most outragous duds to date

most outragous duds to date

You should have seen the eyebrows raised when I was making the fabric selections for these fancy duds, there were a couple of people that thought I might have completely lost my marbles!  This is one of my fav patterns, it's so unexpected and over-the top, that I think unexpected fabric selections are just perfect!  I mean, no one's gonna be walking around in anything remotely like these … even if you make them in solid plain demin.  Actually, I'm doing my best to encourage more Crazy Curvy Solana goodness because, well, They just rock my world!

I went with bright bold fabrics in lots of colors with pretty large scale patterns on them and I think it works.  Most of the eyebrow raisers have come round to see that my vision wasn't proof of needing an extended stay at the white jacket motel, but rather a super colorful expression of love that my girls can pull off.

The pant pattern is Solana, the fabrics are various finewale corduroy from my shop, the pink one is the only one left in stock at the moment, and the hem is made from westfalan bias.  If you've sewn the Lunada pattern or the Redondo skirt and are ready to take those curvs a step further this is the pattern for you.


I actually made these last winter for G (size and aged 7.5) in the 7/8 size.  She just barely squeezed into them and the length was just long enough.  She wore them a few times and the bias hem isn't scuffed at all.  So when the pattern says measure your subject and adjust the sizing according … really do it with this pattern! 


Don't assume that because you always sew the 7/8 and they fit that you'll have the same result.  What a shame it would have been if M wasn't coming up and needing some out-this-world pants!  M is 6 and is a regular 6 size, these pants fit her great.  There's a little room in the toosh for climbing and growing and a little room in the length, so that these pants can see some wear before becoming too small.  

In my rush to get out of the house this morning I forgot her snazzy orange keds which give her just the right amount of height that the hem doesn't drag, like you see here.  Cords and sandels, this is my life :-)


The top is IMKE made with contrasting side panels out of jersey, the dots are stenzo, I put the hood on because this girl, at this moment, is loving hoodies.  Who knows, by the time the weather is such that she can actually wear it she may be moved on.  One factor with making the hoodie was to use a yarn woven knit vs. a printed knit.  Let me elaborate, the dots are printed pink/pink on the front but the underside is white.  The stripe is yarn woven meaning that the colors were dyed first then woven into their current pattern.  This means that the hoodie looks good whether it's hanging down  or not and I didn't have to line it. 

I used the IMKE from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love because I didn't want to use up any of my remaining stock of the stand alone pattern.  The choice is yours, should you decide on making this cute top.





ribbon running down the arm is from Farbenmix.  I still want to add an iron on or 2 to the top but I'll have to sneak it in, my fabric mixing consertive husband might well give me that vacation if I add anything else to this outfit!

Having a Ball

Having a Ball

This top packs a twirl punch!  The girls really like all the versions and the only thing I'd do differently is put the blue plaid MM bias that used for M's casings on the outside like I did on G's, but it was the first one and so I did it by the book. 

As far as sewing this pattern, which is Beverly Ball by Izzy and Ivy,  it went together pretty smoothly, there was just one little thing that I fretted about a bit.  The pattern has a notched part where one would assume the ends would meet up when sewing one gore to the other…  Not once, in all the gores I stitched – 3 different sizeed tops using your choice of voile, seersucker or quilting cotton – did that notch match up.  Maybe it's me, the way I didn't stretch my wovens while I serged the seams.  I'm not sure.  I'm only telling you this so that if you come to that place and find yourself not matching up (as I did) you won't have to email the lovely gals at Izzy and Ivy for input. (who me? 😉 )  It didn't effect the outcome in any negative way what-so-ever.  When it came to hemming I just graded the two pieces together, it was only an inch or so, and stitched on the bias trim.  Noone would be the wiser, if I hadn't just announced it here.

I think the results speak for themselves, the girls adore their tops and I adore the girls and their tops!  Without further ado…





little folks voile, nest voile, rose campan for the laguna leggings, michael miller bias






sedona european seersucker, michael miller bias trim, far far away 2 linen and janeas world ribbon used with denim for the skirt mash up and campan laguna leggings





coral pastry line dobby dot with meadowsweet 2, michael miller bias, abacadabra 27 pants


a little more about construction:

I used MM premade bias for all the casings and hems, mostly because I was being lazy, there were plenty of scraps to be put to good use.  However, I really like the little peeks one might see of the contrasting casing up at the neckline.

