Grownup Baby Dress

Here is the second half of that $3 skirt I bought at WalMart! The bottom is a tank top that I have no idea where I got. It took the awesomeness of my husband to decide on the waistband. I voted for a thin lace band, but he wisely convinced me otherwise ūüôā …and he says I never take his advice seriously.

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I love the bow on the back! Can you see the collar? I also love that little detail. It’s a good thing baby has no other dresses to wear to church because she will be wearing this every week until she outgrows it.¬†I sent a picture of the dress to my mother-in-law and she said it would make baby look too grown-up and she would cry. What do you think?

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I know this picture is a little crazy processed, but you should see the original lol. That’s my big girl! She gives that smile to everyone.

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…aaaaaaaaand another one.

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…and one of the back just for kicks. This is pretty close to the real color.

Just wait until I post the 3 new shirts I made for her this week. So cute! I love making baby clothes.

HAPPY

I’m going to be posting quite a few baby girl outfits I’ve been working on this month. This is the first of about 4 tops that I’ve made for baby girl and I’m so HAPPY with all of them. Ha ha… This project actually started out with a ruined shirt. I made the mistake of letting my baby eat spaghetti in a white shirt. Could I have cleaned it? Maybe… I didn’t really want to try that hard though. The shirt had some issues already anyway.

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This is after I cut it all apart to make a pattern. As you can see, the sequins were coming off. That was more than enough reason for me to make something new. So like I said, I cut the shirt up to make my pattern. I used some awesomely soft material that I got at Wal-Mart. I’ve been going for darker colors as I think they are safer for babies. Why do they make all little girl’s clothes in white and pale pink??? I vote for spill hiding colors from now on!

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Yep, that’s right! Some great yardage for $3! I love shopping the clearance isles. ¬†I used the rest of the material to make the dress I’ll show you in the next post.

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She really is such a happy girl. Love her so much!

moto tee

When I asked my son what kind of shirt he wanted, of course he said motorcycle. He loves motorcycles. Sometimes, his dad lets him ride on the back of his Harley, from the sidewalk to the garage. It’s only about 20 yards, don’t worry. So here we have the motorcycle shirt. Not too fancy, and a repurposed shirt from his grandma as usual. My husband came up with the tag “steel horse.” I didn’t execute it quite as well as I would have liked. I know it’s hard to tell that the second word is horse. I’m thinking my new fabric paints should help that problem in the future.

The other obsession of my son of late is quarters. If he finds or is given one, he holds onto it for days! When I say he holds on to it, I mean it is in his hand 24/7. He goes to sleep with it clasped in his fingers, and wakes up with it still there. That is quite a feat. We’ve convinced him to use his pockets for most of the day, but that means that he will only wear 2 of his shirts… the ones with pockets. His pant pockets are too tight.

Sooooo you guessed it. This one has an added pocket. I used my pocket tutorial and just added one for him into the side seam. He loves it.

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And there he is, posing in front of his “motorcycle.” My husband added the lawnmower wheels for his training wheels.

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Little devil. I love making things for him. He always says, “thank you mommy, for making this for me.”

You are welcome son!

alligator hoodie

I have been wanting to make myself a jacket for a long long long looooong¬†time. I wear a jacket all year long whether it’s 100 degrees or 10 and my go to jacket is from AE 10 years ago. I’d say it’s time for a little update. I’ve just been so intimidated by the hood/separating zipper, that¬†I haven’t wanted to even start. It isn’t the actual hood or zipper that I have a problem with, but the corner where they both meet. I didn’t know which order to attach them to¬†make it all look good. You know, the spot in the picture below. DSC_3306

So when it turned September, I decided to make the little man a jacket as a trial before making my own. It was pretty simple to whip together if you don’t count the hood. I’m terrible at gauging hood sizes and I ended up having to add height to his before sewing it on. I like a good deep hood that really protects you from the rain or wind. His turned out great after tweaking it a bit.

I had also decided on a snake for the front design. I searched pictures and drew pictures and manipulated shapes on the computer for days before giving up and settling on the alligator. I’m pretty happy with it. It was also a pain though. I stenciled it on and then decided the color didn’t really match the hood AFTER I took the stencil off. So I spent at least a hour with a tiny paint brush, painting yellow between all the zig-zags to make it closer to the color of the hood. Thank goodness my new fabric paint had just come in the mail! I’m used to using good old Tulip paints from Walmart, but the Jacquard Textile Colors¬†are soooooooo much better. Instead of paint about 6 coats to get my green to show up on such dark fabric, I only had to paint ONE. Aaaaaaaaaand… I got it for pretty much the same price as the cheap stuff. Same cost, less coats, BOOM. Can you tell I was really really happy about it?

