The Block Party with Petit a Petit Patterns

It's my turn for the Petit a Petit patterns tour, the block party. So many other uber talented bloggers are participating! I am honored to be in such great company. Celina's patterns are really well made. They are as good as it gets. She has great instructions and finishing techniques as well. If you are looking for quality patterns, check them out!

The Ila Dress Testing

Looking for awesome seamstresses (sewists?) to test the Ila dress pattern. Go HERE to sign up!

The Tulip Dress

A while ago Eva of With Love by Eva contacted me to test the English version of the Tulip Dress pattern that was fist released in Dutch. I saw a few super cute version on Instagram and I just loved the design. It's so clever and pretty. Even though, I was busy with other things, I just couldn't say no.

An Ottobre Dress in Elvelyckan Fabric

A while ago I was lucky to be chosen as one of the seamstresses for Elvelyckan Design fabrics. They sent me two different fabrics and some ribbing to play with. Yeah! I already made a shirt for myself with the first fabric. It was Ania's turn to get the dress. I was really hoping they would send me some of their adorable lion fabric, and they did!

The fabric is super nice, just a dream to work with! It's a bit thicker than the typical jersey. It feels more like interlock. I think this weight for knit is typical for European knit fabric. I love it.

The pattern is from Ottobre 4/2013 issue. It also comes as a tunic. There is also an option with pockets. Originally, I planned to add pockets, and then totally forgot. Oops. I made no changes except I attached the binding differently. They suggest to do it with the sewing machine in a way that imitates the coverstitch finish. Except, there are raw edges left on the inside, and I also find it a bit difficult to keep neat. So I attached it with the serger and topstitched.

Apparently, she is pretending to be a captain on the ship. Whatever works. lol

Photobomb! She insists on coming every time we take pictures. I hope the love between them remains as they grow older.

Back to School Art Gallery Heartland Tour

I am here with my contribution to Back to School tour organized by Paisley Roots for Art Gallery's new fabric line, Heartland by Pat Bravo. Not only the line is so pretty, the quality is just superb. I am always wary of buying quilting fabric to make clothes, quite often it's a bit too thick and then the garment tends to look too homemade, not in a good way. I feel like it might be appropriate for kid clothes but not really suitable for adult clothes. The Art Gallery fabric has such nice feel and drape to it. It's great for both quilting and apparel making.

Sewing for Kindergarten

It seems that just yesterday I was writing a similar post for the Sewing for Kindergarten series hosted by awesome Sewing Like Mad. Ania was the model.  It's hard to believe two years have past and my baby boy is a kindergartner. Waaaaahhhh. Sniff. Sniff. On a brighter note, I hardly ever sew for my boys, so this was a perfect opportunity.

The Mulberry Tunic

In June we all went to see my parents in Ukraine and I did a lot of feverish sewing before the trip. I made several Mulberry tunics (purchase pattern here) for my son. It's a great pattern for summer, casual and comfortable. (On sale till August 18th, midnight, with backtoscool code)