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I’m so behind on blogging, but this has been such an awesome week of sewing and learning. I’ve had a blast! (Though it’s been just a little bit stressful too, wondering wether I’ll have time to meet the day’s hourly quota–I have family in town right now!)

On days three and four–or was it two and three?– I completed two on-the-border skirts. I have been longing to make these skirts since last year, and I am so excited I finally got to them!

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The pattern: The pattern comes from Mary Abreu’s book “Little Girls, Big Style.” Even though the actual sewing was slightly more time-consuming than the average gathered skirt, the hardest part of this project was actually finding the right fabric!

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The fabric: When I saw this border print on Sarah Jane’s newest line , I knew I had to use it for this project. My girls normally go for princesses and fairies and that sort of thing, but it was not hard to convince them to wear this lovely print. The chevron fabric on the yoke also comes from the same line, and the yellow stripes were supposed to, as well, but fabric.con has ran out, so I bought the closest thing. I live how it turned out.

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The sewing: the sewing was very basic: cut, hem, gather, and it was fun to watch the project come together so quickly. The worst part of it is that I am sewing for two, so I have to repeat all the steps a couple of times. The best part if it is that the second time around you already know and understand the pattern, so it sews up faster. I have gathered a few tips on sewing for two that I will share once the sewing frenzy is over 😉

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I love this fabric so much that I am buying more to have for when they outgrow these skirts. For some reason, my two-year-old’s skirt is just a bit short; I can tell she’ll be out of this one faster and I want to be ready.

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They liked them so much that they wanted to leave them on! (We took them off just before dinner. They are white skirts, after all…) here’s also a sneak peak at my next project: knits!

How are your projects coming along?

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Inspired by Rae and Cherie , who have been posting old un-blogged projects as a countdown to KCWC, I thought I’d go ahead and try to post some of my projects that have never made it to the blogosphere.

This first one is actually a year old!

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It’s a summer dress from Heather Ross’
Weekend Sewing . Last year, a couple of days before Labor Day, I realized my daughters had nothing to wear (right!) for our family gathering. A trip to Hobby Lobby was in order; we picked the fabric, elastic thread, and returned home to attempt the shirring.

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It turns out that it was easier than I had imagined! The worst part of it was winding the bobbin with the elastic which, through trial and error, I realized was key to how the project would end up looking.

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The construction of the dress itself could not be more simple: the shirring goes from selvage to selvage, then you join at the back and attach some ties to it. Ta-daaa!

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I made two.

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And I don’t just use it as a sundress. See it here, styled with leggings and a long-sleeve tee under. I *love* this look!

(I apologize for the quality of the pictures; the day was quite overcast!)

Linking at:
Shwin and Shwin

Nap time crafters

So you think you’re crafty…

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My entry into Shwin&Shwin’s Link Party sponsored by Appliances Online.

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A few weeks ago, I finished this adorable kimono shirt for my friend’s son. The pattern came from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing –a book I really like. I have made a few projects from it, and they have all been easy and beautiful.

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I got my supplies at Hobby Lobby. Instead of making my own bias tape, I just bought some already made. It was very hard to find cute fabric for a baby boy there, but these polka dots were absolutely adorable.

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I am finding sewing for little kids such rewarding projects since they are always so cute and fast. The pattern was very nice, too, and quite easy to sew. The whole thing came together very fast!

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This is how I put it together for gift-giving. Cute, isn’t it?

What color combos do you like for boys?

Linking at:

Shwin and Shwin

Nap Time Crafters

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Fantasizing and daydreaming about upcoming projects is a favorite pastime of mine. Here I share what’s been on my mind lately, hoping to make these come to reality!

1. Being more intentional about learning with my girls. This week, I received More Story Stretchers and Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, which I am hoping to begin on Monday. Now, the trick will be to conduct two craft activities with two children at the same time…

2. Minoru sewalong! Tasia is wonderful and this sewalong has been incredibly fun.

3. Planning a Spring wardrobe. Inspiration here, here, and here. What are, really, the basics in a spring wardrobe? Growing up in a place where the seasons were practically nonexistent, seasonality is a concept that both fascinates and bewilders me. I’m having fun exploring all the options.

4. Developing your personal style. Loved this post by Sarai of Colette Patterns, this one by the Cottage Mama, and this one by the talented Kristin, from Skirt as Top. Great thoughts!

5. Loving these patterns: Tee, Made by Rae, and this Tunic, by Shwin & Shwin, and Sweet Little Dress, by Leila and Ben. Gorgeous all!

Lastly, I’ve been wondering if I’m brave enough to smock an Easter dress. Or two.

Have a good weekend, all!

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Heart Bites

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One of my husband’s awesome aunts gave usBakerella’s Cake Pops for Christmas. I’ve had my eye on this book for months and was so excited to get it!! My daughter and I flipped through it and decided that these lovely cake pops were too cute not to make. We did not have pop sticks, so just turned them into bites. They were super easy and cute. The book calls for a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but I did not have one that size. So, I free-handed.

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I love making cake pops! We wrapped them up in tissue paper and gave them out as valentines.

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It was a fun project, well worth the time and effort. Thanks, Bakerella!

Linking at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

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For the love of yarn

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I have been working on making these gorgeous Linen Stitch Bookmarks from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson to give as gifts to friends this Christmas. I have to own this book at some point. All the projects are absolutely beautiful and, to a novice knitter like myself, sampling all the various yarns is simply a delight.

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The yarn is a Juniper from Alchemy Yarns of Transformation. It is amazing! Linen-stitch is time consuming, but the result is such a lovely weave! There is a bit of a mistake on the wrong side in this one; can you spot it? 😉

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I love knitting. The portability of this craft is extremely appealing to me. I may move on to knitting socks next. Any good pattern recommendations?

Linking at Skip to My Lou

Today’s Creative Blog

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Mermaidens

Inspired by this post from one of my favorite blogs, Homemade by Jill, I gave doll-making a try.

My daughters are obsessed with Mermaids and this adorable Mermaiden from Wee Wonderfuls was a joy to make. It was fun and easy from start to finish, and I even learned a new stitch: ladder stitch.

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I loved making toys! And I am also curious about something: when you make something for one of your children, do you feel like you have to make the other one something too? I could not make just one of these mermaids, but the same happens if I make a dress, or a skirt, or a game… I always double-craft! And feel bad when I don’t. I wonder if this happens to anyone else?

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Hillary Lang, author of Wee Wonderfuls, has a lovely blog.

Linking at Skip to My Lou.

Tip Junkie.

Mommy by day… Crafter by Night

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