Monday, November 19, 2012

Baylor Outfit Overload!

The first weekend in November was Baylor Homecoming, one of my favorite weekends of the year, so I spent the week between Halloween and Homecoming sewing furiously to complete a little collection of Baylor-themed outfits for H to wear.  As usual, I went a little crazy and overboard, but I had fun with it.

The first thing I made was a shorter version of CINO's Ice Cream Social Dress for her to wear as a top. I couldn't find anything with bears on it that was the right color, but I thought this fabric was pretty cute even if the green was totally wrong. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this one in the wild. She wore it Friday night to the dinner for the "honor classes." Yep, it's been ten years since N and I graduated from college.  Ouch!



The second top I whipped up was even easier, if that's possible, but it may have ended up being my favorite.  It's a pillowcase top made of the same fabric I used for my Gameday Tank.  I totally chickened out on having us wear matching tops to the parade or the game, so we wore them to the zoo together on Sunday.  I actually didn't feel as silly as I thought I would, so I kind of wish I had gone for it.



The third and most ambitious project was this green and gold peasant dress with baby bear applique.  I did the same applique on her Homecoming outfit last year and really liked it.  I'm not very good at applique, and this is a pretty hard shape, so it's far from perfect, but still pretty cute.  I actually didn't love this dress when it was all said and done.  Halfway through the parade Saturday, I realized what I don't like about it.  It's too short.  So I had her wear her skinny jeans under it for the game, and I liked that look (marginally) better.




Being silly at the parade.

Exploring at the children's museum in the Mayborn.
See? Short.

Last year's version of the applique.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Neckwarmer -- better pictures

Here are a couple of pictures from this morning -- thought I'd share them now that she doesn't look like an extra from Les Mis.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Knitted neckwarmer

With colder weather coming in, I wanted something for H to wear around her neck, but I knew a scarf didn't stand a chance ... and wasn't sure whether it would have been the safest thing for a busy toddler anyway.  So I started searching for cowl and neckwarmer patterns and eventually found this one by Pickles.

I only made the neckwarmer, not the whole set. I may go back and make the hat later, but probably not the mittens.  Knitting mittens is probably a bit outside my skill level at the moment, and doesn't look like that much fun to me, so I'm in no hurry to learn.  The neckwarmer was pretty easy, and was my first knit-in-the-round project.  (I put that off long enough, huh? I've been knitting ten years!)

The yarn I used was the same chunky, soft baby yarn I used to make her baby blanket. I think it may be a Lion Brand Vanna White yarn, although I'm not sure. I followed the pattern except used only a single strand where a double strand was called for, and, obviously, used only one color.  The finished product is a little larger than I expected, but that's great -- she'll get more wear out of it.


Okay, so this isn't the best picture. In fact, all I can see when I look at it is how darn skinny she looks! (We've had the stomach bug this week and are all still trying to regain our strength.) But it gives you an idea.  I'll try to replace this with a better picture later! The cream color actually looks really pretty against her peaches-and-cream skin.  Not that I am an unbiased judge!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween treats!



Houston (my sewing machine) and I have been very busy lately, whipping up a multi-piece Halloween costume (and conveyance!), a slew of gear for this weekend's Homecoming festivities, and planning a few things to donate for a fundraiser at church. Whew! Before you ask me where I find the time, I don't.  I steal the time from other things I should be doing, like laundry. Here's the Halloween stuff.

H was a prairie girl this year. I've been planning this most of the year, because she spends a lot of time wearing cute bonnets to keep the sun off her fair skin, and she frequently rides around in an AWESOME Radio Flyer covered wagon my parents got her for Christmas last year. So she often reminds me of a little Laura Ingalls type.

Anyway, I found a vintage pattern for a peasant dress and pinafore (from the early 70's -- I guess between Little House and Holly Hobbie, this was considered normal clothing about 40 years ago!). The peasant dress was fast and straightforward. The pinafore was a bit trickier, but fun to try to crank out in a big hurry. It isn't perfect, but, as I kept reminding myself, "This is her Halloween costume, not her wedding gown!"

Of course, the cute blue bonnet I had intended for her to wear has gone AWOL, so I had to make her another one of those, too! Sheesh.

And I threw together a little trick-or-treating bag using an applique I got on Etsy. She also wore the little brown bloomers I made to go with her pumpkin patch dress.


Meanwhile, I convinced N that H really needed a "prairie schooner" style covered wagon to ride around in, so the two of us spent way too much time temporarily old-timey-fying her regular one. Of course, much of the hard work fell to him, since I was busy sewing!  At first, I was afraid it was going to turn out to have been a big waste of time, and we really didn't use it that much at the Fall Festival we attended over the weekend, but we did use it a lot while trick-or-treating last night. Given her propensity for trying to run out into the street, it was really great to have that. Also... pretty darn cute, right?


Here are a few more shots from the weekend festivities -- a full body shot of the outfit, one of her on these adorable ride-on horse toys they had at the festival, and one next to N for scale. She is so tiny! I'm sure by next year she will start to have her own opinions on what she is going to wear, so I am enjoying dressing her up while it lasts.  Love my little "prairie girl"!





