July 28, 2014

Make it Perfect Pattern Parade: Floral Coastal Breeze Dress

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Coastal Breeze   
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When Toni asked me if I wanted to join, I took a look at their patterns and really loved the comfortable style of the Coastal Breeze dress.  I had been on the lookout for something to wear over my swimsuit at the pool and decided this would be perfect. 

Coastal Breeze

I already used it at the pool once and loved how I felt completely comfortable, yet still cute while wearing it. 

Coastal Breeze

The pattern calls for pleats on the front and back.  I decided I just wanted to do some gathering stitches instead and I like how that turned out, plus it sped things up even more while sewing.

Coastal Breeze

I sized down since the pictures looked more loose fitting than I wanted.  And it worked.  I cut my neck binding too long which made it hang funny.  What I should have done is unpick the neck binding and taken some length off.  But what I did instead was take in the neckline with a dart in the middle of the back. It works.  Plus there is a little more coverage this way and I can still easily fit the dress over my head.

Coastal Breeze

What I love best about this dress is that you can leave the armd and bottom un-hemmed if you wanted because it is made with knit fabric.  I really wanted a casual look for the pool, and left the arm holes and the bottom un-hemmed.  Well, the bottom is not hemmed because I actually barely eeked out this dress from one yard of fabric (I’m that good ;) ).  Anyways, my point is that I didn’t want to hem it because it would have been too short for my liking.  I love how quick making this dress with gathers and leaving hems unfinished was. 

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Want to dress it up?  No problem, throw on some heels or wedges, a blazer, and you look ready for a night out.  Perfect!

Coastal Breeze

Plus you can still race your kids!  Cute, comfortable, and practical.  My kind of dress!  Sorry for the blurry pic below—my 5 year old took it :).

Coastal Breeze


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Pattern Pieces, Instructions, and Skill Level
The pattern printed out fine with no problems.  The instructions were very clear and I didn’t get confused during the process at all.  I feel like a beginner could easily tackle this project.

Sizing/Fit
I made the XS, sizing down from my measurements to get a more fitted look.  I didn’t hem the bottom or the sleeves so I could have the casual style I was going for.

Modifications to Pattern
Left sleeves unhemmed.  I also did gathers in place of the pleats and took a dart at the back neckline to keep the neck from gaping since I cut the neckline binding too long.

Fabric
I used knit fabric from Fabric.com (not in stock currently).

How Long it Took to Sew
These numbers I can never be sure if they are accurate, but my guess is from start to finish, including cutting, it probably took an hour.

Things I Might Change Next Time
I’d cut a smaller neckline, just raise it a bit I think.  I would also shorten the neck binding so that it doesn’t gap away from the body like mine did. 

Wearability
So comfortable and so cute!

Overall Impression
I love the dress!  I recommend this pattern!

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July 27, 2014

Tribal Soleil Dress

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

Ruby lucked out this KCW season!  She got 3 new items of clothing. 

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

I suppose the reason I’m sewing more for her than the others is because it takes less fabric, and sewing for girls tends to be easier than for boys.  Apart from the outfit I made Dev, which was pretty simple.  Most of the patterns I am drawn to for boys require a bigger time commitment than I am wanting to put in right now.  Devon LOVES his outfit though, so he’s happy.  Carson really doesn’t care if I sew or don’t sew for him.  I guess neither does Ruby, though ;).  I’ll also add to this that Bailey has worn her outfit 3 days this week and slept in it as well a couple times.  yes, that’s how we roll in the summer sometimes. 

 Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

This dress is the fabulous Soleil Dress from Selvage Designs.  I super duper love it.  The tribal fabric is a jersey spandex knit that I ordered a long time ago from Girl Charlee.  You can also purchase the Soleil Dress on Girl Charlee HERE

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

It doesn’t look like they have the same fabric currently, but THESE are similar.  Although I really love the print, and the fabric would be fantastic for shirts and skirts that you want to drape well and flow, I probably should have used a thicker knit.  This is pretty lightweight.  It actually sewed up just fine, but it stretches a lot more easily and just doesn’t hold it’s shape as well like the dress seems to need.  That may also seem so because Ruby is small and the smallest Soleil is a size 12.  I easily could have cut off some of the bottom and taken in the sides to fit her well, but it’s nice to have something that she will fit into for a while, as well.

  Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

I think we all can agree that the cutout in the back is the best feature.  It is what totally sold me on the dress.  I love it!

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home} 

Ahem...please ignore the fact that her headband is coming off in most of these pictures.  Focus on that great dress, mmmkay?  :)  Yes, I left it un-hemmed once again.  With the fabric being so thin I was afraid of a wavy hemline because I’ve been meaning to find some wonder tape stuff made for knits and have not purchased any yet. 

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

Those little foot accessories are from Sabra.  Adorable! 

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home} 

Ruby took 7 hours total in naps today!!!  So when she woke up and was only happy outside, I figured I might as well take some pictures.  If she had been miserable I promise I wouldn’t have taken them.  She was quite sad at home, but like I was explaining before, just take this girl outside and she’s pretty happy.  For about 5 minutes this time :).  She still had a fever today and is coughing soooo much, but she is a notch up from yesterday for sure.  Thank you for your kind thoughts and comments for her here and on instagram! 

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

Busy little girl. She is into everything!  And I’m so thankful

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

So that concludes Kids Clothes Week day 7 for me!  I hadn’t even intended to participate, like not at all until I sewed on Monday and thought I’d just tag along with that one project.  But it’s so fun to feel unified in sewing for kids!  It’s my all time favorite stuff to sew.  I just love seeing my kiddos running around in clothes I made for them. Makes me smile. 

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

Thank you for stopping by.  It’s always fun to connect with others sharing the same passion for sewing!

