Parsley Shorts in Action

I just finished another pair of Parsley shorts for Clementine, this pair in a lovely Oxford fabric from Yuwa called “Cat and Bird” (I found the fabric here).

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I had considered making her a matching Flashback Tee to go with them, but this morning she put together this genius ensemble, making me wonder why I ever bother making matching clothes for her. I can’t say it would have ever occurred to me to put these two things together, but it works (shirred Pierrot tunic blogged here).

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They look a little puffy in the bum, but that’s because there’s an entire ruffled hem tucked in there.

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Here are some “new” poses she insisted on (please don’t pin these pics below; the ones above are fine, though). Very creative, this girl. I sense that she may have a future in theater.

Parsley Shorts

Parsley Shorts

Parsley Shorts

Now for a few shots of Elliot’s moon shorts (you can see a better shot of them in this post):

Parsley Shorts

Parsley Shorts

And that is my little Zombie. Having grown up in a house full of girls, I can safely say I never imagined I would have a six-year-old who was obsessed with zombies. I for one did not know what a zombie was when I was six, that’s for sure. I certainly never anticipated that his preschool teacher would pull me aside last year and explain that it is NOT OK to talk about zombies at preschool because it was frightening the other children. THAT was a bit embarrassing. Oops.

If you would like to make the Parsley Pants pattern into shorts, you’ll find a very handy little how-to over on this post. Check it out!

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Heart Pants!

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed appropriate to post these fun little pants with heart kneepads.

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So easy, all it takes is four little hearts cut out of fabric. I already have another pair planned out (grey pants, pink hearts).

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Just cut out four hearts, sew them together two at a time with a small-ish (1/4″-3/8″) seam allowance, leaving a turning hole.

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Notch or grade the seam allowances and press them flat.

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Then pin and sew them to the pant leg in the desired location. As you can see I like to use a worn pair of pants to help me locate the spot where the knees are. Then sew up the pants and you’re finished!

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(What happened to my resolution that I would sew more for the boy this year you ask? Don’t worry, I have been busy. More to come, soon…)

A look back at my year in sewing

I’ve been seeing lots of project roundups from last year pop up on other people’s blogs over the past week, and I realized how much I enjoy them. I love seeing a bunch of things from the entire year presented in one place! So satisfying. It just appeals to my visual side. So I started to look through all of my projects from this past year to see if I could sum up my 2012 projects in photos. It turns out that’s a pretty big job, yikes. At the same time, I definitely started to see some general trends. For instance, I sewed a TON of stuff for me this year, especially dresses and tops (YAY!!):

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1. scarfonme, 2. Sparkler Top, 3. libertytop1, 4. Wiksten Tank by Rae, 5. green snow white top ., 6. Charcoal striped shirt by Rae, 7. Alabama Chanin Babydoll, 8. teal tee with green skinnies, 9. figuring the eight

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1. Washi Dress, 2. Pink washi maxi dress, 3. Summersville Washi top, 4. aqua washi dress, 5. Time for Tea, 6. aquawashi7, 7. Orange Washi, 8. hello pilgrim full length, 9. Ruby Star Washi Dress

I’m super proud of what I accomplished this year when it comes to sewing for myself. Believe it or not, I learned a ton of new techniques and I feel like the things this year I made are more comfortable and wearable than clothing I’ve made for myself in the past. I also made a TON of stuff for Clementine (DOUBLE YAY!!!):

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1. Pink Geranium Dress, 2. fauxfurcoat, 3. flutter sleeve linen dress, 4. Princess and the Pea Dress, 5. pomegranate pierrot, 6. yellowjacket, 7. Bubblegum Dress, 8. nursery versery pamama pants, 9. charliegreensnowwhite, 10. geranium fox top 4, 11. whale shirt, 12. pink and gold crochet sweater, 13. Striped flashback tee with puff sleeve, 14. Little folks dress, 15. pierrotwithabow, 16. Charlie Dress

So that’s cool. BUT. For the boy? Not so much.

