My Sister’s Storybook Baby Shower

It’s almost October and I never shared the details from my sister’s baby shower! Sorry in advance for photo overload!

My sister has always loved reading, and is an English teacher, so books are clearly her thing. We thought storybooks would be a great theme for her shower, and as I recently learned, it’s a pretty popular theme. My mom, sister and I were all part of planning and I was the main maker.

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

Her invitations came from etsy, and they were adorable! You can find them here. We also chose to do the “bring as book” and “diaper raffle” at the shower, which worked out really well.

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

We had the shower at a restaurant so the only other thing we really had to plan were the centerpieces. We wanted to do a different book on each table and chose some of our favorites/most popular books for each table. I put together all the centerpieces with items from around our house, a little bit of crafting and some store bought items. I wanted each table to have a common thing so I made round place-mats in different fabrics. Here’s the breakdown!

1.Madeline

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

The Eiffel Tower is a jewelry holder from Michaels, I covered a cardboard oatmeal box with felt to look like Madeline’s coat and we had a straw hat to which we added a simple black ribbon to complete the look.

2. Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat)

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

About a week before the shower I suggested we get real goldfish for this table. After the ok from my sister, we all thought it would be cute for each little girl to go home with a goldfish, so we bought three! (not too many kids came to the shower). For the vase, I glued stripes of felt onto a glass vase to look like Dr. Seuss’s Hat. We also found these cool pom poms at Michaels to use on the table.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

 The caterpillar is made out of felt and glued into the bud holder. We couldn’t find fake fruit so we added some real pieces around the center to go with the story and a couple red flowers to the sides.

4. Alice in Wonderland

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This is my favorite. My sister got me an Alice teacup from Disney years ago that we used as a mini flower vase. My mom had a vintage Alice in Wonderland book that we added to the table. And for the “drink me” detail, I filled small jars with pink confetti!

5. Winnie the Pooh

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My sister loves Pooh so she contributed one of her actual stuffed animals to the table! For the small vase, I glued rope around the glass and glued a yellow ribbon on top. My mom found a small bee in our basement and it was just so perfect! The larger vase is decorated, although you can’t see. I hot glued yellow felt to the top to make it look like honey was dripping from inside.

6. Peter Rabbit

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

 I found everything for this centerpiece in our greenhouse. A small garden rabbit and tiny watering can made this theme fun! I made the felt carrots to add in a little crafting.

I worked with my mom to customize the flowers for each table to go with the theme. They all came from our garden and really brought everything together.

One of my favorite parts was the favor. I made bookmarks with our brand new Silhouette Cameo paper cutter  and attached candy boxes to each bookmark. I wish I got a better picture of the boxes. They were from etsy, and each box had a different picture of a children’s book cover on it! So cute! We filled the candy boxes with strawberry candies that my grandma always had in her purse and her house. It was really special to have a little memory of her at the shower.

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

Everything went smoothly, even though it was raining by the end of the shower. My sister received so many wonderful things for her baby.

I previously shared my shower gift to my sister but didn’t share her dress! I made her a knit tube top dress with the circle skirt. I had to make a few alterations because she grew right before the shower but it looked so cute on her. (Sorry I don’t have nicer pictures!)

Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched Storybook Baby Shower - Trish Stitched

In other news, I recently did an interview with Kollabora! For those who don’t know, Kollabora is an awesome craft sharing site that I’ve been posting on for years! I love seeing all the projects, it feels like a great mix between Instagram, blogs & pinterest.

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We are expecting baby any day now, so I’m not sure how much sewing I’ll be doing! Have a great week!

 

Refashioners 2016 – Jeans to Bomber Jacket

Let me take you back to 7 years ago when I was just about to start my Sophomore Year of college. I was recently single (and lets be honest, heartbroken) and I was going back to school where I only knew a few people. Going through a small episode of depression, I decided that a little retail therapy was in order. So into Macy’s I went, not expecting much, when on the sale rack in the ‘Girls’ section was the most amazing faux brown leather bomber jacket. And to my surprise, they had one left in my size (girls 12-14). I snatched it before any 12 year old could come along and steal it away, tweens can be vicious you know!?

