2 FOs This Last Weekend

How is that even possible??

Either way, it was quite awesome.

First finished object was my Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. The pattern is a free ravelry download, just click on the link and it will lead you to the pattern.

It's nit a vacation without some awesome knitting #ageofbrassandsteam #sublimecashmeremerinosilkdk #knittersofinstagram

This is the first kerchief I’ve even made, and it was definitely a easy/fun knit. It’s a little smaller than I would like, so I gave it to my oldest daughter. She has been asking me for a shawl for a while now, which I think it funny all on it’s own but that’s another story.

The second project I finished was a crochet bolero for my oldest. She really likes to wear boleros, especially over her dresses to church. This one has been a WIP for a long while, honestly I’m glad it fits her.

A's White Church Bolero

The bolero is also a free pattern on ravelry, although I did make some modifications.

I feel like I need to start something for each of my other kids now. I can’t believe these both got done in one weekend!

 

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Tuileries Dress Pattern Review

Oh HOly Cuteness Batman!

I had the pleasure of sewing up a dress for my #4 cutie pie this last week. Oh, and what a dress it is!

The pattern is the brand new Tuileries Dress Pattern (edited to add link to pattern) by the ever inspiring Kelly at Sewing In No Mans Land.

I am so honored to test out this pattern!!

If you have a little person that is of the dress wearing nature, you need to make this dress.

I choose to add pockets, and I did lengthen the hem just a tad (all my kids are pretty tall).

Best part is: She loves it!

The pattern is great, and the pleats make is simply adorable. I would say it’s at a beginner level, and the instructions are easy to follow. The pleats are easier because of where they are located. To whip one up you need to be able to copy a pattern, finish seams, hem, and install a zipper. Seriously, it is that easy.

I chose a very colorful & flow-y fabric for this dress, but definitely plan to make one in a linen, and maybe even a baby corduroy. There will be more of these made for sure!

A Little Pink Dress & A 4-Year-Old

My youngest girl is now four. How time flies.

I took some photos of her about 2 Sundays before her birthday.

She’s so pretty. I am just a little biased though!

This dress is special too.

You see, it was mine when I was a wee one. My Ma-Maw made it for me when I was about the same age, and seeing my girls wear it just makes me feel good. Really good.

My Ma-Maw sewed a lot of dresses and clothes for me, my brothers, and my cousins when we were growing up. I truly wish I had more of them to pass on.

It was magical what she could come up with for Halloween costumes!

Love you Ma-Maw!

I think my favorite part of this dress is the pinafore. Why aren’t these around anymore??

Clearly I need to start making more clothing for my children.

March’s UFO

Since there’s still some cold weather in these parts, I thought it would be suitable to finish up the boys pajama pants that never got finished. It would be nice to give them pjs that fit and that they can use for a while (not just once or twice).

I kinda feel like I’m cheating a little picking something super easy for the first month I’m joining the Lovely Year of Finishes.

In my defense, there are 3 pairs to be finished, and I will be working on some of the others a little also, don’t worry.

Edited to add this:

So, I decided that I needed to add a little more to my challenge to finish this month.

Enter the peach dress:

This was supposed to be a cute little dress for Church for my younger daughter, maybe from 2 years ago. I think it’s about an 18 month size.

I loved this tutorial for the petal neckline, and just incorporated it into a dress instead.

To sum things up, I’ve decided to finish up all the clothing items I have started and not finished as the challenge this month.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 5382

When looking for a pattern for a girls nightgown I came across Simplicity 5382. I really wanted a somewhat old fashioned nightgown for the girls, and I absolutely love the options for this one.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Surprisingly, it did. I don’t say that because my things turn out horrible or anything, but most of the time the drawings on the front don’t seem very realistic to me (maybe I have issues with the artwork of it…).

Written Instructions:
Everything was very clear. There were also plenty of picture throughout each portion.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

First of all, I only paid one dollar for it, so it’s fantastic just for that. But really, the best part about this pattern for me is that it has short or long sleeves and separates options. The pattern pieces are the same with just different cutting lines for the sleeve/pant lengths, which means I only have to transfer the piece once to thicker paper and can use it for a few seasons. There will be some summery nightgowns this year for sure!

Fabric Used:  
I decided to use flannel backed satin since for some reason I had some, and 2 yards of 2 prints is quite a lot of some. I can guarantee that I will not be making nightgowns with flannel backed satin again. Maybe pajama pants, but that’s about it. It was not fun to work with: didn’t ruffle well and didn’t stay lined up well even with pinning.


Level Of Difficulty:  
Beginner to Intermediate (depends on how much details you’re adding).
 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
I hemmed the bottom about an inch shorter for my 2 1/2 year old since I made a size 3 for her, I wanted to be sure she wouldn’t trip up the stairs. Also, instead of making a loop for the button at the end, on the second one I used some elastic cord (like the kind that holds shoes in pairs when you buy them). Tie a knot, them sew it in on the step when you’re sewing the ends of the yoke together.
 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? 
 
Yes, I would sew it again. I love how it turned out and both my girls really like them. The next ones I plan to make will definitely be with either some linen or eyelet that I was gifted this last summer. Can’t wait. Definitely recommend this pattern.

Conclusion:

This pattern is good for a beginner, not very complicate and you can omit all trims to make it more simple. The nightgown itself is very comfortable (from what I’ve been told), and keeps the girls nice and warm with the fabric I used. It is also loose enough for them to play in and not rip it.

