I just realized that the last few posts have featured Quinn. What a lucky boy to get so many outfits!! Well here he is again because he is the ONLY person in my family who I made an outfit for. Millie kept going back and forth with what she wanted to be and they were all outfits we already had (YESSSS!!!! Lazy mom for the win!!) I also think I deserve an award for being one of the 4 moms this Halloween who doesn’t have a daughter dressed up as Anna or Elsa, woohoo!
ANYways, back to Quinn’s hilarious outfit. Jake and I decided a long time ago that he would be an old timey strong man. I finally sewed it yesterday. haha! It seriously took NO time. Gotta love that fast and dirty Halloween sewing!! No hems!! I drafted out this thing, cut and sewed it in under 30 minutes. I think the thing that took the longest was tucking the serger threads in so they wouldn’t unravel.
This morning, I took two styrofoam balls, stuck them onto a black pencil and spray painted them black. I also spray painted my hands and part of one of my rings in the process… then dripped black spray paint on my garage floor.. then somehow Quinn stepped in some and left little black foot prints all over the kitchen…WHOOPS! Thankfully I got it off my kitchen floor and mostly off my hands… No comment on the other surfaces…
Sorry about the extra eyeliner on his face, he somehow found it and opened it while I was getting ready to take the pictures and I couldn’t wipe it off, lol.. But there he is! My sweet little strong man!! The only problem is that today, for the first time this year, a crazy cold front blew in and it will be too cold for Quinny to wear so little!!! This is totally reminding me of my childhood in New Jersey where I had awesome costumes but then I had to cover them up with a coat to go trick or treating :( I might just do some insane last minute skin tone shirt sewing this afternoon. That would be hilarious and probably necessary!
I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween!!!
When Jake and I were talking about having a second kid, we were throwing around some names that we could potentially use. He decided that since I had suggested Millie’s name, it was now his “turn” to name our baby and he was obsessed with naming our future child Atom. He thought it was awesome and epic and hilarious since when you say it out loud it sounds like Adam, but it would really be Atom and maybe he could grow up to be a scientist or something amazing along those lines. These were Jake’s thoughts.
So when we DID get pregnant, he was like “YES!! If it is a boy we will name him Atom!!”
I, of course, said HELL TO THE NO. That is silly and insane.
Jake never let up. He actually was trying to drill into my brain “Atom Danger” so that Danger could be his middle name, just like that saying. I thought that was just WAY too silly. Turns out more than 9 months later, Atom seemed more familiar to my brain than crazy, and I actually agreed to let it be his middle name. I was 4 days past my due date when we decided over dinner that this baby’s name was to be Quinn Atom. I went into labor the next day. I guess he liked his name and was ready to come into this world!
So anyways, I bought this fabric a few months ago and I knew I NEEDED it to make some pajamas for this boy. It really couldn’t get more perfect than little atoms floating around :) For some reason I held on to this fabric for a while before sewing it. I guess I had a particular pattern in my head by then realized I didn’t actually have enough yardage for that so I was just waiting for the right thing to pop into my mind.
I honestly wasn’t sure if the combination of the woven with the knit was going to work, but it TOTALLY does and that makes me SO happy!! The knit I used was some awesome SUPER soft stuff that I bought from Joanne’s and I used some white ribbing for the neck. I’m honestly surprised at how easy this was to sew together. I was also a little worried about sewing the woven pocket onto the knit shirt, but I had zero issues. Must have been that awesome Pfaff built in walking foot action :) I’ve sewn these pants like 10 times, perhaps more. They are SO easy and fast and wonderful, seriously. This Kwik Sew pattern was incidentally the FIRST sewing pattern I ever made, so I do have a little soft spot for it!
This was such a fun little photo shoot. Quinn was being ADORABLE and running in circles around the bed then falling over backwards and then cracking up. My plan was to take a sweet picture of him sleeping wearing this, but like a ding dong I gave him both black beans and vanilla yogurt and he got it all over the outfit so I had to change him before bed :)
So there we have it. Quinny’s middle name is Atom and I’m kind of okay with it. Even though when he got his social security card in the mail it looked SO ridiculous written on a legal document, ha! OH boy, I hope he appreciates it when he grows up!
