I’ve been delving into the world of self-care sewing in 2014, which is very daunting as a curvy mama. Not only do you take a risk with the fit, you take a risk with time and fabric, as it takes … Continue reading
If you’ve followed my blog much, you know that earlier this year I had the amazing opportunity to sew up patterns from the One Thimble E-Zine. These have been some of my favorite patterns to sew and they always pack a fashion punch for my trendy, mama-made clothing crew. (You can read more about the Twist Shift Dress and the Time Traveller Vest in past posts.) The 3rd edition of what is, in my opinion, one of THE best pattern e-zines out there, does not disappoint! There are items for boys and girls and a few accessories, and even a women’s dress for some self-care sewing! This time around, I sewed this beautiful Stardust Dress pattern from US designer, Laura Johnson, from Ellie Inspired.
This pattern is a simple, but classic girl’s dress that really has a great fit and you can change it up a little if you get the creative juices flowing. Stardust comes in regular and slim fit sizes and I chose the size 4 slim fit for my tiny girl. I also chose the short sleeve option for the dress (minus the elastic) because we are deep in the throws of summer temps and I didn’t want my poor girl to wilt! I wasn’t able to get a good pic of the length, but this hits my daughter about mid-calf.
This dress features:
- sizes 1-16 in slim and regular fit (fits sold separately)
- short or long sleeves
- attached pettiskirt
- button back
- PDF tutorial with illustrations, photos, and printable pattern pieces
- Imperial and Metric measurements
- cutting instructions for rectangular pieces
It also has the prettiest back! I did change up the sash a little so that it would not have a center seam. I also used this breezy white and pink madras plaid as my main fabric, with Kona for the solid sash and white muslin and eyelet for the pettiskirt. As gorgeous as it photographed, the madras really works better on a garment that is more simply constructed. It is very, very thin and tends to warp a little as you do all the pressing and sewing that a dress like this calls for. Plus…not gonna lie…lining up all of that plaid was a pain!
Oddly enough, as much trouble as I had with this fabric, my husband said it was one of his favorite dresses EVER. And I make a LOT of dresses! I’m thinking this would even be adorable as a sleeveless dress and it wouldn’t be too big of a challenge. Head over to One Thimble and check out all of the other awesome things included in this E-zine!
Don’t forget to check back later this week for my “Fakie” Baby Pants!
I was given a copy of Issue 3 of the One Thimble PDF E-zine to use for this post. This post also contains affiliate links. I receive a portion of all Ezine sales made through my unique link. The thoughts and opinions expressed throughout are entirely mine. As is the girl. 😉
In the last 18 months I’ve had the privilege to test for some amazing pattern designers and even sew up some pretties to send off as samples for quilt market. Little did I know when I started sewing 4 years … Continue reading
I know, I know. Time Traveller. My spell check doesn’t like the Aussie spelling either. But I’m honoring the many differences that are represented in the PDF world and trying to spell it right for the fabulous Ms. Jen, who is the talented designer behind Ainslee Fox and this amazing vest you’re about to see.
So, now that I’ve got that out of the way, when I mention “time traveler” and “vest” in the same sentence, you seriously have to be thinking of Marty McFly and the old town clock tower and crazy Doc Brown, the DeLorian, flux capacitor, and 1.21 gigawatts. Nevermind the fact that he went back in time 30 years and next year will be the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. Mind blown.
Obviously this is not a clock tower, but I thought it was a cool, historical place for a photo shoot. I’ve always been a history buff, so I really wanted to think about where we did this! You can read more about the Heigold Facade in Lousiville, Kentucky HERE.
If you remember, in last week’s post, I showed you this sweet little shift dress from Ainslee Fox Designs. I loved that little dress and I can tell you that this Time Traveller Vest is just as fun and gorgeous, although a little more handsome.
My son was SO excited when he learned that I was making something just for him! I made him a vest for Easter last year and he’s pretty much been begging me to make another one ever since. I went back to my Parson Gray stash again, and this time pulled out my coveted World Tour Linen. Swoon. This stuff is amazing and it was beautiful fabric to pair with this pattern.
This vest has so many fun details. I got another chance to practice my welt pockets (nailed it!) and also learned a fun new way to add a facing to the front and neck of the vest. It has a nice, relaxed fit and even has a belt in the back for a more fitted look. The vest is fully lined and just like with the Twist Shift Dress, the techniques are pure perfection and the results are just gorgeous.
This is casual enough for jeans, but it would look great with a pair of khakis or even some crisp linen pants for the summer.
We even got a few broody poses from him. This guy cracks.me.up.
So now you’re just DYING to know where you can get this vest, right? You can purchase this vest pattern as a part of the One Thimble E-zine Issue 2, which I highly recommend. I seriously want to sew ALL THE PATTERNS! You can also purchase the Time Traveller Vest as a stand alone pattern. Either way, you are getting an amazing pattern from Ainslee Fox Designs. I am definitely a new fan! I think this guy is, too!
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