Disney Beauty and the Beast Outfits

Friday, September 20, 2019

The time has finally arrived for our Disney Trip!! I certainly didn't make as many themed outfits as I originally had ideas for, but I am excited to have these completed. Casual Disney inspired outfits are pretty fun to make. Check out the Mickey Love outfit and Little Mermaid dress from earlier posts. Creating pieces that can be worn as non-Disney looks later thrills me even more.

Book loving Belle is a much loved character. My sister created the vinyl tee decal with her Silhouette machine. What a treat! I didn't really intend on making something to go with it, but when I spotting this embroidered chambray at Joann, I knew it was meant to be.

The free Purl Soho skirt pattern was ideal for this Belle skirt. I was able to break up the border print with the side panels and pockets which allowed me to have one last embroidered piece for Avery's shorts.

Avery's top is the Mini Ogden Cami by True Bias. She's a bit out of the size range in height, so I lengthened everything to accommodate her height. Sadly she's not especially comfortable in this top. I think the straps ended up a bit too short still, so this may be going straight to Tandy for future wear. Thankfully, a yellow tee will look almost as cute with the shorts. The butterfly fabric is an old one by Sandi Henderson.

With only the small big of rose fabric left, I knew I needed a pattern with a good pocket to highlight it. The Modkid Susie shorts were just the thing. The slant pocket is one of my favorite pocket styles, so it sets off the fabric just right. We are so looking forward to our Disney adventure!! 

Esma Little Black Dress

Thursday, September 5, 2019

My adoration of the Esma Top by Blank Slate pattern continues in dress form! After sewing tops 1, 2, and 3, I knew there had to be a dress created from the Esma Top pattern. I can see this little black dress getting tons of wear.

Two styling possibilities came to mind. The un-belted look says casual, daytime to me, so I paired it with flat sandals. 

In this wonderful black rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, the Esma dress feels like secret pajamas. The v-neck and sleeve cuffs still keep it looking sleek.

Add the belt and heels, and this dress is ready for date night! I've also worn the dress belted with the flat sandals for a day at the museum. That day included a long road trip, and the dress and fabric held up well throughout the day without becoming too wrinkled. 

I kept my original adjustments of adding 1" at the waist and a sway back adjustment, then I cut the pattern at the hip and dropped it down mid knee. I did another muslin check just to be sure it would clear the full width of my hips, and all was good. Be sure to account for the dress being a bit shorter when belted.

Finally, I lengthened the back a bit more than the front and added a split hem for an interesting detail. I have so many Esma hack ideas swirling in my head, so I'm sure this won't be the last!

Esma Top by Blank Slate Patterns

Friday, August 30, 2019

I had the privilege of sewing and photographing the cover sample for the Esma Top by Blank Slate Patterns. As an added bonus, I was able to sew for and photograph a friend of mine. 

Tiffani is a wife, mother, author, encourager, and business builder. She is motivating women in every way she can, but particularly on Instagram. She is gaining confidence in this period of growth and passing it on!! She was gracious enough to share her talents with us through a photo shoot. 

She wears the Esma so well!! This sample was a dream to sew. The fabric is hemp/organic yarn dyed stripe from Imagine Gnats. They just restocked the fabric in the shop, and that plum is calling to me. The fabric is easy to sew, and lightweight enough for these super high Texas temps.

With vertical stripes, I didn't have to concern myself much with stripe matching. I did make sure to have the same double stripe at the center front and center back. The change in direction of the stripes at the sleeve cuffs makes an subtle contrast. For Tiffani's top, I shorted the length by 1/2" and did a sway back adjustment like the one here

Esma Top by Blank Slate Patterns

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Another collaborative effort with Blank Slate Patterns has come to fruition. Meet the Esma Top. If you have ever wanted a woven tee with interesting details, this is the pattern! The pattern includes three views, and is one of those that has lots of opportunities to hack. I already have 3 in my closet plus one I made for a friend.

This shorter, not quite cropped, version features a waist band with a keyhole and tie. I don't have many truly high waisted jeans, but I love this top styled with high waisted pants. I shared on Instagram that my favorite trick for avoiding plaid matching is to turn the pattern piece on the bias. 

This skirt did the trick for me. The sleeve is an attached cuff with a dropped shoulder. Not only is it easy to sew, but the finish is so nice. 

The perfectly shaped V-neck is sewn with a facing. The plaid fabric is a shirting from the Doodles line at Joann Fabrics. 

The belted view is actually my favorite. The optional belt gives nice shaping to the top.

The pattern includes instructions for attaching the tie to the center back of the bodice for a permanent hold. Otherwise, leave it loose for more wearing options.

The fabric for the belted top is a Robert Kaufman Chambray. The only adjustments I made to the pattern were to lengthen at the waist 1" and a sway back adjustment. The first method in this video for a sway back adjustment worked so well for me.

Funny story about the naming of the pattern. Our group originally called it the Mesa Top, and it may forever be stuck in my head that way. During development, we discovered another pattern by that name. I took pencil to paper rearranging the letters, and the Esma was born. I also love that another arrangement would be "seam". Wouldn't it be fun to have a pattern line that was sewing terms rearranged?!? 

Lucy's Garden Dresses

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Riley Blake sent me half yard cuts of Patty Young's latest fabric line called Lucy's Garden. Half yard cuts don't always go very far when it comes to apparel sewing, so I had to get creative. I love pairing prints with solids, and I had a couple pretty perfect ones in my stash. 

The solids here are Riley Green and Riley Fuchsia from Riley Blake's Confetti Cottons. I know color matching when ordering fabric online can be a challenge, so every suggestion helps!

Lucy's Garden has a fun variety of prints including roosters and deer. I was immediately drawn to the Lucy's Garden Floral in every color range. These are the teal and plum. I have a fun project coming in the red too. Those fan shaped flowers are my favorite!

For Avery's dress, I sewed up the Linville Romper and Dress pattern by Hey June. This is the third Linville Dress I've sewn, so you know it's a pattern worth trying. You can see the others here

With each dress, I have opted to use the elastic casing and attach a non-functioning bow. I like the contrast and added detail.

I found a bunch of these green flower buttons at the Round Top/Warrenton antique show once, so it is fun to find good uses for them. Elastic hair ties are my favorite notion to reach for when I need a button loop. Time to stock up on more colors!

Tandy's dress is the Modkid Harper. There must be a theme here, since I have sewn the Harper three times as well. You can see those here along with a fun tutorial on making an open back option and a sew along.

I love purple, so I jumped at the chance to incorporate these lavender buttons that highlight the flowers in the fabric print.

 It is a wonder that I am able to get photos of the girls looking in the camera when we head to this spot. They get quite adventurous, and here they are scheming about jumping across to the next rock. 
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