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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.

Comfy Running Around Shorts

Growing up with 2 sisters all I ever knew was girls.  When I got pregnant with Sophie I knew without a doubt that I was having a girl.  I just always pictured myself with girls, at least 2 but maybe even 4.  Clearly that was the no kids person talking, because reality is 2 kids is enough 🙂

When I got pregnant with Benny I knew without a doubt that it was a boy.  Before we found out the sex I tried to convince myself that it was a girl but knew deep down that wasn’t the case.  Don’t get me wrong I was so excited but still surprised I was actually having a boy.

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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Gnome Pants

Lets just file this blog post under photos taken 3 months ago and never blogged about, and it was a pattern test to boot.  Those are my favourite things to blog about so I am kicking myself that I never did this one.

Lately it is a very rare opportunity that I actually sew or blog about something I made for Benny, something I hope to change in the coming months.  But in the meantime here is a fun pair of pants that I made for Benny that not only I adore but both Benny and Sophie love.  Ben asks for his man pants to go with his man shirt all the time.

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.

Twirling in the Park with the Mae Tunic

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The day is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the pattern I have been working on thanks to the help of the always amazing Lauren Dahl and her course on Pattern Workshop (affiliate link).  You can check out my review of the first half of her course here.  I hope to have a review of the second half of the course in the next few weeks, but you know I actually have to finish the course first 🙂

Sewing When Sick…

As any stay at home parent can attest, when you are sick you rarely get time off.  A few weeks ago we were going to go on a last minute trip up to Vancouver to see my brother and sister in law.  The night before we left, which was about 5 hours after we decided to go I came down with a nasty cold.  The kind of cold where all you want to do is lay on the couch and watch tv.

70’s are Calling

Fabric shopping with kids is always so much fun.  Kids have a vision for fabric that I may never have had, as example Sophie picked out the fabric in this dress and the end result was so great.  She still gets compliments from strangers every time she wears it.  I can’t take too much credit for it since I only did the sewing.

Recently we went shopping for some swimsuit fabric and Sophie insisted on getting shiny gold fabric to make Ben a swimsuit.  So when the test call went out for Peek-a-boo Patterns new pattern Monaco Swim Trunks (affiliate link), I knew Ben would rock that pattern in gold.  Now all Benny needs is a gold chain and aviators and his look will be complete.