September 17, 2014
So I’m talking about the September Showcase at Frances Suzanne again today! This time, I get to be on the sewing end of the post.
I chose to try my hand at the Fawn Lily by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co patterns. I loved the lines and design of the dress and was so excited to sew!
I didn’t check the size chart and made Chloe a 4. My kids are super skinny, especially through the chest, so she’s got some wiggle room in it, but that’s probably best for my kid obsessed with textures. The vintage length on her is perfection, though!
I love the cross over front and the shape the panels create. I chose to do the inverted pleat skirt to the dress and just loved the design with this fabric.
Normally I’m sewing last minute. But I loved the design of the dress so much, I made it way back in June for Chloe to wear to my cousin’s wedding! She was less than enthusiastic about letting me get pictures that day, though. The only semi-decent one I have is this group shot I snapped around 11pm after hair was destroyed and children were basically zombies. She actually looks happy!
But she dominated the dance floor (and photobombed everyone in the photobooth!) so there’s plenty of awesome pictures of her from the reception in the official wedding photos.
She’s actually worn it a bunch this summer, including our annual back to school tea with the ladies in the family. It’s super hard to tell by this picture, but I promise, she chose this dress to wear for the event! It’s definitely one of her favorites. And if you look reallllly closely in the pictures above, you can even see a stain I can’t get out of the bodice! I really think she’s worn this at least once a week since I made it!
The Fawn Lily is a big hit around here! I know she’ll outgrow this one soon and I’ll be making more to fill her closet. I had some trouble getting the sleeves sewn on this one, so I’m looking forward to trying the pattern for a second time. I didn’t “flip” anything about this one, but I’ve got some changes in mind for the next one!
Head on over to Frances Suzanne to see more pictures of the Fawn Lily today! You can stop by the Willow & Co store to grab the Rock the Stitch Fawn Lily and save 20% using the code SHOWCASE20!
You can also enter to win some incredible prizes!
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And lastly, don’t forget: All of my patterns are 25% off in my etsy shop to celebrate this awesome honor! Use the code SHOWCASE to save until Sept 20th!!
September 10, 2014
Several months ago, the girls at Frances Suzanne invited me to participate in the September Showcase–a 2 week long showcase of rising indie pattern designers with 5 or fewer children’s patterns. I was honored, to say the least. And sooo excited to see the Busy Lizzy dresses sewn by the bloggers who signed up.
They revealed their creations today and I’m just giddy!
Stacey at From-a-Box made FOUR versions–one for each season! So, so, so impressed with her attention to detail and all the creative ways she made up the pattern! I’m totally dying over the rick rack and piping details!
Ana Sofia from S is for Sewing made the top version of the pattern. Her honeycomb smocking is the perfect little flip to the pattern. Such a lovely top!
And lastly, Marnae from The Powell Clan, who upcycled a vintage skirt into a gorgeous pleated dress for her beautiful little girl. I love the way she opened up the back into more of a keyhole shape. I’m going to have to try that for myself!
But wait, THERE’S MORE!
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August 29, 2014
Every year my girls go through piles of bike shorts. They live in dresses and since we teach modesty, so there’s always a pair of shorts under every dress. With 3 girls, that’s a lot of bike shorts! They get pretty expensive, even with sales, so I decided to clean out my closet and turn old shirts of mine that were too short/stained/little and make them into a pile of new bike shorts!
The girls LOVE them! They’re softer than the store bought version.
And each pair takes me less than 15 minutes to make, start to finish.
Take a pair of bike shorts your daughter currently wears and trace to to make a pattern. You’ll need to add about 1″ to the top to allow for the elastic waistband, but we’re utilizing the finished hem of the shirt so you don’t need to add to the bottom.
Place your pattern piece even with the bottom hem of the shirt. **Hint: if you lay your shirt down inside out, your already have right sides together and can start sewing without flipping them.
Sew the front and back rises. You can make these shorts without a serger, just use a long stretch stitch, or a shallow zigzag.
Then sew the inseam.
Grab you elastic and overlap the ends by 1/2″ and stitch. This pair fits 2-4 so I used 19″ of elastic.
Turn your shorts right side out, and with your front and back seams matched, mark the sides of your shorts with pins.
Do the same with your elastic.
Place the elastic inside the shorts and match the pins. Pin the elastic to the shorts, keeping the top edge of the elastic even with the top edge of the shorts.
Sew around the top edge of the shorts. If you don’t have a serger, zigzag along the top.
Flip the elastic down inside the shorts, making sure to keep the edge flush inside, stretching a little as needed to keep it even, and stitch down near the bottom of the elastic.
And you’ve got a new pair of bike shorts!
Make sure to keep the rest of your shirt to reuse! You can turn the sleeves into leggings or a diaper cover, reuse the neck binding, and the rest of the shirt body can be trim pieces on knit tees or appliques.
Visit these other blogs today to see more awesome refashion projects!
- Vintage pillowcase upcycle by Sew Country Chick
- Large tee to adorable dress by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
- Rit Dye upcycle by While Camden Sleeps
- 15 minute tank upcycle by Raegun Ramblings
- Men’s shirt refashion by Made with Moxie
- Women’s tank & tee to girl’s tunic & leggings refashion by Andrea’s Notebook
- 15 minute tee into bike shorts by Sew Like My Mom
- Fringe cardigan upcycle by Rebel and Malice
- Mu-muu refashion by Lil’ Bit & Nan by Bethany