May 03, 2017

Faux Watercolor Temples

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I shared these faux watercolor temples on instagram, but wanted to share how I made them.

You could use the same technique to make other faux watercolor art if you'd like. You can also find similar items (but they're actual watercolor) on Etsy.


First, grab some stencils. I found most of mine here. You can also purchase some from the Silhouette design store if you want temples that aren't available on that site.

You'll also need some watercolor flowers to pretty your pictures up a bit. Mine came from two free sets from Fox and Hazel.



I started a new blank document in Photoshop elements and made it a square, the size of the windows in my frame. Then just add the flower and the temple clip art where you want them. I used some free watercolor brushes to paint over the top of the temple to give it a watercolor effect. This tutorial might be helpful.


Then I printed them out, wrestled them into the frame (I had to pry the back off, because it was meant to display the artwork that came in the frame), and hung them on my wall.


The frames came from Ikea. They were only $10 each.




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May 01, 2017

Summer Sewing for Girls

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I've been doing some summer sewing for my girls and I've shared them on Instagram as I went, but here they all are in one place.

This first one is my favorite. It's a new pattern from a new designer, called the Polly Pinafore. It is seriously the cutest thing! It's great for year round because you can add a shirt and tights for cooler weather. There were a couple of slightly confusing parts to the directions for me, but I figured it out and it made a perfect fitting summer dress.


This one is the Lainey Dress by Violette Field Threads. I've posted about their patterns before, and this one gets a similar reaction to me. While I love their designs, I'm not the biggest fan of their construction and drafting. Also, I find that the sizing isn't consistent. I made a size 2T for this one and for the Rosemary Pinafore (the next picture down in this post), and while the Rosemary Pinafore fits perfectly, this Lainey Dress is quite big, and I'm just going to save it for next year.


This is the Rosemary Pinafore pared with a Simplicity Pattern (1449), with a fuller skirt. I saw the bunny fabric for the dress at JoAnns and knew it had to be an Easter dress. I've been wanting to make the Rosemary Pinafore and thought that it would pair well with the style of the dress, plus I love something a little vintage looking for Easter. 


I had some extra fabric, so I made a bonnet using the free bonnet pattern from Purl Bee. I added the ears, and omitted the brim. I also used bias tape to finish the edges, rather than sewing the lining to the main fabric.


This is another set made with patterns from Violette Field Threads. I had the same problem here-the 2T turned out way too big for my daughter, so they'll be used for next year. The patterns are the Daphne Knickers and the Maise Top. 


This top is Butterick 5877 and the skirt is the spin skirt pattern from Elegance and Elephants. It was given to me years ago when I helped test it, but I haven't made it again until now. 


This is another version of the spin skirt. I used the same measurements, but it turned out a little bigger. I'm not sure if it's because I stretched the elastic more when sewing it in or if I just accidentally cut the elastic longer. 




This is a romper made from Simplicity 1600 with added ruffles on the straps. I have had a hard time getting the fit just right with this pattern. It runs so much bigger than you'd expect. The 18 month size (as big as it goes) is big on my two and a half year old (although she is pretty small). I also made some glitter bows with glitter fabric from Hobby Lobby.


This top was a quick impromptu sew one morning. It's the Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew using an old maternity tee that I still had.


This is also the recess raglan, but with fabric from all over. The body was a tank top that I upcycled, the sleeves were made out of scraps of the fabric Art Gallery sent me for the Blithe Blog Tour, and the neckband is some ribbed knit I had on hand.



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April 27, 2017

Swallowtail Top

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I helped test the Swallowtail Top and Dress pattern (so I got the final copy for free) and I really love it for summer. In the front, it's just a cute, flutter sleeved top.


April 25, 2017

Sewing for Me

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I've been doing some sewing for me. This first one is my favorite. I used the Shoreline Boatneck top as a base, but then hacked it to make the gathered bottom with a high-low waistline.


April 18, 2017

Baby Gift Sewing

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Ever since I saw the free mermaid gown pattern from See Kate Sew, I've wanted to try it.  I had a friend having a new baby girl, so I sewed one up for her. It's pretty quick, especially if you have a serger.



I also added some felt bow headbands to go with it. You can find the free bow pattern here.




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