Monochrome

When your daughter’s eyes match her dress which matches the wall. My monochrome entry into the current season of Project Run and Play was her idea.

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How I ended up with three kids with bright blue eyes amazes me, and enthralls me.

This blue is 100% cotton interlock I picked up from the Fabric Fairy, and it was perfect to make into her favorite dress pattern.

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I’ve probably made the Waterfall dress from Chalk and Notch more times than any other pattern. And it’s her most worn. She asked me for a rainbow of solid colors of these, and this was the first up.

These are some quick snaps in our backyards after getting home from a “real” photoshoot, so her dress is wrinkled form the seatbelt in the car, but this fit the monochrome theme best. ❤

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

(Audrey Hepburn)

Jalie 2019!

I love the genius way that Jalie releases all their patterns for the year in one fell swoop, because it’s like getting 12 Christmas presents under the tree, and unwrapping them all at the same time!

At the same time, it also means that I have to wait patiently for Jalie Christmas all year, but it’s absolutely worth it!

I chose three of their new patterns to sew up, and I’m going to share them all in one post!

I wanted to remind you about the wishlist feature on the Jalie website. If you log in when you’re shopping, than you can jut click the little heart that pops up when you hover your mouse over a pattern, and it will be added to your wishlist. This makes it really handy to always have a second and third pattern to add to your cart whenever you’re shopping, so you can take advantage of the discount when you buy 3 or more patterns!

I’ll share them in the order I sewed them, and first up is Kate. Now you might go check out the listing to see what can actually be done with this pattern, because I made a basic black version, but it’s what my daughter needed for her ballet recital, and I love the extra subtle detail the seaming on the front and back bodice adds. The pattern doesn’t come with an elbow length sleeve, but I cut the sleeve piece on the lengthen/shorten line, and it came out like this!

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Jalie has perfect fit every time. I graded between sizes for her chest, waist, hips, and height, and it stays in place perfectly! I used black cotton Lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for this one.

Next I sewed Michelle. This pattern includes a tank blouse, and dress, but since my daughter is still on her no-dress kick, I made the top for her, and she wore it for days! This is a simple v-neck pull over woven tank. I love how easy it is to whip up, and how easy it is to wear. Everything hangs perfectly without constant adjusting. Made in rayon, it will be so cool for summer! This rayon challis is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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My third make was the cool color blocked Alice top! I love the triangle shape that’s created, and it would look just as cool in all one fabric, with just a seam detail!

This one I was able to get made out of some really old scraps of rayon and polyester. The red is a rayon that I picked up from the flat fold table at Hancock, when they were still around. I had used it to make a dress for a friend’s little girl, back in my earlier days of sewing. Before I really knew how to work with rayon, and before I had a serger. I am glad I saved the scrap, because it was perfect for this animal print poly from JoAnn that I had left over from a shirt I made myself!

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I did not do the optional button closure in the back, and it goes over her head just fine!

Now go make your wishlist, and buy at least three to get started! All of these were quick to put together, and have the highest quality you know you can expect from Jalie ❤

#JalieKate #JalieMichelle #JalieAlice #MaVieEnJalie #JalieLife

Sorrento

 

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I’m back again, twice in a row, with another Michael Miller Fabrics creation! This collaboration between Sewing Portfolios, and MMF has been so fun, and I’m absolutely in love with this creation from the Paradise Dreams collection!

The Sorrento from Little Lizard King was an instant classic. I bought it at release, and sewed it up almost as quickly. That almost never happens! And now I’m sewing it again! I absolutely love the design.

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A good circle skirt is my favorite. A gathered circle skirt is even better, because there’s no such thing as too much twirl. The elastic waist gives this circle skirt a little bit of extra gather, and it’s perfect!

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I guess these projects have a way of making me want to try something new, so I used the bias tape hemming method on this skirt. I don’t mind hemming a circle skirt, they go pretty easily, if you ease it in place all the way around, and I zip through them without any thought. But I love the extra dimension that’s added with a bias tape hem, and so I ordered a little bit of the yellow coordinate from this collection to make some bias tape to hem with.

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I will say that it is an extra step or two than just hemming it, and I will probably keep hemming like normal for most projects. But I really love the look of this, and am glad to have this technique in my wheelhouse.

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If you haven’t yet created your profile on Sewing Portfolios, go do it now! It’s a completely free way to open up the chance to collaborate or be hired by businesses in the sewing industry who are looking for people like you!

 

 

Daisy Ray

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I have a new make to share with you, and the reason I get to share this today, is because of Sewing Portfolios! If you sew anything, you can get opportunities to collaborate, or find jobs with businesses in the sewing industry, because that’s the whole goal of Sewing Portfolios.

It’s a completely free service. All you do is set up your profile, add projects to it, which are things you’ve made, and photographed, and your work will be shared with businesses who are looking for creative talent!

As a Diamond Ambassador for Sewing Portfolios, I get to bring you new creations with Michael Miller Fabrics throughout the year.

This dress is the Daisy Ray, which is found in the 20th Issue of One Thimble, and designed by Ainslee Fox.

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I consider myself an intermediate sewist/seamstress/whatever, but there are still a lot of skills I haven’t learned yet. This is the first time I have attempted to shirr. Normal me might have re-constructed the back panel to allow for several elastic casings, but I was feeling pretty adventurous, found a youtube tutorial or two to watch, and ordered 2 huge spools of elastic thread on Amazon!

Well. The first line stitched fine! The second was ok-ish. By now I was already wondering if I was supposed to have the fabric pulled straight, or if the subsequent rows were all supposed to be stitched over the gathers. None of the tutorials specifically mentioned that. My fabric gathered up pretty tight even with my first row. I loosely hand-wound the bobbin, but maybe I should have pulled it a little tighter?

Anyway, by the bottom of the bodice, it was clear that this wasn’t my best work. But I wanted to see how it looked finished, and if it fit. After trying the dress on, I realized I probably was supposed to pull the fabric straight as I stitched, and a couple of the rows unravelled. But I’m still showing it anyway. Maybe someone else will realize that it’s ok if your first attempt is far from perfect. Now that I’ve tried, and know what questions I have, my next one will be better, and I’ve taken the first step, which is often the hardest one.

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I absolutely love the summery feel of this dress! The ties are cute and casual, and the full skirt, and elasticized bodice make it comfy to wear!

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Michael Miller Fabrics is a dream to work with. From complete creative freedom, plus quality fabric, and designs, I am pinching myself that I have this opportunity! This print is from the Weekend Getaway collection.

I hope you’ll check out sewingportfolios.com and set up a profile, or update yours if you haven’t added any projects in a while. You never know what’s around the next corner!