7.27.2014

Sun Kissed Hat - Make It Pefect Pattern Parade

When Toni asked me to participate in the Make It Perfect Pattern Parade, my first thought was "what, huh, me?"  What an honor!  My second thought was, perfect timing.  We took a 2 week vacation to visit family in Florida and my daughter was in desperate need of a functional hat.
 The Sun Kissed Hat is a really great hat.  First of all, it's reversible.  I let my daughter peruse my fabric stash and pick her own hat fabrics.
The thing I love most about this hat is the little opening in back that lets you pull a ponytail through.  Perfect for my long haired little girl!  I've got on in the works for myself and my mom has already requested one for her.
I ended up having to alter the pattern a tiny bit.  The band on my first hat was a just a bit too wide.  I also only interfaced one of the 2 fabrics and the hat was a bit too floppy.  So on my second version, I shortened the band and interfaced both the inside and outside brim pieces.
I think it's safe to say the girl loves her new hat!
In case you missed the start of the parade, here are all the previous posts.  
Thanks so much Toni for letting me be a part of this!

The Make It Perfect Pattern Parade 

6.15.2014

Penelope Peplum Dress: One for Me, One for the Girl


 Last week I saw 2 really cute versions of the Penelope Peplum Dress over at iCandyHandmade.  I had seen the pattern when it was first released at SeeKateSew, but wasn't sure how it was different from the Lady Skater.
 If you read my blog, you know how much I love the Lady Skater PatternKitschy Coo also shows you how you can use your pattern to make a peplum top.  I have yet to try it, but it's on my list.
 The big difference with the Penelope Peplum is that the top is finished with a facing rather than a binding for a cleaner look.  So, I do really like my finished dress, but I will tell you, I only purchased the peplum top pattern.  I actually didn't realize until I sat down to cut and sew that I needed to buy a separate pattern for the skirt to make a dress. 
 I figured between the skirt piece from my Lady Skater and all the other dresses I've sewn, I could figure it out.  I added some in-seam pockets that I learned how to do when I made my Minoru Jacket.
 I'm happy with the dress overall.  The back view isn't great.  The top is probably a tad tight and the skirt is kind of wonky on my behind.  Oh well. Most people probably only see the front me. 
 Since I bought tons of this fabric from Girl Charlee, I made a similar dress for my daughter.
 School is almost out and she needed a special dress for a school presentation.  I used the tank top pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and added a gathered skirt.

So easy and so pretty.  She really wanted us to wear our matching dresses the day of her presentation, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.  She understood, thank goodness.  I was going to have to spill some ketchup on my dress otherwise.

6.06.2014

Girls Bow Back Tank Top TUTORIAL

 
 I've been trying to work through my fabric stash and in the process, make some new clothes for my kids.  And, if I'm being totally honest, I'd love to make room for some new fabric!  I'm trying not to buy anything new, until I use up some of the old stuff.  So I cam up with a little pattern hack to help the process.  I bought a cute scoop back tank from Old Navy for my daughter and decided to recreate it with a little bow in the back.  I started with a free tank top pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  Mine is a size 8.
 I used the pattern to cut a front and a back, but on the back piece, I cut an extra deep scoop.
 I do my finishing/binding a little differently than the tank top tutorial shows.  I cut a strip of fabric that is 1.75 inches wide, iron it in half and then sew it to the raw edge of the neck, stretching it slightly as I go.  Whether you do it my way or bind it like the original tutorial shows, you'll have to cut the binding longer.  I didn't give a measurement because it depends on how deep you cut the scoop.  I always make my binding longer and then just cut off whatever extra I end up with. I sewed the shoulder, then added binding to the arms.  You'll want to add your bow before sewing the side seams.  You can do it after, but it's a little harder to manipulate.
 To make the bow, cut 2 pieces of fabric that are 8x6 inches for the bow, and 2 pieces that are 1.5x4 inches for the center.  With right sides together, sew along each raw edge with about 1/4inch seam allowance.  Turn right side out.
Fold the center piece in half lengthwise and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turn so that raw edge is on the inside of the loop.
 Pull the bow fabric through the center piece.
 Adjust the center piece to make a nice bow.
 Pin the bow in the back scoop neckline (I forgot to take a photo of the pinned bow).
 Top-stitch around neckline, making sure to catch the edges of the bow in the stitching.  Sew the sides seams and hem.  Super easy!
 I made 3 in about an hour.
 And the girl loves them!  Really cute and helps her stay cool.