Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Naproll -- We've gone full princess!



Although my own nap mat tutorial is the most popular post I've ever done, I used a different one this week to make H a nice, compact roll-up nap mat for preschool.

The Sew4Home.com nap roll is quite a bit more challenging than my pillow-stuffed nap mat, but it is just perfect for toting to school.

H went with me to JoAnn to pick out the fabric, so I let her choose. And we came away with some stuff I would not have normally chosen: a purple tie-dye fleece for the blanket and a fabric I like to call "The Full Princess". It's got everything -- castles, ponies, hearts, carriages, rainbows, pink, and glitter. Oh, my! It got glitter everywhere after the first prewash, but fortunately seems to have stopped shedding after the second.

I'm not usually big on promoting the whole princess thing, but I think it occurs naturally in three-year-old girls, so I'm not going to hinder her natural inclinations, either. So we went with it!

 I deviated from the tutorial in a few small ways, such  as doing a blanket stitch around the edge rather than using a satin blanket binding. I'm really pretty bad at hand-stitching. Especially while watching Boardwalk Empire. ;-) But it's sorta cute in a wonky kind of way.


Here is the whole thing unrolled. When I showed it to her this morning, she climbed under the blanket and said, "I LOVE IT!" Which is pretty much why I do this stuff that keeps me up way past my bedtime (see name of blog). :-)


I also added a little pocket with a bit of turquoise glitter fabric left over from this project, and some pink baby pompom trim. And I did my first embroidery machine applique! Ohhhh, my goodness. So easy and satisfying. I see many appliques in our future. The only tricky part is trimming, and I bought a crazy-looking pair of scissors that really make that much easier.

Of course, H doesn't recognize that as a letter H. She said it was a donkey wearing a crown. Then later,  after I had told her it was supposed to be an H, she told me it was an H with a kangaroo face wearing a crown. Confusing! Oh, well. She will know it's hers at school. Hers is the one with the fancy donkey-kangaroo!

This is probably not a project for true beginners. There's a lot of precise cutting and lining-up, and sewing through all the layers to quilt the mat part is really pretty hard. But it's straightforward enough, and very quick. The only thing I didn't immediately understand about the directions was what end to put the straps on if you are using a directional print fabric. (I eventually figured it out -- it's the foot end.)

The full-princess nap mat coordinates well with the backpack and lunch box we had already picked out. Backpack from Company Store Kids, lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids. Both on sale now!

Perfect for a certain little princess. ;-)







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hummingbird seersucker sunsuit

Right at a year ago, I was making little baby hummingbird dresses for two baby girls (cousins) who were named for their late, precious, hummingbird-loving great-grandmother.  When we were invited to a hummingbird-themed first birthday party for one of these sweet girls, I was so excited to make her a little present. I have so missed making little baby girl clothes! And I knew I wanted to incorporate another hummingbird, which would be a fun challenge to keep it babyish enough for a one-year-old.

I think that's enough hummingbirds for one paragraph!

Here's what I eventually came up with, which I think fits the bill. It's another iteration of Little Betty's ruffled sunsuit, which was one of the first things I made H when she was little, and what got me into sewing seriously. 

I just love this vintage style! I also think it works really well with the seersucker. The hummingbird redwork embroidery (from a file I got on Etsy), red rose buttons, and the red rolled hem on the ruffles make it a little funky, I think!


Little J will definitely be as cute going as she is coming!

Monday, July 28, 2014

H in her party skirt


Just a few fun pictures now that I have had the opportunity to get H to model for me. She was in a picture-taking mood today AND had been playing with a party hat left over from her first birthday party. So we pretended she was going to a birthday party. 


With a pet alligator, of course. 


I told her to show me her "surprised " face. 


SURPRISE!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Skirts!

 H is starting preschool this year, and it's making me go crazy, apparently. I have spent an utterly absurd amount of time and money on the perfect backpack and lunchbox (you seriously don't even want to know how much brain power has gone into this). 

