Froo’s All Spice Dress

All Spice Dress Tour
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! It’s such a great holiday–a time to be intentional about gratitude. Black Friday, on the other hand, is sheer madness. If you’re here visiting instead of braving the crowds, then I’m especially thankful!

If you are visiting via the All Spice Dress blog tour, a warm welcome to the Froo & Boo blog! I first “met” Karly of Paisley Roots, when we were both competing in Project Run & Play (season 8)–I was really blown away by Karly’s designs for all 5 of her kids. She took 1st place and I was genuinely happy for her. I told her I would love to sew up her All Spice Dress and she held me to it! I’m excited to be participating in the All Spice Dress blog tour!

I had a completely different All Spice dress planned, but then I found the perfect navy and gold buttons in my button box that were destined to become an All Spice dress. I chose a stretch finewale corduroy in navy blue to complement the buttons. It’s a bit thick, but I thought it would work well for the season.
All Spice Dress Tour
I love the details of this dress! It features a square neckline, front pintuck pleats and a dropped waistline. I chose the button placket, but there is also an option to add a zipper closure. I used the same buttons in ivory to make a music class blouse for Froo.
All Spice Dress Tour
The sleeves are meant to be flutter sleeves, but I added gold piping, which meant I had to line the sleeves, losing the flutter. I love the effect of gold piping! After seeing gold piping used so beautifully on the hungie gungie blog, I knew I had to try it for myself. I added gold piping to the waist as well.
All Spice Dress Tour
I made the dress in size 6, without any modifications. After sewing up the bodice, I had Froo try it on. It seemed rather tight, so I took out 1/2″ on each side seam. But when I completed the dress, it ended up being a little loose. I’m not sure if Froo was just sticking out her tummy at the time, but I should have just left it as is–the fit is spot-on. The instructions were straightforward with plenty of photos for reference.

Froo is going through a no-smiling-for-the-camera phase. I’m hoping it’ll be short-lived. It puts a smile on my face, looking through the sea of pouty, scrunched nose, eyeball rolling photos. I’m just thankful that she will still pose for the camera anyway. Such a sweet girl. With a look of disdain:
All Spice Dress Tour
All Spice Dress Tour
All Spice Dress Tour
All Spice Dress Tour
All Spice Dress Tour
Is this a smile? I’m not so sure–even Froo seems unsure, but I’ll take it!
All Spice Dress Tour
All Spice Dress Tour
If you would love to sew up an All Spice Dress, Karly is offering a 25% discount with the code BLACKFRIDAY2014. There’s also a chance to win some amazing prizes (fabric! zippers!), with multiple ways to earn entries here. Also, link-up here, if you’ve made an item from any Paisley Roots pattern or made with Blend Fabrics. Good luck!
All Spice Blog Tour
I hope you’ll visit participating blogs on the All Spice blog tour–all of the dresses are beautiful. I always find it inspiring to see how others interpret a pattern to achieve a dress that is completely unique and reflects individual style. Thanks for visiting!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #5: Sunki Dress

Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
It’s time for Perfect Pattern Parcel again! For the 5th edition, the pattern collection is curated for Girls & Tweens. Purchasing your parcel is a great way to support indie pattern designers, while making a donation to Donors Choose, a charity organization supporting students in need.

Besides all of the amazing patterns, the best part of your purchase is choosing your price! The minimum price is $16 for 5 patterns. You can also unlock the bonus pattern with a minimum price of $28.
Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
Patterns included: Peek-a-Boo Patterns Lily Knit Blazer / Filles a Maman Mimi Dress and Shirt / EYMM Asymmetrical Drape Top / Fishstick Designs Playhouse Dress / Greenstyle Everyday Yoga Pant

Bonus pattern: Figgy’s Sunki Dress
Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
With fall approaching, I decided to make the Sunki dress for Froo. I love a great 3/4 sleeve dress worn with leggings and a pair of boots.
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
The boots only lasted a couple of shots until Froo started complaining–it’s still sunny and warm in the Bay Area.
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
After taking Froo’s measurements, I made the dress in size 8/9. She was at the upper edge of 6/7, but I want her to be able to wear this dress into next year. I’m all for sizing up and wearing dresses until they become tunic tops. One of the reasons why I avoid full-length sleeves on Froo.

