Sew Our Stash: Mint Maternity Dress + More

DIY Mint Maternity Dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m super super excited for the first Sew Our Stash of the year. If you’re new around here, my friend Bev from Flamingo Toes and share what we have made for ourselves the last Thursday of every month. We started because we wanted to sew more wearables for ourselves and needed the accountability.

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

Since then we’ve had other fun people join in on using the hashtag #sewourstash when sharing pictures of our selfish sewing and wearing of handmade clothing on Instagram. I can just say I love being “forced” to make myself at least one thing each month. It’s been so good for me!

Knit Maternity Dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

This dress drove me batty. It didn’t help that I was trying to make it on one of those days where a hundred little things were going wrong. But I took the pattern off of a top that I liked. I just traced it onto drawing paper. And after lots of staring I figured out how I should put it together.

Simple knit maternity dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

It was going mostly okay until I tried to finish the the sleeves and they just looked messed up and awkward. But the super thin knit I used would definitely not hold up to unpicking. Not that I do that kind of thing any ways ;) So I cut off the sleeves, cut new ones and ended up with this.

Handmade mint knit maternity dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I have to say after spending about 3 times the amount of time I think it should have to make this I’m super happy with how the dress turned out.

Knit shawl style nursing cover - Rae Gun Ramblings

I also made myself an awesome poncho. Isn’t it fabulous? Just kidding it is NOT a poncho it’s a nursing cover and I’m kinda in love.

Shawl Nursing Cover - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ll be sharing a full tutorial on how to make the nursing cover next week but I figured I could count it as part of my Sew Our Stash for the month right?

Maternity Bess Top. Great sewing pattern that works for pregos and normal bodies alike! Review at Rae Gun Ramblings

And if if you missed it I made myself this cute Maternity Bess Top earlier this month. After Toasty comes (eep I’m just about a month from my due date now!) I really want to challenge myself to stretch my skills and learn more. I want to actually make myself use patterns and not just hack and adjust like I normally do. I’m sure I’ll still do that a lot but every time I force myself to walk through a pattern even if I don’t construct the garment exactly how it suggests I learn something new.

Don’t forget to swing by and see what Bev made this month. Also visit us on Instagram (me and Bev) and make sure to join in on using #sewourstash for your pictures. We’d love to feature what you’ve been making too!

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

Sew Our Stash: Single Pleat Maternity Dresses

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I hope you all had a great Christmas! We had a good time with family and yummy food. I’m excited that the nieces are off school for a bit. As I mentioned I kinda hate them being in school all day. We’re thinking of attempting our first slumber party over the break. My bet is that they won’t make it through the night ;)

But today I’m excited to share what I sewed up for myself this month for Sew Our Stash that I do with Bev from Flamingo Toes!

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

I love our little series that we do the last Thursday of every month. Before we started this I’d always stare at my fabric hoard and patterns and pins and think I should really sew myself but this Sew Our Stash has actually gotten me to do it. If you’ve been thinking the same thing I encourage you to add “sew for myself” to your new years resolutions. Seriously I’m SO happy that we do it! And remember that if you share pictures, process or finished products be sure to tag them with #sewourstash.

Cute maternity dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

This wood grain dress is my Christmas dress for this year. I have had an idea for a single pleat maternity dress for ages. In fact before I even got knocked up. When Susan of Freshly Picked had her Glam Lumberjack party and I couldn’t find a decent plaid sure I figured lumberjacks need wood to chop too. So I made this.

Pleat for baby bump maternity dress at Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been wearing it with my Tartan Infinity Scarf that I shared the tutorial for last week and I love the combo. I am hoping it will still look fine without a bump but we’ll see.

Simple pleat maternity dress at Rae Gun Ramblings

In my typical fashion I couldn’t just make one of these dresses and after I made the wood grain one I wanted to fix a few fit issues. So for the whale version the back fits a lot better (the wood one is really bunchy where the skirt meets the bodice, I should fix it but meh I don’t feel like it yet). Also I decided I wanted the even more of an A-line so the bottom of the skirt is wider and I think works a bit better. And yes you might recognize the fabric from the niece’s Easter dresses :)

single pleat dress collage  at Rae GUn Ramblings

They are super comfy and easy to wear thankfully since even my maternity jeans have been bugging me these days. Also I did the back with some elastic  so it can accommodate more stretch and I’m hoping look reasonable after Toasty arrives. I kind of showed how to do this in T’s Fancy Nancy dress tutorial.

