Category: Sewing

Twinsies for the Fourth

Every year we have a family reunion around the 4th of July.  And I usually like to dress the girls in matching outfits.  Last year I made them adorable “twirly” dresses.  They were a quick sew from adorable knit.  This year I wasn’t on my game.  I had no plans to sew them outfits.  I suppose they could have just worn their matching watermelon dress from H&M, but I got a crazy idea the day before we left town.  I needed to make them matching outfits! 

Open Back Top and Potato Chip ShortsTie Dye Diva released the Open Back Top and Potato Chip shorts earlier in the week and I’d been on the fence about getting them because I usually prefer to sew with knits.  But I just thought they were so cute!  But I didn’t have any fabric so……

I went to Joann hoping to find the elusive berry fabric, but alas my store never has it in stock.  But I did find this adorable floral and some tiny red and white polka dot fabric.  I picked up the required yardage, ran home and threw it in the wash.  Then purchased and printed the patterns.  While the fabric was drying I assembled and traced the sizes I needed and did a bit of packing. 

Open Back Top and Potato Chip ShortsI got the fabric cut before dinner and started sewing after the girls went to bed.  And 48 minutes after my usual bedtime I had two Open Back Tops and two Potato Chip Shorts.  And hadn’t packed my own bag for the week long trip. 

Open Back Top and Potato Chip ShortsThe tops sewed up very quick, especially since I used a snap press instead of a button closure for the back.  The shorts took a tad bit longer with having to finish the raw edges, create faux pockets and real pockets and finish the waistband.  The waistband gave me a little trouble, but I think it’s because it’s the second to last step and I was nearing the end of my sewing marathon!

These were the first patterns I’ve ever sewn up from Tie Dye Diva so I was a little nervous about sizing, but once I put them on the girls on reunion day I was smitten!  They turned out better than I’d hoped and the girls looked adorable.  And they were comfortable, too.  They played, ran, ate, and had a ton of fun at the reunion.  (and Pumpkin didn’t even complain that it wasn’t a skirt or dress!)


Sewing for Summer

Cupcake has grown like a weed!  And when the warm days arrived I was scrambling to find her something to wear.  Luckily it got cool again, so I could do some sewing for summer.  Warm temperatures are back!  Just in time for summer break!  Speaking of summer break, today is the first day of break and we’re stuck at home waiting for a dishwasher repair man.  But back to sewing.  I had a chance to sew up a few things to add Cupcake’s wardrobe for summer, so I wanted to do a fashion show for you!  Though, my model is somewhat uncooperative, so a bear with me.

Flutterby Top and Skip-a-long Skort #peekaboopatterns #sewingFirst up is this adorable set.  A Flutterby Top and Skip Along Skort.  Both patterns are from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  This is the second Flutterby I’ve made her for the summer and she loves the ruffle sleeves.  I loved this butterfly fabric from and she picked the green coordinating fabric, which is from Purple Seamstress.  Can I just brag on my hems for a moment?

Flutterby TopLook at that gorgeousness!  I seriously love how clean and professional my hems look by using my coverstitch machine.  If you sew a lot of clothing, especially with knits you need a coverstitch machine!!  You’ll have beautiful hems that can withstand the stretching of a 6 year old who likes to tuck her legs into her shirt.  😉

Flutterby Top and Skip Along Skort #sewingI made the knee length version of the skort, which is a tad long on her, but I’m hoping that way it’ll last her the whole summer (and maybe a bit of next summer, too!).  She wore this outfit earlier in the week and looked adorable and was comfy all day.  Even playing on the playset in the backyard (for two hours!). 

Talor Tank and Bonny Leggings #sewingThe Talor Tank was a popular piece in last year’s summer wardrobe and it is making an appearance this year, too.  I love this pattern for slinky rayon spandex blend fabric, which is what this cute heart fabric is.  Also purchased from  The shorties are Bonny Leggings made from a jegging material I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  The stretch/recovery of the fabric isn’t the best so I added some elastic in the waistband so she doesn’t lose her britches..  Both patterns are from Made for Mermaids

Simplicity 1023This outfit was the last one I made. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with this grey animal print fabric other than pair it with pink.  I asked Cupcake what she wanted and she said a dress.  So she got a dress.  It’s Simplicity 1023, which is a Project Runway pattern.  I loved the combination of raglan sleeves (sporty) and dress (girl) as well as the waist detail.  And another pair of Bonny Leggings to go underneath because, well, modesty.  And the ability to go down the slide. 

Simplicity 1023Seriously, though, isn’t she the cutest?  I love, love, love the way this outfit turned out!!!  And she loves it, too!  Of all the things I made her she picked this one to wear first. 

Beachcomber ShortsI also took the scraps of fabric leftover from making my Parkside Shorts to make Cupcake some cute shorts, too.  I had just enough fabric leftover to get this pair of shorts sewn up for her.  These Beachcomber Shorts (Peek-a-Boo Patterns) were a super quick sew (especially because I skipped the optional piping) and they’ll be great comfy shorts this summer.  Paired with a basic tee she’ll be ready to hit the playground.  I think I need to make a few more of these!

