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Manhattan Cotton Carolyn Pajamas

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Hey there!  It’s been almost a year since I’ve shared anything I’ve sewn for my sweet girl and man has she grown up in that year.  She has crossed over into adult patterns which opens a world of options to sew (which I love) but it floors me that she’s so old!  Sweet Pea is now 13 and truly her nickname fits her…she is so very sweet!  Here she’s modeling her newest pajamas, the Carolyn Pajamas in Geo Pop Fabric.

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I don’t have much to share about the pattern (as I’ve sewn it before).  It goes together great and produces such a great pair of pajamas!  This time, I sewed these pajamas 2 at a time.  I sewed a pair for Sweet Pea and a pair for myself (I haven’t snapped pics yet of my pair).  I like batch sewing and how I can get two products in just a little more time than it would take me to sew one!  I did finish the seams slightly different on this pair.  I did flat felled seams on all the side seams to add a little durability!

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The fabric for these pajamas are by Emmie K for Robert Kaufman.  I’ve sewn a few things from Emmi’es fabric lines before (dog bed, skirt, bag), but this fabric is in a new substrate, stretch cotton poplin.  There’s also a few prints in the line by Carolyn Friedlander!  It was the perfect fabric for these pajamas!  It has just a slight amount of stretch to it!  It ships to stores this month (October 2017)!

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Sweet Pea was eager to let me take pictures of her as long as she could hold our new puppy, Teddy!  Here’s Teddy (which always makes me smile…our last name is Behr….so meet Teddy Behr)!

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Quick Details:

Pattern: Carolyn Pajamas

Fabric: Manhattan Cotton Stretch Poplin

Size: 0

Modifications: none, other than adding flat felled seams

Collins Top

Collins Top :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there! I am thrilled we are at a new week!  A new week means there is no hurricane headed my way, power is back on at our house (after almost 48 hours of no power), and all of that adds up to having the brainwaves to put towards sharing a top I sewed months ago!  This is the Collins top, but first let me give you a little central Florida update!

Hurricane Irma played it’s toll on us emotionally and physically for a couple of weeks!  We spent the whole week before Irma landed over Florida prepping the house and the yard to help prevent any debris from whirling around the neighborhood.  We also stocked our pantry with non perishable items (in case we lost power) and ate as much food as we could out of the fridge and freezer to help prevent waste.  And then Sunday night, we spent the night sleeping in the hallway while we anticipated Hurricane Irma to sweep far to the west of us.  Irma had a different plan though and decided at the last minute to bring it’s eye right over our house!  We had one kiddo who slept through the noisy wind, but one was up the whole night listening to the howling outside.  She also sat up around 2 am and said “it’s raining on me!”  We had two small leaks that sprung in the roof during Irma.  We were very fortunate that Irma did not cause too much damage to our small town.  Josh was able to fix our leaks right away Monday morning after the storm passed, and that was the extent of our damage!  We had neighbors missing roofs or tree limbs down, and our whole town was without power for almost 48 hours.  The counties to the south of us lost a bit more, and as I type this, they are still without power.

Irma has taught me that we are so very fortunate to have the luxuries we have.  We are blessed to live in a country where electricity is brought to each and every house.  In Central Florida, we all have air conditioners to alleviate the 90*F humid temps that are outside!  We also live in a community that comes together in times of need!  The week after Irma, the neighborhood was filled with people helping people, stranger helping stranger clean up the aftermath of the storm.  As we drove around town, we saw linemen from all over the United States and even Canada come down to help restore our electricity. Local restaurants were constantly reaching out to these linemen (who left their families at home to help us) feeding them!  It’s a beautiful sight to see communities come together.

I am so grateful to move forward after Irma swept over us and I pray that those that were more affected by the storm (like my husband’s coworker who lost his house to Irma) can begin to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding (which I know is so very hard)!

Collins Top :: Dandelion Drift

Alright, ready to hear a little bit about the Collins Top?  I sewed this top back at the beginning of the summer as a sample for the Indiesew shop. I loved a version I saw that Emily from In The Folds sewed. She used striped fabric and played with the placement of those stripes to highlight the different pattern pieces.  I did the exact same as Emily, using shirting fabric I grabbed from JoAnn’s.  I also used a tiny cork button at the back.

