Verona dress with Free- motion applique

To all of you following my blog by now you realized that I have taken a bit of a break from blogging.  3 Months ago the most important man in my life passed away.  (The man who together with my mom meant everything to me, they made me , they loved me , they taught me about everything and in my eyes they are the perfect parents and perfect couple)…..

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and suddenly I found myself re-evaluating my life – what is important, what is not and trying to spend my time wisely – as realistic as possible. Let’s face it, as a mom of two human – and one furry child, wife of one – life just never goes as planned and I don’t get nearly as much done in a day as I hope or plan. I added homeschooling to our schedule last fall so I try to balance my creative life around that (domestic work has taken a back seat  to the extent that if it isn’t needed for that moment or that day it doesn’t have to be done right now- some people have a hard time living with it – I however do not ) Blogging fell a bit wayside on the way after thinking how much time it takes to edit pictures, write a blog post etc. etc.

I have realized that it doesn’t matter how many people read or looks at the blog, (although I really, really, really love that you do and even more if you take the time to comment) it really is more for me – as a type of a journal of my work. How far I’ve come over the past few months and years, what I’ve done, what I’ve tried, what works, what doesn’t, what I want to do more of and what I should do less of…….

I am looking forward to continue blogging. Forewarning – it will be mostly pictures and if I’ve done something that I can teach you or help you with some words attached to that :). I have never and don’t claim to be a writer at all- but I do love sharing my work and read your comments leading me to your work and see what you are up to.

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My newest love is free motion applique. I have seen some amazing ones from Ric-Rac and Retro and bought her down-the-rabbit hole design to give it a try. It is like drawing with my sewing machine. Since then I have started to draw my own designs and adding them to the kids clothing. I hope that on of my next posts will be a free design for you and some tips on how to include it on clothing.

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I chose the Verona dress to add the free motion applique onto. It is my go-to dress for Bella and when she chose this Art Gallery fabric I knew that just a black and white applique will work perfect on the fabric and the skirt part of the Verona lends itself nicely to an applique.

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I added buttons to the front so that it is easier for her to get it off by herself. She likes to dress herself multiple times a day.  She is my vivacious child and loves to look like a princess but behave like a monkey.

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We took pictures early Sunday morning before church so that she doesn’t get dirty by the time I get to snap some pictures of her in the dress. Hubby was on his way to a golf match and I was able to get this pretty picture of the two of them.

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Thank you for reading and looking. I will soon be back with my Project Run and Play outfit for August.

Till next time…..

Swimsuit cover-up with the Summer Chevron Shirt….

I try to do my Project Run and Play each month but I have to say sometimes life just gets in the way, but I am hanging in there and haven’t missed a month yet so why would this month be different.

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This month is the  Summer chevron shirt. Please excuse the fact that there is very few link backs for now. I am on vacation and trying to do this post on My 8 year olds tiny laptop before deadline and things are not going well 🙂

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I love a lot about this pattern especially the neckline as well as the cinched waistline.

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With Project Run and Play I like to design my own outfit while still maintaining the essential parts of the pattern by featured designer.

 

Bella needed a swim cover-up for this week that is easy to pull on and off at the beach.

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I extended the sides so that is a rectangle. I cut out the rectangle neckline in the biggest size so that there is no closures and we can just throw it over the head.DSC_0102 The sides were sewed a couple of inches in from the side to create “flutter” sleeves. I added a bias binding casing in the middle on the inside and added piping so it maintains the cinched waist.

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I used a denim cotton and double gauze I got from miss matatabi a while back.

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Till next time…..

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Twisted Trousers goes on an adventure…..

When Laura from Titchy Threads and Craftstorming contacted me, I was beyond excited. At that stage I already owned and sewn three of the amazing small fry skinny jeans. You can find my favorite one HERE. It is my favorite pattern for jeans for the kids . Pictures of the twisted trousers started popping up all over blog world and I knew I just had to have it for the kids. Laura beat me to it and offered me the twisted trousers as well as the tank pattern and a bonus of the rowan tee. Very Lucky Girl aren’t I ? I have since also bought the azure swimsuit pattern and it is ready to be made. There are so many reasons I can recommend all of Laura’s patterns – I have learned something new out of each and every one of them, they are very cool, hip, gender neutral, well-fitted and quite ingenious.

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We are heading into summer here in Kentucky so I instantly knew I was going to make light pants. It is also tick and mosquito season so I went with Long pants with drawstrings on the bottom to protect them from any unwanted bites. The fact that it is warmer I knew the kids are bound to get wet and chose Boardshort fabric from the Fabric Fairy for both of their pants for the reason that it will dry fast . Because this pattern is reversible I added white net fabric ( the kind that is on the inside of sport jackets and football jerseys are made of) on the inside. I made a twisted tank for Isabella with grey and white gingham knit from Girl Charlee and a Rowan Tee for Arthur also with knit from Girl Charlee…

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For Arthur’s pants we stuck with his beloved sharks and I machine stitched some waves and a shark fin on the back pocket. for the pockets lining I used some shark quilting cotton purchased from Fabricworm. The first picture below shows you how nicely designed this pattern is – Laura explains very well how to make the pants reversible and I am excited to make a reversible pair in the winter with some knit on the inside and solid on the outside. These pants have endless possibilities with different type of fabrics, colorblocking etc. .

