Happy 5th Birthday Tandy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

On your 5th birthday, here are a few things I'd like to remember about you:
  • You still sleep with your hot pink lovey. Now, you like me to spread it on top of your covers with your arms tucked underneath.
  • Your favorite color is still hot pink.
  • Last month the inevitable happened, and you started saying cookie and Rapunzel correctly. I hope I always remember your sweet childlike expression of cookie.
  • You love to make up your own songs especially while swinging.
  • You are a little chatterbox.
  • You make us smile each and every day. 
  • You have such a happy disposition. I pray nothing ever steals your joy.
  • You love to say the prayer before our meals.
  • You are absolutely beautiful inside and out. 
Happy birthday sweet girl!! 

Fox Birthday Dress

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I have been showing a few peeks of our party planning for Tandy's birthday this weekend over on Instagram. Today, I thought I would show you her dress, and how the whole theme originated. 

Tandy's party request is a fox party. We brainstormed a bit, as much as you can with an almost 5 year old, and came up with a "Crafty Like a Fox" theme. 

The fox idea originally stemmed from this Modkid Maya dress I made back in May for an updated pattern cover and sample for quilt market. It was then that Tandy declared that she wanted a fox birthday.

Beyond that, I think the foxes resonated with her because of her love of our friend's dog, Kit, otherwise known as the fox dog. 

I originally only had photos of Tandy and Avery together in their Maya dresses, so it was another good excuse to get birthday photos. I posted Avery's version of the Maya here and another one here. Can you tell we like it?!? These fabrics are all Acorn Valley knits by Riley Blake. 

I ordered the fox socks from Amazon after seeing some from Rachel of Stitched Together. Yep, we are on fox overload around here. 

Tandy brings smiles wherever she roams. I am excited to celebrate her this weekend!! Watch for the party post next week!!

Modkid Liesl Little Bo Peep Costume

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Modkid Liesl pattern was released today!! There is a whole lot of sweetness rolled up in this pattern! I wanted to highlight the pattern first as a sweet dress. Then, show you how I added a few accessories to make this Tandy's Little Bo Peep costume.

The pattern features include a corset style bodice. full puffed sleeves, and a sash that wraps to the back. There are no closures to sew, making the process simple and fun. The eyelets can be replaced with buttonholes too. I was so fortunate to find pink eyelets tucked in my grandmother's sewing supplies!!

The skirt is made up of six gores for plenty of twirl. The oversized pockets are fun and functional.

The lollipop was perfect for a photo prop since it looked like one of the dots from the Art Gallery Boardwalk Delight fabric hopped off the fabric into her hand. The down side was the amount of pictures I took with Tandy's tongue hanging out in anticipation of taking her first lick. 

The coordinating solids I used are Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Aqua and Blossom. 

I think I snapped this right after I teased her about that tongue peeking out. 

The real fun came when we started adding the extras to create the Little Bo Peep costume! Tandy loved getting into character.  

The bonnet pattern came from a vintage Simplicity pattern, 9136. The knickers are a modified version of this Japanese pattern with some vintage eyelet lace. We painted a cane from Goodwill for her staff. 

I love bringing costumes to life especially when they can serve as cute clothing long after!!

The Modkid Liesl is available in the Modkid Etsy shop. Coupon code LIESL2016 gets 40% off your entire purchase on the Etsy store. This means that this, and every other full-price pattern, will cost only $5.99 for the next 24 hours!

Bethioua Kids Collegiate Style

Friday, October 7, 2016

My friend Annika of Naeh Connection is breaking down some language barriers in the sewing world!! She is filling her shop with English patterns translated to German, and now German patterns translated to English. 

I jumped on the opportunity to sew up the Bethioua Kids. This is actually my second version. You can find the first one I made here

The pattern offers an assortment of options. There are 3 hem styles, straight, banded, and rounded, as well as short, long and banded sleeve styles. It comes in a women's version too!

My husband and I are big college football fans, admittedly him a little more so than me. I like taking the opportunity each fall to sew up something to support our respective teams. You can see my un-blogged Ole Miss skirt over on Instagram. I bleed maroon in support of my Texas Aggies!