Remember how I said I had all the pieces cut out for a shirt I was planning on making for Quinn? Well I FINALLY went to Joanne’s and bought a TON of interfacing (that way I wouldn’t have this problem again). I won’t mention the other fabric I bought that was totally unnecessary lol. Anyways, I was finally able to finish my little project. Man UFO’s bother me, I just knew those cut up shirt pieces were upstairs mocking me, I had to make it and fast! lol :)
I know, I know. This is my 4th time sewing up the O+S Sketchbook shirt. My other ones are here here and here. There is something just SO GOOD about the way Quinny looks in them!! He looks like a total party boy ready to have a great time, all he needs is a baby (virgin) margarita lol! This time I sewed up a size 2 and didn’t alter anything about it. I usually shorten the sleeves but this time I really wanted it to be big and flowy. I also wanted to make sure he would still fit into it after a while :)
I’ve now sewn this so many times that I really don’t need the directions anymore. I’ll be honest though. Collared shirts aren’t my FAVORITE items to sew. They are so darn fiddly and for some reason I’m super lazy and like shortcuts. You’d think it was the hand sewing on the collar that puts me off, but you’d be wrong! I actually enjoy that part. Oddly enough, it is as simple as having to use interfacing. Working with interfacing is SO annoying, lol! It isn’t like it is hard or anything, it is just an extra step that I don’t fully enjoy. I DO, however, enjoy the HECK out of looking at Quinn when he is wearing them :D
I got this fabric from Chic Fabrics in NYC. I actually saw it there 2 trips ago and regretted NOT buying it, so when I went back I was desperately searching for it! I finally found it WAY behind hundreds of other bolts and made the owner get it for me, he was joking around about being annoyed at having to get it for me. The bolt was totally dusty back there and gross but I DON’T CARE! I love this fabric!! He actually claimed to have remembered my sister and me from the previous time, which I don’t know if I believe, but maybe we are super memorable? Who knows! Anyways, the super amazing part of this fabric? It is a mixture of cotton and silk, it is SO SUPER SOFT and it was only $5 a yard!!! I’m so angry at myself for not snatching some for myself! I don’t know what I would make with it, but it is SOOOO SOFT you don’t understand, I would like to live in the feeling of this fabric. I guess just making Quinn wear it all the time and then holding him is the closest I’ll get. I’ll take the extra snuggles though :)
I DO wish I had paid a little attention to the pattern when cutting it out. I kind of hate how the two front pieces are identical. The pocket throws that off a little, but certainly not enough. Hopefully I’m the only one who notices things like that.
I got these cute pearly yellow buttons at Joanne’s. Yes. I went to Joanne’s TWICE for this darn shirt. I wanted to use some color that would pop out in a coordinating way.. Turns out I’m actually almost done with my crazy button stash I had because I had nothing on hand at home that went well with the shirt. Looks like I need to peruse Ebay for some more.
Yeah, I know these pics are kind of grainy. We couldn’t find the camera charger anywhere, then Jake took the camera itself to work. So I was left with my phone to take pics. Then I didn’t even bother to edit them. Whatevers, you get what you get from me! I’m just happy to be finding time to sew and blog at all!
The night I finished this, the kids were in bed and Jake was still at work and I was like HMM I still have time for more sewing!! So I actually whipped something ELSE up that night before passing out! I’ll take some pics of that and blog about it later this week :) PEOPLE. The sewing bug has officially bit me again! I was feeling a bit uninspired, pretty much since summer due to a lack of time, but I’ve been super excited about it again! I have a ton of projects just waiting for me and I can’t wait! Now that the kids are falling asleep earlier I can actually work after they go to bed, something I’ve never been able to do! So exciting!
“Hey, ladies.. Need a ride?”
Gosh, this little noodle is handsome!
For the past couple weeks (every since I finished my awesome ostrich dress) I have been feeling pretty much in a sewing rut. Remember how I said I never have UFO piles? Well, scratch that fact. It no longer exists. The past couple weeks I’ve been trying to muster the excitement to sew something. I cut out all the little pieces to sew Quinn a new Hawaiian shirt (because he will never have enough of those) but I realized I don’t have any interfacing, which I need. But I TOTALLY don’t feel like driving to Joanne’s to get some more. So now all those little cut pieces of fabric are just sitting on my ironing board waiting.