Now I am frantically making school clothes. Oh! She will need reversible jumpers for school! I keep telling myself. Even though school is going to be two mornings a week. And it's not like she doesn't already have clothes.

I think I have pre-traumatic stress. Or some form of OCD. I don't know. Whatever.

I am currently starting work on a fancy personalized nap mat. Even though the kid hasn't napped in a year and a half. (Maybe she'll rest! Right.) And I just purchased the (expensive) materials to make her a mini messenger bag. For school. Even though... previously mentioned backpack.

I'm pretty sure N is going to stage an intervention soon. 

Aaaaaanyway.

Here are some skirts I made. For school. I'm sure she will be the most overstyled kid in the 3's class.




I really love this style, and will definitely be making more of these. I got the tutorial from a blog called Groovy Baby... and Mama. I think it's a Danish blog, and the tutorial is in Danish, but between the photos, the simplicity of the design, and a little Google Translate magic, I was able to figure it out.

I thought the camera print was a bit funky. H likes it. "YOU have a camera, Mama!" You should know, child, as I have been sticking it in your face nine times a day since birth. Poor kid.

With a little friend showing off the skirt's best feature: POCKETS!

 I love pockets. Why have I never put them in one of H's skirts before? Nothing could be easier. I also used some jumbo rickrack on the bottom for a little extra something.

She probably won't really be wearing this one a whole lot for awhile, because I accidentally made it a bit too long.

This next skirt is one I can't BELIEVE has taken me so long. I have had the tutorial (from the ever-talented Dana) in the back of my mind for two years, and I have had the fabric (from Michael Miller's Mini Mikes line) in my stash for about the same length of time, just waiting to figure out what to do with it. Finally, one day, the two thoughts bumped into each other. :-)


Ruffles! Pennants! Polkadots! Razzmatazz! It's a party in skirt form!

I like the red rolled hem, which is good, because I used it for several other projects I have going at the same time. (Setting up the serger for a rolled hem takes me forever, because I just don't do it that often and have to get out the manual, so I figured I'd better make it worth my while. And I had several projects in my to-do list with ruffles and red accents, so it worked out well.)



I added some top-stitching, which wasn't in the original tutorial, because I can't NOT.

Dots hiding under the ruffles. So fun.


Here's the inside, just in case you're wondering what that's like. Surprisingly neat and un-bulky, considering everything going on on the outside.

This skirt would have been pretty tedious to do all at once, I think. (That is a LOT of serging and gathering and pinning.) But I was sort of working on it between projects and in little snatches of time, so it seemed to go fast.

Boy is it cute on the kiddo. I'll have to come back and add a picture later.

If I do it again, I'll do seersucker like Dana did in the original. If possible, it's even cuter, and I can't get enough seersucker.

Well, off to do some hand-stitching on a blanket for a nap mat that will probably never get used! 



Monday, July 21, 2014

Green and gold Baylor wreath

A few months ago, I decided the big ol' "offering plate" above our mantel looked too naked, so I had N hang our monogram front door wreath (which I had been using as our year-round wreath when there wasn't a holiday-specific one on there) on top of it. I really like the way that looks, so I decided to leave it up there.




Which left our front door wreathless. Quelle horreur! ;-)

So this week, with C taking more regular naps and H having a newly instituted "quiet activity time" in her room every weekday afternoon, I sometimes have as much as 30 free minutes a day. :-) (Sometimes.)

With all this free time, I decided to do something about the naked door, so I made one of the yarn wreaths I have seen all over Pinterest for the last few years. So easy and so fast! And I made it in green and gold, which I like because it kind of works for most seasons and also, of course, because it is Baylor's team colors. And around here, we're getting juuuuuust a little excited about the start of football season and the opening of our brand-new stadium!

(Can I just say how often I find myself reflecting on how nice it is that my university has pretty colors?)

The making of the wreath is fairly self-explanatory, so I'll just leave you with pictures. The felt flowers were made using this tutorial. The whole thing took maybe an hour.





Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pattern and Tutorial: Unisex Bubble Romper, Size 0-6 months



I love bubble rompers on babies -- boy or girl. There's something so southern about them.  On their own, they're nice and breezy for hot weather, and they look dressy and darling when worn over a shirt. When I was waiting on C's arrival, I wanted to make him a few classic bubble rompers for the summer, but I couldn't find a pattern I liked for a boyish bubble in anything smaller than 6-9 months. (I'm sure such a thing exists, but I couldn't find it.) So after he was born I used him as a model, and measurements of a few of his ready-made clothes, to come up with a pattern of my own. After a few tries, I think I've finally got it! I'd say it's 0-6 month size. The nature of a bubble makes sizing so imprecise, but this fits him well (actually I'll probably raise the buttons or add a button to snug it up a bit). For reference, he is 7 weeks old, but he is a bigger baby and all of his 0-3 month clothes are getting too short. The Rosalina shirt he's wearing below is a 0-3 and doesn't fit around his neck. And he's worn it zero times, grrr. Anyway.




CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN.

You will need:

approximately 3/4 yard main fabric and 1/4 yard facing fabric
2 10" lengths of 1/4" elastic
4 snaps
2 buttons

Tutorial

Print the pattern out at 100%. Tape the pages together right at the edges, with no overlap, in this order:

1 2 3
4 5 6


1. Cut out two front pieces and two back pieces (not on fold, but mirroring each other), then cut your pattern pieces along the "facing" line and cut two front pieces and two back pieces of your facing fabric.


2. Match your two front pieces, right sides together, and stitch down the center line. (***All seams in this project are 3/8".***) You will have a funny-looking curve at the crotch. Finish your seam by serging, pinking, or zig-zagging. Press down your seam allowance. (Don't worry about getting it perfect on the curved part.) Do the same with your back pieces.

If you are adding a monogram, appliqué, or other embellishment to the front of your romper, now would be the time to do it.


3. Do the same thing to your lining pieces.  In addition, finish the bottom of each lining piece, by serging, zigzagging, pinking, or folding under and stitching. Whatever floats your boat.


 4. Stitch each romper piece to its facing, right sides together, leaving the sides and bottom open.


5. Clip corners and notch curves.


6. Then trim seam allowances. I like to use pinking shears, although it isn't really necessary.


 7. Flip up the facing pieces and put both pieces right sides together. (Your starting point for lining up these pieces should be the point where main fabric and facing meet. Your facings may not be exactly the same length, but that doesn't matter at all. Additionally, you don't want to start matching your pieces up from the bottom because they aren't supposed to be perfectly aligned there.) Pin.


8. Stitch all the way down the sides, sewing facing to facing and main fabric to main fabric. Serge, pink, or zigzag seam allowances.


9. Flip the garment right-side out and use a pencil, knitting needle, or similar to get the points turned out nice and crisp. You're halfway done already!


10. On both long leg openings, either serge or fold under 1/4" and press down. (I serged the crotch, too, but realized later that I didn't actually need to do that because it will be folded under later.)


11. Fold leg openings under another 1/2" and stitch to make elastic casing.


12. Cut your two 10" lengths of elastic. Attach safety pins to each end.


13. Feed through casing and pin down with just the safety pin peeking out at either end.

14. One inch from either end, stitch across to close casing and catch elastic. Pull the safety pin out and snip the little end of excess elastic. (You will have 1" unelasticized at both ends of the crotch.)


15. Take the front crotch piece and turn it under 1/2" and press, then turn under again 1/2" and press. Stitch down. Do the same to the back crotch piece. These are your snap plackets.


16. Attach snaps. Or do as I do and get your husband to do it. ;-) Because he can somehow do in five minutes what would take me half an hour.


17. Optional: You might want to make just a little one-inch line of topstitching at either side seam, just to help keep the facing from riding up.


Do it right on the seam, and you can't see it from the outside at all.



18. Put buttonhole on front strap and button on back strap.


19. You're done! Admire your adorable baby!






Friday, June 20, 2014

What I've been up to

So I've been a little busy lately, what with the new little person at our house! C arrived 10 days late and gave me a bit of trouble getting here, but has more than made up for it by being the cutest, sweetest, most charming little boy ever. :-)

He's already six weeks old, which shocks me to no end!

