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When your promoting things, only the best of the best pictures will do… But there are still a lot of awesome memories in the pictures that don’t make the cut!!
Yesterday, I posted about the Marbella Dress (affiliate link) and last week about the Queen Street Dress. Both of those photoshoots took place at the same time. My neighbor’s little girl was the beautiful model for the Queen Street Dress so we met them downtown after work on a Monday and took some pictures of her before they went to eat. Then we took the pictures of the Marbella dress while we walked around downtown.
If you regularly read my blog, you may know that Molly doesn’t love having her picture taken. Well, this time of course, when we were trying to get pictures of someone else, she wouldn’t get out of the frame!! Ed had to do some very artful photographing to not get her in every picture… with his phone in her hands non the less (she was watching Frozen).
It was so much fun seeing the girls play together! They watched a little bit of the movie together, they jumped around on the stage and they danced 🙂
As I said before, after they went to dinner, we wondered the streets of downtown and took the Marbella Dress pictures. During our wonder through downtown, we
unintentionally completely intentionally ended up at a gelato shop.
Molly and I had eaten dinner before we left for downtown but Ed come straight downtown after work so he had gelato for dinner. And mexican casserole for dessert 😉
I recently had the privilege to test sew this lovely pattern, the Marbella Dress pattern. This pattern for me was love at first sight. It can be so many things! I can be a professional work dress, a dress to wear to a wedding and other fancy occasions, a going out dress, a dress to wear during the day… You name it!!
The pattern has lots of great features: Princess seams in the bust (making bust adjustments super easy), an invisible zipper in the back, a tulip shaped skirt, fully lined and unlined options and pockets!! While it’s not a beginner pattern, the instructions really walk you through each step with very clear illustrations and directions.
I love that the pattern has different bodice pieces for each bust size. It definitely makes it the muslin process easier!
This version that I sewed up is from Joann’s spring line. I can’t wait to sew it again in a knit fabric to make a version that is a bit more casual for day to day wear.
I also think this would make a great holiday dress in a thicker fabric (maybe with some sparkle??).
The pattern can be purchased here and is on sale for 20% off (regular $15, no coupon code needed!) for the first month!! Definitely snatch this pattern up! Also, there is a giveaway! Head on over to Itch to Stitch blog to enter and to see the other ladies on the blog tour!
I made a men’s shirt (in, like, February), Colette Negroni Pattern. In any case, it’s probably about the most challenging thing that I have ever made. And I’m very proud of it.
My husband, Ed, loves it. He wears it all the time. And I finally got pictures of it. He got to see how awkward it is to model haha. Not that I think you look awkward, Ed, I think you did an awesome job 🙂
The pattern was great and I learned a lot from making it. I really love Colette patterns. Back when I first really got into sewing, I bought the women’s clothing book and I also have the Iris Shorts pattern. The only thing I had to change was slim it out a little bit since Ed likes things a little fitted… and he’s so skinny.
Also, these are some pictures from our recent vacation to the mountains! It was beautiful and peaceful there and I think we all wanted to stay forever 🙂
As I mentioned in my last post, this is a wonderfully versatile dress that can be dressed up or down depending on which fabrics you choose, sewn with 3/4 length sleeves or short sleeves, can have a pleated front or gathered front and can be cut at dress length or blouse length.
It has a modern vintage feel with it’s wide peter pan collar and optional pockets.
I had some very awesome testers for this pattern and I want to share some of their pictures with you!
Sally Barker from Sallifersews:
Sharon Archer from Sam and I Designs:
Melissa Malice from Rebel and Malice:
Maria Figueroa from Creative Needle and Threads:
Amanda Rios from AmandaRose:
Nikki Marsh from Bubby and Me Creations:
Mel Henry from Filles à Maman:
My second sewing pattern is coming out on Monday. It’s called the Queen Street Dress Pattern! I wanted to go ahead and give you all a little introduction to the Queen Street before it makes it’s debut!!