Anyway, to make my hoodie pattern, I traced a long sleeve tee. Instead of cutting the front panel on a fold, I cut 2 separate pieces and added 3/4″ on both sides for the zipper. I then sewed everything together just as I would a tee and then attached the hood. When attaching the hood, I made sure to leave the zipper seam allowance out so that it could fold over the edge of the hood. I attached the zipper and then the bias tape to cover the hood seam. I wish I would have taken just a few pictures to show the order and how it fit together. Trying is the best way to learn though!

Here it is in all it’s glory! The cute model doesn’t hurt either.

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I couldn’t just choose one picture. He has more authentic smiles, but these will do fine. ūüôā

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The only thing I would change would be the sleeves. They are a bit too tight, but not enough to make it unwearable. I’m so happy with how it turned out.

My own jacket to come soon!

 

 

 

I was pretty disappointed in my last fix. I didn’t think anything was really my style. This time around, I asked for the same stylist that styled me for my fix #3¬†and I ended up with a lot better options. I even kept something this time. YAY! I think I’ll continue to ask for her and we can learn each other together. I’ve read this tip before, but I was waiting to see who I would like. Here’s to a new relationship with Stitch Fix. May it get even better with time.

Keep in mind as you look at the pictures that I was in a real hurry to get these in the mail. I waited until literally the last minute and had to take my pictures “as is.” I’d been working on cleaning out the garage all day, had no makeup on and my hair was pretty awesome as well. You sure get the REAL ME in these ones.

On to the goods.

Le Lis Lavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top $38

Le Lis Lavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top

I’ll start with my favorite and the item I kept. Can I say LOVE this? Well I do. I’m sure you can tell by my face in the pictures. It is so soft and the lace is so pretty. The pictures can never do lace justice. I think this will be my “go to” top all fall and winter. I’m thinking about taking in the sleeves around the armpit, because we all know I hate arm holes that go down to your middle. I can’t decide though… maybe they are growing on me? Nope, it must be the lace taking over my mental capacities.

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan $58

HEM & THREAD Ellen Distressed Detail SweaterI can’t say that I hated this sweater, but I definitely didn’t like it either. It is obviously HUGE. I could probably pull off the slouchy style if I wanted to, but I have no desire to do that. It wasn’t even soft to make up for it’s likeness to a tent. I would like some more neutral tan in my closet though…

41Hawthorn Yasmine French Terry Blazer $78

41Hawthorn Yasmine French Terry Blazer

This is something that I really wanted to love. I almost did. It’s a nice weight for a pretty cold day. I little on the heavier side. It has a nice shape and is knit so it is comfortable. It was a tiny bit too small though and made me look like I have a belly since it bulged open at the midsection. I think I’ll ask for another¬†knit¬†blazer¬†and see what happens.

Le Lis Sibley Twisted Knot Top $44

Le Lis Sibley Twisted Knot Top

I think it’s funny that this top is $44 and the lace top is $38. I guess not a huge price difference, but I’m much more inclined to buy something for $38 than $44. They are from the same designer. I just think if it were me they’d be the other way around… Anyway, I’m pretty sure that I got this because I said the PAPERMOON Fraz Twist Back Knit Top was OK. However, this was my least favorite piece. It adds a lot of bulk to the stomach and the sleeves are yet again, unfitted. I’m also not a fan of heather grey unless it’s glammed up with some sparkle.

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan $58

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

Wow. Everything in the box was a shade of grey except for the tent sweater. I almost loved this cardigan as well. The material is pretty light, so in spite of being very unfitted, it hugs the figure alright. It is also very soft. Can you tell that’s a selling point for me? I just couldn’t justify $58 for something so plain and not quite perfect. I know I don’t like unfitted, but they keep sending me this type of cardigan because I keep asking for this one. Similar but not quite… I’ll keep asking for it because I really really really love it. Perhaps this is in my DIY future?

All in all, I was much happier with the style choices this time around. I can’t wait to see what next month brings.

