easter dress (maybe?)

This post has been a long time coming! I finished this dress a couple weeks ago and I've just been sitting around waiting to share it.

I am sharing what will hopefully be Addison's Easter dress. I say hopefully because you never know what's going to happen lol! There have been many times I have wanted her to wear a certain outfit on a certain day and then, life happens, and we end up in some leggings and a t-shirt!

I've waited to share because I was debating on if I should take pictures of her in it on Easter or just go ahead and share it. Since life with a toddler is so uncertain, I decided to just go ahead and share it! So, for now, I've got shots of the outfit, and hopefully, come Easter Sunday, we'll have shots of her in it, too!

This pattern is the Madeline Dress from Me Sew Crazy. It's a free pattern in sizes 2T-6, so if you like it, make sure you go grab it over on Jess's website.

What I love about this dress is that it's really easy to get creative with it. Not only is the bodice lined, but it also has what I call an "inner bodice" and an "outer bodice" which means you can have some fun mixing and matching prints and colors. I kept mine pretty simple because this was another "use what I've got" project, but I have some ideas for a few more.

The fabric I used was 2 cuts that were given to me by my grandmother. The one that I used on the inner bodice with the little flowers was also what I used on my Spring Romper. The other was this beautiful yellow gingham which I absolutely love. I don't know where she got this one, but I've got my eye on some others because right now I just want to sew all things gingham.

The pattern is pretty simple. It's a lined bodice and Jess gives great instructions for that, and then it's a gathered skirt. Just like Jess recommends, I would say to follow her guide and hem the skirt pieces before you start to gather them and attach them to the bodice.

This dress gave me another opportunity to practice sewing button holes. I love the automatic button hole feature on my Bernina 1630. I think most sewing machines have this now, so make sure you pull out your manual and give that feature a shot! I don't use the automatic button feature to put the actual buttons on, though. Something about sewing buttons on by hand just makes it feel special.

The bloomers pictured are not part of the pattern, but I thought she needed something to go with it, so I put them together with the rest of the yellow gingham fabric I had (so sad that it's gone, must get more!).

I ended up getting one shot of her in this dress, before she completely lost it...Hopefully she likes it better come Easter morning!

What's your plan for Easter? Do you find something special to wear? Do you go the matching route, coordinating route, or just hope everyone shows up without dirt on their faces?


spring romper

March is here and while some people are feeling the first signs of Spring, I feel like the weather has been the same here in Baton Rouge since January. Every now and then we have a cold day, but for the most part, it's been pretty nice here. The down side, no cute winter clothes. The up side, we get to spend more time outside, which keeps me and my toddler both a lot happier.

Now that we are approaching months where it will just continue to warm up until it's unbearably hot, I am starting to think about all the spring and summer patterns I want to sew. Plus, there are so many fun fabrics out there in all sorts of spring and summer colors. 

While I dream about all of those things, I decided I needed to save some money and use up some more of the fabrics I have on hand. I've been gifted a lot of fabrics from family and friends and every time I pull out a new pattern, I've been able to put bits and pieces of them together. 

However, this time I went rogue. I didn't use a pattern. There were ups and downs to this decision. The upside was that I had a dream for an outfit and I was able to make it happen without being limited to pattern options and instructions. The downside is that I am still learning how to put together an outfit just from measurements and this one may only last us a month (or a week) depending on how much more my baby girl grows this season.

All in all though, I really love this outfit. The fabrics are perfect. Cute, but also sturdy and ready for playtime. I love that it's all one piece and I also love the ease of just tying up the straps. Although, Addison wasn't a huge fan of those ties, so next time, I might just do snaps or buttons.

While I was thinking about this one, I had a lot of time to think about what I want out of the clothing I make for my daughter and why I love creating it myself. I adore all of the cute baby clothes I see, but some of them just aren't practical for our lifestyle or her age right now. Yes, I will make her some cute dresses for holidays and special occasions, but for everyday I like cute and practical. To me, this means something that she can move in easily, something that is easy to get on and off, and something that is easy to care for. In making her clothes, I love that I can take all of those things and then find a pattern and fabric that also make it cute and fun. Because let's face it, right now I get to make all her clothing decisions, but it won't always be that way.

What do you look for in your child's clothing? Do you feel like it has changed over time as your kids get older?

Coming up soon, I'll be sharing some Easter inspiration as well as the latest thing I made for myself!


beards, mustaches, glasses, OH MY!

Most of my sewing projects and posts so far have been geared towards either myself or my daughter. So, lots of skirts, dresses, and girly fabrics.

Today, we are going to look at something a little different and a piece that I love so much!

This little vest makes me so happy!

Let's talk about the fabric first! The fabrics for this project are all from Hawthorne Threads. They sent me this fun little gift of fabrics from a few collections by Dear Stella

As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew I wanted to make a fun little piece of clothing for a boy. At first I thought about doing a bow tie, but I knew that wouldn't be big enough to show off all these great beards!

I settled on a vest after a few days of thinking and decided to try out this Boy's Vest Pattern from Jessica Rabbit at Me Sew Crazy. The pattern calls for an exterior fabric and an interior fabric. I actually ended up using four different fabrics. 

I used the beards for the front exterior fabric, and I used a plain white cotton for the back interior fabric. This white cotton was fabric from my stash. 

I didn't get a picture of the back of the vest, but the material that I used on the pockets is the same material I used for the exterior back. It's called Net in Smoke from the Net collection by Dear Stella

I used this fabric for the front, interior lining. It's called Dress Stripe in Orange from the Dress Stripe Collection by Dear Stella.

I really like the pop of color on the inside lining. I wanted to bring that to the outside as well, which is why I went with the orange buttons. 

One of my favorite details on the pattern are these little front exterior pockets! I had never sewn pockets like this, so I spent a lot of time making sure I got it right. I'm pretty sure that pockets elevate any outfit for me. 

This vest obviously wasn't made for Addison, but she did have a fun time trying it on. 

I actually made this vest for Addison's friend Cole. He's the cutest and one of the few boys (actually the only boy) in Addison's nursery class at Church. I wanted to see how it looked once it was done so I made sure to make it in his size and gave it to his Momma. I can't wait to see him in it! 

I've got a few more projects coming up including some things I've been sewing more myself, as well as Addison's Easter outfit, so stay tuned!