Top :: Scout Woven Tee
Skirt :: Advance 9916
Sandals :: Target
This time, cropped for some belly exposure. Well, more like ribcage exposure since you will NEVER see me in this top without something with a high waist paired with it
I added little pleats to the sleeves rather than gather them. I think they look sweet!
I also made the hem a tiny bit hi-lo. What can I say, I really like that look with a woven tee! The curved lines at the side speak to me. I hope to get my thoughts (and photos) together to share how I modified this and the sunshine tunic version up on Kollabora.
I pointed this buggy out to the kids.
They had a teeny freak out when I let it crawl on my hand.
My childhood self also shouted “WTF!?!?!?” as I would never have willing let a bug crawl on me then, lol! Right after the little lady snapped this, it flew away and made them all scream!
Me and the littler three were on our way back from hanging out with Mikhaela and her crew at the sweetest little party! We don’t go to many b-day functions, but I’m so glad we did this time. We had such a nice time. And stumbled across the perfect place to snap a few pics.
PS- My husband told me I looked like a little kid, today! I think it might be the midi skirt length paired with flats, lol. AND This cropped Scout also marks the THIRD project I’ve squished out of this dotted rayon challis! Stash busting for the WIN!
First, there are truly no words for your absolutely awesome and kind words on my last post!!! I am continually amazed by our online community and I am so happy to be surrounded by so many amazing, supportive, beautiful and talented people!
It’s funny, actually. How one responds to any kind of outpouring of good feeling…I struggled with feeling embarrassed by it rather than embracing it. Do any of you do that with compliments? I did my best to resist those feelings and instead allowed myself to feel good, really good about overcoming that hurdle, sharing it with you all and accepting your compliments.
All kinds of growth and progress.
I’m also a more-than-usually proud Mama, today. My oldest cleared a hurdle this week, too!! She kicked ASS at school today. They have two read-aloud share with parents/teachers/community type events and she really struggled with it the first time. Today, kicking ass and taking names! She was also awarded this Confidence bracelet at their morning meeting. This is so HUGE! So many teachers, and even some of her fellow students, complimented her and marveled at the changes in her.
I’m patting myself on the back for another reason, too. Do any of you have an iMac? Where the geniuses at Apple decided to put the SD card slot RIGHT UNDER THE EFFING DISC DRIVE?!?!?
Yeah, got mine stuck in there. And used my Google-fu to find a solution and got the sonofabitch OUT! Never underestimate my resourcefulness when it comes to avoiding paying to repair a stupid mistake I’ve made
Top :: Archer
(Obnoxiously bright Lime) Tank :: Tarjay
Jeans :: Old Navy
Kicks :: MIA
A great summer day!! Out in the sunshine with my children, wearing sandals and shorts, spotting beautiful street art!!! Some of my favorites!!
Top :: Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank
Shorts :: Refashioned Old Navy capris
Sandals :: F21
I don’t like the bug part, though
Coat :: Steve Madden
Sweater :: H&M
Tank :: Old Navy
Culottes :: Me Made Megan Nielsen’s Tania
Shoes :: Madden Girl
These pictures are courtesy of my girls. The oldest took the ones down below and the little one took the ones up top
We were on our way home from this month’s BurdaStyle Sewing club meet up. Which was so much fun! I always have a great time when I get together with other sewcialists. It’s a special bonus when the kids can all come along.
And was nice to have a reason to wear this brand, spankin’ new make: Megan Nielsen’s Tania Culottes! They sooo super work! My kids kept questioning me about why they shouldn’t call it a skirt, lol
I cut the size medium, with the length of the largest size, and made the waistband pieces a bit larger. I usually have trouble sticking to the recommended seam allowance, but I must have done a good job because the larger pieces were too long. I was able to cut them down, no problem. BUT, I did have a bear of a time with the hems.
I’m sure I was making this face the whole time, lol
This challis loved to slip around, so my back pieces ended up longer on the outer edges. Which made it obvious that I wasn’t wearing a skirt which is NOT the point of this cleverly designed pattern. Though it hurt to do, I unpicked both (double) hems, trimmed them even with the front, serged, pressed, and added the new hem. It was a real pain in the ass, but so worth it because I love these!! I need to buy a ton more challis to make a culotte collection
In short, buy this pattern. Make. And wear!
Hello, all!!! I hope you enjoyed my blunder!! If you have no clue what I’m talking about…well sorry you’re left out of the joke
TODAY, you know, NOT yesterday, is my first official day of
And I am wearing a brand new make in honor of the occasion!
I made this Scout late last night/early this morning when I couldn’t sleep. If only all of my sleepless nights yielded such results. (You can add conquering bias tape hatred to the list of 2013 sewing accomplishments.) I was hit with a bout of insomnia (more like, an inability to sleep because my mind was racing to all of my sad/angry places) and figured I’d better make good use of the time.
