An Outfit for the Red Carpet

An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together This is my beautiful sister in law Keren. She is a talented make up artist and was nominated for an award. The ceremony will be held soon and there will be a red carpet entrance for them to walk down. All eyes and cameras will be on her, so she asked if I would help create a one of a kind dress for her to wear. I decided to give it a go since I would be in Virginia last month and could do a good dress fitting on her. I was also excited by the challenge of creating something for someone with some different clothing tastes than my own. For instance, when beginning ideas were flowing she asked if we could make something that looked like a unicorn had licked it. It made me smile :) So bright and happy colors were a definite for sure.

An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together We went looking through sewing pattern books for inspiration, and she decided she wanted some kind of poofy tulle skirt. As we walked around we found this beautiful aqua ruffle fabric and she decided she liked it and wanted that mixed in somehow. We then coordinated some bright sparkly tulle and underlining to go with it and found a pretty lace to make a wrap with. She will more than likely wear a different top underneath the wrap with this outfit for the event, but she found some things in her closet to use for this photo session.

An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together For the skirt, I dyed a wide elastic for the waistband to make it easy to sew and also to create as little bunching around the waist as possible. I created a circle skirt out of the lining fabric to also help not add extra bulk at the waist. The tulle was gathered and the ruffle fabric was pleated. She loves how it turned out and so do I! I have always wanted some kind of poofy skirt and now may have to make my own. The wrap was a great addition and she can change how it looks. We first wrapped it on her and I tacked it down in a lot of places so she could get it back on in place easily. Now she can play around with how she wants it to look, whether covering her shoulder or gathered up around her neck.

An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together She got my little brother to come join us for the photos and I had so much fun photographing them. We had a lot of fun as you can tell in some of the pictures. These are just a few of my favorites from the ton we took. I can’t wait to see the pictures of them walking down the red carpet!

An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together
An Outfit for the Red Carpet |by Happy Together Much success to you Keren!!!! I am so happy you are a part of this family and add so many good things to our clan.

-Jess

A New Summer Dress

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together We have had a wonderful summer so far. I was beyond blessed to go up to Virginia and North Carolina to visit family and friends for almost the whole month of June. It was such a lovely time. I even got to sneak in a few projects! That’s part of the fun with driving. I can bring a lot more stuff with me than I could on a plane lol. While there, I also visited some fabric shops. I found this lovely fabric and felt it was very Ace & Jig – esque. I wanted a dress made from it. A nice breezy summery dress. I saw a cute easy pattern from See & Sew (B5837) and decided to give it a try. Now that pattern is meant for knits, and my fabric was definitely not a knit. I’m such a pattern rebel I tell ya ;) I figured from the cut and the elastic in the waist that I could make it work. And guess what? I did!

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together   I was tempted to try a size higher to account for the loss in stretch by using a non knit fabric, but didn’t. I can’t exactly go sprinting in this dress due to that fact, but have no problems with regular walking as it has enough room for that. I did cut the top on the bias though to help give it some added stretch. The fabrics backside was neat, so I used one side for the top and the striped side on the bottom. It was a really fast pattern to sew and I might make another one. It does have that “makes me look like I’m pregnant look”, but maybe using a fabric with a better drape would help take that away. I would also make the top longer as it barely made it under my chest. That would probably help too. It is super comfy and I like the little detail of the back tie. This is a really great dress to sew if you are a beginner sewer as well. Simple with no buttons or zippers.

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together Have you tried any new patterns this summer?

-Jess

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY – Michaels Makers

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

Today begins the first challenge for the Michaels Makers Bloggers. I am very honored to be one of the 30 bloggers to participate. You can see all the other bloggers participating here. Throughout the year, Michaels will send a monthly challenge our way and we get to put our own spin on it. This month we got to pick a project that they have listed online, order our supplies for it (yes, Michaels has online shopping now!), and make it our own.

