Citrus Sunrise Skirt + Top

Citrus Sunrise skirt and top using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever sewn.
EVER.
I know. That’s a lofty statement.
But you know when you have something in your mind, that you think is going to work, but you’re not really sure that it will…and then it turns out just as you had hoped???
That my friends is this little citrus outfit.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print

I started with the Citrus Sunrise fabric from my Fiesta Fun fabric collection….which might also be my favorite print in the mix.  This outfit was destined for my love.
(read more about my inspiration for this print here.)

Then I used the Anywhere Skirt Pattern and the First Day Dress Pattern to create one look.   And I love it.  It fits her so well and …it just makes me happy.  I might try this in my size too.

Citrus Sunrise skirt and top using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsFiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

I made a few tweaks to each pattern, which means you’ll be getting tutorials in the near future!  I’ve already started one for the skirt placket.  And when that’s done, I’ll start a tutorial for this top.

In the mean time, here are the basics:
• I really wanted the shirt to be a crop top, so that the chunkiness of the skirt waistband would show (without showing her tummy).   So I used the A-Line Top from the pattern, and chopped many inches off.  It seemed extreme, but I was amazed at how short it needed to be!  And what I did not realize at first, is that the front needed to be longer than the back.  Haah. Guess I hadn’t accounted for little baby belly.  Making it an extra inch longer in the FRONT helped it looked even all the way around, when worn.

• Then, rather than cutting a slit in the back neckline, I made the back into two separate pieces—adding an inch or so of extra fabric for an overlapping placket.  Cause really, I just wanted to use those chunky wooden buttons.  I think the bright colors of this collection go so well with neutrals and wooden accents.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress topCitrus Sunrise skirt and top using Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

For the Skirt:
I added a new design twist to the Anywhere Skirt—a small back placket!  This is a game changer.   And I did the same thing on my yellow gingham skirt from our Christmas cards too.   Since I had done a long line of buttons on the shirt, it felt excessive to have tons of buttons on the skirt as well.  So this was the perfect way to create a full gathered look, without a placket in the front.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

In fact—speaking of full—I used fabric FOUR times her waist size, which is my favorite way to do it these days.  It’s more layers to sew through (especially since I added a lining layer) but it gets a great gathered look.

Citrus Sunrise Skirt and Top in Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsFiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

Of course my favorite part of sewing, is that I get to take pics of everything afterward.
Honestly, I sew so I can photograph.
And get beautiful faces like these:

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

Clara is such a stinking goofball.  I mean, even when I tell her to look straight, she gives me the side eyeball.  Clara!   But then we also capture moments like this:

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

Love that little girl.
AND…(this is becoming long)….I love seeing what you guys are making and sharing too!

LOOK at this photo.  Ahhh!  That baby!  That romper!
(photo by Jeremagz; romper by  Hello Ollie Shop)Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print

And this women’s look from the Fiesta Fun look book (by Art Gallery Fabrics): Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print

So much citrus love.
I’m gonna go eat an orange.

If you have things to share, tag them to #fiestafunfabrics and #citrussunrisefabric
Have a great weekend my friends!

How to grow Easter Grass in a Basket

How to grow Easter Grass and Wheatgrass in a Basket on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

I feel dumb saying this….but it is SO gratifying to plant something and watch it grow.
It’s amazing! Every time.  Kind of like sewing.
I find myself smiling and cheering—“it worked”!  As if I doubted Mother Nature.

And dude.  Easter Grass (wheatgrass) is like a super plant.  It is literally growing before your eyes.  And one of these days I’ll put a time-lapse camera on it (if I knew how to do that.  Oh yea, that’s why I haven’t done it.)

I’ve shown you how to grow decorative Wheatgrass before in this video with my friend Katherine.  It was so fun to make them as placeholder/name cards for a dinner party:
(Just hit the play button to watch):

But with Easter almost here, I wanted to show you how to plant grass in a basket or other container that might have holes.
Because ahhhh! Large gold-woven Easter basket from Target?  YES.

This is the perfect project to do with your kids; they will be just as amazed as you.
And I especially love these little water droplets that form on the ends of the grass blades—all on their own.  Cool!

Okay. Here’s what you do:
• Use wax paper to create a slight barrier in your container, to keep dirt from falling out.  I cut two large pieces, then overlapped and taped them together.
• Push the wax paper into the basket so that it molds to the inside of the basket.  Then trim off the excess sticking outside the rim.   Some of the paper will fold and overlap itself on the inside.  You can tape these folds down, or just leave them; soon they will be filled with soil.
• Place a large amount of soil in a bowl and get it wet in the sink.   Stir it around (and make sure your kids don’t eat it, since it looks like that oreo/cream cheese truffle stuff)
• Scoop the moistened soil into the basket and fill to the top.

Now comes the secret ingredient—wheat berries! (the fancy name for wheat seeds)
Definitely watch the video above for additional info on all of this.

THESE are the wheat berries I like.  I’ve purchased red and white wheat before and I swear that the white wheat grows faster and more full, every time.  So get a bag of this.  It might look like a lot of wheat, but we’ve used it numerous times and have shared it with the teachers at school for class science projects.  If you do Amazon Prime, you’ll have it in a couple of days. Ding!

Again, follow the steps outlined in the detailed video.

And in just three days, you have this!
Mother Nature killing it.  Right??

After planting this grass, I actually left to go out of town.  So Lucy was in charge of watering and taking care of it (which she loved.) She texted me that photo on Day 3.
And then just two days after that….wow!  Real blades!
I told you this stuff is growing while you type, and wash dishes, and make dinner. 
By Day 9, it had almost run its full course.  This is definitely a 1 1/2 to 2 week project.  It takes about a week for it to fully mature, and then about a week of enjoyment.  So if you’re planning it for Easter, do the math backwards.
And then fill that pretty basket up with eggs!
It’s such a beautiful decor piece in the house…and a fun conversation starter.

If you get any stray blades growing through the basket, just pull them out.

And if you find any mold growing in your grass, this is not uncommon, nor is it harmful.  With all those blades planted very closely together, the wheatgrass doesn’t have as much breathing room as it would if planted in an open field.
You can google search many articles that talk about this and offer suggestions.
You may also notice moisture under your basket, which is normal.  Make sure you don’t over-water.  In fact you don’t need to do much after the blades are fully grown in.  But if your basket is on a wooden table, keep a small towel or plate under it to protect your furniture.

And finally, when the grass has run its course, it looks like this:

How to grow Easter Grass and Wheatgrass in a Basket on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

It’s actually pretty hard to pull out of the basket since the roots are fantastically woven together in there.
I mean, look at that thing—just standing on its own!
I tossed the old grass in our compost pile, rinsed out the basket, and now I’m ready to grow more!

And there you go my friends.  Grass in a basket.
It’s so much fun.
Happy growing!

Pajama Pants

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Which comes first, the fabric or the project??
This time for me, it was allll about the fabric.

Doughnuts. Flowers. Those colors. AND TACO TRUCKS.

I love that pajama pants exist. Not only are they cozy and comfy, but they let us wear all the fun prints. And they’re the perfect thing to make if you’re just starting to sew garments.

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

They’ve always been one of my favorite sewing projects. They’re so fast to make, and let’s face it, they’re an excellent reason to stash fun flannels when they go on sale. (Like we need an excuse??)

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Let’s sew some pajama pants! Grab your favorite cozy flannel and head to your machine. (Need a pattern? The KID Shorts one works perfectly.)

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Just click the play button below and enjoy:

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The KID Shorts pattern is perfect for pajamas. And it doesn’t stop there… click the photo for more:

KID Shorts sewing pattern from MADE Everyday with Dana