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

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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Stylo Magazine: OH ME, OH MY Outfits

Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY

Did you all happen to catch the first issue of Stylo Magazine? If you did, you know how awesome it is. I have some good news! They just released Issue 2 and my girls got to be in this one! Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit and Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit and Family are amazing seamstresses and are the editors of this online children’s sewing magazine. This second issue features so many talented sewers (I’m sure you will recognize them!) and is full of awesome outfits (with all the details of what sewing patterns they used, what fabrics, where they got accessories, etc.) and many fabulous sewing tutorials. There are also special interviews with others in the sewing industry. Lots of good stuff all around.

Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY I made one complete outfit for miss J. I wanted it to be a layered outfit that could be worn in spring and summer. For the shorts and jacket, I used patterns c/o Cali Faye Designs. I really love all her patterns and they were really fun to sew. The shirt is a modified version of the pattern c/o 5 and 10 Designs. I have made a few things with this pattern before and it’s so great with all the versatility you get with it. The cat fabric was c/o Michael Levine and I found the matching solid coral/orange color for the shorts at Hancock’s Fabrics and the jacket fabric at Hobby Lobby. I used vintage trim and buttons on the shirt back and shorts. Her gold sparkly shoes are from Target. Which, might I add, I want in my size! Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY

Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY

Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY Miss E’s top was also made using the 5 and 10 designs pattern. It was actually suppose to be a dress. Yeah. I was a little off on that. She has had some major growth spurts since I last sewed something for her. I put this on her to go take pictures and was shocked that it came out so short! Total fail on my part. But, we had some leggings that went perfectly and pulled out that neon yellow in the fabric. The animal fabric was also co/Micheal Levine and  I used some fabric from Hobby Lobby for the collar. The shoes are hand me downs and I used some fancy Lion Brand yarn for her headband.

Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY

Happy Together for Stylo Magazine//OH ME, OH MY

I felt so humbled and honored to be chosen to participate. I love sewing for my girls and wish I could do sew so much more for them. It brings me such joy and I love seeing them in outfits that they really like. Where they pick out the fabrics (or at least the main fabric ;) and then let me create for them. So go on over and check out Stylo Magazine when you have some free time and enjoy!

-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

Pattern Anthology Remix: The Amaryllis Dress

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

See Kate Sew, Melly Sews, The Train to Crazy, and Shwin & Shwin are at it again with another round of Pattern Anthology Patterns. The one currently available are out just in time for the colder weather. You can see them all here.

http://patternanthology.com/

I had the fun opportunity to do a pattern remix on the Amaryllis Dress. It’s such a pretty dress and an easy sew as well, no zippers or button holes! It’s actually not even connected on the sides, as it wraps around creating a fuller effect. The sash holds it in place and there are loops to keep the sash in place.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I did a few things different for this remix. I made it shorter first of all, so it would be more of a top than a dress. Miss E is very busy and always climbing so pants and shirts are a better idea for her at this age. I also added a bigger simple curved sleeve. It has a small capped sleeve in the pattern already though. I cut out the middle and added a pleated piece to make a tuxedo look and finished that off with a bow I made from some sequin ribbon I had in my stash.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I wanted the “lining” to show at the bottom, so I didn’t sew the lining and the top layer together like in the pattern. To finish off the edges of the fancy fabrics, I just used a curving stitch to add some pretty detail and let the edges be raw. You all know how I like things like that :) And lastly I used a gold rick rack trim for the tie instead of fabric.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I also used the rick rack as the button loop on the back and a vintage gold button. The fabrics all came from the cheap fabric section at Hancock’s fabrics. Nothing was over $4 a yard. I had originally wanted to make the whole things from the gold polka dot fabric, but when I went back to buy more I couldn’t find it. Sad face. At least I had some I had bought.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

Miss E loves her “pretty dress” (her words) and it makes me smile to see her as excited about things I make as I remember miss J being at this age. I can’t wait to make some clothing from the other patterns now!
-Jess

New Pattern Release and Giveaway: The Draped Cardigan

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

*happy dance* My newest pattern is now available in the shop for instant download! It’s called The Draped Cardigan and is for girls sizes 18 months – 14.

