Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sunday picnic dress

Sunday picnic dress by nest full of eggs
 More Kids Clothes Week sewing. My second garment is complete. I had the pleasure of sewing up a new pattern by Suz of sewpony called the Sunday picnic dress. There are many options with the pattern and I decided to sew a sleeveless, collarless one without buttons. This dress includes some of my favorite details with little girl dresses: invisible zipper, pockets, and piping.
Sunday picnic dress by nest full of eggs
 I actually did iron the hem, it just looks like I didn't. The only change I would make with this dress is that I think it would look really nice with piping around the armholes and it would be something that would be easy to add. I had fun working with border fabric with this one and come to think of it, I think this is the first time I've ever used border fabric??
Sunday picnic dress by nest full of eggs
Project details:
Pattern: Sunday picnic dress (sizes 12 mo - 10 years)
Size: 6
Fabric: Michael Miller Confetti Border Pearlized in Blush
Notions: invisible zipper

kid's clothes week

Well things are looking really good for my KCW list. I had a goal of sewing up three garments. Two of the three are done so far and the third and last one is cut out. I'm working on a Mulberry Tunic which I hope to get done in the next few days. Back to sewing!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Floral Hide-and-Seek Dress with Striped Yoke

Floral Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress with striped yoke
 Kids Clothes Week is here! My sewing list includes 3 garments. The first one is complete!
Floral Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress with striped yoke
 My inspiration for this dress came from this pin.
Floral Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress with striped yoke
Project details:
Pattern: Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress view A
Size: 6
Modifications: eliminated the V-notch neckline
Fabrics:
Dress: Liberty of London Tana Lawn Poppyseed Dreams Teal
Yoke: gold striped quilting cotton I bought at SR Harris
Notions: 3 flower shaped mother of pearl buttons I bought at SR Harris

kid's clothes week

I am currently working on the Sunday picnic dress, a pattern designed by Suz of sewpony. After that it will be the Mulberry Tunic, designed by Olga of Kid Approved. Back to sewing I go!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall 14 Ideas House

Fall 14 Ideas House
 {This is not my house}  

Welcome to a little photo tour of the Bachman's Fall 14 Ideas House. If you enjoy all things related to Autumn, then this one’s for you!

Are you interested in 'visiting' some of the previous Ideas Houses? If so, these are just a click away: Spring 14, Holiday 13, Fall 13, Spring 13, Holiday 12, Fall 12, Spring 12, Holiday 11, Summer 11, Spring 11, Holiday 10, Summer 10, and Spring 10.
 Outside, clothing rack as lantern hanger
 In the front porch
 Chalkboard decals on mugs as place cards

 In the living room
 Stacked wood, votive candles, and mosaic bowls as fire place decor

 In the kitchen, vintage bookshelf used as kitchen organizers

 Colander and pot rack turned into a light fixture
 In the bathroom, river cane, peasant feathers, and pine cones as window decor
 In the walk-in closet, window shutter used as sunglass holder

 Breadboards and nails used as necklace holders
 In the tablescapes room, at the book club table, books as placemats, silverware wrapped with book pages
 Belts as curtain tie-backs
 In the garage, autumn wedding
 White pumpkin used as place card
 Birdcage as greeting card holder
 Windows and screens as photo holders
 I'll leave you with my favorite photo
What was your favorite part?

PS I hope you get a chance to visit this Fall 2014 Ideas House (there are so many more ideas to see than are in these photos) it is open September 11 - October 5, 2014. The Holiday 14 Ideas House is planned for November 6 - December 14, 2014.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Leon Shorts

Leon shorts by nest full of eggs
 I’ve been wanting this sewing pattern forever and finally got it this past month. It’s only available as a paper pattern and it’s shipped from France and I guess maybe that's why I was so hesitant to get it right away. I sure hope things change in the future and that more digital patterns are offered from international pattern companies.

Project details
Pattern: Papillon et Mandarine Leon Shorts (sizes 2-10 years) paper pattern in English or en francais.
Size: 6
Fabric: 5/8 yard Interweave Chambray in Khaki by Robert Kaufman from Hawthorne Threads was used for everything: the main fabric, the lining, and all the fabric covered buttons, and very little fabric was left over.
Notions: 1/2 and 5/8 inch fabric covered buttons and a couple of plastic buttons and buttonhole elastic for the back waistband.
Leon shorts by nest full of eggs
 There was the option of hand stitching or topstitching certain parts and I started out hand stitching, but then quickly switched to topstitching. Who has time for so much hand stitching? On future pairs I will do all topstitching (that is a guarantee) and there will be several future pairs thanks to the major cute factor! Who can resist these sailor style bloomer shorts all gathered and puffy? And all the adorable little buttons? And they have pockets which are always a big hit.

