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I finished these two a while ago and never got around to posting the pictures. I *love* how they turned out!

This was my first experience sewing from an Oliver + S pattern and I have to say that it is love, love, love. I finished the main construction/sewing of the two dresses in two days! The pattern comes together like a dream and, I have to say, the challenging neck tie/placket were quite easy to put together thanks to the awesome instructions.


Sometimes it wears me out to have to make two of the same every time, but it’s so worth it. This fabric was lovely and perfect for the project: Michael Miller’s Children at Play, from fabric.com. I have some yardage left… Maybe shirts for the girls? I think I have just enough!


Here are pictures of some of my favorite details: love the finishing on the sleeves.


The placket is adorable, and that cute neck-tie completes the look of this dress so well.


Finally, I used blue and white buttons to finish it off, making reference to the playful pinwheels.



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…I finished a project!


I finished this Sweet Little Dress from Leila&Ben for a sweet friend, and really enjoyed the process of watching it come together.


I love the construction of this dress and how easy, yet amazing the results. This time I finished the hem using this technique from Liesl of Oliver + S, and was very pleased with the results. Super easy and lovely!


I’ll be making more of these, for sure…

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For Valentine’s Day, I made each of my daughters a ballet drawstring backpack.


I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby and recycled an image I had used for baby gifts/t-shirts here. The image goes on the fabric by the means of iron transfer paper, a favorite of mine. The fabric is regular canvas from the craft store.


I really enjoy making these drawstring pouches, and this tutorial offers a way to add in the casing without the fake buttonhole that I enjoyed (though I need more practice at it). The tutorial calls for 2 yards of trim for the straps, but one yard per side ended up being too short; I used 1 1/2 yards.


I used ribbon from my stash for the straps. Finally, here is a picture of how the ribbon is inserted through the gusset at the bottom to make the strap. It works!


There! I used it as a gift bag, filled with a book, movie, stickers, hair accessories, and a handmade heart bracelet from Stash Happy Felt. After getting their gifts out, the girls will be able to use their backpacks to bring ballet slippers, tap shoes, tutus to ballet class and back.

I really enjoyed working on this project. It was cute, quick, and useful.

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This is what they look like! It was tough finding fabric. I spent at least 45 minutes to an hour just wandering the store with my two toddlers in tow (I don’t recommend this!) and finally settled on this cute polka dot print.

Since I would not have a lot of time to finish the project, I opted for just making the pants (with the children’s version of Heather Ross’ pattern I’ve blogged about before here ) and using some t-shirts I already had. My talented mom helped me turn them into long-sleeved shirts with red knit fabric. Seriously, in just a few minutes the sleeve had been cut and perfectly fitted. Awesome!


I added the ribbon tree and voilá!


Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

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I know I have been talking about these dresses for weeks, but I thought I would share how I made the ruffled lining in case anybody would like to try it this way. It was super easy! And I’ll definitely try this again in the future.


1. Cut your tulle in a long strip, fold it in half lengthwise, and run a gathering stitch through it– it ruffles right away. (Cut two strips. Ruffle each one).


2. Attach ruffled tulle to the lining, as shown on the picture, matching lining hem to the stitched end of your tulle.


3. Fold over toward the wrong side of your lining, and run a zigzag stitch to secure in place.


4. Using your zigzag stitch as a guide, attach the second ruffle on the right side of your lining.

I hope this serves as inspiration 🙂

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Both dresses are ready! And we have a portrait appointment for tomorrow evening. (That is what we are wearing. I love my teal cardigan and how well it all goes. I love this color scheme!) We should be getting Christmas cards back next Thursday *sigh of relief*


The fabric is plaid dupioni silk from Fabric.com The pattern was awesome and so easy to sew. It is the Sweet Little Dress from Leila and Ben . I made a few modifications to it:


I added three rows of ruffles to the top.


I also lined it with red pongee fabric. I sewed both fabrics together at the top before working on the casing.


I added tulle ruffles to the lining. Cute!!


And, inspired by Probably Actually , I embroidered a tag for the dresses. My daughters’ names seemed too long last night, so I just embroidered the personal logo I had to create for myself back in college (my major was Graphic Design and a personal logo/identity was one of our assignments).


I loved working on these, and I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.

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This was a present for a friend’s 1st birthday. It was really easy to make, using three towels for both pieces. The bear bath mitt was sewn from a pattern from Oliver + S’s Little Things to Sew, a book I am absolutely in love with. It was a very easy pattern to follow, and turned out darling.

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I made this dress back in June using Jess’ fabulous tutorial


I love this blog and I look forward to a future sew-along from Craftiness Is Not Optional.

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I had bought half a yard of this fabric– don’t ask me why. As you can see, I am awful at estimating.

Anyway, it occurred to me that I could sew my daughters some of those dresses that are made by adding a skirt to a store-bought tee.



The skirts are both too narrow, but it was such a fun, playful fabric:


I learned my lesson, though. No more half-yards for me!

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My eldest daughter, who is three (though she is sure she is my contemporary), announced that she wanted a “pink polka-dotty nightgown.” Blown away by the specificity of her request, I decided that I had to make it happen!

It was very easy to put together. I’m not exactly sure what the fabric is (some cotton I found at the fabric store). It wrinkles very easily, but it was the only pink polka dot fabric in the place.

The bodice is lined with the same fabric. It has three white buttons on the back. My favorite detail, though, are the ribbons in the sleeves– so girly and playful!

She loved it. (sigh) Mission accomplished!



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