Here is a photo roundup of what I have been up to in the last couple of months.


Being 41.5 weeks pregnant (I don't recommend it!)


Mall walking in an attempt to get that baby to budge! (H riding the mall carousel with Daddy.)

Having an adorable baby. Oh, hi, little guy! You're kind of a mess!


That's better!

Introducing H to her new baby brother (she's a big fan).

Going to newborn doctor visits (exhausting!)

 Working on my photography and photo editing, with my new little subject... 

 …

...

...

… and with both my favorite subjects.

...


I've also been doing some sewing.

Here is Charmstitch's Midsummer Maxi Dress on a model who was no longer in the mood for modeling that day. I love this dress, as does its owner. I'll be making this one again, for sure.


Here is Take 1 of a unisex baby bubble romper I've been working on. The free pattern and tutorial should be up soon!

Here's part of the Easter outfit I made C to match H's. Seersucker pants and an embroidered onesie. I also embroidered a little baby hat for him with his whole first name on it. Of course, he ended up being quite late instead of a bit early, so it wasn't exactly an Easter outfit after all!

[not pictured] I made another cute romper while working out my pattern, and I LOVE it but can't show it here because it has his name on it. It's blue and white gingham with a very classy-looking dog embroidered on it over his first name. :-) He wore it on his first trip to church.

OK, he's wearing it in this picture. What do you think? ;-)

We've been doing lots of normal, everyday stuff, too, like:
Taking mommy-and-me selfies in the bathroom, 

hula dancing in a paper bag grass skirt and bra top, 

riding a balance bike like a champ, 

having tea parties with good friends,

helping N in the garage, 

cuddling on the bed, 

going to the grandparents' house,

going to the outlet mall for new shoes, 

taking swimming lessons,

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and playing in the backyard. 

So now you're pretty much  caught up! Hopefully I'll have that bubble pattern up soon. 






Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Naproll -- We've gone full princess!



Although my own nap mat tutorial is the most popular post I've ever done, I used a different one this week to make H a nice, compact roll-up nap mat for preschool.

The Sew4Home.com nap roll is quite a bit more challenging than my pillow-stuffed nap mat, but it is just perfect for toting to school.

H went with me to JoAnn to pick out the fabric, so I let her choose. And we came away with some stuff I would not have normally chosen: a purple tie-dye fleece for the blanket and a fabric I like to call "The Full Princess". It's got everything -- castles, ponies, hearts, carriages, rainbows, pink, and glitter. Oh, my! It got glitter everywhere after the first prewash, but fortunately seems to have stopped shedding after the second.

I'm not usually big on promoting the whole princess thing, but I think it occurs naturally in three-year-old girls, so I'm not going to hinder her natural inclinations, either. So we went with it!

 I deviated from the tutorial in a few small ways, such  as doing a blanket stitch around the edge rather than using a satin blanket binding. I'm really pretty bad at hand-stitching. Especially while watching Boardwalk Empire. ;-) But it's sorta cute in a wonky kind of way.


Here is the whole thing unrolled. When I showed it to her this morning, she climbed under the blanket and said, "I LOVE IT!" Which is pretty much why I do this stuff that keeps me up way past my bedtime (see name of blog). :-)


I also added a little pocket with a bit of turquoise glitter fabric left over from this project, and some pink baby pompom trim. And I did my first embroidery machine applique! Ohhhh, my goodness. So easy and satisfying. I see many appliques in our future. The only tricky part is trimming, and I bought a crazy-looking pair of scissors that really make that much easier.

Of course, H doesn't recognize that as a letter H. She said it was a donkey wearing a crown. Then later,  after I had told her it was supposed to be an H, she told me it was an H with a kangaroo face wearing a crown. Confusing! Oh, well. She will know it's hers at school. Hers is the one with the fancy donkey-kangaroo!

