21 May 2012

OUT Chapter 3: The Book with a Hole

It's here, it's here, it's here!  I am so excited to have 3 weeks of Once Upon a Thread!  Welcome, welcome.  We're on chapter 3 with some witty authors, and thrilling giveaways (I might bombard you with more than a post a day throughout these 3 weeks because I've got some guest posting myself to share).  Do you think anyone would notice if I entered myself in the giveaways? ;)

So, here we begin with the first page.

I have fallen in love with all books Hervé Tullet, and it's not just because he's French.  The man is clever up and down and all around.  Every single book of his I pick up and get inspired to sew something, so you might see more of him here, but today I am sharing something inspired by "The Book with a Hole."
This would be a really great book to give to an older child along with a camera with the instructions to go around taking photos of what they smartly come up with to place in the hole.
Pearl and I started outside with things we could find,

But then we were running all over the place,
with how about this?
and what about this?
In fact, as I was finally loading photos, she was still coming up to me with things to put in the hole.

Then, of course, everyone else wanted to throw in their ideas.

And we joked about what a stomach ache this man must have!
We even got the poor innocent bunnies involved in the disappearing act page.
http://picasion.com

What better to sew than a dress with a hole (or more)!?
I was given a big roll of light blue denim by a friend who was downsizing sewing supplies that has been sitting in the garage for 8 months (I know that because I was waiting for Drummer to be born any day!)  The color wasn't what I wanted, so I dyed it this aqua blue and it worked perfectly for this project.  I made up the leggings by the seat of my pants, using some circle print for the cuffs.  I got the pattern for the dress from this Japanese book, and then added the fun details of top stitching and HOLES!
This is similar to how I did the swimsuit cut out, but with an added piece of hand printed scraps I bought from a fun Australian shop called Umbrella Prints (more on those later).


❍ Begin with a circle drawn on the wrong side of a scrap with the edges finished.  Decrease stitch length to a 2 and sew around the circle, stopping frequently to pivot the needle in order to stay on the circle.
❍ Cut 1/2" smaller than circle, and clip seam allowance, but not into the stitching.  Turn the circle to the inside and press.
❍ I tried a couple of different ways to keep the printed scrap in place but found using dissolvable adhesive tape to work the best, which, ironically enough, I first used on my very first OUT post.  It holds the scrap perfectly without the need to stop to pull pins out.  Just surround the hole on the back and place scrap on top to the right side will show through when you flip it over.
❍ I also tried using lots of different feet, including the edgestitch foot.  What I found to be most helpful and accurate in sewing around the hole was the open foot.  I let the right side run along the inside of the hole and moved the needle position over so it was stitching closer to the opening.  It worked really well.
I loved the little glimpses of the print, which makes your mind wonder what the whole print looked like.
I also added details of top stitching in a contrasting color and used some aqua glass buttons.
Aren't they fun? 


And if one giveaway today wasn't enough, Umbrella Prints is offering 3 deliciously delectable pieces of their hand printed fabrics to YOU!  And, why yes, there is orange in every single one of those fabrics.  I didn't even have a hand in that.
❍ So, leave a comment here to be entered for this scrumptious giveaway.  
http://picasion.com
❍ And come back tomorrow for another page turner! ❍

212 comments:

  1. Yay! It's back! I love that fabric... Number one has the same odds right haha

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  2. The bunny page is the best!!! I like the holes idea - you could even add an actual "hole" to the sleeve if you're so inclined!

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  3. Love this book and I know kids of any size would enjoy it. The dress is so pretty and the color is great. I use my open foot for almost all of my sewing as it helps me see everything. So excited for what chapter 3 brings!
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  4. i LOVE umbrella prints! i also enjoyed your extra classy take on reverse applique.

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  5. thanks for the how-to, those holes look fabulous and I can't wait to give it a try. I've nearly worked my way through my small stash so some Umbrella Prints would be a very welcome addition!

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  6. That book is awesome! So much creativity and opportunities for awesome photos. That dress is super cute too, and thanks for the tutorial on how to make peek-a-boo cutouts. I've got to try that one of these days. Fantastic giveaway too. Those fabrics are sweet!

