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Kudzu Coveralls Dress

Last weekend, I went to my cousin’s baby shower and she’s having a GIRL! Since my world is all boy sewing, I was a little giddy with excitement at the idea of sewing a dress – the Kudzu Coveralls Dress from Sew Like My Mom!

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I picked up this butterfly corduroy at JoAnn’s in the remnant section awhile back. Since I don’t have a big need for girly fabrics, I like to scour the remnants and find smaller pieces that hide out in my stash for just these situations.

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The sweet little gathers in corduroy! Is there anything cuter?

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I lined the bodice with a vintage floral and used Kam Snaps. Just like the overalls, the dress version of the Kudzu is super easy to follow and comes together so quickly. And the itty bitty dress that comes out is freaking adorable.

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I also made a little headband, using some fold over elastic and this super easy flower tutorial.

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I can’t wait to see this little cousin wearing this sweet little dress! (wait, if she’s my cousin’s daughter, what does that make her to me… once removed? second cousin? I truly have no idea..)

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This, my friends, is more pink than my sewing machine usually sees.

Happy sewing!

The Sally Dress [yes, I said dress!] – and a giveaway!

If you’re stopping by for the first time today from luvinthemommyhood, [hi, by the way!] you need to know that there are not a lot of dresses sewn in my house. There are four [adorable and wonderful] boys, who get a lot of mama-made clothing. But no dresses.

So when Shannon of Very Shannon and luvinthemommyhood came out with her amazing new pattern, The Sally Dress, I needed to make it. Thankfully, I have some lovely nieces, whose moms always appreciate some Auntie Jess-made clothing. :)

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Sigh. Little girl clothes are so lovely, aren’t they? And the Sally Dress? Oh my. SO wonderful.

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I’m going to be honest with you here. I have never sewn more than a simple peasant dress before. I mean, I’ve sewn some fairly complicated garments, but not dresses. And I was incredibly impressed by this pattern. The instructions were so clear [and the illustrations! yes!] and this pattern is oh so well done.

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This dress has a lined bodice that comes together so smoothly and gives it a really professional finish.

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The large pockets are perfect for picking berries and collecting treasures.

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This dress is perfect for every day playing or a special occasion. And mamas… there are NO closures – no zippers or buttons. Independent dressing for the win!

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I love this fabric pairing on this dress. Soft and innocent – the rosebud fabric matches the vintage vibe that the Sally Dress already has. But this dress is so versatile that you can make it in nearly any fabric [as you can see with all the different versions that have been sewn for the Sally Dress tour!]

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Did anyone else have a garment made in this rosebud fabric as a child? I know that I did [and a doll dress as well] and when I posted a sneak peek picture on facebook, I got lots of comments from others who did too! I found all these fabrics [including a pink and white stripe that I used for the lining] together at a thrift store.

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I am a little obsessed with how the gathers look against the bodice.

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Do you want to win your own copy of the Sally Dress from Very Shannon? [yes, of course you do!]

There are three ways to win [so you can enter up to three times]…

  • Like If Only They Would Nap on Facebook – leave a comment telling me you do
  • Like Luvinthemommyhood on Facebook – leave a comment telling me you do
  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me who you would sew the Sally Dress for!

Don’t forget to leave your email address so that I have a way to contact you if you win. Giveaway will close Friday October 11th.

And be sure to check out all the other wonderful dresses on the Sally Dress tour…
sally dress pattern tour on luvinthemommyhood.com

Disclosure: I was given this pattern in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly love it.

All photos in this post taken by my incredibly talented sister-in-law – Brooke Collier Photo. Please don’t use these photos without permission. And if you live in the Grand Rapids, MI area, you should definitely book her.

A girl-sewing must have…

oh hey there… remember when i used to blog? or remember when i used to have time to sew? yeah, that was pretty awesome.

i’ve got some lovely things to share with you soon. but today i have THREE out of four boys napping at the SAME time. so i ate ice cream and watched gilmore girls while boy number one played nintendo [that bought me some glorious alone time, so obviously i had to say yes when he asked].

in the meantime, please go and check out this labor of love from my friend jess, The Sewing Rabbit and four other fabulous designers.9327661454_02cf568aae_o

the five and ten designs ebook is an amazing idea – one basic pattern block, five designers, ten different ways to use this pattern. if you sew for little girls, you need this in your life. these designers are so lovely and you will not be disappointed. [no one asked me to share this with you, and i don't get anything for doing it - i just want you to know about something awesome]

happy sewing, friends!

