Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rapunzel Outfit

A while back I won a $50 gift card to Spoonflower.  One of the things I bought was 1 yard of Rapunzel fabric from one of my favorite designers Heather Ross.  At the time I had no idea what I would make with it but I bought it to make something for my 10 year old.  As some of you know, 1 yard of fabric for a 10 year old doesn't go very far so my options were limited.  When I got the Potato Chip skirt pattern from the last Bundle Up I thought this was the perfect thing to make with that fabric since it doesn't take much fabric even for the larger sizes.

The skirt pattern will be available soon from Tie Dye Diva.  The Bundle Up is no longer available so if you want the skirt pattern you will have to wait a few more days and then you can buy it direct from her website HERE.  The skirt has a timeless A line shape with a flat front and elastic back.  It also has inset pockets with instructions to add piping.  This skirt is also reversible but I doubt she will wear it on the other side.  This fabric is too cute to hide.  I made another Potato Chip Skirt and blogged about it HERE.  There are more pattern details on that post.

After I made the skirt I thought "now what I am going to do for a matching shirt?".  I only had a small piece of the Rapunzel fabric left after making the skirt so I didn't have much to work with.  I decided to make a tank top using the Hip Hop Tank pattern by Love Notions.  I just love all of her patterns.  The directions are fantastic and the results are always perfect.  I did view C where the front is all knit, the back top portion is knit and the bottom back is woven.  The back looks like a button up shirt and is just so cute.  Luck was on my side and I had just enough leftover fabric to make a size 8 tank top with the button up feature.  The knit is solid cream knit from Purple Seamstress on Facebook.  I get all my solid knits from her.  I can't buy knit from Joanns anymore after using her knits.  The quality is much much better.

Here is a close up of the back detail.  You know what else is fantastic?  This pattern is also available in Women's sizes!  I am making myself a tank next.  I happen to already have it because I got it in the Women's Bundle Up from Pattern Revolution a while back.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lilly Giggle Cecille Pattern

I made my 3rd outfit from a pattern in Pattern Revolution's Bundle Up.  I made the Lilly Giggle Cecille as a dress.  I had never used a Lilly Giggle pattern before and found the instructions to be good and there were tons of options.  This pattern uses knit fabric or a combo of knit and woven for the dress.  You can make a shirt or a dress.  There are also 3 sleeve options (short, 3/4 and long).  There is also an option for a sash (waist band) with the dress.

I choose to do the dress version and incorporated knit with woven.  This can also be made with all knit.  I made short sleeves because in Southern California we really only have about 2 weeks when we can wear long sleeves.  For the fabric I used a blue snowflake knit I got on etsy a while back from another seller.  I got 1 yard and this is the 3rd thing I have made with it.  Knit really goes a long way.  For the neckband and sleeve cuffs I just used a solid white I got from Purple Seamstress on Facebook.  For the skirt I used Frozen Ice Skating Toss with glitter.  Usually I do not like fabrics that have glitter in them.  But, I actually like this one.  Due to the background color of light blue the glitter does not overtake the fabric but gives it nice sparkle.  I have it on sale for $7.99 right now too!  For the waistband/sash I used Fairy Frost in Cobalt.  This color goes perfect with the color of Anna's dress and breaks up the similar blue colors in the bodice and skirt.

The pattern has instructions to sew the sleeves flat (easiest) or in the round (harder but better finish).  I choose to do them in the round.  That way there weren't any uncomfortable seams at the cuff and the finish is more professional.  If I can find cute snowflake buttons I am going to put them on the sleeve cuffs.  She loves this dress and wore it all day today.  Even though she is 10 she is still majorly into Frozen.


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