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  7. I am in the market for cute fabrics - thank for introducing me to a new source! And thanks for the chance to win some!

    Unrelated to the giveaway: my son (28months) has decided that his favorite color is orange. He would wear it head-to-toe if he could. It reminds me of you and your NEO sewing room ;-)

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  8. Those prints are amazing! As are the circles on that dress!

    Erin
    eadelarm@yahoo.com

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  9. There is so much I love about your blog. I love OUT and seeing all the creative things made and getting good book recommendations for my son. This one looks so fun! Maybe next round of OUT I will join in the fun and make something. I also love your style of writing and the pictures of your cute kids. I follow quite a few blogs and I rarely comment, but I wanted to tell you that yours is one of my very favorites. :)

    Emily V.

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  10. I have never seen this book, but I have to get it. My kids would eat it up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Those fabrics in the giveaway would sew up a treat.

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  11. I went to Amazon to check out other books by this author and saw that he did "Press Here". We've checked that one out from the library and It is so fun!

    Emily V.

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  12. I am in LOVE with those prints! And I am dying to get my hands on that book now.
    Rachel
    Rachelayne84 at gmail dot com

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  13. I love the pics that you made move! This reminds me of a book I had when I was young! But you only put fingers in to make legs and ears and whatnot! Very cute! The fabric is beautiful!!

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  14. I love the book, I love the fabric. And oh how much fun the holes are. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  15. Awesome idea for the dress!! Turned out lovely.
    The giveaway fabric is lovely, too :)

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  16. Love the book and the dress!

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  17. I couldn´t love this series more. Beautiful writing, excellent book recommendations, sewing tutorials and giveaways. Is this perfect or what?
    Many many thanks Katy.
    María

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  18. That is a cute book! Thanks for sharing. Love OUT. Cute outfit. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I love being introduced to new books..and combine it with sewing, what could be more wonderful? Also, that fabric is great, and I love the clean look of the holes..as opposed to traditional reverse applique.

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  20. Super excited about OUT! I am thinking I may do something this time around, but which book to do?

    Andie

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  21. What a fun book! I think this is my all time favorite sewing series. It combines my two loves. Also love those Umbrella Prints! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Ok. .......so I want to put....... O o O 0 0 oooOo Ooooo's in everything!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. what a darling book. I might have to get this book for my dd for her birthday.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Julie

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  24. All winners here! Can't wait to get my hands on that book! The dress is great and the Umbrella fabrics awesome!!

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  25. I love this dress ! want to try the hole thing one day !
    and the fabrics are grrrreat too !
    thank you for the giveaway !

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  26. Hooray for Chapter 3 of OUT! I love how the dress turned out . . . such a cute idea from that book! :)

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  27. Excited for OUT! And love that fabulous fabric!

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  28. your daughter's "out"fit and those fabrics are amazing!

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  29. Love the fabric and love love love the dress. What a great way to use up even the smallest bits and pieces of your favorite fabric scraps that you can bear to part with.

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  30. YAY! OUT!! I love the dress, what a great way to start off!

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  31. Good job, Katy! Cute book, cute dress. Looking forward to this chapter.

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  32. I don't think I am ready to construct a whole dress, but I think I am going to try to make the "holes" on an existing dress!! or maybe I could handle making a skirt!

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  33. So much goodness in one post!!! Love the book and your gift idea! And love the 'holes' with those fun peeks of fabric- can't wait to try it out. And ORANGE in the fabrics- makes my mom cringe but I can also never get enough orange! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!

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  34. Enjoyed every single letter and image of this post. A great way to start the week and, those prints for the giveaway are just about as cute as your kiddies!

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  35. I love this series. I always learn about new books and the sewing isn't too bad either:) I may just have to give the "holes" a try.

    My kids would also love this book.

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  36. Adorable... would love this fabric!

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  37. Lovely, fun fabric!
    And what a clever, fun book!
    Yay for OUT!

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  38. Cute dress! And hurray, OUT is back!

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  39. Super cute book, and those fabrics are wonderful!

