Ivy and I did some “school shopping” in my fabric and pattern stash a few weeks ago. Without spending a dime, I was able to sew an entire wardrobe for my favorite little kindergartener. Okay, I actually spent a ridiculous number of dimes on the fabric and patterns. But it was over the course of years, and it was all just sitting in my stash by the time this little girly made her wardrobe wishlist. So no new dimes were spent. That’s something, right? We had so much fun pulling out fabrics and flipping through patterns. And to add to the fun, I had just received some amazing labels from Dutch Label Shop. So I was able to put the labels into all her new clothing, making things look even more professional and legit.
I was so happy with how the labels turned out. I commissioned this design from The Blue Barn for my blog a few years ago, but have never gotten around to updating things. It was exciting to be able to finally put it on something official, and even more exciting to add it to things I made. I’m super tempted to go back and retroactively sew labels into other things I’ve sewn. And I should probably get that blog redesign done.
I have wanted labels from the time I started seriously sewing, back before I was even pregnant with Ivy. I would pull up websites, get bogged down in design issues and prices, and give up. But Dutch Label Shop makes the whole process so very easy. You can do straight text, with no uploading of any design, and a variety of fonts and colors to choose from. Or, you can do what I did, and upload a design of your own. The customer service is fantastic. I uploaded, and then was contacted a day or so later with an issue with my design. The representative that emailed me recommended some changes to make the label more readable and printable on such a small scale. After my approval, the design team at Dutch Label Shop made the changes for me, at no additional cost.
My labels were printed and shipped quickly, and the quality is fantastic. I went with basic grey and black, but there are tons of color options, from full color imaging to simple two-tone, like I went with. Sizes, shapes, and a few other options, as well. Also, they have basic stock labels, like care instructions and size tabs. I picked up some size tabs and already wish I had grabbed more. I love to pass my handmades down, and having the sizes already labeled for the next owner is so nice.
Head over to Dutch Label Shop for your own labels, using code sewastraightline15 (all lower case) until September 21st, 2-17
I thought it would be fun to do a little fashion show over the next couple of weeks, showing off what I made for my daughter. Yes, weeks. I kind of made a lot. And it was so much fun!
We’ll start things off simple with this little zoo-print mini skirt.
You’re going to be seeing a whole lot of Ottobre over the next few days. Today’s Ottobre pattern is the mini skirt from 4/2015, pattern #8. It’s a pretty fast little sew, with a faux fly and fold-over, elastic waistband.
The fabric is some I picked up out of the remnant bins at Jo-Ann a couple of years ago. It’s a nice, bottom-weight twill in such a fun design.
In addition to the adorable factor, I love this print because it is so easy to pair with pretty much any solid shirt. I picked this long-sleeve tee up from a thrift shop for Ivy’s fall wardrobe, plus she has a couple of other tops that she can mix-and-match with the skirt. I also grabbed a bunch of cotton jersey shorts for her to wear under her skirts, to make things a bit more playground-friendly. Come cooler weather, she will tights with the skirt and we should get all four seasons of wear out of it.
We did the photo shoot for her wardrobe all in one go, at her insistence. She is just as excited about these clothes as I am, and that is so incredibly gratifying! So stay tuned for a whole lot more Ivy in a whole lot of new clothes.
Skirt: Ottobre 4/2015 #8, size 110cm. Fabric from Jo-Ann Stores
Shirt: thrifted, no tag
Shoes: Sanuk (affiliate link)
I was reimbursed for the labels from Dutch Label Shop as part of a sponsorship agreement