Flyaway Cardigan + Saucy Skirt Rainbow Edition

By popular demand, Dandelions N’ Dungarees have sized up (upsized?)  the Flyaway Ruffle Cardigan and Saucy Skirt!  This time I was able to test for my older daughter.  I have this fabulous knit that I’ve been hoarding for a while.  It’s actually a double sized knit with rainbow stripes on one side and tiny dots on the other size.  The knit is also super soft!  IMG_8597Other than prints with animals on them, I’m a sucker for soft fabrics. Initially I was thinking of doing this ruffled knit for the ruffle panel.

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While I was auditioning the fabric, my husband walked by and suggested a rainbow because of the rainbow dots.  I thought it was a brilliant idea and it also required me to head to the fabric store.  That’s what I call a win-win.  I whipped up the cardigan in no time.  Well, the ruffles took some time but the rest of it when smoothly since I’ve done it before and the instructions really hold your hand.  B was super excited about it and wore it to school the next day. rainbowflyawayback rainbowfullview Obviously she had to have a skirt to match.  The skirt pattern is called the Saucy Skirt and it certainly is that.  It’s a super quick and easy circle skirt pattern.  I think I whipped up the skirt, including the rainbow panel in less than an hour.  The Saucy skirt has a 3 fun options.  You can make a single layer (like this one), 2 layer skirt  (like the one I made C), or a 2 layer with a sassy tie.  I chose to go with a navy so my little model wouldn’t be all in black.  Also for some added flair, a rainbow panel! rainbowskirtdetail This was so easy to do!  I serged a vertical panel with the rainbow remnants from the ruffle panel.  Then I cut out my skirt panel as you normally would.  Then I took a wedge out of the pattern piece the same size that I wanted the rainbow panel to be.  Using that pattern wedge, I cut my rainbow panel to size plus seam allowance on both long sides.  Then I trimmed my seam allowance off my pattern wedge and used the trimmed wedge to cut it out of my skirt panel.  I chose to have the rainbow panel a little off center.  The final part is just serging the rainbow panel to the skirt panel that I altered.  Fun, right? RainbowFlyaway

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Princess Rainbow Power!

You can purchase the pattern at Dandelions N’ Dungarees’ Craftsy shop.  Go grab it now while you are thinking about it because the release sale ends this Sunday.  I know I’m going to be making some more soon.  One of the testers did red and black stripes for hers.  I think that would be perfect for creating an outfit to support your favorite sports team or school. I guess the moral of this story is that husbands can have good ideas on occasion!  Care to share the last good idea your husband/partner had?

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Marching Elephants and Happy Hippos

About a month ago, my local boutique fabric store hosted another sewing contest.  The challenge was to use only Hokkoh fabrics that the store provided.  The best part was that you got the fabric for free as long as you only used the Hokkoh fabric.  The winners 1st through 5th place got gift cards and the store would be displaying all our entrees at the Dallas Quilting show.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see the contest notification until there was only one bolt left.  A vibrant blue elephant with red feet on a lime green background.

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What to do with it?! I almost passed up the contest because the fabric just wasn’t speaking to me.  It was yelling too loud.  But then I took a look at those elephants marching in a row and I just couldn’t not love them.  I’m a sucker for animals on prints.  Plus the fabric was a double gauze and just so soft.  I decided to make it into a dress.  Unfortunately this is the best photo I have of it right now.  When I get it back, I’ll see if I can convince my little model to try it on.

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The collar is inset with red bias tape and I added inset scallop details to the bottom hem. The tricky part was making sure that the print stayed lined up.  There are also pockets that have the red bias tape too.  I’m just kicking myself for not having good photos of the details.  Out of 70+ entries, this dress got 4th.  Whoohoo.  Very exciting for me especially since I was sure the print would be hard for a good number of people to love.

My friend who entered the contest as well had some fabric left over and I made a dress for baby C.

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Happy hippos!  This dress has cute buttons at the neck so the dress can fit over the baby’s head with minimal screaming.  It was also double gauze so it’s just so soft.  I can’t wait to get it back.  I’m surprised that this dress didn’t get many votes.  I guess you just never know how the voting will go.

Both these dresses were of my own design.  Frankly, I’m amazed that they both fit because I didn’t have time to make a muslin first.   Baby C’s dress was heavily inspired by An from Straight Grain’s Akiko Dress.  Her pattern has not yet been launched and I can’t wait to get it when it does, so I just muddled through it.  I’m lucky that my model makes everything look so cute.

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Girl’s Dress No.15

It’s blog tour time!

Blog Tour

This is the latest dress pattern from EM Patterns that I was fortunate to test.  Whenever Allison posts of tester call I’m always so excited to see what she has one up with this time.  Her designs are classic, timeless, and functional.  This particular pattern is written for knit and let me tell how how awesome it is.  This dress took me 1.5 hours to make, including cutting time!  It’s simple, quick, and stunning.  It is also comfy and ready to wear.  Great for when you need a pretty dress but don’t have the time to whip out the iron.

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As usual, it has Alison’s signature timeless design.  The lines are clean and beautiful.  She has casing at the top of the shoulder for the ties so you can adjust the width.  It’s also a really sweet detail by itself.  The waist is shirred to create that beautiful silhouette.  I was so nervous to shirr knit but it came out better than I could have imagined.

