Posted in Girl's Clothing, How To, Sewing

All the different types of machines…

I love sewing. It’s therapeutic, from getting an idea in your head, to selecting fabric combos, to cutting, to seeing the garment slowly take form, to stitching the final stitches. Knowing that I have an original.

My daughter turned 6 a few days ago and I got it in my head to make her a fancy dress. She LOVES my dresses I make for her, so while looking through old photos, I got it in my head to follow one of the first patterns I ever made for her, but in her current size, the CKC Larkin. This was at the beginning of my sewing journeys, when I was first learning and really had no clue what I was doing! I remember reading the directions and thinking to myself, there sure seems like a lot of pointless steps (finishing the seams) and I skipped a lot of stuff.

(click link here to purchase this pattern)

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I learned the hard way that finishing seams is so important, as I was constantly cutting loose threads afterwards! I LOVED this dress and was so sad to see it go 😦

 

Let’s fast forward to last week. I made that dress in March of 2015, so my daughter was about to turn 2. Since then, I’ve kept the same sewing machine, but now own a serger and a coverstitch machine. And they are game changers for woven fabrics!

So this dress began with some ideas. I started by picking some fabrics and texting my mom and sisters for some opinions.

They voted gold and this dress had began!

I construct all garments with my sewing machine. I’ve tried using my serger to construct, but I just prefer constructing and then using my serger and coverstitch to finish.

So here are my extra machines:

Both are Janome and both were bought used. The left one is my serger and the right is my coverstitch.

If you aren’t familiar with what those do, then you are really missing out! So my serger cuts the fabric with a blade, and then stitches along the edge, to prevent unraveling of the fabric. Here is an example of one of my ruffles from the dress.

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I serge FIRST to finish the seams, then I fold up .5″ and use my coverstitch to sew the hem.

I use wonder clips and my fingers to memory press the hem. I fold over, measure .5″, pinch that spot with my fingers, clip it, then continue on (about a knees width) and repeat, then once I have the next clip, I go back and press the hem between the 2 clips with my fingers. Once I get back to where I started, it’s time for the coverstitch machine to go to work!

I bought the clear foot (did not come with my machine) and it’s wonderful for meeting the seams. I think my favorite part about this machine is that I don’t have to back stitch! Just make it back to where you started and go a little over the first stitches and bam, you are done!

Here is my machine at work:

And here are the results. The top is a double stitch that looks professional and the bottom is the mix of the serger stitches and the coverstich stitches.

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Here are the other ruffles finished:

All are done with the exact same cream thread cones. Aren’t they pretty 🙂

Now, for the big reveal, the final product! My daughter LOVED it!!!

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One thing I really love about this dress is that the ruffles are attached to connector pieces, so the skirt seam isn’t so bulky. I love this pattern and I’m so glad I was able to show it some love!

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, New Release - Tester

Felicia by Karrington Paige Design

Karrington Paige Design’s is making its debut with the Felicia Dress! This classic dress is stunning. I loved it to much that I made 2! In version 1, I used yellow linen and made the long sleeve version and my version 2 is a Cotten woven and short sleeves. My daughter loves both of them! I love the collar and the shirred sleeves on this dress! It includes a zipper for closure and a double hem at the bottom. This dress is a must for your little princess 🙂

Click here to purchase the pattern: Felicia

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, New Release - Tester

Annelaine’s Villeta Top

Releasing to is Annelaine’s new pattern, the Villeta Top. This is an original top that includes a ruffle on the front and back. The instructions are perfect and easy to follow! Click this link to purchase this or any Annelaine patterns!

Here are our modeled photos:

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, New Release - Tester

New Release: The Rivier Dress

I was so fortunate to get to test this unique and beautiful dress! This is The Rivier Dress by Eli Monster. Click this link to purchase: The Eli Monster This beautiful dress is on sale until Saturday July 22. There are a few options to pick: Sleeveless or Cap Sleeve and also Neck ruffle or basic.  For my test version, I wanted to go all out and I made the sleeveless with the neck ruffle. I did modify one thing on this pattern. Instead of just hemming the bottom, I used bias tape in a contrasting color.  I am so happy with the results! I also really like testing for the owner because she addressed all of the tester issue during testing.  Here are some more shots of the dress. Get your copy today!

