Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Antoinette Dress

Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 I have 3 dresses completed, but it has been difficult as of late to take photos and blog about them. Good news though, I have one to share today.

This Antoinette sewing pattern is simply divine… lovely bow collar, 2 pleats on the skirt in the front, teardrop pockets, piping, V-neck back. I have been wanting to sew one up since December and now one is finally made.
Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 Project details
Pattern: Antoinette (comes in sizes 104, 116, and 128 cm = 4, 6, and 8 years) by Nele
Size: 116 cm with 128 cm length for the skirt
Fabrics: cottons in robin's egg blue, pastel pink, light green, bodice lining in white cotton voile
Notions: 7-9 inch invisible zipper

The tutorial is in Dutch, and even though I copied and pasted all the instructions into google translate, I mostly relied on the well photographed steps.

Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 For the interior I finished the bodice/skirt seam with bias tape and the skirt side seams with clean finish seams.
Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 I have been having fun trying different collars lately… origami, flap… it's so hard to pick a favorite, but maybe this bow collar is my favorite.
Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
This is a fun dress to play around with color blocking… just think about all the possible color combinations!

A pretty pastel dress... just in time for Easter.

PS If you would like the Antoinette pattern/tutorial, be sure to let me know.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

18-inch Doll Elastic-Waist Skirt

18-inch doll elastic-waist skirts by nest full of eggs
 I sewed up several lazy days skirts for an 18-inch doll. Would you like to sew some, too? It is a really quick and easy project.
18-inch doll elastic-waist skirt by nest full of eggs
Dots & Dashes Multi Poplin fabric from the Lisette collection matches her Pattern 8 dress

18-inch doll elastic-waist skirts by nest full of eggs
What you need:
  • 22 inches by 7 inches of fabric
  • 10.5 inches of 3/8 inch wide elastic
  • 22 inches of 3/8 inch wide ribbon
Fold and press the skirt's top edge twice to the wrong side, first .5 inch and then .5 inch otherwise follow the remaining instructions for the Oliver+S lazy days skirt (free tutorial). I sewed a French seam for the side seam. Also I placed the ribbon at 3/8 inch above the skirt's raw edge.
18-inch doll elastic-waist skirts by nest full of eggs

18-inch doll elastic-waist skirt by nest full of egss
For a fuller and longer skirt:
  • 30 inches by 9 inches of fabric
  • 10.5 inches of 3/8 inch wide elastic
  • 30 inches 3/8 inch wide ribbon
Fold and press the skirt's top edge twice to the wrong side, first .5 inch and then .5 inch otherwise follow the remaining instructions for the Oliver+S lazy days skirt (free tutorial). I sewed a French seam for the side seam. Also I placed the ribbon at 3/8 inch above the skirt's raw edge.

PS If you liked this, you might also be interested in my other posts about 18-inch doll clothing/accessories:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Canada Geese Dress and Headband Crown

Canada Geese Dress by nest full of eggs
 I did a knock-off of an Inge Van den Broeck dress.
A very Belgian style dress… the sewing pattern came from a Belgian sewing book...
Belgian sewing book

Canada Geese Dress by nest full of eggs
Back (I am trying to do a better job with pattern matching on bodice backs)

Canada Geese Dress by nest full of eggs
Inside front (the dress is completely lined, the gold polka dots give a fun surprise)

Canada Geese Dress by nest full of eggs
Inside back
 Project details
Pattern: 'Stof voor durf-het-zelvers' book (= 'Fabric for dare-it-yourselfers') Pattern 8 bodice, pleated skirt made out of a rectangular piece of fabric (17 inches by 42.5 inches), skirt is entire width of the fabric with 4 pleats in the front and 4 in the back (each pleat is about 1 inch deep)
Size: 122-128 cm
Notions: 12-14 inch invisible zipper
Fabrics:
Canada geese cotton, Kathleen Keil Hill for Timeless Treasures Fabrics
yellow pima cotton for belt which was made the same way I made the red one for the Belgian style dress
skirt lining is gold polka dots from JoAnn
bias binding for hem on skirt lining was the same yellow pima cotton that was used for the belt
Tutorials:
thread belt loops
headband crown (In place of the quilt batting I used white fleece)

Canada Geese Headband Crown by nest full of eggs
 The headband crown is a fun little project. It's reversible and the one I made is about 4.5 inches high and 8 inches wide. Slip it off, turn it around, put it on a different headband and you have a completely different look. I want to make more of these headband crowns in different fabrics.
Gold Polka Dot Headband Crown by nest full of eggs
Very satisfying results.

This is the fifth dress I have sewn from this book, see the first 4: Pattern 8 and Flap Collar.

PS If you are curious to see more items made from the patterns in the 'Stof voor durf-het-zelvers' book check out the 'Stof voor durf-het-zelvers' flickr group.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Doll Carrier

18-inch doll carrier by nest full of eggs
 Another item to cross off my list for the Little Things to Sew: Cover to Cover Challenge which is going on right now over at Bartacks and Singletack until August 31st, 2014.

This doll carrier is such a great little sewing project, the results are wonderful. I really don't know why I didn't sew this one up sooner. I think this is my 2nd favorite project from the book (after the art smock). It is the perfect size for an 18-inch doll.