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For Arthur’s seams I used my Janome coverstitch machine to topstich on all the seams which gives it a beautiful even finish on top and still cover the inside seams without having to serge them. I chose stripes for the rowan tee. Again endless possibilities you can play around with . ( I’ve made a few rowan’s for Arthur in the past couple of weeks – The pattern has a kangaroo pocket/chest pocket – bands or no bands and a hoodie option. Another must-have staple pattern for your pdf library…..

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For Bella’s pants I used mint green boardshort fabric and gave her star pockets. I added grey bias piping on the side, back and pocket seams. For the shirt I used the twisted Tank pattern and played around with the gingham in different directions. I added a frill around the neck to girly it up and a zipper at the bottom because what 4 year old doesn’t like to play with a zipper?

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Isabella’s has been done for a while and she was very happy that she could finally wear it today.

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I am guessing we will have plenty of Adventures in these.

Twisted Tuesdays has just begun – Hop on Over to Craftstorming every Tuesday till the 9th of June and see all the amazing Twisted Trousers, Tanks and Rowan Tee’s.

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Till next time…….

Wild Flower Pool bag and swimsuit

so it is the fourth day of sewing for me for Kids Clothes week and I am getting my blogpost up later and later 🙂 I am also cutting it very close to the Project Run and Play sewalong for April so I finished up my bag for Project Run and play as well as sew 2 swimsuits for Bella.

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This month is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts with her FREE Reversible Sling bag pattern . I have been following Mandy for the past few months on Instagram while they are building their Dream house and it is just amazing to see how things are getting done and all the progress.She has a wonderful style! So moving on to the challenge – I was not sure if I was going to sew along this month for many reasons but ended up going for it which I am glad I did. We are planning a Beach trip in May to Florida and Bella needs her own bag for her towel, dry clothes and pool toys which this bag has more than enough space for. I made it and interchangeable bag with flowers and bows which can be attached with Kam snaps.PicMonkey CollageThe Process…..

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She loves snapping them on and off and keep all the flowers and the bow in one of the pockets on the inside. The zipper on top keeps everything in place. I used a Robert Kaufman Essex linen for the bag and added coral piping all around. The inside contrast fabric is the Wanderer Art Gallery premium cotton.

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After finishing up the bag I thought I might as well do her swimsuit. I bought Liberty of London swimwear fabric at fabric.com about a month ago after seeing a simple leotard style swimsuit on instagram. Even though it is expensive it is so worth its price. I bought half a yard and only used half of that so I can easily make another swimsuit for Bella next year with it when she outgrows it. For the swimsuit I just used a basic leotard pattern and shortened the sleeves and added a circle frill with a rolled hem around the neck. I tried it out first with a green gingham swimwear fabric and the fit is really great – now she already has two swimsuits for the season. I love the sleeve because it helps preventing a rash from the life jacket or the wings. The fabric also goes perfect with the WILD theme of Kids Clothes week.

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Hop on over to Project Run and Play for more Sling bag inspiration and don’t forget to join me and all the others for the rest of Kids Clothes Week

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KCW – Panda love

Today’s outfit for KIDS CLOTHES WEEK was inspired by Panda’s. Both me and kids loves the WILD theme and we will just not have time to fit in all our favorite wild things but Panda is high on our list.

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I made some bloomer pants with double Gauze from the The Imagine Gnats shop and I used the Kid Shorts pattern – I made the shortest version and cut it a little wider, add elastic to the seam at the legs and did some elastic shirring on the two middle fronts. ( I think I am going to make a few of these because they are great to wear under dresses and also looks very cute with leggings, high socks or tights)

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For the shirt I found a Panda face online, made it bigger and printed it out on Avery transfer iron-on for dark fabrics. The rosy cheeks is coral knit appliqued to the shirt. I appliqued around the eyes and the mouth because my kids loves to pry those iron on images off. The knit for this shirt is a very soft buttery knit from Girl Charlee . I used the Rowan Tee pattern from Titchy Threads – omitted the sleeves and lengthened the shoulders into a drop shoulder , widened the neck opening and added a curved bottom.

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The pants is the Go to Leggings Pattern and the striped knit is also from Girl Charlee.

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This kid has so many poses lately I am not sure which ones to use – See you tomorrow!

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and Remember to join in on the fun over at Kids Clothes Week…..

