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{Tadah!} Tea Party Dress


I'm sure you can relate when I tell you I bought this pattern on Release Day (last Fall) and then watched it collect {figurative} dust in my computer archives.  Now, it's not nearly as vintage as some of my PDFs I've collected over the years and have yet to sew, but the Tea Party Dress by Tadah! Patterns was one I was super excited to dive into.

Easter seemed like the perfect excuse to try it out.  I had finished my youngest daughter's dress with weeks to spare so I made sure to procrastinate as much as possible and start two nights before Easter.  Did I mention I also had house guests arriving?  I work best under pressure. HA!

Before I began, my daughter and I sat down together and looked at all of the pattern options and poured through all the tester photographs on Facebook to see how each one looked.  I let my daughter have full design control on her dress and she had so much fun!  She chose: Boat Neck, Cutout Back, Mini Cap Sleeves, High Arm Openings and Circle Skirt.

We had picked out the fabrics at Hobby Lobby -- it was love at first sight!

Per my daughter's measurements, she was between a 2/3 width and a 5/6 height (she turns 7 next week -- HAHA).  With no time to muslin, I went with a 3 width and 5 height.  I sewed during the wee hours of the night, until I got to the last seam.  This construction of the dress is different than I've ever sewed, but it's pretty ingenious.  As I was checking the final fit before finishing, I realized that my daughter's waist was far too skinny for the size 3 width.

I could see straight down the cutout in her back.  Whoops!  It was the day before Easter. YIKES.

The bodice overlap at the shoulders was fine, but the waist overlap needed an extra set of buttons and a full overlap.  So while my daughter slept and dreamed of the Easter Bunny visiting, I cautiously sewed my button holes, overlapped the bodice (and thus the skirt) and prayed she would have a dress to wear to church.   It was a perfect fit.


We are in love!  Please don't let my daughter's abnormal sizing deter you from this lovely pattern -- I'm used to it now and why I have fitting before I finish.  We can't wait to design her next dress together :D

P.S.  The twirl of the circle skirt is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!  I cannot even show the full twirl because I forgot to have her put little shorts on underneath for pictures.  Let's just say, it's full twirl.

{BLOG TOUR} The Naples Dress by Jennuine Design

I am so thrilled to be invited on a Blog Tour by Jennuine Design.  Jenn's patterns are always loaded with options and The Naples Dress is no exception.  

The Naples Dress includes: 

~ Tunic and dress lengths,
both gathered or A-line

~ 4 sleeve options,
sleeveless, butterfly, mid or long bell 

~ Different neckline finishes,
including a free collar,

released earlier in the tour.

~ Sizes nb - 12

Did I mention that the tour is sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics?  Eeek! We had our choice of a few colorways of Essentials II (new by Pat Bravo), denim, or solid knits.  After reading the pattern, I browsed the fabric and chose Essential II's Intertwill Azur, accented by Streakly Business Azur.  My blue-eyed blondie looks best in blue.  This fabric feels so great and sews so nicely. Thank you so much Art Gallery Fabrics!!

I chose to sew a sleeveless, gathered dress in anticipation of the upcoming summer temps we always encounter every Spring here in North Carolina.  By the time we get to sleeves weather, she will likely have outgrown it.  If you notice in the picture collage above, I opted to sew the bias-bound split back.  Of course, after I sewed my last stitch, I had a brilliant idea ... LOL  I'll save it for next time ;)

As I was preparing my pattern (which prints in layers, by the way!), I decided to line my bodice so I could cut Streakly Business on the bias to highlight the stripes.  I love how it turned out! I, then used Intertwill Azur to make handmade bias tape to complete the neckline.

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Be sure to stop by Filles à Maman, While She Was Sleeping & Czarina's Project for today's other 3 stops along the tour!

In case you missed the rest of the tour, or just want to show these ladies some more love...

That's-Sew-Kari * Czarina's Project

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{Color Me} a Pretty Mia Maxi

It's not everyday that you get invited to play with fabric, designed by the very person who inspired you to buy yourself a sewing machine!  I'm so excited to share what I made with one of the newest designs of Color Me by Hayley Crouse for Michael Miller Fabrics.

To give a brief backstory... I "met" Hayley Crouse on the Internet and I was amazed by her sewing talent.... and her witty humor. LOL  The more creations of hers she posted, the more I thought about buying myself a sewing machine.  So one day I did.  That was 3.5 years ago and am so grateful that my online path crossed Hayley's because I couldn't imagine life without making pretty things.

When Hayley messaged me to blog about her latest designs for Michael Miller Fabrics, I couldn't message her back quickly enough!  Because my youngest daughter gets quite a bit sewn for her, I purposely chose Papillon Paisley for my oldest daughter.  I knew the butterflies would be perfect for her Daddy/Daughter Dance at school.

To showcase the fabric, I chose to sew the Mia's Tieback Dress by Simple Life Pattern Co in the tiered maxi length.  I accented it with narrow black bias tape and a black banded waist.

