April Sewing Challenge Day 16. A Seaside Sailor Stripe Sally Dress

Today’s project is another from the UFO (unfinished objects) pile.  I had begun to wonder what had become of all my pins–and now I know where they all have been hiding.  I have way too many cut out and partially pinned patterns than I care to admit 😉

Anyhoo, this is the Sally Dress by Very Shannon.  I’ve made it several times, in lots of different fabrics, with and without sleeves and pockets.  It’s a pleasure and a breeze to sew and there are no buttons or other closures to fiddle with which is always nice.Image

The bodice is lined and the shoulder straps have a neat, pointed diamond shape.Image

The skirt is really full, and the pockets are perfect for kids like Miss P who are constantly finding and packing around treasures.Image

The pockets are built into the side seams which is neat and great for durability.

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I have another one of these cut out in a different size, with a slightly different bottom.  Hopefully I can get that one completed soon but we’ll see… At least I have a few more pins to work with!

Till tomorrow!

xo, Heather 

April Sewing Challenge Day 6. National Tartan Day

Did you know that last Sunday was National Tartan Day?  Neither did I until my Google calendar told me it was.  I think I’ve mentioned that I’m a major procrastinator.  Part of the reason it takes me forever to finish a project is that I have SO much fabric and SO many patterns, that I can waste a whole day deciding on the right combination.  That’s why I love a good theme–so thank you National Tartan Day, you made my choice an easy one!

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A little background for you:  National Tartan Day was established here in Canada in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia to commemorate the signing of the Scottish Declaration of Independence on April 6, 1320.  And there you go, a mini history lesson 🙂

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My love of plaid and tartan is equally as strong as my love of all things nautical.  It’s so classic and timeless, and perfect for vintage inspired kids clothes, my general aesthetic.  For this project I chose a gorgeous tartan shirting fabric by Robert Kaufman called House of Wales (it appears to be sold out at Fabric.com).  The pattern is a new one for me, the Norah Dress by the lovely Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House.

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The pattern was well written and easy to follow.  I love the peter pan collar, simple a line shape, and shorter length.  If I would have had more time I’d have pulled out the white tights and Mary Janes for our photo shoot but who am I kidding, I’m so behind today!  I don’t know how these bloggers do it every day?!  I suppose I need to channel my inner Type A personality, but man, this challenge is killing me lol

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That’s it for today.  Off to list this baby on Etsy and phewf, I’m still alive in the challenge!  I have no clue how or what I will end up posting tomorrow–PLEASE, if you have any suggestions, I could use some direction 😉

Till tomorrow….

xo, Heather

April Sewing Challenge Day 3 and a GIVEAWAY

Okay, it’s getting down to the wire on Day 3 but here it is, my submission for my April Sewing Challenge of listing one new item in my Etsy Shop for every weekday this month!  And today I’ve got not one, but two dresses to list–hooray for me!

First up is a gorgeous little tuxedo shift dress that just screams Spring–I’m ignoring the fact that it snowed again last night grrrr…  

Fully reversible, this little baby is a size 3/4T.  I used a pattern by Seamingly Smitten, one I’ve used A LOT!  It’s so versatile and is really simple and easy to customize.  Love it!  The beautiful fabric is an Amy Butler design that I’ve been hoarding for about 2 years.

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So easy to wear, it just pops over the head with no need for closures of any kind.  I love not having to sew button holes and insert zippers whenever possible!

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This is what the reverse looks like–a coordinating polkadot fabric with a cute little pocket 🙂

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Up next is the size 1/2T.  It is exactly the same except for the buttons. 

 

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Okay, Day 3 is officially in the bag!  See you tomorrow!  Oh, but before I go, tomorrow is the last day to enter my Facebook Giveaway.  Check it out!   xo, Heather