Mommy and Me Tour Via Bebelambs

Mommy and Me Tour

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I’ve been working on a ton of Bebelambs patterns lately so when Lynn announced that she was going to have a Mommy and Me tour I had to join in!

Featured Patterns: Labri and Berkely

Details: The Labri is a maxi dress pattern while the Berkely has different length options. Both patterns have a reverse knot, but the Berkely offers a tutorial on how to do a cross back without a bow.

Fabrics Used: These dresses can be made from either woven or knit fabric. I have made the Labri with a woven top and knit skirt. For this post I made the yellow, Labri, out of a knit sheet from Target. For my dress, the Berkely, I used a floral knit for the bodice and a pink knit sheet, again, from Target! You could also use a shear fabric with a liner, corduroy, and so much more.

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For the yellow dress I did the reverse knot and my mine I did the cross back.

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Since I just cannot follow a pattern to the “T” these days, I shortened the bow/straps on the yellow dress. Normally the 2 straps hanging from the bow would be much longer.

I will note, so it’s not a surprise, the Berkely requires darts. It is okay though! They are marked on the pattern and Lynn explains how to make them with photos to help guide you. Plus, she is usually available on Facebook if you need more assistance. If you haven’t used darts yet, this is the pattern to learn with.

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So, she loves this dress, which is a surprise because at this age she doesn’t care for maxi anything! They are just too hard to move in.

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Me, on the other hand, I love maxi anything! They can be worn spring, summer, and fall. Can’t beat that.

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Color, here, or black & white? Seriously, let me know what one you prefer. I sometimes just cannot decide.

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She went from being one of those toddlers that run away from the camera to a poser in one photo shoot. If you have the running away child problem I recommend you do a photo shoot for yourself and let your little one watch. She will want to be like you and stop running away from the camera. Of course, there are no guarantees but it work for us.

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Go pick up your patterns today while they are 20% off and enter to win a mommy and me pattern pack of your choice. You can click the bebelambs logo on the right sidebar to get to her blog then click the link to the shop! If your mobile keep scrolling down to find the link. Enter the rafflecopter link at the bottom of this page, too!

I still have a mommy and me post to do with the Cassandra and Sloan from bebelambs as well. I need to do the photo shoot first. Be sure to sign up to receive notice of my new blog posts so you don’t miss it.

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Tour Line-UP:
uly 20th Theresa Taylor from: Grammies Dolls
July 21st Gina Arnold Johns from: BabyFish Designs
July 22nd Faith Alexander from: Sew Like That  *You are here!*
July 23rd Hannah Rorke from: Hello Sunshine
July 24th Kylie Roberts from: Dribbles and Dots
July 25th Amy Huber from: How I Make Stuff
July 26th Tish C. from: Milileke

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Sloan

Sloan

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Designer: Bebelambs
Pattern: Sloan Tutorial

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Pattern Details: Measurements for top/tunic/knee length/maxi skirt. There are also different measurements for different types of straps, both skinny and wide.

There’s also instructions for shirring in the pattern incase you don’t know how. Plus tutorials on how to do a slit and ruching for the sides.

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Was this pattern easy to follow: Yes! There was never a point where I wasn’t sure what to do next. There are plenty of pics to help you through, but really you might not need them!

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(You can’t see it here, but there are little birds on the orange dress to go with the birdhouses)

What did I like/dislike about this pattern: I love the versatility of the pattern. The navy floral dress was size 2 while the orange dress was size 20. So, if your on the fence about what size to make~ it’s hard to go wrong! This orange dress is a bit loose and I plan on adding straps later, but it stays up. Basically, the larger sizes will give a fuller dress/skirt/top.

I added ruffles to the navy floral dress. So easy, just measure the length you would like them and do a 1:1.5 for length. I did 2, but you can add as many as you like.

Really, I would recommend using the measurements as a guide and let you imagination take over. You can make any length of top/dress/skirt you desire.

Put slits in like I did. The black/pink dress has 1 and the cream/black skirt has 1 on each side.

