Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year // 2020

Happy New Year! I cannot believe it is the start of a new decade! I am so excited for the year to come! If anyone is still reading my blog, I am happy you are still here. I took a long and much needed break from blogging (but not from sewing). I decided I would come back and write a post highlighting some things from the last ten years.

2010 

I was at the end of my high school career. I became a big sister to my youngest brother. I started running due to sibling competition when my "little" brother challenged me to run our town's summer fun run. I liked it so much I joined the local high school cross country team my Senior year.


2011 

This was a great year! I graduated high school and started my Freshman year of college as a nursing major.



2012 

Sophomore year of college. Traveled to New York City for a mission trip over spring break. My youngest (and second) sister was born! I sewed my very first dress!




2013 

Officially started the nursing program! Spent the summer working at a German immersion camp in the health center. Kept sewing in my free time!





2014 

Second summer working as a health assistant at the same German immersion camp. More nursing school. Lots of caffeine. More sewing.


2015 

Senior year of college!!! Ran my first half marathon with a wonderful group of college friends! Lived with the best girls! Graduation!! Passed my RN license test! Started working as a nurse! Lots of family time! This was an amazing year!




2016 

Met my penpal of 15 years for the first time in real life! Started a new job at the hospital working 12 hour night shifts. Moved into my own apartment.


2017 

Took a road trip with my brother to St. Joseph, MO to see the eclipse! Road trip with my sister to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead in De Smet, SD. Trained for and finished my first full marathon!



2018 

Road trip and five day camping trip in Nebraska with my sister. Road trip with my friend from Minnesota to Texas! Ran a trail half marathon. Met my boyfriend at a barn dance.



2019 

Traveled by plane for the first time. Signed up for a trip to Italy and traveled there over my 26th birthday! Took many road trips to Kansas to visit my boyfriend. Got engaged to him on December 21st!!!





I had so much fun looking back over the last decade. I hope you enjoyed reading too! Even through the ups and downs these have been some pretty amazing years of my life. I have to say that 2019 was the best one so far and I'm excited to see what 2020 brings. Happy New Year!!

 ~Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Raven Dress // Sofiona Designs


I am so excited to be back blogging today and introduce you to the new company, Sofiona Designs! The company was just opened and it is run by two Canadian friends, Sherri Herrera and Trisha Yanke. They have four patterns so far, and I love all of them, but as soon as I saw the Raven Dress, I knew I had to try it first!

One reason I am super excited for this new company is because Sherri and I were on Project Run and Play together last year. The competition was the starting point of her starting this company and I am so happy for her. I can't wait to see where they go with this new adventure.


The Raven can be made as a dress or a shirt. It has a dropped shoulder and scoop back with a few different options for he back. I chose the raised scoop back for this version. The ruffle can be long or short or omitted. The dress has an elastic waist and comes with three different sleeve lengths. It was designed for woven fabrics, but knits can be used for the dress. 


I just love the back view and the ruffle! I wasn't sure about these two fabrics together, but I love the final result. If I had to do it again, I would find a different fabric for the ruffle because the one I used is a bit too heavy weight for gathering. I made it work though!

The apple fabric is a corduroy and both fabrics are from my stash. This is technically my muslin version. I typically don't make muslins, but I'm glad I did! I made a size five, since that is where my six year old sister's measurements put her in the size chart. I did lengthen the dress by four inches because she is tall. I did not think to lengthen the sleeves and as you can see they are much too short! I told her she has gorilla arms, and she just laughed! It's still cute and she will wear it, but next time I would lengthen the sleeve by a few inches. 





I just love this dress pattern and can't wait to make more for my sister! I'm planning on using a knit and making her Christmas dress with the Raven. 

I'm also excited about the other patterns in the shop and I can't wait to make the Artic Fox Housecoat.

If you are interested, you can join the Facebook group and follow Sofiona Designs on Instagram. They are running giveaways on both Facebook and Instagram. This post is not sponsored in any way and I bought the pattern myself. I'm just super excited about the company and wanted to share! All patterns are marked down 30% off through November 25th as well. 

Now for some outtakes! It is more difficult than one would imagine to take pictures of a six year old! Hope you enjoy these silly pictures! 


In this one, she was shaking her hands, saying "my hands are cold!"


I think this one is my favorite!


"Are we done yet?"


Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

 ~Elizabeth 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Chai Dress // Itch to Stitch Designs


I am back to blogging with my new favorite dress! This is the Chai Shirt and Dress pattern from Itch to Stitch Designs. I made a wearable muslin of the shirt version at the beginning of the summer, but I've been wanting to make the shirt version ever since I first found the pattern last year!



This dress has been in my mind for three years. I was fortunate enough to win a gift certificate to the Cloth Pocket three years ago and used it to buy this beautiful chambray fabric. I knew I wanted to make a shirt dress with it, but it took me until last year to find the perfect pattern. I've been wanting to make the Chai pattern all summer but kept putting it off with other projects and procrastination. 

