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Melissa is re-releasing the Marigold dress with an extended size range over at Blank Slate Patterns!

I participated in the testing for the re-release, and I decided to go for a color block effect, making the bodice from a tone-on-tone cream stripe and the skirt from a solid blue.

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The Marigold pattern has a number of sleeve options (split-sleeve, cap sleeve, and long sleeve) and can also be made as a peplum top instead of a full dress.  I also made the sash that is included with the pattern to go with my dress.

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I also styled my dress with a wide black belt I had in my closet for a different look:

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I think the color block look gives the dress a retro/vintage looking vibe, which I really like!

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This summer, I wanted to do some sewing with my kids, especially V, who had been asking to do more during the school year.  I planned a project with her (post coming later!), and in the process, her little brother wanted to get in on the action.  When we chose fabric for her project, he also saw some fabric he loved, so we purchased it for him.  But before we got to that project, I wanted to do a bit of introductory sewing with him.

One day while my daughter had a friend over to play, B was feeling a bit left out, so I called him into the craft room to do some sewing with me.  I cut rectangles of some scrap flannel so that we could make a little pillow together.  Since B just turned four, he can’t reach the machine pedal, so just like when I started machine sewing with V, he sat on my lap.  He “steered” while I used the pedal to keep the stitching going.  He also carefully removed the pins as we approached them!

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He was thrilled to get to stuff his own pillow, and we sewed it closed together.

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This project got finished so quickly, and he put it to good use right away!

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And then he was hooked!  He kept asking about the next project, and so I quickly got the fabric he’d chosen pre-washed and cut out so that we could make…. SNUGGLE PJ pants!

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He sat on my lap as I sewed every seam (even some of the serging that I did to finish the edges), carefully removing pins as I came to them.

 

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I deliberately lengthened them so that they will last a bit longer– he is growing so fast!  I love this colorful Star Wars fabric that he found.  It’s so fun!

 

 

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Last fall, I bought myself a royal blue maxi dress from Old Navy for less than $5.  Since I was ordering online and didn’t know what size would fit best, I ordered two different sizes.  The dress ended up being even more fantastic than I’d expected, and since it was so inexpensive, I decided to keep the extra dress to cut down to fit my daughter.

Since it was already getting to be cooler weather, I put the project off until the very end of June, when it came back to mind when a friend asked me if I was working on any sewing projects.  Unfinished projects really weigh on my mind, so I decided to tackle it at last.

I wanted to preserve as many of the design elements of the original dress in the cut-down version as I could. Here are some some screen shots of the Old Navy listing (shown below):

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My first step was to cut off the bodice piece, above and below the elastic waistband.  I discovered that I could take out the stitching that held the drawstring in place and draw it closer in the neck so that it was more appropriately sized for a 6-year-old, and then I took in each side seam by 3 inches.

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Doing a bit of quick measuring, I cut down the elastic waistband to fit my daughter’s waist.  There was enough width in the original back panels of the dress so that I could make the entire skirt from it (there is less gathering than the original styling, but that’s ok).  I shortened it for my daughter’s height and attached it to the adjusted waistband.  I think I probably could have shortened it even more, but I guess now there’s room for her to get taller 😉

Finally, I shortened the length of the bodice by a few inches before attaching the waistband and skirt to it.

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This was the most improvised project I’ve done, and it was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time!  I love having a mommy-daughter set of dresses– I think this might be our first ever matching outfit!  I love that my daughter is so excited about them, too!

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Blank Slate Patterns has re-released the Catalina Dress pattern!  I got to work on testing some of the updates to the pattern.   This pattern works with woven and knit fabrics(!), has a tank or cap sleeve bodice and button placket bodice option with three lengths.

For my version, I made the tank bodice with a maxi skirt, and I think it can look pretty dressy this way:

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I love maxi-dresses in summer.  They can be dressed up or down.

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And there are pockets!

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I’ve been wanting to sew up a Rivage Raglan dress for quite a while now!  The style reminds me of a particular dress made by a multi-level marketing company.  I love the style, but I wanted more choice in my fabrics.  I think this is a perfect fit!

This first dress (of many, I hope!) was made as a muslin, and I love how it turned out.  I used the last bits of a floral knit (see more HERE and HERE!) and supplemented with a black-and-white striped knit.  I’m usually not so adventurous in my mixing of patterns, but I really love how this turned out!

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Here I’m wearing it with leggings (it was a chilly day!) but I think it’s going to be super cute without leggings, too.

And I’m particularly pleased with how the neckline binding turned out!

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In February, I had another opportunity to test a pattern for Blank Slate Patterns— this time it was for joggers!

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Of all the garments I’ve sewn, I have done the least with pants.  I learned so much from fitting these!  The pattern includes a really helpful guide to getting the fit just right for your body–words and pictures that help diagnose and correct common fitting issues.   Even though my end result was this cute calf-length pair, I started with a muslin that was just shorts-length to make all of my adjustments before making my final pair.

 

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The Skye joggers are super comfortable!  Mine are made from some medium knit, and I think they would be great in French terry and ponte, as well.

 

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Striped long cardigan

A long, long time ago,
I can still remember…

(Okay, sorry.  It just popped into my head as I started this post…
…because I intended to do this project a very long time ago.)

Way back in 2013, when I was making our Peter Pan family costume (which, in fact, did not include Peter Pan himself…), I bought 1.25 yd of this chevron knit fabric for $6.10 on clearance at JoAnn while I was buying the material for Husband’s Captain Hook coat.   (That day I also bought the fabric for my pink striped maxi skirt!)

All along, I had this fabric earmarked for this cute and easy-to-sew cardigan freebie pattern from iCandy Handmade.  But it literally took me until last fall, when I was preparing for my mini-retreat with my cousin, to print the pattern and cut this thing out.  And *then*, I didn’t even get it finished in 2017!  I finally finished it on January 3, 2018.

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I decided to lengthen the cardigan, which meant that I needed to buy some more fabric for cuffs and the collar/binding.  I spent $2.65 in November 2017 for 1/2 yd of soft black knit (wish I’d written down exactly what it was!), and sewed this up in random bits of time over the course of a couple of weeks.  Let me emphasize that this was not a difficult pattern! I was just prioritizing everything else above it!  Haha.

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In the end, I love how this turned out.  I think it’s going to be really versatile and a great layer for several seasons of the year.  Maybe someday, I’ll make another.   Hopefully it won’t take me this long the next time 😉

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