iCandy Handmade New Years ReSewLution


Yeah! I know we are going to have fun with today’s guest – Jen from iCandy Handmade!

I have had the honor to have collaborated with Jen on a few occasions, and she is one of my favorite bloggers out there. Jen helps run the fabulous site iCandy Handmade with her good friend Autie (who is also fantastic might I add!). And she has the most incredible sense of fashion, with tutorials way ahead of the curve. I love her mix between clean cut lines and girlish whimsy. She also has a way with striped fabric that I L-O-V-E.

iCandy is so fantastic because it offers such a great range of projects. From Crafts and Home Decor to clothing tutorials, they does it all with flair! Naturally I am partial to her clothing tutorials, for either women



Or Children

Everything Jen and Autie touch turns to Pinterest Gold! And can you blame us?

With photos and creations like these, it is hard not to Pin them!!!

I couldn’t wait to hear what Jen could possibly have up her sleeve as her New Years ReSewLution…

I knew it would be good :).

Welcome Back Jen!


Hello MeSewCrazy readers!

I am so happy to be here. I love Jessica’s New Year’s Re*Sew*Lution series so much.

One of my sewing resolutions this year is to look at what is lacking in our wardrobes and fill the needs accordingly with hand-sewn items…well to a certain extent.
My biggest problem is procrastination.

I have always been a procrastinator, so I am used to it, but this year I have so many goals and ideas running through my head that if I procrastinate, they will not get done.

And that makes me sad to think about it.

So with that goal in mind, this past week I made 3 patterns for everyday dresses for Emily, and cut them all out! A lot of work, but now that they are cut out, I know they will get done soon.
The first one I tackled was this {girly} Racer Tunic:

It was inspired by a JCrew kids tunic, though I did make changes.
I had the lavendar fabric in my stash, and with some mustard broadcloth, made the “racer” bias trim and flower embellishment.

You could really do any sort of embellishment with this dress, so many possibilities would be cute.

It would have come together quite quickly, but my fabric had a stretch that went all directions and boy was that tricky!
Here is the pattern in girls size 5.
(It is a hand-drawn pattern and it scanned a bit wonky, sorry.. Still usable, though!)

Materials:
  • 1 yard knit fabric
  • 1 yard bias trim
  • fabric for embellishment

**You can make or buy bias tape. I wanted mine to be the same fabric as the embellishment, so I made mine. Super easy. Here is a great tutorial. **

**I used the easy method for putting in sleeves. Feel free to set them in if you wish.**

**Here is a tutorial on how to attach bias tape**

I chose to sew the flower down, even though I would have preferred a fluttery flower.
I did this because of washing.
I didn’t want to have to iron the flower every time the dress gets washed.

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Jen, that dress is perfect! I know exactly what you mean when it comes to every day dresses, I started a few months back doing the same thing and have been so happy ever since. I actually get to see my kids wearing what I make them all the time now, and I love it! This dress you made is perfect for my eldest, who happens to be a Size 5! I am now doing the happy dance…YEAH! Thank you so much for being a part of the Series and sharing this wonderful dress pattern and tutorial with us.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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