Easy Side Pocket Tutorial [from the K.I.D.S. series!]

This post was originally part of the K.I.D.S. series at Me Sew Crazy. I wanted to share the post and pocket tutorial here, in case you missed it the first time around!
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I have to admit – I have never once asked my boys’ opinions on the clothes I make for them. Until now. Asking my five-year-old, Sam, to design his own clothing (and teaching him the word design, which he loves now) absolutely made his day. He didn’t even hesitate when I asked him; he knew exactly what he wanted:
DSC_0542The top is the shirt, bottom is pants, in case his drawing wasn’t *ahem* perfectly clear. He even was so kind as to label it with sticky notes – stripes and cars. And as I looked at his drawing, he told me several times, “The stripes go up and down, Mommy. Not side to side.” Well okay then.

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I took a little liberty with his design, and went for a bit more subtle approach. The stripes on the tee are faint and the cars are on the side pockets.DSC_0506Apparently, I took a little too much liberty, because I have since been told that cars all over the pants would have been more acceptable…

DSC_0498The stripes were drawn with a fabric paint pen. They’re more noticeable in person than in photos. And they’re shimmery. Who says boys can’t wear glitter?

DSC_0517Both the pants and the T-shirt were upcycled from adult-sized shirt and pants and made from self-drafted patterns. Upcycling is seriously fun – and can make for such quick sewing. Reusing hems and waistbands for the win!DSC_0507What I really love about the pants are these pockets – they’re different from the usual cargo pants pockets you typically find, and they’re ridiculously easy to make in any size.

Here’s how you can make your own:

DSC_04751. Cut out the shape of your pocket – you want it to be just slightly larger than you want your pocket to be in the end. Use pinking shears to cut around all sides.

DSC_04782. Press the top edge down 1/2 inch and sew it in place using a straight stitch. This will become the casing for your elastic.

DSC_04833. Thread 1/4 inch elastic into the casing. Gather the fabric slightly as you can see in the above photo. You want the ends of the elastic to stick slightly out of your casing.DSC_04874. Press the curved edges of the pocket in about 1/2 inch.

DSC_04915. Pin onto the outer seam of the leg. Line it up with the curve of the inseam, as you can see in the photo above. The pocket should then hit right at mid-thigh.DSC_0564

6. Sew along the curved edges to attach your pocket, and you’re done!DSC_0508Sam had a lot of fun designing … and now I owe him a pair of pants covered completely in cars. ;)

Classic Polo from Peek-a-boo Patterns

Is it wrong to love a shirt? Because I totally do.

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DSC_0947The Classic Polo, this newly released pattern from Peek-a-boo Patterns, is my new fave. How did I not know how easy it is to sew a polo shirt?! Because it is ridiculously easy. Especially with Amy’s super clear instructions. Click here to view more details [affiliate link]DSC_0954I tested the short-sleeved version [the pattern includes both short and long sleeves] in the three month size on my [98th percentile for height] seven week old. Side note: newborn sewing takes scrap sizes of fabric and barely any time. Love.
DSC_0957 I used some knit I had picked up at a rummage sale last year. I had assumed the stripes were horizontal, but when I realized they were vertical, it suddenly screamed vintage baseball. So vintage blue buttons were the clear choice.DSC_0946He’s a fan. I mean really, a polo shirt that’s super cute, and I can sew it up before the baby starts crying? Yep, I’m on board with that too.

And while you’re sewing, it’s Thrifty Thursday at Peek-a-boo Patterns, and these super cute convertible pants are half off today only.

Pier_49_Convertible_PantsPerfect for spring and summer! Click here to view more details [affiliate link]

Easy DIY Baby Pants Tutorial

With a house already full of boys, I haven’t had the need to buy much of anything for this new babe. I did want to make a few things for baby, however, and one of my favorite things to make is baby pants. Okay, pants in general are a fave, I’ll admit, but especially baby pants. Everything is much better in miniature version.

There are two things that I really love about sewing knit baby pants: they are a super quick sew and they take very little fabric.

Don’t have a baby to sew for? This tutorial is basically an updated version of my lounge pants, so you could easily make these for any sized kid.

