March 29, 2018

Pattern Testing: Isobel

My latest pattern test is the Isobel dress and top pattern by Violette Field Threads. I sewed a size 5 dress version for Dede with flutter sleeves, and a double skirt with bottom ruffle! Isobel can also be made top length, sleeveless, with side ties, or with a simple skirt. 

There are endless ways to use trims and lace on Isobel! I added crochet lace on each side of the contrasting side panels. I kept my Isobel super traditional, using fabric from Joann's "vintage" line of premium quilting cotton.

 Photographing this test came at the perfect time to capture Dede's new smile. She finally lost the second of her front teeth after it was hanging by a thread for several weeks. This was the 3rd tooth she's lost this month!

It has a unique wrap skirt and double breasted back that can feature either 4 or 6 buttons. I love using wooden buttons whenever possible :D

March 5, 2018

Pattern Testing: Sadie

I am in love with Violette Field Thread's new pattern, Sadie. It's so unique in both the silhouette and construction, and is fully lined, so it looks just as beautiful inside as it does outside. I used Robert Kaufman's Brussels Washer linen/rayon blend in Petal.

December 15, 2017

Christmas Scenes: Nutcracker Ballet

There's nothing like seeing (or hearing) the Nutcracker to get into the Christmas spirit! This was the second time the girls and I have been, and I hope to make it a more regular tradition. The Sugarplum Tea and show that we went to two years ago quickly sold out, and I was so disappointed!! It really was such a magical experience. We decided to go to a more local production, with a smaller ballet company this year, and while it was a different experience, it was still special. The girls actually new two of the girls dancing in it from our homeschool group, so that made it magical in it's own way :)

The girls dresses are made with Sarah Jane's Nutcracker Act I fabric line. Mollie's wearing the Victoria dress pattern, and Delia's wearing the Marissa dress pattern, both by Violette Field Threads.

September 28, 2017

Pattern Testing: Poppy Dress and Betsy Leggings

This might be one of my favorite outfits I've made Dede EVER! She loved it too, especially the leggings. She's all about comfort :D

These are the new Poppy dress and Betsy leggings pattern by Violette Field Threads

July 5, 2017

4th of July Fashion: Nautical Style

As I'm sure you know, sewing clothing for my kids is my biggest hobby, and I would be embarrassed to admit how much time I spend planning outfits for them, and photo shoots to go with them :) The outfits and photo shoot I planned dor 4th of July was at least a month in the making. I knew as soon as I saw this sailor suit pattern that it would be perfect for Lincoln. I looove vintage style on little boys, and knew this might be the last year that Lincoln would be little enough to pull of this look. So with the nautical theme in mind, I planned the girls' outfits as well. These pictures were taken outside the National House Inn here in Marshall. I loved their little porch set up with the wicker chairs and American flags, and knew it would be the perfect setting. Amazingly, I didn't even realize until we got there that they had this beautiful side garden with the steps and vine covered archway. It was just too perfect!

Lincoln is wearing the Anchor's Aweigh Romper pattern by Peekaboo Patterns.
Mollie is wearing the Kate top & shorts pattern by Violette Field Threads.
Dede is wearing the Charlie top and Lennon shorts pattern by Violette Field Threads.
Evie is wearing a very modified version of the Nora pattern by Violette Field Threads.