Jul 21, 2015

Sew Quick Shorts

Hi There,

It's summer time and that means dresses, tank tops and above all things SHORTS.

Today's post is about my favorite Shorts Patterns so far.  Here they are in No particular Order

Made for Mermaids 

his pattern comes in size 6 months- 14 years. This is such a sweet pattern that will quickly become a staple in your daughter's wardrobe or in your boutique! The Lucy shorts are easy woven shorts with an elastic casing at top. The curved sides and ruffles make them unique while being easy enough for a beginner sewer. Use different trims, lace, add buttons or bows details.

** Rumor Mill tells me that a Women's Pattern is currently in the works**

Phoebe wearing a Made for Mermaids Alyssa Top Paired with Lucy Shorts. Fabric is by Tutti Frutti

Violette Field Threads

The Allie short are simply adorable with two options, Flat Front Shorts or attached with bow and ruffles that extend down the shorts leg.  The shorts have an option to be fully lined and have an elastic back waistband for room to grow. Pattern also includes the blouse shown.

These shorts I made using the Allie Flat Panal Shorts pattern. There is an option to make them without the bow which is great for a quick sew without frills.

The Kate can be a Dress or Top! They both feature a sweet scalloped apron and adjustable strap closure.  The Kate Dress also has a fun skirt panel to mix and match fabrics.  Kate also includes a pattern for ruffle shorts that are perfect when paired with the Top.

For me this shorts and very similar to the Made for Mermaids Lucy Ruffle shorts but are slightly longer inseam. I have yet to make these shorts I have only compared the printed patterns. if you are on a budget this might be a good way to go, as it includes a top/dress and  the above shorts.

Striped Swallow Designs

 Soon to be summer staple for your little one, the Coachella Shorts are low-rise and feature an adorable trim detail -- there are so many different trim options that you can get a unique look each time you make them. Just change up the trim and voila!! These perfect-for-summer shorts are trendy, comfy and so much fun!

The Coachella Shorts come in sizes 6 months - 12 years
**Women's size pattern also available for Purchase here**.

My Current project I am working on is a pair of women's Adult Coachella Shorts for a friend. In my opinion these run true to size. I wear a Womens size 8-10 and made myself a medium and they fit great. 

There is also a slim fit option for fabrics without drape such as heavy wovens or denim

Hope you enjoyed my mini reviews

Jun 29, 2015

SLPco Ayda Dress

Hi There,

I am once again sharing another sewing project i've recently made for my daughter. Right now I'm really into sewing kids clothes. that's not to say that I won't be scrapping and making cards again soon but right now this is my stress relief.

The pattern that i'm sharing today is from Simple Life Pattern Company and the pattern is called Ayda .
SLPco Ayda
Available in sizes Sizes 2t - 12
Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner

This top and dress features a V back, and made with woven fabrics. Includes measurements for a gathered skirt and  pattern pieces for a circle/ peplum style. With optional flutter sleeves, lace back, skirt lining and instructions to add trim to the V back, the styles/options are endless. If the V back option is a little too much skin, you can choose to do the modest back option which covers more skin

SLPco Ayda
Options used: V Back,Circle Skirt, Dress Length I would stay that this project can be completed start to finish in about an hour. It sews together very quickly especially with the circle skirt being 1 piece

I fully lined the top and didn't line the skirt. I also added white lace on the back of the dress

Please excuse the cell phone picture on this one. I completely forgot to shoot the back of the dress that day and had to settle with a quick snap at Tim Hortons ☺

 Fabric Used

Michael Miller Cherry Dot

Lined with
Sew Classics Gabardine
This fabric is technically a bottomweight But it provided a quality stiffness to the top of the bodice that makes it seem very luxurious. Plus I already had it in my stash: win- win

So i was Unable to find a good picture of the lace, but it was purchased from Joanns near the cutting counter and was "trim by the roll" for 1.99. It was just a pretty ruffled lace, I believe it was 100% poly but it didn't seem scratchy which is ideal.

SLPco Ayda

All in all this is a great pattern for any beginner and the instructions were very clear. I just read the PDF instructions on my ipad while I sew it saves on printer ink.

Phoebe really likes this dress and since its a circle skirt it twirls beautifully. I used the extra fabric and quickly sewed together some Lucy Ruffle Shorts by Made for Mermaids for her to wear with it because I knew that she would be twirling and her dress would fly up.

I'll do another post about those shorts pattern another day.

Hope you like this project.

May 20, 2015

Minnie Mouse Skirt & Hairbow

Hey There,

I am back with another project.

I recently made my daughter this super adorable Minnie Mouse inspired outfit.

