Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nathan gets glasses!

Lucy and I went on a walk this morning and it's so nice outside! 

Sunny and warm, but with a breeze... it's just perfect!
Yea! The weather is changing!

We even had to buy some sunglasses the other day because it's beginning to be so sunny out. It made me remember that I needed to make some more eye glass cases. I just LOVE this one I made that I use for my eye glasses, but I really need a few more to house my sunglasses that I keep in my purse and in the car.

Then I remembered that I never showed you the pictures of the eye glass case I made our little neighbor.
He had to get glasses a few months ago, so I let him pick out some fabric and made him a little case as a surprise.

He chose this pirate fabric that, I think, came from Wal-Mart... I don't know.

I used Pickle Pie Designs boutique child eyeglass case to make it and his little glasses fit perfectly in there.

The kids thought it was really cool that he had glasses like me. 
Our other neighbor, who wears glasses, wanted to know where his case was... I haven't made him one yet.

Hopefully I'll be able to crunch a bunch of em out next week.
This week is full already... I DID finish one of Ella's dinosaur outfits yesterday, but it completely wore me out.
Now I have to work on Dr. Suess day and Ella's pageant dress.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Puppy dog theme baby set

It's so funny that just a few weeks ago, I was working on this set and telling my husband, "If we have another baby, I could make stuff like this for him!" and having no idea that I was pregnant.
I just can't wait to find out what the sex of baby #4 is so that I can start sewing away.

Baby sets are so fun to make and this one (that I made for my Aunt to gift) was no exception.

I fell in love with this cotton fabric at Hobby Lobby and built the set around it. I wish I would've taken a picture of it... you can only see the edge around the blanket.

I made the blanket with this blue and white polka dot minky that is sooooo soft and the cotton on the back and embroidered this sweet dog from Designs by Juju. The name was personalized using the 'Boys are Gross' font.

For the hooded towel, I used this puppy dog face inside a circle to mimic the cotton fabric.
I love how it turned out.

Then, because all baby sets need a toy, I threw in this little beanie toy by Sewing for Sarah. 
I love these little toys so much.

I think that's gonna be my first project for baby #4. A bunch of these cute little toys!
But first, I have to work on Ella's dinosaur week, a Dr. Suess outfit, and her pageant dress.... all by Friday and I haven't even started.

Guess I'll have to stop taking a nap every afternoon and falling asleep before 10.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thank you Ricky Ricardo

...for one of my favorite songs in the whole world.
I'm so thankful to be able to sing it right now!

We're having a baby....

my baby and me...

You'll read it in Winchell's 
(or here)

While pushing our carriage
How proud I will be
There's nothing like marriage
Ask your mother and father and they'll agree
He'll have toys, baby clothes
He'll know he's come to the right house
Find more similar lyrics on By and by, when he grows
Maybe he'll live in the White House
Our future gets brighter
But definitely
We're having a baby
We're having a baby
We're having a baby
My baby and me

and if you've been reading the blog for anytime at all... or know anything about me, you'll know that I'm on cloud nine. Just completely and totally consumed with the joy and happiness that only a baby can bring.  I've always wanted a big family and always felt like I was meant to have more children. Baby #4 wasn't planned, but it is just the most wonderful surprise I've ever received. I'm really looking forward to this pregnancy, but even more excited to welcome our new addition to the family. I just can't wait to snuggle baby in my arms!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An Adele Easter dress for Ella

Ella wore an Easter dress to school today.
Well, it is Ash Wednesday.... so I guess it's not too early, right?

I used this adorable new applique from Lynnie Pinnie for the front of the dress.

The tights were the inspiration. I bought a bunch of them for Boo's when they were on sale the other week at Kohl's. This pair was so cute, but we didn't have anything to match them.
So, when I saw this patchwork bunny applique I knew that we could match them perfectly! That's what I really love about sewing.

The bunny is crazy, but they match the tights so perfectly and I love the grey bunny with pops of color.

The dress pattern I used was the Adele Bustle Dress by Violette Field Threads. This is the first pattern I've used by that designer. I love the style of the dress and it went together very easy. My only problem with the pattern was how they told you to do the neckline. The directions instruct you to turn the neckline down twice and stitch it. .... really??? That would look horrendous! I guess that's why their model is wearing a scarf!
I did NOT do my neckline that way. I made a binding with the same knit and I think it looks cute.

I really like the bustle on the dress and also the ruched sleeves.

I actually ran out of fabric in the middle of making this dress. The top two ruffles on the back are made by sewing two pieces of fabric together, turning them out, and folding down the top to create the look of two separate ruffles. I only cut one instead of two and Hobby Lobby isn't carrying this fabric anymore, so I had to do some fancy piecing to complete this dress. I felt so relived when it actually worked.
Check out this handy work.....

I figured it didn't matter which way the stretch was going, so I just pieced all the bits until the piece was large enough to cut out the other ruffle. It worked! Hooray!

