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Holiday Millie B bibs

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Welcome to the Fat Quarter Face-off Holiday 2014. Robert Kaufman fabrics and Fairfield have tasked the Master Makers, in which I am one of with the challenge of creating something with a bundle of fat quarters sent to us by Robert Kaufman. I received the Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK and was delighted to make up a couple of Millie B bibs to show off the wonderful prints. Be sure to check out my fellow master makers creations and vote as there are some great prizes available. You will need to head over to the FairfieldWorld blog to vote.

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Nothing says the holidays like homemade whether from your sewing machine or your oven and let’s face it, giving from your heart is always a good thing. Using these beautiful Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK prints made choosing the prints to incorporate somewhat difficult. This delightful creation is another version of the Millie B Bib patterns – Night at the Ballet.  Patterns are available through my Craftsy shop 

Supplies:  Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK, poly-fil®Natural Cotton Batting, Double fold bias tape or create your own, Sewing machine, iron and basic sewing and cutting tools.


How to:

For this holiday version I simply went, well; Simple!  I removed the pocket square, pocket flap, shirt front and bow tie from the boys version and let the fabric do the talking. The girls version features a two tiered skirt. When cutting the skirt cut the shorter tier 5″ long by 21″ wide and cut the under skirt 7″ long by 21″ wide. Measure, press then sew a double turned 1/4″ hem along the bottom and side edges of both skirt tiers. Lay the short skirt tier on top of the long skirt tier, with the top edges even and sew two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge, spacing them 1/4″ apart. Follow the pattern directions to attach the skirt and cover with the skirt band. You might like to dress up the skirt band or tiers using rick rack, braid or ribbon trim, the results can be whatever you desire. Have fun.

I would love to hear your thoughts. This post is a face-off so your vote counts. Below is the link to vote and you are able to vote twice per ip address. Thanks and stay turned for more Millie B makeovers.


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Millie B Bibs – Halloween

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Halloween in around the corner and even the little ones want to celebrate the occasion. Using the Millie B Sunday Dinner pattern and  just a few changes you too will have the best dressed baby at your Halloween event.


The Tweaks:

Sunday Dinner Girl’s Bib; Cut out the pattern pieces using two coordinating Halloween prints. Fat quarters of fabric work perfectly. Do Not cut out the skirt pattern and instead purchase 1/3 of a yard of nylon tulle at least 45″ wide. Fold the tulle in half across the width of the fabric. It should now measure appx. 6 inches by 45 inches. Slide the top layer of tulle up 2 inches. The top layer of tulle will now measure 4 inches and the bottom layer 8 inches. Sew two rows of gathering stitches across the folded top edge. Adjust the gathers and pin the tulle skirt to the bib front. Continue following the directions to complete the Sunday Dinner girls bib. Trim each of the tulle skirt layers to the desired lengths. Using a 16″ length of 1/4 inch satin ribbon, tie a bow and sew to the bib front.

Sunday Dinner Boy’s Bib; In this particular case the pattern was not changed – it is simply about the fabric choice.

The Millie B Sunday Dinner pattern is available as a download at my craftsy store so that you can have the pattern in just minutes. Or, if you prefer a printed version of the pattern you can purchase it through the Annie’s catalogue or contact me directly at Lorine Mason

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Sew cute and ready for Halloween!

The Story behind Millie B Bibs

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I just finished uploading the last of the trio of Millie B Bibs to my Etsy and Craftsy (note: this link will not be working until 7/18/14) stores and I can honestly say I am proud of myself. I am not a techy person and while I know setting up one of these stores is certainly not brain surgery it seems that I can become lost in the details and give up, perhaps too easily. But I stuck with it and things are up and running. The patterns are available for immediate download on either site and contain full size patterns, step by step illustrated instructions and a fat quarter pattern layout guide.  They are available as a download direct from the Etsy and Craftsy sites or very soon will be available to order in the printed version through the Annies and Home Sew catalogues. Here is the first pattern; Night at the Ballet – I love this one especially because it is a little over the top while still remaining practical.

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MIllie B Bibs – Night at the Ballet

The name Millie B comes from my dear Mother. It is kind of funny as my Mother hated it if anyone tried to call her Millie, but as she gracefully aged my Brother Bob took it upon himself to lovingly refer to her as Millie B whenever they were together. It caught on and soon a number of us siblings were referring to Mom as Millie B. She would make a face and say that it was a good thing she loved us, so we could get away with it but hoped it would not catch on. My Mother, Mildred Bell passed away a couple of years ago now and she is missed. She loved her six children and she loved her husband, Henry A.

Here we have the second pattern in the series; Sunday Dinner. Sunday Dinners were important. All generations of the same family sitting around the same table. Life goes by quickly and sharing familiar stories is important.

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Millie B Bibs – Sunday Dinner

I would love to say that my children wore wonderful creations such as these styles of bibs, but the truth is that they did not. I was too practical and caught up in the raising of our family, the day to day details, the bills etc. , which always came first. I will say that I have made a number of these cute bibs and given them as gifts and if  there are to be Grandchildren in my future you can bet they too will be sporting only the best. The last bib in the set is; Five O’Clock Somewhere. This set was all about Summer and Vacations, Flirty skirts and Hawaiian themed shirts.

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Five O’Clock Somewhere

Millie B Bibs is the start of a new venture for It’s Sew Lorine. Stay tuned for my upcoming release of  It’s Sew Lorine downloadable patterns, all priced from $.99 to $1.99. Until then enjoy life and enjoy sewing.