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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!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

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

Tutorial :: Chicken Zipper Pouch

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I have Easter on the brain, and little Easter animals on the brain, so I thought I’d share a cute chicken zipper pouch tutorial (and a bunny zipper pouch today over at Imagine Gnats)!  But first I have a little chicken story for you!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

We have lived in the same little town for about nine years now.  When we first moved in, we called the town to see if chickens were allowed, they weren’t.  We’re rule followers, so no chickens for us and our backyard!  Well, we called again a few weeks ago, and the rules have changed!  We are now allowed to have chickens!  So we are on the hunt for the perfect chicks and ready to build a coop in our yard!  Well, as perfect timing has it, our friend needed a chick babysitter for a couple of weeks, so we h ave a little trial run with six fluffy little chicks in our house!  We are enamored, and know we will be a little heartbroken when these chicks are ready to leave our house and live on the farm.  But we also will be ready and prepared for little fluffy chicks of our own!

Chicks :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, enough chicken stories.  I’m guessing you want to hear more about the tutorial.  It is super simple and only requires a few materials.  Grab a few scraps of fabric, a zipper, and print out the beak and comb template here.
1.  Select your outside and lining fabric and cut four 6 x 8 inch rectangles, two from your outside fabric (gray in my picture) and two in your lining fabric (yellow in my picture). Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift 2.  On your outside fabric pieces, sew wings by just sewing a wing shape.  You can use a matching thread or contrasting thread, depending on what look you are going for.3.  Print out the beak and comb template and cut out three beaks and three combs, two in your outside fabric, and one in craft felt or quilt batting per beak and comb.

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

4.  Let’s start with the beak.  Layer your beak with the two outside fabrics right sides together and then your craft felt (or batting) on top.  Sew around the two curved edges using 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom straight edge open.  Flip the beak right side out and iron.  Repeat the same steps for the comb.

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

5.  Line your comb on one long side of one outside fabric piece, one inch in from the side.  Baste in place using a scant 1/4 inch seam.  Line your beak on the shorter side of your outside fabric two inches down from the top.  Baste in place using a scant 1/4 inch seam.

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

6.  Now you are ready to sew on your zipper.  With your comb facing up, place your zipper on top of the comb, teeth facing down, lining the end of the zipper up with the edge of your rectangle.  Now place your lining fabric on top of your zipper, lining up your edges and pin in place.  Sew your zipper with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  To help you sew the zipper, it is helpful to put your needle in the down position, and move the zipper pull when you get close to it while sewing.  Flip your fabric right side out and iron.  Top stitch.

7.  Draw your chicken eyes with a sharpie on the both outside fabric pieces.  Repeat the zipper sewing steps with your remaining rectangles (the outside piece you just drew the face on, and the other lining piece) from step five above, moving the bunny ears out of the way!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

8.  Now that your zipper is installed on both sides, open it halfway, and line up your outside fabrics, right sides facing, and lining fabrics, right sides facing.  Sew around the perimeter of your pouch, using 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening in the bottom of the lining fabric.  Make sure your beak is facing to the middle of the bag while you are sewing the perimeter.

9.  Pull your bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  Maneuver the lining so it is inside the zipper pouch.  Now hand stitch that opening closed and your bunny zipper pouch is done!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Make sure to check out the bunny zipper pouch tutorial on Imagine Gnats.  Okay, I’m off to go admire these cute little fluffy house guests we have staying with us!

Bunny Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift



I Sewed :: SSW Syrah Skirt

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

Hey all!  Happy Tuesday!  Did anyone else have the hardest time with the time change?  Monday morning was seriously hard for my entire family!  I am glad it’s Tuesday.  And it’s Selfish Sewing Week…a week dedicated to sewing for yourself, whatever it may be.  There are lot so details on SSW over at the Imagine Gnats blog and Indie Sew, as well as a few competitions with great prizes on the line.

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

Well for this SSW, I was in need of a new maxi skirt!  I have a tale to tell you about all of the maxi skirts I have sewn.  My first one (a self drafted maxi) was eaten by the dogs.  Yep, I have those kind of dogs that will eat anything that is left unattended.  My second one (another syrah skirt) was made  out of thrifted fabric and I later found out it was covered in holes, whomp whomp.  So here I am, version three and I think it’s perfect!

Robert Kaufman vs. Art Gallery :: Dandelion Drift

For this Syrah I used a solid color fabric.  I know this may seem boring to you, but I really like solids.  Well, I like stripes too, but usually not going across my tooshie.  So solids it is!  This is the new art gallery knits, in solids.  The quality is beautiful.  It reminds me a lot of robert kaufman laguna jersey.  I cut a little scrap of each fabric, robert kaufman and art gallery, so you could compare, but since it is hard to see the difference I’ll explain a little.  Both fabrics are 95% cotton 5% spandex.  They both are 58 inches wide.  The robert kaufman fabric is a little lighter weight and a little lighter in color (just slightly).  It also curls a bit more at the edges.  The art gallery knit is a little heavier, and still curls at the edges, just not as much.  Both fabrics are great quality and wash and wear well!  I searched to find the actual weight of each fabric, and found that robert kaufman jersey is 5.8 oz per square yard, but I couldn’t find the weight of art gallery knits. Okay…that’s all on my little fabric comparison!