 

DIY Lace Back Shirt

I have recently been through every single item in my closet. I tried everything on and either put it back or threw it in a box. I was going to take the box to the Deseret Industries but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I hate getting rid of good material. The problem is, I have so many ideas of what to do with all the clothes that I couldn’t possibly get to them all. I’m afraid I’m going to become quite the hoarder if this type of behavior continues.

In order to cut down on my fabric stash, I decided to finish at least one project that has been on my mind. It’s a lace one!

When I bought this lace from Joann Fabric, I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with it, but I knew it was going to be great. It is a pretty pattern, prettier than the generic stuff. It was quite expensive. $20 dollars a yard. I of course had to use a 50% off coupon and then I only got 2 yards of it. It has sequins sewn throughout to give it some sparkle. I just love it.

So here we go.

I started with a knit shirt that was much¬†too tight. I drew a line across the back, making sure to measure the distance from the top all the way across so that it was straight. Then, I unpicked the side seams from the bottom all the way up through the sleeves to the line. If your shirt has some fabric excess then there is no need to unpick. Simply cut out out the seams. I needed every scrap of width so I unpicked… my very least favorite thing to do.

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I cut across the line and cut out the back of the shirt.

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I used the back cutout as a pattern for my new back.

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I folded it in half and placed it on my folded material adding about 3 inches. That of course adds 6 inches of width overall and to tell you the truth, I wish I would have added more. The shirt ended up being slightly fitted instead of having the flowy back I had imagined. Remember, the shirt I started with was pretty tight.

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A tip to remember is to double your seam allowance at the top so that your materials match up at the bottom. I had to think about that for a while to get it to make sense in my head, but trust me. If you don’t get it, do it anyway. It will work out better.

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You can see I ended up cutting out my back twice. I forgot to take into account that I wanted the bottom to be loner than the front so I wasted my awesome material and gave it another go. I also added a little more width as you can see.

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I hemmed the bottom and made a nice pleat at the top.

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You have to take in enough with your pleat so that your width matches your original cutout piece.

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Then, sew the piece right sides together to your shirt. Start with the top and then sew down both sides to the bottom. Make absolutely sure that you don’t stretch the material. You don’t want to end up with wavy seams.

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Ta da! Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

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I’ll admit it’s not as awe inspiring from the front in the pictures. It was really windy, and hard to get the shirt to lay flat. It was also sticking to the fence so I way in a hurry to get it down. It looks great on though. Here’s to¬†one way to fix a shirt that is too tight… or just refashion something you don’t wear very often.

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So I hinted that I would be doing a Stitch Fix experiment last time and here it is. I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed in the results. I changed all my preferences to “the cheaper the better” and requested in my note to my stylist that they send me the absolute cheapest pieces they had that were still my style. I wanted to see just how affordable Stitch Fix could be. After all, I’ve told everyone that they follow your budget and what you can afford. I got 3 shirts, 1 pair of pants and 1 skirt. $38 was the cheapest item… sigh. I thought they might have some $25 dollar pieces or at least something under $30. Well now we know. Stitch Fix is NOT cheap.

Unlike other sites, I don’t get a lot (or any for that matter) of referrals so I’m paying for the service completely on my own. Why do I continue? It’s fun! I recently came into a small monthly income and this is what I decided to spend it on. It’s fun to anticipate what is coming in the mail. It’s fun to open your box and see all the new colors and patterns. It’s fun to try on clothes that you would probably never have picked out in the store. It’s fun to find something awesome. It’s fun even when you don’t find anything. Guilty pleasures come in all shapes in sizes and mine just happen to be vanilla ice cream and Stitch Fix. I”m not ashamed. ūüôā

Onto my 4th fix.

Loveappella Kellyton Mesh Shoulder Top $48

Loveappella Kellyton Mesh Shoulder Top

 

I appreciated the fact that they finally took me seriously when I said I wanted form fitting tops. I don’t feel like I look great in the trendy stuff going on right now. I actually really liked this top. I think it looked pretty good on me ¬†and was only a tiny bit too tight. The material was SUPER super SUPER soft. So what’s the problem? I don’t need a solid black shirt. I also don’t want a top that I would have to wear something under. Not quite for me. Don’t laugh at my awesome modeling skills.

