I made a dress!

I’ve felt like sewing a little more lately than usual, so I was super excited when the girls at work got me a JoAnn’s Fabric gift card for my birthday. I went that very same day and spent it all on some cute new fabric to make some dresses/tops for my girls.

I know you are supposed to spend birthday gift cards on yourself, and I went and bought stuff to make for my children, but the fun in it for me is that enjoy making and that I get to see them wear the stuff I made.

Anyway, So now that I had some new fabric to play with (not that I don’t have a huge stash that could be used) I needed to decide on a pattern. What? did I do that in the wrong order? You aren’t supposed to choose the material then the pattern? Oops… hehe

But yeah, So I came across the Embroidered Denim Jumper pattern from the Purl Bee.  LOVE IT!

Not only is this pattern super simple and super cute, I figured out that I can easily make it with only 3 fat quarters!  And if you are like me and LOVE to buy small quantities of lots of cute fabrics, then you should have plenty of these little babies in your stash already.

While the focus on their original version is to showcase the beautiful embroidery on a simple fabric, I took this to a whole different level.  I used 2 different prints and no embroidery – not yet at least.

You see, I had just bought 3 new fat quarters… 2 of them the same busy, almost vintage 70’s-ish feel pattern and a coordinating yellow/while polka dot.  So instead of the original plan to make a  simple skirt with a yellow band on the bottom, I took the yellow up for the bodice, and used the pattern for the skirt of this dress/top.

Also, I took some of the scraps that I trimmed off the skirt and made a binding for the neckline.  I like how it brought it all together.  Although I must admit that my first thought when I had this dress assembled was that it looked like a smock – you know, the ones they throw over kids in school to keep their clothes clean… yeah.

I didn’t let that smock-like feeling deter me though, I kept going.  The original tutorial still kind of had that same feeling when it was laid flat, but it took on a bit more shape when you look at the photo of the girl wearing it.

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What do you think?  NK picked out her tights and shoes to go with the dress… I wasn’t so sure at first, but you know, it kinda works.

I’m really liking the way this turned out. I am thinking it would be fun to add a bow or flower to dress it up and add a bit more interest.  Or even making this again and making the skirt panels even wider so that there’s more room in the skirt.

There are LOTS of possibilities with this simple pattern.  Shoot, I may even go back and do it as the original tutorial had it… hand stitching and all.

This little dress could easily be put together in an hour or less… if you do all stitching by machine.  Add in some time if you decide to do any hand stitching at all.

I machine stitched everything except for the part where you stitch up the inside seams.  That part I did by hand in order to make the stitches as invisible as possible.  It took some time, but was well worth it.

Cookie Day part 2

After 6 years of marriage, I was invited to join in on cookie making day with the women of my husband’s family.  To be fair, they did invite me last year but I couldn’t go.

Anyway, we had a full day and it was lots of fun!

SQ and I left the house early and stopped by the grocery store to pick up the last bit of our ingredients that we needed.  Then picked up Grandma and Aunt Sam.  Next, we stopped to pick up donuts and coffee then found Cousin Anna’s house and picked her up too.  Finally we made it all the way out to Aunt Debbie’s house (it’s kinda far away).

We got everything unloaded and set up then got to work mixing up our cookies.

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I was one of the only ones who did not carry my Kitchenaid mixer from home, so I did a lot of mixing by hand.  It was tough with the Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies, but not impossible.  Plus, they turned out really well… so it worked out.

SQ did really good behaving herself.  She kinda helped with the pretzel/Hershey Kiss/M&M things… that top right photo is where she got bored.  She got Aunt Debbie to put in a movie for her and cozied right up on the couch – of course that didn’t last too long either.  I think her favorite part about the movies was that she got to climb the stairs to go pick out a new one (we don’t have stairs at our house).

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SQ also very much enjoyed Aunt Debbie’s little Christmas Village.  Even though she wasn’t supposed to touch, she could hardly stand to keep her hands off it.

We had a large variety of cookies made, lost of new recipes rather than just the usual favorites.

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SQ even got curious again, and came back in to help.  She rolled dough for the Mexican Wedding Cookies that Uncle Alan had requested and had a lot of fun with it.  It was to the point that it was like playing with PlayDough and she really enjoys that 🙂

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At the end of the day, we were all very tired and just ready to go home.  SQ was asleep by the time we were out of Aunt Debbie’s neighborhood so that gave her plenty of time to rest on the way back home.

As the girls get older each year, I hope to be able to include them both more and more.  I think it’s definitely something they will both look forward to each year.  Hopefully I’ll have a bigger house one day and I might even be able to host the whole thing.

There are a few more things I’d like to make this year, and am hoping to get the chance to this week.  We’ll see.

Knit Vest

I finally made something wearable! It’s for the girls, and turned out super cute!

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See?

I found this Fall Vest pattern on Ravelry and thought it would be a super cute quick knit! It totally did not disappoint!

I cast this on Sunday morning and had the yoke portion finished that day. Then worked on this a little bit each day and finally finished this up this evening. All it needs now is buttons – which we are going to find tomorrow while we’re out. 🙂 Yeah!

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The sizing on the pattern said 12-24 mos and I only upped my needle size 0.5mm from the recommended size but this thing is pretty big. I’d call it more of a 3/4T. My yarn was labeled bulky, but due to the variegated sizing of the yarn, I’m totally going to call it a little bulkier than your average bulky. I like that it’s large though, it looks OK now but the girls will be able to wear it for several years – so that’s extra nice! You can see my project details on Ravelry here.

“I’m Mommy!”

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Picked up the girls today and while I was talking to the Grandparents the girls wanted to play in the car. I turned on their CD and NK put on my sunglasses and said “Look! I’m Mommy!”

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SQ had to get in on the action and dug through my purse while dancing to her music.  That’s my badge reel that she’s playing with there.