To continue along with the Craft-Along fun, here are a few highlights from March's link-up
Rebecca Bag Take Two by Marci Girl Designs
Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in March, I really love seeing all your creations! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here.
The winner of the book Quilt Improv is #1 - Marci Girl! Congrats!
This month I wanted to make some spring clothes for my little girl. I recently received The Cottage Mama's new book Sew Classic Clothes for Girls from my parents for Christmas.
Lindsay's book first caught my eye for the amazingly adorable jackets in it.
I decided to make the Swing Smock Top and Frock from the book. This book includes a CD of all the patterns in the book, so you have to print out your pattern pieces, tape them together aligning the triangles on each page together, and then cut out your desired size. The patterns are for girls sizes 12 months - 10 years, only the even sizes are printed. My little one is between a 2T and 3T, so unfortunately a 3T wasn't an option. I had my hubby print out the pattern at work since we were out of ink (and it was 30 pages!). I initially had planned to draw my own pattern lines between the 2T and 4T size, but hubby printed the pages out a little small, my 2x2 inch print square measured about 1 7/8 x 1 7/8. So I figured that the small difference in print size was enough to cut out the 4T size, and it worked out well.
Initially I was wondering why it looked so long on my little model. There was no way she was able to use the pockets at this length, so I went back to the pattern and discovered that there was a frock length and a top length, and you guessed it, I cut the wrong one out. The frock length is pretty cute too though.
After a little ripping and recutting I was able to shorten it and the little one loved being able to use pockets!
The pattern directions were very easy to follow, and at the beginning of the book Lindsay goes over some basic techniques used in sewing garments, like making your own bias tape and how to insert piping . Her instructions were a little different constructing the bodice than I was used to, but it turned out so adorable, I already have another top ready to go. This was my first attempt at piping, and although the "how to make piping" section was missing from the book, I was able to figure it out without any headaches. Lindsay was very quick to answer any questions I had too.
I used fabric covered buttons for accents in the front and for closing the dress in the back. the little bit of teal popped just enough to make this top perfect.
I do love how this top turned out and have fabric on order to make sweet little capris from this book too. The little one will be all decked out just in time for Easter.
This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Crochet One Skein Wonders to one lucky Sew-Along participant! This book has 101 projects you can make from one skein of yarn. From baby booties to a stuffed alligator and pillow, this book has so many projects to choose from.
To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
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