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

Monday, June 22, 2015

It's that time again!

Yep, Kid's Clothes Week is here again. I missed out on last year's summer session because we were on vacation. But, this year I am home and ready to sew. This summer the theme is Traveling. This dress has nothing to do with traveling, so there's that. I've never been very good about following along with themes anyway. I usually just do my own thing.

First up, is a dress that I've had in my imagination for quite a while. I bought the fabric for it last fall and I may or may not have forgotten about it until last week.

This is the oliver+s Tea Party Dress, I've made two other versions, here and here. This pattern is special to me because it is what brought me to oliver+s. I saw a version on a blog (can't remember which one) and I instantly fell in love with it. I ended up purchasing the Birthday Party Dress as my first o+s pattern but the Tea Party has always had a special place in my sewing heart.

Making this dress was bitter sweet as I made a size 5 and the pattern only goes up to size 5. I think Miss B will be able to wear this again next summer as it is pretty roomy and I can easily add length if I make another next summer. But still, it's always sad when your kids size out of a pattern. Or maybe I'm just weird.

The fabric is from Hobby Lobby, just not-fancy quilting cottons. 

 I lined the bodice with a white kona cotton and the black piping is vintage from my stash. And that fuzz in the pictures above, that's cat hair in case you were wondering. :)

I finished the hem differently than the pattern called for because hand sewing was the last thing I wanted to do, but I like how it turned out. I think it is pretty cute. The seams were finished with a clean finish edge which added some nice contrast to the outside of the dress.

And that's it! Happy Kid's Clothes Week day #1! I leave you with some extra cuteness. Please, excuse Mr. Ben who is still in his pajamas.

xoxo
crissy