Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mustache Top

Let me begin by being honest and telling you I'm a little over mustaches everywhere.  I just think kind of like chevron they are a bit overplayed.  Not to say you will never see me use chevron again mind you I just think its sort of lost its shine.  Same with mustaches but I was really drawn to this print on Girl Charlie so I figured why not?
I used not one but two patterns from Perfect Pattern Parcel 5 for this outfit.  I used the Mimi dress which was a pain to make and the yoga pants which were great.
So first the Mimi dress.  When I looked at the parcel I was least impressed by this pattern but it grew on me a bit and I thought the tunic length would be cute out of the mustache fabric with a fuzzy collar.  Really it was the collar that gave  me fits.  There were so many sizes all on one sheet that it was impossible to trace accurately without a color printer and then mine just wouldn't line up the way I thought it should.  After nearly giving up (trust me if I hadn't liked the fabric I would have quit) I looked more closely at some of the sample picks and I think its on the way its supposed to be.  Other then that it was an OK but not great pattern.  I doubt I will make it again but who knows.
As for the pants they went together like a dream and fit her really well.  I know they look long but little miss has pretty thick soled shoes at the moment so they work well together.  I used some of that really think JoAnns Rib knit for these and I think it was a good match.  I'm not sure if I would have purchased the pattern on its own since I have versions of yoga pants already but now that I have it I think it will be a go to for a while. 
So there you have it for those two.  All in all I'm having fun with this parcel and am looking forward to seeing what is in the December parcel. 





Friday, November 14, 2014

Sleeping Sunki

Here is my second offering from Perfect Pattern Parcel 5.  This is the Figgy Sunki dress.  I had been lusting after this pattern for a while when it popped up as the bonus pattern in the parcel.  I'm pretty sure its also the one that pushed me over the edge in terms of buying the parcel.
I was drawn to this pattern because of the unique pocket detail and my pocket loving not yet tween also loves these pockets.   I like the way they look, she likes that they are flannel lined.  I will tell you though they were a but of a pain to make.  There are directions and pictures but it still took me a while to wrap my brain around exactly how they went together and I felt like the pattern pieces were not shaped quite the same way as the pieces in the drawing.  That said once I figured it out it wasn't hard so that could have been me.
I used my Far Far Away 2 sleeping beauty fabric that had spent way too long curing in my stash for the body of the dress and pink flannel for the pockets.  I ended up having to recut the front because a line had worn into the fabric at the fold.  If you look closely you can also see that she has a long sleeve shirt on under the dress.  She said it was itchy and I've known her long enough to know there is no point in arguing with her on this point.
Once I got past the pockets this one was easy to sew.  I did choose to use my invisible zipper foot instead of following her directions and I gathered the sleeves instead of making the little pleats.  I could see making this pattern again next year.  I think its a nice winter dress pattern (there is a short sleeve option for spring).  I'm glad to have it in my stash even though its not a pattern I can see using often.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Playhouse Nightgown

I'm guessing most of the online sewing community has heard of the various Perfect Pattern Parcels by now.  I think I've considered buying all 7 well 6 of 7 since I don't sew bags.  That said to date I've only purchased parcel 5.  It was the tween girl parcel and while Emily really isn't a tween yet and she edges closer to a 7 in many pdf patterns I'm just not willing to buy the little girl ones anymore.  I still wasn't sure about this one but I had not tried out any of the designers yet and thought all the patterns looked pretty cute.  At this point I have sewn all but one of the patterns and will be reviewing them individually over the next week or so.

First up the Playhouse Dress from Fishstick Designs.
I'll be honest here.  I think it was the fabric she used in her pdf pictures but the more I looked the more it looked like a night gown to me so I decided to just make a night gown.  It turned out cute and was easy to make but as drafted its a major fabric hog.  You could fix this by straightening the skirt just a bit but I didn't bother for this one.
I used knit fabric for all of the pieces though you could use a woven for the skirt and sleeves.  I like that you can use both bc I still have a lot of cute woven fabric hanging out in my stash.  These fabrics were both in my stash as well which is why I didn't mind using so much fabric for the skirt.
Someone else also appreciated the extra fabric in the skirt.

I'm pleased with the outcome of this project.  The pattern pieces lined up well and the instructions were easy to follow.  I'm not sure if I would have purchased this pattern on its own but its one that I'm glad to have in my stash even if I just use it for night gowns.  I think it could also make a cute tunic top with a few modifications.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cupcake Hat

I've really been enjoying making hats these days.  Well that and looking through ravelry for patterns that I just love.  Some of my favorites are the cupcake hats so I made this one for Emily using leftover yarn from the sweater I made her last year and the dolly Emily from a few years ago.
It was a pretty simple knit.  I didn't like the way they did the bobbles though so I made them my own way.  I think she looks a bit more like an ice cream cone but that's still pretty cute.
Here is the link to the pattern.  I also left off the pom pom since I never put cherries on cupcakes.  Well that and bc I didn't have any red yarn at the house.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

dotted mabel

I guess a few months ago I became a bit obsessed with the Colette Mabel skirt.  I ordered the pattern, made a muslin, added some length, straightened out the hip down part a bit, and made myself a navy blue polk a dot one.  Now all I have to do is figure out what to wear it with.
I've worn this skirt once and it is very comfy.  I could not find thick enough knit fabric in a print that I liked so this one is fully lined with plain navy cotton lycra.  I like the skirt a lot but I must say that if you do not have a perfectly flat tummy in this skirt you will be able to tell.  Not exactly a problem but worth noting.  It is unlikely that I will ever tuck a shirt in with this one.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy 7th

