Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another fun pattern from the SWC!

If you're a Sew What Club member, this is the pattern you received on August 15th. May I introduce the Marsielle Romper! This one is cute! As soon as I received the pattern to test, I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use.


I've had this beautiful floral in my stash for about five years now. It was from a vintage fabric haul my great Aunt gave me. It's been sitting there just waiting for a project and this was it! 

Unfortunately, I barely had a yard of it. So I had to fussy cut and there was no room for mistakes. Usually that is no problem for me, I don't make too many mistakes, except for this time. Oh the mistakes, oh the tears, oh the frustration.

I was almost done cutting and then on the final piece I cut one of the bottom back pieces out twice in the same direction instead of mirror images. I panicked. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal but there was NO fabric left to correct the mistake. I wanted to throw in the towel because I hate making mistakes. I wanted to give up and just go to bed. But I didn't give up nor did I go to bed. Instead that back portion was pieced together using two pieces of fabric. I thought I would just do that for the sake of photographs and then this romper would be scrapped.

But no! It isn't noticeable because of the large floral print and I think it is adorable! Unless you really look close you can't see it. The mistake is in the picture above, see if you can find it? 

I'm glad I didn't trash this one. The fabric was just too pretty to waste.

xoxo
crissy

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Sew What Club - Cannes Pattern

Another cute pattern from the Sew What Club. For members, the Cannes pattern will be released on August 1st.


This is such a cute swim coverup, I decided I wanted it a little shorter than called for in the pattern, so I made it tunic length and I think it is adorable!


The fabric is a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee and the trim is me made. Pineapples are in right now, so I knew that these pineapples needed to be made into a Cannes. Like I've said before, fabric speaks to me. I also knew I needed a neon pop for the trim. Pom poms probably would have been cuter but that required a trip to Hobby Lobby and I wanted a specific color so I whipped up some crochet trim in a few hours. I love the pop of color it adds.




You can make this pattern lined, but it's too hot here for that. However, come fall, the lining could come in handy if you wanted to hack this pattern into a cute shirt.

I think that is about it, a short and sweet post for a short and sweet Cannes coverup! 


xoxo
crissy

Monday, July 13, 2015

I miss this little lady.

My oldest son and oldest daughter went to visit their grandparents (two sets) in Seattle for the summer. They've been gone for six long weeks. I know they are having the time of their lives enjoying Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins that they don't see often, but I want them home! Only a few more days and I can hug them and kiss them and we'll be back to a crazy, loud, chaotic, family of 6, I can't wait!

Before the kids left, I sewed up this cute Lulu Dress from CINO. I've had this fabric forever and really didn't know what to make with it. It's a soft jersey rayon mix from Girl Charlee and I thought it would be cute paired with a solid so as to distract from the busy print. I made the sleeves a little different than the pattern. I extended them for a more dolman style sleeve.

She looks adorable in it and said she likes it because it's "long." I need to make her a maxi dress, both of my girls are always asking for long dresses...

The pockets on this dress are fun and a must have. I've made a few other versions of the Lulu dress, here, here and here. It's a cute pattern. :)

xoxo
crissy

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Patriotic

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had a low key 4th this year which was weird, and our older two are still in Seattle and that combination made me sad. Usually we are at the beach or in Seattle with my family. Instead we stayed local and it rained and then we went to see fireworks and it rained again. So that was fun.

Oh well, there's always next year and there is still 6 weeks of summer left for us to make up for this lousy weekend.

On a brighter note, here is another tester dress from the Sew What Club. This time, the Lyon Dress Pattern. This pattern will be sent out to members on the 15th of July. 

It is so cute! It does look a little big in the photos but I am testing a size 6 and my size 6 is still in Seattle so Miss B stepped in to model it.
 
It's an easy, easy sew and you can make it with knits which makes for a comfortable play dress, even made with wovens it's adorable.

I thought a patriotic themed dress would be fun. The navy blue and the coral stripes are both from Girl Charlee.

I can't wait to make Miss B a version of her own, I've got so many ideas in my head it's about to explode.

God Bless America!
xoxo
crissy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Sew What Club

What's the Sew What Club, you ask? It's a monthly pattern subscription for children and women's patterns. A pattern fix, if you will. Kelly from Sewing in No Man's Land came up with this great idea, got a bunch of other celebrity, I mean sewing bloggers involved and The Sew What Club was born! It officially launched yesterday so go check it out! You can read more info here.

Now, you are probably wondering why I am shamelessly plugging this program? Well, I got to test the first round of children's patterns. Pattern testing is one of my favorite things to do. Since iI am too chicken to create a pattern myself, I like to play with what other designers have created.

Anyway, here is the first pattern you get for the month of July. This is the Annecy Pattern. I am so in love with this pattern. 

This is a great stash buster, and the piping is such a fun detail. The prints I used are from Michael Miller and the solid was from Hobby Lobby. The piping is vintage from my stash.

I tested a size 6 and it is a little big on Miss B, she wears a size 5, so the sizing is right on. I can't wait until Miss L can try this on.

 
The straps in the back, so cute! It's the perfect sundress. The patterns is fully lined, but because Hotlanta, y'all, I opted to only line the bodice. But if you live in a climate that is not blazing hot, I would suggest fully lining the skirt as well as it adds a little more flounce.

That's some southern sass right there. She looks so grown up! Enough gushing about my little model. Go check out The Sew What Club!

xoxo
crissy




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One more for KCW

Well, this is it for me for Kid's Clothes Week, I made this last Friday but didn't take pictures in time. That's how it is lately and that's ok.

Anyway, may I present, yet another oliver+s Roller Skate Dress! I've lost count of how many I've made, maybe 6? Obviously I like this pattern quite a bit. 

This picture cracks me up too much not to post it. She has been giving me robot moves when we take pictures lately.
 



 
Back to the dress, this is the 2nd knit version that I've made, you can see the other one here. This one is a hack. It's not lined, the sleeves are trimmed in a jersey bias tape and the neckline is finished like a t-shirt. 


Also, I dropped the waist, cut the dress at the waist and then sewed the two halves together to create an elastic casing. I added a fun pocket, because who doesn't like pockets. Even unusable ones. 


This knit is cotton jersey from Girl Charlee, it's not too stretchy so it's perfect for this pattern. The trim is from a huge t shirt I bought on clearance at Old Navy just for the fabric. It's a slub knit, a really nice weight and super soft. I've used bits of it in all sorts of projects. I'll be sad when it's finally gone.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!


xoxo
crissy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Some shorts for day #3

Just a quick post today. I made another pair of oliver+s class picnic shorts for Day #3 of Kid's Clothes Week. These are for Miss L, but she is visiting Grandparents for the summer so they will be TRAVELING to her via USPS tomorrow. See that? I went with the theme, traveling shorts. I knew I could do it.

This is a stretch denim that from Joann's and the trim is quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby, I also used it for Miss B's dress on day #1. 

I must be on a contrasting thread kick because I used black thread on white again.

And here's the back, an easy gathered waistband. Anyway, that's that, another pair of cute shorts for my cute girl.

xoxo
crissy