I just love the back of this dress!

It's Ella's favorite of the three dresses I just made her... anytime I make them a knit dress, it's their favorite. Comfy wins out every. single. time.

My favorite part is the bow, though.... it just makes me giggle how I made the ears two different colors.
I used GGDesigns bunny design for the bow and I just love that ric rac in there, too.

I'm so glad Ella is into bows again. It was really sad when she didn't want to wear them.

I told Lucy I would make her a dress this week... I feel kinda guilty that I haven't made her anything in a while. She wants a dress up dress.... go figure.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Guest Posting

I'm guest posting over at Project Run and Play today!
eeeeeeek! I'm so excited.

I've never done a guest posting before... and I'm feeling pretty big time. :)

Go over there and check out my tutorial! and make some! and post them on the flickr page!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ice cream and Cupcake Grace Ruffle Dress

I have been dying to show you guys this dress!
I made it before Valentine's Day and I've just been staring at it, just hanging in the living room, but I haven't had a chance to photograph it with the weather and being sick.

But despite how awful I felt this weekend, I was determined to get this on Ella, get outside, and get this photographed.

It's the Grace Ruffle Dress by Funktional Threads and I just love it. It's actually the second one I've made, but I haven't shown you the first yet. It's super cute, too.

I love pretty much everything about it.

I love the fit- especially thru the bodice. The elastic casing in the back, along with the ties, makes it really easy to create a custom fit~ which is great for slim kids like mine!

I love that there's space for multiple fabrics and embroidery.
For this dress, I used two of my favorite food appliques: a cupcake from Designs by Juju and this cute ice cream sundae from Kimberbell kids.

When I first began sewing, I used to buy 1/2 and 1 yard pieces of fabric all the time. I just didn't realize how much you would really need. I've had a bunch of those fabrics just laying around, but with a pattern like this, you can use smaller pieces. It's great. I've had this Heidi Grace fabric in the stash for-ever! I just love it and never had enough of it to make anything.

I wasn't sure about the double bow in the back, but on this dress I like it.
I think it would be easy to change the double bow if you didn't want it.

I ordered some wool felt from etsy to make the little cupcake stitchie for the bow( GGDesigns embroidery design). I really like using the wool felt over the craft felt; it makes the bows look so much nicer.

I thought I may have made the bow too big this time, but Ella really likes it.

I know I say it all the time, but this may be one of my favorite dresses I've ever made.
Ella is embarrassed now, but when I was doing the photo shoot, she was running around saying, "I'm the prettiest girl in the world".

I love making my baby feel like the prettiest girl in the world.
Even though I think she looks like one of the prettiest girls in the world no matter what she's wearing.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Comfy Kwik Sew Pants (3948) for Valentine's Day

I was digging thru the garage for something a couple weekends ago when I found this great knit from Mom in one of the many tubs of fabric I have in there... embarrassing. I know.
I brought it in and washed it up and promised that I would make something out of it for Ella in time for Valentine's day.

I made these pants the night before.

The fabric is so cute. It's a lightweight jersey (that was barely stretchy enough to use for this pattern) with flecks of gold and silver sparkles and little red hearts. It says love and kisses all over it. I really should have taken a close up picture of it...

That photo looks totally weird because Ella was freezing and holding the sleeves all funny, but it's been raining and gross outside and I've been sick... so these photos will have to do.

I actually have three other new outfits for Ella, that I won't let her wear to school yet, because they haven't been photographed, but it's just too gross to have a shoot. Hurry up spring!

The pattern I used was Kwik Sew 3948. I just love Kwik Sew patterns! I was able to get away with less stretchy fabric cause Boo's is so slim. I wish these were a tad longer, so that she could wear them for V-day next year, but it probably won't happen. It was too cold for her to lift up her shirt to see the top of the pants, but they're really cute with a knit waistband. I made view B. She loves them because they're super comfy and are actually more like pajamas than real clothes. Score!

For the top, I used Hang To Dry's Sequin love applique, but left of the sequins for a few reasons:
1. I only had silver sequins and I felt like crap and didn't want to run to the store for gold ones (which I thought would match better)
2. I was scared that the sequins wouldn't wash well. I like wash and dry.
3. I had trouble with the other HTD trim shirt I made and didn't want to mess with that again.

I do love how it turned out, just the same, and so did Ella. She certainly has her own ideas... not that that's anything new.

This was definitely a joint effort in putting this outfit together. I always try to let Ella have her say in what we create and what she wears.

The korker ribbon on top of the other bow is all Ella. I thought it looked kinda stupid. I also thought it was kinda stupid to wear her hair in a side/low/ponytail with the bow stuck at the side of her ear... but I kept my mouth shut. She loved it. And I remember when I used to spray my bangs up in the front..... wow. Sometimes you just have to let kids do their own thang.

and she is cute doing it.

