Saturday, April 16, 2016

doll cat costume

Another thing I made for Halloween last year was a costume for my daughter's doll, Pretty Baby (the doll is actually an American Girl Bitty Baby but she has always called her Pretty Baby instead so we just go with it). A few weeks before Halloween, my daughter announced that Pretty Baby was going to be a black cat. She also announced that I was going to dress up as a knight... but that didn't happen!

Anyway, I thought that it would be cute to make an outfit for Pretty Baby, so I went looking for a pattern. If I had designed something myself I probably would have just made ears or a mask and been done with it, but luckily I found the Catwoman Suit pattern by Cole's Creations and it worked just perfectly. I cut up one of my old black t-shirts and the outfit came together very quickly. The pattern was simple and well-written, with tips on how to make a better, more durable doll outfit for those of us who haven't before. I can see how making doll clothes could become addicting... they use such little fabric, are easy to sew and don't require nearly as much perfection or attention to detail as an actual article of clothing does, so there's lots more wiggle room for errors. Plus tiny things are generally just plain cute.

I sewed the pattern as written (minus the catwoman mask), except that I added a tail. Unfortunately, Pretty Baby was sleeping in her crib in my daughter's room so I didn't get to try the cat suit on for fit before adding said tail... and I sewed it on way too low. Like in the crotch area. It looked great until I put it on the doll the next morning. Oops. But my daughter loved it and that is all that matters!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

astronaut costume

The first item I want to share with you is the astronaut costume I made for my daughter to wear for Halloween. She decided she wanted to be an astronaut last year in March, I think, and she talked about her costume every day, so it was a long wait until the end of October for her!

I put off designing the costume until October... I know I could have started sooner but I honestly thought she would probably change her mind before Halloween, but she never did! I decided I didn't want to make a costume that was too complicated or that could be uncomfortable or hard to wear - this was a 2-year-old I was dealing with after all... I wanted her to wear it! I ended up loosely basing my costume off of this photo I found on Pinterest (source unknown). I loved how comfy it looked, while still obviously being an astronaut.

For the top I made a Bimaa sweater with a hood. For the pants I made Go To Leggings. Both are such easy, quick patterns. I decorated the costume with black bias tape to imitate zippers and sewed on NASA and space shuttle patches I purchased off Etsy. I finished it off with black boots and an American flag... and voilĂ ! 

So simple yet so effective!

And the best part was that my daughter LOVED it! She still talks about it all the time now, over five months later! 

kid's clothes week

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I'm Baaack!

Long time no see!

I've been busy... specifically with this little one born in February!

Yep, she celebrated her 2-month birthday already this week! We are so in love with our newest addition. She is just the sweetest thing and I am trying to snuggle her and love on her so much. As you may imagine, this has led to not much sewing or crafty time for me (and zero blog time!), but I've been missing the creative process so I'm going to start making a concentrated effort to get back to it. I have several (cute!!) projects cut out and ready to sew and I'm itching to get going! (though that may require bringing my sewing machine down to the dining room table - sorry husband!)

On my blog, I'm going to start with a big no-no and try to catch up on all the stuff I've made since I went MIA while pregnant... starting with Halloween. If you hate that sort of thing, please look away... but I really love having [almost] everything I have sewn documented on this blog, so I'm going to soldier along and get it all up here.

See you soon... baby just woke up! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

giveaway day 2015

It's Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew today! I know I've been MIA around here lately (though as a friend reminded me recently, gestating is hard work!), but I just couldn't forget about Giveaway Day. It is always so much fun!

For those of you who have never participated, it is a day (well, almost a whole week!) where lots of crafty blogs get together to give away finished projects, craft supplies, fabric, books and all sorts of fun goodies!

 Get your giveaway fingers ready to type, because there are hundreds of giveaways on these lists here and here! (Believe me, I will be entering as many as I have time for... I just can't resist the chance to win fun stuff!)

This year, since I have baby on the brain, I've made some lambie winter bonnets from the free pattern at Purl Soho. Soooo sweet! They are made with oh-so-soft Michael Miller Fabrics organic cotton sherpa and lined with Robert Kaufman organic Shetland flannel. I made one for my February baby, two more for cousins' babies due right after mine, and one more to give away... it just seemed right to make an even number. :)

The bonnet is sized 0-3 months and you will have the choice of either red or black lining. Got a baby or a baby-to-be who would look adorable in this hat? Scroll down to learn how to win!

The details:
* One person will win a size 0-3 month lamb bonnet with choice of black or red lining.
* This contest is open to both U.S. and international friends.
* You are not required to follow my blog to enter, though I would love it if you took some time to look around!
* The contest will be open from Wednesday, December 9 through Sunday, December 13, after which time I will randomly select and contact a winner. If the winner does not reply to my email within 48 hours, I will select a new winner.
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway below, telling me who you have in mind to receive this baby bonnet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

my big news

Well, you may be wondering why I have been such an infrequent poster around here lately. To some extent, it seems to happen every summer, but this time is much worse than normal... kind of reminiscent of my blogging habits back in the summer of 2012, back when I was pregnant with my daughter... hmmm...

Yep, you guessed it! I'm having another baby! Due in early February. And it's another girl! So excited that she will be able to wear all the cute dresses that my older daughter has been growing out of. And my girl is just thrilled that she's going to be a big sister. Smiles all around here. :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ileana dress

I tested a pattern back in July that I'd like to share with you. It was the Ileana Dress by Compagnie M. I was under a little bit of a time crunch as we were getting ready to leave for vacation, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to test this beautiful dress!

Since this dress was released a couple of months ago already, there are many lovely pictures of it that you can find online through a Google search, but I just want to give you an idea of the many, many different options that this dress offers! There is a raglan bodice or a regular bodice, three pocket options, four collars and three faux button placket options. There is also the option to mix the pattern pieces with Compagnie M.'s other patterns: the Louisa Dress, the Mara Blouse and the Lotta Dress. Like I said, TONS of options! It was a little overwhelming sitting down with the pattern the first time and having to choose!

I ended up using the raglan bodice with half sleeves and half circle skirt, the floral collar with accent on hemline and no pockets or button placket.

The dress features an invisible zipper. It was only my second time installing one and I didn't have an invisible zipper foot, but I think it turned out pretty well given the circumstances.

Here is a bit more detail of the adorable floral collar option.

I sewed a size 3 for my daughter and it fit a little larger and longer than most size 3s, but I know a size 2 would have been too small. I think it may even fit her next year, but that is just fine with me. However, after mine was sewn up the pattern was adjusted slightly and the sizing may be closer now. I haven't gotten around to making another Ileana dress to find out how much the fit has changed. Another thing that has changed is the sleeves... my sleeves are a bit too large and the pattern has been adjusted to make them not quite so wing-like. :)

Working with Marta from Compagnie M. was a great experience. She is Dutch, so it was wonderful having the chance to test along with sewists of a wide variety of nationalities and languages. I loved the chance to try out some new techniques and challenge myself to work on a timeline to sew something new and different. My favorite technique was learning how to hem a circle skirt using bias tape. Unfortunately there is no good photo of it, but let me just say, this is an AWESOME trick! I will certainly be using it lots more!

Thank you, Marta, for having me! I look forward to the chance to test for you again!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Iowa trip memories

It's been another busy summer. A couple of long trips. Not too much sewing. Lots of heat here in Texas... 

Blogging has taken a back seat, but I have found that is true almost every summer. The heat does not inspire me, lol.

Anyway, in an effort to "catch up," here are some of my favorite photos from the trip I took with my daughter to Iowa in June. Outdoors, family, fun... all of my favorite things wrapped up into one great trip! Enjoy!