The front of the dress:
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
The back of the dress:
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
The fabric is a large scale floral print in a soft, stretch cotton twill. I bought it on sale at Fabricana when we were up in Canada a couple of weeks ago. I was undecided on the fabric–I wasn’t sure if it was screaming grannie’s curtains (I could almost hear my mom’s voice asking me why I would put something old-fashioned on my daughter) or if it was updated vintage, which is a style that is always on-trend. Then I noticed that the leaves were grey and quickly purchased the remaining 1.5 metres. Had the leaves been green, I don’t think I would have purchased it.
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
This poor little bunny was hiding in the washing machine before I pre-washed a pile of dark fabric. It used to be a pale pink, but it was dyed a pale purple-blue. Oops. It was gifted to Froo when she was a tiny newborn. She then gave it to Boo when he was born, because he was born in the year of the rabbit. Then Boo gave it back to Froo, saying the new colour is yucky. Froo loves the bunny’s new look and took it back. The drama!
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
The style of the Sunki dress is unique and has some flattering features: pleated sleeves, integrated pockets, overlapping shoulders and curved seams. However, I had some trouble figuring out the instructions. It’s not a difficult dress to sew, but the instructions are concise and slightly vague. For instance, “stitch the zipper to the garment” left me wondering where to line the top of the zipper and where the stitching should line up from the edge.
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
If you are making this dress, I would recommend the following links for clarification: charm stitch was super helpful in navigating the pattern, very shannon gave useful tips for sewing the zipper and finally, Figgy’s has a photo tutorial for the pockets and side panel.
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
Perfect Pattern Parce #5: Sunki dress
Thanks for visiting! You can purchase your Perfect Pattern Parcel #5 here, but only until October 3. Make sure you check out what participating bloggers have created with their parcels:

September 19 Pienkel || Cookin’ and Craftin’
September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter
September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs
September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober
September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose
September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal
September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi’s Mom || Climbing the Willow
September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four
September 27 Froo & Boo
September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations
September 29 Cookin’ and Craftin’ || The Crazy Tailor
September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren
October 1 lady and the gents || That’s-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober
October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows
October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara

Practice flower girl dress for Froo

Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
I had a style of dress in mind for Froo’s flower girl dress. It would be ivory (as requested by the bride), but I wanted it to look like this dress I made for her. Simple enough: sleeveless, with a v-back opening, lowered waistline and a circle skirt. So the challenge: attaching a circle skirt to a woven fabric, with double layers to sandwich tulle for fullness. Yeah, no.

While searching for a pattern, I saw this beautiful eyelet dress by iCandy, made from the Georgia Twirl dress pattern by Shwin Designs. For Froo’s practice flower girl dress, I decided on a lightweight cotton voile in bright coral pink. I figured it would be worn again if it were pink, as opposed to ivory.

I sewed up a size 6, without any modifications, except added length and a couple layers of gathered tulle. Oh, and a top layer of matching lace!
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
For the tulle, I cut 4 layers of the bottom skirt piece. I sewed 2 together, making an extra wide skirt. Afterwards, I layered both skirts together to gather the waist and sewed it to the back of the front skirt piece.
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
The skirt on its own is very full and swingy, but the tulle adds a fullness that elevates the dress from “regular princess” to “fairy princess”. An important distinction, I’m told.
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
The back has a v-back opening with a button closure. One thing I didn’t realize before buying the pattern is that the skirt is completely open at the back. Not a huge problem–since the circle skirt is wide, it covers really well when overlapped. There are also optional instructions to tack the skirt in place.
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
The dress is too big at the bodice, even though I brought the bodice in an inch at each side. I could have moved the buttons over, but then I would have lost the v-back detail. In this instance, style won over fit.
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress
The actual flower girl dress fabric is ah-mazing. So excited to sew it up, but a little scared, too. While I love this practice flower girl dress and I can see the potential with a better fitting bodice, I’m not sure if the fabric will work with the open back detail. I might have to try another pattern!