I finally cut out my pattern pieces at the beginning of this month and sewed it a few days ago! The cutting part took me the longest (as it always does) and it only took me three days to sew it. So, after three years, I finally have my chambray shirt dress! 


I made a few changes to this pattern before cutting it out. My measurements put me in a size 4 for bust, a size 6 for waist, and a size 8 for hips. Based on the finished measurements, I decided I needed to grade out for the hips, but I decided to use the size 4 for my waist. It is a perfect fit and I am happy with my changes! 
I also lengthened the skirt by 6 inches because I am taller than the pattern is drafted for and I like my skirts to hit below the knee. 

The dress is definitely more fitted than other shirt dresses I have made, but I love the style. I think it would look great with a circle skirt too!



The Chai has gathers at the bust instead of darts and I love the detail it adds! The dress also has huge inseam pockets, which I love! I rarely make a skirt or dress without pockets anymore!


I can see this dress being perfect almost year round. It will be perfect for spring and summer as is and I can layer it as we head into fall. It was a chilly morning when I took these pictures, but with tights and boots I was comfortable! If it was colder, I would add a cardigan as well. 



The only changes I made during construction were to interface both the upper collar and the under collar. The pattern only calls to interface the under collar and the collar stands, but I wanted to interface the upper collar too. I think it makes it more crisp and helps it stand up more. 


The buttonholes are never my favorite part to sew, but my machine was cooperating with me and I didn't have to seam rip any of my buttonholes! They are not perfect, but I am happy with how they turned out. 


~Elizabeth

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Sydney Pinafore // Project Run and Play Shop Grand Opening


Hello! I am so excited to be part of the grand opening tour for the new Project Run and Play shop! If you haven't already heard, Project Run and Play just opened a shop where you will be able to purchase the designs from past PR&P looks. The grand opening event takes place all month long with a different theme each week! This week's theme is dresses!

The shop is one of a kind as you will be able to find patterns created by previous Project Run and Play designers during their season! No other patterns will be sold here. It is an awesome opportunity for those designers!

The shop is opening with 17 different patterns from previous Project Run and Play designs. There are many more patterns that will continue to be added to the shop as well!


Today, I have the honor of showing you the Sydney Pinafore by Haley of Mouse House Creations. This design was first seen in Mini Season 1 of Project Run & Play. You can find it here in the Project Run and Play shop.

The Sydney Pinafore is a classic pinafore style dress with a bib front, straps that criss cross in the back, and a flat front skirt. The pattern also comes with an option for shorts or bubble shorts. It is a perfect style for a little girl to run around in and it can take you through all the seasons as it's perfect for layering!


The fabric recommendations for the Sydney Pinafore are chambray, fine wale corduroy, cotton wovens, linen, and any stable woven fabric. I have some corduroy in my stash that would make the perfect fall pinafore for my sister. However, since we are now in the summer season, I wanted to use something a little lighter.

I thrifted this shirt dress a couple years ago, and I've only worn it once even though I love the fabric and the design. It was too short for me, but I was inspired to turn it into something new!

I cut the bib front and straps from the dress bodice and I cut the skirt off at the waistband to use as the pinafore skirt. There were already pockets in the shirt dress, so I was able to use those instead of sewing new ones! I love the addition of the button front on the Sydney Pinafore too without having to make buttonholes! (I may be a lazy sewist, sometimes!)





The Sydney Pinafore was a quick and easy sew! If you are a beginner, it would be a perfect project as well and Haley's instructions are clear and easy to follow with lots of pictures. 



I love the criss cross straps and elastic back! You may remember the pinafore dress I made a few months ago for the PR&P sewalong. My sister informed me that "I don't like wearing that one because it's too hard to get on." Haha! At least she is honest. The Sydney Pinafore was much easier for her to get on and with a little help with the buttons, she could dress herself. 


Pockets are a must for every girl! 


Miss V is super excited about her new pinafore dress! I hope she gets lots of wear out of it this summer. It is a great style for little girls like her who are always on the go with never ending energy! 

I also could not resist making the bubble romper version of the Sydney Pinafore. I think that style looks so cute on babies! I was in luck, because my cousin is expecting a baby girl in August. I made the 0-3 month size in a cotton fabric from my stash. You can make the bubble romper with or without a placket. I made it with the placket to make diaper changes easier. I'm so excited to see her wearing it soon. I don't know if there's anything cuter than babies in handmade clothes!



Be sure to go check out the new Project Run and Play shop! You can find the Sydney Pinafore here. Since this week, July 9-15 is "Dresses" week, all dress patterns will be marked down by 20% with no code needed! Be sure to take advantage of this discount as there are so many great dress patterns in the shop! Another one of my favorites (and tried-n-true pattern) is the Janie dress also from Haley!

Be sure to stay tuned to the Project Run and Play blog for more great bloggers on the tour all month long!


Again, you can find the new shop here!

Finally, there is a giveaway with five winners! Be sure to enter below! You will have the chance to win either a $50 gift certificate to DH Fabrics and Co and patterns from the new shop!



~Elizabeth