Friday, November 12, 2010

Egyptian Cotton Pillowcase Dress with Embroidery

This is a pillowcase dress that I made for my niece...literally, out of a pillowcase.  I cut off the top, folled it in half and cut out the arm holes, then I made a casing wide enough to accomodate the ribbon and embroidered the bottom of the pillowcase with her name and a stylized butterfly.  I also made bloomers to match from the top portion that I cut off.

This is one of the easiest dresses I have ever made.  It took me longer to make the bloomers than the dress.  A nice outfit that can go from dress to a shirt as the child gets older and can even be passed down if one uses timeless embroidery (i.e. no name).

Please excuse the wrinkles.  She was playing for more than an hour before the picture was taken.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Simplicity 2455 & 2452

I made this jacket and skirt for a meeting that I was having today.  While I have suits in my closet I wanted to wear something new and didn't want to have to go purchase an outfit at the store.  Thanks for reading!

Pattern Description: Misses semi-fitted jacket with single button closure and simple straight skirt.

Pattern Sizing: 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.


Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were simple except for the joining of the joining of the collar. I inadvertently switched the upper collar and under collar, but I (somehow) rolled and pressed everything into place so it is not noticeable.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The picture of the collar insertion can be confusing because the directions tell you to attach it to the jacket, but the picture looks like it is being attached to the facing. Also, I was relieved that this jacket did not have a lining in it because I didn't have time to put one in. However, because I was able to sew it up so quickly I now wish a lining would have been included.

Fabric Used: Grey Gabardine.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Jacket - No alterations made.  Skirt - used 1" black grosgrain ribbon with white polka dots instead of twill tape for the waist (just for fun).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I probably will not sew this jacket again because my sewing room is overflowing with patterns that are begging to be sewn. However, I highly recommend it if you want to sew something different.

Conclusion: Great pattern for an intermediate sewer and a fast pattern for the more advanced. The lapels and gathers may be a bit much for the beginner. Happy sewing!

Monday, May 24, 2010

My Other Blog

I am dedicating this blog to sewing and accessories but if you want to read about my other projects check out my other blog at


Boutique Bows

Hey everyone,  I know I have been MIA for a LONG time, but I promise to be more active on my blog!  I made several bows for my nieces a while back so I decided to post them here.  They are made from 1 ½ inch grosgrain ribbon attached to lined alligator clips.  They measure about 4 to 4 ½ inches across.