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.
This weekend Sean and I went away for our first kids free weekend, as in we haven’t been away together without the kiddos for more than a date night in almost 4 years. It was long overdue thats for sure.
When I booked the trip to surprise Sean I immediately reached out to his mom, Linda, to see if she would be interested in coming down and wrangling the kids for a few days. Having had just survived a weekend with just the kids I knew it was asking a lot of someone but she jumped at the chance to have her grandkids all to herself for the weekend. I was confident that the kids wouldn’t even miss us with grandma around, we quickly learned that we missed them long before they really missed us.
Peplum tops and dresses are everywhere and while I have always loved them on other people I just never thought it was a look I could pull off. I have the body type most typically called pear shape, small on the top with larger hips and thighs. But I decided recently to embrace my shape and sew things that work for me and even try things that I normally wouldn’t try. I have been quietly stalking the Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline since it was released. I have even gone as far as to put it in a cart but never actually hit purchase, I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off.
Man, I am on a roll! I have sewn more for myself this week that I usually do in a month. It is nice to focus on my own wardrobe every now and then. Especially with Kids Clothes Week coming next week when I will be solely focused on my littles.
Melissa of Melly Sews just released her newest pattern the Pocketful of Posies Dress on Tuesday. You may notice a pattern lately but the second I saw it pop up on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or I don’t remember now I scooped it up. Hard to pass up on a pattern that is not only cute but bound to be super comfortable.
The ladies over at Pattern Anthology never seem to disappoint. When they all started hinting on Instagram what the upcoming collection was going to be, I started to get excited because the patterns looked like women’s patterns.
The Just Add Jean collection was announced the beginning of March and I snatched it up within minutes of getting the email. Because I wear the mommy uniform of jeans and some form of a T-shirt every day I knew these patterns would get a lot of use.
As we become more and more a part of our local community and preschool the number of birthday parties the kids get invited to increases. I love going to parties and especially making something special for the birthday girl/boy. My most recent go to birthday present for kids my daughter’s age is my Colouring Book Library Tote. It’s a quick sew and something that is guaranteed to give the receiver many hours of fun.
When Haley of Welcome to the Mouse House released The Julia Cardigan at the beginning of December I snatched it up that day. I knew it needed to be a part of my wardrobe in all of the different options.
As usual life got busy and I never got around to making one for myself. I finally remedied that last week and the finished product was just as amazing as I knew it would be back in December when I bought the pattern. How is it possible that I waited this long to actually sit down and sew the pattern that ended up taking less than an hour to do from start to finish.
Sophie loves when I make her clothes, especially when they are pink. She makes my sewing momma heart smile when she proudly tells anyone who asks that her mom made her clothes. I hope that she never loses that pride in wearing something that was made just for her, because I know I will cherish the way she reacts when I show her what I have made.
One of the things that I am going to focus on this year is sewing through my stash both my fabric stash and my pattern stash. Over the last year I have amassed a huge collection of pdf patterns yet I find myself making the same patterns over and over again. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I absolutely love some of my patterns but it is also fun to stretch your skills and try something new.