Mississippi Snow 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

I may be stating the obvious, but we don't get a ton of snow in northern Mississippi. What we do get is a whole lot more than I got living in Texas. We thoroughly enjoyed our two snow days, so I have plenty of pictures to document it.

Tandy wouldn't hold still long enough, so I captured the snow angel attempt...

... and snow painting. We love to add liquid watercolors to a spray bottle for a bit of fun.

These two worked pretty hard to achieve the perfect snowman!

 Day 2 way just as fun.

Here's my attempt at a timer shot to prove I was there too!!

Ok, that was fun, but BRING ON SPRING ALREADY!! This Texas girl is ready for some warmth to go with the sun!

A Sickening Green Bimaa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you are a fellow blogger, do you ever sit down to write a post and feel like you have nothing really interesting to say? You've got the photos you wanted, you completed what you intended to write about, but what to say about it alludes you? 

That's me tonight, as I try to write something, anything. Maybe it has to do with the cold making me grumpy. This Texas girl does not handle cold well! And, don't get me started on the school closings. I mean, a delayed start today with absolutely nothing on the roads followed by an early closing for the 2.5 minutes of snow this afternoon. Seriously?!? My northern friends would laugh at this stuff!

Ok, Let's just take a moment to look at this girl's smile. There, that's better!

So, how about I just tell you about this little outfit?!? The skirt is the Potato Chip skirt by Tie Dye Diva made up in a Jennifer Paganelli print. It is a super quick sew with great pockets. I used a bit of knit from the top with interfacing to create some piping at the pockets. Simple and cute. 

 I've been wanting to sew a Bimaa sweater for quite a while now. The 3 neck options, cowl neck, shawl collar, and hood, give you variety. I've always loved the cute tighter fit on toddler bellies. Of course, it made me realize Tandy doesn't seem to have a toddler belly any longer. Oh no!! But, I love this top! I love the fit, and I love the pretty emerald Robert Kaufman knit. I could live in a top like this! Well, the tighter fit wouldn't work so well for my mid-section, but you get what I mean.

Tandy on the other hand will not live in this top. Let's suffice it to say cowl necks are not her thing. Somehow she managed to forget about it during the photo session, but as soon as we got in the car, well, we couldn't get it off fast enough. She is now terrified of it. I even tried getting her to play peek-a-boo in the cowl. No such luck!

Sometimes, that's the hard thing about sewing. You can't return it to the shop. After the hours and the fabric you put into it, you just have to let it be. There are somethings you can "fix", but others you have to let go. I was a little sick over this one, but I'm just going to hope my niece will appreciate the never really worn hand-me-down. It's all a part of this little creative journey!!

Flip This Pattern: Free for All

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ashley and Emily always seem to have something new up their sleeve with each "season" of Flip This Pattern. Their February season does not disappoint! 

This month's challenge is to create something using a free pattern or tutorial. What better way to collect inspiration and resources for all the free stuff out there?!? Who doesn't like free?!?

I chose to sew up the Modkid Sunny Days Tank. I hope you weren't thinking the Sunny Days Tank was only for WARM, sunny days! The tank works perfectly layered for cool, sunny days.

I only made a couple of simple "flips" to the free pattern. I lengthened the tank to more of a dress length. Then, I added the pockets from the Modkid Bridget pattern. 

I can't rave enough over the new Patty Young Vivid knits for Riley Blake. They will be available soon, so be on the lookout! The Marigold Leilani is such a great yellow I would venture to say anyone could wear it. And that's somewhat hard for a yellow! Hopefully you can tell from the nice lettuce hem, that the stretch and recovery in this knit is superb.

Be sure to check out all of the FREE patterns on the tour! Because, as we already stated, who doesn't love free?!?

Modkid Melanie

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I am quickly using up the remains of the Vivid Firworks Knit I was sent to sew the Rachel Dress for Tandy. I paired it with a Robert Kaufman Laguna Solid from Imagine Gnats.

The dress pattern is the Modkid Melanie. The pattern includes some cute pockets on the side panels of the dress, but I opted to omit those this time. I will definitely need to include them on a future version however!! The pattern comes with three sleeve options, short, elbow, and long. I think these elbow length sleeves will work perfectly for spring and summer.

I took these photos over a week ago. The past three days Avery has been super sick. Today she stayed in her pjs all day, but yesterday she opted for this dress. You know it passes the comfort test!

KCW: 50's Look

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I admit it; I'm a little crazy. There, I said it, so it's out of the way. Avery has Spirit Week next week at her private school where they normally only wear uniforms. Spirit Week involves a different theme each day where kids can "dress up". Monday is 50's day. So, Saturday I started thinking about her outfit. We were planning on a cardigan with rolled up jeans and bobbi socks. Done! Well, I just couldn't leave it alone!

Suddenly, I was grabbing an old gingham tunic of mine and thinking about how it would make a cute skirt. And, how that would fit in so well with the Upcycle theme of Kids Clothes Week. Then I was thinking about my favorite cardigan pattern, and that I could probably make one out of an XL sweatshirt from Walmart. You guessed it. Once it was in my head, I had to make it happen. It doesn't scream 50's which is just fine with me, since I want her to wear more than just the one day.

