December 19, 2014

Bow Turban from Whimsy Couture

I was looking at patterns during the Black Friday sales, and I stumbled across this bow turban from Whimsy Couture. Since it was only $2 and some change, I grabbed it.

It's a pretty quick sew, takes only a small amount of fabric, and is super cute.

And since she won't remember, I can use her as a model for her own Christmas presents! Please, though, if you're going to pin, only pin the top picture. Thanks!

This goes all the way up to an adult size. It's not really my style, but I was thinking it might work really well for women who have cancer and have to undergo chemo and radiation. I remember a woman I know wearing something like this.

December 17, 2014

Baby Mine From Nimblephish Review

When I saw the release of the Baby Mine doll from Nimblephish, I grabbed it while it was on sale. I figured with three girls, I'd make it someday. 

I made it for my middle girl because she loves helping with her baby sister. A little too much. So I'm hoping that with her own baby to dress and love, she can stop smothering her baby sister. Maybe.

So I've never sewn any kind of stuffie before (unless you count some attempts when I was about 12-and I don't). The face was the hardest part. This is actually my 2nd attempt. The first was atrocious. Really, really bad. I don't have a picture, because in the middle of the night, I decapitated the doll and tried again. This one is much better, although it still isn't nearly as cute as the pattern picture. And my eyes are too small. I was in a rush to get something to use for eyes, because I had about two minutes before my 20% off Black Friday coupon from Joann's was expired. And I live too far away to make another trip just for eyes.

Anyway, if you decide to make it, the pattern instructions are fine as far as the body construction goes. But they are hard to follow for the face sculpting. There are several videos by Nimblephish on YouTube that are helpful, but they differ a little from the pattern instructions. For example, the pattern has you add the eyes, then stuff, and the videos say to stuff, then add the eyes. Make sure you follow the video-that was part of my problem the first time. The eye markings on the pattern give you really wide spaced eyes, and that made my baby look more like an old, old person rather than a baby. 

And here's another problem I had. I could not get the baby's head to be round. It's more oblong and flat. It looks better with a hat. And luckily, with a new baby in the house, we have lots of clothes for this baby to fit into. 

I do absolutely love that this baby has a belly button...

And check out its cute little tush.

I found this other review of the pattern when I was looking for help sculpting the face.

December 12, 2014

Peasant Dress Mash-Up

So a little while ago, I discovered Create Kids Couture patterns. I really love some of their designs. They had a pattern sale and I snatched up a few of their PDFs and some of their paper patterns.

This is a mash-up of Rosanna's peasant dress and Caroline's peasant dress. Both were paper patterns, and both were on sale for $1, so I think they were worth the money.

There were some things I didn't like about the pattern. It directed you to sew the ruffles all the way to the neckline. I am not sure that I like them that high. I think I might prefer them under the casing. 
Side note: does anyone have a good iron they recommend? Mine really stinks. I tried and tried to get those ruffles to lay flat with it and they just won't do it. It's awful at getting wrinkles out too.

This was my favorite detail. For some reason, I really like the band of fabric at the bottom of the skirt above the ruffle.

Okay, now for my pros and cons of the pattern(s).


I like the design. There are a lot of ways to go with different fabric combinations and such.

The two dresses had basically the same bodice, so it was super simple to mash the patterns.


The way the instructions are worded kind of grates on my nerves. I've looked at other patterns and it seems that they are all the same. Instead of saying something like "topstitch above the seam" it will say "now we are going to topstitch above the seam." It makes me think of Father of the Bride, where Steve Martin says, "I'll tell you why we don't calm down. Because you're not excited. It takes two people for a we to calm down."

The line drawings for the paper patterns need work.

Neither a pro or con, but just FYI:

From what I've seen, most CKC patterns really require a serger. I don't have one, so I used my rolled hem foot on my sewing machine for the ruffles, but I think you'd get better results with a serger. Heck, you'd probably get better results with a regular sewing machine. Anyone know of tips to not have the fabric show through like that?

So, bottom line? I think these patterns were worth the $1 I spent on them for sure. I created a dress that I think my daughter will love. If I had paid full price, which I think is around $10, I would have been pretty disappointed though.

December 08, 2014

Bow Tee and Leg Warmer Leggings

I'm doing some sewing for Christmas presents, and I made this bow backed top for my daughter. I just used a regular tee pattern and cut the back lower. Then I made the bow and added it when I added the neckband.

From the front, it looks like a regular tee, but it has a little something extra in the back. It's an easy way to dress up a regular tee shirt.

 I also made these legwarmers. I used the We Love Leggings pattern from Pink Fig. I don't think they're available anymore, but they'd be pretty easy to duplicate with any legging pattern you have. Just replace the bottom half of the legs with a different color of fabric, making sure to add seam allowances, and there you go. 

Here's the outfit. My little girl is growing...her outfits don't fit in my camera frame very well any more!

December 03, 2014

Sweet Innocence from My Treasured Heirlooms

This is Sweet Innocence from My Treasured Heirlooms. It's been around for awhile, and I've had it in my etsy cart. When the opportunity came to test the update, I applied right away.

It's several different patterns in one. There are three over dresses, and two peasant under dresses. There is also a ruffled pants option. It's normally $12, but through the end of today you can get it for $6 using the code blackfriday50.

I made the basic peasant with the crossed bodice over dress. The over dress splits in the front to show the ruffled peasant dress underneath.

 Both of the dresses have very full skirts, so they're nice and twirly. Be warned, though, this uses a lot of fabric.

But it all comes together to make a lovely dress.