KCW – Wild elephants

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I love it when it is time for KCW- Kids Clothes Week, and I can stock up on clothes for the kids for the upcoming season. This time around the theme is WILD – so cool and versatile. First child up is Bella. I used my Upcraftclub fee to get the Persimmon Dress pattern from Willow + Co. The fabric is some essex linen and the blue double gauze is from my favorite Imagine gnats shop. First I made a elephant stencil with speedball eraser blocks and then used Speedball screen print ink for fabric to stamp the elephants on the essex linen.

this is a horrible picture(it was done last night so the lighting is very bad) but you get the idea….

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The linen and double gauze is a perfect match and Isabella is in heaven.

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We were fortunate to be able to get some pictures in the backyard inbetween rain very suiting to the WILD theme.

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Go Visit the KCW Blog for some inspiring outfits posted by others that are sewing along …….

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Till tomorrow……..

Blog Tour – The Verona Dress by Jennuine Design

I am very excited to join Jenn from A Jennuine Life for the blog tour of her newest Pattern the Verona Dress. The pattern is currently on sale for $7.50 and you can get it HERE. I was very excited when Jenn included me in the test for The Verona Dress. I have been following Jenn since I started reading Blogs a couple of years ago. I have also sewed a couple of the Dressage Leggings HERE and HERE so I already  knew that I was in for a treat. All of Jenn’s patterns are very well explained with illustrations and Step-by-step instructions. Jenn is always available for help which makes her a great pattern designer. Isabella and I loved it so much I ended up sewing 4 versions in the 2 weeks of testing and another one last week to complete Easter outfits.

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The Verona Dress is available for sizes 0 – 12 years. Unique characteristics of the Verona is that there are no button closures/zippers ( the baby sizes have a button in the back so it is very easy to get the dress over a baby’s head) and the beautiful fold back collar with a notch on the back neck line. On top of that there are lots of options – Long sleeve, short sleeve, cap sleeve and sleeveless. You can add pockets and/or Tulle. It is also fully lined with the lining peeking out from underneath the top skirt. The middle back has an elastic that makes for a beautiful and comfortable fit. I have tried them all except the long sleeve just because I am done with winter and want to sew nothing that makes me think of it 🙂 . The dress works great in woven or knit fabric.

The first one I did was just a muslin which I ended up finishing because Isabella loved it so much. It is the sleeveless version. I used my ruffle foot to make the gathers for the skirt. The fabric is a denim chambray with mint green dots and the underskirt a peach kona solid. I do not have modeled pictures but I do have this one ( I can also add that this dress is so comfortable that it doesn’t stay clean- she does EVERYTHING in it – which makes me happy and sad at the same time)

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The next one I made was the Yellow Eyelet and Teal chambray Verona that I already shared with you in my previous post. This one I did the short sleeve version with elastic. The eyelet makes for a beautiful Verona and make sure to follow Jenn’s suggestions for open and sheer fabrics.

Next up was the Blue and orange Verona. I did the cap sleeve with this one and this sleeve is my personal favorite. I used Blue Shwe Shwe fabric from my stash that my lovely mother brings  when visiting from South Africa . The underskirt is an orange Kona Solid. I added orange hand stitches to the collar to keep it in place but really am still deciding if I like it or not.

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Following was my personal favorite dress. Isabella has received many compliments from Adults that would love to have this as an adult version. I used a Mustard and Ivory striped cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee for the top and a grey knit also from Girl Charlee for the underskirt and bodice lining. I added the pockets for this version which I love with the knit. I made a belt with the grey knit and cream-colored kam snaps. I added kam snaps to the collar so I would not have to iron it after each wash and I have to say that this one needs no ironing when coming out of the tumble drier.

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Last but not least was a cap sleeve Verona for the Easter egg hunt at Church on Saturday. I added Tulle for this version and this just takes this dress up one notch and will please any Princess in your life. The bodice I created a faux double-breasted placket before cutting out my pattern by just folding and stitching to create the panel effect. For the skirt instead of gathering I made wide flat pleads instead. The fabric I used beautiful April Rhodes for Art Gallery, Wanderer, Serape Dream Premium Cotton from Fabricworm and a peach solid cotton for the bottom. Isabella loves bunnies so I made a little easter bunny with leftover wanderer fabric and imitated the buttons and collar to go with her dress.

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blogpic4 - CopyI can  truly say that both me and Bella loves all of the versions. Recommendations from me would be to make the correct size (check measurements and size when cutting out the pattern) and also make sure that the elastic is not too tight in the middle back or too loose ( I have found that the elastic guide on the pattern is a perfect fit on Isabella’s body) This will make for a beautifully fit and comfortable  dress. I hope that if  you do not have the pattern yet you go grab it while it is still  on sale.

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You should join the Blog tour and go see what all the other testers sewn up. Really cute dresses –

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Till next time – I hope that when I see you again I will be able to share some Boy outfit images with you……….

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