Feature Friday: Maize Dress Pattern Mods for a Hi-Low Keyhole Dress

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Today is Feature Friday over at Petite Stitchery, which means they highlight a pattern and offer it for $5 for 24 hours. The pattern this week is the beautiful Maize Keyhole Tunic an Dress.

To celebrate the Feature, I decided to do a few mods. Please pardon my picture overload; I couldn’t get enough of this dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Changes I Made

To get the hi-low look and keyhole front, I made a few changes to the construction of the pattern.

  1. I narrowed the shoulder since I wouldn’t be adding sleeves
  2. I switched the front and back bodice so that the keyhole would show in the front
  3. I created a dramatic hi-low design using the skirt template provided in the pattern

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The first two steps don’t require additional instruction; however, if you wanted to construct the front/back bodice properly, you could interchange the armscye/opening and width. I kept it as-is, and it worked for us! So I’ll move to the third, creating the hi-low. You’ll first want to determine how dramatic of a hi-low you’d like. I added at least 4” to the skirt cut chart and used the skirt guide to create the curved hem.

Back

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I created the front piece in a similar way, but you’ll flip this one upside down so that the curve goes up toward the center.  Use the same size fabric piece as the back skirt because you’ll need to connect the side seams (side seams are on the right of this pic). As you cut the top of the curve, gradually cut down toward the bottom of your fabric (not shown).

Front

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The end result is stunning from both back and front and such a fun way to use the pattern in a new way!

And who doesn’t love a perfect flower-picking dress??

The fabric I chose for this pattern was a boarder print called Beds of Roses by Michael Miller that I ordered from Punkin Head Threads. I absolutely adore boarder prints and actually ordered this print in all 3 colorways for my 3 girls. I can’t wait to get all three of them together (one dress at a time…) 😍

So grab your pattern here for just $5, and be sure to share your creations on the FB page! I’m inspired here every.single.day.

 

Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links; I’m so happy that you were inspired to buy the pattern via my creations! I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

 

Blog Tour: Swimwear Edition Featuring Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Marilyn Swimsuit

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Welcome to the Lulu & Celeste + Sprouting Jujube Productions tour: Swimsuit Edition; I’m so happy you’re here! Maybe it means that you’re about ready to dive into swimsuit-making for your kids or even you! Or maybe you’re just here for the prizes 😜 Either way, read on! Today I’ll be featuring the Marilyn Vintage Swimsuit by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, for sizes 3 mos – 12 yrs. Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop graciously provided this pattern for free for the swim edition.

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First–a little background on my daughter. She’s never been on the growth chart–not even in the 1% for kids her age. She’s a tiny little thing who needs a mama’s custom fit. So after last year’s saggy-bottom suits where I could literally see her behind, I thought, “that’s it–it’ll be mama-made from here on out!” So here we are! When browsing patterns, I knew I wanted a one-piece, and I happen to have a soft spot for vintage. When I saw that the Marilyn suit offered a shorts style with easy bands, that sealed the deal!

MARILYN VINTAGE SWIMSUIT

 

Styles/Options

  • View A: Classic One-Piece
  • View B: Classic Tankini
  • View C: Color-Blocked One-Piece
  • View D: Color-Blocked Tankini
  • View E: Ruched One-Piece
  • View F: Ruched Tankini

In addition to a one-piece, the suit also offers a tankini option. I sewed View E: the ruched one-piece.

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I used a heart floral swim fabric from Knitpop and solids from Zenith & Quasar. I adore the view from the side, with the ruched front and solid side-panels:

 

Tips and Tricks

Follow the size chart! My daughter is 3 years old and measures between 3 mos and 6 mos for chest, 3 mos for hips, and close to 2T for height. Although I know to use the charts, I originally made her suit between 6 mos-12 mos width and had to take it back in. SO–if your 3-year-old measures a size 3-month waist, sew it! 😜 That’s the lovely part about custom creations–they work! We just have to look past numbers.

