Sweethearts Ruffled Peasant Dress

Another holiday, another excuse to make a dress for my sweet girl. I’ve been wanting to make a peasant dress for some time. It’s one of those staple projects that everybody has to make at some point and everybody adds their own little twist.

(This girl is hilarious!)

I used the free 6-12 month peasant top pattern from makeyourownbabystuff.com. To make it into a dress, I simply added some length to the pattern. I thought that I would need to make the pattern angle out in order to turn it into a dress, but that wasn’t the case. Since the elastic gathers the top, there is more than enough fabric for a flowy dress without having to alter the shape of the pattern.

Because the fabric I used for this dress was pretty busy, I wanted to add some embellishments but I wasn’t really sure what would look good. I decided on a solid pink accent fabric to make a ruffled bottom and some fabric flowers. At first I wasn’t too sure about the ruffled bottom. It looks more like irregular pleats, but I like it more every time I look at it.

The fabric flowers were really simple to make. I’ve made a couple different kinds of fabric and felt flowers but wanted to try something new. I used an idea from pinterest (which I am now obsessed with!) from the blog the fickle pickle. The tutorial calls for felt but I decided to use my pink accent fabric instead. A little different result but the same basic concept. I love the green buttons. It was a nice way to use a color I don’t normally use and it pulls out the green hearts on the dress.

I wish that I would have made the dress a little shorter but the extra length will make it wearable for longer. Since hearts are cute year round and she’ll wear it on many more occasions, I didn’t feel the need to shorten the dress and resew the ruffle.

A cute, fun, and easy dress. Happy first Valentine’s Day to my little sweetheart.

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Emma Dress, 6 Month Pictures, & the Runaway Headband

This past week I participated in the Emma Dress sew-along, my very first, on the Craftiness Is Not Optional blog. It was so much fun and this is the result. Although I usually gravitate toward pastel colors, I decided to go out on a limb with this bold floral pattern on a charcoal gray background. I think the little one looks super cute in it, even though it is definitely out of my color scheme comfort zone.

This project was a fun challenge. I learned so many new skills and really surprised myself with all of the things I was able to do. First off, I didn’t use a store bought pattern or a free pattern from a blog. I didn’t even modify an existing pattern. I made my very own pattern…and it worked!!! It is such a great feeling and now I feel confident enough to maybe try to make some original creations. Maybe….

Another new thing, sewing with ric-rac. Luckily it was not the nightmare I imagined it to be. I am proud to say that I never had to rip a single seam related to the ric-rac! I thought it was going to be really challenging and thought that I might have to scrap the ric-rac altogether if it got too complicated, but to my surprise, it was a total success. Yet another skill to add to my sewing arsenal : ) And one more adorable pic of my cutie pie in her new dress. (She’s looking rather mischievous in this one.) I can’t believe that she turned six months old on Sunday. How the time flies.

The real debacle in this whole sew-along and six month pictures business was not the pattern making or the ric-rac as one would imagine. It was the runway headband.

So, I made a headband for the little one. I put it in the front pocket of the diaper bag when I was hurrying out the door to get her pics taken. When I got to the studio, the headband was nowhere to be found. I went back to the car to look for it. Nowhere. I was so annoyed because a headband is a must, both for the cuteness factor and also because she doesn’t have much hair on top. I called my husband and he found it in the hallway outside our apartment.

Thankfully I mentioned the runaway headband to the lady at the studio. She told me not to worry and pulled out a whole box of different styles and colors of headbands! Photographer to the rescue! There was a bright pink bow that matched the dress. Crisis averted.

 Even though the flower headband didn’t make it into the 6 month pictures, I suppose it deserves an honorable mention.

Happy six month birthday to my sweet little girl.


Big Button Flannel Jumpers

One of the patterns that I bought when my whole sewing craze began was the McCall’s M6193. I’ve been dying to try it. It’s so simple but completely adorable! The pattern seems to be intended for fleece, but with a huge snuggle flannel sale at Joann’s on Black Friday, I went with my small stash of less than $2 a yard flannel to create some winter themed jumpers for the little one. Is she not completely adorable in this Christmas jumper and matching headband?! I love how the headband is basically across her forehead in the top pic : )

The headband was sort of a last minute thing. It’s amazing how far one yard of fabric can go with a 5 month old, so I was trying to find ways to use up as much of the fabric as possible since it’s Christmas themed. Obviously a matching headband was necessary : ) The whole red and green thing is a little over the top, I know, but why not for baby’s first Christmas?

The amazing thing about the headband is that I found it in the Target $1 isle in packs of three. What a steal! I bought a few packs of them but was a little bummed that they were too big for her. Oh well, I went for the oversized headband look anyway. I think she pulls it off well.

I also made two other jumpers, which are very cute. So far no matching headbands for these. We’ll see if I have time before Christmas travels to pull something off.

The one gripe I had about making these jumpers is that creating button holes and sewing buttons on is a pain in the you know what! Hopefully it will get easier and quicker with practice.


Baby Headband

With the leftover fabric from the nursing cover I made for my friend, Charlene, I made a flowered headband for her cutie pie daughter who is only 6 weeks old. My little one has so kindly modeled it in the picture above. Please excuse the puddle of drool. I’m pretty sure we’re in teething mode now. It looks like she might be working on both bottom teeth. We shall see how things go.


Flannel Bibs

Recently the little one has started to drool, and not just a little bit, but A LOT! It’s as if a drool faucet has been turned on. She can soak the front of her clothes in a matter of minutes. So, I decided to put my new sewing skills to work making her a bunch of much needed bibs and telling you all about it.

Making a bib is pretty simple really. I used my McCall’s M6223 bib pattern, but tracing any old bib to make a pattern works. First, I folded my flannel in half, making sure that my directional patterned fabrics were facing correctly and that the pattern was centered on the fabric the way I wanted. Then, I pinned the pattern to the fabric and cut out two bib pieces. I wanted a less rounded bottom to the bibs than the pattern, so I made more of a straight cut at the bottom and then rounded the edges. After that, I pinned the fabric right sides together and stitched around the bib, making sure to leave a small part open for turning. I turned the fabric right side out, pressed, and then folded under the little bit of unsewn hem where I left an opening, ironed the hem in place, and sewed with about a 1/8″ seam allowance around the bib to finish. That’s it!!

Adding embellishments was fun. It was the first time that I used the applique setting on my sewing machine. I decided to keep it relatively simple with the applique, sticking with a small heart and a block shaped H. My favorite embellishment is the felt flower with the button. I love the bright pink and I think it looks so cute with the flowered fabric!


Ice Cream Social Dress

Since the Cheery Cherry Dress didn’t work out for three month milestone pictures, I decided to look for a simpler option that would be sure to fit. That’s when I came across the Ice Cream Social Dress on the blog, Craftiness Is Not Optional. I love that blog! I knew that the dress would be easy, cute, and sure to fit. I bought the blue fabric with the idea of making  a different dress, but since I’ve decided to opt for less fitted dresses for the time being, I thought that it would be fun to use for the Ice Cream Social Dress. The blue definitely brings out my little one’s eyes and is a nice change from so much pink. Although I am enjoying every second of the girly stuff, I do think it’s good to branch out into other colors  once in a while.

To go with her dress, I wanted to make some sort of a headband. I used the Box Fold Felt Flower tutorial on the blog icandy handmade. Because I didn’t have any decorative elastic, I just repurposed a headband that my little one had already worn, cutting off the bow and attaching the flower using a small safety pin.