We were in Disney World over Emily's 7th birthday so she just had to have a full princess makeover right???? 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Too Retro

This was supposed to be a cop out for the cartoon challenge for Project Run and Play but it wasn't finished in time.  Its a vintage pattern with green Hello Kitty Liberty fabric and I feel like the combo might be a bit too much but Emily seems to like it so it will be in her rotation this winter.

I added a little lady bug ribbon to the pocket as well as the extra flower buttons.
So there you have it.  This one was a true stash buster though.  All the fabric plus the ribbon and buttons were from my stash.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Jalie 3245 love

One of the best things about Jalie patterns is the huge size range.  Kids 2 to adult 22 in most envelopes.  That said when Emily was littler I felt like most of their styles were too basic for her.  Now that she is older I'm loving Jalie 3245.  I've been making them tunic length to go with the hand me down jeans she got.  So far I've done 3 and while I don't plan on doing more for her right away I'm sure I will at some point.  This pattern is a great way to use a print without looking like a pj top.
I wanted to do a little reverse applique in the Alabama Chanin style.  I bought this design for my Silhouette then cut 2 fronts for the shirt and matched the embroidery color to the outline color of the print.
I lengthened the sleeves on this one.  Other then that its straight from the pattern.

The goal for this next one was to use up the last of my chevron fabric before it goes completely out of style.
I had enough to cut the arms, neck band, plus a big E on the front.  I thought about adding a ruffle as well but decided not to.
I decided to put a chevron heart on the back as well.  The original idea was to put a small heart on the back to look like a logo.  I ended up going bigger then planned but still like the look.  I also modified the front hem of this one to be more of a high low effect.

This was the first one I made for her.  I picked up the pear fabric at a factory sale and had the brown left over from another project.  Its basic but we like it that way.  This one has the original sleeve length and as you can see they don't make it to her elbows.








Friday, October 3, 2014

September Books

These are the books I finished in September.

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
I really liked the idea of this book or at least what I thought the idea was.  I thought it was going to be about simplifying.  It sort of was but it was more about fasting which is different.  It was still interesting though I got frustrated because I would have liked to hear more about the actually process and  would have liked to know what the long term results were.  She left it very open ended.  Probably because it was due to her publisher soon after the experiment was over according to the book.  It was interesting though and I did clean out my closet and spend some time debating which 7 articles of clothing I would pick to wear for a whole month.  I also liked that she touched on how hard it can be to prioritize between things like buying organic, buying local, and spending less money.

In Defense of Food
I know I'm super late to this party but I've been catching up on some of the books that I put on my books to read list but never actually read.  We've been trying to switch to mostly real food for a while now.  I found the history part very interesting but felt like he focused too much on this and rushed through the 3rd part that was about what to eat.  Oh well still interesting.

Women Food and God
This one had also been on my list for ever.  Read as I heard about it on Oprah before her show went of the air.  It was interesting.  Not really about God at all but interesting.

Gerties Sews Vintage Casual
Technically I didn't read the whole thing but I have looked at the pictures and made a muslin of the pants pattern.  This book rocks and I'm so glad I treated myself.  I really want a tnt pants pattern and have high hopes for this one.  Oh and Emily loves the pictures of Gertie and would like pink hair.

Wildly Affordable Organic
This one I did read and it was pretty bad.  I mean if your up for eating mostly dried beans, onions, and high protean pasta I guess it might be great but its not for us.

100 Days of Real Food
Didn't read the whole intro how we did it part since I've read her blog but I'm loving the recipes.  Some but not all of them were on her blog but I really prefer a cookbook plus everything we've made has been super yummy.  The kids have even eaten some meat free meals.  We will be using this one quite a bit.


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.


Friday, August 15, 2014

pantry clean out 1

In addition to blogging about what we are eating this past week I decided it was time to start actively using the bits and pieces in the pantry.  You ladies know what I mean.  The half container of pasta, bread crumbs, rice, and so on.  Bonus points if you have 2 or more half containers of the exact same thing.  So this week my planning included trying to use as many of these ingredients as possible.

http://forthefamily.org/5-ingredient-secret-peanut-butter-cookies-gf-df-refined-sf/
These are not a dinner food but they did use up the remaining lentils in one of the 2 partial bags, a small jar of honey, and the last of a jar of peanut butter that was not the kind the kids liked.  All together they loved them and they were super moist.

http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=5713
These Monte Cristos used up the last of a loaf of bread that was passing its prime.  The only gripe was the mustard in the batter.  Next time we will leave it out.

http://wearychef.com/glazed-sweet-potatoes/
Using a left over sweet potato and sadly the last of the butter.  Also some of one of the bags of brown sugar.  Not great for us but tasted great with the sandwiches.

