Category: Sewing

Christmas Dresses 2016

I feel so ahead of the game right now!  I’ve already got the girls’ Christmas dresses done!  Wait, I still need to send out cards, sew their pajamas and do some shopping, so I guess I’m not really ahead of the game.  The Christmas cards are ordered, though!  We took photos over the weekend in their new dresses for our card, so I thought I’d show them off.

Christmas DressesHave you ever seen such cuteness? 

Oh, yeah.  Their dolls got matching dresses, too.  Both dresses are a mash up of two Made for Mermaids patterns.  It’s Pumpkin’s favorite combo of the Brooklyn dress bodice and Riley skirt.

Brooklyn Riley Christmas DressPumpkin and her baby, Rosie both got plaid flutter sleeves per request.  I lined the flutters because I don’t like to do a rolled hem finish and because I wanted them to look a little nicer than with an unfinished edge.  I topstitched with my coverstitch machine to give them a clean finish.  And I love the way they turned out. 

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressWhen I asked Cupcake what kind of sleeves she wanted she said plaid.  So she and Kit Kitredge got plaid sleeves.  Once she saw Pumpkin’s flutters she was having second thoughts, so I made a bow to fancy up her dress a bit and she was much happier.

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressBoth fabrics are from Girl Charlee.  I just loved this buffalo plaid and knew it would make adorable dresses.  And I was right.  And I kind of wish I had ordered more and made myself a dress, too!

dsc_4449Why is this Pumpkin’s favorite dress?  The twirl factor!  I asked for a twirl and she was on it!  Cupcake not so much……

Do you have holiday outfits picked out, yet? 

 

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Sew What Do I Wear? Holiday Edition

sew-what-do-i-wearToday I’m joining in on a blog hop with Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates

The holidays are fast approaching!  And I don’t know about you, but I love photo cards!  So holiday cards are a great reason to get some family photos taken.  And the tricky thing about family photos is figuring out what to wear!  And getting the kids to look at the camera and smile (normally).  I can’t help with the second part, but the first part I can!!!  I think for family photos this year you should sew a Timeless Tunic from Patterns for Pirates!

Timeless TunicHow cute is this dress?  Normally I love to sew with knits, but I saw this floral denim and I just had to have a dress made out of it!  I love this style!  Not only is it perfect for family photos, but also for holiday parties. 

Sew what do I wear? Timeless TunicThere’s a pretty good chance I’ll wear this to our holiday family reunion as well.  There are 3 sleeve lengths included with this pattern so you can make it fit whatever kind of weather you have in your neck of the woods.  It also comes in shirt length, tunic length or dress, so mix and match! 

Sew what do I wear? Timeless TunicI went with 3/4 sleeves and dress length.  Paired with leggings and boots it’s such an easy outfit!  It’s comfortable and looks great! I have a red infinity scarf that will look great with it, too!

Now I just need to get the girls ready and get those family photos taken!

If you’re still looking for more options be sure to check out the other ladies on the blog hop!

Nov 14 – Wild & Wanderful/ What Does She Do All Day?/
My Creative Room
Nov 15 – Sew A Piece of Joy / Red Stitch Blue Stitch/ Sewn Of A Stitch
Nov 16 – MaMoose / Rebel & Malice / On Wednesdays We Sew
Nov 17 – It’s Liesel / Stitching and Making / The Kisses Co
Nov 18 – SewSophieLynn / I’m Just Like Mommy/Lady and the Gents / The Crunchy Mommy

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What They Wore at Disney World

When we decided to go to Disney I started collecting all the Disney fabric for my girls outfits.  This trip was a big deal, so any old clothes wouldn’t do!  For months I bought a little of fabric at a time and then saved it until we were about a month out and then I got sewing!

First up, Magic Kingdom Day 1

Disney OutfitI picked up this Riley Blake polka dot knit and whipped up Skip-a-Long Skorts for the girls and a matching Skyline Skort for myself.  Their tops are the Flutterby, also from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  Mine is a Slim Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates.  I cut out the Minnie Mouse heads with my Cameo and heat transfer vinyl and applied them to the shirts after they’d been sewn up.  The white cotton lycra fabric is from Purple Seamstressdsc_2725On Day 2 the girls wore Violet dresses from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  I found the super cute  toss Mickey fabric on fabric.com and the solid red is also from Purple Seamstress.  I also made them little matching shorties to go underneath.  I just loved how these turned out! I also had a matching Mama Ella that I made with the leftover fabric.  dsc_2812These Samantha Suspender Skirts were also a favorite!  They also have pockets.  Pockets in skirts are the best!  The Disney emoji fabric is also from fabric.com and the shirts were a Target clearance find.  I was hoping to find red shirts to go underneath, but finding red, short sleeved shirts in October proved to be very difficult.

dsc_3096Pumpkin’s favorite twirly dress (Riley by Made for Mermaids) made an appearance as well!  The Anna and Elsa dresses were a big hit when the girls met the sisters. dsc_3333For the last day of our Disney trip the girls didn’t match.  🙂  Pumpkin got a Cinderella dress because Cinderella is her favorite princess!  And she had to dress like her favorite princess when they met.dsc_3338Cupcake got a Rapunzel dress because she doesn’t have a favorite princess, but I think she’s most like Rapunzel.  Minus the hair length. 

