Roscoe Dress

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  Happy Thursday!  I have a great dress for you today that started with the fabric!  I found this rayon challis print at JoAnn’s and bought as much as was left on the bolt.  I think it was right around two yards.  I looked at the patterns I owned and thought Kelli’s Roscoe Dress pattern would be a perfect match!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Well, two yards is just enough for the roscoe top, so I crossed my fingers and hoped I could squeeze a dress out of my little yardage.  I didn’t bother trying to match stripes or the print at all, I just wanted my pattern pieces to fit on the fabric!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I ended up cutting the top portion for view b of the roscoe and lengthened it as much as I could (I think it was 3 or 4 inches).  I didn’t have enough for the bottom ruffle, but that all worked out because the lengthening brought my dress to exactly where I wanted it to land!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The roscoe dress sewed up easily and I love the way it turned out!  I measured for a size 4, but cut out the size 2 instead.  I hand stitched the bottom hem and the binding around the neck and sleeves.

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

And I can’t leave without mentioning the boots!  I found these at the thrift store for $5!  They are frye boots, in great condition, in my size!  These are what thrifting dreams are made of!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Roscoe Dress

Size:  2

Fabric:  Rayon Challis from JoAnn’s

Modifications:  Lengthened the top of view b 3 or 4 inches and sized down one size

Mission Maxi Dress

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there! Hold onto your seats because this week I have two posts for you. I had a kid free evening at the end of last week and grabbed a handful of outfits, my sweet husband, the camera and set out to get some outfit pictures of what I have been sewing!  I even should have a couple more posts for you next week!  But let me start you with this first dress, the Mission Maxi Dress by Jamie Christina.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I have embarrassingly had this pattern for a while, at least a year.  I’ve decided it’s time to start sewing the things that have been on my to sew list for too long.  I grabbed a couple of yards of this St. James stripe from fabric.com (it was on sale and actually still is).  I’ve used this fabric before (different color combo) for the Marianne Dress and knew that I liked the weight and stretch of the fabric.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I have to tell you I was nervous about sewing this pattern.  I’ve heard that it is overly fitted and I would agree with that.  I took a few precautionary steps though.  My sizes put me in a size 6 up top and 10 at the hips.  I graded from a 6 to a 12 to make sure the dress was not tight on my hips and toosh, and I’m happy with how it turned out.  I sewed everything on my serger, except for the hem, which I used a twin needle.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

As far as patterns go, this is a very simple pattern without very thorough instructions.  If you were new to sewing knits, I’d tell you to hold off until you have a feel for sewing bindings first.  The instructions are definitely lacking when it comes to the bindings.  But everything else was great.  If you’ve sewn a t shirt or two before, you’ll be just fine with the pattern.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I definitely would sew this again, and the only changes I would make next time is to raise the front scoop at least 1/2 inch to ensure full coverage, and I need to hem it a little bit shorter.  In fact, this dress is sitting by my sewing machine waiting for me to hem another 1/2 inch while I still have the twin needle on there!

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick glance at the details:

Pattern:  Mission Maxi Dress

Size:  6 graded to a 12 at the hips

Fabric:  St. James Stripe

Changes I’d make next time:  raise front scoop 1/2 inch, hem slightly shorter

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

DIY Curtains

Growing up, my parents let me choose what color my room would be painted, and I love that about them!  I love that I had creative license over my room.  Josh and I started letting our kids do the same thing!  Sweet Pea recently (okay a year ago) changed her room from pink (a color she now hates) to this ocean-y blue.

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

The green curtains that hung in her pink room no longer matched, so I started shopping around for curtains.  I kept coming back to this idea….you are a sewist, why don’t you just sew the curtains!  Time…that’s why.  If I had all the time in the world I’d sew everything I could.  But my time is limited and I definitely can’t sew everything!  Sweet Pea’s room sat without curtains for an entire year while I sat indecisive, buy or sew, buy or sew!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Then Lauren from My Fabric Designs contacted me to see if I’d like to try out some of their fabric.  I immediately thought of Sweet Pea’s naked windows and started shopping around.  I knew the golden spots on this fabric would match her room her and add a little calm to her bright walls.

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

There are a variety of fabric types to choose at My Fabric Designs, but for these curtains I ordered the basic combed cotton.  They are slightly see through, which is perfect for the airy look I wanted in Sweet Pea’s room!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I actually took a curtain making class over a decade a go, and I broke a few of the curtain rules I learned in that class, shhh, don’t tell my teacher!  I needed to take a few shortcuts to save me on time!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

If you want to see the drop cloth curtains I sewed for BUbba’s room, you can spot them here.

