Saturday, July 4, 2015

Oliver+S Lazy Days Skirt for Kayla's Fourth of July

I am grateful and proud to be an American! 
Happy Independence Day!
I made this little outfit for a fellow teacher/friend's little girl.  Kayla will be three next month and wears size 4-6 in RTW.  This is another outfit using the O+S free Lazy Days Skirt and the Simplicity #1472 halter top.  This time I added another blouse to the set for mix and match wear with the things she already has in her closet.  The top was made using another fabric remnant from my stash.  It is a lovely embroidered piece that I used to make a sundress for my daughter about 14 years ago.  I love it when I can use up the pretty bits and pieces I have saved!

The back is so attractive with that big bow!

The skirt is made with a batik I fell in love with at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts and some jacquard ribbon trim featuring blue and white flowers on a red ground.  I added some width to the skirt piece making it 56 inches around.

The peasant top is made with a lovely dotted 'Swiss' type lawn I found at JoAnn's a couple of years ago.  The blue and red on the white background make it perfect for wearing with red, blue, white, or jeans for the holiday weekend.  It is so soft!  I decided to give it a tuck at the hemline to add a bit of weight to the blouse and tiny French lace edging to the sleeves.  I thought about the lace after I had already hemmed the sleeve so I just teeny-tiny zig-zagged the lace to the edges.

Happy Fourth of July!  God bless America!  God bless us ALL!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Oliver+S Lazy Days Skirt for the Fourth of July Weekend

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the action, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed- else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Click on the photos to enlarge.  The tree seen in the photo is decorated with birds, butterflies, and tea themed things for Spring/Summer.
 The Fourth of July weekend is almost here with all its parades, picnics, barbeques, fireworks, and fun.  I made some little outfits for my sweet friends to wear to their various events.  The first one up  is for Chloe.  I made her a Lazy Days Skirt in an old Daisy Kingdom remnant that I was gifted several years ago.  It has a great nautical toys border that seemed perfect for this skirt.  It is a free pattern that you can find HERE at the Oliver+S website.  There are just dimensions and great directions but nothing to print out. 

I made the skirt a bit fuller (about 58 inches) but otherwise, I followed the very simple pattern.  I remember making my dolls skirts just like this when I was little and again for my niece when she was in preschool.  You can make one up during a naptime!  The best part of the pattern is the ribbon trim on the bottom.  It completely encloses the hem.  Although I have used this technique in heirloom sewing with Swiss beading insertion, I had never used it with ribbon on casual clothing.  I love it!

For the halter top, I used Simplicity #1472 in a remnant left from a sailor dress I made my daughter for the Fourth of July fifteen years ago.   It is hard to see in the photos but there are blue stars in the center of the red/white plaid.  I trimmed the bottom with the same color blue rick rack.  She can wear it with the denim shorts I made (see below) or with jeans.  The little skirt looks sweet with a white shirt, too.

I used the pattern pieces for the size 4 top (shown in the next picture) but shortened and without the ruffle.
Here (almost five) Chloe tries on her new duds.

I used a 1965 Jiffy pattern for a pair of shorts to wear with the halter top.
I made the shorts out of a pair of old jeans, some ribbon, and two applique stars from my stash.  I always put a button on the front waistband to indicated the front to the child.  ("The button goes near your bellybutton!")

The ribbon is attached at the hem just like the O+S Lazy Days Skirt.  I love the smooth finish on the denim against the skin.

 I hope to get Kayla's July 4th outfit posted on Saturday.  If I don't make it, I hope you all have a fun-filled and safe Fourth of July!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oliver+S 'Ice Cream Dress' for Dr. Suess Day

Ice Cream Dress Front.  The blue peeking through the notch at the neckline is the hanger.  This is a size 3.
 This is my very first 'Ice Cream Dress' (but not my last).  I bought the paper pattern a couple of years ago but never made it up until this year.  I don't know why I waited!  It is a charming little dress pattern with wonderful instructions that looks adorable on every little girl I have seen wearing it.  You can still buy the pattern (in PDF format only) at Oliver+S.  I will need the larger size soon and will search for a paper version as I am not fond of PDFs but... this is one that I would get in PDF format if necessary.  It is that good!

This was made for my little friend Chloe to wear to her preschool's Dr. Suess Day last March.  The class had  Dr. Suess themed activities for several weeks leading up to this special culminating event.  I used red Kona cotton and two Cat In the Hat fabrics that I found on-line.

Aren't the notched pockets and neckline cute?  The pockets were from a panel of The Cat's antics meant for a quilt.  The only change I made to the pattern was to completely line the pockets.  I did so for two reasons.  The blue fabric shadowed through the white and I like the way I can make the curved bottom of the pocket smoother with a lining.

Ice Cream Dress back.

Cute button and loop closure.
 These next pictures show Chloe on Dr. Suess Day.  She has worn the dress several times.  Her mother liked it so much that she had her wear it for her preschool graduation.  I love to see the things I make worn!
Styled with boots and tights by Chloe herself.
 A model in the making:

With hat made in preschool.
 Goodbye!  See you soon with the second 'Ice Cream' dress!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Oliver+S Butterfly Blouse & Skirt

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

 This lovely set is for my little friend Chloe who will be five at the end of the summer and starting kindergarten in the Fall.    I have been enjoying sewing little gifts for Chloe for a while now but it seems that I have stepped up my production since I have neglected this blog!  I have lots to catch up on and share!
Front of the O+S Butterfly Skirt

Elastic Casing back of O+S Butterfly Skirt.  This is a truer color of the fabric.
Chloe's mother is a dear friend of mine and appreciates everything I make for Chloe but she has fallen in love with the O+S brand of patterns so I have been branching out in my sewing.  I have fallen in love with the Oliver+S patterns.  It took me long enough, didn't it?!