Collins Top :: Dandelion Drift

The CollinsTop has several different pattern pieces, and they all come together perfectly!  Emily is great at drafting her patterns, each piece fitting perfectly together.  And her instructions are so easy to follow!

Collins Top :: Dandelion Drift

There are two versions for the Collins Top, sleeveless and one with sleeves. I definitely want to sew up a sleeveless version too!

Collins Top :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick recap:

Pattern: Collins Top

Size: C

Fabric: cotton shirting from JoAnn

Modifications: none, and I would sew it up exactly the same way next time

 

I also wanted to say a quick thank you to all of you who reached out to us, making sure we were okay during the storm!  What a sweet community we are surrounded by!

Lander Shorts

Lander Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

So, there’s a hurricane headed my way.  A big one!  And the eye is geared to sweep right over our house Sunday night!  What would you be doing three days before the storm hits?  Me?  Obviously sit down and write a blog post instead of prepare for the storm!  Actually, we are very prepared for the storm…now it’s just a waiting game!  And I didn’t want to sit on these pictures and not share them with you.  These shorts are the newest pattern Kelli of True Bias released this week, the Lander Shorts!

Lander Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed these denim Lander Shorts from the tester version of the pattern several weeks ago and I have worn them so often!  The non stretch denim for these shorts started out a dark blue (the fabric is still in stock at Indiesew).  I sewed them together following Kelli’s great instructions and then had so much fun bleaching and tea dying them!  I’m not going to go into my bleaching details, but I followed Alina’s instructions (which are great)!

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The Lander pattern comes in three lengths, ankle, short, and boot length!  I cannot wait to make a second pair in the boot length!  It has darts in the back to help give the high waisted shaping, which leads to a perfect fit!

Lander Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed these in a size 6 at the waist and graded out to an 8 at the hip.  Kelli has modified the pattern just a bit since testing, scooping out the crotch seam (which should help eliminate the smile lines you see up front).

Lander Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Instead of the 1 inch hem that is called for in the pattern, I left my seam raw and simply folded it up 1 inch.  I love the patch pockets that are on the front and back of these shorts, but the buttonfly has to be my favorite feature!  I grabbed the jean buttons from Jo Ann’s and the installation went smoothly!

Lander Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

The shirt you see in the pics was one I sewed over the summer.  It’s the briar tee (I’ve blogged about the pattern here if you want more details).  This one was sewn in modal fabric from Indiesew.  I have another one you can see on instagram that is sewn in the same fabirc, just a different color.  These two shirts are the softest, comfiest shirts I own.  They get worn at least once a week!

Briar Tee :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, I’m headed back to hurricane prep!  While I’m hunkering down, go check out the Lander pattern.  Kelli’s photos are so beautiful, and her pattern is amazing!

Quick Recap

Shorts Pattern: Lander Pant and Short

Size: 6 at waist graded to 8 at hip

Fabric: 10 oz denim

Modifications: I left the bottom hem raw and folded it up 1 inch; bleached and tea dyed fabric

 

Shirt Pattern: Briar Tee

Size: xs

Fabric: Modal knit

Modifications: straightened out the bottom hem instead of the hi lo hem

 

Wonderful Things Fabric and a Kalle Shirtdress

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

If you follow me on instagram, I know you’ve seen these shorts before, but I can’t wait to show you a few more pictures!  I sewed a pair of Chi Town Chinos in Bonnie Christine’s newest fabric line, Wonderful Things fabric!  And they pair perfectly with this Kalle Cropped Shirt!

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Let me share shorts details first!  These are the Chi Town Chinos pattern, from Alina Design Co.  I’ve sewn the shorts version once (never blogged but you can catch a pic on instagram) and the pants version once (you can find those here).  When Bonnie asked me to join her Wonderful Things Fabric tour, I knew that this pattern would pair perfectly with her fabric line!

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Bonnie kindly sent me one yard of canvas from her Wonderful Things fabric line.  This print is called Aquarelle Study wash, and it comes in canvas and quilting cotton weight.  The canvas fabric was perfect for a pair of shorts!

