Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Bookish skirt and the beginning of the UFO madness

So, this summer we enrolled the girls in a free reading program at our local university. On the last day of the program, they had a little party planned.

The morning of the party, Ella begged me to finish up a skirt that I had been working on for ages.
Like.... I finished it up in August of 2012!!!!

I just had to look on facebook to find the post. 

You see, I have this box where all the unfinished projects get thrown.
Well... first they hang out on the sewing table for a while, and then when it's clear that I'm not gonna get to it anytime soon, it goes in the box.

It's such a sad, sad box, full of UFO's {unfinished objects}. What makes it worse is that most of them are complete, like.... real complete outfits that just need a hair accessory or a skirt that needs a matching shirt or something like that. Really sad. And dumb. Sometimes the kids grow out of the items before they even make it out of the box. :(

This one was in the box because I loved it so much, but I couldn't decide what to make out of it. Ella wasn't really into skirts at the time I made it, so I thought about making it into a pinafore or dress... never could decide, so it just sat there.

Well, Ella never forgot about it and asked me to 'pretty please' finish it that morning and I did.
15 minutes. That's it. It took 15 minutes to seam the back, finish the waistband, and finish the hem with bias tape.

I felt so proud and foolish at the same time. Why in the world had this skirt panel been sitting there for 2 years?

She loves it so much and was so proud to wear it to her reading party.

I had so much fun collecting the selvages, too!

I wish I would've made it out of a nicer cotton, This one was so wrinkly.... ugh.

I used the tutorial by Sewing with punks if you want to make one!
Just please, finish it up right away and don't let it sit for TWO years in a box!

Monday, August 25, 2014

More Back to School clothes!

Well... we made it through the first week.
I pretty much gave up caring about what they wore after the first day. It's just too exhausting to care...
unless they come out for breakfast inappropriate, wrinkled, or dirty, I let them wear it.

Lucy lost her other top tooth the night of the first day of school, so she had to wear her 'I lost my tooth' badge. Man! We are using that a lot right now.

Skirt made by me- Jocole's Yoga Skirt for girls (one of my favorite quick patterns!)

I didn't think it was possible for her to be any cuter... but I guess it is. :)

Ella wore some Ruched shorts from the summertime. Nothing fancy, nothing I took a picture of. ha ha ha
Oh... actually when I just linked those, I realized she's wore the blue ones from that photo shoot. :)

Wednesday Lucy wore her new Izzy and Ivy Beverly Belle that I made. It's so super cute with those green jeans. We made the top because she had nothing to wear with the jeans, then Wednesday morning she decided she didn't like them and wore blue jeans. She still looked adorable, but grrr......

This was a fun pattern to put together. I've never made anything like it, so it was really fun to see the fabrics take shape and come together. Cutting it out was NOT fun. Ella really wants one, but I think I have to recover from cutting and pinking all those edges first.

Lucy really wanted a big flower headband to go with her shirt, but we could not find one to match anywhere, so I made this little flower clip instead. She wasn't thrilled, but she was happy enough.

The twirling made her happy though... can you post pictures of the Beverly Belle without a million twirling pictures? I don't think so. :)

It's so pretty when it twirls.
That just makes me happy.

Ella wore her new Buried Treasure Tunic by {my baby sister} at Patterns for Pirates. I told her it was going to be 100 degrees, but she just had to wear it. Silly girl.

She did look adorable, if I do say so myself.
I made 4 of these the night I tested it for Judy. They go together so fast and are so fun to make. It will definitely be a staple in the girls wardrobe.
I added some ruching and buttons to the side seams of this one. So cute! I can't resist ruching.

Unfortunately, Ella has found her kissy face and wants to do this in every single picture she takes.
sigh...... 8 going on 17.

At least she is still into pink and dresses and hair bows. I guess I can't complain too much. Both of my nieces the girls age are totally out of pink and dresses and hair bows. :( I'm gonna die when Ella is out of that.

She still asks for a hair bow to match everything. For this one, we used GGDesigns Valentine elephant stitchie. It looks so cute!!!