So, first, for a little background, I grew up in Charleston, SC and have named all of my patterns (the Emerson Dress and others to come) after places, things, and people of Charleston who inspired me as a kid! Queen Street in Charleston is one of the lovely downtown streets where a very nice restaurant is located, 82 Queen. The idea behind the Queen Street dress pattern is that you can dress it up with lovely fabrics to make it dressy enough to where to 82 Queen or make it casual enough to wear for a stroll down the street!
The pattern features short sleeve or 3/4 length sleeve options, a professional looking button placket on the center back, a wide collar, a pleated or gathered front option and dress or blouse length options. With so many choices, you will be able to use this pattern again and again to create lovely charming dresses that have a modern vintage vibe.
I’m going to stop myself before I get to far ahead, but I’ll give you a few pictures to give you the idea of the Queen Street Dress/Blouse. Come back Monday for the pattern release, to hear more about it and to see pictures from the very awesome group of Queen Street Testers 🙂
I bought the Liesl + Co Late Lunch Tunic pattern last year and have made it a couple of times in woven fabrics (one here and another that hasn’t made it to the internet). I really love this pattern. It’s exactly the kind of thing that I want to wear in the fall. The kind of thing you wear with leggings and boots 🙂
For this version, I decided go with a knit fabric and use some left over chambray from a button down shirt I made for Ed (that will be up on the blog very soon).
I made a few modifications to the original pattern for this version. I dropped and widened the neckline since I didn’t want a collar on this version. I used the back skirt pattern piece to cut out the front as well, which gave it a different hemline look.
As an after thought, I shortened the sleeves. To be honest, after I made it and tried it on, I found the long sleeves to be a bit overwhelming in this fabric (which I got from Joann’s but I can’t find online, so it might be gone). Also, as a last minute change, I added elastic to the seam at the bodice to bring it in just a bit more since the knit fabric is thinner and drapey-er (is that a word?) than the pattern called for.
Actually, I was worried about the whole top being overwhelming in this fabric but my best friend Ellie (who is infinitely cooler than I am) told me it looked good. So I trusted her. She is painfully honest, too, so she would tell me if it looked bad. I love you, Ellie, if your reading this 😉
And to keep the grandparents coming back, here is a picture of Molly (and of the next upcoming pattern!)
While Molly was watching Sofia recently, I realized that the lines on the Emerson Dress would be perfect to make a Sofia dress! Molly loves Sofia (she might like My Little Ponies a bit more now but still) and so I knew she would love having a Sofia costume. She might never take it off! (Seriously though, it took me a few days to get it on her with a lot of screaming and frustration and then once it went on, her smile made it all worth it. And she wouldn’t take it off haha! Go figure.)
There are only a few differences between what the pattern calls for and what you need to make your own Sofia Princess Costume! I’ll show you what I did!
Let’s begin, shall we?
You will need (beside the Emerson Dress Pattern and the materials called for in the Pattern)
- Purple fabric (I got this from Joann’s for about $4 a yard! For my size 2, I think I got about 1 1/2 yards of fabric and had lots left over)
- Some sort of pom-poms to put in the bodice and on the sleeves. I got this by the yard from Joann’s (actually it’s all from Joann’s. This could be an add for Joann’s… It’s not though) I bought 2 yards but you might want at least three if you want to continue the skirt pom poms onto the back.
- White fabric- just enough to cut the skirt portion again. I used some old muslin fabric that I had hanging around.
- Emerson-Sofia Sleeves (which I have included for free as an add on to the Emerson! Just click on the the link.) You could also use the sleeve that comes with the Emerson pattern for a different look. It is a kids costume, it doesn’t have to be an exact replica!
- Purple Ribbon for the under skirt.
The only thing that you will cut different from the pattern is the skirt. I decided to add 2″ (4″ total when it’s opened) so that skirt will have a bit more fullness. Then I also cut the skirt piece the same way again on the white fabric.
