Modkid Kyoko in Flit & Bloom

Friday, April 21, 2017

In my last post I mentioned this waterfall was across the street from that photo setting. It turned out to be the perfect spot for a photo shoot for an updated Kyoko pattern cover in Patty Young's soon to be released Flit and Bloom fabrics with Riley Blake. I've since learned a little history about the area, and there is literally a round rock over here that I'll have to show you another time. This round rock marked a convenient low-water crossing for wagons, horses, and cattle. There are also grooves in the surrounding rocks that some attribute to the wagons that would drive across the river during the many cattle drives. The history just adds to the beauty of the area.

The Kyoko pattern comes in three size ranges: girls, tweens, and misses. It has been Modkid's best selling paper pattern, and for good reason! I'll be hosting a sew-along for the Kyoko pattern on the Modkid blog at the beginning of May. Be sure to head over there for the details and a discount code that ends today, so hurry. 

The Asian inspiration of the Kyoko pattern is unique while remaining easy to sew. The dress itself is loose fitting and comes with a shortened top option as well as short sleeves. The skirt portion can be pieced or sewn solid. The hems and neckline are all enclosed in bias binding, self-made or pre-made.  

The obi belt cinches the waist in for a more fitted look. 

Tandy enjoyed climbing around all the rocks in the area. She declared it her castle with each rock being a different room. Her castle included a tiara room where she would go back and forth to select a tiara from a favorite princess. She thinks she is modeling Snow Whites crown at this point. If it's about a princess is usually makes her smile.

Hope you enjoyed a little history and pretty scenery along with the dress! Hope you can join us for the sew-along!!

Coffee+Thread Blog Tour 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Have you seen the crazy, awesome tour going on over at Coffee+Thread?!? I can't get over the number of creative participants not to mention the inspiring makes they are sharing! I had only planned on making one look for this tour, but I just couldn't stop there. You shouldn't either! All patterns are still 20% off with 'coffeeandthreadtour' discount code. Shop HERE.

First up is Avery's Mulberry Tunic. I paired the tunic with Modkid Hannah shorts, and it makes for an ideal school day outfit. 

The fabric is Art Gallery Rosewater Tears by Katarina Roccella. The bodice seam just screamed for a little piping. I added an elastic casing offset from the hem of the sleeve to create a little ruffle that adds a feminine touch to the pattern.

Olga includes all of the finish details and top stitching you could want in a pattern.

The Modkid Hannah shorts feature a nice cuff detail for some added flare. They are a great length, and the pattern comes with a capri pant option as well. 

We recently moved to Austin, so I am enjoying spotting new photo shoot locations that are both fun and picturesque. This little spot has this great rocky area next to a stream on one side of the road and a waterfall on the other. I can't wait to go back for the waterfall!! 

The girls were so busy exploring and finding frogs that it was difficult to get them still enough for photos most of the time. 

I've had the Eleena pattern for a while, but never had the chance to make it. I'm so glad I finally did!!

I used the same denim from my great aunt's stash for both Tandy's dress and Avery's shorts. The warp and weft threads vary creating a black side and a dark gray side of the fabric. (At least, I think that is the correct terminology. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong!) For the Eleena dress, I reversed the fabric inside the pleat adding a little drama when it peeks through. 

I switched up the construction of the Eleena a bit. Some due to laziness, the lack of an invisible zipper, laziness, the thickness of the fabric, and, did I mention, laziness. I omitted the lining completely and bound the arm openings and neckline with bias tape. I also swapped out the invisible zipper for a button and loop closure. Of course, Tandy appreciated the pink button.

I wasn't sure how she would feel about the gray and black dress, but she surprised me and loved it! I think the swingy shape is what sold her. 

Now for more fun stuff!! Be sure to enter the giveaway for some amazing prizes. Then, visit all of the other stops on the tour and get inspired!!

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April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett

April 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||

With Love By Eva 

Schooner Tee

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Are you ready for a treat!?! Jennifer of Jennuine Design just released the sweetest little knit tee and dress pattern!!

The Schooner Tee and Dress features a special sleeve detail without a separate sleeve pattern piece. The tee is slightly a-line with standard or high-low hems, and the dress includes a fuller a-line with a subtle high-low hem. The pattern is only 3 pieces: front, back, and neckband. I told you those sleeves were special!! Pocket pieces are included, but optional.

The tee length in size 5 was perfect for Tandy. I dusted off my rusty lettuce hem skills for the sleeves, but a regular hem is fine too. Side note: I posted my rolled hem notes on Instagram the other day. Do you keep track of your steps and settings to refer back too? These sure came in handy. 

Tandy thought it was super funny to throw leaves at me while I was trying to get photos of her. Playing along with her games results in the best smiles ever even though it takes twice as many photos to get a usable shot. 

Big thanks to Jenny of Sew Pretty Dresses for this fabric by Lillestoff. What had become to babyish for her daughter is perfect for my little elephant lover!

The Schooner Tee and Dress sale price for release week is $5 - no code needed. Take 25% off single PDF patterns with code SCHOONERRELEASE now through 4/9/17 in the Jennuine Design Pattern Shop. (affiliate link)

Fiesta Fun Blog Tour

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The gasp was audible the moment I laid eyes on the Fiesta Fun fabric line by Art Gallery Fabrics. Dana of Made Everyday really spoke to my Texas roots with these Mexican inspired designs. Visions of Mexican embroidered dresses, crepe paper flowers, and oilcloth danced in my head. 

