Friday, January 27, 2012

A Corduroy Peasant Dress

I did some totally unnecessary, but super fun sewing for the girls.  Isn't the unnecessary sewing always the most fun?  I grabbed some pink corduroy from Joann's (I believe the color is called Sangria...oooh, LOL) and whipped up these sweet little peasant dresses!

Random story about how these dresses came about.  The city we live in is home to Vera Bradley.  If you aren't familiar with Vera Bradley, you can read more about them here.  They manufacture bags, purses, luggage, etc. in very recognizable feminine prints and they raise tons of money through various events to support breast cancer research.  Truly a great organization.  Anyway, they have a big outlet sale here once a year and one year my BFF picked up these pink floral corduroy PJ pants.  She decided they weren't very comfy, so she gave them to me because she knew I could find some use for the fabric!  The other day she was like "wouldn't the little back pockets on those pants be adorable on the front of a little corduroy dress for the girls?"  Umm, yes...yes they would!  So this dress was born.

I had to make two more pockets (pesky twins, LOL), but that wasn't too hard.  Luckily the waistband had some of the same bias binding as the back pockets, so I was able to take that off and use it on the pockets I made.  I also used the contrasting fabric from the bottom cuffs to make contrasting cuffs for the sleeves of this dress.  Love it!

So, while the girls really had no need for another winter dress, they got one anyway.  Hopefully it will still fit next fall/winter and I'll feel a little better about it.  Okay, I don't feel bad about it anyway :)  I have another project in the works using the rest of the corduroy from the pants which I will share soon!  Hope you all have a great weekend filled with unnecessary and fun sewing!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mod 60s A-line Dress Tutorial

I hope you're feelin' groovy because it's time to make a very 60s style dress! 

I loved designing and making this look for the Project Run & Play sew-along!  It has several cute details, but really comes together pretty easily.  There are a lot of photos, but don't be intimidated!  I just like to be as detailed as possible so there is no confusion!  Ready to get started? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Project Run & Play Sew-Along Week 3: Sewing Through the Decades

I'm loving this new sew-along feature of Project Run & Play!  I was a bum and didn't participate last week.  There are seriously no little boys in my life and I didn't even think of putting the girls in something boyish like some of the contestants funny and cute were they??  This week I was back on the horse with my entry for the "Sewing Through the Decades" challenge.  So, without further ado, I present to you my Mod 60s A-line dress!

I am in love with this look!  The fabric is vintage cotton straight from the 60s.  My BFFs scored it for me at an estate sale one day last summer and I have been waiting for the right opportunity to use it!

I love A-line dresses.  I think they're so timeless...until you make it out of a wild fabric like this, LOL.  But I still love it!  I cut a collar and faux button placket for the front that just scream 60s to me.

The back buttons with a simple button closure.

The dress is fully lined, partly to add stability to the aging fabric and partly because I like how nice it makes a dress feel.  

I also made the adorable matching knee socks.  What self-respecting 60s girl didn't have a pair of great knee socks?  These are brought a little into the 21st century with the addition of a matching ruffled top.  Seriously...all those toddler legs in knee socks...I die.

I did a quick matching headband because my girls are all about the headwear lately.  Mostly they like me to put them on so they can take them off and put it back on themselves...which always looks amazing :)

So there ya go!  I hope you like it!  If you really like it and want to make one for your own little 60s gal, I will be posting a tutorial early next week for the dress!  Now go to the PR&P flickr group and check out all the great looks!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New in the Shop!

Shameless plug, LOL.  I just wanted to share these adorable knit flower hair clips we just posted in the Etsy shop!  

I guess I don't feel so bad tooting my own horn, since my BFF and business partner did the hard work knitting the flowers!  Knitting is not in my arsenal of craft skills.  I know HOW to do it...I just have no skillz, haha.  I contribute my making the clip portion.  Anyway, you choose one clip color and three flower colors to customize your own set.  So fun!  My other BFF's gorgeous photography doesn't hurt anything, either. 

So, head to the shop if you need this little piece of sweetness in your life!  I think the girls will be sporting some today!  Happy Monday, everyone!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Project Run & Play Sew-Along Week 1: Junebug Dress Remix!

I am so excited about Project Run & Play starting up again!  It's so fun to see what these talented ladies come up with every week!  In case you haven't been following, this year they are opening up a sew-along for all of us readers to submit our own entries!  How fun is that?  The first theme is to remix the awesome Junebug Dress pattern by Jess over at Craftiness is Not Optional.  Here is the original dress:

Seriously, how adorable is that?  I actually made a "regular" Junebug when the pattern came out last summer, but it's ginormous on the girls, so you'll probably be seeing it later this summer!  Anyway, after much deep thought, here is my remix!

I made it into a shirt!  I love it!  And yes, the girls are standing on the drawers from their toybox...they love to stand on those things, and it's one sure-fire way to make sure they both face the camera at the same time (for at least 5 seconds, haha).

From the first moment I saw this pattern, I was struck by the vintage sailor dress vibe it gave me.  If you've been reading my blog, you already know I'm obsessed with all things vintage, so I knew I would be making it something that had that vintage feel to it.  How fun to be able to remix this awesome pattern!  Taking a cue from the vintage sailor dress feel, I used this navy and white fabric that has a pattern on it that's almost like herringbone.  

On the front placket, I added ruffles on each side.  I simply folded a strip of fabric in half, gathered one edge, and then sandwiched it in between the two front flap pieces before I stitched them together.  I also omitted the sleeves but instead added little cap sleeves by using the same method as the front ruffle.  I just cut them in a crescent shape instead of a straight line.

The back is pretty much the same as the original, except shorter :)

When I shortened the "skirt" portion, I added a band around the bottom.  I cut a strip about 5" wide and the same width as my "skirt."  Before folding it, I made two buttonholes on either side of the side seam to accommodate my tie.  I then folded it in half, ironed it, and stitched it to the bottom of the shirt, making a casing as well as a cute bottom band.  As a side note, I love sewing and I love having twins, but sometimes sewing for twins is...yikes.  Let's just say after 16 buttonholes, I was over it, LOL.

To make the tie, I folded a looooong strip in half, stitched down one side, turned it right side out and finished the raw ends.  I used a safety pin to feed it through the front buttonhole, all the way around the shirt and out the back buttonhole.  Then I just tied a bow!

So there's my remix!  You should go to the Project Run & Play website and check out the fun!  All the entries for the sew-along are being uploaded to the flickr group and there are some really cute ones!  Good luck to all the contestants this week!