Thursday, March 30, 2017

March's PAGR Fan Fashion

This month's fan fashion's were sew cute! 

Ahh! I adore these! The fabric of the dress is so pretty! You did a great job sewing these Victoria!

From: Smile and Craft AG
I love this too! The fabric is so pretty and Gracie you did a great job sewing it! 

I love that she turned this into a tunic (even though she said it was accidental!), but I still think it looks adorable!

That's all we have for this month. If you'd like to be featured in April, send me your entries by April 28th. You can use #pagrfanfashion on IG, email me, or even just make a blog post (but be sure to tell me that you did). 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Outfits (collab with Luv Of Dolls)

Hey guys! Today's post will get your dolls ready for spring! This post is a collab with Luv Of Dolls, so you should go check out her amazing blog.

Outfit 1

This outfit is super springy. I love how it all came together. 
Top: My own pattern
Shoes: American Girl

Outfit 2
This dress is a super cute pattern I tried out recently and I'm so happy with how it came out. 
Dress: Oliver + S
Shoes: American Girl

Outfit 3
You may recognize this one from my profile picture. I wasn't the hugest fan of this skirt at first, but after taking these pictures, I'm in love with it!
Skirt: Circle skirt with waistband and bow
Shoes: American Girl

Those are all the outfits I have for now. Remember to go check out the outfits Luv Of Dolls posted. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seven Way to Wear... A SAVVY SWING DRESS!!

This month I'm showing you seven different ways to wear my Savvy Swing Dress pattern.

Day 1
Of course the easiest way to wear the Savvy Swing Dress is to just wear it! Add a simple headband or jacket, and you've got a great outfit. 

Day 2
Another simple way to wear the dress is with a skirt. I chose this floral maxi skirt with a bow, but any skirt would look cute!

Day 3
 Adding shirt on top of the dress adds a great layered look. The color blocking idea is very in, and a sweater would look great for winter. 

Day 4
 This pinafore from a dolly_d3lights video is super cute! Kennedy looks like a minion, but she's okay with that!

Day 5 
 Likewise, you can also wear it with a romper. There will be a bit of bulk in the back (cough cough permapanties cough cough), but just don't look back there. 

Day 6
You could also wear it with a cute pair of shorts. I would recommend some high waisted shorts for this outfit combo. 

 Day 7
 Okay, I'm kind of in love with this. I turned it into a cute body con dress. You will probably need pins or a hair tie for this, but those can always be covered with a long cardigan. 

What outfit is your favorite? I can't pick a favorite! What should I do with this next? 

  • Last thing I wanted to let you let you guys know is that I now have a survey! It's about my patterns, and I'd really appreciate if you checked it out (and filled it out too!). PAGR Pattern Survey

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sewing Tips & Tricks

Lots of people lately are learning how to sew, which is amazing! Some people have asked me for tips and tricks, so here you go. 

  1. Start out on a quilting cotton. Easiest fabric to work on.
  2. Top stitching looks professional, but too much top stitching is too much.
  3. Iron when possible. Iron on a lower setting to prevent burning fabric.
  4. You don't need a super expensive machine to make great things. Like you don't need a serger/ overlocker to start sewing. If you want to sell the clothes, yes, you should probably have one. If you are just sewing for yourself, you don’t need one.
  5. Always double check to the threading of the machine.
  6. CLEAN YOUR MACHINE! This will help to prevent some of the dreaded “THE MACHINE ATE MY FABRIC!!” that seems to happen all too often.
  7. Start simple. Don’t try something that has multiple pieces, or multiple steps you don’t know how to perform.
  8. Watch videos, read blogs, and even take a class!
  9. Make things you want to make! It doesn’t make you more creative to sew something you don't want to sew. Also make things that you would wear. Now, I don’t really follow this rule, as I make certain things for my dolls that I would never wear, but this gives you a good starting base.
  10. Learn how to use a tape measure! Honestly, I like to measure things in centimeters sometimes, and some tutorials are in centimeters. Likewise, you need to know how to measure in inches. Also being able to do simple math is helpful. There are so many tutorials that can be resized for dolls, and this requires a bit of math.
  11. Make sure your sewing space has good lights to cut down on accidents of all sizes.
  12. Have these things next to you at all times: machine key (screw driver), machine cleaning brush, fabric scissors, trash can, seam ripper, pins and pin cushion.
  13. Look at people for inspiration. Now this is a benefit of going to public school! I have definitely recreated some pieces I’ve seen classmates wear. Also, follow other seamstresses on Instagram, Blogger, or Pinterest.
  14. Use patterns in the beginning. Now this is another rule I didn’t follow (shocker!), but it would probably help to start sewing other people's patterns before creating their own. I have a page of free patterns on my Pinterest and I’m adding more all the time.
  15. Use good thread! A bad thread is super thin, super cheap, but it breaks often. That’s the biggest annoyance to be in the middle of sewing and have the thread break.
  16. Learn how to hand sew. This is just a good skill for life.
  17. Go to fabric stores! I think this is one of the instances that you should DEFINITELY NOT shop online. You need to feel the fabric, see the scale, and just look at it before purchase.
  18. Clip corners and curves! This will help the garment press flatter and cleaner.
Now a little bit about my sewing "journey". I started hand stitching sewing doll clothes in Summer 2015. That Christmas I received the Brother CE1100PRW and I currently use that machine. I did sew a little bit on a machine before I got mine, but never seriously. That summer, I also started making my own patterns. I starting sharing my creations on IG 3 days after Christmas 2015, and starting sharing patterns on the blog here a yearish later.  I made a lot of my favorite patterns in the beginning of learning how to sew, and I'm still trying to make new ones now.

I've learned a lot about sewing through trial and error which isn't the best idea.  However, its the best way to learn. Watching videos helps me to learn some of those things I can't figure out. I mostly watch videos for inspiration rather than actually learning. Sometimes things pop up in patterns that I don't know how to do, so that's when I look things up.

What other sewing related posts would you like to see? Maybe a post about the worst projects? I'm thinking about recreating one of my worst projects in a post.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More Savvy Swing Dresses

So, I've sewing a lot lately (shocker!) and I've sewn some more Savvy Swing Dresses.

The first one uses this cute floral knit that I found at Joanns. I also used the u neck option on the Savvy Swing Dress.  

Here is a variation I made of the pattern to recreate Kit's Play Dress. I added a lot to the dress, so this probably isn't the easiest thing to make. I could make this pattern, but I'm afraid it would be really complex to create. 

This dress was created with the same pattern variation as the Kit's Play Dress remake. I just omitted the top bow part, sleeves and back pleats (which I made on the Kit dress!)

Here's a Savvy shirt I made by cutting the skirt part off the pattern. I also made this from a sweater knit, but I wouldn't really recommend it. It frays easy, and it was a pain to sew. 
Also would you guys be interested in the pattern for these shorts? Let me know!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's my birthday! 🎉🎉

Today is my birthday! So I thought I'd show you the big thing I received. I'm so grateful for everything, and my mom did a great job picking it out.

So I got a camera! I was totally surprised with a Sony A6000. I took some pictures this afternoon that I'd like to show you.

Check more out here!
This was all a learning experience and the first time I ever took photos with a camera. I'm pretty surprised at how good some came out!
Also throwing a little reminder at the end here that photos for PAGR Fan Fashion are due by the 29th. Can't wait to see your creations!