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

I chose to make a project based on the Heart Lace T-Shirt. To get my supplies, I ordered all the products, c/o Michaels, listed with the project except the shirt because I needed to order a child’s size. It was easy to navigate and find the kid shirts though. I went with a dark color to help the white lace pop.

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

My supplies came in the mail fast and I got to work on this shirt. I first printed out the letters I needed. I wanted to use a chunky font, so I used the “Impact” font that is found in Word. I did some measuring and determined that I wanted the letters to be four inches tall. This would allow for three rows of letters to fit on this shirt. I chose a nine letter word (celebrate) to make an even three rows. I figured this would be a fun birthday shirt since her birthday is soon. The font size ended up having to be size 420 to get it that big. Once I printed out the letters, I traced them on the iron on adhesive. Since I didn’t mirror the letters, I made sure I traced on the adhesive of the paper. Otherwise they would be backwards. I retraced over a few on the paper side for the picture above. The best thing would be to mirror your letters before printing so you trace on the paper side, but I wasn’t on a computer that had a program to do this. I then ironed on the letters to the lace. It adheres very quickly, do just follow the directions and press the iron down for 2 seconds at a time. Since the lace has holes, the adhesive can stick to what you are ironing on. So pick it up quickly after it has adhered. Next, I cut out all the letters and peeled off the paper backing.

I folded the shirt in half and ironed it to help with the letter placement. I started with the middle top row letter. Then did the next two rows middle letters. It made it easier to line up the rest after that. Again, when ironing on though, do it quickly so it doesn’t stick to your iron.

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

It was a really quick project and would be an inexpensive one to do, especially as a group (like for camp or something). Here are a few other positive nine letter words that could be used: Fabulous, Fantastic, Beautiful, Brilliant, and Wonderful. I haven’t washed it yet, but I have used this brand of iron on adhesive before without any issues. If you think it needs some extra holding strength, you could always do a small zig zag or a straight line stitch around the letters edges. What would you make your own from their online projects offered?

-jess

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together


Violette Field Threads Piper Misses Review & Giveaway

Violette Field Threads Piper Misses Pattern Review and Giveaway After making some things for my girls, I was very excited to make something for myself! I received the Piper Misses pattern from Violette Field Threads and was immediately smitten with the design. How seriously adorable is this back bow? Swoon. This pattern is available for sizes xxs-xxl and can be made into a dress or a top. Check out some more pics here for how it looks like as a dress. I decided on a top for this first go round to see how it went.

Violette Field Threads Piper Misses Pattern Review and Giveaway The pattern is made with sleeves as well (short and 3/4 long sleeves are included in the pattern), but I made mine sleeveless since our Louisiana weather is super hot. I chose some fabric I found at JoAnn’s. It’s a cotton fabric and while I love the the print, it’s not my favorite type of material for clothing for myself. I tried to find some apparel fabric I liked, but I couldn’t so I made this work. The collar was really easy to add and so was the bow! It looks like a lot more work goes into it than really does (which is a super plus!). I was able to make this in about an hour and half. And that is with two little girls constantly needing something ;)

Violette Field Threads Piper Misses Pattern Review and Giveaway

Violette Field Threads Piper Misses Pattern Review and Giveaway I would say this is a great pattern for even a beginner sewer to take on as it isn’t super complicated. And that back is surely a wow factor! If you even have a hard time with fit, make sure to make the basic pattern real quick from a muslin fabric and see if you need to make any changes. If you were to make this with a knit fabric though, you wouldn’t need to worry about that as much. They provide lots of tips to help you create the Piper Miss as fabulous as possible.

