Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Flowers

Hey yall! Can anyone else believe that we are halfway through July? This summer is just flying by! Seriously, I really need it to slow down...
 Recently, I was working on cleaning out some cabinets and came across a dress that I had cut out to make for Reagan - oh, a few months ago. To be honest, I had completely forgotten all about it. Looking at the pattern pieces, I realized it was a 2T and I had better get it sewn together so she could wear it before she completely grew out of it.
This pattern is great because it has fairly simple construction, sweet details, and is modest.
So, I sat down and cranked this baby together.  It came together quite quickly because I had sewn this pattern before.
I love the simple look and style of this dress! It really provides a great base - and you can dress it up or down with different fabrics, trim, etc. In this case, this has a more laid back feel to it because I used a quilting cotton for the dress and the lining. I used Bonnie and Camille Happy Go Lucky fabrics for both. I choose the blue because Reagan always looks so pretty in blue. The little flowers are so fun and girlie.
Reagan wore this out to dinner to celebrate my parents' anniversary! She looked adorable in it - and it fit her perfectly! I'll get some proper pictures of Reagan in this dress - and share them with yall soon. Take care yall!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cottage Mama Claire PJs Release

Hey yall! I'm so excited to announce that the fabulous Lindsay of The Cottage Mama just released another fabulous pattern - the Claire Pajamas Pattern. 
I'm one of her regular pattern tests - it's such a fun group of ladies! It was a blast testing this one. One of the things that I love about how Lindsay runs pattern testing is that she really takes into consideration the feedback that her testers give.  I'm in awe of a lot of the women in the testing group - they all take such fabulous photos and make such darling clothing.
Yall, seriously, this pattern is amazing.
It includes so so much. PJs to include top, bottoms, nightgown, and a matching doll pattern. Did I mention that the sleeves on the top and nightgown can come in short or long sleeves? So many options.
My first testing round included testing the 3T in long sleeve PJ top and bottoms. Reagan is right in between sizes, so I knew that they might be just a smidge big on her. Still, they look so darling on her.
I used a pink gingham cotton shirting fabric for the primary material of these PJs. For the accent fabrics, I used Heather Ross Crafty Chloe line. I love the vintage-y look of these PJs. They are feminine, innocent, sweet, and just plain ol' fun. Go check out the Claire Pajamas Pattern! You won't regret it.
Reagan clearly  had fun taking these pictures! Especially because I let her bounce on our bed. She loves to bounce! Take care yall!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sewvivor - Sew Happily - Rachel

Hey y'all! I've decided to enter the Sewvivor Competiton hosted by the lovely Rachel of Family Ever After. Maybe I'll get selected to compete, especially since this time, the theme is QUILTING! It's the third season, and I've really enjoyed watching the competition the last two seasons.
I originally blogged about my Radiant Orchid Quilt here. For those of you that regularly follow Sew Happily, you have seen this quilt before!
 
It measures 36 inches by 36 inches.
I love how it gradually moves from blue purple to gray purple.
To me, the variegated quilting stitches only adds to the gradient feel of this quilt.
I love how the back mimics the front quilt block design.
It is still one of my all time favorite quilts that I've made! I love how it really reflects ME as a quilter!

Linen & Alder

Hey yall!! I've been sewing up a storm lately!!  Today, I thought I'd do a quick pattern review of Grainline's newest pattern, "The Alder Shirtdress". I was so thrilled to see this pattern released - I've been anxiously waiting for it after Jen showed some hints on her blog. After making the Archer button up and finding it to be a huge closet staple, I could see great potential with this pattern.
Pattern Description
"Alder is a loosely-fitted sleeveless shirt dress with two options. View A falls into an A-Line at the waist and features a curved hem, bust darts and two breast pockets. View B features the same bodice as View A but with a gathered skirt at the sides and back of garment resulting in an incredibly flattering and fun silhouette. The Alder Shirtdress is a perfect breezy option to keep cool while looking great all spring and summer long or throw on a cardigan or blazer and you're all set for fall and winter!"
Alder Shirtdress
Fabric Used
100% linen purchased at my LQS, similar to Essex Linen.
I used 2 yards.
Pattern Sizing
I made a 10 (which is what size I've used on my Archer pattern).
Next time, I'll probably make an 8. I had to shrink down my linen quite a bit after I made this dress. I like the fit in the bodice now (after shrinking) but around the waist, it's a bit big. I could also just use an 8 for the skirt portion or grade it down a bit.
Clarity of Pattern
Jen writes AMAZING patterns. I feel so professional after making one of her patterns. They are clear, detailed, and well, wonderful. BUT, I would caution someone just starting out to really take it easy. If you haven't done a whole lot of garment sewing, there are some steps that might stress you out (if you're a perfectionist like me). Jen walks you through things, and if you look at the Archer sewalong on her website, you'll be just fine. The Archer is pretty similar in construction to this one so that should help you out.
Alterations
None.

Time
It took me about 2 hours to prep this pattern since I printed it at home. Then, it took me about 3 hours to sew the shirtdress together.
Thoughts
I LOVE this shirtdress pattern! View B is such a closet staple for most women. I love the option of being able to make my own now. I can totally picture wearing this in many different fabrics and throughout the year. For this teacher, it's perfect!
And let me tell ya'll, in this hot Southern summer, this linen shirtdress is the perfect way to go as far as clothing. Fashion and cool in this summer!
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