Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sailor Button Dress

Sailor Button Dress by nestfullofeggs

I'm excited to be a part of the February Free for All that's being hosted by Ashley and Emily over at Frances Suzanne.  It's where you take a free pattern and flip it. How fun!

So today I'm talking all about my free pattern and tutorial called the Purple Rose Party Dress (and the various ways I've flipped it). It was something I dreamed up and put together almost three years ago already. It is a sleeveless drop waist dress with a circle skirt. The sash which is attached at the sides of the bodice ties in the front. Bias tape is used for the hem of the circle skirt as well as the trim on the two arm holes and neckline. It has a v-neck back with an invisible zipper and hook and eye closure. The pattern pieces are in size 4.

Purple Rose Party Dress by nestfullofeggs
 Then I started playing around with the pattern and made the Striped Dress...
Striped Dress by nestfullofeggs
 ...and the Plaid Dress...
Plaid Dress by nestfullofeggs
 ...and the Color Wheel Dress.
Color Wheel Dress by nestfullofeggs
 I came across this image of a pink and gray sailor-like dress somewhere on the internet (if anyone knows where the source of this image came from, please let me know) and thought I could use the Purple Rose Party Dress pattern to make something very similar.
inspirational image
 And that is how this Sailor Button Dress came about. Only a couple of simple changes were needed. Instead of the circle skirt I did a rectangular gathered skirt. I took two rectangles of gray fabric that were 12 inches by 29.5 inches (and sewed them together on the sides with half inch seam allowances) and made teeny tiny pleats that I basted before attaching the skirt to the bodice. At the bottom of the skirt I folded over a half inch then again a half inch to create the hem. I bought some of this awesome shiny gold leather and cut three pieces that are approximately one inch by four inches and attached them to the front of the bodice with gold buttons. Voila! I'm really pleased with the result.
Sailor Button Dress by nestfullofeggs
shiny gold leather
 Be sure to visit Frances Suzanne to see all of the other Free for All goodness happening the next couple of weeks.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Completed: CaliFayeCollection Gardenia Dress

Elsa dress by nestfullofeggs
 Raise your hand if you’ve already sewn an Elsa dress. Well, I can now raise my hand because I finally got around to creating one. After every sewing mother and grandmother in the online sewing community made one. And after everyone else bought all of the Elsa fabrics up at the fabric stores.
Elsa dress by nestfullofeggs

I used the CaliFayeCollection Gardenia Dress pattern, a dress pattern I discovered for the first time in STYLO 3.
Elsa dress by nestfullofeggs

Project details
Size: 6
Modifications: added length, eliminated the pockets, I used an old blue hair elastic for the button loop
Fabrics: 
Front top/neckline/back/sleeves: white swiss dot
Front lower: blue non-stretch sequin fabric
Skirt: blue faux silk dupioni
Notions: white shank button with a snowflake on it, the last one leftover from the Nordic stripes flannel Christmas pajamas.
Elsa dress by nestfullofeggs

I later added a removable cape. It’s 3/4 yard of light sparkly fabric, three sides were hemmed, it's gathered at the top and sewn together with bias binding, with elastic loops at each end that attach to buttons on the shoulders. I got the idea here. An added bonus is that she is able to put the cape on and off all by herself, it's that easy.
Elsa dress by nestfullofeggs
 What better place to take photos of Elsa the snow queen than outside in the snow?? These photos were taken on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 frozen lakes.
Elsa dress by nestfullofeggs
So many Elsa dresses out there that offer inspiration, just in case you haven’t already made a girl’s dreams come true yet and are looking for ideas: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Now she wants an Anna dress. I think it’ll be the same pattern, but with ‘Anna colors’.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Scandinavian Christmas Hide-and-Seek Dress

Scandinavian Christmas dress by nest full of eggs
What can I say? Christmas brings out the Scandinavian in me. I'm delighted to be joining the Scandinavian Christmas series again this year that Kathryn over at the Pickled Herring is hosting.

This year I am excited to show you the unique, one-of-a-kind Scandinavian Christmas dress I created. I was inspired by Saint Lucia who wears a white dress with red sash and a crown of green leaves.

Can you guess where the yoke fabric came from?

Project details
Pattern: Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress
Size: 6
Fabrics: white linen/cotton blend, the yoke fabric is from a woven placemat!
Notions: 3 red buttons

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little One-Yard Wonders Book Giveaway

ETA: The winner was Rose! Congratulations!
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It's Giveaway Day! Many thanks to Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting this fun biannual event.

The prize: One copy of the Little One-Yard Wonders book that came out earlier this year. The book contains 101 sewing projects to make for newborns through tweens, as well as parents of children. I'm delighted to have contributed to this book, I blogged more about it here and here.

Enter to win:
  • This giveaway is limited to US mailing addresses only.
  • Please leave an answer to the following question: What is one thing that you like about December?
  • One entry per person.
  • The giveaway will be open until Friday December 12th at 5 p.m. PST. 
  • I will pick a winner and email the winner by Sunday December 14th. 
  • Storey Publishing will mail one copy of the Little One-Yard Wonders book directly to the winner.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

In A Clutch Cosmetic Case

In A Clutch Cosmetic Case from Straight Stitch Society
 I had a third week of November deadline for these to be done and I’m so pleased I finished them in time. They are the In A Clutch Cosmetic Case from Straight Stitch Society. Three different styles (I sewed one of each) that are fun and were a quick and easy sew.

The gold dot one was inspired by this pin. I bought the gold dot fabric at JoAnn Fabrics.

In A Clutch Cosmetic Case from Straight Stitch Society
 The blue one was inspired by this color palette. I believe I bought all three of the fabrics from Crafty Planet. The three different fabrics are: a gray Kona cotton, Blue butterflies, and the lining is Pearl bracelets (a lighter shade of this).
In A Clutch Cosmetic Case from Straight Stitch Society
 The pink one my girl picked out the fabrics and style she wanted, so that one was custom made for her. The hot pink is cotton sateen and the other one is white with hot pink dots, both of those fabrics I purchased as SR Harris.
In A Clutch Cosmetic Case from Straight Stitch Society
 The gold dot and blue ones are gifts that were put in two different Christmas shoe boxes for a girl 10-14 years old. I put sewing supplies like sewing kits and thread inside them and also included sewing supplies like scissors, fabrics, and buttons in the boxes. I hope the recipients enjoy sewing!
In A Clutch Cosmetic Case from Straight Stitch Society

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nordic Christmas 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014
 I visited the American Swedish Institute’s Christmas rooms recently and this year’s theme is “Christmas By Design.”  They have a separate room for each of the 5 Scandinavian countries: Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Enjoy this photo tour and if you’d like to visit a couple from previous years go here: 2012 and 2011.
ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014
 All of these toys were adorable! Does anyone know where I can buy those stuffed Lucia buns?
ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014

ASI Christmas rooms 2014
Happy Scandinavian Christmas!