Gabriella Fae by Sis Boom

Hi all,
I'm back from my extended leave.  2 months of being gone leaves this girl's fingers twitchy to get some crafting in.  That said while I was away dealing with some family business I didn't completely stop crafting thanks to sharing some of the same hobbies as my mother in law (the dear woman took me fabric shopping and let me commandeer her printer and her machines for my own use.  Then there was also the ever present knitting needles - never leave for a big trip without them!

While I was away I had the pleasure of testing Gabriella Fae by Sis Boom which is currently available as part of Pattern Revolution's Bundle Up.

The version I made was a non-ruches, long sleeved, approximately knee-above the knee length in a light corduroy that I ADORE and I do believe Sweets does too as she's worn this dress almost once a week since I've made it.  However today she doesn't want to go outside, who can blame her- it's chilly out there, so to the sunniest room in the house (her brother's room) to take some pictures and play with all his toys!

The fit of this dress is great.  Not too snug though it is fitted.  Romping worth without being too fussy or you can dress it up with some fancy fabrics and the ruches overlay.  With all the different sleeve lengths and dress lengths it's a must have for your pattern stash- a pattern to make a dress whenever your fancy strikes and the dress will be weather appropriate, rather than having to search through or franken-pattern one together.

One little disclaimer I did an exposed zipper rather than a hidden one.  Sometimes it helps to not just read the directions but also actually look at the pictures of what you are supposed to do when following directions.  It works for this fabric though so rather than rip and redo a perfectly installed zip I left it.  Plus how could I not be all happy with my lining up of the fabric through the bodice to waistband.

Like to do mommy and me dress combos?  Carolina Mae is available for women!


Project Run & Play: January (Crystal)

Project Run & Play is back and with a new temporary format.  You can go HERE to read all about the changes because I'm too lazy to tell you myself.  Real talk, yo.  The basic thing that you need to know is that they are now doing a once a month dealeo with no pre-selected contestant...just us sew-alongers.  One past favorite contestant picks a tutorial from their blog and we change it up and link-up.  This year starts with  the Bubble Dress tutorial by Alida from Alida Makes!  Here's my change-a-roo:

I went pretty simple with the changes.  I made it a top, put the straps on backwards, and made them go through a couple of buttonholes and tie in the front.  I think it's super cute and will be awesome for the spring/ summer weather that will be here before I'm ready to deal with it.

I used a green floral lightweight satin that I picked up from a thrift store for a whopping $2 for 2 yards about a year ago.  Poppin' tags like a boss.  I interfaced the straps so the bow would hold up and not flop around like a limp...thingy.  It doesn't. I hope you giggled just now.

Maybe you just made this face...

So that's it.  My super fun and simple summer tank.


Princess Rapunzel Dress

Hey folks!  I'm blogging seriously.  It's been a while, but I finally sewed something and feel up to blogging.  Life has been crazy and my anxiety has been flaring up, so I've been quite anti-social lately.  I'm such a tortured artist.  Feel bad for me and send me chocolate ;)  My mother asked me months ago if I could sew a dress for my girl to wear to Disney on Ice.  Because she asked me 2 months ago I, of course, waited until I only had 5 days to make it.  I seriously finished it 25 minutes before my mom came to pick her up.  I'd say "never again", but we all know that's not true. Anyway, here she is!

Oh yes!  The frying pan and Pascal made it into the photo shoot.  What's Rapunzel without her BFF and her protection?  I mean REALLY!

The pattern I used was the Tori's Bustle Dress by Create Kids Couture.  I've really grown fond of them as of late.  The patterns are so pretty and they really have that princess feel to them.  The instructions are fantastic and there are cut charts for all of the rectangle pieces- no wasted paper!  WOOT!  I used various satins for the dress to give it a more luxurious feel (because 5 year olds are all about luxury).

*A little edit:  If you're wondering why the ribbon on the sleeves isn't sewn completely down, there's an answer.  The satin was made in the devil's factory and pulled and moved and made the world turn black every time I tried to sew it down.  I decided to tack it down in a few key spots and let it poof a little.  Not worth fighting the forces of darkness on this one*

The back is shirred.  I used to hate shirring.  I thought it was the easy way out.  What I've learned is that shirring is a great way to create the illusion of a perfectly fitting garment with room for the kid to grow into it.  It'll look fitted for much longer this way.  Also, it's just super comfy for the kiddos and I don't have to help her get dressed, LOL.  Lazy mom WIN! So, I was wrong in my initial thought about shirring.  That's my one time being wrong in 2015.  I'll be perfect the rest of the year.

 She loves her new dress and I love making princess dresses, so we both win.  I'm hoping to snap out of my creative funk soon.  I guess I'll keep pressing on and hope the slump wears off.  If not, I may have to get this little rascal to hit me with that frying pan...knock some sense into me!

May all your sewing be magical (even if a stupid cable line ruins your picture).


Happy Hunger Games: Girl on Fire

Hey! It's Karly here posting about my Happy Hunger Games Tour look!
I am a HUGE fan of the Hunger Games. When the books came out I was very hesitant to read them because of the craze that kind of followed, and after Twilight (sorry, no Twilight fans here...) I really cringed at the thought of another series I wouldn't enjoy and would waste my precious reading time on.
Then my mum started telling me how much the main character reminded her of me (first book Katniss) and I could not resist reading them to find out. Then obviously I couldn't put the books down and a new fan was born!

