Manhattan Valentine Dress

manhattan valentine dress

My poor boys. I used to make them Valentine’s Day shirts but lets me honest, dresses are more fun :) And what is Valentines day without a new dress right?

manhattan valentine dress

I have had the Manhattan Blouse by See Kate Sew on my to-sew list for months. Something else I have wanted for months? That Fruit Dot Print!! ( The Fabric is Cotton & Steel Fruit Dots in Peaches Orchid and you can find it HERE) I decided this print would make the most perfect Manhattan Top/Dress!

Manhattan Valentine dress

I just extended the skirt part of the pattern by about 3-3.5″ in length to make it a dress, super easy.

manhattan valentine dress

I have been hoarding that Anna Maria Horner Little Folks panel for so long (color is Square Dance Citrus). When I hoard something for more than a few years I have a really hard time cutting in to it but I felt like this was so perfect, right?!

manhattan valentine dress

I went with a citrus button on the back, I just love the little opening. I love sewing baby dresses because they are so quick… too quick for me to get sick of them before I’m done :)

manhattan valentine dress

manhattan valentine dress

And as usual Bee LOVES her new dress! Perfect for pushing your baby doll in the stroller, throwing pom poms and twirling! What more can a girl ask for?!

manhattan valentine dress

manhattan valentine dress

manhattan valentine dress

The Succulence Lillian Dress

Welcome to day two of the Succulence Blog Tour! That’s right… today I have the lucky job of showing off a brand new fabric line by Bonnie Christine! I have been a fan of Bonnie’s work for so long, all of her patterns are so beautiful (I even used some of them in Bee’s Nursery) and I have taken two of her courses. She’s super talented and it’s quite the honor to be taking place in her latest Blog Tour!

Succulence Lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

Lets talk about the gorgeous line, Succulence! Succulents represent the ability to thrive and constantly create new growth through absorbing even the tiniest bits of water. Bonnie pays homage to this perseverance through a study of these plants in vibrant hues of earthy plum, sunlit copper and both pristine & opaque greens.

succulence fabric line

succulence lillian dress

I was drawn to the green floral aka “Rosette Rain” (obvious if you know me) and I knew it would make a perfect Lillian Dress. Both the fabric and pattern have a bit of a 60′s flair to me! I love this pattern by Haley from Welcome to the Mouse House (you can find it HERE) and even though it looks a little advanced it’s a really fun sew! I especially LOVE the way the pintucks look with this fabric!

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

The Succulence line is now available HERE and at other online retailers… if you have never felt the quality of Art Gallery cotton then you are missing out! PS how adorable is the back?

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

I had to bribe my model with crackers because 19 month old models can be so particular. She has two older brothers so she loves things like balls and trucks and being outdoors but this girl loves a girly dress!! When I was trying it on her for size she couldn’t stop twirling and was mad when I took it off… I call that at success :)  I love that after years of sewing for her she’s finally starting to love the things I make her!

succulence lillian dress

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I can’t wait to get my hands on some more Succulence soon and make a million more baby girl dresses!

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

Be sure to check out the rest of the talented bloggers on the tour!

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Monday February 1st: April and Mickey Zimmer | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Tuesday February 2nd: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates (you’re here!)

Wednesday February 3rd: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost

Thursday February 4th: Daisy Aschehoug | Ants to Sugar

Friday February 5th: Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday February 8th: Staci Barrett | A Vintage Fairytale

Tuesday February 9th: Denise Palmer | Denise Anne Studio

Wednesday February 10th: Sahnda Black | Sahnda Marie

Thursday February 11th: Monica De Leon | JourneyDeVida

Friday February 12th: Sarah Bertochi

Monday February 15th: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna

Tuesday February 16th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes

Wednesday February 17th: Michelle Cain | From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday February 18th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm

Friday February 19th: Isabel Kelly | Lamb and Wolfie

Friday February 20th: Emi Shimokawa | Just Add Fabric

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Vintage Sheet Quilt

vintage sheet quilt

 The first moment I saw a vintage sheet quilt years ago, I knew I had to make one! The pastel colors mixed with the jewel tones… I can’t even handle it. So a few years ago, I started collecting vintage sheets from sales that I saw on Instagram, Etsy and eBay. I bought some full sheets for the back and binding by mostly just fat quarter cuts of sheets that people had split up.

