Cheetah Suede Pinafore Dress with JOANN

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I am so excited to share this project with you all today. JOANN stores recently asked if I would make something using their brand new faux suede cheetah fabric and I thought of the Dani Pinafore Dress by Seamwork. I’ve had this pattern in my “patterns to make someday” folder and this faux suede was perfect for it. I don’t usually tend to go for animal prints so I was excited to try something new!

Upon finishing and photographing this dress, I now want all the animal print. I am thrilled with this cheetah print dress!

Now, it does look a little “loose” on me, but it’s made to be that way. This dress doesn’t have any closures so you simply pull it on over your head to put it on. For that reason, it does have a looser fit. You can always add a zipper to this pattern if you do desire a more fitted look.

I sewed up the size 0, my measurements being: Bust-33, Waist-27, Hips-35. I did add 6″ of length to the skirt pieces with no other modifications to the pattern. This dress is fully lined, and interesting to sew. (Interesting in a good way!). The suede fabric was fun to work with, and I felt so professional fully lining the inside of my dress. I used a brown lining fabric from my local JOANN store. Check out the “guts” of my dress below. I found using clips instead of pins to be SUPER handy with this fabric.

I would note that when using faux suede- make sure to use a low heat setting on your iron and lots of steam. I also used some linen fabric (cotton would work too) as a press cloth when ironing on the front side of the dress as to not leave any burn marks on my fabric.

It’s also very important to grade all of your seams really well to eliminate unnecessary bulk in your seams.

This faux suede fabric is machine washable (crazy, right!?). I did not prewash my fabric because I didn’t realize this until the project was finished. I might try testing a swatch through the wash and see how it goes. I plan to wear this to church or special occasions (like a rare fancy date night) so I’m mostly not too worried about it getting dirty.

I styled my Dani Pinafore dress with a black ready to wear turtle neck that I happened to have on hand, although I would have preferred to make the Nikko Top if time had permitted. I want to make a short sleeve turtle neck to pair with this dress for “California winters” ahead. I think this dress would also be super cute styled down with a white tee and black vans. Lots of fun style options here!

Overall, I’m obsessed with this cheetah dress! This fabric also comes in this gray color way. JOANN also has a really pretty cheetah/ leopard silky print and I think I need to go buy for a fun top for fall. Rawr, gimme all the animal print. Also, I really want this sweater from Madewell now, too. I went to the mall recently and lemme tell yah- cheetah/leopard print was evvverywhere. So there you go.

Thanks for being here and happy fall sewing everyone! Now go snag yourself some cheetah fabric!

Mingo and Grace Dress MG2716

        

I recently got this dress pattern from Mingo and Grace. I feel like most of the dresses I have made are very similar to this style, there’s something about this look that I can’t get away from. It’s so classic, and feminine. This pattern comes with two skirt options: pleats and gathers. I love the crisp, tailored look of pleats, so I chose pleats.

The pattern was very quick and simple to put together. The directions were well illustrated and clearly written. I went with a size 4. Everything fits great expect for the waist. It’s slightly too snug, but it still works. I did not add on extra length, or edit the pattern in anyway. I’m really happy with the results. It’s a beautiful dress.

I also really love the sleeves. They hit just a little above the elbow, and have a loose fit. Oh and the pockets!!!! 🙌🏻

My fabric is from Joann’s Fabric. It’s currently on sale too! I used the wrong side of the fabric for my right side. It just made more sense to me visually.

Now go get yourself one too! Mingoandgrace.com.

Flannel Archer Button Up Shirt

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Things have been slow going lately with my two year old rearranging her sleep schedule, and a nine month old first time teether… whew! BUT! Amidst it all I was able to finally finish my Archer Button Up Shirt! You guys!!!! I love this shirt. It was more of a challenge, but I loved relearning how to put a tailored shirt together. (it’s been since my college days!).

I chose a thick flannel. It was a little tricky to work with because it had some stretch to it. My plaid is not perfectly aligned as you can clearly see, and my pockets are a little off, but I’m proud to say that everything else turned out pretty perfect. This shirt is soooo warm. I plan to wear it EVERY snow day this season, or maybe I should just make a few more…

I wanted my shirt to be a bit bigger and looser. I went one size up, and added about 1 1/2″ in length. It’s just what I pictured in my mind. The pattern is very clear with step by step graphics, and an online sew-a-long + a few videos are also available to help assist if there may be any confusion. Everything was pretty simple to follow, I had the hardest time just getting my plaid to match. Now that I understand how all of the pieces work, I think it would be a lot easier my second go around.

Bottom line: this is such a great basic button up shirt pattern that I will be remaking over and over again. Thank you for a great pattern Grainline Studio!

Baby Peter Pan Costume

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With my daughter being Tinkerbell for Halloween this year, it was a no brainer that my baby would be Peter Pan. This is by no means an original idea, there are tons of tutorials online for pretty much his whole costume. It’s very simple to put together.

I’ll break it up into the hat, the shirt, and the pants.

The Hat:

For the hat you will need 2 sheets of green craft felt, and 1 sheet of red.

To make your pattern, measure the length of the child’s head from the middle top of the forehead to mid back (or yours, depending on who its for). Add about 1 1/2″ for ease and seam allowance. Draw a straight line with this measurement. This is the bottom of your hat. Hand draw the shape below to complete the pattern, based off of the straight line measurement. Pin your pattern to two pieces of green felt. Cut it out.

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2. Pin the two side edges of your hat, and sew together at 1/2″ seam allowance.

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3. Flip your hat inside out, and fold up the brim (about 2- 2 1/2″). Use your finger to push the top point out.

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4. Draw a feather pattern. Cut out one feather. Cut out little notches along the edge of your feather.

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5. Using a hot glue gun and a thin wire, glue the wire to the middle of the feather.

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6. Hot glue the feather to the hat. I also hot glued a few areas of the brim of the hat to the side of the hat so it would stay in place how I wanted. You have a hat!

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The Shirt:

You will need a shirt to use as a template to trace your pattern, and 3/4 yard light green knit. The fabric I used was from another project, and that color is no longer available.

  1. Using a shirt that fits well, trace a simple bodice front, back and sleeve pattern, as pictured below:

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2. Pin shoulders RST, sew 1/2″ seam allowance.

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3. Pin sleeve to underarm edge, make sure to start and stop at the corners as shown below:

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4. Sew both side seams RST.

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5. Your shirt is now finished. Lets add some little peter pan touches. Trace a zig zag pattern on sleeve and hem edges, and cut.

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6. cut a slit along the center front of the front of your shirt.

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7. Fold edges down like so to create a collar:

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8. Tack collar down, and you have yourself a Peter Pan shirt.

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The Pants:

For the pants I followed a simple tutorial, You can find it here. This tutorial also goes through another shirt and hat option. I personally liked my version better, both are great options though.

You will need 1/2 yard green knit fabric, I found mine at Joann’s. The link will take you to similar fabric online.

This is my completed costume. I found the brown baby moccasins at Love Winnie James for $15.

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“Little boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older”

-Peter Pan