Mommy ‘n Me ‘n Me (too!)

by A.J.A. on January 16, 2014 · 7 comments

in Dresses

I made the little one and I some Mommy and Me Christmas dresses. The truth is, I started making mine first, and when my little bunny saw it, she wanted one too. Of course, I spent hours embellishing her dress, and then I was hand hemming mine on Christmas Eve eve! All’s well that ends well. I’m sure I could blather on for a while here, but since it’s already mid January, lets just do photos and captions, shall we?

Mommy ‘n Me in the Holler
Sewing Together- Melt my Heart!


The Little Diva requested several Fittings


Braiding metallic rick rack


Braided Rick Rack stitched down with clear nylon thread, plus sequins & beads on the holly
Trick for reinforcing center back zipper with selvage


My dress and pattern in the planning stages


Oh, I forgot! It was Mommy ‘n Me ‘n Me (too!)
Now if her Barbie just had a little Barbie….


When I first found this pattern in a pile I purchased for my Etsy shop, I knew it was destined to be a “hold-back.” You’ve gotta keep some of the things you love for yourself, right? I wanted to use it to make a modern denim jacket with retro details, so altered the pattern to a cropped length, I lengthened the sleeves, and I added bands at the hems of the jacket and sleeves.

For my fabric, I tried out a method I saw while browsing bleach techniques online. I used a medium weight denim and a lace curtain fabric, both thrifted, and simply placed the lace on top of the denim (in the driveway) and misted over them with bleach.

Full details and several more photos can be found on my blog. How is your fall sewing coming along? (Sorry I forgot to include the link to my blog in the post earlier! It is linked up now…I think!)


 A little over a year ago, I posted here about some fabric and patterns I found thrifting. A few days ago, upon receipt of the final part I needed to get my lovely 221-1 Centennial Featherweight actually sewing, I decided to put that fabric to some good use. (Why can’t I un-bold this? Aw, that’s ok! It looks important this way!)

This is the pic I posted here in January of 2012, when I found three yards of this fab vintage Fun-Shus athletic themed cotton.

I chose to mate it with this pattern, thrifted within the last few months.

And, I made it up on this pretty, thrifted long distance, which hums like a bee. I acquired it last month, and I spent several hours bringing it back to life, as it was all but seized and missing a few parts.

And I came up with this…

Don’t fear the shoulder pad, my dears. And can I just say it? I love a wing-y collar. I do!
Innards. Collar and button placket interfaced with an old cotton bed sheet.
Edges serged. A fair amount of hand-stitching. Me-made shoulder pads using Casey’s tutorial.

I have a few more pics over at my blog, and the usual rambling that only sounds drunken. Stop by any time.


A few weeks ago, my sister and her betrothed tied the knot in a lovely, brief ceremony on an iceberg on the beach, in March, in N.J. at 5 p.m. Okay, there wasn’t really an iceberg, but holy flying unicorn, it was cooooolllllddd. I was raised in Maine, and I still froze my fanny off. Well, my powers of deduction are strong, and I knew it was going to be cold, so I decided 3 days or so before departing for the wedding that I needed a pretty, retro style jacket to keep me toasty on the beach. That didn’t happen- I would have needed to make trench coat out of a sub-zero sleeping bag to stay toasty in that gale. But I did try. It involved a $3.50 oversized lambswool blazer from Goodwill and a gallon of blind faith. Or was that whiskey?

Here is the before.

With a snip snip here and a pleat pleat there, here is what it became…

I really enjoyed re-making this jacket, which is actually a product of trial and error, careful cutting and stitching, and several hours of road trip hand sewing (the lining). I have worn it since the wedding with jeans, and I really like how that looks too. On my blog I have the whole, long winded run down with pics, a photo from the beach of us with the (real live) unicorn my sister rode to the reception, and the link to our pic and her story in the N.Y. Times Vows section.

Wheeew! Now I am off to pack for our upcoming trip to sunny FL. Bring on some sunshine!