Monday, August 22, 2011

a summer dress and a fabric destash

I made Finley a dress this weekend.  It is the first article of clothing I've ever made!

I used the Sweet Little Dress pattern by Leila & Ben, and it was the perfect pattern to start on.  It was simple, which is just right for a beginner garment sewer like me.  I like this dress because Finley can grow into it.  When she is bigger, it'll look cute with jeans and a long sleeve tee underneath it.  I used Farmdale aqua flowers, which I purchased with a 50% off coupon at Joann's awhile back. 

Finley looked adorable wearing this to church Sunday morning.  And I'm not going lie, I'm proud of myself for making it.   I am a pretty confident in my quilting skills, but clothes are definitely out of my comfort zone.

A couple sewing buddies gave me a great tip the other day: make your daughter's clothes while you can still pick out her clothes!  I think I'll take that advice and get sewing.  If you have any beginner-to-intermediate pattern or tutorial recommendations, please share! 

In other news, I am destashing quite a bit of fabric.  I simply have more than I can possibly sew, and I'm finally ready to send some of my goodies to new homes.  I have prepared two huge bundles that I am selling in my shop on Etsy.  They have almost all of my Flea Market Fancy stash, along with lots of other hard to find and out of print fabrics (Heather Ross, Tula Pink ladybugs, Summer in the City birds, Swell charm pack, etc).  I really don't have the time to sort and list the fabrics separately, so I think it'll be easiest for me to sell them in two large groups.  If you are interested, please check them out here.  Updated: both bundles have been sold, thank you!  I also have a couple leftover baby quilts that I just marked down for sale.

Happy Monday!
xo A

21 comments:

  1. I love that little dress so much, and it looks so cute on; I want one for me, my girls would only get them dirty!

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  2. I so want your stash but have just done the Festival of Quilts here in the UK and blown my budget and then some. So jealous of whoever buys it!

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  3. It is adorable. It makes me want to try making one too.

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  4. I love that pattern, such a good one. I've made many of those for my little girl and she loves them. I love the fact that when it is too small for a dress they can wear it as a top.

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  5. Aawww! She looks so adorable in her dress. You're right, it will look great with a long sleeve shirt and leggings for winter. :) Yay, I can't wait to see what you make for her next!

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  6. The dress (and Finley) are adorable. Looks to me like you did a good job.

    Summer is winding down fast. We're making plans to get together to sew. Want to join us?

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  7. Seriously, so cute! Both the dress and Finley! Good job and congrats on your first garment! :)

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  8. Finley is rockin' that sweet little dress! You got some good advice. Don't wait, sew now! H won't wear the summer dresses I made for her. She says they're pretty, but she avoids them. She's three!

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  9. and you should be proud, its adorable, your little treasure looks adorable in it too...well done..look out though, the bug will bite!!

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  10. Such a lovely dress, I love that fabric. Such a beautiful little girl! Love her name too :)

    S x

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  11. You did great, and the advice you got is so true. Emma hardly wears what I make anymore, so I just quit making for her...why sew a dress to hang in her closet when I could sew a quilt instead??
    youcanmakethis.com has great beginner sewing patterns as does Oliver + S. Liesl's free patterns are great. The popover dress is really cute and super easy!!

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  12. Congrats on your first clothing finish! I love the pattern and the fabric, but I especially love them together

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  13. oh my word Angela... she's A.DORABLE!

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  14. You're looking quite adorable in your new dress Miss Finley!!!

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  15. Both the dress and your daughter are adorable! And what a great point about sewing clothes for kiddos while they will still wear them!

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  16. yay on sewing clothes! great job angela. :)

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  17. oh and I forgot to say that my girls seem to like their clothes that I make even more now, so you've got at least another 4 years to sew as many garments as you want. :)

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  18. Gorgeous dress! I have had this pattern for ages but haven't had the guts to try it yet. Like you, I'm confident with quilts, but not so with clothes - but want to do more! Another quick and easy pattern which I have tried is the Oliver + S skirt which is a free download on their website.

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  19. must be so nice to have a girl to sew for. I stick to pajama pants.

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  20. Sorry dress - gorgeous as it is - is seriously upstaged by cute model! Career ahead Finley!?

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  21. Highly recommend Oliver & S patterns -http://www.oliverands.com/ Liesl is an amazing designer for kids (LOVE her girl patterns) She has a fantastic book too- little things to sew- I want to make every pattern!! Check them out.... Love your site by the way! VERY inspiring!

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