Another Spring Top

Alright, so these photos aren’t great. They were taken by my 5-year-old on the iPad earlier today. I installed a WordPress app and wanted to see how easy it was to post from it. I accidentally published to the blog! Whoops!

Anyway, here is the second spring top I finished:

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You probably recall from my last post that this pattern is a free tutorial from Made By Rae.

The floral print is from Jo-anns. Our local store was just renovated, and it is SO MUCH BETTER. They actually have TWO bathrooms for customers (with potty training children)! They used to send us to TJMaxx for that.

The coral cotton is an Amy Butler solid, “mango” I believe.

All in all this one came together pretty nicely. I opted not to do the pleats, and just gathered instead. I don’t think it is quite as polished this way, but still cute!  You can see that I made little slits on the sides and was happy with that move.  Might even make them deeper.

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I’ll try to edit this post with a better photo as soon as I have an adult around to help me.  Still, I’m thrilled to be sewing wearable items for myself!  I urge you to try it!

Have a fantastic weekend!

~Caroline

Vintage Spring Top

Well, I had to get in on the Vintage May action too, especially when I came upon this sheet set at Goodwill last month. 

The woman in front of me was fairly certain that her parents used to own a set!  Sweet.  My thinking was to use it for muslins, as I wanted to delve into some more advanced sewing.  But, then again, it would be great if I actually could wear my “practice” Spring Ruffle Top (minus the ruffles).  What do you think?

I like it!  You can find this tutorial by Rae, which appeared as a guest post a couple of years ago, on Sew Mama Sew, or in Rae’s tutorial section.  Looked easy enough, and I was really excited about maternity alterations that were suggested by another contributor (help, can’t find a link to the woman who made a few of these, one with a tie on the bottom hem?).  Anyhoo, yes, I said it, maternity.  16 weeks ya’ll! And now for the baby bump reveal…

Due date is very close to my birthday in early November, but I’m targeting Halloween, cause I just love it.  I don’t think I will have any trouble fitting into this as I expand, it is pretty roomie.  The new skill I attempted was adding piping to the bust seam and straps!  Check it out… and allow me to enjoy my temporarily voluptuous (ha!) bosom.

I thought the addition of the lime green piping added to the retro-vintage vibe.

I hemmed the back piece a good bit shorter than the front.  You kinda have to try it on and figure it out for yourself a bit.  I really wished I’d included the arm divots, but it wasn’t making sense to me in the tutorial pics.  I needed my mom to help me, but she was out-of-town!

Attempting a pigeon-toed pose.

I can just hear my childhood ballet teachers scolding me now.  Seriously though, what’s with all the pigeon-toed poses out there?

Anyway, I’m pretty psyched to be sewing for myself for a change.  I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, and some pretty fabric to cut up, so stay tuned.

Just for fun, I whipped up a couple of “Garden Skirts” for Ellery and Avery out of the big sheet.

Nice fourth position Ell!

I might have to make a grown up Garden Skirt.  I actually have yet to sew with elastic thread, gonna try it.

Cheese!

~Caroline

Easy, Breezy, Ellery…

I love a good naptime sewing project.  Rifling through my box of scraps, I found the start of a shirt that I had tossed aside a few months back.  It’s just 2 panels sewn together, with an elastic casing at the top.  I had some leftover bias tape from here, so I cut it in half and sewed the two ends to the front, and added a couple of buttons.  Voila!  A new flowy, flowery halter for my little darlin’.

I’m such a fan of this fabric.  I love all the green in it, and the little orangeish-red dots in the center of the flowers.  The halter straps are made from this.  Both fabrics are from designer, Heather Bailey.

My kids were really good to me and slept a bit longer.  Long enough for me to make a second attempt at sewing pants for E.  My first try involved using MADE’s kid pants tutorial… they ended up being too tight and short on her, so today I drafted a quick pattern from an existing pair of pants.  I’m so happy I did because they actually fit perfectly, and she didn’t cry for mercy when I put them on her. 

I knew I wanted to give the girl some highwaters, or “cropped” pants as they call ’em these days…  I love how they look on her.  Love her little ankles, and her new neon pink shoes that her friend Caroline gave her (she actually calls this little girl “Friend Caroline” so as not to confuse her with her Aunt Caroline.  ha). 

Want a glimpse into of Ellery’s greatest talents?  Okay!  Here ya go:

Rifling through the fridge!  Hope she finds something good…

 Seriously, Ellery… tomatoes?  Who’s child are you?

I’m kidding.  This kid would eat tomatoes at every meal if I let her.

Now, if only she’d ask her Mommy for a napkin!

-Erin

Oldies, but goodies.

I was looking through some photos from one year ago and came across pictures of my first sewing projects.  I think my very first project was a bib, but the first things I really enjoyed making were clothes for my girl.  I made 2 apron shirts using Butterick’s pattern 5019.  They were easy for a beginning sewer like myself, and required a yard or less of fabric and some bias tape. 

Oh, how I miss combing out that gnarly tuft of hair at the back of her head… 

….as if!

She still wears these shirts- they are shorter on her now of course, but perfect over jeans or leggings. 

Okay, I need to go squeze her now.

– Erin