Deer Creek Dress + Snowflakes = Little Girl Winter Princess Attire

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Christmas may be over, but winter is in full bloom in our little haven within Michigan. The problem is, my girls have been wearing sleeveless “princess’ dresses and tutus for the last 1-2 months. Thank goodness for a warm fireplace!

To satisfy my girls’ princess spirits, I’ve been on a mission to marry fabric and patterns that work perfectly together. This one is a Frozen-inspired snowflake dress!

Pattern: I used the girls’ Deer Creek dress from New Horizons Designs. This was a no-brainer since I loved my women’s version of the Deer Creek so much and had been itching to make my girls some.

Fabric: Custom snowflake brushed poly from Knitpop. The design works perfectly all winter long and emits such a cozy and glorious joyfulness that winter brings.

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The pattern comes in tunic and dress length, and I chose “dress.” My girls lack long-sleeve dresses, so I will be working ahead for next year to make sure we overcome that shortage! The pattern also has a straight or curved hem; and I have all the heart eyes for curves–so curved it is!

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There’s even a slight hi-low, which just makes me super happy! Especially with tunic length, the extra length in the back is not only stylish but also modest–which I love! And for this creation, I just love how the snowflakes cascade down the dress ❤

The sleeve is also a dolman or dropped shoulder, which adds another fun element. For those who haven’t sewn dolmans, they are easy to color-block, front + back.DSC_0373

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, my two favorite elements of this dress: the elastic waist and the pockets!

The elastic waist helps add definition and showcase correct “fit” even with a looser style.

…And the pockets… well..pockets!!! They’re perfect for keeping cold hands warm AND for collecting all of the treasures a little one could possibly find. You know…the important things like scraps of fabric, pebbles, pieces of receipts… Is anything not a treasure to a little one??

 

I sure love this “marriage” of the Deer Creek pattern and Knitpop snowflake fabric. I’ve already had several requests for more; so I better end this post and get sewing!

Enjoy such a lovely day!!

Jennifer

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Back to School Blog Tour: Kinder Style

Welcome to Day 1 of the Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JuJube back-to-school blog tour! I’m grateful to be part of the tour and have chosen some wonderful shops to highlight as part of our preschool and kindergarten wardrobe gear-up!

All designers mentioned in this post donated my choice of patterns for this feature, so a big round of thanks goes to them! Now, let’s check out some of this Kinder (and Pre-Kinder) fashion!

Phat Quarters: Willow

When I selected my patterns, I wanted to highlight both a knit pattern and woven. “Willow” from Gemia of Phat Quarters was my woven of choice. The pattern might not yet appear on her website, but she is working to get them up soon (previously of Petite Stitchery). This gorgeous boho-styled top was just calling for chambray, so I decided to use my daughter’s two favorite colors: green and blue.

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I modified the front of the top to exclude the tie. It’s actually one of the most darling features of the top, but my daughter is sometimes picky about ties. So I slightly widened the neckline to ensure it’d fit over her head. In the end, I could have likely left it as-is because she has plenty of room. For the front of the top, I chose “Cool Foliage” chambray by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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The most striking feature of the Willow is the curved back yoke. I chose soft hand-dyed Shibori fabric from Seamingly Smitten as a modern, stylish accent. This style perfectly compliments my daughter’s free, explorative personality.

Jalie: Drop Pocket Cardigan

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One of the most-used garments in our fall/winter wardrobe are cardigans. It helps with that transition between fall and spring, especially in Michigan. I throw a tank or tee under, and the cardigan is the perfect top layer. When I saw the gorgeous low pockets with the Jalie, the Drop Pocket Cardigan was my pattern of choice; and bonus that Jalie patterns go from girls to women’s! That means mama gets a cardi for bus/school runs.

I used soft French Terry for this piece, floral from Pretty Posh Prints for the main outer, and solid burgundy from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the pocket accent. The cardigan is made by using double front pieces and folding them back to form a pocket; I loved the construction idea and end appearance. This is one of our favorite cardigans to-date.

