Monthly Archives: June 2016

Vacation Dresses for the Girls!!!

For the last several years, I’ve made matching outfits for the kids to wear at our beach vacation.  They are all young enough that they love matching.

After all my sewing for Liam, I couldn’t leave out the girls.  🙂  So, I’ve been busy getting some summer dresses finished up for them.  Oh my – sewing for 4 little ones can certainly keep one busy!  I’d have it no other way.  What fun to be able to sew for all of them and have their moms love what I make!!!  I’m so blessed!  🙂

The first set of dresses that I made came as a result of finding these Beaux Et Belles smocked inserts in my stash.  I remember buying 2 of them quite a few years ago.  My dear friend Lane Edwards also bought 2 of them.  When she was no longer able to sew, she gifted me with much of her fabric and with it came some of the inserts that she had purchased as well as a couple that she had stitched herself.  What a wonderful surprise.  So, I had 4 of these inserts in my stash.

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Needless to say, they were perfect for our upcoming beach trip!  I made all 3 girls a Children’s Corner “Lucy” dress.  I prefer a one button shoulder – actually, I think that their mom’s prefer that for quicker dressing.  LOL!

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I probably should have fussed with them a bit more before pictures, but you get the idea!

Then I moved on to the next set of dresses.  I had cut out the dresses and then went looking for some lace to put down the front of the dress and pulled out a beautiful lace.

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However, as I scoped out the sewing room, I felt that the lace was a perfect match for a different fabric, so I quickly cut out more dresses.  This time I used the Children’s Corner “Lillian” pattern.  It is so similar to the Lilly Pulitzer style dresses that the girls love.  This beautiful lace was purchased at the Orlando SAGA Convention – I suspect maybe from Luc, the lace guy from Holland.  The dresses turned out just as I’d hoped!

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The final 3 were made from the fabric that I had cut out first.  I just love this fabric!!!  This is a beautiful poly/cotton soft line piqué that I purchased in Europe last year at Kolomka Fabric store – an absolutely wonderful store with every fabric you could imagine for sewing.  If I hadn’t been limited by suitcase size and what I could carry as we walked back to the train station, I would have come home with so much more!!!

I thought that this fabric only needed a monogram to complete the dress.  This elegant font is from Kabo designs (#039).

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These dresses are much cuter than they photographed.

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So, now I can sit back and relax – sort of – and get ready for the upcoming beach vacation!!!

I do love these quick sewing projects.  Instant gratification.

Kathy

For The Boys!!!

I love to sew  outfits for boys!  They are so quick and easy and the little guys look adorable in them!  I dress our own son in these all summer the summer he turned 2.  They are easy on, easy off for diaper changing.  I don’t do leg snaps because at that age, they are so busy that the snaps rarely stay snapped.  And, if they do stay snapped, little fingers like to pull them apart.  It’s just easier to leave them off and remove that temptation.  LOL!

Liam won’t be 2 until fall, so this summer is the perfect summer for these! He will stay cool as well as look cute all summer long if it’s up to grandma. 🙂  So, I did some stash diving – both into the stash of inserts and then into the fabric stash to find just the right combinations.

Edited to add that I use Children’s Corner “Johnny” for the jon-jons and “Lucy” for the dress.

This first outfit is poly/cotton chambray (aka: no wrinkle!!!).  The insert was purchased from Belles Et Beaux.

IMG_9860  This next outfit is a pima cotton gingham.  I probably should have done a better job of positioning it on the mannequin, but I was in a hurry and too lazy to retake the picture.  I smocked this insert several years ago and it was just waiting for a little guy to come along.  This is my favorite fire truck design.IMG_9862

This smocking design is from Junebug Designs, and available at many of the heirloom shops.  So, so cute!  I love the coiled hose – a very long bullion stitch!  She designed many plates to co-ordinate with Sew Many Designs appliqués.  The smocking designs are adorable and the appliqués stitch out so beautifully.  I only needed the smocking for this one.

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The next outfit is a poly/cotton seersucker – again, no iron, so it’s going to be a hit.  Liam will love the trucks – he’s all boy!!!  This insert is also from Belles Et Beaux.

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I had both the boy and the girl version of this insert, so I had to make brother/sister outfits.  I can’t wait to see them in these matching outfits!  The fabric is a dimity check.  I love this stuff!  Though it is 100% cotton, it really doesn’t wrinkle hardly at all and is very durable.  Again, the inserts are from Belles Et Beaux.

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I love when I can whip up some cute things so quickly because of inserts already on hand and my fabric stash = a small fabric store.  Hahaha!!!

Isn’t he a handsome little fellow!!!  Can’t wait to see him in all his new duds!

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And he’s always smiling – especially if there is food involved!  I stole this from my daughter’s Facebook page.  🙂

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Next up is some beach outfits for our trip in a couple weeks.  🙂

Keep on stitching……

Kathy

Coming soon…….

I know that weeks can go by and I don’t get to post an update to the blog.  That doesn’t mean that I am not sewing or working on new classes.  It just means that I can’t show you what I’ve been working on yet.  I work regularly on garments that I hope will be included in the only heirloom magazine that we have available – Classic Sewing Magazine.  Soon the fall issue will be out and I have a cute outfit included in this magazine.

I first made this top many years ago when we only had one granddaughter.  She wore it and looked so cute in it.  The smocking plate was designed to match the apples on the pant fabric.  Of course, this was 5 years ago and unless you have some of this aging in your stash, you’ll have to find a different apple print.  Thankfully the apple design will work with many prints! SG3B1108_sm

I love the simple lines and tailored style of this top and think that it will be popular with both moms as well as the little girls.

Thankfully, the Classic Sewing magazine also like the top and I was able to remake the top – x3 – for the upcoming fall issue.  Won’t this be so cute for back to school???  Fall in the south is pretty warm, so the top paired with capri pants is perfect.

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However, fall in other parts of the country may be cooler, so I also made the outfit up with long pants in fine wale corduroy and a cute fox smocking design.

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Both the fox and the apple smocking designs will be included along with the smocked top.  They have also included pants and capri pants patterns, so you’ll have everything you need to make up this outfit.

All the fabrics and trims were purchased at Farmhouse Fabrics, so I know you’ll want to go to their online shop and make your selections.  I worked with Sally to choose fabrics that we hoped would still be available this fall.  That is no small feat since these outfits were made months ago!  However, if the exact prints aren’t available, her staff is wonderful and will help you select something similar.  🙂

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I hope you’re as excited as I am about this cute new pattern!!!  You definitely will want to subscribe to the magazine if you don’t already!  Or, if you just want to try it out, Barnes and Nobles as well as many of the heirloom shops carry the magazine.  I like to support the heirloom shops whenever possible so that we don’t lose any more of those!

So, now that you know what I’ve been sewing, what have you been sewing?  Are you ready to start sewing for fall yet?

Keep on stitching……

Kathy