Then I thought I might participate in the PR&P signature style week. So I printed out a pattern, traced it, cut it all out… When I realized I don’t have enough of the fabric I planned on using. Plus I just wasn’t that into it. So now that pattern is sitting next to the cut out fabric for Quinn’s future shirt.
Then I thought, “you know what? Maybe I just don’t feel like sewing for the kids, I’ve been having way more fun sewing for myself! Let the selfish sewing commence!!!”
I have dress that I bought from H&M when I was in Jersey last time that I really like. So I decided to draft my own pattern from that existing dress! It was actually really fun, especially figuring out how to draw a dart in the pattern without having to take the actual dress apart. I had this awesome ponte knit that I bought in my last NY shopping trip, which was in the wrong section so she only charged me $5 a yard instead of the $10 (WOOHOO!!) I had orignally planned on making a fun pencil skirt with it, but I TOTALLY was able to make this ENTIRE dress out of just ONE yard! How awesome is that??
This actually went SUPER fast!! I traced the dress onto freezer paper on Tuesday, cut and sewed it together Wednesday and then hemmed it onThursday. All during Quinn’s nap times :) It felt SO good to be able to whip something together this quickly! I LOVE KNITS!!!
I didn’t really think about making it chevron-like but I sort of had to do it that way in order to get the pattern to fit on the one yard of fabric. Turns out I LOVE the look! The pattern I drew out was supposed to have the front cut on a fold but there just wasn’t room for that nonsense. Yay for happy accidents!!
This was a pretty fun little photo shoot. I was having a play date at a park with a friend of mine and her two kids, I asked her if she could snap a few pics of me since Jake has been working so much lately (I’ve had a small taste of what it is like to be a single mom.. much respect, that shite is HARD) I knew I wouldn’t have been able to get photos of me for ages if I didn’t have someone else do it. Also, how do you like those gorgeous flip flops? This isn’t a fashion blog, people. It is a sewing blog. REAL LIFE.
Anyways, she made me feel pretty awesome, since she loved the dress anyway and was totally surprised that I made it, but I was telling her how I initially wanted to bind the neck and armholes, but then just got lazy and folded them over and sewed them with a double needle.. She was like “Um yeah, you were LAZY when you were SEWING YOUR OWN DRESS. Whatever, Michelle” Hahah it really made me think, sometimes as a sewist you get a little caught up in the details of perfection, when people who don’t sew just see what you make and think it is absolutely amazing and professional looking.
This might actually be my most favorite dress I’ve made to date. (I know, I know, I’ve been getting more and more excited with every new garment I sew myself!) I finished it, put it on to pick Millie up from school, and both her teachers were like “wow I love your dress!!” Like a dope I was like “WOW thanks!” without ever mentioning that I actually made it. I need to be okay with letting people know I sew!
I find it funny how not too long ago (only a few months ago) I was SUPER afraid of sewing for myself, now it is the only thing I want to do! It is so much fun being able to create something specifically made for your body! I feel a little bad that my kids aren’t getting tons of outfits like they used to, but seriously. They have tons of clothes. They really don’t need anything. My closet is barren!
This is me like “oops where did the kids go? MILLIE!!! QUINN!!” photo shoot over, back to being a mom :)
I’m sure some people expected me to have something posted for this week’s Project Run and Play since I’ve participated in every one since I started blogging… This week was denim week though…. And I’m just NOT into it.
I started looking around the internets for some inspiration, and I kind of stopped when I found something that looked kind of like a denim sea creature, but more like a denim vagina… There is no going back from that image burnt in my brain and seeing that is when I decided I was SO not doing this week. I like to sew because I enjoy the act of sewing, but also because I really like to see my kids wear the outfit. But when it comes down to it, I’m just not a denim person. I won’t enjoy seeing my kids wear it. I don’t actually own a pair of jeans that I like. I am not a denim jacket girl. It just isn’t gonna happen. So maybe I’ll be doing the week four “signature style” thing, but maybe not… We’ll see… Jake is working ACL this weekend which means I have free tickets which means I’ll be hanging out listening to live music and stressing about losing my kids in a ginormous crowd and definitely NOT sewing… :)
OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THIS DRESS.