I put it on and immediately felt cool. That jacket was the most worn item in my wardrobe for the next couple years. I wore it on so many adventures and couldn’t imagine putting together an outfit without it. Recently, I went to put it on and noticed the fabric in the back started peeling away right under the collar so bad that I couldn’t fix it. And after ignoring the problem for another few wears, Drew made me get rid of it.

After this upset, I put “bomber jacket” on my sewing list with no immediate plans. I wanted to make a replacement but didn’t have the time and really wanted to take care with the project. Flash forward to the refashioners challenge and the thought of using this as a reason to make a bomber seemed perfect! It wouldn’t be made in a beautiful brown faux leather but I would take a denim version.

In my mind, I imagined a dark denim body with light denim sleeves. I was hoping to find  distressed denim for some cool detail and went into my local Salvation Army with a solid plan. All those thoughts went out the window when I saw the most amazing printed pants. Of course I gravitated to the prints, and my mind started racing all over again. I decided to go with the printed pairs and buy coordinating solids.

Refashioners 2016: Jeans to Bomber Jacket by Trish Stitched

After some bomber jacket research, the Rigel Bomber had the best style I was looking for. It was also unlined, which made sewing this so much easier. The body was made from the rose floral pair and the sleeves were made from the awesome teal pair I found that almost perfectly matched. I also used the black pair to make the facing and the pockets. I had to buy the grey knit ribbing, which in reality I could have bought a t-shirt at Salvation Army, but didn’t want to use anything too outstretched.

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This jacket was amazingly easy to sew, even with welt pockets. It took some time to plan out how to cut into the jeans and I couldn’t cut on the grain or anything but it all fit nicely and I didn’t even have that much left over! I also added elbow patches to give it an extra touch.

Refashioners 2016: Jeans to Bomber Jacket by Trish Stitched

Refashioners 2016: Jeans to Bomber Jacket by Trish StitchedRefashioners 2016: Jeans to Bomber Jacket by Trish Stitched

I absolutely love the result and wore it almost every day on vacation! I honestly didn’t think I would join in the refashioners challenge. I wanted to make something wearable and didn’t know what to do with jeans without making it look like a garment made from jeans. But I really couldn’t be happier with how this jacket looks. Also, if you have some time to read over the crazy amount of inspiration on Portia’s Blog for refashioning jeans, it’s worth it.

Refashioners 2016: Jeans to Bomber Jacket by Trish Stitched

While it doesn’t replace my favorite jacket of all time, it is a happy addition to my wardrobe. And now that I have the pattern down, if I find the perfect faux brown leather, this would be a great make! And just for fun, here’s 19 year old me in my bomber during a field trip to Boston.

Refashioners 2016: Jeans to Bomber Jacket by Trish Stitched

 

Pattern Testing- Rue by Colette

Let me start by saying, I’ve never been picked to test a pattern before. I’ve thrown my name and info to a bunch of makers but was never one they chose, so this is a super exciting moment for me! I’m a huge fan of Colette Patterns, (and those who read my blog know I love Seamwork) so when Rue came into my inbox I kind of freaked. She’s darling – and I had the privilege of getting to make her before the public.

My review:

The very first thing I love about this pattern are the options you have. You could make a 3 quarter length sleeve with piping in the bodice and a straight skirt- or you can do short sleeve with no piping and a full skirt. There are a ton of possibilities within one pattern which is a major plus.  I decided to make Version 1, short sleeve with piping in the bodice and a pleated skirt. Another AMAZING feature is that the pdf version is layered, meaning you can omit all the pattern lines for sizes you don’t need! LOVE!

Fall Floral Rue- Trish Stitched

Since I was pattern testing, I did something I very rarely do- I made a muslin. I made the size 0 and to my total joy, I didn’t need to make any adjustments to the fit! What scares me and makes me really happy at the same time with Rue is the beautiful finishings on the interior. The reason this scares me is because the fit has to be perfect before sewing in the lining. There are times in garment making that the top will look good but I ultimately want to take it in here and there after finishing. With Rue, any alterations made after completing the garment would leave an ugly finish inside. Thankfully I didn’t have to alter, but it is something to consider while making.

