The very observant out there may have noticed that I'm up to 2 pattern purchases this year. The first was a back issue of Australian Smocking and Embroidery that contains Emily's Christmas dress pattern and this was the second. This is the Sassy Librarian Blouse from the Craftsy class. I'm going to be very honest, detailed and hopefully constructive in this post so I totally understand if you just want to glance at the pictures and move on. Let me also go ahead and remember to tell you that I got the class on sale for $9.95 and do not think I would have even been tempted if it had been any more expensive.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
|This was the 3rd and final swim suit that I made for Emily this summer. Its a combination of the first two though I think that the pink polka dot one is still my favorite style. My swimwear skills are still not perfect and there are definitely some things that I will do differently next summer but I'm these were still so much easier then trying to find one that fit well.|
|Emily likes for her tankini tops to come down far enough that its more like wearing a one piece that is easy to get off at potty time. She's also currently really into dots and ruffles.|
|The top of this one is based on the same pattern as the pink one but I think I should have used more elastic in the top. That said she likes it and it fits so I have no real complaints.|
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I made Emily and her two little friends Abby and Ella matching dresses. Emily and Abby were made using this free pattern. Ella's was made from the sundress pattern in Otto 3/07. All three have their names freezer paper stenciled on the front. Aren't they just adorable?
|Abby and Ella's mom made the girls hair bows. Don't they just make the outfits? Emily was thrilled because she has never had a piggy tail set before and couldn't believe she got two bows.|
|She'd also never eaten ice cream from a cone before.|
|Can you tell how thrilled they were about stopping for a picture before we went into the museium.|
Sunday, August 12, 2012
|Here are a few more pictures from a post that has been waiting for a while. One of the things the kids and I wanted to try this summer was making ice cream in bags. It worked pretty well but be warned it also melts really fast.|
|They decided it was too hard to shake the bags sitting but was not a problem at all to do it while jumping up and down.|
|And don't worry my bigger kid got to join in the fun too. Here's a link to one of the tutorials though they all seem to be about the same.|
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A few weeks ago Sew Weekly did a get real sewing challenge. The goal was simple all I had to do was sew something we actually needed. I could probably do a few months of get real challenges but where would the fun be in that? For this one I ended up deciding that the ladies of the house could use some new panties. I've pretty much always made Emily's but this was my first go at making my own. I used to buy all my panties from Victoria's Secret but lately I have not been happy with their quality so I decided it was time to branch out.
|I used Jalie 2568 for both of us. I originally bought it for the lace hipsters but ended up liking the cut of the bikini the best. For Emily I used the higher rise but curved the front down just a tiny bit since she does not like anything going over her tummy. For me I split the difference between the two rises to get a fit that I'm comfy in.|
|As you can see I have quite the variety. Some of Emily's are even made from clothing that she has outgrown. For me my favorites are the ones made from quality cotton Lycra with fold over elastic legs. I ordered all of my elastic from The Fabric Fairy and it is super nice and comfy. I tried ones of the stuff they are selling at Joann and did not like it at all. This could also be a really fun projects for old or cheap tee shirts. For mine I needed at least a 1/2 yard cut for length but could have easily gotten 2 pairs for me and one for Emily out of that so there will likely be more panties of doll clothes from most of these prints.|
Sunday, August 5, 2012
As summer goes one I hope I'm not the only mom out there who is beginning to think that she would let Phineas and Ferb do whatever they wanted just because they entertain themselves so well. In my house one of my children never turns to the other and say's "I know what we are going to do today". No my kids ask me what we are going to do almost constantly. Now I'm not one of these people who won't let a child be bored or simply give someone who complains a job. I mean really there is always picking up and cleaning available as well as reading and working on your handwriting but I do like doing fun things with them as well so we had to try Sharpie Tye Dye.
|I looked at several tutorials but the idea is pretty much always the same. You pull the shirt tight over a cup, draw on it with a sharpie, and then use rubbing alchol to make it spread.|
|Then you let them dry completely and set the color in the dryer on high.|
|Here is a link to a tutorial if you would like to try this project out yourself.|