Category: girl

Pattern Test: Autumn Grace

Here’s another pattern test-this one for Pigg#2.  Pollywoggles Patterns has created a quick, comfy, classic pattern that is perfect for cold weather.  The pattern is made for fleece so it’s like wrapping your child in a blanket except they can do everything they usually do. The Autumn Grace dress Pigg#2 is a very feminine girl.  She would wear dresses and skirts every single day if she could.  Not many dresses are very warm though and I hate to send her to school uncertain if she will be cold on the playground or not. Pigg#2 is also very picky about the way her clothing feels.  We have had many rough days because everything is ‘uncomfortable’.  No further descriptions.   This dress passes both the criteria of warm and comfortable.  And as a bonus, it is a really fast sew.  Because it’s made of fleece, the seams won’t fray and you don’t have to finish anything really. It’s a nice pattern. One of the biggest bonuses for me is Heidi’s instruction for blending sizes.  They are so very clear.  Pigg#2 is 6, but I made a size 4T with a size 5 in length.  And it fits very nicely.  It’s fitted through the waist and flares out to make a very girly wide skirt.  And the fleece holds that shape so well. We are so happy we got to be part...

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Ruffle Fabric Tunic

My family had pictures taken while at a family reunion this past summer and I really tried to coordinate the clothing for my family.  I happened to have some white and blue ruffle fabric in my stash.  Pigg#2 loves anything ruffly or girly but my personal style is a bit more simple.  So when I saw this dress on Amazon, I though I’d try to make a similar dress with the ruffle fabric.  I had to line the tunic I made with some really lightweight white knit because it was a bit sheer.  The front and back are the same, just a little lower neckline in the front.  She loves to wear it! I told her to do a pretty pose like a princess and caught her in the movement. And Pigg#4 joined in the pictures.  She has so many hand me down clothes that I don’t really sew for her. Sad.  Baby girls are Way. Too. Much. Fun!...

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Pigg#2’s Christmas 2012 Dress

I made a dress for Pigg #2 in time for Christmas and even got a picture of her wearing it.  I really like how it turned out and she’s been wearing it every week since. All the strips on the circle skirt are bias strips and they hold up pretty well in the wash.  Not fraying at least.  The strips that are completely cotton bunch up a lot and have to be ironed (boo) while the other ones continue to lay flat after a wash. I’m glad it worked out since I was piecing together different tutorials and patterns to make the dress I wanted.  I ended up making a ‘v’ in the back so the zipper could be lower in the back because the only zipper I had on hand was one I ripped out of some of Mr. Jigg’s old pants.  The zipper was fine, but not very long at all.  Usually her hair covers up anything odd.  The only other thing is that the neck line ended up a bit too wide.  Sometimes I feel like her little shoulder is going to slip out.  But overall I really like it and I’m thrilled she is actually wearing something I made for her!  Maybe next year I’ll get vests done for the other...

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Oliver + S Messenger Bags

Last Christmas my sister and her family came to visit.  I had a copy of Little Things to Sew and was tracing out patterns onto freezer paper.  My niece is really into bags.  And she fell in love with the messenger bag in the book and decided to trace out the pattern as well so she could make the bag. I don’t think she really knew what she would use it for ( which probably bugged my practical sister) but she still liked it.  Thing is, my sister had 5 kids and about to have her 6th.  I knew helping my niece make this bag was not going to be at the top of her to-do list for a long while. Oh, and they were in the middle of moving several states away for a new job.  No time for unnecessary bags. (Pigg#1 was kind enough to wear the bag for my pictures..but I don’t think he’d want his face with the girly bag.  Kindergarten has taught him a few things…and don’t you love the sunburst things in my pictures?  Not photoshopped.  Totally got that through my own skills/luck.) So I decided to make the bag for her for Christmas this year.  I hope she likes it…that it meets the vision she had because I honestly couldn’t remember what colors she said she’d use except for the pink.  And...

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Halloween 2012

We had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween this year.  I still wanted them all to match, and I wanted to make it work around the Tiger costume the first two piggs wore then they were 1 year old.  Because I wanted Pigg # 3 to wear it.   So I thought Jasmine, Aladdin, and Raja-the tiger.  It would be perfect!  And Adorable!  I got Pigg # 2 on board, but Pigg#1 just wouldn’t go for it.  And then my attempts to make Jasmin pants out of an old shirt didn’t work because there just wasn’t enough fabric to work with.  (But now she has another pair of pants/leggings to keep her legs warm!) So Pigg#1 and I talked again, and he said he wanted to be a Knight.  The picture he liked looked an awful lot like Prince Phillip…so he eventually agreed to be Prince Phillip and match Pigg#2 as long as he got a sword, a shield, and the tunic.  Deal. And Pigg#2, well she became Briar Rose because I had an old shirt with the sweet lacing already done.  And it was perfect for Aurora’s peasant dress.  And I happened to have the fabric for a skirt to match.  The only thing I had to buy for their costumes was the black elastic for Pigg#2’s skirt. So here is our Halloween story:  (I...

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