Welcome to the Sew and Tell Project! I have had so much fun being part of the Knock It Off Tour and I’m excited to share my most recent project with you today! As fun as it is to let my creativity shine in the clothing that I create for myself and my children, sometimes it is great to straight-up borrow some inspiration from higher end brands. It isn’t a secret that I have a weakness for European inspired children’s clothing yet it’s something that I rarely purchase. Hanna Andersson and Mini Boden are two of my favorites, but it is hard to justify spending over $40 on a simple play skirt for a little girl. At times like this, I’m so glad I can sew! Just look at this darling skirt from Mini Boden! It comes in fun colors and also a classic chambray. SO perfect for pairing with a simple top and sandals for summer or fun tights for cooler days.
Weird, right? This itty bitty girl is now nearly 14 and in the 8th grade:
This was a flower girl dress that I made her. Back then, she liked party dresses with fluffy skirts, and ruffles, and bows, and really anything Mommy made her. Things sure have changed! She still likes the things that I make her, but the focus has changed. I think now it’s more about my taking the time and thought to make her something, while still wanting to look like her friends. The hardest sewing lesson I’ve had to learn is to listen to her and use fabrics and patterns that she likes. We still have our disagreements, but giving up the ruffles and florals when I sew for her has gone a long way. Now, if we could only find the perfect compromise to hemlines and NOT having everything fit like dance wear…
Welcome to the Sew and Tell Project! Today I’m excited to tell you about the Fat Quarter Skirt from Thread Riding Hood because it only uses 2 fat quarters AND is the perfect stash buster project! I’m sure I’m not the only one who buys fat quarters just because they are beautiful, even if I have no idea what I’ll do with them. Right?
The Fat Quarter Skirt comes in sizes 2-6 and is a quick and simple project – perfect for quilters wanting to venture into sewing clothing or maybe even for a little girl who wants to help sew her own clothes. My daughter is content with just picking out the fabrics – she insisted on owls this time. And pink. Always pink.
I (Alisha) have been quite quiet over here on the blog for quite a few months. I hope you missed me! I have a wonderful reason for being so quiet. We are expecting baby #5 in about 8 weeks! Right now I have 4 boys, ages 9, 7, 6, and 3, and we are very excited to announce that we are expecting a little girl! It was shocking news that I’m not sure I’ll believe until I actually see her!
Getting to sew little girl clothes has been so much fun! Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline, a designer for Art Gallery Fabrics, provided me with some beautiful designs from her Chalk and Paint collection to sew up for my new little girl.
Today I’m happy to share with you the newest release from Mummykins and Me – the Paris Party Dress. The timing is perfect – there is still time to sew up one or two of these before the holidays! While the title may have the word ‘dress’ in it, this pattern includes much more than that! There are multiple options for a skirt and top, in addition to the option to sew the two together – especially useful for very little ones. I tested the basic three-quarter length sleeve top with a simple neckband and the knee length skirt with a back elastic option.
The Sew and Tell Project team is absolutely thrilled to have won Week 3 with Emily’s amazing Zorro ensemble and make it to the 4th and final round of Project Run & Play. We have loved connecting with the other contestants, challenging ourselves, and working to bring great new ideas and inspiration to our little corner of blog land. Make sure you visit Project Run & Play right now to vote! Voting closes on Thursday October 6th at 8 PM MST.
Hello and thanks for stopping by! It is hard to believe that it is already week 3 of Project Run & Play! This week’s challenge was to create a costume – which is perfect because Halloween is right around the corner. I’m delighted to share these Zorro and Victoria costumes with you. Please make sure you click over to Project Run & Play so you can vote!
Zorro is a favorite around here and we love the TV series – both the Disney one with Guy Williams from the 1950’s and this newer one from the 1990’s with Duncan Regehr. The costume for this lovely little senorita was modeled after the spunky Victoria in the newer series.
I was excited when I found out that autumn was the theme for the second week of competition in Project Run + Play. It’s my favorite time of year! I was able to mix some of my very favorite elements into a stylish and super fun outfit for my tween daughter. Tweens are so hard to sew for. They’re picky, for one, and have developed their own sense of style. In addition, this age category, somewhere in between a girl’s and a woman’s shape, is so underserved by pattern designers. Patterns don’t fit well and are often either too old or too young in style. I’ve become pretty adept at modifying patterns to fit better, and definitely at choosing patterns that will suit her for both size and sensitivity. Even though I sometimes have to use adult patterns, she’s still my baby, and she still loves the things her mama makes her.
Hello! And thanks for stopping by! This past week and a half has been full of so much sewing and I’ve been bursting to share my creations with you. Project Run & Play has been such a wonderful challenge and so much fun! Week one’s challenge was to create children’s clothing inspired by Pokemon.
Be sure to head over to Project Run & Play and vote for the Sew and Tell Project so we can continue to be competitors for week two!
Today, as part of the Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JubeJube Productions, I’m happy to share with you this fun and comfy back to school look – Peekaboo Pattern Shop style!
I used the Grand Slam Tee with 3/4 length sleeves and a bit of extra length in hopes that this shirt will last almost the whole school year. The 3/4 length sleeves will stay out of his way as he creates messy art projects but still provide enough warmth to be worn through the fall and winter months. The fabric is fun polyester spandex blend that is reversible – solid on one side, striped on the other. It is a bit thicker than the fabrics normally used for raglans, but it adds a nice bit of structure and warmth making it perfect for cooler weather. Because of the structure of the fabric and the fact that it is just a 2 way stretch, I finished the neck using a binding method instead of the recommended band. I also added some top-stitching to the sleeve seams to finish off the polished look. I just love how comfy and soft it turned out!