Monday, November 12, 2012


Every Thanksgiving day my husband's family all gather to take an annual picture.  Pretty much the only picture of me that is taken all year, ha!  I love to look back and see how my little family has grown.  Last year I made all the girlies tops (just my girls).  The twins were a last minute thing and Abby's was one that I had made probably 6 months earlier.  This time I am going to be prepared.  I asked my MIL what colors she was thinking, and since she didn't have anything specific in mind, I suggested jewel tones.  I am LOVING the trend.  Typically I try to stay away from trendy looks, that will be dated in pictures, but not this time.   I was talking with her this afternoon when she mentioned Thanksgiving was next week.  What?!  I thought I still had 2 weeks, not 1!  Then she goes on to say that since we want good light we will do it this Sunday.  Aaaagh! I had better get sewing, quickly!  
So I decided on a pierrot tunic in some yummy AMH voile for one of the twins... probably big twin... I will have to see what other inspiration strikes...


I made the 12 month lengthened to 2t for more of a dress look, though it is still a little short to be considered a dress.  Definitely needs some bottoms with it.

I also lengthened the sleeves, did a narrow hem on both the sleeves and the dress.

The sleeves are longer, but don't get in the way of playing, which is a must!

I am undecided if Abby will wear her ice cream top, will they be too matchy-matchy? Or go with a hopscotch dress in this (mustard + ivory stripe jersey) with with teal leggings/skinny jeans.

So way back before I started blogging I actually tested the pattern for Rae.  I was probably only chosen because I had a tiny baby (or two, ha!).  I tested the newborn size.

This is Izzy, aka big twin.  Look at how little she was!!!  Even though it was newborn size she was 4 months in this picture.

This is actually what was intended for family pictures last year, but I never finished the cranberry colored one, so I went with something else.  (Again Izzy).

Then the two together, Georgia on the left, Elizabeth on the right.  And they were 4 months in this one too. 

I have always intended to make another one (or ten), and the only excuse I can come up with was the weather!  It is such a quick and easy sew there really isn't a reason not to make more. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

The new, the old, and the finally fits.

Nothing makes me happier than when my kids LOVE what I sew for them.  Sweet little Jack is always so appreciative and excited about his mommy mades, the sandbox pants from a little bit ago were no exception.  

He wore them 5 days in a row!! ( and I only managed to wash them twice... but he didn't get them too dirty the other times.)  So I knew he needed another pair.  I brought out two choices, a stretch deep blue denim and some dreamy Lisette chambray.  He chose the chambray.

Oh my goodness! They are so soft.  I left the buttons off the back pockets, per his request "So I can put my hands in them ... not that he has yet to do that... But I am happy to make him happy.

Then I decided since they were pretty darn unisex to put in a Sesame Street ribbon instead of the Tonka trucks like the last pair, this way the twins can wear them someday.  Not that they couldn't with trucks in them, but I figure I will hopefully avoid a possible future tantrum.  Plus, he still likes Sesame Street.

Girlies outgrew their birthday dresses finally.  I didn't honestly know how long they would last since I made them to fit just right as they were for pictures.  The length is still perfect, but their big noggins just wont squeeze in anymore.  I *ahem* forced them on for church this day since they were their only clean dresses...  It always makes me so sad to fold away their handmades for the last time, especially ones with good memories, knowing there may not be another little munchkin to pass them on to.

But then, there is this.  Big twin now fits the knit sailboat I made 4 months ago!  Wow, I was off, turns out long sleeves would have been nice since it is cold now they can finally wear it.  Meh.  Remodel is coming along nicely, behind that new door is my new sewing closet.  YAY! A space dedicated to my hobby! It isn't very big, but it will do! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Not the norm.

I saw this fabric recently(ish) at Joann's and while it is not something I would usually pick, I just KNEW Abby would LOVE it.  Aaaand I was right.  Poor girl has been waiting a month for me to get my act together and make this for her, but unfortunately for her the little kids needed clothes.  I made a size 7 flashback teeI should have made a 6 with extra length.  Meh.


She put it on immediately after school so I snapped a few pictures, weird faces and all. Normally she is super cooperative, but not today.

So I may have said something inappropriate, but totally funny to a 7 yo...

And managed to get one half decent shot.