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Happy holidays everyone!  I hope you’ve had a great year. I have except for not being able to sew or blog as much as I would like.

2014 Holiday Card

If you follow me on social media then you know that we welcomed Owen to the family earlier this year. He is a pretty amazing little guy; almost always happy and giggles at Lillian all the time. He doesn’t sleep through the night yet so I’m still choosing sleep over sewing… hence the lack of blogging and sewing.

I do still have plans for the blog and sewing projects so I hope you stick around. I have a few tutorials to write up for some cute hooded towel options. I still want to finish my first pattern but keep thinking of new options to add to it and need to decide exactly how I want it, not to mention that it’s hard making a pattern.  I want to show you the diaper bag I made using the pattern. I have plans on making some sleep sacks for Owen, clothes for both kids, a bag for my mom and sister, and a wallet for myself. The list goes on, but who knows what I will really decide to make.

Hopefully sometime in 2015 I can get back to a regular posting schedule, but if not, know that I’ll eventually get there. I appreciate all of you reading and sticking around during my silence while I focus on my family.

I hope you have a great holiday season and I’ll “see” you in 2015!

April

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In fall, I made Lillian the Annabelle Jacket by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.  My plan was to make it large enough that it would also fit her this spring, but that didn’t work out.  I think I made it in a 3T, so I’m not really sure what I was thinking!

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I absolutely love the way that it turned out.  I love the fabric (both corduroy from Hobby Lobby with a quilting cotton lining) and think it’s an adorable pattern.  I just wish she would have been able to wear it more.  We had a short fall, so I think she only wore this maybe 3 times.  Sad!  Especially since we are having a boy, so he certainly won’t be wearing it.

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Now a little about the actual pattern and process of making the jacket.  The pattern was well written, but definitely wasn’t the easiest thing to make.  The ruffle around the neck was a little difficult to attach, but only because you have to make sure that the unfinished edge does not show.  I had to rip some of it out and reattach it.

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I do not like hand sewing, so I actually top stitched all the way around the sleeves and the jacket.  For the jacket part it was around the bottom, the opening, and then on the jacket part of the neck not the ruffle.  I figured the buttons on the sleeves would never be used, so I just sewed them on instead of doing button holes.  The buttons on the opening section needed buttonholes though.  I did not do the best job with them.  I just really struggle to get my buttonholes lined up!  If anyone has any tips, please share.

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You can really see in this pic that the sleeves are way too short.  Also, the jacket kind of sticks out at her waist because it’s too short, otherwise it would lay better.  I wish I had more of this fabric so I could make her another one.  Unfortunately, it was a seasonal fabric so I’m out of luck.  I guess I have to find even cuter fabric.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I added a button on the right side of the blog.  It’s a link to Christine’s Sewing Machine Reviews blog series.  She blogs and makes/sells her own bag patterns over at ChrisW Designs.  I haven’t made any of her bags yet, but keep eyeing a few.  I think I’m intimidated because they are intermediate bags.  I should really just try them out!

Anyway, the series is obviously reviews on sewing machines, but it’s from “normal” people like myself.  So no one is paid to review their sewing machine, they actually get nothing to review it, other than the exposure from Christine’s blog.  So it’s true reviews…what we love, like, dislike, hate about our machines.  My review on my Bernina 330 was posted at the end of May, so be sure to see how my feelings have changed (or haven’t) from when I first got my machine.

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop so I get compensated for any orders placed through the links in this post.

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This summer I made Lillian a Hopscotch Tunic from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop.  I have to admit that it’s not my favorite thing that I’ve made for Lillian.  The fit just isn’t right, but I’m not sure why.  I think part of the problem is that she is so small, so she needed a smaller size, yet more length added.  I made this before the Perfect Peasant Dress and with making that dress I realized that I truly did need to make alterations because of Lillian’s small size, yet her height is longer than the small size.   So I was a little late on that discovery.  With that said, I will still probably try to make this again because I’ve seen so many other cute ones.

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I do think part of it was that I wasn’t a fan of the way the fabrics looked together.  I think the darker purple was a little too overpowering for the lighter fabric.  Just a personal preference.  Now that I’ve been sewing more clothes, I think I would make the “skirt” part narrower so that it didn’t stick out so much.  The things that you learn from experience!

