banded blue building block dress

finally yay, Liesl’s new book is out!  i’m super happy to be on the blog tour for this one.

banded blue building block dress

it’s called the Building Block Dress, and i remember Liesl mentioning the fledgling idea for the book back when she visited Portland for quilt market in 2013!  i know she has worked very hard at getting this thing to print and it’s a really impressive final product – it’s been a long time coming and i’m excited it’s here.  it makes up for the (sad!) absence of new Oliver + S patterns lately. Continue reading

ice cream shop maxi dress

today i’m supes excited to be joining the Boardwalk Delight blog party celebrating the summeriest fabric line designed by the summeriest gal, reigning queen of the sewing blogs, Dana Willard of Made Everyday!

ice cream shop maxi dress // skirt as top

Dana’s tutorials were pretty much my first introduction to the kid sewing blog scene about 7 years ago, and i’ll always hold a special place in my heart for her and what she’s done for the community.  her tutorials (and recipes) are fantastic, her patterns are awesome, and now…she’s a designer of adorable fabric too!   go Dana! Continue reading

summer swimwear tour: classic maillot

despite my lack of blogging recently, i was flattered to be invited to the summer swimwear tour by Ajaire of Call Ajaire.  she recently released a really adorable swimsuit pattern called the Classic Maillot that is just the pattern i’d been looking for!

classic maillot

it seems that a lot of kid swimsuit patterns i’ve come across seem to be halters, which are adorable, don’t get me wrong, but lately i’ve wanted to start sewing leotards for E’s new gymnastics obsession.  i’d been trying to find a good, simple, one-piece tank-style swimsuit and was coming up empty-handed.  but then, i got an email from Ajaire and the Classic Maillot was just about perfect!  it has 8 views including a tankini and more fun and flouncy tops, but i was drawn to the most basic suit, View A.   Continue reading

miss polly blog tour

i’m emerging from my blogging hibernation, rubbing my eyes and blinking in the springtime sun, to share E’s easter dress as part of the blog tour for the new Sew Pony Vintage.  behold her newest pattern, the Miss Polly Dress!

easter miss polly dress

the Miss Polly Dress is a sweet a-line dress pattern with dramatic pockets but an otherwise simple shape.  you have but plenty of chances to customize the look of the dress using various fabric/piping/sleeve combinations, which makes it fun and adaptable to all seasons. Continue reading