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If you know my crazy love for upcycling, you have to know that I adore using thrifted T-Shirts for baby pants. Not only does it make these even that much faster to make, it also gives you so many great fabric options. [the two pants on the right were both upcycled from thrifted tees!] And obviously, stripes are always a good choice…

DSC_08431. Lay a pair of baby pants on top of your fabric/thrifted tee. You want to line up the outside seam of your pants with the folded edge of your fabric. Cut around the pants, giving yourself a little extra fabric around the side for a seam allowance. [for baby pants made out of knit, I make the front and back the same, but you can always make the back a little higher if you need some room in the booty]

DSC_0848Be sure also that you add some extra length at the top for the waistband. How much will depend on how wide your elastic is. I prefer to use fold over elastic like this:

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for baby pants, since it’s soft and won’t dig into baby’s skin at all.

DSC_08542. Sew down the inseam of each leg, with the right sides of the fabric together.

DSC_08584. Turn the pant legs right side out. Pin the legs together at the center seam and sew.

DSC_08635. Sew the ends of your elastic together. My elastic was about 14in. long, allowing room for overlap as the ends were sewn together. I don’t want my pants to be too tight, and I cloth diaper my babes, so I don’t need the pants to be super skinny. And my babies tend to be well over eight pounds. If yours are smaller, you might want to use less elastic.

DSC_08716. Fold the top of the waistband over the circle of elastic and pin in place.

DSC_08737. Sew the waistband down, being careful not to sew the elastic at the same time.DSC_0877And then sew up a bunch for all the babies you know, because it was so ridiculously quick!

DSC_0882C’mon, baby, you’ve got some sweet stripey pants waiting for you!

Black Apple Doll – a girlie gift!

I may not have little girls at my house, but I am blessed with some absolutely wonderful nieces. I had so much fun sewing a few girlie things for them this Christmas!

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One of my nieces is newly one, and in my mind, that’s the perfect age for a cozy, snuggly baby doll. Using this free pattern, I sewed this lovely up, happy to use a little pink for a change.

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While my first doll was not without its imperfections, I’m so pleased with how it turned out. And the smile on my sweet niece’s face when she opened it was so precious.

DSCF7238I think these will become a great go-to gift for the little girls in my life.

Rick Rack Owl Toy

I had the honor of testing a fabulous new toy pattern for Kate over at See Kate Sew.  She’s releasing her Rick Rack Owl Toy pattern for sale today.  I had so much fun making this one!

When I looked through my sewing supplies, I realized that I only have one kind of rick rack… apparently I don’t really use rick rack much!  The pink in the rick rack pretty much meant my owl was going to be a girly one.

I actually sewed this owl by hand while we were away this weekend.  There’s something so therapeutic about hand sewing.  And this was a great project for that – super quick.

“Take my picture with the owl, Mom!”


I clearly didn’t pay enough attention when I was cutting my fabric, though, and ended up with that big polka dot right in the middle of the owl’s face… woops!  But there will be more of these owls in our future.  I guess I found a reason to buy some more rick rack!

Linking up here!

A Few Shop Items

I wanted to share a few pictures of some the items I listed in my shop, just to give you a little taste of what I’ve got going on over there.

If you haven’t already, please check out my new shop, to see these and other handmade items!

The Charlotte Dress

A while back, I won a Mama Stellato pattern, from a giveaway on The Train to Crazy.  As I was browsing through her etsy shop, I realized… hmm, these are pretty much all girl patterns.  I entered the giveaway anyway, thinking I would never win, but lo and behold – I did!  I think I seriously shrieked out loud when I saw that I had won!

I ended up choosing The Charlotte Dress pattern and made one for each of my nieces for my upcycled Christmas.

First of all, this pattern was incredibly easy to follow.  It was quick and simple (though I won’t tell you how long it actually took me, from start to finish… it’s shameful how long the pieces sat, cut, ready to be sewn), and includes color photos that help you follow her clear, step-by-step instructions.  You also do not need a serger for this pattern (though I did use one for the construction of the main body of the dress).

The dresses were all made from some vintage thrifted sheets, along with some extra fabric I had lying around to make the sashes.  I love the non-matching sashes.  I made three different sizes (the pattern goes from 6mos. – 5T), and they seriously practically sewed themselves together, they were so easy.  Especially when using the already hemmed edges of a sheet – easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

I made the dresses in hopefully the correct sizes for my little niecies to wear in the spring, since the fabric is not quite so wintery, and none of them live in summery climates.

It was so fun to do some little girl sewing in my boy-dominated world!

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