Monday, November 19, 2012

Baylor Outfit Overload!

The first weekend in November was Baylor Homecoming, one of my favorite weekends of the year, so I spent the week between Halloween and Homecoming sewing furiously to complete a little collection of Baylor-themed outfits for H to wear.  As usual, I went a little crazy and overboard, but I had fun with it.

The first thing I made was a shorter version of CINO's Ice Cream Social Dress for her to wear as a top. I couldn't find anything with bears on it that was the right color, but I thought this fabric was pretty cute even if the green was totally wrong. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this one in the wild. She wore it Friday night to the dinner for the "honor classes." Yep, it's been ten years since N and I graduated from college.  Ouch!



The second top I whipped up was even easier, if that's possible, but it may have ended up being my favorite.  It's a pillowcase top made of the same fabric I used for my Gameday Tank.  I totally chickened out on having us wear matching tops to the parade or the game, so we wore them to the zoo together on Sunday.  I actually didn't feel as silly as I thought I would, so I kind of wish I had gone for it.



The third and most ambitious project was this green and gold peasant dress with baby bear applique.  I did the same applique on her Homecoming outfit last year and really liked it.  I'm not very good at applique, and this is a pretty hard shape, so it's far from perfect, but still pretty cute.  I actually didn't love this dress when it was all said and done.  Halfway through the parade Saturday, I realized what I don't like about it.  It's too short.  So I had her wear her skinny jeans under it for the game, and I liked that look (marginally) better.




Being silly at the parade.

Exploring at the children's museum in the Mayborn.
See? Short.

Last year's version of the applique.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Neckwarmer -- better pictures

Here are a couple of pictures from this morning -- thought I'd share them now that she doesn't look like an extra from Les Mis.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Knitted neckwarmer

With colder weather coming in, I wanted something for H to wear around her neck, but I knew a scarf didn't stand a chance ... and wasn't sure whether it would have been the safest thing for a busy toddler anyway.  So I started searching for cowl and neckwarmer patterns and eventually found this one by Pickles.

I only made the neckwarmer, not the whole set. I may go back and make the hat later, but probably not the mittens.  Knitting mittens is probably a bit outside my skill level at the moment, and doesn't look like that much fun to me, so I'm in no hurry to learn.  The neckwarmer was pretty easy, and was my first knit-in-the-round project.  (I put that off long enough, huh? I've been knitting ten years!)

The yarn I used was the same chunky, soft baby yarn I used to make her baby blanket. I think it may be a Lion Brand Vanna White yarn, although I'm not sure. I followed the pattern except used only a single strand where a double strand was called for, and, obviously, used only one color.  The finished product is a little larger than I expected, but that's great -- she'll get more wear out of it.


Okay, so this isn't the best picture. In fact, all I can see when I look at it is how darn skinny she looks! (We've had the stomach bug this week and are all still trying to regain our strength.) But it gives you an idea.  I'll try to replace this with a better picture later! The cream color actually looks really pretty against her peaches-and-cream skin.  Not that I am an unbiased judge!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween treats!



Houston (my sewing machine) and I have been very busy lately, whipping up a multi-piece Halloween costume (and conveyance!), a slew of gear for this weekend's Homecoming festivities, and planning a few things to donate for a fundraiser at church. Whew! Before you ask me where I find the time, I don't.  I steal the time from other things I should be doing, like laundry. Here's the Halloween stuff.

H was a prairie girl this year. I've been planning this most of the year, because she spends a lot of time wearing cute bonnets to keep the sun off her fair skin, and she frequently rides around in an AWESOME Radio Flyer covered wagon my parents got her for Christmas last year. So she often reminds me of a little Laura Ingalls type.

Anyway, I found a vintage pattern for a peasant dress and pinafore (from the early 70's -- I guess between Little House and Holly Hobbie, this was considered normal clothing about 40 years ago!). The peasant dress was fast and straightforward. The pinafore was a bit trickier, but fun to try to crank out in a big hurry. It isn't perfect, but, as I kept reminding myself, "This is her Halloween costume, not her wedding gown!"

Of course, the cute blue bonnet I had intended for her to wear has gone AWOL, so I had to make her another one of those, too! Sheesh.

And I threw together a little trick-or-treating bag using an applique I got on Etsy. She also wore the little brown bloomers I made to go with her pumpkin patch dress.


Meanwhile, I convinced N that H really needed a "prairie schooner" style covered wagon to ride around in, so the two of us spent way too much time temporarily old-timey-fying her regular one. Of course, much of the hard work fell to him, since I was busy sewing!  At first, I was afraid it was going to turn out to have been a big waste of time, and we really didn't use it that much at the Fall Festival we attended over the weekend, but we did use it a lot while trick-or-treating last night. Given her propensity for trying to run out into the street, it was really great to have that. Also... pretty darn cute, right?


Here are a few more shots from the weekend festivities -- a full body shot of the outfit, one of her on these adorable ride-on horse toys they had at the festival, and one next to N for scale. She is so tiny! I'm sure by next year she will start to have her own opinions on what she is going to wear, so I am enjoying dressing her up while it lasts.  Love my little "prairie girl"!