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Halloween Magic Dress

[Whimsical Fabric Wacky Wednesday Bundle}

Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Fall, and that means Halloween.  This week’s Wacky Wednesday Bundle at Whimsical Fabric will get you in the spirit for Halloween Magic.

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This week’s bundle is Halloween Magic from Riley Blake stitched up in the Oliver + S Pinwheel Dress.  (offered HERE)  For my almost-7-year -old daughter this is a fun combo.  The pattern offers a slip dress and a tunic.  I made both so we have some layering options.

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I love the swinging skirts that tuck up in the front.  And the bias trim detail – I am a sucker for anytime I can make my own bias trim.  In my world, the more fabric combos you can use the better!  Bias trim is another fabric to use, so YAY!

This is why I LOVE the bundle deals on Wednesdays… a perfect fabric combo!

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The Wacky Wednesday Deal is offered at 12 noon central on the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group.  It is only offered until it sells out which is usually in the first 24 hours.  This bundle includes the 5 fabric prints, and you can buy a Full Yard bundle (5 total yards) or a Half Yard bundle (2.45 total yards).  Of course, multiple bundles will be cut in continuous yardage.

And while you at Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group, look around, make some friends, and find so much inspiration.

Happy Wednesday!  And an early Happy Halloween, I hope yours is full of Halloween Magic.

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Poolside Fun in a Towel Coverup

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE so it must be time for a Pool Side Beach Party blog tour hosted by Deb (Sprouting Jube Jube) and Ula (lulu & celeste).  My contribution is a swimsuit coverup made from a beach towel using the ModKid Hailey pattern.

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The beach towel is from Wal-mart and cost less than $5 and was just enough for a size 7 Hailey tunic length.  I pulled bright yellow woven fabric from my stash for the beach cover up ruffle on the bottom.  To finish the neckline and the sleeves, I used 1/2″ store bought binding.  The empire waist is gathered with 1″ elastic sewn down with 3  rows of stitching.

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Because this swim cover up worked up so easy and looks so good, I went back and bought more terry cloth beach towels to sew up a few more coverups for my daughter’s swim friends.  So stayed tuned – more to come!

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And now for the blog tour GOODIES!

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Pocket Pants in Goats

HAPPY 2 Year ANNIVERSARY Sofilantjes!  It’s been an exciting year full of patterns, tutorials, mash-ups, hacks, and such creativeness!  I am happy to be part of the anniversary blog tour.  To celebrate the anniversary, I pulled my FAVORITE goat fabric and made a capri Domi pants with plenty of pockets for my girl.  I LOVE this fabric!  almost as much as I LOVE the Sofilantjes Domi Pants Pattern.  And then with the extra pockets… ok, yes, that’s enough gushing – let’s get to the good stuff.

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The Domi Pants Pattern come with options for front pockets.  I added back and side pockets to my capri pants.  The side pockets include a velco tab closure.

Here are pictures of the simple steps to add these pockets.

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Before I go on… make sure to join the Sofilantjes Facebook group to learn more about the patterns, interact with the experienced seamstresses, and for the chance to WIN free stuff!

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The matching top is from the Solis Dress Pattern, but only the bodice pieces with an additional 5″ of length to make it into a tank top.  And the cute goat is proudly displayed on the back.

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Want your own Sofilantjes Patterns?  You can WIN patterns during the huge celebration  – visit the Sofilantjes blog HERE to enter.  OR, purchase HERE using discount code CELEBRATE for 25% off all patterns (bundles excluded, expires May 26th)

From-a-Box celebrates Sofilantjes 2 year anniversary!

Enjoy all the creatively at each of these blogs:
From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynnBeri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

NOW for the celebration…

Day 1: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 25, 12.00 AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 2: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam time)
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Day 3: 10 patterns to give away. Will run until May 27 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 4: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 28 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 5: 9 patterns to give away. Will run until May 29 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)   Enter here…a Rafflecopter giveaway

And… one last shot of the goat pants since they are so AWESOME!

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Summer Solis Dress

The latest design from Sofilantjes is the Solis Dress, and it is PERFECT for summer weather.  The PDF Pattern makes a knit fabric dress (or tunic) with a racerback tank top.  It is a very unique design!  And it is easy to make if you have experience with knit fabrics – if you dont, then just take your time, and ask for help HERE.

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The skirt can be made with pleats or as a full circle.  Just so you know, the full skirt version makes a super twirl skirt!  It can be a dress or a tunic.  And it has inseam POCKETS.  I think every garment should have pockets!

