Thursday, 12 March 2015

Baby Steps

This is an exclusive behind the scenes look at my chaos

I bought this book pictured above two years ago while it was still hot off the press. I was very much consumed with other work so I kept putting off and putting off tracing its patterns. It seemed so hard! I didn't want to order MORE fancy (expensive) materials like Swedish tracing paper and all that. It seemed so time consuming to trace it all out. 

Well I got brave, bought Freezer paper from the grocery store and traced two patterns I've been dying to try while listening to books on tape (have you read the Thirteenth Tale? IT'S AMAZING!).

Hopefully I'll have some decent dresses when I'm done!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Tulle Time

I got tickets to the ballet to take my older girls and MIL to see the ballerinas. I've had this Oliver + S book for awhile and I've always wanted to make the play tutus in it for my kids. This was the perfect excuse to do so! I had to really play around with the tulle to get the fluffy thickness I wanted (one yard thick is too small for my kids!). I've had some bad experiences with tulle so I was glad these turned out. My girls loved them!

We got to go to a special before the show party to meet the ballerinas! They were so sweet to all the little girls.

I unfortunately couldn't take pictures during the show, but let me assure you they were very good dancers! We had such a good time.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Downton Jammies

So I bought this lovely fabric online, thinking the "castle" would be a smaller print. I was going to make a shirt out of it, but then I decided pants would be better with the bigger prints. I only had enough fabric to make capri jammie pants, but that's okay.

If you thought I couldn't be more nerdy, I just proved you wrong!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Jane Austen Quilt

When one has a favorite author, it's only natural to make a quilt in their honor right?

Well, I saw this pattern in a craft book called "So Jane". I thought that for sure I could make this entirely from scraps in my fabric stash, and I did!

I've read Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Emma. Every one of them was so enjoyable. Jane Austen had a gift! I love her wit and the romance in her stories.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Refashioned "Hawaiian" Skirt

I love this skirt, especially the print on it. It's like a more subtle version of what I've seen of "Hawaiian" prints. I actually saw it first in an ad for Lauren Conrad clothes. I admired it then and didn't think I would be able to find it on sale! After a coupon I got it for $3. It was originally $60. It also originally looked like this:

 It was a little too short for my standards so I thought maybe I could remove the bodice part of it and turn it into a skirt!

 I experimented with an elastic gathering and I hated how it looked so I tried again with a band at the top with a zipper inserted on the side.

I love it!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sewing a Gin Fizz Francoise

When Tilly at Tilly and the Buttons introduced the Francoise sewing contest I wanted to be apart of it but I wasn't sure what I would make. The pilgrim collar (I think that's what it's called) is something I've wanted to attempt for awhile. I went to my Pinterest boards to see what inspiration I could find and decided I had to make a copy of this Gin Fizz dress I have been pining for ever since I first discovered Pinterest three years ago. I thought it might work well will the Francoise pattern. I'm pretty happy about the results:

It turned out a bit different than the original but I'm okay with that. I still love the darker colors and these daisies were the most affordable for me. They were just from a daisy chain that one can purchase at most fabric stores in the ribbon aisle. I feel like I should put more daisies on the dress but the ones I did put on it took hours to sew on BY HAND. That's not my favorite way of sewing but it was a labor of love. And daisies are the happiest flower.

My inspiration:
The Gin Fizz Dress
(as I know it on Pinterest)

My re-enactment of the photo (warning- I am not a professional model):

It's fun to be silly though. I love this dress! I want to make twelve more in all sorts of colors with all sorts of collars.
Also, the original "Gin Fizz" dress, even on sale, is $220. I probably spent $25 on my version, and it is something I could wear to church, while the other one would probably be pushing it.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Teddy Bears

I think I could've been an elf in Santa's workshop....I love making these teddy bears! I got the pattern from the book, "One Yard Wonders."