 

Despite the last minute frazzledness to get everything sewn up I’m really glad the girls had special outfits to wear every day of our trip.  They got a lot of compliments on their outfits and well, they just look so darn cute in the pictures!

 

 

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A Whimsical Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!!  My girls are so excited for trick-or-treat tonight.  They thought long and hard about what they wanted to be for Halloween this year and Pumpkin changed her mind about 100 times but in the end they settled on a fairy and a butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesCupcake, not typically a girly girl, requested a fairy costume.  Not just any fairy, but a pink fairy.  With a wand and wings.  Pumpkin wanted to be a monarch butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesI used the same patterns for both costumes, which made my life a little easier as I didn’t have much time to get these whipped up after our vacation (which I’m still trying to finish a blog post on!!).  The dresses are the Tinkerbell dress from Made for Mermaids.  The wings are the Wonderland Wings from Peek-a-Boo Patterns

Butterfly costumeOH, she’s just the cutest butterfly I’ve ever seen!  She just loves this costume.  From the moment I finished it she’s wanted to wear it nonstop.

Butterfly costumeI modified the wings pattern just a bit because the accent pieces are only on one side if you follow the pattern directions, but I needed the the orange on both side.  So I appliqued the accents before assembly rather than “quilting” them into the wings and they turned out great.  I also used one less piece of fusible heavyweight interfacing because I didn’t like the way Cupcake’s wings turned out with it.  I also added some heat transfer vinyl dots to give it more of a monarch look.

Fairy costumeDespite the specific request for an all pink costume this kid was less than thrilled about the result of her fairy dress and wings.  It’s too pink and the wings are too small.  She does like how sparkly the wand is, though!  Ugh, 6 years old, going on 16.

Fairy costumeShe eventually warmed up to the costume and flew around like the beautiful fairy she is. 

The Tinkerbell pattern only has a pattern piece for short sleeves, but because we live in the Midwest I wanted long sleeves, so we wouldn’t have to layer.  Well, so I wouldn’t have to color match their layering.  So I used the Harper pattern, also from Made for Mermaids to extend the sleeves.  Turns out it’s supposed to 62 degrees tonight, so layering shouldn’t be necessary! 

Fairy costumeThe wands are simple, made from a dowel rod and a wood cutout from the craft store.  I painted them, glued them together and added some ribbon accents.  Despite the fact butterflies don’t carry wands Pumpkin insisted she have one, too, and who am I to argue? 

In the end I’m really happy with how these turned out given the time crunch I was in (and the fact I had to keep going back to the fabric store for more fabric, then supplies for the wands, then pom poms for the antennae!).  And I’m sure that after tonight these will be put into regular rotation in the dress up wardrobe.

 

Happy Halloween!!!

 

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M4M Best Friends Collection

Made for Mermaids had another new pattern release yesterday!  This time it’s the Skipper Skirt, Stacey Top and Barbie Headband!  That’s right!  Three new patterns!  And there was a rerelease of the Hailey and Rose patterns.  You can get them either in a bundle of the 3 new patterns or all 5 patterns until Sunday.  Or they can also be purchased individually.  So, you want to see how cute they are?

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsPumpkin of course loves this outfit because it’s full of ruffles!  She loves the ruffles of the skirt and the ruffly shirt. 

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsIt’s the perfect compromise outfit for us because she always wants to wear skirts or dresses and I always need her to have leggings underneath.  The Skipper Skirt has 3 legging options; shorts, capris or pants.  So it’s a pattern I can sew every season!

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsThe Stacey Top has lots of options, too!  Short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve.  Pocket, bib with ruffle, elbow patches, tabs for the roll up sleeves.  

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsOh, and did I mention you can make the skirt with knit or woven fabric?  The polka dots above are knit.  The arrows are cotton woven.  The main part of the shirt and the leggings need to be knit, though.  And I used these great solid knits from Purple Seamstress

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsNot only does Pumpkin love these patterns, but Cupcake does, too.  I just knew she would be excited about a butterfly skirt.  She’s been eyeing this fabric in my stash for quite some time.  Luckily I had some navy knit to go with it, so she got a whole outfit, too.

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsI was super excited to try out the 3/4 rolled up sleeves on her outfit.  And I think they’re adorable!  She loves the pocket.  She wore this outfit to school the other day and came home with a little piece of paper folded up in her pocket.  #loveher

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsThe star of the show is this headband, though.  She was over the moon excited about a matching headband.  She, of course, wore it to school with the rest of the outfit.  And then the next day with another outfit.  And she wants me to make a bunch more. 

This outfit sews up so quick, so I know I’ll be adding more of these to their wardrobe.  It’s a new favorite!!!

Be sure to pick up your copy of these patterns while they’re still on sale!  (through Sunday, 10/2)

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