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Washi Dress

Washi Dress

Yep, I’m one of the many Washi Dress fans in blogland. When I first saw the dress Rae made and wore at Quilt Market, I was seriously crossing my fingers that she would write a pattern. And when she did release the pattern, I think I bought it within a day or two. I am really impressed with anyone that can write a clothing pattern – so complicated! I love the little details in the neckline and the pockets.

The Washi Dress pattern was great. I especially loved that the pattern piece lines are all different colors, based on size. So no confusion as to what to cut. This dress took me maybe 5 or 6 hours. The first time I make a piece of clothing always takes the longest, and I’m definitely no expert. But I’m already planning a second with some of Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study fabric, and possible a third in voile.

Washi Dress Back

I made a muslin bodice before making the actual dress. I ended up deciding on a size Small, with a couple adjustments. I have scoliosis so my shoulders are uneven. It’s pretty annoying. So I used a big larger seam allowance on the right shoulder to make up for that. I also am short. :) So I shortened the length of the dress 2.5″ so it would fall a bit above my knee.

Washi Dress
You can tell how much taller my husband is than me from the angle of this photo!

The fabric is from Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line. I bought 3 yards of it last November with plans on making a dress, after seeing this dress from the Sewing Summit. The fabric has a bit less drape that I was hoping for, but I do love it (even if it is a bit wild).

August 21, 2012   24 Comments

Country Mouse Twirl

Country Mouse Twirl

I am a huge fan of artist Heather Ross. If you look at my past quilts, there are more than a few which feature her fabric (this, this, this, this…), whether it be from actual fabric lines or from Munki Munki pajamas cut up for the artwork. When I saw her new line, Nursery Versery I knew I needed some again.

LOVE #heatherross

I have a friend that recently moved her family out of New York City. They aren’t exactly in the country now, but I thought the country mouse fabric would be perfect for a skirt for her daughter. This skirt is based on the free Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt pattern. I like adding some fabric to the bottom of the skirt rather than a ribbon. I made a french seam for connecting the 2 pieces together – one less area to fray. This fabric is a cotton/linen blend and has a beautiful drape to it. Perfect for clothing.

Country Mouse Twirl

As for the rest of the week here… My oldest is starting Kindergarten. I’m a mix of happy and sad. Kind of mourning her preschoolness and getting ready to tackle the next stage in life for her – school years. I’m also finally going to quilt my Solstice Stars Series quilt! (It’s sat around for an embarrassingly long time.)

Catching up on some quilt tops

Hopefully I will have it to share in the next few days.

August 15, 2012   14 Comments

Easter Dress

Easter Dress

I’m almost embarrassed to admit this here…on my sewing blog, but last year I bought my daughter’s Easter dress at Costco. I can make a lot of excuses as to why I didn’t make one but really I was just lazy and the rack at Costco had some cute dresses for way cheap. But this year I decided I would make something and I knew that I wanted a Sis Boom pattern because they are really just the cutest.

Easter Dress

I decided to make the Marissa Dress which is a PDF pattern. This dress took only an afternoon to make and if you’ve made any clothing before, it is pretty easy. The directions were fabulous – I actually did the zipper with no trouble! (Sign of a good pattern to me.) Here is the bodice work in progress – I just love the random pleats and gathers.

Easter Dress Bodice

I am sure a few of you are wondering what the heck is this fabric. It looks like Flea Market Fancy, right? Well, it is similar. Here is a comparison.

Vintage fabric and FMF

I bought this fabric off eBay last October. It is a vintage, seersucker-y print. The floral bouquet design is an old design, so obviously Denyse Schmidt isn’t the only one who was inspired by it.

The Kids

The dress is a hit. My daughter wanted to sleep in it after I finished it. Each time I make clothing I wonder why I don’t do more fashion sewing. It is quick (well, quicker than a quilt) and there is a lot of satisfaction knowing I or someone in my family is wearing something I made. Who knows, maybe I will make myself a dress next!

March 30, 2012   39 Comments

Cosmic Burst Patchwork Skirt

Patchwork Skirt Front

Happy March everyone! I can’t believe we are nearing Spring. I’m going to go ahead and say it – I think we officially cheated winter here in Chicago. And I’m pretty darn happy about it!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive some fabric squares from FreeSpirit designer Mark Cesarik of his uncoming line, Cosmic Burst. I knew right away they would be perfect for a patchwork skirt for my daughter. I don’t sew a ton of clothing, but when you have a little girl who wants to wear dresses and skirts everyday, you learn a few basics. I really love the Lazy Day skirt pattern from Oliver + S (free on their blog). All you need is about 1/3 to 1/2 yard of fabric and some elastic. I’ve made it several times, but this was the first time I decided to go patchwork with it.

Patchwork Skirt Back

I separated the fabric squares into thirds and sewed them together in long strips, about 42″ long. Then I sewed those strips together, staggered a bit for a scrappier look. There are a lot of seams and I didn’t want them fraying all over the place in the wash, so I did serge them and then also top stitched the rows down so the seams wouldn’t bother her. You could also use your zigzag stitch to finish the seams to help prevent fraying.

Jump

As you can see, it has passed the “hop and spin” test. My daughter didn’t want to take it off after we took these pictures, so I predict we will be getting a lot of use out of this skirt.

Cosmic Burst will be available mid April 2012.

March 1, 2012   15 Comments