Thursday, December 19, 2013

another izzy top ... this time for winter

I haven't been sewing much lately, although I did mange to get a few unfinished projects done that I blogged about here.  I've also been working on grading the Izzy Top pattern and creating a few versions that work with knits.  I made a short sleeve version here, and now I finished my first long sleeve version :)  Hopefully, I'll be ready to share (for free as always!) the extended sizes and versions on the blog starting sometime in January. 

I just want to say that this post is possible courtesy of my Samsung Galaxy phone.  I don't know where these pictures would be without it :)

To make this top, I used the pattern I drew up for the short sleeve knit version, lengthened the sleeves a bit and added a long skinny cuff.  It only took about 1 hour to sew including making pattern modifications and dealing with a crabby, sick toddler (and crabby, sick husband!)

I picked up this fabric at a sewing expo a few months ago.  It was listed as a 100% rayon knit which I have never worked with before, and I'm not sure I ever want to again!  The only word that can possible describe how this fabric feels is slinky.  It slides all over the place, snags on everything and curls terribly on the ends when stretched.  However, it drapes beautifully and would make a lovely top for me!  Maybe next time :)

I really like this version of the Izzy top.  It's simple, cute, comfortable for a busy toddler, and easy to sew.  And lately, that's pretty much exactly what I've been looking for in Mae's clothes.  She, on the other hand, wants all of her clothes to come equipped with a smart phone :)

Sometimes it is hard to see the shape of a shirt while it's on, so hopefully this picture will give you a better idea of what it actually looks like.

100% Rayon knit
Skinny jeans - Old Navy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

a giving christmas

Today I'm guest posting over at Paisley Roots as part of Karly's A Giving Christmas series.  Just click on the picture to visit her blog :)  And be sure to check out her adorable Popover Jacket tutorial while you're there!

Friday, December 6, 2013

pattern review - heidi & finn gatsby dress

I love, love, love this dress!!!!  It suits Gracie perfectly!  It's girly yet practical ... Gracie was actually doing gymnastics while wearing it the other day :)

The Gatsby Dress pattern (sizes 12 months-5T here and 6-12 here) by Heidi & Finn is a cute twist on a 1920s flapper dress.  It's available in an aline or slim style ... I made the slim cut since Gracie is quite thin and it fits perfectly in a size 8.  As usual for Heidi & Finn patterns, the Gatsby Dress is well designed and the pattern is very easy to follow.

The pattern calls for stretch lace, which I did not happen to have, so I chose to use color blocking in place of the lace.  Although I love the end result, I think I may have to order some lace to make the original version too :)

Gracie's favorite part is the glittery star.  I'm pretty sure it's my favorite part too, and I'm not into glitter quite like she is :)  We used a fabric glitter kit that Ruthie received as a Christmas gift last year.  The girls had fun with it, and I see many more glitter projects in our immediate future!

I love the tie in the back!  I made the ties extra long which I greatly regretted once I tried sewing this super stretchy, slippery fabric.  I did finally finish, but I have to confess that there were a few pins sacrificed along the way :)

Navy star print - Rayon blend jersey
Grey - cotton jersey from Joann's
Glitter paint - this stuff

Monday, December 2, 2013

pattern review - the louisa dress by compangie m.

Marte, of the CompagnieM. blog, just released her newest pattern, the Louisa Dress.  I loved this pattern the very first time I saw it!  It's traditional with a modern twist, which in my view, is about as perfect as it gets :)

I was lucky enough to get to test the pattern in a size 8.  Gracie usually wears slim sizes, and this dress fits exactly how I would expect a size 8 to fit, in other words, slightly loose as usual :)  Fortunately, with this style of dress, the fit doesn't need to be perfect in order to be adorable!  If I make it again, I will probably make the size 7 with the size 8 length which is the size I normally cut when I sew for Gracie.

This pattern uses a unique construction method to install the piping around the pockets and back panels from one continuous piece, giving the whole dress a lovely finished look.  Overall, I feel (and this is only my opinion!) the pattern would be a difficult first project, but it would be fine for someone who has completed a few projects and is comfortable with basic sewing techniques. Marte also has great tutorials on her blog to aid with piping construction and zipper installation if you have never tried either of those before.

I really, really (did I say really!) love the lines of the dress, so I extended the fabric from the side panels around the front and down the sleeves.  And then I added piping everywhere the corduroy and print meet.  Then there's my favorite part of the dress, the pocket!  I'm pretty sure that was Gracie's favorite as well!

Please tell me I'm not the only person without an invisible zipper foot!  I had to improvise a bit and ended up using an exposed zipper instead.  I actually ended up liking it a lot, but my zipper installation technique left a little to be desired.  I don't think I'll be doing a tutorial on that any time soon :)

Brown corduroy - Robert Kaufman 21 wale
Pink Floral - Rosette by Fabric Traditions from Joann's
Piping - Rendezvous by Modkid Studio from Joann's
Zipper - from Walmart