Sewing project – 4th of July dress

Well, I just had to make the blondie a cute little 4th of July dress.  No pattern, again, just a basic twirl dress with shirring all the way around on top.  I made a little pinwheel to accent the halter, with a fabric button and flag charm sewn on coming out from underneath it.  She wore it at the party this past weekend and everybody thought she looked just darling in it. 🙂

Anya in her dress

Here she is wearing it.

Top  hem

Close-ups of the halter top and the hem of the underskirt.

In case you want to hear my voice

I participated in a podcast for fellow sewer and blogger, Lori.  Her podcast last week was on taking better photographs of your garments, so I spoke to the basics of photography (lighting, watching your backgrounds, advantages of the DSLR, etc.).  During my interview with her, I was constantly trying to evade my children so they wouldn’t be in the background.  Eventually, I just had to go outside and keep the door closed.  And where was the hubby??  Somewhere in the house, obviously not helping me.  If I sound distracted at all, it was purely from trying to find a good hiding place. 😉

Sew Forth Now – Episode 6 is the one where I have an interview.

Sewing project – a new swimsuit

I decided to tackle making Anya’s swimsuit.  I wasn’t overly impressed with the suits that I saw in the store and wanted to try my hand at it.  I didn’t buy a pattern, but did pick up 2t bikini  on clearance at Children’s place.  I wanted it for the bottoms pattern, even though it had “ho-baby” plastered all over it.  BUT, it wasn’t as bad as some swimsuits I have seen for little girls. 

I made her a bikini, but one with good coverage.  Last year she had a teeny bikini, but she was a baby so it was cute for that age.  I’m picky and choosy about my morals, aren’t I?  I bought her a one piece last year and it was just too short for her torso.  I love the versatility of bikini’s.  Most especially when you have a child in a diaper, trying to potty train.

This was a remnant piece of swimwear fabric, but I just loved it.  When you don’t need much fabric it doesn’t matter that the piece was full of flaws.  The bottom need some tweaking, so I have to work on that.  I’m planning on making her another one.  There will also be another swimsuit yet, since I have more fabric.  I love it when they don’t take me too long to make!


And here is Anya wearing her new suit…isn’t she cute??

Anya in her new swimsuit

So what do you think?

Sewing project – oh so twirlable!

I haven’t posted much sewing stuff lately, have I?  The machine was put away for a few weeks and I’ve been feeling rather lazy.  This one just HAD to be completed though.  This little number is for my friend’s 5 year-old daughter.  Her birthday party is Saturday, so I was on the clock for this.  Her mom picked out the fabrics and I drew up a design.  It’s not perfect, but my first tries are rarely perfect.  I’m sure that I would probably be the only one that sees the imperfections, but yet, I would still like my creations to be PERFECT.  I’m anal that way. 🙂

Here is the dress…she loves purple, pink and twirlableness.  I also made a matching handbag, since every girl needs a purse to match her dress.

Meagan's dress

Here’s a close up of the details:  Satin ribbon, pinwheels and shirred back for a snug fit and comfort.


And I have yet to even start the little blonde one’s bathing suit…that she needs tomorrow.  Eek!

Note to self…

Do not, under any circumstances, tell your aspiring superhero that you will make him a cape.  Do not give him any forewarning of the impending cape.  Just keep it to yourself until it is all finished and ready to present.  Otherwise, you will be subjected to unrelentless nagging, akin to an 80-year old woman.

Kai was looking so cute, trying to make one of his blankets into a superhero cape.  I said, “Well, why don’t I make you a real superhero cape, Kai.”

Kai: “Where is it, mommy?”

Mommy: “I have to make it with my sewing machine, Kai.”

Kai: “Well, I want it.”

Mommy: “Yes, Kai, I know, but you have to wait for me to make it.”

Kai: “Well, well, where is it??”

It went on like this all night long.  ALL. NIGHT. LONG.  After we FINALLY got him to bed, I proceeded to make him his cape:

Superhero Kailan

Nothing extraordinarily special since I had to use what fabric I had in my stash.  I put the “K” for Kailan on there so he would hopefully learn at least one letter in the alphabet.  He calls all letters “B”.  What did he say when I asked him what the letter on his cape was?



