Tag Archives: Anna Maria Horner

Cozy and Warm Fall/Winter School Photo Dress

31 Aug

This week, I’ve been working on the Oliver + S School Photo Dress (view A).  View B of this pattern has been one of my favorites. H. adored the holiday version I made for her last year.

Thinking ahead to the colder months to come, I used flannel from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi collection.  It is so soft and cozy!  I just love it.  H. does to.  She was so excited to try it on since it reminded her of a Chinese Mandarin dress.  Before I rushed out the door to teach, I snapped these quick photos.


For the lining, I wanted to accent the little coral flowers.


Since this will be fall sample over at JP Knit and Stitch, I made the dress in a size 8.   I’m hoping her summer growth spurt slows down, so she will be able to wear through the cold New England winter.


Silent Auction Items

27 Mar

For the past two years, I’ve helped organize my daughter’s annual school auction.  It is a great family event, and a nice way to celebrate the school and the community who support it.  Even though I miss some of the planning aspects, I’m looking forward to being an attendee this time around.

For this year’s auction, I made a reversible cape from the O + S’s Little Things to Sew.  H. always receives such nice comments whenever she wears one of her capes, so I am hoping this will be a popular item.


At the request of this year’s auction organizers, I made a yoga bag to be coupled with a gift certificate for a local yoga studio.

Hopefully, these will find wonderful homes.

January Sewing Projects

1 Feb

Oh, January, where did you go?  Is it really a sign of old age that time just seems to be whizzing past?  Since I haven’t been prompt at posting completed projects, here is a run down of what I sewed this past month.

I’m trying to sew through my fabric stash since it has gotten way out of control.  From my stack of interlock knits, I made a few O + S Hopscotch dresses and a top.  H. lives in her Hopscotch dresses on the weekends since they are so comfy.

I made two dresses to give as birthday presents for two of H’s classmates.


For both dresses, I used prints from City Weekend and leftover fabric from Modern Workshop.

I made H. another Hopscotch dress in size 8, so she can wear this next year using more fabric from the O+ S Modern Workshop line.

I also made her a top in a size 8 using leftover fabric from this top.

H. prefers to wear dresses and skirts, but she does wear pants when she has P.E. at school.  I made her one pair of uniform pants over the summer to be worn on gym days, but this term, H. has P.E. twice a week.  She requested another pair of pants, and I was happy to oblige.  Using thin-whaled corduroy, I made her another pair of After School Pants.   Hoping these will still fit her next school year, I made them in a size 7. You can see by the photo, there is ample room for her to grow.

For the pockets and the trim at that bottom of the side panels, I turned the corduroy, so the lines go horizontally.


For the lining of the front pockets, I used leftover fabric from this top.

I didn’t mention this detail to H. when she got dressed for school this morning.  She was thrilled to see the funny little elephants inside her pockets.  Hopefully, this pants can be passed along to J.  After all, they don’t have any buttons!

For Christmas, one of my brothers-in-law gave me a few fat quarters from Amy Butler’s new line, Lark.  One of of the fat quarters was the Chinese Lanterns print in grass.  This has to be my favorite print in the entire line.  Luckily, JP Knit and Stich has it in stock, so I used it to make a O + S Birthday Party Dress sample for the shop.

For the facings and the button tab, I used Ruta in navy from Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo.

I think this combo makes such a delight spring dress.  Feel free to stop by JP Knit and Stich to get a closer look.

Lastly, I made myself a Nigella yoga bag using frabic by Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush line.  I added a few inches to the top to make room for a drawstring.





For H.’s Friend M.

1 Nov

One of H’s good friends recently asked me if I would make her a cape.  I asked her what her favorite colors were, pulled a few fabrics for her to choose from, and viola, a reversible Little Red Riding Hood Cape was made to her liking.

For one side, I used super soft velveteen by Anna Maria Horner.


For the other side, I used a print from Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples.

I also made M. matching Popover Sundresses for her and her AG doll.  I used one of my favorite Modern Workshop prints.

August Birthdays

11 Aug

My sister and one of my sisters-in-law have birthdays this month, so I have been sewing and knitting a few items to include in their birthday packages.