DIY Single Pleat Maternity Dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I took process pictures so if any of you are interested in a tutorial let me know. I think this would be a cute style on non-pregos too.

And be sure to visit Bev at Flamingo Toes I know she has a fun Sew Our Stash today! I hope you’ll consider joining us in sewing more for yourself in 2014 you can see our progress before each post at our instagram accounts, Bev’s and Mine and others doing the same at #sewourstash.

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

Sew Our Stash and Prego Update

 Maternity Dress - Rae GUn Ramblings

If you’re new Bev from Flamingo Toes and I have challenged each other to make stuff for ourselves and we post our creations the last Thursday of the month (but since it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow we’re bumping it up this month). Join in on the fun by sharing what you’re sewing for yourself or what you’re wearing that you’ve made for yourself by using the hashtag #sewourstash and we might feature you! You can follow us over at @raegunramblings and @flamingotoes . Here are some of our favorite hashtag posts from last month!

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@shaffersisters, @dandeliondrift, @littlemookie, @sewcaroline, @2littlehooligans, @familyeverafter, @sewcaroline, @sewfearless

Okay so today I bring to you a total fail. See this dress. While I was making it I couldn’t decide if it was okay or if I hated it. I used my upcycled shirt dress tutorial but didn’t have enough fabric to make the skirt longer and I haven’t really mastered the whole sewing for a belly yet. In fact I only basted the skirt to the sweater.

 They can't all be winners, sewing fail - Rae GUn Ramblings

So after I had my sister take some pictures I asked what she thought, she didn’t like it. And her boyfriend who hemmed and hawed until we assured him I wanted his real opinion and he admitted his dislike. So even though the top picture is OK these ones above were the next best that I got with all the rest being just awful. So it’s one of those pieces that mostly looks horrendous on but from the absolute perfect angle is tolerable. Oh well. It didn’t take too long.

Maternity Shirt from Casual Lady Pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

I also made another Materity-ized Casual Lady. I love that that pattern. I need to make more. I keep walking into stores looking at their boring maternity shirts for 30$ that are so plain and leave with nothing. I think I’m going to just cut a bunch of these out this weekend and stop my winning about clothes.

Mockingjay Cowl - Rae Gun Ramblings

Finally I couldn’t control my inner creative book geek and had to make myself a mockingjay cowl. I used my tutorial for making a mockingjay iron on from my mockingjay tank and then this 10 minute cowl tutorial so easy and cozy.

So since I’m flaunting my ginormous belly in all these pictures and I haven’t done a prego update in ages I figured I’d add a few fun facts. I might have been freaking out a tiny bit while editing pictures for today’s Sew Our Stash post. I mean I feel HUGE but everyone is all like oh you just feel that way, but nope I LOOK huge too and it’s only going to get bigger hahaha. Oh well it’s all a part of it right?

  • I’m 26 and a half weeks
  • I just realized that we are getting close especially with the holidays it’s going to go fast!
  • We’re not ready AT ALL. We have nothing. No really what do we need to get?
  • I have my glucose test next appointment which I hope I pass because I still can’t drink water without throwing up and I don’t want to be told to drink stuff with aspertane in it.
  • We have a couple names that we don’t hate. I think we’ve given up on any hope that we’re going to love a name. We won’t be sharing the name until he’s born. It’s way too hard for us to agree on a name and people have no self control in telling you they hate the name or that they know some awful evil person with the name so we will not be risking getting back to no names.
  • I think my mom and MIL have been secretly buying baby stuff.
  • I have bought baby socks and one onesie. I thought I hated the selection of boy clothes but Daniel makes it even worse. He’s declared a hate for anything with words on it, skulls, and bow ties. So I guess this baby is doomed to wearing stripes stripes and more stripes.
  • We call the baby Toasty. Short for Toaster Strudel because he makes the bed so stinking hot!
  • Toasty likes to have dance parties at about 1 am. And he dances like a wild beast. Luckily I’m not usually in bed until later any ways.

