Dress No. 17 by EMPatterns

Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going.  Pretty soon Christmas will be knocking at the door.  Perhaps it doesn’t feel like it because it has been so warm in LA.  However, it has been in the 50’s and 60’s in the morning.  It can be so difficult to dress the little ones  when the afternoon can reach the 80’s.  If you have an opinionated girl, dressing decisions can become a battle.  Sometimes, she just wants to wear a dress and refuses to wear anything over that dress.  She is willing to suffer for beauty.  But her mom does not want her to suffer a cold.  The best solution, a long sleeve dress with a cowl neck to keep her warm!

Did you like how I tied that in?  🙂  Enter, E+M Patterns newest dress, No. 17.


This is another fantastic pattern that I was lucky enough to test for Allison at EM Patterns.  If you haven’t been following my sewing progress, you may want to see all the amazing things that Allison has in her patterns.  They are clear, well photographed, and come together perfectly.  Check out Dress No. 13, Dress No. 15, and Shirt+Dress No. 6 if you have time.

As usual, the pattern is full of lovely options.

1.  Sleeves: Long or 3/4

2. Neck Line: Cowl or banded

3. Hem: Hi-Low, Shirt, straight

4. Waist: Elastic, Shirred, or belt



For this version I chose the long sleeve, cowl, hi-low and elastic waist.  The cowl is fabulous because it keeps your kiddo warm without the tightness of a turtle neck.  My daughter doesn’t like turtle necks because they “choke” her.  So this cowl is perfect for B.


In testing, the hi-low changed a bit from this aggressive swoop.  The pattern you’ll find is more classic and conservative.  But if you really like this trendy curve, you could easily add length to the back if you wanted.  Personally, I like both.  🙂



cowl dress back view

Here’s my little model striking poses.  I almost wish that I could get this attitude every time.  Most photo sessions are of me chasing her around the room or outside trying to sneak a good shot in.



This is a far more common occurrence.  My B is full of energy and fun.

Here’s another version with the banded neck.

owl side


You can see that the hi-low hem is more classic and reserved in the newest version.

owl back


This one also has the belt.  I was so surprise that she didn’t fiddle with it at all.  I think she liked having the bow in the front.

owl front


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to head over to EM Patterns to get the Dress No.17. Or go to ETSY or CRAFTSY.
Keep your girls warm and styling.  Happy Thanksgiving!




Rouche And Division Top

We reached a milestone here at our house.  My baby girl is celebrating her 4th birthday.  It is not everyday that your child turns 4.

foam TV watching chair

How is this baby already 4!?

In honor of this very special occasion, I wanted to sew up a new outfit for her party.  Since the party was at a park, it didn’t make sense to create a frilly dress or something that she couldn’t be really comfortable in.  Fortunately for me, Lil Luxe Collection was testing a new pattern, the fabulous Rouche and Division Top (affiliate link).

This is currently my favorite top.  As I have come to expect from Jessica, the design is modern, unique, and absolutely chic!  The pattern is suitable for BOTH knit and woven, making it practically a 2 for 1 pattern.  It’s a breeze to sew up.  Seriously, you can finish a top in an hour.  It can be as fancy (think party), or as casual (think PJ), as your imagination will take it.  Without further ado, here’s the B’s 4th birthday shirt!

RD Big pic

RD big back

The main fabric is a woven navy with silver hearts that I found in the remnant bin at JoAnn.  I got the back panel from my favorite boutique fabric shop.  It is also woven and has clouds with raindrops over the cutest little bikes.

RD back


I usually like to take the photos with a simple background.  I changed it up so I could also photo document her birthday party.  🙂  The weather was gorgeous and B was having so much fun.


RD Closeup front

Here she is making a snowman with cornstarch and shaving cream.  You can also see the ruching on the sleeves better here.

RD closeup back

There are a few options in this pattern that can change the whole look, short sleeves vs long sleeves, ruching vs no ruching, contrasting panel vs solid back.  You can see from the photos that the birthday top has short ruched sleeves and a contrasting panel.




Now the other end of the spectrum, how about some PJs?


Check out that fabulous boatneck.  It’s amazingly stylish, plus it makes it easy for B to dress herself as there are no buttons or fasteners of any sort.


I’m ready for bed.