I’ll need to work this out soon–the wedding is only a couple of weeks away! I’ll try to keep you updated with my progress. I’m fully prepared for some late night frenzied sewing until everything is done (and perfect). I’m not a perfectionist, by no means, I just want both Froo & Boo’s garments to reflect a careful detail to fit, fabric and style–not simply that it was handmade by mommy. Besides, it’s easy enough to buy ready-to-wear, but this is Uncle E’s wedding–we are all so excited!

Thanks for visiting!
Froo's Georgia Twirl Dress

Navy & Pink Popover Sundress

There is a very good reason for this girl’s closed-mouth smile:
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
A missing tooth!
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
I think it looks awesome. Or rather, the absence of her tooth looks awesome.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
The little tooth next to the gap is wobbly. At this rate, it will fall out before her new tooth has a chance to grow, widening the gap. I’m not sure why I find this super exciting.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
Anyhoo, I made Froo a dress! The Oliver + S popover sundress. A free pattern for the best kind of summer dress–one that can quickly slip on and off over a swimsuit. The pink anchor print knit fabric is the same thin jersey knit that I used for Froo’s scoop neck shirt. I love the hungie gungie version of the knit popover and wanted to make a similar dress with added gathers for fullness. I started with a size 6, then added 6 inches to the width and 2 inches to the length of the dress.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
I opted for packaged bias tape and piping in navy. I added fusible interfacing to the yoke to give it more structure. Otherwise, I sewed up the knit exactly the same way I would sew a woven, since the seams don’t need to be stretched.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
This is the best full-length photo I got of Froo’s dress. Every time I ask Froo to stand for a photo, she starts to dance, causing all sorts of blurriness and pulled faces. The dancing is pretty funny, as are the faces.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
This smile. Hee hee. Not a bad way to end my 100th blog post.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress

Perfect Pattern Parcel: The Lady Skater Dress

Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
I made a dress. But hold on a life-altering moment, I made a dress that I actually like AND one I would wear often AND could work like a boss* (those were actually part of the sewing instructions!). I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I LOVE my new dress!
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
I’m participating in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #1 blog tour today! Bloggers extraordinaire, Jill (Made with Moxie) and Rachel (Imagine Gnats), have put together a great selection of PDF patterns to support independent designers and to encourage a growing community of makers. Proceeds from Parcel #1 will raise funds to Donors Choose–a charity organization that helps students in need. I’m honoured to be sharing my handmade dress with you!

Parcel 1 CollageThe Skater Dress by Kitschycoo / Dandelion Dress & Top by Seamster Patterns / Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY / Ava by Victory Patterns / Accordion Bag by Sew Sweetness

I used black bamboo stretch French terry, my all-time favourite knit, which is also the same fabric I used for Boo’s art museum vest and trousers. It is sooooo soft and drapes beautifully. I would highly recommend bamboo stretch French terry because it doesn’t curl, making it easy to lay flat, cut and sew.
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
I chose the 3/4 length sleeve option. Then I decided to mix things up a bit and add a cowl neck collar with side zippers, the same way that I made Froo’s yellow sweater. I inched up the front neckline by 3 inches and attached a 5 inch collar. The zippers give me options for wearing the collar in different ways. Scroll down for a mini tutorial!
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
I can see this dress becoming a staple in my wardrobe. Which is surprising since I hardly ever wear black, solid colours, or dresses. I live in jeans and shirts with happy colours and interesting patterns, polka dots, florals and graphic prints.
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
The dress came together really quickly. The instructions were clear and straightforward, with oodles of useful information on sewing with knit fabric. I even bought black serger thread to match my fabric! I like the cowl neck collar the best folded over once.
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
As for outfitting the Lady Skater dress, I’m obsessed with my moccasin boots. I can’t help it. I wear them with everything! I ordered the very last pair that just happened to be in my size on sale, as a Christmas present from the hubs. They didn’t arrive for over a month, so I woefully thought they weren’t meant to be. Meanwhile, the hubs felt bad and surprised me with a Wacom tablet for Christmas. Then my boots arrived and I have been wearing them ever since!
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
As for my mini tutorial, bear in mind that the zippers have some weight, so the collar doesn’t stand up on its own. If you want a stiffer collar, you could back the fabric with fusible interfacing. Otherwise, let’s begin!

