A little sparkle, alotta' charm

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Good morning Sewing Sober readers!! I feel like I take frequent blogging breaks, but I must assure you, they are for the greater good :) SoOoOo much as happened over the past couple weeks, I honestly don't know where to begin. Cora turned 1 on the 20th of January, I celebrated 2 years on the 3rd, Madison turns 6 on Thursday, and I have some huge behind the scenes things happening right now. So  many new and exciting opportunities are coming my way, that I can only give thanks to my Higher Power for making it all possible, and for having people like you who enjoy reading about what my newest sewing endeavors are! Now, let us talk about the newest release from Jessica of Lil Luxe!



Last Friday, Jessica released her newest pattern, the Charming Tee & Dress (affiliate link). I have the honor and pleasure of being on the testing team, and was able to sew up a couple Charmings. Jessica has the ability to create such versatile patterns, and the Charming is  yet another home run. This  knit tee and dress has a simple circle opening in the back, three sleeve options, and the dress version has a high low skirt, with the ability to be made of woven too!



Lets get the back story on the fabric of this dress real quick:
I sent Ryan and Madison to Joann's to get about 1 1/2 yds of fabric to make a Geranium Dress for Madison's Valentine's Dance last Friday. I assumed (first place I failed... Don't assume ANYTHING when you send your SO and little one to pick out fabric for a dress lol) they were going to pick a woven... and I was mistaken!!! They called me up all excited about the fabric they had purchased, and couldn't wait for me to get home to see it. I arrive back from my meeting, and Madison runs downstairs to show me the beloved fabric that will be made into a beautiful gown. I reach into the bag, and pull this blue, sparkly knit out... "womp, womp, Womp!". I obviously portrayed that I was super excited to sew with this, but now I had to change my whole entire design... ah! Thankfully, the final version of the Charming Dress had just been sent out, and I was able to create Madison a dress that was just right for her, and honestly, that is all that matters sometimes. 


The fabric itself is simply beautiful, but sewing with it was another story. The "caviar" beads are a silver plastic, which I had to cover with a cloth in order to press my sleeve and skirt hems. That was doable... but sewing over those beads... ugh. It broke my serger threads twice, and after the second time I was pretty much wanting to throw this dress out the window!!!!! But, I kept at it, sewing suuuuuuuuper slow over the bumps, and the finished product isnt too shabby. The circle in the back was tough, only because instead of lining the back bodice RST, I didn't want the beads to irritate Madison, so I placed them on top of one another, one right side and the other wrong (if that even makes sense!). 



Pattern: 
Charming Tee and Dress by Lil Luxe
Size: 
3T bodice with 5T sleeves and skirt
Fabric:
Modifications:
None


I love sewing Lil Luxe patterns, because I know when I purchase a pattern from Jessica that I will be getting a quality product that yields beautiful results, and in a timely manner too. I hope you guys liked this version of the Charming Dress! I will have the one I made for Cora up on the blog towards the end of the week ;) If you haven't gotten your pattern yet, you can click the link (affiliate link) here to get it for 30% off!

Girls Bundle Up Blog Tour: Annabelle Dress

Monday, January 26, 2015

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 Have you heard of Pattern Revolution's Bundle Up sale? Today I am on their blog tour and have a super fabulous dress to show you! Bundle Up is all about bringing you the newest patterns from your favorite designers, but with an added twist. The more you bundle, the more you save!!! As most of these patterns are new releases, you are going to be getting great new patterns at an amazing discounted price. Click the link here to head on over and get bundling now! Let's move onto one of the fun patterns included in the bundle, the Annabelle Maxi Dress from Violet Field Threads.  


Let me start by saying, all opinions about this dress are 100% my own. And with that being said,  I LOVE THIS PATTERN! Never have I ever actually sewed a Violet Field Threads pattern before. I have always been intimidated by their designs, and just gazed from a distance. When I picked this as my pattern to sew for Bundle Up, I was immediately drawn to the whimsical yet bohemian feel of the dress. Madison has never owned a maxi style dress, so I couldn't resist sewing something that was out of both our comfort zones. 



The detailing on the bodice is quite beautiful. The Annabelle has the option to add lace, as well as piping. You can also leave off the bodice inset if you prefer, but I thought adding all the bells and whistles would be fitting for the look I was going for. 


I love the chevron design in the skirt. This was another first for me (yes, I feel that I have had lots of sewing firsts while blogging, and I must say, I like it!) and I thought I would be scared by having to match up lines that formed the chevron, but the instructions were perfectly clear, and my lines matched almost perfectly. Deep down I was doing a major happy dance by how nice it all came together! The chevron panels were my favorite part of the pattern for sure. Oh, and lets talk fabric for a sec. How gorgeous are these?! Both prints are by Cotton + Steel, and I was blown away by the quality of the cotton. WOW! That was my first time ordering nice fabric, and it was for sure a treat to sew with. I have links to where I purchased them down towards the bottom. 




And the shoulders?!?! This dress would make the perfect Anna dress from Frozen. I sewed up the size 6, and chose a size based on the measurements in the pattern. All went well, and the fit is great. Madison really likes the feel and fit of the dress too. That is always a plus! The Annabelle dress will be perfect for our Florida weather (most of the time) and I am excited to make more of these.  




Pattern: 
Annabelle Dress by Violet Field Threads
Size: 
6
Fabric: 
Cotton + Steel Coral Arrows and Basic Toy Boat XOXO
Modifications:
 Cute headband tutorial coming soon!


Thanks for having me on the tour ladies!! I had a blast sewing up this dress. Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour that is filled with such amazing and talented ladies! And they are also hosting a competition  and a giveaway with details down below!  There are so many great prizes to be won! Thanks for stopping by :) 

Ashley // Sewing Sober 
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