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  40. What a great idea. This would work great whith repurposed fabric. No limits!

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  41. Yea for OUT! & I love your dress - I love the peek-a-boo effect. & I just love all the details you include. I often sew just to "get it done." I hope that someday in the future I will have your patience - because it really does make a difference!

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  42. What an adorable book! Will definitely have to look for that one.

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  43. What a fun idea to add whimsy to a dress that otherwise may be rather plain.

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  44. That book is amazing! Totally got to go look for it (or through it?!)
    Your dress is gorgeous, and I would love to win the fabrics, they're beautiful :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Helen x

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  45. What a neat book and a cool dress. I'm going to have to find that author on our next trip to the library!

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  46. I love the book and your interpretation of it. Both beautiful!

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  47. Scrumptious indeed! What a great giveaway and darling dress! :)

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  48. yay! I have been looking forward to this. Just in time to take the spot of Project Run and Play too ^_^

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  49. that book with a hole is awesome...and the dress you made to go with it is even cuter. would love to win the giveaway and give the fabric to a dear friend of mine. ;)

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  50. Yay! I am so glad it's here! What a cute book and adorable dress. Pearl is such a beauty.

    I just finished up my stuff. I just have to get my post together...sigh...I might be awhile. :)

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  51. This book looks so fun!


    rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  52. I've never seen that book, it's too cute!

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  53. Too much fun!! I want to sew something and put a hole in it now! :)
    -Julie

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  54. Never heard of this author. And, what a fun book! And, love your creation, too, Katy. You're so talented.

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  55. Love the dress! And what an awesome book, my son would love it! We'll have to find it too! Thanks for writing such a great blog. I love reading it!!

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  56. What an adorable blog posting! The book was fantastic, the pictures so creative and fun and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cutouts in the dress. Thank you for the fun Monday morning smiles.

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  57. What great fabric! What a neat book. My favorite thing about Once upon a thread is learning about new exciting books for the kido!

    m.t.commerford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. Looking forward to OUT and LOVE those fabrics {especially the orange in all of them}!

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  59. Adorable idea! And I think my girls would LOVE that book!

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  60. The fabric is beautiful. What a clever book - I've never seen anything like it.

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  61. Count me in!
    What a fun day to spend the day!

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  62. I adore Hervé Tullet's books, too! They're fantastic. What a fabulous dress to go with it. I want one for myself!
    And thanks so much for the chance to win that beautiful fabric!!
    x Katherine

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  63. What a cute idea. I am itching to try this, would love the fabrics to put in the hole!!

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  64. This is such a great idea. Much cuter than an aplique!

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  65. What a great book! ... and a lovely dress, you're so darn creative!

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  66. I love it!! I would even be interested in making something like this for myself.

    As far as the book used, it is something I will have to share with my teacher friends. I think young kids would love it!

    And who doesn't love a chance to win free stuff!!

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  67. That's a great looking dress! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  68. Two things have helped inspire me getting a sewing machine - a gorgeous fabric and notions store that opened on my block and this blog! Love it - and am enjoying getting book recommendations as well. Thanks, Katy!

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  69. So glad once upon a thread is here! I love this fabric!!

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  70. I'm so excited chapter 3 is finally here! I can't read to my kids anymore without my mind thinking of all the fun things I could make for them. And those prints are gorgeous, would love some!
    hpickett183 at hotmail dot com

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  71. great fabrics. I love the contrast stitching you did. and seriously, what a FUN book.

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  72. WOO HOO!!!! So excited Once Upon a Thread is back! Cant wait :)

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  73. Those fabrics are beautiful, and the dress is so fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. I really need to dye some fabric! So many possibilities! Love the dress, so cute!

    jmgroves @ gmail. com

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  75. So neat! What a cool book and what a neat dress! I'd love some cool fabric. a.little.red.fire.engine (at)gmail.com

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  76. Oh so pretty! Would love to win! :) Wonderful dress - looks like we need to get that book!

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  77. I love the creativity you foster in your children! I love these fabrics!

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  78. That looks like a great book! I didn't know about it before, so thanks. Also, the fabric is gorgeous!