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Here is a view from the back.  Lots of buttons…well, not too many on this size, but the larger sizes would have a lot of buttons.  Buttons and buttonholes are not really my friend yet.  I can never get them lined up like I would like to!  Again, experience will help with that.

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I do think the shirt is pretty cute, I just don’t love it.  Lillian also didn’t love it, but that is only because she had to stand still for more than 2 seconds in order to get the buttons buttoned.  I think she would like it better this coming summer, but I don’t really think it will fit.  We will see if I get another made for this summer or if I just try different patterns.

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I’m terrible about that!  Always trying new things instead of making more of the patterns I have.  I guess I won’t get bored that way, right?

I’ve noticed that my blog has become all about making clothes for Lillian.  I should probably work on that.  haha  Like I mentioned in my last post, I have some new projects to share with you soon.  My next sewing “tasks” are things for the baby, one of which will include a diaper bag, so that is something that isn’t clothing related.  If you are bored with the clothes, hang in there, because I have some other things that will eventually make it to the blog!  Three of which are for the kids and will include pattern pieces.

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop so I get compensated for any orders placed through the links in this post.

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I’m still catching up on things that I made this summer.  One of my favorites (and Lillian’s as well) is another layer cake skirt based off of the tutorial by Prudent Baby (which is now called Pretty Prudent). 

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This is obviously bigger than the first one that I made, but if you go down to the third comment on my original post you will find the calculations that I use to make a skirt that fits.  Once you calculate the size that you need to cut each layer, then this skirt is pretty easy to make.  Ruffles probably aren’t the best if you have never sewn before, but they definitely aren’t the hardest thing to do either.  I know there are some tricks out there to make it easier as well, but I haven’t tried any of them yet.  When I do, I will be sure to share my experience!

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The fabric that I used is from Patty Young’s line “Textured Basics”.  I think I purchased it from Fat Quarter Shop, but they don’t have many options in this line any more.  I love the colors and how fun the fabrics are without being over the top.  Lillian has leggings that she wears under the skirt now that it’s freezing out and it still looks super cute.  Most of you are probably just surprised that she can still wear the skirt 6 months after I made it.  That is one advantage to having a peanut….we get a lot of use out of each size of clothing.

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Since I have obviously been slacking on blogging lately, I thought I  would let you know that I have still been sewing.  Actually I have been choosing sewing over blogging, so I guess that is a good thing.  I have at least 6 new things sewn since I was super sick at the beginning of the pregnancy.  I think that’s pretty decent considering I only sew on the weekends since I can barely stay awake past 8 during the week.  This baby is sure taking a lot out of me.

Speaking of being super sick.  I wrote a blog post on my personal blog about my experience if you are interested in reading.  On a good note though, I am feeling really well now, other than being super tired and then of course normal pregnancy aches and pains.  I’m officially in the third trimester now and have a few things that I still need/want to sew to get ready for this little guy to arrive.

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This summer, I made myself another pair of pajama pants.  You might recall that I made a pair in a beginner sewing class.  I was originally going to try to make my own pattern based on a pair of pajamas that I loved, but since I was going to use quilter’s cotton and the pajamas were made with knit, I was afraid it wasn’t going to work out.  I really liked the fabric that I had so I didn’t want to chance ruining the pants, so I ended up using the Kwik Sew pattern again.

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These are so easy to make and are so comfortable!  I didn’t make the same adjustments that I made the first time I made them and they fit better this time….I’m also heavier than I was when I first made them.  (These pics are pre pregnancy pics, so I am comparing non pregnancy weight)

Now that I have a serger, this was even faster to make than with a regular machine.  You can easily still use a sewing machine, but be sure to zig zag or overlock the edges if you use quilter’s cotton.  You don’t want a ton of loose threads to cut after every wash.

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I highly suggest trying out pajama pants or shorts.  They have room for mistakes, but are easy and then you get something comfortable to lounge around in.  You can use different types of fabric as well…quilter’s cotton, knit, flannel, etc.

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, then you already know, but I am going to be teaching a Basic Tote Bag class at my local quilt shop!!  I’m super excited and nervous at the same time.  I love helping others learn, but have never officially taught a class, especially for sewing.  If you are local, be sure to check it out and sign up if you can.  Here is the quilt shop’s website with all of the details:  http://www.roycequilting.com/classes.htm