Animal Dress-Up Dolls!

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You can see them all here in my shop…

Wishing you a lovely day!

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Handmade Wardrobe, Top

handmade wardrobe topBefore January, I came close to declaring 2015 the year that I would only add new clothes to my closet by making them. I was reeeeally close. But then I thought, maybe I’ll just try a little harder, and make a few things when I can. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve shared a few of my other tops made this year, and I hope to keep it up. I would be the last person to claim that I am fashionable (we can’t all be, it’s okay), but I am very.picky. about the way my clothes fit. Comfort is first, and if it looks nice too, all the better. When my clothes are uncomfortable I feel like I’m going to throw an adult tantrum. Anyway…

I wanted to share this one specifically for a few reasons – the fabrics, the blocking, and the neckband. This shirt was a bit of an accident – I was attempting to recreate (with permission!) a favorite piece made by my friend Tracy at Dear Pony. But the fabric I was using (the navy here) did not hang the same, and so after I cut the first version apart, I was left with only usable sleeves and the bottom section of the shirt. So I readjusted the top half and filled in the gaps with these other fabrics – aiming for a seam across the bust.I have zero experience with creating blocking (sewing the two pieces together at the bust line to make the front and back pieces) with knits. I was nervous that it would stretch too much and leave that horrible ripple that you can so often get when sewing knits. I serged the rest of the seams on this top – but not this seam. Using a needle for knits, I first sewed the seam with a long basting stitch, then again with a shorter stitch, being careful not to stretch the fabric at all while I sewed. I pressed the seam after, and was pleasantly surprised…no ripples!

The floral fabric is an organic cotton knit by Birch – from the Acorn Trail series by Teagan White (the whole collection is so cute – mine was from here). I was unsure if it would be stretchy enough for apparel, but it’s lovely, especially just in a small section like this. I used an off white piece for the back, simply for interest. The navy and off white are 90% cotton, 10% spandex – it is just slightly thick (think yoga pants), and really nice to sew. Shocker, I got this fabric locally at Fabricland.

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I really wanted to share this because of the neckband. This is always my downfall when sewing tops – but I came across this tutorial and thought I would give it a try. It’s so simple and I can’t believe you don’t see it more often. The result is really nice – very sturdy, leaves no edges on the inside of the neck, and can be easily top stitched with a straight stitch to finish it off.

This top is my new favorite – blocked, dropped sleeve, tight on the arms, loose on the middle (to avoid tantrum). I wish I could direct you to a pattern, but mostly I would love to encourage you to try creating your own patterns out of clothes you already know you love.

Happy sewing!

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{thanks to my husband for reluctantly taking these photos…}

The Wee Elves, New for Spring!

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It all started with those ears…

And then I really couldn’t stop. I just couldn’t. Actually, let’s back up – it really started when a lovely customer requested a custom elf for their baby born on Christmas. The doll I made for them had a pink pixie hair style and a certain look, and I knew I would have to make more. And then when I went to make a few little people dolls recently, well, I remembered about those ears.

I am entirely smitten with every one of these dolls. Their frizzy hair and freckles, their little pouches, that corduroy bunny jacket(!), their rosy little cheeks. Oh there is something so good about the tiny little changes that happen in making, the ones that make you fall in love with it all over again.

You can find these Wee Elves in my shop – and to be sure, there will be more…

Have a wonderful weekend, xo