Violette Field Threads Piper Misses Pattern Review and Giveaway Violette Field Threads is offering a chance for three people to win this pattern. It would be a great way to create some additions to your summer wardrobe. Simply enter with rafflecopter below. There are a few ways to enter, so multiple chances to win! Winners will be chosen June 17,2014. Be sure to check out their other patterns for women and children and see what new things they are doing and creating on their blog.
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Grits & Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together Summer is in full swing and I have been trying to do a bit of summer clothes sewing. Jenilyn of Grits & Giggles was kind enough to send me her American Girl pattern bundle so I could create something for my girls and she also offered a pattern set to give away. I first made the Aprile Knot Dress for miss E. We went to a semi local fabric shop and found some prints that were very summery. Bees, strawberries, and bright colors are all a part of our summers here.

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together The strawberry fabric and bee fabric is from the Briar Rose Collection by Heather Ross. The straps are made with fabric from the Garden Party Tango set by Iza Pearl Designs and the bottom band was made with some Hobby Lobby fabric. And for her headband, I simply cut up a rectangular piece of fabric from my stash and tied it on her head. This pattern was a really fast sew with a spot on fit. I foresee whipping up a few more for her and making some presents with it.

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together And since whenever miss E sees a bee she exclaims, “Look! A busy buzzing bee!”, I just had to embroider that on.

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together Miss J wasn’t with me for the fabric choosing, but when I saw this horse print by Sarah Jane (Summer Ride from the Wee Wonder Sunrise Collection), I knew it was meant for her. I sewed up the Abigail Tunic with it. I added an extra little layer of knit from an old shirt to the bottom and used some leather scraps as a belt. This pattern was a bit more labor intensive as you have to gather the neck and the arm holes area and then add a binding. But, you get a really professional look and the outcome is very pretty. I think adding a bow or a flower to the front would be a cute accent as well. The final fit was good, but I liked adding the belt to help bring in the middle some. Miss J is rather slim and sometimes things really billow on her.

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together

Grits and Giggles Pattern Review and Giveaway | Happy Together Now for more fun, giveaway time! Jenilyn is giving one winner the chance to pick out four patterns from her shop to have! They are pdf format and will be delivered via email, so anyone can win! She has many girl patterns, but also a good deal of boy patterns like this one:

Grits & Giggles Ace Vest and Bowtie Pattern

I am using rafflecopter for entries. Winner will be randomly chosen on July 12, 2014.

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Knit Fabric Wrap – A – Round Skirt Tutorial

Let’s break up this quiet spell with a tutorial okay? I totally have spring on the mind and am excited for the wardrobe change this season will bring. I have been loving the flowy skirts and dresses that Free People has lately and want to create some pieces based on those. With that in mind, I was super excited when I received an email from Organic Cotton Plus to try out some of their fabric and share about it with you all. I already had a project in mind! I have used fabric with them before, but it was all wovens so I was very happy to play around with some knit fabric.

I picked out three yards of this yummy banana interlock knit. It is 60″ wide so it’s a great size to use for things that need a larger piece of fabric like a maxi dress or skirt. I whipped up this wrap around skirt in no time. It’s easy to put together and since it’s a knit fabric you won’t need to worry about raw edges. Here is what I did to create this look along with some things I learned along the way. As much as I love sharing final products, I also love sharing where I messed up to help others from having to go through the same mistakes.

Materials:
-Knit Fabric of choice
-Measuring Tape
-Scissors
-Pins
-Calculator

This skirt is three main pieces: The waistband, the top skirt (which is a circle skirt), and the bottom skirt(which is just a rectangular piece of fabric). Let’s go over how to do measurements for these pieces first. Please note, I ere on the side of “larger” so things can be cut back if necessary. It’s always better to have it a little too big and make a quick cut than to make something too small.

PLEASE NOTE: You are just plugging in 3 measurements you take (your waist, the length you want the top of the skirt, and the length you want the bottom of the skirt)  into the following equations. Write them down and then use your calculator to get the final measurements. It might help to copy and paste this part and separate it into the three sections to focus better on each one.

-The waistband piece is going to be 7″ wide and the length should be your waist measurement x 3. I had to sew a few pieces together to get this length.