Well just the Skirt and Hairbow, but you know what I mean

This project is great because it requires no pattern, just folding. Although I did modify it slighly to include pockets, because who doesn't love a skirt with a pocket? I also added a bit of lace to the bottom

This is the tutorial I used for the Skirt

This tutorial is easy to follow and following the instructions produces a wonderful skirt. I plan to actually make myself one soon.

Fabric & Supplies
Keepsake Calico Fabric-Large Dots On Lipstick
White Eyelet Lace (sold by the yard)
Coats Poly Zipper 4 inches (in white)

I had enough Fabric left over to make a huge Mickey Mouse Style Bow. I have enough left to perhaps make a few smaller ones

This is the tutorial I used for the bows

We made quite a Disney pair when we both wore our Minnie Mouse outfits
Styling Notes:

  • Jeweled wedges, Kmart
  • White Poplin Shirt
  • Black Statement Necklace, Claires
  • Thin Black Belt, Dots

  • Apt 9 White Peforated Bow Wedges (Kohls,2014)
  • Teal Statement Necklace, The icing

*** Disclaimer. I have no affiliation with Joanns/Kohls, or any of the other stores linked. I purchased the pattern and fabric with my own money and made for my own enjoyment. All opinions are my own**

May 13, 2015

Made for Mermaids: Molly Dress

Hey There

It's been a LOOONG while. I decided to hop on here and share a few crafty things that I have made recently.

Can you Believe that that little baby who first appeared in my videos is now almost 6!!! where did time fly?!

But don't worry she has been keeping me busy playing chauffeur taking her to soccer practice and all of our Girl Scouts events.

Anyhoo my husband Ryan recently purchased me a new sewing machine for my Birthday  so I have been enjoying making all sorts of creations for my daughter with it. I would say that i'm an Advanced beginner, and still favor simple patterns. I am really enjoying the adorable patterns from Made for Mermaids. They are simple enough where I can whip up an adorable dress in an hour or two.

This is the Molly Pattern which is more like instructions rather than an actual pattern as all the pieces are straight cut. This dress can be made from size 1/2 all the way up to a size 14, so I plan to keep making these as long as she likes them

Another great thing is that you can mix and match the sizes to get a custom Phoebe. 

Phoebe wears a size 6 in RTW (Ready to Wear AKA store clothing sizes) but in this pattern she has to use a size 4 chest and a size 7 length. She is a little bean pole.
It was actually a bit chilly on Easter, when she wore this dress, so I had her throw on a white poplin shirt under the dress which styled it similar to a jumper. But once warmer weather kids she can just wear the dress as is.

She styled them with her favorite shoes, that I purchased from Kmart

I purchased the Fabric at Joanns using a 50% off coupon. I don't have the fabric names on me at the moment but I will add them here with links to Joanns once I Find them.

Dark Teal: Modkid High Society- Floret Navy (NLA)

The whole dress was done in cotton and machine washable.

I will post more projects as I find the time

Have a great day!!

*** Disclaimer. I have no affiliation with Made for Mermaids, or any of the other stores linked. I purchased the pattern and fabric with my own money and made the drses for my own enjoyment. All opinions are my own**

Nov 30, 2013

PKS: Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Peachy Keen Stamps Celebrate Christmas Blog hop. If you arrived from Gigi McKellips then you are in the right spot. If not, no problem I will have the full blog hop list posted at the end of this post.

I made 3 Projects for this hop, so let's jump on in.

Project #1

Card Size: A2

Pattern Paper : DCWV Linen Closet
Spectrum Noir Markers
Inkadinkado Snowflakes
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Colorbox Frost White Chalk Ink

Project #2
Card Size 5x7

Featuring: PK-148 Snow Gifts

Papers: DCWV Christmas 180 Stack
Spectrum Noir Markers
Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk ink

Project #3

Papers: TPC Studio Sweet Christmas
Spectrum Noir Markers
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink

Peachy Keen Stamps will be providing an amazing Christmas stamp bundle to one lucky winner.  To be entered to win, hoppers will need to leave a comment on each blog post.  There will be 1 winner chosen to receive the Christmas bundle with a retail value of $150!!! 

Blog Hop List

Cristina Garcia-- That's me!

Sep 13, 2013

Episode 132: Minions Birthday Card (Punch Art)

Hi Everyone

Today i'm sharing with an adorable card for the younger set.

 This card was inspired by my nephew and daugter who are both totally in love with MINIONS from the Movie Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2

Minions Birthday Card 

If you've seen Despicable Me 2 you probably known about the Evil Minions. I'm working on a card for that minion but I just need to figure out the hair :) So maybe you'll see that in the future

I hope you enjoy today's video 

Sep 12, 2013

Episode 131: Banner Birthday Card

Hi Crafters,

I've got another really simple, but super cute birthday card for you today. This can be made with any style pattern paper for almost any occasion using any circle punch!!

It's super versatile


I hope you enjoy today's video