Tee-Pee Tea Party themed magazine shoot

This was such a fun shoot to work on. I Had a lot of fun designing and making some girls skirts that were worn in a magazine shoot for Party Style Magazine. I worked again with Christina Goff from 4KidsCakes, she told me the theme and feel she wanted and Nicole Frost, from Stitch This and I worked together to coordinate the tee shirts and skirts. These are the skirts I designed and made, each is different and yet they all coordinate with the theme, young, fresh, soft. I tea dyed the laces for each skirt to give it a vintage look.


With this skirt I tea-dyed the main pink print, I wanted it to really have a worn, vintage feel.


Here is the link to the digital version for the summer issue of Party Style Magazine. Look at pages 61 through 69. This is very exciting!

http://issuu.com/childstylenetwork/docs/party_style_magazine_gemma_touchsto/1  



These photos are all from the very talented Stephanie Vogel Photography. The whole spread was styled and created by Christina Goff from 4KidsCakes. The incredible hair bows are from Amberlyn Jones with Tallulah Twinkletoes. The tee-pees are from Randomly Simple.

































Summer (Wrap-up) Dress

I'm always on the hunt for a comfortable, cute, easy to wear dress. While roaming through JoAnn's in June, I came across a multi-colored chevron knit.  I took one look and wondered could I really wear this much color at once?! Lol, anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE color! 
I knew I had a wrap dress pattern at home so off I went. I used Butterick B5862, but with my own modifications. I don't like wraps that don't go around the body. Why have the back of the dress have no detail or even look like a wrap? 


This is the front and back view of the original dress from the pattern. 



My changes were to not have the loop in the front holding the wrapped front piece, shorten the sleeves slightly, and speaking of the front wrapped piece, I wanted it to go all the way around my front and side, I added two long darts in the back and had the wrap go into one, so it wrapped from the left side in the front all the way around to the right and back. 




I did take out the original gathering at the neckline and folded it under to make a smoother shoulder and  interesting folds with the v neck. 



The gathered wrap piece at my waist goes right into the side dart shown here. 







Neckline detail, I love how it's slightly asymmetrical and I can adjust the cinch around the waist and how deep the v of the neck can be. The print is awesome!!!





 It feels like a t-shirt and I've already worn it several times. New fave summer dress! What is yours? What summer sewing have you done? 

Summer Sheath

Enjoying the dog days of summer. I wanted to share one of my favorite summer dresses. I friend of mine a few years ago bought me a sari on her trip to india and I loved the color and print! There was so much fabric that I wanted to make a dress that I would wear more often than the sari style. I used  McCall's Pattern #M5753

  The color and print were so bright and busy, I wanted a simple style. This fit well, but I did have to add princess seams on the bodice since I'm not as big as I thought (I didn't measure myself, oops!) Also I added 2 more inches for the skirt, I wanted it longer.









My lil' man wanted to pose with me and show off his new tie I made him.