On the coral version, I took the pattern piece and measured down 4 inches (added back in seam allowance) and folded the pattern piece for cutting the gores.  After stitching all the gores together I measured around the top and cut the rectangle to size, adding s.a. on both short ends as well as at the bottom.

it’s a cinch!

it's a cinch!

The girls had a blast yesterday, flitting and prancing around, discovering a bit of Texas history and having a couple of cameras pointed at their faces, and backs, and feet.  Jax, armed with his Dad's p&s, was our assistant and had every bit as much fun as everyone else. Even the pesky allergens breezing about couldn't stifle the fun. 


These are the cinchy pants I was talking about  in the last post.  They're swishy and cinched and super cute and absolutely perfect for this time of year.  The fabric is a board short type, so if we happen to find ourselves in a tropical storm she'll be set, well at least her legs will be!  


A close up of the contrast stitching and the tunnels.  The outside of this fabric is shiny and smooth, while the underside is brushed, I put the brushed side out for the tunnels to give it a bit of depth, I also did all the top stitching in the orange.



fyi: dobby dot, meadowsweet fabric and Michael Miller bias trim for the beverly ball shirt

pants are abacadabra 27 

cinchey pants 27

cinchey pants 27

I've finished up the pants from Abacadabra 27. 


knew I would!

Why'd I wait so long?

The list is long

the time is short…

that's why

I want to make more of these, some for each girl, and maybe even me.

Making them was not difficult AT ALL.  They're pants, going together like pants…  I skimmed the instructions and set off … whoops.  I stitched the inseams, the outseams, including topstitching, and the crotch, then added the "tunnel's" for the cinches.  The directions tell you to leave the outseam until your done with the tunnels so you don't have to add them in the round.  LUCKY for me these pants are full so it wasn't "nothin but a thing" to add the tunnels to the fully finished leg pieces.

The only thing that made me take pause, was adding the bottom tunnel.  The directions say to add it right at the bottom edge, but the tunnel doesn't go all the way round.  So, if you fold the raw edge up so the underside is 'finished' (with the raw edge inside the tunnel) you would have a raw edge flailing about on the outside seam after the tunnel has ended.  In the end I made a narrow hem, stitched it and then added the bottom tunnel on top of that. NIICE!



To make the tunnels I used my bias trim maker and even though the width of the fabric was a little more narrow than that gadget was intended for, it worked just fine.


For the tie's I used some pre-made mm bias, cut it in half along the center fold, refolded it so no raw edges were exposed and stiched a massive length.  I think it was 3.5 yards, cut in half (so 7  total) for the 140 size.  After stitching I chopped it to the right length for each of the 6 ties and folded under the edges.  In retrospect I think I should have cut to length and folded under the edges before stitching, it would have looked nicer and less bulky.

There was lots and lots of pressing here.  I recommend gathering up your tunnel pieces and your tie pieces and relocate to the TV and press them all at once while you watch your favorite show.

What needle is that, anyway?

What needle is that, anyway?

One of the challenges that I have with sewing different types of fabric, has nothing to do with the sewing itself but, is keeping track of needles.  Specifically which needle is the sewing machine or serger threaded for?  What fabric did I last sew with that thread?  Or why are there 3 needles on this table and are they for knit or poplin?  Certainly I'm not the only one with the type of mayhem in my sewing room.  So today, I thought I'd share my, no fail, system to knowing which needle is which.

It's as easy as a sharpie, preferably a colored sharpie but it doesn't matter that much.  I color on the base of the needle (the side that gets screwed into your machine) and also make a little line on the case that thankfully comes printed with "BALL POINT" or "UNIVERSAL". 


Now I always know when I see blue sharpied needle what to sew with it and where to put it when I'm done.  I used to put a dab of nail polish on each but I think I'm a thick dabber or something because some of my needles were a little 'thick" and didn't want to stay clamped in my machine.  The lovely thing about ink is there's no bulk. 

Don't get too wrapped up in the details.  I never ink my universals, the denim already have a mark on them and the ball points get whatever color marker is closest.

Sort of off topic but still in keeping with needle talk:  I've always used a regular universal needle to stitch the corduroy that's in the shop, no need to switch out to a denim needle :-)