hey guys! i have been sewing along a little with kids clothes week this week but not as much as usual – largely because i was working on a tutorial for Oliver + S (and tutorials take me foooorrrreeeeeveerrrrrrrrr)!
would you like to learn how to make the Roller Skate Dress (one of my favorite dress patterns) fully reversible, blind hem and all? WELL! i can show you how.
E loves her new springy dress and it’s made out of the brand new Cotton + Steel rayon! i’ve got to make something for myself with this stuff. it seems like a dream to wear, and it’s just so darn pretty too. but of course it is. it’s Cotton + Steel. ;)
spring has come early here in the Pacific Northwest, a far cry from last year at this time!
head on over to the Oliver + S blog to see my tutorial and more photos of this dress, and hopefully i can wrap up my KCW sewing and pop in later this weekend to show you.
at the same time i made CINO Jess her purse, I made her daughter Sadie a dress for HER birthday and mailed them off together.
it was painfully late – Sadie’s birthday was in August and i sent the dress in November. LATE November. the problem is, CINO is one of the best gifters you’ll ever meet, and i always feel the need to put together amazing gifts in return (which inevitably leads to procrastination on my part *cringe*). Jess made E a beautiful Heather Ross lulu dress for her birthday in May when she and Sadie came to visit, plus brought a gift for O and cookies and decorations for the Frozen party…anything i did would feel inadequate, but I had to try anyway.
i made her an Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress, a simple design but such a cute fit, and it’s a perfect dress to show off a print. E and Sadie are almost exactly the same size and seem to have growth spurts at the same times, so i just sewed what fit E and knew it’d probably work. so this is a 5 and i believe i added a little length to it, probably to the 6. that’s my typical adjustment these days. helps when E can model for me, ha!
yeah i took these photos in November. it was still fall then.
the fabric is red-orange unicorns from Heather Ross’ Far Far Away – the re-release. i got this fabric at Fabric Depot but it’s not available online there – though it is available over at my sponsor LiMa’s shop – she has a bunch of the prints! it’s quilting cotton but super soft and works well for apparel. Heather always seems win at having her designs printed on the best base material.
i lined it with a thrifted vintage sheet. also very soft, duh.
this button came from another sewing pal i met on the internetz and then in real life – Kelly!
it’s a fun, bright dress and E wanted to keep it. but she was happy to send it to her buddy Sadie too.
i really need to make E another one of these dresses! i’ve got a pretty substantial quilting cotton stash and the more she grows, the fewer dress options i have! ridiculous!
oh hey! how’s it going? did you have a nice holiday? right around the time of my last post, our entire family got sick over the course of a week, with two different and nasty little viruses…and then it was nearly Christmas! i decided it was as good a time as any to take a little blog break. i did sew a few things, though, so hopefully i can get myself back into the blogging groove.
once we were healthy, suddenly E’s school program was only a few days away and she needed a dress! i tried to talk her into a nontraditional Christmas dress using fabric from my stash, but she sweetly insisted on a fancy green dress with a gold sash, so i hit Fabric Depot right before they closed one night to grab everything i needed.
given the fact that that happened on a Monday and the program was on Thursday, i really should’ve kept it simple. i thought about the Hanami but no, in the end, i had to go all out and sew my first Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress, which Liesl calls “the ultimate special occasion dress.” Continue reading
seriously, what is this baby’s deal? i can’t keep him in pants that fit! he went from my smallest baby at birth to my biggest by the time he was 6 months old, and it seems he does nothing but grow out of all his clothes. pants are the main problem. WELL I’LL SHOW HIM.
i really like how his lumberjack layette pants fit and they seem so cozy. i thought the style would look cool with jeans-esque topstitching, and they’re fun to sew, so i just went ahead and made another pair.
i got some pretty fabric, and i made a pretty dress.
there are times i want to push my limits, try new things, make the unexpected choice. and then there are times i just want to make a new dress for Em. Continue reading