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Peasant Dresses for Charity- Choosing Fabric

Yesterday I shared how we cut out peasant dresses quickly and efficiently, and I probably should have done this first, but I want to backtrack a bit and talk about how to choose fabric for these dresses. First, a bit about fabric… 100% cotton works best. It is durable and will hold up to a lot of wear and tear. We usually hit up Joann’s red dot clearance sales when they have 50% off the clearance…

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Peasant Dress Quick Cutting Tutorial and Pattern.

Hi! Things have been going pretty well here for the last 9 months or so. I have still been sewing and crafting a lot, mostly for friends and family. We are also making dresses for Project Yesu again this year. Each summer, Mallory goes to Uganda and she has a pillowcase dress drive to take dresses along with her for the girls. We actually make peasant dresses, which are just a little easier, in my…

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Pink Lemonade First Birthday

My last baby is one year old.  Yeah, I am tearing up a little just typing that. Anywho… let’s move on now. Since it was our last (sniff, sniff) first birthday I went all out! I have always wanted to do a pink lemonade theme and these silly kids keep going and getting their own opinions about things. This was probably my last chance. We don’t usually go “all out” for birthdays. Just our family…

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Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Here it is! The last Easter dress for this year! I let the other girls have a little say (or a lot) in their dress designs. Hannah doesn’t care. It is fantastic! I wanted it to be simple. So unlike me, I know! I wanted little hints of blue and a sweet, vintage baby look. Then, because I can’t really let things be simple, I went over the top (after Easter) with a bonnet, shoes,…

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Gracie Dress Tutorial

Do you know what it harder than sewing a dress for a 2yo?  Taking pictures of that 2yo wearing the dress. I tried being sneaky and taking pics when she wasn’t looking. Her sisters tried to help… She even said, “I’m not cooperating!” and sat down in the grass with her arms crossed. Even bribery didn’t work. This one is stubborn! Unlike the picture-taking, she did not voice her opinion on the dress. So I…

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Lydia’s Sweetheart Dress Tutorial

These girls love to twirl in pretty dresses! Taking a break with the one who can’t twirl yet! This dress features a halter top and sweetheart neckline with a pop of orange trim,… …a button halter back,… …a twirly circle skirt (of course!),… …and another little pop of orange on the petticoat lining. This dress was the most 1950s-ish of all of the dresses I made. I can convince a 5yo a little easier than…

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Sunrise Dress Tutorial

I am going to be totally honest here. This was my least favorite dress when we sketched out all of the designs. In the end, I LOVED it! Sometimes my 10yo’s fashion ideas make me raise an eyebrow, but it was her dress, so I went along with it. Yeah, she was right.  This time. I pushed for a wide neckline and scoop back because I knew it would look great on her body type.…

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Blushing Izzy Dress Tutorial

My girls get a lot of say in their Easter dresses. Isabelle came to me with a sketch of her Easter dress a few months ago. She was insistent on the cross-front bodice (I later found out she copied it from a very old Barbie book I didn’t even know we had.) When I decided to go all 1950’s vintage, we looked on Pinterest and etsy for some styles that matched up with her design.…

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Vintage Easter Dresses

Oooh- the word “vintage” has become oh, so trendy.  Yes, I am jumping on the bandwagon.  It started out with this… …two flat vintage sheets that my nana bought maybe in the 1970s and vintage trims, notions, and buttons given to me by some friends. The colors matched perfectly. There are 5 colors in the sheets (other than white) and I have 5 girls, so they each got their own accent color. So, after 6…

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Turtleneck to Maxi Skirt Tutorial

This one has been a long time coming! I finally got some cute pics of my daughter in her maxi skirt so that I could finish up this post!  Last spring, when I was on my maxi skirt sewing kick, my 5yo had requested a RED one. Well, I thought I would just pick some fabric up at a nearby Walmart, but they no longer carry ANY knit at that store! 🙁 So, I wandered…

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