Hello, Ollie Blog Tour

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Good morning!!  I am thrilled to be included in Bonnie Christine's Hello, Ollie blog tour!  I was so honored to be included among so many talented people to sew a few things for Bonnie's quilt market booth.  Her latest collection was inspired by her sweet daughter Ollie.  Additionally, Hello, Ollie is Art Gallery's first organic line of fabrics.  The fabrics are all printed on GOTS certified organic cotton with eco friendly GOTS approved inks.  The quality and feel is exactly what we've come to expect from Art Gallery.

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram | more info

Ok, on to the projects!!

The first item I made was the Alice Dress using Sweetly Sings in the glimmer colorway.  This dress is a fairly fast and easy sew.  I will say that I feel it runs pretty large so if you make one take that into consideration.  Its a great easy style to wear.

The second item I made was the Dottie Angel Frock.  I used Swanlings Bevy in peach for the main fabric, the bottom is Feathered Fellow in lush, and the pockets are Winno Frock in charmed with Nested in roots for the bias.

I think the pockets are my favorite part of the dress!

Last but definitely not least, is the cargo duffel.  I have to admit this bag is probably one of the favorite things I have ever made.  I used Dabbling Swan in sage for the main part, Sweetly Sings in the glimmer for the bottom and handle accent, and Garden Grounds in dollop for the pockets and handle.

For the interior I used Swanlings bevy in nightfall and Meadow Dreams in lace for the binding.  I love those sweet little eyes peeking at you when you look into the bag :)

You can purchase Hello, Ollie here.  And be sure to check out yesterdays post by Vanessa of LBG Studio and tomorrows post by Sarah of Sariditty Handmade.  You can check out the full line up here.

Lil Luxe Shorties

Friday, October 21, 2016

This sweet little shorties were made from some scraps from a dress I sewed for a friend's daughter this summer.  I used the Papillon Shorties pattern by Lil Luxe collection. My daughter LOVES them!! They're so sweet and have pockets, pleats, and piping!

Baby Boy Gifts

Recently one of my husbands childhood friends contacted me to make a few things for his new baby nephew.  He pretty much gave me free reign which was fun! Since I have a girl and don't get a chance to make things for boys this was especially fun :)

I decided to make 2 pieces.  One for just everyday wear and one more of an special heirloom piece.  For the 'heirloom' piece I went with a sweet little grandpa cardigan.  I used the free baby sophisticate pattern.

Its a nice pattern that comes together quickly and who doesn't love a baby in a little grandpa cardigan :)

The second piece I made was the Brindle and Twig harem coverall.  I used some knit fabric I had in my stash (Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine). This sewed up extremely fast and is completely adorable.  

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a great day!!

Simplicity 8229

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Good morning!!  I'm back after a little hiatus.  I took a little intentional break from social media and such.  I'm sure we can all agree it gets to be overwhelming at times.  We took a lovely family vacation to Hawaii at the end of September.  It was really just so nice to get away.

Anyway, since we've been back I've kind of gotten into sewing bras.  I bought both of the Simplicity patterns that recently came out by the lovely Maddie.  There are a lot of supplies to source for bra making so I purchased a kit (makes things so much easier!!).  I purchased my kits from Tailor Made Shop.

The pattern comes together extremely fast.  The fit for me was pretty good right off the bat.  I did however measure at a 32C but I found I do not like my bands quite that tight (I remembered this from a Watson bra I made ages ago).  I ended up making the 34B and checking the size as I went and it ended up fitting almost perfectly.  Going forward I think I'm going to shave just a little off of the top of the cup.  I will say though these bras fit me better than anything I've ever purchased even without the tweaking.

This black and white lace didn't have the pretty lace edge that the pattern calls for so I used picot elastic in the same manner that you do the sides and band.  Easy peasy :)  I hope you're all having a great start to autumn!!  I have to put my bra making on hold here and work on making costumes!!