Tuesday, April 24, 2012

KCWC - Day 2 - A Really Lazy Day Skirt

So, day 2.   A long day at work, but I knew exactly what I was going to sew tonight.  The easiest pattern ever - Oliver + S free download, Lazy Days Skirt.

Here it is:
The fabric is a fabric that will be stocked (at some point!) in my fledgling on-line fabric shop.  When I saw it while shopping for Japanese import fabric, it called my name.  It called my daughter's name also because as soon as she saw it, she said "I have that!"  It's called Koboyashi Quiet Cats.  It's a heavier weight, and a dream to sew. 

I love the Lazy Days Skirt.  I think that maybe the ribbon hem gives it some weight at the bottom, and helps with the twirl factor.  I literally made this in like 45 minutes, start to finish.  I think that may have even included pictures.

A cute skirt, with just a few inches of some - in my opinion - very cool, very unique fabric....what could be better than that!

Monday, April 23, 2012

KCWC - Day 1

I put these dates in my phone, so I'd remember to carve out time to sew each day.  I've been looking forward to this week, and have a bunch of things cut out and ready to go.  That's not cheating, is it??!!

I started with a pattern I had downloaded - "Kate's Dress" by Lily Bird Studios.  I purchased it here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLilyBirdStudio#.

I had no idea how the sizing ran, so I made a size three for my tall-ish 2 year old - who will be 2.5 in about three weeks.  The dress went together without a hitch.  Although I've been sewing for a bazillion years, this was my first time with piping.  I put my zipper foot on my machine, and was pleased at how it came out.  I used the string that we use to tie up poultry inside the piping - no idea what other people do, but it worked just fine.  In retrospect, since I've never used piping before, I'm sure it would have come out better if I had used the other view included with the pattern, which has a much larger rounded yoke, with no corners to try to turn.

The sizing may be a bit on the small size, and I'm toying with the idea of either chopping if off and making a tunic to wear with leggings, or adding a ruffle and making it longer.  I think it's kind of a funky length right now.....
I do like the back now that I step back and look at it better, but as I was sewing it, I was thinking I may do a placket back if I try the pattern again.  I like it better since I'm happy with my buttons.  I'm kind of a button-perfectionist...

The sleeves are absolutely adorable to me, which is why I think a ruffle at the bottom may just make this the perfect, totally easy dress!
Fabric is from Riley Blake - purchased with absolutely no plan in mind!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rainbow Heart Applique Top

I made a Oliver + S Hopscotch top this weekend.  It started with this skirt:

For this skirt, I used an Oliver + S free download skirt - their Lazy Days Skirt.  Really easy, and it was a big success.

Since I still had a bunch of hearts already cut out, ready to be appliqued, I decided on a top.  Not to wear together, however, cause that would just be too much rainbow-ish hearts!

I used a pattern that I've used before - really easy by Oliver + S.  It's made for knits.  I used some old interlock for the body, and appliqued the hearts along the bottom.  I made sure to use stabilizer underneath - the secret to professional looking applique.

I love the results - and my daughter does too!!!:



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