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Since I sewed these shorts up a few weeks ago, I’ve worn them at least twice every week!  I absolutely love them!  The print on this fabric is so pretty, I love these new shorts!

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Ready for shirt details?  This is one of Heather’s newer patterns, the Kalle Shirtdress!  I grabbed a printed copy of the pattern from the imagine gnats shop.  When I was planning out this shirt, I knew I had a couple yards of Robert Kaufman double gauze in chambray (also from the imagine gnats shop).

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

As always, Heather’s patterns are great!  I love that this is a classic button up with a several twists.  I love the hem facing at the bottom of the cropped version!  And the inverted pleat is a deep pleat, giving lots of movement in the top!  The Kalle Shirtdress also has a great cuff detail at the sleeve!

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

 

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

I only made a couple changes to the pattern.  I lengthen the cropped version 2 inches in the front and the back.  I also decided to finish the cuffs by stitching in the ditch, rather than sewing a 1/8 inch seam.  I love that the Kalle Shirtdress pattern has a lot of options.  There’s a popover placket, hidden placket, tunic length and dress length!  I already have one more version so close to done!

Here’s a quick recap of all the details!

Shorts

Pattern:  Chi Town Chinos

Fabric:  Wonderful Things Fabric – Aquarelle Study Wash in Canvas

Size: 6

Modifications:  Added interfacing at the waist to help stabilize the waist!

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Shirt:

Pattern:  Kalle Shirtdress

Fabric:  Chambray Double Gauze

Size:  6

Modifications:  Lengthened front and back 2 inches, topstitched cuffs by stitching in the ditch

Chi Town Chinos and Kalle Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

 

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And you should follow along with the Wonderful Things Blog Tour!  It’s been fun to see what amazing things everyone is sewing with Bonnie’s fabric!  Yesterday, Thomas Pie shared the cutest little outfit made out of knit fabric from Bonnie’s new line!  And tomorrow, Bonnie will be sharing something, I know it’ll be great!

 

Cleo Skirt

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Do you ever run across a sewing pattern that will help you recreate a pinterest pin you have had on your board for years?  This is exactly what happened when I saw Rae’s newest sewing pattern, the Cleo Skirt!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve had this midi skirt pinned to my pinterest board for such a long time, and as soon as I saw Rae’s Cleo Skirt pattern, my mind immediately went to this pin!  I know, I know, the colors are totally different, but the proportions are absolutely the same!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Rae’s pattern has a few options, midi length or above the knee, side pockets or these scooped out pockets, and solid or with a contrast band.  I sewed a mix of the different versions.  I used the pockets from view a because I loved the scoop detail!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

To get the length / contrast band, I used the final length from view b, and then subtracted the width of the contrast band (that pattern piece is provided with view a).  I then sewed the contrast band on with 1/2 inch seam allowance (not folded in half as the directions tell you to).  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish the hem, and ended up going with a hand stitched blind hem.

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

The fabric I used is a tencel shirting from the Indiesew shop (no longer available).  Actually both are tencel shirtings, just in two different colors!  I’ve loved sewing with tencel fabric!  It drapes beautifully, and it has a sort of suede look to it!  The tencel is also very lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for the hot weather we get here in Florida!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

I absolutely love this skirt!  I love how sophisticated it looks, but that elastic waistband in the back makes it so comfortable!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick recap of the details:

Pattern:  Cleo Skirt

Fabric:  Indiesew Tencel Shirting

Size:  XS

Modifications:  I used a mix of the different views, pockets from view a, length from view b, contrast band from view a.  And I hemmed the skirt with a hand stitched blind hem.

I should also mention that I’m wearing the Ogden Cami in these photos.  I blogged about it here if you’d like to take a look at the pattern and fabric details!

The pattern & fabric for the Cleo Skirt were provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  All opinions, as always, are my own…I love both the pattern and the fabric used in this project!