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The piping made me nervous because I had only done piping one other time, years ago, and wanted a refresher. One of the coolest things about this pattern is the video detailing at all the steps I needed help with! As soon as I got to the piping, there’s a url to the exact instructions I need!

Other instructions were easy to follow, and I had a breeze sewing until it was time to finish the armholes. I could not wrap my head around it. I was able to figure out the entire thing until getting to the top, near the shoulder. I couldn’t get through to the seam, and even with the video, for some reason I just wasn’t getting it. I think the problem was that I needed to start at that top point, then continue down but I was afraid to undo the work I had already done for fear of messing it up even more. I wound up hand stitching the top of the armhole shut, and it worked well, as it was only about two inches that needed to be shut. There was a video for this section as well, but I think I just needed more instruction on it.  I’m going to chalk this one up to user error, but I did want to point out where my problem area was.

Fall Floral Rue- Trish Stitched

Fall Floral Rue- Trish Stitched

The only alteration I needed to make was in the length. The original hem line is below the knee and on a short legged person, it doesn’t work. I hemmed the dress to right above my knees, a total of 5″ off and it is perfect. On a side note, after looking at these photos, I clearly need to work on my invisible zipper- sewing fail!

Fall Floral Rue- Trish Stitched

This is a beautiful pattern, the lines are stunning and the design is unique. While I was so thrilled to make this pattern, and love the dress I made, it isn’t something I get to wear often so it’s a pretty special piece. After making it, I imagined this as the perfect winter cocktail dress, and if I ever get invited to an office party at Drew’s company, I’ll be making this out of a beautiful solid.

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And just a quick review of the dress stats:

-Fabric is Kaufman London Calling from Fabric.com

-I made version 1, in size 0 with added piping

-Skirt is hemmed up 5″

In other news, I’m currently across the States in Seattle! Drew and I are taking the week off to explore here and then make our way to Portland. AND I finished my project for Refashioners 2016! Can’t wait to share it!

 

Oslo Tribal Print Cardigan

The past few mornings I’ve been getting out of bed and running to put on warmer clothes. 65 degrees in the morning? Say it aint so but it feels like fall is coming. To be honest, I love the summer heat. It’s glorious and I know most people complain but I will take heat waves over snow storms any day. The only thing that makes me look forward to fall is the fashion and the beautiful colors.

Now that the temps are going down, my everyday wardrobe is going back to jeans and sweaters. I always have a few cardigans/sweaters close by because I get cold easily but when I realized that there are only a few on constant rotation in my closet, I knew I needed to make a new one.

Tribal Print Oslo Cardigan- Trish Stitched

I found this awesome tribal print in the remnant bin at JoAnns. It was about a yard and I thought I would have enough for Oslo, the cardigan I’ve been wanting to make from Seamwork Magazine. Turns out it wasn’t enough so onto fabric.com I went to get a solid black. The biggest debacle I faced was whether the print should be on the sleeve & collar or on the body. When I wear anything with long sleeves, I tend to push them up, so I knew the print wouldn’t be utilized to its full potential being on the sleeves – so on the body it went!

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Changes I made to the pattern: Overall, I had to take the sleeves in quite a bit because silly me cut a size too big. (I cut xs for the body) I was nervous when cutting because with cutting my Astoria from Seamwork, the sleeves were too tight and I didn’t want the same thing to happen. I would rather make something smaller than be unable to wear a garment for being too tight. I opted out of the cuff because the fabric is a little too thick and having it in a cuff was way too heavy. I also hemmed a few inches off the bottom. It was long on my short body, so now it looks normal! The last thing I changed was omitting the front buttons. I never button my sweaters/cardigans (what’s the difference between those two anyway?) so I wanted to keep the open feel.

Tribal Print Oslo Cardigan- Trish Stitched

I love this piece and think it is going to get so much use in the coming months. I would love to make a few more Oslo’s, the pattern is a wonderful staple and it is easy to make changes.

Also, can you tell I love my new couch? It’s taken three years to invest in our own living room furniture (we bought all the furniture from the previous tenants, Drew’s friend) and in one shopping trip we got a new couch and coffee table! I just need to find the perfect rug to add. If you are in the market for a couch, I highly recommend World Market. Affordable, cute, and small enough pieces for apartment living!