And if you’re curious about Sweet Pea’s quilt, that info is over here!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Indiesew Spring Collection 2016

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  It’s almost spring time which means that Allie over at Indiesew has put together a new collection.  I really love looking at her collections and seeing which patterns she has grabbed together and made a great little wardrobe out of.  She always sews and photographs things beautifully (just look at the amazing patterns and photos below)!  This time around she has these great five patterns bundled together for the Indisew Spring Collection:

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I grabbed the Sanibel Dress and a few yards of rayon fabric and started sewing.  The fabric is from JoAnn’s and I love that they have started carrying more and more rayon prints.  This piece of fabric, though, I fell in love with the wrong side.  It’s really supposed to be a black and cream print, but I love the muted gray and white tones of the wrong side, so I sewed it wrong side out.

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The Sanibel dress came together really easily.  It does have many steps since it is a collared button down, but I really love these projects that are a little more time consuming!  They leave me feeling like a sewing genius (when really I’m just good at following instructions, ha!).  I sewed a size small, grading out to a medium in my hips.  There’s enough ease in the pattern, though, that I think I would sew a size small all the way through next time!

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I was meticulous with my pattern matching on this project.  The pattern matches everywhere (across the front buttons, the pockets on the skirts, side seams, even the back yoke).  Pattern matching isn’t complicated, just a little more time consuming.  I definitely think it’s worth the extra time and effort!

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

For the tie on the dress I wanted to do something other than fabric, but couldn’t find any cording in the right color.  I grabbed white cording and dyed it gray with some black acrylic paint mixed with water!

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, enough about my dress, back to Indiesew’s Spring Collection…I’ve sewn the Birkin Flares (you can see them here in my ig account) and they are another one of those projects that leave you feeling like a sewing genius!  The birkins are my best fitting jeans that I own and I definitely need to carve out more time to sew jeans!  I also cannot wait to sew the rest of the patterns from the collection.

Allie has organized a group of ladies to show off these patterns, you definitely should go take a look at them!

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February 24: Fleurine | Sew Marie Fleur
February 25: Teresa | Dandelion Drift
February 26: Lauren | Right Sides Together
February 29: Erin | Sewbon
March 1: Beth | Sew DIY
March 2: Emily | In the Folds
March 3: Caroline | Sew Caroline
March 4: Lauren | Baste + Gather
March 5: Sophie | Ada Spragg

Ultimate Wrap Dress

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I truly think the wrap dress is the most universally flattering silhouette.  Because of this, I decided I definitely should try my hand at sewing the Ultimate Wrap Dress pattern by Sew Over It (paper pattern from Indiesew).  This is the first wrap dress I have ever owned, and definitely won’t be the last!  I love how it turned out!

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this dress up in black bamboo knit fabric from fabric depot (seems they are out of stock right now).  Bamboo knit might just be my favorite fabric ever.  It has gorgeous drape and holds up well in the wash.  I used to love rayon knit for it’s drapiness (I don’t think that’s a word but we’ll go with it) but I have never found a rayon knit that doesn’t pill in the wash.  Is that just me?  Well, bamboo knit, I’ve found is absolutely perfect!

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed a size 8, which is a bit smaller than my measurements place me, but I was in between sizes and thought the knit fabric would be forgiving enough.  Everything was sewed up as explained in the instructions and the only change I made was to shorten the sleeves.

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve only had a chance to wear this out once, and wasn’t 100% comfortable that the wrap would stay closed up top, so I have it secretly safety pinned to keep the bust line closed.  The skirt portion of the wrap is absolutely perfect, completely covering everything without any fear of flashing!  Next time I sew this, I think I’ll add an inch to lengthen the skirt portion.

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

This ultimate wrap dress definitely makes me feel very feminine (without being to showy)!

Want to see some other great wrap dress sewn around the web?  Here are a few I love!

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Shoreline Boatneck

Hey there!  Still catching up on sharing things I made last year, and I definitely tried to focus a little more on staple wardrobe sewing last year…you know, sewing things that get worn often!  In fact, I have a few t shirts cut out right now waiting to be sewn together!  I went shopping for t shirts the other weekend and walked away almost empty handed.  (I did buy a Florida Gator shirt, my alma mater!)  But I was surprised at how picky I have become.  After sewing myself most of my clothes the past few years, I was critical of everything I tried on in the store and was unwilling to fork over my money for something I didn’t love!

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

You probably want to hear more about my shirt and less about my unsuccessful shopping trip, huh!  This is Melissa’s Shoreline Boatneck pattern.  The last time I sewed the shoreline boatneck, I sized up, looking for a super drapey, oversized sweater to wear!  This time I went with a size small, sewing up the pattern in the size my measurements put me in.  I love that the same pattern can yield completely different looks with different sizes sewn, and using different material.

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I sewed this boatneck with some leftover jersey fabric from a cardigan I made last year.  I love the speckled gray of this fabric, and this knit is a great weight for a t shirt.

