Feliz Blog Tour

Monday, September 18, 2017


Isn't it amazing that sewing can bring people together from all around the world!?! Take this Feliz Blog Tour for example. There are bloggers from Belgium to me in Texas and a few others in between. 

I was grinning from ear to ear as I completed this made. Let's start with this fabric. Once again, it was from my great aunt's stash. So perfect for a kindergartner!! I would say it has a very lightweight canvas or linen feel to it, great texture.

The pattern really deserves all of the ohs and ahs. This is the Feliz Dress & Blouse by Straight Grain. An has done an amazing job at including all of the special details and tons of options. I'm not kidding! Dress, blouse, lots of sleeves variations, pleats or gathers, button back or hidden zippers. Told ya!

I went for a simple dolman sleeve bodice.

With those fantastic pleats!! I appreciate that the pleats are stitched down a bit past the seam allowance to keep everything nice and crisp even after washing.

There is just something so sweet about a button back.

Be sure to check out many other versions represented in collection of tour participants!!

Vienna Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I need to get to this Vienna Dress in just a moment... Am I allowed to say my own photo of my own daughter took my breath away? I hope so. This was one of those moments where she was smiling at her dad in the background and brushed at her ponytail. Sometimes they just make you gasp for breath and time stands still for just a few fleeting seconds.

Ok, this dress!! The Vienna Dress was recently released in English after previously only being available in Dutch. Right now, you can get it for 10% off with code INSTAPARTY.

The pattern has some great options including a collar, pleated skirt, gathered skirt, and a couple of sleeves. Since I opted to use this very bold vintage border fabric, I went with some of the pattern basics. The fabric has a sateen feel and finish to it.

This V-back feature made the dress a bit more polished in a way for a nine year old. Gaining experience with invisible zippers has finally paid off!! This was my least painful, best installation yet! I still turn to this invisible zipper tutorial for a refresh each time. 

The center pleat gives a nice shape and detail accentuating the front curved seam. I intended to further highlight that seam with some pretty maroon piping, but managed to forget it until I was pressing the final hem. Ugh!!

So, I'm curious what you think of this wildly bold print? Does it catch your eye or would you have passed it buy? I almost put it in a donate pile, but tucked it away instead. I'm pleased with this pattern and fabric combo, but that also surprises me.

Picnic Shorts with Dakota Top

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This post has been a long time in the making! Back in June I posted about my last pair of Oliver + S Class picnic shorts. I noted then that I was going to try my hand at lengthening the pattern. I think writing about it made me stick to my guns and do it! More on these shorts in a bit.

First the top, this is the Modkid Dakota Swing Top. It is my go to woven blouse pattern. I love the fit and the shape. The pattern comes together quickly too. 

Both fabrics were from Fabric Mart, but it doesn't look like they are still available. I think they were designer prints from J. Crew. The top is a lovely lawn and the shorts are a stretch twill. I'm afraid they look more pink in the photos, but they are a perfect light lavender. One nice thing about ordering from Fabric Mart is that you can opt for adding matching thread to your order. As you can see, it was a perfect match for a slightly tricky color!

Back to these shorts! As you can see in the first photo, I successfully lengthened the shorts to fall at fingtip length, and I can show you a bit of how I did it. 

First, I overlayed the facings on top of the main pattern pieces, back on back and front on front. I made sure to have my grainline exactly vertical. Then, I drew a horizontal cut line. I placed the line as best I could to fall above the curve of the facing and below the crotch seam. For the back facing, I needed to move the stitch marking down to account for the added length. I made a similar cut line on the front and front facing making sure to line it up at the same height as the back cut line.

I cut along these lines and spread the pattern apart adding the desired length. 

The final step was to redraw the pattern edges. On the front side, this meant just connecting the corners. On the inseam side, I redrew the line to connect the crotch to the hem edge. After trimming everything up, I was good to go. Hope this helps anyone out there that needs to make a similar adjustment.

Modkid Wren

Friday, August 18, 2017

I'm very excited to tell you about the Modkid Wren that released today. The Wren dress was sort of a collaboration between Patty and I. I drafted the tank dress in Tandy's size, and Patty worked up the crop top. After a couple of tweaks, Patty graded all of the sizes and illustrated the pattern instructions I had formulated. It's fun to be able to work as a team this way! Of course, Patty does all of the heavy lifting. ;)

Here is some good news: The 40% promotional coupon code WREN2017 is valid for your ENTIRE purchase on our Etsy store. It will expire at noon CST tomorrow, Saturday, August 19.

Let's talk more details about the Wren. The pattern features a layered look with a tank dress and crop top. Combining knit and woven fabrics gives you opportunity to play around with many fabric options.

The crop top has a wide boat neck, so the tank straps can peak out for a fun contrast. The topstitching and button make for interesting accents.

The tank dress is Tandy's absolute favorite style to wear! I should make a zillion of these!

The knit bodice adds to the comfort. The skirt seam is reinforced with clear elastic to make sure the construction lasts for the long haul.

For those of you that need sleeves to make the look dress code compliant, the crop top makes the perfect solution!! Don't limit yourself to only pairing these together either. The crop top will look equally cute over a tank with jeans or shorts. Don't be afraid to let those cute toddler belly peak out either!

Chambray Linville Dress

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I noticed the last time Avery wore her original Linville Dress it was getting a tad small, so a new one was in order.

A chambray dress is a staple wardrobe piece! I decided to flip the direction of the bias binding to the outside for a fun contrast.There was just enough bias binding left over to use for a tie at the front.

Using the skinny bias on this pattern makes for such a clean finish. 

Of course, the curved pockets are the perfect touch. 

The single button closure allows me to pick from my extensive vintage button collection. I don't have as many buttons with mates, so it's nice to use up those singles. 

Now that summer is over, I hope to be a bit more regular with posting, but no promises. K? I do have a few exciting things on the calendar, so those guarantee it won't be complete radio silence around here!

Fierce Like Frida + Skirt

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ever since reading Who Was Frida Kahlo, Avery has been crazy about Frida. Avery loved the story of how a car accident lead to turning her art hobby into a profession. Frida's eccentric art and interesting blue house intrigued her. I can certainly get behind an interest in a strong historic female!

When I purchased Dana Willard's Fiesta Fun fabrics, I knew they would be a perfect match for the Wee Rascal's Fierce Like Frida tee. It just doesn't get much better!

I used the free Purl Soho Gathered Skirt tutorial. I'm a fan of the construction of those side pockets. I love how they are just deep enough, but don't add bulk to the hem. 

Avery really enjoyed most of the "Who Was..." book series about women, but didn't show an interest in most of the men. Please pass on any other historic series you might recommend! We've been hitting the library 1 to 2 times per week lately. Not every book gets read in between visits, but I love to fuel their passion for stories, and keep a stock of books on hand.

The ladies behind Wee Rascals are my friends, but they didn't pay me to say I love their goods. We are just true fans! Check out the other tees we've purchased here and here.

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!! 
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