Monday, December 23, 2013

The Sunshine Dress

I wanted to make Christmas clothes for the Sunday before Christmas but never got around to it until Sunday morning.  I also wanted them to be a little matchy, but not in a barftastic way...

I have had The Sunshine Dress pattern for a while, and this was the first time I've used it. 

I omitted the drawstring on the bottom and just used the main fabric for the band at the bottom of the skirt instead of a contrasting fabric. 

You know what's super great?  This pattern has pockets, which always makes me and my kids happy.  I made polka dot pockets and you cant tell they're there unless Abby's hands are in them.

I love the box pleat detail in the front.  Yellow ric-rac wouldn't be my first choice to go with this, but we were in a use what you have situation, and I think it works.

From start to finish this dress took 2 hours to make.  I finished with 5 minutes to spare before church (even though it was safety pinned closed in the back). 

She wore a cardigan over it because winter sucks here and is really cold, and because I haven't messed with adding sleeves to things yet unless they're included already in the pattern options. 

I also made Matthew a bow-tie and but didn't get any good pictures of them together.  It's pretty cute though. 

I just finished the buttons before writing this, (I'm avoiding the inevitable chore of going to the post office today but alas, I will have to do that next...) and while there is none of this teal/aqua color anywhere else, I like it. 

Abby loved it, and approved it's excellent spin and poof factor.  This dress is an unexpected Christmas dress and (in my opinion) wound up looking pretty cool. 

Just like my little lady face.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hustle

I'm right at that spot where if I don't get off the couch and get started I won't have enough time. I'm sure you know that spot too. Particularly at this time of the year. 

It's also when I feel like abandoning my entire list of things to make, wrap, mail, and do and just go back to sleep until January. 

So what did I do last night? Not my to-do list, noooooo....

I stayed up past 1am and basted this lovely thing just because I wanted to. And I'm very glad I did. 

But now I really need to hustle! 

Side note: I'll be listing some scarves on Instagram @shopladyface later today so if you have last minute shopping to do come take a look! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cloud pillows

I love a good cloud, stormy, cartoon, or otherwise, so I decided to make a cloud pillow.

Out of sherpa. 

On both sides. 

And I did. It worked. It's fantastic. 

They are soft, warm, squishy, and the perfect size for snuggling, using in imaginative play, to rest your head on, or use in a photo. 

I love them, and so do my kids. Even my husband thinks they're pretty amazing. 

And you know what I'm super excited about? You can't see the closure stitches!!!!! 

I'm telling you, these are the best. Listed here in my etsy shop, LadyFaceMakes

They'd make a perfect gift, just throwing that out there.  I also made some smaller hearts out of sherpa and stuffing. 

They're about 5" square and equally awesome.  You can find those here.

xoxo - m

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Halloween Costumes!

Now that it's almost Christmas, I thought it was about time I show you what we did for Halloween!!  Settle in, this is a long one!
Sam was a pumpkin.  The most adorable one I've even seen.

Kids Clothing Week was more like Kids Costume Week here.  I still have grand intentions of finishing up some kids clothing sewing before the year is out but seriously....there are only a few weeks left in the year so we'll see.

This year, after much deliberation on Matthew's part, the kids settled on a Tiger and a "Purple Sparkley Princess with a Magic Wand" as what they wanted to be for Halloween.

Easy enough.  Matthew won't wear elaborate costumes so I knew we had to adapt regular clothes as best we could.  We found an orange long sleeve shirt and painted black stripes onto it with fabric paint.  He did the sleeves before he lost interest.



The pants took a little more time.  I couldn't find ready made orange pants anywhere, so I bought some plain twill fabric, dyed it orange, and then used this pattern to turn them into pants and painted them.

For Abby it was clear she knew exactly what she wanted and I was excited for the challenge of meeting her expectations.  I found this pattern on Etsy and knew it'd make the perfect princess dress that I could customize.  It was a great pattern, and I wanted something that could double as a dress up costume once Halloween was over.  I used the 4T size and it's a little tight.  Abby is a sturdy 3 1/2 year old but I was hoping for a little more wiggle room as she needs help getting into this one.  Oh well.  It's adorable and I'll happily help her get into it.  Just a note for next time.

