Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hi there readers,
wow this time of the year is crazy with sewing for Christmas but no time for blogging. I completed quite a few things the past few weeks just haven't posted. Last month I sewed a flip creation but just didn't have time to post it but here I am determined to be in time for the December flip this Pattern over at Frances Suzanne of the Number 9 trousers by Shwin Designs
It is a great pattern and one I would use again for both Arthur and Isabella.
For the flip I cut off the pattern right underneath the side pockets, straightened out the inner leg seams and made a little bubble ruffle skirt for Miss Bella. I finished it just in time for her to wear to her preschool Christmas program and also some pics with Santa in town.
the ruffles are one 1inch ruffle followed by two 2inch ruffles and then finished off with 2 3 inch ruffles.
 I used red denim thread to accent all the topstitching!


ruffle upon ruffle

 And this is us the van den Berg's (minus Lucy :(  )
A Merry Christmas to you and Yours!

Till Next Time......

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Sunki.....Halloween......Birthday Witch!

It's been a while but nonetheless here I am...
This week was all about multitasking one outfit. Miss Bella is turning 3 today....
The plan for this week was to do my October FLIP over at Frances Suzanne  because why would I not join in on the fun - I am addicted! The pattern for October was the SUNKI from Figgy's Patterns. It was my first and hopefully not my last. I really like the fit and look of the pattern so I have to sew one without flipping it. So why not go ahead and sew a birthday party outfit and a Halloween costume using this month's flip Pattern.( she is having a Halloween Birthday party ) It worked out great and even though it is her costume all the pieces are versatile that she can use on any day of the week minus the hat of course but who doesn't like to play dress up?
Do you know this book?
It's one of my kids favorites ever since we saw the movie at a neighbor's house. Isabella really wanted to be a witch since seeing it so she was our inspiration for Bella's costume.

The Sunki pattern I shortened the pattern and added a circle skirt. Underneath is a separate skirt made with black net ( 2 layers of circle net with black elastic - she likes to use it as her ballerina skirt.
The leggings are go-to-leggings - oh so easy and very comfy. I see myself sewing up a few for the season. One pattern piece!!!!

I even got a nice pose out of her....

Now for the little cape. It is made from the Audrey cape tutorial   over at Simple Simon and Co.
I absolutely love it. Super easy and easy just to throw around Isabella's shoulder in the winter till we get inside a building over the winter without having to struggle with a jacket on a little girl who doesn't want to wear a jacket. I am thinking one with a hood will be super cute too.

 This is her WITCH laugh!

The witch hat was made with THIS tutorial over at Delia Creates


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mad for Plaid

It is Week 3 over at Project Run and Play and the theme is MAD for PLAID!
two things came up when I think of plaid and that is a nice plaid winter coat or 70's style plaid bell bottoms. California weather doesn't really lend itself to a nice plaid winter coat so I went with the 70's bell bottoms - My shirt idea was to create something that involve basket weave technique of canvas belt strips to create a plaid effect. I found a black and white plaid with thin turquoise blue and bright pink stripes. It was easy enough to find the same color belt strips in black white, pink at turquoise over at Joann's.
I constructed my own pattern for the top with some pleats at the bottom. Wide sleeves with plaid at the bottom with white buttons.
For the pants I used my favorite KID Shorts pattern - lengthened it and made it waaaaay wide. I sewed a little pintuck on the middle front of the pant legs to add some 70's flair :) and two welt pockets right on the heinie!
Today was one of those days where whatever I tried it just wasn't a good picture day with miss Bella.
First she didn't want to wear her black boots ( which she loves) but instead her Kitty shoes which I let her.  She was all over the place. Lesson learned - Do it early in the morning or wait for tomorrow morning!

the pink felt rose clip for her hair I made through This Tutorial.



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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Boy jacket and w pants

 I have got no idea how I finished this outfit in time for September Flip this pattern but I did.
I ended up finishing the jacket today and making the pants. I had full intention to sew a whole outfit but things were just kinda crazy the past few weeks. Arthur really needs a wind jacket that is not too hot but will work for cool and windy mornings to school.I had this color blocked jacket in mind with string in the bottom.
Confession - I hate the fabric. It is sporty tent type fabric but it was ugly to work with.(my opinion) and maybe I shouldn't have used it on a pattern that I had changed for the first time. I ended up stopping halfway but then Arthur pulled it on and he was in love and really wanted me to finish it- and so Mommy did and then also sewed up the pants so I at least have bottoms with the jacket :).
I used the w shorts pattern and added pockets on the back and one side pocket with a sling.


 The back pockets have a A on it for Arthur.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Candy Inspired.......

 This is my very first time that  I am joining in on the PROJECT RUN AND PLAY fun. I really wanted to join the week 1 challenge but the time just wasn't there. week 2 is all about candy inspiration. I have been wanting to use cording on a future project and thus came the inspiration to use twizzlers as my candy of choice. the dress is a self drafted pattern from one of Bella's shirts. I added the cording to mimic the twists of a twizzler, added some cap sleeves and added a bubble on the bottom to complete the twizzle effect.







A Girl's Best Friend

Till next time......

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Flip this Pattern September
It will be no surprise that this post is about yet another flip  for flip this pattern over at Frances Suzanne.
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 I was so happy to see that the pattern for this month is for The Alphabet Collection from Pattern Anthology. It consists of 4 pieces and is unisex. I definitely want to use it for both the kids which makes it a great pattern for my collection. For Miss Bella I made the BBC vest, the W pants and the Recess Raglan.
She loves the whole outfit and we took her tricycle to the park across the street to climb her favorite tree and ride her tricycle - I got a few good pictures for a change so apology for the picture overload.
The jacket is full of zipper detail. I left the actual pull piece on the zipper when I added it to the flair part of the jacket and she loves playing with it.
The T-shirt I divided the sleeves and bodice part in 3 colors. I love this pattern and can see myself sewing up a few for both kids. I like the 3 quarter sleeves and it makes for an easy transition into winter and their hands are still free to go crazy.
 When we were at Disneyland I saw a woman with cute shorts that had a high waist with a zipper and hoped I could try it for the flip of the W pants.
 I am very happy with how it turned out.The sides has shirring with elastic thread which is wonderful for contouring around toddler hips and bellies:)
The bottom I opened up with a slit and added 3 different colored buttons and added a pink inlay for when we have the buttons over and the pants lies on the shoes open.  Pink fabric was also added on the inside of the pants for contrast.
Zipper Jacket:
I saw Jenny on Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis(BRAVO) wear a jacket with a zipper on the circular bottom and fell in love. This is how I flipped the jacket. I added a circular flair to the bottom of the jacket instead of the pleated bottom. I took a metal zipper and separated the two parts and add them to each side with pink bias fabric to round it off on the inside. The top part I changed by adding the white piece of fabric ( first I sewed in parts of a pink zipper into the fabric resembling pin tucks.) I chose the metal buttons to compliment the metal zipper. o so Cute - No?
and what do you know  the whole outfit is flexible enough to keep up with Miss Bella. She climbed this tree as if she was in a leotard.



There you have it. I hope you have enjoyed my pictures of my girly flip for September. Next up will be Arthur's outfit.
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