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Fabrics used:
It’s really hard to see, but the skirt is made of a crape/gauze type fabric with tiny black dots. I LOVE it! I used a cream 4 way stretch knit for the underskirt.

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For the black/pink dress I used some sort of rayon fabric. It is super flowy and I love wearing it. I always thought I was a cotton kind of girl until now! This was fun to wear.

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This navy/floral dress was made with a heavy woven cotton. That is why I made such a small size. I wanted to make sure it would stay up! The belt helps.

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Finally, this orange dress. I made it out of a woven cotton. I love the print. That’s why I made such a large size. I wanted to use as much as possible!

Pattern alterations/design changes: None. Just customizing the fit/length to suite my needs & likes.

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Again, black & white or color? It can be so hard to decide sometimes!

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(Ugh, darn wrinkles! How to get them out?)

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I had fun making this dress and doing the photo shoot! Can you tell?

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I also made a pink top. I’ve been into up-cycling lately so I made a top version for myself out of one of my husbands white undershirts! That didn’t come out right, I only have one husband but he has many undershirts! I dip dyed it pink when I made the Elisa top for my daughter. Exciting stuff! Plus, I have another sheer fabric to make another top. I’m thinking halter straps. That’s what I’m going to do with the orange dress.

And, if you have a mini me Lynn also has a dress called Cassandra for girls to match.

And, (LOL!) head over to her blog to enter a raffle copter drawing for 2 of her patterns~ your choice!

To head over to her blog and shop click the Bebelambs logo on my sidebar! Sorry, I couldn’t get my link inserts to work for me today! If your mobile, scroll down and it will appear, eventually!

Happy sewing,
Faith

Giveaway Time!!!

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Schedule:
Monday, July 7, 14
o Print/cut front bodice from Labri
o Cut all fabric pieces needed: Front and back bodice from Labri, 2 skirts from Cassandra, straps from Cassandra, and any trim you will be using.
o Post pics of you cut fabric!

Tuesday, July 8, 14
o Work on your straps. Measure for length. See blog post for details. Ask questions. You will end up with 4 straps.
o Assemble straps to front and back bodices.
o Sew all bodice pieces together. First, fashion fabrics to linings. Then, fronts to backs.
o Top stitch under arms and across front.
o Post pics of this done!

Wednesday, July 9, 14
o Cut the rounded corners on the short skirt.
o If not using knit finish the hem for the top and bottom skirt.
o Add the trim to the short skirt.
o Post pics of this done!

Thursday, July 10, 14
o Gather the longer/bottom skirt to fit bodice.
o Gather the shorter/top skirt to fit around other skirt leaving about a 1” – 2” gap in the center front.
o Pin them together.
o Sew/serge them together so they become one piece.
o Post pics of this done!

Friday, July 11, 14
o Sew skirts to the bodice per the tutorial on sewlikethat blog.
o Top stitch this seam if you wish.
o Finish the back bodice by shirring it. As many rows as you like for your dress.
o If doing a side tail hem and haven’t cut it yet, do that.
o Trim any threads and make any finishing touches you like.
o Post pics of finished dress on your girlies!

Below is the link to the giveaway. You must be participating in the sew-a-long to enter the giveaway!

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Enjoy!
Faith

Oh yeah, don’t forget to share images of your creations!

Cassandra/Labri Mash-Up

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 Cassandra/Labri Mash-up

 

You might remember this past week Lynn from Bebelambs hosted a Mash-Up contest. The challenge was to use 2 or more of her patterns and mix them up and put your own creative spin on them, if you wanted.

 

I used the Cassandra Shirred Tunic and the Labri Reverse Knot Maxi.

 

You can purchase these two dresses as a bundle on the Bebelambs site and for this week only there is a 10% discount. Here’s a link:

http://blog.bebelambs.com/product/bundle-labri-cassandra/

There will also be a sew along starting July 7th and ending July 11th. Please gather your supplies and join in the fun. If you haven’t already, like Bebelambs facebook page for updates/details:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/253494364822467/

And mine while you’re at it:

https://www.facebook.com/sewlikethat?ref_type=bookmark

It is new and I am going to start using now!