Tribal Soleil {a lemon squeezy home}

Here’s the links to the posts for Kids Clothes Week:

Sun Bonnet

Adventure Tee with Scalloped Shorts

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix

Ottobre Tank Top and Shorts

Star Ash Jumpsuit

Tribal Soleil (which of course, I won’t link because that is this post)

I was given the Soleil Dress pattern from Girl Charlee in exchange for this review.

 

SOLEIL DRESS PATTERN REVIEW:

Pattern Pieces, Instructions, and Skill Level
The pattern printed out fine with no problems—I did print in color.  The instructions were very clear and I didn’t get confused during the process at all.  I feel like a confident beginner would be able to sew this.

Sizing/Fit
I made Ruby the smallest size, which is a 12 month.  She is small for her age and I’m excited it will fit her for a while.

Modifications to Pattern
Just left the bottom un-hemmed.

Fabric
I used tribal knit from Girl Charlee.  This is a lightweight jersey spandex knit. 

How Long it Took to Sew
I’d guess with cutting this first time took 2 to 2.5 hours.  I’m not the fastest at sewing though.

Things I Might Change Next Time
I’d try and make it so the back didn’t gap.  I’m thinking with her being smaller, once she is older and fills more of it out, it won’t gap so much.  I will be making another one in the near future.

Wearability
Anything knit seems to be a fave with my kids.

Overall Impression
I love this pattern!  I do wish we were given ribbing length guidelines.  I understand her reasoning not to, but it would be nice.  I had no problems figuring out the binding lengths, but I think if you were a beginner it would be helpful to know if you were close, at least.  Overall I definitely recommend this pattern.  The end result is just the cutest! 


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Ash Jumpsuit for Ruby

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

I missed posting this yesterday for KCW because my kids needed me, so I chose to stop sewing and hang out with the kiddos I was sewing for :).

 Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

This morning we woke up and went about our day.  I planned on doing this photo shoot and Ruby has been a little off the last 3 days.  Just coughing a bit and fussy but I chalked it up to teething.  After this photo shoot things escalated quickly and she ended up getting a fever and coughing worse and worse.  So mommy instinct told me to take her in and I’m so glad we did.  X-rays in the ridiculous pigg-o-stat showed she had pneumonia starting in her lungs.  The second time in 4 months!  Crazy.  I’m so thankful for modern medicine.  We gave her ibuprofen before the doctor office.  After a shot in her leg and picking up her prescription, by the time we made it home her fever had returned but was 104.1 this time.  Poor baby.  She has some more fever reducer in her, some antibiotics, and is sleeping peacefully.  And here I am at 1 in the morning writing this post.  Ha!  The things we do sometimes to have some time to ourselves. 

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

She does NOT look or act like a baby who has pneumonia in these pictures!  I honestly could not believe how quickly things got bad.  Crazy.

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

Ok, but this jumpsuit.  ACK!  Isn’t it the most adorable jumpsuit?  I am so in love with it!  The fabric is again from l’oiseau fabrics (see THIS post for more of their amazing fabrics), and I just love it so much!   You can find this star poplin HERE.  

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

The pattern is from Willow & Co. Patterns and this is the Ash Jumpsuit by petit a petit and family

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

This was such a fun sew.  Between the fabric being awesome to sew with and the wonderful pattern instructions, I really enjoyed sewing this.  Every time I would sew a step, I would have to turn it right side out and admire how cute it was coming together. 

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

I could not WAIT to get it on her the next morning!  And all my kids were sure to totally dote on her and tell her how adorable she looked. 

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

Ruby would not sit for long.  She was on the go the whole time.  That’s the thing about her—she loves being outside so much that even though she was fussy that morning and then afterwards, she still was so happy to be outside exploring while we took pictures. 

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

I had to unpick the waistband because I accidentally read the wrong size and so I was 3” too short on my elastic through the waist.  It’s a good thing I did that, as tempting as it was to not add that 10 minutes of sewing time, because she might not have fit otherwise. 

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

Ruby turned one the beginning of June, but she is small for her age (due to her heart, for those of you new here), and so I stuck with the size 6-12 months. 

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home} 

I see many more of these jumpsuits in her future, and now Bailey wants one too so I might be pretty happy to oblige!  I love it so much!

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

 

(and psst, I have about 30 pictures similar to this one—blurry while she’s on the move!).

Ash Jumpsuit {lemon squeezy home}

ASH JUMPSUIT REVIEW

Pattern Pieces, Instructions, and Skill Level
The pattern printed out fine with no problems.  The instructions were very clear and I didn’t get too confused during the process.  You do need to read carefully with the neck binding and arm binding.  It is a little tricky but totally doable once it makes sense. 

Sizing/Fit
I made Ruby the size 6-12 months and it fits her perfectly.

Modifications to Pattern
I stuck with the pattern as is.

Fabric
THIS star poplin from l’oiseau fabrics.   Love it!

How Long it Took to Sew
These numbers I can never be sure if they are accurate, but my guess is from start to finish, including cutting, it probably took about an hour and half.

Things I Might Change Next Time
I might stitch a couple places on the side seams to hold the elastic in place.  The only thing I notice is that most of the bunching around the neckline takes away from the gathering of the back bodice.  So maybe holding some of the elastic in place and sewing so it stays more evenly gathered.

Wearability
Ruby was fine in it.  Didn’t seem to bother her at all :). Poplin is a bit thin for crawling babies, so it might be wise to use a more durable fabric for babies on their hands and knees a bunch. 

Overall Impression
Love it love it love it!  So much.  Wonderful pattern with great instructions, and the best outcome.  One of my favorite sewing projects for my kids. 

 

I purchased the pattern myself, but the fabric was given to me to review. 


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