Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Floral Mini Brown Polka Dot Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice



forever stained blueberry fingers



NOTES:
  • Inspired by The Stitching Scientist: Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress
  • only two exposed seams - serged skirt to bodice, serged bottom band to skirt
  • Sleeveless - changed several steps from tutorial (made adjustments that made it much easier than the first trial). Tutorial to come....
  • 110% of 2T pattern makes closer to 18-24 month sizing (mostly in the arm hole area, maybe my seam allowances aren't big enough?? or maybe it's because there aren't sleeves?? chest circumference is big enough)
  • will try either 120% of 2T pattern next or 100% print of 3T pattern 
  • skirt measurement: 40x12", serged to a bottom band that's 40x3" and topstitched down over the serged part

Roses Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice


After making the Navy Floral Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice, I kept thinking of the little changes I could make to construct the dress in a smoother fashion than the tutorial I was inspired by. At midnight, I just had to work on it so ... I did and left the button hole for the morning.

not afraid of button holes


Trying out the dress with sidewalk chalk and mismatching socks
NOTES:
  • Inspired by The Stitching Scientist: Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress
  • only one exposed seam - serged skirt to bodice
  • Sleeveless - changed several steps from tutorial (made adjustments that made it much easier than the first trial)
  • Initially I thought the first trial I made too large of seam allowances or maybe all the stitching, seam ripping, and re-stitching made it smaller but this time it was really smooth and the 2T pattern still came out closer to 12-18 month sizing, so for the next one I'll try 110% printing of pattern
  • skirt measurement: 40x14", serged and folded up bottom hem once

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Navy Floral Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice



I've been wanting to try my hand at a toddler dress with lined bodice and a gathered skirt again since an attempt nearly a year ago (I'm pretty sure it didn't even make it to the blog). The gathers were wonky and the lining didn't quite match up. This attempt was much more successful! Looking forward to making several more!

twirling with the measuring tape

 Love the navy accented with bright cold flowers.



measuring
 
sweet gathers

felt board garden

NOTES:
  • Inspired by The Stitching Scientist: Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress
  • only one exposed seam - serged skirt to bodice
  • Sleeveless - changed several steps from tutorial
  • 2T pattern came closer to 12-18 month sizing, may try 110% printing of pattern
  • skirt measurement: 40x16", double hemmed bottom hem

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Whale of a Storm: DIY Whale Stuffed Animal


An oldie from May 2014
We love a good rainy day. We love the smell of rain. We love the feel of rain on our faces. We love splashing in puddles. We love the symphony of rain.


After weeks without a good rain, it poured today. Poured and poured and poured. The grass grew inches in the last few hours (or at least they're standing tall and proud instead of sad and wilty so they seem taller). A good day to pull out the soft cotton flannel and make a stuffed animal - a whale today. Great gift for a baby shower, toddler birthday, Christmas, or just because! Happy sewing!

matching cotton flannel

drew a whale on two pieces of paper taped together for a pattern

Trace whale pattern onto both pieces of fabric, right sides together and cut. Pin right sides together and sew, leaving a 3 inch gap along the bottom for flipping right side out and for stuffing. Add a felt water spout on top. 

front side, flipped right side out, pre-stuffing

back side, flipped right side out, pre-stuffing

Stuffed. Use invisible ladder stitch to sew opening closed.

Added an eye on front side using scrap from the back fabric and black felt.
peek-a-boo whale in tall summer storm grass

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tag Me Sunshine

Babies love tags. I remember Little Miss E used to chew on the tags of all her toys, even the tags that weren't meant to be part of the toy. Here's a super cute way to use up scrap fabric and lots of ribbons! It's a quick stocking stuff for baby's first Christmas. Make a bunch for a baby shower gift in different shapes, sizes, colors! Now, as a toddler, she likes sticking her fingers in the loops and swinging her little "pillow" around. 

For little ones who will chew and suck on the tags, probably best to avoid ribbons with painted on designs in case the paint comes off....

pin down ribbon loops, leaving a gap for flipping right side out and the last ribbon

sew in the last ribbon on the bottom edge after flipping the fabric right side out

the tricky sewn in last ribbon pre-stuffing

finished cuteness

Inspired Chez Beeper Bebe's Tutorial and Pattern for Rainbow Sunshine Plushie.


My Little Sunshine