Friday, February 21, 2014

a baby blanket for the little boy.

I'm on a crochet kick, I can't help it! I really love to crochet, almost as much as I love to sew. I made a little blanket for Miss Bella when she was tiny, so I thought I would make baby B one while he is still somewhat small. 

This is a granny stitch in straight rows instead of squares. I found the idea on Pinterest. I rode the granny square obsession wave that started back in 2009, so I am somewhat very familiar with this stitch. I just needed to look at the picture and I could figure out the pattern!

I added two rows of granny stitches around the edge of the blanket for a nice finished look. I used my favorite yarn, it's James C. Brett and I absolutely love the feel and the colors, it's prefect for baby blankets. I used it for these baby blankets and this one that I made for Bella.

I just can't resist making something cozy for this little guy. Isn't he just the cutest?


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

my little pony.

We had some snow days last week.  It was cold and snowed a little on Tuesday, then Wednesday freezing rain fell all day, leaving us with about in inch of ice over the little bit of snow. It was cold, windy and the freezing rain stung as it hit your face, that's the kind of weather that is not friendly for little kids to be out in, so we were stuck inside. I was basically waiting for the power to go out so I washed every speck of laundry, washed all the dishes, made sure everyone was bathed and had dry hair. And, of course, the power didn't go out. So, all that prep for nothing, I guess I liked being prepared.  

I needed to keep myself busy when the kids were playing quietly so I worked on Miss B's Valentine amigurumi.  The pattern can be found here. I thought it would make a cute "My Little Pony." I had some bright pink yarn and a soft baby pink yarn that were just perfect for Pinkie Pie.  I even made the little cutie mark out of felt and embroidery floss. If you don't have preschool age girls and are wondering what the heck I am talking about, just nod and smile. My girls have been obsessed with My Little Pony for quite a while.  

I loved My Little Pony when I was little, but the ponies of today look much different than the ponies of the late 80's!

After our freezing rain day, it turned to snow later in the evening and we woke up to a blanket of the white stuff over the layer of ice. It was like a fun layer cake. Of course, it melted later in the day and then yesterday it was 72 degrees. What? That's the south for you!


Monday, February 17, 2014

roller skate dress!

I finally jumped on the roller skate dress bandwagon, a little late, I know. The roller skate dress is such a cute dress and it was so hard to see it all over blog-land and not be able to make one myself. 

The fabric for this dress is from and is a little stiffer than I thought it would be. (Shame on me, I didn't read the description before buying it.) It is Premier Prints and is perfect for home decoration items like pillow covers, etc. It's a little thick for children's wear, but Miss L likes it just the same and it has softened with repeated washings. It turned out to be a perfect dress for this winter if she layers it with a shirt and leggings.

 The dress is fully lined, and it would be so fun to make reversible!

I can't wait to make more of these. The pattern is easy to follow and they sew up really fast!  You can also make a tunic version which would be fun for spring separates.

Miss L wasn't happy about modeling for me, if you can't tell by the frown. I took these pictures two days before we were hit with an ice storm last week. Sunny and 60 degrees one day, freezing rain and 28 degrees two days later. Crazy!
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Heart Day!

I made each of the kids an amigurumi creation for Valentines Day this year.  Miss L requested a little bear.  The bear is based on a pattern found in this book.  I had forgotten how time consuming these little animals can be, but they are a project that I can put away and leave easily when life calls, as it often does.  Lately, I need projects like that because I feel like I can never really get into anything without being interrupted.  That makes sewing kind of frustrating.  Ah well, this too shall pass.

Happy Valentines Day!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Pinwheel Hybrid.

More oliver + s sewing from early fall of last year.  It was still nice and warm and I wasn't ready to sew anything with long sleeves, I just couldn't bring myself to do it!  I bought the Pinwheel Tunic + Slip Dress when it came out a few seasons ago and I bought some cute floral tutti frutti fabric from Joann's just for this pattern.

I wanted the length of the dress with the sleeves of the tunic.  So, I sewed a combo of view A, the tunic with sleeves and View B, the slip dress.  To merge the two views, I used the top of the tunic pattern and matched it to the bottom of the dress pattern pieces.  This is the first "big" size that I've sewn from oliver + s.  It's a 5T and is roomy enough for Miss L to wear next summer. 

This pattern was a quick easy sew and the flounce on this is so fun!  I thought that bright yellow bias binding would really make a nice pop against the pink flowers.

I used twill tape for the tie in the back and I regret not just continuing with the yellow bias binding.  Ah, well, lesson learned.

Miss L liked it and asked me to sew her another without sleeves for next summer.  Hopefully I can get it done in May instead of next fall.  :)

In other news, after deciding that I am sick of cold weather, I've started planning for summer sewing.  It's time to start buying all that fabric I've been pinning for the last few months!

Have you started planning your summer sewing yet?


Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Tea Party Sundress.

I still have a few dresses I made last fall that I need to blog about.  The first is this oliver + s Tea Party Sundress.

I've had this pattern for a while, but have only made it one other time.  I've been dreaming of making a Tea Party Sundress in red for a few years now and finally purchased some fabric to fulfill that dream.

Both prints are Michael Miller and from  Michael Miller is my fav lately, such a nice smooth texture and very study without being too stiff.

I thought white piping would make for some cute contrast and I edge-stitched along the seams in red.  I'm all about the details lately.

The buttons are simple, but again, I love that contrast between the white and the red gingham.

Be still my heart, a two year old in pig tails.  I sewed up a 3T knowing it would be a little roomy, but Miss B can wear it this summer.

She likes it!

While we went outside to take pictures, I left my then four year old Miss L playing with scraps in my sewing room.  We were outside for about two minutes. 

I came back and Miss L was sitting in the same spot, but her hair, her HAIR, had been cut!  That sneaky little girl grabbed my sewing scissors, hacked off her bangs, threw the evidence in the trash, put the scissors back and sat down in the same spot, as if nothing had ever happened.  This all happened in about 90 seconds.  Thankfully, she did a great job of only hacking her bangs off and I just needed to trim then up a bit to make it look like we had done it on purpose.

Ta-da!  New hair!  I've cut her hair before, but it had been a while.  I admit, this is cute, just not as easy to put in a bun for ballet.  I learned my lesson and put my sewing scissor up in the closet.

Fast forward about 24 hours and I was brushing Miss B's hair and noticed that a huge hunk had been chopped out of the back of her hair.

See that, that is baby hair, it's never been cut before, until now.  Miss L, decided that she had so much fun cutting her own hair that she would find some little kid scissors and cut off her little sister's hair.  Lesson learned again, ALL scissors now live at the top of my sewing room closet and are only brought down with constant supervision.

This hack job needed a little bit of work.

I shed a few tears while I cut her hair.  All that soft baby, blondness, that silly little toddler mullet.  It's all gone now.  

  This little girl, who we sometimes call "Bob" now, has a bob.  It's cute, but I still miss that baby mullet.

I keep telling myself it's just hair, right?