Mini Me/// Burda 9304

Today I have a quick, cute little dress to share with you. I like putting these here, even if there’s not a ton to say about them!, in case you find yourself looking for kids’ clothes to make. I hope you enjoy!

This is a classic little girls sundress, Burda Kids 9304, and it comes in US sizes 6-11. I chose version A with a fully lined bodice, gathered skirt, patch pockets, and ties for straps. I’ve had this pink gingham in my stash for years and was happy to use it up for this breezy summer dress for my daughter. I bought some yellow buttons (her favorite color!) to add a fun detail and sewed up the size 11 pretty quickly.

It’s not warm enough to wear this out yet (hence the no pictures!) but soon I hope to get a picture with her and her brothers. I made them little bow ties out of the scraps!

I did have an issue with the button hole foot on my machine so I ended up just closing the skirt together and sewing the buttons on top for decoration. It works out fine, I’m not sure what was going on but I’ve made buttons on another project and it worked again.

Happy to have this fabric out of my stash and my daughter is very happy with her pretty new dress!

My Winter Module: The Topper

I have my final piece in my winter module to share with you! My plan was to share this last week but…let’s just say, things went array. I finally got it finished on Friday and it was such a mess! I was so upset with it I had to hang it up out of sight until I felt brave enough to approach it with fresh eyes. Sometimes that’s how it goes when you make something yourself!

The piece I’m talking about is my topper, the Frida jacket from Fibre Mood. This is a bomber style jacket and I loved the inspiration photo made out of teddy bear fabric so much that I went on a hunt to find some for myself.

I ended up with this pale pink faux teddy bear fur from Minerva and while I love how it looks and feels, it was a royal pain in the ass to work with! Fuzz everywhere, it’s bulky and kind of hard to manipulate for details that were in this jacket, and I’m a little concerned that my finishes on the raw edges won’t stop this fabric from fuzzing and fraying.

I sewed up the size small and I lengthened the sleeves (lesson learned from my past makes!) and may have made them a little too long. I used some rib knit that was left over from a project I hope you will be seeing soon and I love how all the colors from my module are represented here!

I thought this would be a great little spring jacket and I don’t have anything like it in my closet. Whether I’m going out to run errands, taking a walk, or going to pick up the kids at school, I think this will be cute to throw on when it’s not cold enough for my big coat but still too cool for no coat at all.

I just don’t know if this is the coat I was hoping for. I hate how bulky the pockets are, I don’t love the shape on me, and I’m unhappy with the ribbing around the hem band. So, is this a complete fail? I’m not sure! I’ll give it a few tries but if I find myself bummed out every time I wear it, I may be giving it away or cutting it up for parts!

Pin It, Wear It

Today we’re going to play Pin It, Wear It. This is where we take some kind of fashion inspiration photo we’ve had on a Pinterest board and figure out how we can recreate that with clothes we already have. Got it? If you want to play along, leave me a comment and let me know what you came up with!

First up, the pin!

I have had this on my ‘fashion inspiration‘ board for awhile. I think I was drawn to the colors first, I love these two bold jewel tones together, and then I liked the shape of it all next. The slouchy, flowy vibe but you can still see her body. The lines just work.

Here’s my interpretation!

I knew I had the right green pants! These are Vogue 9302 and I made them out of some vintage twill a few years ago. I did not have quite the same color pink in a sweater as my inspiration, but this rosy color sweater that I was gifted actually suits me better I think and plays with the green in the same way. I added boots (because it’s winter here) and a half tuck to make sure my waist didn’t get lost.

I feel like the vibe is pretty close and I don’t know that I would have paired these colors together without the Pin to go off of! How do you think I did?

My Fall Module/// Butterick 6378

I have my final piece of my fall module to show you today and it may be my favorite! To see everything I’ve made as a part of this collection, click here!

The idea for this top absolutely started with this amazing Atelier Brunette Autumn Posey Rayon Dobby in Chestnut. I’ve had my eye on it for months and when I was planning this module, decided this was the print I wanted to go with. In working through The Conscious Closet (you can see my whole series on the book here!) I realized that I am more of a solids gal. I like color and playing around with color mixing, but find I wear less prints in general. So when I kept thinking about this fabric, I knew it was one worth throwing in the mix!

I am absolutely loving the seventies fashion inspiration right now and this pattern B6378 felt like a modern take on a seventies blouse. I made version B in a size 12 and it has turned out to be one of my best made garments yet. The finishes are beautiful and the fit is pretty perfect. I didn’t make any alterations and I found the instructions and construction of the neck facing and neck tie to be really well done.

I’ve paired it here with my pink Pietra pants. I don’t know if this is too much pink, but I kind of dig these two pieces together and feel like Harry Styles might approve of this outfit!

I love that I was able to fall in love with a print and imagine it made up as something lovely and then create exactly what I wanted. Sometimes sewing really does feel like magic.