Phat Quarters: School Bus Fabric
Sew By Pattern Pieces: Sunshine Tunic

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As part of the back-to-school tour, I was eager to use my amazing school bus knit fabric from Phat Quarters. My girls were gaga over it from the moment they saw it.

And although Sew By Pattern Pieces isn’t an official sponsor of the tour, I knew the Sunshine Tunic would be the perfect pattern to use to make this a staple in her Kinder closet. The pattern released only recently, and we have 3 of these tunics already in the closet. It has a beautiful hi-low, fantastic fit through the arms and bodice, and on-point neckline. And it also comes with color-blocking pieces to actually make the shirt look like a sunshine if desired. I might need to do that for my other daughter with the rest of the school bus fabric and mustard stripes!

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I hope you enjoyed a peek into just a TINY bit of my back-to-school sewing. There is a great number of seamstresses taking part in the tour, so be sure to make your way through the list below throughout the week!

Happy new school year!!

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

 

M4M Cora Culotte Shorts + Hurricane Relief

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The Made for Mermaid Cora Culottes are now available–and just $3 through Sept. 30th, 100% proceeds going toward Hurricane Relief.

When we started testing this pattern, the hurricanes hadn’t plagued our nation, so the focus was solely on the the cuteness of shorts that have the swing of a skirt. And now–ordering this pattern can help many in need.

So…those pattern details…

 

 

Let me just say that when I saw yoga waistband + swing shorts of various lengths, my response was: 🙌🤸🏽‍♀️🙋🏼. My daughter is growing, so we stick with tunics to wear over leggings and use bike shorts to wear under dresses. She loves adventure! Having flowy shorts with the look of a skirt was B.i.n.g.o. I mean, we can totally pair them with tights through fall and winter!

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The pattern, instructions, and fit are all on-par. There is no scrunching when attaching the waistband to the shorts, which was a huge (+) or me; the measurements of the shorts top and the waistband are accurate, so you can get a nice smooth waistband connection. I used brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints and made a coordinating top because we lack solids in her wardrobe.

We paired her outfit with a couple of accessories: darling sandals from The Humble Soles and a boho necklace from Ali Jane & Co. It’s the little things that make my little girl feel like a princess!

A princess who loves to have fun!

So go grab your Cora Culottes, and report back with hashtag #m4mcoraculottes. I want to see all of your creations!

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Fall Wardrobe Prep: The Seamingly Smitten Cowl Tunic

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As I gear up for my fall wardrobe capsule (well, let’s be honest…early fall has already snuck up on me here in Michigan!), I’ve been contemplating what I wear the most in the colder months. Looking at my closet from last year, my longer tunics, hoodies, and dresses got the most wear…paired with leggings or sweater tights. When I saw the unique cowl on the Seamingly Smitten Cowl Tunic (also a top), I had to give it a try.

You can probably guess that the result was sweet adoration. I lined my cowl with an olive green, added olive drawstrings for another unexpected pop of color, paired with striped mustard cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabric and solid mustard pocket and leggings.

I added accent binding to my pocket, and I also used eyelets for my cowl. I’ll share the steps here in case you want a similar look.

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Creating Pocket Binding Pieces

I used 1.75” width and cut my length just longer than the side slant on the pocket. It’s easy to trim the excess after sewing. Shown below is one side sewn and the other side prepped. You’ll lay the binding face-down (right sides together) on your pocket piece, matching raw edges.

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You’ll then sew on the binding; I sew 3/8” from the raw edge. I use a triple stitch (3 dashed lines) to allow for stretch on the stretch knits. If you have another stretch stitch (looks like a lightening bolt), you can use that. A zigzag stitch also works on knits.

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You’ll then want to tuck the fabric over to the wrong side of the pocket, covering the seam allowance.

