Monday, March 30, 2015

Fox and owl racerback dress

I took a short break to do some family things. All in good fun, of course.

Today I have a knit dress I made for my girl. I generally don't sew with knit fabric because it seemed tricky, but I haven't really had any issues with it at all, and my ability to make things for my kids has increased. If only the time to make things would also increase.

This is the Rio Racerback tank and dress pattern from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop. The neckline is a bit funky, but that is a sewing error on my part. I forgot to gather that part, but it's ok, the dress still works.

I love this fox and owl print fabric. So cute for this dress.

It's perfect for warm weather, if we ever get any for an extended period of time. This is a great play dress and it looks and feels so comfy on her. She is ready to play!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mustache Peasant Dress

I have another dress to share with you today. 

I loved this mustache fabric from Hobby Lobby so much, and when I saw a peasant dress made with this fabric on pinterest, I, of course, had to make one for my girl. 

The pinterest version had a bright blue ruffle with buttons in the middle. I did a "u" ruffle neckline with buttons. I loved it when I finished the dress, but when I put it on my daughter, well, the embellishment seems a bit overwhelming. I should have made it smaller. 

Yep. Definitely should have made it smaller. Oh, well.

She loves a dress. Besides the neckline embellishment, I kind of love it, too. I look forward to her wearing this dress at the same time that her brother wears his mustache shorts. Fun.

She had a wonderful time being my little model on a rare warm day just before Spring. She cracks me up!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dress Ready

Ok, I am finally ready to show off what I have been working on since this year started. I got the photos taken, cropped, and ready to post. Look at me accomplishing things! Feels great.

So, the first dress I am showing is a peasant dress I made, and I love the cute fabric I picked up at Joann's. 

Gosh, those adorable owls with umbrellas! 

There were so many fabric options that I could have used for accenting. It was a hard decision to make.

I decided to use two coordinating colors and do a little patchwork. I cut 2.75" squares from a bright blue and pink/pink chevron fabrics, sewed them together to form a panel for the sides alternating the squares. 

I cut the peasant dress smaller on the sides to allow for the extra panel. I used some gray fabric to make the sleeves so I could add in one more coordinating fabric.

(ignore the green triangle thingies at the bottom, my camera lens has a crack in it and the sunlight hit it just right.)
I adore this dress. And I think even Dana would be proud of my attempt at piecing together a little patchwork. My corners lined up and everything. Amazing.

More to share later.
Enjoy the spring-like weather if you got it. :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March already?

And it is half way over? 

When did this happen?

Time needs to slow down. I have so much to do, things to plan, organization to accomplish, cleaning up, sewing to do, and a picture album to make. 

Good news, however, is that the dresses that I made my daughter during colder weather have been worn for photo taking purposes. Yea!! Posts will be forthcoming, I promise.

Also, work-related grant things are aggravating me so much. I don't want to talk about it. But work must get done, people!

My boy started his first season of Spring coach pitch baseball. He's on a good team and they are doing well so far. Just has to keep his eye on the ball. Also, his birthday is coming up. 7. He'll be 7! 

I can't wait to get to a point that I can put together posts about what I have been doing lately.

Enjoy the warm weather if you got it. We sure have been when we can.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Ruffle Layer Skirt: Valentine's Day

I've been enjoying my week off from work, so I haven't been in the blog world as much, which is why this post is late. 
I still wanted to share the skirt I made for my girl for her preschool Valentine's Day party.

I used a tutorial from Dana from MADE. You can find it here
It was cold during the week so I paired the skirt with some red pants and a plain white long sleeve tee. I guess I could have added some embellishment or applique to the tee, but she needed the white tee for other outfits. :)

Hope you had a super loving Valentine's day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Checking In

Hello. (random thoughts ahead)
Work things have been occupying my time lately, but part of that is over with so I am moving on to other projects. Some sewing related. I have completed projects to share when the weather gets warmer, as my daughter has 8 new dresses to wear, and my son has two new button-up shirts. What a feat already for 2015! 

I am working on a couple of other sewing projects as well. Valentine's day is coming up and I have a project to share about that. 

Hopefully the weather will turn warm soon. My son will be doing coach pitch baseball this spring season and I am hoping that he will learn a lot and enjoy it. Practice starts today. He hasn't played baseball for a year so his skills are a little rusty. We've been practicing at home though.

Fun stuff is yet to come!
Can someone bring me some hot chocolate? Thanks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Random Kid Moments #5: Silly kids

Just some recent musings from the tiny people living in our house, late 2014 era.

While trying to get the boy to get ready for bed, and he was in no hurry to do so...

Me: If I were you, I'd hurry up.
Boy: If I were you...tread carefully here, son o.0...I'd be a ninja.

Well, that certainly wasn't going where I thought it was.

The next day for school he was looking for his black shorts to go with his black shirt he picked out from his closet, so he could be a ninja. I did inform him that ninjas worked hard to earn that status, and he should be a ninja student at school. We'll see if that works.


The boy and the girl were squabbling and I put in my effort by telling them to stop doing whatever it was they were doing. Then the girl started a little whine/cry. 

Me: Get away from him. Why are you following him around anyway?
Girl: Because I am his sister and that is what I am supposed to do.

Well, she's not wrong about that. :)


This week we had student conferences at school. It was the perfect time to talk about my son's behavior at school. It's been approximately 7 weeks since school started and we have gotten at least 5 notes sent home about something he has done relating to his behavior. Nothing super big, but even the little things need attention to prevent the big things later on. We all decided that he is a smart kid and has a good memory. According to his reading level chart he is almost done with the first grade levels. At the end of last year he was at level 5, firmly in the middle of first grade. His reading level now is a 6B. First grade goes to level 7. He has one more spot to go! 


While at work I got a phone call from daycare. Usually never a good sign. Usually means a kid is sick and needs to go home. Not this time. Nope. Something much more interesting happened with this phone call.

One of the daycare workers called to tell me that my girl had a bead stuck up her nose. A bead!! Also, that she said the bead had been up there for a while, and that my girl had told daycare that she told Daddy about the bead this morning. Wait. There had been a bead up her nose all morning, that Daddy knew about?! Something is not right about this.The girl was upset about it so they called me so I could talk to her. She then repeated the whole story. The daycare worker explained that she would try to get it out if I wanted and call me back. So that is what they did. It worked. The bead got out.

Once I got home, Daddy of course knew nothing about the bead up her nose at daycare. He was adamant that the bead was not up her nose while she was with him that morning. Turns out that she later changed her story. She found the bead at daycare, and with the help of two other little friends, the bead somehow got up her nose. She then got scared when she couldn't get it out and started crying, alerting the daycare workers. 

I had a conversation with her about the importance of telling the truth the first time. Hopefully she learned that lesson. And, that we don't put things in our nose.