I recently sewed up a new Charlie Dress for my daughter as the last one is getting short. It’s such a cute pattern with it’s drop waisted simple silhouette and great twirling potential. Such a favorite little girls pattern in my house. Not to mention a very fast sew.
For fabric I used some of Leah Duncan’s new voile fabric for Cloud 9. Her whole collection is so beautiful. I want to buy it all. I love using dark colored voile when sewing up clothing for my children because it has the benefit of being light and airy, but because of it’s darker color it’s still opaque enough that I don’t need to line it.
Just as a heads up, I think that this pattern runs a bit wide in the chest area. It matches with the measurement chart, but if you are one that usually just goes with your child’s normal ready to wear size you might want to rethink that for this dress and compare your measurements to her chart. I think I cut a size 4 in the chest and size 6 in length for my daughter which worked out great.
I also got to use my brand new labels from The Dutch Label Company on this dress and I love them. I already have a ton of labels with my logo on them, so when they offered to let me try out some of their labels I wanted to do something different and more personal. My daughter loves to tell anyone who compliments her clothing that I made it, so I decided to simply write “My Mom Made This” on them.
(You can also see that I used gold bias tape for the inside of this dress because it’s what I had on hand. As pretty as it is, it was a beast to sew with. Frays easily and doesn’t wrap around the curves like regular tape. Seems to me that it’s even more synthetic than the regular.)
I made a set with a heart on them and a set without depending on how sweet the item I sewed is. I also made up some labels for each of my children that said “propery of , their name, and my number” to put on items such as lunch bags and jackets for school. Already coming in handy. I’m not going to show you these though because they have personal info on them 🙂
I can’t say enough great things about working with Dutch Label Company. Their site is super slick, making it easy to see exactly what you are ordering. Also, you can do small runs instead of the 300 I had to order from a different company. If you are like me and your logo changed about 10 times in the first 3 years of your company, it’s nice to not commit to so many at once. I also appreciated the fast turn around. Because they are made in the US you will have your labels in hand within a week or two.
The Mini Colfax Dress is now for sale and is the perfect little version of the adult sized pattern recently released. It has a flattering A-line silhouette with a front yoke and visible binding around the neckline and armholes.
The dress comes in 2 versions. View A is streamlined with one fabric for the whole dress. View B has patch pockets and a visible hem facing that is sewn up a in contrasting fabric along with the yoke and bindings. You can of coarse mix and match the two views for even more options.
For fabrics I recommend easy to work with quilting cottons, lawns, double gauze and linens. All of these fabrics will press well and give beautiful crisp corners for the yoke and other details.
The Mini Colfax is a really versatile pattern. If you sew it up in a simple quilting cotton it makes a perfect everyday dress for warm weather. It can also be sewn up in a more precious fabric for a special occasion outing.
Please let me know if you have any questions or head on over here for more information such as fabric requirements and sizing.
I wanted to sew something up for my daughter as an easter dress this year. I should really call it a spring dress because all three times she was supposed to wear it, including easter, the weather or sickness got in the way. This photoshoot a couple of days ago was the first time she actually put it on. I am really going to have to get used to this Denver spring thing. It’s quite the tease with 80 degree weather one day and a snowstorm the next. They say you really arn’t safe until after mother’s day so I guess we are not in the clear yet.
I bought the Mori dress as soon as it was released because it was exactly the type of dress I had been looking for to make for my daughter. I wanted something that resembled the peasant like dresses that I wore as a child. Simple shapes and ruffles. Something that I could add pompoms to and maybe some embroidery to look like a lot of the Mexican inspired dresses I am seeing so much of right now.
For the fabric, I chose some cloud 9 organic cotton. that I picked up at JoAnns. It has a nice texture to it that resembles an open weave that gave it the more handmade look I was going for. I chose this orangey-red that is my absolute favorite color and so hard to find. I will say though that I was very tempted by their mustard color as well. I also picked up some natural colored small pom pom trim. for some edging.
The dress is really straight forward and has great directions. The bodice is fully lined and the skirt is left unlined. I did make a few changes. The most notable is that I did not face the sleeves. I found that on most of the versions I saw, that the sleeves looked a little heavier than I wanted. I like the idea of fluttery ruffled sleeves. My fabric is also not the thinnest (it’s a quilting cotton weight) so I knew that it would be too bulky if I lined it. Instead I turned it under at 1/4″ twice and then added the pompoms to the edge.
If I were to sew it again, I would sew it up in a much lighter weight fabric, like a voile. I would line both the bodice and skirt, but leave the sleeves one layer. I would also like to try shortening the sleeve ruffle to about half of its width at the shoulder. I think it would just look more summery and casual. I have visions of making the dress up in a light cotton gauze, with some embroidery on the bodice. Hopefully I can find the time to make that happen.
Since my kids are no longer small enough to sew cute little rompers for, I have to live vicariously through my friends who are still having babies. I made a couple of these as baby gifts for dear friends and I’m a little smitten with them. I love this Summer Romper by Brindille and Twig. It’s just the right combination between modern and classic. No ruffles, clean lines etc…
The pattern is drafted for knit fabrics, but I really wanted to use this loominous fabric by Anna Maria Horner. I bought it when it was on sale awhile back at Imagine Gnats. Im in love with this fabric. I just wish I had bought more. It’s thinner than quilting cotton – more of a cotton lawn – and has that 1970s meets South America vibe that is so popular right now. I think it would be awesome in a gathered or pleated skirt for the summer. Because the pattern was drafted for knits I did have to make some adjustments. Mainly just adding seam allowances and hiding them since I didn’t want them visible on the inside. It also made the elastic casing in the leg really hard to sew because I didn’t have any stretch. Next time I would just add bias tape to make a casing on the inside of each leg.
I also decided to do buttons and buttonholes instead of snaps, just because I hate how fiddly adding snaps can me. I’ve ruined a few garments in the past this way.
The only thing I didn’t love about the pattern was the way that it had you attach the straps to the waistband as seen above. Next time I will add some length to the straps and hide the ends under the waistband casing seam. Otherwise, great little pattern with awesome results. Will use many more times for baby gifts. She has so many great patterns for newborns and toddlers.
I found these amazing vintage curtains at a thrift store awhile back and couldn’t pass them up. I fell in love with the print and colors. I was a little scared that using them would end up like a bad remake of the Sound of Music, and well, it did kinda end up that way, but I love it anyways. I wasn’t confident enough to make myself something out of it, but I thought that my daughter could pull it off better than I could.
The pattern that I used was from the burda magazine #152. I love that it’s such a classic little girls dress. I made it up once before in a ponte which worked great too. I made a few changes this time around. I lined the entire dress with a brown cotton lawn. I liked that it made it a little nicer and also that it added a bit more fullness to the skirt. I also rotated out the waist darts this. Because honestly, little girls don’t need darts and seeing them on a little dress weirds me out a bit.
My daughter is obsessed with the dress. I love that the fabric is definitely winter and fall appropriate. It was perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas parties (yes, I’ve been sitting on these photos for almost two months).
Now I’ve just got to figure out what to do with the rest of the curtains. I probably still have four yards. I am thinking that maybe a duffle bag or backpack might be cool.