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Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit

It isn’t everyday I get to make a pretty dress. In fact, it’s fairly rare that I get to make anything fancy for my wardrobe. So whenever an event comes around, I love getting to challenge my sewing skills. A friend’s wedding was the perfect excuse to pull out the most beautiful print in my stash and make this gorgeous piece.

I had been seeing so many floral maxi dresses around Pinterest and I thought it would make a cute look for the wedding and a great use of the gorgeous print I picked up in the Bahamas. I spent a lot of time researching a pattern to try to get something close to what I wanted the dress to look like. This was a major task and honestly, a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  The major features I wanted were a crossed bodice, something like you would see in a wrap dress, but sewn closed, and a straight skirt with a front slit. I also wanted spaghetti straps. When I began looking, there were so many tops with the front style I wanted, but they all had sleeves. I already knew I would have to do alterations, and wanted to do as few as possible so changing the sleeve detail was out of the question.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

I found McCalls 6961 in my search and it was like the heavens opened up. It had all I wanted in a top, I would just have to add my own skirt. Easy enough..right? I had to make a muslin version because I only had so much fabric, and could not leave anything to chance. After I made the top, it was obvious the back of the bodice would not work. The top came up way too high so I cut it about 3″ lower than the original design. I also decided that the back could use a fun little detail so adding a criss cross back was a spur of the moment decision but I love how it turned out.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

I was having a serious brain block when thinking about drafting the skirt to add the front slit. I wanted it to sit in the front, but needed to have a clean edge on each side, so just cutting into the fabric was out. I found this tutorial for making the front slit. I didn’t make a gathered skirt like the tutorial, as I didn’t have enough fabric, but was able to divide my skirt into thirds and put in the front slit. Genius! Seriously, I was so blown away with the logic it was one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

I started with a simple A-line skirt but realized there just wasn’t enough room to walk so I drafted a skirt sloper with no darts and added fullness. This skirt gave me enough room in the bottom without adding any extra fabric to the waist area like a gathered skirt would do. There’s also a side zipper and the bodice is lined.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

This was the dress I pictured in my dreams. It came out so perfect. I am thrilled with the result and it fits like a glove! The wedding was beautiful, and while the only people I knew were my boyfriend and the groom, we had a great time.

We’ve been to five weddings in the past few years, three I’ve been in, and it’s still crazy to think that we are at the age where everyone is getting married. Drew and I have been together for almost 5 years, and I’ve definitely dropped the engagement hints. My ultimate sewing goal is to make my own wedding dress and I think I’m totally ready to make it- but we will just keep that between us haha (he doesn’t read my blog).

I also wanted to apologize to anyone who has commented on my blog the last few weeks! WordPress wasn’t allowing me to respond to comments in my usual way, but I think I’ve gotten a way around it. I read every comment, and very much appreciate those who leave one!

Handmade Christening Gown from Piece of Wedding Dress

This past weekend was my Sister’s Baby Shower! It was a lovely day and after months of planning and weeks of making, I was finally able to give my sister her handmade gift.

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

This little piece has quite a story and a bit of a journey that I am so excited to share.

When my sister got married, she decided to get the train of her dress hemmed off because she was just a little short for all that fabric. She asked me if I wanted the extra material and of course I said yes. I didn’t know what to do with it, since not every project calls for bridal fabric, so it sat for years. When my sister said she would be having a little girl, I thought it would be super special to make a christening gown with the fabric.

It took weeks to get the courage to cut into the material. And then another week to to actually start sewing the dress. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous making a garment since I had such a limited amount of fabric to work with and it had to come out perfect.

I used the smaller sides (technically the center front) for the bodice pieces and the sleeves. The center back was used for the skirt.

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

After some gown research, I went with Simplicity 2457 view A for the final piece. I didn’t want something extremely frilly or vintage looking because that isn’t my sister’s style. I loved the small details on this pattern and I was able to customize with just a little bit of lace to compliment the fabric itself.

