Monday, November 10, 2014

Betty Skirt Tour

So a couple of weeks ago I learned I was the lucky winner of one of the Abilmente Prize packages given by Annika over at Naeh-connection (seriously, I felt like it was Christmas morning) and part of the package was this lovely bundle of Cotton and Steel "At the Zoo" from The Fat Quarter Shop.
I decided that the fat quarter bundle would be perfect to make this pieced Betty Skirt, since I get to be part of the Betty Skirt Tour.
The lovely ladies over at the Shaffer Sisters have put out this great basic skirt pattern that has tons of options. The Betty Skirt makes a great go-to skirt because it's simple to make, but the pattern allows you to personalize it to suit your needs.
I chose to do the large pleated option, but decided to make each pleat a different fabric from the bundle. This worked out perfectly because the longer width of the fabric was exactly twice what I needed, therefore the front and back pleats are exactly the same.
To get the pleats, I took the measurement of the pleat guide between pleats and added a seam allowance of 1/2 an inch, cutting the strips to the length I needed. Then I sewed them all together, pleated it (using the seams as a guide...no marking needed) and added it to the yoke.
This silly girl loves how it turned out. Even my 11 year old likes (and since they kind of wear the same size...I think she has her eye on it). The fabric was lovely to work with and such a visual treat!
As for the Betty skirt...you just need fabric and elastic (you do need buttons for the one with the placket) and that is it! It comes together fast, comes in a huge range of sizes, and has well written instructions.
Another plus...it's got great twirling factor...that means a lot in this household.
So if I've piqued your interest, you should go and check out the other stops on the tour...there's been some beautiful creations, and then go and buy it yourself with the discount code!
Displaying betty-skirt-tour.jpg

Now for a slightly random change of subject...this is my normal camera lens (it is just the kit lens...nothing special). It wasn't working so thanks to the invention of YouTube I thought I'd try to fix it myself. It was going to cost more than a new one (and the cost of the camera itself, since I bought it used) to get it fixed, so I thought I'd give it a go. I figured out the problem, ordered the part and all that is left is for the part to arrive and me to hopefully assemble it back together perfectly:)  I've been using my distance lens for my pictures the last little while...there's been a learning curve, but I do like how some of them are turning out.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ansley Top/Dress Blog Tour

Lucky me, I get to be a part of this Ansley Top/Dress Blog Tour twice. You can see my other look over at Sew Cool.  And can I just say, I love this one a little more and I really like this great pattern!
This pattern is so great because there are SO many options! 2 dress options, 2 top options, 6 sleeves, 3 collars and 3 hems.  And the other great thing is that you get from size 9m to 14...all in one pattern!  It is seriously a great bang for your buck.
I did the high/low hem...which is such a great look with this loose top/dress pattern. I think the only thing I would change is to add an inch or two to the front piece...my girls are just so long in the torso and it hits them just at a weird length there. Oh, and get this, I made the same size for both of them. I'm not sure if they will want to share or not...

I added the pointed collar, which was so easy to add. I did add some top stitching around the collar and placket, which wasn't in the instructions...it's hard to see, but it's there.

And I just made up my own sleeve option...because there weren't enough already:)  No, I just thought the long loose sleeve look would go well with this fabric. I just took the short sleeve option and elongated it to be long enough. Then I just added a casing and elastic at the cuff.

As for the fabric, the floral was from a shirt that I picked up on the sales rack for $2 and the stripe is some light weight woven that I picked up on a random WalMart stop looking for a tiny screw driver set and I just really liked the look of it.

It was rather windy and chilly this morning when I took the pictures...hence the not so happy outside shots and the smiley inside ones.  But I do like the look we put together.
As for the pattern, it's a well written pattern that has the layering print options of not just printing the pieces you need but the sizes as well.

So there you have it...the Ansley Top/Dress, which you can go get with the discount code, ILOVEBLAVERRY10. Then go and check out the other amazing creations with the tour.
Displaying AnsleyTourBanner 1.jpg
 


November 6th

November 7th

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Eater...Over at GYCT

 I'm over at GYCT celebrating 31 Days of Halloween, but if you remember from last year, I'm not a big fan of this particular holiday. So this year I decided to share something a little more Autumn oriented...3 delicious recipes that incorporate that festive gourd.
Be sure to check out all the other great ideas that have been shared!