Aaaannd Friday was picture day, so they each wore their favorite school outfit.

For Lucy it was her new Millie Rose Flutter dress. It's the first one I've made and it is REALLY cute, but it took FOREVER to make. Man... it has a lot of gathering.

{And I insist on doing ruffles by hand for garment sewing. I'm just too picky to do it any other way.}
But I really love how it turned out and I'm so proud of myself for cutting into that Marie fabric that my sister's picked up for me. I still haven't cut into the other two... but I will. Maybe.

 I fussy cut her favorite picture of Marie for the bib.

And made a little matching hair bow. Oooooooohhhh! So cute. Please don't EVER grow out of hair bows, girls.

And I did remember to get a couple shots of the backs. I love this one, because it shows those bias bound flutters. Love that.

And last, but not least, Ella's favorite school outfit for picture day, is her Katelyn Jumper by my little sister at Made for Mermaids. It is such a great pattern! I've only made 2 so far, but I have fabric selected for 3 more. I need to get on that. They go together so quickly and look so great for school. I can always tell when Ella gets compliments on her clothes because she comes home beaming. This one got a lot of attention!

She picked the corduroy out from Hancock's a few weeks before school started and we had the brown polka dots in my stash. I love how the little pink fox is peeking out of the bodice. I had to waste some fabric for that, but I think it's worth it.

Ella really loves the pockets on this dress.

I love the buttons, because I always buy buttons and then never have anything to put them on.
The buttons for this dress were so hard to match, though. Ugh... How can you have 5 million green buttons, but none the right shade. Yep. That's what we had.

And, of course, the bow! Oh... the bow!!! It might be my favorite ever. Those fox felt stitchies by GGDesigns are just too cute. Yes. I bought all her fox stuff. All of it. I had to.

This is a new type of bow, called a pinwheel I just learned to make. Did you know there are about 1,000 youtube videos on how to make bows? Who knew? Anyways... I was surfing the night one night and found one and learned how to make these. So fun!

So... that's the first week of school clothes for us!
Everything the girls wore was chosen by them without any say by me. Just what they liked.
I'm done documenting their wardrobes for now... even though they are pretty cute everyday.

Even though we're all just a little tired and grumpy from the new schedule.
I hope we're back to normal soon.
I'm working on a new pattern that I think you guys are going to love, but until the release I'm come back this week and tell you about all the ones released during my hiatus. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guest Posting at Craftytammie!

Today I'm guest posting over at Craftytammie for her Sew Full of School series!

I will be talking about our latest pattern, The Spirit Jacket! So hop on over there and check it out!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1st day of school clothes

they made it through and all had a good day.
I enjoyed my morning at the gym {it was the first time I've been back to work out alone since about.... March?}, but then in the afternoon I got lonely without the kids and went out to Hobby Lobby to wander.

It was fun and I picked up some bow making supplies that I was too lazy to look for. :/

 William was typical boy, not caring what he wore or whether it was ironed. sigh...
He looks really unhappy in this picture, but he was actually excited to start school and was worried about being late.

He has requested some new school clothes from me, but mostly winter ones.

Ella was pretty thrilled about her new school dress, which was completely her vision. She chose the fabrics, threads, embroidery designs, length... everything.

 I used the Scientific Seamstress Precious Dress as the starting off point for this design. Ella insisted that her dress 'have puffed sleeves'. One of my fans on facebook called her a 'modern day Anne Shirley' and that just about made her day. {I'm so glad Ella still loves to dress like a little girl!} I think she looks so sweet and adorable. I wish her collar wasn't flipped up in this photo... grrrr....

 I was unsure about her fabric choice, but I actually really like it. I got this fabric from JoAnn's ages ago and I bought a ton of it, because it was around $3 a yard.

We both loved the Hang to Dry school owls and she picked the chalkboard one for her apron.