You've probably noticed that I've not colored in any of the fabric.  No, I didn't forget!  For the dance, I decided that I wanted to keep the black/white color combo.  Then, my daughter can spend all Spring coloring in her maxi so that when summer comes, her butterflies will come to life!
Thank you so much to Hayley and Michael Miller Fabrics for allowing me to share this fun fabric!!

{Fabric Fix} Review & Pattern Giveaway

*This box was sent to me in exchange for the review.  All thoughts are mine.
I'm no stranger to monthly sewing box subscriptions, but there's a new kid on the block.  Fabric Fix has kicked off their debut month.  When Emily contacted me to review it here, I couldn't pass it up!

Each month, you'll receive a box of sewing surprises -- high quality fabrics from leading designers, coordinating trims and notions.  There are 3 subscription sizes so you can pick which one fits either your sewing needs and/or budget.  Each have a minimum of 3 month commitment, with an initial $10 sign up fee  (For more details, see below).

This month's box featured Riley Blake and Create Kids Couture.

Kit contents:

With 4 yards of fabric and two smaller-than-average daughters, I can definitely pull off a sister set -- unfortunately, I only had half of the set complete when Mother Nature threw us a bonus weather day. So, for now, you'll get to see half.

 While, the kit included a pattern -- Willow's Wrap Jacket -- it doesn't quite match the style my girls prefer.  Instead, I turned to another Create Kids Couture pattern that my oldest would love - Brewster's Bubble Skirt. It features a folded yoga waistband, two large, elasticized side pockets and is finished off with a banded hem.  It's quick, easy, and my Bodkin made threading the elastic in the pockets a breeze.

For this skirt, I used Lulabelle Main Navy and Petal Pink.  Then I added a coordinating pink solid cotton Lycra for the waistband.  {The waistband normally gets folded in half, but how fun is it pulled all the way up?  I used to wear little tube tops in the summer when I was growing up!}

I used the Sulky Petite thread to top-stitch all my seams.  This thread has a nice thick weight to it -- it's actually intended for hand embroidery.  I will have to see how it looks on free-motion-applique too!

After sewing, I dug through my daughter's accessories to complete the outfit.  I added Cami's Tank by Simple Life Pattern Co, a jean jacket, Barbie necklace by Paradise Designs, knee-high socks, and finished it off with tall brown boots and a large pink mum hair accessory.  She loved it so much, she wore it for Class Picture day at school this week.  At nearly 7. she's at the age where the outfits I make need to portray how "cool" she is.  HA!  #nailedit

My youngest daughter is getting a new dress out of the {Mint} colorway, but I've not photographed it yet.  I'll be sure to share the final result as soon as I can.

{Fabric Fix} Sewing Subscription Sizing:

2 yards of fabric + 1 notion = $35

2 - 3 yards of fabric + 2 notions = $45

3 - 4 yards of fabric + 3 notions = $55

One final thing before I go...

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Be {BOLD} Be {LOVED} with Little Lizard King

This quote defines my life, my passions, my everything.  

... and I hope I'm doing justice passing it along to my girls.

Life is all about taking chances, pushing your limits, and most importantly, sharing love.

I want my girls to be BOLD.  I am BOLD.  I am LOVED.

Today, I'm sharing sneak peeks of two new patterns in the works for Little Lizard King.  The Yoggers are a fun, relaxed, harem-inspired pant with a yoga waist, and tapered knit bottom.  There are optional pockets (which my girls ALWAYS say yes) and two length versions: Capri (shown above) and Pant.  I've mixed and matched sizes to get a custom fit for my tall & skinny 6 yr old daughter.

The Seashore Tank is the lined knit tank portion of the pattern which features uniquely threaded straps.  The pattern will include about a gazillion bottom options, though, and will likely be the only pattern you will need this summer!  Stay tuned to learn all the options!

How BOLD will you be?

Ani-Mazing Skirt: The LADYBUG Invasion

Eeek!!  My house has been invaded by LADYBUGS -- thanks to Cassie of Little Lizard King!

Three new faces {cow, owl, and ladybug} have released today for the the kickoff of the ANI-MAZING Sew Along and they are adorable!  Did I mention these new faces are FREE?  Yaaaaay!

In addition to the free face templates, you can also get the files for the modified eyes (for your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut) that Lisa of Lisa Lisa Designs has been wowing everyone with!  Of course, if your Cameo is still in its box {like mine} or you don't own one, you can cheat and use felt like I did... LOL   Shhhhh...

My skirt is modified from the original pattern.  On the skirt pattern, I eliminated the straps (I was out of my black/white hearts) and added an elastic back (2 channels of 1" elastic).  On the face, I used the new eyes, added a smirk and switched out the sewn antennae for a whimsical version.  I made the antennae removable for easy washing (of the skirt).

Are you joining the Sew Along?!  Which version will you sew?  My oldest NEEDS an owl, but I have some other projects to finish ahead of time.  Whooooo knows if I'll have time to sneak it in ;)

P.S. The adorable ladybug fabric is from Mabel Madison!!

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