Another Great Pattern!

If you don't follow the blog Made, you should! Dana is coming up with amazing patterns on a regular basis. Here's her most recent FREE pattern for the Warhol Dress (mine is a Warhol Shirt).

This is the first one I made. Father's Day is right around the corner and I have a tradition of making AC/DC shirts for my kids for my husband. He is a HUGE AC/DC fan, which may come as a surprise to those of you who know him. It's pretty fun to see how people react when they see my cute kids coming down the street in AC/DC shirts. Especially a pink one!

It was so fun and easy making my first Warhol Dress, that I had to make another. I made a few modifications to the original pattern the second time around. I cut the armholes a little deeper and made the sides less A-line so that it was a little looser around the middle. My general experience is that if you cut it more square at the beginning, when you gather the top it naturally ends up A-line. I added a little pocket to off-set the black and a cute little button for fun.

Now the only trick will be getting my almost 4-year old who hates dresses to wear it. I've been calling it the "not dress", think that will work? :)

Even if she doesn't wear it, it's super fun and easy to make, so go download the pattern now!


Why I don't like shirring....

Okay, so shirring can be fun and many people make lots of cute things....but here's my issue: it's hard to predict how much your fabric is going to bunch up.

I made this slightly modified version of
Rae's Itty Bitty Dress for my friend Courtney who's having a litte girl in July. So cute!

Check out the super cute bow in back!

I promised her I'd make some matching little bloomers to go with the dress, and couldn't just make bloomers, so I made a cute little top to match. The problem is, the top bunched up a little too much! Ack, this drives me nuts! It either bunches too little or too much. The control freak in me doesn't like the lack of control with shirring!

But, the end result is pretty cute nonetheless and I bet it will look even cuter on her new baby girl.

Here's a fun card to go along with the present. It's a great way to use up fabric scraps and add a unique touch to any gift. I used this quilted notecard tutorial.

Hope she likes it!


More Switzerland Pictures

Here are some pictures from a beautiful hike I went on today.