I made another Heather Ross Everything Tote using decor -weight fabric from Alexander Henry’s Copenhagen.  I love this print since it reminds me of something I would find by Marimekko. I picked this up at JP Knit and Stitch earlier in the summer and think I need get a bit more.  For the lining, I used a print from Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop from my stash.


With the extra fabric, I made a little weekend travel bag. I know the zipper and the lining don’t really match, but I used what I had in the house.  I still think it works together.


I also knit another pair of Fetching Wrist Warmers in cream using one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.


For my sister, I sewed a Wiksten Tank Top in cotton voile from AMH’s Innocent Crush.

You can’t really tell in this photo, but the top has such a nice drape in the voile.  I’m tempted to make one for myself.  I suppose it is a good thing my sister and I live almost two thousand miles away from each other, so we wouldn’t have to worry about being seen together wearing the same top.  Oh, the horror!

After seeing Genevieve’s adorable bag after I finished teaching my sewing class last week, I was inspired to make not only one but two reversible bags using this pattern.

I added two pockets on the inside and used fabric from Aneela Hoey’s Sherbert Pips for the lining.


For the other bag, I used decor-weight fabric by Ty Pennington.

I let H. and J. pick out the lining from my stash.  They unanimously chose Lotus Full Moon Polka Dot by Amy Butler. 



I didn’t check the test square until I had already cut out fabric for two bags (tisk tisk).  My print out was about a inch smaller than it should have been.  Sewing with smaller seam allowances didn’t remedy the matter either.  I went ahead and sewed the two reversible bags. One will go to my sister and the other will go in my gift pile.

I want to make a larger one, so I’ll be adding that to my ever growing sewing queue.


Showering Baby

25 Jul

My youngest sister-in-law is pregnant with her first baby. For the past few weeks, I have been sewing and knitting in preparation for her baby shower. For yesterday’s shower, my fellow hostesses and I decided to throw a white-themed baby shower since the baby’s sex is being kept a surprise.  For part of the shower decorations, I made two sets of white-on-white buntings.  I forgot to snap photos during the shower, but I did manage to get this shot with my phone.

I used three different fabrics for the buntings.  Each one had a white-on-white print.  You can’t really see it in this photo. In the mirror, you can see a reflection of one of the clotheslines we had hanging.  We asked guests to bring something white to hang on two tiny clotheslines. My contribution to the clothesline was a lacy bonnet and baby booties knit using cashmere yarn.


The Lacy Bonnet pattern is from Erika Knight’s Knitting for Two.  This is one of my favorite baby hat patterns.  I have so many fond memories of my daughter wearing the one I knit for her while I sat next to her isolette in the NICU


The booties were made using Saartjes booties pattern. As a gift, I sewed a few things for the baby. I used a yard of cotton voile and flannel to make a baby blanket


Using two prints from Kate Spain’s Central Park line, I made a diaper and wipes carrier.

Using the baby kimono pattern from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing, I made this tiny kimono top.

With some of the leftover fabric, I made a few burb cloths


Finally, I packaged it all up by making a fabric bucket using fabric by Swanky Swell.

H. also included a small little bird she hand sewed, but again, I forgot to take a photo in the midst of the shower celebrations. I was also able to give my sister-in-law her belated birthday present which included a pair of gray wrist warmers and one of the Everything Tote Bags I made. I have given all of the extra ones I made, so I suppose I should start sewing a few more.  They do make great gifts


Flirting the Issue Skirt

15 Jul

Anna Maria Horner’s Flirting the Issue Skirt was a super easy and fast project to undertake. I was able to finish this skirt in one night.

For the main part of the skirt, I used a yard of cotton voile from AMH’s Innocent Crush.  For the lining, I used a solid pink voile. I mistakenly cut the length of the lining too long, but instead of cutting it down, I decided to have the lining extend an inch below the skirt.  I like the little bit of pink peaking out.

The high waist is my favorite part of the skirt.  I like the faux-smocking the four rows of elastic give the waistband of the skirt.

This is a great pattern for a beginning sewer or if you are looking to make a quick addition to your summer wardrobe.