Thursday, June 26, 2014

snappy mani pouch

I sewed up a Snappy Mani Pouch - also known as a Snappy Manicure Wallet - for my sister's upcoming birthday. The free pattern is by Noodlehead on the Robert Kaufmann website.

snappy mani pouch by noodlehead, sewed by dandelions and lace

It's a cute fold-up wallet that can hold your nail polish and other nail accessories for a manicure on the go!

snappy mani pouch by noodlehead, sewed by dandelions and lace

The pattern was easy to follow and easy to sew. I'm happy for the most part with how it turned out... but really hoping my sister will like the crazy color scheme. All the fabrics were from my stash, so I was just trying to work with what I have.

snappy mani pouch by noodlehead, sewed by dandelions and lace

The only change I would make for the next time is when adding the top snap pieces, I would put nail polish in the pockets and fill up the pouch to get a better idea of correct snap placement. I added the top snap pieces where I thought they looked correct, and it turns out the that pouch gets a little tight when it is full. I should have put the snaps a bit higher but didn't realize it until it was too late.

snappy mani pouch by noodlehead, sewed by dandelions and lace

I definitely plan to make another one of these for myself - and you should too, remember the pattern is free! :)

snappy mani pouch by noodlehead, sewed by dandelions and lace

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

grey and gold nessie top

I'm back with another Nessie Top for my girlie. (Remember I made my first Nessie Top for Kid's Clothes Week back in January?)

nessie top by CINO, sewed by dandelions and lace

The Nessie Top is a pattern by Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional and I just love it for its simple-to-make, breezy-to-wear, comfy-fitting goodness. Oh, and she's wearing the puppet show shorts I shared last week - double handmade clothing win!

nessie top by CINO, sewed by dandelions and lace

This time I made the shirt with short sleeves (duh - Texas summer!) and upped the sizing to 18-24 months for my ever-growing child. I used the same grey and gold jersey striped knit that I used for my flop of a Plantain t-shirt a few weeks back. I'm giving the Plantain shirt to one of my sisters and she requested a matching shirt for my daughter so that the two of them could be twinsies in their matching handmade fabulousness. Photos coming soon!

Not much else to say except that this shirt goes together so quickly. Seriously, make a whole bunch. You won't regret it. 

nessie top by CINO, sewed by dandelions and lace

In other news... why has no one ever warned me about the trials and tribulations of squirmy toddler diaper changes? O.M.G. The amount of kid wrangling here lately is ridiculous, and Mommy usually loses. Not so bad with the wet diapers, but the others... ugh.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

more puppet show shorts

Surprise! I sewed a couple more pairs of Oliver + S Puppet Show Shorts for my daughter! I love the pattern and she has already been growing out of the 18-24 month pairs that I made her. Of course, I had to buy the pattern again since it is split into two size groups... this set goes from size 2T-5, so hopefully it will last a bit longer than the other did! 

oliver + s puppet show shorts 

I decided to be boring and make a denim pair and a navy blue pair. The denim I had in my stash from a couple of other projects, and the navy blue is a bottomweight fabric from the remnant bin at JoAnn that seemed perfect for shorts. It took everything in me to not add fancy trim and pretty colors, but I really wanted to make some shorts that could match just about anything. I might have to make her a light colored pair too! 

 oliver + s puppet show shorts 

The nice thing about these colors, though, was that I was able to sew them assembly-line style by using the same color thread for both. This really made them so quick to sew - even though I sewed two pairs, it definitely did not take twice as long. I am going to keep that in mind in the future when I make multiples of things. 

oliver + s puppet show shorts 

oliver + s puppet show shorts 

Another fun thing is that I am debuting my new tags! Well, they're not that fancy, but I kind of like them. Actually, I picked up a personalized fabric stamp from the Pick Your Plum daily deal website, stamped a piece of ribbon and then just sewed it on! Makes everything feel a little more official. I do plan to order some nicer tags someday, but until I decide what I want them to say these will work just fine. 

cool new tags!

I have a busy summer planned, but I'm going to do my best to keep posting at least weekly. I've finished some other fun projects that I will be sharing with you soon!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

vintage doll clothes

A couple weeks ago we went antiquing and I found the most adorable handmade doll clothes. There were dozens - and the shop lady told me that many had already been sold - so I just had to pick out a few to hang in my craft room.

handmade vintage doll clothing

Too much work and love went into these little garments to leave them sitting in a store. I imagine a woman sewing clothing for herself and her family and then using the scraps to make a wardrobe of clothing for her daughters' dollies. Just too precious.

handmade vintage doll clothing

Some are hand sewn, some are machine sewn and some are a combination of both, but all are incredibly detailed for such small items. Judging by the fabric and styles, I am guessing these were made in the early 50s... or maybe late 40s? But I don't pretend to be an expert, so I'd love to hear your guesses!

handmade vintage doll clothing

I loved the details on this sweet blouse, especially the little pocket and the teeny mother of pearl buttons.

handmade vintage doll clothing

This dress is completely hand stitched and I love the colors and details. It is a sheer, silky material and has wrinkled quite badly... any recommendations for removing the wrinkles, at least a little bit? I've been terrified to iron any of these, especially this piece.

handmade vintage doll clothing

I imagine this one as a darling little nightshirt. The pink lambie fabric is precious and the shirt has hook and eye closures down the front.

handmade vintage doll clothing

I chose this dress for the sweet hand stitching around the peter pan collar and the fun, colorful fabric.

handmade vintage doll clothing

This rose skirt was especially pretty with the pink rickrack trim.

handmade vintage doll clothing

And this fushia-colored velvet jacket looked like it was made specifically to be worn with the rose skirt... so it had to come home with me too!

handmade vintage doll clothing

Lovely, yes?