As soon as the line was released, I ordered some with a Christmas gift card. When Karly asked if I would join her blog tour, I was thrilled to add more to my collection. This means I have a few more prints from my original purchase to play with another day!

For Avery's look, I used the Top Knot Romper pattern by Chalk and Notch. My family loved the first version of this pattern that I created for Tandy, so I knew it had to be in this summer's rotation. I like the way the smaller print of the Florita Azul works with this pattern.

The orange Kam snaps were just the right shade, and snaps make for quicker, um, restroom access. 

What is it about the Fiesta Fun prints that just scream maxi dress?!? I am certainly not the first maker to need to sew one up.  For my spin on the Fiesta Fun maxi, the Mexican Dress Midnight fabric in knit was just the thing. 

The pattern is another summer favorite, Modkid Malibu. For the binding, I used Art Gallery knit in Strawberry Kiss

The back of this dress is the real show stopper, simple yet dramatic at the same time. This is a dress I love to make, and my daughters love to wear. In fact, maybe I should make myself the Misses version

I actually did two photo shoots for this tour. The first was in this amazing field of bluebonnets. Why not use a setting that screams Texas for fabrics that were inspired by the culture so prevalent here?!? Well, while I love these photos for many reasons, they don't particularly show off the fabric very well. The sea of blue flowers may be distracting, but I had to include them anyway. Hope you don't mind the overkill!! 

Be sure to check out the rest of the Fiesta Fun posts from this week. Maybe even fix yourself a margarita while you're at it!!!

Modkid Charlotte

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I have finally reached the end of my backlogged sewn items to blog!! There are new things in the works slowly but surely, but I can't post them quite yet. 

Avery wore the Modkid Charlotte in the photo above back in 2015 for a school Prairie Day. We had loaned it out to a friend for a while. Soon after getting it back, Avery came downstairs in tears while wearing the dress. She had left the ties handing down. When she kneeled down to pick something up, she stepped on a tie and ripped the dress. It turned out she considered this her favorite dress. I assured her I could make her another Charlotte dress, and we promptly started picking out fabric.

When she noticed this poplin from Mabel Madison, I commented that I couldn't decide if I like the wrong side or the right side of the fabric more. I had always like the chambray look of the wrong side. Avery suggested using both!

The bottom ruffle, tie and cuffs feature the right side of the fabric, and the bodice, skirt and sleeves feature the wrong side. The poplin was perfect for this dress. I love that it wrinkles so much less than quilting cotton after wash and wear. 

I actually made Avery the same size as the original dress, but lengthened the skirt a bit. It falls at a different spot, but the bodice and sleeves are a great fit. She just keeps getting taller!!

Now to decide if I salvage the original dress by making it a skirt or patch the bodice. I'm thinking it might make a cute midi-skirt!

Khaki Corduroy Wide Leg Pants

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I'm still here plugging away at unpacking boxes, but I made some time for sewing. It isn't elaborate or even very pretty, but the necessity arose. Honestly, I needed the excuse, and I knew these would be fast. 

If you remember at the beginning of the school year, I was Sewing for Kindergarten for Tandy. Well, she was actually entering Kindergarten early based on the cut off date for her October birthday. When we moved, our original plan was to keep her home for the short remainder of the year, and start her in Kinder again in the fall. Last week we suddenly changed course, and enrolled her in 3 day a week pre-K at a Christian school. Thankfully they are already reading as well, so it is a great fit.

Mondays are chapel days and the only days that require a uniform. The simple uniform consists of a navy polo and khaki bottoms. Since we signed up for school on Friday, we needed bottoms ASAP. This was one instance when sewing would be faster than shopping. Not that I mind shopping!!

I already had the pattern for the wide leg pants from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids traced out from the original denim pair I made for the Sewing for Kindergarten series. I love the easy style of these pants, and the khaki corduroy from my aunt's stash was meant to be. I promise there will be much more interesting sewing to come, but for now it feels good to accomplish something and meet a need.   

Tiny Dress in Blue

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I won a pattern of my choice from Straight Grain Patterns last March. I had until the new year to choose a pattern, and it was so hard that I waited until the last minute! I primarily deliberated between the Ishi, Berlin, and Tinny patterns. The Laure wasn't out yet!!

I made this dress a couple of weeks before our big move, no new sewing has taken place just yet unfortunately. Anyone care to come unpack boxes for me?!?

This Tinny dress is perfectly suited for Tandy. The twirl in the circle skirt is every little girl's dream!

The crisp butterfly collar sets this dress apart! There are eight collar options not to mention several sleeve and skirt options, so it would take a while to tire of making this dress. 

I was thrilled to finally use my Amy Sinibaldi Paperie fabric. This is one of those fabrics I use over and over again.

She's a big fan of this one! This cap sleeve bodice comes together pretty quick. I'll skip setting in a sleeve when I can!

 I really need to sew a bunch of these dresses to work on my invisible zipper technique. I flipped this one the first time through. Time to brush up on those skills!
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