 

This is going to be a short tutorial as you will be able to follow the directions in the patterns for a large part of the dressmaking! ~ OR SO I THOUGHT!~ The tutorial looks a tad long but it goes fast. Just PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read over this entire tutorial before starting! If you have any questions just go to sewlikethat facebook page and ask away or send me an email. I highly recommend you read this tutorial and both the pattern instructions before starting. That way you will have a better idea of what is going on.

 

Let’s begin:

 

  1. Cut out the front and back bodice from the Labri per the instructions.
  2. Cut out the Cassandra TUNIC pieces. By adding these tunic pieces to the bodice your finished project will be long enough to call a dress. IMPORTANT: for the top skirt cut one piece. That means you will have to add the two measurements together. Cut one.
  3. Cut out the straps from the Cassandra. You will cut out two long strips, per the instructions, and after they are folded and pressed you will cut them in half. You will end up with four pieces. I like to use my bias tape maker for this: fold the end of one stap and insert into the maker,Image

feed the fabric though with a straight pin until you get it through the opening,

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pull the bias tape maker while ironing the bias tape.

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Fold the straps in half length wise and press.

 

Wa la! You have your straps. Now, I sew them with one zig ~ zag stitch, but you could sew a straight stitch up both sides, as in right and left sides.

 

  1. From this point we will start assembling. You will put the straps on pretty much the same as putting the straps on for the Labri. Sandwich the two front bodice pieces, right sides facing. Insert your straps along the top near the armscye. For my first dress, the outside straps were placed ½” from the edge and for the second (pink) dress they were placed ¼” from the edge. I like both effects.

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  1. Once you have the sandwich thing going on sew across the top and both armscyes. Follow Labri instructions to complete front bodice. IMPORTAN: don’t forget to criss ~ cross your straps! It’s easy with only 4 pieces. Just weave them: top, bottom, top, bottom.
  2. For the back bodice you are going to do the same sort of thing. However, the placement of the straps, in relation to the bodice piece, is going to be backwards. Referring to the photo below, the left side of the back bodice will be the topside once we are done~ the part that the straps are attached to. So, sandwich the two back bodice pieces with the straps in-between. Now, all sizes will measure differently here. I made the 3T and I placed my outer straps 4” from the side seams. Go proportionally here and use your best judgment. (I wish I was a designer and could tell you exact measurements/placements) It will seem wide or far apart, just remember the back will bunch up with shirring or elastic, depending on the option you choose. You are also going to want to measure for length. I used a measuring tape and placed it, on my daughter, about where I thought the straps would start and finish then added a few inches. Make it longer rather than shorter so you don’t end up with your straps too short. Use a basting stitch to tack them in place and try on your daughter. If they need to be adjusted go ahead and do that. That is why you use a basting stitch here. It is easy to remove. Once they are where you want them, sandwich the bodice pieces back together if you separated them, stitch with a regular stitch across the top (the left side in photo) (The side farthest from the front bodice in photo) do not stitch sides.Image
  3. Connect the front and back bodice. To do this you will need to open the 2 bodices up. Right sides facing sew/serge up the side seams. Flip right side out. You should have a completed bodice. IMPORTANT: just do not make the buttonhole that the Labri tells you to make. We wont be using it. ALSO IMPORTANT: I shirred mine, but waited until I sewed the skirt onto the bodice. It is not impossible to shirr first; I just think it is easier to connect the skirt to the bodice before it is bunched up.

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  1. Now, we are going to work on the Cassandra skirts. This is another spot that we do some creative switching around! The Cassandra calls for the shorter skirt on the bottom. I put it on top here. I also cut the top skirt shorter for a more dramatic effect, on the pink dress. Grab something round. I used a fruit bowl.

