April 18, 2014

The Caroline Party Dress // Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

Today is the final day to purchase Perfect Pattern Parcel #2. I shared my first PPP look yesterday and decided that today's project needed its own dedicated post. While yesterday's outfit was all about cozy comfort + play, today's outfit is at the opposite end of the spectrum-- a fancy party dress for Easter!

[I started writing this a couple nights ago, but when I got to this point in the post I decided it would be fun to post E's first and second Easter photos. I went to find them on the external hard drive and discovered that EVERYTHING before March 2013 is GONE (E's first 14 months of life included). Vanished without a trace. I cried a lot. I'm running a recovery tool right now. I doubt I'll find them. Fortunately I had posted some to our old neglected family blog, Easter photos included! Still, cross your fingers for me. Ugh.]

Even just a year ago I was buying all E's clothing. Since I started sewing again I think I've only bought shoes and underwear! So, here are photos from Easter 2012 (three months) and Easter 2013 (15 months):

Both dresses were from Target and I really loved them. BUT! There's something really special about making a fancy dress (or anything, really) for your daughter. I actually sewed this dress last summer and it was too big so I was going to have her wear it this Easter, but then I found this amazing gingham organza on clearance at Hancock and the Caroline was part of Perfect Pattern Parcel. Match made in heaven and I couldn't resist! Sorry in advance for the unruly bed-head. :)

Pattern: Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations
Size: 18m, no collar, no inseam pockets, no adjustments except for the use of an exposed zipper instead of an invisible zipper
Fabric: red gingham polyester organza, white polyester lining, robin's egg blue vintage metal zipper

I actually don't have a whole lot to say about this dress. The pattern is flawless and sewed up really easily despite working with a new-to-me fabric. I backed my organza bodice pieces with the white polyester so my seams wouldn't show through, and that worked really well. The zipper is a hair too long, but it's the only one I had that was long enough. I think if I had hemmed as instructed I would have had a bit more length, but I turned it two checks for a really nice hemline. Too bad I wasn't as careful in lining everything up at the zipper! Oh well... Personality!

If you haven't purchased Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 yet, it's not too late! After tonight (11 pm CST) this pattern 'parcel' will no longer be available. Visit the PPP website or my post from yesterday to learn more about what patterns are included. And if you're ready to buy, just click the button below:

And you didn't think I could stand to omit an 'angry face' photo, did you?

And of course a 'happy face' photo to even things out...

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April 17, 2014

Celestial Tee + Hosh Pants // Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

The timing of Kids Clothes Week worked out great for me. I was able to kill lots and lots of birds with a single stone; and my Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 sews were among the birds.

There are just a couple more days to purchase Parcel #2, so I'm sure that by now you've heard all about it. If you have been living under a rock (I like the dark, too), visit the Perfect Pattern Parcel website to learn more.

As for the patterns for Parcel #2, there are five plus a bonus pattern if you choose to pay $24 or more for the bundle. Check it out:

I was a tester for the Hanami (first Hanami here (which I will be selling next week) and second Hanami here), so I didn't sew it this time. Great pattern, though! The Hosh pants have been on my wishlist for months, so I decided to sew up a pair and make a Celestial tee, too.

Pattern: Celestial Tee by Figgy's
Size: 18m, only adjustment was to use the neckband as a binding.
Fabric: green/blue sweatshirt fleece

Pattern: Hosh Pants by LouBeeClothing
Size: 12m, no adjustments
Fabric: crazy jazz club-esque stretch cotton from the remnant rack
I ended up with a super-fun primary-colored outfit perfect for play! My husband thought the sweatshirt-tee would be a little warm for the upcoming season, but wouldn't you know it was snowing a couple days ago. I think it'll be perfect for playing outside on chilly Spring mornings. I wanted to show off the bright blue "wrong" side of my sweatshirt fleece, so I sewed all my seams wrong side together and stitched my seam allowances down for stripes of blue. I also turned my hem allowances to the right side. You can really have a lot of fun working with fabrics that don't fray, eh?
And the Hosh Pants?! They came together so quickly and easily. I love the construction methods in the tutorial. I chose the 12m size based on E's waist measurement; I think next time I'll do the 2T length/rise, though. They're still pretty dang cute at this cropped length.

Did I convince you to purchase Pattern Parcel #2? Or perhaps you want to take a look at the PPP site first. Either way, click the button below:

Want to see more PPP makes? Check out each of these fantastic blogs:
imagine gnats // Inder Loves Folk Art // Pienkel

And, because I really got carried away with the sewing last week, I'll be back tomorrow to share a super special sew from the Perfect Pattern Parcel. What pattern do you think I used this time? If you follow me on Instagram (@iseamstressed), then you already know!

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April 16, 2014

The Aster Cardigan // A Willow & Co Pattern

I'm back again with my second (and unfortunately last (here's my first)) result from my Willow & Co pattern testing. Wanderlust: A Glamping Collection will be released April 22 and I'm poop-my-pants excited. I'm in a mood as I'm writing this. It's a silly mood. You've been warned.

The Aster Cardigan is by Vanessa from LBG Studio. I really, really love it! The cardi is a cropped style with 3/4 length sleeves, 2-3 button closure at the top of the placket, and either a regular or faux-piped collar. It has a huge size range, too-- 18m to size 12!

Pattern: The Aster Cardigan, from the Willow & Co Wanderlust collection (releasing April 22)
Size: 18m, regular collar
Fabric: my own old favorite cardigan that I accidentally felted in the wash + hunter orange sweatshirt fleece + vintage teal knit (for the facing at the neckline) + my very favorite vintage buttons

This pattern was a flash-test (did I just coin a new term?) and had to be completed in a weekend, so I grabbed random fabrics and used random threads. You can see on the back where my bobbin ran out and I had to switch to a (very slightly) different color. Personality, I say! But seriously, for throwing a bunch of random fabrics and thread and buttons together, this cardigan is pretty freaking awesome. My favorite part is the green + gold buttons with the hot pink buttonholes. LOVE!

E is also wearing this Sally dress. Forgive the chewed-on-collar. I thought the mouthing phase was over?!

Don't forget to visit the Willow & Co website (check out the blog, sign up for the newsletter, buy the Wanderlust collection next Tuesday) and check out #willowandcopatterns on Instagram for more tester photos!

And, believe it or not, I'll be back again tomorrow (that's three posts in one week, guys) with more sewing to share!

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