I’m Back!

Hello there!  I’m excited to be back on the blog, which means I’ve started sewing again!!

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This little munchkin has kept me rather busy these last eight months which has left little time for sewing.  We’ve got a pretty reliable nap schedule happening now which leaves me more time to get creative!!

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I’ve done some pattern testing.  Above is The Holly Dress by Audrey & Tiffany which features pintucks, a button placket and a half(?) circle skirt.  It was turned out great and was a very satisfying sew!

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I’ve done a few custom orders including the two above.

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I have also partnered with a local #retailtruck here in Calgary.  The Crafted Artisan Truck hits the street of #yyc this month and I’m so excited to be on board!!

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And I just finished this little beauty for Miss P yesterday!  I will probably blog about it later but I wanted to share.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!  🙂 H

Bohemian Babydoll for Kids Clothes Week

I made this little number for my friend’s daughter who just celebrated her Third Birthday.  I wish I could photograph her wearing it because she is just about the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen!  IMG_8171

This is the Bohemian Babydoll Dress by Elegance & Elephants.  I’ve had my eye on it for a while–the idea of zero closures is a big selling feature for me when browsing patterns to purchase!

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Plus, the curved bodice and high/low hem trend had me intrigued.

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This was a very easy pattern to follow for the most part.  The initial instructions for the sleeves had me a bit confused, so I immediately opted for the second method for sewing them.  It’s very nice to have options, because sometimes certain ways of doing things just make more sense.  That said, I screwed up the alternate sleeve sewing method TWICE before I got it right—I think I’ll blame preggo brain on that one! 

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I used a Robert Kaufman Linen/Cotton blend fabric in a lovely sky blue for the main fabric, and a blue and white cotton toile for the lining and hem facing. 

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I think it turned out really sweet and I can’t wait to see it on the Birthday Girl!  I will likely be making one for Miss P and #3, and will definitely share it here when that happens 🙂        

Kids Clothes Week Outfit #1 – Vintage Monkeys Jeanine Jumper

This past week I decided to join the Kids Clothes Week Challenge which involves sewing for  your little ones for one hour each day for a week.  I have a mile long list of things to sew before #3 makes her arrival, so I had hoped this challenge would give me a kick in the butt to get things going.

I was able to complete 2 (and a half) outfits in the week, which isn’t that bad considering how slow I’ve been moving lately–and with everything else we’ve had to do to get ready for the baby.

Outfit #1 is the Sis Boom Jeanine Jumper from the Scientific Seamstress.

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I adore rompers–they’re cute and fun and very practical for active kids.  This pattern is a recent release from Carla at the Scientific Seamstress.  Usually I’ll snap the pattern up right away, but it’ll take me ages before I get around to sewing it.  Not this time!  I knew I wanted Miss P to be in rompers this summer so I put this project to the top of the ole list.

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I chose to do the short shorts, drop waist with elastic option and I’m really pleased with the results!

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Since these first few pics were taken, I’ve added ric rac to the yoke to give it a little more definition.  I also added elastic to the legs as I felt the shorts flared out a bit too much for my liking.

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Much better methinks!

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I used a vintage cotton monkey print from my stash.  A lovely lady I met a couple of summers ago at a craft fair gifted me her entire fabric collection as she no longer sews.  It’s the gift that really keeps on giving–it was a massive collection!  Thanks again Carol!!

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I’m really happy I added the elastic to the legs–now this Monkey can really giver on her home away from home–the trampoline!

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My sewing goals of late have included making matching/coordinating ensembles for Miss P and #3.  I know it’s super dorky, but matching outfits–how cute is that?!  The 1/2 in my KCW projects is the half finished Itty Bitty Baby Dress for #3 in the same monkey print.

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When #3 decides to make an appearance, you know I’ll be all over that photo op so stay tuned!

Over the River and Through the Woods… Pattern Testing for my Fave Pattern Designer

Hello there!

I’ve been keeping a secret which I’ve been dying to spill!  And today, I can finally I can share my Top Secret Pattern Testing Assignment:  The Storybook Pinafore for Girls by my go-to, favourite pattern designer, Jen, from Tie Dye Diva.  You know she is my Fave because the majority of the posts on this blog have featured TDD patterns.  I luuuurve them ❤

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The pattern is a vintage inspired pinafore meant to be worn atop a peasant or similar type dress or tunic.  In this case I used Jen’s Easy Peasant Dress Pattern which pairs perfectly with the pinafore.Image

For the assignment, I knew immediately which fabric I would use for the Storybook theme–and yes, you guessed it, I’ve been hoarding it for a while 😉  It’s the most beautiful and special Little Red Riding Hood cotton fabric from Japan.  Isn’t it just the cutest fabric you’ve ever seen?! 