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Then, stitch the binding in place. I stitched about 1/8” from where the binding is attached to the pocket. This catches the backside of the binding as well.

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And voilà! You now have binding on your pocket and will continue the instructions as written with the pattern.

Adding Eyelets to Your Cowl

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The other modification I made was using eyelets instead of buttonholes on my cowl. I love the finished look of eyelets, and they’re incredibly easy. I won’t include step-by-step instructions here, but this is the tool I use and really like:

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I picked mine up at Jo-Ann’s, and the easy-to-use instructions are on the back of the package.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have some serious love for my my new fall capsule addition! You can grab your own cowl pattern HERE, and you can receive 40% off now through Tuesday 9/5 with code SAVE40. Be sure to use hashtag #sscowlhoodie when you share your creations; I’d love to see them!

 

Fall is for Fluted Sleeves: A Hi-Low Fashion Top

Fall is for a lot of things…cozying up with family, picking 🎃s, drinking lattes…and I’d have to argue that this fall is also for fluted sleeves and all things hi-low 😍
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The Seamingly Smitten Women’s Off-The-Shoulder Top with hi-low hem is that garment I want to pull out of my closet every day of fall. It has sweet sophistication, and I’ll share with you one more way to add charm to this top: adding a curved front as well as the curved back (already included in the pattern). This accentuates the hi-low seam and can help seamstresses achieve a modern look while still getting that covered-bum hi-low detail.

 

 

 

My Stats

To start off, it’s important to know my measurements so that you can make changes that are proper for your height. I’m 5’7.5” and measure at the XS. To cover my bum, I use the “tallest” cutting line at the back and both “tallest” and “regular” length for the front. For a longer tunic length in future versions, I might extend 3” at the back and use the tallest cutting line for the front so I can wear with leggings.

Adjusting the Front Piece Pattern

The adjustment to the front pattern piece is super simple. We will use the same curve as the back piece but flip it upside down. Start at the “tall” line and curve up to the “regular” line as shown here:

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Don’t you love that tape? My girls are my helpers 🤣👏 The end result, when sewn, will look like this:

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The front bodice is no longer straight across; it’s slightly curved.

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Other Adjustments

The pattern is well-drafted and straightforward. The only other change I made was that I used 1/4” elastic in my neck/shoulder casing. This is the standard size I use for my off-the-shoulder tops, so I knew it’d work for me. You can try various sizes to see which is your favorite.

And just like that…we’re ready for all of those back-to-school errands and activities! Add a high-waisted black skirt, and I’m ready for date night!

Be sure to use the hashtag #ssflutedsleeve when you sew your new tops/tunics; I’d love to see what you create! And if you don’t yet have the pattern, it’s 40% off for 48 hours with code SALE40. You can grab your copy here.

 

Bayside Romper for Women: Easy Mom Wear

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So let’s face it… there are some days that I just don’t have the mental capacity to think about a coordinating outfit. I might wear a mismatched bottom and top to run my daughter to preschool, covered by a long coat (praise Michigan for that never-ending cold!). But in the summertime, my wardrobe becomes much simpler. I’m often found wearing dresses; I love how they feel in the breeze, and nothing beats just ONE piece that completes an outfit.

Enter rompers…

New Horizons Designs just released the Bayside Women’s Romper with shorts, pants, mini dress, and maxi options. When the trend emerged, I loved it right away…but I hadn’t sewn any until now. When I saw the design for this pattern with the crossed back, I needed in!

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I love how easy the pattern is to assemble with bands around the arm and neck holes and a center casing for either elastic or a drawstring. These elements (as well as the pockets) are the golden opportunity to add a pop of color.

For my tester sew, I used CLUB Line striped floral cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and chose the “shorts” style with drawstring. I love how it came together and will have to try the dress style soon too. But first…maybe one or two more shorts rompers 😉

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Get the Bayside Romper HERE (and on sale for a limited time)

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