This was selfish sewing week and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have sewn this up if I hadn’t had that in my mind. How fun to declare a week to sew for yourself? I used the Gathered Sundress pattern by Pattern Runway again. I really love the other dress I made but there were a few fit issues that I wanted to try and fix. So I did something I’ve never done before, which was to wear the dress and pinch out certain places and figure out how much to alter and where and then I just sort of altered the patterns from my measurements of the problems areas..
With the other dress, the armholes were kind of gapey in the front and the bodice was too long. So I took off a whole inch from the armhole part and redrew the curve from my bust point to the arm pit on the princess seamed bodice and I shortened all my bodice pieces by an inch and a half. I am SO happy with the results!! I’m really learning how NOT scary it is to alter women’s patterns :)
The pattern calls for a lining, but I skipped that part, mostly due to utter laziness… I didn’t FEEL like sewing EIGHT curved seams so I cut that number in half by eliminating the lining. The fabric is thick enough as it is and not at all sheer so I figured “whatever yay!” Around the neck and arm holes, I just made me some bias tape, finished the seams with that and tucked it all in so you can’t see it. ALSO can we talk about this fabric for a minute? OSTRICHES. Purple ostriches. I got this fabric not the last time I was in NYC, but the time before that. I had no idea what it was going to become, but I NEEDED IT. I don’t even like the color purple. Or I didn’t before this dress.. I think I’m changing my mind about the color. Apparently it looks good on me! I have never owned a purple garment before! I’m really sorry I have no idea who makes this stuff or which store I actually got it from, it is just mystery goodness.
Sorry for the wrinkles in the back, but LOOK! I’m getting better at invisible zippers!! Mostly due to the fact that I bit the bullet and bought an invisible zipper foot.. Those things are actually very necessary. And amazing. I actually found a purple invisible zipper for this dress, which probably wasn’t even needed due to how awesome I set that thing in there :D Ahh little victories!
As for those wrinkles.. I wore this out on the town (SANS kids!! I’m still recovering..) on Friday night so in order to get these pics taken today, I pulled the dress out of the hamper.. I know, gross but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?? It is normally a little smoother :)
I’m pretty sure I found my go-to pattern in this dress. It is fairly simple to put together, especially now that I’ve done it twice. The first one took me 3 weeks (but that included printing out and taping and tracing the pattern plus making 2 muslins), this one only took me 3 days! I think the cut of the dress is pretty attractive on me and I really like the style of it. I often peruse the internet for dress patterns that would look good on my body and usually come out empty handed. It is hard to find things that don’t make ladies with big knockers look bigger than they actually are around the middle.
I actually have some GORGEOUS (and slightly expensive) fabric laying around waiting to become one of these dresses. I was just waiting to make sure I had the perfect pattern and fit before cutting it up :) I know everyone is starting to sew for the Autumn/Winter season right now, but dude. I live in Texas. We are still in the 90’s and I can’t even think of warmer clothes. Plus I can just throw a cardigan over a dress and BOOM: winter wear. Hooray!
Here we go, on to week 2 of Project Run and Play! This week’s theme is “The hand-me-down makeover”. I have TONS of old crap from Jakes wardrobe and my own closet, but just the other week I had to go through Quinn’s drawer and take out all the clothes that he recently grew out of that were just taking up too much space. There were certainly a few sentimental outfits that were a shame to put away into the “giveaway bin”. So when I was thinking of ideas for this project, I couldn’t help but to think about Quinn’s shark shirt that was a favorite of EVERYONE’S. I don’t know what it was about this shirt that we all loved. it is just a simple polo shirt with little sharks all over it. Even Millie loved it, she went as far as to ask me a while back if I could find shark fabric to make HER a dress with. Sharks rule!