Handmade Christmas Gifts Part 1 – Pajamas

It was kind of hard for me to wait until after Christmas to blog about the gifts I made, especially since some of the recipients actually check out my blog occasionally. So, I’m gonna dish on the few things I managed to whip up for Christmas gifts this year.

After the holidays each year I always wish I would’ve been better about planning ahead to be able to have given more handmade gifts. Ahh, maybe this year right? 

Either way, I love making my kids pajamas for Christmas, even though I always end up working on one set the week before Christmas. Never fails, no matter how early I start.

This year I went with some easier ones for the boys, just fleece pants. I did make some pants for their build-a-bear guys too, they were a hit.

For the girls I used the Simplicity pattern 5382. I’m thinking I need to do a review for that pattern, there are a few notes I want to remember for sure. The first one is: do not buy flannel backed satin unless your life depends on it (no, it really isn’t that cute), it doesn’t ruffle well and sucks when trying to keep things lined up.

They all came out well, and all the kids were very happy with them (bonus). Bad pictures though, I still need to work on my indoor lighting for taking pictures at night.

New Shirt Dress

If only this were a post about a new dress for me, I’ve been die-ing to make one….

But, lucky for you I have a much cuter subject than myself to share with you today:

I did a Shirt Dress for my youngest using Dana’s Tutorial from Made. She’s awesome, and honestly this dress has been in my bookmarks for-e-ver (imagine it being said like on The Sandlot, hahaha).

What do you think?

I had to add this one, even though there’s an ugly trash can in the background. Gotta love the tongue!

I am tempted to make a whole closet full of these for her, I just love it.

Fastest Jammies in the West

To MAKE of course… hahaha.

No, I do not live in the West, never have, maybe someday. And, unfortunately these jammies don’t have any cowboys/cowgirls on them either. Oh well.

Regardless, this is the easiest pajama dress to make, for reals.

*Fits girls from about 5 to 10, depending on how long they like their jammies.

Supplies:

  • 1 yard fabric 54″ wide (1 1/2 yard of 44″ wide)
  • 1 1/2 yards lastin or fold over elastic (FOE)
  • Sewing machine
  • thread
  • ruler
  • scissors/rotary cutter with mat
  • decorations of choice

 What To Do:

1- Cut 2 rectangles of fabric measuring 15 inches x 9 inches (with the grain lines parallel to the 9″ side). These will be the sleeves.

Also cut 2 rectangles of fabric measuring 30 inches x 22 inches, with the grain lines parallel to the 22 inch side. Theses will be the front and back.

2- Fold your fabric in half with your fold on the left, and your two 9 inch sides on the right. Mark 5 inches down from the top outer corner along the 9 inch side, and 4 inches over from the top of the outer along the 7.5 inch side. (photo above)

3- Place a ruler as though you were drawing a line between the two points, and cut along that line. (photo below). Be sure NOT to cut the side where the fold is!

4- Repeat the last two steps to the other sleeve, and to the top portion of the two larger sections that were cut for the front and back. When you fold the front/back pieces in half, fold them so that your rectangle will measure 30 inches x 11 inches when folded.

These cuts will make your raglan style sleeves.

5- Using a serger, or a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew a sleeve to each side of the front, and one side of the back like this:

6- Take your lastin, and using a smaller zig-zag stitch, sew the lastin along the neck edge and the bottoms of both sleeves about 1/2 inch from the edge. Be sure to stretch the lastin as you are sewing.

7- Sew the remaining sleeve/body seam. Now your jammies should look like this:

8- Finish the jammies by sewing each side seam going from the edges of the sleeves all the way down to the bottom. Don’t forget to add you labels if you have them!
Optional details:
– Sew lastin to the bottom 6 inches (or so) of each side seam, giving your jammies a rouching on the sides and a rounded bottom.
– Sew button(s) or bow(s) to the front of the jammies for decoration (and that way they can easily figure out the front side of them).
Side note: this pattern can be easily adjusted by simply changing the dimensions of your original rectangles to make other sizes, and besides, it’s a jammie dress, it doesn’t need to fit perfectly.

Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at lyannajeandesigns@gmail.com.

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Split Twirl Skirt Tutorial Review

I made Char’s awesome Split Twirl Skirt from Crap I’ve Made last May, and I love how they turned out!

Even though it has taken me forever to comment on the pattern, I did post about them here. I’m not going to do an all formal review of this because it is a tutorial, so here goes.

First, lets start off by saying that this is a skirt that my older daughter picks to wear constantly, and I’m sure my younger daughter would too if she wasn’t 1 1/2. I’m sure she would if she was older. And, I’m also sure that many more versions of this one will be made. (Can you tell we love it?)

The one for my older daughter was made a little longer, which is another great thing about this tutorial: it’s so easy to custom make this since you are taking your own measurements! It is pretty much an equation that you are building, a very very easy equation.

The next best thing about this skirt is that it’s entirely assembled with rectangles! How wonderful if you want to crank out masses of these for your girls!!

So, I highly recommend this tutorial for Char’s Split Twirl Skirt so much so that I think I may be making one this week with linen now that I’m thinking about how easy, fun, and pretty much instant gratification this skirt is, maybe even in my size…hahaha (evil laughs don’t translate well to type, hmph).

Finished My First Plain Vest

I finished the plain vest in 4 days.

That felt good.

And I love it.

Quite often, I don’t have the opportunity to finish a project that quickly.

Maybe my biggest hold up was picking buttons…

Could you imagine why? May jar is a gallon size, and is full.

I did make some modifications to the original, all on my Ravelry page.

Do you have any projects that just made you feel like you were king of the world, even if only for a moment?