FREEBIE: Penelope’s Tea Party

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At the beginning of the summer, I scored a precious set of cups and dishes perfect for a tea party. I told Penelope she needed to gather her friends for a tea party at some point and use them. She squealed.

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It wasn’t until a few days later that she came up to me asking to get everything out for the tea party. After explaining to her that she needed to give her friends some kind of advanced warning if she wanted them to show up, her finger in the air as she enthusiastically said, “I need you to make me invitations!”

Well OKAY, my dear! The cutest little art director hovered over my shoulder to make sure all the details were correct. She needed gold bits on the invitations (see the little foil dots in the above pic?). And she needed them sealed with glitter washi tape to deliver to her friends.

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I was thrilled to have a little peace and quiet while she walked the neighborhood, dropping them in the neighbor’s mail boxes. Since it was a Monday and she was inviting her friends to a party on Tuesday, I made sure to text each mom to double-check invitations were received. All but 2 girls showed up. We had a full house of giggly girls with their pinkies high as they sipped “tea”.

I served honey chocolate toasts, mint oreos (at Penelope’s request) and raspberry lemonade. They thought it was the best tea ever.

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(taken from an entirely different party, but I love this pic of her)

Penelope was the most gracious host exclaiming, “Welcome!! I’m so glad you could make it!” while I sat there, hands over my mouth, trying not to squeal and giggle at the same time. She is incredibly more socially astute at her age than I was in college. The girl knows how to throw a party.

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    1. Helen says:

      How precious. I miss those days so much I enlist the neighborhood girls to bring their American girl dolls and we tea party. Even the grand children are too old now. But such memories. Just keep making them

    2. Mim says:

      Yes!! Josie has tea parties all the time, and she will just die when I show her this template. So perfect! I always make her cucumber tuna mini sandwiches (the cucumber slices act as the bread), makes them feel fancy when I have no sweets on hand😉

    3. Deborah says:

      I have the exact same plate as shown here. Just no cup. 😕

    4. Angela says:

      Thanks for sharing! I’d be willing to host a little tea party just so I can send out the invitation :)

    Sewing Style: Floral Button-Up

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    This outfit has been in the queue of things to blog for MONTHS. I got the skirt just in the nick time for Inspired Retreat. It traveled marvelously well and proved to be just the perfect statement piece I needed for a dinner there.

    The top was something I sewed in May for Silhouette Summit. There’s something about going out of town that urges me to sew like crazy!

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    I had this fabric in my stash from an excursion to the fabric district years ago. I thought I would just make something for Penelope with it, but it just sat. And I never made anything for her. The bright, tropical print was screaming at me the second I purchased my flight to Hawaii, so I did something about it.

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    I made this button up without a collar. Basically using Grainline’s Scout Tee, extending the middle front and adding buttons. It was easy enough. I sort of wish I would have made a collar for it. It wasn’t the easiest fabric to work with, but I think a collar would have looked nice.

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    It was part laziness, part strategic planning that I opted for only 4 buttons in the front. I tie the front of most of my button-ups anyway, so I just omitted them for that very reason. Tying up the excess like that makes for a sleeker line with the skirt since there’s no bulk of a shirt underneath the skirt. I know. I’m genius. It’s not a matter of style, but a matter of comfort in this case. I don’t like bulk.
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    It was an easy enough sew, taking me just under 2 hours to make it happen from beginning to end. I feel a little Miami granny-ish with the florals, but paired with the metallic knife pleats I just own the look.

    Outfit details

    I was stoked to find Pleated Empire is local to Draper! I’m a huge fan of the rebel skirt (featured above) and their Floral Blazer and Mesh Ribbon Skirt.

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    1. justine says:

      It’s lovely!

    Designed: Gold and Silver Foil Bee Tattoos

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    This post is sponsored by Fashion Tats. Shop, wholesale or create your own gold and silver foil temporary tattoos.

    The dreamcatcher and the roses are my favorite. What are yours?

    I’ve been aching to design foil temporary tattoos for a while, but I just couldn’t think of a design! Designer’s block got the best of me for a good portion of a year.

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    Image c/o Alix Adams (via IG) – I love that she put it on her cheek.

    I was writing a gift card for a Melissa when I thought I should add a honeybee flourish, since our name means “honeybee”. I couldn’t find any exemplars to go from, so I designed my own. It dawned on me that was what I needed for my foil tattoo design.

