When Kelly of Sewing in No Man’s Land asked if I wanted to participate in her Summer in Paris series I said yes right away but I honestly had no idea about Paris style and fashion. I loved following her Instagram account of all of her travels in Paris so I knew I wanted to learn more about their children’s fashion. Thanks to my friend Celina of Petit a Petit and Family I discovered the French children’s clothing brand Bonpoint.
I immediately fell in love with everything I saw and knew I wanted to draw my inspiration for my Paris look from their summer 2014 collection. I love the flowy tops and dresses and the flower head pieces and the soft colors. Hopefully what I came up with represents French children’s fashion. If it doesn’t, well, I love what I came up with anyway and my girls will get lot’s of use out of their new outfits.
To make their outfits I used the Bubble Pocket shorts by Elegance and Elephants in a light grey/blue stripe denim. For the top I used the Olivia Top by Cali Faye Collection in a flower cotton lawn with a white chiffon overlay. For the dress I used the Viola Blouse pattern by Cali Faye Collection in a light grey/lavender polka dot challis. The flower crowns were made with jute and some flower clippings from my yard. Their shoes are the Rosie Loafers from Joyfolie.
Now on to a bit of an announcement I guess. This post happens to be my last post I committed to for the summer and will be forever. Well, I guess maybe I shouldn’t say forever since that is pretty permanent but for right now it will be forever. Blogging has been great and has given me lot’s of fun sewing opportunities in the short time I have been sewing/blogging but my heart is just not in it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to sew and will never quit sewing and learning new things but the blogging part is just not for me. I will continue to share my sewing projects on my Instagram account so if you are one of my few blog followers you can follow me there if you would like. I’m excited to spend more time with my family and sewing and photographing my kids. All things that I am passionate about. Blogging for the last 6 months or so has just kind of gotten in the way of that. There are so many hours that go into keeping up a blog and it is just not something I am passionate about. Anyways, hopefully I will see you on IG and we can inspire each other there!
I will leave you with a million photos of my girls in their French inspired clothing. You can find my IG account HERE.
I made the Bohemian Baby Doll dress by Elegance and Elephants over the weekend and at first I thought my fabric choices were just way too busy looking but once I got the dress on my daughter and took a look a the photos I am sort of in love! This dress pattern was such a breeze to sew and the finished look is just perfect. Heidi from E&E really knows how to produce amazing patterns. One of my favorite patterns of hers is the Ruffle Top. I also just made a pair of Bubble Pocket Shorts over the weekend. We love her Fedora pattern over here too. Basically, we love all of her patterns and this latest pattern is no disappointment.
I did make a few tweaks since I can never sew up a pattern without adding my own tiny touch. I sewed up the size 2 bodice and cut out the back bodice bottom edge to have a slight curve upwards just like the front bodice.
I then cut the skirt on an a-line instead of straight down the sides and also added about 3″ in length to the front and about 6″ of length to the back. I wanted the dress to have a longer flowy high low hem.
The last modification I made was making the shoulder ruffles not as wide. I wanted them to be really subtle since the black and white stripe fabric I used is pretty bold.
I also sewed up the bodice pieces differently than instructed just that is what I am used to. I am so pleased with how this dress turned out. After I was done with this one I immediately made a coordinating dress for my other daughter and they will be wearing them to a wedding on a lake in WA this weekend.
This pattern is such a beautiful and simple pattern and one that you can have lots of fun adding your own twist to. You can have lots of fun with fabric choices as well. There will definitely be more Bohemian Baby Doll dresses in the future over here.
If you haven’t picked up your copy of this pattern yet you can find it HERE. Be sure to check out Heidi’s blog to see all of the Bohemian Baby Doll dresses being made by so many amazing bloggers for more inspiration.
Today I am sharing a tutorial for a subtle high low drop waist sundress I made for my daughter for part of the 30 Days of Sundresses series hosted by Melly Sews. This is a super simple dress made for woven fabrics. I used a lightweight peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee. It was the perfect fabric for this project.
To make this dress all you need is:
- a tank top or sleeveless bodice pattern
- some ribbon
- and your regular sewing supplies.
Let’s get started!
- Take your tank top and place it over your fabric on the fold. Use the ready made tank top as your guide to cut out a front and back piece. I made mine extend out at the bottom so it is more of an A-line. I also curved the front waistline to make the dress have the high low shape.
- This is what your front piece should look like.
- For the back piece cut a deep neckline like above. You also want to cut straight across at the waistline.
- Place your front and back pieces right sides together and sew at the shoulders. Finish seams.
- Next you want to keep the front and back pieces right sides together and sew the side seams. Finish seams.
- Measure your neckline all the way around and cut a 2″ wide strip of fabric 1″ longer than your neckline measurement. Grab your ribbon and pin it in between your back piece and the 2″ strip of fabric you just cut. Your fabric should be right sides together. You should have something that looks like the photo above. Once you are done pinning stitch all the way around and overlap the two end pieces so one is on top of the other. You will want to fold under the bottom end that touches the bodice so there is a nice edge when you finish. Clip at the curve.
