In my mind, I call this Coq au Vin because I like to pretend I’m fancy. Except it’s made with a white wine sauce. And mascarpone. And I don’t put in onions or carrots. So I guess it’s technically just … Continue reading
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Willow&Co patterns coming out soon. I got to test three and love them all! First is the Hawthorn Pullover by the amazing Laura of Titchy Threads. If you’re a regular reader, you know … Continue reading
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I’m over at That’s What She Crafted today, sharing an updated tutorial for my dinosaur capes! There’s also a giveaway for this cape at the end of the post! But you have to make it through the pictures of John … Continue reading
Easter is this weekend and we wanted to get the littles together to do something…. ok I lied, I saw this super cute recipe and I wanted the momma’s to get together and bake it! The kids just reaped the … Continue reading
I am a proud boy mama. As much as I enjoy a good ruffle every now and then, my signature style is definitely boy stuff!
And these boys are just so cute, I can’t help but make cute things for them! On the left is my almost-three-year-old, John, and on the right is his best friend, Tasha’s three-year-old, Miles. Quite convenient that our kids are best friends, huh? The baby’s are engaged…
First up we have some Submarine Pullovers in sweatshirt fleece. It’s from Girl Charlee and the softest stuff in the world!
I freezer stenciled a London guitar on Miles’ and the words “Aim High” on John’s. They both go the whole way under their arms:
To the backs:
The guitar is definitely my favorite. And of course, he’s a size bigger than John so he’ll get this back eventually. Ulterior motives? Nonsense.
I also added to each a zip welt pocket, a zipper in the left front shoulder instead of the placket, and a tall collar that closes with elastic loops over buttons.
And the shorts. Small Fry Skinnies. No way! Yes way. These are like my twelfth-ish? They are the second and third time I’ve made the shorts and this time I added a contrast panel in the back.
You can see the pockets here, too. They are also British flags, centered over their left pockets and extending onto the right. I was just going to do it on Miles’ but ended up liking it so much I had to do it again on John’s!
Their tees are Anytime At All Tees and pretty much sum up their personalities!
Miles’ says “Long Live Heroes” and is gray and black colorblocked with a little interest over the shoulders (you can just see in his front shorts pocket that I used the chevron there, too). And John’s has a T-Rex on the pocket and says “Destroying everything seems like the best option”.
I extended the gray to the back of Miles’ shoulders and really like how it turned out! Kind of superhero outfit-y.
I did gray on the back of John’s shoulder too, but going all the way to the side seam (this is one of the options in the pattern).
I love how John is dropping some funky beats and Miles is like “Buddy, you need to get that checked out.”
And of course, any time you take pictures of two rambunctious three years olds, you get the good pictures like these:
These are some of the very few that came out in our outside shoot. Mostly it was too cold and they were distracted by the dirt.
And then you have the… fun… ones like these:
Notice it’s mostly the “destroy everything” child causing the problems? You’d never know he’s such a good model when there’s no one else around!
I hope they made you smile like they make me
You may have read that title and said, “Wait – what?” Amy and I are involved with the Mystery Challenge, set up by our friend Stephanie from Swoodsonsays.com. You can read the full details here. Basically we were each paired with a different blogger and given a sewing challenge. Tasha’s partner is Irene from Sugaridoo and she gave Tasha “Fruity Fresh” (check out the Willy Wonka Challenge Tasha gave her!). Amy’s partner is Meirel of Create3.5 and she gave Amy “Edwardian England” (be sure to see Meriel’s Circle Challenge!). We split our looks into two posts since they were kind of long. You can see Amy’s here.
As soon as I saw Fresh and Fruity I instantly knew what pattern and what fabric I wanted to use. I had picked up one of those great quilt bundles that had bright fruits and imagined it being a fantastic spring/summer apron. The pattern I chose to use is this great vintage Simplicity pattern!
I did pattern “F” in a size small/medium. The top was small and the bottoms were medium… and with as “full” as her tush is I could have done it a bit bigger!
I color blocked the top and the bottoms. I added a polka a dot cuff to the capri pants and then added and embroidered apple to the bottom! She would catch a glance at it and try and pick it off her pants!
I even had enough left from the pack of fabric to whip up this great apron! I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked so I made one up as I went!! I will be offering the pattern for free along with a tutorial later this week!
And check out how cute and subtle this red fruit ruffle came out!
Go see what everyone else made!
