This past weekend was filled with family and fun. My beautiful sister and her wonderful husband came all the way from NY State to come celebrate Christmas with us. It was pretty much the best christmas present I could have asked for.
Winter Hugs – 365, 360
hello winter hugs with Aunt Marta! We are sad that you are leaving us today, but happy we will see you again soon!
I’m linking up with Lisa Leonard for the first time today and her lovely hello monday link up.
Recently I decided that our house needed a little more color in them to match the ever growing characters of the little inhabitants in our lives.
It’s been quite a colorful week in our house.
So, if you know me, you know I can never leave well enough alone. Which is why yesterday I thought, hmm I wonder if it would work as a knit and I could totally make sleeves to go with it for the cold weather months ahead. 🙂
Well, that should be easy, right? All I needed to do was cut the two back pieces on a fold where the first line is (totally thinking ahead when I made the pattern) before the part with the snaps in it. Knit part complete! Oh and here’s my sleeve pattern add on while I’m at it:
**** FOR KNITS**** http://www.kingstondesign.com/SpinAroundSleeveAddon.pdf
***FOR WOVENS*** http://www.kingstondesign.com/WovenSpinAroundSleeveAddon.pdf
Here’s some quick modifications, with kinda bad pics, sorry I used my iphone.
After you sew the shoulder seams, the neckhole should look like this:
Pin and sew!
Clip V’s or pink and turn right side out, topstitch.
Match center to seam of top, right sides together. Pin.
Sew/Serge together. Repeat for other sleeve. (see? I was ambitious, I even got out my serger this time!)
Looking like something!
Pin bottom of front piece and top of bottom piece right sides together, sew and then topstitch. Repeat for back and bottom.
Match up front to back along sleeves and down side seams. Pin together, sew down both sides. (Pretend I took a picture of this step.)
Fold up your sleeve hem. I did 1-1/4″ for Molly, I would probably do 1″ for a standard 2T. Topstitch up 😉 (I did 1″ from edge, 5/8″ for standard 2T)
Hem the bottom of the dress! I serged this time, then folded up 1″ and topstitched 5/8″ from bottom edge. (Feel free to do it like the original post as well.)
Done. On with your day then.
Whenever I come up with a new dress pattern for Molly, she always asks, “It Spin Around?” In this pattern, she is all princess and all spin. The Spin Around Dress, made just for Molly, and she’s not shy about sharing.
This Pattern is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not reproduce or sell items made from this pattern.
Quicky instructions and full size pattern pieces available in pdf form for downloading here:
- A yard and a half of any woven of your choosing. I picked a lovely quilters cotton for mine. A good key to selecting a fabric is to remember that the lighter the weight the more the flowyness. If you pick a cordoury (which you could) expect it to be much less drapey and a bit more tenty 😉
- About a 50″x7″ strip coordinating/contrasting material to make a sash. If you are not folding it in half (ie: ribbon) then you only need it to be about 3-4″ tall. Totally optional, totally cute.
- Snaps. I like to use metal snaps on my dresses. You can get them at just about any craft store with a “snap setter” or get all fancy and order them online from somewhere like The Snap Store. I have the #16 size because that’s what the cool designs are in, but you can pick whatever size you think you’ll use most.
- Thread, match fiber content to your fabric as best you can.
Print out the .pdf of the pattern, being sure to turn all print scaling off and checking that your 1″ square is actually a 1″ square when you are all printed up nice. Read the labeling on the pattern, using the diagram to match it all together, see that you but the edges and tape together the bottom piece and NOT OVERLAP. 🙂
Cut out your pattern pieces. Lay out onto fabric and cut away.
When it’s all cut out, it should look something like this 🙂 I cut the sash fabric too.
Match up right sides together fronts to backs pinning at the shoulders.
Sew all four using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Match your newly formed “top” pieces right sides together, pinning along inner neckline and armholes.
Sew with your 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure you follow the sweetheart neckline and cut v’s or use pinking shears close to your stitches so that when you turn it lays nice.
Turn right side out, pin and topstitch 1/8″ from the edge the inner neckline from back snap panel to back snap panel.
