Floral Baby Leggings

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our dinner date was a success! Cora looked absolutely darling in her stylish little outfit. Not gonna lie, it is challenging trying to photograph a 9w old baby who doesn't sit up. So I will spare you the attempt I made and just show you some pictures on how the rest of the fit came together. 

Tada! Aren't these little pants just the cutest?! I could seriously sit and make baby leggings all day long. They are super easy to whip up when you are getting ready to pack up the kids and head out the door. Really... they took about 15 minutes. Easy! 

The Purple Pippa Peplum and these leggings go hand in hand. These are going to become a staple in C's wardrobe for sure. I cant resist how both garments come together with such ease, and with KCW approaching fast both patterns are are must for this seasons sew along. This will be my first KCW and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I will be spending the week busily working on taping patterns and cutting fabric to prepare. Can you feel the excitement brewing?!

The fabric was a jersey knit that I purchased from Denver Fabrics in February. It has all the characteristics of spring in the color palate. You can accent the green or gold tones, even the brown. Possibilities are endless! Right now it is priced at $4.45/yd and you can't beat that for some fun, knit print. Click here to check it out. 

I self drafted the leggings using a pair of Cora's that she had laying around. This was the first pattern I have ever attempted to draft, and I am happy with how it turned out. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Going to challenge myself a bit and really try to draft more patterns for the girls. 

And there you have it! A simple yet spring inspired outfit for miss C. I hope you like this floral, because I have about 2yds left so get ready to see more of it :)

Purple Pippa Peplum

Friday, March 28, 2014

Having two kids and trying to start a blog is no joke! Somedays finding the time to sew is very difficult. I've been making it a must to sit down for at least one hour a day and accomplish something. Whether that be taping patterns, cutting out fabric or actually sewing. I feel so much better once I just do it. 

This week I was completing a pattern test and I cannot wait to share it with you! But until then, here is this lovely pattern from the amazing Kate at See Kate Sew

I have been following Kate's blog for quite some time, and she never ceases to amaze me with her endless creativity and  wonderful patterns. The Pippa Peplum is a cute knit top for little girls. It has been sitting in my sew stash for quite some time; I even have had the fabric cut for about a month! But we have a dinner date tonight with friends, and I just had to sew up something for Cora. 

What I love about Kate's patterns is that they are very simple to follow. She lays everything right out there for you, with step by step illustrations too. Basically the Pippa Peplum is fool proof! I would recommend it for a confident beginner for sure. If you would like to purchase the pattern you can click here and the link will take your right to her fabulous shop. 

The fabric is from a shirt I decided to upcycle. The neat thing about thrifting is that you can get some good wear from a top, then do something like this later on down the road. I absolutely loved the shade of purple and knew it had to be transformed into something. It matches pretty well with the leggings I made for C, but that is for another post!

If you noticed my label, I followed one of Kate's awesome tutorials on how to make your own clothing tags! You can click here to learn how to create your own :)

And that is it for today my friends. Hope you enjoyed my little piece of purple here on the blog!

Neon Knit Onesie

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cora turned two months old yesterday and I can't believe how quickly eight weeks has passed! She's brought so much joy into our lives; it's simply amazing. As most new parents do, we decided to take monthly photos of her to document her first year. I purchased these super cute decals from Lucy Darling and knew it was a must to make an outfit to go with each of the awesome stickers. So here it is, the Neon Knit Onesie.

I made a big knit purchase from Girl Charlee last week and could not pass up this funky, neon ruffle knit for under $5/yd. I had no clue what I was going to make with it but I knew it would be something neat. They still have some here if your interested!

The pattern I used was from Shwin and Shwin which was buried deep down in my PDF filing cabinet. A couple months ago I would have not attempted this project. The neck, arm and leg ribbing really scared me. Trust me I had all intentions of making some before Cora was born, but I was very intimidated at the thought of sewing this simplistic onesie.

Low and behold it was easy! Funny how your subconscious tells you to be weary of something, then once you get the courage to go through and just do it, it becomes so easy and fun. Fear holds so many people back from achieving their dreams. I realized when I decided to start a blog about sewing, the fear was so overwhelming. Fear of success, failure, people's opinions... was pretty intense. Fear is most definitely one of my character defects. But once you put all that behind, something like the fear of sewing a onesie becomes oh so small. 

The ribbing I used was a navy blue jersey knit that I thought would go great with the all around style of the piece. Neon green and navy seem so right together. What I like about it is that it's quite fitting for either a little boy or girl. 

From cutting the fabric to finishing the garment took less than two hours. I seriously cannot wait to make more of these for Cora and some of her friends.

Happy two months little squishy! You are loved by so many people, and I can't wait to see how you blossom. I am honored to be your mother, and I love you <3

The Knight Hoodie

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As you all know, I joined a sewing group that Jess from the Sewing Rabbit created, that allows sewing enthusiasts from around the world to participate in a monthly sew along. For a small fee you get three patterns a month and get to share what you have created within the group. It is wonderful! I am making alot of new sewing friends within the blogging community. If you would like more information you can click on the link here.