http://www.livinthepielife.com/2011/05/omas-sour-cream-chicken/
This one has become a staple around here but with 2 partial bags of stuffing we will surely be having it again.

http://wearychef.com/caprese-quinoa-casserole-recipe/
We had 2 partial jars of quinoa back from when we used a meal planning service.  Now we are down to one and surprisingly both kids really liked this.  Neither kid ate the tomatoes on top but aside from that it was a surprising win.

http://wearychef.com/recipes/bread-recipes/
This used up the rest of the sour cream as well as some pantry ingredients.  Oh and it tasted great.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mama Tops

So the truth is I haven't been feeling like taking modeling shots lately.  Its one of those things that sometimes I don't mind but other times I just look at pictures of myself and see flaws.  Regardless I wanted to share a bit of sewing that I did for myself earlier in the summer.  Two lovely mama tops one modeled one not.  Both have gotten some wear and compliments.

First up the Hot Patterns Blouse Back Top.
I like how on trend it is as well as the fact that it only uses one yard of each fabric.  This one is made from a very drapy cream rayon and some Liberty of London Hello Kitty Lawn that I got on a super sale.  I've been liking slightly looser tops lately even though the look can be challenging with my larger then average chest.
I plant to make another but need to do a bit of work on fit first.  The body is a bit wider then I really want but the sleeves are a touch tight.  All in all I'm pleased though and the pattern was very easy to work with.  I'm also not sure I loved using such a floppy knit.  I do have plans to make another one though and plan to continue wearing this one.  I sort of think it will look better with jeans this fall then it does with shorts.

Shirt 2 is a peplum top made from the Lady Skater dress pattern.  I love this pattern and only made minor changes to make it a top.
I did some slashing and spreading to the skirt other then that it is the same pattern.  I have gotten lots of compliments on this one so here's to hoping that is a good thing.  I plan on making another dress or so from this pattern this fall once I get the Cake Leggings pattern just right.  I'm really more of a comfy knit dress girl then jeans or shorts a top girl anyways.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

beach 2014

We went to the beach a few weeks ago and had a great time.  Now Elijah has started middle school and summer is winding down.  I promise the next post will feature sewing but for now here are some beach pictures.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Trying the weary chef

Last week I stumbled on the blot thewearychef.  She has a really neat blog with lots of recipes that my family is likely to eat and even does suggested weekly meal plans.  I didn't follow a plan bc I wanted to try some specific recipes but here is what we tried and  how it went.

http://wearychef.com/loaded-mexican-pizza/
Yum yum.  I did specialize these a bit by using corn tortillas so we could do mini ones that had what each person wanted on them.  I think Emily even accidentally ate some beans.


http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/2011/02/spaghetti-pie/
Technically this if from julieseatsandtreats but it was linked on wearychef  Its backed spaghetti with cottage cheese whats not to like here.

http://wearychef.com/fish-stick-burritos/
Again everyone made their own but these went well.  Emily didn't want beans and rice, Elijah didn't want alvacado, and no one wanted cabbage.

http://wearychef.com/slow-cooker-red-beans-rice/
3/4 but boy did Emily protest this one.  I didn't actually love it either but it was OK.

http://wearychef.com/asian-greenbean-turkey-ricebowl/
Boys liked this one girls not quite so much.  We will see if it makes a return visit.

I finished the Christmas skirts so I will take pictures for you soon.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I few more hits and misses

I'm trying to stay on top of the cooking around here or well we are trying.  If I do t he planning Neil doesn't mind doing the cooking.  In theory he doesn't mind the planning either but in practice that doesn't go so well.

http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/02/easy-sweet-potato-veggie-burgers-with.html
These were OK and we ate them and the leftovers but I have no plans to make them again.

http://rachelschultz.com/2014/03/25/one-pan-coconut-shrimp-noodles/
Yummy yummy yummy!  We added mushrooms and used chicken broth instead of veggie broth but man was it good.

http://ohsheglows.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6001811
We've done this avocado pasta before.  I love it, the kids don't like it so much but will eat it so every now and then I put it on the menu.  We do add a bunch of parm cheese though since we are not vegans. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

blue and red

I think I've said this before but my friend Meredith gave me a whole bunch of fabric last summer.  I always love when people give me free fabric but there also always seem to be a few challenging pieces in any set.  In this case Meredith pulled out two pieces of wild red and aqua blue fabric and starting talking about how she thought they would make a pretty dress.  All I could think was that I would never have bought either much less put the wild prints together even if they were from the same collection.  Well as it turns out she was right and I was wrong.  I made her older daughter a birthday dress using those two fabrics and by the time it was finished I almost kept it for Emily.
This is a feliz dress from Sewing Clothes Kids Love.  I added I little bit of jumbo ric-rac in the front and with ric-rac around the bottom.
Usually I'm not a fan of working with plaid fabric but it turns out the lines made sewing the elastic casing so much easier.
Here is a close up of the front.  Both mama and daughter love the dress so I'm glad I didn't have time to whip up something else and keep it for myself.



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