Category: Sewing

1 Fabric, 3 Ways

So, Cupcake likes dinosaurs.  Like really likes dinosaurs.  Do you need more proof of dinosaur love? I’ve got plenty!  So, when I saw a preorder for this adorable dinosaur fabric I bought way too much!  The great thing about it, though, was that it was white fabric, which opened up lots of possibilities. 

Dinosaur shirtPlease ignore my need for a pedicure.  One of the items I made for her was this cute tank. And then I dip dyed it in the color of her choice.

DInosaur shirtShe thought the effect was pretty cool.  And frankly I thought so, too.

Dinosaur shirtShe also chose the color for her skort.

Dinosaur skortAnd while we were dying the skort purple I added a few pieces of her tank dress.

Dinosaur DressThis one I dyed before sewing it so I could do two colors.  She wanted it two colors.  And I love the way it turned out.

Dinosaur dressThese have been on regular rotation in her summer wardrobe.  Any time they are clean she wears them right away!  The good news is I have plenty more of this fabric, and it’s easy to pick up some fabric dye, so I can make her some new outfits for fall and winter! 

Her Name Was Lola

And now that song will be stuck in your head all day.  You’re welcome.  Happy Monday!!!  How was your weekend?  Ours was fun.  I stopped at a native plant sale to pick up some pretties for the yard, then did a lot of cleaning up of my flowerbeds while the kiddos ran around.  I cut some fabric and I sewed a bit.  And Cupcake had her first soccer game.  The one item I finished sewing was a Lola Top by Violette Field Threads.

Lola Top #sewingI picked up this gorgeous Moda fabric when I was shopping in Amish country earlier this month and I knew it would make an adorable girly outfit for my adorable girly girl.  And I love the result.  The ruffles, the full, gathered skirt, and pink!  Pink isn’t her favorite color (it’s purple) but I just loved this pink!

Lola Top #sewingThis was my first time sewing a Lola, or a Violette Field Threads pattern for that matter!  The pattern was easy to assemble, the instructions were clear, and overall it’s a great pattern.  I had a little trouble with the elastic casing on the back, so I may try to approach that a little differently in the future.  Pumpkin thinks the big bow on the back is fun.

Lola Top #sewingOnce I had the top sewn up I was stumped about what to put underneath.  Leggings maybe?  I looked through my stash and I have a purple knit that is a pretty close match, but like I said, I love this pink. I dug through my patterns (both PDF and paper patterns) and found a basic shorts pattern (old Butterick pattern, no longer in print) that fit on what fabric I had left, so I went with that.  Except I wanted them girly, so instead of a standard hem I made them bubble shorts by sewing a casing and threading elastic through.  And I love the result!!

 Pumpkin was so happy with her new outfit she did a little dance.

Lola Top #sewingShe loves dancing.  I love her!  I foresee a few more Lola Tops in our future.  And I’m going to have to take a closer look a more Violette Field Threads patterns!  I usually prefer to sew with knits, but cuteness like this is making me branch out. 


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