Knit Dresses for Clementine

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Two new quick knit dresses for the little stinker (actually three but one didn’t get finished): One a slightly larger version of this Flashback Dress (there’s a rough tutorial at that link on converting the Flashback Tee into a dress):

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She just got a haircut last week, which I think turned out rather well. After discussing her plans to “keep it long” and “just get a tiny trim” in the car before we arrived at the salon, I was rather floored to hear her announce to the hairdresser that she wanted it all chopped off. Whaaaat. OK! Sure!!! I tried not to sound too enthusiastic lest she change her mind since I actually love it short — it’s SO much easier to take care of and somehow always manages to look chic no matter what she does or doesn’t do to it, as opposed to long hair, which always ends up looking unkempt and ragamuffinesque, like she might actually be a street urchin or something.\

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When I see little girls running around with beautifully coiffed heads, or perfectly placed pigtails or braids, I always wonder how that came about. In our house a hairstyle that intricate would need to involve either ear-piercing shrieks or a large tranquilizer dart.

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And here is the other dress, which is basically a Flashback Tee, cut a few inches below the armpit and with a gathered rectangle sewed to the bottom (EASY!). Similar to this Flower Garden dress, does anyone remember that post? She was soooo cute back then!!!

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OK, fabric. The white knit is a Birch Organic knit which I purchased at Sew to Speak in Columbus (I have their # on speed-dial) but can also be found at Fabricworm, a sponsor of this blog (ack they have it on sale right now!!). The knit is a medium weight, thicker, with a nice amount of stretch to it. I will say that I love the Birch knits, but the more ink they have on them, the stiffer they feel (both before and after washing), so the prints with the lighter backgrounds tend to feel nicer to me. Love this party print!! SOOO cute!

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The pink print is from Girl Charlee (another blog sponsor) which is a large online shop specializing in knits. This one is called a “cotton jersey blend,” is fairly lightweight, and has a great deal of stretch — so much so that you can see the armpits on this dress are sagging from the weight of the skirt. It is SUPER soft, though since I paid very little for this knit I do worry about pilling on it, as it seems to have a fair amount of lycra. Lycra content can usually be seen as little tiny white threads on the surface of a knit, which can sometimes snag and pill as a knit is worn). So we will see; it hasn’t been worn much yet. Clementine LOOOOOVEEESS this dress and has professed her undying love for the print on a number of occasions already. The fact that she has worn the dress three times since I finished it on Friday even though it has pizza sauce on it is solid evidence of this.

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Finally: the sherpa vest is from Mini Boden. I love that thing. Warm enough for cool days, and super cute. I bet you could make one, but this mama has her hands full of handmade clothing projects as it is.

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Friday Roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! I have a bunch of linkadoos and fun pictures for you to wrap up the week.

FANFARE GIVEAWAY WINNERS!
Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway last week. We used the random number generator to choose two winners. How lucky: they each preferred a different bundle! Here are the winners:

Ava, who said “Love the Shine. Need to make baby stuff for all the new ones in the family”
Dana, who said “I love your fabrics! I would love to make some purses for my 4-year old and how about some rice warmies! And though I love all of the colors, I would probably choose Pomp. Thank you!”

INDIE SEW + MADE BY RAE
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Indie Sew is a new site dedicated to showcasing independent designers’ patterns, and it has an interface for users to show off the projects they’ve made. Indie Sew now carries all my women’s patterns, and their newly-released Winter Collection features my Josephine blouse! I love how they styled the entire collection.

My friend Andrea over at Knitty Bitties has already blogged about her take on the Indie Sew Winter Collection. Look at her amazing plaid Josephine!

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STYLO MAGAZINE: It was so much fun to see my work in the latest issue of online children’s sewing + style magazine, Stylo Issue 3! I sewed up a lovely collection of Made By Rae patterns out of this season’s Cotton + Steel line and dressed Clementine up for photo shoots at my local public library.  My section is called “Art + Craft,” on pages 99-115.

SEWING WISH LIST: here are a couple of things I want to sew right this minute.

poolsideinsidePoolside Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead: I love the oversized design of this carry-all bag; it looks perfect for a weekend overnight bag or a stylish diaper bag.

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Popover Poncho by April Rhodes: April just released this poncho and I can’t wait to sew up a cosy version to live in all winter long!

LINKADOOS

I hate making cake popsthis funny post from my friend Dana. I love when bloggers keep it real.

Floating Babies: My sister Elli sent me this link from Otteroo — a floatie for babies — the other night, and you just have to see it to believe it. I keep wondering, would Hugo (my 7-month-old) enjoy floating by his neck??

Do what you love and the money will follow: I love this post on Sew Mama Sew, and the comment section is just as interesting as the well-thought-out post on making money as an artist.

Small Magazine: lots of style, accessories, and design for little humans in this online magazine. I always enjoy Small!

What fabric designers earn: Abby Glassenberg gets candid about how much money fabric designers actually make.

National Geographic: I don’t even know how many hours I’ve lost lately on the National Geographic website. Was it always so visually impressive? I find the Future of Food project particularly interesting.

