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Dress Up Time D.I.Y ~ Cinderella Peasant Dress

21 May


Today I am going to share this simple Cinderella Peasant Dress costume {size 2T} with you.  I think little chores are much more fun when you are dressed like Cinderella!  Peasant dresses are very easy sewing projects, in fact I think that one of my very first sewing projects was a peasant dress.  When I first learned how to make one, I followed a great tutorial from Pretty Prudent.  This Cinderella dress is just a slight variation from this peasant dress.  Since most of the steps are the same, except for the skirt, I don’t want to re-write someone else’s tutorial.  Instead I will have you read their tutorial and tell you what I did differently.

Here are the supplies that you will need, for the dress only.  I will tell you about the apron after the dress is out of the way!


~Fabric: You will need three different colors, but it’s all plain cotton.  I found mine in the bargain bin, it does not have to be expensive!  Sleeves: Light/Sky Blue 1/4 yard, Bodice: Dark/Chocolate Brown 1/4 yard, Skirt: Light/Coffee Brown 1/2 yard.

~35″ of 1/4″ elastic.

~Thread and basic sewing supplies

Below are the measurements for the dress.  You will cut two of the bodice pieces on the fold.  Cut along the red lines to create an armhole (a basic J shape, 6″ down) and a sloping neckline.

You will also need to cut two of the skirt pieces, and two of the sleeves (on the fold).

Size 2T

Cinderella Peasant Measurements

Cut out all of your pattern pieces above.  You are going to make the bodice by following the instructions here: Long Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial.  Start from Step 2: Cut Out Neckline and Armhole.  To be clear, while you are following the peasant dress tutorial, you will be using the two bodice pieces and the two sleeve pieces to create the bodice.  You will not be doing anything with the skirt until you come back to this page.

DO NOT:  Hem the bottom of the dress (bodice) or insert elastic into the sleeves.

Creating The Skirt

You should now have your bodice made, with the finished sleeves attached.  The bodice should have a raw edge along the bottom.  Are we on the same step? Good, let’s create the skirt and finish the dress.  Take your two rectangular skirt pieces and sew them right sides together down both of the shorter sides with 1/2″ seam allowance.  Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the seam.  Press your seams flat.  Fold the bottom of your skirt over 1/4″ to the wrong side and press with your iron.  Fold it over again and press; hem the bottom of your skirt.  Sew a gathering stitch around the top of your skirt and make sure it is the same width around as the bottom of your bodice.

Attach Skirt to the Bodice

Pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.  The easiest way is to have your bodice turned right side out, and your skirt inside out.  Place your bodice upside down into the top of the skirt and pin around the top.  It is a good idea to tuck the sleeves out of the way so that they don’t get in the way of your sewing.  Sew the bodice and skirt together using a 3/4″ seam allowance.  Use a zig-zag stitch to finish off the edge of the seam.

Press the seam upwards (towards the bodice) with your iron.  Now you are going to stitch along the top of the seam, all the way around, to create an elastic casing (make sure you are using thread that matches the chocolate brown bodice).  Leave 2″ open so that you can insert your elastic.  Take 20″ of 1/4″ elastic and attach it to a safety pin.  Thread it through the casing.  Sew the ends of the elastic together and then sew the opening shut.

And that’s all!  I left the elastic out of the sleeves because I noticed that Cinderella’s sleeves are loose, but of course you could make yours any way you wish.

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I also made an apron with an applique to go along with the dress.  It was very time consuming, and it was my first attempt at creating something like this, but here is a quick look at how I did it.

First I found a clip-art picture online of one of the bird characters from Cinderella, here is what my applique was supposed to look like:


I have to say that my little bird didn’t turn out quite so happy looking, rather a little worried looking!

Supplies used: various scraps of fabric, heat n bond, black thread, basic sewing supplies.