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The Solis pattern is offered in sizes 12 months to 14 years.

I made a size 6 pleated dress for my girl.  It is very fitted, and fit her perfectly.  I suggest measuring your girl to get the fit right.  And be careful sizing up too much because the cut of this top needs to fit.  As with all Sofilantjes patterns, the measurements are spot on.

Another suggestion is to use knit fabric that is less than 50% stretch – really you should use about 30% stretch.  This is because of the fit and underarm cut.  You dont want this saggy.  So pick a sturdy knit fabric.  I used a tight cotton/spandex flowered knit and a cotton pink knit purchased from Jo-ann.  The pattern has the option of adding clear elastic to the neckline.  I didnt have any, and am not particularly skilled at using clear elastic, so I omitted it.  And since my outer knit fabric had good recovery to it, I didnt need it.

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The pattern meets the typical high quality expected from Sofilantjes – see my other garments HERE, HERE, and HERE.  There are line drawings, printing in layers, clear & concise instructions, measurements and fabric charts, a summary of steps at the end, and TONS of example photos from her testers.

The Solis Pattern is on sale for only 2 days… and make sure you join the Sofilantjes Sew and Show FB group to meet other Sofilantjes fans.

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Little Gypsy Queen Dress for Spring

This dress is ready for Spring Twirling!

I made this dress with a full circle patchwork skirt, gathered neckline, and back bow from the PDF Pattern designed by Handmaiden’s Cottage.  It’s the Little Gypsy Queen pattern.

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The fabric is the Dreamin’ Vintage collection by Art Gallery from Whimsical Fabric online shop.  It was their Wacky Wednesday deal in March… Join the group HERE to get the deals and join the challenges.

The fabric is SO pretty!  I love the blues, yellows, and purples.  Making the dress, I was continually reminded of the beds sheets at my Granny’s house.  Then it made sense.  The fabric collection is a retro print inspired by those bed sheets that I remember.

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The dress pattern features a patchwork skirt that makes a full circle skirt, and that means plenty of twirly fun for girlie.  The waist is wrapped in a band that ties at the back in a sweet bow.  The bodice and gathered neck is made in the prettiest blue fabric of the collection.  The bodice is fully lined in a cotton white fabric and finished at the arms and the waist.   The dress fits comfy with the easy elastic around the top and the adjustable waist.  The bottom of the dress is finished with a narrow hem below the knees.

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Besides making this dress for Whimsical Fabrics Wacky Wednesday challenge, this dress was made as my first ever garment made just for sale.  I joined the Handmaiden’s Cottage Pattern Showcase Sale hosted by Landocolors on their Facebook Page HERE.  The showcase features pattern designs from Handmaiden’s Cottage patterns.  The garments for sale on the Facebook Page range from Women’s Skirts & Aprons to Doll Dresses, and of course includes little girls and big girls Dresses, Tops and Pants.  So many beautiful clothes!  in all the Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns.

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This was my first opportunity to try out selling online, and I am so thankful for the opportunity.   But alas, my dress did not sell.  To be honest, I am disappointed, but not surprised.  However, I feel challenged now, and think I will be looking further into the online market for handmade items.  I want to try it out more.

Here is one last look at my Little Gypsy Queen Dress for Spring…

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Easter Dresses in Voile

Voile Fabric… wondering what it is?  wondering what to do with it?  wondering if you should try it?  or, maybe, you have tried it, you know what to do with it, and you are wondering what your next project with voile fabric should be.

I am here to share with you my project in voile fabric and to inspire you to make something in voile fabric of your own.

Using voile fabric and a PDF pattern from Whimsical Fabric online store, I made this darling dress for my 6 1/2 year old daughter.

This is her Easter dress.

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The voile fabric is Kladi Under Shadow from the Skopelos collection by Art Gallery – HERE in the Whimsical Fabric store.  The pettiskirt is Pure Elements in Fuschia also from Whimsical Fabric and cotton candy pink netting from my local shop.  The PDF Pattern is the Bateau Garden Dress designed by Winter Wear, yes, also available at Whimsical Fabric.

* the fabric was purchased by me with a discount, and the pattern was provided to me in exchange for the stitch up and the write up *

The BEST part of the project is the super-yummy voile fabric from Whimsical Fabric, and the oh-so-fluffy pettiskirt under the dress designed by Winter Wear Designs.

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So let’s talk about voile fabrics.

