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!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lucy is 7!

I just can't believe that she is 7 already...

and she was so excited for her birthday this year. She asked me every single day for weeks if it was her birthday yet.

She didn't even have to go to school, because it was an inservice day for the teachers. So we got a three day weekend! Oh yeah!

We made the most of it with present opening,


going to the park, making cupcakes,

eating lasagna,

playing apples to apples and having a dance party!

It was so much fun. Birthdays are the best!

Her dress is one of the blanks I picked up from the Applique Retreat Weekend. I can't remember what company it was, but I really love it... and MAN! it made making this outfit a breeze.

I let Lucy pick out an applique... of course, it was a cat.

She really loves the sleepy kitties for some reason. When given a choice, she always picks them.
Like this swimsuit and this RTW dress we embellished. 

The design is from Designs by Juju and I just added the little bow.

We have to girly everything up around here!

For my little pumpkin pie who is seven years old now.
I just can't believe it.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Making for Mermaids!

I didn't take many of Megan's orders, but the ones I did take were so fun to make!
I think I prefer dresses to boys clothes. :) shhh.....

 Tinkerbell dress!
So quick and fun to make. I really enjoyed seeing it hung up in my sewing area for a couple days!

Ariel~ I made a couple of these, but just photographed one.
This one is made using the 'As you like it dress' pattern by Jessica Fediw.

I also got to make a little headband to match!
Super cute, right?!
I used Lynnie Pinnie's feltie!

Deluxe Jessie Cowgirl:

And, my favorite one, Deluxe Snow White made with satin!
This dress is made using the Funktional Threads Lauren dress pattern. 

Lucy really loved the puff sleeves!

Check out my little sister's etsy shop! Made for Mermaids! Not only does she sell her adorable dresses, but she just recently started selling her designs as PDF patterns!

She is saving up to pay for my new nephew coming in April 2014! I'm so excited!