Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vest & Pant Set

I made this awesome outfit back in May.  I had it in my head that I wanted to make a vest set for Elisa.  Despite me having 50 or so patterns, I decided to make something that I actually did not have a pattern for, go figure.  So....I pretty much drafted the vest from scratch.  I didn't have enough pink fabric to make a full back for the vest, so instead of being patient and waiting til I had more pink like a sane person would, I made the back out of ties and knots.  Which I actually think looks kinda cool, but I think a real back wouldn't slip off the shoulders as much. For the pants, I did use a pattern--the Lucy Pants pattern from VFT.  I also made the shirt using a basic peasant top pattern, using white broadcloth.  I also used pink and white broadcloth for the trim, and some cute jean material with shiny flecks of rainbow color which I found melt under the heat of an iron, haha whoops! The jean material was thrifted, so I didn't spend much making this experimental outfit.  Here she is in her outfit.  She actually likes wearing it, which surprised me because I kinda assumed she wouldn't touch it since its...not your usual outfit. Here are the pics:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Custom Order: Pinkalicious!

I usually only have a few items on my Esty shop, so I was surprised when someone actually found my wee wittle shop. I was asked to create a dress like Pinkalicious wears in the books.  I used the VFT Pepper pattern, sans sleeves.  I even added a little bit of stiff tulle to fill out the skirt. A cute, simple dress. I love the way it turned out:

Ahh! It's the ghost dress!

Aww, so cute!!

Christmas Dress #3

Another Christmas dress from 2016:

I had almost 2 yards of this cute Christmas fabric leftover from Elisa's Peppermint Swirl Christmas dress, so I decided to make one for my niece, too! I don't have the picture of my niece wearing it, but it sure looked cute on her!  I love the bell sleeves.  The ruffle at the bottom took waaay too  much time; I don't think I'll be doing much of these ruffles in the future.  

Christmas Dress #2

 Here is another dress I made for Eesa for Christmas 2016. I found this plaid green and red fabric at the thrift store about a year ago.  I saw it and knew I needed it and exactly what I wanted to do with it!  It was just perfect for a Christmas dress--the right colors and just the right amount of shine!
I made Elisa a knee-length dress.  Even though I didn't have the pattern (yet) I modeled it after Violette Field Thread's Pepper dress pattern, using the same free bodice pattern I had for a couple of other projects.  I just WISH there would have been more fabric so the dress could have a fuller skirt!  I think there was only about a yard or fabric.  That's the trouble with buying fabric from the thrift store.  Still, it turned out adorable!  She wore it with some white knee-highs and black ankle boots, so more of a casual look.  So cute.  I paid not much more than $1 for this, not bad!! I don't have a picture of her wearing it, but here are a couple of pictures.

The Peppermind Swirl Dress--Christmas Dress #1

 I've had my eye on the Candy Castle's Peppermint Swirl Dress for a loooong time.  It finally went on sale and I snatched it up! I realize it's been almost a year ago that I made this dress, but better late than never!
Oh, how I love the flounces on the skirt.  I'm not a huge fan of the bodice though.  But the twirl-fullness of the skirt! Ahhhh! This skirt pattern has my heart! It took a lot of fabric, and there was a LOT of sewing and serging (not much pinning, thankfully), but it was so worth it.  I used broadcloth for the stripes. I know some people complain about broadcloth, but I loved using it for this pattern.  Broadcloth is light (so it didn't weigh the flounces down), it doesn't wrinkle much, and it comes in a nice variety of colors. I plan on making girlie a rainbow dress (using a bodice pattern from VFT though).  I've got a couple pieces cut out but I haven't really started yet. Here is her dress for Christmas '16.  It was a big hit!

Hmm...yep I messed up the back of the bodice somehow. And I don't like how teeny tiny the flutter sleeves are. 

Floral Knit Dress

Another adorable dress That I made back in April.  I purchased this knit floral fabric at Hobby Lobby.  I bought a yard's worth and I was just barely able to squeeze out this dress.  I wish it were just a couple inches longer, but she wears it with capri pants so it is more of a tunic.
I don't work with knits all that often, so I am pleased with how this dress turned out. It was my first time using stay tape (i.e. clear elastic).  It added a few minutes to the project, but I like that I don't have to worry about the dress stretching out of shape, and I think it made the dress easier (as in the knit was more stable) to work with. 
I did make and oopsies--but it turned out to be an oopsies for the better!  I meant to do the burrito roll method to encase the seams of the bodice, but instead I did it the regular way, and it was then when I went to turn the bodice right side out that I realized my mistake--I pretty much sewed the bodice closed so that I couldn't turn it ride side out! So I had to make a slit right down the middle of the back.  I then proceeded to make a corset closure instead! It took a little extra time but it sure makes the back of the dress adorable!  I used lace from Walmart for the trim and the corset tie. 
Girlie prefers knit fabric over woven, so she never complains when she puts this dress on. And how could she? This dress is so sweet and pretty, just like her! 

