A Year of Sewing

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m popping in today to share my New Year’s Sewing resolution… A Pattern Sew Through!!!!!!!

As I was going through my pattern folder on my computer, I noticed that I have a lot of patterns that I have never sewn.  So this year is the year.  There is 24 patterns in all so my plan is to sew 2 a month.

Take a look and check back as I finish the things on my sewing list!

Pattern Sew Through

And of course, when I finish sewing these, then a get to buy new patterns, right 😉


Holiday Dress: EYMM Blog Tour (and Giveaway)

I’m on another blog tour! This time, I got to sew up EYMM’s Kenzie Dress and it’s Molly’s first holiday dress that I’ve made this year.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

It was a little cold outside taking pictures but Molly was a trooper (although I did have to bribe her with out of season fruits haha). I think, as the weather gets colder, I might layer this with a long sleeve white shirt. However, since I did make this a size to big, it should fit in the warm weather too 🙂

There were a lot of options for this dress but I chose the simple dress skirt, even though I loved the signature skirt with all the layers.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

I wanted to do something that wasn’t the traditional Christmas colors since I knew she would wear it for more than just christmas. I then dug around my stash (I try to hit up my stash first) and found three pretty colors.  The light blue looked holiday like to me but was a little bit see through so I needed to line it.  I found the green fabric and the colorful sash that would bring the two solid colors together.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

I made just a couple modifications to the pattern.  The first was to make the sash thinner.  I didn’t actually want to do this one, I just didn’t have enough fabric to make the wide sash and I really loved this fabric. I felt like the colors were perfect for a holiday dress.  Next time, I will make the sash big and full 🙂

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

The second is that, since the blue fabric was a little bit sheer, I lined it with a green. Then, I hemmed the bottom layer up just a little higher to let a little peak of the green out at the bottom.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

The pattern comes in 2 size ranges for kids and a doll size add on! I wanted to sew the doll version too, but alas, I ran out of green fabric.  As I mentioned, there are two skirt options and the pattern also provides the option to make a skirt instead of a dress for both skirt views.

kenzies holiday tour

Use the coupon code LITTLELADY to save 30% off any Kenzie’s Party Dress purchase (newborn-4t, 5-18tween, 18″ doll add-on, or the bundle that includes newborn-18tween plus the doll size), good at www.eymm.com until 11:59pm PST on 11/12/2014.

And now for the giveaway information! Giveaway prizes total $125 and include $50 EYMM gift certificate, Stitchbox Monthly November Sewing Box ($35 value), $25 EYMM gift certificate, and a Little Lady Sheet of Jamberry Juniors Nail Wraps ($15 retail). Click here to take you to the Raffle Copter Giveaway!

And, when you sew your version of the Kenzie dress, head back HERE to post it in the linky party! (One day *hopefully* soon, I will be self hosted and able to actually post these things on my blog! Here’s to wishing, right)


Free Pattern: The Folly Reversible Jumper!

Today I’m introducing you to the Folly Reversible Jumper, a free pattern!

Folly Reversible Jumper- Free Pattern

The Folly is named after a place from my home town, Folly Beach.  It would be the perfect little dress to throw on to head to the beach but can just as easily layered in the colder months (or in colder places).

Folly Reversible Jumper- Free Pattern

This is a very simple dress to put together and it has a very basic in design.  This allows for unlimited customization options!  Add an applique (as I have done for this version) or ruffles and ribbon, or pockets.  You could finish off the edge with bias tape for a pop of color around the edges.  I can’t wait to see where everyone’s creativity takes this pattern!

Folly Reversible Jumper- Free Pattern

So head on over to Craftsy (Etsy, unfortunately, doesn’t allow listings for free patterns so I went with Craftsy on this one!) and grab a copy!

Last thing, tomorrow, I will be posting the pumpkin applique that I made for this version along with a quick tutorial! And soon, I’ll show you the applique on the other side (the toddler wasn’t listening for photo shoots again haha) and put up a little tutorial for that one as well.  Spoilers: the one on the other side is a Christmas tree.

I’ll leave you with the page of the sizing chart and fabric yardage requirements!  Have a great Tuesday!

Folly Reversible Jumper: Sizing and Fabric

Easter Dress and Smocking Info


I started Molly’s Easter dress thinking that the smocking would take me a long time… But it turned out to be so addictive and easy that I totally just powered through the whole thing. I guess it’s nice that it’s done. Now to focus on lots of other things.

Since I finished this dress and have shown it to friends and family and internet people, I’ve had a couple people ask questions about smocking so I just wanted to put a couple links up about it. I found it a bit hard to gather information when I first started and I’m hoping this will help anyone else who wants to learn.

First things first, you have to pleat the fabric to smock it. I totally didn’t know that when I started.  There are smocking stitches, like the honey comb stitch (like this tutorial) where the stitch brings the fabric together but if you want the kind of smocking a like on a bishop dress, you do have to pleat.

You can hand pleat, as shown here. This is how I started. Another great way to learn how to pleat by hand is Liesl Gibson’s smocked necklace on Creativebug. I’m a member at Creativebug and I absolutely love it (although my messy house does not love it as much as I do).

Now if you really like smocking, I would recommend a smocking pleater. I have one, given to me as a hand-me-down. New ones can be kind of pricey at about $200 but you can find great quality used ones if you hunt around too. Just make sure it comes with (or you also purchase or be prepared to make) some type of board to put the pleater on that will hold all of your threads steady.

Once your fabric is pleated, you simply add the smocking stitches.  There are so many smocking plates out on the internet to use or you can play around with some sample fabric and come up with your own design. Thus how the scallops on this Easter Dress where born. Also, as a final note, if you are starting, try a nice geometric smocking pattern.  The picture smocking is beautiful but not a great thing to try to learn on!

