I am so, so excited to be teaching at Riley Blake’s Cutting Corners College today! I would love if you’d click over and check out my tutorial for making comfortable knit pants for your whole family. There are tips for sewing with knit fabrics, instructions for making an elastic-free waistband, and directions for making your own pattern using a good-fitting pair of pants! Just click right here: Comfy Pants for the Whole Family
I had grand plans for Selfish Sewing Week, but I only managed to sew one thing, and I’m finally getting around to blogging about it a week later! Better late than never, I suppose. Here’s my version of the Lola Dress from Victory Patterns. It’s a terrific pattern as written, but I did make a few alterations. One of the advantages of sewing is that you can alter to make something fit just the way you want it!I adored the fit of the bottom part of the dress, and the huge pockets are amazing! I did add about 1″ to the bottom of the dress and to the width of the band, adding a total of about 1 1/2″ in length. I’m about 5′ 7″ and around size 10 to 12, and those adjustments brought the length right to the top of my knee. I also made the length of the bottom band longer because I was working with cotton french terry that doesn’t have much stretch.The pattern is super easy to tape together, cut out and follow, so this dress went together in no time at all! Most of the adjustments I made were to the top. I pulled in a few inches along the neckline, where the sleeve and front meet, and about 1/2″ in both of the bust seams. (In retrospect, I probably should have cut a smaller top than bottom, but I was in a hurry and just cut out the size 12 all over.)
I adore the princess seams! They add so much character to an otherwise plain dress, and they really give it a professional look.This dress is incredibly comfortable . . . almost like wearing PJs! (Here I am showing off my amazing ability to model while staring off into space. Impressive, right?)
I’m visiting over at Get Your Crap Together today, sharing tips and ideas for sewing children’s outerwear. To check it out, just click on the picture above!
And, as a total aside, the more I look at that photo, the more it looks like Jamie is about to swat Charlie. I promise he was really about to hug him! (Not that that is always the case . . . )
Selfish Sewing Week starts today! Do you have a plan? What are sewing for YOU?! I’m at that slightly awkward point in pregnancy where you don’t really look pregnant, but nothing fits anymore. I’ve been using the rubberband-around-the-button-and-through-the-buttonhole trick to fasten my jeans, but honestly, I’d rather just hang out in yoga pants and a t-shirt. I am leaving for Quilt Market in four weeks, though, and I can’t go looking like I should be heading to the gym, right? I’m hoping to use the motivation from Selfish Sewing Week to make a couple of cute things that will look stylish and still be comfy.I ran across Sue’s version of Our Favorite Top from Tessuti on her blog, Quilt, Sew, Sew Sue, last week, and fell in love! The pattern is free, so I grabbed it right away and dug through my stash until I found this cotton candy pink stretch cotton jersey. I’m hoping to make it a few inches longer so that it’ll fit more like a tunic, but I’ll have to see how far I can stretch the fabric that I have on hand.Once I’d decided on my first project, I went hunting on Pinterest for other ideas and ran across the Leopard-Print Lola Dress at Ginger Makes. The pattern is from Victory Patterns. I love that it’s really a long sweatshirt with character! (Look at those great pockets!) Once again, I went to my stash and found this cute stretch french terry. (I thought I might ask you if you thought it was too “young” a fabric for 40-something me, but then I decided that I really didn’t want to hear that it might be! So . . . if it is, just don’t tell me. K? I just bought the cutest pink flats that are going to match it perfectly.)
So, that’s my plan for this week. Are you joining in? What are you sewing? Be sure to pop over to imagine gnats to find out how you can share and see what everyone else is up to! I’ll be back later this week to show off my progress.
Have you seen that Hopeful Threads is doing a Create Hope Designs Sew-Along this month? If you’re not familiar with CHD, I encourage you to go read the project announcement for this month — it’ll give you a great overview: September CHD Sewalong. Oh, and don’t miss yesterday’s post all about China Little Flower, the amazing organization that is supported by Create Hope Designs: Get to Know China Little Flower.
In honor of the sew-along this month, I thought I’d finish up a pattern that I’ve had in mind for a bit and donate it to Create Hope. Meet With a Dash of Love ~ Reversible Aprons for Mom & Her Little Helpers!This apron pattern includes three sizes — The Mom size which will fit moms from about size 4 to about size 16, the Big Kid size which fits little ones from about 7 to 10 and the Little Kid size for ages 3 to 6.The neckband is a simple no-fuss pull-over, and the apron can be sewn with cotton woven quilting fabrics or with waterproof fabrics.And, for those of us who love having two looks in one (or just want to be able to hide a spill when necessary), this apron is reversible!My testers did such a great job with this apron! Kelly sewed the cutest craft apron for her little guy with cotton laminate.Tania and Denise sewed the sweetest mother & daughter aprons.And, Ann made coordinating aprons for herself and her grandchildren. The little guy’s apron is a bit big, but is this not the sweetest picture? Ready to go grab the pattern and get sewing? It’s only $5 and all the proceeds go to support the children at China Little Flower! Just click right here: A Dash of Love.