Sewing

Bibi Pinafore in Lindy Bop Fabric!

Lindy Bop is now selling their dress fabric by the meter! You can see all of their fabrics here. Of course I couldn’t resist this deer print scuba. I just love the colors in it, too! I’ve never used scuba before but it was pretty easy to work with for a knit.

The Bibi pinafore is from Tilly and the Buttons book, Stretch. The pattern has a pencil skirt but I’ve seen a few versions on Instagram with a circle skirt. I prefer a fuller skirt so I loved that idea! Lindy Bop fabric is sold in 1 or 3 meter increments so I just purchased one. I decided to draft an A line because I wouldn’t have enough fabric for a circle. To draft the skirt, I placed my waistband piece on the fold of the fabric. I traced 3/8″ above the bottom of the waistband piece to create the top of the pattern. I then marked where I wanted my skirt to end. I drew a line from the corner of the waistband to the bottom of the skirt to create the angled side edge of my pattern, and back across to the fold to create the bottom edge of my pattern.

This was a very quick make. The button detail in the back is my favorite part! Unfortunately since I was working with only a meter of fabric, matching the pattern on the fabric wasn’t possible. I am happy with the fit and because it’s knit- it’s really comfy to wear! I am considering hemming it a little bit shorter, though. What do you think? I’d love to make another in a solid color- maybe with a circle skirt next time!

holiday · Sewing

Stitched with a Twist!

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There’s a contest on Instagram hosted by @i_seam_sew_happy_xx and @oh_liverpool_lou called #stitchedwithatwist. It’s about making a garment your own- altering a pattern, adding embroidery, painting the fabric, etc. I was wandering the aisles of Joann’s and saw this fabric I already had at home. All of a sudden it hit me what I should do! This fabric is reversible. I also have it in grey and you might remember a Deer and Doe top I made with it. I thought it would be fun to play with the two different patterns. I used the Freya pattern from Tilly and the Buttons Stretch but made a gathered skirt for it. I added the pleated detail around the top and did a reverse hem on the sleeve. It felt like it was missing something so I made a sash!

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This dress is so comfy and I know I will wear it a lot with leggings and cardigans. I’m so glad I made this. I wouldn’t have thought of it without the contest! There’s still time to join in if you also want to #stitchwithatwist!

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And because it’s almost Halloween, here’s my pumpkin! I carved it and used this tutorial from Martha Stewart. https://www.marthastewart.com/1531414/etched-fox-and-bunny-pumpkins

It used a lino cutter and I found it so much easier than actually carving the design. Michael helped me take some fun photos with the lantern he bought recently.

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Outfit · Sewing

The Joni Dress

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Hello! I’m back with my second project from Tilly’s book Stretch! I have to admit- I wasn’t super excited about this pattern at first, but when I saw so many lovely versions popping up on Instagram I knew I had to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did! It’s such a flattering dress and was pretty easy to stitch up . The twist is not as scary as you would think.

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I opted for the flutter sleeve which she shows you in the book. You have to alter the original sleeve she provides and pretty much draft a new pattern. I was worried about this step but it turned out perfectly. I’d love to make another one with the ruched detailing on the sleeve that she shows in the book.

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For the fabric, I chose this striped and rose print double brushed knit from Finch fabrics. It is SO soft and so beautiful. I’m very happy with this purchase and I think it works wonderfully with this design. I just wish I had matched the pattern in the center of the bodice pieces. Oh well!

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I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this dress this spring and summer!

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Sewing

Tilly and the Buttons Freya Dress

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I’m finally posting about this dress! I asked Tilly about a top she was wearing in one of her Instagram stories and she let me know it would be a pattern in her new book Stretch- the Freya with added ruffle. I already couldn’t wait for it’s release and now I REALLY couldn’t wait! I made the dress the day after I received the book. It’s the only thing I’ve made from Stretch so far but I have a Joni dress cut out and ready to be sewn.

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I made the dress with a Cotton and Steel knit I had in my stash. It came together really quickly and it’s so comfy to wear! I can’t wait to make more versions.

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