I made only one change to the pattern.  I added buttonhole elastic so that it would fit longer.  The pink ribbon is to facilitate hanging the skirt on a regular hanger.
 It has alternated with rainy overcast weather or blazing hot weather so taking photos has been a challenge.  The outside photos were taken at 8:30 PM right after a storm.
O+S Butterfly Blouse Front
 I used a large rose floral that has been 'mellowing' in my stash for at least a decade or more for the skirt which was a dream to sew.  So quick and easy!  I used a pale yellow Imperial batiste, vintage ecru French lace, and an ecru Venice lace butterfly for my heirloom version of the blouse.  I made Chloe the size 4 but will have to size up for the next one.  She is growing like a flower in the Florida sun!
Oliver+S Butterfly back.
 I made the blouse more time/energy consuming due to the heirloom sewing techniques and completely lining the bodice up to the peplum.  I love the dainty effect the lace gives the delicate sheer fabric and would do it this way again.
Delicate button and loop closure.  This pale yellow is truer to real life. 
 The button loop gave me the most trouble!!!  I am out of practice!  I haven't made one in years and kept making it too loose.  This was my third try.  I don't know how long it will hold and I am thinking that I will be getting the blouse back to repair it when Chloe plays in it.
 I hand stitched the Venice lace butterfly on invisibly with very light weight ecru thread and made a flight trail with Anchor floss.
Vintage French lace on the sleeves.

Lined bodice of the O+S Butterfly Blouse.
 This last picture shows the outfit on Chloe when she tried it on earlier this week.  Chloe's mom, Kaye, says that she is saving this outfit for school.  The butterfly sleeves will make it cool and comfortable for our very HOT Autumn temperatures here in sunny Florida.
This ensemble was a pleasure to sew!  I have a pair of shorts made to go with the blouse that I will share soon but next up is an Oliver+S Ice Cream dress to celebrate Dr. Suess that I made Chloe earlier in the year.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Emma's Clever Charlotte Any Day Valentine Outfit

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Skirt & Raven Hoodie

Emma is one of my favorite little sewing muses.  This little just-turned seven year old is as charming and beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  It is always fun to sew for Emma!

Emma in some of the many outfits I have made for her.

This little shirt was purchased on sale and cost less than $6.  I embellished it with a pretty floral that reminds me of Monet's watercolors (only brighter).  The inspiration for the heart design is from this Pin on one of my boards on my Pinterest account.  I chose this particular print to go with a Clever Charlotte 'Raven' Hoodie that I made Emma last October as I wanted her to have more opportunities to wear the hoodie.  It was made using a gray feather-wale corduroy and an orange swirl print for the lining.   (I will post that outfit closer to October 2015 as it is an autumn outfit.)  

I really loved the short sleeved style of the hoodie and the fact that it is completely lined.  My only issue with the pattern is the way the sleeve edges are sewn...and I am working on another way to sew them.  Otherwise, the Raven Hoodie was a dream to sew.    When I made it last October, I paired it with a Clever Charlotte 'Chickadee' skirt.  Another great pattern with a completely finished (lined) interior and a perfect fit with a clever adjustable back waist.  Emma loved them so I made another Chickadee skirt in the orange/red/yellow floral lined in the same orange swirl print as the hoodie.  Emma is tall but very slender.  I made the skirt and hoodie in a size 5 with a length of a 6.


I have only the one picture of the new skirt as I deleted the folder the photos were in!  (Goodness!  I can't believe that I did that!) You can see that I used the same vintage button on the skirt (not functional) as I put on the lace top I bought for Emma to wear with the gray outfit last October.  
The very clever top-stitching on the Chickadee skirt completely encloses the last opening left when sewing the lining to the fashion fabric.

Clever Charlotte Rave Hoodie
 Check out the little hand embroidered monogram on the inside of the hood!  Sweet, right?  Well.....this was to cover up where I slipped with the scissors and snipped a tiny hole in the hood!

I hope it is hard to see where I snipped!
I'll be bringing my camera to school this week in hopes that Emma wears it to school.  I would love to be able to show you how well this outfit looks on a live model.

Blessings for a day filled with happiness!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"S" is for Sweet September's Valentine Dress

Dress Front
 This will be a 'quickie' post to share a dress I made two years ago and never posted!  I have a couple of Valentine Posts that I want to share this month so I better 'hop to it'!    I was given the printed fabric by September's grandmother to fashion into a dress that she could wear to a Valentine's Dance.  It was a warm February here in Florida and only a little white sweater would be needed to keep her arms warm when she wasn't inside at the dance so a sun-dress style was chosen.

I used a favorite 'go-to' pattern:  Annie's Sundress and Jumper by Primrose Lane.  It has all sizes, 2-12, and has a shoulder button closure view, too.  I added the sash and the hem border.  I had the perfect color Kona cotton solid to coordinate and the sweet trims in my stash.
Dress Back
Do you make Valentine's Day clothes?  Here they are often worn by children all February long.  I recently made some things with hearts for Valentine's Day that could be worn any day that I will share soon.

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