Ex: If your waist is 20″ you would just multiply this by 3. 
So your piece cut out should be 60″ x 7″.

-The top half of the skirt needs to be figured out with a little bit of math because you need a circle. Here goes….
First you need a circumference which will be:

Circumference = (Waist measurement + Waist measurement/3)
Circumference = 36″ + (36″/3)
Circumference = (36″ + 12″)
Circumference = 48″

Then you plug the circumference into this equation to get the Radius.

Radius = Circumference/(2 x pi)

Now, we know the Circumference already and we know that pi is approximately 3.14. So we plug those in to get the following:

 Radius = 48″/(2 x 3.14)
Radius = 48″/6.28
  Radius = 7.6″

Now that is needed for cutting the circle out. To get how big a piece of fabric you need to cut out this circle, you need to do a little more math.
You now need to determine Radius + Length (Length = how long you want it to go; I measured from my waist to my knees)

 Radius + Length = x
7.6″ + 15″ = 22.6″, which I round up to 23″.
Then multiply that by 2
Ex: 23″ x 2 = 46″
I will need a piece of fabric that measures 46″x46″ to cut.

-The bottom skirt piece is a rectangular piece. To determine this measurement you need the circumference of the bottom of the circle skirt. The best way to determine this is using the following equation:

Bottom Circumference = (2 x pi) x (Radius+Length)
The R + Length is the same number as you used from the above equation, 7.6″+15″= 23″ and we know pi is 3.14.
 Bottom Circumference = (2 x 3.14) x (7.6″ + 15″)
      Bottom Circumference = (6.28)x(23″)
     Bottom Circumference = 144.5″

So the piece of fabric needed to be cut is 144.5″ by the length I needed to make it go to my ankles, which was 21″. I actually didn’t have quite enough for this length, but I was able to cut out a piece that measured 120″ by 21″. It worked out because I could stretch the fabric and I had ended up cutting some of the length off from the top part of the skirt anyways (talk about that below). In hindsight, having more fabric would have made it flow better but it’s still good!

*Refer to the above diagram I drew due to the sun never being out when I sewed so I could get good pictures ;)

1. Go ahead and cut the square piece out using the measurements you determined for the top part of the skirt (ex: 46″ by 46″).
2. Fold fabric square in half.
3. Fold fabric in half again the opposite way. You will have two “folds” of fabric and two sides that do not have folds.
4. Mark for your first cut from the corner where the two fold sides meet. This will be at the waist. Mark your 1/4″ circle to cut with chalk. The line should be the same length (the radius) from the corner all the way across.
The second cut you make will be made at the radius + length point from the corner edge. Use chalk to mark this line for easy cutting.
Cut skirt piece out after marking.
5. Open your now “donut” shape fabric piece. Cut down one side to open it. Wrap the waist part (the smaller circle) around your waist and make sure it doesn’t over wrap. You want it to wrap around your waist with one side coming to one side of front waist and the other overlapping going to the other side of the waist. If it is too big, trim some fabric off to your liking. I had to trim about 4 inches off on each side for my preference. It added to much fabric to the underneath side that wrapped under.
6.  Right sides facing, sew the bottom skirt piece to the bottom of the top skirt piece.

7. Fold skirt in half, wrong sides facing. From top, cut downward at an angle similar to image above.

Now find the middle of the waistband and the middle of the skirt top. Pin together at that spot, right sides facing. Pin the rest of the skirt top to the waistband and sew together.
Fold the waistband in half towards the inside of the skirt. The waistband edge should cover the seam. Pin in place and sew. Wrap skirt around waist so that the ends of the skirt are at opposite sides of the waist. The side tie that is underneath will need to wrap around your back to the other side for tying. You might have to play with it a bit to get it not to be too bunchy. Then tie on that side. Trim the tie to your liking at this point and you are all done! This is a skirt you can wear anywhere, but would also be an easy beach coverup piece as well.
It might take a little math to determine this, but it’s worth it! If you want to make it even easier to create, I suggest just making the whole thing a circle skirt. Just change the length for the top skirt piece to go as long as you want it to twitter, google plus, and facebook

and then sew on the waistband. That would be super easy! Thanks again to Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can also find them on