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The pattern has the option to do a straight hem or an asymmetrical hem.  Since I like classic with a twist, I chose the asymmetrical hem.  Even my husband was a fan.  He asked me where I bought the dress thinking that I went on a little shopping spree.

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B’s verdict: I love this dress!  It’s a winner.  🙂  As a treat for those of you following along with the blog tour, Allison has generously created a discount code TOUR15, where you can get the dress for a $5 steal.  You can also win a chance to win this pattern AND get a pattern of your choice from her website.  How to enter?  It’s easy, each comment submitted to the blogs on their tour day gets you an additional entry!

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Head on over to Pattern Nut to check out her creation, today is her blog day too!  Don’t forget to leave a comment to earn your entry to this awesome giveaway!

Classic Dress done in Zombie Style

Gracie May Designs has come up with an innovative idea for her latest pattern. The Classic Dress that Joanne Sparrow has come up with has 3 lengths that serve as the perfect blank canvas.  You can simply go with the blank slate of the pattern, or you can purchase additional pattern add ons if you don’t want to figure it out on your own.  Because sometimes, who has the time for that?  The latest add on available is for sleeves.  Keep in mind there is a discount code for bundling the Classic Dress and the sleeves: DRESSITUP.  I believe a collar bundle is in the works too. Now it’s time to share photos!

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For this go around, I decided to take inspiration from the upcoming Halloween and create something in that spirit.  Zombies!

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This festive print has some great PSAs (public service announcements) such as; Zombies can’t read, Zombies can’t climb trees, and Zombies prefer their food fresh.  Good to know right?

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I chose to add a peter pan color to soften up the look and added a pom pom trim.  This was my first time working with pom pom trim and I love the result.  So does B.

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Can’t stop looking at the pom pons!

This version is the shortest length of the skirt.  I just love the fullness of this skirt.  It feels so fancy and special!  The dimensions for the skirt are in a table so you don’t have a rectangle pattern piece to deal with.  I’m all for saving ink and paper.  Just don’t miss that she has already figured out the dimensions for cutting the skirt ON THE FOLD!  My 40 minute date with my seam ripper can tell you all about how I figured that one out.

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That’s nobody’s fault but your own. Even I was sleeping away.

Here’s a look at the back of the top.  I just love the sweeping scoop of the back without being too revealing.  As a bonus, Joanne also included a fabulous placket tutorial in the pattern.  I know I’ll be referring to it in the future.  🙂

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Aside from the pom poms, what really sold B was the twirl factor.  Always important to the almost 4 year old set.

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Head over the Gracie May Designs ETSY page to get the pattern!  Don’t forget to bundle up with the code DRESSITUP.

Dandelions n’ Dungarees will make you squee!

It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn for little C.  Poor munchkin has been parading around in mismatched PJs and simple bodysuits for so long.  Good thing she is so cute people don’t pay attention to how badly I’ve been dressing her.  However, I finally have a baby outfit worthy of her charm.  April, the mastermind behind Dandelions n’ Dungarees, has come up with an adorable pattern that is just perfect for the littles (NB-24M) this fall.  You’ll agree that the Flyaway Ruffle cardigan and Saucy skirt will make you want to squee.

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As usual the tutorial is full of helpful instructions and photos along the way.  If you walk through the pdf step by step you can’t go wrong.  There is also bias tape around the neck for a beautiful finish.  I also chose to add bias tape down the front of the cardigan because it’s cute when the cardigan flips open.  But here’s my favorite part.

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I have to admit that the ruffles were tough on my poor machine.  Poor Suzie (yes, I have named my sewing machine) ground to a halt and I had to remove her covers to extract the mass of tangled thread.  But I’m fairly certain it is because I was using subpar thread and my tension was up at 9.  Oops.  I’ll tell you later why it was up so high.  But first, more adorable pictures!

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View of the adorable little skirt

The skirt was a breeze to put together.  It probably took me 30 minutes including the cutting.  Since this is knit, I didn’t even have to hem.  Cute and quick for the win!

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The cardigan took a bit longer because you need to sew the ruffles onto the panel.  It is clear that the effort leads to amazing results though!

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I didn’t forget about the tension, did you?  I learned this fabulous gathering trick from Jessica at Lil Luxe Collection.  This is what to do: turn up your tension, increase your stitch width, and baste.  Easy peasy even gathers!  I really wish I had some pictures to show but I was so excited that this technique worked on knit that I zipped right through it.  Just don’t forget to turn your tension down when you go back to sewing!  Really, don’t forget.

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While it is true that everything small is automatically cute, this pattern turns the adorableness up to squee level 10.  I really wish that you could feel just how soft the knit of C’s cardigan is.  It has the soft fuzz of a flannel but the softness of minky.  I can’t wait for April to come out with the adult version of this because I will be making a mommy and me cardigan because I want to wear some of this adorable softness.

You can get the pattern at Dandelions n’ Dungarees.. Get your copy of the Flyaway Ruffle Cardigan or the Saucy Skirt for $5 through Sunday. Or you can bundle up and get both for $9!