Crazy Horse: KCW Sewing Geranium Top

Horse Geranium top, pattern by Made by Rae, sewn by fromwholecloth.com, fabric by Cotton + Steel

 

Horse Geranium Top, pattern by Made by Rae, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

 

Horse Geranium Top, pattern by Made by Rae, sewn by #fromwholecloth, fabric by Cotton + Steel

This is my little crazy horse, my Daisy horse. Crazy Horse was known for being ferocious in battle; she’s ferocious in her own way. Small in stature but big in spirit. And louder than anyone her size has a right to be. She’s also going through a phase (is it still appropriate to call it a phase when it’s been about 9 months?!?) where she doesn’t think bedtime applies to her. We do the whole bath, book and bed routine, and then she stays up for a couple more hours engaging in vigorous conversation with her toys, singing songs of her own composition, and occasionally sneaking downstairs to see what Mommy and Daddy are doing. And she’s still typically the first one to wake in the morning.

She just turned three and a half, which means she’s big now. “I was little when I was three, but now I’m big.” Watch out, world!

Now, I know a lot of girls are c-c-c-crazy about horses. I went through my own horse-crazed period when I was little. I even asked for a horse for Christmas, and my Mom patiently and devoid of sarcasm responded something along the lines of, “Well, in case Santa Claus can’t bring you a horse, is there something else you’d like for Christmas?” I wanted to know why Santa wouldn’t bring me a horse, that’s what! Well, I never did get that horse, and in fact I forgot all about my previous horse obsession until I started to see so many horse-themed fabrics making their debut over the last year or so. Daisy is actually not horse crazy – yet. Transformer, cheetah and rhino crazy, yes. But this horse fabric has been staring at me from my fabric stash for a while and I couldn’t resist using it any longer.

The theme for the Spring Kids Clothes Week (April 20-26) was “Wild Things” and I fittingly sewed this wild mustang top for Daisy. I sewed a bunch of other things, too, but then she and I both were hit hard by a stomach bug that week and I never posted any of my projects. I am seriously backlogged on posting about recent sewing projects, so I’m trying to catch up. Actually, I’m grateful for a little reprieve from sewing because, to tell the truth, I’m feeling a little sewed-out after a marathon sewing session at the end of last week. (More on that later!)

Horse Geranium Top, pattern by Made by Rae, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

This top is the Geranium Dress/Top Sewing Pattern by Made by Rae. I’ve made the dress option of that pattern before both here and here. It’s an uncomplicated sew and produces such a reliable result. Except that I forgot to mark the buttonholes when I cut my fabric, and then guesstimated on their location and they ended up a little too far from the edge. It made the bodice a bit tighter, but still wearable. Whoops!

Geranium Dress/Top Pattern by Made by Rae, sewn by fromwholecloth.com, mustang fabric by Cotton + Steel

I’m sad to report that lately I’ve been getting a lot of push back from Daisy about wearing a dress. “No, Mommy. Not a dress today. I want a shirt!”, she’ll insist in the morning. I guess I’ve always known this day was coming, since I’ve heard so many stories about little girls deciding very early on that they want to call the shots on their apparel. I applaud her independence, but it’s still kind of breaking my heart. And so, I sewed up a shirt that is about as close to a dress as I can get! “You made me a horse dress?” “No, no, it’s a shirt! A horse SHIRT!!”

The fabric is Melody Miller’s Mustang in Aqua for Cotton + Steel. The feel of this fabric is wonderfully soft – especially considering it is quilting cotton. It feels soft like favorite shirt status soft.

Geranium Dress & Top Pattern by Made by Rae, sewn by fromwholecloth, Mustang fabric by Cotton + Steel

When I decided on the pattern and fabric for the top, I also decided to make her some fun pants to complete the outfit. Big oops on my part – they are way too big on her right now! Rather than calling this a sewing fail (even though I was dying to see her wear the top and bottom together), I’m considering myself super organized for having a leg up on her fall wardrobe. How’s that for a positive spin!

Sleepy Jeans Pattern by Brownie Goose, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

But seriously, aren’t these pants super cute!? (Sleepy Jeans Pattern by Brownie Goose, fabric is Robert Kaufman chambray in indigo)

Thanks for reading!

Blog Tour: Infinite A-line Dress by Whisk’em

Infinite A-Line Dress, pattern by Bonnie Wiscombe of whiskem.com, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

To infinity and beyond!