Start by measuring your neck opening and using the calculations in the photo, cut your collar pieces. My zippers are from zipit. You can play around with the placement of the zippers, as long as the width measurements will add up using the calculations below (click on the photo to enlarge):
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
Using a zipper foot, sew the tops of the zipper down to the backside of the zipper. Trim edges.
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
Sew both zippers to the back collar piece first, following the photos below:
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
Sew a loose gathering stitch 1/4″ from each length of the front collar piece.
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
Your collar should now look like this:
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
Baste the bottom of the collar closed and put a pin to mark the centre front & back of both the collar & dress. Pin the collar to the dress, with right sides facing together. Serge or sew together. Reinforce the zipper ends by sewing across the bottom of the zipper, trying to get as close to the metal bottom as possible. I don’t have a clear picture of this (sorry!).
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
Et voilà!
Perfect Pattern Parcel #1: Lady Skater Dress
There’s still some time to get your Perfect Pattern Parcel #1 before the sale ends tomorrow! There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win some great prizes.

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to check out what participating bloggers have created with their parcels:

One Little Minute / SeamstressErin Designs / One Girl Circus / casa crafty / the quirky peach / Kadiddlehopper / Sew Caroline / Groovybabyandmama / Fishsticks Designs / the Brodrick blog / verypurpleperson / sew a straight line / Adventures in Dressmaking / true bias / Idle Fancy / La Pantigana / Crafterhours / Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts / Max California / YoSaMi / la inglesita / Diary of a Chainstitcher / four square walls / Lauren Dahl / Sewbon / mingo & grace / Dandelion Drift / VeryShannon / Sanae Ishida / buzzmills / Sew Jereli / Figgy’s / a happy stitch / Disaster in a Dress / Things for Boys / mama says sew / sew Amy sew / Sew Busy Lizzy / Made With Moxie / imagine gnats

Tiny Hearts Geranium

Tiny Geranium Dress
I went to a baby shower today! It was an informal gathering where Froo & Boo tagged along for some fun. When it comes to giving baby shower gifts, I am hopeless. I gravitate towards ridiculously cute and impractical party/formal wear, usually purchased last-minute. I mean, someone else will buy the diapers and butt paste, right? Now that I have 2 little ones, I’m getting better (I hope!).

Momma bear is expecting her 3rd baby, so I wanted to give the baby girl-to-be a handmade gift that is both cute and practical. I chose the Made-by-Rae Geranium dress pattern in size 3-6 months. See, I’m learning–I would have made the newborn size, but it’s more practical to leave room to grow! I used white quilting cotton with colourful tiny hearts, from Timeless Treasures, previously used in my Suzy Ultman dolls. The fabric seems thicker than average quilting cotton, which gives the pleats a nice crispness.
Tiny Geranium Dress
The buttons on the back are pale pink, with a frosted heart in the centre of each button.
Tiny Geranium Dress
This is my first time trying out the flutter sleeves. I’ve never tried them before because I was apprehensive about leaving an exposed zigzag finish on the edges. So I played around with some of the decorative stitches on my machine until I found one that I liked. I used a zigzag scallop stitch on the edges of the flutter sleeve and placed strips of Swedish tracing paper underneath to stabilize the stitching. I used Mettler silk-finish 100% mercerized cotton thread, which has a bright sheen, adding a richness to the colour.

I LOVE how they turned out!
Tiny Geranium Dress
I made a tiny mistake. Not really worth mentioning, except you might have already caught it in the previous photo–I cut the back pieces of the lining with the hearts upside down. Oops.
Tiny Geranium Dress
I can’t believe I actually planned a handmade baby shower gift in advance! It seems like an obvious thing: I sew, therefore, I should sew baby gifts. However, I also blog, therefore, I spend waaaay too much time thinking about my sewing projects. It’s not easy to throw a baby gift into the sewing queue, while bumping projects down the list! But this adorable baby dress was well worth the queue jumping. Such a happy little dress!

LBD with Polka Dots!