Being a European (French) pattern the seam allowances are 1 cm (= 3/8 inch) which is smaller than what I’m used to working with which is 1/2 inch. So next time around I make the seam allowances on the leg cuffs to be 1/2 inch because 3/8 inch is just too small and fiddly to work with on a smaller detail like that.  
Leon shorts by nest full of eggs
So now C has another pair of khaki shorts for school uniform bottoms (back in July for KCW I sewed up a pair of Clever Charlotte Finch Shorts). I’m so pleased with the final result and the perfect fit! Now I'm off to make the next pair of Leon shorts…

Sunday, August 31, 2014

City Gym Shorts

City Gym Shorts by nest full of eggs
 Finally some sewing for moi! Last time I sewed shorts, I mentioned I wanted to make myself a pair of these. They are the City Gym Shorts, a free pattern from The Purl Bee.

Project Details:
Pattern: The Purl Bee City Gym Shorts (free pattern)
Size: 35-37 inch hip
Fabrics: London Calling 4 Garden Sketch in blue from Crafty Planet and Chambray Dark Denim from Hancock.
Notes: I went up one size and the fit is a little roomy, perfect as summer pajama shorts which is what I'm using them for. I would definitely sew up more of these, in different sizes, too. It's a great pattern if you haven't tried it yet.
City Gym Shorts by nest full of eggs
I still want to sew up some more shorts, next up several Leon shorts including khacki for school uniform bottoms.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No-sew 18-inch Doll Dresses

No-sew 18-inch Doll Dresses by nest full of eggs
 A few months ago I went to a used clothing sale and bought 34 newborn sized (which fits a 5-8 pound baby) clothing items for $47. So it cost about $1.38 for each item. The intention was to turn them into doll clothes.
Newborn clothes, 34 items for $47
 First off, these newborn tops (one orange and the other one blue with white dots) became instant 18-inch doll dresses with no adjustments necessary.
Newborn tops as 18-inch doll dresses
 Next up, there were these two newborn onsie dresses.
No-sew 18-inch doll dresses from newborn onsie dresses
 I simply lifted up the skirt part of the dress and cut off the onsie part with a scissors. Just that one quick easy step and they became 18-inch doll dresses. No need to finish the newly cut edges as knit fabric doesn't fray.
No-sew 18-inch doll dresses from newborn onsie dresses
 The straps on the pink striped dress turned out to be a little bit too long.
Before straps were adjusted
 So I tucked the straps under in the back and sewed them down using my sewing machine. It fit much better after I did that.
No-sew 18-inch doll dress by nest full of eggs
Most of the newborn onsies were made into 18-inch doll t-shirts and nightgowns. The newborn bloomers and pants turned out to be too big for an 18-inch doll, but they do fit a bigger baby doll.

What a deal with each new doll clothing item only costing around $1.38 a piece!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Knock It Off

Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
 Heidi over at Elegance & Elephants is hosting her third Knock it Off series. Today it's my turn to share my knock off. I started out with this photo of a woman's sleeveless color blocked button shoulder dress. And made a girl version using the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress. What can I say, I love color blocking!
Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
 When normally I'd sew my daughter a size 6, I went one size down, therefore a size 5 (and eliminated the Empire-waist elastic casing), but added 2 inches in length.
Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
 I added the one in-seam pocket using the pocket pattern from the Oliver + S Book Report Dress.
Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
 There are three buttons on each shoulder just like in the inspiration photo.
Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
 Have you ever done color blocking before? It's so much fun. I used the same method as Liesl shows in her color bocking 101 post.

I made a 60 degree angle line across the front of the dress pattern piece.
Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
 Then I cut along that line and when cutting out the fabric I added seam allowances along those new cut lines.
Color blocked Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by nest full of eggs
Be sure to check out all the other creations from the series.

Elegance & Elephants


There will be a sew-along with two prizes awarded at random from the submissions to the Knock it Off Flickr group. The prizes will be $100 and $50 gift certificates to Gold Star Tools.