- Now you want to turn your dress inside out and fold the 2″ fabric strip under twice and pin in place.
- You know want to stitch all the way around the neckline. The right side of your dress should look like the photo above.
- The inside of your dress should look like the photo above. Repeat this same process for both arm holes minus the ribbon step.
- Now you want to cut out a skirt piece. You will want to cut out two pieces of fabric 1.5 times the with of your bodice. The length is up to you. Just make sure you remember to add seam allowance to your measurement. Sew the side seams and finish your seams.
- Gather your skirt pieces by lengthening your straight stitch as long as it goes and pulling your bobbin threads until you have even gathers all the way around and it equals the width of the bodice.
- Pin the skirt and the bodice together at the waist with right sides facing each other. Sew in place and finish seams. At the last minute I decided to add a second skirt layer which the picture above does not show. If you would like a sec on layer just simple follow the skirt steps again with your second fabric just like the first layer and sew together at this step.
You now have a finished dress!
Be sure to check out the awesome giveaway over at Melly Sews and check out all of the amazing sundress tutorials other bloggers have shared so far. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them! Click HERE to check them out!
I have had this amazing chiffon fabric sitting in my fabric stash since March and I finally decided to make something with it. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make something for my girls or be selfish and keep it for myself. I couldn’t get a flowing maxi dress out of my head so I finally decide to keep it for me and cross my fingers that I could make something awesome with it! I stumbled across this awesome tutorial by Cotton and Curls for a wrap maxi dress and thought it would be the perfect starting point for the dress I had in my head. You can find the tutorial HERE.
I was super hesitant at first but I decided to get my dress form out and just go for it! I know I wanted a wide shoulder/cap sleeve look so to achieve that I made the shoulders to the bodice extra wide and then gathered them slightly at the shoulder seam. It worked out perfectly and just what I had in mind.
Because the chiffon is obviously sheer I used a white lightweight peach skin type fabric to line the entire dress. Using a teal color to match the fabric might have been the proper thing to do but I loved the way the white made the chiffon look so I went for it.
I also love how the dress is a wrap dress. It allows you to see your shoes and just a little bit of leg. It is wrapped over far enough to both sides so that you don’t see too much. It’s perfect.
To attach the dress without ties I used buttons because that is all I had at the moment. I plan to get some snaps instead but just haven’t been able to yet. I absolutely LOVE this dress and plan to wear it to a wedding later this month. I’m pretty proud of this creation and am feeling more confident sewing for myself.
I hope you have found some inspiration from this post! If you have been wanting to sew for yourself just go for it!
Today I thought I would post a tutorial I made for Me Sew Crazy as part of the Sewing Rabbit Team. This was meant to be a spring top but I think it is perfect for summer as well. It’s a lace overlay top with an exposed zipper. Hope you love it!
This top is super simple and all you need is the following:
- well fitting shirt
Okay! Let’s get started!
- Depending on the lace overlay you decide to use you may have to cut the bottom edge of your fabric so that the edges are super clean and nice looking. The lace I chose to use had a mesh type border all the way around so I just clipped it off making sure not to cut into the actually threads of the lace detail. If you are able to find lace that has a clean edge already then that is perfect!
- Now you will want to place your shirt you are using as a template on top of your lace so you can cut the front and back of the shirt out. For the front of the shirt you will want to cut on the fold. For the back of the shirt you DO NOT want to cut on the fold and should leave 1/2” seam allowance along the back center seam. Be sure to remember to include seam allowance for the entire shirt as well when you are cutting. Repeat these steps with your lining material as well.
- You will want to hem your lining material so that it hits just slighting above the edge of the lace. I think this makes the lace overlay stand out a bit more.
- Now at this point you can bast stitch the lace overlay and the lining together so you basically turn it into one piece of fabric. I didn’t do this for mine but if you are worried about not being able to keep the two pieces together straight and them wiggling around then I would baste together.
- Now you will want to put your two back pieces together right sides together and baste stitch at the top of the neck until where the end of the zipper will be. Back stitch a few stitches and then finish stitching until you reach the end of your shirt using a regular straight stitch length.
- Now you will want to open up your shirt and lay the seams flat open. Place your zipper on top of the right side of your shirt and pin in place. Make sure you get the zipper teeth lined up straight with your center seam. Also be sure to leave enough of an opening up top where the top of your zipper is to be able to fold the neckline over once you are done with the zipper. Now you will want to simply stitch the zipper in place along the edge of the zipper. You don’t even need a zipper foot for this. Once you have sewn your zipper in place grab your seam ripper and rip the basting stitches until you reach right before the end of the zipper where you backstitched so that you can open and close the zipper.
- Now you will want to fold over the edge of your neckline and stitch in place. I just serged my edges and then folded over once and sewed in place but you can fold over once and then fold again if you want.
- Now you will want to pin the sides of your shirt and sew. To hem the sleeves simply repeat the steps you just completed for the neckline.
And now you are finished!! Such a quick and easy top to make! Pair it with some colored skinny jeans to add a pop of color if you like. Perfect for this cheerful spring time weather
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to add a lace top to your spring wardrobe Until next time, happy sewing!