Sewing: More plaid- button up and Fawn Lily dress

Plaid button up:


Are you sick of this fabric yet?  I had some leftover from all of the other projects I’ve made from it (actually I think I have more), so I thought I’d try something for the boys.  They have very few short sleeved dress clothes, so I decided to give it a go.  If it worked… great!  If not, no big deal.  I think it worked, but my picky kiddos won’t put it on, so I am not sure.


Fawn Lily dress:

This is a another pattern from the Wanderlust collection by Willow and Co. Patterns.  I made the yellow one first with my little baby gal in mind.


I had *just enough* of each of the fabrics to do the 0-3 month size, so this thing is tiny. The combination is a little unusual.  I love it, though. 


This next one I made because there are lots of little girls set to be born in the coming months.  So, I thought I’d start building a stock pile of baby shower gifts.


It’s a 3-6 month size with a crossover yoke.  I like that there are no buttons or zippers. 


Since making these, I have put away all of my sewing stuff.  I can’t see having much time in the next few months for sewing, so these may be it for a while.

Shorts for the boy

I made Liam some shorts using the Kudzu pattern.  Image

I used some denim from a pair of jeans Mike was getting rid of. 

The first thing he said after putting them on was, “Mom, they’re so comfy!”  So, that’s a good thing.  This pattern doesn’t have buttons or zippers; the waistband is ribbing (but I added elastic to help keep them up- the denim is a little heavy).  Image

Yay for new shorts!


Willow and Co Patterns: Wanderlust

Today is the day!  Willow and Co Patterns is releasing their first pattern collection, called Wanderlust.  It is a “glamping” collection with easy breezy, cute and versatile, interesting patterns for kids 6 months to 12 years.  I tested the Ash Jumpsuit, as you may recall… and I flash tested the Kudzu Cargos, which will be released at a later date. 


I mostly tested the fit on these, so the fabric is not necessarily what I would have chosen if I were to make them for reals.  :)  I kind of like the crazy combo, though…

ImageThey have some really great details and finish up really nicely.  I love the knit waistband- no elastic, no zippers, no buttons… but they still stay on. 

ImageI also love the pocket details and the pleating on the front. 

ImageThey look pretty cute on my skinny guy’s little hiney.

ImageWatch for this pattern to be released soon. 

In the meantime, head on over to Willow and Co to pick up all of the other Wanderlust patterns!

A blessing dress for baby girl

It is funny.  Usually, by this time in a pregnancy, I’ve made blankets, burp rags, blessing outfit, several other outfits, a take home outfit, bedding, crocheted items, room decor… the list could go on and on.  Maybe because it’s my fourth baby, maybe because I’m in school and have no time, maybe it’s because we’re going to move and don’t want to accumulate or do too much rearranging… I have not done nearly the amount of nesting as normal.  Little miss will be in our room, in a pack-n-play, for the first several months.  We won’t be using a crib until after we move, so I don’t have bedding to make.  We aren’t setting up a nursery, so there’s no decorating to be done.  I’ve made a couple of outfits and done some crocheting, but not necessarily specific for MY girl.

I NEEDED to make a blessing dress, though.  And, I wanted to get it done before she came because, as busy as I am now, I know how much busier life gets with a brand new baby. 

peasant dress, lace overlay, satin underlayer. Blessing dress?

This is the dress I found a while ago thinking that it would be beautiful for a blessing dress.  I didn’t want to buy new fabric, though, so I decided to use what I had on hand and see if I could make something pretty enough. 

Normally, I would have self-drafted a pattern, but I just didn’t want to/ couldn’t take the time, so I used a pattern I own: Simplicity 4243, making modifications where I needed.

It was a quick and easy dress to sew, but I decided to make it reversible, so I had to think a bit about the order I sewed things together. 


At this point, I thought it looked a little too casual for a blessing dress.  I decided to press on and add the bow, though, thinking that I’d just use it as an everyday kind of Sunday dress.  But, the bow kind of makes it!  I think it dresses it up just enough. 

ImageI also made a little grey stretch lace diaper cover and matching headband to go with.  I plan to make some little shoes- either out of the grey fabric or crocheted… maybe the stretch lace?  How would you make shoes out of stretch lace?! 

Pattern Testing: Ash Jumpsuit

I had another opportunity, recently, to test an adorable girly pattern… this time for Willow & Co. Patterns

It is called the Ash Jumpsuit and has plenty of options to customize.  I sewed up the separates version: top with a regular hem


and pants with no pockets. Image

The pants have a fun little ruffle detail around the waist. 


I used this plaid linen from my stash- I love using fabrics that have been around for a million years on a current pattern.  Makes me happy to make it work! 

ImageThe fit on these pants is pretty amazing!  The top is good, too, but the pants… They’re a little bit slim in the hips, which I love for a little one.  I tried this whole outfit on my pretty boy, Luke, and he looked adorable :), but would have nothing to do with taking pictures.

ImageLuckily, I have a wonderful photographer/ friend who has a cutie pie daughter and was willing to have her model for me. 

Gina Gandee Photography

She is fabulous and kind and you should totally get a hold of her for all of your photography needs.


This pattern will be available on April 22… that’s just 1 week away!  Hurry over and pick up your copy.  It’s a fun, easy sew.  Perfect for summer!

Willow & Co. Patterns




Crochet: More Crocodile Stitch Booties

IImageI finished up a couple more pairs of these adorable crocodile stitch booties.

Another pair from the Charisma colorway yarn…




… and the Edamame colorway- yarn also from Knit Picks, but it is a little less soft, which helps the shape hold a bit better. 




I changed the sole on this pair.  The pattern has you do rows back and forth, increasing for the toe, and then decreasing at the end.  It then says to make a row of stitches around the edge.  I like the look of completing the sole in a round, though, so I did that on this one. 



All my little pretties ready to be sent off to their new home.