I scoured the remnant bins at JoAnn's for a while before to get most of the fabrics I used and then put it together relatively easily, although sewing with costume satin is like trying to sew jello together.  Not fun no matter what pattern and how many pins you're using.

I overlayed the netting stuff early on and sewed it down so I could treat that and the satin as "one piece" and it was a little easier to sew.  The netting seemed to stabilize the satin a little, which was a happy outcome I wasn't anticipating.  I used ribbon and bias tape along the edges to hide my mistakes and the fact that I really didn't want to hem that satin stuff (that has resulted in some nasty fraying, but nothing super destructive or world ending).

I chose to close the dress with these hook and eye things, mainly because that's what I had and I wasn't smart enough to think of using velcro so she could put it on herself.  Isn't that smart for a dress up/costume outfit?  My mother-in-law had that insight and I'm definitely going to use it on the next princess dress we make!

We made a tiger mask and crown out of felt that I glued together (lesson: use glue that is NOT water soluble so when you spill water on it at the church Halloween party the pieces will stay on) and sewed elastic to the sides to keep it on.

Abby also required a "Magic Wand" so we cut a wooden dowel in half, she painted it yellow, and then directed the placement of the flowers and ribbons that I applied with a glue gun.
Sash, wand holster, it's all the same.

My first and favorite memories of sewing are listening to my mom cut patterns on the living room floor for our Halloween costumes, the hum of the machine while she sewed them up in the dining room after we went to bed, being "forced" to come try things on and hand her pins, but I loved it.  Having awesome costumes was one of the best things about being a kid.  So when people ask why I make their costumes instead of getting an $8 costume at Costco (by the way, there's NOTHING wrong with buying costumes at all!!), it's definitely not easier or cheaper, but I do it because I like the memories that I hope they will have, and also really like the challenge of fulfilling the fashion desires of a 3 year old. 

They have both worn and used elements of their costumes since Halloween and had the BEST time trick-or-treating so even though it took all of kids clothes week I'm calling it a total win! And if you made it this far, you deserve a Christmas cookie since I hope you don't have any Halloween candy left!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Samantha's blessing dress

Samantha is now 3 months old and was blessed at our church on Sunday two weeks ago (I'm a Mormon and you can find out more about my faith here).

We had a bunch of family come to town for the weekend and the blessing on Sunday and it was such a great time.  I always get really nervous when we have "events" or people coming around just to see us.  What if I'm not that exciting or they have a horrible time?  This time I didn't worry about that stuff at all once everyone was here!  It was excellent.  So excellent I didn't take many pictures because I was having too much fun and leaving my phone elsewhere...oops!

But anyway, I had to make her a dress!!

I always go through the remnant bins at JoAnn's and had found this lovely fabric there a while ago.  It's like eyelet, but there are no holes...I'm not sure what it's technically called.  Anyone know?

Anyway, I used the Geranium Dress pattern in size 3-6 months to make this and lined it with the lining from a linen skirt that I don't fit into anymore.  That's slippery stuff, lining.  But it worked out.

Traditionally blessing outfits are white to symbolize purity, I wanted a tiny pop of color here and there, and these were the perfect touch.

We put a onesie under the dress, and a white cardigan over, and some adorable little shoes that were a gift, on her feet.


And a tiny pink felt bow from this Etsy shop in her luscious hair.

It turned out just as I wanted.  Simple and adorable.

Aren't those cheeks the best?!  

Monday, November 11, 2013

molasses cookies and a coupon

First of all, it's my birthday this Sunday so I decided to make a coupon code for both of my Etsy shops to celebrate. You can use "HAPPYBIRTHDAY25" for 25% off any purchase of $25 or more in LadyFaceQuilts and LadyFaceMakes until Monday 11/18.  I'll be adding lots of new things this week so it'll be a great chance to get started on your holiday shopping : )

Now for cookies!