Uptown/Downtown Expansion Pack Tour by Sew Straight and Gather

Hey everyone!  It’s been minute since we’ve posted- we’ve all been dealing with life stuff. Stupid life stuff!  We're back today as part of a pattern tour!  WOO HOO!  But not just ANY tour, this one's a little special; it's for an expansion pack for an existing pattern.  WOAH.  I just blew your mind, I know it.

I was feeling a little blog neglectful, so when I saw my chance to sign up for the Uptown/ Downtown Dress Expansion Pack Tour by Sew Straight and Gather, I was like “YES!”  It’s such an unbelievably cute dress- just the thing to get me out of my funk.  I’m so happy to be a part of this tour because of how cool the designer was about releasing her expansions.  Instead of charging for them, she offered them to her customers for FREE just because she felt like it.  How cool is that?!?!?  About a billion cool- that’s how much.  So here it is!

If you’ve been following the tour, you probably know what’s included in the expansion, but here’s the list: cowl neck, long sleeves, pockets, tank top, and maxi length.  With that many added options, you can get a plethora of looks from ONE PATTERN.  Value- yes!  I’m all over that like Miley on a wrecking ball...but less gross, not naked and I won’t be licking things.  Ok...bad imagery.  Changing the subject.  Changing the subject.  Oh!  There’s also an added BONUS tutorial for a color-blocked waist panel.  SAWEET.

For my girl’s dress, I chose to utilize the cowl, longsleeves and pockets.  The cowl is super warm and my girl loves pulling it over her head like a crazy person.  The long sleeves obviously also aid in the avoidance of bodily freezing, plus, they’re très chic.  Paired with boots this combo is super cute, but it also works with sneakers and leggings for the crazy superhero kapow kid who also loves wearing dresses.

The pockets are awesome because all kids love pockets.  I chose to do them in a yellow knit so they’d stand out and add a little more color.  I love color!

My girl is IN LOVE with this dress.  She’s in heaven when I sew with knit, because it makes for easy movement and let’s face it- it’s super comfy.  This dress is a truly fun sew and just what I needed to get me back into the sewing groove.  I can’t wait to try some of the other options when the weather warms up again, but I’m in no hurry for that to happen.  I’ll just sew a few more winter versions- oh darn.


Don’t forget to check out the other awesome bloggers on the tour.  You can see the list on the image below.

Also, here’s a giveaway because free expansions pair well with a free pattern!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you choose not to wait to win it, buy it with the coupon code UPTOWNEXPANSION25 for 25% off!  This coupon also works on the Etage dress in the shop or Etsy, so stock up while the gettin’s good.   The discount is good through Saturday the 22nd.

The Elsapocalypse and Annapocalypse are here

It's Halloween time.  I'm sure you know, especially since it's October 30th.  This year, my girl was SUPPOSED to go as Jack Skellington and I was so excited!  I even made her costume ahead of schedule...that's a big deal for me.  Then she said the dreaded words no parent ever wants to hear "I want to be Elsa for Halloween" NOOOOOOOOO!  My world shattered.  I already had an Elsa dress made and it's HER costume, so fine.  Whatever.  Stupid Elsa. She makes a lovely brunette Elsa, so it works. I'm still as bitter cold as Arendelle when it's Elsa's time of the month about it.

My little Elsa isn't feeling well, but she gave me 10 good minutes of photos and is now napping.

Upon hearing that sissy wanted to be Elsa, my boy said "I want Anna!" He's 2 and a half and has always loved Anna.  He has ZERO interest in Olaf or Kristoff.  He likes funny Anna and all of her songs.  It's HIS Halloween costume, so baby, you can be Anna.

And what a handsome Anna he makes!  I call this Prince Brawna of Arendelle.  He hasn't ever really enjoyed dresses, so I went with pants.  We added a crown and sword because he loves dress-up as much as the next kid and also, he loves hitting things with swords. I'll keep an eye on that.  He demolished that dandelion in the pics after I was finished snapping away.  It probably looked at him funny.

For the patterns I used the following:

The Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom (modified the collar)
The Festive Vest by Scientific Seamstress
The Nowhere Man Pants by Shwin
The Traveler Cape by Stitchwerx Designs (removed the side panels of the long cape and rounded and angled the capelet part)
This Clasp Embroidery File by XTPatterns

I hope you like my Arendelle royalty.  You'll no doubt see 100 Elsa and Annas but try to show each one how excited you are for them because they probably couldn't be prouder of themselves.  It's the one night they get to pretend to be someone else.  We're all so lucky they've chosen to be characters that love their siblings and stand up for the good in their worlds. Sparkly dresses and magical powers add to the appeal, but you know what I mean ;)


CraftingCon Guest Post: Villains Month!

It's another CraftingCon look from Crystal today! 

 It's Villain month and things are getting dastardly.  Head on over to Friends Stitched Together to see more pics of this fabulous 90's  (And a little bit of 80's) Villain(s).

Also make sure to head on over to Mae & K to see what the contestants have been working on all month.  There's some really fun looks!