The BFG Birthday Party

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The year Avery's birthday party was more like a small gathering, yet we wanted to make it special. She has read The BFG by Roald Dahl at least twice, and we had a special date to the see the movie when it came out in theaters. One day we mentioned how fun/funny it would be to have a BFG party, and the idea stuck.

If you have seen or read The BFG, you know that the Big Friendly Giant mixes up words and sayings in a most endearing way. We did our best to highlight some favorites. 

As I said, this gathering was a bit pared down from our usual parties. Since we included watching the movie as part of the party, we served popcorn, cake, cookies, and a tasty beverage. 

The cake was fun to make! It wasn't one I would make again for flavor, but it received the desired affect from Avery. The tricky part was that the book version of a snozzcumber varied a bit from the movie version. We leaned toward the movie version, because I wasn't really game for a black cake. 

If you wanted to duplicate this cake, I used the Jelly Roll recipe from Martha Stewart, but filled it with strawberry jelly and buttercream. For the the frosting, I tried the Marshmallow Frosting from Sweetapolita

At this point, sugar cookies have become a tradition at our parties. Avery actually came up with the idea to reuse the mason jar cutter from her Chasing Fireflies party. If you are not familiar with the story, the BFG collects and distributes dreams. He and Sofie catch a special dream that he saves just for her. 

Frobscottle is another funny drink depicted in the book. We used this tasty recipe idea. 

I had two activities planned, but we ran out of time for the second one. Since the BFG's job is to catch dreams, we made our own dream catchers. 

Avery and I pre-made some felt hearts and pom-poms to speed things along. 

I can't believe we have a nine year old!! 

Modkid Coco Island Romper

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Modkid Coco Island Romper and Dress released last week, and it happens to be just perfect for this summer heat. The pattern can be made in a dress or romper. I've made up the slit back, but the pattern also provides a halter version. That's at least 4 different combinations!! 

The most time consuming part of this pattern is the bias binding, but even that can be simplified. I love Mie's method for attaching the armscye binding, because it eliminates pressing the bias in advance and reduces pressing for the whole process. I wasn't able to use this method for the neckband since it helps to have the binding pressed when stitching the open sections. 

The back slit opening is a fun feature without being too revealing. I'm guessing it provides a little extra breathing room in this Texas heat too! The main fabric I used is Jennifer Paganelli's Beauty Queen line. If you look close, I actually had great success with my print matching at the seams this time around.

Avery is rarely this smiley for our photo shoots, so I had to include a few extra gems. What are your favorite summer sews?

Shorts and Roller Skates

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Avery just turned NINE years old!! She has been wanting roller skates for a while now, and she finally received a pair for her birthday. Now she only takes them off when she sleeps and showers! 

Nine is a hard age to grasp. I mean, she's halfway out of the house!! Yikes! Avery is kind, tough, creative, and determined. She's going to do great things in this world!

This top is a Japanese Sewing Book pattern. You can see the cover in this Instagram post. The construction is rather interesting. The bias that creates the straps continues down to cover the seam allowance of the curved bodice insert. I couldn't get this spot to lay as flat as I would have liked, but I do like the look of the ruffle sleeves. I ended up adding quite a bit of length to the pattern, so keep that in mind if you sew one up.

I paired the top with Oliver + S class picnic shorts. The fabric is from my great aunt's stash. It's maybe a tad bit thicker than a quilting cotton, but not so thick as a twill or denim. It looked like my aunt was in the process, at some point, of making a skirt or taking apart a skirt with it. Hard to tell which! 

I love the construction of these shorts!! I am trying to figure out the sizing though. She measures a 5 for the waist and a 10 for the length. I went with a straight size 7 to see where things would end up. I really like the fit, but for these to work for school next year, they would need to be longer. I haven't found a tutorial for lengthening this pattern yet, and the facings make it a bit tricky. I'm going to try to give it a go though. 

