Saturday, August 9, 2014

Patriotic Peasant Dress (alternate title: A Case for Fabric Hoarding)

Checking out Facebook this morning I saw that my friend had posted an ISO (In Search Of) post on some local groups looking for a patriotic themed dress for her daughter.  My friend's nephew is graduating from Army basic training so she wanted her 1-yr-old to wear something special.  I knew I had just the right fabrics in my stash so I commented and showed her a few fabrics.  She and I went back and forth a bit and decided on a peasant dress. I used Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop's Perfect Peasant Dress pattern. 
Here's the finished piece:
And here's the back:

The dress features an elastic neckline, waist, and sleeves with a removable sash and a bow that doubles as a hair clip. 
This is the second time I've used this pattern. The first was for an "Everyday Elsa" inspired dress. This is definitely a classic patten that works for so many styles and age groups. 
The lesson here is that fabric hoarding is awesome!  If I hadn't picked up this fabric last year, knowing that *someday* it would come in handy, I wouldn't have earned her business. :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Item in the Shop: Little Girl's Pinafore and Bloomers Set

I whipped up a little girl's pinafore top and bloomers set for my shop over the weekend.  It was so fun to make and I think it would be a great summer outfit for a sweet little angel!
The set is made to fit size 18-24 months.
Baby Girl's Pinafore Top and Bloomers Set, 18 to 24 mos, Purple, Green and Blue Floral

The bloomers have a cute little ruffle along the bottom of each leg:

The top is reversible so it can be paired with leggings, jeans, or another basic diaper cover/bloomers.

I can just see a sweet little girl running around in this outfit!

Check it out now!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Birthday Gift: Ruffle Jumper and Diaper Cover

jumper with ruffles at bodice
Ruffled Jumper by S & S Babee

My cousin's baby girl turns one later this month and I know she loves to dress her in teal.  When fabric shopping one day, I found this gorgeous teal 21-wale corduroy so I had to pick it up.  This would make a super cute pair of pants, too!

I used a vintage paper pattern for the jumper - it's got basic lines which is perfect for adding my finishing touches.

Once I found this beautiful Riley Blake fabric to complement it, I was able to put my design idea to work.
It is Twice as Nice, pattern C3520:
I used the Riley Blake print for the bodice lining and for the ruffles on the outside of the bodice at the neckline.
I also threw in a little red accent ruffle using a keepsake calico print from JoAnn.  It's red with tiny white polka dots.
Ruffled Jumper - Close-up of Ruffles before topstitching
I just love how this outfit turned out!  Can't wait to see my sweet niece running around in it!
Ruffle Jumper with matching diaper cover

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pattern Test Success - Schoolboy Vest from Sew Much Ado

I love trying out new sewing patterns and would love to be able to test more new patterns for my favorite designers.  However, the fact that I have 2 little boys and no girls at my testing disposal cuts my chances of being chosen to test by more than half.  Let's face it - there are just way more patterns for girls than there are for boys! :)
That is why I feel so lucky to be chosen as a pattern tester for Abby at Sew Much Ado.  Her new pattern, the Schoolboy Vest, was released last week and I'm just now getting around to writing up my review.  Better late than never!
Schoolboy Vest, Size 12-18mos
I tested size 12-18 months for my 10-month-old little man.  He normally wears size 12 months in RTW, but based on the sizing measurements Abby provided, he would probably be a little too big for the 6-12 mos size.
I used grey 21-wale corduroy for the outside and Michael Miller's Mini Mikes Mini Harlequin for the lining.  Since the pattern called for (4) 3/4" buttons, I just grabbed 4 of whatever matching ones I could find.  They happened to be green, which perfectly match the green harlequin of the lining.
The Schoolboy Vest has a relatively slim-fitting silhouette.  It fit my little guy very well with some room to grow.
Abby gave us a truly great pattern.  She did a fantastic job of making every step of the process as easy and pain-free as possible.  First of all, I love how the front of the vest is cut.  The points along the bottom hem are closer to the center.

