Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PRP: Boho Chic

This week's Project Run and Play theme is Boho Chic. 



Boho chic is not  normally a look that I'm drawn to, although I do enjoy seeing other people pull off this style. I just don't feel that it fits me very well personally. I honestly wasn't sure if I would participate this week, but what I love the most about Project Run ad Play is the challenge, so I kept thinking about what I might make this week.

Finally I remembered this maxi skirt that I had tucked away in my closet. 



It's a flowy, tiered with gathers, woven maxi skirt that I bought back in college. I love the skirt, but I rarely wore it because it was only held up by a drawstring, which didn't do a good job. Let's just say pulling it up all the time was a pain.

The print of the skirt has a boho vibe and so does the light airiness of the fabric. I cut it up to make an off the shoulder flowy dress for my daughter Eve. I used almost every square inch of the skirt and am thrilled with how it turned out!

I used the Daphne pattern by Made for Mermaids (affiliate link). The only difference I made was keeping the gathered tiers of the original skirt, so the shape is a little different than if I would have used the pattern exactly. I did trim down the side seams, cutting it out with the pattern, but because it has all those gathers, it is fuller than the original pattern. 


I kept the hem on the skirt, which had a tiny lace hem. 


To match the hem, I took some white lace trim, dyed it with strong tea and used it on the hem of the bodice flounce.


The two lace hems ended up matching pretty well!

The dying process was very simple. The lace trim started out white:


Then it went into a very strong batch of tea for an hour or two.


And tada! Out it came, almost the exact same color as the original trim of the skirt:


Back to the rest of the dress construction...

Because the fabric is so lightweight, it is a bit see through in the light. The original skirt had a lining that didn't go quite to my knees. I cut that lining out and sewed it to the seam allowance of the highest gathered tier. Because it's on the seam allowance on the inside, there is no stitching visible on the outside of the dress. With the lining, it's no longer see through.

Here is Eve showing off the lining and where it is attached to the inside of the dress.


One thing I really like about this style is that it can be worn two ways. Eve can wear it off the shoulders:


Or she can pull it up over her shoulders, whatever she is more comfortable with. It just looks like a curved neckline this way. 


She prefers the off the shoulder look though. 



Her older sister, Kylie, also loves this dress and has begged for me to make her a dress with this pattern soon. While I may not be drawn to wearing this style, my daughters certainly are. I am happy making them clothes they love, so I will definitely use this pattern again. 





Monday, March 20, 2017

Color Me Lucky


Do you pay attention to the Pantone color of the year? I'm always curious to see what they predict as THE color of the year. I don't know why, but I've always been intrigued by it!

So naturally, I'm thrilled to be a part of the "Color Me Lucky" blog tour hosted by Sewing by Ti which revolves around the Pantone color of the year and the coordinating palettes.  There has been a lot of great inspiration so far in the blog tour!

Today is my turn and I knew right away that I wanted to use this colorful liverpool fabric. I bought this a year ago from Pretty Posh Prints and was hoarding waiting for the perfect project to use it.


This year, the color of the year is "greenery." 

Photo credit: https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017

It's a pretty cheerful green, and kind of reminds me of a lighter, playful kelly green. 

You can find a lot of different palettes on the Pantone website to help inspire you to coordinate colors either for decorating or for fashion. I noticed that the following palette, Moody Blooms, included several colors that were in my fabric. They may not be an exact match, but they are pretty close.

This color pairing and others found at: https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017
Winter Bloom, Greenery, and Scarlet Ibis are all three represented in my fabric. I thought about trying to find a different color in the same scheme to use as a solid coordinate, but in the end I went with a neutral to tone it done a little. I still might try to hunt down the Red Dahlia color somewhere, I am drawn to it a lot!

The fabric pretty much told me that it wanted to be a pencil skirt and who am I to argue with that?


Excellent choice fabric! I should listen to my fabric more often. 

I used the Pencil Skirt pattern by Patterns for Pirates, which is free for their Facebook group members. Join the group if you want to find out how to get it for free. It is a very fast sew with several options. 

I have sewn a couple other pencil skirts before but had to take them in on the side seams because the skirt hung straight instead of hugging my curves. I don't have a lot of curves, so I want to show off the ones I do have! This was my first time sewing this particular pattern and it was perfect without any alterations. I will make more P4P pencil skirts in the near future. 

I went with the below the knee length and the taller rise. However, I have a long torso with a high waist, so it sits pretty high on me and the hem doesn't go past my knees. I could have added some length, but I like the hem where it is.

Here is me awkwardly showing you how tall the high rise option is:


There is a shorter rise option in the pattern, but I prefer higher rises as my natural waist is pretty high. 