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    At Alt Summit this last June, I handed out my business cards (above) with silver and gold bees. Since my name is Melissa and I hail from the beehive state, it only seemed fitting.

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    Thanks to my awesomely tan neighbor for modeling these for me. I noticed that foil tattoos don’t photograph particularly well on my pasty white skin. Perhaps I need to get out of the house more?

    Now that I’ve done one design, I’m ready to do more. I’ve got a few ideas. Mostly words that I want to design. What word(s) should I do next?

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    Sewing Style: 90’s Influenced Fit & Flare

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    Megan Nielsen sent me this gorgeous lawn (at least I think it’s a lawn) about 2 years ago. It was more time than I would like to admit. Why, oh why do I tend to let such pretty fabric just sit in my stash? I have no idea.

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    I wanted it to be something flowy and free for summer. Miriam convinced me that I should make a fit and flare dress. She’s right. She’s always right when it comes to sewing matters.

    I didn’t have any good light-weight stretchy black knit on hand, so I ended up dicing up an old maxi dress that I made (and never blogged, only wore once) while I was pregnant with Juniper. That fabric is getting much more use now as the top and sleeves of my dress.

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    I used the scout tee for the base of this dress. I pieced the front and took in the sides to compensate for the knit in the back. I considered not taking it in and having it with more of a 90’s proportion, but it feels so feminine with the tapered waist. I’m glad I didn’t make it baggy.

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    The dress is so comfortable and light-weight. Perfect for those hot summer days. It was an easy sew, too. Because of the knit back, I didn’t need to put in any enclosures. And I put in a knit binding at the collar so that was super easy.

    Anyone know a good technique for binding a woven neckline without it puckering or curling? Let me know. I’m all ears!

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    Outfit details:

    • dress: scout tee, revised | fabric from megan nielsen
    • necklace: H&M
    • bracelet: THP shop
    • shoes: Forever 21
    • bag: coach (!!!! a mother’s day gift from my mom !!!!)

    All photos by Sam Pierson

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    1. Sarah Helene says:

      BEAUTIFUL summery dress you’ve sewn and FAB photos to show it, MELISSA! CREATIVE and CLEVER use of fabrics: LOVELY lawn & black knit for a dress! LOVE the pink and purple colorations with black and white on the bodice and lower skirt! THANKS for sharing — you are a talented designer and sewist. Sarah in Minneapolis

    2. Marie says:

      Your neckline doesn’t look puckered, but here is what I like to do:
      fold the bias tape in half and sew it to the neck while gently stretching. Then iron it and topstitch the binding with a twin needle, keeping one needle on the binding and die other on the garment. Pretty much just tracing the binding seam with the centre of the sewing foot.

    3. Lady ID says:

      Very pretty, and the lawn fabric is so interesting – I want to keep looking at it

    4. phil says:

      the 90’s never looked so good !!

    Calligraphy-worthy Paper

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    For the last couple of months I’ve been pushing myself with flourishes through names. I started off thinking I could do it every day, but it happens a few times a week now. Check out #calligraphynameoftheday to see all the posts. I love taking time to write out someone’s name and discovering the meaning behind it.

    Finding a good card stock that comes in fun colors that holds up to various inks and pens isn’t easy. Several months ago a friend mentioned in passing that she could get me some “amazing” card stock. I tried it. I love it. And here it is.

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    Most scrapbooking card stocks have this obnoxious canvas/linen texture that’s impossible to write on if you have a sharp pen. And it all bleeds. Everything bleeds. Drives me bonkers. This paper rocks. It even works well with bleach!

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    Until now, it hasn’t been available online. Check out My Mind’s Eye for 2 packs of this awesome paper in 2 different colorways: Tropical and Wildberry. They’ve got loads more colors than the ones I’ve pulled for these packs, so speak up if there’s something you’d like to see!

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    Looking to get your feet wet with calligraphy? I’d love to teach you how. Check out istilllovecalligraphy.com for more details.

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    This post is not sponsored. I’m completely obsessed with this paper and I want you to be able to get your hands on it, too! I will receive a small portion of sales. This affiliate partnership is only because I truly believe and love this product. 
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    1. Elsa says:

      Wow that first piece is amazing. And I’ve been wanting to try out calligraphy so I’ll be extra careful when choosing the paper

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