Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Floral Spring Dress with Flutter Sleeves

I made this dress in April '17.  I had the fabric in my stash since November '16.  I thought it would make a cute Spring dress for Eesa. There's not a whole lot to say about it, but I do really like it!  I used the Maisie pattern from VFT with flutter sleeves (I love flutter sleeves!).  I even had enough leftover fabric to make dolly a matching dress, too! I love the classic, feminine, and timeless look of this dress.  I love the zipper in the back (sorry, I forgot to snap a picture of it), but I don't like that the zipper would separate as she moved.  I solved that problem by a simple safety pin.  Here are the pictures:  


Pony Dress

 Here is a dress I made back in December '16--and I'm just getting around to posting it, haha! I LOVE this dress!  I used the Pepper pattern from VFT, with flutter sleeves. I bought the fabric from Joan's.    I used piping on the collar (which took me a few tries), and bias tape on the bottom.  I love it so much! Elisa likes it too.  Unicorns and pink are always a good choice for little girls! When I bought this fabric, I was worried that the print would make the dress look too "pajama-ish", but I think I've avoided that look, thank goodness.  I sometimes wonder if it needs a navy sash or if I maybe should have put the navy piping along the skirt/bodice seam, but either way it's an adorable dress! Sorry, I don't have the best pictures of this dress, but here they are anyway:


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Floral Dress

 Here is a dress I made back in April.  I intended it to be an Easter dress for my lil' miss, but it ended up going to her cousin, on account of the dress being a bit to big for her.  Eesa has narrow shoulders just like her mama, and the neckline on this particular pattern (it's the Maisie dress from VFT) is fairly wide.  Although the neckline (well, mostly backline) is what I love about this dress!  I added cap sleeves, back ties, and lace trim.  I also love that this pattern allows for a beautiful, exposed zipper  (I ordered them here from Amazon, FYI).  Here are the pictures of the dress.  Sorry for the yellowish hue and the busy background, but you may have noticed that I do not own a fancy camera, photoshop, nor have I ever professed to be a good photographer! Haha.

  I love the low-cut back line.  It is so feminine and sweet!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


I had a lot of fun making these pony nightgowns!  I used flannel fabric from Joanns.  Joanns has a HUGE selection of flannel prints, and they are all so adorable! Better yet, they are relatively cheap! I got my flannel for $3/yard, but come Black Friday, the flannel is even cheaper! I just barely squeaked by with one yard of fabric for a size 6; I think a yard and a quarter would be just perfect for that size.  I used the curved bodice from Violette Field Threads's Clara pattern, flutter sleeves, and I cut some curves in the bottom of the skirt.  I had enough fabric left over to make a dolly dress, too! And fyi, at Joanns, a lot of the flannel and fleece prints match!  I picked out the pink pony fabric to match the fleece blanket my daughter already owned.

I think a matching nightgown, blanket, and dolly nightgown would make a perfect Christmas or birthday present! I'm hoping to make more of these nightgowns--cold weather friendly with long sleeves. My daughter loves these nightgowns!  And I love making them, and not spending more than $5!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ocean Jewel Shirt

I call this shirt "Ocean Jewel".  I bought the fabric at Walmart (a remnant I believe, and a couple of fat quarters).  This was my second VFT Clara, but up a size from my first.  It fits her much better!  The ruffles took some time--and they always do--but they're always worth it! I added two shiny emerald buttons for that extra special somthin'.  She'll actually wear this shirt, yay! I love this adorable shirt!
 Also, I made the green leggings from VFT's Piper legging pattern.  They are super quick and easy to sew up.  And green is such a hard color to find! It seems one can only find massed-produced leggings in black, white, pink, and purple, and sometimes an aqua blue.  Other colors such as red, yellow, green, and orange and next to impossible to find--they have to be specially ordered online and cost 3-4X as much.  Thankfully, I probably only paid $3-4 for the green knit fabric (at Joanns, and its actually a nice weight, not to thin or thick!) and not too much of a time investment!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Easy Hearts of Te Fiti

Okay, not exactly sewing, or even sewing-related, but I thought these hearts of Te Fiti were too cute to not share!
I made these as pinata stuffers/party favors for my daughter's birthday party.  Her theme was obviously Moana, and so I figured I should make something to go along with that theme--Hearts of Te Fiti were perfect!  I was originally thinking of making the hearts with polymer clay, or spray painting river stones.  But, as it happened, I was strolling through Walmart and came across some green glass gem stones in the home decor aisle.  They were $1.  I figured I could try drawing the swirl onto the gem with a green permanent marker.  And violá! It worked! The marker showed up well and didn't rub off!  FYI- the hear of Te Fiti is a swirl with some other (seemingly) random markings.  The small gems and the marker tip didn't allow for an exact replica of all of the details in the heart, so I just did the swirl (that's all anyone even remembers about the heart anyway) and a couple random markings just to give the impression that the heart isn't just a swirl. The girls LOVED the hearts of Te-Fiti! They were such a big hit! And as an added bonus, the gems "glow" when you put them up to the light, just like the real one!  An extra girl showed up to the party, and her mom asked if she could have a Te Fiti heart.  I didn't have any extra, so I made another one for her right there on the spot. It took all of of 30 seconds to make it!

So there you have it--a cheap, quick and easy Heart of Te-Fiti.  Hey, even if you just need one, it's still only $1!

 A back of gems and a permanant green marker is all you need!  Also, there were shiny gems and dull gems in the bag.  I used the dull gems.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scrap Wad

This is what comes from 5 sewing projects--a beautiful scrap wad!  And this is what actually made it to the trash can; the rest is scattered all over the floor.  Sewing is messy!