Urban Garden Dress & Tank Pattern

Have you seen the new Urban Garden Dress & Tank pattern from Sew Straight & Gather? There’s a blog tour going on right now, you should see all the beautiful outfits being made.

Urban Garden Dress & Tank

I made mine while Bella was at summer camp. She chose the fabric before she left.  I didn’t have her here for fitting, and it ended up a size too big. She wears it a ton though, so I’m glad we’ll see it again next spring and summer! (This is the sunburn my baby came back from camp with. I swear I sent sunblock.)

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This is THE dress pattern for my Bella. I think the racer back style and easy, pullover design won her over. I should be able to get another one sewn after the 4th of July holiday. I’m unbelievably happy to see this little tomboy wearing (and loving) a dress.

Easy, pullover dress pattern from Sew Straight Pattern Co.

The floral skirt is in Art Gallery voile. It’s really light and flowy, and sews up as easily as quilting cotton. We love the high low effect of this pattern. The hem has a facing which gives it a nice clean edge. I’d love to tuck some sort of trim in there for a future version.

Art Gallery floral voile high low skirt

On the day these photos were taken, this dress had been peeled on and off about a dozen times in between swimming. I was pretty much attacking kids with Bananna Boat all day!

Sew Straight Pattern Co: Urban Garden Dress & Tank

I am not doing this lovely pattern justice, really. Bella sort of yanked it over her head each time to swim, and it’s a pretty damp. I used nice jersey on top, and it has good retention once it dries a bit. I feel so guilty that my dress really needs a good press after being worn ragged all day, and that I’m showing you a size too large.

I had to get it on the blog though, and profess our undying love for the Urban Garden Dress. Terri designs amazing patterns; I find myself them over and over again. I’m sure this dress will be no exception:)

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Pattern: Urban Garden Dress & Tank by Sew Straight Pattern Co.

Fabric: medium weight jersey knit (95% cotton, 5% lycra) for the top. Art Gallery cotton voile for the skirt.

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Simplicity 1474 – Fluerology Ruffle Dress

I made my niece a new dress using Simplicity 1474. I have zero mistakes to confess for this make, although I need to learn to sew a hook and eye. The zipper holds up fine though:)

Simplicity 1474, girls ruffled dress in Moda Fluerology

I’m not sure how the back ruffle was supposed to attach over the zipper. I didn’t read the instructions, but I made it work. Not sure if I used the correct ruffle placement. It’s rumpled from laying around so long; but it looks great pressed. A few washes to soften it up and it will lay nicely without pressing. My generation doesn’t iron; we just don’t.

Simplicity 1474 | SEWSNBOWS

The fabric is Fluerology from Moda, this print is called Blueberry. I was hoarding it for Sofia because it’s so bright and I love the colors.

paperbag style shorts in Moda Fluerology | SewsNBows

I had just enough left to make these little paperbag style shorts. I think they’ll be real cute with t-shirts. I always made shorts for my daughter’s dresses too. (It’s like my girls were raised by wolves and can’t sit like ladies.)

Simplicity 1474 | SewsNBows

I love Sofia in this dress; she looks like a fat little cupcake. This post is pretty image heavy and I don’t have a lot to say about the pattern…other than it fits well and turned out cute. So I hope you don’t mind if I ramble on some about life in general!

Simplicity 1474 | girls ruffle dress

We’ve been remodeling, fixing things that keep breaking, studying the livestock industry, and trying to rub two pennies together to get some cattle fencing up. We have baptized our godson, built a carport, bought a tractor, raised chickens, cleared land, and burned brush like a boss so far this year.

We’re planning a 4th of July party; after all we’ve survived accomplished I want it to be epic. I hope I have time to show you some of the decorations we’ve been making, but I’ve barely been able to post once a week. Fingers crossed!

Simplicity 1474 | SewsNBows

Now I’m harvesting food. I’ve got 50 pounds of squash to can this week. I also planted peas, green beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, beets, potatoes, corn, peppers, and carrots. Everybody laughs at our tiny cornfield. Luckily this town is farms after farm for miles…so we have met a few friends and neighbors who are helping to point us in the right direction. Next year we will buy a proper plow and plant a real cornfield. Animal feed will eat our paycheck if not.

Simplicity 1474

My daughter starts cheerleading next week. I’m fundraising for that. (Let me know if you need a $30 candle. Anyone? Yeah, me neither.) Bella has been taking voice lessons all year and loving it. She’s really adjusted well to our move; and we’re enjoying summer. She seems to be content even though we can’t run around and see lots of exciting things like we were able in the city. There’s a snow cone stand in town and that’s a pretty big deal. Her goal is to try every flavor this summer:)

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We will soon be the pet owners of a litter of pittbull/German Sheppard mutt puppies. We wanted some red nose Pitt babies but “German” was relentless. (I’m not sure of his real name but he’s the dog that lives 2 farms away.) His intentions were not honorable; as he has not been around since my poor little Brownie got knocked up. He hasn’t even offered to help with puppy chow. Despite the no good German Sheppard baby-daddy; we are excited about having new life on the farm.

Oh, and we are expecting fresh eggs any day now!

