No Length? No Problem!

Sharky upcycle

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!

Sharky upcycle

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! :)

Sharky upcycle

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 :)

Sharky upcycle

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!

Sharky upcycle

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???

Sharky upcycle

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  :)


Sharky upcycle

Gosh, just LOOK at this stud!!! Ladies, in 15 years you better watch out for your daughters!! lol

Fabric disappointment

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?

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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 :/

Blog Hoppity Hop

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!

Michele from Swiss Army Wife always seems to have so many amazing creative endeavors going on (and I just found out all three of her children sew, and her daughter has a blog too!)

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!

apple picking

“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!

apple picking

“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 :)

apple picking

“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!)

apple picking

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!

A Little Bright Rainbow

Rainbow Bright Inspiration

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!

Rainbow Bright 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!

Rainbow Bright Inspiration

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!

Rainbow Bright Inspiration

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!

Rainbow Bright Inspiration

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??

Rainbow Bright Inspiration

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!

Stripey Raglan Tank

I’m sitting here at my parents house with extra eyes on my kids, which lets me have more time to stare at my computer, woohoo!!.. I was going through some old pictures when I found THESE gems! I totally forgot to post about this shirt!

Stripey Raglan Tank Hack

Remember way back in the beginning of the summer when I was trying to alter the Oliver and S Raglan Tee a million different ways? Well this was one of them, I made it into a little boy tank for Quinn. A super easy hack on the pattern, I just cut a curve into the sleeve portion and folded it down, hemming it into the shirt portion all around… If that makes any sense…

Stripey Raglan Tank Hack

There isn’t anything super special about this, but I just wanted to share it. He wore this shirt quite a bit on our hot summer days! And mostly I just wanted to share THIS FACE.

Stripey Raglan Tank Hack

Anyways, I’m off to NYC today for a major fabric shopping trip and I am SO EXCITED!! I might have to give my niece some more of Millie’s clothes to make room for the fabric haul I expect to bring back :D Wish me luck and restraint! (or not!)

Bringing the Mara Blouse Home

 Heyoo remember a couple months ago I posted about being in a call to action for the Mara Blouse by Compagnie M? Well there was a little competition over there and I WON THIRD PLACE!!! Seriously, out of over 100 bloggers who participated, you have NO IDEA how excited and proud I am to have been placed! There were so many awesome versions of the dress! Anyway, to celebrate, I decided to “bring it home” and post it here on my page so you can see all the pictures in their glory, right here. ENJOY! :D

Mara Dress
Hello! I am super excited to be here for the Mara Action! My name is Michelle and I have a little blog over at Sewnhenge. I had been eyeing this Mara Blouse for a while and when Marte picked me to be one of the people involved in this, I nearly did a flip!

Mara Dress

My first impression of this pattern was just how easy it was to put together with the pdf file. I have had some patterns in the past that required me to print FIFTY pages. This was an absolute TREAT only having 16!! Everything lined up perfectly and easily. Only having a 4×4 block to square up and tape together was SO awesome! The options are nice too, you can either take it to a local printer to have the large format, or do at at home, with OR without seam allowances! Pretty nice if you ask me!

Mara Dress

Millie is a big 4 year old, so I always just sew up a size 5 without even measuring her, but this time I actually took her measurements and she fit into the 4 perfectly. I realize that usually it is the height that throws her into the size 5 and even 6 sometimes, so I’m really glad I checked it all out since this fits her better than I would have hoped!

Mara Blouse

Since we live in Texas, I thought the sleeveless option fit our lifestyle better than any of the sleeve options. It has already hit 99 degrees here so we want to avoid as much fabric as possible :) To add interest, I finished the arm holes with a fun embroidery stitch and golden thread. I used some leftover fabric from the back of the quilt I made a friend of mine. It is Sweet Serenade, Rough Dot Cotton Fabric in Teal Designed by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. It is a super soft quilting cotton and sewed up deliciously for this dress. I just happened to have all this gold trim laying around and I thought the teal plus the gold would be so pretty.. I think I was right! I got those pretty delicate buttons from Joanne’s.

mara ruffle skirt

I really wanted to show my original version of this dress, which I was really excited about but Millie nixed the idea, only after it was completed, of course. :/ I wanted to put a ruffled bottom on the dress, thinking that is what she would love, plus I thought it would be adorable… So I sewed it all up and when I showed it to her she refused to even try it on. Apparently Millie is over the ruffles and just wanted a plain A line dress. So I painstakingly picked out all those seams and hemmed it up into a simple dress. I wanted to add a little fun to it so I used the same subtle embroidery stitch on the hem as I did on the sleeve(less) part with the gold embroidery thread. I couldn’t get a sharp picture of the finished hem so you’ll have to use your imagination :) If I want to be honest with myself, I think she was right about removing the ruffle. The dress looks fantastic as a simple A line.. What a little designer I have!

