Monday, March 21, 2016

More Sommer, This Time with a Challenge

Hello there,
With Easter right around the corner, it almost seems perfectly appropriate to sew the perfect dress (or dresses) for the occasion. Sarah Jane is holding an Easter Dress Sewing Challenge over at her blog and I couldn't help but join the challenge. I am a big fan of the collection, so I had enough fabric to make two dresses that will be worn well beyond Easter. 
The first one was made using Made for Mermaids Harper pattern (available HERE ) and the second using The Cottage Mama's Janey Jumper with a modification shown on THIS tutorial. 
Overall I am extremely happy with the results, and so is my little one.
There is still time to join the challenge, it ends March 31st.  Use hashtag #sommerdresschallenge on Instagram and tag @SarahJaneStudios when you enter.

Good Luck!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Dreamy Dress

With beautiful weather in sight and the perfect time for photographs fast approaching, I was fortunate enough to test Made for Mermaids newest pattern: Juliette. The first pattern of the Dreamy Collection is nothing shy of fabulous. It is easy enough for a beginner if you decide to go for the simple version, and it can also be made in a top length. I decided to try two versions, not too dreamy but comfortable enough for my active 3 year old princess. If you are wondering, How much would it cost to achieve this Dreamy look?  I made two versions, so you get an idea:

Fabric: $9.99
Knit from Joann's (a cotton/poly blend) @ $9.99/yard. I needed 1 yard for the short dress version.
Trim: $3.00
I used trim bought by the roll from Hobby Lobby @3.99/roll, on sale 50%off, so about $2.00 per roll, and I used about 1.5 rolls.
GRAND TOTAL: $ 12.99

Fabric: $ 12.97/yard plus $4.00 shipping = $16.97
I used Riley Blake Dream and Wish Knit from Mama made and beautiful (I like to support mama owned businesses)
Trim: 4 yards @ $2.99/yard = 11.96  I used a coupon for 50% off. New Price: $5.97
GRAND TOTAL: $ 22.95

From both versions, I liked version 2 the best, the knit was a lot better quality and had better recovery. However, I liked the trim from Hobby Lobby a bit better, it was wider and just better quality. I have washed both dresses and they did just fine. They were washed inside a lingerie bag on delicate cycle. So these dresses are not only Dreamy, but they last too!

Now to the most important part: Where can I get this Dreamy pattern? Here's the link for Made for Mermaids site, where this and many more adorable patterns are sold: 

Made for Mermaids Patterns

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Matching Outfits

This mama is back at creating for the ones I love most, and I couldn't have been luckier to have the opportunity to test not one but two Made for Mermaids patterns: The Harper Dress and Top and the Charlie Button Up Shirt.  Both patterns are a confident beginner to intermediate level.
They both feature pin tucks, however, the Harper dress can be made without. I was beyond pleased to finally be able to sew for my little man too!
The Harper has so many options such as: Flutter, Long and Short Sleeves. Top Length and Dress length and an option to add pin tucks or not. The Collar is also optional, so there is plenty of room to get creative.
The Charlie has all the details of a man's shirt, plus pin tucks and short and long sleeve options.
Made for Mermaids patterns are offered in PDF format with color picture step by step tutorials and layered pattern pieces to avoid waste. They are at the top of my list for Go-To patterns.

Both patterns are available HERE

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! There is still time to sew matching Easter outfits for your favorite boys and girls.

A little bit about me!

What an amazing couple of weeks I had lately! (Aside from what appeared to be a period of non-stop sickness) Now that everyone is happy and healthy, I am back at creating, but before I go back to showing you my latest creations, I wanted to share Michael Miller fabrics post about me. I was beyond honored to be considered to appear on their blog and share a little about my life and my creative process. Here is the link for you to check it out and learn a thing or two about me.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Fox Woods is here!

Good Morning!
Beautiful weather here in Texas, and better yet, the new Fox Woods Collection by Michael Miller Fabrics is here and so full of color and beautiful prints to let your creative juices flow!
I was honored to be a guest in the Making it Fun Blog from Michael Miller fabrics sharing some of the many, many options of this amazing collection, Check it out!
Here's the Link:

Fox Woods Fabric and Sweet Julia Boutique

And a sneak peek....