Wednesday, April 30, 2014

plantain t-shirt

I've been meaning for awhile to sew myself a shirt. For one thing, sewing myself something to wear was one of my 30 before 30 goals. After my skirt fail, I just never worked up the courage to try again. But I decided that since Made By Rae was hosting a Spring Top Sewalong, it would be the perfect time do it, this time with a shirt.

deer and doe plantain t-shirt

I decided to work with knit, because it's comfy and it's an area where I need practice. So I trolled the aisles of JoAnn and finally decided on a lovely grey jersey with gold stripes. So pretty.

I picked out Deer & Doe's Plantain T-shirt pattern, because it's cute and FREE! Can't beat free. Especially since I wasn't really too confident this would work out well.

The shirt went together beautifully. I spent a bit longer figuring out the collar than I care to admit... and picked out many seams... and coveted a serger many times... but in the end it looked like a t-shirt. Just like it should. 

deer and doe plantain t-shirt

I tried it on and it fit like a glove. Like a glove that you have to peel off finger by finger and when you finally get it off it's been turned completely inside out and you swear you will never put it on again because you might lose circulation in one of your fingers.

Yes, it was snug. Well, not quite that snug, but snug enough that even if I were to get skinny, it would probably still never fit well. And I swear I measured. Boo.

I can tell the cut is nice and I am really happy with how it turned out, considering that I am still a knit newbie. It is cute and I so wish I could wear it, but I just can't. (And because of this you are not going to be treated to a photo of me in it.) Sad day. And the worst part is that I don't think the pattern goes big enough... there is only one bigger size and it's probably not enough of a difference to fit well. Taking recommendations for t-shirt patterns that that are... well... not quite so fitted!

deer and doe plaintain t-shirt

Also, you'll probably see some clothes for my daughter coming up with the same fabric because there is a lot left over!!

Linking up with Spring Top Sewalong...

Spring Top Sewalong

and Selfish Sewing Week!

30 before 30 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

oliver + s puppet show shorts

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter! We had a wonderful weekend, filled with family and food and fun. I'm still recovering from all the sweets!

oliver + s puppet show shorts

Last week I sewed up a cute pair of shorts for my daughter. They are the Oliver + S Puppet Show Shorts and I absolutely adore them.

I bought the pattern prior to Kid's Clothes Week during a sale, planning to use them to make an outfit for KCW then ran out of time. The pattern comes with a tunic/dress pattern as well and I bought the birth-24 month size. I had almost immediate buyer's remorse, however, when I realized that it would only be good for this summer and if I want to make more as my daughter grows I will have to purchase the pattern again.

oliver + s puppet show shorts

But I just might buy the pattern twice because these shorts are that good.

I sewed up the 18-24 month size for my bigger than average 14-month-old (who REFUSED to stand for any of my photos) and they fit her perfectly. I used remnant bin fabric that I've had for a few years. It has a nice heavier weight to it for shorts and is adorable but kind of hard to photograph... so I'm sorry if it hurts your eyes.

These shorts were very quick to sew up, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, and the fit is great. This was my first Oliver + S pattern and I have to say that now I believe all the good things I've heard about them. The shorts feel so finished and professional. Almost like they're not even handmade. And those bubble pockets... too cute!!

I think a few more pairs of these shorts are in my future... coming soon! :)

oliver + s puppet show shorts

 Ok... and this is totally unrelated... but my daughter met the Easter Bunny this weekend and her reaction was PURE JOY. I just had to share these photos, they are too precious to keep to myself.


Adorable, right?!?!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

kid's clothes week: sunny yellow sunsuit

Another Kid's Clothes Week contribution! This will probably be my last project for this go-around, but I do have an idea for one more (small) thing that I just *might* try to work in tonight or tomorrow. We'll see.

made by rae sunsuit sewed by dandelions and lace

Anyway. Since my little bug is still a crawler, dresses can be a bit of a problem. So I started looking around for a romper pattern and what did I find but a cute (free!) tutorial by Made By Rae for a sweet little sunsuit. Since I know she makes good patterns (see my geranium dresses here and here), I decided to give it a go.

