Friday, July 11, 2014

Playtime leggings and baby toes

I finally made a pair of playtime leggings from the Oliver + S pattern of the same name.  I made them for Sam from an old maternity dress I wasn't feeling anymore.

I learned where the stretch stitch is on my machine, and used the existing hem of the dress for the cuffs of the leggings to save some time. 

These fit her really well, and turned out the best of any other leggings pattern I've made so far.  

She's starting to walk already, I'm in love with her chunky legs trying to walk around, it's so cute.  

I also made each of the girls a playtime dress (the accompanying pattern to the leggings) that both turned out really well, to be shared soon! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

wip Wednesday

Hello! I haven't linked up to a wip Wednesday in an eternity, but it's good to be back.

I'm trying to get two projects finished this week.  Both are at the quilting stage and if we didn't have the owner of our house coming for an inspection tomorrow I'd to it tonight, but now I have to clean (I hate renting!!).
First is this tiny baby quilt that will go in my Etsy shop.  I loved putting this together and see myself doing more solids and simple prints in the future.  I think this is much more representative of my "quilting style" than lots of my previous projects have been even though it's a pretty basic combination.  
Second is this quilt for Abby, you might remember from my posts about the blocks, but it's taken me forever to go from quilt top to basted quilt sandwich.  I hate basting and our living room is barely big enough for it, so I'm easily nudged into procrastination when it comes to this step.  I'm pretty excited for it to finally be done and for her to use it! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

a list

I like to make lists.  They're fun, and they help me think.

Here are my top 15 favorite movies.  Subject to change at any second, naturally. 

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
3. Dan In Real Life
4. Stranger Than Fiction
5. Midnight In Paris
6. Rear Window
7. Better Off Dead
8. Shadow Of A Doubt
9. To Kill A Mockingbird
10. Galaxy Quest
11. Blazing Saddles
12. Start The Revolution Without Me
13. The animated Robin Hood
14. What About Bob?
15. Groundhog Day

What are your favorites? 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Yay summer!!!

It's summer. We've been busy but with good things, and I inadvertently neglected this space.  Oops.  

So, I dropped the kids off at their summer school program this morning and was flabbergasted to have all this free time on my hands (2.5 hours a day, 3 days a week for the next 6 weeks!). What?! It's going to be good.  

Well, yesterday I made a couple t-shirts using the free plantain tee pattern from Deer and Doe.  It's excellent.     

The fabrics are from Wanderlust Fabrics, and they are excellent too.  

I'll be making a million more of these soon.  The neckline sits really well, I love it.  And the pattern is free!!! So great. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


More books I've been reading in the last few months.  I try not to spoil things so I apologize if these are rather vague.  If you want more detail let me know and I'll go more into the plot and post spoiler alerts next time.  I use the audible and kindle apps as well as real books for my reading these days, which makes me feel really technologically up to date, haha! 

I'm having book ADD at the moment and have about 4 other books in progress right now because sometimes I just want to READ ALL THE THINGS! I'm sure you know how that goes. Anyway, here you go:

Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - I listened to this one on audible while doing dishes and other boring things.  I thought it was a wonderful story but I wasn't that fond of the voice that did the narration.  She seemed really breathy and light headed, but I thought the story of acceptance and loss and that moment in life when everything changes was really special.  I felt myself grinning at several moments when I had felt or thought the same things the narrator expressed, which is one of my favorite things about reading.  I enjoyed this one, but think I would've liked it more if I had enjoyed the voice more.  That's just the trick of listening to audio books.  The voice can with make or break your experience.  Audible does have samples though so you can listen to a bit of the voice before you buy anything.

The Lord of The Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - Obviously you know what this one is about, but I loved it.  I'm kind of a nerd and a sucker for a great adventure story.  I also knew I'd never have the time to sit down and read this series page by page until I retire, so I chose to listen to it on audible and it was great.  I enjoyed the voice a lot, he tried to give different intonation for different characters and sang things that were meant to be sung.  It gave the story a great dimension it wouldn't have had otherwise.  I just love the story telling here, it's really epic and if you don't think you'll sit down to read it, you should check out audible to hear it being read.  I recommend it for everyone.  

