on board immediately.  I was drawn to the Ethereal Dress & Blouse.

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And what a sweet little dress this is!  The construction is a very standard bodice with a gathered skirt – the frill is what makes it so special.  It can be made in shirt, tunic or dress length and with long sleeves, short sleeves or no sleeves.  The dress came together really easily and adding the frill was pretty straightforward.  The pattern directions were clear and easy to understand and produces such a unique little piece for your kiddo’s wardrobe.

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And what fabric could be more ethereal than some Nani Iro double gauze??  You might recognize this Nani Iro Melody Sketch from this A-line tunic I made a couple years ago and I said it then, and I still think even now, that this is my favorite fabric ever.  I have a little bit leftover from the tunic, but not enough for a whole dress, so I used it for just the frill.  The rest of the dress is made from a really lightweight shot cotton that I used on a dress for Sanae’s daughter for the clothing swap last year.  I love these fabrics together – both so airy and soft, yet  clean and crisp.

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*Edited – I wanted to mention that I decided to do some understitching along part of the front neckline.  Understitching is a line of stitching attaching the bodice lining or facing to the seam allowance and prevents the lining/facing from rolling up and becoming visible.  This helps give any garment a clean and polished look and was especially important here since the bodice and the frill are different fabrics.  Without the understitching, the bodice lining was rolling up and I could see it at the neckline.*

I’ve found that Figgy’s patterns run pretty large, so be sure to check the size chart and not just choose the size by the kid’s age.  I made the 18 month size for my 3 and a half year old and made the “full length” dress version but shortened it by a few inches.  It fits great and the bodice even has a little room for her to grow into!

The back has an opening with a button and loop closure.  So simple and so sweet!

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The Ethereal Dress & Blouse pattern can be purchased individually or with the entire collection.  I like a lot of the patterns in the collection, but I definitely want to sew up the Stellar Tunic/Dress next!

Shelly is also hosting a huge giveaway on the Figgy’s blog with the prize including fabric, sewing supplies and the entire Heavenly pattern collection.  Check out all the details and entry information here!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the other stops on the Heavenly Pattern Tour throughout the month of February.

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is this week!?  Doing any special sewing for the lovely holiday?

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

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!?

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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Happy baby!

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! ;)

Hanami Dresses and a whole lot of thanks

Hey friends!!  How are you doing?  I gotta say, I totally miss being here.  I definitely miss sewing, but I’ve been able to sneak some in here and there.  Blogging is fun because I get to share with you, hear what you’re up to, and get your feedback – I’ve been missing the community!

I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family last week and took some time to reflect on all the things I’m thankful for.  There are so so many things that I’m grateful for, I consider myself a truly lucky person.  This year I’m especially thankful for our newest addition, Kaya, and that both of our girls are so happy and healthy.  But I also wanted to take a minute to acknowledge how blessed I feel to be able to do the things that I love, like sewing and blogging, and that I get to be part of such an amazing community of inspirational and awesome people!  I’ve made such great friends here, and even to those of you who I don’t know – I appreciate you just stopping by!  This blog would be nothing without you readers.  So thank you!

Like I said, I’ve been able to get a little sewing in recently, but first I wanted to share a couple of dresses that I made back in August.  Yes, over 3 months ago.  Don’t ask me why it took so long to blog these, because I really like them!  The pattern is the Hanami Dress/Top by Straight Grain.

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Back in July, An of Straight Grain put out a call for pattern testers and after seeing the adorable versions that she had made, I jumped at the opportunity!  The pattern comes with several variations – crossed back or invisible zipper, flutter sleeve, tulip sleeves, peter pan collar and, of course, length – either dress or top.  I love a pattern with endless possibilities!

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I signed up to test the pattern in size 3T since Yuki was about to turn three and had recently started wearing 3T store bought shirts.  But after looking at the measurements, I knew it’d be too big, which is really no surprise because Yuki is super petite for her age.  But I went ahead and made the dress in size 3 and had a friend’s daughter try it on for the testing.  I chose the unique crossed back and tulip flutter sleeves and used Wild Carrot Blue, by Violet Craft for Michael Miller.  I picked this up from the remnant section of Britex.

The name of the pattern, Hanami, is a Japanese word meaning “flower viewing.”  In Japan it is a custom for people to gather and picnic under the blooming cherry blossoms and enjoy their short lived beauty.  It was something I got to experience when I lived there.  So with that name in mind, I couldn’t shake the image of flowers so naturally when I went to my stash to pick fabric, they both ended up being florals.

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I made one addition to the dress which is a bias tape “belt” around the waistline.  I just wanted to add a little contrast to the dress and thought this finished it off quite nicely.