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1. flashback13, 2. awesomepants1, 3. shirtshorts5, 4. short sleeved flashback tee

OOPS.

It makes me really want to sew more for this little guy. The crazy part is, he really likes to wear things I make for him (unlike Clementine who is very hit or miss and usually requires bribery to get photos), so I actually do sew quite a bit of stuff for him, but not much of it ever makes it onto the blog because it’s always a little bit boring. Like two plain brown Flashback tees. A pair of grey linen pants. Yeah. Time to amp it up in the boy department, Rae.

So, my sewing goals for the new year…hmmm. I think we should Celebrate the BOY, don’t you? I’d also like to try more skirts and pants for myself this year. And I know this might seem strange, but I think I need to cut back on the amount of stuff I sew for Clementine. It is really fun to sew for her, but she seriously had more clothing this year than I knew what to do with, it was crazy.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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Twelve Days of Christmas


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….four colly* birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Charlie Tunic sewing pattern!

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As you can see, there is no shortage of cute going on here:

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1. red & gold, 2. ugly duckling, 3. pink buttons, 4. brown with short sleeves

Check out the Charlie Tunic Photo Pool on Flickr HERE.

The tunic looks just as adorable as a dress, which is easily done using the Charlie Dress Add-on, an extra option for the Charlie Tunic. Both the tunic AND the dress add-on will make up the prize for today’s giveaway.

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To enter to win a copy of both the Charlie Tunic sewing pattern and Charlie Dress Add-on, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

*OK. Now we need to talk about this “colly” bird thing, right? I have always sung the song “four calling birds,” but when we looked up the lyrics it was “colly” nearly everywhere, I tell you. As best I can tell, “calling” is actually an American mispronounciation of the original “colly” birds, which apparently are blackbirds. Who knew?

Geranium Top (with Bunnies)

I would be remiss not to mention the bunnies, since that is what she loves the most about this top, but personally I love the foxes and triangles on this print (one of my favorite prints in Lizzy House‘s Outfoxed line from last year. Her new line, Constellations, is just arriving in shops now. This ex-science teacher, for one, is very excited! Phases of the MOON, y’all!!!)

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I made this little top to test out the new Geranium Dress pattern, just released last week. The top view is included for all of the sizes in the pattern. Eagle-eyed readers might notice a slight difference in fit between this top and the pink dress I posted last weekend; that’s because the dress is a size 4 and this one is a size 3. Since her birthday is in July, she’s right between the two sizes right now, though I like how both fit.

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One other thing: I didn’t fold up the entire inch hem allowance on this one so it’s a teensy bit longer in these pictures than the actual pattern. If you do like this length though, just fold up 1/4″ twice instead of the full inch when hemming.

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Post-photo cookie, yum!

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Pink Striped Geranium Dress

I convinced Clementine to let me take some photos of her in her new Geranium Dress the other day. And when I say I “convinced” I’m sure you know that what I really mean is “bribed.” With one peppermint Joe-Joe and two large marshmallows, if you must know. The girl drives a hard bargain.

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note: I’ve enabled pinning with the Pin It buttons for a few of these pics; feel free to use them if you like

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The Geranium Dress sewing pattern is now available here!

Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern is here!

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BUY THE GERANIUM DRESS PATTERN HERE

Description
The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile dress pattern that includes two views. View A features flutter sleeves, a gathered skirt (top or dress length), with an optional notched neckline and an optional patch pocket. View B features faux cap sleeves, a pleated skirt (top or dress length) with side-seam pockets for sizes 18-24 months and up and an optional cutout neckline. Both views feature a lined bodice for a lovely finished effect. See all pattern options.

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Materials Needed
Woven fabric (see yardage chart below)
lightweight fusible interfacing
3 buttons or snap for back closure

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Selling Geranium Dresses
A license-to-sell for handmade sellers is now available (click here for more information) for the Geranium Dress.