Mara Blouse

I’m so happy she approves of the new changes, this dress has quickly become one of her favorites :) She has worn it for a couple days in a row, even refusing to take it off to put on pajamas!

Mara Dress

The construction of this dress went very smoothly, the pattern directions were superb and everything lined up exactly the way it should. You can tell a lot of care went into the designing and instructions of this pattern!

Mara Blouse

I absolutely love and recommend this pattern and plan on sewing up more in the very near future! I don’t often use trim or piping in my sewing, but I think that will change, it was super easy and it adds such an amazing dynamic to the design!

Thanks for having me here!

My New Favorite, the Gathered Sundress!

Gathred Sundress

I bet you thought since summer is over and Millie is in school that I’d be posting more often… Well considering I went a whole month between posts last time, one week later is pretty good! Honestly, this week with Millie gone has mostly been me getting used to an emptier house during the day, catching up on trashy TV that I can’t watch with Millie home or in front of Jake (haha) and running errands in the blissful state of only having to haul around ONE child instead of two :) Anyways, I’m REALLY excited to share my most current make, the one that took me THREE weeks to sew (mostly due to the insane amount of interruptions that children are extremely good at providing).

Gathred Sundress

The dress is the Gathered Sundress from Pattern Runway. I am not even sure how I found this pattern, but when I did, I just HAD to own it and sew it up immediately. I’m not sure if the company is now defunct, it doesn’t seem like they’ve updated their blog or FB page in almost a year, but you can still buy the patterns and that is all that really matters to me!

Gathred Sundress

This was the first time I’ve sewn princess seams, and so it was also the first time trying to alter a princess seam bodice. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my body is NO WHERE NEAR the target body when people are designing patterns. My bust point is always INCHES lower than the patterns and I always have to do a FBA (full bust adjustment). Muslins are the accepted way of life for me. I’ll admit, however, that altering a pattern to fit my body is actually super fun and I get a lot of pleasure tweaking things out and making them my own :) I went through 3 different muslins to get this where I wanted it. (Thank goodness I have so much ess ayche eye tee fabric laying around!) The bodice is still not 100% perfect, but I’m super happy nonetheless. I figure if I bought this dress instead of made it, I would never even notice the fit issues.

Gathred Sundress

This was also my first time REALLY trying to sew an invisible zipper. It came out pretty decent, not perfect.. but I absolutely decided it is time to invest in an invisible zipper foot!! I sewed over the teeth a couple times by accident using the regular zipper foot and even still you can see the zip.

Gathred Sundress

 Let’s talk about the back for a moment… and the fit.. I’m starting to get pretty good at the ol’ bust adjustments, but I still have yet to even dabble at back adjustments.. There is obviously something going on there, but I’m not really sure how to fix it.. any ideas? I guess I have a short back? What is sway back? Is that what I have? Ugh. Whatever I still love the dress, and much like the awful tattoo I have on my back, at least I don’t have to look at at (unless I’m staring at pictures) so WHATEVER NO REGRETS!

Gathred Sundress

The fabric is a voile I bought at 30% off during the Austin Fabric Shop Hop this time around. It is from Westminster Fabrics, Ikat Damask. I LOVE it and was so excited to get such a great deal! I lined it with some cotton batiste I had lying around. Voile has quickly become my favorite thing to sew for myself. It is just SO soft and light and airy and wonderful!

Gathred Sundress

 I want to show you guys the guts, which is something I NEVER do! But this dress is so darn clean on the inside!! I took the time to hand sew the waist band lining with an invisible stitch on the inside so you wouldn’t see any seams at all.. You have no idea what kind of satisfaction that gives me. It is the same obsession I had back when I was doing hair. I would give someone an updo and you couldn’t see any bobby pins, like the hair was just magically suspended in pretty curls on someone’s head.. yeah. I can be an obsessive weirdo. Sometimes.

gathered sundress guts

I Thought about how when I talk pictures of Millie, I’m always asking her to dance or twirl or jump around, so I decided to include a little action shot in my own photo shoot :) I do look a bit like I have nubby legs and I am strangely floating in air, but the expression on my face shows how I feel about the dress : )

Gathred Sundress

Unlike THIS hilarious outtake, LOL

Gathred Sundress

Summer is OVER!

 

 

HOLY MOLY has it really been a month since my last blog post?? I knew it had been a while, but that is kind of crazy! Summer obviously took over around here, leaving me hardly any time to sew and even LESS time to blog about it. But that is all changing TOMORROW, summer is officially over and Millie starts kindergarten!! I’m obviously mixed with crazy emotions, super sad to not have her around me at all times, super excited for her to be learning and making new friends. 