For this top, I used reverse applique with some vintage lace a layer of maroon knit. I was nervous I would accidentally snip into the lace when cutting away the gray layer, but it was a success.

As you can see, I went with the rounded bottom hem. The style is finished and relaxed.

The truly unique aspect of the Bethioua pattern is seen from the back. The sleeves extend across the back and meet at a center seam. The effect is interesting in a variety of fabrics, but really shines with stripes. The pattern designer does a great job of including specific instructions to help you get those stripes perfectly aligned during the cutting and sewing process. 

Here's Avery giving you a goofy Gig-em!!

This is only one of the patterns available in the shop. Be sure to check out all of the women's and children's patterns! Until Sunday 10th you can get all patterns in the english shop with a special discount using the following coupon codes:

- buy1save10naehconnection (buy 1 pattern save 10%)

- buy2save20naehconnection (buy 2 patterns save 20%)

- buy3save30naehconnection (buy 3 patterns save 30%)

Sewing For Kindergarten 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I had so much fun participating in Mie's Sewing for Kindergarten series for my oldest daughter that I practically begged Mie to let me join again for Tandy. She graciously made a spot for me!! 

Mie provided a few questions to answer, so I will sprinkle them throughout the post. First, Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not, which number child is this? Tandy is my second and last child to enter Kindergarten. Reading my first Sewing for Kindergarten post sent back a flood of memories!! Tandy should technically still be in pre-K since she is four until the end of October. Her school has allowed her to advance to Kindergarten with the premise that she will likely repeat Kinder again. She is thriving and school ends at noon for her, so the schedule suits us both just fine.

What kind of school does your child attend? (Public, charter, private or homeschool) Tandy attends a Classical Christian private school. 

The school adheres to a pretty stringent uniform policy down to the tote bag. The flexibility this year is with P.E. days (bottoms only) that are twice a week, and the occasional denim day. I decided to capitalize on that bit of wiggle room for two looks. Since Tandy's school day ends at noon, she will use the tops for the remainder of her day.

I sewed the PE bottoms using the mini Hudson pants pattern. The cropped slim fit of the leg is stylish and cool enough as the weather transitions. The fabric is Telio Ponte Leggero from fabric.com. I love the weight and feel of this stuff! Now I just need some for Hudson pants for me!

The top is by German designer Elle Puls called Bethioua Kids. Be watching for an English version releasing with Naeh-Connection soon!!!

The sleeves are velour and the body is french terry. 

Another Question from Mie: Do you feel like crying or celebrating? And what about your child?

We were both excited. My husband teased me about being a little too excited. We had a wonderful summer, but public schools around here started two weeks before we did. That meant that our pool closed down, and things just got down right quiet. We were all ready to get back to a routine and see friends again.

Maybe it's this way with each year, but I feel like Kinder and 3rd, for my oldest, are big years. I'm so excited to watch and help Tandy learn to read! Avery has just reached the point where we have to go to the library once a week to keep enough books around. These are big milestones to me!

I simply could not join a blog tour hosted by Mie, the queen of Sew Japan, without including some Japanese sewing patterns! 

These are patterns N and O from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids. Check out my book review here

This sweet top features raglan sleeves, a button placket and gathers at the neckline and just below the placket. If you plan to sew this top, I do have a couple of suggestions. The instructions leave installing the buttonholes until the very end. I recommend sewing the buttonholes just after you stitch the plackets in place and before you overlap them. This will give you more room to maneuver everything around your machine. I would also recommend securing the gathers with a zigzag stitch before covering them with the lace, or in my case, bias tape. The raw edges are exposed on the inside, so this will help reduce any tendency to unravel.

 The body of the top is Honor Roll fabric by Anna Maria Horner, and the sleeve fabric is Michael Miller Cotton Couture. I have used both fabrics before for big sis.

Tandy still struggles with a zip and button fly, so elastic waist pants are perfect for her and less trouble for her teachers. We have plenty of skinny jeans, so these wide leg pants are a fun alternative. The fabric is a super soft lightweight tencel denim. I did the topstitching in jeans thread for a traditional look. I cut these extra long just to be on the cautious side. I ended up doing a 1.5" hem, and I love the look for the wide leg pants!

The last question from Mie is for my kindergartner: What has been the best and the worst part so far?

