Bathrobes

These were made quickly and out of desperation.

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There could be lots of explanation here, but lets just leave it that our mornings are early and bathrobes are easier than multiple trips up and downstairs.

I bought two fleece blankets from the thriftstore and used a bit of fleece I had around.  They aren’t exactly the color combos I would have chosen, but the girls are pretty thrilled with them and Favor even learned how to tie a bow with them.

IMG_5923I sort-of traced their rain jackets for the pattern, but I lengthened the front openings, and made the hoods a few different ways, and hoped they would work, which they mostly did.

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Photos were taken (quickly and in bad light) in front of our (unclean) chalk board wall!

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A Tinkerbell Birthday


I recently posted about how Rory could hardly handle the anticipation of her impending third birthday. What we didn’t tell her was that her birthday party was happening about 2 1/2 weeks before her birthday.

IMG_5262She decided quickly that the only kind of party she wanted was a Tinkerbell party.  Last year’s party was a loud, busy, and crazy book swap party which was a blast.  This year, I wanted to have a smaller party for two reasons: First, Faith and Favor do much better in calmer, more controlled environments and second, I wanted to put a lot more detail and thought into this year’s party so I knew it would be easier with fewer kids.  We ended up going with a cousins only party.  It was still plenty crowded and lots of fun!

When Rory decided on Tinkerbell, the first thing we did was put the invitation together.  Jonathan wrote a great limerick (another one of his superpowers that nobody knows about) and I designed the card using my Silhouette software (best Christmas present ever!!!).

IMG_3484All of the guests were given fairy costumes when they arrived.

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The birthday girl, of course, was given an extra special fairy dress.

I sewed circle skirts for the girls following this tutorial, and I made a fairy “cloak” for our lone gentleman guest.  I made the wings from kids’ wire hangers and white tulle.

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IMG_5284IMG_5256IMG_5341 IMG_5365I made Rory’s dress pattern from tracing a tank top…and just kind of guessed along the way.  The scariest part was that I surprised her with the dress, so I couldn’t try it on her as I went.  Thankfully, it fit just as I had hoped.

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The day was full of fairy activities.  We made fairy wands and fairy houses.  The houses were definitely a hit and took a lot more time than I anticipated.  I was amazed that all of the kids were really into it.

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I initially planned to make a fairy house as an example for the kids.  I never got around to it, and I am SO GLAD I didn’t do it.  The creativity that comes out of kids is outstanding and I would have squelched it with my realistic and organized fairy house.

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And then the food.  I love themed party food!!!!!

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The “cookie cake”was a hit. It was definitely a time intensive process, but totally worth it.  I made vanilla French macaroons with a chocolate ganache filling.

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We also made “toadstool mushrooms” (marshmallows dipped in colored white chocolate), Jonathan carved Rory’s name in a watermelon (yet another superpower), and no fairy party is complete without ants on a log.

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We sang happy birthday, Rory was thrilled, the kids were entertained for the entire party, and nobody cried (that I can recall).  It was a birthday miracle.

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Happy 3rd Birthday little Rory!

Things I Love

If you’re not on Pinterest and you need another time-sucking habit, you should join.
Here are some of my wardrobe inspirations found from there.
I love the sweetheart neckline and vintage fabric.
Pink and red together.
Pastels.
Short, structured skirts.
Source: zara.com via Sarah on Pinterest
A-line dresses.  And Shabby Apple in general.
Hearts.
Easy to sew.
Neck tie.
Winter coat with a bow.
Source: ebay.com via Sarah on Pinterest

More Outfits


Here are some baby outfits I’ve made in the last…I don’t know…year and a half.

 

I obviously didn’t take this picture. It’s so awesome because Blume Photography took it.  Poke around their website, and you’ll probably see some pictures you recognize!  Since they’re full time photographers, I figured the camera assistant onesie outfit would be perfect.  The camera was attached through my new favorite method: Heat ‘n Bond. I also attached the skirt. 

I think the rest were for little Asher Fitz.  The frog with the crown is meant to go with a pair of froggy pants I made him…that I didn’t take a picture of.  Jonathan made a couple of them too.  Can you guess which ones?

Summer Romper

So, it’s not that I haven’t been sewing lots of things.  It’s just that I haven’t made the time to put them into blog form.  We love saving money on internet.  However, anything involving uploading pictures or other things to the internet takes FOREVER, so its hard to get motivated.

Anyway, I made this romper last June.  It’s one of my favorite projects because I actually drafted the pattern myself.  No tutorials or pattern pieces.  Just me and lots of measuring.

 The back top panel is all smocked so she can grow into it.  The back of the straps snap on so they can be adjusted as well.

 The front is gathered to give the fabric some texture.

The bottoms were supposed to look a bit more like shorts than they did, but I don’t think I quite gathered them in the right places.  There’s also a snap closure on the bottom for all of those diaper changes!

I definitely enjoyed drafting my own pattern and I’m looking forward to doing more of it in the future!

Baby Advice and Dresses

I’m heading into work late today because we’re making a second attempt at Rory’s 9 (now 10) month checkup.  I will NOT miss this one!!!!

Ever since we went to Chicago about a month ago, her sleeping schedule has gone a little wonky.  We spoiled her into getting rocked to sleep every night so she’s forgotten how to self soothe herself to sleep.  This is only a problem at 5:30am when she wakes up and decides it’s time to be awake since she can’t get herself to fall back asleep.  Jonathan and I are awake at that time, but we REALLY enjoy our Rory-free morning time.  She was up from about 5:45 to 7am this morning, and then I just put her down again.  Any advice on how to break her of this habit…without having her cry it out?  (I’m all about the Babywise method, but not all about crying it out.)

While she’s sleeping, I figured I’d post a quick blog of some itty bitty baby dresses I made months ago.  I think these are my favorite things to make, because they come together in about 20 minutes and people are always impressed by them!

As usual, I made these with remnant or free fabric.

I can’t decide which one I like better. I’m a sucker for polka-dots, but I love the green lining on the flowery one. Which do you prefer?

Summer Sunsuit

When I ran across this colorful seersucker fabric in the 50% off remnants section, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  Summer is finally here for me to show off Rory’s ridiculously adorable chunky legs, and what better way to do it than through a sunsuit?  I’ve had Made By Rae’s Baby Sunsuit Tutorial on my “to make” list for quite awhile now and this was the perfect fabric for it.

It was much easier than I even thought it would be!

In the process, I learned how to smock fabric.  (Smocking is where the fabric is gathered and stretchy.)

Smocking is sooooo easy too! I smocked both the top and the legs of the sunsuit.

The other thing I learned to do was installing snaps.  This project had a bit of a bigger learning curve for me and I had to replace one of the snaps (hence the different colors).

The worst part was that the very first time I tried this on Rory, she scratched her foot on the broken snap and wailed and wailed.  It never feels good to see your kid cry…especially if you caused it!  Of course she got over it in a minute and was fine.

All I’ve gotta say, is I think she’ll finish out the summer with a few more sunsuits.  This cuteness needs to be continued.

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