Monday, 13 July 2015

Hermione Dress and Harry Potter Party

For this little one's birthday I made a Hermione dress because she insisted that I make one! I used a mash up of Simplicity 1433.Hopefully my daughter can also get some use out of it when Halloween rolls around!

My daughter really wanted a Harry Potter Party, so I scoured Pinterest for ideas and found a bunch of them! These owls flew invitations in the form of an acceptance letter to Hogwarts to a bunch of friends. We just invited everyone from her church class.

I do know how to spell Happy Birthday correctly. I thought this spelling was a reference to a cake Hagrid made for Harry.

I tried to turn our home into a mini "Hogwarts" of sorts.

We had to search for golden snitches.

Moaning Myrtle paid a visit.

We also played Quidditch by sitting on a broom one at a time and throwing a ball through a hula hoop. We had a "Defense Against the Dark Arts Class" by throwing little "pop-its" on the outside porch and yelling "Abracadabra!". They were sorted into houses by rolling dice to see which one they would be in. Finally, we made wands and colored pictures of Harry Potter with magical glitter glue.

It was a fast and furious affair! I had a friend graciously help me with some of the games, but then she had to leave and I had to herd ten little kids around! For the most part they were good so all's well that ends well!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Maroon Dress Refashion

I bought a dress for 11 pennies a couple of months ago. I thought the dress had potential.

I love how it turned out! I made it into a peplum shirt. I added a little bow that I took from another sweater that had started to fray.

Yeah! Not all my refashions turn out but I think this one did!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Sassy Librarian Blouse

 I bought the "Sassy Librarian Blouse" class on Craftsy a while back and I finally finished one!

 Even with its flaws, it is by far the best thing I have ever sewn, quality wise!

 The teacher, Christine Haynes (I believe that is her name) is awesome! There are so many little tricks to sewing and she knows a lot of them! Also, random, I think her voice is very sweet and soothing. It's a good trait for a teacher to have!

This is the best sleeve I have ever completed! I am so pumped to know how to do this better! Thank you Christine!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

The "Ella" Cinderella Dress

We thought the latest "Cinderella" movie was pretty cute! I've seen costumes from the movie at stores and I knew I had to try to make one for my little girls.

 I used the same simplicity pattern I used to make the Anna Coronation dress and then I added the sash and butterflies to the top.

 The Original Dress that inspired me

 I love this color! I love how the glittery sheer fabric looks too.

The dresses at the store were $30 and although they looked cute, this dress cost $20 to make and it is much more solid and princess like, in my opinion.

 I put a floral lining inside the dress because I had this cute fabric and I thought it went along with the whole feel of the dress.

I'm happy with how it all turned out!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Mad Men Joan Dress

Here's a side by side comparison with the original:

I have been wanting to make a copy of this Mad Men dress for years!!! I was first inspired by Julia Bobbin, who did a great remake of this dress.

I used the "Wiggle Dress" pattern from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I had to do some adjustments to the neckline because it was a bit too wide for me.

My hubby liked it so it's a win!


I am so flattered and surprised to have my dress be apart of the top twenty garments for the "Dress Up Party" challenge on If you would vote for me I would be so grateful!If you already have, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I did something odd....I took apart the whole dress, took two inches out, and sewed it all up again, because I had to! Here are some pictures:

 Sitting down makes the dress a bit tiiiight but the fit is better!
Wish me luck!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Red Pencil Skirt

 I finally finished this skirt, I think. It is the pencil skirt from Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing.

The fabric was from a friend who was clearing out her fabric stash! It's a beautiful corduroy! I kind of can't believe she wanted to get rid of it! Anyways, thank you friend! I really appreciate it!

Wedding Dresses

I finished the dresses! It took me 5 1/2 hours to make each one for some reason! The scallop probably didn't help, but I do love the look of them.

Happy wedding Bub!
(yes, my sister is called Bub)