Mila and I have been keeping a little secret over here. I had the opportunity to test again : ). This test was a top secret mission for Heidi & Finn, an entry for the Designers Challenge a competition by Pattern Revolution. We as testers were asked to create a dress samples unseen. Well I personally had no fear that the outcome would be adorable. I own many of the Heidi and Finn patterns and there are many more I plan to purchase. Everyone of Christine's patterns are beautyfull. Just as I had suspected this pattern was just as adorable!
Introducing- The Gatsby Dress
Alright I will have to say I am not the best indoor photographer! This is a skill I must learn as a sewing blogger in Minnesota. The temps here were bellow zero and I just could not bring the baby outside with out all her cold weather gear. Back to the dress- it's the a-line version for Mila. To be honest it is so much prettier in person!
I tried to stay true to the name of the dress and added sequins. The top part of the bodice is lace with a peter pan collar. You could also do two knit tones (no lace) and kinda color block the dress. I do suggest sticking with light weight knit fabrics as the pattern suggest. I used a fabric a little heavier than a t-shirt type fabric and it seemed a little thick for the dress.
The back of the dress has a planket that ties in a bow at the top and is super adorable. Urg, no photos of that here though. I plan to make many more of these for Mila. She can actually crawl in this dress without tripping : ).
Here are a few more photos. Stop over at Heidi and Finn for more tester examples and Christine's Etsy shop to grab the pattern for yourself.
I was soooo happy to get the opportunity to test a pattern for Figgy. I have been a big fan since I had first seen the SCIROCCO Pattern. What a pretty dress and I just loved how the back had that cute twist. Figgys pattern are so modern but still sweet and easy to read. She is another one of those pattern designers whom seam to teach you a new sewing lesson with each pattern purchase. To be honest I have just been dyeing to test a pattern!!! I have a hard time coming up with something to sew or just seem to have to many ideas of what I would like to sew but never seem to get any of my ideas completed. Contests and pattern testing seem to keep me on a straigt line-and I get the project done. Well, enough about me.
Lets talk about this new pattern. It's called the Celestial Pullover.
I tested the pattern in size 18 months. Mila is just starting to get into the size and I think the top fit her well now and will fit her for probably another 6+ months. The pattern is for knits. I used a sturdy two way stretch knit I had picked up at Joann's. I am no expert with knits and I truly had no problem sewing this up. (Can I give you a big hint when it comes to knit...buy a walking foot! Everything turns out perfect with a walking foot)
I think I could cut and sew one up in 30 minutes if I were able to find that kind of uninterrupted time : ).
The pattern also includes pockets in the side seam, and look at the cute dip in the back! I can see making this for Mila for years to come. I think it will be available in sizes up to 16
Its November already, wow this year sure has been cruzing by! The Frances Suzanne "Flip this pattern" series is half way over, and oh what fun it has been!!! The November pattern was such a great pick. I love a pattern that I can use for years to come, and even better- for boys and girls. The pattern chosen was The Hangout Hoodie by the Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop.
I made a few changes. A few weeks ago I walked into Gymboree and saw this dress. It was adorable but sold out in Mila's size. This dress was my inspiration. I pared up my inspiration dress with some fabric I was given for my birthday this summer and
Whaaa Laaaa- a little hang out hoodie dress was created.
Gymboree is all about appliques so I thought I would follow suit with my favorite animal. I purchased this applique from my very favorite embroidery design shop Hang to Dry Applique.
When I first started sewing I was so inspired by Farbenmix. Farbenmix is a German pattern shop that really creates some amazing designs. They also use a lot of appliques, ribbons, bows, etc... A lot of there hooded patterns include a long hood. Not sure if there is a special name for it, by I used that type hood with this dress.
I also gathered the bottom of the dress and added a band for a bubble look. It really turned out fun and cute I think : ). Here are a few more photos...
My Little Helper. Notice my boys always seem to have helmets on : )
Yep, we feed her camera lenses. This is how we got a few of those smiles.
I have been so looking forward to this months Flip This Pattern for the year long sew-along with Francessuzanne.com. This month we were asked to flip the Sunki pattern by Figgy. I have had this pattern saved in my mind for a future purchase, when Mila is a little bigger. Well a flip is the perfect excuse to pick up the pattern a little early.
