Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Swim Swim Swimsuits

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

This summer we got the kiddos a little/big pool. So of course there is daily swimming, which requires suits. And more suits. So what's a sewing mama to do?? 

Navy. Stripes. Green.
What more could you ask for!?

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Matchy, but not.

The baby glows. No sun for that sweet baby skin!!

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

For the boys' suits I used the Monaco Swim Trunks pattern. {affiliate link} I sewed it up just as written, side stripe option for the big boy, a faux drawstring with eyelets for both. I am super happy with the outcome. With the full lining, they are super soft and comfy. I can see a few more in their future!

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

For Olivia's suit, I started with the Tutu Cute Swimsuit pattern {affiliate link} and hacked it a bit.

I chopped up the front to add the center panel with stripes going vertical. The suit is 2T width and the panel is 3" for reference.

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

I made it into a 2 piece, using the tutu cut line as my separating point. I simply hemmed the top portion and added a band at the waist, similar to the way the boys' trunks are constructed. I realize now I failed to take a picture of the back! Boo. The straps are crossed in the back. I love the sporty look of the whole thing.

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Of course they had to try them out as soon as they were done!

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Cannonball test passed!

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Evan, size 5 with 6 lenth. Measurements: Waist 22, hips 25, height 47.
Olivia, size 2 with 3 length. Measurements: Waist 19.5, hips 21, height 38. 
(I will blend size 3 for the top portion and 2 for the bottom if I use this pattern again this summer)
Aiden, size 6mo. Age, 4 months, weight 16.

Fabric from: The Fabric Fairy

Patterns used: {affiliate links}

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Soleil Dress // Numérot Trois

It was a sad, sad day when I realized O had very much outgrown the two Soleil's I made for her last summer. They were easily her most worn mama-made's. 

Of course I had to make her a new one!

But, details.

I changed this one up with details! I color blocked a 3" strip at the hem, and used the same solid mint for the back bodice, but overlay-ed it with a stretch lace. The front side of the pockets are also solid mint, but that's a fun detail, just because, sewing magic.

Welcome // Baby

 Things have been quiet around this space in the last 10 months...

Not so much in every day life though. Our little family grew by one huge blessing that came in the form of this tiny little bundle.

I have always thought children were huge blessings and could not have been more grateful for the first two we were given. Or so I thought. Until I experienced the loss of not one, but two, no matter how early on, they were my babies. 

And now to have been blessed with this third little miracle. My heart explodes with gratefulness. He has been prayed for harder than I have ever prayed for anything in my life. It seemed that every step of my pregnancy with him, God asked yet again, do you trust me? The answer was always yes. Even when it was so hard and I wanted to be afraid. 

We are all so completely in love.

And he rewards us daily with his squishy, delicious goodness, happiest of smiles and laughs.

And I can't have a post without some sewing talk...

I haven't stopped sewing!! It hasn't been as frequent but there is still sewing going on! And now that we are emerging from the newborn fog, I hope to visit here a bit more frequently. In fact, I may even break the rules and post twice today. The next one with a sewing project!

It's good to be here again. I've missed it.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sewing To Sell // Book Review & Giveaway!! **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Hi friends! I'm taking a bit of a break from my blogging hiatus (have you noticed??) to share something I find very useful and am pretty excited about!

When I was asked if I would like to do a review of Virginia's (of Gingercake Sews) new book, Sewing To Sell, I jumped at the chance. You see, I have this little Etsy shop. It's tiny, but I am rather fond of it. But I opened it without a clue. And even as I continued on in the little adventure most of the questions I had about an online shop lingered. Well let me tell you, after reading this book I feel very enlightened and inspired! 

I sat down one afternoon to "start" reading the eBook and ended up not quitting until I was at the end! I found it to be very inspirational. I mean, I constantly get an "I should make and sell this certain thing!" idea, but what's so awesome about this book is that Virginia includes 16 patterns that are there for you to use exactly as written or tweak to your liking and you are free to sell any items made from them! This is a rarity in the blogging community. It is so generous of her to share her hard work in the book.

And not only does it include the patterns, she offers a wealth of advice from getting started, to the business end of things, tips on sewing your products to save time and fabric and even tips on how to photograph your items for online listings.

I decided to go ahead and give the Two at a Time Oven Mitts a try because I thought they were super cute and my kitchen drawer is in serious need of some new oven mitts!

I'm in love with the result!

**Be sure to read to the end for a chance to WIN your own copy of the book!**

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Constant CHANGE // Shared Kids Room

I am excited to be a part of this series, hosted by Jenya and Renee. But I'm even more excited to read everyone else's posts! I love the idea behind this series, because I believe it truly is one this we all have in common. Life changes. Constantly! The longer I'm married, the more kids we have, the older the kids get, change is more and more a part of our lives and I'm learning how to deal with that. Hopefully with a little bit of smoothness. :)

Currently I am in the middle of a LOT of change. Right now, my body is changing, daily it seems, as I'm growing another little human. We are in the middle of a BIG year long remodeling project which came on the heels of our first year long remodeling project in this house (a new kitchen). We took about a year "break", meaning we didn't work steadily but always had little related projects going here and there. We are still going strong! With many more projects in the plans. Someday I hope to blog about that...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HUGE Sale on MHC Patterns!!