So after I made the first dress in size 3, I really wanted one that would fit Yuki, so I made another Hanami in size 2 and it fit her perfectly.  I chose this watercolor floral fabric that I bought at Ikea awhile back and I love the way it came out!  I decided to do the regular flutter sleeves, but stuck with the crossed back that I love so much.  But do you notice anything interesting about these pictures?

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She’s wearing the dress backwards!!  When I was making the dress, I was trying to be thoughtful about which parts of the fabric I was cutting for each piece, but when it was all done I realized that I liked the back better than the front.  So when I put it on Yuki I tried it on backwards to see how it’d fit her and I loved it.

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I added a strip of thin black bias tape around the waist again for a little contrast (no bow this time) and I really like how it separates the bodice from the skirt.

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The pattern is great.  Well written step-by-step directions with color photos for every step.  These two versions of the dress I made are very spring/summer appropriate, but if you are looking to make a holiday dress, this would be a great pattern to use as well.  In fact, if I have time, I’m hoping to make a holiday version for Yuki later this month.  If you’re interested, you can buy the pattern HERE along with An’s other great patterns.  And if you want to check out my absolute favorite Hanami of all time, see Stitched Together’s version.  You won’t regret it :)

I hope you are all doing well.  I’ll be back later this week to share a fun new book with a giveaway!

Miss ya!

Flip this Pattern: My Sunki Flip

Hey!  Have you been following along the awesome year long series, Flip This Pattern, hosted by the ladies of the Frances Suzanne blog?

Well this month the featured pattern is the Sunki Dress and Leggings by Figgy’s and I’m the last of four contributors sharing my “flip.”  Here’s a peek of the cozy autumn hoodie I made for Yuki.

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Head over to Frances Suzanne to check out more pictures of my Sunki remix!  And starting tomorrow (Friday, October 25th), you can take a look at all 4 of the flips and vote on your favorite one!!

See ya on the flip side! :P

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Oliver + S Art Museum Vest

Hey!  I’m still here!  No baby yet, so I’m keeping busy by checking things off my “stuff I gotta do before the baby comes” list.  One of those things was obviously sewing up another new Oliver + S pattern :P

Haha, ok, so maybe I should be spending my time doing other things, but seriously, who could resist the Art Museum Vest + Trousers pattern?  This is part of the recent Oliver + S fall pattern release and I was so excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on this pattern early.  I love a good unisex/boy pattern and this look is so darn snappy looking!  The pattern is available in both PDF and paper form and in sizes 6M-4 and 5-12.

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Though the trousers look totally awesome, I opted to just sew the vest this time around because Yuki will not wear any pants that aren’t knit.  And I love this vest!  I was going to pair it with jeggings and a white t-shirt for more of a gender neutral look, but love that it can be taken in so many directions – dressed up, or down, totally feminine, boyish or gender neutral!

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My favorite thing about sewing with Oliver + S patterns is how professional looking your garments come out because of their precise patterns, reliable sewing techniques and awesome instructions.

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I made my vest in two linens, both from Joann’s.  The main fabric is soft, striped and, though it’s hard to tell, a subtle purple.  I actually bought it to make something for myself, but thought it’d look pretty awesome as a vest too.  I used a basic off-white linen for the rest.

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Check out my tiny welt pockets!  This is the most difficult/time consuming part of the pattern.  If you’ve never sewn welt pockets before, they can be a little intimidating, but the pattern does a good job of walking you through the steps and before you know it, you’ll have some sweet looking pockets.  Even with the great directions, there was one part I got a little hung up on, but reading carefully, taking it slow and asking friends for help got me through it :)

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Once you get through the welt pockets, the rest of the vest comes together super quickly!

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ArtMuseumVest4Yuki is wearing the vest with her Sweetheart Bubble Dress.  It’s surprisingly become one of her favorites!  Which makes me happy because a lot of the stuff I make for her barely gets worn!  She actually got mad at me just for touching “her favorite dress!”  This girl is starting to get an attitude . . .

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So I can only speak for the vest part of this pattern, but I highly recommend it!  If you want to check out the trousers, be sure to head over to skirt as top to see Kristin’s dapper vest and trouser set and probably actually for Gail’s adorable baby trousers.  The pants pattern looks super professional and again, I can imagine them being made for everything from special occasion to everyday school wear.  If you’re interested, you can buy your pattern from the Oliver + S shop here!

And if you haven’t seen it yet, go check out Gail and Kristin‘s versions of the new Library Dress also!

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Now go off and enjoy your weekend!  Happy sewing!

