great pattern hack: tulip antalya dress

hello purple lovers!!  welcome back, i have another dress for you, yep two purple dresses in a row on the blog, you’re so welcome.

my friend Melissa of A Happy Stitch partnered with Michael Miller Fabrics for an event called THE GREAT PATTERN HACK (which sounds so epic it needed caps i think).  we chose from a selection of brand new fabrics from Michael Miller, a selection of patterns from indie designers, and got to hacking.  here’s mine!


tulip antalya dress // skirt as top

after seeing some really cool versions of the Antalya Dress by Willow & Co on the blogs, I was intrigued to give it a whirl.  i made a size 6 for E and figured the roomy fit and length would last her a bit, because she couldn’t possibly be a size 6 yet, right??  it seemed too big while i was sewing it but she really has grown a lot lately. Continue reading

britex lace flower girl dress

Sometimes timing just works out perfectly.  My daughter was invited to be the flower girl in my husband’s cousin’s wedding early next month (she has been a flower girl a couple times before and SHE LOVES IT), and the bride asked me to make her flower girl dress (which I LOVE).

Lucky for me, the upcoming Britex sale category of poly/rayon/lace and my ongoing status as a guest blogger for them meant I had plenty of wonderful fabric options to choose from to make her the perfect summer wedding flower girl dress.

lace overlay roller skate dress

I decided on this gorgeous Floral Net Mauve Cotton Blend Stretch Lace – it’s a cotton/nylon blend mesh with embroidered flowers.  The bride’s colors include purple as an accent, and her dress is white lace and somewhat fitted, so I thought a simple shift dress would work nicely for Em. Continue reading

double gauze alder for nani IRO month

it’s nani IRO month again, yay!  was super flattered last year to be invited by miss matatabi to participate, and equally flattered this year.  wanting to branch out a bit but remain very selfish with my nani IRO, i decided to use a pattern i’d been meaning to try since the day it was released – the Grainline alder dress.

nani IRO alder dress // skirt as top

the fabric i chose was a beautiful double gauze called Spectacle – it’s pink and lime green brush strokes on a light pink background.  i love the hand painted aesthetic of nani IRO fabric, it feels effortless and it’s always so pretty.  Frances has a great selection of nani IRO listed in her shop and even though she lives in Japan and I’m on the west coast of the US, her shipments seem to arrive impossibly fast!   Continue reading

vintage may 2015 roundup

vintage may 2015 recap

Another Vintage May has come and gone!  Jess and I always love seeing what our guests come up with…such a talented bunch of gals joining us in our annual celebration of vintage style.  We kept it low key this year, just one week, but it was still a ton of fun!  I hope you found inspiration and maybe learned about a few new sewing bloggers along the way too.    

Here’s a quick recap in case you missed any posts!

vintage may 2015 recap

craftiness is not optional || skirt as top

vintage may 2015 recap

A Jennuine Life || Handmade by Brienne

vintage may 2015 recap

Sew a Straight Line || sweetKM

vintage may 2015 recap

Sew Much Ado || Fake it While You Make It

vintage may 2015 recap

CailaMade || skirt as top

Once again, a huuuuuge thank you to all of our guests – you’re awesome and we are so happy you joined us for Vintage May!  And I’ll add a personal thanks to Jess – she’s such a great partner in running a series like this; we have a lot of fun bouncing ideas off each other!  We make a great team.  Thank YOU, Jess!