Happy sewing!
-Jess

The Praire Rose Pattern Tour

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

It’s my turn to share some outfits I made for the Prairie Rose Set Pattern Tour. Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest created an adorable set of patterns consisting of a top, pants, dress, and skirt. She gave the outfits she made a vintage feel and I wanted to do that but was having a hard time finding the right type of fabric. So I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and determined to pick fabric from there. I hate dragging miss E around, so I try to be as concise as possible when shopping.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

I found the pretty pink aztec print first. Then to coordinate a bit, I used a lightweight stretchy “jean” like polka dot fabric and a breezy aqua fabric. I was nervous about sewing with that breezy fabric, but it went really well. I just made sure to take my time.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

I ended up making pants and a top for miss E. I left out the elastic waist and arms because it just looked so pretty all flowy like that. The pants are just fabulous. I want to use this fabric to make some pants for myself, although no ruffles for me! haha

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns
Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

Miss J has become a little more picky about her clothes as she has gotten older. She still likes things I make, but likes pieces that are more simple. So I went with the skirt for her. The fabric is a bit thin, so I added a half lining underneath. It fits well and is just her style.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

You can see more specifics about the pattern here and it can be purchased here. It’s a good addition to have and can also be a good foundation pattern to add your own additions too. Thanks Anneliese for creating the pattern. It’s been fun sewing up some new clothes for my girls.
-Jess

Penelope Peplum Tour: One for Each of Us Girls

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

Last week was a fun and new experience for me. I was able to go away on a short little trip for a very special event! It was nice to have a small break from routine and be in such a creative and inspiring atmosphere. I just finished going through all my photos last night, so I’m planning to blog all about that tomorrow. Today, I’m sharing a Penelope Peplum knit top (for women) and two Pippa Peplum knit tops (for the little ones) I made using this fabulous pattern by See Kate Sew PS: There is also a circle skirt add on for the women’s pattern to make it into a dress here.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I have always adored Kate’s patterns, so I was more than happy to sew some of these up. I went knit fabric shopping online at Girl Charlee for my fabrics. Miss J picked out the pig fabric. She’s still on her animal/farm kick and I love it. I can’t wait for the day I can get her some real animals to take care of. I picked out the foxes for miss E because she really likes that “what does the fox say” song, like most little ones. What is it about that song? lol.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I picked this vintage inspired fabric. Typical me, right? The shirt pattern has three different sleeve options: cap, bicep, or half sleeve. I did the bicep length. I also used the circle skirt add on for the bottom and sliced it up a bit so the back bottom fabric peeked around the front. I think that striped fabric was from a recent GC purchase as well, but don’t remember. It was in my stash. I kept the top with the same and just angled the sides when cutting to get this look. I also added a small fabric strip around the neckline inbetween the outer fabric and interfacing piece.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I am happy with the fit and how the look turned out. I like how she suggests to use elastic thread where you sew on the bottom. It helps it have better stretch for when putting it on. I didn’t use it on mine, but I did for the girls. I wanted to see the difference. The next time I make one for me again I will try the elastic thread. I have a dress in mind with some lovely black stretchy lace in my stash.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together
Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

For miss E’s, I added a doily to the neck. I had one just the perfect size and cut it in half. I tacked it in place before sewing on the inner facing just like I did on mine with the fabric. I did the cap sleeve style on this one.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I had to add a little something to miss J’s too, so we made a little pocket for it. I would recommend this pattern for a quick and easy sew with a polished look.
Thank you Kate for letting me try the patterns out! You are a rock star :)
-Jess

12 Skirts of Christmas: The Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

This little skirt has been an idea in my head for a while. I was browsing fabric at Hancock Fabrics and spotted this little peg doll print fabric (designer is Heather Ross). I was super excited that they were carrying some of her fabric and I just thought it was so fun and whimsical. I bought some with no project idea, but then it came to me. To make a little skirt with a house on it for peg dolls. I couldn’t find the clothespin looking like peg dolls like on the skirt, but I found some that work for my miss E. Then, I received an email from the so very talented Kelly of Sewing in No Man’s Land inviting me to join in a 12 Skirts of Christmas series. I knew this skirt would be the perfect thing to do for it!

