Category Archives: Sewing

The Adèle Dress

adele dress pattern citronille

It has been quite a while since I did any sewing for this little one. Seeing as she is coming up on a year in just two weeks, I think her growing is going to slow down a bit, which gives me a little more time to whip up some new clothes before they have to get packed away again. I really look forward to dressing a toddler in homemade outfits again.

This little dress is called Adèle and is from the French pattern company Citronille. It came together in about an hour and a half, and though the pattern is in French, it was simple enough to piece together following the pictures (and years of sewing).

I love the little pocket detail in the front and the buttons over the shoulders. June thinks it is hilarious when I stick a toy in the pocket and she fishes it out. She is a funny one.

adele dress pattern citronille

adele dress pattern citronille

adele dress pattern citronille

adele dress pattern citronille

Another Balsamine Dress

balsamine citronille dress pattern

This is the second time I have used the Balsamine pattern from Citronille–and I love it almost as much as I love the Suzanne pattern! I sewed this one for Lucy to wear on her birthday last week using some simple polka dot fabric I picked up at JoAnn’s a year or so back. It is such a simple pattern and came together in under two hours. The loose fit of it leaves plenty of room for my active girl to jump, run, and play.

balsamine citronille dress pattern

balsamine citronille dress pattern

Yet Another Suzanne Dress

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

Yes, I sewed another Suzanne dress. I know seeing the same old dress time and time again makes for a rather boring blog, but I just love this pattern so much, and Lucy pretty much lives in these comfy tunic style dresses. This is my sixth time following this pattern (not including the doll versions I have made!), and I will tell you now– I plan to make many more! If you are interested in this sewing pattern I have written about it more here.

This version was made out of the softest cotton lawn, from Robert Kaufman’s collection, London Calling, which is filled with beautiful florals in the style of Liberty of London–but with a much more reasonable price! They have a lovely selection, and I plan on ordering more fabrics from the collection soon.

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

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citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

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citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

 

A Birthday Princess in the Forest

princess in the forest birthday party sybille von olfers

This weekend we celebrated Lucy’s upcoming fourth birthday in the woods with friends. With friends arriving dressed as gnomes, fairies, and princesses, it was nothing short of magical.

I kept it simple, because in all honesty, I just do not enjoy throwing parties like I used to. I scheduled the party from 10-12, and we provided snacks and cupcakes for the kids. The most I did was make some sandwiches. Easy peasy, and I don’t think anyone minded (though pre-children me would have been horrified at the lack of creativity with the food!).

For favors I made up a bunch of fairy wands–multi colored ribbons tied to sticks. It was such an easy an fun activity, that a dear friend gave me the idea for.

Lucy’s dress was of course the same as this one. It is one of the fastest and easiest patterns I have followed–I wish it came in adult sizes!

The day was a very rare damp one in these parts, but no one seemed to mind. Lucy wore her rain boots under her princess dress, and came home covered in mud and dirt, as any little forest princess should! It was a beautiful day.

forest birthday party

princess in the forest birthday party sybille von olfers

ribbon fairy wands

princess in the forest birthday party sybille von olfers

 

A Sun Dress for Baby

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I sewed up this little dress and bloomer set for June about two weeks ago. I made it in a size one, thinking it would be a little while before she fit it, but as you can see she is already fitting into it! I do wonder if there is much a point to sew for babies at the rate they grow, but, I love to see her in clothing I made, so I continue to do it.

The pattern is vintage, Butterick 4782. It is a very simple dress that ties over the shoulder, much like the unicorn Citronille dress I sewed up for Lucy recently.

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A Princess in the Forest Dress

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

Lucy is really into princesses. The feminist in me wishes I had banned all princess related merchandise before she ever knew what a princess was, but as many other families with young girls know, it just seems to sneak into your home–and then multiply (why oh why Disney are you so hellbent on making sure every inch of a little girl’s life is covered in Cinderella, Ariel, or Belle?!).

