Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Sewing and Pattern-Making

Hello, hello! Yes, I'm still alive! I haven't had much time to sew lately due to a whole bunch of reasons that I'm happily putting behind me now. But I'm telling you now that I haven't been slacking- I've actually been testing out some patterns I've been wanting to make for fall in preparation for the fall Kids Clothes Week challenge. I will be releasing one pattern every week starting later this week up until KCW, which is taking place the week of October 21-27. That's THREE free patterns I've promised and I'm well on my way to accomplishing that! I've already got two designed and one is in testing!

My third pattern will be for boys- they wear clothes too, right? I've got two boys so I will be offering two sizes for that pattern. I've been wanting to make matching slim-fit cardigans in a fun knit fabric for them- what do you think? They'd be so awesome for fall photos!

As for the other two patterns, one is a dress that comes with three different sleeve options, a skirt or short bottom, and a cute ruffle collar. That will be in a size 4/5T and then the other pattern in testing right now is the ruffle waist pants (perfect for wearing with boots!) I'm making that available in a size 2/3T and 4/5T. Perhaps a 6T too if I have time to make and test it properly. I don't want to promise too much- I'm a busy woman already as it is but I love designing and sharing my work with you so I will try my darndest to get that 6T made if there's enough interest in the pattern. =)

Anyway, I also wanted to share an awesome version of my boy's reversible piped vest that Beth from Beth Being Crafty made for her little boy.

She sewed it up for a casual wedding. Doesn't it look so smart and styling without being too dressy? I love how it coordinates with her daughter's dress as well. Super nice job, Beth! Definitely hop over to her blog and check out her great post! Her kids are super darling and such wonderful models!

Well- that's it for me! I need to get back to cutting pattern pieces so I can hold to my promise of a new pattern release this week. I'm aiming for a Friday release but I also have a big paper due on Saturday for school so we will see. It may end up being a Saturday release after that big paper is finished and turned in but I do promise it will be this week! I really can't wait til you see this cute fall dress I'm putting together! And the ruffle waist pants are uber cute too! I think I may need to create a top to go with it...hmm...

Thanks for stopping by today! 

xoxo ~ Julia

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Rarity Tunic/Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

Ok- first, I have to say that this was a challenge to get done and ready for posting this week. I snuck it in late at night after the kids went to bed so please forgive me if anything seems unclear. I had a hectic day and trying to make sense is a challenge when one is half-asleep already. Luckily for you, the dress/tunic is so simple to sew, you could probably make it without a tutorial, right? ;-)

Before we start the tutorial, lets share some pictures! I made a second dress for K in a graphic striped black and white jersey knit from Girl Charlee and instead of the notched neckline, I added ruffles in a mint linen fabric. 

She looks fab in black- it's too bad she doesn't particularly care for the color right now. 

And here's a new pose she came up with herself. Haha! It totally came out of nowhere and I have no idea where she saw such a thing- but it's so cute, I just had to share it!

All right- enough of K! She is darling but I know you want your pattern and tutorial, right? 

First things first: this pattern comes in combination sizes of 2/3T and 4/5T. I've used the pattern with both knit and woven fabrics and personally prefer the knit version but I do think if you want a ruffle collar or stiffer flutter sleeves, use a woven fabric for those. I attempted a knit ruffle at the neckline and it falls flat and looks odd. 

If you choose to do the notched neckline, you'll need bias tape in either woven or knit fabric. You can also use lace trim at the bottom hem, if you'd like. 

Other materials you'll need: if using woven fabric, you'll need buttons for the back bodice piece. And other than your fabric and thread, that's it!

I will do a separate tutorial later on for the woven version of this dress.

Now for the pattern: DOWNLOAD IT HERE!!!

I am providing a tutorial for the above dress version with the ruffle neckline and flutter sleeves. If you decide to use the puff sleeves, there is a similar tutorial for that here. For a notched neck line, just apply bias tape around the unfinished edges.
I think that's it- so shall we begin?

Cut out the pieces you need for your version of the Rarity tunic dress. For a notched neck line, have coordinating bias tape ready.

Skip the next couple of steps if you're doing the notched neck line.

I didn't photograph the skirt step but it's simple enough. Just fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and sew to create a tube. Sew a gathering stitch on one side and pull strings to gather it to the size of your top.