 

 

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  1. Now you have the option of tracing around the bowl or just cutting like I did. This will give you the rounded corners for the top skirt.
  2. If you are using knit that’s it! To help your knit edges roll simply stretch them. If you are using anything else you need to make a hem. I serged my edges at this point then folded over once. Before I folded over, I clipped the rounded edges, with v shapes, to help them lay flat. When I tried folding under again the rounded corners wouldn’t lay flat. I skipped that. Yes, it is not the prettiest when flipped over. There are ways to remedy this. You can put the lace under instead of over (more on this later) or you could make a single fold bias tape out of the skirt fabric. You could also tack the rounded corners down to the lower skirt so they don’t flap up. If anyone else knows of a better way of doing this, let me know please!
  3. So, onto the lace. I placed the lace on top of the skirt before sewing the hem under, but after pressing the hem down. To keep this simple, I found a spot where I could see through the lace and know where it was in relations to the edge of the hem. Using a thread that matches the lace for the top and a thread that matches the skirt for the bobbin sew in place with a small zig ~ zag stitch. I use a zig ~ zag because I feel it helps hold the lace down when sometimes it wants to fold over during washing and drying.
  4. Leave the top skirt open and gather per Labri instructions.
  5. Sew the two pieces of the bottom skirt together or do as I did and cut one piece and just sew up the one side seam. Gather per Labri instructions. Gather to the point that it is the same length as the bodice.
  6. At this point lay the top skirt flat with wrong side face up. Lay the gathered bottom skirt on top. Find and mark the center points with a strait pin and match them up.
  7. Wrap the top skirt around the bottom skirt and find a spot that looks good for them to be~ a position, about 2” apart. Pin them down. Pin the two skirts together between the ending points and the center point.
  8. I prefer the two skirts to be serged at this point. If you do not have a serger simply baste them together.
  9. At this point we are going to connect the bodice and the skirts. First find the front center point of the bodice. Mark with a straight pin. Now find the front center point of the two skirts. That’s easy~ just between the two end points of the lace. Turn the bodice inside out. Flip it upside down and insert the skirt into the bodice. The unfinished edge of the bodice and the gathered edge of the skirts should be lined up. Line up the two front center pins. Continue to pin the bodice and skirts together.
  10. Serge/sew the two together. Go slow and take your pins out as you go. You cannot serge over Straight pins. Trust me here! J
  11. Flip the bodice up and top stitch your seam to the bodice, if that’s your cup of tea! Usually I do, but lately I’ve been skipping that step. It does create more of a finished look.
  12. Finally, shirr your back bodice, if you chose the shirring option.

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****Here’s another mini tutorial! For the pink dress I did side tails on the bottom skirt:

  1. Fold the bottom skirt in half. This can be done after sewing sides seams and before gathering. If not using knit you will need to make sure you have not hemmed the bottom yet. Or after the dress is finished, like I did.

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The two pieces are now folded in half.

 

  1. I free handed it, draw a line about 2” up from hem. Slowly angle downwards toward the side seams. Make sure to go straight at first or you will have a piece pointing down in the center and we don’t want that.
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  1. Cut that line with a rotary blade or scissors if you don’t have one. If usinging something other than knit you will need to hem the dress/skirt now. If using knit you are done!

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If you would like your side tails more drastic just start your cut more than 2” up.

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Finally, posing like a Diva!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour

Hello! I’m Faith from sewlikethat. Participating in this Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour has been super exciting for me, not only because it’s my first pattern review and blog tour, but it is also my first blog post! So, lets dive right in…

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  1. Designer: Bebelambs
  2. Pattern: Hope Floats
  3. Pattern sizing: New born to 10. That is a great range of sizes. Chances are, you’ll be able to make this for more than one daughter and if you’re like me you only have one daughter but will be making this dress for years to come.
  4. Other pattern details: Pattern prints for the bodice and you are given measurements for the skirt and straps. I like it that way- it saves paper and ink.
  5. Pattern Fit: Recently, I’ve had to make the switch from 2T to 3T when sewing for my daughter with most patterns. For this pattern I made a 3T and it fits perfectly, and because there is elastic casing in the back I know it will fit the entire summer.
  6. Did it look like the photo in the pattern image?: Yes. When following the directions you will get an end result that looks just like the dress in the photo on the cover.
  7. Was the pattern easy to follow?: Yes. I will admit, the first time I made this dress I was a little nervous because I had never done an elastic casing. No worries let me tell ya! It’s easy!