Instead of fighting it too much (though we have started to request no character themed gifts), I have been trying to introduce her to and encourage more creative princess play as well as books that depict princess in a strong and vibrant light, and not just as the woe-as-me girl who needs a man’s affection to feel happy.

One of the books we bought for Lucy for Christmas is called The Princess in the Forest by Sybille von Olfers. It is a very simple story about the daily activities of this princess in the forest. Lucy took to it immediately.

A few months back I went on the hunt for a princess dress sewing pattern to make for Lucy. I only had two requirements, it could not be a Disney princess’ dress and it needed to be relatively easy. I looked through etsy for vintage patterns, I searched all the major pattern companies, and finally I stumbled onto this pattern on Burda Style, it was better than I could have hoped for, and it resembled the dress from The Princess in the Forest. It was also one of the fastest patterns I have followed in a long time, I sewed it up one morning during an extra long baby nap. Lucy has requested one in red to match the Princess in the Forest exactly, and I think I will oblige–with a little yellow crown to top it off.

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

A Unicorn Dress for Summer

balsamine citronille dress sewing pattern

Winter hasn’t officially come to an end and we in southern California are experiencing temperatures in the low 90s. I’m not ready for the heat and am sad to say that we pulled our standing fan out of storage and it will likely be on until mid November. It all seems too soon. Though I must admit, warm weather brings about margarita season and I had my first in nearly two years (oh, how badly I wanted one last summer when I was pregnant and we were in the depths of inferno!).

This little summer dress is called Balsamine, from Citronille. The beautiful unicorn fabric is by Heather Ross. This was one of the fastest projects I have sewed up in a while, other than the straps, which gave me a bit of trouble at first. I hadn’t given much thought to how I would turn the skinny spaghetti straps inside out once they were sewed up, and trying to do it by hand and poking through with a knitting needle was an infuriating process. I found this tutorial for sewing skinny straps, re-cut the pieces and was done in record time. Brilliant! I see myself sewing up quite a few of these dresses this year, they are so perfect for our endless summers, loose and airy, easy to move in, and as I already mentioned, fast to sew.

Now I need to get to work on some vintage patterns in my stash, I promise this is not just a Citronille pattern review blog!

balsamine citronille dress sewing pattern

balsamine dress citronille sewing pattern

balsamine dress citronille sewing pattern

 

The Rose Top

citronille rose top

This little bug is turning four months next week. No surprise really, but I still can’t come to terms how fast she is growing, both in size and developmentally. Just this week she started rolling from side to side and two days later I caught her trying to scoot along. The next day she traveled a good foot or so before my very eyes. Slow down little lady, mama is not ready yet for another mobile babe.

Way back when I was pregnant and had just found out she was a she, I started this sweet little top (Citronille, Rose), along with another in the size down from this. I finished both tops a week or so after starting, but lazily put off adding the buttons and buttonholes until last weekend. I squeezed her into the smaller size and may try to once more for a picture, but the smaller one won’t be getting much wear (not that any baby clothes really does).

This little top though, I am so happy with how it turned out. I will dress her in it as much as possible for the next month or two, until her arms shoot out the sleeves and the buttons in back no longer button. It is somewhat of a silly thing to sew for such fast growing babies, but I am glad I did a little.

citronille rose blouse

citronille rose top

citronille rose blouse

Another Suzanne Dress and Some Bunnies

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Today we went to the birthday party of one of Lucy’s closest friends. It was a very special bunny birthday, and all the kids got to spend some one on one time with a bunch of rabbits. What could possibly be better?

Last week I sewed up this little dress that Lucy is wearing, as well as a matching one for her friend Holly. It is a pattern I have sewn many times before (the pattern is Citronille, Suzanne, seen here and here and here), and there is so much comfort in making it, I think I only looked at the instructions once or twice while I was working on the dresses. Upon finishing, I used some scraps to sew up matching dresses for both girl’s dolls (using the Citronille Suzanne doll pattern here), I wish I had gotten a picture!

Lucy stamped the wrapping paper for Holly’s dress (and her doll Tazzy’s dress) using the end of some expired celery that had been sitting in our fridge. Thank you pinterest for another great idea!

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