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!!!


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!  


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!  


Hooray for pockets!


Here she is in the classroom for party time!


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



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 18. Appliqued Party Time Wrap Dress

Hello and welcome to Day 18 of my April Sewing Challenge!  I’ve pledged to list one new item in my Etsy Shop for every weekday this month and I’m getting close to the end!

Today’s entry is yet another one from my UFO (unfinished object) pile which is a great feeling getting them completed and hopefully out the door!  I have big plans of redoing my sewing room, so the less stuff I’ve got to move around, the BETTER!

This little number is a reversible wrap dress from Wink Handmade.  Sweet, easy to sew and reversible!  Gotta love a reversible dress!


I used a super soft, fine wale Robert Kaufman Corduroy in a beautiful shade of Robin Egg blue, with a Michael Miller cotton cupcake motif on the other.  This is a size 12 months, and it just screams FIrst Birthday to me.  Image

I thought it needed a little something-something on the corduroy side to jazz it up, so I appliqued some balloons with mini ric rac strings.


Every girl needs a good wrap dress, and this is two dresses in one!  The cupcakes are so cute and cheerful.  On the bright blue, they really pop 🙂


Satin ribbons on the inside and outer chest act as closures–no pesky buttons or zippers to sew, which is always a bonus for me!Image

I think I’ll keep with the UFO theme for tomorrow–why not, I’m on a roll!  

Thanks for stopping by!  See you tomorrow!

xo, Heather



April Sewing Challenge Day 13–Something for My Little Easter Bunny and a Coupon Code

So today is Day 13 of my April Sewing Challenge.  Technically I’m supposed to put what I make for sale in the Shop, but today I’m not.  This little number belongs to Miss P–it’s her Easter Dress, complete with bunnies and other woodland creatures.


Once again, it’s a Tie Dye Diva Pattern–I’m on a serious roll here!  It’s the Perfect Party Dress, and the name does not disappoint!


This is a classic, timeless dress for a little girl:  sleeveless bodice, buttons up the back, a sash, and a skirt made for twirling.  I love it and so does my Little Missy!  


I love the buttons–makes for a really clean and tidy look.  The pattern doesn’t have the contrast band on the bottom.  I added it for an extra pop of colour.  There are a lot of options with this dress including a ruffle bottom and a ruffled bib for the bodice.


The fabric is a most beautiful cotton poplin(?) from Japan.  I’ve been hoarding it (of course) for several years because I luuurrve it so! Image

You know it’s a hit when she wants to boogie down during the photo shoot 🙂Image

And there it is for today–perhaps for the week…  I’m not sure if I’ll take the Holiday or see if I can whip something up tomorrow, we’ll see.  If I don’t happen to pop in tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

xo, Heather

P.S.  I’ve got a Coupon Code on my Facebook Page right now but for a limited time only.  Check it out here 🙂



My latest contribution to The Collective Good



Hello there! Welcome to my very first blog post–bear with me while I navigate my way around…



I’ve been busy sewing the last few days, preparing my latest mini collection for The Collective Good , my sister’s most beautiful and special design shop located in Whitehorse, Yukon (my homeland).

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Because winter is hanging around way longer than it should, I specifically chose bright and cheerful colours that at least remind us of spring.  I found this cool ikat-inspired print at Fabricland and paired it with a hot pink solid for a bit of contrast.

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The pattern is the Perfect Party Dress by the lovely and talented Jen at Tie Dye Diva–I love her patterns!

If you’re in the Whitehorse area, pop into The Collective Good this weekend and see them in person! xo