Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pop Over Sundress 2.0

I made another one. This one for the daughter of a friend. As I was making the dress for The Bug, I was envisioning this one and I just knew it was meant for this sweet, spunky girl.
I am in love with this yellow button.  Were I a single gal, I might consider marrying it, yes it's true.
It's vintage, from Grandma's collection. Even came to me on the original card. Perfection.

The blue rose fabric is also vintage from Grandma's stash of fabric. I only had an itty bitty piece but I managed to eek out two bodice pieces and some pleated pockets.

I got like 10 yards of that sweet lace for next to nothing at the infamous Vogue shop near my sister. Oh how I love it's dainty simplicity (the lace, not the shop--there is nothing simple about that shop).
I made an extra deep hem at the bottom so it can be let down as sweet girl grows.  She's working on being as tall and svelte as her Momma you know.

I hope you girls love this one as much, if not more, than version 1.0.  It was made with love and many prayers of blessing.  It will be in your spiffy new mailbox at church Sunday (unless you want it before then!).


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spring Ruffle Top in the Middle of Summer

From the tutorial over at Made by Rae, the Spring Ruffle Top.
I love the fabric. It's a Robert Kaufman print that I found on sale. It's lightweight and perfect for this top.

I don't love the fit. (or my watch tan line) Since I took this photo I have sewn down the pleats which helps with the bulk around the chest (of which God has granted me plenty of my own) and I took in the sides a bit.  I still think it maybe needs ties in the back to pull it in a little and make it look less maternity shirt like.

Even with those adaptations I feel like this was a major accomplishment. I haven't sewn for myself in fifteen years.  It was fun to prioritize myself for a change.  This pattern's a keeper. Super simple and lots of possible variations. Hopefully it's not the last time I make something for myself!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Patriotic Ruffle Shirt

Is it too late to post about the Bug's Independance day garb? I have been having one heck of a time with my photos from this past weekend for some reason. I'm so sorry for the delay!

I am loving these free patterns from Oliver + S. I just might have to get crazy with my thrifty sewing self and purchase some of the other ones that I love. $15 a pop isn't cheap though, so I'm going to have to sleep on it. 

But this sweet top was made from their ruffled halter pattern.  This one wasn't as quick as the popover sundress but it was still fairly easy.
The ruffles are cut on the bias and left unfinished.  It's a cute look, although next time I think I would take the extra time to hem them. Just a preference though.

The back of the shirt is open. Perfect for these dog days of summer. And for sitting in the sweltering heat parade watching.

I picked up the fabric at JoAnn's on Clearance last summer I think. The white print especially reminded me of fireworks and I knew I wanted to make her something for the 4th out of it.

By the way, these photos were taken in Aunt Michelle fancy schmancy new kitchen! Check it out. . . stainless steel appliances, hard wood floors, granite counter tops. . . I'm so moving in sis. ;)