|From out newborn photoshoot with Rachel Marie Photography|
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Baby Peter was born on March 6th and we cannot believe how in love we are!
He is big and very long (no surprise, I am 6'0" and my husband is 6'6")!
He has the sweetest face and the sweetest voice and we are so lucky he is ours.
For his coming home outfit, I brought a cute blue and white striped sleeper and a navy beanie I made. Sadly, the beanie was too small for him!
So he has yet to wear something made by me. I can't wait to make him some cute clothes. He is two weeks old and has officially outgrown his newborn clothes. On to 0-3 month sizes!
Friday, January 6, 2017
On my most recent trip into LA with my sisters in law, we got a few suspender clips and lots of leather trim to make these braided pacifier clips. The leather trim was extremely cheap ($1 for 5 yards) but the suspender clips ($0.50 each) are cheaper online.
One of my sisters has a five month old baby and another is expecting a baby a few months after me, so it has been so fun to craft and plan with them! Those three cousins will grow up to be best buds!
We each made a few pacifier clips together on Christmas.
The two colors that I got were teal and tan.
The end result!
I have a lot of leftover trim and have plans to buy some more suspender clips online. I think this is a super easy and cute gift I can give to other friends who are in the baby-making phase of life.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
I love being pregnant and couldn't be more thrilled to become a mom soon, but I am also excited to have a waist again!
So here I am reminiscing about projects past.
This is a skirt I made three years ago.
This corduroy fabric I found at DI and its a gorgeous bright blue/green color.
As part of an assignment one semester, I had to create a clothing line, complete with sketches, fabric swatches, inspiration, and a title. The idea for this skirt stemmed from one of my sketches.
|My storyboard. I had imagined a line that was simple, yet beautiful that would effortlessly make any woman the best-dressed one in the room.|
The issue with the fabric is that it has ZERO stretch.
I used my sloper pattern to create a simple pencil skirt pattern with darts at the waist. Sadly, it may not fit me well post-pregnancy. The fabric has no stretch.
Hopefully I will be able to adjust the darts and side seams if needed to get a little more use out of this pretty skirt.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
My first attempt at making moccasins turned out surprisingly perfect.
In comparison, my second pair was a bit of a disappointment!
I was so excited about the dark green color and pieces of leather I found were softer. Turns out, the soft leather is a little harder to work with because it isn't as easily manipulated under the foot of my sewing machine. It proved to be pretty difficult when I was sewing the fringe pieces to the heel and the toe pieces.
|Pieces cut out!|
Overall, they still look cute. Plus, they turned out a bit smaller than the other pair, so my baby will have two different sizes to wear!
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Like I mentioned in a previous post, the proportions of the baby sleeper pattern need some adjusting. Since I have been accumulating tons of clothes for my baby, I was easily able to compare my handmade sleeper to other clothes to determine how it needed to be adjusted.
The body width and length would fit a six month old, but the arms and legs only fit a three month old.
|The sleeve and the bodice/legs pattern pieces|
If I add about an inch to the arms and legs, They would be better proportioned to the body.
I cut both pattern pieces and added an inch and a half length. I made sure to cut them in an area that would only be sewn at the arm and leg seams. I did not want to affect the way any pattern pieces were attached together.
|Bodice cut, extra paper added to the sleeve|
Here are the before and after comparisons:
Super simple and quick fix!
I think this small change will make a bid difference in my little sleepers.
I went to LA with my sisters in law a few weeks ago with grand plans for projects I had in mind for myself. However, I ended up coming home with only fabric for my baby, so I have lots of options to choose from to test out this new and improved pattern.
Monday, January 2, 2017
A couple of years ago my brother, Lane, went on a service trip to Cape Verde for two weeks. When he came back he brought a strip of brown and white fabric and a yard of fabric for me. I made a baby quilt with my yard and Lane requested I make him a tie with his small strip of fabric (not sure why, because he also sews and the ties he makes are flawless!).
I recreated the same pattern that I used for Jesse's tie. In my opinion, it is the perfect width!
|One trick I've used a few times is using the lining and structural reinforcement from an old tie for my new ones. I go to thrift stores and buy a few ties for dirt cheap and then take them apart.|
|The old tie I took apart next to the new fabric|
Here is the project almost completed with maroon lining.
One huge mistake I made with this project was not leaving enough fabric as seam allowance in the back. If I had left it as it originally was, It would have been a much thinner tie, but I didn't want that. I added a strip of fabric and tacked it onto the back to cover both raw edges.
It made the tie a little bulkier and I bet my brother kind of regretted asking me to make it after seeing the outcome!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
I graduated from college three years ago today! College went by in a flash, and so has life after college. Being an adult is hard work sometimes, but so far I've loved each phase of life more than the last!
|Not a great shot of the dress, but the only pic where I'm not bundled in a coat and beanie!|
I made myself a maroon dress a few years ago in my pattern making class. I'd hardly worn it at all, but I decided it was the perfect dress to wear to graduation. In the dead of winter, maroon was a fitting color. Plus, it looked amazing with my new cream coat, a graduation gift from my parents!
Also, I still miss working at the costume shop.