I printed the bird and cut it out around the outer edges.  I pinned it to some blue fabric that already had some heat n bond applied to the back of it.  I cut the bird shape out of the blue fabric (leave the back of the heat n  bond on, do not peel it off yet)


Next I cut out pieces of the bird that were not blue (ie the hat, vest, beak, etc…) and pinned them to coordinating colors of fabric – these pieces of fabric also had heat n bond applied to the back.  I cut out each little piece of the bird and applied them to my blue main bird piece, like a puzzle.  Peeling off the back of the heat n bond I pressed each piece into place with my iron.  Here is the little bird coming together: pic5 pic6

After all of the pieces were in place I peeled off the backing on my main (blue) bird piece and positioned it where I wanted on the apron skirt.  Then, using black thread, I stitched all of the features and outlines onto the bird.  I used a zig-zag stitch, setting the length at almost zero.  The width of the stitch varied, as you can see that some of the lines on the bird are thicker than others – for example the black parts of the eyes are also done using a wide zig-zag stitch.


apronIt can be pretty tricky to get the facial details just right, as I mentioned before, my bird seems to look a bit worried and the original picture the bird looked happy!  As for the Cinder-Calleigh lettering, I don’t have a fancy embroidery sewing machine so this is just done freehand, again with a zig-zag stitch on a very short stitch length setting.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!



The Summer Social Dress {free tutorial and pattern size 2 & 6}

2 May



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFun, flirty, and summer-y sweet~ This is what I had in mind when I created The Summer Social Dress.  I am so pleased to finally be able to show you this dress,  I have been working on it for awhile now!   The fabric is the new line by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs “Little Red Riding Hood”.  Riley Blake had sent me a good sampling of this line for a tutorial I am writing for their Cutting Corner’s College (publish date May 27th).  I had enough left over to create this gorgeous dress – the exact fabrics are Little Scallops Aqua, and Little Floral White.   The aqua and red color scheme is gorgeous and the little characters are too cute!  I had an elaborate outdoor Spring photo shoot in mind but alas the unpredictable Alberta weather did not cooperate!  Can you believe it snowed on April 29th, I had planned to take the pictures on April 30th.  I just could not ask my sweet little models to go outside in -6 celsius weather in these summer outfits.  I was kind of bummed to take the pictures indoors.  I had an entire pictorial in my mind; a story to go along with the dress. Then I had a bright idea.  Why not make my own computerized spring scene and put my models inside?  So now I give you the Summer Social Dress.  Click here for easy printable instructions and pattern: Summer Social Dress







Too cute, right?  The dress is very easy to make and I think any girl would love to wear it.  You can also make it as a summer-y top instead – like these pictures:

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I hope you have enjoyed this post!  Here again are the printable instructions and free pattern in size 2 & 6: Summer Social Dress Tutorial


The Great Gatsby is Coming – Here are 15 FREE Gatsby-Inspired Fonts!

22 Apr



I could just scream with excitement.  We are so very close to the release of Great Gatsby in movie theaters, May 10th to be exact.  I have such high hopes for this movie.  Once again Leonardo DiCaprio will be teaming up with Baz Luhrmann. Their first movie together, Romeo and Juliet, was the be-all and end-all of my teenage years.  I first watched this movie in the theater with my at-the-moment boyfriend and some friends.  When it was finished I was amazed, but my boyfriend `just didn`t get all of the Shakespeare`, I then knew he was not a keeper.  A few months later I purchased a copy of the movie when I was studying in Mexico and I must have watched it 50 times.  The costuming, the soundtrack, the characters, everything was monumental. And then there was Leo sputtering romantic lines with his smooth skin and blue eyes – I was Seventeen and captivated.

Coincidentally I was also about Seventeen the first time I read the novel The Great Gatsby in English Lit class.  It has to be one of my top ten favorite novels. Baz Luhrmann is the perfect director for this movie.  There will be lavish, larger than life, parties.  There will be wild and over the top characters.  The costumes will be amazing, I absolutely love 1920`s inspired clothing – once you are done looking at the free fonts scroll down to see two of my FAVORITE 1920`s inspired dress tutorials.  So to celebrate the release of this movie, I have rounded up some fun (free) fonts for you, I hope you enjoy them!  The following is a list, please click on the font names below the list to be directed to the free download.

