Month: September 2015

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Sew n’ Style: Birthday Style

When I sew, I love collections!  I love themes!  I love to make coordinates!  And I love for my girlie to be involved.  The Sew n’Style Series by Lil Luxe offers all of these loves for me.

This mini collection is to celebrate my daughter’s 6th birthday.  The collection includes her school day outfit, her party dress, and her pajamas – all from Lil Luxe patterns.  That is a complete day of outfits… a very special day of very special outfits created by me and my youngest daughter.

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(and so I don’t forget to tell you… you can create your own mini collection and link it up with  #sewNstyleluxeseries for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  see all the details HERE)

After planning and sketching the outfits for her birthday, my daughter and I liked the Art Gallery Recollection fabric collection best, accented with gold (like a queen), and coordinated with a cheetah spotted fabric for pants.  She wanted a tiara and gold ribbons to look extra royal for her special day.  She wanted pink, but not baby pink – since she was turning 6!  I think we came up with a lovely style for her day….. It’s her Birthday Style!

First, her school day outfit for her birthday—-

This is the Rouche & Division Top pattern in Flowered Engrams Ornate voile fabric from Art Gallery’s Recollections fabric collection.  The neck and sleeves are finished with gold metallic ricrac and a raspberry cotton binding.  I slimmed the flared sides of the top by about 2 inches to take out some of the fullness.  The elbow length sleeves are rouched, and the neck line is a slight boatneck per the pattern.  These are my two favorite features of the pattern.

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The pants are the Slim Trousers pattern in a spotted stretch denim accented with metallic gold ricrac on the pockets and metallic gold zippers at the ankles.

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Matched with gold shoes and gold hair ribbon, my girl is ready for her special day at school.  She received a special birthday welcome from her classmates, heard her name on the morning announcements, and got to show off in her new stylish outfit.

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Next, her party dress for dinner with the family —-

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This is the Charming Tee & Dress pattern in an off-white spandex stretch knit fabric and Remembrose Doilies print fabric, and featuring a pretty white lace to coordinate with the doilies in the print fabric.  The back of the dress is cut out in the pattern.  I choose the enclose the circle with the white lace, as well as cover the front bodice in white lace.  The sleeves are cut to elbow length with gathered lace, same as the bottom hem of the dress, which is with gathered lace.

Paired with a gold tiara and flowery sandals, she was lovely for her birthday dinner.

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And finally, her birthday pajamas —-

After a long day of celebrating becoming 6 years old, my daughter was slept cozy in her birthday pajamas.  This is from the Alley Cat Romper pattern, but made into pajamas.  The fabric is a raspberry knit matched to the Bullion Fronds Carnation knit fabric, again from Art Gallery.  Since this was to be pajamas, I cut the back bodice to be full coverage (without the scoop) and added buttons on a placket.  The pajamas are nice & cozy and nice & roomy for my birthday girl.

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There’s more on tour with the Sew n’Style Series… and remember to link up your own!

Week 1 (8/18-8/20) – Sewing SoberBonnie & LottieSweeter than Cupcakes

Week 2 (8/25-8/27) – Hello HolliMade by Amanda RoseThat’s Sew Kari

Week 3 (9/1-9/3) – Create three point fiveProject DestashSkirtfixation

Week 4 (9/8-9/10) –  Lisa Lisa DesignsWhiskemFrom a Box

Week 5 (9/15-9-16) – Call AjaireSprouting JubeJubePaisley RootsMax California

Week 6 (9/22-9/24) – Beri bee designsLulu and CelesteKimmie Sew CrazyMade by Sara

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Sunday Lately {Week 36 ~ 2015}

This is my first Sunday Lately post (although I am a little late cause it’s Monday now).Sunday Lately

It is a series hosted by Katie, Nicole, and Meghan to promote blog writing about 5 -ing themes every week.  The purpose is to share information with readers and catch up with other bloggers linking up to the series.  Everyone and anyone is welcome to join the blogging fun!  When I told them today that I would be joining, I was welcomed as ‘new blood’ to the series 🙂  and I am happy to be participating with some of my favorite blogging friends.  I hope to post my Sunday Lately most every Sunday.  And if you are interested to write yours, please do, even if you don’t blog, this is a nice way to wrap up a week and kick off a new week with some introspective – albeit, on a public blog.

Happy Sunday, and wishing you a happy new week!

This week’s Sunday Lately themes: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling

Planning this week is all about our new fall schedule.  School started on Monday for us.  Finally.  This year my youngest daughter started Kindergarten.  My son is in 5th grade, and my oldest daughter is a High School Senior.  Along with the new school year, dance, soccer, flag football, and guitar lessons kicked off.  While I love that my kids are active, it is a lot of planning and precise execution to get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there.  I have a new planning book and an updated-color-coded planning worksheet.  I am still a paper and pencil planner.  I like the action of writing it down and reading it.  And I still reach for a pencil when I haven’t committed to something, like planning our schedule, dinner menu, activities, and to-do lists.  My plan is to keep PLANNING this year!

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Loving my daughter, each and every last minute of her 5 year old year is on mind this week.  She turns 6 next week, and I am in shock.  How can the baby of our family be a 6 year old?  I am so proud of the girl she is.  I love her independence, her creativity, and her sweetness.  In fact, she just showed up to give me another hug.  LOVING this girl is so easy!

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Reading more blogs more often is on my list of intentions for this Fall.  Somehow and sometime, reading blogs went out of style.  Just as I started my blog, it seems less sewing ladies read blogs.  I know I stopped reading.  I used to read blogs every night while before going to bed.  This was my down time after a long day working in the office as my kids were falling asleep.  I thought about all the fabulous-ness I could make as I read the lovely words from Anneliese, Dana, Lindsay, and Stef.  I felt inspired daily.  Then when I went into action to make things, and then to write about things, I stopped reading.  I think I replaced that getting-inspired-by-blogs-time with scrolling-thru-social-media-time.  (I discovered FB groups)  I am still inspired by what I see, but not inspired as deeply or as passionately as before when taking time to reading blogs.  I have decided to spend more time READING & enjoying blogs.

Wishing the puppy would stop peeing on the carpet is consuming me.  Need I say more about that… although I have also been wishing that we had put wood floors in all of the downstairs rooms.  So maybe my wishing for wood floors is stronger than my wishing for no more dog pee on the carpet.  hmmm.  Perhaps I need to consider what I am WISHING for most.  And start budgeting for wood floors in 6 months or so.

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Feeling motivation to work on the box house is the new obsession these days.  Maybe it’s the seasons changing or the kids returning to school or maybe it’s just the breaking point of looking at these unfinished projects that have me feeling motivated.  Whatever the reason, I am feeling it!  We bought the box house 3 years ago and immediately went to work on the kids’ bedrooms and bathroom, the kitchen and family room, and my workshop.  Our bedroom and bathroom, the 1/2 bathroom, and the laundry room are still left in the 70’s.  It’s time to update these areas.  And that work needs to start this month.  I have the plans sketched out and the husband on board.  Just need this FEELING of motivation to last long enough to complete these last box projects.

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Again, have a great week… more Sunday Lately next Sunday.