Monday, March 28, 2016

Oliver and S Fairy Tale Easter Dress

When we started talking about sewing for Easter, I knew I wanted to make my daughter a cute Easter dress this year, but I had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to make. I searched Pinterest and Google and shopped for patterns and fabric. And then I had so many ideas it was hard to narrow it down. I actually bought a couple of different fabrics because I couldn't decide. But then sometimes, things just click into place. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

New! Charleston Dress Pattern by Hey June Handmade

One of my favorite designers, Adrianna from Hey June Handmade* , has just released another stunning dress. The Charleston Dress is a fitted knit dress with several sleeve options and a choice of a fitted or a-line skirt.

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The bodice has princess seams which give a great, flattering fit. The pattern includes options for sleeveless, ruffle or square sleeves, short, elbow, 3/4, or long sleeves. View A features an a-line skirt with pockets (!) and front pleats. View B is a slimmer skirt which continues the lines of the princess seams. Both views feature an exposed zipper in the back and an exposed neckline facing. 

As you can see I made the sleeveless dress with the fitted skirt (view B of the skirt). I kept it simple by using a solid color and no sleeves. I topstitched the seams to emphasize the princess seams and the flattering vertical lines (I need all the vertical boost I can get!). I love the look of the topstitching, but it also helped serve to tame those seam allowances in the bodice and keep them where they should be. For any who are wondering, I sewed all the seams on the regular sewing machine. I sewed all the seams except the horizontal waistline seam using a regular straight stitch. This worked well for me. These seams are mostly vertical so it really isn't really necessary for them to stretch. I did use a stretch stitch for the waistline seam. The topstitching was done with a longer straight stitch on either side of the seam. 

Find the fabric here: Olive Ponte de Roma*

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Halifax Sweater from Hey June Handmade

 I managed to finish up another sweater for me just in time for warm weather. Oh well. This time it's the Halifax Hoodie* from Hey June Handmade.

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