Sorry, Buzz Lightyear, but this post has nothing to do with space exploration. But it has everything to do with a brand new girl’s dress pattern – the Infinite A-line Dress – by Bonnie Wiscombe of whisk ‘em. Oh boy, was this pattern fun to sew!

Welcome to stop #1 on the Infinite A-Line Dress blog tour! I am honored that Bonnie asked me to join her blog tour for this extremely versatile new pattern – thank you, Bonnie! This is Bonnie’s first sewing pattern, and it’s loaded with options to create seemingly endless versions of an A-line dress and really allow your inner designer to take the reins.

Infinite A-line Dress by Bonnie Wiscombe, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

For my first attempt at the pattern, I selected Version D, which includes an empire bodice with ruffles. This version has a bit more going on than the simple, classic triangle-shaped silhouette, but don’t worry, the traditional A-line shape is included among the pattern versions. I chose Version D in particular because it made me think of this dress I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago and have been hoping to replicate for my daughter.

Infinite A-Line Dress, pattern by whiskem.com, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

I sewed the dress in a size 3 based on my daughter’s chest measurement. Her measurement was exactly equal to the maximum for size 3. I was tempted to size up just to extend the period that the dress would fit, but I wanted the dress to fit well this summer, so I stuck with the size 3. The bodice fits perfectly.

Infinite A-line Dress, pattern by Bonnie Wiscombe, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

The assembly of the bodice for Version D was very straightforward, and I appreciate that it is more detailed than simply adding a flutter sleeve to an armhole. The ruffle piece is attached along the entire front and back bodice piece. Don’t get me wrong – I love me a pretty flutter sleeve – but this bodice and ruffle design provides for a more structured and sophisticated look. It also prevents the ruffle from becoming too floppy, since it has support along the entire bodice.

Bodice Detail, Infinite A-line Dress by Bonnie Wiscombe, sewn by #fromwholecloth

The additional seaming along the bodice is also the perfect invitation to add trim! I could not resist adding red ric rac trim along the bodice/ruffle seams. Piping or mini pom pom trim would be awesome as well. Ah, so many possibilities. I also used a red metallic embroidery thread for my topstitching for another pop of color.

Back View, Infinite A-line Dress, pattern by Bonnie Wiscombe, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

Aside from adding the trim, my only variation from the pattern instructions was to make my back button loop out of the main fabric, as opposed to using elastic cord. This was simply based on personal preference; I think the fabric loop looks dressier. I cut a piece of fabric about 8″ long by 1″ wide; pressed the fabric in half lengthwise, and then folded in both the lengthwise raw edges to meet the center fold in order to conceal them and pressed again. Then I topstitched the piece closed along the lengthwise open edge. I ended up cutting a few inches of extra length off the loop once I’d sewn it in place on the bodice, so 8″ was way more than enough length to work with.

Back Closure Detail, Infinite A-line Dress by Bonnie Wiscombe, sewn by #fromwholecloth

The dress is a good reminder that I need to use solid color fabrics more frequently in my sewing. I am so often drawn to the gorgeous prints and beautifully illustrated designs featured in quilting cottons, and they can be wonderful choices for making cute children’s apparel. But for this dress I used a Robert Kaufman chambray in indigo (to be honest I thought the color would be darker than it is – I purchased it online so I didn’t see it in person before purchasing). After reading so many other bloggers raving about chambray for apparel sewing, I finally made the plunge and I am a complete convert. It was amazing to work with and the soft drape leaves quilting cotton in the dust. I also feel that the solid color allows the details of the dress to stand out more. It’s worth mentioning that the softness of the chambray means that the ruffle is not quite as perky as it would be with quilting cotton. I prefer the more subdued ruffle.

Back View, Infinite A-line Dress by whiskem.com, sewn by #fromwholecloth

I already have plans to sew another version of this dress pattern. With so many options, and opportunities to really personalize the look to your own taste, this pattern is bound to be in rotation for a while!

Project details:

Pattern: Infinite A-line Sewing Pattern by Bonnie Wiscombe of whisk ‘em; Version D in size 3 shown here4; pattern available at Craftsy.com

Fabric: Cotton chambray by Robert Kaufman, in indigo; red ric rac trim

Notes: Version D Bodice is fully lined; bodice seaming created by the ruffle piece is a perfect opportunity to embellish with trim

Infinite A-line Dress Pattern, by whiskem.com, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

Thank you for visiting!  Be sure to follow along on the Infinite A-line Dress blog tour and check out additional creations from these lovely contributors:

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Saturday, May 30: itstaylormade

Monday, June 1: heatherhalesdesigns

 

Orange You Glad It’s Spring: Betsy’s Dress

orange Betsy's Dress, a pattern by BG Originals, in a Heather Ross fabric, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

I’ve never considered myself a big fan of the color orange. I don’t dislike it, but it’s just never really risen anywhere near the top of colors I use in sewing or otherwise. But this dress — this orange dress — I love!