*The Art Museum Vest + Trousers pattern was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

Oliver + S Playtime Tunic and Leggings

Long time no see!  I can’t believe how much time I’ve been letting slip by between blog posts, but this end of the pregnancy/back-to-school/preparing for maternity leave thing has been kicking my butt!!  I’m finally on leave from work and I’m officially 2 days away from my due date!  Exciting times!!!

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But I’m here today to share an fun new Oliver + S pattern that was just released for the fall.  There are three new patterns and this one is called the Playtime Dress, Tunic and Leggings Pattern and it’s available as both a paper and PDF pattern in sizes 6M-4 and 5-12.

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This pattern can be made with woven or knit fabric, which makes it versatile.  I chose to make it in knit because that’s pretty much all Yuki will wear these days.  Both pieces are super comfy and Yuki loved playing in these all day, so I’m happy!

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It’s not the most exciting or colorful choice of fabrics, but I wanted to make something practical and I already had this striped knit in my stash.  It’s a pretty thin, and super soft and stretchy fabric.  Which makes it really comfy, but a bit of a pain to sew.  Add the fact that I chose stripes and it was a downright nightmare at times.  Sewing with striped knits always seems like such a great idea – until you realize it isn’t.  I had a helluva time lining up those stripes and still did not do a great job.  But then striped knits just look so good as clothing, it’s hard to resist, isn’t it?

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The back calls for a button or snap closure.  I chose these gold buttons and was a little nervous about how the thin knit would hold up with the button holes.  But between the two layers of fabric plus the interfacing, it did quite well.  One of the things that I love about knit is its stretchiness (obviously), so if I were to make this top again in a knit, I might adjust the back bodice to one piece to avoid having to make a closure at all.

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The leggings pattern is so simple and so awesome.  I wish I had tried sewing my own leggings before.  Now that I know how easy and quick they are to make, it seems silly to buy them.  I bought this fabric at Joann’s and it’s got these cute metallic gold polka dots.  They are actually pretty subtle and only really shine depending on the angle of the light.  But they are fun and fit Yuki well, and did I mention, they are comfy?

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If you take a look at the photos on the O+S site, you’ll see that there is stitching along the facing and pockets which you can do in a contrasting thread for accent.  At first I thought I’d just eliminate the top stitching altogether, but then I realized that the facing would flip up and probably bug Yuki (and me), so I sewed it with black thread and it’s very subtle.  I also realized that with the flimsy knit that I used, the pockets hung down below the hem of the tunic, so I stitched the pockets down as well.  Now everything is stitched down and secure!  The contrasting stitching will be a fun variation to play with in the future.

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Oliver + S patterns are always well written and easy to follow.  I love knowing that I’m doing things the “right way” when I’m following their directions.  This pattern is no different and I’m excited to have a cozy little outfit for Yuki to wear this fall and winter.  If you’re interested in purchasing this pattern, head over to the O+S online pattern shop!

And if you want to see a totally different version of this same pattern, go check out Jessica of A Little Gray’s dress version!  It’s adorable and hot PINK!

Later this week, Gail, Kristin, Jessica and I will be back with more of the new Oliver + S fall patterns, so stay tuned!!

*The Playtime Dress, Tunic and Leggings Pattern was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

Ruffleless Ruffle Tank

Hellooooooo!  Oh how the time flies, huh?  Back-to-school season is always extremely busy around here for two educators.  Throw in a couple of birthdays, an almost 3 year old and a rapidly approaching due date and you’ve got about 2 months of madness.

But when my good friend, Delia, asked me if I’d review the new Five and Ten Designs Volume One eBook, I couldn’t resist.  Have you heard of Five and Ten Designs?  5 awesome indie pattern designers teamed up to create 10 different looks from one basic pattern piece.  It’s a brilliant concept and is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning how to alter or manipulate pattern pieces to make something totally creative and original.  The book includes bodice pattern pieces for sizes 12m to 10 years and each of the 10 looks is so incredibly different, you’ll want to sew them all!

So really the hardest part for me was deciding which look to sew up first.  Because I’ve made Yuki a few dresses recently and she rarely wears them, I ended up picking up Look No. 2, which is a ruffley top with a super cute tie closure in the back.  I LOOOOVE how cute this top is (designed by Jessica, the Sewing Rabbit).  But I had a really hard time imagining Yuki wearing something so ruffley.  So I decided to give the pattern a try without the ruffle.

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I made this top in size 2T.  It comes together really easily and is even more simple if you omit the ruffles!  I also used store bought bias tape (as opposed to making my own), so that made it an even quicker project!  This top is probably cuter with the ruffles from the original design, but I think it suits my daughter better this way.

