Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Carolina Coast Dress

This month I am happy to be sewing along with Hopeful Threads September Project, Create H.O.P.E. Designs sew along.  CHD patterns cost only $5 and include quilts, toys, clothing and more.  The best part is that 100% of the pattern sales benefits orphan relief foundations all over the world.

One of the patterns I chose to sew is the Carolina Coast Dress by Seamingly Smitten.
Carolina Coast Dress for girls

Not only is this dress super cute, it is easy to sew.  There are no patterns to print out, just measure and cut.  The dimensions are include for girls sizes 1-6.  The directions are very clear and there are lots of pictures included.  I think it took me about an hour to sew the dress.

I did make a slight modification to the design.  I decided to make two tie straps instead of the halter design.  This makes the dress more versatile.  It could be worn as a sundress or a jumper with a t-shirt under it.  I will definitely be making more dresses from this pattern.

I made this dress for the Hawaii chapter of Dress A Girl Around the World.

You can find out more about the sew a long at Hopeful Threads.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Adult Bibs

This month I made a batch of adult size bibs for the Dinner for 2 February project over at Hopeful Threads.  She is collecting both adult and child size bibs. I started out making adult bibs first.

I decided to draft my own pattern for this project and thought I would show you I did it.

18"x36" paper for the pattern
1 yard of main fabric
1 yard of fabric for the backing ( I used flannel)
 3/4" Velcro
First I used a large plate (10") to round out the corners of my 18"x36" paper.

Next I used a small plate to make the neck hole.  I used an 8" plate but I think a 6"-7" plate might be better.  Measure 3" from the top center, trace and cut your circle.

To make the neck hole fit better measure 2"-3" in from the center and round the edges.  I used a lid from a jar.
This is what the neckline should look like.
And this is what the pattern looks like.

Next you want to cut one focus fabric and one backing fabric.  I used 100% cotton for the focus fabric and flannel for the backing.  Pin right sides togther and sew around the edges using a 3/8" seam allowance.

  Leave a 3"-4" opening at the bottom for turning.

Clip curves.  Turn right side out.  Fold the bottom opening under and press.  Topstich aroud 1/4" around the edges. 
The final step is to add Velco.  Cut a piece of Velcro 4" long.  Place about 1" from the edge and sew down as shown.  I usually put the hook on the bottom and the loop (the soft side) on the top.  You may need to adjust the Velcro before sewing it down to make sure the neckline lies flat. 
And there you have it!  A finished adult sized bib. 
Check out Hopeful Threads February Flickr Group to see all the wonderful bibs that were sewn.
Stop by Hopeful Threads monthly to see what awesome project she has in store.