Friday, May 22, 2015

Sunset Besties

Remember when you went to the store with your best friend, and you picked out those necklaces that when you put the two halves together it made a heart that said "Best Friends" and then you pinkie swore to keep each other's secrets for ever and ever?

Violet and Kiya are besties.

When I gave them the shirts they squealed and one of them said, "Look! It makes a whole sunset!"

I thrifted 4 shirts to make them and used this pattern from the Crafty Cupboard blog. I just cut the pattern at the waist line and used that for the color block line. I also didn't include the waist elastic, I thought it would be to much with the sun right there. I skipped the flutter sleeve only because the light pink material of the yoke was being a beast to gather, so I bound the arm holes with a strip of sun yellow and called it good. I left the bottom hem unfinished (love me some knit fabric) because they were starting to get a tad on the short side.  This will also be my second time entering the Project Run and Play monthly link up party here :) Lots of great ideas there!!

Double Time

Two babies, two fabrics!

 Fabric A: a light-weight cotton/poly french terry in a creamy off-white. Its smooth on the outside, loopy on the inside. Or reverse it for a cool texture! This fabric washed up so soft and comfy, really perfect for a spring weight sweat shirt. 

HERE it is in the shop!

three cheers for fabric!

 Fabric B: Cotton knit chevron print in heather blue. This one is so cool! The chevron is printed on the fabric so the reverse is just the darker blue color. It washes up quite soft and the pattern is just awesome. It looks a little lavender in some of the shots, but it's really more of a blue. 

 HERE in the shop!

 Sweatshirt Pattern: I downloaded this free pattern from Brindle & Twig. It ran a tad small but I love the design. I used the french terry for the body and the chevron for the hood lining, the front pocket and the accent strips at the shoulder seems. I cut the strips for the accent on the cross grain along one chevron and it makes it look like a band of diagonal stripes. Love!

 Check out their other patterns too. They are geared towards babies and toddlers and I have several in my list of must have patterns. I think the next one will be THIS super cute romper. Won't Rosie look amazing in it?!

Skirt/leggings pattern: Winged it. I traced some leggings that fit over Rosie's ample bootie and drafted a half circle skirt that fit the opening. Then sewed them together at the top, added a line of stitching to make a casing and slipped in some elastic. So easy, really cute, low bulk and stays put!

Next up will be a pair of shirts for some besties!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Paisley and Pink Tankini

Finally a day hot enough to get out the wading pool!

This Black and White Paisley Swim Lycra is so thick and luscious. I bought swim lining thinking the white bits would be too sheer as a single layer. They are not. This stuff feels so great to the touch. And the pattern is so random that no intentional matching is required for it to look great.

I could totally see this in a retro style girls suit like this one from Closet Case Patterns. I've been dying to make this after seeing so many great ones in my blog roll.

 I used THIS pattern from Mountain Ash Designs on Etsy. They are from Melbourne, Australia and let me tell you, if you are looking for cute and unique swimwear and dance wear patterns, this is the place. I have three other patterns in my wish list! The best part...the patterns are almost all in a range from 2-14. I'll be able to sew swimsuits for both the girls for years to come. Bargain!

Fabric - 
Paisley Lycra from my Etsy Shop - Dymbrulee Textiles
Pink lyrca from Joann Fabric

Pattern - 
Ruffle Tankini from Mountain Ash on Etsy

Disclaimer: Mountain Ash Designs and Closet Case Patterns have no idea who I am, I just really like their patterns and like to share good finds!