Betsy's Dress, a pattern by #browniegoose, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

The dress pattern is Betsy’s Dress by browniegoose, purchased on Etsy. I’ve sewn several brownie goose patterns and they have all proven to be well-written and very straightforward. And completely adorable!

The fabric is by Heather Ross, and its bright colors and whimsical design perfectly embody Spring. It’s hard to tell from these pictures, but the design includes the cutest little bumblebees adorned in handkerchiefs and carrying baskets, out collecting blooms. This was a fabric design I ordered almost immediately upon its release, and then saved it and saved it… It’s funny how that happens (er, repeatedly). I’m applauding my delay in using it though, because I think it’s perfect for this dress.

This dress was actually a Mother’s Day present to myself. I wasn’t sure Daisy would truly like the dress due to the higher neckline and the three-quarter length sleeves, but I was quite enamored with it and determined that she’d at least have to wear it for me on Mother’s Day. Whenever I dress her in something with in-between length sleeves she spends a bunch of time tugging on them in an attempt to make them full-length. The same thing goes with capris. “Why don’t they go all the way down?”, she asks bewildered.

Betsy's Dress, pattern by brownie goose, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

Well, it’s been a success. She wore it for Mother’s Day and a few times since, as well. She was concerned about the sleeve length at first, but it subsided quickly. Maybe that was a Mother’s Day gift to me, as well!

I love the sweet little details on this dress. The pattern suggests lace trim on the cuffs and pocket, but I elected to use white ric rac. And the pocket in its own fabric (Bonnie Christine design, I think) is a fun way to use up some scraps while adding more visual interest to the dress. Daisy has already put the pocket to good use while collecting random bits of nature around the yard. Note to self, must remember to empty the pocket before washing the dress! (Random detail: I never remember to check pockets when doing laundry. I am forever finding hard little tissue paper “rocks”, coins, hair elastics and more in the washing machine due to my forgetfulness! Does everyone else remember to check pockets?)

Betsy's Dress pattern by brownie goose, sewn by fromwholecloth.com

And lest you think she’s always ready and willing to be perfectly posed for a photo shoot — here’s a shot of her in her more typical mode, Transformers in hand, of course!

Betsy's Dress, pattern by #browniegoose, sewn by #fromwholecloth

I’ll be back early next week to show off a new pattern from a talented new pattern designer! Stay tuned….

Geo Clutch: Sewing for Me

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

I did a little sewing for me recently. A clutch purse with geometric prints in indigo and white.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

I realize a clutch is not the most practical of purses, but it’s a style I really like. And these geometric prints from Hawthorne Threads’ new Isometry Fabric Collection seemed like a fun way to indulge my fancy. I couldn’t choose just one of the prints, so I decided to feature a different print on each side of the bag (and the lining!), and I love the look of the different designs combined when the clutch is folded over. And, seriously, what’s not to love about indigo and white. The crisp combination says “summer!” to me. I guess the colors conjure up sailor’s suits and other nautical themes, but are just so much more modern in the geometric precision of this collection.

And if indigo doesn’t make you as giddy as it does me, the Isometry collection comes in an array of colors — including an amazing azalea. The background fabric in these photos is another Hawthorne Threads design, from their Zambezi fabric collection.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

And I dare say the gold metal zipper looks just fetching with these colors.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

The arrival of this new fabric collection was like kismet for me. I’ve been searching for geometric prints for another project I’ve had my eye on for a while.  This clutch was the test run to see how I liked these new fabrics. They are actually digitally printed – just like paper! – and you can read more about the process on the Hawthorne Threads website. Very interesting.

I made this clutch big, both to accommodate a nice fold over and to allow it to fit my ipad and a few other goodies when unfolded. I also used fusible fleece interfacing between the layers to give it some nice thickness and padding.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

Sewing this clutch made me realize it’s been a long while since I’ve sewn something for myself. I definitely need to rectify this situation. Jeans and t-shirts move aside. I’ve got plans.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com