April Sewing Challenge Day 20. Deja Vu Tuxedo Dresses

If you’re thinking these little babies look familiar, you’d be correct!  I made very similar ones for Day 3 of the April Sewing Challenge here on the blog.  Today’s entries won’t be listed in the shop, however, as they are already spoken for!  Image

This is another version of my very popular tuxedo shift dress.  I used Amy Butler fabric from her ‘Love’ collection.  It’s a deep Indigo with the most lovely flowers in vibrant hues.  The dress pattern is from Seamingly Smitten on Etsy.  Image

This is another great pattern for customizing and adding your own special touches.  In this case I added the ruffle placket and buttons, but it could work alone to showcase a special print, with pockets as I’ve done on the reverse, an applique perhaps–really, there are endless options for this dress!

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This is another fabric I’ve been hoarding, waiting for just the right occasion to cut into it.  I know I probably shouldn’t be so sentimental about fabric but I can’t help it!   

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I think I’ve mentioned my love of the reversible garment–it’s just so darn practical, economically and messy kid-ally speaking.  The Easter dress I made for Miss P didn’t make it past the photo shoot before it was all stained up, so it’s fantastic to be able to simply flip it inside out to reveal a whole new and CLEAN dress!Image

The polkadot fabric on the reverse side, from the same Amy Butler collection, creates a new, yet fully coordinating look.Image

And there it is for today!  Only two more days left in April and the challenge–time surely flies!  I’m cooking up something itty bitty for tomorrow, so stay tuned 🙂

xo, Heather

 

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April Sewing Challenge Day 8. A Psychedelic Spring Frock

For today, Day 8 of my April Sewing Challenge, I was looking for a really quick and easy pattern because to be honest, I’m TIRED!  I knew it wouldn’t be a cake-walk, hence “challenge”, but putting out a new listing every day is seriously tough!  But enough complaining–I was able to whip up this little frock with enough time to get out and enjoy the sunshine with my kiddos.  Gotta like that!

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This is a really easy dress to make and wear.  It’s a simple bodice with a gathered skirt.  There are no closures so it’s designed to pop over the head one arm at a time kind of thing.

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I jazzed up the bodice with a serged ruffle for a special touch and used a very cheerful and sunny yellow kona cotton.

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The skirt is another Amy Butler print from my stash.  I must say, all the ‘Stash Busting’ I’ve been doing lately feels really good!  And every time I say ‘Stash Busting’ I’m instantly reminded of the fab 80s song “Cloudbusting” by Kate Bush.  I can’t stop singing it–love that song, but I digress…

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Having no closures makes for a looser, semi boxy fit.  This being a Size 5 made it a touch too big for Miss P (who’s 4 1/2) to model, so no action shots today unfortunately.

Well, only one more item to go before the weekend!  Stay tuned to see what I come up with 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