Line up the armholes to make um, well arm “holes”.
Match right sides together and pin.
Repeat for both sides and sew them!
Fold right side out and topstitch 1/8″ in all the way around for both arms.
You’re halfway there! Set aside your FINISHED top piece and grab your two bottom pieces.
Pin side seams of the bottom pieces right sides together (of course!) and sew. I did a little zig zag down the edge of the seam on this one since it’s exposed on the inside. If you have a serger (and aren’t too lazy to take the cover off and use it, lol) then by all means serge this one 😉
Grab your top piece and pin it to the bottom piece. I pinned together the back pieces so that they overlapped about 5/8″ or so. Pin your front and side seams then line it all up in the back, it’s much easier that way.
Sew together and then topstitch it facing the inner seam down. (Have you figured out that I love topstitching by now?)
Almost done! Hemming time!
Fold and pin bottom edge up 1″ all the way around.
Fold down 1/4″ hiding the unfinished edge neatly inside, repinning as you go along.
Sew inside all the way around 1/8″ from your “top” edge.
Mark your snap placement on the back of the dress.
Pick out your pretty snaps and apply.
Make your sash. I just sewed all the way around on three sides folding the fabric in half leaving a hole for turning then topstitched all the way around. Then I tacked it on by hand to the dress at the side seams 1/2″ down from the armhole opening.
Put dress on model and initiate spinning!
Well, whatever it is, it’s Molly ASKING to go on the potty!
That’s right 😉 our 23 month old started asking to go on the potty herself about a month ago (when she was 22 months, lol). A neighbor of mine asked if we could have a sewing session and we made up some training pants for her son using the Sprightly Soaker & Underwear Pattern and the free add-on.
I WAS totally set to sew Molly up some cloth diapers using the Little Half Moon pattern for outings (I even cut them all out), but she had her own ideas! Molly started asking to go on the potty out of nowhere and wanting to wear Thomas’ underwear. She needed her own and fast! Never being able to leave well enough alone, I decided to make her some Stellar Transitions
but I wanted to make them without waterproofness and without FOE.
I grabbed my Sprightly Soaker and Underwear pattern and used the bands for the size medium using the same length, but cutting the width down to about 4″ for the waist and about 3″ for the legbands (She’s tiny, lol… She’s in 18-24 month ST).
They fit PERFECT! I have since made her 5 more pairs of Sprightly Underwear with the extra layer, and she is doing great! I foresee some regular Sprightly Underwear in her very near future! Note to self: must get cracking on child #3 so I can keep on sewing cloth diapers! Totally kidding, of course, I think… lol!
Thank you Laurie Berkner 🙂
So I’ve been in the process of refining my Diva Weekend Pants pattern to release to testers for phase #2 and I sewed up Molly a pair out of cotton lycra and a polar fleece pair for a friend’s daughter. I am in love with my new top pattern (this is top #2 that I have sewn from this self drafted pattern, so look out for more variations and a final release in the future) so I paired them together.
Within minutes of dressing her, Molly decided that she needed to “create” as well. Adding lovely grape juice spots all over the front of her newly sewn shirt 😉 Oh well, at least I got a couple pictures of it first.
On the upside, I found that it looks totally cute with this RTW dress/top combo too 😉 lol…
As always you can see the whole set (along with the green fleece ones!) on my flickr set 😉
After selling off all my touchtape months(maybe even over a yr) ago… I decided to get some Aplix…
Ummm I like it… shhh….
Here is a Little Half Moon Diaper I made with it today. Oh and can I just say I am LOVING that Molly is getting older and I can sew while the kids are awake and PLAY??!!??
As per my pattern instructions, lol…
Side Aplix Little Half Moon
I have a place to put my fancy folded tags:
And Laundry neatness:
So easy to put on, but Molly doesn’t try taking them off!
She’s eating her shirt instead:
Look how trim;
And just cuz she’s too cute:
to finish off her new dress with…
Finally, her hat has a matching dress 😉
Aren’t they cute?
… little monkeys 😉
Can I just say that having two is amazing?