The vest has options for faux welt (which I tested) or true welt pockets.  The complete pattern pieces are included, rather than providing measurements for these pieces.  I believe she did this because the measurements were a little more complicated than providing a chart of cutting measurements for these pieces, which of course is helpful for sewists of all ability levels.
One of my favorite things about the pattern is that Abby provides an all-in-one template for the stabilizer pattern piece, buttonhole placement, and button placement for the front of the vest.  It's genius!  This little template completely takes all the guesswork out of marking the buttonholes and button placement.  Each size has its own template to ensure perfect results, no matter what size you make:

The Schoolboy Vest also features a super cute buckle on the back that adds such a nice detail!
Schoolboy Vest - Back Buckle

Friday, March 21, 2014

Giveaway: One Duffle Coat from S & S Babee and Our Humble Abode

I know for many of us the weather is warming up, signaling a much-needed end to this horribly long winter.  I for one CANNOT WAIT for the snow to melt and the ground to fry up enough to get outside and play with  my boys.  Big Brother (3 1/2 years old) keeps asking when we can go to the park.  Poor kids have been cooped up in the house far too much this winter. :(
Boy's Duffle Coat: Navy Blue Corduroy with Argyle Fleece Lining
I've been very fortunate to have such a positive response to the Downton Duffle Coats I've been making throughout the winter.  I decided to team up with Amanda at Our Humble Abode to give away one coat to a lucky reader.
Girl's Duffle Coat: Black Corduroy with White/Black Flannel Lining and Sherpa Fleece Hood Lining 
Girl's Coat Lining: Warm Flannel with Smooth Sleeve Lining
 The winner will get to pick out the size, colors (see my FB page for fabric options), and the weight of the coat.  By weight, it can be either lightweight for spring/fall (or winter in the South), or I can include an extra layer of fleece to make it warmer for the colder months.
Available in size 3-6 months up to kids' size 12.

You can earn up to three chances to win:
1) Leave a comment on Amanda's giveaway post HERE.
2) Like S & S Babee on Facebook, then leave another comment on the giveaway post.
3) Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook, then leave another comment on the giveaway post.

I hope to have the chance to make your little one something special!  Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Monday, February 3, 2014

More Downtons

For the sheer number of Downton Duffle coats I've made so far, you may be surprised toward that I've never watched a full episode of Downton Abbey.  All I know is these have been very popular lately and I love making them!

This set was made for a friend of mine. She has a 2-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old son. She also has a niece who is almost 2. She asked me to make matching coats for her daughter and niece. I found this super gorgeous 21-wale corduroy for the outer and thought it would be just perfect for these girly girls. I used a cute birdie and heart flannel lining for each, with a grey zipper and grey leather accents with black toggle buttons. 
The little boy's coat is a beautiful midnight blue with a super soft fleece tan and blue argyle lining. I accented the outside of the coat with tan toggles. 
I can't wait for these kids to enjoy their coats this year!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Been a busy bee - calling all superheroes!

Last night I stayed up far too late (like, 2 hours past my bedtime of 9pm GASP!) and whipped up this superhero cape for my 2 1/2 year old nephew. He shall go by SuperSam from now on. :)

I used the free pattern that was just released from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. It's just as well done as the patterns for sale in her shop. I love that each size covers a larger age range so the wearer gets a lot of use out of it. The one I made was for size 2T-4T in RTW.  SuperSam will get a few years of saving the world with this one before he needs a new one!
It is also fully reversible so he can be a covert orange superhero one day and show off his logo the next. :)
Another thing I love about the pattern is that it comes with several appliqué shapes for the back along with a full alphabet. Takes a lot if the guesswork out of things. The one thing I did change was size down the lightning bolt so it would accent the monogram instead of take over it. I just copied the original at 50%.  Here's a closer look at the appliqué:

Let me know if you're interested in having a fun superhero (or heroine!) cape made for your kiddos. I'd love to make you something special!