I paired the skirt with my grey rayon jersey La Bella Donna shirt (pattern by Love Notions). I had made this shirt a while ago and I have worn it too many times to count. It's a great neutral in my closet so I wear it with lots of different outfits. 

I have the shirt tied with a matching rubber band, but I think I need to add some "real" tie shirts to my wardrobe soon.

I do want to also show off the hem. One of my favorite things about liverpool fabric is how easy it is to work with, including hemming with a double needle. Certain fabrics give my double needle a headache skipping stitches here and there, making me adjust the tension just right, but I have never had any issues using a double needle on liverpool. 


With that, I will leave you with a few more pictures of my "Color Me Lucky" outfit. 

If you want more color inspiration, be sure to check out the rest of the blog posts on the tour:

Wednesday, March 1st Sewing By Ti, Hazelnut Handmade
2nd Crafty Like a Rox
3rd Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 6th Tenille's Thread
7th Harper + Lu
8th Creamer and Chaos
9th Sewingly, Michelle
10th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 13th EYMM
14th Harper + Lu
15th Sprouting Jube Jube
16th Very Blissful
17th Doodle Number 5

Monday, March 20th Ma Moose
21st On Wednesdays We Sew
22nd Robynne and the Bobbin
23rd Crafty Like a Rox
24th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 27th Rebel and Malice
28th Lulu & Celeste
29th Robynne and the Bobbin
30th Anne-Mari Sews
31st Margarita on the Ross





Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Pattern: Prisma Dress

Introducing the newest pattern from Love Notions: the Prisma Dress. (aff. link)



I made both of these dresses for Eve during pattern testing. She is one happy girl, I can't remember the last time I sewed something for just her. She usually gets her older sister Kylie's hand me downs and doesn't need me to sew her as many clothes. She also has less fit issues than her older sister, so I sew more for Kylie out of necessity as clothes off the rack just don't fit her very well. 

Well lucky Eve. Not only did I make her two dresses, but one of them is made with Shopkins fabric.

It's safe to say she is a bit Shopkins obsessed. Please don't ask me how many she owns, I don't even want to know. I think I counted about thirty on her bed alone as I tucked her in tonight. Yes, she sleeps with some of them, and yes, she has lots more. It's pretty much all she has received for her past birthday and Christmas presents, and she couldn't be happier about it. 

Eve told me that she was the *only* girl in her *whole* class who didn't have a single Shopkins outfit. Poor little Eve. At least she has this dress now. 


We are both very happy with the outcome of these dresses!

The pattern, drafted for knit fabric, includes three skirt options and three neckline options, meaning you could make nine dresses from the pattern and they would all be different. There are also two pocket options, but I didn't do any pockets this time. Three sleeve lengths are also included. 

Skirt options:
- A-line dress (all one piece, no skirt attachment)
- Pleated drop waist skirt
- Swing drop waist skirts

Neckline options:
- Band
- Peter Pan Collar
- Button Boatneck

The shape of the dress for all options is A-line and the skirt options are both drop waist. I have other dress patterns that have a tighter fitting bodice and with a higher skirt, and I don't have any patterns with a shape like this one. I'm very happy to add this pattern to my collection!

With the a-line shape, the dress hangs so well and it is very easy to wear and move in. 

I just love the shape of this dress and how it hangs. 



It's also great for twirling. Obviously the A-line option wouldn't twirl as well, but the flared and pleated skirt both have a lot of movement. 


I did not sew the peter pan collar or a-line dress, but I did the other options. 

Button Boatneck Neckline:




Banded Neckline: 



Drop waist pleated skirt:



Drop waist swing skirt:


Fabric for both dresses was from Joann. The Shopkins fabric is cotton lycra and the light blue is interlock. 

In addition to those two dresses, I also used the boatneck option to make Kylie a shirt, which I blogged about yesterday. You can see more pictures here. It was very easy! The only change I made (besides the length) was to take it in on the sides a little bit so that it wasn't as A-lined. 

I also have another dress cut out to sew up soon. I just can't stop using this pattern and I've only had it a little over a week! 

If you want to see more pictures of the different options and all the beautiful dresses sewn up by the other pattern testers, or if you want to buy the pattern to make some fun dresses yourself, you can see the listing here. (aff.link)

I do want to give a shout out to Eve for taking pictures in crazy windy conditions. It was quite blustery outside and we did have to take our time and wait for those few seconds where the wind calmed down to take one or two fast pictures. And the wind was chilly. Thankfully she was a trooper!