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See more
The Geranium Dress was featured on on my blog in the following posts:
Polkadot Dress (pictured above, far left)
Geranium Dress (with bunnies) (second from left)
Mini-Washi (fourth from left; includes separate sleeves which have now been incorporated into the View B bodice pattern piece)
Dark Linen Dress (center)
Birthday Dress* (fourth from right)
Oh What a Busy Day Top (third from right)
Voile Dress* (second from right)
Ric-Rac Baby Dress* (far right)
Almost here: Geranium Dress!
Geranium Pattern Tester Fabulousness
*note: These versions feature trim; a tutorial for adding trim to the Geranium Dress is here

adding trim to geranium

Post your pictures to the Geranium Dress Photo Pool on Flickr!

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Geranium Pattern Tester Fabulousness

You are going to melt into a big puddle of goo when you see these tester photos, they are SO STINKING CUTE. I couldn’t believe how awesome all of the Geranium Dresses turned out!

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This first one is from Cherie. Simply adorbs. That eyelet is just perfect. And somehow Jess found time to make one for Ava (below) so we could make sure the 0-3 month size was a good fit. This precious photo melts my heart, every time.

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Ashley’s little munchkin is so cute in her aqua dress with the cutout neckline (above), and Jill added a BOW (below)!! I can’t get over those cute little curls.

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Caila chose one of my favorite Heather Ross prints for hers (above) and these button and trim additions on Brittney‘s are amazing (below) — I can’t believe how it transforms it, what a great addition!!

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Shannon added a lace trim to the bottom of hers for a lovely vintage floral effect (above) and this simple polkadot version from Kristin (below) is just perfect. I love the pink elephant buttons she chose for the back! Also am still a little in disbelief that she pulled this off while in the middle of her latest edition of Film Petit (MOONRISE KINGDOM, ya’ll,go check it out!!).

geranium snowflake dress

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One more from Brittney in a lovely coral (above), and Emily‘s flutter sleeved versions (below) are perfect Christmas dresses!

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I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these ladies giving up their time last week to help me test this, in the midst of this busy time of year. Thank you SO MUCH to all of the Geranium Testers!!! Their feedback and suggestions are crucial to the process and to the quality of the finished patterns that you have come to expect here.

The pattern is currently 40 MB. I am currently in a giant digital arm-wrestling match to get it down to under 6 MB so people won’t go crazy trying to download it. This happens every time I do a new pattern, and trust me, I WILL PREVAIL. Should be ready by the end of the day or so.

Almost here: Geranium Dress!

I’m so excited about my new pattern that’s almost ready!!! It’s actually really TWO patterns that you can mix and match. One of the pattern options is this one, which is basically what some of you might remember as the “mini-washi” I made for Clementine during Kids’ Clothes Week, except I figured out how to incorporate the sleeve into the bodice pattern piece to make it reaaaally easy to sew together:

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Clementine picked out the fabric for this one, but so far she has yet to put it on. This one is a shorter top version:

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She loves it and wears frequently (note to Lizzy House: More fabric with bunnies, please. That was the big sell on this one for my girl).

The other pattern option is one that I’ve been getting requests for for years, a basic bodice with an optional flutter sleeve and notch neckline, and gathered skirt:

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The dark linen version of the dress also debuted during Kids’ Clothes Week (see this post), but if you follow this blog you have probably already seen this dress in a number of other iterations already, including the two polka dot versions, plus a few different sleeveless versions with trim (tutorial on attaching the trim to come, so easy!). I’m calling the pattern “Geranium” because the little flutter sleeve reminds me of a geranium leaf.

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I find this sleeveless version especially charming; it’s essentially the pattern in it’s most basic, simple form. I also love the green corduroy (Karen made this one for Clementine as a fall/winter jumper):

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And here’s a little preview from the pattern itself, so you can see how mix-y-matchy it is:

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So many options, you guys!! I think you’ll find this pattern to be amazingly versatile, a real staple, like the Flashback Tee and Big Butt Baby Pants. And it’s almost ready…I’ll be back with some of the amazing photos from the pattern testers that came in this week, and hopefully a pattern, soon!