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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.

Knitting Project Bag


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.

Sewing for Me – Peplum Crazy

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.

Sewing for Me – Pocketful of Posies Dress

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.

Sewing for Me – Day Tripper Top

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.


Last Minute Party Dress

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.


Sewing for Me – Julia Cardigan

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.

Why Not Make a Dress…

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.

Paperback Writer Cardigan – Shwin Designs

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.