Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Willow & Co. Persimmon Dress by Mouse House Creation

The Willow & Co. Collective will be releasing their pattern collection on April 22nd!
In the meantime, check out one more pattern I had the great pleasure of sewing before the release.

The Persimmon Dress by Mouse House Creations.

This fresh and clean design is a summer staple for all girls.
The pin tuck pleats provide a soft touch on the bodice.
*The back has the same appearance as the front*

Once again, this is dress is a fast and easy sew.  
A few details of the Persimmon:
12 total pin tucks
Middle stripe on front and back
Bias tape arm hold binding
Shoulder ties
Time: 2-2.5 hours
Difficulty:  Beginner
Cuteness:  unbelievably adorable

Just check out that smile!

Thank you, Hayley, for choosing me to pattern test both of your Willow & Co Patterns!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fawn Lily Dress by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co.

You won't believe the adorableness I have for you today!
I'm sure you have hear of Willow & Co.  It is a pattern collective of several
pattern designers. The Spring/Summer 14 Wunderlust collection is released.

The beautiful Rebecca of Rock the Stitch asked me to pattern test 
the Fawn Lilly Dress/Tunic pattern.
Rebecca is an amazing seamstress.  I am ecstatic to be selected for this opportunity.

The Fawn Lily is all about options.  Let's break it down.

Lengths: Tunic, above the knee, below the knee
Bodice:  Button yoke or cross over
Skirt:  Ruffle, pleat or a-line
Pockets: inseam or patch
Difficulty: Beginner Intermediate

I say this is a beginner intermediate pattern only because of one step:  attaching the sleeves.
The sleeves have a clean finish, which requires manipulation of the dress.
Don't let that scare you away!  This dress is perfect and well worth the effort for a clean finish.

The pattern instructions are very clear.  Intensive measurement charts, glossary of stitches and techniques, picture for every sewing step, and printing assembly charts are included.

The Fawn Lily pulls over the head; no zippers!

Check her out! She receives countless number of winks and smiles when she wears this dress.

You can tell me she's perfect.

My favorite picture of all

Monday, April 14, 2014

PRP: Signature Week: Extreme Twirl

A lot of thought went into this week.  Signature style.  For me, that's classic, party dress, and fancy.
Well, that's NOT the girls' styles.

Then it hit me.  I shouldn't make MY signature style.  I need to make THEIR signature styles.

They both like "tutus" and t-shirts. Madeleine is sweet and stylish. 
Ali is loud and rambunctious. 

They each received a circle skirt for optimum twirling but in fabrics they picked out.
Ali choose a wild rainbow animal print denim fabric and Madeleine picked a pretty cherry cotton.

The t-shirt is my ever favorite Sewing Mama RaeAnna Cupcake top.
I seriously love this shirt.  It is versatile and my go-to top.
I made a few changes to the pattern.  First, made the short sleeved.
Second, instead of turning the raw edge under, I rolled it out twice to give a faux cuff appearance.

Ahh....what girl doesn't want a kitty cat?
Nimblephish has an endless amount of stuffed pal patterns.
I can see these little guys being addictive.
Too cute, right???

 It was painful to get them to both look at me, smile and sit still all at the same time.

She had a hard time letting the kitty sit up there alone.


Willow & Co Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations

Introducing the Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations for Willow & Co!
I have been unbelievably lucky to have the chance to pattern test for not one but THREE
Willow & Co. patterns.
You don't have to wait much longer all the Willow & Co patterns release April 22nd!
Let me tell you how HIGHLY impressed I am with all the patterns.
All of the patterns have perfect fits and great instructions and photographs for each step.
I promise you will not be disappointed with the patterns.  Scouts honor.

The Clover shorts have front functional pockets, 3 belt loops, front pleats and 
picture perfect cuffs.

Sounds difficult, right?
These are beginner friendly and can be completed from cut to finish in 3 hours.
Seriously easy peasy with the ultimate cuteness factor.

Don't you want to eat her up?

I used Blend fabrics for this pair of shorts.
I LURVE Blend.  High quality cotton here, folks!!

Baby Tush!

So in love, I made a second pair.
What little girl doesn't want polka dot kitty shorts?

