SLPco Wendy’s Classic Collar Dress


This dress is so classic, and I love the belt that comes with the pattern!  I wanted to make a really classic looking dress, almost Audrey Hepburn type of look.  After I made it and tried it on her, I realized that it looked more like Wednesday Adams instead of the look I was actually going for. Haha!  Either way, I love how it turned out.  I still think it looks like a classic dress, but maybe a little more festive. The new Wendy’s classic collar dress gives such a lovely look.  You’ll love the deep hem and all the enclosed seams. wendy9

I found some great black sateen fabric at Joann that was perfect for what I wanted to do with this pattern.  I used some Kona white for the collar and the belt.  I found my slide for the belt at Hobby Lobby, but I also found some on Amazon too.  wendy10

There’s several sleeve lengths that are included with the pattern, with the option of enclosing the sleeve seam, or finishing with a serger.  This dress will be another favorite of yours, and is on sale right now for $7.50!

Made for Mermaids Kourtney Knot


Who doesn’t love a basic tee with a fun detail?  The new Kourtney Knot pattern from Made for Mermaids is a great, fun tee.  It has several options for length and can be made with or without the knot in the front.  I made several of these during testing for both me and my girl.  The knot is really easy and quick.  Megan has done a great job of including a video to help understand how the knot is done.  kourtney9

There are several sleeve lengths included; tank, short, 3/4 and long.  It can be made as a tee length, tunic, or dress.  The tunic has a straight hem in the front, and a curved hem in the back to accommodate for the knot.  The girls pattern has all the same features of the women’s, so you can match your girl. kourtney25

Grab the pattern while it’s on sale this weekend for $7 each, or bundle them for $10.  These will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe. kourtneykourtney7kourtney22kourtney13

New Horizons Evening Primrose

As a tradition at Christmas time, we always go as a family to a Christmas symphony.  I enjoy going, as it helps to have my kids embrace the arts.  I love sitting and watching them play, and listening to the classic Christmas songs.  I try and make a dress for my daughter to wear every time we go.  It’s one of the things that I love doing for her.  I’ve had the Evening Primrose pattern from New Horizons for a while.  I’ve wanted to make it, but just haven’t had the time.  Luckily I had some time this week to knock out getting her dress done.  I was so excited to finally use this pattern that has been in my stash for longer than I’d like to admit. primrose4

I knew that I wanted a fancy, special occasion type dress.  I went to Joann and looked through their special occasion fabrics.  Nothing was really jumping out at me.  I wanted something plain, but still special.  I found this polyester/rayon fabric that had a different look depending on the angle that you looked at it.  Sometimes it looks black, and other angles it looks blue.  It had gorgeous drape too.  Since I knew I wanted a full dress, I grabbed some tulle along with this blue and a lining as well.  primrose

I saw Julie’s post on the New Horizons blog about lengthening the Evening Primrose pattern to make it a maxi dress.  I decided to hack the pattern and do it in a maxi length.  The hack didn’t require the lining to be done with the maxi length, but since I wanted to add tulle I wanted to have a lining so that she wasn’t getting itchy from the tulle.  Since the skirt isn’t gathered, I gathered the tulle and sewed it to the lining and from then on considered it one piece.  primrose3

The pattern went together easily.  I added a sash out of ribbon to break up the waist.  She and I both absolutely loved the final product.  She twirled so much in!  Who doesn’t love having a princess dress to wear?  I can’t wait for her to wear this gorgeous dress to the Christmas symphony this year.  primrose2