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Floral Morrison Tee

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

Oh this shirt makes me so happy! I had stopped by my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts, and spied this lovely floral knit by Bolt (Girl Charlee) sitting all pretty. I knew Natalie would absolutely love it. It’s such a nice shade of purple, plus the coral and other colors just pop. It was one I don’t think would have grabbed my attention while online shopping, so I’m thankful to have the opportunity to touch and feel it in person. I washed it up right away so that I would be one step closer to actually making something.

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

Normally I lean towards not actually making something for a long time. It’s way too easy to buy and then set aside. But I’m kind of sick of that mentality, so I got to work on making this Morrison Tee (pattern by Hey June) right away. It was so refreshing to feel inspired by the fabric and then be rewarded by actually completing the project within a short time frame! I think I might have to do that more often, especially for garments.

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

Anyway, the Morrison Tee is so sweet. Adrianna does such a nice job of being thorough and at the same time to-the-point. I also love that she’s designing for the age group that my girls are currently in, how convenient! In the end I feel like I know what my girls will like. It’s so much easier now to communicate about projects together. When they were littler it was hit or miss, plus I was learning just as much as they were about what they liked and what they didn’t. Now we talk fabric and colors and fit and in the end, most of the things I make them get worn quite a bit! I went with the size 10 after taking Natalie’s measurements, it’s great because Adrianna includes the finished garment measurements as well as the body measurements. So she ended up in the size 12, but after comparing the actual garment measurements we agreed that the 10 would be great. I did add two inches to the length because Natalie is at the taller end of the chart and she loves shirts that are a little longer. It ended up being perfect.

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

I’m off to start making one for Emily, of course once she spied Natalie’s, she asked for one right away. Love it!

Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead


Pattern: Morrison Tee by Hey June
Fabric: Modern Reflection by Girl Charlee


Floral Morrison Tee - Noodlehead

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Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

I had so much fun making this baby gift set! It had been a long time since I’ve sewn any baby clothes and such. There’s just something about a cute little gift set that I couldn’t resist sewing up as soon as I saw Rae’s Sidewalk knits. I originally thought I would make something for one of my girls, but then Green Bee Patterns put their Modern Layette Set pattern on sale (one that I had been eyeing up no less!) so it just had to be!

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

My sister-in-law puts together a fundraiser each year for her MOPS group, and I love donating something for the silent auction. It’s always been fun creating something I know will be used and loved, and I was especially excited when I thought of putting together this newborn baby gift set. I had this chunk of Michael Miller’s organic cotton sherpa in my stash for many years and could never cut into because it’s sooo cuddly. It ended up making a perfect cozy blanket when paired with Rae’s Sidewalk Fancy Steps print. I almost want to make a version just like it for myself!Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Of course I couldn’t resist making the romper! It’s actually a super fun little pattern, I highly recommend it. I did spend a bit of time on the placket making sure I got it just right. A bit of seam ripping here or there and I’m happy with the results! The knit is a very stable 100% organic cotton so if you’re using your regular sewing machine you should have no troubles sewing with this whatsoever. It doesn’t curl up like some blended knits, so it’s perfect for beginners. Anyway, the romper is just too adorable! My girls and I took turns oooing and ahhing over how tiny and cute it is.Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

And the hat, don’t get me started! Eeeek! I’ve always intended to make these knotted hats, they’re super quick, use very little fabric, and make such a great gift! I’m sure I’ll be including them in all the baby gifts I give from now on.

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Lastly, and because I love a cute gift set, I quickly made a Divided Basket for everything to tuck inside. Of course it makes for a super cute presentation, but then after it’s so useful for diapers and corralling baby things.

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead


Patterns: Modern Layette Set and Divided Basket
Fabric: Fancy Steps (Turquoise) by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics
from her new Sidewalk Knits collection,
basket exterior is Chambray Cotton Canvas (basket lining is part of the Dapper collection by Luke Haynes)

You can find a list of shops that carry Sidewalk knits here!


Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

Baby Gift Set in Sidewalk Knit - Noodlehead

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Emily’s Building Block Tunic

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I am super happy to join in on celebrating Oliver + S’s new book, Building Block Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alteration Guide. I met Liesl for the first time in person at last Spring’s Quilt Market. She’s so easy-going and approachable. I love the fact that she grew up in Wisconsin, just a couple of hours from where I live. It’s definitely a comforting feeling to be able to relate to her in that way as well as sewing!

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Honestly I hadn’t heard that she had a book in the works, and the blog post she shared about why she self-published and her goals for the book really resonated with me. Check out this post too about how she got started! So awesome and inspiring. I love the book and I’m not sure anyone else would have been able to put it together in the way she did, so clear and concise. I can’t imagine the amount of thought that went into each decision on just the different choices in this type of sewing book, much less everything else.

If you haven’t heard much about the Building Block Dress book it’s a totally different concept from what I’ve typically seen in a sewing book. Liesl guides you through designing a dress and how to sew a ton of different features that you can choose. The design choices are broken down into easy Chapters: Sleeves, Silhouettes, Pockets, Collar and Necklines, and lastly Finishes: Hems, Closures, and Linings. The first three Chapters discuss all of the basic steps you’d need to know for making any dress or garment, and then the Chapters dive into how to modify the block pattern pieces and how to sew them.

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It was fun to show my girls the book and flip through and see the different examples. I think that the concept of designing your own dress was a tiny bit difficult to wrap their head around, even though they’ve seen me make a million things for them and even though they’ve designed things themselves. What really helped hit the idea home was when we flipped to the Contents page. It ended up being super helpful to Emily for me to show her that page (with awesome pictures to describe what each option looked like) and make some decisions on what she’d like and feel comfortable in.img_1615_final

Here’s the worksheet where we wrote down all the info:

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We chose to make a tunic (just because I’m hoping it will get worn more than a dress would have), with an empire waist with gathered skirt, cap sleeves, in seam pockets and a keyhole closure.

There’s a download link here to grab a copy of the worksheet.

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Next, we looked through my fabric stash and pulled out a million different choices. We landed on my (our) favorite shot cotton in Aegean by Kaffe Fassett. This is by far one of my most favorite shot cotton colors. While I was waiting for the fabric to finish washing and drying, I traced the pattern pieces and modified the sleeve pattern piece into a cap sleeve. That night I pressed and starched the fabric and cut out the pieces. The next day I was able to sew the tunic — it was so fun to see everything come together. I really find sewing less daunting if I break down the project into smaller chunks. I’m sure I could have gone from the very start to a finished garment in a day, but this way always feels more relaxing to me.

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So I look back now and should have made a muslin (at least of the bodice) like Liesl recommends. Even though Emily’s measurements fall within the size 6 that I made, it’s a bit too snug around the neck and shoulders. I might take some time and re-make the bodice, but we’ll see. It can always be passed down to my youngest niece if I don’t!

I hope you’ll check out Liesl’s book. I think it’s such a great way to really take control of the design and make something truly unique and something your child will wear!

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