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Friday, April 27, 2012

Easter Best

Here's the kids Easter outfits 2012.
I used Patty Young's ADORABLE 'addison' pattern for the girls' dresses....
I think this is the sweetest dress EVER! 
Addison
Any little princess would LOVE this over-the-top cute dress!
 Well, maybe not this baby princess...
but that's only because she can't crawl as fast in the voluminous fabric:)
 Big Brother even had a matching bow-tie!
I got the 'addison' ModKid pattern from Fashionable Fabrics---great online fabric store.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring Top Finalist

I am so honored to have my "Orange Retro Blouse" featured on Made By Rae's contest!
Voting goes until Friday at 3pm Eastern Time.  (click the pic above to vote)
There are some BEAUTIFUL tops featured in Rae's flickr pool;
 FULL of inspiration for some fun Spring Tops!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ribbon Retreat Giveaway

The Ribbon Retreat is offering 3 different prizes in honor of their super-cute new blog look!

Click on the pic above to see the wonderful treats they're offering:)
Go ahead and enter!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mariposa Tee

I got the Mariposa Tee pattern (by Sew Liberated) last year 
and decided to try it out for Rae's "Spring Top Sewalong"!

What a fun & sassy top!
Not to mention INSANELY comfortable!
Perfect for summer:)
 I used two thrifted knits.  
Both are navy and white stripes, just different widths:)

One great thing about this pattern is the 'raw' edges...no hemming!
But all of the detail at the neckline make this top very polished.

 I don't know what it is about me and top-stitching, but I'm a BIG fan:)
 The back yoke is super cute:)
 I definitely can't wait until I can make another one of these 'fancy' t-shirts!
Yeah for the Mariposa Tee!
Check-out the Spring Top Sew Along over at Made by Rae.

Orange Retro Blouse

Here's one of my entries for Rae's "Spring Top Sewalong"!

I found the NewLook pattern (#E6078) at my local WalMart and was totally drawn-in by 
the rounded collar and the feminine pintucks.

I found this heavy cotton @ JoAnns.  
I love the dainty floral combined with the vibrant orange:)
I believe it's part of their Lisette collection exclusively for JoAnns.
 When I finished this shirt, I loved the retro-housewife feel of it; 
so I ended up pairing it with my Grandma's round brooch.
 The original pattern had an awkward sleeve-length....hitting about 4" below my elbow?!
So I chopped them off, re-affixed, and add the elastic to gather the sleeve.
For me, this is a much more flattering look.
....I really should hit the gym....but I'd rather sew!

Here's a close-up of those adorable pintucks.
So tiny.  So sweet.   Such a great detail.

And below is a view of the back.
This is the first garment I've made with all of these darts and pleats!
It was a challenge, but I love the payoff!
Fitted, and flattering.
Thanks to Rae for always motivating some "selfish sewing"!
I am totally pleased with my Orange Retro Blouse!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ultimate Baby Gift

Lately this is my favorite baby gift to make and give:

a self-mitered baby blanket with ric-rac,
 a case to hold your diapers and wipes....
 burp cloth(s) ....
 and a pretty headband from the scraps:)
I think that sewing for babies is THE most fun, don't you?!!
Everything itty, bitty, & baby is my favorite:)