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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

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This post is probably going to be kind of long.  I have a sale to announce at the end, plus an update on where I have been.  But first, I want to tell you a little about the Perfect Peasant Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop that I made Lillian for her to wear on her birthday.  Yes, her birthday was this summer, so that is why the grass looks so green.

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To start out, I have to say that this might be my favorite pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop that I have made so far.  Since Lillian is so small and some of the other items I have made her have been on the larger side, I decided to make the bodice in a size 2T and used the 3T for the length.  This was easy to do for this dress since the bodice is already separate from the skirt.

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As you can see, even though it’s a dress, she was still able to easily play in it.  I sewed one side of the sash to the dress so that it wouldn’t rise up too much and it wouldn’t get lost if it happened to come untied.  The worst that could happen is that she would step on the sash and possibly trip.  This has not happened yet and she has worn this dress a lot.  It’s also one of her favorite things that I have made for her!

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The dress was pretty easy to make, but I did struggle with the flower.  I probably should have used a larger button in the middle because I couldn’t get the fabric to hide under it.  I used these cover button kits (not sure on the size) to make the button.  It was SO easy to use and turned out fantastic.  I will definitely be using these again in the future!  (The above picture is an outtake pic from the Father’s Day gift that I do every year, but it shows the flower pretty well, so I’m using it.)

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Back to the dress.  The hardest part is making the casing for the sleeves and the neckline.  The good thing about it though, is that they do not need to be perfect.  Once the elastic is added, any minor creases will be hidden.  So if you are looking for a great first dress to make, I recommend this one.  It’s honestly really forgiving as far as not needing every little thing to be perfectly sewn.

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I hemmed the bottom after the dress was completed, because I did add a little extra when cutting so that it wouldn’t be too short.  I finished this the week of her birthday so I had to make it correctly the first time around!  I think this is actually a great option for most dresses.  Seeing this pic now, I probably could have made it a tad shorter, but it still fits (6 months later) so I’m ok knowing that it was a tad long at the beginning.

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This was my first time sewing with chevron and I didn’t bother with making sure the edges were perfectly matched.  I haven’t noticed that they don’t match each time that she wears it, so it’s obviously not a big deal to me.  I know to some it is.

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Another outtake pic.  What a silly girl!  Here you can see that the arms and neckline are gathered.  This is accomplished by making a casing and adding elastic.  This is also done on the waistline, but it’s covered by the sash so you can’t really see it.  My choices of fabric were taken from her invite, which I purchased from PrintasticDesign on Etsy.  Here is what the invite looked like.  I would recommend this shop, but she definitely takes the full turnaround time that she has listed.

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Next, I want to share the sale that Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop is having.  I’m pretty sure that this sale is the first one that I purchased any of Amy’s patterns with and I was hooked!  I had so much trouble trying to pick out 3 (I think the sale was for 3 that year) because I seriously liked them all.  Now, she has so many more to choose from.  I’m going to have to go through and see what I’m missing.  haha

Here are a few of the other projects that I have made using a Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop pattern.
Convertible Pants
Winter Pajamas
V-Neck Shirt
Baptism Dress (This actually mixes a few of the patterns)

I’ve also made the Hopscotch Tunic, Annabelle Jacket, and Hangout Hoodie, but have yet to blog about them.  Here is a video that Amy put together to showcase some of the patterns.

As for what I have been up to, I highly recommend watching this video!

 

If you weren’t able to watch the video…I’m pregnant!  I am now 15 weeks along and we are pretty excited to welcome another little one into the family.  I haven’t been able to blog or sew or do much really for most of the pregnancy because I was super sick.  I won’t go into all of the details, but I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum and I will just say it was a long first trimester.  I’m not 100% yet, but it’s getting there.  Each day I get more strength and energy back.  I do have to add that I was lucky with the care that I received as well as it ending around the end of the first trimester.  Some woman are not that lucky.

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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My husband’s hobby is photography and since I have this blog and am trying to get better pictures, we have a lot of photography equipment.  This includes, photo lights, which also have stands and umbrellas, a tripod, seamless paper stands, and there is probably more that I am forgetting.  When he needed to take the photo lights to work to get pictures of his coworkers he came up with the idea of having me make a bag that would hold all of the stuff.

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So we worked together to come up with the design for this light stand bag.  Essentially, it’s a gigantic crayon roll but with a flap and handles.  We decided on five pockets and since they are pretty large, a few smaller items could actually fit into one pocket if needed.

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We added a flap to cover the equipment so it doesn’t scratch from rubbing against something else when it’s rolled up.  It’s actually multifunctional, because when it’s rolled up, the flap also helps to keep the equipment from sliding out the end.

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We used duck canvas from Joann’s and he decided on black for the outside, blue for the flap and inside, and grey for the pockets.  The buckles and 1 1/2” webbing straps are from Sewing Supplies on Etsy.  I think I have talked about this shop before, but I highly recommend them.  The quality of everything that I have purchased from there is great.

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We made it so that the side straps are adjustable depending on what is inside.  So if it’s completely full, the bag can still be closed the same as when there isn’t much in it.  The handles are separate from the straps so that the adjustment doesn’t affect the way the bag is carried.  We also made the handles wrap around the bag for extra support.

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We both liked the idea of the pop of blue peeking out when the bag is rolled up.  I’m not going to lie, this bag probably cost more to make than it would have to buy one, but it was a great experience for my husband and me.  We worked on it together and it was definitely a challenge!

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Not only were we sewing large pieces of fabric together, but they were also fairly heavy pieces of fabric.  The weight of the fabric when it wasn’t on the machine, pulled it off to the side.  So one of us sewed and the other tried to keep the fabric from pulling.  (Notice the snow out the patio door?  We started and stopped this project out of frustration many times, so it took a lot longer than necessary to make)

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My machine also wouldn’t sew in a straight line (actually looks pretty good in this picture).  I’m not sure if that is because of the fabric pulling or if we needed to adjust the tension more.  We used a jean needle and upholstery thread so I would think that it wasn’t an issue with those.  So who knows what was going on.  It’s a good thing we weren’t making this to sell!

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Even with not so straight stitching the bag still turned out awesome and exactly how we planned.  It fits everything that we wanted it to fit and is easy to carry.  Of course it’s a little heavy, but that is to be expected considering the items that we are putting in it.

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We haven’t officially used it to transport any of the items to and from a photo shoot, but it’s great for storage and my husband is really happy with it.  So I would say that is a win!

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Since a post can’t be without a picture, here is a pillowcase I made for Lillian.  It’s another travel size pillowcase, but this time I cut my main fabric 18 x 26, accent 2 x 26, and cuff 8 x 26.  It’s still slightly narrow, so next time I might cut each piece to 27 or 28 instead of 26 inches.

If I’m MIA in the next few weeks it’s because they are getting ready to start working on the basement, so instead of sewing, I will probably be researching all of the design sites to help finalize all of the decisions for the basement.  I’m scared excited if that is even possible!