Another Refashion

And another Geranium! I couldn’t sew a whole weeks worth of clothes and not use this pattern at least once.

Geranium with pleats

I added the sleeves from another pattern even though I love the cap sleeves the pattern comes with, I wanted to add the bias tape to match the band between the bodice and the skirt.

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I like how they turned out although it’s not 100% what I imagined. I had to rip apart the seam once to reposition them and then still had to sew a small pleat at the bottoms to get them to lay correctly. I used matching thread though so it’s not very noticeable.

Geranium placket

Because this was refashioned from another dress the skirt was already sewn together at the sides which means there was no split to attach to the bodice opening. Hopefully that makes sense if you’ve sewn the pattern before. So to fix that I added a placket! I’ve never done that before so I’m still kind of high on the success. I used this tutorial but switched the direction of the opening. It was so helpful!

Geranium side

The skirt also had a small hi-low hem so I left that as it was because I think it’s cute. Sewing duh moment: I pinned and re-pinned and measured those pleats I don’t know how many times because when I folded the skirt and held it against the pattern it was the same size. How convenient I thought! But I didn’t take into account the seam allowances that would be in the pattern and so no matter how many times I redid it the pleated skirt wouldn’t fit into the bodice. I felt dumb when I realized and just eyeballed them from there.

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I keep meaning to take pictures for a true before and after but get ahead of myself and just cut into everything before I remember. This was taken several years ago on one of our film cameras.

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“Hello? I’m sorry I don’t get good service on my TV remote phone. I’ll have to call you back when I’m done making a big mess.”

Aaaaand! I’ve been working on something else over the week as well. I’m so happy with how this turned out and am working on getting everything together to share next week. But I couldn’t resist a sneak peek!

A line dress

I’m hoping to have the pattern uploaded by Monday and instructions/tutorial finished by Tuesday. For free! It won’t be graded and is about a 12-18 month size made for stretchy knit fabrics. They’ve been kind of a theme around here lately. Some baby thinks she can turn into a toddler and is walking, and climbing, and trying to run all over the place so comfy clothes are a must!

 

 

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Easy Swing Tee by Mad Mim

First, I’m officially participating in Kids Clothes Week! I had planned to just unofficially sew a long because I couldn’t find the button to sign up on their site. But umm, it was actually pretty easy and I don’t know why I couldn’t find it but the point is now I’m actually signed up!

Second, this is the second top I made! Lol. Here is the post about it on the creators blog, where you can also see what it should actually look like. Mine is less swing-y. I refashioned another old thing of mine and really wanted to use the existing hem so I just extended the sides straight down. And I didn’t have enough fabric to do the fold on the shoulders so I had an extra seam there as well.

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But even with those changes this was still very easy to sew up.

holes in shirt

Unfortunately my old shirt had a few holes in it, which is why I never wore it in the first place. But necessity is the mother of invention!

Pocket to the rescue

So, I added a pocket to cover them. It’s kind of honey pot shaped to cover all the holes but I was pretty happy with how it came out. I know shirt pockets are on normally on the other side but it’s not like she’ll really use it anyways.

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These pictures just make me happy!

 

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Baby Bibs

These bibs at The Purl Bee inspired the ones I made for a baby gift I’m sending off for friends that just had a little girl.

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I enlarged the top width and left the pocket off but I really like that they tie instead of closing with velcro. In theory velcro is great but if, like me, you have a baby that hates bibs they don’t last very long.

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This is my favorite flannel ever. I only bought one yard at the time but I intend to use every scrap! I like that it’s gender neutral with out being boring.

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Mmmm, mustard. I’m obsessed with this color lately.

Izzy Top by Climbing the Willows

When I first downloaded this pattern it was only available in size two. But now it’s available in 18 months through five! And I would have sewn this up a while ago but have had printing issues, completely unrelated to the pattern, I’m just not good with printers.

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The fabric came from an old dress that I don’t wear anymore, but I like it a lot better on her! I had to piece the front bodice together since it was a small sundress but in person it’s not very noticeable.

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I’ll probably have to move the button over some since it’s still a little big but I couldn’t wait any longer!

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I really like the curved bodice but this was the best picture I could get of it. She is always on the move now!

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Cap Sleeve Tee Dress by Shwin & Shwin

I’ve been trying to make myself sew more simple play clothes lately. They’re not as interesting, in general, but they get worn the most and are more comfortable. And hopefully I won’t be tempted to go buy clothes when warmer weather hits. So when I saw this pattern I knew it would be perfect!