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Usually when I’m sewing clothes, I try my hardest to avoid a handmade look.  I try to make things look as store bought as possible.  But, it’s also nice to add little details (ones you wouldn’t normally find off the rack).  I decided to add a little leather tab on my cuffed sleeves.  It was very easy to do, and I love the little extra detail.  (Also, this small piece of leather washes just fine…I tested it out in a few washes to make sure.)

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Here are the pattern modifications I made to the sleeve:

  • lengthened the short sleeve length by 3 inches.
  • rolled the sleeves twice to create a cuff, sewing down the cuff on the underarm seam.
  • used a 1 inch by 3 inch piece of leather to make a tab (the raw ends of the tab are tucked under the cuff and under the sleeve)
  • stitched the leather tab down using 1/4 inch seams

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Some other small changes I made to the pattern were leaving the bottom hem un-hemmed.  I also finished the neckline with one of my favorite neckline finishing techniques (found here).

Shoreline Boatneck :: Dandelion Drift

Arielle Skirt

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Hey there!  Happy 2016!  Welp, I’ve been a pretty bad blogger these past few months.  I have a pile of projects from 2015 I need to share with you (I count four dresses, three shirts, and one pair of jeans) but I’m going to start with this skirt!  I’m hoping to grab pictures of all these projects so I can share all the details with you…they are all pretty great!

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So this skirt…it’s the Arielle skirt by Tilly and the Buttons.  I haven’t sewn with her patterns before, but thought it was about time I change that!  I love how this skirt came out!

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I sewed it up in canvas from Robert Kaufman…it’s the Geo Pop Canvas 2 line by Emmie K.  The canvas is perfect for the skirt, and I have a bit more I think I need to make into some shorts for the summer!  The fabric’s a great weight and I love all of the prints in Emmie’s new line!

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Tilly gives you two different lengths for this pencil skirt, a mini and a knee length.  I went right in between the two lengths.  One great thing about waiting to blog about a project is you get to rave about how much you wear it and love it (this skirt would fall into that category)!  But one bad thing is I didn’t write down all of the sewing details.  I know that I used the longer length pattern and cut some fabric off, maybe two inches, maybe four?  Ahh…sorry about the lack of info!  Let me just go back to, hey, I love it and wear it!

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Here’s a quick glimpse at the details:

Pattern:  Tilly and the Buttons Arielle Skirt

Fabric / Notions:  Geo Pop Canvas Pepper, buttons from JoAnn

Size / Changes: 3, shortened the longer length

 

Sew a Dog Bed

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

For as long as we have owned dogs (almost as long as we have been married) Josh has been saying, our poor dogs need a dog bed, want to sew one?  And for some reason I kept putting this project off.  I tend to do that with projects that need to be sewed (like curtains).

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Over the summer Emmie asked me if I’d like to sew with some of her new fabric line Geo Pop Canvas 2, and I have a couple projects to share with you.  First, here’s the prettiest little dog bed.  I used a tutorial by Brett Bara as the basis for this dog bed, but made a handful of changes.

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I love the idea of reusing things, so I had been saving our old pillows to use as stuffing for a project.  I based this dog bed off of pillow measurements so I could just stuff four old pillows in this thing!

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick rundown of the materials I used and the dimensions to cut them.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 20 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 20 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut a leather belt in half for the handle

The six inch tall pieces are your sides, the 32 x 20 is your top and bottom.  I added some blue trim when sewing it all together and stitched down half a leather belt as the handle!  I left a pretty large opening on one of the 20 inch sides and stuffed four pillows into the dog bed, giving it lots of cushion!  Last, I hand stitched the opening closed.

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Taking pictures was pretty funny.  Our dog, Fern, did not want to sit still or pose for photos.  The kids were a huge help and had so much fun trying to wrangle the dog into a picture!

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

 

Christine Haynes Derby Dress

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Ooh I’m excited to share this dress with you today!  It might be my new favorite!  This is the Derby dress by Christine Haynes.  I grabbed the pattern from the Indie Sew shop shortly after I sewed Christine’s Marianne dress.  That one fit me so well, and the pattern and instructions for the Marianne were perfect, I was excited to sew another one of Christine’s patterns.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The Derby dress was not nearly as easy a sew, not because of the directions or the pattern itself, I just had to make a handful of modifications for it to fit me well.  I knew right away that I wanted to sew it as a maxi dress.  I had seen Oona’s maxi version and loved it!  The pattern doesn’t have pieces for a maxi version, I just lengthened each piece, extending them so that they would come down to my ankles.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

My measurements put me in between a size 4 and 6, so I cut the pattern in between those two sizes.  I sewed the dress up, tried it on, and had a funny underarm gaping issue.  You could peer right into my dress, so I grabbed the seam ripper and started to take apart the top half.  It’s hard to see in this busy print, but this is a princess seamed dress.  The princess seams were not running right along my bust, so I needed to take out 1.5 inches from the center pattern piece on either side.  I also took in the side seams by .5 inches.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

These fixes worked and corrected all of my gaping issues.  The fabric I used is a super lightweight rayon challis I grabbed from the imagine gnats shop.  This fabric is perfect for our really hot Florida summers.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The first day I wore this dress was to Disney for about 6 hours!  By the end of the day, the fabric had stretched out a bit (I’m not sure if it was due to the humidity or the weight of this dress, there’s a lot of fabric here)!  So I went back and added a piece of elastic across the top of the back to help give the dress some support.