Funny story about the lace! I forgot to bring a swatch of fabric with me when buying the lace trim so I had to go based off memory. In the store there was a stark white and then there was an off white, then it went into some yellowish tones. I went with the off white and bought about 6 yards total. I brought it home and put it up to the fabric and it looked just like the stark white! So instead of going back to the store, I tea dyed the lace! I thought black tea would make it too dark so I soaked the pieces in chamomile tea and after 10 minutes, it was perfect! The work we put into a garment…haha

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I wanted to keep the original hem so the bottom of my dress is different from the pattern but I did follow the pleats on the waist. I also had a set of vintage pink buttons in my stash and used them to close the back.

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

I am so proud of this piece and it is special garment for her new baby to treasure.

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

 I also made my own dress and my sister’s dress!

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched at the Tinicum Arts Festival

My car is finally unloaded, my sewing machine is well rested and I can actually start thinking about something other than booth design. Last weekend I attended my third craft show, the Tinicum Arts Festival in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Tinicum Park is located right outside of Frenchtown, NJ (the cutest little town) and I was excited to be part of such a big event. There were so many crafters- many woodworkers, potters and painters, even TWO broom makers! There were a few bag makers, but none as colorful as me.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

It was a long weekend, and my stress level was super high because there are so many little details involved, it’s easy to forget something. Friday night we went to set up my tent and it was pouring rain so hard we couldn’t even put the tent up. My parents and I wound up leaving my tent and tables in my “spot”. The next morning my mom and I got to the field early to set up my booth. After the set up, the rain came back and we had showers off and on the entire day. Sunday thankfully saw lots of sun and people were more inclined to come out and shop. The weekend as a whole was long but I had some great sales and met some wonderful people which is what counts.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I’ve been planning my booth out in my mind for months and had new ideas I wanted to try for this show. The most eye catching addition was my name sign. I got wood letters from Michaels on super sale and my mom modge podged polka dot fabric onto each letter. My dad drilled two holes into the tops of each letter and I strung them together. We also spray varnished them so they were safe in the rain.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I’ve also been making a lot more recycled bags and wanted a larger display for them, separate from my non-recycled bags. So they got their own table, with some added shelves for height. I have a few more ideas for this section of my booth, to show the process that goes into a recycled bag.

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I found this old flower cart in my parent’s barn and thought it would make a cute addition to the front of my booth to offer a small sampling of the bags I make. It was also a good opportunity to put my business cards on this table because when my booth was full, walker-bys were able to take a card and come back later.

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Most of my displays stayed the same from my first few shows, as I wasn’t focused on changing their look. I love my tote bag display and the card holder display and won’t be changing them anytime soon. I would like to create a new display for my small pouches and my non recycled clutches. I love the suitcases but am ready for something new.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

A majority of the comments I received were about selling on etsy. There were multiple shoppers who had their own craft and wanted to sell online but etsy intimidated them. I am a huge fan of etsy because it is an easy, inexpensive way to sell all over the world. I’m not an expert on the subject but know that etsy works for me. One day I would like my own standalone site but am happy with what etsy offers right now. If you are nervous about starting an etsy shop, just go for it! You will never be fully ready, and it takes so much work, but if you really want to sell your craft- do it!

The show was as great as it was for one reason only. My awesome support team. My dad made sure my tent was sturdy, and even made me concrete weights to tie to each side. He made sure all the extra structures, like my tote rack and flower stand, were secure. My sister helped cut fabric for my name sign and showed up with her husband on Sunday for support. My boyfriend, Drew, was fully understanding of why the apartment was a mess and I had supplies all over the place the past few weeks. He also stopped by on Sunday for a few hours. And my mom…my amazing mom. She was there the whole time. She helped me set up, she was my “right hand man” and she made sure I ate. I am so lucky that even if my family thinks I’m crazy, they support me.

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I don’t have any other shows coming up but I’m looking into some winter ones. Hoboken has a holiday show and I think it would be really cool to do a show in my own town. I’m also looking into a few larger shows in the city- Brooklyn specifically.

And I’m so happy I get to think about sewing clothes again! My sister’s baby shower is in a few weeks and I am almost done with my dress. I’m also making a dress for my sister to wear, which just needs a final fitting, and I’m making a special handmade gift for the baby! It’s crazy how quickly the time is flying by, July is almost over and before we know it, there will be a little baby bundle in our lives.