Kelly at Kelly J Designs
Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)
You may have read that title and said, “Wait – what?” Tasha and I are involved with the Mystery Challenge, set up by our friend Stephanie from Swoodsonsays.com. You can read the full details there. Basically we were each paired with a different blogger and given a sewing challenge. Tasha’s partner is Irene from Sugaridoo and she gave Tasha “Fruity Fresh” (check out the Willy Wonka Challenge Tasha gave her!). Amy’s partner is Meirel of Create3.5 and she gave Amy “Edwardian England” (you can see why further down – be sure to check out Meriel’s Circle Challenge!). This post got long so we split it into two: You can see Tasha’s here.
Edwardian England – Amy
Meriel first gave me the challenge of the 1930′s era. I really liked the idea until I realized I had seen all the inspiration pictures I was looking at before – and then I remembered I had just done a 1920′s look in January! So I asked if I could have a different challenge and Meriel graciously agreed. She threw out a couple different eras and said “I didn’t want to give you something horrible like Edwardian England or anything!” Pride and Prejudice (the mini-series, not the new movie) is one of my absolute favorite shows, so I immediately said “Challenge accepted!” Now technically P&P is set during the Regency Period, but men’s fashion takes a while to change, and the looks are pretty similar, so I’m totally counting it I knew I had to sew for Timmy, because what could be cuter than a baby in a waistcoat? With tails, no less? Here is a picture of the look I was going for (The Bingleys and Darceys on their wedding day): waistcoat; vest (sometimes striped, sometimes plain); a white collared shirt; loose, linen pants (they are often seen in knee breeches, but that’s just a little impractical :P). I used the Lily Knit Blazer (affiliate link), modified by adding tails, a wider collar, and using twill instead of knit. It’s lined in a chevron cotton from Joann. It has fake welt pockets on the front, three buttons to close, and two buttons on the back above the tails. I also shortened the front to get that waistcoat length. The pants are the Sailor Shorts (affiliate link), lengthened into pants. They are linen with orange bias tape (because he is still a baby and can’t be boring!) and blue buttons. I added a little watch fob – which is just a flat disc from the jewelry section. I intended to cut that off after the pictures, but Tim loves playing with it and it actually makes a great little bell as he’s crawling around so he’s easier to keep track of These are perfect summer pants as they protect his knees but are light enough that he won’t overheat – I actually have more sitting on my sewing stack right now! The vest started as the Vintage Vee Neck. I used the 18 month size (he wears a 9-12) because I wasn’t using knits. I used an upholstery sample piece, added a little stand up collar, split the front, fully lined it with with gray satin, and added KAM snaps.
I don’t usually care for vests, but I think it actually turned out to be one of my favorite pieces of the whole outfit! The shirt is the Anytime At All Tee. I added a snap placket and a collar both out of woven. I also added little vents to the sides because it’s still a little long.
Like his little vampire teeth? He has two on the bottom front and his canines. My milks (as the two year old delicately puts it) are not happy…
Go see what everyone else made!
Kelly at Kelly J Designs
Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)
I got to test the Berkshire Blazer from Melly Sews and it quickly became one of my favorite patterns! It’s a little tricky with the shawl collar and the set-in sleeves, but as always, Melissa walks you through it and makes you feel like a professional. So when she announced the sew along, I knew I was going to join in!
I used a mustard yellow linen from Joanns. I was aiming for a sort of old-fashioned shabby-safari look, but ended up using some leather accents and it’s more trendy than I was going for I still love it
I made double welt pockets (which I learned how to do from Melissa, of course!) instead of the patch pockets.
I had made and attached some very cute peekaboo elbow patches with the leather and the lining, and even took pictures for a tutorial, but realized after it was finished and I put it on John that I had them on the front of the sleeves instead of the back. I may have muttered a few “Eefffff”s under my breath… I saved them
so I may add them to the back someday. Let’s not kid ourselves – that would involve hand sewing. I’ll add them to something else.
Horrible iPhone picture, but at least you can see the welt pockets and the cool buttons Tasha picked out.
The sleeves are a little long, but it will fit him for a while
I even love how the back looks! The darts are much easier than they look, too.
I used a green zebra print (safari, remember?) for the lining with green satin for the sleeves. Once John figured out how I wanted him to hold it to show the lining, he wouldn’t let go!
Funny story: later in the day he was flapping his arms and told me with a disappointed look, “No fly. Want fly like seagull! My fly broken.” Poor little man. You’ll fly someday, sweetie
I was able to test pattern a super cute dress for an up and coming pattern maker Lauren over at Selvage Designs!
The Soleil dress is her first ever pattern and let me just say, she did awesome!!
The dress range is between 12 mo-12 years old. You have the option of doing an open back design (like on Princess B) and a closed back design!
I had gotten this great knit fabric at the local senior center for $0.75!!! There was over a yard of this wonderous stuff!!
I did the 12 month old sized for the lil chunk chunk!!