Displaying 31daysguestposts2014.png

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Girl's Dress Pattern No. 15 Blog Hop

If you are here from Sew Cool for the Tween Scene thanks for stopping by!
I wanted to share my other version of the Girl's Dress Pattern No. 15 made by E+M Patterns with you.  This one is being called the Rainbow dress, by my daughter.
She too, loves how comfortable it is. I love how fast this dress came together...from cut to finish was just under 2 hours.
And while it looks like a summer dress, both my girls have plans to layer it with long sleeve shirts, leggings and boots...it's very versatile!
Making this dress, even though it is a quick and easy sew, taught me something that I had never done before. Can you believe that I had never shirred something before? Well now I know how!
So if you are interested in a great, easy knit dress pattern you should go check out the Dress Pattern No. 15 by E+M Patterns. Right now there is a discount code TOUR15 or you can try your hand at the give-a-way below.


Displaying Blog Tour.png
(If you want to check out the other stops, Sprouting Jube Jube has all of the links at the end of her post...I'm being kind of lazy here:)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tinley Tee Tour

Have you ever wanted a 'Go To' pattern that is quick and easy, but fits every time? Well your search for a great tee shirt pattern has just ended.
This is the Tinley Tee designed by GYCT Designs and I love the way it turned out!
This pattern has 4 sleeve options and 2 hem options...but I added a third. My girls love it when I lettuce ruffle the edges of knit.  Maybe it makes it more girly, more special looking, more something...but if I'm doing a knit outfit they want it.
 Clara picked out the fabric and since it was a statement on it's own, we decided to keep the design simple.  She needs long sleeve shirts (even though it's still hitting 90 degrees here...just thinking ahead) so I did the long sleeve version, with the ruffled cuffs.
The fabric we got at JoAnn's and she loves it. It is so soft and feels great on the skin.  The colors are completely her personality.  As for the pattern...go check all the other great versions on the tour (as well as the Love Me Knot Shorts...so stinking cute, but my girls really didn't need shorts this go around).
Displaying tinleytour4.png
Link to Etsy Shop:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Wardrobe Must Haves

 A couple of weeks ago I had the lucky chance to test the Magnolia Skirt and Hemlock Top designed by Heidi over at Elegance and Elephants.  Just go check out her 'Look Book' for the great Fall patterns she'll be releasing in a matter of days.
First up the Hemlock Top...It's a simple knit top with a lovely little shoulder ruffle...perfect for dressing up or down. Clara loves how comfy it is (and she's excited to have a top to match mom's).
 I loved how it came together so quickly and how Heidi's patterns are so easy to follow.  Clara is already asking for more and since she doesn't have many long sleeve shirts...I'll just have to oblige her.
Now on to the Magnolia Skirt. It's a 6 paneled knit skirt with an elastic casing and it all came together in an hour.  Really a fun hip pattern that has a lot of potential for customization! I had fun alternating the sides of fabric of the knit I used to get a little contrast going.
 Again, it's going to be a great Fall staple as it can be dressed up or down...whatever your fancy. And the best thing about it according to my girls...the twirl factor. What little girl doesn't like a spin-y skirt?
 I knew Sophia would love the skirt and since she fell into the size 9 measurements, I tested the skirt for her as well.  The trendiness as well as the simplicity of it lends itself to the older set as well.  She loves how comfortable it is and is even willing to wear it to middle school...so it must look pretty good too. 
 Heidi will be releasing both patterns this week.  If you want 2 patterns that allow you to get a whole outfit done in a matter of a couple of hours, that have the possibility of dressing up or down, you really should check these out!
 She and I have brainstormed some fun ideas of what you could do to customize it...6 different panels to play with means there is a lot you could do!  
And she is still a girl at heart that loves to twirl.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Flip of the Sis Boom Ethan Shirt Pattern

Since it's such a great pattern I had to give it another go...
my second FLIP for the ladies over at Frances Suzanne.
And whew! I made it by the hair of my chinny chin chin. 
Yes this is another FLIP of the Sis Boom Ethan Pattern. Much different from my other FLIP.
 This time it's a dress with an Asian flair.
 I left off the collar and just used the collar stand to create a Mandarin collar.
 I added 2 pockets, made it dress length, and cuffed the sleeves with a tab.  All accented with black piping. 
 She likes it. I like it...although it kind of reminds me of Sound of Music.
 You should really check out this pattern...it's a great one with so many possibilities!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...