Monday, April 14, 2014

So Precious!

This week I don't have a tutorial for you, but I wanted to show you Cheeks Easter dress! (You already saw what Berry will be wearing last week.) 

For cheeks I used the precious dress pattern. I love how many options this dress has and I love the hidden buttons in the back, which, of course, Cheeks did not allow me to photograph. 

Isn't this dress really just the most precious thing you've seen Cheeks in? I think she is trying to convince me to buy her a pony in this picture!

Funny story: I was going to add the puff sleeves, I even had them cut out.... but then late one night I decided I was going to just start sewing this dress up - and then I just kept going... Before I knew it was past midnight and I had a perfectly finished SLEEVELESS bodice! OOPS! But I loved the look and I don't love my seam ripper so this is my happy mistake!

I'd love to hear a happy mistake story from you in the comments!

When my Berry saw Cheeks having her picture taken she just HAD to have her picture taken again in her Easter skirt, the perfectly preppy, Enjoy her mustache pic!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Getting Ready for Easter with KCW

I used the All the Rage Raglan pattern for the shirt and the Perfectly Preppy for the skort.

In my mind the looser fit shirt looked amazing with the skirt - casual and went with the pastels in the skirt kind of style. In actuality I wish I had followed the pattern directions to size down for a closer fit. Oh well, The shirt is SUPER cute with jeggings so it will get worn to Easter brunch

Because I knew I wanted the shirt not to be all loos at the bottom as I made it a looser fit in the top I left an inch open when I did the hem and threaded elastic through and then stitched it closed. This gives the shirt a cute "bubble" effect. 

(embroidery pattern from Urban Threads, fabric is all from Fabricland)

What are you sewing for Easter/spring?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Summer Fun with Patty Young!

Cuteness alert!!!  Patty Young of MODKID fame has just released a new book/pattern pack through Stash Books!  Summer Fun contains all the right elements to make your 18" doll a complete summer wardrobe.

I've known Patty for about a decade.  I first "met" her through eBay boutique when our kids were little babies, and then watched her blossom into a popular fabric designer with Michael Miller.  She has such a talent for fresh, colorful artwork and themes.  On top of that, she is absolutely meticulous when it comes patternmaking and instruction writing.  Her neat illustrations make the sewing process easy and fun.

If you've looked through the American Girl catalog, you know that little details are VERY important.  This packet contains patterns and instructions to make a wardrobe of stylish clothing and tiny accessories.  It really has everything you need to set dolly up for an amazing vacation.

Patty contributed an adorable sunhat pattern to my first book, Sewn Hats.  I was giddy to see the mini-me version in this packet, and I just had to make one!  It sewed up perfectly and quickly.  I tried the hat on several dolls, and it was a great fit on everyone from newer Mattel AG to old school Pleasant Company AG (slightly bigger head) and bald Bitty Baby.  My 18" doll from Adora modeled for the pictures.  

Want to win Patty's pattern pack?  Leave us a comment about your doll collection.  U.S. entrants can win a hard copy or digital version, while international entrants are eligible for a digital version only.  For more chances to win, visit these other great blogs on the tour:

4/1/2014  Jennifer Coe: 
4/2/2014  Carla Crim:  
4/3/2014  Sara Lawson:
4/4/2014  Generation Q:
4/5/2014  Suzanne Winter:
4/7/2014  Laura Kelly: and 
4/8/2014  American Patchwork & Quilting: 
4/9/2014  Kristin Link: 
4/10/2014  Jenny Fish:  
4/11/2014  Patty Young/MODKID

Or, buy it right now and get started on your summer sewing!

Side-bow Leighanna (Tutorial)

This is so simple I don't even know if this qualifies as a tutorial.... but here it is.

For a fun change up to the Leighanna pattern move the center slit off to the side! I shortened it by an inch when I did this as well, and then I did faux drawstring and used ribbon as the tie! 

I just LOVE this top! 

Fabric is from the Sisboom Lucky Girl line.