And there you have it! Some great things to get you going on smocking! Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.

“You’re a Wizard, Harry”

When Project Run and Play announced this week as “Let’s Go to the Movies,” a couple things went through my mind.  First, I knew that I didn’t want to make a costume.  Second, my mind started racing through movies that we love (I use the word “we” very loosely.  Molly hasn’t shown any real love of any movie or show, expect Sofia the First).  I first landed on Peter Pan, which is one of my all time favorite movies, but fell short on ideas to make an outfit inspired by the movie without making a costume.  Then, I thought of Stardust, another favorite, but still, I couldn’t think of a good way to portray that movie.  This went on and on for quite sometime before I finally went to the movie series that I watch (at least one of) once a week, the book series that I have read more times than I’m willing to admit.  Harry Potter.


I knew I could make an outfit that is not to costume-y but instead, takes it’s inspiration from the film.


I pulled a handful of things out of the movies that I knew I wanted to use for the outfit; things from quidditch, Hagrid’s furry coat, something of Gryffindor colors and Hedwig, of course.

The Shirt: I drafted a shirt pattern from an existing shirt that fits her well and then, used freezer paper stencils to paint on Hedwig and the cage.  I later realized that the shirt was shorter than I wanted it to be so I added a ruffle to make it more of a tunic.

detail 2 shirt

The Pants: I used The Art Museum Trousers pattern from Oliver + S.  I made a quick pocket for the back instead of the welted pockets because I knew that would be a great place for a little quidditch embroidery.

detail 1 pants

The Vest: This is another self drafted pattern.  I wanted to make something furry to resemble Hagrid’s furry coat.  I even included a pocket since Hagrid is known for having many pockets in his jacket.

detail 3 vest

After the outfit was all done, my husband, Ed, took Molly outside without and somehow got the most amazing pictures of her EVER!  I think it’s because I wasn’t there stressing everyone out 😉

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And of course, the picture where she run up close and stares at the camera…


Hahahaha!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Winter Wonderland: The Classic Winter Tunic and Bloomers

Winter Wonderland! And unfortunately, I’m not talking about how it looks outside here.  Every week since Christmas, we have been promised snow but alas, no snow!


I am, however, talking about week 1 of Project Run and Play.  I started following Project Run and Play when I first gave birth to Molly and kept promising myself that I would sew along with a season once Molly was walking (because clothes get so much cuter once the baby can stand up!).  On that note, I never knew how hard it was to try to motivate a toddler to pose for a picture. She kept wanting to get her face as close to the camera as possible.  We have lots of face close ups.


Now about the outfit.


For the tunic, I started with the Oliver + S Puppet Show pattern and made many changes.  First, I joined the yoke and skirt to make one smooth front and then took some of the width out of the bottom to give it a more a-line shape.  Then I changed the button down back to a zipper and lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length.  I chose a warm, rich, grey flannel since the texture really felt wintery to me.  The button detail (which apparently Molly hates because she was determined to rip them off) was added to give the dress a touch of color since a chose a creamy cotton fabric for the collar and to finish the sleeve edges.


Now for the bloomer story: My original idea used a tutu to go underneath the tunic.  I made the tutu using the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book and I loved it.  It wasn’t until I finished the tutu and got her dressed for the photo shoot that I realized that the tutu just didn’t look right underneath the tunic.  So it was back to the drawing board.  I drafted the bloomers using a pair of leggings that fit her well and adding lots of ease so they will be nice and puffy!

Roller Skate Button Down Dress


I made this very simple modification on the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress. This pattern is so awesome because it is such versatile starting point for many projects.  So for this one, I kept the main shape of the dress the same as the original but I didn’t line the dress.  Instead, I included a button down front to make the shirt dress.  I did also keep the elastic at the waist (but used a bias binding casing to put it in) and then, I finished all the edges with bias binding.  Technically I could have finished the bottom without bias tape but it was late, and I had really gotten into the whole bias tape thing (and I cut a couple inches off the bottom, thought it would be too short and the baby was sleeping so I couldn’t measure it).  Luckily, it’s a little big so she has room to grow into it a bit.


I’m currently crocheting a little sweater that I can pair with this dress to bring it into fall/winter.

New Pattern Joy!

I get really excited when Oliver + S releases new patterns! And I loved all three that were released and had to pick just one 😦  It was a seriously hard decision but since fall and winter are fast approaching, I went with the new Playtime Tunic.


Actually it’s supposed to have long sleeves, but I had this bicycle fabric laying around and I thought it would be perfect for this!  And I only had 1/4 yard.  So I shortened the tunic length and squeezed the pattern onto the fabric and forced it to fit.  Anyway, it’s still warm enough outside for short sleeves 🙂


I have been so excited for this walking stage because, let’s face it, it’s hard to get great pictures of clothes on a kid who is sitting. So I was super excited for this photo shoot since it’s the first one since she really started walking… I have now learned how very difficult it is to get a good picture of a little one who just wants to run around the backyard and play.  Also, she doesn’t understand “SMILE!!!” just yet!


Back to the outfit: I found these buttons in my button stash that I received from my husband’s grandmother. I thought they were just perfect since they sort of looks like wheels of a bicycle.


I just thought this picture was too sweet not to share 🙂  Anyway, I love this pattern and I’ve already made two tunics to match these green leggings I’ve made.  I really enjoyed making leggings on my machine.  While it’s always amazing and fun to make things well beyond the quality (and the level of detail/customization/personal fit) that you can get from the store, it is also fun to make things that looks so store bought that no one even asks you if you made them.