Jean and Lace Dress

 Here is a dress I made in April '17.  It is one of my favorites! I didn't own an exact pattern for this dress, so I had to combine a couple: Piper from VFT and a boy's oxford shirt pattern (from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop).  The lace, lace trim, and jean material were all thrifted.  I used white broadcloth to line the skirt, so this dress was really cheap to make! However, I had to go out and buy a brown belt for this dress.  She wears this dress with cowboy boots.  She gets a lot of compliments whenever she wears it, and she wears it frequently.  I will be sad when she outgrows this dress! I love it on her!

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!

Princess Shirt

I found this princess fabric at Joann's.  It is ADORABLE.  Unfortunately, the shirt I chose to make out of it didn't do the fabric justice.  I think it is just too baby-ish for an almost-6-year-old.  Maybe its the eyelet lace I chose to trim it with, or maybe its the fact that it is a shirt and not a dress, even though it looks like a dress.  Like, it looks like a really, really short dress on Eesa--she looks like she's wearing a dress for a one-year-old even thought the bodice fits.  Yeesh.  Eesa likes it, but I don't. I'll see if my niece wants it.  Otherwise, to Goodwill it will go!

Valentines Day Dress

 Here is girly's Valentines dress for this year! It was made on a whim (i.e. NOT planned) but I like the way it turned out!  I used the Clara pattern from VFT.  I used some thrifted fabric I've had in my stash for YEARS.  I was glad to finally use up that fabric!  I love the "conversation-heart" pattern on the fabric.  I had purchased some pink polka dot fabric that I was going to pair with some other fabric I had in my stash and make her a Valentines day dress out of that, but this came along and so I'm saving that fabric for something else! I had a heck of a time choosing the buttons in the middle. Yellow heart buttons would have been my first choice, had they actually existed.  I could not find yellow heart buttons ANYWHERE.  Or for that matter, pink heart buttons! Those would have been my second choice. So yellow round buttons it is.  Okay, enough rambling, here are the pics:

She's wearing a pettiskirt underneath so the dress was really fluffy!

I like that this dress isn't the typical red-and-pink Valentine color scheme.  I think she can get away with wearing this dress whenever and it won't like too "Valentiny".

Pink and Brown Rose Shirt

 I made this adorable blouse a few months ago.  I made it from thrifted fabric so it was as cheap as free.  I probably wouldn't have picked out this particular fabric (I'm not a huge fan of the colors) but it turned out cute enough! I used a combination of patterns for this shirt: the Clara (modified "sleeves"), the Pepper (for the bodice), and Penolope (for the skirt portion) all from VFT.  Here she is modeling her new shirt!


The back.  Kam snaps are the best things ever! 

The side.  Come to think of it, I don't think she needs the back ties.  Oh well. 

Strikin' a (goofy) pose!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ruffle Sleeved "Clara" Shirt

 I finally conceded that it was time to buy the Clara pattern from VFT.  I initally thought that it was too babyish and a little night-gownish.  But oh my goodness, am I ever glad I bought the pattern (on sale for 5 bucks)! The cuteness far outweighs any babyishness it may have. And as for the night-gown look, I have made a few nightgowns from the pattern, using the original (curved bodice) pattern style.  For everything else I use the straight bodice option.
This is the first shirt I made using the pattern.  I used thrifted fabric, so I this shirt was mostly free.  It was good that I did, because it seems this particular pattern runs small. She wears a 5 in all of the other patterns from VFT but a 5 in the Clara pattern is just too darn small for her.  And she is skinny! Hmm.  So now I use a size 6 pattern and it fits her fine.
This pattern is fairly easy, although the "sleeves" (I'm not sure what they are actually called-but they are simply gathered strips) take some time.  But they're worth it because they definitely make the dress/shirt!  I made this a couple of months ago (Jan '17). Girly refused to wear this shirt for the longest time, but she finally agreed to wear it the other day! It will most likely be her last time because it is so small on her.  I can barely get it buttoned!