Peek a boo!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video Tutorial: How to Insert a side panel zipper into a bag

Zippers can be soooo tricky.  They like to move around when you sew, even if you pin.

Below is a video link tutorial on how to install a side panel zipper into a bag, or 
anywhere you want to instal a zipper.

The bag I am demonstrating with is Swoon India-small size (affiliate link).

Also, ignore my ignorance of shapes.  Anytime I say a shape name, I am referring to the rectangle.
My mind was distracted by not screwing up the video. I can't seem to get anything perfect.

Here is what the finished bag looked like.  Purdy little girl.
I also have other Swoon India bags in the Etsy shop!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Swoon Dorothy Sewalong Day 4: Finish!

Last day! All that is left is putting everything together.

Take the zipper top and the exterior bottom panel.
Pin short sides together-move the lining top panel out of the way.

Following the piping stitching on the bottom panel, sew ends together.

Match up the other two short ends, right sides together.
Sew along piping stitching like before. 
Creating a large loop.

Do the same for the lining top panel and lining bottom.
Careful to only sew lining pieces and not exterior pieces.

Now, fold the seam allowance down toward the bottom piece.  Top stitch it down, just below your piping on the bottom piece.
Repeat for the other 3 seams.

Top stitching

Big loop.

Let's attach the main panels.
Fold your big loop, matching all top/bottom/piping seams.
Mark the center of the top panels on each side and each side of the bottom panels.

Grab the lining main panel with the zipper pouch.  Baste the bottom of the pocket piece to the bottom of the main panel at 1/4" SA.

We want to sew the lining together first.
Fold the main panel in half and mark the top and bottom centers.
Maneuver the zipper loop so the exterior pieces are out of the way.
Match the top and bottom center marks of the main panel and the loop.
Pin the lining main panel to one lining loop.  Pin top and bottom together first then pin around the sides.

Sew around, but leave 6 inches open at the bottom for turning.

Check it out.  Make sure everything is perfect.

Do the same for the other lining main panel but don't leave an opening.
If everything is good, trim lining seam allowances.

Are you hating met yet?!
We are so close to being finished!
Pin down your handles.

Here is where things get tricky.
Once again, fold your exterior main panel in half, mark top and bottom centers.
Match those with the center marks on the top and bottom of your loop.
Remember to move your lining pieces out of the way.  
Pin the main panel and loop right sides together.  Pin top and bottom centers first then the sides.
Sew together following the piping stitching.
Turn right side out.  Look closely at your work.  Make sure it is perfect.
If not, seam rip that area and sew again.

Repeat for other main panel.  Go slow.  This can be frustrating.

Turn your bag right side out through the hole we left open in the lining.
Check out your second panel.  Make sure everything got stitched correctly. I had a few spots to re-do!
Trim seam allowances.

When everything is together, stitch the lining opening closed.
If your bag is wrinkled, steam it back to life.
You're done! YAY!

Love and admire your new bag!

Thanks for joining the Dorothy sewalong!
Please provide any feedback you have-good or bad!  I always like to improve.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Diedel*Bug Handmade Tiny Explorer Backpack

The moment we have ALL been waiting for!  Diedel*Bug Handmade has released the 
Waste no time; go get the pattern NOW!

Size: toddler to preschooler to 6 or 8 years old
 Pockets: two exterior side pockets, 2 exterior front pockets, 1 interior zipper pocket

  • 1 yard quilting weight or home decor for exterior
  • 1 yard quilting weight for lining
  • 2.5 yards Shape-flex SF 101 fusible interfacing
  • 1/2 yard fusible fleece
  • 44" of 1" wide webbing
  • 6 yards piping (2 pre-made packages)
  • Two 1" strap adjustors
  • 10" of 1/4" wide elastic
  • One 18" all purpose zipper
  • One 7" all purpose zipper
  • Coordinating thread

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Cuteness: 12 out of 10
Tutorial: clear directions and pictures with each step
BEST part of this pattern: Cookie Dough can start carrying her own stuff!

Madeleine LOVES kitties.  Kitties or death.

When she saw the backpack, she took it and said "MEOW! MINE!".

Pure perfection