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  79. never saw this book - thanks... it will be a HB present for my 6yo niece next month! THANKS for the great idea! and a chance to win the gorgeous fabric.

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  80. Great fabric! What a fun book--I will look for it for my grandkids.

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  81. That book is definitely now on my wish list! That fabric is awesome!

    --Rachael
    rachaelclayson at gmail

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  82. how is it possible that while I am living in France, I don't know this writer?! So: thank your for letting me know.
    That dress is very cool with those wholes, I love the idea.... and I love those fabrics as well. There exist gorgeous Australian designs!

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  83. What beautiful fabrics!

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  84. Never saw the book before, looks like fun. Love the material, I need some orange in my life.

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  85. This book looks like so much fun and I love the dress and leggings that you made - so cute!

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  86. thanks for the tutorial! love learning new things from you!

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  87. What a fun book and what a fun dress!

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  88. Those fabrics would make some mighty cute summer skirts!!!

    lobsterpudding@yahoo.com

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  89. I love those fabrics! And such a darling denim dress. It was a wonderful idea to dye the fabric.

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  90. I love the fabrics, but I also love that book! Jacob would have so much fun with that, genius!

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  91. Books and fabric- my two favorite things! Hurray for OUT!

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  92. What an adorable book! I can't get over the elephant's trunk page!

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  93. I'll say it again - everything you do is delicious!

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  94. love the fabric!!!! awesomeness!

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  95. I'm so excited for chapter 3. Love this series!

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  96. Edge stitch foot?!?!?!

    Would love to receive the yummy fabric, but am so beyond thrilled to learn that such a marvelous thing exists that I will be content forever!

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  97. So excited for all of the book/sewing wonderfulness!

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  98. Oh I love your ideas! Love the fabric too!

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  99. i looove the middle fabric!

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  100. Ahhh, that dress is perfection. I'll have to try that technique soon! And the fabrics are gorgeous. So excited for this "chapter" of OUT!! -Cherie
    cheriemie (at) gmail (dot) com

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  101. Oh my gosh! What a perfect dress! So excited for this series!!!

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  102. So glad OUT is back! Thank you!

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  103. I'm always on the look out for a new book for my kids and for my classroom. I don't this book...until now...must add it to my list of books to buy this summer.

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  104. What a fantastic idea!!! Love the colour of the dress its very adorable!!

    As for those Umbrella Prints, just devine!!

    Good Luck
    scottandcarina@bigpond.com

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  105. I love Umbrella Prints and the picture book is awesome!!!

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  106. That book looks fabulous-I love that it sparks imaginative play!

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  107. Just started following your blog!! Love it love it!!You are so creative. I bought the book for my 5 year old and he loves it!! Digging the denim :)

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  108. YAY its back !!! AND THEN AN ORANGE GIVE AWAY!!! it only gets better!!! Love the holey dress

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  109. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  110. That book may need to make an appearance in our house! Not to mention the fabric is gorgeous.

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  111. Ooh, danger! I have been on a book buying spree lately and this has just been added to my list. I MUST have this book for my little "chickadees" (students) :) Thanks!

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  112. Great dress! I'm so excited for this whole series! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. Yay for OUT! I love these prints!

    Thanks for the Giveaway!
    kamijobee@yahoo.com

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  114. That looks like a fab book, and what a lot of fun. Loving the colour of that dress + leggings and her braided hair...oh and I'd LOVE to get my hands on that fabric. x

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  115. What a gorgeous creation! Thank you also for highlighting another gorgeous book from the inspiring Frenchman, we have a couple of his books in our collection, but not that one.

    (And yay for fantastic Aussies - from a proud Aussie )

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  116. What a fun looking book! I love the details on the dress too, very clever. And I ALWAYS love Umbrella prints.

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  117. Oh my gosh, what a cool book and I love that fabric!!!

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  118. What a neat dress! You are so talented. Maybe today is my day to win some fabric, yes?
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  119. So fun - all of it! Thanks for the chance.

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  120. Holy cow Katy! I LOVE the dress, and the book. So fun!