I really really wish I had better photos of the PJs, but nap time waits for no mom.  I sincerely hope that this next set of photos will help you forgive me.  I saved the best for last on this post!  Here’s an afternoon at the beach with the knit Rouche and Division.  It gets dark so quickly now and with the sunset the coastal breeze picks up, bringing in misty gusts.  This knit version was perfect for keeping cozy at the beach.


Bring it, I’m ready.

The fabric is ponte de roma knit with a bit of sequined glam for the back panel.  I love both these photos even though they are essentially the same view.  This was a brief moment of quiet where B just sat down and breathed in the beach air.


contemplating the waves


Then it was time to go again!


I know this photo is dark, but I wanted to include the original because I feel that it was the best way to show how the dark and misty afternoon felt to me.  But here is a brighter version, so you can actually see the top in action. 🙂

running down the beach

Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Don’t you just love the drape of this top?


It has this effortless elegance and style that I just can’t find the words to describe.  Just look at this movement!  Simply breathtaking.



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Festive Florence Christmas Blog Tour

Thanks for coming by to listen to my adventures in blouse making!  I’m so flattered to be included in a blog tour of the Christmas inspired Florence!  The tour is hosted by Olu of Needle and Ted.  I must admit that I’m in awe of Olu and her work.  So being asked to join was doubly ego boosting.  This terrific pattern was meticulously created by Anna at Madeit Patterns. Before I go into my adventure, here are a couple of things for you, our readers.

All week (until Sunday), you can receive 20% off everything at MadeIt Patterns. Get your Florence pattern, sew it up in time for Christmas, take a photo and post it on MadeIt Patterns Facebook Page and you too could be in with the chance to win a MadeIt pattern of your choice.

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You can show the bloggers some love and Click Here to Vote! on your favorite Christmas inspired blouse.

Ready to hear my tale now?

It’s not that I’ve been actively avoiding blouses, actually I lie, blouses have always intimidated me.  It’s the collars, and the cuffs, and the plackets . . . etc. etc. etc. that stump me.  To be completely honest, I started to regret committing to the project after the first week of staring at my stash and Christmas prints at fabric stores.  I had envisioned in my head, this glamorous sparkly blouse.  None of the Christmas prints I saw were elegant enough for the blouse in my head.  So I doubted myself and procrastinated while browsing stores aimlessly.  Until one day, I walked by a print by Birch that really struck me.  It felt like it was meant to be a blouse.  Have you ever had that feeling that a fabric was destined to belong to you and a pattern?  Alright, I’m being melodramatic but this felt like a fairly epic journey for me.  I’m also sleep deprived because my procrastination has lead to 2 sleepless nights.  So you may have to excuse my drama.  🙂  Before I ramble on too much, here’s my Christmas bird.

Christmas Bird 2Christmas Bird 3Growing up in the more temperate zones of CA, I have not enjoyed a Christmas snow yet.  But this fabric made me think of all those first snow postcards I’ve seen.  It was so appropriate that B saw the birds on the print and started to flap her arms.


with mr cow

The next key component to this blouse was the frills!  Oh man, the sequin trim on the frills.  It was such a beast to get on.  I wasn’t sure how to sew it on so it had to be wrapped around the edge.  I pinned the tule right sides together with the frill and wrapped it around the back.  Then came the 2 parallel stitches to secure the hem.  After that I had to sew down the side closest to the sequins then fold the trim right side out.  Clear as mud?  Some of the trim needed to be tacked down to keep it from flipping over.  I told you it was epic, right?  I think the effort was totally worth it.  But I’ll let you be the judge.


DSC_4571Next stop in my adventure was button holes.  Good grief button holes.  This blouse needed 7 button holes.  Guess how many button holes I sewed to get 7 working ones.  Did you guess?  It was it 12.  Were you close?  Here’s a tip, when you are sewing button holes on a cuffs, make sure the other side of the cuff is not under the foot.  Yes, that is correct, I sewed a button hole through both sides of the cuff.  Doh.  Good thing I have great seam rippers.

End of shoot

Mom, you are so EMBARRASSING!


I am happy to say that you can’t tell that I struggled so much with the button holes.  Seriously though, how many times can I say button holes in one post.  Drinking game anyone?