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

Back to the skirt details.  I think I mentioned this with my last Syrah, but this is the best fitting maxi skirt.  Lauren Dahl had a genius idea to use swimsuit lining fabric as a slip and to help stabilize the waist band.  I skipped the slip portion, just because I knew my fabric wasn’t see through and I’m gearing up for the HOT Florida summer!  I love the cut of the waistband, which tapers in at the top, so it is a nice and fitted waistband that won’t slide down.  And notice the tooshie?  It isn’t being hugged by my skirt….gotta love that!

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this all on my serger, except for the hemming, which I did with my twin needle.  I did make one little pattern change, which was to lengthen the pattern by 1 inch.  I like my maxi skirt sitting all the way up on my natural waist, so I’m guessing that’s why I needed the extra inch.  I’m average height (5’5″) if that helps any of you sewing this pattern.

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift


Here’s a quick glimpse at my sewing:

Pattern ::  Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs

Fabric :: Art Gallery Knits

Outfit Breakdown :: Handmade shirt (the foxglove tank / blogged), Syrah skirt, AE sandals

Lauren kindly has provided a little discount code for you guys on the Syrah skirt.  Just hop on over to her site and enter dandelion2 to receive $2 off your skirt pattern!

  Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift The Syrah skirt pattern was generously provided to me by Lauren Dahl and the Art Gallery Knit was generously provided to me by Art Gallery Fabrics.  All opinions are honest and true, of course!

Tutorial :: Clothespin Fish and Shark

Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

This past weekend we needed to come up with a craft that my kids could teach younger elementary kids how to do.  Being the fish loving water family that we are, I looked for a fishy craft and stumbled upon these cute clothespin animals.  But there were no printables to go along with the cute pics that I had found.

Clothespin Fish and Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Well, I set to work in illustrator and made a few printables so you could easily make this craft too.  Here they are:

Shark Printable

Fish Printable

Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift
But you know, when we were ready to cut out the 100 fish and shark for the craft, my friend said, I have a cricut, can you just put these files into a .png file for my cricut to speedily cut them out for you?  Um, yes please.  So if you are lucky enough to have a cricut, here are the .png files for you!

Shark .png

Fish .png
Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

And here are the easy steps for the craft.

  • Download your files and print your fish and sharks.
  • Color in your creatures and cut out along the outside black line.
  • Now cut your fish and shark in half.  Start at the tail, and cut right down the middle to the mouth.  If you are doing the fish, cut your straight line almost to the eye and then give it a curve for a smile.
  • Glue each half to the top and bottom of the clothespin.  We found glue dots to be the easiest way to attach!

Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Have fun with your fishy creatures!

Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Work in Progress :: Making Bias Tape

Part of my trying to slow down this year means I am also trying to do things the way that I like them.  I’m in the middle of sewing a pattern that calls for bias tape.  Old me would have gone to the store and purchased bias tape.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s done!  (But really I prefer handmade bias tape.)

Bias Tape Maker :: Dandelion Drift

New me, the one who is not in a rush, is making her own bias tape.  Want to know why I prefer the handmade stuff?

  • it matches my dress perfectly (ha…that’s because it’s made out of the same fabric)!
  • it feels so much nicer than the stiff packaged bias tape
  • because my in laws gave me every size bias tape maker possible and it’s fun to play with new toys!

Bias Tape Maker :: Dandelion Drift

If you’re looking into making your own bias tape, there’s a great video tutorial over at Dana Made It and if you don’t have a fancy bias tape maker, there’s a printable one here (never tried it but it looks like it would work)!

Are you intentionally sewing down on any projects?


Fruit Gushers Valentines Printable

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

The other week we ran in to WalMart and found a bunch of fruit gushers marked down to 10 cents a box.  The kids looked at me, I looked at them, and we both said, Valentines!  Nothing like last minute, but I sat down last night and made some cute little printables, after getting some advise from the kids on what they should say.  It was fun coming up with little puns for valentines day, and I loved seeing Sweet Pea and Bubba’s creativity flowing!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

Just in case you are last minute like me, I thought I’d share them here with you!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

I have them in two different sizes, you know, just because lots of options are lots of fun!

Click here to download the small printables.

Click here to download the large printables.

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

And then just print them out, cut them up, and attach them to your fruit gushers!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

I hope your valentines day is gushing with love!


