Floral Li’l LDT

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On Saturday morning, I had another one of those urges to make Ella a new dress for church on Sunday.  She picked the fabric, this cute and comfy floral knit I bought from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  The in-seam pockets are a plain aqua from my stash.

The pattern is the Li’l LDT by Love Notions, with long sleeves and just the basic banded collar, in a size 3T.  She’s in 3T in ready-to-wear clothes as well, and this dress is exactly the size I like to make when I’m sewing for Ella – a little big, so there’s room for one of those unexpected growth spurts.  There’s nothing worse than making a dress you love, only to have her grow out of it after only a couple of wears!

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The dress came together quickly and it’s super cute on her.  I have a hard time making dresses for her that I have to iron, because, well, they don’t usually get ironed.  This dress is easy to wear, easy to wash (good thing – it had purple marker on it by the end of the day), and she can get it on and off herself, which is a huge plus during this “No, I want to do it!” stage.  Win, win, win.

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Oh, and just one more thing… can all of you who sew take a moment with me to appreciate how well this neckline came out?  Yay!!!  Always a great feeling.

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Handmade Christmas Gifts – 2015 Edition

Okay… it’s been awhile since my last post!  There was so much chaos in December and over the holidays, and then sickness after… I feel like I’m just starting to get my feet back under me again.  Of course, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t sewing.  It’s just the picture taking and blogging that has suffered. 🙂

I debated whether or not to post about the handmade gifts I gave for Christmas this year, mostly since the photo quality is pretty poor, including a bunch of poorly lit mirror selfies… yikes!  In the end, I decided that I had spent enough time on the gifts that they deserved a post, even if the photos don’t do them justice.  So here you go… a handmade Christmas gift roundup.

First up, a Hey June Lane Raglan for my sister.

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Next, a Patterns for Pirates (P4P) Women’s Raglan in tunic length with the cowl add-on for my sister in law.

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And a matching Bimaa for my niece.

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Mother-daughter matching goodness!

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I couldn’t resist making myself a new Christmas shirt, too.  Mine is a P4P Women’s Raglan with an attached flannel cowl.

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My nephew Ezra got a Brindille & Twig Raglan Hoodie and three pairs of modified Baby Go To Leggings.  He’s a skinny little guy, so ready-to-wear pants are too big in the waist.  Custom made pants were in order!

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Ella and her BFF cousin Annalise got matching cozy dresses.  I used the Bimaa pattern again, but made the bodice 4″ shorter and added a circle skirt, since Annalise likes twirly dresses. 🙂

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For my other sister-in-law (Annalise’s mom), a P4P Grandpa Cardi.  I was tempted to keep this one for myself, and when I showed it to my mom, she said she wanted an identical one. 🙂

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And little Luke got another sweatshirt to match his cousin’s.  Turns out it’s a great sweatshirt for wearing during cuddle naps!

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All of the fabrics I used were from Raspberry Creek Fabric, except for the cowl fabric on Ella and Annalise’s dresses, which was from Girl Charlee (purchased probably 18 months ago).  I’m really loving buying fabric from Raspberry Creek lately, and I’ve probably been buying more than I should, but the fabrics are so great and the prices are so reasonable that I just can’t resist!  I may have just placed another order this morning… it’s an addiction!  But an addiction that provides super cute and comfy clothes for me and my kiddos, so I’m not too upset.  😉

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