School Belle Skort

But this fact brings on the perfect time to share with you my little creation! About a month ago, I was asked by Amy of Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop to test for the School Belle Skort  :) You have NO idea how excited it was! This is my first time testing any pattern, which is SUPER exciting anyway, and I couldn’t even believe how PERFECT it was since Millie is starting Kindergarten in a private school and needs skorts for her uniform!

School Belle Skort

For the pattern, I bought some thicker bottom weight fabric from Joanne’s, kind of like khaki material. I decided to use the same for the skirt and the shorts since I was testing and I wanted to be a good little tester and make sure all the pieces matched up without any weird stretch on one fabric that wasn’t on the other. I’m happy to report everything matched up perfectly!

School Belle Skort

There were a couple confusing parts in the instructions, but they were all quickly fixed. Honestly, I was really impressed with how awesome Amy was about all the constructive criticism of the testers. She immediately fixed all the issues and confusing language, there was no arguing, just quick fixes. She really listened and I totally respect that. I was also super impressed with how quickly she got the pattern up for sale, I think she put it out the day after she got all our results! It made me want to support her and buy more of her patterns :) I’m also super impressed with HOW MANY patterns she has and how quickly she pumps them out! Amy must seriously be playing around tweeking and creating patterns all. the. time!

School Belle Skort

OH my absolute favorite part!!! I decided to embroider the hem of the shorts with a really cute heart stitch I have on my machine. Having gone to private school myself, I know how awesome it is to have a tiny bit of the uniform stand out from everyone else’s. And the hearts just get to remind Millie of how much I love her :D CHEESE but for reals.

School Belle Skort

I know I made a uniform bottom and it is called “school belle”, but you don’t have to use this pattern for uniform skorts. Lots of testers made regular skirts out of quilters cotton and it looked really cute that way too. This would be a fantastic run around/ hang upside down on the monkey bars play skirt for those kids who do not require uniforms :)

School Belle Skort

You don’t have to press the pleats all the way down like I did, you can totally leave it more flowy and casual. I just really wanted to make this skirt super preppy and pressed because, even though I’m super sad about my baby leaving me FIVE DAYS A WEEK, I’m still also super excited to see her all dolled and uniform clad!

School Belle Skort

I wanted to do this cute little school themed photo shoot for this. My parents bought the house across the street and are trying to rent it out, so until someone actually moves in, I have a great empty space with lots of natural light to take pictures in. Unfortunately  when I took these photos, Jake had taken my camera with him to work and left me with his super high tech fancy shmancy camera that I have no clue how to use. And then the battery died almost right away, with the charger in his studio.. So most these pics look like of white washed.. I’m certain that if I had the camera I know or more time to figure this one out, these would have been much sharper photos! Just goes to show, no matter how great your equipment is, it is no good unless you know how to use it!! 

School Belle SkortSo anyways, please wish my sweet angel good luck on her first day of Kindergarten!! (And also wish me luck handling it!)

 

Happily Breaking the Rules!

I know Jake told me I couldn’t sew this weekend, but I TOTALLY cheated! I didn’t wake up early, but EVERYONE else in the family slept in, so I had a couple hours to myself, then once Jake DID wake up, he kindly fed the kids breakfast and let me finish my little project :) That project was the brand new Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns! When I saw this pattern, I knew I needed it and immediately bought it. I’ve been really into sewing knits lately and this dress looked like it would be pretty flattering on most people :)

Colette Myrtle

I traced the pattern out this week, then cut all the pieces out on Saturday morning and finished it all up on Sunday morning. There are two versions, one with shoulder tabs and one without, then also two lengths. I made the long one with tabs. The material I used was some SUPER soft slinky yet heavy (difficult to work with, honestly) knit I bought while in NYC. It was SOO slippy to work with! But totally worth it in the end because this dress is a DREAM to wear! I swear I feel like I’m in pajamas and I never want to take this off. Even with this ridiculous fabric, it was a SUPER fast sew. WELL, once I decided to NOT use the knit for the tabs. It took me over an hour trying to fiddle with the damn things. My machine was NOT cooperating, totally stretching the material out and making it super ugly, then once I actually got the general shape of the tabs together, the buttonhole situation was a total disaster. This is when I decided DUH! I can use some extra woven scraps from my stash and add a dash of color and interest! I used some of my leftover material that I had from my Briar Rose triangle quilt. I absolutely love the pop that orangey pink gives to the blue of the dress. Once I got that all figured out, the dress came together super fast. Even with the annoying issues the whole thing took about 3 hours to sew (half of which was spent fiddling with said tabs)

Colette Myrtle

I made the pattern exactly as drafted in a size M, which is where my measurements put me. It has pockets, which are totally fun, but I think next time I’ll omit them if I use this same material. I’m not sure how well slippy knit handles pockets. Also, it will make it an even faster project :) I liked the way they make you install the elastic at the waist, I’ve never done it that way and it makes it pretty nice, even on the inside:) The pattern calls for 1 inch elastic, but 3/4 is what I had so I used that and changed the seam allowances accordingly.

