January 28, 2015

Valentine's Day Treats with Free Printables

With three kids in school now, I have three sets of Valentines to get ready. I made some printables to go along with some different treats.  There are links to download them at the end of the post. Please note-they are for personal use only.

The first one is to go with the Fun Dip. It's pretty generic-it just says have a fun Valentine's Day.

And here it is with the Fun Dip. You can either tape or staple these together, and then use the back of the printable for the to/from part.

This one I think is my favorite. It's made to go with goldfish, but you could use it with Swedish Fish too. I can't take credit for the saying, but it lends itself well to a cute printable.

See the cute little orange fish? Love.

And here's the last one. It's a bit of a stretch, but it works. It's for Fruit by the Foot. I couldn't come up with anything to use for foot, except maybe something like "I don't want to put my foot in my mouth, but will you be my Valentine?" Not only did I not really like it, but it was kind of long winded for a printable. But then I thought, Fruit by the Foot is long, so I can do something with long.

So it says "It might be a LONG shot. Will you be my Valentine?" The other ones I printed on some textured cardstock. This one I printed on a pearlized cardstock. I don't really recommend that. It's kind of hard to see, and it smears like crazy.

 Here are all of them together.

Here are the links to the free printables.

Have a fun Valentine's Day
It's o-fish-al
It's a long shot

Note: This is the first time I've used google drive for file sharing like this. I test printed all of them (obviously from the pictures), but I don't know if they'll lose resolution.

January 24, 2015

Sewing for an 18 inch Doll

My daughter got an 18 inch doll. It's a Target knock-off rather than the American Girl kind, because I'm sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to pay over $100 for a doll. But anyway, I've done a little sewing for it.

One of her favorite toys is the hobby horse I made for her last year. So when I saw the free doll version from Ellie Inspired, I knew I had to make one for her doll too.
I changed a few things-I glued the ears on in addition to sewing them, and sewed the bottom shut instead of tying it with a ribbon. I also added a little ribbon halter. And I painted the dowel, like I did with the ones I made for my girls.

And it was a good choice. The day after I gave her the horse, I found her running through the house with her hobby horse in one hand, and her doll and doll's hobby horse in the other.

I also made a dress for her doll, using the Endless Dress pattern from Jocole. My daughter loves it. The doll wears this dress more than the one she came in.

To speed it up, I used snaps instead of buttons on the back of the dress. This also makes it easier for my daughter to dress her doll, so it's a win-win.

January 22, 2015

Bubble Tank Dress

I haven't sewn along with Project Run and Play for a long time, and so when I saw they were changing the format this year, I was excited. Sewing four outfits in four weeks is a bit much, but one outfit a month I can handle. Maybe.

So this month was a bubble dress. I started with an idea that completely evolved and this is what I ended up with. The skirt is a circle skirt with a rectangle lining to make the bubble. Then I used a knit tee shirt of mine to make into a tank for the bodice of the dress.

This dress was originally going to be for my middle girl, but that didn't work out. I made the tank way, way too long. It's even long on my oldest. I tied the sash really snugly, and it makes the bodice of the dress look like a tucked in t-shirt, but that was not my intention. I really should shorten the bodice, but let's be realistic. It's probably not going to happen. She likes it though, and she doesn't know I messed up-she's just happy to get a new dress.

See? That tucked in look was completely intentional. Ahem. Good thing my two older girls have almost the same chest measurement.

I lined the bubble skirt with the same fabric as the sash. These fabrics have coordinating colors, but with most of the chevron hidden, it's not overwhelmingly busy. At least, I hope not.

Here's a quick how-to for making a bubble circle skirt. It's pretty basic-all I have is photoshop elements.
1. Make a circle skirt

2. Make a rectangular liner. I used a width of 1.5 times the waist measurement plus ease. Make sure it's a couple of inches shorter than the length of the circle skirt.

3. Gather the circle skirt along the bottom edge.

4. With right sides together, insert the rectangle into the circle skirt. Adjust the gathers to fit. Pin and sew.

5. Turn right side out and press along seam line. Gather the top of the rectangle to fit the waist of the skirt. Adjust gathers to fit. Baste the waist and continue as normal.

Valentine's Day T-Shirt Dress

The Fluffy Ruffle T-Shirt Dress requires a ruffle foot. I bought it thinking I had a ruffle foot, but what I had was a gathering foot. So I learned something new-a ruffle foot is not the same as a gathering foot. But I didn't make the dress. Until I got a ruffle foot. 

It includes sizes 2T-7, but I just adjusted the skirt a little to make it for a baby. The pattern calls for a purchased t-shirt, but I made a bodysuit using a pattern, cut a little longer so there would be room for the seam allowance when I attached the top and the bottom of the bodysuit to the skirt.

I originally intended to use this pink bodysuit to attach to the skirt, but it was turning into a hot mess. The ruffle heart was lopsided, so I trimmed it. But then when I attached the neckband, I didn't stretch it enough. And then I realized that I attached it with the wrong side out. But I went ahead and finished it, because I didn't want to just trash it, and I figure that my baby is so darn cute that people are looking at her adorable face rather than her less-than-perfect clothes.

This pattern includes a tutorial for using a ruffler foot, which I found invaluable. Since my ruffler foot was brand new, and didn't come with very good instructions, I was a little intimidated by it. But the instructions in the pattern helped so much. I didn't need to go anywhere else. The tutorial helped me understand the rather cryptic directions on the box of the ruffler foot, and I was ruffling away in no time. So I would recommend the pattern as a great one for trying out a new ruffle foot.

Update: I have since washed this outfit. The instructions say that since the fabric is cut on the bias, the fabric won't fray. While this is true, the unfinished edges aren't clean anymore.

January 19, 2015

Classic Sweatshirt for Baby

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This is the Classic Hooded Sweatshirt from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. You can also make the crew neck version, sans hood (obviously). Side note: is it just me, or does anyone else hear Professor Snape responding to Dolores Umbridge when they say "obviously"? 
Anyway, I was going through my patterns and remembered that I had it. I bought it on a Thrifty Thursday about a year ago and then never used it.

I decided to whip one up using some leftover fabric from this bodysuit and these pants. Since I was using leftover fabric, I didn't want to buy anything, so I didn't have any rib knit to use for the cuffs and the band at the bottom. I just used the same fabric. I don't recommend that. It didn't have enough stretch. But hey, it's for the baby. She'll outgrow it in a couple of months anyway.

This is a nice gender neutral pattern, so if you have boys and girls, you can get a lot of use out of it. I didn't really follow the directions-more like glanced at them. Its a pretty quick sew-if you've sewn a knit shirt, this really isn't anything different. It has a pretty loose fit, so keep that in mind.

Here is the fit on my baby. I made her Ready To Wear size, and the fit is generous. It's quite long in the arms and torso, and pretty roomy. I was going to size up so that it would work through spring, but I'm glad I didn't. Also, a bit about the hood. She has a store bought hooded jacket, and I've noticed that the hood is pretty fitted. This one has the hood loose, like a regular hoodie, so I'm going to make sure that she only wears it under supervision. As you can see, the hood goes down over her eyes, so I want to make sure it doesn't end up over her mouth or nose.

Fabric: Outer-French Terry from fabric.com
Lining-Doodles Knits from JoAnn