Mingo and Grace Dress in Chalk Pink Wool

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To kick off love month, I’m sharing my second Mingo and Grace Dress. This time I went with the gathered option, and used a beautiful chalk pink wool from Hancock Fabrics. Its no longer available online, but I’ve seen a lot more wool options in their stores. (And they are all on sale!).

Gathering the skirt part of this dress with wool was a little difficult. I found it easier to split the skirt up into four sections, gathering one section at a time, and pinning. I just love everything about this dress. I put the whole thing together in two nights, it’s a really quick make! You can find the pattern I used here.

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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.

Merchant & Mills Sewing Book

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I recently picked up Merchant & Mills Sewing Book at my local library, and I loved it so much I thought I’d share it. I have a few friends who have been asking me to help them learn how to use their sewing machines, and many with sewing questions. This book is a great recommendation to anyone out there who wants to learn sewing basics. I enjoyed reading it myself, and relearning techniques I have since forgotten and some that I have not used in a while. I have to say my favorite part was the intro, “Keep it simple and do it well, do it once and you will surely earn your outfit. Making is your opportunity to reclaim fashion for yourself”. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and making, and I love how personal and original I can be when I make my own clothes. Fashion is a means of self expression. Picking out my fabric, the pattern, and making it all my own gives me a great feeling of accomplishment and pride in my work, and abilities. Merchant and Mills desires for it’s readers to feel this creative joy, and by doing so clearly lays out the very basics of sewing from tools, hand sewing techniques, finishes, machine know how, etc. Even though I’ve been sewing for a few years, I learned a few new things from this book.

The second part of the books offers fifteen projects and two patterns with a step by step tutorial for each. This book explains the classical art of sewing in a traditional way, and ignites a passion to create in its readers.

This year Merchant & Mills also released Elementary Sewing Skills  + another one I can’t wait to get my hands on: Merchant & Mills Workbook. I hope this is a helpful reference for anyone who feels ready to dive into the sewing world, or anyone who wants to brush up on the sewing basics!

A Pencil Skirt Pattern

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I have made a few skirts out of this patterm and let me tell you, it is so EASY! The best part is that it only uses one yard of fabric. I cut off the back extensions of the pattern (back slit opening), and fit the sides of the skirt to my shape. It will fit you perfectly this way. Two to three hours tops people! You can buy this pattern online Here, or with a coupon at Joanns’s. I love mixing colors and patterns… if you can’t already tell. The navy and white fabric is by Moda, and the green and navy fabric is by Amy Butler. Enjoy.

Floral Shirt: H&M

Denim Jacket: H&M

Navy Sweater: J.Crew Factory

Shoes: Nordstrom (Old)

Belt: Nordstrom (Old) Similar at Target

DIY Burp Cloth Tutorial

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These are my go to baby gifts. They are awesome. I also made some for myself and I used them with every feeding from 0-6 months. They are so absorbent, and keep mama and baby clean. I love these!! Here is a simple step by step tutorial so you can make them too. Enjoy!

ImageThese are the ones you can find at Babies R Us, I found these in store. If you can find 6-ply, they hold up even better.

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Here are just a few of some burp cloths I have made in the past. Seriously guys, these are the best.

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