 

 

Highlands Wrap Dress

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

One of my many goals this summer is to catch up this blog here on all of the things I have been sewing!  Today I have the Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie of Indiesew.  I sewed this dress way back before she even released this pattern in April and have worn it a million times, but just got around to photographing it this past weekend!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The Highlands Wrap Dress is a woven wrap dress, with many options.  It comes with sleeves, or sleeveless, maxi or midi length.  I loved the idea of a long linen maxi dress that I could wear throughout the summer!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I grabbed three yards of Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen, which is such good fabric!  It’s a linen rayon blend, so has all the breathability of linen, and the beautiful drape of rayon!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Allie drafted this pattern perfectly.  It has these sneaky little buttons inside the dress and under the tie that help hold that wrap front closed.  I’ve had wrap dresses before where I was concerned things weren’t going to stay covered, but not with this dress!  She also has beautiful finishing techniques throughout the pattern!  The corners are mitered, and the front opening and armholes are finished with a wide facing.  There’s also a little bit of elastic in the back under the tie that helps hold the dress snugly in place!

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I feel very confident and elegant when I wear my Highlands Wrap Dress!  And every time I’ve worn my dress, I receive a handful of compliments, which always feels great!

Here’s a quick recap of the details:

Pattern:  Highlands Wrap Dress

Fabric:  Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen

Size:  4

Modifications:  Shorten the skirt 1.5 inches

Turia Dungarees

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Happy Summer!  I have a post that has been long in the making and I’m super excited to share it with you!  These are the Turia Dungarees and I’m in love with them!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

I bought the Turia Dungarees pattern exactly three years ago, and then did absolutely nothing with it for over two years.  Well, I bought the fabric for these overalls about a year ago, and again did nothing with it (this time for months!).  I don’t know why I do that, but here we are!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Finally, when I started sewing I was so excited.  I had done a lot of research to figure out exactly what I wanted my overalls to look like, and what changes I’d need to make to the pattern.  As the pattern is written, the legs on the overalls aren’t very fitted.  And the overalls open and close with a side zipper.  I had been looking at RTW overalls and really liked the look of these three pairs, skinny legs, large bib pocket, light wash.

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

The first thing I did was make a long list of changes to the pattern!  I knew with the stretch of the denim, I could get away without any side opening.  So these overalls just (snugly, with a little bit of wiggling) slide on and off (no side buttons or zipper).  I also grabbed a pair of my RTW jeans that were slim, but not super skinny, and traced them for the shape of the legs.

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Next, I decided to lower the waist of the jeans by 2.5 inches, so I could add a waistband.  The original pattern has the pants lead straight into the front bib, without a waistband in between.  I also added beltloops.  Both of these pattern pieces I grabbed from the ginger jeans pattern.  Last modification in the waist area was to add a faux fly (again this template came from the ginger jeans pattern).

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

When I was looking at RTW overalls, I noticed the bib pocket usually is pretty big.  I just made up my own pocket piece, wanting it to cover almost the entire front bib!  I also used traditional overall buckles.  These were a vintage pair I found on etsy!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

The last couple changes I made were to the back of the overalls.  I made some very similar changes that Sasha made to the back of her Turia Dungarees, to help the back of the bib sit closer to my body!  The back pockets that come with the Turia pattern are pretty small, so I used the pocket pattern piece from the ginger jeans.

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Phew, I think that was it on the pattern modifications!  Once I sewed these up, I realized they were way too pristine looking for overalls, so I started distressing.  I used sandpaper and razors to add distressing along seam lines, on pockets, and at my knees!  But then I realized I really wanted my overalls to be lighter.  I did one bleach bath, constantly stirring the jeans.  I was so nervous that I would leave them in too long and hate the light color!  But, once I washed them. they still were not light enough.  I did a second bleach bath, again stirring constantly!  I was less nervous this time, a little more confident that they would come out great and it worked!  I couldn’t tell you how long or what bleach to water ratio I used, I completely just winged it!  After all the bleach, I did a tea bath overnight.  I absolutely love the results!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

These Turia Dungarees were a lot of work, but it was all so much fun!  I would absolutely make them again!

Here’s a quick breakdown of the details!

Pattern: Turia Dungarees

Fabric: Stretch Denim from Indiesew (sold out)

Size: 38

Changes:  there are way too many to list here!  Read above to see all the changes!

