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A Super Sweet Apple Farm Dress

By Melissa LeRay


Welcome to my stop on the Apple Farm blog hop, featuring the newest collection from Elea Lutz for Penny Rose // Riley Blake. This collection is so sweet with a classic and vintage feel.  It reminds me of my favorite time of year – the start of Fall when apples are in season and the leaves are starting to change color. There are 21 quilting weight cottons in the entire range, and three adorable knits.  I love the colors, and the yellow has such a perfect buttery tone! applefarm dress

It just so happens my oldest is starting kindergarten, and I thought the Green Fresh knit print was perfect choice for a first day of school dress! Those darling little apples and tiny florals absolutely stole my heart! For the pattern, I used the adorable Big Joey by Make It Perfect Patterns.  I first saw this made by the talented Gail of Probably Actually and I knew I had to make one as soon as I saw hers. apple farm dress

This knit is perfect for kids wear in that it is a 95% cotton/5% spandex print so it has great stretch AND great recovery.  It has an incredibly soft hand and I was so excited that Elise loved the fabric as much as I did. applefarm dress

Elise loved the dress and was so eager to wear it that I had to bribe her with a ring pop to take it off to save for the first day. apple farm dress

And the big front pocket was a huge hit – though I had to remind her to please try not to rip it off the dress in excitement. apple farm dress

As you can see, the knit has a great drape.  Making knit clothes for the girls is my preference, because they’re so comfortable to wear and easy to care for.  And I love not having to iron! apple farm dress

When I was planning out this dress, I had considered using a contrasting solid for the bindings, but I decided that it would feel less toddler/baby by having it all the single print – I am so smitten with the finished look! apple farm dress

I’d call this dress a hit! My only regret is that I don’t have an entire bolt! apple farm dress

Sedef also has a stop on the Apple Farm Blog Hop today, and tomorrow is Faith and Veronica. Be sure to head over to see what they’ve made!



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Made By Rae Toddler Backpack, downsized

By Melissa LeRay

Toddler Backpack

My dear friend Teresa had plans to make Rae‘s Toddler Backpack for her daughter, Lila, for her 2nd birthday.  We went together to the fabric store, and she and Lila together picked out such a cute combination of fabric and trim.  I shamelessly asked her if I could copy her, and make one for Elise too.  Being one of my very best friends, she didn’t mind, or she lied if she did :)  I planned to make it a while ago, but as all my plans, I have to add about 5 months to the time frame.  Teresa, of course, finished hers in record time.  Because, you know, she’s on top of things.

Toddler Backpack front

Since Elise is quite petite, I decided to scale the pattern down by 20% to make it just a bit smaller.  I love the finished size.  Just perfection for a 2 year old.

Toddler Backpack Left Side

I decided to add a pocket to the front with a snap closure, and a regular, open pocket on each side.

Toddler Backpack Right Side

I also added one of my prized zipper pulls.

Toddler Backpack Bottom

And quilted the bottom in contrasting green thread.

Toddler Backpack Interior

The inside is a Sara Jane polka dot print.  The exterior is a Kokka canvas/linen (I think).

Toddler Backpack

Love the nylon straps, d-rings and piping.  I kinda wish it fit me.

Toddler Backpack

Still a little unsure if I want to keep the side pockets on.  Thoughts?  Elise loves this backpack, and I’m trying not to hover over her saying “don’t drag it on the ground!” “don’t put dirt in it” “careful! yogurt doesn’t belong in there!”  But really, she’s a kid being a kid, so I need to relax.  Buts its just so cute.

Elise smocked jumper

And how cute is this smocked jumper?  Its pretty special to me.  Matt’s mom smocked it for him when he was about 3, and wore it for a while.  She was able to pull it out of that jumper and transplant it into this adorable jumper.  *swoon*

Oliver + S Hopscotch tops for Fall

By Melissa LeRay

Hopscotch Top

Elise was in desperate need for some lightweight long-sleeved tops for Fall.  I had bought one of the mystery mix bargain lots at Girl Charlee, and in it were a bunch of 1/4 yard cuts of wide, cute, lightweight knits.  I set five aside and got to sewing.  I’ve made the Oliver + S Hopscotch dress once before, and found it so gratifying and a very quick sew – the tops were no different.  Only five pattern pieces total!  It really turned me on to working with knits, and I find that I’m increasingly more drawn to working with them as toddlers are so busy. and messy.  and rough on their clothes.