Friday, October 31, 2014

My Frozen's Anna Halloween Costume

My little Elsa Queen had been insisting I dress up like Anna from Frozen. Except I wasn't in the mood to wear a long dress, long cape, and winter boots, in this hot California weather.  So I decided to make a "summer version" of the Anna dress. Short length, no sleeves, and a hot pink peter pan color instead of the cape. Oh, and I opted to wear it with some black stilletos. Here's the results. 

I simply looked in my stash & found some black poly-stretch jersey fabric to make my bodice, & I made the skirt out of a soft poly-cotton blend ( almost had a suede feel to it, not exactly sure what it was ), and I used a hot pink satin for my colar. Then I just stitched a hot pink ribbon along my hem. 

I used Simplicity 1419, view B. Super easy, super comfortable to wear! I didn't even have to use a zipper since my bodice fabric had a stretch to it, although I did cut a short slit & created a loop type of opening then added a hook & eye closure.  Originally I had planned on sewing on the sleeves, but I changed my mind last minute. 

For my front bodice "Anna Art", I used Reynolds Frozen Paper  found at Walmart, to create a stencil, then cut it out using an exact blade. The frozen paper can be ironed onto fabric to hold the stencil in place, while you paint it with fabric paint. I used some tulip glittery paints from Michaels. 

I could of added a few more coats, but I guess I was a little anxious to finish. I was still happy with the results. 

Like I mentioned, I wasn't in the mood to be wearing winter boots in this hot weather, so I opted to wear my black ankle strap stilettos. 

Here we are after my tot's ABC class. We had a Frozen Fun time at her Halloween Party. 

What I loved most about making this "Anna" dress using this particular pattern, is that it's not too "costumy" in my opinion. I think I would even wear it to Disneyland on one of these days since we are annual pass holders, except I will wear it with ballet flats or even my black converse ( although some hot pink converse would be cute too ).

I will definitely be making another dress using this same pattern. Would look cute with a fitted sweater. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Simplicity 1435

I had Simplicity 1435 in my stash for a while thinking I'd use it to make some leggings for my 3 year old, but decided to make View C of the dress with some changes. 

The pattern is sized for "stretch knits only" but I used about 1 3/4 of cotton, added a zipper on the back, & made it with a pleated style skirt instead of the single or double ruffled layer the pattern called for. I was quite pleased with how it turned out!

I found the cotton print at Joann's ( in a light turquoise blue with red cherry blossoms ), very adorable. 

I get asked a lot where I bought her shoes. They are from Gymboree. Red & white polka dots with a blue face. Very darling & one of her favorite pairs. 

I made this dress in a size 3. I personally thought it was slightly big on her. But my daughter really thinks it is perfect, as she prefers long dresses. Or as she would say "super long" please!

If you have this pattern or plan to get it, you will get a lot of use out of it for sure! I will most definitely be making a few more of these, & perhaps a few shirts & leggings too. And don't be intimidated to use other blends of fabrics, even though the pattern calls for "knits only". Just make sure to add either a zipper or buttons if you're not using a knit. 

If you're a beginner you should be able to finish this within a 4 hour window, no problem. I probably took an hour and a half or so, and of course you can too once you're confident cutting and sewing. 

And the best part of sewing this up as usual is the cost! Here's the breakdown:

Fabric ( on sale ): $5.50
Pattern (on sale ) $1
Zipper ( on sale )  $1
Total: $7.50

Hope you enjoyed this review & can use this pattern yourself!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

McCall's 6982

I've been sewing up quite a few dresses for my three year old lately, and I'm excited to be sharing some of them. Here's a cute one using McCall's 6982.

Pattern Review of McCall's 6982

I made View A in a children's size 3, with a minor tweak on the sleeve. Instead of making it a long sleeve, I made it a quarter sleeve and stitched in a skinny elastic about two inches from the edge, for a cute flair.

I used about 1 3/4 of a cotton ( dark grey w/ turquoise stars ) fabric I bought on sale at Joanne's. 

There is a zipper on the back, but I only made it about 7" ( and not a 12" like the pattern called for ), and I also didn't see a need for a hook & eye. 

I'd say this pattern is easy to follow for a beginner & I think most people can finish it in a 2-4 hour window ( I made this in about 2 hours, which included pattern tracing & cutting ). 

What I loved about this pattern is the versatility of the design, as you can create a few variations on the sleeves, and make it using only one layer or two, and add different embellishments like ribbon on the skirt edges or buttons on the front. 

The only think I wasn't too crazy about was how low the collar turned out & if I were to make it again I'd most likely adjust the pattern a bit. But as you can see, it still looks cute with a necklace.

Total cost was under $6, including the pattern I bought on sale for a dollar ). & it only takes 1-1 3/4 of a yard depending on whether you're doing two skirt layers or long sleeves. 

Hope you found this review helpful & enjoy making one or a few of these for your little one too!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Long Jeans to Capri's for Girly Toddlers

Can't believe it's been a whole year since I've updated my sewing blog! Been too busy having fun with my toddler. But I have been busy sewing too & I hope to make time to share more often. I miss the cyber sewing world!

Well to start off, my daughter is a girly girl, preferring to wear dresses, dresses, and more dresses. She's wanted nothing to do with jeans.....until this morning when all of sudden she said yes to wearing jeans "like daddy" she said! Yes, like daddy darling, then she pointed to my jeggings which fit just below my knees & she proceeded to say "like mami". Which gave me the opportunity to get a little sewing time before heading out to the beach. Here's the result!

This is a fairly simple way to "girlify" those jeans for your toddler if you have a girly girl such as mine. Just measure where you want the new jeans to fit, mark them with a pencil, then cut away. I ironed about 1/2" then another inch to create the new hem, and pinned it in place. Then you could either hem it using one row of stitches or double like I did & voila you have a new pair of cute capri jeans your tot will love!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Re-Fashion your T's

I've been going through my closet lately to get rid of stuff I no longer use, but I thought I would save most of the t'shirts I've acquired over the years like this one I won at a raffle at our last Vespa ride along in Santa Barbara. Because most of the t shirts from events are so boxy looking, I'm going to start to feminize them a bit by bringing in the sides, cutting off the collar, & adding some 1/4" elastic thread to the shoulders and side seams. Here's a rather quick & easy way do to this. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hannah Dress by Yeppar

I had purchased a pattern by Yeppar a while ago, while waiting for the referral of my daughter from China & I really liked the simplicity behind it & how fast it is to sew up!

But I especially love the fact that instead of just seeing the finished product hang in my daughter's closet, I can now see her wearing it!

Here she is wearing one in a teal damask print. My daughter is currently 20 months old and weighs about 28 pounds so I made her a size 2t. I also stitched some ribbon around the waist instead of adding the little strip the pattern called for. 

Here's another one in an orange cotton print and a contrasting color for the little strip.

And I decided to make her a US themed one thinking I'd put it on her for our US Consulate appointment while in China. I added some ribbon at the bottom with pre stitched blue thread on it, so I just stitched right along the middle with a white thread. 

And here she is wearing it on December 3, 2012

I also like that these little dresses can be worn as tunics too with a long sleeve underneath & some leggings. Hoping to make a few more of these for the spring. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy MLK Day!

Made this last year.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Find the original tutorial here: