An Autumn Frock

Every now and then I try something new and the outcome is wonderful! This is one of those projects.

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I came back from a very long vacation feeling ready for our autumn routines. Having new fabric and supplies at hand I re-organized and browsed until I happened upon this combination (which I ran by some friends to be sure they worked well together).

I used a Simplicity pattern (which also has a matching doll pattern — too cute) and all the while wondered if the final dress would be a little country.

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Somehow the floral and gold works quite well together and is just the perfect transition dress from summer into Autumn.

I love all the different angles on this dress.

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The details on this dress is where all the work went in. The collar, tiny pockets, flutter sleeves, buttons, elastic, three tiers of skirt… it just went on and on, so I gave myself lots of time to sew it up (3 days) and just enjoyed the process.

The twirl factor on this dress is appreciated by my daughter; although she was a little disappointed by the lack of pockets…

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Overall this was a winner!

More Details:

Simplicity D0684  (optional doll size which I purchased for later years)

Top Fabric: gold/yellow cotton-poly mix  $2 yrd at the market

Skirt Fabric: floral hand-me-down that couldn’t find a home  Free

 

Thanks for taking a look!!

Laura

 

 

 

 

On Holiday — May Shop ‘Till I Drop

My summer holiday is always in California, my home state. This means I know EXACTLY the places to go and the things to do. One much loved activity is going to the flea markets. My kids are forced to fill their backpacks with toys until they cry out “No more toys mommy!”.

However they are not the only ones who shop. It is a chamce for me to stock up on much needed sewing supplies. Here is a shop I visited.

Lots of thread to last me through…. eternity!?!

A few knits: $1 & $2 a yard

Cotton polly blends: $2 yard 

(anyone else hate spending top dollar for solids?)

I am a bit out of room so this is all I’m allowing myself for now.

In all about 20 yards of new fabric, I’m all set for the upcoming fall/winter.

Hope your season is as fruitful. Take care

–Laura

Draped in Indigo

Hello again. This is a quick little post about a super cute top for this girl…she is so easy to sew for I never quite run out of projects for her since there is always a remnant of some sort or another.

This indigo fabric was hand dyed by yours truly as a gift from some pretty terrific friends. I was given an experience for my birthday of getting familiar with this fantastic process. I learned so much! I brought just a tiny bit of my own fabric to be able to get some extra sewing material out of the gig and this top was ALL I could squeeze out of it.

It’s just a simple self drafted top with a button hole in the back to give a sturdy place to tie from. Easy-Peasey. I’ll let the pictures say the rest!

Thanks for stopping by!  Laura
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Them Denim Jeans!!

Finally I have reached the top my sewing mountain! Denim Jeans — are you kidding me?

First off, denim…who isn’t a little afraid every time they change out a needle for heavy duty denim. I always say a silent apology to my sewing machine in case it’s too much to handle. Secondly, how many years have I been looking for a good pattern to comfortably cover the rear end.

Well after trying and alterating a pair of tester pants a while ago (last year maybe…oops); I finally got the courage to try again in a dark wash, slightly stretch denim (because who can say no when fabric is $7 in this great color).

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I love these jeans, they fit great, feel great and nobody even knows they didn’t come from a store. These are from Amazing Fit pattern by simplicity 1696 , I did the size 14 in curvy and only needed to add slightly more room in the seat and adjust height by an inch or two. Perfect. I love that now I have a pattern I can just go to — until of course I lose or gain any weight. But for now, I will spur myself on to do at least another one or two.

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For the details I liked the idea of bright blue thread (bright blue matching zip) and this was my last remaining button snap.

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For the pocket details I had a remnant of cheery yellow flowers and I ditched the fake welt for a real and actual back pocket that fits my phone. Unfortunately, creativity was no where to be found when I came up with a snowflake design…but oh well, sometimes you’re in a hurry to finish and wear!

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Just your average pair of jeans that I am in love with…

Thanks for taking a look.