I don’t want to disappoint you, but other than the most luxurious, buttery-softest, and most lovely fabric you have ever worked with, sewing with voile is no different than sewing with good quilting cotton.  I suggest using a very sharp microtex needle, and setting your tension to work with lighter weight fabrics – but otherwise, I worked with voile fabric just like I work with other cottons.

The big difference is the wearability!  Just like flannel fabric is super cozy for pajamas or for blankets – voile is so-very comfortable for garments.  Especially for a draping shirt or a flowing skirt, and especially for this Easter Dress for my girl.  The soft circle skirt with the fluffy skirt underneath works perfectly in voile fabric.

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As for care of voile fabric- there are no special considerations.  I prewashed the fabric and lost little yardage due to shrinkage (remember, this is from Art Gallery, so it’s the good stuff).  I used my usual DRY & HOT setting on the iron.  I sprayed water for pressing and setting the seams.  At completion, I used Best Press spray.  After sewing, I washed and dried this dress, pressed it, and this is how it looks… pretty good, yes?!

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My daughter’s Easter dress is made from the Bateau Garden Dress PDF Pattern designed by Winter Wear Designs.  It is the scoop back dress cut at the size 7 vintage length with the tulle pettiskirt.  The pettiskirt is gathered tightly under the waist of the dress to add some poof.  Because the voile fabrics are softer and thiner than other cottons, the gathers make up beautifully!  Honestly, I think these are some of my most perfect gathers simply because the fabric is so supple.  The neckline is understitched and the circle skirt is hemmed with the 3/8″ bias made from the fuschia solid fabric.  The bodice is completely lined, and the skirt seams are finished with a serger.

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Again, back to the fabrics… as I said these are Art Gallery fabrics and they are some of the very best on the market (imo)… Art Gallery doesn’t disappoint in the fabric prints, colors, quality, and styles.  And as you know, I shop Whimsical Fabric online store because of their selection, customer service, fair prices, and super-quick shipping — Go shopping HERE.

The team at Whimsical Fabric is engaging, supportive, and helpful – and their Facebook Group is always busy and exciting with contests, prizes, special deals, and friendly connections — Join the group HERE.

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There are other seamstresses sharing their projects in voile fabrics – please visit them, leave a nice comment, and start planning your own projects with voile fabrics!

3/14: Larissa from Connected by a Thread
3/15: Denita from Hattielu Handmade
3/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins
3/17: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins
3/18: Stacey from From a Box

You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.

Cowl Neck Top for a Teen

{Hibernis | Pattern by Sofilantjes}

Want to sew for a teenager?  But don’t know what to sew for a teen girl?  My teenage niece is lovin’ the Hibernis Cowl Neck Top!  It has a flattering fit that looks stylish.  She even said it is her favorite of all the tops I have made her – yes, that makes this Aunt feel really good 🙂

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The Hibernis Cowl Neck Top PDF Pattern is just released by Sofilantjes Patterns.  You can check out all the testers version HERE.  And of course it is offered at a special price HERE – but act fast, it’s a limited offer.

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Sofilantjes provided the test pattern to me, and I stitched up a size 13 for my niece with short sleeves, princess seams, and side pockets.  Because she is tall and thin, I slimmed down the top front and back sides to a size 12, just to keep it fitted on her.  The pattern is supposed to fit slim, and not super bulky around the middle – this stylish feature is consistent throughout the Sofilantjes Patterns.

My niece modeled it for me this morning, and then wore it to school…

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The most unique feature of this new Sofilantjes Pattern is the removable cowl or scarf around the neckline.  It is secured with two buttoned or snapped flaps on the shoulders.

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I used a multi-color zigzag patterned knit for the front and back and cowl, a black knit for the sides and sleeves, and a magenta knit for the side pockets.  The neckband, waistband, and pocket trim is a ribbed black knit.  All fabrics are from Jo-anns.  I used my serger to piece the top together and a double-needle on my sewing machine for top stitching and hemming.

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The Sofilantjes Pattern is for intermediate seamstresses – in my opinion.  While working with knit fabrics is not difficult, the amount of pieces and the placement of the side pockets does take some patience.  But, the pattern instructions will help you make this top for your girlie.  And the Sofilantjes Sew & Show Facebook Group is super helpful if needed.

The Cowl Neck Shirt Pattern comes in sizes 12m to 14.  The pattern contains: Instructions with both pictures and graphics (+ VIDEO LINK!), a summary in writing and a summary in graphics, A4 and leter size trimless pattern pieces and a A0 file.  The instructions are complete and easy to follow.  Yes, I am a Sofilantjes fan-girl – but with good reason, her patterns are very well done.

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