April 2012 archive

Days 4-7 KCWC – Figgy’s Jane Dress

By Melissa LeRay

I had grandiose plans for KCWC.  I had 3 additional patterns set out, fabric washed, that unfortunately were never realized.  Because of this dress.  I have loved this dress since the I first saw the pattern.   Having now made it, I still love the dress, and plan on making it again, but I plan on serging all the inside edges instead of the french seams that are used throughout.  Also, the biggest problem I had was trying to sew the cuffs down on the sleeve, so I’m going to tackle that differently next time as well.  I found that method to be almost impossible for clothes this small (18m).   The presser foot barely fit in the cuff.  Because of this minor issue, it took almost 4 hours to complete the sleeve construction, and that was before I even attached them to the body of the dress!  Most of that time was with the seam ripper…

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Spring KCWC Day 3 – Ruthie’s Romper

By Melissa LeRay

For Day 3 of KCWC, I made Ruthie’s Romper by Izzy and Ivy.   Its looking like I’m spending all of KCW with elastic thread, but I assure you there is none involved in the patterns ahead!   I’m pretty pleased with the results.  I made the 12m size, and it will hopefully fit her as we get into summer.  By then she should be walking, which is when this should really get some wear, as its not so crawling-friendly.   I altered the pattern just a wee bit.   Instead of the two ruffles at the feet, I did one ruffle at a smaller size.  (I’m a bit ruffle-phobic as so many patterns these days seem to exploit them so) and instead of 4 straps I just used two longer ones.   The pattern goes up to size 8, but I can really think its ideal for little kids, maybe 3 and under?

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KCWC Day 2

By Melissa LeRay

KCWC Day 2 was a quick and easy one.   These little sundresses come together in about 30 minutes.  I had made this one for Elise while I was pregnant, and she’s now starting to outgrow it.   I thought these two prints would do her well for the Spring and Summer, and give her a little room to grow.  The top print is by Kaffe Fassett, and this one is an Alexander Henry print.

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Kick off to Spring KCWC!

By Melissa LeRay

It is with great excitement that I announce that Elise and I are participating in our first ever KCWC!  I’ve got the easy job of making these clothes, while Elise has the hard job of actually modeling these clothes!  You can see that it is truly a team effort, and I’m just thrilled that Elise is willing to help out.  She was so tired from watching me sew that she’s already passed out, and so the photos of her doing her job will have to be captured after some much needed shut-eye.

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Finally! My first bubble dress

By Melissa LeRay

I’m pretty sure that this was the pattern that first lured me into the Oliver + S cult.   Truth be told, I’m a sucker for bubbles.  They’re not much different than a regular dress (or onesie), but the added fluff makes even the simplest dress a lot more festive.  I picked up this fabric from Rainbow’s End quilt shop in Dunedin, Florida.  This is apparently the biggest fabric store in the state, and they always have a lot of great finds.  My pictures aren’t that great, and I apologize.  The glossiness of the dress, and the lighting, and my lack of camera skills combined for “eh” shots this time around.  Anyway, enough about that.  This fabric is a purple gingham dupioni silk.   I found it quite hard to tell the right side from the wrong side – how can you know for sure, really?  I bought this last fall, and turns out it was just the perfect fit for her first Easter dress.

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Good karma bag

By Melissa LeRay

I do not particularly enjoy sewing bags and purses.  Yes, I think they are super cute and functional.  I just loathe all the interfacings/stabilizers/crap that is required of them.  I’m just not a fan.  But, for a worthy cause, I will happily put on my big girl panties and sew one up.

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Getting better with the press

By Melissa LeRay

For my Christmas-slash-birthday present, I convinced Matt that I needed a letterpress.  It took a lot of convincing, but she arrived in January, and its been a fun-slash-frustrating time ever since learning how to use it.   We ended up purchasing a tabletop Hohner.  It had been restored, and painted red, and was exactly what I was looking for.

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