Weekend sewing project – silent auction outfit

Well, I really, really hope that the size fits the winning bidder since it took me many hours to make it.  Here is the flier that I am putting up and then I will put the outfit on the auction.  Anya was not wanting to stand still for me, so those pictures aren’t the best.  It is pretty cute, if I say so myself.  I used a pattern for the underdress and then made the top dress from scratch.




Weekend sewing projects – Kitties

I was busy yesterday….

I had all the fabric cut (mostly) and here is what I made baby girl.

This is a rather non-traditional, but really, really cute, Easter outfit.  She’s wearing it today!  The pattern has little kitties on shelves with a metalic gold throughout as an accent.  I added the pretty lace that has a satin ribbon running through it.  This is a self drafted outfit.


I love the pattern on this fabric.  It has a little bit of an ethnic feel to it, and is a really fun set for summer. She can wear it with the little pants alone and with the skirt. I had a pattern for the little pants and the skirt was self drafted.  I added the fabric to the Old Navy plain t-shirt. 


Such a fun girly dress!  The pattern has a swirlyness to it and is 100% cotton.  I added the front pocket with the iron-on applique and the belt with the beautiful ribbon.  I had a pattern for the basic dress, sans pocket.  I have a hat to match all cut out, but didn’t quite get to it…maybe next week!

Swirly pink

Sewing project – A gift

This gift is destined for a little girl that is around Anya’s age.  I’m pretty sure her mommy doesn’t check my blog, and since I just COULDN’T WAIT to put this one up since it is so dang cute, here it is…

Lily's Dress

The dress, which is mostly from a pattern, is fully lined and snaps at the back.  The tucked pleat little belt has shirring on the back for it stretching to fit, and connects with snaps.  The little purse has fusible fleece inbetween the layers for added weight, and it has her name on it in iron-on letters.  I made the belt and purse from scratch.  The fabric is seersucker.

I just love how it turned out…perfect for the girly little girl that it is destined for!

Weekend sewing project – Shirred top

This was the first time I ever tried shirring a top with elastic thread.  Shoot, I didn’t know elastic thread existed until a few weeks ago!  Here is a tutorial on how to shirr and I found the elastic thread/cord by the elastic, not the thread, at the sewing store.  For my machine, I wound the thread on the bobbin and didn’t stretch it at all, set my tension to 4 and used my longest stitch.  I didn’t have to steam it afterwards to make the shirring come out, it did it all through the stitching.  Tip: Definitely draw the lines with a water-soluble pen if possible.  My lines were a little crooked!


Here is the top, with the shirring on the back.  I drafted the top and skirt patterns from scratch.  I made several boo-boos on the top while stitching it together, but it was the first time sewing it, so that happens.  I wanted the top lined in the front, as the shirred seams were a bit bulky.  I wanted them enclosed so they wouldn’t chafe her sides and also so they would lay better.  I had to rip those seams out at least twice until I got it right…ugh!


The pattern that inspired this outfit can be found here.  The problem I had with it (besides the $20 price), is the ribbon on the corset top, the top ruffles and no straps.  The ribbon would get untied in about 2 minutes, the ruffles looked like they would chafe under the arms, and I didn’t want to have to worry about the top inching down.  I try to make my kids’ clothes cute, but practical.  Instead of ribbon, I used matching rickrack that I sewed into the sides.

I’m not sure how well you can tell in this picture, but it is SO STINKIN’ CUTE on baby girl.  When you add my cute little blondie to this cute little ensemble, it is about an overload in cuteness.  And I’m not just sayin’ that ’cause I’m her mom. 😉


Sewing Project – Lavender flowers


Here was my project this weekend.  I made the pattern for these little pants to make the curved gathered section on the front.  I added some pretty ribbon along the edge and a pinwheel at the bottom on each side.  It has a vintage looking silver button in the center with flowers stamped on it.  The matching onesie was again, Old Navy, and I added the appliques and silver button.  The shirt and pants match the dress I made a few weeks ago that I posted here.


I also made another skirt out of the remaining material for this lovely lady.  Her daughter is going to Africa on a mission trip to work in an orphanage and wants to bring skirts for all the little girls there.  She had hoped to bring enough for other orphanages in the area, too, and their project is dubbed “Sewing Seeds”.  If you are interested in helping with the project, see her post here about it (or click on the project logo below).

Sewing Seeds Sewing Seeds