Sis Boom Marissa Dress-red, white and blue

I *try* and make my kiddos something for each “holiday”, lately I’ve been slacking so I jumped on the chance when my daughter said she wanted a Fourth of July dress. I have the Sis Boom Marissa pattern, and it looked easy enough so I dove right in. The pattern pieces were very easy to cut out, only 4 actual pieces and then cutting the rectangles for the dress portion according to the size and length you need. The instructions were simple and easy to follow. The dress sewed up in just a short time, which was nice because I usually don’t have a lot of time to sew these days. I used double fold bias tape on the hem for 2 reasons. 1) I had it on hand from the Camp Stitch-a-lot bag and 2) I loath hemming things that are circular. I’m a very lazy sewist. The dress ended up slightly big for my daughter, most likely because she’s a short 3yo and the bodice was a little big, but she’ll be able to wear it for a while, but it wasn’t so big that she was swimming in it. Another modification I did was used a shorter zipper, which ended up being nice, she could unzip and zip it up herself.

I ended up not having time to make my son anything, but I did do a quick star onesie that I used a star cookie cutter to stamp red and blue stars onto a white onesie. Super easy and being 18 months he really could care less!

Bias Tape (of the double fold variety)

I always buy double fold bias tape, well, I did until now. I’ve had this bias tape maker for a while but was a little too scared to try it out. It is made by Clover  and I have the 1/2″ and the 1″ which is my new favorite right now. I’m definitely going to be making my own bias tape from now on, I didn’t know how easy it was. I think the most time consuming part will be the cutting of the strips and sewing them together but having custom made colors and prints is definitely worth it.

The instructions are simple. Cut to the width specified on the instruction sheet (for 1″ you cut to 1 7/8″) on the bias. If you want a long strip you sew together the pieces to your desired length and then put it through the maker. I had to use a little something to get it started feeding through, but once the end was out the other side it was easy. I just had my iron ready and ironed the folded pieces down as it came out of the maker, and then ironed it folded in half. Voila! Double fold bias tape!

Here are some pictures of my first time trying it out. I’m making piggy bias tape for my daughters next dress.

Camp Stitch-a-lot Tester Bag

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of testing out the Camp Stitch-a-lot bag from Sew Sweetness. The bag was slightly frustrating to make, only because I do not like working with large pieces of vinyl and I hadn’t used double fold bias tape in so thick of layers. This was a deficiency on my part not having that experience. My vinyl pouches for the interior turned out wonky so I only did 1 of them, and you can see that in the pic. Here are so photos from the assembly and finished product.

I have sewn some of Sarah’s bags from her free tutorial collection and she does have great bags with easy to understand directions. I’m contemplating buying her photo bag or potentially designing my own. I need something that I can make an adjustable shoulder strap but also have room for a diaper or two (at least for the next year or so).

So when you get a chance, check out her page here: http://www.sewsweetness.com and there are links to her tutorials as well as her patterns for purchase.