Modifications I’d Make Next Time: I’d change the crotch curve a bit, maybe compare it to the ginger jeans pattern to get a better fit.  Other than that, I’d keep all the changes already made!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Chi Town Chinos and Ogden Cami

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Hey there and happy Tuesday!  I have been busy sewing away, but have hardly had a minute to pop in over here and blog about my makes.  That will change, I’m hoping, when summer rolls around and things slow down a bit!  But I’m so happy to be sharing my newest make with you today, the Chi Town Chinos, which pairs perfectly with an old (and worn often make) the Ogden Cami.

Ogden-Cami

Let me talk first about the Ogden Cami.  I helped Kelli test this pattern out last summer and it is amazing!  It is such a quick sew, requires such little fabric, and is the perfect wardrobe staple.  This Ogden was sewn out of crepe de chine from the Imagine Gnats shop (currently sold out) and I wear this tank so often!  It is a great layering piece, but also great on it’s own!  I sewed this in a size 4 and the fit is perfect!  The front and the back of the Ogden Cami look similar (the back is a bit lower cut), so a tag is perfect to add there to help differentiate the front from the back!

Chi Town Chinos Side

Okay, on to the Chi Town Chinos.  I grabbed the patterns from the Indiesew shop as part of the Indiesew blogger team and was so excited to try out a new to me pattern designer.  I say patterns because this pattern started out as a shorts / skirt pattern.  And then a pants version was added as an expansion pack.  Both patterns are needed to sew these pants (the original Chi Town Chinos and the expansion pack).  I had never sewn one of Alina’s patterns before, so I quickly sewed up the shorts version of the pattern, just to check the fit of her sizing and the fit was perfect.

Chi Town Chinos Portrait

That got me ready to sew my pants.  I know that the temps are only getting hotter here in Florida as summer inches closer, and I’ve heard Allie rave about tencel fabric recently and how perfect it is for hot weather, so I grabbed a couple yards of this olive green tencel twill from the Indiesew shop for my Chi Town Chinos.  I was thinking that the tencel twill would make a great, lightweight pair of summer pants, and these chinos turned out to be just that!  The tencel twill has great drape, but also is sturdy enough to sew a pair of pants out of.

Chi Town Chinos Walking

The Chi Town Chinos pattern is written so well.  It holds your hand through every step of the pants sewing process making it no big deal to sew things you thought were scary (like welt pockets).  I would highly recommend this pattern and will definitely be sewing more Chi Town Chinos in the future.

Chi Town Chinos Pockets

I made just a few changes to the pattern for fit or construction preference.  I sewed these in a size six, and when I basted the pants together to check for fit, I didn’t like how the pants were pulling across my bottom.  I ended up sewing the side seams, just around the hip area, with a 3/8 inch seam allowance to eliminate any fabric pulling across my bottom.

Chi Town Chinos Front

I also decided add interfacing to the waistband facing.  In the pair of shorts I sewed up quickly, I used some very inexpensive, lightweight chambray fabric I grabbed from the thrift store.  I noticed that my waistband stretches out as the day wears on.  I definitely didn’t want that to happen on my pants, so I added interfacing to help ensure that my waistband would be the same size all day!  Next time, I would add the interfacing to the pants at the waistline, and leave the facing as is.

Chi Town Chinos Butt

My last change (which I no longer like) was to leave off the buttons on the welt pockets.  I own some ready to wear pants that have welt pockets without buttons, and I liked the look of that.  I hadn’t considered how my fabric would handle this.  Well, as the day goes on, the welt pockets start to smile (gape apart) and these open mouth smiles are not what I want on my bottom.  I’m going to go back and add buttonholes and buttons to keep these closed!

Here’s a quick recap of my sews

Pattern: Ogden Cami

Fabric: Crepe de Chine

Size: Four

Modifications: None

 

Pattern: Chi Town Chinos (Expansion Pack 2)

Fabric: Tencel Twill

Size: Six

Modifications: let out side seams to 3/8 inch at hip area, interfaced waistband, omitted welt pocket buttons (I wouldn’t do that next time!), shortened 1.5 inches

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The pattern / fabric for the Chi Town Chinos were provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  All opinions, as always, are my own…I love both the pattern and the fabric used in this project!

