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!

Elsa Sleevless Shirt

 I made this back in December '16.  The fabric was a remnant I found at Joann's.  I really like this shirt! I used the Pepper pattern from VFT, sans sleeves, with added piping at the waist, and snaps in front and back.  And UGH this girl wore it once and then decided she didn't like it anymore.  She claims that Elsa is too "scary".  Whatever.  It will be sent to her cousin.

Starry Night Dress

I made this back in December '16.  I just love the print! I thought it would make a pretty dress for Elisa.  I accidentally and stupidly cut one of the sleeves upside down! Ahhh!  I really, really wanted the 3/4 length sleeves (because you know winter).  So I went back to the Joann's where I bought the wasn't there, out of stock.  So I went to another Joann's, and success! They had it in stock, yay! So much work for one silly sleeve.  But I could not have an upside-down sleeve!
Anyway, Elisa wore this dress once and then refused to were it again.  I had even made a matching dress for her dolly!  So, I sold the dress and the dolly dress. No loss I guess, but it is really irritating to me when she refuses to wear things simply because I made them. Sometimes she claims that they're "too scratchy" despite being fully lined.  I think she doesn't like woven fabric; she'd prefer the stretchy knits instead, but unfortunately I'm not that experienced in working with knits, but I've done a few so hopefully this girly and I can reach a happy medium/compromise sometime. 5-year-olds can be really finicky!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blue Floral Top

I bought the Maisie pattern from VTF on their Black Friday sale.  It is such a pretty pattern!  I love the low back and exposed zipper.  I also like the ties on the sleeves!  Here is Eesa modeling her new Maisie shirt from fabric I bought at Joann's Black Friday Sale.  It fits her perfectly and is so feminine and sweet: 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Colorful Top with Bell Sleeves

 Here is a cute, warm and cozy shirt I made out of flannel (Nov. '16) for the winter.  I modeled it after another shirt I made years ago that I just loved (this one).  I used the VFT (Violette Field Threads) Pepper pattern for the bodice, the VFT Harlow peplum skirt.  I bought the fabric (a yard and a half I believe) at Joann's Black Friday sale, so it wasn't more than $5 that I paid for this top.  A fun, easy sew and she looks so cute in it!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Pepper Dress

 I had been using my own pattern similar to Violette Field Thread's "Pepper" dress pattern, but I couldn't resist buying the real deal on their Black Friday sale! I'm so glad I did!  This is my new go-to pattern.  It is so classic, versatile, and fits my daughter as if they used her measurements for the pattern!  I just LOVE this pattern so much! My new favorite.  And as a bonus, it sews up pretty quickly!   Here is Eesa modeling her new Pepper dress.  I made it back in November 2016 (I did a lot of sewing that month!). I love how this dress turned out.  She gets lots of compliments in it:

A Very Cute Top

 Here is a very cute top I made back in November 2016.  I can't think of a clever name for it, but I sure do like it! I made it using scraps.  Well, except the bodice, I think it was made using fat quarters.  I've just "discovered" fat quarters.  By discovered, I mean I've just started using them.  I get them at Walmart for $1 each and they are great!   Anyway, I like how this turned out.  I even put some pockets in!  Pockets are an extra step or two, but they're easy enough and add a bit of casual-cuteness to the outfit.  Here is Eesa modeling her new shirt.  I like that she can wear it all year round because we can just layer it when it is cold:

"Prairie" Dress

Although I did not intend so, this dress turned out looking a bit like a Prairie dress.  Not that that's bad, I think this dress is adorable and it fits her perfectly.  I made it in November 2016. I used some floral print (hard to see) from my fabric stash I acquired from good will.  I added a little embellishment also thrifted from Goodwill.  So this dress costed no more than $1 to make!  She's worn this a few times already. 

Ruffled Bib Top & Pant Set

I made this cute outfit set a few years ago.  I like making these because they sew up quick, are fairly inexpensive to make, and are super cute!  She got a lot of compliments in it.  I used a blue tank I bought at the store, and for the pants I used Violette Field Threads Lucy pants pattern. It's been so long now that I don't remember where I bought the fabric! I added some thrifted red trim and lace trim.  Trims sure add a lot to the outfit!  Here she is, starting her second year of preschool:

Here is another outfit I made her.  She didn't wear it a whole lot, even though it is very cute. That's what happens when she has too many clothes, haha!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Colorfull Top

 Here's a shirt that Elisa and I both love!  Its colorful and comfortable.  I made it way back in March 2016.  It was made from a modified (free) peasant top pattern that I've been using for years.  It was really easy to make. I used some leftover fabric from when I made her a romper when she was just a baby.  I'm hoping that this shirt will fit her this coming summer, but if not, I'm definitely making her another one!  

Sweet Cherry Outfit Set

I made my niece some cute shorts out of cherry fabric my sister and I found at Walmart.  I liked the pants so much, that after they left, I made Elisa some pants just like it!  I also made her a bib shirt to go with it.  Although it is a bit big, I like it.  I even made a little headband to match!  Elisa can wear it next year.  I paid probably no more than $5 for the entire outfit.  The trims I already had, otherwise the price would have doubled.  Trims are expensive!!
Anyway, here are the pictures.  They aren't the best, but still cute anyway!