Oct 24, 2014

Flip this Pattern

Hey there! I am competing in Flip this Pattern over at Frances Suzanne this week!  In case you haven't heard of it, it is a super fun challenge where they give the same pattern to 4 different sewing bloggers and ask them to make it over into something a bit different than the original design.  I am up against some pretty stiff competition! All the ladies competing this month are amazing...seriously amazing!  

For my flip, I too the Hattie dress by Brownie Goose and flipped it into a shirtdress for Em!  You can see a bit more about my dress below, and if you missed it earlier this week you can see my full post about my flip HERE.  And of course make sure you head over to Frances Suzanne and see the other four incredible entries and vote for your favorite (I would love it if it was mine ;) )

To flip the Hattie into this shirtdress, I switched things around a bit so it opens in the front and put buttons all the way down the front of the dress.  I kept the collar because that ruffled collar is my favorite part, and a distinguishing feature of the Hattie I didn't want to lose, but I curved the ends down at the button placket.  I also made my dress fully lined so the ruffle has no exposed seams at the neckline.

I shortened and slimmed the sleeves a bit and added some little buttons to the back of them.  


And I added some little chest pockets and a sash to cinch it in the middle a bit.


I am pretty stoked about how it turned out! I just love the look of this dress for fall!

Make sure you head over and VOTE for your favorite Hattie flip!

Oct 23, 2014

Ansley Top

I got the chance to sew up the new Ansley top and dress pattern from Blaverry Patterns  and I am over at Pattern Revolution today sharing my version.

I had never sewn a pattern from Blaverry before, but I really love the designers style, she has some really cute stuff!  I was so excited to try one of her patterns out.  I really liked it! it is well written and the end result is cute, I will be sewing more Blaverry in the future for sure!

This pattern has tons of options, 2 lengths, 6 sleeves, several hem options, collars, cuffs...the possibilities are endless!  I sewed up the top version with short sleeves.  OK, actually I sewed up the dress version with 3/4 length sleeves and decided last minute to chop off the sleeves and the dress.  Ha! I can never make up my mind! 

I love the way this top turned out.  It is so cute with her skinnies, but would be cute with shorts too, or layered with long sleeves under it when it gets colder.  

You can check out my whole review and read all the details about this pattern over at Pattern Revolution today!

Oct 22, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood (and a hooded cape tutorial!)

Halloween sewing is hands down my absolute favorite!  This year for Halloween, I got to pick Em's costume.  I was hoping to do coordinating costumes for my kids, but when A decided he wanted to be Superman I decided to scratch that idea, I just couldn't get excited about a Lois Lane costume for her.  And since she doesn't really have an opinion on her costume yet the decision was left to me! I decided on Little Red Riding Hood for her, partly because I was Little Red Riding Hood once when I was little and it was one of my most favorite costumes, but mostly I picked it because I thought she would make the cutest Little Red!

For her costume, I made her THIS gingham dress.  I felt like a Little Red Riding Hood costume gave me the freedom to make any dress I wanted really, there are so many different variations of Little red, ones that wear red dresses, ones that wear black corsets, ones that wear grey dresses...So really she just needs a dress and a red hooded cape.  I chose to do a gingham with some eyelet trim and I love love how it turned out.

Then I made her cape.  It is red (of course) on the outside and I lined with a vintage looking fabric that is cream colored with little red flowers.  And finished it off with a little toggle to keep it on.  More details on how I made the cape are at the end of this post!

And to finish off her costume, I picked up a basket at Hobby Lobby for Little Red to carry all her goodies for Granny (or her candy for trick-or-treating).

And Little Red Riding Hood is ready to head off into the forest alone to take some goodies to her poor sick Granny....OK wait, who sends their kid off into a forest alone where she could get eaten by a wolf?!   I think we will be sticking to supervised trick-or-treating in a wolf free zone:)  Although, A has informed me that I shoud dress at the wicked wolf, and he says that I have to wear a costume if I want to go trick-or-treating with him...we'll see.

Alright, one more photo of my adorable Little Red and I will get on to the cape tutorial!

Want to make a hooded cape? Here is how I made mine!
You will need:
  • Fabric for the outside of the cape, red if you are making little red but this cape could be used for lots of costumes...Like a vampire, Harry Potter, you could even modify it a bit to make a Frozen Anna cape.  As far as how much you need, that depends on the size you want to make, I used 1 1/4 yard for my 2 year old
  • Fabric for the lining, the same amount as the outer fabric
  • Something to fasten the cape, I used a toggle, but you could use something like a ribbon to tie or a button and fabric or elastic loop.
The cape is made from a big half circle.  Determine the what the finished length you want your cape and then add 1", for my daughter the finished cape is 16" so I cut my cape 17" long.  Fold your fabric in half, then cut a quarter circle on the fold (when you unfold it it will be a half circle).  Cut a quarter circle with a radius of 4" at the top, then cut a second circle measuring the finished length +1" from the first circle as shown in the photo below.  You will need one of these in your outer fabric and one in your lining.  The 4" radius at the top should work for most small kids, for bigger kids or adults, you may want to go up to 5".

To cut the hood, I drew out a hood shape that was roughly 10" wide and 12" tall.  You can see the shape I cut below.  Again, this size works for my 2 year old, you will want to adjust for bigger sizes.  An easy way to get a good hood size and shape is to trace a hood off of one of your kids sweatshirts that fit well, simply lay the hood flat and draw around it.  You will need 2 hood pieces for the outer cape and 2 hood pieces for the lining.  

Sew your hood pieces right sides together as shown below.  Repeat with the lining hood pieces.

Open your hood and pin the bottom of the hood to the neck hole of the cape with the right sides of the hood and cape together.  Sew the hood to the cape, repeat with the lining.

If you are using ribbon or a button loop as your closure, baste them in place now. Baste them to the right side of the cape lined up with the raw edge of the cape, close to the hood.  

Place your cape and the lining right sides together and sew all the way around the edge, leave a 3" opening at the bottom of the cape.

Turn the cape through the hole left in the bottom.  Press the cape, then topstitch around the edge of the cape and hood, making sure you close up the hole at the bottom.

If you are using a toggle, sew it in place now.  And your cape is done! Easy right?!

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