Now to the good stuff!!! One of the patterns this month was the Knight Hoodie. Elisa from Charming Doodle is the mastermind behind this awesome design. She was on the  members page Wednesday answering all of our questions about the pattern. I had an idea to line the hood and she guided me with some wonderful tips! 

What I love most about this pattern is the attention to detail. She adds alot of topstitching to make the armor pieces nice and crisp. This required me to hone in on a skill that I'd never really done before, and it was a nice challenge.

The fabric I used was some that I had in my ever growing stash. The hot pink is a fleece remnant from Joann's. It was so short in height that I really couldn't do anything with, then I had the opportunity to use it as the armor pieces which was exactly the look I was going for. The grey is some sweatshirt fleece that I was going to use this winter as Madison's Christmas dress, but it never got that cold here in FL for me to make it. I purchased the fabric from Denver Fabrics, which has become one of my "go to" resources for inexpensive and neat fabric. (They are having a spring sale on cotton going for $3.95/yd... wow!) Ryan wants me to use up 75% of what I have before I buy more. So needless to say I am eager to sew up what I have to make another purchase of wonderful goodies! 

Don't you just love all the little details in this jacket?

I will say this jacket came out almost perfect. This was my second time ever doing a zipper, and I was quite satisfied with how it turned out. It wasn't as confusing second time around.

 Now I will tell on myself. When I lined up the pockets they were spot on. But somehow when I did the topstitching on the right one, my machine stretched it upward a little too far which caused the pockets to be slightly uneven. Oops! Still as it is my first jacket ever, I think its not too shabby. And Madison thinks it's just the coolest thing I've made yet. 

All in all this was a very fun sew. The instructions were easy to follow, and I found myself just whizzing through it without frustration. I can't wait till Elisa releases the adult pattern, because I have one eager man waiting for a Steeler themed one!

The Seed Was Planted

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always had a niche for sewing. I remember drawing up fashion designs in a little book at our home in Granbury, TX. I would go to the playhouse in the backyard and just sketch outfits with cap sleeves, puffy skirts and bright colors. Needless to say I would spend hours in that little house, not knowing that my love for this art would follow me into the teen years and a different state.

We moved to FL when I was 13 and oh my word, was that tough! I was in a whole new part of the US; and in an extremely different atmosphere than my little podunk town Granbury. Making friends was like trying to mesh a cowgirl with the beach... Super awkward especially when you had no clue what flip flops were! 

In my senior year, I took a sewing class. I had dabbled in sewing up until this point by making a couple skirts and such. But in this class I would learn the basics of pattern reading and design that would open a world of possibilities. Our first task was a dress. I enjoyed every moment of going to the store, picking out the fabric and heading to school early in the mornings to complete my project. It turned out quite nice, but I gave it to my sister years ago. Who knows where it is now!

But this bag is one of my most memorable things I have made. My Omi was so kind to help me out because at the time, I wasn't too familiar with the types of fabric and what they were used for. I wanted a bag to take to college with me; something that would be fashionable yet modern to tote around the campus. It also needed to have a pocket inside that would hold my phone and other writing supplies. Needless to say this bag completely exceeded my expectations, and I brought it everywhere!!! 

Little did I know that my sewing would be tossed to the back burner for more than 5 years. Life just happened, and I had to deal with life on life's terms. Plenty of trials and tribulations came my way, but through the grace of God I was able to overcome these obstacles and begin to sew again in October of 2013.

Mini Toiletry Bag

Monday, March 10, 2014

Jess from "the Sewing Rabbit" came up with an ingenious idea to offer a pattern membership for fellow sewing enthusiasts. For a small fee you can subscribe to be included in this wonderful group of ladies, and receive three patterns a month, every month. So who couldn't pass that up? This girl! I have been waiting for something like this to come along and help get me motivated to sew again since Cora was born. (Her outfit in the photo was the last thing I had sewn lol oops!)

Also, with starting a blog I couldn't think of a more suitable way to dive in head first and show the sewing community my passion for all things handmade. 

This months patterns were the Toiletry Bag, Knight Hoodie and Madeline Dress. Since I hadn't sewn with a zipper before, I really wanted to challenge myself and actually use the zipper foot that had been  waiting ever so patiently in the compartment on my machine. I decided on the toiletry bag because I had just the right amount of materials lying around to make a quaint, little bag. 

In the pattern Jess calls for a leather bottom and felt body pieces. She also says we could use quilting cotton, so that's what I did. I had picked up a couple fat quarters from Joann's not too long ago and thought it would be perfect for the body. Since I didn't have any leather just hanging out, I stumbled across some felt from a project long ago and knew that would work well. And the pink zipper... Well, that was a whole new experience! 

I was so determined with this pesky thing! Trial and error was key for me, and it took a couple goes that's for sure. My seam ripper was put to good use and I tested my patience. But perseverance pays off, and I am so satisfied with the finished product!

It holds the right amount of things that I carry around on a daily basis. And those things are: my iPhone, EOS lip balm and a trusty hair clip. 

This week I will be conquering the Knight Hoodie and I am ever so excited to make Madison something that is girly yet edgy. Wish me luck!

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