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

It was so much fun to see my little girl discover the little dolls in the skirt. She was just excited about getting a new skirt at first. She has hit a stage where she likes to spin with a skirt on and say she’s a “barina” aka ballerina. It’s so cute. It will be interesting if she takes to it. Miss J had no interest in that kind of stuff at all.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

You can use any fabric you want to make the skirt and for the house, you just need some type of non-fraying material. I used felt, but originally had wanted to use some type of leather. I just didn’t have time to go around looking until I found some I liked. I had tried wool felt, but the kind I had was just too thick for what I wanted. If you want to embroider some on the house, you will need thread and an embroidery needle for that. And of course, 1″ elastic for the waist. So get your sewing machine, scissors, ruler, pins, a safety pin, and iron ready to go too.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Here is how I came up with the measurements to use for a size 3. If you are making one for a gift, the Children’s Place sizing guide is great for measurements. Just use the waist measurement they give and the skirt length as your guide. They only offer the waist measurements for ages 3 and up, but for smaller sizes I would just go one inch down for each size down until at the size you need.

Size 3 from sizing chart: 
Waist measurement= 21″
Skirt length (at the knee)= 9.5″

Cut two pieces for waistband:
No matter what size, the width should be 4″. This makes it big enough to create the casing for the elastic.
For the length, simply add 10″ to waist measurement and divide by 2. This will be the length needed. Ex: (21″ + 10″)/2= 15.5″.
So I cut two pieces of fabric measuring 4″ x 15.5″

Cut two pieces for main skirt piece:
For the width, just use the skirt length measurement giving on the chart.
For the length, you want it to be a few inches less than double the length of the waistband piece. I say less than a few inches, because many times when I do double it exactly I find it too thick when gathered up.
Ex: 15.5″ x 2 = 31″ and then 31″ – 5″ = 28″
So I cut two pieces of fabric measuring 28″ x 9.5″

Optional: Cut two pieces for bottom of skirt:
This would be the same length as the previous skirt piece, just not as wide.
I cut two pieces of 28″ x 3″

Cut one piece of 1″ elastic:
Waist measurement – 2″ = total needed
Ex: 21″ – 2″ = 19″ of one inch elastic

*Remember to pay attention to any pattern that is on the fabric. You want it facing the correct way.
*Use the measurements you create to determine the yardage you need to make a skirt.
*I use a 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

1. Take one bottom skirt piece and pin it to the bottom of a main skirt piece, right sides facing. Sew together. Repeat with other bottom and main skirt piece.
2. Finish the raw edges with a serger or a v-stitch/zig zag stitch. Push the seam up and sew right above seam on the main skirt fabric piece to hold in place.
3. Baste the top of each skirt piece across the top. Gather each side by pulling the bottom (bobbin) thread. Gather it until it is the same length as the waistband piece. Knot loose threads on each end and even out the gathers.
4. Place a waistband piece on top of gathered skirt, right sides facing, and pin in place.
5. Sew together and trim off extra fabric. Repeat for other side of skirt.
6. Place the now two skirt pieces together , right sides facing, matching up the seams. Pin and sew down each side. Finish raw edges with serger or v-stitch/zig zag stitch.
6b. (Not shown) With skirt still wrong side out, turn bottom up around 1/4″ and iron.  Turn up about 1/4″ again and iron. Sew around to create the hem.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

