Straightgrain Bubble Dress

Late to blog this number but here is a Straightgrain Bubble Dress (with alterations) I made 2 years ago. I was inspired by Shirley Temple and that Era of dresses to come up with my own version. Here is what I came up with: My inspiration: The details: Pattern: Bubble Dress by Straightgrain patterns (no longer available). I chose this pattern because of the short bodice. The bodice is fully lined with a pointed collar buttoned down. The skirt is the from the sewing pattern – only instead of sewing together the outer and inner skirts to create a bubble I left them separate to create a skirt and a lining. I also added the full back opening to incorporate the fully functional buttons. Ps. Thanks to Bec for the great photos <3 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Project Run & Play

Hello, I am posting early for Project Run and Play’s 2nd week challenge: Spring Break. My look is inspired by the holiday destination I am most excited for this year: Italy! Mind you I will be there in January so it might be a bit colder then the beautiful imagery that inspires my outfit. My inspiration: What I came up with: Patterns: Dress: Own pattern Leggings: Leggings from Shwin Designs‘s Baby Basics set The pattern size is 12-18M which actually ended up being massive on this string bean little nearly 2yo. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Hooded Jacket pattern review

Finally getting some sewing other then underwear done.   This week I sewed up Whimsy Couture’s Hooded Jacket. I have been eyeing it off for a while and bought the fabric for it weeks ago.  The pattern pieces print on only 16 pages – which is fantastic for PDF patterns. I sewed up a size 3. From printing to having it sewn up it took about 2 hours. I waited and did the buttons the next day; my Brother sewing machine recently had it and I have been borrowing a friend’s cheapie Elna 21. I have bought a gorgeous vintage 1980 Bernina 801 – I am just waiting for it to get back from the shop. But all of that is another blog entry. If I made it again I would change the pockets, they are very cute though. The buttons worked out fine – If I were to make it 100% reversible – easy to do as there are no exposed seams – I would sew buttons on both sides. Pattern: Whimsy Couture Hooded Jacket Lining Fabric: Blue Arctic Fleece from Spotlight External fabric: Sarah Fielke “On the pond weeds – Green”   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Pattern mash-up

Recently a family member asked me to make something for their daughter… They sent me a reference shot showing the buttons/collar and red… I decided to have a go because after all who doesn’t enjoy a bit of a challenge. I combined the Little Lizard King sunsuit pattern with the neckline and peter pan collar of Straight Grain’s Bubble Dress pattern. I was not sure if it was going to work out, but after some fiddling and trial and error it worked out okay. Here is what I ended up with… Pattern: Straight Grain’s Bubble Dress with Little Lizard King’s Sunsuit pattern.  Fabric: White woven fabric I had laying around for the collar, super soft red cotton lawn for body from Spotlight. Buttons: Vintage score from a second hand store. Elastic: 1″ elastic for back. Underwear elastic for around legs (makes life so much easier then encasing it) Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Photo fun

Hello, I have been very busy of late with photoshoots as you know. Here are some outtakes. This one is a classy behind the scenes shot, me trying to take the photos while 20 people are hanging around behind me trying to make the baby smile. It worked… Kind of. A sure fire way to get a smile though is to get all 4 older siblings in on the fun.  If in doubt, blow raspberries on your model. Havana, the gangster baby.  Once she got the harem pants on she became a mover and a shaker. A great sign that they are very comfy. But that was only one shoot I did that day, here are photos from another. We had lots of fun, and if you follow us on Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you would have seen the rock star video we made together. Join me soon for a tutorial on making harem shorts for any age from measurements alone. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Hello Wonderful people,I have been distant lately as I have done the following: Moved house, started a new job, started a second new job, gone back to uni and sewed more then my weight in kids clothes (slight exaggeration).Here are some pictures from a recent holiday to Singleton to visit my wife’s bestie. Some pictures from the move. My favourite custom orders of last month.  Thanks for stopping by! I will give an update soon.  Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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