Monday, February 25, 2013

13 Kids Clothes Belgian Style

Happy Monday everyone!
Why so happy? Yeah, I know... UGH... Mondays, right? Well happy because I have a special post to share with you. An from Straight Grain invited me to take part in a new sewing series called Kids Clothes Belgian Style. There are so many wonderful and inspiring sewing series throughout the year and to be a guest on this one is quite special to me.
If you have ever seen An's blog or any of her creations via Flickr or posts from fellow bloggers, you can't help but be drawn into her world of simple elegance. If you haven't visited her blog, you MUST go. I promise you will fall in love, just like me.
So what is Belgian Style?
It's a mix of simple, classic design with bright colors lending to a retro feel. I must confess... it wasn't as easy as I was anticipating it to be. 
To see more pictures and story on how I came up with my interpretation, hop on over to An's place HERE. Be sure to say hello and give her a hug for me!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

19 Bah-Bah Black Sheep

I believe this is Charlie Tunic #5. I'm the type of person who'll have one style of cardigan in every color. Weird? Nah... I just know you can never have too many good sweaters. The same goes for sewing patterns. If I like it, I'll make a gazillion in different variations.
This time around I made the tunic minus the sleeves. Perfect for this time of the year... a great layering piece.
The fabric is of Japanese linen/cotton blend from Kiyohara. You can find it here. The accent fabric is from JoAnn's and the buttons were from another local fabric shop.
Layering is key here. Warm or cold, it's great to have options and not to mention, maximizes your wardrobe. I'm all for that!

Okay Crocs... do you love 'em or hate 'em? Mr. loves his (personally, I think grown men should NOT wear these things) and Lala does too. She has both red and orange pairs and the first couple of weeks she had them, she literally wore them 24 hours a day. The only time she'd take them off was during bath time. Good grief! The shoes claim to not stink... I BEG to differ. Lala's feet were pretty ripe after a few days.
Only two and already has a shoe fetish...
So do you have multiple of a favorite thing or an usually deep "appreciation" for Crocs? Please tell me I'm not alone.
Okie-dokie folks... I'll be linking up over at One Little Momma's Blog.
See you there!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

14 mix it-match it: be mine!

I have been a busy little bee.
The sewing bugs bit me and I have been doing nothing but driving my poor sewing machine to the ground. Which explains why I haven't been blogging much. I dunno how you ladies do it. Seriously. I must've been in the bathroom when Father Time was passing out magical stopwatches, because I barely have time to brush my teeth... on a GOOD day! 
So if I am MIA, it's more than likely I am knee deep in fabric, sewing like it's no one business. 
well it really is no one's business, but HEY, you get the gist! 
I had a stash of Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection and decided to make a set of fun girly pieces to mix and match. SIMPLE is the key word here. Simple pieces matched with bold, bright patterns. I think this is the first time Lala has ever worn pink. I always pictured her as a "blue, green or yellow" kind of gal. I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised.
The blouse I used pattern "D" from this book and added pintucks to the front. The skirt was actually an inspiration from Rae over here. The tights I bought from here. This is an awesome sight if you're looking for colored tights. They have a tons of colors, the prices are reasonable and great quality. No joke... check it out!
I kept an old sweater that Sophie wore to death. It had holes in the back. Luckily, I salvaged it and now has a second life for baby sis.
For the slip dress, I used a pattern made here. I'm hoping Lala will be able to still fit into this come late spring when it starts to heat up.
But in the meantime while it's still a wee bit chilly, I can always add the blouse over it or even the sweater. I could even have the blouse underneath and have the sweater over that, but it would be pattern overload, no?
 Lala is ready for Valentines Day! There's just one problem...
 which ensemble?
I'll see you over here!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

5 bits

Little snippets of my morning...
-Playing with rice
-I wonder how it would feel like to be buried in rice
-Lazy dog


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