Insurgent by Veronica Roth - The second in the Divergent series, I enjoyed this one also though significantly less than the first book in the series. It took longer for me to get into it, but once I was about 1/3 of the way into it, I didn't want to put it down.  I had a harder time with the romantic angle between Tris and Tobias in this one, so we'll see what happens in the 3rd book, but the plot was decent.  I could see the ending coming, but not down to the details, so it kept my interest all the way through.  I'm at a loss for what could possibly happen next, so I'm anxious to read the final book in this series.  I have been warned that I won't like it though, so I maybe it will be a really exciting train wreck? One can only hope. 

Have you been reading anything lately?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Week 2: The Ruby Top and Dress

Oh my goodness where did this past week go???? Wow, getting back into things after spring break was ROUGH!  Soccer started for the two older kids so on Saturday we had 2 games at different times, pictures, snacks, and everything else that comes with the first week of a new sport.  It was so fun, but exhausting.  I just want to sleep for 42 days straight. 

ANYWAY, last week I made The Ruby Top from Made By Rae (you can find a copy here). I used some chambray from Pink Chalk Fabrics and some Meadow by Leah Duncan from Hawthorne Threads.  Every line she's made has been sooo good for every fabric project you could think of.

This is the first womens pattern I've made from Rae.  I was worried that it would look peasant-y and busty, and blouse-y but I don't think it does! I will make the medium next time though, the front gapes a little if I don't adjust it frequently. 

I used Rae's video tutorial to make the yoke fully lined.  First of all, she's super cute, and I like that she gives these extra tutorials so you can make your garment exactly how you want it.  Such a great thing if you want to make lasting garments.  She takes you through the whole thing in the video so I didn't actually refer to the pattern at all.  

The pattern is sleeveless and next time I'm going to try a sleeved version (you need the washi dress expansion pack to do this-but she's made all her sleeves and variations interchangeable throughout her patterns, so smart!!) though I really like this as a top and think I will definitely wear it.  She also says you can try it with knit, the possibilities are endless!!! 

This is great pattern for mixing fabrics or using ones you love but only have a little bit of.  I put it on before I hemmed it and didn't want to take it off! I'll definitely make it again, and now I'm less scared to try The Washi Dress! 

Later this week I will share the Hide-and-Seek dress from Oliver + S and hopefully an outfit each for kids clothes week! Yay! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Week 1: The Everyday Skirt by Liesl + Co.

First of all, thanks for joining me! Sorry this is late.  Stuff ended up getting in the way and I didn't get the pictures I wanted, but oh well, next week should be better.  This weekend I sewed up The Every Day Skirt from Liesl + Co. Liesl is also the one who makes Oliver + S. patterns but you probably knew that already. 

I worry that things I make will look like a basement craft project executed by a skilled 8 year old.  But I thought this pattern would be a good place to start with making more structured clothes for myself, and indeed it was! 

I used a cotton quilting fabric from JoAnn's by Anna Maria Horner's talented daughter, Juliana Horner.  Next time I'll probably use something a little different, though this turned out fine, the pattern came off a little more Little House on The Prairie than wanted, but it's cool. I'll make it work.       

My measurements fell in a whole bunch of sizes so I went with the dropped waist size as recommended for this pattern, but I think it ended up a little large.  Next time I'm going down a size.  Never a bad thing. 

This pattern uses elastic in a really awesome way, so you don't need to worry about zippers or anything scary like that. I thought I would have to add length but it turned out just right.

I LOVE that this skirt has pockets.  I will definitely be making more of these and am curious to try a maxi length skirt since the shorter version is so awesome.

The only thing I would advise is that you seriously follow every single step she gives you and take your measurements.  It just won't turn out as well if you don't.   I'm probably going to have to tighten mine up around the waist just a little but the way you put in the elastic it'll be easy to fix.

Have you made this pattern before?  Do you think you'll try it?

Next week: The Ruby Top and Dress by Made by Rae