Work In Progress :: How I Store Things

I’ve been on a bit of a “finish it up” roll this past month!  I finished the washi dress and then finished the cabin shirt!  Nothing like finishing a few projects to motivate you to dig out projects that have been sitting in your sewing room, fabric cut out, oh for six months.  Yikes that’s a lot of procrastinating!  I had this brilliant crazy idea last year that I would cut out a handful of projects at once, just because that is my least favorite part of sewing.  I thought I would tackle the boring part first, and then I would get to do the fun part, sewing!  Well, I tackled the cutting, and then my attention was pulled somewhere else.

Marritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

This week that is changing.  I’m pulling out a few projects that have been bagged for far too long, like these maritime shorts.  I’m always curious what everyone’s system is for storing PDF patterns.  When I sew a pattern, and decide it’s a keeper, I pull out a gallon sized ziploc bag and store my pattern in there.  The best part of this system is I can cut out the fabric I want to use, and store it in the same bag until I’m ready to sew.  I file all of these ziploc bags in a basket that sits atop my sewing cabinet.  That’s my system…how do you store your files?

Marritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  These shorts have been sitting in this bag so long that there are giant creases all over the place.  I hope it all irons out!

Work In Progress :: Too Many Projects

So I have a confession to make.  I am a habitual project starter, and not always the best project finisher.  It’s something I’m working on, but when I get an idea, I drop all that I am doing and start working on this new idea.  And then (sadly) I don’t always finish what I had dropped.  Am I the only one?  I think that might be a creative thing?!?  Or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself that it’s something I shouldn’t be concerned about!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So the washi dress I showed you last week.  It is so close to being done.  I just have the tiniest bit of hand stitching left to finish it up.  But before I could finish that hand stitching the prettiest Robert Kaufman fabric came in the mail, which led me to buy this new pattern, which led me to forget to finish my washi…ack!  Almost there!

Cabin Dress :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  This new pattern, the Cabin dress, is by a new to me designer.  I bought it because of the pockets.  But I love little features in the PDF pattern that say “Next Row” or “Done” to help you with taping the pattern together.  Genius idea!

Work In Progress :: Washi Dress

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

As I was snapping this picture Sweet Pea walked by and said…

Sweet Pea: “Whatcha taking a pictures of?”

Me:  “A dress that I’m seam ripping.”

Sweat Pea:  “Why would someone want to see a picture of that?”

Well, the point of this pictures is to show you (and me, ha) that making something takes time.  And often it involves mistakes.  This one was just a mistake in style for me.  I sewed the washi dress with the expansion pack (poofy shouldered sleeves, a neck tie), things that ended up just not looking good on me.  (This style has looked good on so many other sewists out there, it just doesn’t work on my broad swimming shoulders!  I’ve showed you a picture of me before in poofy sleeves…it just doesn’t work!)  So this dress sat, and sat, and sat next to my sewing machine for months.  This week I am finally ripping those sleeves off to put cap sleeves on.  And I’ve removed the front tie and I’m replacing it with a simple facing (all part of the washi pattern).

Made any mistakes lately?  Working on anything new?

Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift Do you ever think that you are superwoman?  That you can do it all?  All by yourself?  I do….all the time.  A few weeks before Christmas, I had this crazy idea that I could make Sweet Pea a twin sized quilt.  Yep, we were headed out of town to Hawaii.  Yep, we already had just about every other day we were at home scheduled to the rim.  But I thought I could do it anyway!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Turns out I’m not superwoman.  Hope that doesn’t disappoint any of you!  Turns out I couldn’t finish this quilt for Sweet Pea, even though I stayed up til midnight every possible night!  (And if you know me, you know that’s a lot of love…I am not a night person!) Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Well Sweet Pea was very gracious to receive an unfinished quilt under the tree.  You see, she has been sleeping under the quilt I made her when she was two.  That quilt is great, but it is definitely not the quilt for a double digit girl.  She has outgrown it now (actually, she probably outgrew it several years ago).  So Sweet Pea was thrilled to get a new, more mature quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

After Christmas I vowed to do no other sewing until Sweet Pea’s quilt was done.  And with all of my efforts concentrated on one project, that actually didn’t take me too long!  And I have to say this is my absolute favorite thing I have made.  It probably has to do more with sentimentality than anything else, you know, because making a quilt takes so much time.  There is a lot of love poured into a quilt.  A lot of thought and effort goes into a quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know the details?  I googled around for a 60 degree triangle quilt tutorial.  I liked this one here…she explains the steps really well, and it all made sense to me!  I looked through fabric I own, because that’s how my Granny would do it (my great grandma is the one who taught my mom to sew, who taught me to sew).

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s the fabric break down:  The solids are kona cotton.  The coral, turquoise and mustard prints are cotton and steel.  The gray hash pattern is Carolyn Friedlander.  And the blue with white fabic is a cut up target sheet.  (I had purchased the target sheet set to make a dress, you can see here, but I haven’t blogged about yet!)

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My favorite way to back a quilt is to use all of the leftover fabrics from the front…so that’s what I did.  I love that the back is just as fun and interesting as the front!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Sweet Pea loves her new quilt!