Gatsby fonts


1. Upper East Side

2. Birmingham

3. Roarin`Twenties Counterfeit


5.Strange Rituals

6. Lemondrop

7. Fashion Victim

8. Chapleau

9. TallDeco

10. Herald Square

11. Passion

12. Odalisque

13. Riesling

14. Park Lane

15. Betty Noir


I also thought I would mention these two GORGEOUS little dress tutorials that are 1920`s inspired.  I am hoping that the Great Gatsby movie sparks a huge fashion trend!

I love this drop waist sailor dress from Me Sew Crazy – I actually make and sell this dress in my Etsy Shop


This Zelda Fitzgerald inspired dress is just gorgeous, you can find the full tutorial and pattern here: Fitzgerald In Lace by Sewing In No Man`s Land


Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!!


Sweet Easter Mantle

24 Mar

Easter Mantle

We finally got around to making some Easter decorations!  Here is a picture of our decorated mantle.  Yes my Benjamin had to get in the picture.  When he gets that gleam in his eye there is no stopping him, he loves to be in pictures.  But who can really complain when he is completely adorable?

Anyways, we did make a few things which I wanted to share with you.  There are some eggs, some bunnies, and some Jesus = perfect Easter combination.

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Yarn Easter Eggs:  Ben and I had so much fun making these!  We found a great tutorial on one of my favorite blogs, Happy Hour Projects.  It was pretty messy, but Ben loved all of the glue and goop, plus we got to spend some quality time together while the little brother and sister were napping.  We used multi-colored yarn instead of one color per egg.  Mine were a little more uniform than Ben’s, I think they turned out quite well!


Chevron Bunny: We made a little bunny decoration too.  I’m not sure exactly how I feel about him though, I think maybe the background was a bit too busy… First we mod-podged some grey tonal chevron fabric to a dollar store canvas.  Next we cut out the bunny shape from some medium grape chevron and glued it on with Mod Podge.  We added a pom pom to the tail for some texture and 3D effect.  Have I mentioned that my 3 year old, Sam, has a deep love for pom poms?  This was mostly for him.  Then I decided that bunny was too plain and added some ribbons and little triangles of rainbow cotton dots to make a little banner.  All of the fabric is from Riley Blake Designs.


Free Printable Casting Crown Lyrics:  I made this printable and it is my favorite part of the mantle decorations!  You can print it, trim off the white border, and it fits inside of an 8×10 frame.


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Salt Dough Easter Egg & Bunny garland:  We actually made this last year.  We found the idea on Pinterest, the original recipe and tutorial is from Desperate Craftwives: Salt Dough Easter Egg Garland.  I decided to add some bunnies to ours as well, my children had a blast making this, they love painting projects.

And that is it for the decor!  I also wanted to show you this un-traditional Easter dress that I made for my sweet little niece.  I followed a pattern from Violette Field Threads – The Chloe Dress Pattern.  Have you ever heard of them?  They have gorgeous patterns!!!  There are several more that I want to make, but I can’t decide which one to make next!  Anyways, the dress I made had three layers of tulle.  I did a pink layer on top, a white layer in the middle, and a blue layer underneath.  I call it the cotton candy dress, I think she will love it!  It was really hard for me to get a great picture of it.  The dress looks much nicer when worn, but my niece lives far away and my husband has begged me not to put dresses on the boys anymore 😦


I hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by!


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~The Sweet Island Dress GIVEAWAY~

10 Mar

**************GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED******************************

There were Twelve comments entered for this giveaway, and I used the random number generator to pick the winner:

True Random Number GeneratorMin: Max: Result:12

Random Number Generator picked entry number 12 which was Sara M.  Congratulations!!

