Monday, September 1, 2014

Bombshell Bathing Suit

I didn't think this one would happen yet this summer, and then I had an unexpected whole free day before our lake vacation. I printed and assembled the pattern 9am and worked most of the day on it, and another hour the next evening finished it, just on time for the lake!

Pattern: Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files
Fabric: Tricot Satin Matte Nylon Spandex
Lining: Satin Milliskin Nylon Spandex Lining, both from Girl Charlee (referral link)
Size: 12 waist/hips, tapering to 10 at the bust

Mods: I added 1.5" in length to both front and back to accommodate my long torso. Also used 80% negative ease on the elastic around the top of the suit and on the front "skirt" part to keep from gaping. Inside I added cups from a cheap bikini.

Fits perfectly - first swimsuit ever to fit so well! I was so impressed with the pattern and directions and the sewalong covers any point that needed clarification.

The fabric was amazing to sew with - now I know this suit pattern works on me, I may just need to stock up on some more colours from Girl Charlee! I could see a bright red one, black, gray....

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Raindrop Tee & giveaway

Gracious Threads has a new pattern - the Raindrop Tee! I was able to test the pattern for Jess.

The first one I did is in Riley Blake's jersey (95% cotton, 5% spandex). This fabric sews up like a dream! It has great recovery and drape.

Styled with her Titchy Threads Skinny Jeans, which finally fit her (though still not really skinny). The teeny pocket is a fun detail that my sweetie loves!

The Raindrop Tee has great, clear instructions for applying the neck binding - I still managed to mess it up a bit. After washing, the neckline binding puckered up a bit. I guess I should have used a little more length there. It's still wearable though.

Doesn't it have the prettiest profile? The hi-lo hem is just perfect. I chose to do the 3/4 length sleeves. The pattern also comes with a short sleeve option.

This one is sweatshirt fleece. It actually has an interesting story: My family moved out of province when my younger sisters were toddlers. A lady in the community had cut out sweaters for them and could not finish them before we left. She gave the cut pieces to my mom. They ended up sitting on the shelf the last - oh - 15 years? when my mom gave the pieces to me. They were just big enough for me to re-cut into a Raindrop Tee for my daughter!

Loving the pocket again! She chose the owl print for the pocket. I cut a lining for the pocket out of white cotton so it would be sturdier and not see-through.

Thinking this one will be perfect for fall with the heavier fabric and elbow-length sleeves.

Jess is giving away a copy of the pdf print at home pattern for the Raindrop Tee! It's also available on Etsy and Craftsy.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Casual Princess: Snow White

My baby girl turned 3 yesterday! She is just starting to love fairytales and princesses. Next year we are going to Disneyland with our in-laws and I thought maybe some dressup clothes were in order that could do double-duty for visiting there too.

Little Snow White

I started with the Sweet Little Dress pattern, in size 3. I appliqued the oval-ish shapes on the sleeves and added a ruffle at the cuff, cut the body pattern into a waist-length bodice, and added a gathered skirt. The gathered eyelet lace is sewn in at the hem to look like a petticoat. The fabrics are all mid-weight cottons.

Abigail was eager to wear her "pincess" dress as soon as she got up this morning and became really excited about this prop - she had a great time parading around the yard with her apple!

A little rick-rack and a headband with a bow finish the outfit to look similar to the classic Disney Snow White. I decided to skip the high white collar and the cape, for now at least.

Helping mama with the housework this morning

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mommy & Me Swimsuits!

Finished these two swimsuits for Abigail and me a bit ago. I'm really excited to have a tankini that is long enough first time ever!

Pattern: Jalie 3023, skirted tankini for Abigail, briefs for me.
Fabric: Swimsuit print, Fabricland; white solid, Marshall Fabrics
Modifications: On both suits I angled about 1/4" in on each side of the top yoke pieces when sewing the binding on. It seemed to gape otherwise. Also added 3/4" to the length of the tankini top for me (my usual length adjustment is 1.5" - 2"). Aside from that, no mods. Everything is topstitched with a three-step zigzag.

I'm going to be brave a post a pic, not a very good one, I'm afraid. I did the shelf bra inside the tankini top and sewed in cups for added support. I just used cups from a bra that fit well - will see how well that holds up. I'm pretty happy with how the bottoms fit too. Nearly every suit I've ever tried has dragged from either the top or the bottom because of my length, so this is a treat!

Abigail loves her skirted suit. The size 2 is a little bit big on her skinny bottom when it's wet, now that she doesn't wear swim diapers anymore, but other than that it is perfect.

Next up - the Bombshell Swimsuit for me! I'm pretty nervous about trying this - it feels like a fluke that these two tankinis were so straightforward. This fabric from Girl Charlee just arrived in the mail, and I've gotten as far as printing the pattern. Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tall Girl Woes - Lengthening a Too-Short Shirt

I'm tall. 6 feet, 1/4 inch, and fine with my height. Until I try shop at a non-specialty shop. Most tops are just too short for me (besides my favourite online-only-tall Old Navy tees). So last week I was going through some shirts, and came up with this simple solution to extending (haha-pun!) the use of some tops! Thought I'd share a semi-tutorial for other girls out there, or those who just like their shirts longer.

First, find two too-short tshirts that coordinate. Preferably they should be a similar width at the bottom. (My gray one was wider so I actually took the sides in a bit.)

Once you've decided which will be the bottom layer of your fooler shirt, evenly cut a 2.5" - 3.5" strip from the bottom of the tshirt. I used my rotary cutter and mat to make it really easy. You'll be using the existing hem.

On your upper shirt, remove the hem stitching. (sorry, no photo) If the hem is coverstitched, this tutorial from might come in handy. Then pin the top edge of the under layer, raw edges together, to the other layer.

 Stitch or serge together.

Flip the under layer down and refold the hem of the tshirt, with the seam facing up, and pin through both layers.

Topstitch - I used a 4.0mm double needle to topstitch for a professional-looking result.

VoilĂ ! Your lengthened hem is finished!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A sale at ModMooi

My friends Suzanne and Annette are offering a sale at their new shop, ModMooi - free shipping for the month of July for North America, half price shipping anywhere else. Or 15% for local pickup. This is a good deal, coming from Canada!! Check it out. They have some gorgeous baby quilts and iPad covers listed right now!  Also...Etsy's offering $5 off your first etsy purchase using this code:

[all photos credit ModMooi. I am not an affiliate.]

Check out the adorable little hedgehogs!

And foxes! Love the foxes.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Memories - a Custom Quilt

Suzanne and I are now doing Quilting Wishes together! A client requested a quilt made up of her daughter's outgrown clothing - a memory quilt.

Lots of cute little teeshirts, dresses, pants and hats became this sweet baby sized quilt, which will hang on the end of the little lady's new big bed. (Dimensions: approximately 38" x 44")

The sashing, borders and backing are all Connecting Threads fabrics - great prices, quality and customer service! The backing is Trendy Ogee in Dark Strawberry, from their Hampton Hues collection, and the peachy pink border is Quilter's Candy Prints, Swirls in Tea Rose.

It's quilted with a walking foot, double straight lines forming a grid and the binding is machine stitched. This was sure a fun thing to work on!