18-inch doll carrier by nest full of eggs
Project details
Pattern: Bear Carrier (difficulty level 2 out of 4 scissors) from the Little Things to Sew book
Fits: stuffed animals or dolls 9 - 18 inches tall (can be worn by children aged 3 - 8)
Fabrics: light pink twill, straps in beige twill, in place of quilting batting I used white fleece
Notions: 2 buttons, Velcro

Note to self: the items I have completed so far from the book: tutu, mittens, 4 art smocks (1, 2, 3&4), and 2 tea party doll dresses.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring 14 Ideas House

Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 {This is not my house}

Happy Spring! Welcome to a little photo tour of the Bachman's Spring 14 Ideas House. This was a nice getaway after the long harsh winter we had around here. For Spring 14 the theme is "Aegean Oasis" ~ sophisticated blues, greens, and diverse patterns of an overseas retreat.

Are you interested in 'visiting' some of the previous Ideas Houses? If so, these are just a click away: Holiday 13, Fall 13, Spring 13, Holiday 12, Fall 12, Spring 12, Holiday 11, Summer 11, Spring 11, Holiday 10, Summer 10, and Spring 10.

In the dining room, mirrors added to the back of garden art and hung on wall.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 The dining room table is set for entertaining, a casual yet sophisticated scene features white plates enhanced with many blues, layering, and wood accents.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Garden art added underneath glass dining room table, bracelets used as napkin rings, mini plant with test tube vase and paper as place card holder.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Decorative tape wrapped around candles.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the kitchen, vintage dresser turned into a kitchen island.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs

Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Salvaged wood box used as kitchen shelving/organizer.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs

Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the living room, shell pots used as candle holder.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Hearth filled with zen fountain and water bowl, DIY sand and rocks design below glass on side table.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Pile of branches side table.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the sunroom, brass bells.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the reading room, wicker 'nest' couch with nest full of blue eggs pillow.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Lamp shade made from book pages.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Dog bed.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the girl's bedroom, bamboo room divider as headboard, typewriter table used as a nightstand.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Vintage mailing cart used as bench/coat rack/storage, wall drawers for magazine rack and shelving.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the master bedroom, headboard made from salvaged wood.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Workbench used as table.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Votive cups layered on top of candlesticks.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Bare tree used as scarf holder.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the tablescapes room, watercolor wedding table, decorative hanging glass orbs, ribbon and metal wall art as chandelier.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 Ribbons tied around glassware stems.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
 In the bathroom, one fish, two fish, red fish, here is a blue fish, decorative terrarium as a fish bowl.
Spring 14 Ideas House by nest full of eggs
My favorite part of this Ideas House was all the blue, especially the turquoise (and white) in the dining room and kitchen.

What was your favorite part?

PS I hope you get a chance to visit this Spring 2014 Ideas House (there are so many more ideas to see than are in these photos) it is open March 20th - April 13th, 2014. Fall 14 Ideas House is planned for September 9th - October 5th, 2014. And the Holiday 14 Ideas House is set for November 6th - December 14, 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Two Tea Party Doll Dresses

tea party doll dresses by nest full of eggs
 There is currently a Little Things to Sew: Cover to Cover Challenge going over at Bartacks and Singletrack until August 31st, 2014.

Sew one (or more) of the 21 projects from the book and add it to the Flickr group.

So far from the book, I've made a tutu, mittens, 4 art smocks (found here: 1, 2, 3 &4), and today I'm sharing my latest creation… 2 tea party doll dresses.

tea party doll dresses by nest full of eggs
Project details
Pattern: Tea Party Doll Dress (difficulty level 2 out of 4 scissors) from the Little Things to Sew book
Size: 18-inch doll
Fabrics:
dress 1: pink/white/gray vintage floral (leftover fabric from a Pattern 8 dress and a popover sundress), DS quilt collection blue floral from JoAnn (leftover from a Holly Hobbie outfit)
dress 2: green/white/blue vintage floral (leftover fabric from an origami collar dress and a popover sundress), solid blue cotton
Notions: buttons, Velcro
Mods: I used Velcro for the closures instead of snaps, I would recommend using snaps as was suggested in the list of materials

Don't let the tiny size of this doll dress fool you, it takes just as much time to sew one of these up as it does a girl dress. If you're looking for a quicker and easier doll dress to make, try the Popover Sundress.

PS Looking for more clothes to sew for an 18-inch doll? How about a reversible skirt?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Two Art Smocks

Oliver+S Art Smocks by nest full of eggs
 Miss C has outgrown her 2 art smocks: the one I sewed in October 2011 and the one I sewed in January 2012.

So of course I sewed her 2 new ones. It's nice to have an extra one, you know, when one is dirty in the hamper or when a friend comes over for a visit :)

Project Details
Pattern: Oliver + S Art Smock from the Little Things to Sew book (difficulty level of 2 out of 4 scissors)
Size: Large (7-10)
Mods: the 2 patch pockets were eliminated
Notions: Velcro, 3/8" elastic
Fabrics:
Art Smock 1: blue floral polka dot is Heritage Studio Collection by Fabric Traditions, Kona baby pink
Art Smock 2: Hello Kitty Glitter cotton, Chic Bebe dots pink/white

I wanted to give you a peek inside to show you that the instructions give the results of a very polished interior. The sleeves and side seams all are French seams. Kids are tough on the things they wear, so this art smock will stand the test of time.
Oliver+S Art Smock by nest full of eggs
Once the fabric was cut out, it took less than 2.5 hours to sew one up.

Some of the best features are the practical long sleeves and with the Velcro closure in the back so she can put it on and take it off all by herself. It's really a fabulous design and pattern. It's my favorite project from the Little Things to Sew book.

She picked out all of the fabrics herself, so I have a very pleased customer :)