October 21, 2014

Rocky Balboa Costume

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

I had to specify which Rocky we were talking about because once I googled without the Balboa and it was about the furthest thing that Carson would want to be for Halloween (you’ve been warned!). 

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

Carson is really obsessed with Rocky these days.  My husband and I grew up watching the movies, and though I don’t particularly care for them myself, my boys love Rocky Balboa.  Carson requested that be his ‘first day of school shirt’ that I made him out of anything he could have asked for.  Miss Bailey even said that maybe she would choose Apollo Creed for her costume.  I love that she’s right there with the boys on what they like.

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home 

To make the costume, I just based the robe off of pictures I saw and used one of the Jedi Robes I made for THIS Star Wars Party (which I guess were actually based off of THESE Harry Potter robes).  I added the black cuffs and edging to look like the real Rocky robe. 

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home 

We found an image online that says The Italian Stallion, just like it does in the movie.  I had some black felt I was going to try and use and cut the letters and stallion out of, and then remembered the Transfer Artist Paper from Amazon (affiliate link) and was so happy we used it because it really would not have looked as good if I had used felt. 

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

Oh this boy—I’m so glad he still wants to dress up for Halloween.  Might be his last year!  Hoping for one year after this, but we will see.  For now I’m going to enjoy that he still wants to be a kid :).

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

Fabric:  yellow taffeta and black polyester lining fabric from Joann

Gloves:  Amazon HERE (affilliate link—**please note:  I ordered the 16 oz. gloves but cannot find them on Amazon at this time.  The link provided is similar, however the ones linked WILL NOT fit a child older than 4 years old, in my opinion.  We had to send them back and ordered the 16 oz. gloves)

Pattern used:  loosely based on Simplicity 5512 (an older pattern that has the red wizard costume in the upper left hand corner—also affiliate link)


October 14, 2014

Franklin Dress {blog tour}

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Hello hello everyone!  Today I am happy to show off Ruby’s new Franklin Dress from the new Brooklyn Pattern Company.  The owner’s name is Erin and it’s the first pattern in the shop!  How exciting to be on a new adventure in pattern making!

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The dress pattern comes in sizes 6 months-8 years.

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

I sewed up the size 12 months. 

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Yes, I probably (or really, definitely) should have sewn a size down, but I really didn’t want her to grow out this soon. And though large on Ruby, I am glad that she gets to wear the dress for a while.  And as dresses this style go, it will be a perfect tunic length when she’s even older.   

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

She’s squatting a little in the picture above and below—it’s really not that long, though I did hem it a good 1.5” shorter than the pattern as is.  She’s teeny tiny for being 16 months old though, so I expected it would be large on her.

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The pattern is drafted beautifully and professionally.  It says sewing difficulty is medium.  I thought at first that it was going to be easier than that, but once I got to the pleated yoke I did have to take some time to figure that out. 

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

I actually think a beginner would be able to make this dress if there were more pictures—I tend to like a combination of both illustrated and real photos. 

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Just another tip--you will want to add interfacing to the buttonholes.  My fabric is thin and I wish I had added it and thought to add it before getting sewing farther.  I didn’t read ahead, and that was actually my problem because I didn’t think they were functioning buttons.  But they are :).  So I did make buttonholes and I did not interface them, and I do hope they don’t rip ;).  I’m sure she will actually add this portion to the pattern, as it would be a really easy addition.
 
The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

This little chica...she just started walking at a bit over 15 months old and she did not want to hold still for the pictures at all.
 The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

When I did try to get her to hold still for just a second, I was met with this look.  She’s so funny.  75% of my pictures turned out blurry because she was everywhere.  I’m amazed I got any that she’s holding still in, like the sitting ones below.  She just didn’t sit there for longer than 2 seconds before off to the next adventure. 

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Overall I do recommend this pattern.  It is a fun design and the pleats on the yoke are adorable.  Just a lovely dress for little girls.

Pattern: Franklin Dress
Fabric:  Black Swiss dot fabric from a clearance target sundress I bought to repurpose, animal floral print was a gift from Dana of MADE a couple years ago (so I’m not sure where it’s from—pretty sure it’s a home decor as it’s definitely a canvas print)
Moccasins:  made by me with modified Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop 'Lil Papoose Moccasins, gold leather from Peggy Sue Also.

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September 30, 2014

Joey Pattern Tour

 The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Hello!  It’s been a while!  All I can say is, it’s a good thing I say yes occasionally to blog tours or I might never have an excuse to pull out my sewing machine these days. 

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

This sassy chica is sporting her latest favorite dress to wear, the Joey Dress.  It’s a pattern from Make It Perfect and it’s just awesome (I made their Coastal Breeze dress recently as well—see HERE).  It’s the perfect play dress for an active girl like Bailey. I really enjoyed sewing this dress.  It only took me about an hour and 15 minutes to complete from cutting to sewing.  I love results like these with little effort! 

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The pattern comes in the Little Joey (size 0-5 years) and the Big Joey (size 6-10).  I made Bailey the size 7 and added about an inch to the bottom hem, just to make sure she’d have plenty of length for the next year she wears it.  She just turned 6 but she has a lot of dresses that fit her right now, so I wanted to make sure this would fit her for a while.   

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

You can tell that she likes the dress.  So many funny poses she comes up with. :)

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The pattern is clear with polished instructions which make it very easy to understand.  The only thing I changed was the hem line mentioned above, and I also took off a little over 1/2” total on the neckband.  I wanted to make sure that it didn’t gap away from the body. 

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

There is also an adult version of this dress!  It’s called the Skippy.  And speaking of adult, who told this girl she could look so old in the picture below?! 

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home 

Alright, back to the zombie walking.  We’re good now ;).  Just FYI, the pattern also comes with a cowl neck option, as well as different sleeve lengths, so you could get multiple dresses that look different from each other if you play around with the options.  Love it!

The Joey Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The true test:  did she take it off when we got home from taking pictures?  Nope!  She threw on some skinny jeans under it and wore it the rest of the day.  And it looks adorable with skinny jeans underneath! It’d make a great tunic!  I can’t wait to layer it for fall once we hook Bailey up with some boots. 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Pattern:  Joey Dress

Fabric:  Girl Charlee


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