But of course, she is also my crazy Everz and she did give me quite a few funny pictures. This one might be my favorite and I just can't not share it. :)


*There are affiliate links in my post. I receive a small compensation for any purchase you make using an affiliate link. I have a sewing addiction, so I greatly appreciate it. All opinions are my own and I do not promote a pattern I do not love.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PRP: It's all about that place



Another season of Project Run and Play is here, and as usual I'm happy to sew along! I love having a theme to think about and force me to think creatively. 

This week the theme is "All about that place: Show us where you would like to travel to, with this destination-inspired outfit for your child."

I immediately knew what I wanted to make. I live in the US now, but I grew up in France. We moved to the states when I was 15 years old and I haven't been back since. How I would love to take my kids to see the country of my childhood someday!

I'm sure that fashion has changed in France since I lived there. We moved back 17 years ago and it's safe to say that fashion has changed a lot in the United States in almost two decades. I'm sure France has changed as well. 

I'm basing my idea for an outfit based on what I remember during my younger years and on what fashion rules were "back in the day." Would she fit in there wearing this outfit? I would like to think so, but I'm not 100% sure. But I do know that this outfit would hold sentimental value to me if my daughter wore it walking the streets of my childhood, the streets of Cherbourg specifically. 

First off, the pants are designed after an actual pair of pants I wore a lot of in middle school and high school. I still happened to have them tucked in a box in the attic along with other clothes that I just haven't been able to fit in since my last baby. They are a pair of grey suiting wide leg pants. 

Sorry for the terrible cell phone picture, but here they are, a pair of pants circa 1999 from France:


I actually thought about cutting up the actual pants to make a smaller pair for Kylie, my oldest. But I just couldn't cut into them. I'm usually not very sentimental over clothes, but this is one of the few clothing items left from my time overseas. Back in the attic they will go. 

I bought some grey suiting fabric at Joann and it matched almost perfectly! I used the Summer Caye pattern from Love Notions (aff. link) to make a flowy wide leg pair of pants. I have blogged about the Summer Caye pattern here before if you want to see more inspiration pictures. I made Kylie lots of shorts from this pattern last summer and will do the same this year, it's definitely a well loved pattern here. 

The pants turned out great!


Even though my original pants didn't have pockets, I went ahead and added the ones that come in the pattern. Because pockets. 



My original pants had a small cuff and I took that idea and ran with it. I made the cuffs on the pants extra chunky and I kind of love it. The pattern does include cuffs for the shorts but not for the pants. Although it would be easy to add the cuffs to the pants the way it's done for the shorts, I did them a different way. I actually copied the way the cuffs were sewn on my original pair of pants. It was a really cool technique, but for the sake of length in this blog post, I will share how I did the cuffs in a different post soon. 


I remember wearing a lot of dressier pants when I was in France. For play, I would wear bicycle shorts or leggings, but also I wore nice pants. Although I lived in France, I was American and we would visit the US from time to time, which also influenced my fashion choices. When I would wear my jeans though, I would get playfully teased at school for being a stereotypical American wearing jeans. 

Also influenced by American culture, I dyed my hair blonde in 9th grade and I was told by my french friends that red was a much better color for dying your hair. Why would I want to make it blonde?

Another thing I remember about my fashion "clashing" with my french friends was something my friend told me about my (American) brown leather jacket. A lot of French friends had leather jackets too, but they were all black. I still remember the words "Mais le marron c'est triste" coming out of one of my friends' mouths, meaning "But brown is sad." I didn't see it that way, I loved my brown leather jacket. Funny how color can be perceived differently in other cultures. 

So we have the pants covered but what about the top? I wanted to recreate an orange sweater I remember having, but I had a hard time finding orange sweater knit. Sweaters were a big part of my wardrobe, especially since we were in Northern France. 

In the winter, I would sometimes wear multiple sweaters in layers, I was always cold. One of my more blunt french teachers asked if I had gained weight at the beginning of winter one year. Nope, Mrs. teacher, I am just wearing four heavy sweaters at once. No big deal. 

This particular orange sweater was my favorite, but since I couldn't recreate it, I decided to stick with a warm color and go with red. I had some red ponte in my stash, so no more fabric hunting. 


I am currently testing a new dress from Love Notions that has a boatneck option. I decided to use that pattern, but turn it into a shirt. I slimmed down the sides a little as the dress is more of an A line, but that was pretty much the only change besides the length obviously. I will have more pictures to share of the new dress pattern when it releases later this week. 

The boatneck back overlaps over the shoulder and is finished off by decorative buttons. 




Kylie currently has a streak of blue hair. It's not red, but I'm sure the French would forgive her. Plus, I think it really suits her. 



Hopefully one day, we will be able to make the trip over there. I would love to see how much fashion has changed, but most of all I just want to a meringue from a street vendor. Ok, maybe a few meringues and an eclair or two. Maybe some day!