What’s your favourite outfit to wear in the summer? I definitely LOVE wearing dresses as much as I can when the temps are warmer. They’re just so easy to throw on, and they’re so soft and cool. This dress is one of my newest favourites, and it’s really fun to make! If you’re a beginning seamstress, you could make this in a day. This DIY off shoulder peasant dress doesn’t require a pattern (just a few measurements), and it looks really cute, too!Continue reading
The girls and I have already been discussing what our Halloween costumes will be this year. Believe me, I’ve tried and tried and TRIED to steer them towards something unique like purple unicorns or construction worker girls. Regardless, they were determined and oh-so-passionate about dressing up as what about 90% of all the other girls will be dressed up as this year – Elsa and Anna from the movie Frozen. I finally gave in.
We’re celebrating 5 years of The DIY Mommy this month! Have you entered my celebratory giveaway yet worth over $500? Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to share with you some of the most popular tutorials on TheDIYMommy.com over the last five years. Let’s move on to the favourite projects for toddlers & older childen. Here are the most visited kid’s tutorials from 2009 to today:Continue reading
In the spring and summer, I like to wear dresses. I like to wear them A LOT. There’s something to be said about throwing on something that’s just one piece and lightweight and breezy… ahhhh. Plus, if I find just the right dress I can even wear it when I’m nursing Baby B! I made this sweet, floral shirred dress in less than 20 minutes. No joke! There’s a secret, though: I used pre-shirred fabric. It was such an incredibly fast and fulfilling project – perfect for a busy mom. Continue reading
I had the pleasure of previewing one of Oliver + S‘s adorable new fall sewing patterns this last week as part of a Sew Mama Sew challenge. Oliver + S are known for their contemporary children’s clothing sewing patterns – they’re always so cute, classic, and simple to sew!Continue reading
Once upon a time, we weren’t building a house and I had one baby instead of two. I had time to sew things for other people and sell them.
One of my most popular creations was what I called “The Venus Dress” – a knit jersey dress with two long straps that could be tied around the body in numerous ways for tons of completely different looks. This style of dress is often called an infinity dress or convertible wrap dress.
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally doing it. My baby clothing & accessories brand, Golly Gee! Baby, is going DIY and I’ll be releasing sewing patterns for my popular designs!
These sewing patterns are professionally drafted & size graded, print-at-home PDF’s with thorough instructions that include full colour step-by-step photos. The projects are far more involved than the tutorials you’d normally find on The DIY Mommy, so they are perfect for a PDF document format that you can print out and follow along.
They will be launching very soon and will be available for purchase on Etsy, the Golly Gee! Baby website and here, but before they’re released I want to give you a chance to win the entire initial set of Golly Gee! Baby sewing patterns!
To enter to win a PDF copy of ALL FIVE of these Golly Gee! Baby sewing patterns, all you need to do is comment below and tell me which pattern is your favourite and who you would sew it for.
If you’d like an extra entry, you can go “like” either The DIY Mommy or Golly Gee Baby page on Facebook and make an additional comment that you’ve done so (if you’re already a follower of either, that counts too)!
Easter seems to be approaching really quickly this year (and it is coming quicker quite literally since it’s in March this year). I’m really not sure I’ll be able to sew my two girlies Easter dresses this year which makes me sad – it’s been a tradition so far in our little family! Plus, I have such wonderful memories of my mom sewing me Easter and Christmas dresses, and she has memories of her mom sewing her and her sisters dresses. It’s in the genes!
However, I did make a couple of frilly Easter dresses for both my girls last year, and I simply didn’t have the time to write about them (I think it had something to do with getting used to having two kids). I thought I’d share them with you today just in case you’re gearing up for some Easter sewing and are in need of some ideas (and maybe I’ll motivate myself here – who knows)!
I made a dress for my then 3 year old and my then 3 month old. I wanted them to coordinate, but I didn’t want them to match exactly.
I used two patterns from the wonderful bookCute Clothes for Kids by Rob Merrett (I encourage you to buy it – it’s one of those great resource-type sewing pattern books that you can use as-is or you can use the patterns as a base for your own creations).
Little C’s dress (the older one) was based off of the “Teatime Treat” dress pattern in Cute Clothes for Kids, and the only things I changed were adding a ruffle to the hem and a double ruffle to the bottom of the apron piece.
The pattern was easy to follow and look how cute the tied sash is at the back!
Baby A’s dress was based on the “Spring Orchard” dress pattern in Cute Clothes for Kids. I added a ruffle on the hem and used snaps instead of buttons at the shoulders (only because that’s what I had on hand at the time and I wanted to finish these!).
I was really happy with the two finished Easter dresses for my little girls. They had a vintage flare to them because of the fabric style and mix, and they coordinated but weren’t exact duplicates.
Just for kicks, here’s my silly Little C in her dress from last year – it’s a wee bit snug, but she still looks like a princes don’t you think?
(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you decide to purchase products via these links, a small percentage of the sale will be given to me at no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win – thanks for helping support thediymommy.com!)