Once I felt like I had enough, I decided on just doing 4″ squares so I could still see as much of the design as possible. I cut the squares and finished the top back in 2014… here we are in 2016, slowest quilt ever haha.

vintage sheet quilt

Even if it took two years, I’m done and I love it! It’s larger than a twin but smaller than a full. The perfect size in my opinion. I didn’t have any rhyme or reason to where I placed the squares. Then I learned that random is sometimes harder because I didn’t want any two of the same pattern touching… so that took some maneuvering.

vintage sheet quilt

 I used very thin cotton batting because, it’s Texas y’all… it doesn’t get that cold here. Speaking of Texas, I love the way the quilt looks in this field behind our house… there is literally a woman walking a cow in the background if you look really closely haha!

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

I’m a terrible machine quilter because I’m not a big perfectionist and when I start running out of steam or get bored I just hurry through… so don’t look too closely at the top quilting on this. I did every other row right down the center, and I love the way that turned out too. A little different than my stitch in the ditch method. I used a full sheet for the back so I didn’t have to worry about the seams. And speaking of not being a perfectionist, I machine quilted my binding on too. This was actually the only “non-sheet” fabric on the quilt. I found it at Walmart of all places but it has a funky 70′s vibe and dark colors so I thought it would outline it perfectly.

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

Overall, this quilt was super simple to make and I should have finished it years ago (literally). I barely had the last stitch in it and the boys were dragging it to the couch :) We all fight over THIS ONE so now we have two to argue over haha. Also… big shout out to my husband who stood in a field holding up a pastel quilt while cars drove by during 5:00 traffic, he’s a keeper.

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

Bohemian TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric Bohemian TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

I have had a DIY TeePee on my to-make list for years now! When Meaghan and Lindsay of Hawthorne Threads asked me to participate in a Blog Hop for their new in-house fabric line Forest Fables, of course I said yes. We bounced around a few ideas and then I remembered my TeePee idea and everyone was excited!

Bohemian TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

I have followed Hawthorne Threads for years so I knew they sold designer fabric but I really had no idea that they had so many of their own fabric lines that they printed themselves! The best part is they print the fabric to order so they never run out :) When I received the fabric it felt different than usual quilting cotton, they sent a note about washing and about using a finer needle since their thread count is so high. I always prewash when making clothing but this TeePee won’t ever be washed so I worked with it how it was, which was awesome since the fabric is somewhat stiff after printing.

Bohemian TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

Their newest line, Forest Fables was inspired by the classic tales of “Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “Chicken Little”, as well as handcrafted embroidery and paper cutting. As soon as I read that I was all in haha! I love the blush and mustard colors in the Harvest Palette. I obviously had to go with the Folk Tails for the main body and I accented with Floral Stitch for the door.

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

I did a little bit of “DIY TeePee Research” and it seemed like all the ones that I found online that I like originated from this one HERE. The tutorial is great and worked perfectly for me! I love when I don’t have to reinvent the wheel :) I was inspired by a few solid lace TeePees I have seen in blogland so I wanted to incorporate some lace in mine too. I traced out a pattern piece for the panels that I found in the tutorial but I just hacked it on the top part. I cut fabric panels of the bottom pattern piece and lace panels for the top (don’t forget seam allowances on both pieces). Then I sewed them together, ironed the lace toward the fabric side and top stitched. From there I could just follow the original tutorial just the same.

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

I was originally going to make my own bias tape but I had been hoarding that gold tape for almost a year and this project seemed perfect!

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

Lastly, I added some “Bohemian Flair” to the top. I wrapped yarn around the top and attached it with hot glue.

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

I used some more fabric from the line and a scrap of gold that I had to make some hanging embroidery hoops. I also did a little fabric bunting out of long scraps that I had.

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

We basically all (the kids and I) love it! And the fabric couldn’t be more perfect! Let me know if you have any other questions about the TeePee! But now for the best part…
DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

DIY TeePee with Forest Fables Fabric

 A GIVEAWAY!… One lucky reader is going to win a Forest Fables Fat Quarter Bundle in the Harvest color way!

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Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous blogger on the blog hop!

Monday, December 7th – Brooklyn Pattern Co.
Tuesday, December 8th – Clover and Violet
Wednesday, December 9th – Taylor Made
Thursday, December 10th – Film in the Fridge
Friday, December 11th – Hawthorne Threads

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