This is probably not a project for true beginners. There's a lot of precise cutting and lining-up, and sewing through all the layers to quilt the mat part is really pretty hard. But it's straightforward enough, and very quick. The only thing I didn't immediately understand about the directions was what end to put the straps on if you are using a directional print fabric. (I eventually figured it out -- it's the foot end.)

The full-princess nap mat coordinates well with the backpack and lunch box we had already picked out. Backpack from Company Store Kids, lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids. Both on sale now!

Perfect for a certain little princess. ;-)







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hummingbird seersucker sunsuit

Right at a year ago, I was making little baby hummingbird dresses for two baby girls (cousins) who were named for their late, precious, hummingbird-loving great-grandmother.  When we were invited to a hummingbird-themed first birthday party for one of these sweet girls, I was so excited to make her a little present. I have so missed making little baby girl clothes! And I knew I wanted to incorporate another hummingbird, which would be a fun challenge to keep it babyish enough for a one-year-old.

I think that's enough hummingbirds for one paragraph!

Here's what I eventually came up with, which I think fits the bill. It's another iteration of Little Betty's ruffled sunsuit, which was one of the first things I made H when she was little, and what got me into sewing seriously. 

I just love this vintage style! I also think it works really well with the seersucker. The hummingbird redwork embroidery (from a file I got on Etsy), red rose buttons, and the red rolled hem on the ruffles make it a little funky, I think!


Little J will definitely be as cute going as she is coming!

Monday, July 28, 2014

H in her party skirt


Just a few fun pictures now that I have had the opportunity to get H to model for me. She was in a picture-taking mood today AND had been playing with a party hat left over from her first birthday party. So we pretended she was going to a birthday party. 


With a pet alligator, of course. 


I told her to show me her "surprised " face. 


SURPRISE!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Skirts!

 H is starting preschool this year, and it's making me go crazy, apparently. I have spent an utterly absurd amount of time and money on the perfect backpack and lunchbox (you seriously don't even want to know how much brain power has gone into this). 

Now I am frantically making school clothes. Oh! She will need reversible jumpers for school! I keep telling myself. Even though school is going to be two mornings a week. And it's not like she doesn't already have clothes.

I think I have pre-traumatic stress. Or some form of OCD. I don't know. Whatever.

I am currently starting work on a fancy personalized nap mat. Even though the kid hasn't napped in a year and a half. (Maybe she'll rest! Right.) And I just purchased the (expensive) materials to make her a mini messenger bag. For school. Even though... previously mentioned backpack.

I'm pretty sure N is going to stage an intervention soon. 

Aaaaaanyway.

Here are some skirts I made. For school. I'm sure she will be the most overstyled kid in the 3's class.




I really love this style, and will definitely be making more of these. I got the tutorial from a blog called Groovy Baby... and Mama. I think it's a Danish blog, and the tutorial is in Danish, but between the photos, the simplicity of the design, and a little Google Translate magic, I was able to figure it out.

I thought the camera print was a bit funky. H likes it. "YOU have a camera, Mama!" You should know, child, as I have been sticking it in your face nine times a day since birth. Poor kid.

With a little friend showing off the skirt's best feature: POCKETS!

 I love pockets. Why have I never put them in one of H's skirts before? Nothing could be easier. I also used some jumbo rickrack on the bottom for a little extra something.

She probably won't really be wearing this one a whole lot for awhile, because I accidentally made it a bit too long.

This next skirt is one I can't BELIEVE has taken me so long. I have had the tutorial (from the ever-talented Dana) in the back of my mind for two years, and I have had the fabric (from Michael Miller's Mini Mikes line) in my stash for about the same length of time, just waiting to figure out what to do with it. Finally, one day, the two thoughts bumped into each other. :-)


Ruffles! Pennants! Polkadots! Razzmatazz! It's a party in skirt form!

I like the red rolled hem, which is good, because I used it for several other projects I have going at the same time. (Setting up the serger for a rolled hem takes me forever, because I just don't do it that often and have to get out the manual, so I figured I'd better make it worth my while. And I had several projects in my to-do list with ruffles and red accents, so it worked out well.)



