Friday, November 21, 2014

Winter Sewing

Hey guys! 

I thought I'd check back in with you quickly to show some of the projects I've been tackling in my absence. I totally have the in-laws coming over in a bit to eat pizza (yay, Friday night!) and then take the two big kids to stay with them. That's means a bit of television and some sewing is in my near future! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Aster Cardigan in Olive Green + Print

The other day I was pretty frustrated. 

There was an opportunity for Lily to go see a "School House Rock" play, but I wanted to dress her in a slightly more formal outfit. Nothing special. Just something that was warm and slightly nicer than the normal t-shirt and jeans. 

She grabbed a blue striped sweater I had just purchased her (store bought) and I was like, yep that'll work. Until I saw the trail of brown stains that went down the front. 


It seems like every time I buy something (or make something) it immediately get stained! I feel like this shouldn't be AS big of an issue since she's now 6 1/2, but apparently I am raising a hot mess because the girl could still be wearing a bib from the looks of her clothing. 

I considered making her stay home since I believe in natural consequences, but I was really struggling with it. The play was educational and only cost $2, which doesn't come around all the time. Plus, the shows don't allow children under three, so I can't normally take her and I had one of our homeschooling coop mom's offering to take her. So, I chose to forego the punishment and give a stern talk about how if we cannot keep even a few of our clothes in decent shape then we won't be able to participate in activities like those. Did it work? Who knows. This parenting thing isn't as easy as I'd like it to be, and I just hope I got my point across. 

Then I went about making her another Aster cardigan to match the Mimi dress I made for Perfect Pattern Parcel. I had already purchased the fabric to match thinking it would become leggings. I love it when I have what I need on hand! 

This isn't my first Aster, it was my second - the first I haven't photographed because it went directly into rotation and is rarely clean for more than a few hours. They're awesome! 

This time around I didn't add the collar. I thought it would look cleaner and a bit more cohesive with the mimi without it. 

I wanted them to match, but not be exactly the same, so I used the print fabric on the cuffs and on the finishing inside of the collar. Just a tiny pop of it, but enough to pull them together. 

On a different note, I have been a sewing machine lately. I'm sure when the blog gets so quiet everyone assumes I'm not working on anything but it's actually the opposite. I have been sewing so much that I simply cannot find time to photograph and blog them! I guess that's good (?) since the storefront I have items in has been doing so well and it's keeping me so very busy. But, it's also a bit sad because blogging is what brought me to this point and I certainly don't want to stop! 

I'll be back again, so don't fear ladies! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Treat by Shutterfly

Hey guys! I'm here to chat with you about a new mobile greeting card option that I tried recently called Treat. Before I begin, I was given a credit to their store to try for free, though I was not required to give a positive review. While it was great to try risk free, my opinions are my own and I would not recommend a service I didn't support.

So let's talk greeting cards.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

KCW Day 2 - finishing Firestar

Alright, Day 2 people. 

I've got myself a Halloween deadline and I'm not about to fail. Firestar has been completed. 

For the top I used the new Titchy Threads pattern - The Rowan Tee. It's amazing. So many options that my head spins thinking of them all. I used the basic shirt pattern without stripes and the hood option. That way it can be warm and useful after beggars night. 

Pants were made using the Go To Leggings. They've worked wonderfully for everything I've made, this included. I knew the fleece didn't have as much stretch as the pattern calls for, so I added zippers into the seam and wah-la! 

Gloves were made using a free pattern I found online, though it was for adults so I modified it to fit my child. 

Mask was another online find- I just googled children's mask template and found one that was a Mardi Gras mask. I didn't even have to change the shape. Apparently Firestar likes her some Mardi Gras.

Hm, I think that's it. 

Wish me luck as I begin to dive into a Batman outfit. My son stated today that I'd be making him a Transformers outfit, aaagh. Kids and their ever-changing opinions. I did my best to explain that mommy is already making Batman and we can look at making a different costume afterwards. He seemed ok with it. Crisis averted. 

See you tomorrow!! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KCW Day 1 - Firestar

Day 1 of KCW 

Thank goodness that this round is right before Halloween. I need one more reason to get in my sewing room and get these costumes done or I'll be up the night before beggars night cursing. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sew Geeky - Studio Ghibli Totoro Dress

Studio Ghibli - they make some of my favorite children's movies& when I saw that this was the theme of September's Sew Geeky I was ON BOARD. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014