7. With skirt wrong side still facing out, fold down waistband 1/2″ and iron.
8. Then fold down waistband so that it goes past the top seam a little bit. The waistband needs to be able to fit the 1″ elastic in it, so don’t put the waistband fold too far down. Sew very close to the bottom edge of the waistband, leaving a 4″ opening when sewing for the elastic to go in.
9. Top stitch very close to the edge of the top of the waistband all the way around. This will help keep elastic from twisting and moving as much.
10. Place a safety pin on end of elastic. Push it in opening and pull all the way through.
11. Once through, sew two ends of elastic together. It’s best to overlap them no more than an inch and use a zig zag stitch.
12. Push elastic into casing and sew opening shut.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

To help keep elastic in place even more, turn skirt right side out and sew elastic in place at one of the side seams. You can do both, but make sure to even out the elastic before sewing on the other side. You don’t want the skirt to look lopsided.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Use wooden dolls of your choice to create sizing for a house. I just made sure it was wide enough for them to fit and tall enough so it could have windows. I sewed the roof on the skirt first. Then I top stitched across the top of the house piece and around the windows for extra stability. I also added a some embroidery. And lastly sewed the house part so it went overlapped the roof a little bit.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Paint dolls if you like. We kept it simple. One was painted after miss E and one after miss J.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Thank you so much Kelly for hosting this fun series! Don’t forget to follow along and see what all the other creative bloggers share. There are many great sewers on the list ;) Happy sewing everyone!
-Jess

Great Gifts from OshKosh and a $50 Giftcard Giveaway!!! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Girls: shirt/skirt/jeggings/shoes Boys: shirt/pants/shoes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the holidays! When you’re searching for great gifts, OshKosh B’gosh is your destination this holiday season! And guess what? Here is one last chance to win a giftcard to OshKosh B’gosh to buy some gifts before Christmas gets here! Yay!!!! This is the third giveaway sponsored by OshKosh over the past three months and it’s been such fun being able to give you all a chance to win. Today I’m going to share a few of my favorite gift ideas from them and then share the details on how to enter to win the giftcard. Above, I have shared a some of my favorite clothing pieces for girls and boys. You can pick from  kids denim jeans and OKBG original kids tees to dressier outfits to pajamas. Kids grow so fast they can always use some new clothes! Here is a recap from the other posts where the girls are wearing other favorites we picked out from OshKosh:

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OshKosh B'gosh Fort in a bag diy
Woodland Creature Photobooth

I have ordered graphic tees, jeans, shoes, jackets, and winter accessories for my girls from their online store and we have loved it all. I loved shopping online because I could take my time and do some sales hunting along with some regular purchases. They are always having special offers and coupons and even offer free shipping a lot. Everything has also shipped really fast too. I know sometimes it seems to take a long time to receive orders from big companies, but they have done a good job getting it out quickly to us. But, you can also shop in the actual stores as well. Find a location nearest you here.

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If you are looking for smaller gifts to stick in a stocking, they have a lot of fun and cute accesories too. Miss E loves her socks and miss J is loving her hats and mittens. I love it when my girls can have an accessory that also plays along with their imagination. Now, let’s get to how to enter to win a $50 giftcard to OshKosh so you can do some shopping! It’s simple. Simply leave a comment answering the following question:

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. 
Congratulations to Jaime!

After you have done that, you can also enter a few extra ways. Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. 

Please make sure that there is a way to contact you in case you win. Open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly chosen on December 12, 2013.

 “Like” OshKosh B’gosh on Facebook, follow @OshKoshBgosh on Twitter, and follow them on Instagram and Pinterest for outfitting ideas, vintage ads, deals and special events! 

Also, to have a chance to win even more, like OshKosh on Facebook and enter the Countdown to Christmas Sweepstakes for your chance to win a gift card valued up to $1,000. Hurry, the sweepstakes lasts from 12/6 – 12/18.

Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the OshKosh B’gosh Holiday Network.  As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.