Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sweet Eyelet Lace Teal Chevron Toddler Tunic

Sweet & Chic


Love the crisp white with bold turquoise and bright apple green. Perfect length for capri leggings!


Measurements:
  • width of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • length of fabric (2 pieces) = 13"
  • top lace length (2 pieces) = 6.5" (after binding removed - cannot find eyelet lace that isn't pre-gathered and/or bound with bias tape!)
  • strap lace length (2 pieces) = 6.5" (after binding removed)
My Little Garden Helper (flashback to my little garden helper back in March 2013)

Summer




Notes:
  • Inspired by It's Always Autumn's Tutorial for "super sweet girl’s white lace blouse tutorial." Changed measurements to better fit my petite toddler since the first trial ended up with a dress that was too big!
  • Accidentally made arm holes closer to 2" up from each side instead of 1.5" for the curved in part of each top corner, oops. That's why I shortened the straps and brought in the top part by half an inch. 
  • Future color combos:
    • bold blue chevron, white eyelet lace, yellow bias tape
    • plum purple floral, white eyelet lace, hot pink bias tape

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sweet Eyelet Lace Chartreuse Pink Floral Toddler Dress


DIY pink ribbon bow

After one, it's hard not to make several more! I loved this print so much, I bought several yards of it. It's floral without being too much. It's pink without being "baby-pink." The bright green bias tape around the armholes give a modern edging to the sweet vintage eyelet lace. Love!




Latest Favorite Snack: Roasted Edamame
Measurements:
  • width of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • length of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • top lace length (2 pieces) = 7" (after binding removed - cannot find eyelet lace that isn't pre-gathered and/or bound with bias tape!)
  • strap lace length (2 pieces) = 6" (after binding removed)



Notes:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sweet Eyelet Lace Clothespin Doll Toddler Blouse

Getting sewing projects (or anything!) done around the house can be pretty comical. I lay out the fabric. Little Miss E sits in the middle of the fabric and proceeds to play her recorder. I lay out another piece of fabric to measure and she picks it up to play peek-a-boo. Oh yeah, and my measuring tape disappears as a necklace.

my little seamstress
After the first eyelet lace project, I had to tackle it again to make one the right size. I needed to make some adjustments to the formula from the tutorial I followed. I think I have it right this time! I also wanted to try my hand at bias tape (I've tried it before but didn't do it correctly...this time I was way more successful...you can find anything on YouTube these days...see "notes" for bias tape tutorial). 


Measurements:

  • chest circumference = 18"
  • width of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • length of fabric (2 pieces) = 10"
  • top lace length (2 pieces) = 7" (after binding removed)
  • strap lace length (2 pieces) = 6" (didn't remove binding but will next time because used bias tape all around instead of only on bottom half of armhole like I did the first time)




Notes:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sweet Eyelet Lace White Toddler Dress with Blue Floral Band

Eyelet lace is summer. So sweet on little girls. So feminine on grown-up girls. For this project, I used an old pillowcase. It's a heavier white cotton and dressed up perfectly! I could only find eyelet lace that was slightly gathered and bound so I took apart the binding for the top parts (saved the bias tape for the armhole) and left it on for the straps!

Finished product, pre-final pressing
After a few failed attempts at a good gather nearly 6 months ago, I decided to give it another try. It was so easy this time (broken threads, sweat, and not-so-pretty project resulted from the last attempt). Also tried out eyelet lace! So pretty. So sweet. So nice not to make straps, sleeves, or casing for elastic!

eyelet lace
This dress is currently reversible, front to back. Still debating whether or not to add a ribbon or flower (if so, it won't be reversible anymore!).

blue floral trim with serged hem

Measurements:

  • chest circumference = 18"
  • width of fabric (2 pieces) = 16.5"
  • length of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • top lace length (2 pieces) = 8"
  • strap lace length (2 pieces) = 7.5"

Notes:

  • Followed It's Always Autumn's Tutorial for "super sweet girl’s white lace blouse tutorial," and ended up with a top that was too big in width (the length I purposely made longer into a dress instead of a blouse). I think the measurements above result in a dress closer to a 2T size. 
  • Opted out of eyelet lace bottom hem and used a scrap piece of floral fabric for more color (and saved some eyelet lace for another blouse/dress! Eyelet lace is pricey!).
  • Removed bias tape from eyelet lace on top and used it to line armhole. Kept bias tape on eyelet lace straps.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Floral Door Jammer

Little Miss E loves closing doors. She walks into a room, turns around, closes the door, and if I'm not in the room with her, she immediately proceeds to say, "mama? mama? mama? uh......."


It's time to make door jammers! My mom said she used to use tape so doors wouldn't close. I had some leftover floral duck fabric so used that and an old mattress pad for batting! A little elastic on both ends to loop over the door knobs and you're done!


I made two different ones. One with mattress pad batting and the other with quilt batting. The mattress pad batting is thicker so it actually keeps the door from closing all the way. The one with quilt batting will close but not click shut (so she can still get stuck in a room but can't lock herself in a room for when she figures out how to lock the door...).


Materials:
- scrap fabric two pieces, 4" by 6"
- 1/4" wide elastic (or hair elastic bands!), two pieces 4" long
- batting or (scrap mattress pad) 3.5" by 5.5"

  1. Sew long ends together with right sides facing.
  2. Flip right side out so you have a tube.
  3. Insert batting and make sure it's in the middle of the tube so you have a little fabric left on both short ends.
  4. Tuck short ends in and insert elastic ends on both sides as pictured.
  5. Straight stitch closed both ends. Do an additional row of stitching if desired (will make ends more stiff). 
  6. Trim off loose ends and attach to doorknob!