So far, year nine is the year of the roller skates! Hopefully it will cruise on by without too many bumps in the road! ;)

Modkid Leilani

Friday, May 12, 2017

This may be Avery's favorite pattern to date!! The pattern is the Modkid Leilani. It comes with 3 versions to make, harem romper, swing dress, or swing top. Not only that, but it comes in two size ranges: girls (2T-8/9) and tween/teen (10-18). You can even buy them as a bundle! Sale details at the end of the post!


The swing dress and romper include side seam pockets.

The bindings at the neck and arm come together to form a unique double strap at the shoulder. 

I wasn't kidding that Avery loves this look!! With the fun style and comfort, it is easy to see why!

I just love this picture. Not for any great photography magic, but because it shows those early tan lines from hours at swim team practice and the band-aid on her elbow from her recent bike crash. Basically, it shows a few details of Avery's life as an 8 year old.

Since she loved the first one so much, I made another. However, I didn't pay attention to the stretch in my fabric. This one doesn't slide up over her arms. She can maneuver her way into it, but that won't work for everyday wear. The great thing is I should be able to cut off the romper seam to turn it into the swing dress. All good!

Pattern Sale Details: Coupon Code LEILANI2017 gets 40% off your entire order on the MODKID Etsy store. That means you can buy this and any other pattern for 40% off. And it also means this pattern is only $5.99 for 24 hours (the code will expire exactly 24 hrs after the pattern releases). 

Juliette Pattern Tour

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When, Jill of Knee Socks and Goldilocks contacted me about a tour for a pattern collaboration she did with Suz of Sew Pony, I had to jump on board. If you've followed Jill at all, you'll understand why I think we'd have the most fun getting our two little Goldilocks side by side. Since she lives in Canada and I in Texas, I guess we'll have to settle for this virtual arrangement. 

Let me introduce you to the Juliette Pattern these lovely ladies conspired to create! The first thing that struck me about it, was the vintage style.

There are so many options to choose from!! The dress can be made sleeveless, short sleeved, 3/4 length sleeves, or long sleeves. It features a classic A-line shape with optional ruffle collar and/or button placket. 

The back closes with a simple button and loop.

Tandy loves anything and everything hot pink, so I reached for Patty Young's Primavera line of fabrics. I actually had intended to make an all plaid top, but if you caught my Instagram post, I 
botched my plaid matching. I knew I wouldn't be thrilled with that result, so I switched directions to mixed prints and a dress. We were both pretty pleased with the result.

We wandered around our favorite waterfall park for pictures. Throwing in a little exploring tends to make for better photo participation. 

This little hidden path lead to a tiny beach like spot next to the water. I was so excited to capture this image with its composition and framing, but I managed to miss the focus. Still working on those momographer skills! 

Here are all the details on the Juliette Pattern Sale and Blog Tour: Use DRESSEDINSEWPONY to receive 10 % off any sewpony pattern (until June 2). Be sure to check out the Sew Pony Sewing Contest as well. The prize package is out of this world!! Also, check out all of the other lovely makes along the tour for inspiration. 


Modkid Claudia

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I am excited to have one more make headed for Quilt Market. This is a Modkid paper pattern, Claudia, I had yet to sew. 

The fabric is a digital printing of Patty Young's Flit and Bloom fabric line with Riley Blake due out soon. Unfortunately this printing left out some soft gray accents and hummingbirds, but you certainly get a feel for the pretty line.

We had a bit of fun angling to capture the ducks in our photos!

Now that I have made the Claudia in pretty prints, I would love to try it in a solid. Maybe even a nice chambray or seersucker. The details like the paperbag ruffle would really shine I think. 

Of course, the belt, collar and sleeve ruffles are fantastic. The pattern also includes sleeve options for changing seasons.

Tandy's mini Melissa shoes are the perfect match!! They've become too small after just a handful of wears, but she still loves them in small doses. If you aren't familiar with the brand, they are a jelly style shoe with a fruit scent. You can imagine the strange looks Tandy gets when she suggests that people should smell her shoes!!


I almost forgot to draw attention to those cute side pockets!!

No need to worry. All models involved, whether human or waterfowl, received treats for being so photogenic. 
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