Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Blog is Moving!

I will be posting my new posts over on WordPress instead of blogger. I know it's a lot to ask, but if you could take the time to follow the new blog, I'd appreciate it.

New posts will be posted over there, but I will continue to link them here. For the first updates, Follow my blog with Bloglovin


You can find the tutorial at the new blog!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Knock it Off Jottum Dress

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

I am so excited to be part of Knock it Off hosted by Elegance & Elephants this year!  I follow along every time and LOVE seeing what everyone comes up with.  It's so much fun to see the participants on the blog and the flickr group create.  There are some great prizes for the sew along entries, so make sure you check it out and enter your knock off.

Part of the reason I started sewing was because I loved children's fashion, but I hated the price tag.  I've loved this jottum dress since the first time I saw it but there was no way I was going to spend over $300 on a child's dress.  I decided that Knock it Off was the perfect opportunity to make one of my own.

After all the color blocking, cutting, measuring and gathering for the underskirt, I can understand why the original is so expensive.  I've never spent so long making anything, but I can honestly say that I love it.  My version is a little bit different, but I couldn't help adding my own touches.

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

I made this out of about 2 yards of Kona cotton in white and indigo and 1/2 yard of stiff tulle.  Adding in the cost of the thread and the zipper, it didn't cost more than $15 to sew up.  The skirt is color blocked with strips of white.  Each strip is sewn together and then it's all box pleated at the waist.

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

Bows were sewn to the waist and the straps.  I could have made my bows fuller, but I ran out of white fabric.  It was a calculation error in my math, unfortunately.

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

An entire half yard of tulle is gathered and sewn to the skirt lining to hold up the 65 inches of hemline.  

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

Little Miss said she felt like a princess in the dress.

jottum knock off:daisies and dresses

Thanks for looking!  I wish I could have done a tutorial for you, but it's all subjective to waist size.  I can tell you what I did, though.

To determine the size of your skirt, measure the waist(or chest, whichever is larger) and add ease and seam allowance(W).  Multiply that number by three to get the total width of your skirt piece(Wx3).  Now, decide how many bows you want(B)(I had 4).  Each bow has 2 tails.  So, the amount of white pieces you need is Bows x2. (Bx2).  Determine how wide you want your bow's tails to be(T) and multiply that number the number of bow's tails you have(T(Bx2)).  Divide up your remaining width to place in between your tails(Wx3)/(T).  Add seam allowance to all calculations and you should end up with the width of your color blocking pieces.  Determine the length by measuring from your child's waist to where you want the hemline and don't forget to add length for hemming.

Sew that all together and you "should" end up with the right width.  Box pleat everything so it looks right and it should be about the same width as your waist measurement.  Run a basting stitch along the top to hold it all together.

The next piece will be the width of your skirt.  This piece will be cut in half and then one half in half again.  You will need to add seam allowance to each piece.  If you don't want a sash, you can just do one piece with seam allowance for the back.  If you want a sash, figure out how long and wide you want it and sew it in the sides.  Cut out the same size pieces for your lining.

If you want an underskirt, you'll have to at least double the width of the waist(I tripled it)gather that and sew it into the lining.  Along the bottom, I measured 6 inches of stiff tulle and sewed about 8 strips together, gathered them and sewed them to the skirt lining.  If you don't want the tulle to itch, make sure there is cotton between it and your child's legs.

Okay, now sew in your lining but don't forget to calculate the length/width of your straps and sew those in to the top.  I added buttonholes on the back of the dress to hold the straps in and I put a zipper down the back of the dress.  I made simple bows and hand sewed them to the waist and straps.  Hem everything and pat yourself on the back.  You deserve it!

If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer them.  Best of luck!



Friday, August 1, 2014

Knock it Off


Guess what?  That's right!  mmmm hmmm.  You read it right.  I'm busy making something that is amazing, if I do say so myself.  I'll see you back here in a few days.  In the meantime, I'm calculating all sorts of math misery in order to get this vision to work out.

Be sure to watch Elegance & Elephants to see the great line up.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flip This Pattern: Croquet Dress by Oliver + S


I was so surprised and amazed when I got invited to participate in this round for Flip This Pattern! This is one of my favorite series in blog land and I get to be a part of it. Thanks for letting me play along.

 Everyone knows how lovely Oliver + S patterns are and the lovely croquet dress is great on the inside and out. I love the way the insides of the garments are perfect. For my flip, I decided to make a romper with flutter sleeves.

Meet Luna Blue




I edged the front and the sleeves with lace.  The sleeve is lined with a contrasting(matching?) green fabric.



I was going to do a bubble short but I thought basic bottoms helped balance the width and structure of the top.  (I promise, I ironed these but then she played in them.)



There's a peek at that green in the sleeves.


I think the back view is my favorite.


Thanks for looking.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the sew along.  Make sure you head over to Frances Suzanne and vote for your favorite Croquet Dress creation!  Don't forget to add your link to the sew along too.






Monday, July 21, 2014

Flip This Pattern at Frances Suzanne


Hey everyone!  Guess what?  I'm over at Frances Suzanne today for Flip This Pattern.  Head over and check it out.  It'll be fun.  I promise.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fabric Stash Buster



I've had this fabric for at least two years.  Originally, I bought it for an Easter dress but I never really got around to cutting it out.  So, it sat with my fabrics for a very long time.  Occasionally, I'd pull it out for a project, but it just never seemed to be right.  Then, inspiration struck!  It was perfect for a Market Dress!

I decided to put pockets the dress this time around, and I made the skirt fuller than the previous one too.  Pockets are always a winner in my book.  They also add +10 to any outfit in the eyes of my daughter.


She likes to carry stuffed animals in her pockets.  Also rocks.  Lots of rocks.



Look at that jaunty little bunny peeking out of her pocket!


I put brown buttons down the back.  Originally, I went with silver, but they were all wrong.  I clipped them all off and replaced them with brown.  Much better.


This will be darling with a long sleeved shirt under it too.  I'm thinking of making a long sleeved ruffle blouse for this coming fall and winter.

  • pattern - Amelie & Henri Market Dress
  • fabric- Bunny Hill by Moda







Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth of July is Coming!


18 months old

This photo will remain one of my favorite photos of Little Miss until the end of time.  This was her second July 4th celebration.  Every year, we head to the lake with friends.  One of our traditions that I hope will never end.

One of my favorite times of year is almost here.  Since it falls right around my birthday, I always felt like the fireworks were for me ;)  But, we have some traveling plans up ahead so we're furiously trying to get everything squared away before we go over the mountains to visit family and friends we left behind when we moved away.

4 years old

The outfit I wanted to share with you was worn and has ketchup all over the front so I have to do some fancy stain removal before I can take photos.  Since I don't have photos the only photo I have is this bad instragram shot, I'll share photos from previous years.  Nothing was sewn by me, but I'm sharing anyway.  Look away from my store bought goods!

Two years old
Same boots as the previous year.  Same top too.  Little peanut hardly grew but it worked well for me since she got to recycle all of her clothes ;)

Two years old
She absolutely loves those boots.  July 5th, we went berry picking with the family and she insisted on wearing them.

3 years old

3 years old
A couple from last year.  I swear, she grew 2 feet over the winter.  The first photo cracks me up every time I see it.  It completely reminds me of Coco Chanel "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."

Yeah, the boots.  Because she loved them so much, I did a crazy thing and bought them in the next size up.  I made her an outfit for last year, but it was an epic failure.  If you want to make fun, go check it out here.  It's okay to laugh.  I know I did!

and one last photo before I go.  Here she is on her very first 4th celebration looking thrilled with her lot in life.

9 months old and excited to be here