THML Rancho Sequin Detail Knit Top $48

THML Rancho Sequin Detail Knit Top

I love a little sparkle, or a lot of sparkle. I just don’t like shoulder detail or orangy gold. ‘nough said.

Renee C Melisa Printed Pencil Skirt $48

Renee C Melisa Printed Pencil Skirt

When I pulled this out of the box I thought there is no way that this is going to fit over my hips. It was sooooo tiny. Well, it fit. Still a bit tight though. This was my biggest let down. I love a good pencil skirt, but I don’t like the print. Not even a little bit. I also thought the material was kind of cheap. It was one of those fabrics that when stretched, becomes faded because it’s ribbed. This was a total fail.

INER Kahla Tie-Neck Blouse $44

INER Kahla Tie-Neck Blouse

I actually think this looks pretty good on me… Problem is, I don’t wear sleeveless tops at all. I was really disappointed when this came in my fix. I asked them straight out not to send me anything sleeveless. I know I could wear a cardigan or something, but when I specifically asked them I thought they would respect my wishes.

Gilli Chandler Wide Leg Pant $38

Gilli Chandler Wide Leg Pant

What are these pants!!!! I almost didn’t even try them on because they were so crazy and NOT my style. I ended up loving them. They are soft, stretchy, comfy and… I have nothing to wear with them. Seriously, I have no idea how to style these. I cut off my feet in the pictures because none of the shoes in my closet went with these at all. I’m just not willing to buy a whole new wardrobe for one pair of pants. The pattern is a little too crazy for me anyway. Sad story. This is what I was talking about at the beginning though. Stitch Fix makes you try thing you would absolutely NEVER try on if you were shopping by yourself.

Yay for another fix where I kept nothing. Ha! Like I said, I’m not worried. I love Stitch Fix.

I’ve decided that I’m not very great at detailed tutorials. Thus, I am rededicating my site to be more inspirational rather than tutorial. I’ll still tell you how I did things in general with a few how-to pictures, but I’d rather link to another tutorial that’s already done and done really well, for you benefit.

Now that that momentous piece of news is out of the way, on to what I did last week.

Sometimes living in a small town is hard. Like when you go to your local Walmart and Kmart and boutique clothing shops and still can’t find a baby swimming suit for your outing tomorrow! What!? They carried¬†down to 12 months old, but no 6-9 mos. I was tempted to let sweet Claira just swim in a swim diaper, but then I remembered I had some extra spandex from the suit I made for my sister a few years back. Yay for saving your extra material! I try to keep my stash to a minimum, but somehow I kept the spandex that I didn’t even buy. Lucky me!

DSC_3069aMaking swimwear shouldn’t be daunting for anyone. If you can sew a zig-zag stitch, you can sew a swimming suit. I don’t know why they seem so intimidating. If you happen to have or want to invest in a double needle, they are perfect for swimming suits as well. I used one here. You can kind of see how there is a double row of stitching on the top of the binding and a zig-zag on the bottom. That’s what a double needle will do. They are pretty inexpensive and I recommend them for almost every project.

To start my suit I¬†traced a baby onsie sans sleeves. I dropped the front and back neckline a couple of inches to give it a little more of a suit look. I also cut out a lining for it even though my spandex was quite stout and not very see through. I didn’t want those lovely dark blue swim diapers showing through and making the suit look green. I sewed my lining together and then my suit, placed the lining inside-out into the suit so the seams were all enclosed, sewed elastic into the leg openings and stitched on my binding. FYI I didn’t have any clear elastic so I just used the regular kind. I wouldn’t worry about it if you don’t care if the suit will last for years and years. I don’t think we go to the pool enough for the chlorine to ruin this elastic any time soon.

This is how I did the binding. She also has many many tips on how to sew a swimming suit.

DSC_3083aA tip on color blocking. I find that where possible, it’s easier to sew your colors together and then cut out your pattern as opposed to all that measuring and making sure your pieces fit together jut right without any shifting.

DSC_3084aMy favorite part of this suit is that it’s diaper accessible! Why don’t all baby swimming suits have this option? Who wants to take a wet suit off a baby every time you want to give them a dry diaper? Not me. Also, if you are going to be inserting baby snaps onto any piece of clothing, I recommend buying some sort of snap pliers. I tried to add these with a hammer and a board… it didn’t go so well.

DSC_3080aI love this suit! I’m so glad I had some extra material and a little extra time. Babies in swim diapers are cute, but babies in swimming suits are much cuter. I think I’ll work one up with ruffles next time.