I chopped off the bodice from my tunic and made a simple elastic waist skirt. Then, I made an Aster Cardigan using the XL sweatshirt. The cardigan is a size 8 and fits my 6 year old perfectly, so I would suggest sizing up unless you are using stretchier knits which the pattern does not recommend.

I used the faux piping option for the collar, but I only used a thin jersey knit for the under collar. With the thickness of the over-collar, the "piping" barely peaks out, but I'm still liking the effect.

I've admitted before, that I don't normally enjoy upcycle projects. When you are as limited as I am with fabric store options and you need a quick fix, an upcycle is just the ticket. It's just a bonus that the whole outfit cost $5. 

So other themes for the week are favorite book character and favorite sport / athlete. Who knows what we'll come up with for those!!

Canvas Penny Coat

Monday, February 2, 2015

What goes great with a Modkid Rachel dress in the new Vivid knits? A pretty coat new coat in Patty Young's new Vivid canvas for Riley Blake!!

These lattice prints are bright and modern. They would work well in coats, purses, and home decor to name a few things. 

The coat pattern is the Penny Vintage Coat by Ellie Inspired as part of the Bundle Up sale. This coat has some fun details like the the rounded collar, belt, and belt loops. It is not a difficult sew, but it is one of those projects that takes a bit more time. I would recommend adding more than the 1/4" seam allowance for thicker fabrics. The pattern offers different options for several of the steps based on the level of sewing skills. For example, a beginner can choose to sew button loops for the closure. Then, you have more advanced options of standard button holes or bound button holes. 

This coat is certainly a sweet vintage style, and I can see one in every color of the Vivid canvas!!

Today is the finally day to purchase the Girl's Bundle Up Collection, so grab it while you can!

Fireworks Rachel

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pinch Me!! I couldn't believe my good fortune when Patty asked me to pick from her new Riley Blake knits to sew up a Rachel Dress for the pattern cover and quilt market. Patty has all the details of her latest fabric release on the Modkid blog today. These knits were a dream to work with. They are super soft with great stretch and recovery. I used the Vivid Fireworks in Grape.

I've already told you here and here how much my daughters' and I love the Rachel pattern, so I won't gush anymore. Except to say that I love the idea of using the pattern with a couple modifications as shown here to make separates. A summer shirt with some Zoey shorts would be so cute! Or, vice versa, a skirt with the Zoey top. Hmmm.......

Tandy hasn't realized yet, that she won't be able to wear this again until after quilt market. She has become quick attached to dresses and nightgowns lately!! Hopefully, the slight Cheetos mark on the inside will go unnoticed. ;)

Don't forget the Bundle Up sale ends Monday, so grab these great patterns at a great price while you can.

Bundle Up Sister Looks

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Bundle Up sale had so many great patterns that I thought a coordinating sister look would be fun. The Cecille Top by Lilygiggle compliments the Rachel Dress I made for Avery so very well. Both were made using some of Patty Young's knits for Michael Miller.

The Cecille comes in a top or dress option with even more customization from there. You can choose a regular or cowl neck, a flounce or gathered bottom, and three different sleeve lengths.

I opted for the top with a flounce bottom and 3/4 length sleeves. The 3/4 sleeves are a tad long for Tandy, but I love the bishop style sleeve. The sleeves are set in flat with gathers at the cuff only.

I left the flounce hem unfinished to mimic the style of my Rachel dress, but a rolled or lettuce edge would be nice too.

I've got some fun fabrics in mind for trying the dress version too. You know; when I find the time!

Bundle Up - Modkid Rachel

Friday, January 23, 2015

Today is the day you can finally purchase the Modkid Rachel dress as part of the Bundle Up pattern collection!! 

This was my second Rachel dress during testing after some fitting changes were made to the pattern. I opted for the long sleeves with a regular neckline instead of the mock turtleneck.

The other day Tandy was insisting she wear her long dress. (I'm pretty sure you can visualize what I mean when a 3 year old insists!) It took a while, but I finally figured out that she was referring to this dress. (Not sure where the long part comes from.) It turned out that she wore it several times over the weekend with her grandparents. That's love I tell you!

The gray dot knit is from Joann's, and I just love the quality. The navy ruffle is actually from an old pair of leggings that happened to have a hole in them.

The Rachel Dress pattern will be available on it's own after the bundle sale at regular price. I highly recommend taking advantage of the sale, as there are so many great patterns.

Rachel Dress for BundleUP

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sometimes it's so hard to leave my blog quiet while there is busy sewing going on behind the scenes! I've sewn up three of these dresses during testing, so I'm excited to finally get to share them.

This is the Rachel Dress by Modkid that is available in the Bundle Up sale that starts Friday, January 23rd. The Bundle Up Sale is a collaboration of 11 pattern designs release 11 new patterns in a bundle for a discounted price. You can build your own bundle for maximum personalization and price point. The patterns in the bundle are amazing!! So, go check them out!

Now let's talk more about the Rachel dress. As I said, I've already made three, and both of my girls are asking for more! The bodice features a tuxedo style center ruffle. There are two sleeve options, short and long, and two neck options, mock turtleneck and neck binding.

The tulip style ruffle skirt makes a unique feminine feature. Avery declares it to be her favorite part!

Be sure to check out all of the great patterns available with the BundleUP, and set your reminder to shop on Friday!!
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