Monday, September 17, 2018

Agnes in Black Lace


I've never yet owned a little black dress. 
That is, until now.
As soon as I saw the Black Paisley Lace Fabric at Minerva Crafts
I knew it'd be perfect as an overlay on a dress. I just needed to pick the pattern.
For the bottom layer I chose a soft bamboo cotton jersey from Sew Lovely Fabrics.


After some deliberation I settled on the Agnes Dress by Halla Patterns
It was swingy and seemed to have enough fabric to accommodate a growing baby belly. 


I did have to hack the Agnes Dress pattern a little.
Because I wanted to do sleeveless and double layered, I chose to use the burrito roll method (you can find a good tutorial here!)


The dress is comfy and will be perfect for dates or special occasions. 


I'm thinking I can add a shrug or cardigan in the colder months as it's often cold up here. 


A bit of a story here: 
I sewed this up in the Spring when I was about 17 weeks pregnant, got the pictures taken at 22/23 weeks (I was on semi bed rest), edited them, and then I ended up in the hospital on bed rest for 12 weeks. That's why I'm finally posting about it now!
In the meantime we had a handsome little man who was born at 35 weeks by scheduled c-section, and I'm slowly getting back into sewing and blogging. 


This dress hasn't gotten much wear other than the pictures yet but I'm looking forward to being able to wear it when I'm done nursing my new little man. 


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tess Tulip Shorts Sunshine Sale!


Summer time! 
A time of short sleeves, shorts, and bare feet. 
A time of freezies, water fights, and endless hours playing outside.
How I love summer. 
And, what better way to get my littles dressed for summer than by sewing up a fun pair of Tulip Shorts!



To make them even more summery, I sewed them up in a breezy linen. 
Next time I hope to add some trim to the petals--they'd look lovely with some pretty white trim peeking out. 


Do you love summer too?
Do you love a fun pair of shorts?
You're in for a surprise--the Tess Tulip Shorts are on sale!
Today only, so be sure to get your copy.



Sunday Sunshine Sale - Tess Tulips girls
The sale is LIVE and will continue until 12 Midnight tonight
Prices
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Girls - Use the code “sunshinesale”
Coupon Sale Price $5.00
Regular Price $8.00

Pattern Information
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•Sizes
Girls 6mo to 12 years (see listing for measurements)
•Layers option
•A0 print shop file


•Trim patterns formatted for letter and A4

Be sure to join the Bella Sunshine Designs Pattern Facebook group for updates on sales, etc.!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Boys in Summer Blog Tour


Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Part of the Sewing Blue Blog Tour series hosted by Made for Little Gents  

Welcome to my stop on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour!
Having 4 boys, I tend to do a fair bit of sewing for boys, and this was another perfect opportunity to sew up a great boy shirt again.


I used the Discoverer Tee  by Ellie and Mac (affiliate links) and let my son choose the fabric.
He chose pretty basic fabrics--solid cotton lycra knits, but the design of the pattern definitely adds some interest with such basic fabrics. 


I will confess this shirt has been worn and washed before I could grab pictures of it, and I forgot to iron it after the washing. He's pretty thrilled with it and was very eager to wear it. 


I really like this pattern as it's a looser fit and my boys really enjoy that as they do not like tight fitting shirts. Plus as I said before, it's not just a basic tee--it has a cool design element that takes it up a notch.
If you don't have this pattern yet or are looking for a cool boys pattern (even my older boys like this shirt!) be sure to go buy the Discoverer Tee  by Ellie and Mac (affiliate links) 

Looking for more summer boy inspiration? 
Follow along on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents by clicking through the links below. 
Thurs. May 10 Phat Quarters | Dreams & Stitches 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sew Lovely Cherry Blossoms

Sew Lovely Fabrics once more has an amazing preorder open! 
The fabrics are from Raspberry Creek Fabrics so these are milled and printed in North America.
I got to try out the Cherry Blossom and Stripes.


The fabric sews up very nicely and it is a lighter weight cotton jersey fabric which is perfect for summer dresses and tops. 


I paired it with a coral rayon spandex for the neckband and flutter sleeves. 


The dress pattern is the (affiliate link) Hazelbee Dress pattern (which seems to be unavailable at the moment.) 


Be sure to order your fabric soon as there are minimum amounts needed to be able to get the fabric ordered in. (Don't worry--if minimums are not met you will be refunded!) 

This dress will be headed off to a cute baby girl! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Suburban Stripes

I think I've fallen in love with bamboo cotton jersey.
It is so soft and the drape is amazing. 
It is perfect for spring or summer tops.


When I saw that Sew Lovely Fabrics had in some bamboo cotton jersey stripes, I knew I needed to try them out. 
I chose to try out the Charcoal Mix & Everglade and I'll admit I ordered a few more to try out on my own as well! 


My son needed a new shirt for Church for Spring/ Summer so I chose to sew up the Suburban Basic Tee from New Horizons Designs. I did do the sleeves a little different--I added enough at the bottom to hem it instead of cuffing it. 


The fabric is available now from Sew Lovely Fabrics so be sure to check it out! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Favourite Sewing Supplies

(This post contains affiliate links!)

I thought it'd be fun to share some of my sources for some of my favourite sewing supplies.
This is so far from an exhaustive list but it's a short, fun list of items I love and enjoy using.



These are great for attaching your tags to your items if you're selling or gifting. They are delicate but add such a pretty touch! Add your washing instructions, logo tag, or even a personal note to your items. 






The selection here is amazing! I've gone with mainly plain wooden buttons but the painted ones would add an amazing touch to your handmade garments. 
These ship from Australia but arrive in a very reasonable time. 


All your zipper needs in one place. Seriously. And the cost is very competitive as well. I stocked up on a lot of 7" zippers in a huge variety of colors.
I'm not sure I'll ever get through them all, but I love having a wide selection on hand when I'm sewing little pouches or need to find a good match for certain fabrics.




Monday, March 12, 2018

Hazelbee Dress in Tulips

Sew Lovely Fabrics has some super sweet fabrics up for preorder (and these tulips are already in stock here!) 
I had a chance to sew up the Watercolour Tulips as soon as they came in and I'm very happy with this fabric. 



I used the Hazelbee Dress in size 12 months and sewed up the play dress with flutter sleeves. 
The pink is a cotton lycra I had in my stash but if you are looking for some really nice co-ordinates, they have a Jazzy pink and also a blue and white pin polka dot.


I did finish the dress a little differently than called for. I did a neck band in the round instead of a neck binding before the last shoulder is sewn. 


It'll be a perfect gift for a new baby--especially a pretty Dutch baby. 


While the tulips are available already, be sure to check out the fabrics that are on preorder before it closes on the 15th!