I started the oliver + s school photo dress a year ago, originally planned to be worn in Vancouver last Christmas, where it is much colder. Those plans fizzled and I finally placed it back in the sewing queue, just in time for American Thanksgiving!
oliver + s school photo dress
I’m not sure why I didn’t finish this little black dress–it’s the perfect special occasion dress without the ruffles & frills. Instead, it’s graced with classic lines, a beautiful collar, cuffed sleeves and a hidden kangaroo pocket. I regret not finishing this dress sooner–I cut the pattern in size 5 so there’s not much room to grow! Luckily, the dress fits perfectly.
oliver + s school photo dress
The fabric is a black polka dot cotton flannel, purchased here, previously used to accent the fox backpack. It has a soft thickness to it that makes the fabric warm and gives it a wool-like structure, without the scratchiness. The lining is Kona cotton in black.

The instructions for the invisible zipper were by far, the best I’ve ever seen. The zipper is perfect–truly invisible! This is my first oliver + s dress–the pattern is well-written and the illustrations are as always, super clear and helpful. I didn’t make a single modification, nor did I need to.

Froo’s first pose:
oliver + s school photo dress
Uh, right after that shot, Froo insisted on only silly poses. I uploaded the photos and showed them to Froo, which made her laugh hysterically. I asked her to take some serious ones, but then my camera battery died. Oh well, she refused serious, so we only have silly:
oliver + s school photo dress
oliver + s school photo dress
oliver + s school photo dress
oliver + s school photo dress
Not much luck with the close-up shots either:
oliver + s school photo dress
oliver + s school photo dress
oliver + s school photo dress
Finally, one happy pose. I think she’s just pleased with herself for shaking all her sillies out.
oliver + s school photo dress
I promise, this little black dress with polka dots is really pretty in person! It’ll keep my little girl warm and stylish during the winter months. A little grown-up(ish), yet fun at the same time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Froo, the (bossy) fashion designer

My pride has been slightly wounded. Froo did not like the chiffon geranium dress I made her for Kids Clothes Week. At all. Admittedly, I was crushed. I still love the dress and I am trying to convince her to wear it to her preschool graduation. We’ll see.

But what I am really proud of, quite unexpectedly, is Froo’s ability to convey the exact dress she wanted me to make for her. She even drew a picture:
Fashion Designer Froo
This was how she described it: “I want a dark pink dress, really dark, with white ruffle sleeves, but I couldn’t draw the white sleeves because the paper is white, so in my picture, they look black. I also want a white ruffle trim on the bottom. I want the white ruffles to be like this (she drew scallops in the air with her finger). Can you help me write, ‘I want a dress like this’ on my paper?”

That is why there is an uppercase “I” on Froo’s drawing. I almost cried. My little Froo is a fashion designer. I humbly complied to Froo’s request. How could I deny her the actualization of her imagined dress?
Fashion Designer Froo
For Froo’s dress, I used the Kate’s Dress pattern by Lily Bird Studio, previously made here, but in size 6. I really love the simplicity of this pattern. The fabric is Kona cotton in Pomegranite. I used an eyelet trim for the ruffle sleeves and hem that I bought at Jo-Ann. 2 yards was just enough to embellish this dress.
Fashion Designer Froo
The buttons on the back are shaped like tiny rosebuds and complements the eyelet floral embroidery.
Fashion Designer Froo
Froo was really happy to wear her dress. It was picture day at preschool today–I’m not sure if it’s an American thing to take a school photo at the end of the school year, but in Canada, we’re accustomed to taking one at the beginning of the year. In any case, she wouldn’t wear tights or a cardigan with her dress, even though the wind was crazy today.
Fashion Designer Froo
Fashion Designer Froo
It was also free choice for show n’ tell today, so she took her LEGO Duplo giraffe to preschool.
Fashion Designer Froo
Then we had another photo bomber incident, thus ending our short photo session.
Fashion Designer Froo
Next time I make Froo a dress, I am going to ask for her input. The white and dark (dark) pink combination is not one I would have paired together myself. (It’s also very difficult to photograph–my camera didn’t like the high contrast and the pink appears much brighter than it should be). Somehow, it works. More importantly, I have a very happy daughter who is proud to wear the dress her mommy made for her.

My niece & nephew are here!

I’m so excited to show you a photo of my niece wearing the roses & chambray dress I made for her during KCW:
Roses & Chambray Dress
This baby girl LOVES me. She is so full of smiles and watches my every move. Probably since I am always staring at her! I can’t stop giving her animated winks and sly smiles to get a reaction out of her. She is the sweetest baby. I’m soooo happy that she is here with us.