For this version, I also gathered my bodice at the front bottom hem before attaching it to the skirt. I liked the gathered effect it creates at the waist.

Flip right side out and you're done! You don't even have to finish seams if you used knit fabric- making this a quick one hour project! Isn't that awesome?! I love almost-instant gratification- especially when the results are this adorable! 

Oh yeah, you could add the lace trim to the bottom hem like I did in the first picture at the top. Sooo pretty, don't you think? But this black and white one below already had a lot going on at the neck line so I left the bottom hem alone. 

The gathered waist is super adorable too. I'm glad I decided to do that for this version instead of making a separate belt like I did for the first one. They're the same dress pattern but with two different looks- I love 2-for-1s! And both versions can be worn through the fall too if layered over leggings and long sleeves. So many possibilities! 
If you make one, please share with me! Use the email address in the right column to contact me!
Thanks so much for stopping by today- happy sewing!

xoxo~ Julia

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Rarity Tunic Dress with a Free Pattern in Multiple Sizes Coming Soon!

I've got a fun new dress pattern that I'll be releasing later this week; it's called the Rarity tunic/party dress. I named it that because I created the pattern for a dress I was making for K's birthday party in a couple of weeks. It's based on her favorite My Little Pony character named Rarity- a fashion designing pony who is quite the fanciest pony I've ever seen! The party dress version is a little different- more costume-y than everyday wearable like this tunic dress version.

I love this knit version with the vintage peach lace trim though. I think I love it more than the party dress (don't tell K.) I just loooove stripes! And the black and oatmeal knit from Girl Charlee just makes it feel so grown up on my growing girl. 

The layered flutter sleeves are so sweet and girly. The peach trim at the neck matches the peach lace at the hem. These details all help add sweetness so that K isn't feeling overwhelmed by the black stripes. She's not a fan of black even though it looks darn good on her! 

Here's my doll looking so grown up!

This tunic dress can be layered over long sleeves and leggings for fall, which is right around the corner now. In fact, she's now wearing it over black leggings because it cooled down and sprinkled a couple hours after I took these photos! I am so not ready for cooler weather- but at least K is getting some fun layering pieces in preparation for it. 

I'll be releasing the pattern later this week after I get some pics taken for the tutorial. I'm going to make this one available in size 2T-5T with two different sleeve options, two neckline options and two skirt options. Boy, that's a lot of options! 

Stay tuned for the pattern and tutorial! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please follow me or leave a comment if you liked this post! I love visitors and hearing what they think about my work!

xoxo ~ Julia

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Hello (Hi-Lo) Autumn Top and Cuffed Leggings

Hello everybody! I've been MIA for a week now but I'm back with TWO free patterns to make it up to you! I designed these two patterns a few weeks ago but finally found some time to squeeze in some sewing this past weekend while the kids were away! 

While that seems pretty cool, I did not put together a picture tutorial. Why? Because these pieces are simple enough to explain with a text-only tutorial. Haha- honestly, it was because I forgot to take pictures as I sewed and now that I've run out of time to sew, I must go ahead with a quick text tutorial. But that's all right because these pieces are a quick and easy sew and can be personalized to your heart's content.

I've been dying to make a bow-back top for my daughter. I know I'm probably about a season or two behind on this cute little trend, but better late than never, right? I mean, c'mon- look how cute it still looks! 

The leggings are simply two pieces (front and back) sewn together and cuffed at the ankles with a little waistband to hold them up. Took me a half hour tops and I even added a little detail to the inside of the knees for a little splash of color on the blue.

K is digging hearts these days ever since she learned how to draw them. She's drawn heart people, heart families, heart babies, hearts with the letters of her name in them...etc, etc. She's obsessed so why not add some heart appliques to the top, eh? She totally digs it and I know this will be a shirt she willingly digs out of her draw to wear. Score for mommy! =)

I love the back of the outfit. I guess this side makes me happy while the front side makes my daughter happy.

You can download both patterns at the bottom of this post! The instructions are included in the PDF but if you have any questions (because I can be rather confusing when I type too fast) please email me using
the email in the right hand column! 

Please comment and share if you liked this post! I love hearing from everyone who stops by! Thanks so much for visiting today and happy sewing!

xoxo~ Julia

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