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Recovered Chair

I finally got around to recovering my sewing chair!  I had taken the back off months ago and was actually sewing without a back.  QUITE UNCOMFORTABLE!  So I motivated myself and finished this easy project very quickly.
 My chair is a very old chair from a thrift store and was covered in shaggy brown fabric.  I had a white chair cover on it but it was getting dirty and stretched out.
 All I needed for this project was a screwdriver, staple remover, fabric, and my amazing staple gun.
 I used fabric that I had bought last year-navy d├ęcor weight fabric with lots of pink ikat like patterns and paisley and flowers.  It has some bumpy texture and I love it for my new sewing room/living room (photos to come shortly!).
 Here you can see the ugly old fabric on the seat.  Sorry I didn't get a before photo of the chair.
 Stapled the back cover on.  Staple gun is so powerful and was cheap at the craft store.
 Finished seat!  You can see the texture on the fabric here.

Love the new chair.  Navy against the silver arms.  Now I can sew in comfort and a bit more style.

-ellen

The Cottage Mama Daphne Wrap Dress Pattern

 This is a pattern I tested for Cottage Mama this summer.  It's the Daphne Wrap Dress.  You can buy the pattern here. I also tested her Georgia Vintage Dress which was beautiful.
 I chose some chevron that I had at the house.  I know you're shocked!  But it's so cute!!!!!  The back of the dress swings when she walks and it's lined in bright pink.
 It has a sweet pocket in the front and fabric covered buttons (4 of them) in the back.
 This was the easiest pattern I've done in a while and went quickly. 


 The best news is this pattern goes from 6 months to size 10 years, can pick a dress or a top, and you can make it reversible!!!!!  The next one I make will definitely be reversible-what a great idea.  She's pretty amazing over at The Cottage Home.  My daughter's photo made it into the pattern too!You can see her post on this pattern here.
It was so much fun being a part of this testing group.  We had a closed group on Facebook where we could share pics and ideas and ask questions.  Really a fun thing!  I'm hoping to do a lot more in the future and hope to work with Lindsay again!

-ellen

Aesthetic Nest Bateau Neck Dress Pattern Add-On Option

 We had another modeling session this week to test out an add on to the Aesthetic Nest Bateau Top.  This is a dress option that is AWESOME!  She's still working out all the details, but you will be able to purchase the dress extension pieces to add to the top pattern pieces.
 

 This was my favorite shot, with her looking down.  My daughter did the best job this time and FAST!  She's really getting great.
 We chose an awesome aqua Marseille lace bonded bodrae that looked so great with her blue eyes.  I have no idea what this fabric is, but it was silky on the underside, had a tiny bit of stretch, and I knew my daughter would love how it felt against her skin.  And the best part, it was originally $14.99 at Hobby Lobby but on sale for $5/yd so I had to try it!
 Had to do some movie star looks!  Used a perfectly matched necklace for the look.
 I made a bow for her headband out of the extra fabric and added tiny bows to both sleeves.  Was thinking it was a bit old lady with the lacy fabric so I wanted to cute it up like Audrey Hepburn.  I really loved it with the bows.

Again I took photos at Colorado National Monument, 5 min from my house.  It's my go-to backdrop for all my photo sessions!  I feel spoiled.

 This was my daughter's choice of accessories.

Close up of bow detail.  So cute!  The pattern gives options for elbow length sleeves (my choice) or short sleeves.  It also does A line skirt (my choice) or drawstring dress which is GORGEOUS and I will try next.  I've loved testing 3 patterns this summer and hope to do more in the future, it's FUN and I love getting more patterns, especially ones going up to size 10 years. You can see more at Aesthetic Nest.
 
-ellen

Aesthetic Nest Bateau Neck Top Pattern

I've done some pattern testing this summer and it's been so much fun!  Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest created an adorable pattern called the Bateau Neck Top. 
 I let my daughter pick out the knit material for the top and she chose a cute and wild cheetah print with hearts.  She really loved it and even though it's not my usual style, I really liked it for her.
 It's a nice, easy pattern to put together but I have to say I still am not a great sewer with knits.  There are some great tips on sewing with knits in the pattern and they helped, but I definitely am more comfortable with cottons.


 It's a really cute 3/4 length sleeve with a nice open neck.  There are many options included in the pattern and it goes from 18m-10Y which I LOVE!!!!!  You can see the blog post with photos from all the pattern testers here
 My daughter was a great model and I just love to take her picture. 

-ellen

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