Assemble the bodice in the same manner as the directions call for, omitting ruffle and using pom pom string instead. (I experimented a lot with the best way to sew on the pom pom strand and for me, I liked using the walking foot. Play around with scraps before you sew on your good fabric!) Once you have your main fabric bodice and your lining bodice assembled, gather the sleeve piece to fit the arm hole of the main fabric bodice. Baste it in place. Lay the lining bodice over top of the main fabric bodice and pin and sew as instructed in the pattern, being careful to keep the sleeve out of the neck stitching.
Sewing the under arms is a little different than instructed. You will now treat the lining and main fabric piece as one. With right sides together, pin the sleeves and underarms and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance. This seam will be exposed. I chose to trim it down and zig zag over the edge as shown in the photo below.
And here is what the top will look like from the front.
Next, we are going to hem the arms. Sew a line 1/4″ from the edge. Use that line to fold in 1/4″ and sew again about 1/16″ away form the edge.
To attach the pom pom string, I hand basted them to the right side of fabric with the pom pom part facing towards the bodice. Then I turned the basted part under, enclosing the raw edge and hand stitched around the opening to finish. For me, hand stitching was the easiest way. For you, you might like to do it on the machine. I love hand stitching, but I’ll get into that later.
Now we are moving onto the skirt.
First thing I did is arrange the pom pom string onto the skirt until it looked good and then pin it in place (making sure stop the top a little lower than 1/2″ so it doesn’t get caught in stitching when you sew the skirt to the bodice).
Then I hand basted it to hold it in place and machine sewed it on with a straight stitch to finish. As I said, I didn’t have enough to finish the design around to the back, but if you want to put it on the back, make sure you account enough space for the bias placket.
For the back of the skirt, create the bias bound placket as said in the instructions, the only difference is to layer the purple and the white and use them as one piece.
When you sew the side seams of the skirt, sew the purple front to the purple back and the white front to the white back so that they will act as separate skirt pieces. Align the side seams and center notches and run the gathering stitches over both layers of fabric and then gather and sew to bodice, treating the bodice piece as one piece of fabric. You will have an exposed seam here. Again I trimmed the seam allowance and zig zag stitched the edge, then pressed the seam towards the bodice and top stitched it in place.
Next, hem the bottom of the white skirt. Then hem the bottom of the purple skirt.
Now on Sofia’s dress, there are scallops which are actually cut from the fabric however in this version, I took inspiration from that and used elastic to make gathered scallops. (I didn’t do the back, but I plan to finish the scallops onto the back before Halloween).
First, mark how wide you want your scallops. This is sort of a guessing game. I choose to make mine 7″ out from the center on each side.
Then, I chose to have mine start 7 1/2″ up from the bottom edge (and I marked a finishing line 1/2″ so that on each side, I would stop at the same place)
Next, go to your sewing machine and line up the top of the elastic with the top of you marked line. Note that you are only sewing on the purple fabric, not the white. I used a straight stitch for this. Take a stitch or two and then backstitch to hold the elastic in place. After to do that, start pulling the elastic. I found it best to use my other hand to help guide the fabric through the machine. I also found it helpful to end with my needle down. Just a few things I think helped out 🙂
Really pull the elastic to make the fabric gather up nicely. You will see the fabric behind the presser foot gathering!
Continue pulling and sewing to the bottom of the line where you marked the end point. Take a couple of backstitches. And your scallops are done! Here is where we are now:
Now for the finishing touches! Sofia has a purple ribbon on the white part of her skirt. (I’m sure you noticed that I chose to leave out the white designs on the scallops of her dress. I just don’t like those so I left them off haha! You can of course include them if you want.)
Starting at the side seam, pin the ribbon evenly around the dress, aligning or slightly overlapping the ribbon with the hem stitches. When you get back to where you started, overlap the edges and fold under a little tab of ribbon for a nice clean finish.
Topstitch around top of ribbon and then topstitch around bottom edge of ribbon. I actually chose to hand sew this. Because I’m a handsewing addict. Seriously.
Anyway, you’re done!! Yay!!