Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Justice Selfies

Emily had a teacher work day this past Thursday so she and I decided to go to Justice and look for some fall/winter things.  Here are the things we tried out.
Emily liked this skirt but we ended up leaving it at the store because it had built in shorts and that wouldn't be great for cold days.  We also didn't get the tee even though we could use some plain long sleeve tees.
Cute but itchy so this was also a no go.

These came as a set.  I wasn't thrilled by the fact that the under shirt is a tank but agreed to buy it once she promised to leave the jacket on no matter what.  Her school doesn't allow tanks unless you have on a jacket or sweater.
Emily still loves anything Paris related.  Lots of shirts at Justice this year, possibly every year, are cropped and a little see through so this one needed a long tank underneath .  We got the tops but skipped the track pants since she didn't love them and has plenty of pants this fall.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

super nova shirt

I ordered this super nova fabric from Girl Charlie to make myself a skirt but when I opened the box Emily squealed so it became hears.  Its also really too thin for the fitted skirt that I had in mind but I may order myself some for a loose dress or top.
I also lucked out because I had a small scrap of knit fabric in my scrap bin that matched the pink in the fabric just perfectly. 
A friend gave me quite a few pairs of hand me down jeans that fit Emily beautifully so we have been doing mostly tunic style tops for this winter.  This one is from Ottobre 4/08.   Emily is in the smallest size.  The only change I made was making the cuffs much longer.  We like a long cuff in these parts.
Hope you like.  There has been a lot of sewing but not showing going on around here  so I will try to get caught up in the next little bit.  We are getting some early tastes of fall here so getting these things finished is becoming a bit more urgent.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This is Em in Grade 1

Emily started 1st grade a few weeks ago.  Thanks to a bit of a scheduling mess up on my part I was unable to walk her to school or pick her up after.  I was at work over both of those times though not most of the time in the middle.  Oh well she is no worse for the wear and Daddy did a great job taking pictures. 
Moment of truth here.  I actually didn't want to make a back to school dress.  She has so much stuff and I had several mommy projects I wanted to use my sewing time on (both completed but not blogged) so I made what I thought was a great offer.  I said I could make her a dress or I would take her to Justice to buy a back to school outfit.  Well ladies they don't sell this dress at Justice but I am glad for at least one more year she picked mama made over tweeny goodness.
This is the Rose dress from Otto 1/08.  My first ever Ottobre and this dress was on the cover.  I was sure I would make it the moment she was big enough.  I did not do that but as I was thumbing through trying to decide what to do with this fabric that had been in my stash for almost as long I decided it was time.  I made a 116 which is how tall she is these days.  I still added a bit of length and decided that dress was a bit of a strong term.  This is a tunic.  A very cute tunic but a tunic just the same.  Good thing I had some green knit fabric that watched some of the writing.
We are both pleased with this one even if she didn't need any more clothes.  I'm not sure if I will make it again or not but certainly not till spring.  Right now I'm focused on things to wear with the great pile of hand me down jeans she got for winter.  And maybe making myself a few new things from the patterns I simply had to by recently. 

OH and these are part of the stash diet.  The only thing I had to buy was an invisible zipper.  I even did a pretty good job putting it in.
Oh and I forgot to mention but the leggings are from the lil blue boo leggings pattern.  I just traced a size bigger then last year and they are great and still a fav pattern.




Friday, August 29, 2014

August books

I'm trying to read more.  Mostly because both of my kids are required to read for school but also because its one of those things I rarely take time to do but still enjoy.

Rain Girl
This one is I bit like watching a police procedural show in a good way.  I didn't figure it all our right away but the ending also wasn't shocking.  It was entertaining.

The Paper Magician
Neat little story.  I'm guessing its going to be part of a series.  It was fun to read in the same way teen fiction can be fun to read but without the 16 year olds.

If I Stay
Granted I'm not a teenage girl but this book stunk.  Maybe I'm just sick of teenage love stories but I ended up skimming more and more as I went on because it was just boring.

The Secret Garden
I'm pretty sure my mom read me this book at some point.  I know I had a copy of it in my room for years.  All that said I couldn't really remember the story so I decided to read it again.  Not shockingly it was good.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Christmas Skirts

I've posted a few times about the fabric my friend Meredith gave me last year but perhaps my favorite part was a bag full of vintage Christmas fabrics.  Some large pieces and some small but a lot of unique prints that I don't think are even out there anymore.  She said she picked it up at a church yard sale.  I guessing someone has planned to make a quilt but never quite got around to it.  We can all relate to that right? 

Well I meant to make all 3 girls Sudoku skirts for Christmas last year but ran out of time.  This year I decided to make them in July.
These things took forever but they were fun to make.  The only change I made to the pattern was using knit for the waistband.
I went ahead and made the largest size in hopes that at least Emily will get a few year out of this one.  When Christmas rolls around I plan on using my Silhouette to make her an applique tee to go with the skirt.  Don't worry Meredeth if you give me shirts for the girls I will make them applique tees as well. 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pantry 2

Still going pretty well here.  Emily is in the final stretch of summer vacation and Elijah is adjusting well to school.  Oh and I'm pretty much refusing to do real grocery shopping until Emily starts school on Monday so the pantry clean out continues.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2014/02/06/recipe-white-chicken-lasagna/
I have no idea why I bought a pack of whole wheat lasagna noodles but there they were in the pantry under the spaghetti noodles.  I was tempted to ingnore them but instead I made this lasagna and it really was pretty easy.  Only problem was Emily decided to turn her nose up over the spinach.  I had substituted frozen chopped but if I make it again I think I will use leaves so that they are easier to pick out.  I'd rather she didn't pick things out but that my friends is another issue.

http://wearychef.com/taco-quinoa-turkey-skillet-dinner/
I think we are starting to run low on quinoa but no fear we still have 3 kinds of rice and several partial packs of noodles.  This was really tasty though and I'm sure we will have it again.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2014/04/11/recipe-quick-chicken-piccata/
Tonight's dinner will be opening the jar of capers.  We've had this before hopefully everyone will still like it.

http://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2012/07/brown-sugar-baked-peaches-healthier.html
These are just good.  They did use some brown sugar.  We are now down to part of one bag instead of half of 3 bags.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/09/25/recipe-whole-spelt-pumpkin-muffins-and-other-spelt-recipes/#more-3102
Making this today for breakfast tomorrow.  In addition to flour and honey this will use the can of pumpkin from the pantry.  I'm also going to add half a bag of cranberries for interest.

The pickings are getting a bit slim in there and I will have to start building it back up again but I'm glad we are finding our way to the back of the shelves.  I can't stand that feeling when I go to the grocery store to buy a weeks worth of groceries and then can't fit them in the pantry and fridge bc there is still so much stuff in there.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Emily likes Anna

Are you ready for a moment of truth gang?  I don't really care for Frozen.  I mean its fine and all for a kids movie but its no where near my favorite princess movie.  Emily is a big fan though and likes Anna way more then Elsa.  As do I mostly because I liked Anna's dress way more then Elsa's dress.  Olaf was my favorite charactor but that is a nonissue at the moment.

This is the fancy dress from Sewing Clothes Kids Love and boy was it time consuming.  No one step was all that hard but it has a bunch of pieces and it just took a lot of time.  It also takes a lot of time before you can easily check for fit.  I ended up having to redo part of the bodice because it runs quite wide.
I can't help but love the end result though.
I even enjoyed doing the hand embroidery on the front.

So to sum things up.  Emily prefers Anna, I prefer grown up movies, and while I love the end result I won't be using this pattern again anytime soon.  It was way more work then Feliz and I think Fleliz gives just as much dramatic effect.


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