Crushed Velvet for the Holidays

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Velvet was the fabric of choice for holiday looks again this year. After last year's velvet dresses, I mixed things up with this pretty teal blue crushed velvet from Joann Fabrics. 

I really couldn't get another Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan dress in velvet out of my mind. Don't mess with perfection! 

Sewing for my tween is getting increasingly more difficult as you can imagine. One minute she loves something and the next it's horrible. And, if she gets too many compliments she starts feeling like she is standing out which is worse! Finding modeled inspiration on Pinterest usually helps to get her on board with some looks.

It is getting harder to find ready to wear pants to fit her long slender size. When the Made It Slow Pants came out for teens, I knew this pattern would be a style we would both agree on. 

I blended between the smallest size in width and a couple sizes up in length to arrive at a just right fit for Avery. The ability to sew completely different looks that resemble each of my daughter's individual style will keep me sewing for them as long as they let me!

Bexley Dress for Winter

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Do you wear many dresses in winter? When it gets really chilly I tend to avoid them, but I figured the right fabric would help insulate me from the cold. Since french terry is perfect for cozy sweatshirts, I wanted to give it a try for a dress. I love my summer Bexley dresses, so I also wanted a winter version. 

French terry is definitely not on the list of suggested fabrics for the Bexley Dress. The pattern is designed for knit fabrics with a lot more drape. While I knew this particular french terry met the pattern stretch requirements, I also knew it wouldn't lay the same way on my body. The great news is that the alteration to make it work is super simple!!

All it took was lowering the front and back darts, so they wouldn't sit too high. The pattern even includes instructions on raising and lowering darts! Keep in mind this is a thin to medium weight french terry. Anything too thick would make the darts too bulky.

Another option would be to omit the darts all together for a more swing-y shape.

I'm super thankful for the more mild winters we have in Texas, but I still want to stay cozy as those temperatures dip!

Roller Skate Birthday Party

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Roller skates, disco balls, and retro vibes made for one fun 8th birthday party. Setting up a party at a venue has its unique challenges, but this one ended up a bit bizarre. While the building was open due to a 24 hour accessible gym inside, no employees showed up for our party reservation. It made for a unique experience passing out skates to say the least. We missed the opportunity for disco lights and music, but the kids had a blast taking over the rink.

The light up number 8 transitioned well from Avery's Chasing Firefly Party to Tandy's Roller Skating Party. The roller skates are from Target for the Our Generation dolls. Mirrored ball ornaments make for great decor when you pop off the ornament hanger. Since stores like Hobby Lobby display Christmas decorations for about 6 months a year, you can usually find them at a discount.

My sister created the cut out skate cupcake toppers with her Silhouette machine. We incorporated a disco ball with foam ball vase fillers. Tandy loved the idea of grey vanilla icing for her strawberry cupcakes. Not only did it match her dress, but she enjoyed saying, "Try the grey stuff, it's delicious." from Beauty and the Beast.

Powdered donuts and Oreos all stacked up resembled a sweet form of skate wheels. 

Scattering shiny balls around the table added to the impact.

Fringe door curtains made the perfect shiny backdrop.

The roller skate sugar cookies are probably my most complicated sugar cookie to date. The roller skate cookie cutter from Holly Fox was too cute to pass up!

We attempted to provide a little sustenance along with the sugar overload. 

These girls had all the fun they possibly could on 8 wheels. Most of the party goers hadn't skated prior to the party, so they were very shaky in the beginning. We were delighted that they persevered despite lots of tumbles, and most greatly improved by the end of the party! I had roller skate coloring pages and games in reserve should anyone get frustrated with the skating. Neither was necessary!

My sister came through again with the party favor  roller skate cutout. I simply attached Rolos with glue dots. The roller skate enamel pins came from Ali Express. Displaying the pins on a scalloped paper circles made them easy to distribute.

Such a fun party and one for the record books!! For more on Tandy's roller skate party dress check this post.

Floral Cheyenne Tunic

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The only way I was able to use this amazing floral lawn fabric for my Peppermint PJ shorts, was because I had already made my first Cheyenne Tunic with it. Finding a Liberty-esque fabric at a Dallas fabric warehouse for super cheap made my day. It needed a special application. 

 Intimidation over a slower sewing project and getting the right fit, had previously held me back from sewing up the Cheyenne Tunic from Hey June. After a quick muslin, I was kicking myself. The Cheyenne mostly fit as is. I know I'm not the only one that feels relief at that!

The tunic style top with a collar is not an option that comes with the pattern. Thankfully Sew Altered Style had already done the hard work of figuring out the Popover Tunic Hack

I added contrast chambray to the inside of the placket, but not much peeks out. 

I splashed in a bit of the floral and strip combination I love so much with these textured navy buttons.

Do you find you reach for super simple projects after completing more detailed sewing? I sure do! I'll be ready to tackle another Cheyenne soon though.

Roller Skate Birthday Dress

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Happy 8th Birthday Tandy!! You daily bring me smiles and encouragement. Loyalty and empathy come naturally. Playing with friends, cheer leading, and watching slime videos are your favorite things. You are growing into a beautiful young lady inside and out!

When Tandy determined she wanted a roller skating birthday party, I knew the outfit and photo shoot would be fun. I just didn't know how fun! Tandy inherited the black roller skates from her sister. Hot pink laces appealed to both girls for an added bit of girliness.

After last year's Cherry on Top party dress, the Modkid Elizabeth has become a favorite party dress sewing pattern. The sweetheart neckline and twirly skirt make such a great style for a variety of fabrics. 

Speaking of fabric, the Cotton & Steel Snap to Grid Terrazzo fabric in grey was the ideal retro, bright fabric find. When I think of roller skating rinks, neon lights and disco balls immediately come to mind. The flecks of bright colors along with black in the design by Kimberly Knight completed the look inspired by the roller skates.

The Modkid Elizabeth dress is fully lined. In this case, I used a grey voile for lining. Understitching and an invisible zipper make the finished dress look very polished.

I opted for the bias finish hem instead of the horsehair braid. I love the volume of the horsehair braid as you can see in her homecoming dress version, but the bias hem is a good option for a less fancy dress. You can tell there is plenty of twirl in that skirt. I can't wait to see her skating around the rink!
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