Additionally, the suit called for elastic in the chest band and legs, and I omitted both, having sewn an adult suit for me with bands before (sans elastic). I actually prefer less structure in those areas, especially since the bands are so well-fitted.

That’s all! My first little slice of toddler vintage love. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour and enter the Rafflecopter from the amazing sponsors! Here is a list of PRIZES and ways to enter.

 

SWIM EDITION FULL TOUR

Monday, June 26

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Tuesday, June 27

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Friday, June 30

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Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

Ellie and Mac “Be Smart” Jumper Suspender Skirt: 4th of July Edition

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The “Be Smart” Jumper suspender skirt just released from Ellie and Mac  and is on sale today only for $3 (price in cart). When I saw this pattern tester call, I immediately pictured sweet back-to-school styles — but there was something BIG we needed to celebrate first: 4th of July! My daughter had recently seen a red/white/blue romper in the store and begged for a parade outfit. I had the perfect Girl Charlee fabric in my stash, so it was time to use them!

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I used the Island Getaway Tunic/Dress to create off-the-shoulder shirts as well; I simply lengthened the bodice of the dress to top length. I have to say–they’ve lived in these red tops ever since our photoshoot! I also created a simple dress for my littlest by adding a gathered, fringed skirt to the Island Getaway bodice; this pattern is 35% off as well through June (price in cart):

Too darling, right?

So let’s get back to the suspender skirt! It’s purely knit and an incredibly easy sew. There’s no elastic–just bands and topstitching for reinforcement. The pattern features both a higher version (what I sewed) and a lower suspender skirt option as well. I’ll surely be sewing more of these in plaids and solids for the school year!

I really can’t get enough! And they’re totally ready for the parade!

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Grab your Ellie and Mac patterns HERE; and remember that all patterns are 35% off through June!

 

Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

Ellie and Mac MOLLY Skirt, No-Closure Summer Staple

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Sometimes the easiest patterns become my wardrobe staples. The Ellie and Mac Molly Skirt just released and will be one of my go-tos this summer…and is $3 (see the price in the cart) during release!! The pattern has no closures, simple side-seams, and a yoga-style waistband. This ups the comfort and makes the pattern one of the quickest your sewing machine will see. The patter is both for teens and women.

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As a mom of three littles, this is a perfect style for heading out shopping. I sewed the “regular” length, and there are mini, mid-thigh, petite, and tall length options as well. I used a fun floral liverpool fabric that I got from Ebay; you can find similar pretties from shops like Pretty Posh PrintsLove Adore KnitsSly Fox FabricsKnitpop, and So Sew English Fabrics.

And did I mention…the twirl…

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So go grab your insanely priced $3 pattern, and let’s create all of the beautiful things!

Ellie and Mac affiliate link HERE.

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Portlanders Pants Girls’ Release + Mommy/Me Bundle

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Just days after I made my Portlander Pants (find my post HERE), New Horizons announced that the girls’ version was coming (Pattern website HERE)! My daughter had just had a meltdown because I hadn’t sewn a matching outfit for us in a while, so voilà–it had to come to fruition!

The Portlander Pants is a year-round pant that is fitted at the top (with yoga style waistband) and flawy toward the ankle. This style is incredibly comfortable and works for both day-wear and feels heavenly for pajamas. My daughter insisted that she needed to wear her new outfit during the day with me and then to bed (I obliged! I mean…comfort).

I used the same monochrome fabric from Love Adore Knits that I used for my pants, and the top is black double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints.

I then needed to try the shorts version of the pants (also included in the pattern). I opted for pockets, yoga waistband, and a faux drawstring instead of a full drawstring; I simply sewed my drawstring together, tied it into a bow, and tacked it on. For the polka dot version shown below, I didn’t even sew the drawstring; instead, I just used the fabric selvage that naturally rolls.

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My polka dot knit is part of Raspberry Creek Fabric‘s CLUB line. I paired with a store-bought tank and a long, vintage necklace for a sweet Euro-style look.

