Marlene for Two

Thursday, February 16, 2017

There's a new knit top pattern just waiting for you to sew it up. The great part is that it is lightening quick to sew!!

The Marlene, and Miss Marlene in women's sizing, is not technically new, but it has recently been translated from German to English. It is newly available in the Naeh Connection shop

If you are thinking it is just another basic tee, here is the detail you don't want to miss!! Check out that cute little shoulder accent! I love the little pop it gives!

Sorry, I couldn't resist sharing a few too many photos of this one. I didn't think this photo shoot was going particularly well, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. There's a quick lesson in there about not judging a shot by the camera's LCD display I'm sure. 

The neckline is sort of a squared off boat-neck shape which is easy to sew since you basically fold and stitch. No binding!!

The above top was originally intended for Avery. The fabric I used just didn't have enough stretch for this top. The pattern mentions jersey, but does not provide a stretch gauge. I would recommend at least 40-50%. It fit Avery pretty well across the chest, since I went by those measurements, but the shoulder and underarm were just not going to work. Thankfully, a quick shortening of the sleeves made it perfect for my youngest. 

Since the pattern sews up so quickly, I sized up and used more suitable knit for Avery. 

She loved the bright colors and print of this older line of Patty Young knit for Michael Miller. 

I used the newer Vivid Knit for the shoulder accent piece. 

So, if you are looking for a not so basic tee that is a quick sew, head on over the Naeh Connection and snatch up the Marlene and the Miss Marlene.

Modkid Annalise Vest

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

There is a new Modkid pattern in the house with a super unique style. I sewed up the vest version of the Modkid Annalise. VEST, you say!?! Yes, this style opens up all the way down for a perfect layering piece. The pattern also includes a summery top version. 

I feel like I need to preface this post with a tiny disclaimer. This particular vest was sewn as a pre-test. Those with a keen sewing eye may notice a few fit issues, but I'm happy to report those have been resolved!! This is why we pre-test and then test some more. Take a look at the Etsy listing for all of the pretty tester photos after the fit was tweaked!

The profile is my favorite part. I love the high/low hem with the dip toward the front! The fabric is Primavera Tile in Teal.

My other favorite part is the opportunity for pretty trims. I think the addition of lace adds a boho vibe to the look. I was able to use some of my vintage eyelet trims for the pattern. Up until this point, I didn't have a vision for what to do with this trim with the slits for threading ribbon through. I struggled with colored or cream ribbon here, but the cream toned the look down after the pop of the bright green snaps.

There is a coupon code for the next 24 hours: coupon code ANNALISE2017 gets 40% off your entire purchase on the Etsy store. That makes this and any other full-price pattern only $5.99! Sale expires tomorrow, Feb. 14th at 7 p.m. EST. Happy Valentines Day!!

Modkid Hailey LBD

Monday, February 6, 2017

I started with this idea of creating a little black dress for Avery unsure of how she would handle a photo session with changing out clothes and accessories. Avery jumped on the idea and declared this black Modkid Hailey her new favorite dress!

The Modkid Hailey has a great shape with the V-neck and dropped shoulder. The shirring under the bodice gives it even more shaping. 

I had started putting together a sew-along for this dress, but it turns out black is not the way to go for a tutorial. I did want to show you the cool texture of this vintage woven fabric. I have no idea what it might be. It is almost spongy to the touch, but it doesn't have any stretch and not much drape.

I pulled out a few of Avery's favorite ways to style this Hailey for a closer look. Boots, always boots! The denim shirt worked great under or over the dress. 

Since the Hailey is such a quick sew, it works great as a cover up. I think a gauze version would be excellent for summer. 

There is something so classic about this look. In fact, I'm tempted to sew up the Hailey Misses for the very same look! The Hailey patterns now come as a bundle if you need some in your life too. 

This was one of those times that Avery gave me the best hug thanking me for her dress. It doesn't get any better than that!!

Valentines Sweater Dress

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One of the fun things about Tandy wearing Avery's hand-me-downs is that I get a quick reminder of forgotten patterns. Even better, I know I already have the pattern traced or printed in the right size.

Tandy has declared this dress from my very early sewing days a favorite, so I thought I would recreate it. 

My friend Jenny had gifted this sweater knit to me, and I figured it was perfect for a Valentines dress. 

Here's my confession: My stripes turned out all wonky at the front bodice seam. Gasp!! First, I tried to just leave it, but in the end it bugged me too much. Then, I went to unpick the seam, and realized my thread essentially disappeared into the thick sweater knit. My solution is the giant bow to hide the lopsided seam! It certainly isn't subtle! 

The pattern is an old Onion pattern (20036) that I'm not sure you can find anymore. I do have one suggestion with a pattern like this. If you are sewing stripes and the skirt pattern piece has a rounded hem, I would square that bottom off. It just makes for a cleaner hemline.

Tandy is hiding something behind her back. Silly girl!

The back, unlike the front, has a very nicely aligned bodice seam. Why, oh why, do those pesky flaws happen only in the front!

Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ever since Rachel of Stitched Together posted her floral Hide and Seek dress, I knew I needed to make one! My first Hide and Seek dress was color blocked with solid fabrics for a Knock It Off Post

Inspired by Rachel, I went with the all over floral print. The fabric is from the Les Fleurs collection by Rifle Paper Co. I have all the heart eyes for each of the prints, but this is the only one I purchased thus far. It was so hard to decide what to make with it!!

 In my head the knee socks and boots worked perfect, but I'm not sure this is the best styling for this dress after all. We'll have to work on that!