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

I cannot believe how long it has taken me to get this done (these pictures are from November!). I’m glad that I did finish though. It had been such a long time since I created one, I felt a little intimidated to jump back into it but I feel I’m back into the swing of things now and plan on working on another two patterns for this summer.

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

The pattern is designed to be made using knits and fleece fabrics.

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

That means extra comfy! You can make it warmer with using the fleece fabric or a lightweight knit would be perfect for the upcoming spring season.

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

There are quite a few ways to style it. I share how I used sew on snaps to create a closure. Further down you can see where one of my pattern testers made a belt for it. I also thought on an older child, it would look pretty draped over and held in place with a pretty pin. Like below:

Spring is Here
Carrot pin is c/o Clipit Designs.

The Draped Cardigan Pattern
The Draped Cardigan Pattern

We found a good place downtown for pictures. Miss E was such a mess trying to get photos of. She was so excited to be able to have such freedom to run around in a parking lot. Good thing my husband was there to help!

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

Miss J just wanted to explore as well. That makes it fun though. Catching them in their element.

The Draped Cardigan Pattern
The Draped Cardigan Pattern

Check out these three sisters below!!!!! Their mom, Lindsey Jones, made for for each of them.

Sister's Draped Cardigans
Sister's Draped Cardigans
Sister's Draped Cardigans
Sister's Draped Cardigans

Aren’t they just the cutest?!?!? So precious. There is just something so special about sisters. Especially when wearing super cute cardigans their mom made ;)

Bee's Draped Cardigan

I also had the pleasure of having Beth, of From the Hive, to help again. She made this really cute cardigan for her daughter. Do you remember her from other patterns???? She’s getting so big! I really like how Beth made the sleeves shorter and added a belt. Great ideas girl! (PS….Beth entered the pattern making world too! You can see her patterns here)

Bee's Draped Cardigan

You can find more information in the patterns listing here if you like. I would like to give away three patterns too. Just leave a comment and make sure there is a way I can contact you in case you win. I’ll randomly pick three winners next week!

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Congratulations to Agus, Pajjij, and Debbie!

The Draped Cardigan Pattern

The Greenpoint Cardigan

Cardigan

Continuing on with this mini project growth spurt sewing project for miss J is this cute little cardigan. And I made it just in time for a little cold front we are having!

        Cardigan
I made it using a lovely pattern sent my way called the Greenpoint Cardigan. It is by Adrianna of Crafterhours. Her pattern shop is under construction at the moment, but it will be up and running soon! I used a fabric from JoAnn’s for the main part then upcycled two shirts for the sleeve and bottom band and the neck piece.

Cardigan

It was a really easy sew with good clear instructions. Guess what? It’s for boys too! Check out what Created Blissfully made for her little boy using this pattern here.

Cardigan
Also, I am super excited to be using my new labels I made using this tutorial. I plan on talking about them a bit more once they go through the wash a few times to see how it holds up for me. I love fabric printed labels, so I’m hoping my printer ink cooperates ;) Oh, and J is wearing earrings we made here.
-Jess

Kidswear: All Vintage Dress

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I had mentioned in an earlier post about these fabrics that I had picked out to make outfits for my girls. This is the one I made for miss J.

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Hers ended up being made of all vintage fabrics. The main part of the dress is a vintage sheet and the front and straps are from a handmade vintage apron I thrifted. It worked out perfectly! I even added some vintage lace to the front neckline.

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I love the cross stitch that was on the apron. Whoever made it did a really great job. I’m happy to give it new life!

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I used my As You Like It dress pattern. I just made the back top piece wider on the sides to help it grow with her longer. I made her a size 5. When I first created the pattern she was a 2. She’s grown so much! The cute little bow is one I bought from With Lavender and Lace in Norfolk,VA. Miss E’s will be up soon :)
Have a good one!
-Jess