Simplicity 1474 | SewsNBows

Simplicity 1474 in Fluerology, (Blueberry) by Moda

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Rash Guard and Boy Shorts: Swim Patterns

I’m been meaning to show you forever: Bella’s rash guard and boy shorts. Patterns used are the Monaco Swim Trunks and Hang Ten Rash Guard from Peekaboo Patterns. (Affiliate links.) I made this suit about October of last year. We were going to an event with indoor swimming, and I thought it would be easier to sew a new swimsuit than to unpack summer clothes from the barn.

Rash guard and boy shorts made with Peekaboo Patterns | SewsNBows

Caroline at Sew Can She showed off her swimsuits using the exact same patterns Saturday. As I was reading her post; I looked outside to see my little girl wearing hers. So I took some quick pics with my iPod, and here it is!

Sew a girls swimsuit with Peekaboo Patterns! Rash guard and Boyshorts | SewsNBows

I modified the shorts length to a boy shorts cut. They are fully lined, giving this swimsuit a nice weight. For the top I added just a bit of negative ease in the torso and sleeves to keep it more snug to the body. It’s being worn as an actual swim top rather than to cover a swim top; and I didn’t want it to float up. I recommend this mod for girls if there won’t be a swim top under. The front is also fully lined, and I added 1″ to the length.

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I didn’t have enough fabric to cut my pieces on fold, so there is a center seam in the front and back. The print disguises it some so I’m not beating myself up.

Swim Patterns from Peekabo, Monaco Trunks (modified) with Hang Ten Rash Guard

When Bella went to church camp, our pastors wife said she really loved it and wanted one for her 12 year old daughter. It made me feel so good that she said that. If I ever have time I’m going to make her daughter one just because she made my day.

Rash guard and boy shorts sewing patterns

I love, love, love these patterns and will continue using them for the younger kids. With Bella sizing out of Peekaboo swim patterns, we’ll be moving onto Jalie patterns for her soon. I already have a couple in stash and can’t wait to try them. Id like to make myself a swimsuit too, but I want a steel cage to put everything where I want it and keep it there. I’m pretty sure I will be impossible to satisfy…but you never know.

Pattern: Monaco Swim Trunks & Hang Ten Rash Guard by PAB Patterns

Fabric: FunkiFabrics Action Painting Black and nude lining. This is better than any swim fabric I’ve ever touched. Perfect recovery even when I stretched it as hard as I could. Nice weight and zero fading in chlorine. Survives wicked abuse.

Modifications: Fully lined shorts and top is front lined. Swim trunks have been shortened to boy shorts. Negative ease and length added to top.

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More Epic Fails at SewCanShe

I’m sharing my 5 most recent epic fails at SewCanShe today!


(Because the ill fitting maternity romper in my last post just wasn’t enough.)

Visit Caroline at SewCan She to read Terrible Tuesday: Amy shares 5 Sewing “Fails”.

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Maternity Romper Pattern Mash

I’ve been experimenting with making a summer romper and this is my first draft. I’m not entirely pleased with how it turned out, so I’ll be overhauling the whole project and trying for round two very soon!

Summer Materinity Romper

Luckily I have Blanca modeling, and she makes everything look good. Isn’t she insanely gorgeous? By the way, this is the mother of my godson. And the bump you are looking at is my future nuther’ godson!

Maternity Romper Pattern Mash | SewsNBows

I love rompers and think they might be the solution to my summer wardrobe issues. I wrote about my fashion de-evolution and why dresses aren’t working out anymore. Last summer I tried on several rompers, and they are too short in the torso. It’s either cleavage for miles, or camel-toe city. The shorts length were all very much built for a cellulite-free 20 year old too. Anyhow, here’s my first attempt at making a romper!

Maternity Romper Pattern Mash

Maternity Romper Pattern Mash

For the top, I used the free Natty Top from Addie K.; but it’s not there anymore. I got it free on Craftsy but I can’t find it there or on the site. Blanca is much smaller than me so the armholes and shoulders are too wide. It’s an adorable, well drafted pattern with great instructions; but it didn’t work for this project.

Maternity Sewing: Maternity Romper Pattern Mash

I wasn’t sure how to close the back. The Natty Top pattern has a center back seam. I scooped quite a bit, attempting to make the back closure more fitted. I braided fabric to make the ties, and they look weird. I forgot to cut them too! I also dislike the back opening I created…everything shows.

Maternity Sewing: Maternity Romper Pattern Mash

The shorts are made using the Hudson Pants pattern, because I love them. (See my last pair here!) If you’re curious about the fabric, it’s a knit mystery stash that I bought second hand. I want to call it vintage but I’m pretty sure it’s just old. It has some polyester content and a bit of texture like French Terry, but it’s almost scratchy. I correctly judged that this first go might not work out, so I didn’t break out the good stuff.

Maternity Romper Pattern Mash

This romper is going to be chopped in half…I’ll use my yoga style waistband tutorial to save the shorts.

I’d really like a knit romper I can step into without buttons or ties. I do not want a strapless one. I think a crossover front would be really cute, but don’t want a huge plunging neckline. This is my dilemma. Let me know if you see a good pattern, or have an idea for me. I’m kinda stuck at the moment!!

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