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I used a piece of 1.5 inch elastic, measured across the back from side seam to side seam, and cut my elastic 2 inches shorter than the back measurement.  I then pinned the elastic in place, stretching it out to make it fit. Once the elastic was pinned (I used about 1 pin every inch across the back) I sewed several rows of straight stitches, stretching the elastic as I sewed!  The elastic fixed everything, making this a super comfortable dress!

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Silhouettes can be a fun thing to play with.  When I am standing still, without a breeze, this dress looks a little tent like (which is probably why I like it, it’s so comfortable).  But the rayon challis has so much movement, that as soon as I walk a little, or as soon as the wind blows, the dress looks so flattering!

Christine Haynes Derby Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Okay…here’s a quick run down of the sewing info:

Pattern:  Christine Haynes Derby Dress

Fabric:  Rayon Challis from the imagine gnats shop

Size / Modifications: In between size 4 and 6 and many modifications –

  • remove 1.5 inches from both sides of front seam
  • remove .5 inch from side seams
  • add 1.5 inch elastic to back for support
  • lengthened pattern to maxi dress

The Derby Dress pattern was provided to me by Indie Sew as a part of their blogger team.  As always, all opinions are my honest and true opinions!  

Laurelhurst Cardigan

So I guess this is the week where I show you all the gray things I’ve made out of knit fabric.  Yesterday it was a maxi skirt, today a cardigan.  Okay, so that’s it for the week!  But I could go on and on.  I love the color gray!  Especially this speckled heather gray!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Today I’m sharing my Laurelhurst Cardigan for the Straight Stitch Designs one year anniversary blog tour!  The goal of this sew was to remix it…change it up a bit and add some personal touches.  I had grand plans for my remix, and then eventually landed on this not so very remixed version of the cardigan!  Here’s my little change….it’s two inches shorter, just two inches chopped off the bottom.

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know my big plans?  I was going to add pockets.  Well, I actually did add pockets.  I have a very similar cardigan from Lands End with side seam pockets.  The pockets in the Lands End cardigan are sewn into the hem, giving them the support they need to stay in place.  Well, this store bought cardigan is made out of french terry, a much more stable knit than I chose.  When I sewed the same pockets in my cardigan, they dropped.  They dipped below the hem line and looked all kind of wonky.  I was so bummed.  I had made a pattern piece for you and everything, I knew it was going to turn out awesome.  Ha!  Oh well, pockets didn’t work so I just chopped the bottom of the cardigan off!  I’m loving this shorter version, though, because I can wear the cardigan with shorts.

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Enough about my failed remix.  Want to hear more about the cardigan?  It’s pretty great!  In fact, I sewed it up quickly (maybe 1 hour total) and wore it to work that evening.  And I received a compliment right away from a friend!  Yesterday I mentioned how I think maxi skirts make you look long and lean.  I think the same is true for these drapey cardigans.  They play an optical illusion on your eye making you look slim and tall!  I love it!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs has you leave all of the edges raw on the laurelhurst.  I was reluctant to do so at first, but this fabric curled so perfectly that it worked out great!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Oh, and the fabric…it’s from Raspberry Creek fabrics on etsy.  This is my first time ordering from Raspberry Creek and I will definitely order again.  Ordering knit fabric online can be a bit scary, not knowing the quality or feel of the fabric.  This knit fabric, though, is amazing.  I ordered a bit more than I needed for the cardigan and I’m so glad I did.  I’ll be making a few t shirts and tank tops out of my extras!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

While Kimberly is celebrating Straight Stitch Designs one year anniversary, all of her patterns are half off….that makes the pdf version of the laurelhurst only $5.  And she has paper patterns (half off also) and stitch kits (40% off) all until September 20th!

Laurelhurst Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance Details:

Pattern:  Laurelhurst

Fabric:  Cotton Lycra Jersey

Size / Modifications:  size 4, shortened the hem by 2″

Also, you should pop around and look at the huge lineup of other bloggers Kimberly organized to showcase Straight Stitch Designs’ patterns!  And there’s a pretty big giveaway to help celebrate!

Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio

Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

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