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  1. What did you like or dislike about this pattern?: I love the versatility of this dress. This time around I switched up 2 things. Instead of doing the super easy elastic casing, I shirred it (also supper easy). And, I did 2 layers of skirting because of the transparency of the top skirt.

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  1. Fabric used: White polyester blend for the underskirt, bodice, and straps. Very light weight and translucent schiffon-ish top skirt. I have yet to learn about my fabrics. This was proven when I took the advice of the lady behind the cutting counter! I should have gone with my gut instinct and bought white linen. What do you do?
  2. Pattern alterations or design changes: As mentioned above this pattern is very versatile. I did shirring instead of elastic casing just to see what the 2 would look like comparatively. I did elastic casing on the first version I made, and have to say that I prefer the casing for this dress. And, again, I used 2 layers for the skirt. I also made the straps about ½” narrower to make room for the lace that I added to them. To top it off, I added lace to the front bodice before attaching it to the back bodice. Because I thought this would add a lot of bulk to the side seams I constructed the bodice a little differently than what the pattern called for.

DSC_0128 How I constructed the dress differently: Once I had the bodice/lining put together, for both the front and back separately, I did not sew the skirts to the bodices per the pattern. I opened up the sides of both front and back bodices and pinned the 2 together, right sides facing. I then sewed them together with the seam allowance used in the pattern. Flip it right side out. Next, gather skirting with preferred method and with right sides facing attach skirt to bodice. Top stitch.   DSC_0081   About the bow: Trying as hard as I did, I just could not get this bow perfect! In hindsight, I realized that with making the straps narrower I should have also made them shorter. With less fabric taking up bow space they are left looking too long. Also, it could be that it’s the type of fabric, but the bow shape just would not hold on this dress. It stays perfectly on the other Hope Floats I made with linen. Don’t know how to tie the perfect bow? No problem here is a link to a Youtube video on how to tie one. There’s a little bit of info on there you might not need, but you’ll get the idea. DSC_0074 DSC_0067 About the hair: My girl loves her braids! We look through Pinterest together at hairstyles so she can pick the style she wants for the photo shoots. Fun stuff! Here’s a link to my Pinterest board Hair If I Would Dare. Don’t look too closely or you will find I used to spend too much time to on that site! Anyway, this is both of our favorite hairstyle and has become our “go to” style. DSC_0104 About the shoes: I bought beautiful pink sandals that she picked out and loves. Problem is that she wants them to be “inside sandals”. She refuses to wear them outside! For Mothers Day I made us matching maxi skirts and these “inside sandals” would have been great for the outfit and went with my sandals, but she insisted on these tennis shoes. DSC_0132 Bribery? Maybe!: I have read all kinds of stories about how moms, photographers, and momtographers alike bribe their children/models with candy. I have been trying not to go there, but lately she will not look into the camera. Maybe once or twice during the 200 pics taken shoot! DSC_0121 I have to say, it did not work out for us! Smarties are her favorite candies and she didn’t even peek when I held them up next to the camera. Oh well! DSC_0082 Here are some scenery visuals for our photo shoot. We don’t have any beaches close by so the river had to do! DSC_0107 DSC_0102 Here’s a close up of the gazebo that she likes to call a lighthouse. DSC_0142 And one final image of this beautiful dress… that I highly recommend… DSC_0083 Checkout the Bebelambs blog for more information and see a line up of other bloggers in the tour. There are several other beautiful versions of the dress in the tour! Faith