May 26, 2015

Vintage Ruffles and Lace

I just love the look of vintage clothing, so this is an attempt at making some ruffles and lace that look a little vintage, but with a modern feel too.

These are a couple of Violette Field Threads patterns. The blouse is the Madelyn and the skirt is the Vivienne pattern. 

The Madelyn is made for knits, but it has a size chart for wovens also. I had to go up quite a few sizes, which made it pretty long, and it was pretty snug at the bottom. I also didn't like the look of the back, so I added room in the back so that it would overlap, rather than just meeting at the center back. I did regular button holes rather than the loops the pattern called for.

I also added another layer of ruffles to the skirt and adjusted the waist band a little.

I also added some wooden buttons. Those really are vintage. Or thrifted, anyway.

Here's the skirt by itself.

And the blouse, complete with lace covered buttons. Those are my favorite part.

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May 15, 2015

The Secret Garden Dress

I've been on a buying hiatus, and here is another one of the patterns I've been meaning to sew up since I purchased it. It's the Secret Garden Dress. I got it because I loved the bow at the back. It's so feminine and sweet that I decided to use this vintage looking floral fabric to sew it up with.

The original pattern has a really deep V at the back, but I replaced that with an invisible zipper so that the dress would have more coverage in the back.

The instructions were great, although I did have a little bit of trouble understanding how to do the bow. It took a little fiddling to get it how I wanted it. Make sure you have your iron handy!

Check out some of my other stash projects here, here, and here.

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May 13, 2015

Felt Flower Crown Tutorial

I love the flower crowns that I'm seeing a lot of lately. I have some felt in my stash, and I decided to make a few soft flower crowns for my baby. And yes, there is only one crown in these pictures. I ran out of batteries in my camera.

I have a die cutting machine that I used to cut out the flowers, which speeds up the process a lot. Or you can head over to this headband tutorial and pattern and use the larger flower pattern to make the flowers.

May 07, 2015

Rose T-Shirt with Lace

I took a break from sewing for my kids to sew a shirt for myself for spring. I made the Rose T-shirt from Blank Slate Patterns.

White on white is kind of hard to photograph (especially when you have a preschooler as your photographer-there are a lot of outtakes involving her feet), so it's kind of hard to see the lace detail, but that's my favorite part of this shirt.

May 05, 2015

Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial

These little wooden peg dolls are so cute and fun to make, but since they're so small, they can easily get lost.

With this easy zipper pouch, you can have a safe place to store them. Plus, I don't know about your kids, but mine love having their own little bags and pouches to store things in. And use to smuggle toys to school in their backpacks. Please tell me that my kids are not the only ones who do this.

This pouch is similar to the zippered pencil case I made, except it also has a lining.

You will need:

Coordinating fabric
Sewing Supplies

May 04, 2015

Wooden Peg Dolls-Mermaid Version

The peg doll family I made is still a favorite toy around here. I also made a princess collection. That princess collection was the inspiration behind this mermaid version. The one on the end may look familiar, but the rest of them aren't based on any specific mermaid. Basically, I was just going for as many colors as I could. 

I have some Martha Stewart pearlized and metalic paints, so the little dolls got some accessories too. This one has a cute little silver headband.

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