Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pretty dresses for a few pretty girls

A while ago it was Easter Sunday, or as it is more appropriately called, Resurrection Sunday. I made my girls coordinating dresses to wear to church. I never got around to sharing them because, well, I'm busy. But, I had a few spare minutes today and instead of folding the mountain of laundry in my room (I'm not even kidding, it's a mountain) I decided to edit these photos and write a blog post.
 Sometimes it's hard to get this one to cooperate for pictures.

There's the smile I know so well! This year I brought out my stash of oliver + s 5-12 patterns and let the girls pick what they wanted me to make. Last year and the year before I suggested patterns and they agreed and then I let them help pick the fabric. This year I wanted them to choose and I gave a few options for fabric and they decided who wanted what. It's fun to see what they come up with and the delight on their faces was evident after I completed the dresses. Love that!
Miss B wanted her dress "LONG" this year. She kept reminding me of that while I was sewing. The Fairy Tale Dress has a longer hem that you fold under a few times so that the skirt is weighed down properly. Instead, I halved what I should have folded under of the hem so she could have a "LONG" dress. Personally, I think it is cuter with a shorter skirt, but I wanted her to be happy. I made a size 6 for Miss B this year.
Leilani decided on a sleeveless Garden Party Dress. This dress is so cute and a really fast sew which is always a good thing for me. She is finally in a size 7, my tiny little gymnast.

This dress is unlined, so it's perfect for the summer heat and has been worn to church quite a few times.

The fabric for both of the girls dresses is from Hawthorne Threads the April Rhodes Arizona collection

Miss B's dress is the Triangle Tokens in Agave and Miss L's dress is the Crystal Arrowheads in Desert Crystal. I have been drooling over this collection for quite a while and I knew I wanted to make something for my girls with it. 

I don't sew much with wovens anymore but it was a nice change from my usual knits. These quilting cottons are so crisp and such a great quality, so easy to sew with.
Sweet girls. :) I'm so happy they have each other.

And one more of the whole crew, with #4 not smiling, as usual.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Me Made May, Day 21

Another Santa Fe for day 21. This is the simple dolman version without the insets and it's a quick sew. I need to make a few more of these in solids as they are cute with shorts and sandals or jeans and sneakers (I hate that word), I mean Converse.

The fabric for this one is from Girl Charlee knit fix last summer. It's a lightweight rayon spandex blend and oh, so comfy. I'm not normally and animal print person but I do love cream and black together and I can't say no to purple, ever. 
Usually I can't wear t-shirts in the Georgia heat and I live in tank tops all summer but the Santa Fe is not clingy and I've been able to wear it on hot, humid days. For fall, it'll be cute under a black cardigan. Options, people, options.

I think that's about it, sorry for the lack of pics, I wasn't feeling to chipper this weekend, so this is all there is.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Another Santa Fe

Hey y'all, it's Day 16 of Me Made May and I'm wearing another Santa Fe Top by Hey June. It's on sale for $7.50, go get it!

This released last Thursday and it is such a fun sew! 6 different options, from a tank top with insets, to a dolman, to a raglan style dolman. I love all the different options for one pattern!

This is the tank version with the smaller straps. I used a jersey rayon spandex blend and drapes beautifully. It is the perfect blend for this pattern. The fabric is from Girl Charlee knit fix from a few months back. I love, LOVE tie dye, it's so fun and trendy to wear right now. 

I have another of these cut out, a tank with thicker straps, just need to find time to sew it. But, I should probably get a haircut first, yikes.

I think if I was offered more money or more time, I would choose time. There is not enough time in the day to do everything I want to do. 

Or maybe I would choose money, which could pay for a house cleaner and a cook, AND someone to do laundry, then that would give me more time, hmmm, hard choice. :)


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Day 12...

 I'm still trucking through Me Made May. 

Today I wore another Patterns for Pirates Boundless Dress. I have made two of these and have another cut out that I can hopefully sew up this weekend. They are a really fast sew, especially now that I have the bodice modified a bit to my liking.

I used a cotton spandex blend for the bodice and a rayon spandex blend for the skirt. Both are from Girl Charlee

It has pockets, of course. It's comfy and cute and worn with flip flops it is super casual. Or, you can pair it with some wedges for a nice, more polished look. I went for as casual as possible today (surprise, surprise).

I think that's about it, I can't believe we are swiftly approaching the halfway point of this month. Time marches on whether we want it to or not!


Friday, May 6, 2016

Santa Fe Top

Happy Friday! It's day #6 of Me Made May and today I wore a top that I have been testing for Hey June Handmade

I LOVE this pattern! There are 6 views and the one I am wearing here is view F. The lace is from Hobby Lobby and was originally a cream color. I needed a pretty blue to go with this fabric so I tried some of the new rit die for synthetics and was quite pleased with the result as it ended up matching perfectly!

The fabric is from Girl Charlee (surprise) from a knitfix a few months back. It's a buttery soft rayon spandex and it originally was not my favorite but it's cute as a top. Sometimes fabric just needs to be made into something in order for me to like it.

I made two other views while testing this pattern and I'm sure I'll be wearing those this month so you'll see them soon.

Happy weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mothers out there!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

A summer kimono

Happy Cinco De Mayo! I love this holiday because I am always up for an excuse to eat burritos, refried beans queso blanco, guacamole, spicy salsa...mmm, I'm making myself hungry.

This post really has nothing to do with the fun holiday happening today, but it is Me Made May day #5! Today we had a weird cold front come through so I wore my summer kimono. 

I took these pictures last fall when I made the kimono and I forgot I had them, so it was a nice surprise not to have to set my tripod today.

The pattern is by Patterns For Pirates (surprise!) and is an easy sew and very versatile. 
I used a jersey rayon from Girl Charlee knitfix and it's all sorts of beautiful and drapey. I love the soft pink roses contrasting with the black and aqua leaves, it's so pretty!
When it's really hot you can pair this with a tank top and shorts. In cooler months you can wear it over a short sleeved shirt with jeans. It's cute with wedges, sandals and my favorite, flip flops (I wear flip flops with everything).

It took about an hour to cut out, sew up and top stitch...there are only three pattern pieces so that's a win. I wear this quite a bit and really like it so you may see it again this month. I'm sharing my Me Made May ensembles daily over on instagram if you want to follow me there @crissybell.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Me Made May 2016

It's Me Made May again! Basically, during the month of May I am going to try and wear "me made" items everyday. I almost made it for the entire month last year but I didn't document it very well. Hopefully I can do better this time around.
I love this time of year, it's warm, the pool finally opens, I'm not so pasty white anymore and sewing summer clothes is fun and easy!

Today for me made May day #2 I am wearing a Patterns for Pirates Boundless Dress. This dress has a ton of different options. Empire waist, maxi skirt, tunic length, midi length, longs sleeves, sleeveless...you get the idea. Plus it's a quick easy sew.

I've made two of these dresses but this is the first that I've blogged about. I made this one for our spring break trip because I wanted something cute but comfy that I could wear around after being at the beach all day. This is the perfect dress if you wake up and feel like staying in your pajamas all day. The top is a super soft cotton lycra and the skirt is FRENCH TERRY (both are from Girl Charlee). For those that aren't familiar with what French Terry is...it's sweatshirt fabric, but super duper soft. So basically when I wear this dress I am wearing my sweatpants and it's great.

I added a few of the outtakes, my five year old took these pictures with the assistance of a tripod and they are a tad out of focus. Oh well, that's the best I can do for now. :)

 She looks better in my hat, not fair! :)

Have a great week!