I added some top-stitching, which wasn't in the original tutorial, because I can't NOT.

Dots hiding under the ruffles. So fun.


Here's the inside, just in case you're wondering what that's like. Surprisingly neat and un-bulky, considering everything going on on the outside.

This skirt would have been pretty tedious to do all at once, I think. (That is a LOT of serging and gathering and pinning.) But I was sort of working on it between projects and in little snatches of time, so it seemed to go fast.

Boy is it cute on the kiddo. I'll have to come back and add a picture later.

If I do it again, I'll do seersucker like Dana did in the original. If possible, it's even cuter, and I can't get enough seersucker.

Well, off to do some hand-stitching on a blanket for a nap mat that will probably never get used! 



Monday, July 21, 2014

Green and gold Baylor wreath

A few months ago, I decided the big ol' "offering plate" above our mantel looked too naked, so I had N hang our monogram front door wreath (which I had been using as our year-round wreath when there wasn't a holiday-specific one on there) on top of it. I really like the way that looks, so I decided to leave it up there.




Which left our front door wreathless. Quelle horreur! ;-)

So this week, with C taking more regular naps and H having a newly instituted "quiet activity time" in her room every weekday afternoon, I sometimes have as much as 30 free minutes a day. :-) (Sometimes.)

With all this free time, I decided to do something about the naked door, so I made one of the yarn wreaths I have seen all over Pinterest for the last few years. So easy and so fast! And I made it in green and gold, which I like because it kind of works for most seasons and also, of course, because it is Baylor's team colors. And around here, we're getting juuuuuust a little excited about the start of football season and the opening of our brand-new stadium!

(Can I just say how often I find myself reflecting on how nice it is that my university has pretty colors?)

The making of the wreath is fairly self-explanatory, so I'll just leave you with pictures. The felt flowers were made using this tutorial. The whole thing took maybe an hour.





Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pattern and Tutorial: Unisex Bubble Romper, Size 0-6 months



I love bubble rompers on babies -- boy or girl. There's something so southern about them.  On their own, they're nice and breezy for hot weather, and they look dressy and darling when worn over a shirt. When I was waiting on C's arrival, I wanted to make him a few classic bubble rompers for the summer, but I couldn't find a pattern I liked for a boyish bubble in anything smaller than 6-9 months. (I'm sure such a thing exists, but I couldn't find it.) So after he was born I used him as a model, and measurements of a few of his ready-made clothes, to come up with a pattern of my own. After a few tries, I think I've finally got it! I'd say it's 0-6 month size. The nature of a bubble makes sizing so imprecise, but this fits him well (actually I'll probably raise the buttons or add a button to snug it up a bit). For reference, he is 7 weeks old, but he is a bigger baby and all of his 0-3 month clothes are getting too short. The Rosalina shirt he's wearing below is a 0-3 and doesn't fit around his neck. And he's worn it zero times, grrr. Anyway.




CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN.

You will need:

approximately 3/4 yard main fabric and 1/4 yard facing fabric
2 10" lengths of 1/4" elastic
4 snaps
2 buttons

Tutorial

Print the pattern out at 100%. Tape the pages together right at the edges, with no overlap, in this order:

1 2 3
4 5 6


1. Cut out two front pieces and two back pieces (not on fold, but mirroring each other), then cut your pattern pieces along the "facing" line and cut two front pieces and two back pieces of your facing fabric.


2. Match your two front pieces, right sides together, and stitch down the center line. (***All seams in this project are 3/8".***) You will have a funny-looking curve at the crotch. Finish your seam by serging, pinking, or zig-zagging. Press down your seam allowance. (Don't worry about getting it perfect on the curved part.) Do the same with your back pieces.

If you are adding a monogram, appliqué, or other embellishment to the front of your romper, now would be the time to do it.


3. Do the same thing to your lining pieces.  In addition, finish the bottom of each lining piece, by serging, zigzagging, pinking, or folding under and stitching. Whatever floats your boat.


