Nov 9, 2015

Simple Advent Calendar Tutorial

Now that Halloween has passed, are you jumping in to Christmas sewing?  I usually don't get around to it until December, but I have been wanting to make an advent calendar for years and since that needs to be up by December 1, I pulled out my Christmas sewing really early this year!

I made this simple advent calendar out ot linen and stenciled on some numbers with fabric paint.  My kids are so excited to start digging into the pockets!

You can find my tutorial over at Make it & Love it today and whip up your own advent calendar before December rolls around!

Nov 6, 2015

Justice League for Craftingcon

This month is all about the Justice League over at Craftingcon!  My son is crazy about superheros and my daughter pretty much likes anything big bro does, so they were both pretty excited about the Justice League inspired looks I made for them!

This was not the first time the Justice League has inspired my sewing, last year A had a pretty cool Superman costume!  But, these looks are a lot more casual, perfect for everyday superhero wear.

AND our little Justice League is growing!  Sometime in January we will have a little brother to fill this Green Lantern tee! (OK, it will probably be more like August before he can fill that 6-12 month size tee!)

Make sure you swing by Craftingcon to read all the details on my Justice League inspired look today!

Oct 22, 2015

Sweet Lily Chambray Dress

Have you ever had a sewing project that looked AH-mazing in your head...but not so great in reality.  This was almost one of those projects for me!  As soon as I saw the Sweet Lilly dress pattern by Bella Sunshine Designs, I knew I wanted to make one in chambray.  I sewed up the bodice with some cute little yellow buttons (and oh man it looked great!) then I added the skirt and....hated it!  So I threw it aside and went to bed, I don't know, but maybe I had just been staring at it too long.  The next day I switched out the yellow buttons for some wooden ones, gave the dress a good press, put it on my little one with the boots from her Halloween costume, and I LOVE it!

The Sweet Lilly dress features a pintucked bodice, I am a sucker for any pattern with pintucks!  It's got elbow length sleeves and some sweet ruffles on the sleeves, bodice, and hemline.

I had bought some chambray months ago with plans to make something for myself, but had not gotten around to it yet.  It is this chambray (affiliate link), and I really love it, I think I will be ordering some more to make that something for myself!  It is lightweight and has a really pretty drape to it.

I will warn you, this pattern is not a quick sew.  There are lots of pieces to cut, both fabric and interfacing, plus all that ruffling (and I really hate ruffling!)  It has some really nice finishing techniques, but they take extra time too.  All the seams on the sleeve cuffs and ruffles are encased and the bodice is lined and hand finished at the waist and sleeves.

This little dress will be perfect for fall!  It looks so cute with her boots and will be cute layered with tights or leggings as the weather cools off...if it ever cools off!


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