The only drawback to this busy print is that you don't see the wonderful lines of the dress as clearly. I love the princess like seams with front and back yoke panels. 

The notch at the neck is another feminine touch. 

I added a row of tiny pom-pom trim at the base of the front yoke to accent the sweet gathers beneath. She started collecting a "brown bouquet" here. The bouquet is still sitting on our kitchen windowsill, because despite being brown, it is lovely.

This is Tandy's Snow White smile. At least that is a guess. She has started asking me to name a princess, and she will give me her smile. I haven't figured out an difference in the actual smiles, and they certainly aren't big happy grins. It's one of those quirks I love to record to capture the memory.

Modkid Julia in Primavera Fabrics

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Patty Young just release her latest fabric line with Riley Blake called Primavera. Believe it or not, the line is inspired by a dream about a grasshopper! Be sure to read the back story here. My last post features another print from the collection. 

For a pattern cover update, I sewed up the Julia skirt and Penny Top. Tandy still had some lingering chalk hair color she received in her stocking that was pretty fun with this look.

The Primavera prints featured in the skirt include the Main print in teal, Paisley in pink, and Leafy in Green. This pattern includes two options for the skirt. This is the full version, but there is also a slim version with less fabric to gather. Tandy is still in the fuller-the-better phase.

The Julia pattern also includes the fun bloom applique templates. These pair perfectly with the simple knit Penny pattern.

The Primaver fabrics are popping up in stores now. To celebrate Modkid is having a sale! Coupon code PRIMAVERA2017 gets you 25% off PDF Patterns on the Modkid Etsy store and anything off the Modkid web store, including books, paper patterns and ribbon samplers. Code expires at midnight EST on January 21st, 2017. Happy Shopping!

Modkid Dakota with Tassels

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Modkid Dakota pattern is one of those that I never tire of sewing. It comes together just right and has such a great shape. On this Pinterest board, I have collected various ideas for different versions of the Dakota I'd love to make. The idea for tassels came from one of those pins.

I posted the tutorial for adding ties and tassels to the Dakota pattern on the Modkid Blog yesterday. 

Avery's friends were playing on a playground nearby when we were taking these photos. Needless to say, she was ready to go!

The chambray was something I had in my stash from my great aunt. The colorful fabric is from the new Primavera line Patty Young released with Riley Blake. The fabric will be available later this month I am told. I highly recommend this tile print. The plaids are pretty fun as well!

I think the ties with or without tassels can be worn in a variety of ways like this simple tie here. I wanted to try a bow as well, but Avery nixed that idea. We'll just have to use our imagination.

Still yearning to get to that playground! Don't worry we headed right over. This girl has some serious monkey bar skills!

Christmas Dresses and Skirt 2016

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I don't often make my daughter's matching outfits, and I never thought I would make all three of us coordination outfits. I'm so glad I did!!

Christmas Eve was, and likely is, the only occasion we wore these all together. I know in a few short years my daughters wouldn't be caught dead matching their mother, and I tend to agree. But, at this age, it was a highlight. 

It all started with Tami's Thea dress in this very fabric from Hobby Lobby. I knew we needed it for our Christmas dresses! 

First, I made Tandy's dress using the Modkid Aubrey pattern. I knew I wanted to use some of the fabric on the bias, and the Aubrey pattern provided the perfect backdrop. I omitted the hidden kangaroo pocket for simplicity.

I grabbed the Blaverry Thea dress during the going-out-of-business sale for Avery's dress. Not only was the fabric inspired by Tami of Sew Sophie Lynn, but I duplicated her whole dress. I must say the sizing on the Thea dress was a bit odd for us, and I had to blend between several sizes. It all worked out in the end.

When I realized I had enough fabric left, I figure a skirt for me was in order. Almost exactly one year ago, I bought the red gathered elastic at M&J Trimming during a trip to NYC. I basically used this method for an exposed elastic waist skirt except I stitched the elastic on top of the fabric, so the entire width of the elastic would be exposed. I can count my successful sews for myself on one hand without even using all of my fingers, so maybe simplicity is the key. I don't know, but I'm counting this as a success.

My sister took the amazing photos of the three of us at my parent's ranch. I was doubtful the fog would give us enough light, but it turned out to be such a beautiful backdrop. Too bad I can't perfectly plan photos for foggy days!

Our Christmas break was filled with family, fun, and a little stressful house hunting in Austin. We hope you had a very merry Christmas, and your New Year has started with great hope and anticipation.

Modkid Vivian Nightgown

Friday, December 9, 2016

I didn't think I would like sewing pajamas for my daughters, but it turns out they are the most loved and worn items I make. I won't promise to churn out every sleep item they wear, but I'm much more open to sewing up some nighttime clothing now.

I must say, the Modkid Vivian will be a go to pattern for nightgowns. It is perfect in this Acorn Valley flannel for winter. A short sleeve version in a soft seersucker would be sweet for summer. 

For the nightgown version, the shirtdress collar is switched out for binding.

By omitting the pockets, belt loops, and sleeve tabs, the nightgown sews up extremely fast. 

Snaps make it even quicker. I love the fun contrast of these bright orange Kam snaps. Plus, the snaps make it easier for Tandy to dress and undress herself.

The back pleat gives just the right about of a tailored look.

Tandy has one of those sweet imaginations that shows when she talks and sings to her stuffed animals and dolls. I love to watch her in this season.

If you sew up a Vivian Nightgown, be sure to add it to this Pajama Link Up!!
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