cinema/hide-and-seek dress sew-along, day 1

Are you ready for the Cinema Dress/Hide-and-Seek Dress sew-along? Let’s get started!

Cinema/Hide-and-Seek Dress Sew-Along

For those of you sewing the Hide-and-Seek Dress, you’ll get going tomorrow. Today I want to talk a little bit about adjusting the Cinema Dress pattern for a larger or smaller bust. I thought it would be helpful to give you a few pointers and show you some of the steps.

  1. I always like to get started by drawing in the 1/2″ seam lines on my pattern. You’ll especially need these seam lines at the armhole, side seam, and front edge of the Side Front pattern piece. Here is a quick video to show you how I use our 6″ ruler to quickly draw in the seam lines.
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mood fabric suggestions

I promised you a little help with fabric choices for the new Liesl + Co patterns, so here we go!

If you don’t live near a good apparel fabric store, I know it can be frustrating to find good fabrics. That’s one of the reasons I like Mood Fabrics. They have a wide selection of good quality fabrics available for purchase on-line. And quite honestly, it can be overwhelming to walk into the physical Mood store here in New York. I’ve seen plenty of first-time visitors completely freeze up with all the options. So it’s also nice that the selection on the website is smaller and more curated than the store itself. I sometimes shop on their website just to save myself a trip, and you can order swatches beforehand, which helps a lot if you’re not sure about a fabric.

So here are some of my fabric suggestions for each of the patterns. For each of these boards, click on the image itself to be taken to that swatch board at the Mood website. Once you’re there you can put a check in the box next to “Show Product Info” to view the details and purchase the fabrics or swatches.

Let’s start with the Cinema Dress, since we have the sew-along starting on Monday. Wouldn’t it be fun to use that dobby check as the yoke, with a solid black for the rest of the dress?  I picked a variety of fabrics so you can sew for any season: wool, flannel, corduroy, and linen. You’ll see that one of my choices is a denim-look linen because I think this dress would look amazing in denim or chambray.


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color palette: storybook

Kids Clothes Week is coming up very soon, October 20-26 to be precise. You know all about Kids Clothes Week, right? The creator, Meg, stopped by for a visit a few months ago to tell us how the KCW sewing community came to be and if you would like to read that post, head this way.

The optional theme this season is “storybook”. I turned to “The Little Prince” for inspiration to create this color palette. From the famous illustration on the cover of the book I picked several colors; mint green, gray, mustard yellow, and cream and found fabrics to support the inspiration.

Storybook color palette

Image: “The Little Prince” book cover
Fabrics: gold glitter dots tulle, gray double gauze, mustard floral knit, triangles, mint green, bees

Will you be sewing along for Kids Clothes Week?

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announcing the school days jacket sew-along

Who’s up for a School Days Jacket sew-along? I hope you will join us in a few weeks when we will be hosting one. We have four talented ladies who will be helping out. Janice, Deb, Sharon, and Amanda are each going to take a day of the sew-along. With this sew-along there’s something for everyone as there are quite a few options. Sew a raincoat or a winter jacket. Sew for a boy or a girl. Sew one in sizes 6M-8.


The Oliver + S School Days Jacket Sew-Along


Jacket description:
Girl’s or boy’s jacket or coat. Hooded jacket or coat includes full lining, patch pockets, snap or Velcro closure, and two choices of duffle closure details. Optional removable quilted lining can be made with or without sleeves for additional warmth, and features buttons and elastic loops for attaching the lining to the jacket, as well as bias binding at the edges.

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outdoor ready: hiking pants

Ashley is returning to the blog today to add to the Outdoor Ready series which is all about using performance fabrics to make handmade outdoor apparel. So far she has shown us how to adapt Oliver + S patterns to make hiking shirts and camping capes. This time around she’s sharing hiking pants. Thanks so much for being here Ashley!


Customized Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants into hiking pants


When I first began thinking about making outdoor apparel for my kids, this was the item that immediately jumped out at me. If you have spent anytime outdoors with your children, particularly in the vicinity of water, you can appreciate the value of durable, quick drying pants. Be it an ocean, lake, river, stream or puddle, kids seem to find their way to any water source and jump in feet first. This reckless abandon is one of the wonderful things about childhood, but it also has consequences if your kiddo is dressed in cotton. In addition to splashing around in water, all kinds of accidents occur involving moisture that lead to discomfort when the fun is over and half their bodies are wet and cold!


Customized Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants


Customized Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants


Customized Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants

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tween style: knit hide-and-seek tunic with lace yoke

Stacy is joining us again with another fun tween style outfit. You may remember last time she shared her denim Sketchbook Shirt which was layered with a lace overlay sleeved Field Trip Raglan T-shirt. This new ensemble she is showing us today includes a Hide-and-Seek Tunic sewn with knit fabric and features lace appliqué on the yoke. To go along with the tunic she made a pair of Playtime Leggings also with lace appliqué. What wonderful inspiration just in time for our Cinema/Hide-and-Seek Dress sew-along that will be taking place here next week. Thanks for stopping by to share your tutorial Stacy!

I love to look on Pinterest to get ideas for tween looks for my daughter. It is such a great compilation of curated looks from around the internet. Sometimes I post items to my board from shops on the internet, or else just copy pins from others. This is a pin that showed up in my feed, and I just loved the romantic look of it.


Knit Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Tunic with lace yoke


The Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Tunic pattern was perfect to try to recreate this look. I gave my tween girl some options on colors and fabrics, and she chose a cranberry knit.


Customized Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Tunic

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