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Sew the Year April Recap

I love that Sew the Year is what it took me to tackle projects through out the year that I might have just put off in the past.  Get all the details here on what Sew the Year is as well as past projects I have completed.  

April was about sewing some clothes for my kiddos, something that I don’t do very often.  I am so glad that I set out to sew one new thing for each of them, a total obtainable goal, and it reminded me how much I do enjoy sewing for them.  Both of my kiddos absolutely love when I sew for them which makes the process even better know they will appreciate the item.

Sullivan Dress

You guys, why in the world do I not sew for Sophie more often.  Abby of Sew Much Ado really knocked it out of the park with the Sullivan dress.  I can’t believe how ridiculously adorable this dress is on my girl.  

I have to be honest I am a little jealous of this dress, I might need to find a way to hack another dress to look like this.  I will probably look like a 6 year old girl but…

Not Just a Sunsuit

When my friend Ajaire of Call Ajaire reached out and asked if I would like to join the blog tour for her first pattern, the Paneled Sunsuit, I jump aboard.  I haven’t been sewing for my kiddos nearly enough so it was fun to set aside all the womens patterns and do a little kid sewing.  Unlike your average blog tour Ajaire asked us to show how her pattern is not just a sunsuit but can actually be remixed into other pieces for your kiddos wardrobe.

Love Inspired Haven Acres Collection

I hope you are all spending today feeling the love with the special people in your life.  I got my valentines present early last night and have managed to only eat 3 of the super yummy chocolates my husband got me.  They are calling me from the kitchen as I write this post, I will try to resist.

One of my valentines this year got a special outfit for heart day.

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One of my favourite things to do for Sophie is sew her something while she is napping and then surprise her with it when she wakes up.

Betty Skirt Tour

It’s no secret I love sewing for my kids, especially Sophie because she proudly wears mommy made clothes.  But the real reason I love sewing for my kids is I can create clothes that actually fit them.  Both Sophie and Ben are super skinny so in order for them to fit at the waist they will be way too short, or I can buy them clothes long enough but then they won’t stay up.  Ben has actually been wearing Sophie’s jeggings for the last year because they fit him great unlike all other pants and jeans.

The Tale of Two Tunics and a Dress

Caila of Caila Made just released a new pattern, the Desert Rose Dress and Tunic, and I was one of the lucky ones that got to test it.  Listen to me when I say this pattern is amazing and so easy to sew up.  You have to head over to her shop right now and get this pattern.

Don’t worry, I will wait…

Okay now that you have the pattern let’s talk about what I like to call the Tale of Two Tunics and a Dress.

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Uptown Downtown Dress – Pattern Tour

Today I am joining the pattern blog tour for the Uptown/Downtown Dress by Terri of Sew Straight and Gather and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have been following along with Terri as she was creating this dress using the Pattern Workshop Course (affiliate link) we are both in and jumped at the chance to be a part of her blog tour.  Sophie is always requesting new dresses and I knew that the twirl factor of this dress would be right up Sophie’s alley.

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Mixing Patterns and Forcing Photoshoots

If there is one thing I have learned since I started sewing clothes for my kiddos it’s that you should never force a photoshoot.  Not only will you end up with force smiles but you will probably have tears at some point.  And really, is a pattern testing deadline or blog post really worth forcing your child to stand still and smile just for some photos.

Absolutely not.

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Pony Coachella Shorts

When Mandalynn of Striped Swallow Designs posted a picture of her first pattern, Coachella Shorts, I jumped at the chance to test them.  They are seriously cute and I was excited about supporting a fellow Pattern Workshop student.

Since I do my best sewing while the kids are napping I decided to see if I could get the pattern completed from start to finish while the kids were down.  You know what it was easy peasy to get done and I even had time to spare.