Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Apron Dress

Once again I used Simplicity Pattern 2171.  I just love this style of apron dress.  It is so easy to make in my opinion.

The dress is not my original idea thou.  I saw a similar dress on another child and I asked the parent where did she get and she suggested an Etsy Shop.  All right, the dress price was $45 and was made with a mix of other fabrics not just the Eric Carle fabrics.  I ended up making a dress that may probably cost more on Etsy because I used Eric Carle fabrics exclusively.

My intention was to have my daughter to wear this for her birthday which is in August.  I tought the sizing of this patterns runs bigger than retail sizes.  It does runs bigger, but my daughter seems to be growing too fast.  It fits just right, so she will be wearing it before August.  I used a size 3. 
I will be posting pictures of her wearing the dress.  I am working on a headband now and I had some fabric left to make another project.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Loving "You Can Make".

If you are out of ideas or just looking for free project patterns, I recommend you to make a visit to You

You will find projects for children, clothes, home decor and adult clothes (not that many thou).
I found this cute stair basket on their website today.

I need to make this.  Isn't this a wonderful idea?

Monday, March 5, 2012

My least favorite pattern brand

Butterick makes great patterns, I know that already.  I just don't want to sew clothes that make me look older.  I only found a pattern that I like from their new collection.

This is the only "trendy" pattern that I found from their new collection.  I like the color block shirt.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Project 1

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle is one of my favorite children's story books.   This book or may I say the caterpillar is gaining a lot of popularity lately.  I saw a girl wearing a knotted dress made with pictures of the book and I started searching and I was amazed about how many "Very Hungry Caterpillar" dresses are for sale on that website.  I was even more amazed when I saw that the prices range from $25 to $50.  I did my research and found the licenced fabric at and I am getting two dresses and one outfit for the price of one dress.  Please excuse me for revealing the secret, but I needed to share.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

My first project is a dress for my cousin's daughter who is currently wearing 2t.  I used the Simplicity pattern 2383.  I cut the dress in a size 2. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Vogue Spring Patterns 2012 Review

I am not a fan of Vogue patterns lately.  I did not buy any Vogue pattern from the last two seasons.  I find some of the patterns from past seasons to be remakes of other patterns that were available for sale not so long ago.  This spring I see some "new" stuff but I still find it boring.  This is my review of some of the Vogue patterns I am considering on buying. 

 This dress has an 80's look.  Designers keep trying to bring the 80's back.  I see that this year they want to bring the dressy looks from that era.

This top will be everywhere in the stores.  I think it is very easy to make.

 This dress is my favorite.  Looks complicated for my sewing skills thou.
I am not a fan of this dress.  I just wanted to comment that shrugs are coming back this year. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Firstable, let me say that it is not that I only know how to make pillowcase dresses. LOL.  It is not that I am turning lazy.  It is just that they are so easy to make and they are such a huge trend for little girls that I just love making them.  I made these dresses in less than an hour.  Not one hour each.  Less than an hour for both of them. I purchased the fabric at For less than $25 dollars I made two dresses and have some fabric left to make another project. 

Some people are making money doing this type of dresses and selling them on Etsy.  I have considered the idea of selling pillow case dresses but I have so little time to sew for myselft that adding sewing as a business in my life might not be a good thing.

My daughter wore this today since it is Dr. Seuss birthday this week.

Thing One Thing Two Dress

 Cat in the hat.

Another view.  She doesn't wear shoes in the house. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Simplicity Spring 2012 review

This year Simplicity spring sewing patterns look very promising.  There is something for everyone.  I picked just the ones I plan to buy to add to my collection.

I wished this pattern came out when my daughter was born.  I will buy it and keep for future baby shower projects.

 Who needs a pattern to make a scarf?  I do :).  It is always better to have the correct measurements even when it looks like a simple project.
 This dress looks like something that Jeniffer Lopez would wear.  I love it!

I love this pattern.  Peplums are such a huge trend this spring and was searching for a vintage 80's pattern but his a more modern approach.  Adding to my MH list.

I am not sure is this is another Peplum style.  I am adding this one to my MH list too.

 The other day I was thinking about making "a wardrobe".  But I was thinking how difficult it is to find patterns that would look good with each other.  This is what I needed.

I can't leave my daughter out.  I love this version of a pillowcase romper.