For the list-makers: Bullet Journal offers a genius (analog) way to distill all your notes and to-do lists into one simple system within the covers of one notebook. Any notebook you have will do! I’m always trying to figure out a better way to keep track of my to-do lists, so I’m going to give this one a try.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Scaffold Quilt

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My first line of fabrics, Fanfare, reprinted this fall and included a line of coordinating flannel solids. As soon as they arrived on my doorstep I felt they deserved their own quilt, the combination of these solid pastels seemed just right. I love plus patterns in quilts, and I wanted the pluses to run into each other a bit (inspired by this design, though I’m not sure…is that a quilt? Or a piece of art? not sure). The result is that the narrow bands remind me of scaffolding.

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When it comes to making quilts, I enjoy the piecing but I am not a huge fan of the actual quilting bit (by which I mean the stitching through the layers to hold everything together), so the quilting was pretty spare: just a simple stitch-in-the-ditch type situation along the narrow bands to form an allover tic-tac-toe stitching pattern. I also like how the back turned out — four simple squares to complement the front — not too boring, but not too fussy.

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As far as creating the quilt top, I think anyone with basic piecing skills could replicate this — it’s 16 blocks, and the smaller squares are 6.5″ and the narrower strips are 2.5″ wide. The final quilt is maybe about 60″ square? Dunno — didn’t measure and didn’t do the math.

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Anyway, I love how modern and uncomplicated this turned out. Baby quilts are my favorite kind of quilt — pretty quick to piece together, easy to quilt (no long-arm needed, though I do use a walking foot), and they make great gifts (this one in fact is headed to a cousin’s new baby). Aren’t flannels the perfect cosy fabric?

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Striped Double Gauze Outfit for Stylo

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I want to walk you through each of the four Cotton + Steel outfits I designed for the latest issue of Stylo in a bit more detail here on the blog, starting with this one:

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The garments in this outfit were made with Bespoke Double Gauze, part of the Fall 2014 Cotton+Steel lineup that will be in shops early next year. I was looking for something new and different to feature my patterns in the Stylo spread, so when I contacted Melody Miller to ask about using Cotton+Steel garment fabrics for the shoot, I was thrilled to hear they were going to have a line of double gauzes. I believe I have mentioned in the past that wearing double gauze is like wearing pajamas. I selected a couple of quilting cotton fabrics for the shoot as well, but the double gauzes are definitely the main attraction here, and I love how they worked with my patterns.

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Charlie Tunic with handstitching

I’d never made a Charlie Tunic out of double gauze before, but now I’m wondering if I’ll ever sew it out of anything else. Making this one made me fall in love all over again with the Charlie pattern. It’s so comfortable and cute, especially when sewn out of a fabric so soft and easy to wear. Since I designed the pattern a few years ago, I’ve noticed that I’ve started streamlining the construction a bit by using just one button loop, skipping the side vents, and flattening the bottom of the front placket which makes for a more minimal, modern look. In addition, this version features the neckline placket on the inside instead of the outside, so the Purl Cotton stitches which hold the edges of the placket in place became the visual interest of this piece.

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Moon Pants

I originally intended just to make a few pairs of Parsley Pants to coordinate with everything, because that pattern is just so gosh-darned versatile. But as soon as I had the double gauze in hand, I wanted to design something more dramatic, less practical, and so the these harem pants were born. I’m so excited about how these turned out, and how much Clementine loves them — they are super comfortable and roomy. I made two versions of these pants for the shoot; the other one has a separate cuff and a pocket shaped like a crescent moon (I’ll show you those soon!!), so that’s where the name “Moon Pants” came from. For those of you who love to hack patterns, I’m not gonna lie, you could definitely hack Parsley or any other basic pant pattern for that matter to create this style by adding width, cuffs or elastic casings. But I’m starting to realize the value of offering a new pattern ready-made, and so I’m planning this for my next children’s pattern release. I’ve realized that many people (including myself, often) just don’t have the time or patience to figure out modifications for everything, so I hope there will be people who will appreciate this new pattern.

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Headband

This headband was a rectangle of double gauze, sewed together along one long side and then turned right-side out. Then I tucked the ends in and pleated them around a strip of fold-over elastic, which I top-stitched in place. Voila, new headband to match! I have to say, it makes me want to cry a little at how BIG Clementine looks with her hair pulled back. Waaaaaaah!! Where is my little baby girl!??!

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OK! That’s it for this outfit — feel free to post any questions you might have to comments and I’ll try to answer them all. You can see the entire spread, complete with the other outfits I designed, in Stylo Issue 3 (my spread starts on page 99)!! Thank you so much to Tashina and Karen for their help sewing up these looks, and to Jess and Celina for their amazing work on this issue!

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Fanfare Fat Quarter Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for the enthusiasm! Winners will be announced soon.

Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s the perfect time to sew with flannels. And guess what? My Fanfare Flannels line for Cloud9 Fabrics is going into its third printing! To help celebrate, my sponsor Fat Quarter Shop is offering up two fat quarter bundles featuring prints and solids from the Fanfare 2014 collection.

The Pomp Bundle includes 10 fat quarters in the quieter colorways from the line.
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The Shine Bundle has 7 fat quarters and features all of this year’s new colors!
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For a chance to win one of the bundles, leave a comment telling us what you’d make with this squishy flannel! Include your preference (if you have one) between Pomp and Shine, and we’ll see if we can accommodate.

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by 10pm EST on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Two winners will be randomly selected, assigned a fat quarter bundle, and contacted via email to provide a mailing address. Each winner will receive one of the bundles listed above by mail. Void where prohibited by law.

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