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My final version used the same method (shorts, pockets, faux drawstring), and I used a patterned pocket and drawstring for a fun, modern look.

As you sew up your girls’ and women’s Portlanders this summer, be sure to share your creations on the New Horizons Facebook page.

 

Bitty Bee Summertime Fabric Pre-Order: Round 13

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Bitty Bee Fabrics currently has Round 13 open for pre-order, and I absolutely love every part of it — pineapples, lemons, confetti (in all different colors), sea life! I was thrilled to sew up three of the designs: solid pink confetti, striped pink confetti, and yellow lemons. My little girls have been begging to have a lemonade stand this summer, so lemons it was!

The verdict: They couldn’t be sweeter! Everything washed great, and the fabric has a durable structure, and it’s a great weight.

We decided to have a little fun with our picture time and made it into a smoothie party!

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Since the confetti and lemons are so darling together, so I made myself a dress to match. Nothing overflows my mama-cup more than matching my littles!

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I used the Constance Top/Tunic/Dress in dress length for me and tunic length for my little (she’s a shorty). These are both part of the Meaningfully Made collection where 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and the patterns are only $4! These are two of my favorites that I go back to for my family constantly!

For my littlest’s dress, I used the Petite Stitchery Mistletoe dress skirt and the Sapphire layering top for the top; the two were very simple to mash, and I wanted to use a neckband for a quick+quite sew (the Mistletoe is typically lined with a lower back).

 

You can find the Pre-Order link for the Bitty Bee fabric HERE; and be sure to share your creations on their FB page HERE.

 

 

Petite Stitchery & Co. Greenhouse-Inspired Photo Shoot and Giveaway: Fabric, Patterns, & Leather Accessories

Since pattern testers within Petite Stitchery & Co. are from around the world, the chances that three of us would be within 30 minutes of one another…in Michigan…was quite rare. Sofia Henderson (@esmeadelebowtique), Anna Durocher (@bizzy_bean_clothing), and I (Kutti Couture) decided to team up for a fun and colorful greenhouse photo shoot!

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Our sponsors included: Phat Quarters Fabrics (our fabric), Ali Jane & Co. (our accessories), and Petite Stitchery & Co. (our patterns)

**Read on to learn how you can WIN items from these three companies during our GIVEAWAY!!

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We were so happy to have Ali Jane join us as part of the photo shoot with their Michigan-handmade leather children’s accessories. The necklaces and little ankle cuffs were the girls’ favorite conversation piece!

These little ladies had so much fun together, forming instant bonds.

Pretty flowers and fabric does that to girls!

Dying to know what patterns we used in our shoot??? Let’s take a look!

#1: Laurel Knit Tunic & Dress (dress length with a cascading ruffle offers a trendy boho style; band for a neckline makes this pattern beginner-friendly, and cuffed sleeves add a pop of detail)

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#2: Ruby Romper (shorts length adds a sweet bubble look; paired with the crossover buttoned-strap back, this pattern is perfect for warm summer days and to show off those baby legs–or pair with the Sapphire layering top and long-pants option, the pattern works year-round)

#3: Mistletoe Dress (the short-sleeve option transforms this circle-skirt dress into the perfect summer style! There are no closures; the bodice is fully lined with a low-scoop back neckline).

#4: Poppy Skirt & Sapphire Layering Top (A Petite Stitchery favorite pair–the poppy pleated skirt and sapphire layering top make a sweet match indeed. Here, the Sapphire is sewn in tank style with flutters sewn as the sleeves, not gathered)

#5: Hazel Boho Blouse & Fawn Tuxedo Leggings (Another boho trend, the Hazel can be sewn with elastic to form a bubble sleeve or hemmed for a larger bell look, shown. Added pom detail offers another colorful and stylish element. Fawn tuxedo leggings include a stripe detail down the side; this gave me a chance to showcase little flamingos down the leg)

#6: Willow Tunic (this woven pattern includes a hi-low option with gathered back and sweet bias detail. It’s a perfect opportunity to use those gorgeous wovens and coordinates!)