Best: Swinging on the playground, being a line leader, and going to the treasure box.
Worst: Doing homework.

A bit predicable I must say!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Sewing for Kindergarten tour!!

Back to School Heartland Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I was pretty excited when I was asked to join the Back to School Heartland blog tour. With the soft colors, florals, geometrics, and owls, choosing the fabrics was the hardest part! Pat Bravo created a collection with endless possibilities!!

My girls love their boots, and their Texas grandparents kindly fund the supply. Thankfully they last through 3 girls in the family! The boots play nicely with these fabrics and dresses. 

Art Gallery Fabrics produced the Heartland Fabrics in voile, canvas, quilting cotton, and knit. This first dress combines Trekant Rows Candid in knit and Art Gallery solid knit in Chrystal Pink.

The pattern is the Aubrey Dress by Modkid. The almost hidden kangaroo pocket is her favorite feature!! 

I photographed each step while I sewed this one up, so be on the look out for an Aubrey sew-along coming soon to the Modkid blog

I switched from geometrics to florals and from knits to quilting cottons for the next dress. I must say that not all quilting cottons are alike. The feel and drape of this Art Gallery fabric is top notch! The pattern is Modkid Gretchen available only as a paper pattern. It features side ties, a square neckline, and generous sized pockets. Oh, and no closures to sew!!

The pieced front bodice leaves a great space for embellishment. I just love the way Pat Bravo played with the rain drops for this Regn Drops Sun print. Sometimes the simple things tend to be my favorite. 

The floral print featured is Blomma Garden Pastiche. The blues, grays, and rose pinks steal the show here!

We've had one of those super hectic couple of weeks. I literally had 10 minutes to take photos while we were on our way somewhere else. When we pulled up to the spot the light was bad, but within a few seconds the light cooperated and the girls did too. Some days it is so nice to be thankful for small miracles!

Be sure to check out all of the other fabric and pattern combinations along the tour!!

World Map Shorts for My Nephew

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It all started when Todd's cousin suggested we try the Stack the States App. We, in turn, suggested the app for my nephew. This kid, Ford, has one of those genius minds. He now knows every state and it's capital and has moved on to knowing each an every country. He is probably doing 3rd or 4th grade math. How old you ask? SIX.

Ford requested a geography party for his 6th birthday, and I spotted the Our World fabric by Riley Blake while searching for party inspiration for my sister. When they requested shorts, I turned to the Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids Japanese pattern book. I had previously made a pair of these shorts for another nephew.  They are pattern L, the knee-length shorts. I love the wide hem, front slant pockets, and rear patch pockets that comes with the pattern.

I know Ford checked the fabric for accuracy. I was actually a bit fearful that the pocket placement or seam line might make the shorts unworthy. Whew!! I love a quick project that can bring a smile! Many thanks to my sister for sending these photos.

Modkid Tessa

Saturday, September 10, 2016

It feels good to get another jump start on outfits for the cooler temps that should be just around the corner. 

This new Modkid Tessa pattern is perfect for play time or snuggling up on the couch.

I bought these See Kai Run shoes on deep discount at the end of last season. I knew they wouldn't go with everything, but I went for it. I guess one advantage of sewing is searching out the perfect fabrics to create an outfit around an accessory. 

Tandy was being a little stinker for this photo shoot, and she thought it was really funny that she wouldn't look at the camera. I think these photos turned out to be some of my favorite despite or maybe because of all that!

Both fabrics are from JoAnn Fabrics. The top is fun quilted knit, and the pants are a space dyed ponte. I want to get the pants fabric in every color. It was wonderful to sew with and a great weight for these pants. 

This is the second time I used this mystery green trim from my grandmother for a drawstring. The first was a Linville Romper dress. I never would have guessed that this green would work with such a variety of things. It gives the perfect pop to this outfit.

I guess I should share a bit more about the pattern features. The sweatshirt is a bit of an oversized look with a hi/lo hem. The sleeves are intended to extend down the hand a bit for a relaxed look. The pleat detail at the hem really sets the look apart from a standard sweatshirt.

The jogger pants also feature the pleat detail above the cuffs. The waistband includes both elastic and a drawstring. The inseam pockets and a cropped length complete the style.
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