I used a yellow seersucker fabric that a friend gave me awhile back when she was clearing out her stash. I've noticed that I sew yellow things for my daughter a lot, but when I think of her I just think yellow. She is such a happy little thing... she radiates sunshine!

made by rae sunsuit sewed by dandelions and lace

So back to the outfit. The tutorial was easy to follow and I learned shirring! (I wanted to say that I learned how to shir... but it seems that shir is not actually a word. This makes the process of shirring rather difficult to talk about.) It was super easy and is definitely a technique that I know I will use again. It just looks so classic, right?

I decided to make ties instead of the straps that Rae shows in her tutorial. I think they look adorable, but my daughter thought they looked good to untie and chew on. Note to self: next time tie in knots.

Comfy and easy to get around in! (Though now that it's shorts weather, she'll need to figure out how to walk soon if she doesn't want sore knees!)

A great pattern. Easy and satisfying.

Friday, April 11, 2014

kid's clothes week: summery geranium dress

Hey, I'm back! Remember how I said on Monday that I was all ready to go for Kid's Clothes Week? Well, I lied. Actually I didn't lie so much as life had other ideas. 

Yeah. The cold that both my daughter and myself had last week came back in full force over the weekend and just wouldn't get better. Finally I threw in the towel and we both headed to the doctor... ear infection for her, sinus infection for me. Blech.

So my sewing has been slower than planned, but I am still trudging along. 

summery geranium dress by dandelions and lace

And I'm excited to share with you the project that I completed this morning... a Summery Geranium Dress! 

This geranium dress is a little different than my last... I did the version with faux sleeves and pleats. I sewed it in the 18-24 month size so that my daughter can wear it to a wedding in July. It is a little big for her now, but hopefully will fit perfectly this summer. Fingers crossed.

summery geranium dress by dandelions and lace

I decided to use navy blue piping at the sleeves, waist and hem - I used Rae's tutorial for adding trim to the geranium and it helped a bunch.

summery geranium dress by dandelions and lace

I finished the back of the dress with vintage yellow buttons from my grandmother's collection. I love the vintage look of the fabric, so of course I had to stick with vintage buttons! Plus, I love using something that was chosen by either my grandmother or great-grandmother. What a special touch!

I got a little lazy and didn't use navy thread when attaching the piping to the hem... the little devil on my shoulder was whispering "no one will notice, it's only the bottom hem of the dress" and I listened. Now I wish I would have sucked it up and changed my thread but what's done is done. I tell you this now so that you do not make the same mistakes as me. Don't cut corners, or you will regret it later.

summery geranium dress by dandelions and lace

But I am still super happy with the dress. This was my first time using piping and it is my new favorite thing... it just looks so clean and smart. I also love the way that the piping brings out the navy in the fabric. I can picture this dress being worn with navy leather shoes (perhaps some handmade Natty Janes?) and a navy bow. It will be adorable, I know it. Especially on my little cutie. 

My goal is to complete at least one more project before the end of this Kid's Clothes Week. Wish me luck!

Lining: Matching pink quilting fabric from Joann

Monday, April 7, 2014

kid's clothes week: marshmallow bunny skirt + tutorial

Yay! It's the first day of Kid's Clothes Week! I've been ready for this... a great reason to forget about cooking and cleaning for the next 7 days! Haha... I wish.

I will admit that I started this project last week, but I truly finished it today, so it counts as one of my KCW projects, right? Of course. 

One night, I got it in my head that I just HAD to make my daughter a skirt with marshmallow peeps on it. Had to. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Marshmallow Bunny Skirt Tutorial by Dandelions and Lace

So I did. And here it is. Turned out just as cute as I imagined. And because I thought some of you might be interested in making one too, I whipped up a little tutorial to go along with it. Because I love you guys. :) (And I love peeps! If you do too, check out my Marshmallow Bunny Plushies and Marshmallow Chick Plushies patterns!)

 marshmallow bunny skirt by dandelions and lace

So, want to know how to make it? 

You will need:
* White fabric for skirt (I used white bottomweight fabric from JoAnn. It's a little thicker than regular quilting cotton so it's less see-through. Almost feels like a thin denim. For a young girl's skirt, 1/2 yard should be plenty.)
*  Small amounts of pastel colored fleece or felt
* fusible webbing
* Ric-rac
* 3/4" or 1" elastic for waist
* black embroidery floss and needle for bunnies' faces
* matching thread

We'll start by making the bunnies. 

First iron the fusible webbing to the back of your fleece or felt. I used fleece and it takes a bit more heat and pressure than usual to get the webbing to stick tightly to the fabric.