I am interrupting Disney Fun Month to bring you a little giveaway!  I am working away at adding some of these gorgeous little dresses to my Etsy shop and I decided, hey, why not give one away?


I recently made a pair of these dresses for my daughter and her friend to wear on our Disney cruise.  It had so many compliments that I decided to make some more to sell.  This dress is made with high quality Michael Miller cotton.  There is a strap on one shoulder and a cute little tie on the other.  The dress length is just above the knees and there are two sweet little bows, one on each hip.  It is the perfect little vacation dress.

The winner will receive one “Sweet Island Dress” in their choice of size (from 3 months to size 8).  You will also be able to choose between two different fabrics:

Lush Stargazer in Raspberry

Lush Stargazer in Raspberry

Lush Flower Bed in Grass

Lush Flower Bed in Grass

How to enter:

First~ visit my new blog sponsor by clicking on their logo. Fashionable Fabrics 150x150 circle (2)

Second~ Have a look at some beautiful fabric and leave a comment after you have done so. Let me know what your favorite fabric was!

Third~ Subscribe to my blog by e-mail, you can find the “subscribe by e-mail” box in the right sidebar.

I will draw a name from all of the comments that are left, but if the winner has not subscribed to my blog I will pick a new one!  This giveaway is only for Canadian and U.S Residents.  It will be open until next Sunday March 17th

Good luck!  If you don’t win and still would like a dress, I am offering a pre-Etsy discount!  The pre-etsy price will be $22 plus S&H and this price will be available until March 25th.  After that time the price will be $28 plus S&H.  Please e-mail me if you would like to put in an order:

Thanks for stopping by!


~The Sweet Audrey {A Vingtage Inspired Ombre Dress} ~ Part 3 (Finishing Touches)

24 Dec



titleimage     Part 3 is here, let’s put the finishing touches on the Sweet Audrey Dress!  Today we will sew the skirt to the bodice, add the buttons, and make the bow and attach it to the front of the dress.

First of all, we need to prep the bodice.  Take it to the ironing board and unfold it, lay itpart3pic1 flat.  You are going to fold the bottom of the liner over 1/2″ to the inside of the bodice and press it.  Next fold the bodice back up.  You need to pin the button plackets together in the back.  To make sure that it is lined up properly, make sure that the side seams are at the sides of the dress.  The arm holes should also look part3pic2like they are lined up too.  Put a few pins down the back of the button placket to make sure that the bodice doesn’t shift around while you are attaching the skirt.  Your button placket SHOULD overlap at the back.

We are now going to attempt to attach the skirt to the bodice.  This is the part that I like best, when it is sewn together you can really see how beautiful your dress is going to be!

Keep your bodice turned right side out.  Turn your skirt inside out.  You are going to pin the skirt to the outer part of your bodice, right sides together.  The easiest way to describe this is that you are going to sit your skirt (inside out!) on top of the counter/cutting table, whatever you are using for your workspace.  Now, with your bodice right side out, turn it upside down and place it inside of your skirt.  line up the sides of the bodice with the sides of your skirt.  If you followed along with part 2, your skirt should be the same width around as the bottom of your bodice.  Pin it together all the way around, you will pin the top edge of the skirt to the bottom edge of the OUTER part of your bodice (the satin part)part3pic3

Sew all the way around the edge using 1/2″ seam.  Make sure that you are sewing just underneath the gathering stitch that you used to sew the two skirts together.  If you do not sew below it, you will see the gathering stitch from the outside when the dress is done.  Make sure that when you are sewing over the back of the bodice that the button placket IS overlapping at the back.  Also be careful not to catch the liner when you are sewing.  Since we ironed it under before this step, it should be easy to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

Next take your dress to the ironing board.  part3pic4Press your seam up so that it will go inside the bodice.  Press the rest of your bodice nicely, make sure the liner looks nice and press it so that it covers the seam.  This part3pic5will enclose the seam inside of the dress.  When you are finished, top stitch along the bottom edge of the liner, all the way around.  When you get to the button placket, again top stitch right over it, it may take a bit of tricky maneuvering but it’s not too difficult.  The liner should now be stitched into place.  Make sure that your thread is the same colour as the satin, as this stitch will be visible from the outside of the dress.  After you have stitched the liner down, open up your button placket.  You will notice that the inner part of the liner did not get stitched into place.  You will need to hand stitch this part, I used a whipstitch to do this.