I wish I would've made the apron just a tad shorter... Ella really wanted ric rac on the hem of the apron, but we couldn't find any in the stash to match. :(

I constructed the dress differently from the pattern instructions, used bigger seam allowances, since Ella is thin, and did a back zipper instead of the buttons. I just like zippers. :)

I wish she had some mary janes to wear instead of these clunky boots, but she likes them. {and says Anne wears boots with her dresses.... which I suppose is true.}

 I made her hairbow, too, and we were so lucky to find this little hair felt design for FREE! YAY! But I had to purchase a bunch, too, because I'd never seen this site and it has a TON of cute stuff.
{Man... is that the worst run on sentence ever? I'm not going back to re-read it, it will drive me insane.]

Lucy also sketched what she wanted for the first day, which was a knit maxi dress, so we went with the EYMM California dress. It's the first time I've made it and I really liked it. Lucy <3 it="" nbsp="" p="" s="">

It didn't photograph that well this morning... so here are some photos I took the night I finished it.
Which, coincidentally, aren't that good either. She loved it so much, she wouldn't stop moving around and dancing, so I only got a few shots.

Her sketch had two fabrics on it and this design didn't really lend itself to it, so we compromised and did the binding, back strap and a little sash out of her polka-dots that she had to have.

Super cute. Comfy. And just, totally, totally Lucy.
It's pretty funny that she picked this fabric and style, because it's almost identical to the dress I made for Ella's 1st day of 2nd grade.... ha ha ha

I asked them to take a picture of how they felt about going back to school.
Ella did a hooray first and then quickly did this and I didn't catch the first shot.

But... this is really how she felt:

So, those are the back to school clothes for this year.
We kinda have the whole week planned out... after that I will just let them dress themselves in whatever they want. :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

To a new school year and a new Cole's Corner and Creations

Well, school is starting today... and
I'm actually quite sad about it this year, which is much different from last year.
I don't know if it's because the kids are older and {in many ways} easier, because the school year was prolonged due to inclement weather and the summer was shorter, or if I'm just not looking forward to giving up sleeping in and staying up late... but whatever it is, I'm just not ready for the school year to begin.

Never-the-less, it is starting and the kids are pretty excited {especially the girls, who were pretty demanding in their school wardrobe attire this year}. William was easy as pie as usual.

I will show y'all the school clothes tomorrow.
Today I want to tell you about how Cole's Corner and Creations has changed since I was blogging last.

First off, and most importantly: Cole's Corner and Creations Patterns are now a DYNAMIC DUO!
After months of begging, I've convinced my Mom to partner up with me! YAY! She's awesome.
{and I'm not just saying that because she's my Mom!}
Here she is! This is Beth. She is the brains behind the computer! She has taken over all of the drafting, grading, and digitizing of the patterns.

It's so wonderful, because those are all the parts that I really don't enjoy, which leaves me to design {which we actually both do}, teach and do the tutorial part of the pattern, sew samples and test patterns, photograph, run the testing process and market.

We are such a great team, because I trust her implicitly and we have REALLY similar aesthetics, styles, and ideas. Out of the three sisters, Mom and I have always been the most alike in that way.

We also push and encourage each other, which is wonderful.
With Mom's help, Cole's Corner and Creations created 10 new patterns since May!
The Buttercup dress {named after my favorite movie} and dolly dress,
The Katy Panda dress and dolly dress,
The Swag Dance Pants and dolly swag pants, 
The Bow-a-licous Swimsuit and dolly swimsuit,
and the Spirit Jacket and dolly spirit jacket. 

And before Mom helped me, I enlisted the help of both my sisters to release {the long awaited} baby ruched shorts and ruched shorts for tweens, teens, and women and the Too Cute Tank Dress and dolly dress.
All patterns that had been in the sketchbook for ages, but never got done because I hated the digitizing so much.

Because my digitizing looks something like:

I know. I'm so sorry. Even though I still think that it's an adorable pattern, I am so ashamed at how crappy the actual pattern looks. :( {blush}

Mom's digitizing looks like this:

SO much better!!! Everything lines up and matches perfectly, it's clearly labeled with all the important information printed on the pattern, there are different colored and dashed lines for each size and our new size range is 1/2-16!!!
That's incredible!