Oh I love that Mila is getting a little bigger and some of my favorite patterns are fitted for her size. This pattern at 18 months was still a little to big. Mila is in around 6-12 months clothes. So with this flip part of the flip was adjusting the size to fit my chubby snuggy bebe. Yes I call her a 100 different goofy names. My neighbors must think I am a little goofy because I am sure they could hear my high pitched baby talk all summer long with those windows open. Fall is finally here so the windows are closed a little more often and wool works great for the season and the season to follow. This dress I made with the softest wool blend. I picked it up at my local Hancock Fabrics. If you are near Mankato MN this is an amazing fabric store. I have loads of very nice knit fabrics I have picked up for $1 to $2 a yard. They purchase end of bolts from there supplier and pass on the savings to us! I love it : ). Ok so back to my flip...yes, the wool is soft and wonderful. I did make a few more changes than to size as well.
I removed the curve from the top part of the bodice and rounded the neckline a little as well. I also only used a 3/8th seam allowance for a better fit on my smaller sized baby. I also added a planket to the top bodice as well. I used the same method as shown here. I added a pleat to each pocket. That is maybe my favorite part of the dress/tunic.
I completely removed the sleeves and added a tiny raw edge ruffle.
I also topstitched everywhere with a stitch that looked a little like hand stitching.
I put buttons on the back instead of the zipper. I thought the buttons looked pretty and vintage. The dress is fully lined. I also kept this pretty short. Mila is 7 months and at the starting to crawl stage so long dresses just get in the way at this age. I also sewed up a matching diaper cover. I used the free pattern from here. I love this pattern and can not believe it is free. It is so useful : )
Anyways that was my flip. Here are a few more pictures
My two older boys were my helpers this time. This is what they spent most of there time doing instead of helping me. But they sure loved there turn at photos : )
Last week of Project Run and Play and I have this blog posted first. Why, well I think my signature look was a pretty easy one to write about. Ok, so my signature look is a bit of a copycat. But it is so my style, and the first time I saw this dress I fell in love. And I was just a kid at the time.
I do love everything about it, the color combination, the
pin dots, the vintage style, the buttons, blue ric rac, its just adorable : ) I
use to play with the dress when I was a child. I think it is actually a doll
dress. My grandmother had kept it from when she was a little girl. It had been
sewn for her by her mother (my great grandmother). Recently my grandmother
passed away. This dress and an old camera were passed down to me. I hung the
dress up in my sewing room as inspiration.A few months later we had our baby girl.Our first and only little lady.She has three big brothers.I now
had even more of a reason to recreate!And just my luck Iwalked into my
local quilt shop and there it was.The
exact same pink and white pin dot fabric.EXACTLY the same.What are the
chances. The quilt shop lady told me pin dots are timeless.
That's my dress on the left and bottom right next to the original on the top right.
First I added about two inches to the fold. Notice its about an inch taller.
Here it is cut out, the lining stayed the same.
I folded it back in half, drew that line in my picture and than sewed along the line.
I than ironed it flat : )
I cut off that extra fabric at the top and than sewed the ricrac along the ironed fold. It was pretty easy : ) the rest I just followed the directions to the geranium dress pattern.
I think she loves it, I sure wish my grandma could see, not
just the dress but the baby as well.She
would just be in love! : ) I did make this dress a few months ago and Mila is just about to out grow it, so I took a few more pictures for you to see and me to keep : )
Here is one other outfit that I think reflects my signature style. This was my Tinny flip for the Frances and Suzanne sew along. I think it really has a vintage feel, fun and nice clean lines similar to the dress I have Mila in in the above pictures.
One more thing. Yay, I won a prize from sewmamasew.com. Only problem. The prize requires that I am in New York City. Unfortunately I will not be traveling there with in the next year so I have decided to give away my prize. If any of you plan to be in New York City with in the next year or two and would be interested in a tour of NYC Garment District please let me know. Here is some info on the tour-
Seek's New York Garment District Tour is a two-hour guided tour featuring the city’s best fabric, trim, and notions stores. Along the way, tour participants will also enjoy seeing famous fashion landmarks (like the Fashion Walk of Fame) and Project Runway filming locations such as Parsons, Bryant Park, and Atlas Apartments. Led by a professional costume/fashion designer and licensed guide, this tour also explores the history of the NYC garment industry and the development of famous department stores like Macy’s and Lord & Taylor.
The Garment District Tour is perfect for fashion students, aspiring designers, fabric aficionados, Project Runway fans, fashion history buffs, and anyone who just loves to sew!