I know I’m not reinventing the wheel over here with this project, it was very simple, but it does make me very happy! The reason this shirt went in the “out” bin is because it sadly had gotten way too short. The actual fit of the shirt is spot on though. It just needed a little length :) So I chopped the shirt in half, and, using some blue from a superman shirt that as also in the bin and lengthened it to where it could fit him better. I was pretty excited to find a shirt that had the same circumference so I wouldn’t have to pick any seams! :)
I couldn’t just leave at at that, though. I wanted to throw a little fun piece of creativity into it so I did some free motion embroidery on the blue part and drew a little shark with red thread. Can I just say, drawing on fabric with thread and a sewing machine is SUPER FUN!!!! I did the same thing as this which works great on knits, the paper stabilizes it and I can just trace my drawing on the paper. Getting the paper OFF the fabric is a bit tricky, though.. I realize I should probably just invest in some tear away or wash away stabilizer but I’m both lazy and cheap so printer paper works just fine for me :)
As for the pants, I did the same thing and again, was super happy to find pants that were the same circumference :) It is amazing how quickly pants become too short!!! After I sewed these up, I wasn’t THAT excited about them, but then I had Quinn wearing them and Millie was like “WOW!! Are those Quinn’s pants?? They are awesome! Did you do that?” So having my 5 year old’s glowing opinion just made my eyes see them in a much brighter light!
I love how .0045 seconds after I took him outside he got into the dirt and started eating it (typical boy?) and you can totally see it around his mouth in most of these pics, lol! Germs are good! Antibodies, right???
I know this challenge was for “hand me downs” and this is more like a “hand me laterally” but it all works out the same and this way we get to keep a favorite item of clothing :)
Gosh, just LOOK at this stud!!! Ladies, in 15 years you better watch out for your daughters!! lol
Man! I bought this really adorable yellow flower/ pink strawberry fabric last week in NYC, super excited to make something cute for Millie out of it…. Want to see what happened after I washed it?
The color completely faded out and the outlines are grey now instead of black :( What the hell?!
I guess you really are taking chances when buying fabric at tiny little stores, you really don’t know what you’re getting until you get home! At least I only paid $6 for it :/
So I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the Blog Hop that has been going on around the ol’ blogosphere lately, but every Monday people from creative blogs have been answering a few questions and then nominating other blogs to so the same :)
I was actually nominated by TWO wonderful bloggers for the SAME day, which was totally awesome and made me feel in shock and amazing!
Bianca from Vintage on Tap is very sweet and has a great blog with lots of awesome vintage style inspiration and sewing tips.
SOoo here we go!
“Why do I write?”
Honesty? I have no idea, haha! I just really enjoy rambling on and on at the keyboard. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m a pretty big chatterbox by nature, and being a stay at home mom, I don’t do as much socializing as I used to.. I need to let it all out!
I think at first, I started this blog wanting to document my creations and also help other people out there who wanted to learn something about sewing. I originally wanted to have a lot of information and tools and tips and tutorials here. But MAN that got difficult fast, finding the time to really do that. I also kind of found my groove in just talking about the stuff I’ve made without actually teaching HOW I made it.. I guess I find more pleasure in bantering vs. teaching.. I also really like how having this blog has made me feel like there is more of a fire under my tush for actual sewing. When my friends or family ask me why I haven’t blogged, I feel like YES I need to sew more!!!! Thank you for reminding me! It holds me accountable :)
I think once my kids start giving me a little more time again I’ll be able to expand a bit more than what I’ve been able to do so far.. I still really like the idea of being a resource in some capacity, it just really takes a little too much time and right now I’m in a place where I’d rather focus on the kiddos.. That and I find it impossible to distract Quinn.. What kid doesn’t like TV?? My kid, apparently!
“What am I working on?”
Well, since this is Project Run and Play month, I have a lot of that on my brain. But I’m not currently at home, I’m visiting my family so there isn’t a WHOLE lot happening. I’ve been REALLY into learning how to sew for myself so I guess you could say I’m currently working on finding the next pattern I want to sew for myself! I’ve been searching the internet ravenously for a dress pattern to match this AMAZING fabric I bought a little over a month ago.. There is no such thing as a “UFO” at my house because I’m the kind of person who only likes one project at a time and I finish it before I start a new one.
I AM at my parent’s house right now, though, and that is where that Juki is, so I might try to clean it out and see about shipping it back home to Texas with me… That will be a MAJOR project!
“How does my blog differ from others of its genre?”