Well don’t forget to go see what Bev has been sewing this month! And hopefully the holidays won’t be too crazy and I’ll see some of you sharing your #sewourstash pictures on Instagram :)

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

SoS: Harry Potter Snitch and Quidditch Player Costumes

 Harry Potter Golden Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes at Rae Gun Ramblings

Happy Halloween! You’d think since I spend about 3 months focused on nothing but Halloween and costume making that I’d totally be done but I’m so excited for Halloween. Since many of the parties were last week I was forced to get Halloween stuff done early so I actually was able to make stuff for me and the hubby –  Harry Potter Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes.

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

And that’s perfect since it’s time for another Sew Our Stash show and tell. Sew Our Stash is the monthly series that I do with Bev from Flamingo Toes. We have each challenged each other to make stuff for ourselves. It’s been wonderful having the accountability! And we’d love you to join in. We share our creations on our blogs the last Thursday of the month but throughout the month we tag our Instagram pictures with #sewourstash and it’s so fun to see others doing so as well.

Funny couple costume. Snitch and Quidditch player from Harry Potter - Rae Gun Ramblings

I hope it’s okay that I’m going to share my husband’s costume too. I know it’s not technically for me to wear but let’s be honest his costume is completely for me, he really has no internal need to dress up and is just being a good sport. Luckily after years of my costume excitement he does enjoy it!

These were SO easy. I made both of them in under 2 hours. From cutting out the fabric, sewing, making the iron-ons and all of it. I know I’m a speedy sew-er but really these are EASY costumes. I took pictures along the way for both of these and I’ll be sure to share tutorials.

snitch and quidditch player costumes from Harry Potter - Rae Gun Ramblings

Today I just have these to share but I’d say that’s a HUGE success considering it was my insane-o busy time with the shop (I made and sent out hundreds of baby costumes) plus I did make a couple shirts that I already blogged about for a few pattern tours. But now that things have calmed down in the shop and since I have barely any clothes that fit I’m super excited to get more made for myself.

Maternity friendly sewing patters Casual Lady from Go To Patterns and the Rose Tee from Blank Slate Patterns - Rae Gun Ramblings

My Maternity-ized Casual Lady by Go To PatternsRose Tee Shirt by Blank Slate Patterns

Hope you have something fun planned for Halloween. And don’t forget to stop by Flamingo Toes and see what Bev has been up to this month!

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

Sew Our Stash Sewing Summit Edition

Upcycled man's polo shirt now a cute fitted top - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m really starting to LOVE these Sew Our Stash days (the last Thursday of the month) where Bev from Flamingo Toes and I share some stuff we’ve been sewing for ourselves. I am excited to see many of you joining in and tagging your pictures with #sewourstash on Instagram. It’s been great fun to flip through them!

I totally lucked out with going to Sewing Summit last week since a few of my classes helped me take some time for myself and do some selfish sewing which has not been happening amongst all my costume sewing.

Turn a men's polo shirt into a flatering blouse - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s times like these when I am reminded just how quick and easy it is to sew for ourselves. I think so many of us get distracted by thinking how much time it will take to make ourselves something but both of these projects were fun and easy and I finished LONG before our 2 hour class sessions were done. Yes it’s fun to learn new techniques and challenge ourselves but sometimes it’s nice just to do an easy project. And I don’t know about you but these turned out way better than a lot of the stuff I’ve tried on in stores lately and seriously they are tons cheaper.

DIY Polo shirt refastion #upcycle #sewing - Rae Gun Ramblings

These pictures were from my Polo refashion class taught by Merrick of Merrick’s Art who I met during Fabric Weekend. Basically we all showed up with oversized frumpy men’s polo shirts and turned them into cute form fitting tops. See oh so frumpy to oh I’d actually wear that out of the house. Here is her Polo Refashion Tutorial if you want to make your own!

Super quick and basic top - Rae Gun Ramblings

The other class was taught by the lovely Jessica of Running with Scissors who I also happened to be lucky enough to room with. Her basic blouse class was fantastic. We each went away with a woven shirt a pattern and LOTS of fun ways to personalize and adapt the shirt pattern. I’m thinking next time a bunch of pintucks down the front would be pretty. Check out Jessica’s great variations on this simple blouse.

