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 Wonderful Thread Catcher

I’ve been sewing for only about 22 years now and I’ve never had a thread catcher.

Say WHAT??

I know, right??

So, since I’ve been a good little crafter lately, I decided I just needed one. Something about the resident almost 2 year old loving thread piles….

What do you think??

There are only about 30 free tutorials out in internetland of how to make one, but I just loved the Thread Catcher Bag that Rachel Griffith did.

You should make one, you’ll love it too!

The outer fabric is a Robert Kaufman print, the lining is a Denise Schmit Free Market Fancy print, and the accent/base was a scrap of something I’m not sure of.

This is a great Attack Your Scraps project since the largest piece is only 6 1/2″ by 17 1/2″. It also utilizes fusible fleece, which is one of my most favorite products!

What’s that in the background you ask? Just a little pattern testing, post coming soon.

Oh, Emmaline

Have you seen the Emmaline apron??

This has got to be one of the absolute cutest aprons out there!

I joined a holiday apron swap, so of course I had to get a new apron pattern. Well, I actually ended up with 2 new patterns. I bought the Emmaline and the Gathering aprons from Sew Liberated.

There was so much lovely Christmas fabric to choose from, I had a very hard time picking only 2 prints, so I ended up making 2 Emmaline aprons.

I already have a fabric picked out to make myself a Gathering apron this spring. I’m quite excited!

The best part about the Emmaline apron was that the pattern was printed on regular paper, none of that lightweight tissue yuck! I was a little sad to discover that the gathering apron was printed on tissue type paper, super sad face.

The two Emmaline’s worked up really quickly. The worst part was all the pressing of the washed fabric, I’m not a fan of ironing (kinda funny that I love to sew/quilt but really don’t like ironing).

I’m really loving all these quick projects that I’ve been getting done this year in between the quilts I’ve been working on. Makes me feel all productive 😉

Honestly, I’m a little gaga over the Clara Dress. Maybe I just need one of those too….

What’s your favorite apron pattern?

Mini-Tent Success

There have been just a few small sewing projects that I’ve started and actually completed in the last month. Oh it feels great!!

My little nephew’s quilt & bib, a new boxie (that I love), and this mini-tent have all been great distractions to quilting my big projects lately. Is it just me (having 5 kids home) or is it more difficult to have the gumption to quilt in the summer?

I found the pattern while schmoozing Pinterest, well I find a lot that way, but this was a project I just knew I had to make! Feel free to follow me, I pins tons of stuff (I think I have about 77 boards now… uhh yea).

The lovely Kerry at Kid Giddy shared this pattern for the Mini-Tent. So, go check it out and make some! The pattern was super easy, and lots of pictures!

This one was given to a family friend, and both of my older boys asked me at least 3 times if I was making it for them. I’m thinking I already have some Christmas presents figured out! (score!)

The only thing I did differently was that I did not cover the faucet connector with duct tape, I just used nail polish remover to get the ink off, then washed it like 5 times so it wouldn’t smell. I liked the look of it without the tape.

And just incase you were wondering, a Build A Bear does fit inside. (not pictured)

Atlanta Bound with a New Boxie

I’m pretty excited, my husband and I are headed to Atlanta!

Today we’re driving to my Dad’s to drop off the kids (oh yea!), and tomorrow morning we’re flying out. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a plane with my husband, not that that’s a big deal or anything, just a thought. (and a run on sentence, geez….)

Either way, I love going new places!!

We’re traveling out there because it’s Thirty One’s National Conference, and it’s the first one I’m going to. So very excited! I didn’t go last year because I was only with the company for about 2 months and couldn’t really justify it at that point. But this year it was almost a MUST!

And, what’s a little traveling without some new digs??

I made this beauty to house my knitting project (I can’t travel without a project – or 2).

Followed the (No Guts) Boxie Pouch Tutorial, and I loved it! I did make a few adjustments:
1) I used woven interfacing instead of lightweight. I like pouches with a little more umph. 
2) I cut the pieces for the tabs at 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches instead of 1 by 3. I wanted my tabs a little longer.

Did I mention that it’s the perfect size for my knitting project!

I absolutely love it, and am most definitely making lots more. My oldest daughter has already made a request (requirement is more like it) that I make her one as well.

Most favorite part of this tutorial is that the inside is completely finished – NO unfinished seams!! The inside is so cute, I’m tempted to turn the whole thing inside out and take a picture.