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The pattern instructions and photos are clear and easy to follow.  I did, however, notice as I was creating my pattern pieces that if you follow the directions as they are, your front pattern piece will be slightly longer than the back piece.  I emailed back and forth with Jessica, the awesome designer behind this look and she was super open to my feedback and helpful in working out exactly what the problem was.  It’s such a minor thing really, but if you are making this top, I would follow the directions to draft your front pattern piece and then use that measurement for the back as well (this will make sense if you’re actually making the top, but otherwise, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about :P).  If you use the front pattern piece to make the back, it’s helpful in making sure that not only the length is the same, but the angle of the side and the curve along the bottom.

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Gahhh – I adore the back of this top . . .

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I also added 2 inches in length to the top because the pattern looked a bit short compared to other 2T tops we own.  Since every kid is different, I’d recommend checking the length of the top before cutting your fabric in case you need to add or take off some length.  And I probably could have taken a bit more off the width of the shoulders as well, since it came out a bit wide for my daughter’s petite frame.

All in all, this was a fun top to sew up and Yuki loved wearing it, so win win!  And I still have 9 more looks that I could sew up with the entire eBook!  I highly suggest you go check it out.  I think you’ll be blown away by the huge range of looks you can make with just one pattern block.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’re all doing well, whether you’re already back to school or enjoying the last few days of summer break!

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*The Five and Ten Designs Volume One eBook was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

Pretty Pink Pinafore {tutorial}

You guuuuuuuys!!  Thanks so much for all of the wonderful well wishes after my last post.  It has been truly heartwarming reading each comment, hearing some of your own stories and feeling the love you’ve sent my family’s way.  I really appreciate it!  You guys rock :)

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So last week, I did a guest post for sewpony‘s series “When We Were Young” and I shared an outfit that I made for my daughter that was inspired by an outfit that I wore when I was young!  I also mentioned that I’d post a tutorial for the simple pinafore, so here I am, being true to my word.

Here is the original next to the version I made for Yuki:
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The jumper has a bib bodice in the front and is open in the back with criss cross straps.  The skirt is gathered in the front and has elastic in the band for easy comfort and fit.  Really, it looks a lot like an apron.  There is a cute notched “collar” (clearly, it’s not a real collar, but I wasn’t sure what else to call it), and a crocheted lace detail on the pocket.  It’s perfect for hot summer days, but can easily be layered as we transition into fall.

What you’ll need:

  • Main fabric (1-2 yards depending on what size you’re making)
  • Contrast fabric (1/4 yard)
  • Crocheted doily or lace
  • Lightweight interfacing
  • 1″ wide elastic
  • 2 buttons

To draft your pattern, measure the child’s chest and divide that by 4.  That will be the width of your bodice pattern piece (since it’s drawn on the fold).  You can also measure across the front of a dress or shirt and divide that in two.  When I drafted my piece, I added seam allowance, but my bodice ended up being just a little too wide.  So I’d just stick with the measurement and not add seam allowance and then the bodice will be just smaller than the chest width, which I think will fit better.

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The height of your pattern piece will depend on how long you want the bodice to be.  Measure from the point you want the bodice to start on their chest and down to where you want the skirt to begin.  Add a 1/2 inch seam allowance on both the top and bottom (1 inch total).  I also cut the top corner a bit to allow room for arms.  I eyeballed this, but for my 3T-ish pattern, I made a mark about 1 inch in on the top and 2.5 inches down and drew a diagonal line connecting the two and then cut.  You can place your pattern on your child or on a shirt to see if it’s about the right size/angle (remember to take into account the 1/2 inch seam allowance).  Sorry people, I don’t have an exact formula – like I said, I usually just wing things around here.

To draft the collar, I placed some tracing paper on top of the bodice piece and traced along the top section of the bodice pattern.  Decide how long you want this collar piece to be and cut straight across, remembering to add seam allowance.  I used a 1/2 inch SA to sew along the outside edge of the bodice, but only a 1/4 inch SA along the bottom of the collar piece.  To add the notch, draw a diagonal line along the fold line of your pattern piece the size and angle you want your notch to be.  Then draw a second line a quarter inch over (towards the fold line) and cut.

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You’ll also need a pocket pattern piece, which you can make whatever size/shape you want.

Now you’re ready to cut your fabric.  From your main fabric, you’ll need 2 bodice pieces, 2 pocket pieces and 2 strap pieces.  Your straps should be 2.5 inches wide and whatever length you’ll need to reach from the top of the bodice, over the shoulder and to their waistline on their back.  My 3T straps were 14.5 inches long.

From your contrast fabric, you’ll need 2 collar pieces.  If desired, add lightweight interfacing on the wrong side of one of the collar pieces.

