Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Cutie Grinch Dress

This grinch fabric is so bright and colorful.  I used Sophia's Open Back Ruffled Pattern to make this dress for my daughter to wear to school. 

Polka dots and ruffles what a great combination. 

 All of the Create Kids Couture patterns I've sewn have been awesome and I always end up with the cutest dresses that my daughter loves.  Can't wait to see what Shannon and Tiffany come up with next.  Be sure to check out their shop. 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Knit Crossover Tunic

Have I mentioned how much I love Jocole's patterns?  This is her Crossover Tunic pattern.  Whenever I sew any of her patterns, I know the pieces will fit together perfectly like puzzle pieces. 

Best of all, her patterns are easy to follow, quick to sew, and full of helpful tips for working with knits. 

She also provides different length options so the tunic could be worn with pants or made as a dress. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Corduroy Pants and Lily Bird Studio Discount Code

This is my first time sewing a Lily Bird Studio pattern.  These are the Ben and Mia pants.  They're great for boys or girls.  She also provides directions for 3 different versions of the pants. 

There are so many things to like about this pattern but my favorite is the piping and the lined pockets. 

Look!  I even have the pockets perfectly aligned with the fabric.  Yay!  
I was so excited about the pants, I didn't pay attention to the wrinkly shirt. 

I love the fit and I just bought some fabric to make more.  My next pair is going to include the tabs on the waist with the button embellishments.  If you're interested in making these cute pants, you can save 20% off by using this code:  LBSBENMIA
Thanks Cecelia for a great pattern and the special discount.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Peasant Dress

Aqua is one on my new favorite colors. 
I think my daughter looks so cute in her new dress. 

I added ric rac and flower embellsihments to jazz it up. 

I love how they included directions for adding the lace.  
It gives the peasant style dress a new look. 
They have so many adorable patterns that are perfect for girly girls.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Basic Knit Leggings

My local fabric store doesn't have a large selection of knit fabrics.  I found some that I really liked at fabric.com and I used this pattern to make a pair of leggings.  It doesn't get any easier.  I made these in less time than it would have taken me to go to the store, pick out a pair, and get back home. 

Now, I always have my eyes open for cute knit prints. Please share if you know of any other great fabric sources. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Double Layer Ruffle Dress

I heart making ruffly girly dresses and Create Kids Couture offers some of the cutest patterns. I have never been disappointed with any of their patterns and my daughter never wants to take the pretty dresses off.  I'm enjoying sewing for her. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I knew that I was going to use Jocole's  patterns to make a knit shirt and ruffle pants.  I had a picture in my mind of how this outfit would look.  How quickly plans change.  When we got to the fabric store, my daughter begged me to get this fabric.  If you saw the look on her face and how badly she wanted it...you would understand why I couldn't say no. 
At this age...there's no such thing as too shiny. 
The patterns and the directions are awesome.  You don't need a lot of fabric or you could repurpose old shirts. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Twirly Dress

I found some new patterns that are fun and girly....exactly what my daughter likes. This pattern is
Lola's Tiered Twirly Dress.  It's super easy and super cute. 

I can see this dress in so many different color combinations. I thought these prints would be perfect for fall and when it gets colder, she could wear a long sleeve shirt under it.   Can't wait to sew some of the other patterns they have listed.....lots of cute ones. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Apple Cake Pops

I heard about cake pops but I wasn't really sure how to make them.  When I found this cake pop book, I was amazed to see all the different types of cake pops you could make. I had to bring it home with me.   It didn't take too long for my girls to start arguing over who would look at the book first.  As they were looking through it....I heard, "Look at this mom, look at this one, can we make this one for Halloween, can we make this one for Christmas?"  It didn't end there but you get the idea.  I told them we would start with one of the ones that looked easier. 

Apple cake pops would be perfect for back to school.  

We bought red chocolate melts, cake mix, frosting, green chocolate covered sunflower seeds, lolipop sticks, eyes, and edible food writers.  

Here they are!  
The girls had a a blast making these.
Mia brought this batch to school so she could share them with her class.  
We wanted to draw the eyelashes and mouths on like they showed in the book but our food writers didn't really show up. If anyone has any suggestions about using these or a good brand to try, please let me know. 

It wasn't enough to just make cake pops.  "Mom can you make me an apple dress?"

I made this dress for her.  When I was looking at the fabric and thinking about how it would go together, I pictured something much cuter.  Thank goodness she was happy with it.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Circle Flounce Dress

This pattern is well written with easy to follow directions and great accompanying pictures. 

This pattern comes in sizes for younger girls
but I'm thrilled that she makes the patterns for older girls too. 

The snap closures are a fun addition. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sock Monkey Outfit

Mia loves monkeys.  She wears her sock monkey slippers all the time.  When I saw this fabric, I knew I had to make her something with it. 