 4. Stitch each romper piece to its facing, right sides together, leaving the sides and bottom open.


5. Clip corners and notch curves.


6. Then trim seam allowances. I like to use pinking shears, although it isn't really necessary.


 7. Flip up the facing pieces and put both pieces right sides together. (Your starting point for lining up these pieces should be the point where main fabric and facing meet. Your facings may not be exactly the same length, but that doesn't matter at all. Additionally, you don't want to start matching your pieces up from the bottom because they aren't supposed to be perfectly aligned there.) Pin.


8. Stitch all the way down the sides, sewing facing to facing and main fabric to main fabric. Serge, pink, or zigzag seam allowances.


9. Flip the garment right-side out and use a pencil, knitting needle, or similar to get the points turned out nice and crisp. You're halfway done already!


10. On both long leg openings, either serge or fold under 1/4" and press down. (I serged the crotch, too, but realized later that I didn't actually need to do that because it will be folded under later.)


11. Fold leg openings under another 1/2" and stitch to make elastic casing.


12. Cut your two 10" lengths of elastic. Attach safety pins to each end.


13. Feed through casing and pin down with just the safety pin peeking out at either end.

14. One inch from either end, stitch across to close casing and catch elastic. Pull the safety pin out and snip the little end of excess elastic. (You will have 1" unelasticized at both ends of the crotch.)


15. Take the front crotch piece and turn it under 1/2" and press, then turn under again 1/2" and press. Stitch down. Do the same to the back crotch piece. These are your snap plackets.


16. Attach snaps. Or do as I do and get your husband to do it. ;-) Because he can somehow do in five minutes what would take me half an hour.


17. Optional: You might want to make just a little one-inch line of topstitching at either side seam, just to help keep the facing from riding up.


Do it right on the seam, and you can't see it from the outside at all.



18. Put buttonhole on front strap and button on back strap.


19. You're done! Admire your adorable baby!






Friday, June 20, 2014

What I've been up to

So I've been a little busy lately, what with the new little person at our house! C arrived 10 days late and gave me a bit of trouble getting here, but has more than made up for it by being the cutest, sweetest, most charming little boy ever. :-)

He's already six weeks old, which shocks me to no end!

Here is a photo roundup of what I have been up to in the last couple of months.


Being 41.5 weeks pregnant (I don't recommend it!)


Mall walking in an attempt to get that baby to budge! (H riding the mall carousel with Daddy.)

Having an adorable baby. Oh, hi, little guy! You're kind of a mess!


That's better!

Introducing H to her new baby brother (she's a big fan).

Going to newborn doctor visits (exhausting!)

 Working on my photography and photo editing, with my new little subject... 

 …

...

...

… and with both my favorite subjects.

...


I've also been doing some sewing.

Here is Charmstitch's Midsummer Maxi Dress on a model who was no longer in the mood for modeling that day. I love this dress, as does its owner. I'll be making this one again, for sure.


Here is Take 1 of a unisex baby bubble romper I've been working on. The free pattern and tutorial should be up soon!

Here's part of the Easter outfit I made C to match H's. Seersucker pants and an embroidered onesie. I also embroidered a little baby hat for him with his whole first name on it. Of course, he ended up being quite late instead of a bit early, so it wasn't exactly an Easter outfit after all!

[not pictured] I made another cute romper while working out my pattern, and I LOVE it but can't show it here because it has his name on it. It's blue and white gingham with a very classy-looking dog embroidered on it over his first name. :-) He wore it on his first trip to church.

OK, he's wearing it in this picture. What do you think? ;-)

We've been doing lots of normal, everyday stuff, too, like:
Taking mommy-and-me selfies in the bathroom, 

hula dancing in a paper bag grass skirt and bra top, 

riding a balance bike like a champ, 

having tea parties with good friends,

helping N in the garage, 

cuddling on the bed, 

going to the grandparents' house,

going to the outlet mall for new shoes, 

taking swimming lessons,

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and playing in the backyard. 

So now you're pretty much  caught up! Hopefully I'll have that bubble pattern up soon.