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 You’ll also need to cut 2 rectangles for the skirt front and skirt back from your main fabric.  I used one of Yuki’s dresses to determine how wide to cut the rectangle (by measuring the width of the bottom of the skirt then adding 1 inch for seam allowance) and the length will depend on how long you want the skirt to be, plus added length for seam allowance and hemming.  For the skirt back piece, add one inch to the length to create casing for the elastic.  My skirt pieces were 27×14 inches for the front and 27×15 inches for the back.

First we’re going to add the decorative lace to the pocket piece.  Depending on what shape lace doily you have, you can probably just leave it as is and sew it on to one of your pocket pieces.  A square or strip can be placed across the top edge of the pocket.  Or a circular piece can be cut in half so that a curved edge lays across the top half of the pocket.  Play around with whatever shape or look you want and sew the lace down onto the right side of one of your pocket pieces.

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Because I was trying to replicate the pocket in the original photo, I needed a triangular piece.  I cut my lace into a triangle and then serged the edges to finish them.  I did kind of a crappy job.

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After you top stitch along the outer edge of the lace to attach it to one of your pocket pieces, lay the other pocket piece on top, right sides together and pin around the edges.

Sew all the way around the pocket leaving about a 1.5 inch opening.

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Clip corners, flip the pocket right side out and press.   Sew this pocket onto the front skirt piece.

To prepare your straps, fold them in half lengthwise (right sides together) and press.  Then sew along the long edge and one of the short edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to leave one short edge open.  Trim the corner.

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Repeat with the other strap and then turn the straps right side out and press.

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Place your collar pieces wrong sides together and pin along the bottom (notched) edge.  It may help to mark the line you want to sew along, for the notched portion, to assure you get a nice even and centered notch.  Sew just along the bottom edge of the collar.

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Trim corners and carefully clip your notch as close to the stitching as possible – but don’t snip the stitching!

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Flip your collar right side out, use a chopstick or something to push all the corners out and press.

Lay the collar on top of one of your bodice pieces, right sides facing up and baste the collar to the bodice.

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Place the raw edge of one of your straps along the top edge of your bodice – measure a 1/2 inch down and a 1/2 in and pin.  Do the same with the other strap on the other side of the bodice.

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I didn’t photograph the next step, but place the other bodice piece on top, right sides together (with straps and collar sandwiched in between) and pin.  Sew the bodice pieces together along the sides and top of the bodice (leaving the bottom edge open) using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Trim seam allowance down to a 1/4 inch and clip corners.  Flip right side out and press.

Gather the skirt front piece by sewing two basting lines along the top edge of the skirt.  To baste, set your machine on the longest stitch and do not backstitch at the beginning or end.  Leave the threads long and pull carefully to gather the skirt.  You want the width to be 1/2 an inch longer than the bodice on each side.  Leave that 1/2 inch ungathered.

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Pin the bottom edge of the bodice to the top edge of the front skirt piece with right sides together.  There should be 1/2 an inch of ungathered skirt sticking out on either side of the bodice.

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Sew the skirt and bodice together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Finish this raw edge with your serger or a zig zag stitch.  Press the bodice up and the seam allowance down.

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To make the casing for the back skirt piece, fold and press the fabric just less than 1/2 an inch down along one of the long edges.  Fold the fabric down again just over one inch – you’ll want the casing to be slightly wider than the 1″ elastic.  Sew very close to the folded edge.

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Using a safety pin, pull the elastic through the casing.  Sew the elastic in place 1/2 an inch in from one side and then continue pulling elastic through to the other end.  The skirt back piece should match the width of the skirt front piece, or be just a little bit smaller for a snug fit.  Sew the other end of the elastic in place 1/2 an inch in from the end.  Trim excess elastic.

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Place the skirt front and back pieces together (right sides facing in) and pin along the side edges of the skirt.  Sew together using a 1/2 an inch SA, trim and finish edges using a serger or zig zag stitch.

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We’re almost done!  Just a few more finishing touches.  On the inside of your back skirt piece, hand sew two buttons to attach the straps to.

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Then sew buttonholes on the ends of your straps.

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Done!

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Hooray!  A sweet vintage frock for your sweet little one!

Please remember to add any of your you & mie inspired creations to the flickr pool!  Oh and let me know if you have any questions or corrections.  I wrote this when I was really sleepy :P

I hope you’re all doing well.  I seriously can’t believe how quickly this summer is going by!  It’s already AUGUST!  And I went from having no real sewing agenda, to a list of about 15+ projects that I want to get done before the baby comes in a couple of months!  I better get to it!  What have you been working on?