One of the things that I loved about this blouse is the back yoke.  I never would have though to install the back yoke lining the way that Anna has laid out for you in the pattern.  Simply genius I tell you.


After I finished the blouse (ahem 3am) I realized that I had nothing to coordinate with it!  This morning I ran out and got this frilly red monstrosity to whip together a skirt.  Now I have red frills though out the house from all the shedding.  Whew.  But what a fun result.  Fair warning, if you make this blouse, you will want to find something that is suitable to coordinate.  Leggings and slacks just won’t cut it.  This blouse deserves more!



Last picture I promise :).


We have reached the end of the adventure.  Button holes (drink) and all.  I have to say that at the end of this journey, I am so glad that I tackled the blouse.  And truly, Anna’s tutorial makes the construction really straight forward.  I don’t know why I was so intimidated.  Follow her instructions, they won’t lead you wrong!  And you’ll have a lovely outfit you can be so proud of.  I know I’m proud of mine.  I hope you enjoyed your time with me.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers on tour!

  1. fliegfederfrei

  2. glitter and wit

  3. the crazy tailor

  4. made by toya

  5. made by toya

  6. climbing the willow

  7. call ajaire

  8. sewing sober

  9. bonnie and lottie

  10. kimmie sew crazy

  11. made by sara

  12. my sweet sunshine studio

Thanks for inviting me on the tour Olu and Anna!

*the pattern was given to me for the tour, but the opinions and drinking were my own.  Button Hole.

Peek A Boo Hoodie

Brrrr, it’s starting to get chilly around here.  I know you laugh because I’m in LA and how cold does it really get?  Cold enough for our thin blood to get the shivers in the morning! When Lil Luxe Collection put out the tester call for a hoodie, I signed up as quickly as I could.  As usual the design is chic, unique, and modern.  I’ll let the pictures show you all!



This hoodie features a tunic length, large overlapped hood, hidden pocket, and my daughter’s favorite part . . . THUMB HOLES!  She was so enamored with them it was hard to get a photo in without her playing with them.

hoodie thumb

I really like the oversized hood as well for those pony tail days.  Too many of her hoods won’t stay up because her pony tail pulls them back.  This hood has no problems at all, even with a bun for after dance class.  My first hoodie was in a soft sweater knit.  I wish it was in my size!


The next one I made was in a fleece.  I apologize for the dark photos but we have been losing light so early.

Fleece Hoodie front

fleece hoodie Back

The knit version of the Peek A Boo is fabulous and stylish.  The fleece is super comfy and casual.  It’s great for sending her off to school in because I don’t have to worry about her getting it dirty.  🙂

The pattern sews up really quickly and the pockets come together ingeniously!  Get your copy currently on sale!  Just click on my affiliate link. and head over to the shop to get yours!

Halloween 2014 Recap

I have a fun post queued up about C’s costume.  But until then, I wanted to share a little about what we did.  This is super late and I totally planned to have this written and posted the day after Halloween.  But life happens and you get busy.  🙂  So here is my Halloween post, a week after the fact.

We started the festivities with a visit to a little pumpkin tent with B’s class.  I whipped together this Playgroup dress by Fresh Patterns.

DSC_2205They had scarecrows set up all around.  B was unsure about the werewolf at first.


Then she got her face painted.  I tried to get her to go with a cat or a witch to match the print on her dress.  However, she insisted on getting a T-Rex face.

DSC_2394Then she found the perfect little pumpkin to take home.


C was on my back the whole time, but I did dress her up as a pumpkin.  I did not make this body suit this time.

DSC_2462Later that week we spent some time carving our pumpkins.


C even joined in the fun after she got over the initial squishiness.



The next day we got the Halloween treat bags put together for B’s class.  B was so excited and eager, she stuffed all the bags by herself.


C helped by figuring out how many of each item we needed.


This year I made B’s costume again.  She wanted to be Lucinda the Little Witch.  It was difficult to come up with her costume because she is an auxiliary character and only shows up in 2 episodes.  She was deterred to be her though so I had to draft my own pattern to match up.

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I’m really proud of the dress.  The hard part was the appliqué.  It came out to over a hundred little pieces to cut out and press on.  Thankfully we only lost one owl and a couple of bats from the dress.


Stay tuned to see what C was tomorrow.  🙂