Now, make a template to trace. Here is a link to a template containing several sizes of bunnies you could use on your skirt. Choose what looks best to you for the size skirt you are making, and cut out the template, then use it to trace the bunnies onto the back of the fusible webbing. 

Then cut out your bunnies. (For my skirt, which is about an 18-24 month size, I cut 9 bunnies that were each 3.5" - second largest bunnies on the template page)

Peel the paper back off the webbing and then add marks for the bunnies' faces with a pencil onto the webbing. (I poked holes in the template with a needle and then set the template over the bunnies to draw on the eyes and nose.)

Now embroider eyes and noses onto the front sides of the bunnies with black embroidery floss using french knots. Here is a great tutorial for making french knots.

Yay, your bunnies are finished! Now you're ready to make your skirt. I followed the Simple Skirt tutorial by MADE. My instructions here are kind of brief, so if you need more help in constructing the skirt, please visit Dana's blog!

Measure your little girl. You'll want to cut your fabric so that the length is twice the size of her waist and the height is the distance from her waist to just above her knee + about 2 inches. So, for my daughter who has an 18" waist... I cut my fabric 36" x 12". It is kind of short but that's on purpose because she's still not a walker and I didn't want her to get caught up in the skirt when she's crawling.

Now, lay out your skirt and pin your ric-rac along the bottom, leaving room for a small hem. I pinned mine 1.5" from the bottom of the fabric. Sew ric-rack to the fabric with a straight stitch.

Now, set out your bunnies. Position them so that they are an even amount of space apart from each other and an even space above the ric-rac. The centers of my bunnies ended up 4" apart, and they are each 1/2" above the ric-rac.  Now iron the bunnies to the fabric.

If your bunnies stick really well, you could skip this part, but mine didn't, so I stitched around each bunny with a straight stitch on my machine, using matching thread. You could also hand embroider around each bunny.

Ok, you're done with the really tedious part! Now we just need to assemble the skirt. 

Fold the skirt in half, right sides together, and then sew the end together with 1/2" seam allowance. Iron the seams out. You can finish the seams with a serger or a zigzag stitch if desired. (I used a zig-zag stitch)

Now, along the bottom of the skirt, iron the bottom hem under 1/4" and then iron under again. Stitch the hem in place with a straight stitch. 

Now, iron 1/4" under along the top of the skirt. Then iron under again 1/2" wider than your elastic. (So, since my elastic was 3/4", I ironed under 1 1/4".) Sew around to form a casing for the elastic, leaving about 2" open to thread the elastic through.

Cut a piece of elastic that is 1" longer than the length of your little girl's waist. (My daugher's waist is 18" so I cut my elastic 19".) Thread your elastic through the top of the skirt, being careful not to twist. Sew the ends of the elastic together with 1/2" overlap on each side.

Sew your opening shut.

You are done!!

marshmallow bunny skirt by dandelions and lace

Any little girl would love this cute, twirly skirt! :)

marshmallow bunny skirt by dandelions and lace

Make It and Love It

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My blogging goal for the year is to write once a week. If I don't get a post in today, I will have failed, so here is the post where I ramble on just so that I can say I wrote something this week.

BUT... I am all about quality over quantity, so I will try to keep this short and sweet.

Both my sweet girl and I have been suffering through colds this week (her first ever!! *sad face*). Hers is dragging on longer than mine, but I've been a little sluggish as well and this week has not been as productive or exciting as usual.

I am, however, gearing up for Kid's Clothes Week - starting on Monday! If you'd like to participate, you still have plenty of time to sign up and get ready. Only one hour each day for a week! I have some projects ready to go but have already changed my mind a couple of times so we'll see what I end up with. Should have a couple of fun things to show you guys, though.

And my craft room overhaul is finally starting to get somewhere. It may be a few more weeks because I am s.l.o.w. but when I'm finished I might finally share some photos of my favorite room in the house!

Last but not least... one of my work friends is moving away! She found a great new job in Indiana and I am so happy for her, but that means I will have one less fun person in Dallas to hang out with. And I have very few to begin with. Sad day. I need to make some friends. Seriously. I've always been bad at it because I'm not the kind of person who can just meet a person and then instantly be friends... you know? It takes months and months. And outside of work or school, it's just really hard to make that happen. Tell me I'm not the only person like this?

There I blogged. Aren't you proud of me?