My babies were never as big as my niece. She has really grown since I last saw her at Christmas! She’s 7 months old, wearing a 2T dress. Love it. Love the rolls–check them out:
Roses & Chambray Dress
I couldn’t let my adorable nephew go unoutfitted by me, so I quickly made him a pair of shorts as well. This time I used Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry. I’m always drawn to the colour aqua and the white herringbone print has an uneven hand-drawn quality to it.
Shorts for my nephew
The placement on the back pockets turned out much better on this pair.
Shorts for my nephew
A detailed look at the orange stitching:
Shorts for my nephew
So what happens when your mischievous boy puts random spools of thread in your shopping cart at Jo-Ann without your knowledge? Especially colours you wouldn’t choose yourself? (Ie. Orange. My favourite fruit, my least-favourite colour.) I’m not sure about you, but I ended up going back to buy matching piping and called it an example of serendipity. I was going to use white, which would have blended into the white herringbone print. The orange just pops.
Shorts for my nephew
I am definitely going to make a pair for Boo. Since our little boys are in fact, little boys, a pair of shorts takes up less than a 1/2 yard of fabric. Awesome value.

We spent a relaxing morning at the park today. I brought my camera with me because I wanted to catch a shot of my nephew wearing his new shorts. He is a fast little booger. I love him to bits.
Nephew in shorts
I managed to catch him by surprise a couple of times:
Nephew in shorts
Nephew in shorts
The park is always more fun with amazing company.
My sweet niece
Boo on a swing
Niece & Nephew are here
I am going to miss my niece and nephew when they head back to Vancouver! Froo & Boo have been very busy with them. Froo has been especially protective over my niece and will order the boys around. The boys will play–running around and jumping over the baby, until their heads are drenched in sweat. Ew.
Froo & my niece
My sister & me. My best friend growing up. Now our kids are growing up–in different cities and countries, but it’s my hope that they never grow apart. Sniffles…
My sister

KCW: A dress for my niece

I managed to squeeze in one more KCW project–a little dress for my niece, who will be visiting next week! My sister and her family were supposed to come last summer, but she was preggos and her doctor put her on bed rest, then she went back to work (with a newborn and a toddler!) and finally, school’s out and she’s able to visit! My sister has her PhD in medical genetics and teaches at the university we both graduated from. One smart cookie. You can’t tell so much from this photo:
My older sister
I’m not sure what to make of my stunned squirrel expression, except that I think Boo looks a lot like me.

My sister was probably put on bed rest because my niece was really big. She’s still really big-off the charts big. At 6 months old, she is almost as heavy as her 2 1/2 year old big brother. I asked my sister to email me her measurements, but I didn’t get a reply, so I made her dress in size 2T–just to be safe.

The pattern: Kate’s Dress by Lily Bird Studio
The fabric: Chambray (main) & Tea Cakes in Tea Rose Vanilla purchased at Fabric.com (facing, lining and back buttons)
KCW: Roses & Chambray Dress
KCW: Roses & Chambray Dress
The dress is pretty simple, which is great since it highlights the fabric. I’m really loving the fabric combination. The chambray is super soft and has a bit of an airy quality to it. I had some brown piping left over from Froo’s chiffon geranium dress, which pairs nicely with the rose print. The brown buttons are really lovely. They are shiny, sparkly, and a little off-kilter.
KCW: Roses & Chambray Dress
I used the rose print again to make fabric-covered buttons on the back. Sometimes it’s the small, subtle details that make me happy.
KCW: Roses & Chambray Dress
One thing I did to secure the lining to the dress was to stitch in the ditch at the arms by lining up the seam lines. You can hardly tell, but it’ll keep the dress together, especially after a washing.
KCW: Roses & Chambray Dress
So that wraps up KCW for me! Two dresses, a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Now I can relax with my sister! I’ve missed her terribly. Our personalities are so different, but now that we’re both married, with 2 kids, we are finding out that we have a lot more in common and our reactions to situations are very similar. I think there might be a genetic component. I’ll have to ask her when she gets here!