If you haven't tried any of our new patterns, you've just got to try them. We're really proud of them.

In addition, I've made it a goal to get back on the blog.
I had some unfortunate traffic that lead me to quit for a long while. You'll notice some new security changes around here. I'm sorry for any inconvience, but you won't be able to download any photos from the site or right click on anything. I've had to step up the security and open my eyes.

I'm not going to let those events keep me from doing what I love, though. I really enjoy sharing my creations here and being a part of the sewing/blogging community.

I hope to interact with my customers and readers more by hosting sew-a-longs, blog tours, linky parties, and give-a-ways. Of course, I'll have to ease into it. I have a back log of about 10 zillion things I've sewn that I'd love to show you guys. :)
I have really been busy, busy, busy.

But for now, I just wanted to say, "Hello" and "I'm back" and let you in on what I've been up to!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

All Saint's Day Celebration

This year was our first All Saint's Day Celebration!
It was really fun to look thru all the saints and have the kids choose one.

It was pretty funny, too. William only wanted to dress up as a saint who donned a weapon.

 I guess this is pretty typical of most little boys, as evidence from what we found online.
He originally wanted to be the archangel Michael, but changed his mind at the last minute because he didn't want to wear wings.
So, we went with the ultra manly Saint George, the dragon slaying saint... with a homemade spear. The only thing we had to make for his costume, since this gladiator costume worked perfectly!

 He was a little unsure about dressing up this year (as it wasn't required), but he did.
I hate to see that magic draining out of him... kids grow up so fast. :(

Ella poured thru tons of images of saints, having me name them all, look at the photos, researched what patron saint they were.... all to choose which one was wearing the prettiest outfit. All the while, I was desperately trying to talk her into being the newest Catholic saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. And I finally won out! woo hooo! She took so long choosing, that the day before the celebration, I finally said, "Ella you have to choose one" and she said, "okay, I'll just be the indian!". yay.

I love how her costume turned out. It was really fun to make!

And she's just so cute with her little braids.

I used Simplicity pattern 5448 for the costume. It was super easy to make and I only have two complaints. The first is the way it's cut out. That whole costume is one piece, which makes it easy for seaming, but MAN! it eats up a lot of fabric! I bought 60" inch wide, so I bought less and ended up having to seam the bottom. No big deal, but it's a good thing to know if you're shopping for fabric. 

My second complaint is the opening on the back.... I just hate the way that looks. Given more time, I would have figured out something else... but as it was, I was finishing this up last minute. Hence the safety pins on the back. The collar was meant to be attached with snaps. 

I got all the trims at Hobby Lobby. The woven ribbon that was supposed to be used was too expensive for our budget. Even half off, I couldn't justify spending that much on a costume, so I bought an aztec-y fabric print and cut it into strips to make my own trim. I seamed it and ran it thru the bias tape maker to save time! Easy peasy!
I also chose to only do the trimming on the front of the costume and not the back, saving time and money!

Lucy was dead set on being Saint Lucy up until the night before the celebration and then for some reason, changed her mind and decided to be the Mother Mary. 

And what a sweet, precious Mary, she was. I wish so bad my Granny could have seen her. 

She wrapped that baby up in swaddling clothes (leftover muslin from the costume) and carried him around all day.

She and Ella even wore their costumes to mass that morning. The older parishioners really loved it. Especially Lucy... she was just so dang cute!

The costume was made with leftover muslin from my sister's wedding tablecloths and Simplicity pattern 2976. It was super, super easy to make and the sizing was right on. The trim I've had in my stash for years and Mom had in her stash for years before me. I had to search high and low for it, but I knew I had it somewhere and that it would be perfect... and it was!

The headpiece is actually just two big squares of fabric folded into triangles and attached at the back of the head with large diaper pins. The pattern envelope looks like more than that, but it's not, so I just serged the edges of the fabrics. Super simple... and definitely Lucy's favorite part of the costume. 

My little, sassy Mary, sweet Kateri, and manly George. 

Happy All Saint's Day!