April 7, 2014
I am SO EXCITED to be part of the Calling All Kids series at Alida Makes!
When deciding which of my kids I wanted to use for this series, I had to choose my little man. He’s still pretty unaware of clothes at all, much less fashion, so I still have full control over what he wears with no backtalk from him on the issue.
I LOVE all things print, color, and bold. I enjoy classic pieces in bright, interesting fabrics, and I adore mixing prints. I’ve been having a blast with modern boy pieces that drift a bit from the commercial choices of old man or knit pants and graphic tees.
I’m currently having a love affair with my newest pattern, the Oakley Shorts & Capris. It’s still in testing (but part of the giveaway!!) but I’ve already made tons of them for Ollie for this summer. Such a great staple that’s easy to modernize to your style with fun fabrics.
And I made him these precious shoes inspired by TOMS. I used a free tutorial and had to alter the pieces to his feet. I made them while he was sleeping so they’re not perfect, but I’m so in love with them I just don’t care! I live in my TOMS and wanted him to enjoy the same comfort, but Mama made, of course.
So that’s my Mama’s Boy and his style–totally MY style in miniature pieces. He’s not just my boy, though–his sisters are wrapped around his little fingers, too! During our shoot Ella kept her face pressed against the window, watching over her tiny best friend. He just couldn’t ignore her anymore and they started kissing each other through the window. Swoon!
I can’t wait to see what everyone else is sewing up for this fun series! Head over to Alida Makes and see the other bloggers amazing outfits, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to get your hands on my Oakley pattern, as well as other fantastic patterns and a boatload of fabric!
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April 6, 2014
It is so much fun to be part of the Pattern Parcel #2 promotion! I’ve been drooling over An’s amazing Hanami Dresses at StraightGrain so when I saw it was included, I got giddy!
I’ve long wondered if you could turn the Hanami into a wrap dress. But once I started I decided I needed to see if I could make it a reversible wrap dress. And I did!
I’d intended to make the dress for Chloe, because today is her 4th birthday! But once I got it all finished it was too big for her, but fit Sofia perfectly. I’m assuming it’s because during all my changes and alterations I forgot about the original seam allowance and did my standard 1/4″. Oops! But Sofia LOVES it and it’ll fit Chloe next year, so YAY! More wear!
It took me quite awhile to figure out how to do this, but it was worth every minute.
Each side is its own complete, adorable dress.
I figured out how to make it reversible by using strategically placed button holes and having it tie on both sides.
The skirts are 2 different widths so I hemmed it as one big circle instead of placing the hems together and sewing them to each other.
I also used a gorgeous coordinating vintage rick rack around the neck. I got the rick rack and gorgeous Erin McMorris floral from the super amazing Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional.
I just can’t get enough of this dress!
So have you heard of Pattern Parcel yet? It’s an amazing idea!
About Parcel #2:
Sugar, spice, and everything nice, Pattern Parcel #2 includes sewing patterns for a little girl’s essential spring wardrobe. It doesn’t matter if your style is traditional or more modern. Each of these patterns can be sewn up to suit your tastes.
Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker driven by data analytics , and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children’s education.
Choose your price:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we’re going to allow them to show their support for independent designers in naming their own price for each Parcel.
Support Indie Designers:
Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they’re thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true.
About Donors Choose:
Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education.
Introducing… the BONUS pattern:
Choose a price of $24 or greater for Parcel #2 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Prefontaine Shorts for Kids by Made with Moxie. These shorts are designed to fit like 1970′s running shorts. They’ve got a retro trim, loads of pockets, and are so comfortable you children won’t want to take them off.
patterns and designers:
Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain
Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing
Celestial Tee by Figgy’s
September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns
Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations
Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie
March 27, 2014
I am so excited to be sharing in the Straight Lines and Angles series at If Only They Would Nap! Jess is my sewing soul Mama, since she too has a crew of 4 tiny humans ridiculously close together in age, and they’re the same approximate ages! She’s been a treasure to have in my corner and I’m so blessed to call her my friend. She’s showing off her amazingness in the Project Run & Play competition!! Head over really quick and vote for her super sweet Sharp as a Shark outfit! I’ll wait.
Voted? Sweet! Now let’s get back to my straight lines and angles dress!
I’ve been wanting to make this dress for some time and I was so happy to finally have a reason to devote the time to figuring it out. Summers are hard for Sofia–for some reason when she gets hot, her back gets hot. And once her back is hot, she’s pretty much inconsolable until she can cool it off. At home that involves removing clothes, but that’s obviously not an option in public! I’ve been thinking of ways to offer her modest, backless clothes for this summer, and while that probably seems like an oxymoron, I’ve done it twice now!
She’s very into maxi dresses and I’m very into bias tape, so combining them seemed like the recipe for dress perfection.
I adore this dress! The bias is made from the same print as the blue fabric but in a different color way. It’s a very lightweight cotton that seems like it will be so cool to wear when the weather is unbearably hot.
This sweet bias maxi dress took no time to sew together. And I pulled it off in a size 5 out of just one yard of fabric!
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