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  121. I love the hole-y book! If it was my kids, they would try to stick their bottom through it. no joke! The fabrics are gorgeous, and the dress and leggings are adorbs.

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  122. Love the book, the dress, AND the fabric giveaway!! It's the perfect trifecta.

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  123. What a simply lovely dress! I find sewing circles so challenging. And I love the fabric!

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  124. Love the fabric! And I'm always so impressed by the clothes you make for your kids!

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  125. you and your ability to sew perfect holes, i envy you. and those fabrics are adorable!

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  126. you and your ability to sew perfect holes, i envy you. and those fabrics are adorable!

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  127. I'd love to win that fabric!!

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  128. I can't wait to go to the bookstore and get this book for my kids. They are going to LOVE it. My daughter has already informed me I HAVE TO make her that dress. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

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  129. What a great book. Love the dress & the fabric.

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  130. This book looks so awesome!! I think I have only seen the *ahem* more adult version at Urban Outfitters. I didn't know it was a kid's book. So cool, and I love the ideas you came up with things to put in. I, too, especially love the bunny disappearing page. The fabric is great, and I love what you came up with for a dress, very creative. I really like the sleeves and the button detail.

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  131. So glad you opened up my eyes to this book! Love the dress and the OUT series!

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  132. What a completely fun book! And such a cute dress - I love those prints! Just dreamy... :)

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  133. i love the author as well, especially his Press Here book. those hand printed fabrics are lovely!

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  134. i love the author as well, especially his Press Here book. those hand printed fabrics are lovely!

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  135. Absolutely adorable little book and dress! Thank you! I really need some new fabric and those are SO much fun! Thanks!

    Vanessa@DesignsBySessa.com

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  136. Fabulous dress and fabulous fabrics! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the rest of Once Upon a Thread!

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  137. Horray! I love seeing all the creative ideas with OUT. I think this dress with cutouts is wonderful. It makes me want to practice my circle sewing.


    (but am I really the only one who thought of, um, mammaries the instant I saw the mushroom photos?)

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  138. I love the 'hole' dress! And thanks for introducing me to a local-to-me supplier I hadn't heard of. :)

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  139. What a great book. Can see my kiddos having loads of fun with this. And as for that fabric....well....I think I could have some fun with that. Love the cutout circles. Well done!

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  140. I'm excited to see what people come up with and also find some new books! Yay!

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  141. Love love love the book, my kiddlets would adore that one, its on the list for the next birthday or for santa to bring!
    Gorgeous dress, well done Katie, you inspire me with crafts, fun, quirkiness, and love for family, keep it up!!!
    Ohh that material is gorgeous, would love to make some goodies with it, and its from Australia so its got to be awesome hhe hee, (I can say that because I am Australian ;)
    Much love, Emma!

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  142. I love your "holes". The tutorials make them look so easy!!

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  143. Those prints are fantastic!

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  144. I LOVE Hervé Tullet. We got his book "Press Here" from my mother-in-law and fell instantly in love. We've recently been lovin' on "Finger Worms"

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  145. Wow!! So lovely. Similar to this one I saw long time ago(http://www.lightbluegrey.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/festive.html) and where the holes can be used :-)

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  146. what a lovely book - and fabulous use of gorgeous fabric. I love their fabric and especially how you have used them as feature fabric. can't wait to see the new series!!

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  147. Love the whole ost! the book, the dress and the fabric!

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  148. That book looks great and so does that dress. Fabrics are beautiful, would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
    nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

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  149. The dress is luvverly! Am also a big fan of Herve Tullet. We were given 'Press Here' and my son loves it.

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  150. The dress is luvverly! Am also a big fan of Herve Tullet. We were given 'Press Here' and my son loves it.

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  151. I love that book and your take on it with the dress. Really sweet.

    mail[at]daphneblue[dot]net

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  152. Your yellow top stitching looks just perfect! It's so refreshing to see how often you are making clothes for your children, like is no big deal at all. :)

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  153. Beautiful dress! I would love to win some fabric. Thank you.

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  154. Great project.. And those holes look great! That top-stitching detail, perfection!