 

 

Lou Box Top

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there and happy 2017!  I’m excited to share my first sew of 2017, this Lou Box Top sewn in silk and underlined in rayon… ooh I love it!  My sewing year has kicked off a little slow though, and for good reason.  We ended 2016 with an amazing trip to Japan, returned home just in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and then the whole family was wiped out from jet lag!  And probably a little bit of let down that we are back to reality!  Vacation was amazing, and Japan was even more incredible!  I have to throw in one quick photo, even though I know you stopped by to read about what I sewed, but we skied at the base of Mt. Fuji!  The extra person in the pic is my sister in law Beth, who lives in Japan and we so miss her now that we are back in the States!  Okay, enough Japan and back to sewing!

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So the Lou Box Top (pattern by Sew DIY)…it is such a good pattern!  I’ve had it sitting on my computer since last spring when Indiesew released it as part of the Spring 2016 collection.  Let me throw in a few inspiration links, because I’ve seen this pattern pop up many times and knew it was loved by several sewists.  I love Erin’s dress version here, Kristi has made several Lou Box Tops, and my favorite dress was this one and top was this one, and I love the spring colors in this Lou Box Top.  Okay, so my sewing.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

I snagged a little over a yard of two different fabrics from the Indie Sew fabric shop.  Allie had (it’s no longer in stock) this beautiful black silk chiffon fabric that was very sheer.  I knew I wanted to sew a top out of it, but also knew it wouldn’t get much wear if I left it sheer.  So I also grabbed some light blue rayon fabric to underline the project in.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Underlining is a bit different than lining.  I cut the pattern pieces out of my black floral fabric and my blue rayon fabric and then basted each pattern piece to the other.  That way I treated my blue / black fabric combo as one piece as I sewed the Lou Box Top together.  You can read a bit more about they whys and hows of underlining over here at Lladybird.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

The Lou Box Top came together very easily!  There are several pattern options about finishing the bottom hem and there’s a scoop neck verses a crew neck option.  I went with the crew neck and the longest hem length.  I used a tiny clear button that I had inherited from my great grandmother’s button stash to close up the back opening.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Have you sewn anything yet in 2017?  I hope your first sew of the year is as successful as mine turned out!  I absolutely love my new top and know it will get worn often!

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance

Pattern: Lou Box Top

Fabrics: Black Floral Chiffon and Blue Rayon

Size: xs/s

Modifications: I underlined the project, but other than that, followed the instructions as written, and would do the exact same thing next time.

P.S. I keep wearing my ginger jeans and keep forgetting to blog about them.  These babies get worn at least twice a week and they absolutely deserve their own post.  Some day I’ll sit down and write about them, because they are great.  You can see me wearing them here, and there are some great gut pictures here, here and here.  I used pink and red serger thread on my jeans so you could see a fun pop of color as I cuffed my jeans!

This pattern / fabric for the Loub Box Top was provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  All opinions, as always, are my own…I love both the pattern and the fabrics used in this project!

 

 

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I absolutely love Christmastime and this year, I started my gift sewing a bit early (as in before Thanksgiving), and that has helped make the Christmas rush much less stressful!  I really need to remember to start early every year!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

This is a gift I sewed up for my sweet niece who is 4 years old.  I wanted her to have a throw sized quilt for her to snuggle under when she watches movies or is playing!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

I followed this tutorial as a guide.  It is a really well written tutorial that walks you through what to cut, color placement, and piecing together.  I didn’t follow it word for word though.  I purchased a kona cotton charm square pack, which has fabric precut to five inch squares.  I took these squares and then cut each one into 4 squares, yielding (4) 2.5 inch squares per each charm!  This ended up being the perfect amount for the heart on the quilt!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

The white on the front is kona solid white, the binding is artisan shot cotton from the imagine gnats shop, and the backing was an old art gallery Leah Duncan print.  I absolutely love how this whole quilt turned out, and we exchanged Christmas presents early with my niece, and she loves it too!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift