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

April Sewing Challenge Day 21. A Ruffled Bubble Romper for Baby

Hello and welcome to Day 21 of my April Sewing Challenge!  I was really hoping to have two of these babies to show you but as usual, the day got away from me and I was only able to squeak out one.  

This is the ruffled baby romper by Tie Dye Diva (my go-to pattern designer lately).  It’s just the sweetest little vintage inspired pattern you have ever seen.  And just in time for summer!    Image

A knotted, halter style neck and layers of ruffles on a on a bubbly bum–so precious!Image

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a pokey sewer, so having a serger to do the rolled hem here on the ruffles REALLY cuts down on precious time!

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Elastic in the back and around the leg casings give this romper its bubbled bottom.  I really wish I had a little model for today, because just hanging here really doesn’t do this any justice.

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This is the view from the front.  I used a vintage inspired floral fabric featuring tiny pink roses, and actual vintage fabric for the lining and ruffles, in a delicious watermelon pink.  

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This pattern may seem a bit daunting to a beginner, but it’s actually quite simple to sew.  The only sticky part is ironing/pressing the leg casings around the curve, but if you go slowly and use lots of steam, you’re in good shape.  There’s a high degree of gratification (for me anyway) upon completion of this pattern.  It’s a winner every time!Image

That’s it for today, my second last day of the Challenge.  Hard to believe it’s coming to an end, though I’m pretty exhausted!  For my last challenge entry tomorrow, I’ll be debuting my first wedding dress!  Ha ha… not quite!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Heather

April Sewing Challenge Day 19. A Woodland Picnic Pinafore Dress

Hi again! Today is Day 19 of my April Sewing Challenge of listing one new item per weekday in my Etsy Shop—and it’s FRIDAY!  What a loooong week!

Today was another busy day of running around so once again, I needed a pattern that was super quick and easy to sew.  This one, by Whimsy Couture, is probably the easiest and quickest dress pattern in my arsenal!  

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If you’re new to sewing, I highly recommend it.  It’s a simple shape, there are no closures, and it’s a great pattern for practicing your topstitching.  It’s also a great canvas for applique, or to showcase a really cute print.  In this case I think I achieved both of those goals 🙂

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I love this little fawn.  As in previous days this week, I felt I needed some applique-action to jazz up an otherwise perhaps boring(?) dress.

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Needling no closures, the shoulder ties allow a pop or glimpse of the fabric on the reverse side which is really cute.

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This print is one of my favourites.  I love navy blue for one–it’s by far, my favourite colour, and what’s not to like about little tiny daisies, strawberries, and cherries?!

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I love me a reversible dress!  Kids grow so quickly, and clothes can get really expensive.  With this dress, it’s two looks in one which really makes good ‘cents’!  Another great thing about this dress is that as your little one grows, it can later be worn as a tunic over tights or jeans!  Gotta love it!

Thanks for stickin’ with me this week!  I’ll be back on Monday for the final stretch of the challenge.  

Hope you have a great weekend!

xo, Heather

 

April Sewing Challenge Day 12–Rainbows and Ruffles Outfit for Baby Part 2 of 2

Hello!  If you missed yesterday’s post, I introduced Part 1 of this outfit, the Open Back Baby Dress.  Today, I completed the bottoms, the Ruffled Diaper Cover, also by Tie Dye Diva.  And here they are, together in their cheerful glory!Image

 

The Ruffled Diaper Cover pattern is another great one, though I haven’t made as many as I would have liked.  With another little girl on the way, I hope to remedy that situation! For my taste it doesn’t get much cuter for babies than this vintage-y silhouette.  Chubby legs and arms and a bubble butt = heart melting.Image

 

The pattern comes together relatively quickly.  I’m stoked I have a serger–it makes finishing the ruffles a breeze.  The leg openings/casings are a bit fiddly but I had no major issues getting them to cooperate today. Image

 

As in the top, I used blue Kona cotton and a cotton/poly blend for the rainbow ruffles.Image

 

Hope you like them!  You just might be seeing a few more of these in the shop in the next few months…

 

Heather 🙂

April Sewing Challenge Day 11– Baby Outfit Part One of Two

Hello there!  Thanks for joining me for today’s instalment of my April Sewing Challenge.  I’ve hit the half way point of listing one new item per weekday in my Etsy Shop.  It’s a good feeling!

I’ve come to realize that I’m a pretty pokey sewer–and I’m easily distracted.  That said, I’ve decided to make today’s post a two-parter to take some of the pressure off.  For Part One, let me introduce you to the cutest little baby pinafore I’ve ever seen!

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It’s a new pattern for me, another swell purchase from Tie Dye Diva:  The Open Back Baby Dress.  For this one, I sewed up a Size 12-18 months which is such a precious age for babies as they are usually learning to walk around this time.

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I went with my usual Kona cotton for the outer dress and my go-to polkadot poly cotton fabric for the lining.  As in yesterday’s post, I wanted to jazz up the front with a bit of applique action.  I went for a simple ric rac (rick rack? rickrack?–you be the judge) rainbow.  And who doesn’t smile when they see a rainbow?!   So easy and so cute!Image

The back, as per the name, is open, closing with a simple yellow heart button.  It’s got a real vintage vibe, and when you see the completed look tomorrow, it will scream vintage adorable-ness.  

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I usually find myself sewing for whatever size Miss P is wearing, but now that we’ve got #3 on the way, I’ve got a case of sewing for baby fever.  Expect to see more baby stuff in the weeks to come!Image

Make sure you pop by tomorrow to see Part 2 of this look.  I’m off to try to finish Miss P’s Easter Party Outfit for Preschool tomorrow.

Have a great day!

xo, Heather