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I shortened the bodice by about two inches to make it more of a tunic. Dresses tend to trip up and stretch out during crawling so I didn’t want to worry about the thin fabric tearing.

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I plan on making this again with a contrasting skirt and when I do I think I’ll have to enlarge the arm openings a little as well. They fit because it’s a stretchy knit but I’m not sure how long that will last.

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I still haven’t hemmed it because knit doesn’t fray and I’m paranoid that it will be the thing that goes wrong since everything else sewed up so easily. So I’ve been putting it off.

 

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French Seam Pillowcase Tutorial-ish

We recently bought this duvet cover on a trip to Ikea. It came with the two pillowcases you see but they slide down the top of the pillow rather than across the side, which makes them hard to sleep on. When we get more pillows for the bed I’ll use them decoratively but in the mean time I’ve been searching for pillowcases we can actually sleep with.

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I decided to make my own after not having any luck in retail stores and found this red fabric in Joann’s.

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This is two yards, for two pillowcases, folded in half matching up the selvedge edges.

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Square up the cut edges and cut the whole thing in half down the middle.

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To make a french seam you start with the fabric sides wrong side together.

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Sew both sides together and trim the seam allowance. Then turn the whole thing inside out and sew the seam together with the right sides facing. This encases the seam allowance and hides all the raw edges.

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French seams are my favorite type of seam. Because it’s normal to have seam preferences.

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Then just hem up the openings and you’re done! I only did a small hem but I think pillowcases look better with a wider hem. However, I also like when pillowcases are extra long so thats what I went for.

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The Dress That Wasn’t

As the title implies, this dress was full of mishaps. I bought McCall’s M6781 pattern for the leggings. It was on sale for $1 and I’ve been on a search for the perfect legging pattern for a while. But then I had some scraps of the floral fabric you see, leftover from a crib sheet, and thought it would be perfect for the dress pattern. And as luck would have it I also had perfect coordinating green pillowcases that I bought in a scrap pile of an estate sale. But that’s where the luck ends.

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The two tucks you see on the bodice aren’t part of the pattern. When I was fitting it, before adding the sleeves, it ripped. Really badly. So I folded it up and hem-taped a new fabric square to the back and made the best of it.

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I even embroidered the size by hand onto the lining.

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Unfortunately the first rip wasn’t the last rip. But I told myself it was just part of the handmade charm. I really wanted this dress to happen after all the work I had put into it.

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But that was all false hope. This morning it died a final death. I’m guessing the green fabric was just so old that it was dry rotted? I’m not sure if that’s even possible.

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This is the only picture I have of the dress being worn. And I only have this because I was texting it to my grandma because I was so proud of how it turned out…

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Let’s just pour one out for that hand-stitched lining. :(

Flower Power

All of these photos are a mess. Somewhere between no naps, leftover lunch stains, and trying to catch the dog I thought it would be a good idea to get pictures of this dress! I forget which pattern I used but there are a bunch of free ones if you search for peasant dress tutorials.

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I added a scalloped hem using this tutorial but top stitched it down because I worried about durability. I wanted it to mimic the petals on the flowers.

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One of the better outtakes:

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Determination.

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And a throwback! This was about six months ago and we’re verging on tunic territory now but this dress has lasted a long time.

Rae Shirt by Refugee Crafter

Another nice free pattern available! The last post on this blog was in 2012 but there are a lot of old posts to look through. This shirt is a size 12 months but is really roomy and will probably still fit at 18 months and then some.

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The pattern also comes with instructions that have color photographs of each step.

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My favorite part are these little pleats. They aren’t as prominent with this busy fabric but I think they’re a sweet touch. Attaching the neck binding was a little tricky but the instructions did a good job of explaining it. If I were to make this again I might try to finish the neck with facings but I do really like the coordinating color the bias tape adds.

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The sleeves are actually the 3/4 length option (it comes with a long sleeve option as well) but are still pretty long. They aren’t really long sleeves or 3/4 at the moment but the shirt still has a lot of growing room. One more note on the sleeves, I ended up having a sleeve that was a bit too big for the opening. The pattern didn’t address this so I just gathered them until they fit and ended up with more of a puff sleeve. I think it’s cute but I don’t think it was meant to be this way since there was nothing in the instructions about it. It’s entirely possible I cut it out wrong in the first place.

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I didn’t get a good picture of the back but it closes with buttons all the way down. I wish I had gotten one though because I used cute little shell buttons shaped like hearts.