Brooklyn DressLast up is this Brooklyn Dress and Bonny Leggings combo (all dresses need a pair of Bonny Leggings to go underneath!).  I usually stick to a print/solid combo, but I’ve been wanting to venture out and try some print/print combos.  I love this stripe/flower combo!  Both fabrics are Riley Blake and the floral fabric is nice and soft!  (and on sale on through 5/30)  She wore this for the last day of kindergarten yesterday and she was so cute!  And as a surprise I woke up early and made a matching dress for her new American Girl doll.  She was so excited!

Brooklyn DressI could just eat her up! 

I’ve also whipped up another pink/green/blue striped Flutterby Top and a few pairs of Coastal Craze Baggies to help round out the dresser drawers.  I picked up a few basic tees from H&M to pair with her fun shorts. 

Not that I’m leaving Pumpkin out, but she has all of big sister’s hand-me-downs and they’re all in really good shape.  Though if you ask her she thinks there aren’t enough dresses in her closet. I did made one thing for her, though…..

Mermaid Hair Don't CareI had a basic tee from H&M waiting for this vinyl (that I cut on my Cameo), but since she’ll only wear dresses I sewed up a quick Li’l LDT to iron it onto.  And she was pretty darn happy about that!

So, I think that’s it!  Well, and some pajamas, but I didn’t get a pictures of them. 

So are you sewing for summer, to?



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Sew Caroline’s Parkside Shorts and Skirt

Despite having a lot to do to get ready for Cupcake’s birthday party last week I volunteered to test Sew Caroline’s new pattern, Parkside Shorts and Skirt.  And I was really glad I did!  This pattern is a quick sew and perfect for summer!

Parkside Shorts and SkirtWho doesn’t love comfy shorts with pockets?  Right?  I mean you have to have pockets.  These shorts have in-seam pockets with great topstitching detail. 

Parkside Shorts and SkirtYou can use a medium or heavy weight fabric for these shorts, including cotton, so the possibilities are endless.  You can keep them simple with a solid, have a little fun with some dots like I did or get really crazy with a bold print.

Parkside Shorts and SkirtThere’s also a skirt option, which has the same pockets and topstitching.  I had been holding on to this fabric for quite some time, not sure what to do with it, and I’m glad I had it for this skirt!  It’s going to get a lot of wear this summer!

Parkside Shorts and SkirtThis pattern will be a summer staple in your wardrobe!  I already have plans to make a few more pairs of shorts.  You’ll want to pick up this pattern soon because it’s on sale through the 22nd.

To see more great tester photos check out Sew Caroline’s blog

Bahama Mama Blouson Top

Hey!  Guess what!  Peek-a-Boo Patterns has a new pattern out today called the Bahama Mama Blouson Top.  It was designed with swimwear in mind, but it also makes a great every day top or workout top! 

Bahama Mama Blouson Top #sewingOf course when the testing call went out I volunteered to test the workout wear version.  I sewed up two of these and they came together really quick.  Figuring out the length of the straps was the only real time consuming part.  I have short shoulders, so I had to decrease the length on the straps a bit. 

Bahama Mama Blouson Top #sewingThe back detail is fun, though!  There is a built in shelf bra, so you can show off those fun straps without a bra peeking out. 

I haven’t tried it for running, yet, because, well, it’s not really been warm enough for tank tops.  I did take it for a spin at yoga, though and the banded bottom really helps to keep the top in place.  You don’t have to worry about your shirt slipping up when you’re doing downward facing dog! 

Bahama Mama Blouson Top #sewingSo if you’re in the market for a tankini top, workout top or just a tank top to look cute while chasing your kids this summer you should pick up the Bahama Mama Blouson Top.  It’s on sale today only so snatch it up quick!


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Polka Dot Everyday Elegance

One day, while perusing the aisles of Hancock Fabric I found this gorgeous blue and white polka dot chiffon.  And I got the crazy idea to buy some.  Now, you might be wondering why this is a crazy idea. It’s because the fabric was super slippery and slinky.  And I mostly sew with knits.  Usually stable knits.  Not slippery and slinky knits (though a few of those do sneak in). 

I’ve had the Everyday Elegance by Patterns for Pirates for quite some time and the blue and white polka dots were going to become my first Everyday Elegance Top.

Everyday Elegance TopGorgeous right?  It took me quite some time to sew this one.  Cutting was time consuming, trying to get the fabric to lay flat.  Sewing was a little easier, though I had to take the placket slow.  Lots of ironing happened. 

After getting the shirt sewed up and the hem finished I was stuck.  Of all the buttons in my stash I didn’t have two white buttons.  It sat unfinished in my studio for over a week until I could finally pick some up (and they were buy one get one free!!) and finish off the sleeves

Everyday Elegance TopI love how it turned out, though I do feel it’s a little long on me.  I will definitely be making more.  But with a less slippery fabric.  And I’ll take up the length about an inch.  Now, to find the fabric for the next one………