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“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” – Unknown

The variety of fabrics from Phat Quarters enabled us to choose high-quality prints to match these little explorers’ styles!

**For a chance to WIN fabric from Phat Quarters, scroll on!

Oh, to be little girls!!!

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And they of course found treasures…

I’d say this is a good motto for us! “Plant Smiles, Grow Laughter, Harvest Love.”

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Our location: Van Atta’s Greenhouse in Haslett, MI.

Featured Seamstresses: Jennifer Jeremiah, Anna Durocher, and Sofia Henderson

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Petite Stitchery Feature Friday: Clover Boho Tunic and Dress

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FEATURE FRIDAY!!!

Petite Stitchery & Co. is kicking off their first Feature Friday (+sale!) with one of my favorite Boho patterns: the Clover Tunic and Dress.

I sewed this sweet long-sleeve version of the Clover in February when it released and knew I’d be revisiting it soon to make the hi-low! The pattern comes in both dress and tunic version with tiers (below) or ruffled hi-low construction (above). The sleeves can be made with elastic for a bubble look (shown below) or left hemmed for more flow (shown above). I love how different the looks are with the same pattern!

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Now…back to my spring version. Swoon.

As my daughter rounded age 4, I knew leggings and little shirts just wouldn’t cut it any longer. Her body was moving from the baby stage to a little girl. I’ve since been sewing more dresses and longer tunics for her wardrobe (baby girl’s almost 5!). I love that this tunic option has a high front and low back. Not only is it stylish, but it adds ample coverage–even when the wind is whirling its pipes!

For 48 hours only the Clover will be on sale for $5 — so grab this boho beauty HERE.

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FABRICS

For both styles in this post, I used premium cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics (collections: Utopia by Frances Newcombe, Sage by Bari, J, and Emmy Grace by Bari J). You can find a limited selection (I sew it way more than I sell it!) in my Etsy shop. For a wider selection, you can visit Phat Quarters who carries a fantastic array of wovens and knits.

TASSEL NECKLACE – The gorgeous boho leather necklace is from Michigan crafters at AliJane and Company! I simply adore their style.

Now…go have fun and SEW your Clover!!! 😀

Be sure to share in the Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook group!

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Petite Stitchery & Co. “Poppy” Box Pleat Skirt – As Magical As A Troll!

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Petite Stitchery Poppy Skirt

There’s no coincidence that this darling skirt shares a name with my daughter’s favorite little “Poppy” troll; every time I see her skirt, I think of every pleat as the trolls, banded together to make great change. I’ll most certainly clothe my daughter in that metaphor daily!

This sweet pattern by Petite Stitchery & Co. features beautiful box pleats and the option to use an invisible zipper or an elastic waistband. I love the look of the flat waistband on my daughter, so I chose the zipper! Every time she puts it on, she comments on the zipper and how she feels fancy (….goal to make our littles feel like princesses…check!).

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Let’s talk about this full outfit and sizing!

The Sapphire Top

The top is the Sapphire Layering Top. I used the flutters for the tank version, and rather than gathering them and adding a band, I turned the flutters into sleeves by clipping the ends/tails off. It pairs perfectly with this skirt and has quickly become my favorite set on my daughter.

The gorgeous watercolor floral fabric is a new CLUB line from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

**The whole Petite Stitchery & Co. store is on sale through Sunday for the release–so grab the Sapphire now 😍

Sizing

You’ll definitely want to measure and go by the chart. This holds true with every pattern but especially with the skirt (for the waist size). My daughter’s waist is 19.5” or so, and I cut my waistband at 20” (2” less than the size 2 waistband, according to the chart); this worked perfectly along with a size “4” length. I didn’t have to make any adjustments, and the instructions were very clear.

I’ve already sewn another Poppy Skirt/Sapphire Flutter set because I love them so.

You can grab your Poppy Pattern: HERE

Find Petite Stitchery & Co. on FB: HERE

We’re SO ready for summer!!!

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