I posted this picture on Instagram on Saturday and got a request for the recipe. 


It's one of my very favorite cookies and always a winner around the holidays especially.  The recipe is originally from my mom's college roommate Patsy, who became a pastry chef so you know it's going to be delish.

Molasses Cookies (makes 3 dozen)

5/8 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg

Blend the above ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Add above ingredients to the molasses mixture and blend.

Add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix completely (if you like crunchier/crispy cookies then only add 2 cups of flour).

Roll dough into balls and dip in sugar.  Place on baking sheet.

Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes.  Let cool for a couple minutes before devouring, if you can wait that long.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maggie Mae Dress

I bought the Maggie Mae dress pattern from Shwin Designs after my friend Holli made an amazing creation from one of their patterns (you should see all the wonderful things she makes anyway, she's seriously talented!).
I found this lovely mustard linen and floral linen both at JoAnn's and initially bought them to make scarves with, but after I stared at them for a while they were begging to turn into a dress.
I wanted to make it in time for Samantha's baby blessing and finished it that morning (just this past Sunday), a couple hours before church started.

The pattern is fantastic, but I got a little ahead of myself in some places and didn't bother to look at the directions after I cut out the pieces.  So I sewed some things closed before I was supposed to and had a "learning experience" that was totally my fault.  ALWAYS follow the directions.  Lesson learned. 
I scored this adorable felt bow at an online sale recently but you can find them here.

It all turned out well, and Abby loved the dress and didn't want to take it off!  That alone is a success! I sewed up the 4T size and the neck is a smidge big because she's still only 3 1/2 but I wanted her to be able to wear it for more than a month!  We added a cardigan for warmth that never came off so nobody could tell anyway.
The most adorable goof in town.  I'm so glad some of these pictures are usable!

The pictures in the pattern show 4 buttons to close, but I only used 3 and had no trouble. 
I love this pattern and the result so much that I've already cut out a 6-9 month sized dress in the same fabrics, and have listed it as a custom made dress in my etsy shop here if you're interested.  The colors are perfect for fall and winter, and all year really.  I've decided mustard is a wonderful color. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

easy washi tape pumpkin craft

We decorated for Halloween a while ago, but I noticed we don't have a ton of decorations.  To be honest I have a hard time spending money on things that sit in a box for 11 months out of the year, so that's probably why.

Crafts I can do with the kids or myself that become decorations is more my thing.  Especially this one, because I got to put some of that washi tape I've been hoarding to good use!!

I can't remember where I first saw this idea, but it definitely isn't mine.  If anyone knows, please share. 

Here's what you do, it's way easy and could be adapted to any shape. 

You'll need:
-washi tape
-cardstock
-background paper or cardstock
-regular tape or glue (whichever you prefer)
-picture frame

1. Put strips of washi tape on your paper in whatever order or color you want.  Obviously I went with black and orange for Halloween.  Tip: If you know your shape isn't going to take up the majority of the paper you can taper your strips so you're not wasting that lovely tape. 

2. Cut, from the paper you just covered in tape, whatever shape you want.  I cut a pumpkin shape out of my orange and black tape covered paper. 

3. Tape or glue your shape to your background paper and fit into a frame.

4. Hang up and enjoy!

See?  I told you it was easy.  And now you're totally justified in getting more washi tape, haha.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Well that happened fast.

My newborn is now a solid 2 month old little baby!

I didn't even realize what day it was on the 13th (2 weeks ago...) until it was already past picture taking time.
She's still sleeping incredibly well, usually only waking up twice per night at most, with one of those times being between 5 and 7 am and that's practically morning.

She had her 2 month well check yesterday and she's a solid 12 pounds, 23 inches tall, and with the smallest head of all of our children, it's only slightly larger than normal!

She has started smiling adorably at us and the bigger kids adore her.

She's blessed our family tremendously and we are so lucky to have her!
She's the cutest, I know.  ; )  But really.  She is.