Scout only took one hour to make. Which I know thanks to Instagram time stamps. I also whipped up a Tiny Pocket Tank, last night. I snapped a pic and posted it and then immediately got started on this one. I posted the finished top 1 hour later. These two items used almost all (after lots of adjusting and improvising) of the remnants of my Darling Ranges Dress. Which is pretty awesome.
I didn’t really have a destination, other than school drop off and pick up, until my sis asked for help bringing her artwork home from school. This was nearly my only me made look for the day. As much as I wanted to rock head-to-toe me made, today was not a bare leg day and I was in no mood to futz with stockings.
No worries, I still have lots of May left
And I’d better use at least part of it to make some pants!
Coat :: Steve Madden
Top :: Handmade using Grainline’s Scout pattern
Pants :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy
Purse :: Express
I always feel a little Hepburn-ish with skinnies and ballet flats on.
And I always love a little cardi.
Together with stripes and a trench and you have a little French, too.
Trench :: Steve Madden
Cardigan :: Halo (thrifted)
Top :: F21
Jeans :: Old Navy
Flats :: Target
I am so jazzed about sewing at the moment! I hope to ride the momentum into Me Made May and add some new pieces to my handmade wardrobe! Speaking of which, thanks for the sewcialist LOVE on my recent projects!
I love this community!!!
I’m off to give the kids some Oreo ice cream roll. My oldest has had a LONG two weeks with all the testing she’s endured. It’s stressful for everyone, but the most pressure is on the kid. Which stinks. Ice cream heals all wounds though, or at least cheers you up while you eat it!!
Have a good weekend!
My twins are SIX YEARS OLD, today!! I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. They are more wonderful, funny, smart, kind, giving, caring, loving little people than I could ever have imagined them to be when they arrived here early, weighing less than 6lbs combined!
I’m so proud to be their mom and to have the privledge of watching them grow up into such wildly different individuals!
Happy birthday to my babies!
Mossimo Coat :: Thrifted from Domsey’s ($12)
Crocheted Scarf :: Handmade Gift
Jones of NY Cardigan :: Domsey’s ($6.39)
Michael Kors Tunic :: Domsey’s ($6.39)
H&M Pants :: Circa 2010
De Blossom Boots :: Amazon (DEAD comfy!!)
These boots might make me waver on my cheap shoe assertions from a couple days ago. These were only $40, are not real leather and the COMFIEST heels I’ve ever worn. In my life. I’m so glad I didn’t stick to my “no brown shoes” rule!! I have Pinterest to thank for swaying me from that opinion. I’ll be really sad when they reach the end of their cheap shoe shelf life. Hell, I’m tempted to get a couple pairs and store them for when that time arrives. I’m being completely serious.
I had a pretty great day. I got to see the inside of the new Barclays Center. For free. I took the kiddies and my teenage cousin to a college basketball game, there. It wasn’t the greatest. But, the weather was nice, we were out doing something and (luckily for me) I was with the five easiest to please young people in Brooklyn.
Bonus: I squeezed in a visit to my grandmother AND I found the perfect storm of location, lighting (nearly the best, this sweater is much brighter) and camera settings for indoor photos. Not a match for outdoor ones, but certainly better than some previous attempts!
I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday
My grandma was with me at the start of the year.
I used her dishes to prepare of New Years Day breakfast of pancakes and tea.
And I talked about her with my children.
I was still awake, sewing or contemplating sewing, when they woke up on January 1st. Bleary eyed from having stayed up so late the night before. Even during school breaks, they have a bedtime. It’s just a little bit later than usual. They’re kids that need a lot of sleep or they go all loopy and then droopy.
I like the quiet at night.
Too much to let them run amok.
Even when there is no school.
Today was the last day of art class for my oldest two. The presentations this term were really good. We have a few new, cool things to display in our home, now!
Missy’s superhero, Scorpia, was a BIG hit! Another parent there really, really liked the work she was featured in. She took the time to find out who created her and came over to tell my daughter that she really enjoyed it and what a great job she’d done. You cannot beat that kind of unsolicited praise! I’m sooooo glad we didn’t miss it. We went to her brother’s class, in another building, first. The woman actually rode up on the elevator with us when we went to view Missy’s things. I seriously got a little teary, lol. She really needs positive reinforcement from people she’s not related to. You know?
This bird display was so cool! I love how my son’s teachers hung clouds between them. Their displays were particularly creative. Here are a few snaps of his bird.
I took some time out to snap a few photos of the refashion I did last night. It was a perfect way to exercise my sewing muscles. Which, apparently, needed a stretch. I have never had so many problems with such a simple project before!
I like how it, eventually, turned out. But, I think I might have to give this to Missy. The sleeves are too tight for comfort. She is the perfect size for it. In fact, I popped into Domsey’s yesterday and found a leather jacket from Express in great condition for only $7.39. It was a touch too small for me, so I got it for her instead. Pre-teen’s first leather!
Anyway, I sewed down that floppy collar, hacked it to waist length, cut a strip for a peplum sort of deal and added an extra bit of width to it for the pleat detail. Not too shabby for a sweater I rescued from the trash on dorm move out day!