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Thursday, May 30, 2013

MMM '13 - Almost Done

I'm letting the girls take over for me for a day.  We went to the Decatur Arts Festival on Sunday and had some fun in the sun.
Arielle is wearing my Molly Blossom Design Sunberry Swirl Twirl Dress and she's giving us a peek at the upcoming Sweet Tea Shorties pattern. (to be released soon!)
Eden is wearing the Tie Dye Diva's Perfect Party Dress and having a laugh at the man with the marionette.  
I'm crossing my fingers right now because a photo of this kitty dress and pretty girl have a chance to possibly be included in a sewing book!  I'll let you know for sure if that pans out.

I'm losing steam here at the end and have only one good picture of me to show you.

This is my second Grainline Scout Tee and I got compliments on it the first day I wore it.  The fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.  I just love the pink pants and coral together.

I posted another entry for Skirt Week, this time in the Children's Skirt section.

This is the third skirt I've made from this pattern (Petite Kids Boutique Lucy Skirt) and I have another already cut out.  I love it most especially because of the shorts attached underneath.  My sweet girl is learning how to be modest and ladylike, but it's much more fun if we don't have to worry so much about it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

More Farbenmix and Labels in the Works

The Yelena Sew-Along has begun over at Burlap Button.
I did the first step a day late.

Today's task was to finish the edges and sew the pockets, but when I took all my pattern pieces downstairs along with the pattern, I got distracted by a skirt that needed finishing in my UFO basket.
Then, when I went back to try to work on pockets, I took out my pattern, only to realize/remember that the instructions are not in English and I had forgotten to bring my computer downstairs with me to look up the step by step pictures.  I was not motivated to go upstairs and get it to come back down and sew.

So that was the end of that for this evening.
When you are used to living in a ranch-style house, stairs are a big deal... at least the first month of living with them.

In other news, I bought the files for this awesome care tag and hope to get motivated to print them out on some transfer paper and iron them onto some fabric to make my own tags.
Aren't those cool?  Vintage Laundry designed her own and then everyone was clamoring for them and she has them available on her Etsy site now. I loved the Cotton Candy and the Peach Cobbler especially, but I figured I'd better get the one she did in my logo colors of yellow and charcoal.  I added the size options so now I can print sizes 4-8.  Should last me a while. :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

MMM '13 - Is it still May??

I don't think I ever even said what MMM '13 stood for.  Silly me.  It's Me Made May 2013 and it is the baby of Zoe from So Zo, What Do You Know.  She hosts a month or two each year of sewing enthusiasts showing off their Me Mades in a Flickr group. We all make a commitment to wear a certain number of Me Made items each week and the goal is to get more of our Me Mades into rotation because sometimes they can just languish in our closets and dresser drawers.

Sis Boom Jamie Dress made two Summers ago and still going strong.
A little cute puppy thrown in for good measure. :)

I don't think she understands why I am stopping on the stairs every day and pointing something at the couch (where the camera is propped up).  She always stops to look at me questioningly... so I invite her over. 
This is my "grumpy clouds" self-drafted tank and one of 5 pairs of colored slacks I have from Old Navy.

I changed it up a bit and went out on the back porch.  This is also one of my entries for Skirt Week in the Flickr group.  

Funny story about this dress.  Y'all know I just moved? well, all my fabric and patterns aren't even unpacked yet.  I had a couple of events coming up on my calendar and wanted to take the chance to get my butt in gear and sew some of my fabric from my stash and use some of my unused patterns.  So I looked at what fabrics I had unpacked that weren't already matched with a pattern and came up with this pairing.  The fabric is from DC a year ago and the pattern I used, with not so great a fabric pairing, here.
After I decided to make this dress, I was looking back through my blog just for fun and saw that I had paired this fabric and pattern quite a while ago!  I totally thought I was having a new idea and lo and behold, I already had it planned this way.
It was meant to be.

Trying another creative shot.  
I made the purple knit ruffle pants and got the flowy tunic at JCPenny's for five buckaroos.

Monday, May 20, 2013

MMM '13: Days 17 - 20

Left: Simplicity 1805  Right: a plus size Target maxi that I altered to fit me and gave a hi-low hem 
Simplicity 2246- Lisette Traveler Dress

I am about to go crawl into bed after quite a day with one girl with food poisoning and the other just bored out of her mind because I was having to stay with the one that had food poisoning.
Just now, finally took a shower.
The top is McCalls 6078.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

MMM '13 Days 8 - 15

Last year I did fairly thorough picture taking and blogging, posting a picture to flickr everyday with details of my outfit.  This year, I'm still enjoying it and definitely enjoying looking through the other participants' photos, but I'm not whole hog into it... and it shows.
So here's what 'cha get.
on left: Chambray wide-leg pant with eyelet trim.
middle: (cheater pic because I didn't get a picture that day) Simplicity 1805 in grey knit
right: Molly Blossom Mermaid Fizz pattern in Paganelli Fabrics

on left: Old Navy pants with Lisette Traveler Dress cut off to shirt length in chambray
right: Old Navy pants with Grainline Scout Tee in voile

on left: same wide leg pant as above, but in Amy Butler quilting cotton for pj's
top right: Simplicity 2892 in a teal floral rayon blend
bottom right: Sewaholic Renfrew in a waffle knit

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MMM '13 Days 1-7

We are all moved in to our rental in Atlanta, Georgia and I am sooooo glad to be home.  We ate at Panera with family and snapped this photo on the patio of me in my sewn knit cardigan.  This is actually taken on the 2nd, but I make up for my lack of a picture on the first with some extra outfits... you'll see.
I have these Old Navy pants in 5 colors and this orange happened to be a perfect compliment to the cardi.
Baby girl (who's not a baby any more) wanted to be in the picture because she was particularly fond of her hat.

The 3rd found us traveling to DC for a vacation/conference.  My husband is a Radiologist and has been to this conference for the past four years.  I kinda hope he keeps going because I like DC. :)
I wore my Sewaholic Renfrew pieced together with Spoonflower knits.

Day 4.  After walking quite a ways to get to G Street Fabrics to do some shopping, I was glad to be back at the hotel and in bare feet.  There was a HUUUGE mirror and equally huge painting in our room, so this ends up being a nicer-than-usual mirror shot.
The skirt is the me-made.  It began it's life as a maxi dress I made last Summer.  I never wore it as much as I expected too so I cut it apart and decided to try it out as a skirt instead.
 The evening of the 4th, we went to a reception at the conference and used the heavy hors d'oeurves as dinner, then went to Georgetown to get some cupcakes from this awesome place called Baked and Wired.
I wore my Vogue 1224 dress backwards so the neckline was lower in the back.  I kinda liked it better that way.

Here's me just inside the store window of the cupcake shop.  You can see the cupcakes and other desserts under glass globes on the long counter behind me.

The next night, the 5th, we went out to dinner with friends and I wore this black slip dress that I've had since college under my chevron knit McCalls 6078.
(Picture taken in our room... again.)

We are going to be so spoiled after this trip because we went out to dinner with friends AGAIN on the 6th.  We ate at Filomena which happened to be celebrating 30 years of business.  The Pasta Mama stands right in the front window there, making the pasta from scratch.
I wore my zebra print McCalls leggings (terrible for workouts, which I tried last year, but great for warmth on a chilly evening) and carried my Amy Butler Birdie Sling.

Day 7 is a somewhat lame selfie of me in the lobby enjoying the free wine our hotel offers from 5-6 every day.  I wore the pale pink version of those same Old Navy pants as the first day, along with my grumpy cloud tank and a favorite Target cardi.