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, How To

Hacking the New Horizons Portlanders Shorts

I needed a pair of shorts for my daughter for a photo shoot for a pattern I was testing.  I got the idea to do a lace overlay on the New Horizon’s Portlanders Pants and Shorts.  Click here to purchase the pattern.  They turned out perfect for the photo shoot! Here’s how I did it.

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Step 1: Arrange pages and cut out the shorts line in your size. Make sure you use the layers feature to easily see what you need to cut.  You need to follow the flaired out lines for the shorts (the shorts are wider at the ends then the pants)

Step 2: Using stretch lace, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces. Don’t cut out the band with the lace.

Step 3: Go back to your paper pattern pieces.  Cut off the flaired parts of the shorts.  This will leave you with the pants width (but the shorts length line won’t change)

Step 4: using a solid knit fabric, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces, and this time, cut out the band as well (being sure to cut on the fold.

Step 5: Using only the lace, stitch the pattern as the directions say, stopping when you get to the band.  The only thing I changed was on the lace, I used a 1/4″ seam allowance, instead of the recommended 3/8″ because I wanted the lace to fit over the solid knit. Once you have the lace finished, put it aside. I did NOT hem the lace because it doesn’t fray 🙂

Step 6: Using the solid knit, assemble just the shorts pieces.  Don’t do the band just yet! Use the correct seam allowance of 3/8″. I didn’t hem this pair, but I plan in doing a little hem in the future so the solid is a little shorter than the lace.

Step 7: Flip the lace and solid shorts right sides out. Place the lace shorts over the solid shorts (the wrong side of the lace should be on top of the correct side of the solid). At this point, I stitched the top of the shorts together to baste the lace and solid layers, but this isn’t necessary.

Step 8: LAST STEP! Now add the band as directed. The instructions are perfect for evenly spacing out the bands.

Now enjoy your amazing hacked shorts 🙂

Here is my daughter wearing them in her photo shoot. For the top pattern info and link, check out my blog post I did on it here.

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, Women's Clothing

New Horizon’s Portlander Pants

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of clothing? It’s easy to do when you are sewing and that means you get to pick the fabric and the pattern 🙂 I recently discovered a new love: The Portlander Pants by New Horizons!

I think my favorite part of these pants are that they have 5 total pieces, and from print to finish, they take less than 1 hour. Now I am SLOW when it comes to sewing, so that’s FAST for me! The material is also a win win. I made mommy and me out of french terry and mine out of double brushed poly, all from So Sew English Fabrics: Link: http://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

I’ll be making pair number 4 tomorrow and pair number 5 on Thursday or Friday. I posted photos on Facebook and in one of my groups, my post had over 150 likes.  They are very in style.  Here is the link to purchase: New Horizons Designs

You won’t regret these pants!

 

 

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Posted in Girl's Clothing

What I’m working on 6/10/17

Yesterday I was in a sewing mood! I have had these fabrics for awhile and I finally decided to use them.  Item #1 is really cool fabric. It’s called Color Me Fabric.  It comes blank, you sew up, you color, let dry for 24 hours, then you are set! My daughter can’t wait to color her skirt after she gets done with her nap today! I didn’t use a complete pattern from this project. I got the band measurement from a pattern I own, then cut the width of the fabric and the length from another pattern I own. This was a first for me because I used a knit band, but woven for the bottom skirt. My daughter loves it and that’s all that matters!

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Next item was a dress pattern that I have owned for awhile. It’s called Samantha’s Knotted Dress and it’s from Create Kids Couture. The fabric I decided to use is special.  It’s designer fabric from Michael Miller’s Glitz Collection.  I’ve had it for a few years, but been too afraid to cut into it! I changed my mind of couple of times with the combo, but I love how it turned out. This one took a few hours. We are going to a tea room tomorrow to get photos.

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