Um, does it? There are TONS of sewing blogs out there, so the idea is pretty unoriginal, but I guess every blog stands out in its own way because people are different. This one is unique because it is coming from MY personality and it features MY super amazing kiddos :)
“How does my writing process work?”
There really isn’t much of a process.. I kind of just blab on. I have a project that I’m excited to share, so I take some pictures and then sit at the computer and talk about it. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to write until I do… I guess I’m sort of having a conversation right then and there.. So I guess that IS my process, just talk as if there is actually a person in front of me :)
So that is that!
Oh and by the way, I know these photos have nothing to do with this post, but I like having things to look at in blog posts so I put up some pictures of our apple picking adventures yesterday (poor Quinny slept through it all!)
My nominations for next week are Raphaelle from Deux souriceaux, she makes beautiful clothes for her children and has some gorgeous photography. She even makes her own knits and then sews with them, whaat?? Color me impressed!
My other nomination is Susie at SusieDDesigns’ Blog. She makes incredible bags, which are not my “bag” so therefore they impress the heck out of me!
I also tried to reach out to Hungie Gungie, which is two sisters who blog, but they didn’t respond so I’m not sure if they will participate. I love the gorgeous lines and fabrics they choose when sewing for the kids. Also, beautiful photography.
So next monday check out who they nominate!
Can you even believe it is time for Project Run and Play again?? And just like last year, I am making my life difficult because I am out of town, lol! Oh well thank goodness my sister has a sewing machine so I can get down to business here! Anyways, this weeks theme was “inspired by 80’s cartoons”, which is AWESOME because seriously, cartoons don’t get better than that era.. Actually.. I’ll admit…. The My Little Pony of Millie’s generation beats the one of my generation… But back to this sewing project. :) Probably not original, but Rainbow brite was my absolute favorite when I was a kid. I had the sheets (canopy bed top and everything!) and the curtains and my biggest aspiration in life was to BE Patty Green. So I decided to use that as my inspiration!
I actually had this design for a dress drawn out a couple months ago. Millie recently saw it and was like “Is this a dress for me?? I love it! Make it now!!” I recently realized that part of the reason it takes me so long to sew for myself is because Millie has no respect for selfish sewing. It has to be all her, all the time lol! Quinn, of course, always hates when I’m at my machine, but if I’m sewing for Millie, at least she will be helpful and try to occupy him!
I drafted this out all on my own, which I love doing for Millie’s dresses. SO satisfying! I made the gathers 1.5x the width of the top. I didn’t want the skirt to be SO gathered where you would loose that POP of the diamond on the sides. I got the fabric from my little trip to NYC last time, and I’m REALLY excited about that rainbow FOE (fold over elastic)! It is the first time I’ve ever used it and HOLY cow, how fun and easy!
I’ll be perfectly honest, those corners do NOT match up everywhere. Normally I’d be a little more anal about it but seriously, the kids were all over me when I was sewing that part. Quinn wanted to be on my lap, Millie was RIGHT on top of me “sewing” with safety pins and wonder clips. Also, the fabric is that SUPER soft but super slippy kind of knit, which is REALLY comfortable to wear, but pretty difficult to sew with. In the end, Millie REALLY loves this dress and will never notice my flaws, plus honestly, I think I’ve gotten more complements from strangers on this little dress in one day than any other one I’ve made. So YAY!
So I just need to talk about the *non existent* photo shoot that this was.. I was super excited, the stars aligned and Quinn was asleep as I showed Millie the finished dress. She was excited to model it for me because she was excited about the dress.. So I grab my camera, take her outside and snap a couple adorable pictures.. When I realize my camera doesn’t have a memory card in it :/ So I tear apart my house until I find one, snap a couple more pictures when the camera battery dies.. UGGGH! So I grab my phone to take pictures, last resort.. MEMORY FULL. At this point, Millie had lost all interest of being a model and just wanted to play with bubbles. Oh well. You get what you get in life, right??
OH and if anyone who follows my blog is wondering what the heck happened to Millie’s hair, she cut it HERSELF as I was putting Quinn to sleep about a month ago!! I nearly fainted, but she was SOO proud of herself and she loves it, haha! She came running up the stairs saying “Look, Mama, I cut my hair! Are you so proud of me?? Can I cut yours now too? I learned how!!” I’m still not over it!