The embroidery design on the shirt came from embroidery boutique.
Of course, she needed a matching bow. 

Here's a pic of her being silly. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Knit Skirt for School

This skirt was inspired by a picture I saw in a magazine. 

I like how the angled pieces give the skirt a different look. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Owl Outfit

I'm so excited!  I finally got this Dancer Skirt Pattern.  I shirred the waist but the pattern gives you different options.   The applique on the shirt came from designs by juju. 

Really...the orange on the owl applique isn't as bright as it appears in this picture. 

Mia loves the attached shorts. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tweety Bird Dress

Elise loved this Tweety Bird fabric.  I found this sew along and decided to give it a try.  I'm thrilled that it turned out so cute. 
She was so excited!  She had to go around and show everyone her new dress. 

  Thanks so much to Sweet Pea and Pumkins for the pattern. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Skirt and Shirt for the 4th

I used McCall's OOP pattern 6021 to make this skirt.  Mia was skipping, dancing, and twirling around throughout the day.  The fit was perfect. The only pattern alteration I made was that I used a rolled hem on each layer. 

The design for the shirt came from here. 

Brooke selected this design for her shirt. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Reversible Skirt

My daughter calls this her "flip skirt".  It's actually called the Claire Linn Reversible Waveland Skirt.  I was thinking, this will be great for 2 outfits on different days.  Elise had something else in mind.  She wore the lion side for half a day. 

Then she wanted it flipped to wear the giraffe side the other half of the day. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Knit Top

I made this bright knit top when I got to test sew this pattern.   
It's a comfy and perfect shirt for summer.  
Since the colors reminded me of a watermelon,
I got some coordinating fabrics and made a matching skirt. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Reversible Waveland Skirt

I'm so excited that I got to test this skirt pattern.  I can't wait to make more.  The fabric combinations are endless and I love the wavy bottom edge. 

Just flip the skirt for a different look and design.  Fun, fun, fun! 

The bold bright colors are perfect for summer. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Girly Pirate

This pirate fabric was a little different from what I usually see in the fabric stores. I combined it with some coordinating fabric and made this top.  The font I used for the top is called Nord.  She was very excited about having a headband. 

Here's a pic of the back.  I'm going to add loops to keep the belt in place. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hairbow Storage

The bows in my house have been piling up and I needed a practical storage solution.  I made these boards for my girls.  The bows are visible and can be moved up and down on the ribbon holder to add more bows. 

The bows clip on and off easily and you can find what you want without searching through a drawer. 

Best of all, the girls love them!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Twitter Dress

I used McCall's Pattern 5838 to make this dress.  I made a few changes.  I put in an invisible zipper and I made a rolled hem on the top and bottom of the center overlay and on the bottom of the dress.  I love the bright colors. 

The embroidered design is from the Spring Twitter Dakota Collectible Disk.  It has a lot of fun designs on it.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Soccer Girl

Elise wants to play soccer.  She won't be wearing this when she plays but I knew exactly what I was going to make when I saw this fabric. 
The soccer ball came from here.  I used the felt stitchie from this site to make the bow. Since I'm obsessed with making hair bows, I have all of the felt stitchies.  They are so fun to make and my girls love wearing them. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Eggs and Chicks

I thought the print in this fabric was so pretty and springy. I thought this would be a cute dress to wear to school. 

No smiles today.  She's not happy about having to take the dress off to get ready for bed. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wild About Fancy Nancy

Mia loves Fancy Nancy.  Each time a new book comes out...we have to get it.  When she saw this fabric at Joann's she wanted it and was so delighted when it came home with us.  She was even more excited when I finished her Fancy Nancy outift! 

I love her expression in this pic.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pink and Brown Print Dress

They had a sale on McCalls Patterns for 99 cents.  My girls were so excited!  Of course we had to bring several home with us. 

I used McCall's Pattern 6275. 

 I think it works well for girls this age.  What do you think? 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Butterfly Skirt and Shirt

Brooke picked out the pattern and the fabrics for this outfit. 

The buttefly applique is from Lynnie Pinnie.  I just love all her appliques.  They stitch out great everytime. 
The dinky dot alphabet came from here.  It's the first time I used one of her designs and I wasn't disappointed.  I'm sure I'll just have to visit her site for more fun things. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dinosaur Dots

My girly girl wanted me to make her an outfit with a dinosaur print.  Here it is...dinosaurs, dots, and ruffles. 
The dinosaur applique came from Designs by Juju

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ice Princess Embellished Sweatshirt

Leftover scraps of tulle were used to make this ice skating sweatshirt..

The designs came from Embroitique.  They stitched out great.  It was a fun project to make. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Little Ladybug Dress

My daughter needed something to match her ladybug shoes.  This is her new dress.  She tried it on and didn't want to take it off.  She plans on wearing it to school tomorrow and suggested that she sleep in it so she would be ready.  The things kids say!