Now it’s time to add your buttons.  I used 4 5/8″ buttons for my dress.  Your button holes will be added to the part of the bodice that overlaps (is on top) of the other button fabric.  Your buttons will be sewn to the side that is underneath the other one.

Last but not least, let’s create a gorgeous bow for the front of the dress!  You will need to cut three pieces of fabric from your satin.  You will need two rectangles that are TWICE as long as you want the finished bow to be, and the width will be whatever you would like the finished bow to be PLUS 1/2″.  My two rectangles were 16″ x 4 1/2″.  Then you need a third rectangle for the centre piece of your bow.  Mine measured 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I am going to do most of the next step in pictures.  All of the seams for the bow have been sewn with 1/4″ seam allowance.


Pin the two rectangular pieces for the main part of your bow right sides together. Sew around three sides leaving one short end open.


Turn right side out, fold in the unsewn edge 1/2″ and press.



Take your third rectangular piece for the centre of the bow. Fold over short ends 1/2″ to the wrong side and press




(make sure that your seam is on the inside so that it won’t be visible)


Now that the centre piece is finished, let’s move back to the main part of the bow. Grab a needle and thread, run a long gathering stitch down the centre. Make sure that the top edge and the bottom edge of the bow are gathered facing the same direction; towards you. The seam should be at the back of the bow.



This dress is finished! Beautiful, elegant, fun ~ fit for a princess!  Here are the links to PART 1 and PART 2 in case you missed it.

Thank you for following along with this sewing tutorial, I would love to see any finished dresses that you have made!


Thank you for stopping by!

~Lisa K

~The Sweet Audrey {A Vingtage Inspired Ombre Dress} ~ Part 2 (The Skirt)

21 Dec


Welcome to part 2 of the Sweet Audrey dress tutorial.  Today I will show you how I made the skirt.  My version includes a built in pettiskirt, but that part is optional.

Let’s get started with the outer part of the skirt.  For my skirt I cut two rectangular pieces from my main fabric (I used cotton ombre dots in grey)  Each piece was 35″ wide x 12 1/2″ long.  I found that this length was great because it gave me the full gathered skirt that I was looking for, but you could have it longer or shorter if you wish.  The length of these pieces were specific to my niece’s height.  I wanted the skirt to be hemmed just below her knees.  The bottom of your bodice should sit right on the hips, so to figure out what length you should cut your fabric, measure from the hip to just below the knee.  Take that number and add 1 1/2″.  This will give you the extra room to hem it at the bottom, as well as a seam allowance to attach the skirt to the bodice.

Take your two skirt pieces and place them right side up, one on top of the other.  If youskirtpic1 are using the ombre fabric, make sure that the darkest dots are at the bottom.  Fold your skirt pieces in half lengthwise, so that all four raw edges are together at the side.  Starting at the bottom, you are going to cut your fabric at an angle going backwards. To give you an idea on how much to cut, the length at the top of my skirt was 7″ shorter than the bottom.  This will create the a-line shape so that the dress will be nice and twirly. Measure the length of the top of your skirt, you will need this number to make the pettiskirt.   Next you are going to unfold your skirt pieces and place them right sides together.  Pin the sides of the skirt (the slanted sides that you just cut)  and sew them together with a 1/2″ seam.  Finish your seams with a zig-zag stitch.  Take the skirt to the ironing board and press your seams. Now we are going to hem the bottom of the skirt.  Fold up the bottom of the skirt 1/2″, press with your iron.  Fold it up another 1/2″ and press again.  Sew down your hem, all the way around the bottom of the skirt, to secure it into place. Again measure the finished skirt from top to bottom, you will need this number for the pettiskirt.   That part is finished, let’s move on to the pettiskirt portion!