Colette Myrtle

So there we have it! I love wearing this dress!! It is so ultra cozy! Looking at these pictures, my boobs look kind of gigantic, but I guess they are gigantic so that is to be expected! Until I sew more of these dresses, this will be the go-to thing I wear from now on. I seriously never want to take it off. You know all those moms in yoga pants who like to look like they are going to or coming from the gym but in reality are just basically wearing PJs all around town? That will be me in this dress :D

Colette Myrtle

Anyways, like my Elsa braid? Lol, getting styling advice from little girls and cartoons over here, apparently. And I kind of love it! :)

Avert Your Eyes! I Made a Bathing Suit!

Heyooooooo! Here I am on the internets showing some skins! Thank goodness they are a bit of modest skins though, thanks to Closet Case File’s Bombshell Swimsuit! I have had this pattern for a while, just waiting to buy fabric for it then build up the nerve to actually sew a bathing suit!

Bombshell Swimsuit

The pattern has 3 options- 2 necklines and then just a high wasted bottom. I was battling with which style to make for myself. I was magnetized towards the halter top but every single person I spoke to about it suggested I do the other one. My mom even said the halter top looked “slutty”, lol! I thought that was hilarious because of just HOW MUCH SKIN IS COVERED in this suit compared with the string bikinis of our time. The halter is very Marilyn Monroe and I think it is awesome. Anyways, after reading MANY people’s experiences, plus the designer herself talking about it, the other version apparently doesn’t have much support and I didn’t want to deal with extra cup/wire/crazy upheaval issue with my massive boobs. So I went with my guts :)

Bombshell Swimsuit

I do LOVE the other version too, and since I accidentally bought WAYYYY too much of this AMAZING peacock feather spandex while fabric shopping in NYC (for some reason I had 2.5 yards in my head… yeah. that was for a dress pattern I have, not the bathing suit one, LOL) I most certainly have enough fabric left to make the other one too! I think I can figure out the cuppage thing if I really try.

Bombshell Swimsuit

As for sewing this up, I decided I wanted to add 2 inches to the bodice AFTER I had already cut out the main fabric that was to be ruched. So I SHOULD have added 3 1/4 inches more to the ruchey bit (the ratio is 1:1.6), but I didn’t, so there are less gathers in my suit than there are supposed to be. I figure NO ONE will notice that and I’m totally okay with it :) The designer is 5’6 and I am 5’9 so I figured I needed some extra length in the torso for my extra height. The fit is spot on in that area, I am SO glad I did that! Especially since I didn’t make a muslin, which was suggested, OOPS, teehee!

Bombshell Swimsuit

The pattern was very straight forward and easy to follow, and I LOVED her little personality and funny things she said in the pattern. The only thing that caused me a little strife (though not enough to unpick seams because it looks fine once worn) is that I think there may be more stretch needed for the elastic. She calls for 70% in the butt area, which works, but there are a couple places where she says not to stretch it at all and it seems a little funny when I’m not wearing it.. especially around the front skirt portion. And she says to use 80% for the halter parts around the boobs.. I think it would have worked better with 70% there… But then again, it could just be my boobs, or my machine, or the elastic I used. Either way, next time I make this suit (which I think I will since I feel FANTASTIC for the first time ever wearing a bathing suit!) I will add a little more stretch as I go :)

Bombshell Swimsuit

The measurements put me in a 12 at the bottom and a 14 on top. When tracing out the pattern, I actually widened the chest pieces even more because I wanted to make absolute SURE my girls were completely encased in the suit. The whole thing fits me like a glove and I couldn’t be happier  :) Speaking of the bottom, DUDE everyone’s bottom looks fantastic in this suit! Even mine!

Bombshell Swimsuit

I made this suit in a weekend (poor Jake was left handling the kids) and because of that (I was super focused) Jake forbade me to sew this weekend, LOL! He wanted to make sure we actually got some family time and spend time together instead of us both trying to focus on our own singular pursuits while he is home. So it was actually quite fun when I asked him to try to take some pictures of me. It was his idea to put me in front of our retro trailer since the style of the suit is super retro and it was pretty fun! I tried to be silly and pose old- timey but honestly I think I am too ridiculous to pull it off! But I bet you can’t even tell I have a fever today! Those sunglasses help the death feeling in my eyes from showing in the pictures, ha! Also, what the hell, summer fever? Unacceptable!

Bombshell Swimsuit

Sweet Millie came out while we were taking pictures, she wanted in on the action. Actually that is a lie.

“Those are my sunglasses, mommy.”

“OH, can I just wear them for a couple minutes please?”

“NO. They are mine and I want them now.”

Little love. Photo shoot over. lol

Bombshell Swimsuit

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