DIY blouse simple sewing - Rae Gun Ramblings

And now for some exciting news. Bev and I will be featuring some of our favorite #sewourstash pictures every month! Here is our first batch of features.

Show of your selfish sewing with Flaminigo Toes and Rae Gun Ramblings tag your pictures with #sewourstash

@feathersflights @sewbon @laurenydahl @sewcaroline @frauntiek @onetinyhouse @sewcountrychick @sewcaroline

Thank you guys for being so awesome and linking up your selfish sewing with the #sewourstash hashtag. I love seeing all the different pictures whether it’s the fabric selection, cutting, sewing, finished shots, or even wearing your creations out in the wild. Be sure to follow Bev at @flamingotoes and me over at @raegunramblings to see what we’re up to and to catch mid-month features. And of course hop on over to Flamingo Toes to see what Bev has been sewing this month.

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

SoS: The Princess is in Another Castle and All the Stories Dresses

City of Bones Dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s time for another Sew Our Stash. Bev from Flamingo Toes and I are keeping each other accountable to sew stuff for ourselves (and you know try and use the loads of fabric we already have on hand if possible). See what she made this month here. I got a couple geekirific dresses done and 2 more cut out so I’m feeling good.

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This first one is the dress I made for the City of Bones movie release. Across the bodice it says “All the stories are true” on of the lines from the book/movie. And then I have my New York and Shadow World cityscapes.

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I really like how it turned out. I was pining after a dress at hot topic but lets be honest they were totally made for waifs or club girls. I am neither. I sewed up the dress from one of the fabrics I bought during fabric weekend. And then I cut some iron on vinyl on my cricut (I know I’m obsessed).

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But I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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My second dress I made to wear to PAX (the video game convention). I’m calling it the princess is in another castle dress.

The Princess Is In Another Castle Mario Bros Dress - Rae GUn Ramblings

I also picked up this fabric during fabric weekend. High five to me using my stash! But I just fell in love with the castles and though it was a super sweet print.

The Princess Is In Another Castle Mario Bros Dress - Rae GUn Ramblings

Sorry for the iffy pictures of me in it. I shot them this morning and we’re about to jump into the car and head up to Seattle for PAX.

The Princess Is In Another Castle Mario Bros Dress - Rae GUn Ramblings

So what have you made this month. I’d love to see some links in the comments :) And don’t forget to hop over to see what Bev made this month.

 Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

Sew Our Stash Disney Edition

Make your own clothes challenge - Rae GUn Ramblings

I cannot believe it’s already been a month! Really this Sew Our Stash challenge co-hosted by Bev from Flamingo Toes is seriously fantastic. Normally I would have just continued with my sewing for work or sewing for everyone else but since I knew I had to report back to you here today I managed to whip up a few items for myself. And it just so happens that my family and I made a trip down to CA for some Disneyland fun.

Snow White Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

So today’s post is going to be picture heavy but what I ended up doing,  you know after whipping together 3 more princess dresses for the naughty nieces was make myself two skirts and a top.

Make your own clothes challenge - Rae GUn Ramblings

I have to say my skirts are so so comfortable I wore them every day to Disney. They are long enough that when I sat on the floor I could tuck them in and it still worked. Plus they were crazy easy. I just did a variation of my maxi skirt.

Homemade adult Snow White Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

And then since I was making the girls festive dresses and didn’t want to miss out on the fun I made myself a Snow White top. And of course a yellow skirt since I had left over yellow from my Gryffindor pajama pants. I got loads of compliments on it and I took step by step pictures so I hope to share a tutorial for how to make your own soon.

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo ToesDid you sew anything for yourself this month? Let me know in the comments and if you happened to blog about it I’d love you to leave the link!

Now head over to Flamingo Toes and make sure to check out what Bev made too!

It’s Time for the First Sew Our Stash

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I’m so excited for our first Sew Our Stash. If you missed my fabric hoarding oh I mean announcement post make sure to check it out. But the short of it is that Bev from Flamingo Toes and I decided we really needed to get back into sewing for ourselves. So we are keeping each other accountable and sharing what we made for ourselves the last Thursday of every month. Check out Bev’s post too!