I used two different colours of tulle (pink for tier 2, white for tier 1), but it was only because it would make it easier in the pictures to show you what I was doing.  You are going to need two strips of tulle.  The combined width of these two strips needs to be the same as your skirt length (or a bit longer if you want it to peak out the bottom) PLUS ADD 2″  I will use my skirt as an example.  You will remember that the fabric for my skirt was 12 1/2″ long.  After I hemmed the skirt it was 11 1/2″ long.  So, the combined width for my tulle strips needed to be 11 1/2″ plus 2″, then I added an extra 1/2″ so it would just peak out the bottom of the skirt, for a total of 14″.  Then I needed to divide that number in half to get the width of each strip (7″)  The first strip (let’s now call this tier 1)  needs to be the same length as the top of your skirt is all the way around plus one inch for the seam allowance.  Mine was 56″.  So my tier 1 tulle strip was 7″ wide X 57″ long.  I hope this makes sense, it’s really not too tricky, just read it over a couple of times…Tier 2 is easy.  It will also be 7″ wide and the length will be 5 times the length of tier 1.  My tier 2 strip was 7″ wide x 280″ long.  Yes, you will probably have to sew a couple of strips of tulle together to create tier 2, unless you have yards and yards of tulle lying around!

Take your tier 2 strip and sew a gathering stitch along one edge.  To do this I changeskirtpic2 my stitch length about as high as it will go (4) and crank up the tension on your sewing machine.  Once that strip is gathered, you need to make sure that it is now the same length as tier 1.  Pull your thread to gather it more if it’s needed.  Put tier 1 and tier 2 right sides together (if you have sewn several strips together to make tier 2, the right side of tier 2 is the one with no seams)  Pin and sew along the gathered edge of tier 2; use a 1/2″ seam.

skirtpic3 Now that your two tiers are joined togehter, fold your long strip of tulle in half lengthwise, make sure that right sides are together.  Join the edges of the skirt by sewing with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  See the dotted lines in the next picture for more clarification on where you should be sewing!


The last step in creating your skirt is to attach the tulle pettiskirt to the outer skirt that skirtpic5you sewed previously.  Turn the pettiskirt and the outer skirt right side out.  Slip the pettiskirt inside of the outer skirt.  The two skirts should be the same width at the top. Pin the two skirts together at the top.  To join them together, all you are going to do is sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the skirt.  When you have sewed your gathering stitch, grab your bodice and make sure that the top of the same skirt is now the same width as the bottom of the bodice.  If not pull the threads to gather it more, or loosen it accordingly.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow where we will be putting the finishing touches on this gorgeous dress!

I have to tell you, when I originally thought about making this dress I wanted to do a beautiful photo shoot with a model wearing the dress.  Wouldn’t it look elegant worn by a beautiful little girl, I can just see the long black gloves, mary jane shoes, hair in a bun, maybe even a little tiara and a pearl necklace (oh I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s!)  Alas, like every other project, I ran out of time!  I had to send the dress to my niece for Christmas, she lives far away.  I did, however, manage to snap a picture of my son who I bribed to try on the dress for me.  To preserve his dignity, I will crop out his head but I wanted to show you how the dress fits.  I do apologize, I was only able to get one picture before (of course!) he stubbed his toe and started to cry, so it may not be the quality that I would like but I will post it anyways.

What beautiful black socks!

What beautiful black socks!

Thank you for stopping by today, here is a link to Part 1 of this dress tutorial: The Bodice and Part 3: Finishing Touches

~Lisa K

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