Circle skirts are so easy to make and provide such satisfaction when complete! Gorgeous and absolutely perfect for twirling around :) You can layer stretch laces over a lining for the perfect summer skirt or choose a heavier ponte for an elegant fall look! The options are endless.

 I hope you enjoy this tutorial and please let me know what you think 
in the comments below!

I absolutely love shirred summer dresses! They are so comfy and perfect for warmer weather.  

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of shirring, it's basically replacing your bobbin thread with elastic thread.  When you sew your rows of stitching, the elastic bobbin thread is slightly stretched while making it's way through the machine, making the most perfect little gathers! Elastic thread is something that is readily available, you can find it is most sewing store and I actually picked mine up at Wal-Mart in the sewing section.

Supplies :
Elastic Thread
Woven or Knit Fabric
Coordinating Thread

With summer just around the corner, I really needed some light summer dresses that are cool and comfy! This was such a pretty pattern and since it was free, I thought why not! This pattern that was published by SoSewEasy.com. It's available directly from their website or you can download it from Craftsy.com

Printing it off was no trouble and the assembly was pretty straight forward even though some of the pages are numbered incorrectly. It wasn't too hard to figure out how to piece the pattern together! 

I made some modifications, such as leaving off the sleeves and moving the waist up 4" to make it more of a maternity style. I also added about 8" extra to the skirt front so that I could gather it and make it roomy and flowy.

I used a lightweight Jersey, which is a little tricky to work with but the pattern pieces fitted together perfectly even with the changes that I made. I was so pleased with the fit of the bodice front, I was worried that I would have to adjust it to prevent gapping but it fit perfectly! Because I used a really stretchy knit, I made the top in a size Small even though in the measurements I was closer to a Medium/Large. 

There was no pattern included for the belt but I just made a 2 1/5" wide belt that was about 70" long so I could wrap it around twice.  I'm so pleased with how this dress turned out! I can't wait to make it in more colours! 

Melanie oxoxo
It's May 1st! 
The clutch purses are now available to purchase here!  I'm so excited about these bags. Being a mom I'm usually charting around a huge tote stuffed with diapers, snacks, baby books, toys, spare clothes and all the other "in case of emergency" items. It's so nice to be able to switch is up and enjoy a lighter option that stylish when it's date night or even when I get the rare chance to run errands sole! 

These bags are designed, cut and sewn right here in my little studio. I source the fabrics and supplies from local fabric stores in Mississauga. This means that I only stock limited quantities of the fabric necessary to make these items. So my inventory is limited and with all the styles of these particular purses I bought the very last of their inventory.  
So if you are interested in purchasing please don't hesitate because when they are gone, I cannot restock! 

As it was with the Infinity scarfs (which are still available here) I will be donating a portion each sale to charity. May is Multiple Sclerosis awareness month so the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada will be this months featured organization. 

Thanks again for all your love and support! 

Melanie oxoxox