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  155. What an adorable dress!!! I love the fabric, too! :)

    Jess

    jessicacook17 AT hotmail DOT com

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  156. What a fun book and I love the bunny animation. Fantastic outfit too, I'd quite like one for myself. It's a lovely way to show off those gorgeous fabrics.

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  157. So lovely!! I LOVE the fabric! Always in need of new prints with 3 girls in the house! :)

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  158. I love fabric and free fabric is even better! What a cute, interactive book!

    alissaschade (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Alissa

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  159. Love that fabric - also love Herve Tullet, particularly 'The Five Senses' book.

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  160. Once Upon a Thread is one of my very favorite series in blogland. i don't know how you have time to do it, but i am so glad that you do! i would love to add that beautiful fabric to both of my little girls' wardrobe! and they would love it to!

    kimberlyblee123 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  161. I love this book. I wish it had been around when my teenagers were little. It would have led to some wonderful walks around the neighbourhood. Thanks for starting OUT again!

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  162. Yay! I love Once Upon a Thread and I need fabric :)

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  163. I just stumbled upon your site and am instantly in love, amazing and fun to look at, thank you.

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  164. Hello Katy,
    You are a wonderful inspiration as usual! Thank you! Oh and those lovely fabrics would definitely have a place in our new house! :)

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  165. i need more fabric like a need a hole in the head! hehe.

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  166. Yes, but how do you do your girls' hair with the braids like this? How do you get it to stay? Because it is just darling. The dress, the book, and the girl. THANKS!

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  167. What beautiful fabrics and a great dress!

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  168. I really like the fabrics & I think my daughter would have so much fun with that book.

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  169. I love Once Upon a Thread! So glad to see it is back! And Umbrella Prints fabrics are glorious and I can't afford them, so here's hoping.

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  170. Beautiful!!! I am so excited for this series.

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  171. What beautiful fabric! Thank you for all of the tutorials and inspiration you give to everyone.

    Sorry it posts hubby's name.

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  172. That is so cute! I wonder what I can make holey . . .

    Serena84 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  173. I absolutely adore the fabric. I have been searching for a long time for fabric to make some pillows in my daughters' room and these look perfect! I'd love to win some...

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  174. That book is so cute, and just the right birthday gift for a little girl on my list! Great dress and hope I win that lovely fabric.

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  175. I really love this dress. I only have boys, so will not be making it. Just love it. Creative, simple,suitable for a child. perfect. (and thanks for the giveaway)

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  176. What a fabulously fun book!

    Please include me in your giveaway.

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  177. What a cool book! I loooove your bunny. Reminds me of my old friend Georgie...especially the molt line on his nose :)

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  178. Great start to the series! And those fabrics are gorgeous!

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  179. I've never seen that book before! And I love the material!
    aj clung at hot mail dot com
    ~Ann

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  180. Oh my! I love all three of those fabrics! (oh the possibilities!)

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  181. great fabrics and awesome book! we'll definitely check that one out!

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  182. I don't know this book, but I'm going to have to go get it, looks like so much fun! Also, love that dress, what fun!! :)

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  183. Lovely fabric and such a cool book! Thanks for the introductions. :)

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  184. beautiful fabric! And what a great tutorial about those holes! mandiprout80 @ gmail dot com

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  185. Those fabrics are beautiful! And so is the dress you made.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Laura
    laura(dot)kathryn(at)comcast(dot)net

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  186. suepr cute book & dress! i'm going to have to pick that book up for my littles!! great give-away!!

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  187. Yay! I love once upon a thread. I'm so excited for these next few weeks. Adorable dress! Super excited about the giveaway too.
    moodykelly at gmail dot com

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  188. What an awesome book! And the blue (most blue?) fabric on the left? ADORE.

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  189. that's one of our favorite books too! and what a darling dress!

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  190. What a fun book and what fun prints! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  191. This is really funny... I didn't know your blog, but I just made a skirt with holes in it and somebody in the comments told me about your post!
    It's a great dress!! Really pretty and I like the rest of your posts also!
    Bye

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