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The accent gingham fabric came from Fabric.com, as did the red Kona cotton that I used for the under dress.  As you can see, the pinafore pops over the head and ties up at the sides in sweet little bows.  Pockets are always a bonus for my little Miss P who will fill them with bugs and rocks at every opportunity 🙂

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The little flutter sleeves are so vintage-y and girly–adorable!Image

We’ve had a rather late start to Spring here in Calgary, and when we did our photo shoot a couple of weeks ago, it was absolutely FUH-REEZING!  Miss P was the ultimate trooper however, and we had lots of fun!

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Thanks for stopping by today–I’m so happy I finally got to share this post with you!  

If you were interested in sewing up one of these babies for a little one in your life, now would be a great time to do it!  The pattern is on sale in her shop for the next couple of days–and if you buy 2 more patterns (like the Peasant dress, perhaps), you can use the coupon code “BUNDLE” to save 25% off your purchase!  

Have a wonderful day!

xo, Heather

Ladybug Bubble Dress for a Mother’s Day Tea

Miss P’s preschool hosted a special Ladybug themed tea for Mother’s Day today.  She wanted a dress to match the occasion, so the Ladybug Bubble Tea Dress was put in motion.  Excuse the pics–they were taken in a hurry this morning 🙂Image

This is the Sunshine Dress by Shwin Designs.  I’ve had the pattern for a while, but this is my first crack at it.  It’s got some unique features, including a drawstring bottom which creates the bubble effect, and a curved bodice and skirt-super cute!  And, it has inseam pockets!!!

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I used Kona cotton for the bodice and bottom band, and the loveliest organic cotton from Birch Fabric’s Charley Harper line that Miss P picked out herself at the fabric store.  My friend, Jodi, introduced me to a local gem of a fabric shop that I cannot believe I’d never been to before!  Let me just say that I am in love!  They carry many of the beautiful fabrics you see and covet online including lovely Japanese fabrics like Nani Iro and Kokka.  To be able to touch and feel them in person is such a treat for a fabric dork like myself!  

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Two quick buttons for the closure at the back and below is the drawstring bottom.  I was feeling lazy and almost skipped the bottom part and left the skirt twirly but I’m so glad I added it—the bubble feature really makes this dress!  And Miss P couldn’t stop twirling–a sign of a winner!  

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Hooray for pockets!

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Here she is in the classroom for party time!

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The children dipped all the strawberries themselves and served up this special treat for the moms.Image

Yummy!

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And here we are in a rare pic together, my little ham bone and me 🙂 Image

Happy Mother’s Day!!!  

xo, Heather

April Sewing Challenge Day 22. Challenge Complete!!! And, Another Bubble Romper…

Today marks the final day in my April Sewing Challenge of listing one new item per weekday in my Etsy Shop.  I would be lying if I told you that I was sad to see it end—I’m exhausted!  Thoroughly.  But, I’m thrilled I was able to stick it out and complete what I started out to do.  It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment!  

For today I’ve got the other romper I mentioned yesterday, but wasn’t able to finish until today.  I used a vintage-y looking floral fabric in a super bright green with roses and other tiny flowers in shades of pink and orange and yellow.  The ruffles and lining are made with the same hot pink cotton from yesterday.Image

The pattern is by my favourite designer of late, Tie Dye Diva.  I’ve now made quite a few of these babies and plan to (hopefully) make a least a couple for Baby #3 to wear this summer when she arrives.  The great thing about this pattern is that the sizing goes from newborn all the way up to Size 6T (though sizes 3-6T have slightly different leg openings–more bloomer like).  I might just have to make matching ones for baby and Miss P because that’s how I roll.  Coordinating Outfits–better get ready ha ha 🙂 Image

I just can’t get enough of a ruffly bubble bum on a baby–the combination of the bubble and chubby baby legs is enough to melt even the coldest heart.  ❤

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One more view of the ruffles for the road and then I’m outta here!Image

Oops, make that two more…

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Well, that’s it for my April Sewing Challenge.  Thanks for stickin’ it out with me over the last month!  I have really appreciated your kind words and encouragement.  Thank you!!!

Not sure what’s next for me…  A couple of days to regroup, followed by a new mini collection for The Collective Good I’m thinking…  

I also have a MAJOR undertaking ahead with the reorganization of my sewing room/home office.  I would like to document my progress here, but I might be just a bit too ashamed to show you any ‘before’ pics–it’s THAT bad!  Stay tuned…

xo, Heather