-Laura

 

 

 

Midi Top — A Change of Plans

I was really excited to try the style from McCalls 7115. It had a few really cute dress options and a romper to try. I dutifully did a test run on the army green material posted here: Muted May Colors; which the sizing ran quite large and I made a note to go down a size on the next version.

Unfortunately, the difference from size medium to a small is around 6 inches around the waist and I found I’d have to change my plans…

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I kept the bodice it’s own piece and made it a shorter top than normal, but not quite a crop top, and let go of any idea the top would overlap in the center front. And there was no way to keep the bodice and shorts attached at this point, several inches would need to be added length wise, so I kept them as separates.

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I used the hook and loop in place of buttons and I really kind of like the look. It is certainly unique in my closet.

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This material was one I was saving for a very cool special piece and I am a little sad the original plan didn’t work out however; I do get this fun summer top, a romper for my daughter, and some funky new pajama bottoms (the remains of this romper project which shall remain un-blogged!)

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The denim skirt I’m wearing is the Brumby Skirt knock off which has the best – far reaching pockets ever. And here is the McCalls photo stamp of the pattern.

th3158NN3WI am determined to try this again and get it right!!

Thanks for taking a look!

-Laura

 

 

Sun Hats & Summer Rompers

It’s summer here in the Pacific Northwest…and for us that means bring out the sun hats and sun screen! With a slew of birthdays and the kids having light eyes I just dove in and made half a dozen sun hats.

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They are reversible however we all seem to have a favorite side. I used the free pattern from Oliver & S; but I will say that the original pattern was incredibly small so I ended up using it as a reference and made my own templets.20170531_135648

I have been trying to craft the romper perfect romper for a couple months now. Finally a break in the case, my sister had a vintage romper so I traced it and we are pretty happy with the results!

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A tie top with elastic shirring in the waist. It works well with potty training as the girls can get it off without help (back into the garment does need help).

This was really nice material I was saving for my own romper which turned out to be diasterous in the most hilarious way so At Least we have this cute piece from the left overs.20170607_092153

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Here was the prototype worn by my adorable niece. These fabrics turned out to go well together and I think we’ll put it into rotation for those hot days.20170531_13593220170601_153436(0)20170601_153430

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Thanks for taking a look at our fun little life and projects.

Laura

Muted May Colors

And here we are in May, my favorite month, my birthday month. It’s when you can really get a taste for what the summer will hold.

I just can’t get enough of these two together!! So this will be a double feature…

The dress is McCalls 7115. It’s a cute summer dress or shorts romper.

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I wanted to try this out before cutting into a more expensive fabric and I had just recently purchased this lightweight green cotton at the bargain store so it seemed a good fit. I love the army green color on this design.

It’s very loose and comfortable, however I may sew 2 size smaller next time since it seems a little too loose.

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This was such a straightforward sew and I will make more of these for the hot summer!

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Next up is a fabulous wool coat!

But why a wool coat when the days are warming to a toasty 80*?? Because I can… and also because of camping…

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So the story here is I am part of a facebook sewing group and everyone is raving about their vintage wool blanket finds from thrift stores. I thought I want a a vintage wool blanket!! So I promptly went out to find one — this really heavy pink one.

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When I got home I realized no child would want to wear THIS thick of a wool cape, coat, skirt, anything. I decided I could try an adult coat and see how it goes. Luckily I did because I LOVE this thing!!

I grabbed a denim pattern (butterick 257) from the mid 90’s and gave this sucker a try. It is heavy and stiff and half way through making it I realized there has never been a better camping jacket. The sleeves even stop at the 3/4 length so as to keep my new coat out of the dirt and grim.

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The lines of the pattern really help this wool look intentional and professional.

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Naturally I had to line this thing. I had no idea that the wool would still itch through the beige fabric!! Still looks great and the itch factor is tolerable.20170522_085525

This pattern did not include a lining so I quickly looked up the basics on this tutorial. Basically adjust the armhole a little and include a gusset on the back.

I did both those things and it must have worked because I do not notice any hindrances.

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I seriously love this look. I pretty much never look this cool, but hey, it’s my birthday month so I deserve it!

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Thanks for taking a look.

-Laura

 

Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!