She was all smiles when she got home.
I can always tell which outfits get praise. This one got a lot of attention, but mostly because the serger didn't catch part of the crotch seam and she had a hole there. oopsies.

I guess some kids saw it during circle time and then she had to be careful to cover up the hole.
She's young enough to think it's hilarious, though.... close one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone is having a great Valentine's day.
I like Valentines Day, but I don't go crazy with it.

I sent Ella to school in a new outfit this morning (I actually made her three...) and William went in the same v-day shirt that I made him in Kindergarten. How sad is that? I really, really wanted to make him a new one, but I'm sick as a dog and I just didn't get it done. He's always a trooper, though.

I was surprised that Ella chose this one to wear today, but it's been a long time coming. I bought this skirt last winter on clearance at Target because she loved it so much, but it was too big and she had nothing to match it. We finally found the purple t shirt a few months ago and she's been dying for me to 'put a picture' on it to match. We just never could agree on what 'picture' aka applique to put on there.

But when I saw Hang to Dry's new Valentine designs, I knew this Rosy Heart Applique would be perfect!

I was really stumped about what kind of hair accessory to make for this outfit and really wanted to make a headband of some sort, but Ella had her heart set on a bow (which she has decided she likes again! yea!)
So, I used GGDesigns Heart Stitchies for the center. I really think a headband would've been cuter, but she's happy. Actually.... she thinks she looks pretty awesome.

I think that topsy tail ponytail is pretty awesome. Do you guys remember those?

Can you tell she thinks she's hot stuff?!

I actually finished it a few days ago, but she saved it to wear to her Valentine's party today. She was so excited!
Annnnd.... It got me out of the doghouse for not finishing all the Valentine's Day decorations I was supposed to make.

We did make some:
a basket liner for our book basket (I keep holiday books in there and change out the liner)

Almost all of the tealight candle covers by Embroidery Garden
...but the kids LOVED them and ran off them before I could get any good pictures. I really hope I can locate them all and get some photos. This is the only photo I have and lots of little flameless candles that don't work because they left them on all night.

Then I had the kids make some heart garland with their new sewing machine and lots of felt hearts.

It's just too bad that they hand upside down....
any tips on how to fix that?

They made so much of it, that we were able to string it across the hallway, the entire length of the living room, and even had some left for Ella to take to her classroom.

It looks really cute in the house, despite being upside down.
All we did was cut out a ton of felt hearts and then they just sewed down the center of each one, stringing them all together. Lucy just handed to the sewers. She was in charge of the 'pattern'.

Fun, fun, fun.

I really wanted to make some of those Valentines holders  from my pintrest board, but never got it done.
That's why I'm going to have a week dedicated to each holiday in the summer to work on holiday projects.
I can't wait for that!

Me and Mom are pretty pumped! We always have so many holiday decorations that we want to make and never get them done.

anyhow... happy Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Baby Sophie!

I can't believe that my sweet niece Sophie is two today!
Holy crap... Kids grow up so fast.
this kid is growing up to LOVE Toy Story. It's all the craze right now.
But there is absolutely nothing you can buy this kid that she doesn't already have....
which is why it's so great to sew!

Hooray! Toy Story costumes for the Toy Story Crazed!

I started with Buzz Lightyear, which is her favorite, and just had to keep going.
You know how I get carried away...
but look at her!

I, mean, seriously... how cute is she? In those little purple boots (which are actually hand me downs of Lucy's)... to infinity and beyond!

I made it out of knit, because I had the right colors and every child and Momma loves knit.
I used the simply sweet pattern for the top and a circle skirt for the bottom.
I made the embroidery file for the bodice by combining some shapes and fonts from my machine.
My favorite part is the red and white bias on the sleeves!

Mom said she was really excited to open them.
I hate that I don't get to witness it, but my sister and Mom are so great about sending pictures.
Lucy wants me to make one for her, too.

The second one I made was the Jessie and I think it's my favorite.
I just LOVE all the small details~ the sequin trimmed, which I sewed by hand, the embroidered name, the leather on the waist, I just love it all.

I used the Dodie dress pattern for the bodice on this one and just winged the bottom.
I don't think Sophie could be any sweeter in this little dress. I just hope it wears well. I wasn't sure with the sequins and leather.

The last one was a DISASTER! The pattern is one of the worst I've ever seen. I really don't even think it's wearable. The instructions were so ridiculous. I had to do a lot of fancy fiddling to make it look this cute.
Sophie didn't seem to mind, but the fit is so poor (which I had figured would happen~ so I sent extra fabric so my Mom could chop the romper into a dress)

She still loves it and I guess two out of three isn't too bad.

I really hope my Mom can fix it to be functional. Cause I can see the little one getting mad if she can't wear the woody one.

And we don't want that... especially on her birthday.

I love you Sophie June. Happy Birthday sweet girl.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hey girl...

I know you've probably seen these around, but I just think they're so funny!
I had to share.

Have a great day!