 

applique flower baby outfit

Yay for another baby outfit!I thought that her new romper was my favorite, but…. I guess I just love them all. I have loved making clothes for my little man don’t get me wrong, but girl clothes are inherently more fun for me. There are so many more options. I also have a lot of material for girls since I’m fond of going through my closet and re-purposing whatever I don’t wear into baby clothes. That’s where the material for her top came from. The pants are another $3 large tee from Walmart! Hey, you get it where you can when you live in a small town.

I used the same pattern that I traced out for the black and white outfit. The only thing I did differently was add an applique instead of color blocking. I just drew¬†out 3 not so perfect flowers in decreasing sizes and cut them out. I used this technique to sew on¬†the bottom flower layer. Then I sewed a circle through the next 2 layers of flower right onto the shirt at the same time. I didn’t even go around the edges. I wanted the “petals” to flap a bit so I sewed the circle just inside them. I pinned lace in a ruffley circle on top of my flowers and sewed a circle through that as well. Then I hand stitched the center sheer fabric on to hide the middle and not show any stitches. I think it turned out great! I love the detail and the texture of it.

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You can see how perfect my flower is right? I think it adds character.

Baby swimming suit coming up next week! Because, of course, no one here sells baby swimwear and I needed one faster than shipping…

 

If you are new to Stitch Fix, check out a little bit about it¬†here. I was so excited when I came home from 4th of July traveling and saw my package on the step! There’s nothing like opening a surprise box of clothes just for you. I forgot to take of picture of the loot all together so let’s dive into the individual products.

PAPERMOON Fraz Twist Back Knit Top $48

Fraz Twist Back Knit Top

This was my least favorite item in the box. It has those weird sleeves like the pink shirt in the last box. It was heavier almost sweater material. Not really 100 degree summer approved. It had no shape and stretched out at the bottom. I thought the back was cool, but not exceptional. All in all, underwhelming.

RETURNED

SKIES ARE BLUE Colina Mix Material Knit Top $58

Colina Mix Material Knit Top

I loved the colors and the light soft feel of this shirt. I was still too unfitted for my taste. I don’t like shirts that hang off your chest and go straight down from there. (View second picture…) Does that make sense? Anyway, loved the general style… just not perfect on the fit.¬†

RETURNED

LOVEAPPELLA Jessie Draped Front Terry Knit Cardigan $64

Jessie Draped Front Terry Knit Cardigan

You might be wondering why I have a sweater/jacket for the middle of summer. Well, I requested a light summer jacket because I’m a jacket wearing fiend, and I wear one all the time. Unfortunately, my go-to is from AE 10 years ago and I look like I’m trying to be a teenager… I need something stylish that I can wear over everything. I love the look of this jacket. It’s very heavy and scratchy though. Not light or everyday at all. Also, the sleeves were almost too short. This is a theme I seem to be running into. I must have ape arms or something. Lol.

RETURNED

LE LIS Irvin Embellished Neckline Blouse $48

Irvin Embellished Neckline Blouse

I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with this top. I LOVE the colors, the jeweled neck detail and the soft flowyness of it. Still too unfitted Sew it up the sided and give it a button up back and it would be great! In fact, I almost bought it to do exactly that. Then I remembered all the altering I’ve been meaning to do in my current closet and decided to tackle that first. I don’t want to pay $48 for something that I have to fix.

RETURNED

TART Zera Lace Bomber Jacket  $108

Zera Lace Bomber Jacket

LACE! This picture makes it hard to tell, but this jacket is ALL lace. It’s a pretty lace too. Why is it so hard to photograph lace detail? This was exactly what I was looking for. Soft and lightweight. Dressy but casual. Lace and more lace. But the length…. I just can’t wear tops that cut off my body. I have a pretty average torso, but I like longer shirts and jackets. That arms were also barely too short. Sigh. Oh and the elephant in the room, the price! Not happening.

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It sounds bad that I didn’t buy anything this time around. But really, I almost bought everything in this box to get the 25% discount because I almost love every piece. My Stitch Fix stylist did a great job and everything in my fix¬†closely resembles an item on my Pinterest board. They are getting my style, I’m just super picky about fit. I am going to do an experiment with¬†Stitch Fix next time so stay tuned! I think it will be exciting.