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

We are inviting you to join along as well whether you want to simply tag your pictures on instagram, facebook, or twitter with #sewourstash or even do a blog post like we”er doing (please comment with your link if you do so I can check it out ). I actually sewed quite a bit, compared to my normal ZERO, for myself this month.

The perfect maxi Skirt - rae gun ramblings

I already shared my crazy fast maxi skirt tutorial that I did for the Summer Trends series but I may have become a little addicted. I mean seriously is there anything more comfortable than a maxi skirt? Also I may have started a new habit of sewing myself something when I don’t feel like digging through the hamper of clean clothes to find something to wear. Yeah so this striped number came to life from that line of laziness and some of the fabric I picked up at Fabric Weekend.

best fitting aline skirt - rae gun ramblings

Next I have my new favorite Aline skirt. This one was actually my muslin/test skirt for my flared aline skirt that I already posted about. I actually like this basic aline better than the flared one. I’ve worn it sooooo much it fits great and is so easy to wear.

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Finally I sewed up this simple raglan sleeve, shirred dress. Last night not knowing what I felt like wearing today I decided that I still didn’t want to tackle the now two laundry baskets full of clean clothes to unearth something I felt like wearing. So I sewed this baby up. I had taken the pattern off a tunic I had umm ahem 3 years ago so yes it was drafted for a 30 lbs lighter me and yes it fits a bit higher up that it would have then but I still really love the fabric and it was super fast to put together. If you haven’t tried sewing with elastic thread it’s really not hard check out my easy shirring tutorial.

And there it is the first installment of Sew Our Stash in the books. Apparently I’m drawn to the deep teal haha. Also be sure to check out Bev’s post here. So what have you sewn from your stash this month?

Sew Our Stash Challenge AKA I’m a Fabric Hoarder

Fabric Stash

My name is Marissa and I am a fabric hoarder. It’s true, I have a crazy amount of fabric. You know I just went on the wonderful Fabric Weekend in La with so many of my wonderful sewing blogger friends and while there Bev from Flamingo Toes and I decided we needed to get our tushes in gear and actually make stuff for ourselves with our fabric. We were hanging out with these girls all wearing things they’d made and it was awesome.

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

So to keep each other accountable and because we suspect that you probably have the same problem, we’re challenging ourselves to “Sew Our Stash”. At the end of each month we’ll be showing off what we sewed up. If you are a fellow fabric addict you are welcome to join along. If you post about it I’d love you to leave a link to your post in the comments of the Sew Our Stash posts so I can stop by and see your creations. And for those of you who aren’t bloggers don’t fret we’ll be hashtagging on instagram, facebook, and twitter so join in by using #sewourstash.

Fabric Stash

And in case you didn’t believe me about my fabric collecting problem I have a wee bit of photographic evidence I’d like to share. Neat freaks be warned the following images may be disturbing. Yes that is a 5X5 Ikea Expedit shelf all filled with fabric save for 2 slots that have patterns and three bolts tall stacks of fabric next too it.

Fabric Stash

This is what I pulled out of my suitcases, umm today, that I acquired at Fabric Weekend 2013. If you don’t quite get the scale that filled two full size suitcases. All my roommates took the time to nicely fold their goodies but I figured it’s all gotta be washed anyways so I just shoved it all in.

Fabric Stash

And finally I decided to walk around my house and take pictures of all the various places that my fabric resides. Now it is true that I do have a sewing business and a lot of this is for that but there’s also a bunch that I bought before my Etsy days and fabrics that I wouldn’t use for the baby clothes. Here are the spots where you can find fabric in my house: the whole back wall of my work room pretty much floor to ceiling, under my cutting table (as pictured up top), two big garbage bags in the basement, along the side of my workroom behind my 2nd sewing station, behind the dress forms, more stray bolts in the basement, yes another expedit full in the basement, on the bench right by my front door, and yeah in my trunk. Seriously this is how things are today it’s madness. Just keeping it real.

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So it is clear that I need this challenge. We’d love for you to play along if you want to feel free to grab a button and spread the word. If you share any pictures of you sewing your stash on the interweb be sure to take them with #sewourstash Come on you know you’ve got fabric that is destined for awesomeness! Be sure to check back in the last Thursday of every month for our Sew Our Stash show and tell

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