We pulled these fabrics, they’d make some really cute Boxies don’t you think?!

One of the best kept quilting secrets – HST paper!

Ok, I seriously feel like the super nerdy kid that came across something that made me popular enough to join the ‘cool kids’ crowd!

How come no one smacked me over the head with this stuff??

I mean, I’d heard about paper piecing, but never tried it.

HST paper is a piece of paper, or a document that you print onto paper, that you pin to fabric that is right sides together. You then sew on the sewing lines, and cut on the cutting lines when you are done sewing. You end up with x amount of HSTs that are fantastically accurate and symmetrical. AND, you didn’t have to fidget with tons of little triangles if you want a small finished HST.

Let me go back to the beginning.

I joined a mystery quilt thing with my local guild last summer. We got 3 different steps for cutting and piecing before we got the final block placement for the quilt.

The excitement for my first mystery quilt was huge!

Step one, knocked out in no time.

Step two: cut strips 2 3/8″ wide and cut into squares, then into triangles and make 96 – 1 1/2″ HST (Half Square Triangles).

That means 192 – 2 3/8″ squares people.

Yea, ain’t gonna happen….

So, there it sat, patiently waiting. I received step three at the following guild meeting. There it still sat. I even got the last step (in an envelope, as not to temp me). There it sat. There was even a show and tell for this mystery quilt (yea, there goes the surprise… funny thing is I’ve already forgotten what the final quilt looks like… haha). And it still sat.

Then I decided to actually read the pattern beyond the cutting instructions (novel idea really…). Well, there was an alternative method… HST PAPER!!

GEEZ!!!

…Face plant…

Know how long it takes to sew 108 HST with the paper???

Less than an hour, that includes: getting on your computer, printing the paper, trimming it, cutting the large pieces of fabric, pinning, a few text messages, a dirty diaper, and a bathroom break.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, HST Paper is FANTASTIC!!

You should go try it out.

Go get a free download for 9 different sizes that you can print from home at Quilting and What Not.

Here’s a few ideas of what you could make with just a few HSTs:

1. Finished”>http://flickr.com/photos/29655571@N08/8213665846/”>Finished Field Study half-square triangle chevron quilt
2. Triangles”>http://flickr.com/photos/37715522@N00/7730805986/”>Triangles Bag
3. Half”>http://flickr.com/photos/39275021@N05/5405663993/”>Half Square triangle cushions
4. half-square”>http://flickr.com/photos/30302047@N04/5685349559/”>half-square triangle placemats
5. http://flickr.com/photos/70531558@N00/4175569730/“>{ geometric squares quilt }
6. Chevron”>http://flickr.com/photos/16468558@N03/6721058653/”>Chevron Half Square Triangle Values Quilt and Pillow
7. Triangle”>http://flickr.com/photos/29745380@N05/9084659293/”>Triangle Patch Box Pouch
8. Innocent”>http://flickr.com/photos/35368186@N06/6792934278/”>Innocent Crush Patchwork Pillow Cover

Let there be PJs

I am so happy to say that I finished the bigger part of my goal from March by finishing the PJ pants for my boys that were cut out back before… uh… Christmas. Yup, Christmas.

Go figure that the boys have to sit on the very same couch cushion when we have the EKTORP sectional. No one else was even in the room.

And now we’re ready for warmer weather. ha ha ha.

Mother’s Day Pillow

What better gift could I have given my Mom on Mother’s Day besides her king-sized quilt that I ran out of thread for while quilting it? (more is on the way)

Well, a pillow to match of course!

I started making the hexagons for these once the quilt top was complete. I wanted to be sure that the scraps were really scraps and not needed for the quilt. I sewed them together by hand, then machine quilted them onto a 17inch square.

It was hard to give this to her, I wanted to keep it for my house! The back may be my favorite part oddly enough. It’s just strips left over that I made into an envelope back. Oh I love it.

Handmade Christmas Gifts Part 3 – Stockings

My brother and his boys really like Charlie Brown, so what else do they need besides some Charlie Brown Christmas stockings??

I used the template from this stocking pattern for the shape of my stockings. I felt like it took me forever to find a template that I liked, and I didn’t want to try again to draw one I liked (I’ve only drawn about 4 in years passed). And, the stockings that my kids have are Whoville stockings from the Grinch that Stole Christmas, so using them as a template seemed kind of silly.

With these stockings I simply free-motion quilted around the pattern on the fabric. The back of all three is the same blue and white stripe.

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.