Hayley from Mouse House Creations is celebrating her ONE YEAR pattern selling anniversary with a huge, huge sale on every single one of her patterns! It is a 50% discount, which is HUGE, guys!

I have sewn up several of her patterns over the last year and I adore each one that I've had the chance to use!

The first of her patterns I sewed was The Norah Dress. She wore this little top to nearly every holiday party we went to last year and got lots of compliments on it!

The dress is still in regular rotation. It works great with a tee under, as a sundress or with a cardi. A dress for all seasons! It's getting too short now which makes me oh so sad, but I have plans for another long sleeved Norah to get us through this winter and I'm quite sure she needs another knit sundress version for the next year or so as well!

*See posts here

and here.

Next up was The Persimmon Dress. I tested this dress and even being a test version it was quite perfect and totally adorable. She wore this until it was just way too small. I'm super sad about that and am holding to the possibility she'll have a little sister I can pass it down to ;) *We find out in about a week if it will be so!!*

Read the blog post here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Julia Cardigan // Some Big News!!

The Julia Cardigan - Pattern By Mouse House Creations

So let's get the news out of the way so we avoid any awkwardness, shall we ;)

The Julia Cardigan - Pattern By Mouse House Creations

Yep, that's a baby bump!! Our family is over the moon excited about welcoming our 3rd baby into the family. We are expecting him or her to make their appearance sometime in March.

Also, over the weekend I turned 30. The cardi was my gift to myself  :) That's not nearly as exciting as the baby though, but I am not disappointed, nor do I feel old, etc. Haha. I'm looking forward to my 30s quite honestly. The 20s were fabulous, I got married, became a mom, moved to another state, my faith grew enormously, became a mom a second time, started a home renovation, found a passion for sewing, and each year I love my husband more than ever before. Even after all that I'm so excited to see what 30 brings, I feel like I'm more established in myself as a person and am discovering who I am and who God made me to be. My kids will start school, the days of lazy mornings at home are numbered, I'm both apprehensive and excited about that. And I get to become a mom of THREE! The adults in the house are about to become officially outnumbered. Should be fun :)

Anyway, on to the new cardi!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pretty In Peplum // Pattern Testing

Pretty In Peplum Dress and Top - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I had the lovely privilege of testing the latest pattern from Sew Much Ado recently. And like each and every one of her patterns I've sewn, I'm absolutely impressed and in love with the outcome.

The photos shown are from the first round of testing and the top pattern has since been lengthened slightly and it's absolute perfection now!

Pretty In Peplum Dress and Top - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Friday, August 15, 2014

Knock It Off Series - Picnik Birthday Outfit

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

I was so excited to be asked by Heidi of Elegance and Elephants to be a part of her Knock It Off series this year! I discovered a new passion for sewing for my kids when I discovered this series last year and sewed along. I mean seriously. If I can make clothes so similar to rtw, save loads of $, and have them wear designer-esque fashion, it's a win, win, win!!

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

Monday, August 11, 2014

KCW Summer 2014 - Sewing For Twins!

Happy Monday!

Apparently I have taken an unplanned "blogging break" the past couple weeks :) And to be honest it has been very refreshing! I've been focusing on some house/remodel projects that have been needing to get done and also having some much needed summer fun with the kiddos. Our favorite has been meeting Daddy at the park for lunch!

Now I'm playing catch up... Way back during Summer KCW, I sewed these two fun little baby outfits! It's kind of hard to tell in these photos just how tiny they are, but they are tiny! At least the some of the tiniest things I've sewn (3 mo).

Friday, July 18, 2014

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition // Basic Tee Roundup

It's a 2-posts-in-one-day kind of day around here!!

As the 5th and final day of the All About Boys Series, we are offering you one last day packed full of inspiration! I am rounding up all of the Basic Tees I've made in the past year and April & Brooke are sharing their fall sewing plans for their boys. I can't even wait to see what they have planned! They are making me think I should make my own list...

Cosi Swimsuit Tour

Cosi Swimsuit - A Pattern by Sewpony Vintage

Hi friends!! I am so thrilled to be part of the Cosi Swimsuit Tour!! 

Sewing a swimsuit was not something that I ever really thought about or even considered making. It was one of those things that I just thought would remain a "buy" item, not an item that I could MAKE! But when Suz announced that she was working on a swimsuit pattern (!?!) and needed testers I totally jumped on board. And even without really thinking about it. I mean, what WAS I thinking???

But once I signed up (and was accepted!!), I started reading about others' experiences with sewing swim suits and started noticing the cute fabrics available, I got really excited!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition // Summer Time Cool

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition featuring Sunny Days Shorts & Dana's Basic Tee

Hi friends!! Welcome to Day 4 of All About Boys! I hope you've been inspired so far, and I hope the next couple of days bring loads more for you! Brooke & April are working on some fun posts today that are positively overflowing with ideas!

As for me, I sewed up another outfit ;) My boy was in desperate need of shorts and muscle tees so I couldn't help it. I have a bit of an obsession with all things b&w lately, so when this outfit idea popped in my head I couldn't go without bringing it to life.