literally the cutest

Geranium tunic pattern // tulip fabric (similar options here here here) // jean jacket (similar) // leggings (self drafted) fabric 
These girls. I think the trendy thing to say would be "I literally cannot even" but then I would sound like a dramatic contestant from a reality TV show. Because if I've learned anything in the last year, it's that I literally can even. I can love them with all my heart. I can do the NICU, late nights, early mornings, spit up, blow-outs, sit on the floor and entertain them all day long. I can hold two beautiful, babies at once and I can thank God for being merciful enough to send them my way.   
Here's Penelope. Our little chatter-box. Somewhat distrustful of strangers, but loves you when she knows you. And loves to snuggle.
And little Clementine. Also distrustful of strangers. Snuggly when she's nervous, has the best giggle, and sings to herself. 
I put these little outfits together last year before I was on bed rest. I used to star at the little tulip tunics and imagine what life would be like with two babies.  The fact is, I couldn't have imagined babies more perfect or beautiful. And I definitely could never know the peace that they would bring into our home. They are universally adored and while having twins is hard, this has easily been the happiest year of my life. So thank you my little Penny and Clemmy. Happy birthday and know that you both have a place in my heart always. 


Tully Testing

Ya know when you bite into the most delicious piece of chocolate cake? And you tell yourself, "I'm only gonna have one piece of this dessert from the angels." But in the end you basically eat the whole cake? And you pay for it because you feel terrible afterwords, but man eating that chocolate cake was  just so worth it. That was me with Project Run & Play. I had so much fun sewing but add in a little stress and tiredness and raising six kids and what not and by the end, I was just plum tuckered out! So I took a little sewing break and I've eased back into sewing with a little pattern testing.

Tully testing to be precise.
And what a way to ease because this pattern is fantastico. Hardly needed any tweaking. Kelly from Sewing in No Man's Land is just that good. I've followed her (not quite like a stalker, but maybe sort of) for years and I'm such a big fan of everything she does and her positive outlook on life. And all the beautiful photography. Plus all the places she travels. Sigh. I could keep going, but I'll leave it there before I start to sound too nutso. 

Anyway, I had to sign up to test this pattern. It's so sweet and simple, but beautiful. Super cute on littles, fun for all those sizes in between and on trend for tweens. (18m-size12) Gotta love the bell sleeve trend. Plus no enclosures. Did you hear that? I said NO ENCLOSURES. You know that's where I fell in love. I really enjoy a pattern that's great for beginners, but fun to sew if you're a more advanced seamstress. 

I made this one in chambray for my 7-year-old-who-suddenly-looks-like-a-17-year-old-how-dare-she? Lila. 
Keep in mind that these are tester versions, so if things like neck and sleeves look a bit big, don't sweat it, they've been adjusted. I still love the way they turned out.
Don't forget to notice the plug that I probably should've phtotshopped out but who has time for that? :)
Had to do some pink flamingos for my little Madelyn Peach. 
And yes, that's food on the corner of her mouth. We are who we are people. ;)
Jump over and grab a pattern (on sale this week!) and happy sewing! :)


Project Run & Play Final Week: Peaches & Cream

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Shucks guys. Never in a million years would I have believed that I'd be in the final round. I'm so flattered/nervous that I'm simultaneously wanting to hug you all and hide in a box. :) But alas, no time. So let's talk signature style! Truly my signature style is usually to sew wherever the wind takes me, although I tend to like to keep things simple and classic. I find inspiration all over the place, but primarily in the personalities of my kids. And tucked right in the middle of said kids, are my two precious middle girls, Madelyn and Sophia. We like to call them our middies, our little peaches and cream. I can't imagine that being squeezed in the middle of 6 little duckies could be easy, but these girls hold their own in the personality department. So this look is my little tribute to my Peaches and Cream. I love to sew for them. They appreciate all things girly. In the end, I combined my simple style with their fancy feminine tastes and came up with some classic, pretty dresses perfectly suited to my middle girls.

Oh ya know, just dressed up in fancy dresses, casually playing with a ball made out of sticks. A day outta the glamorous life. ;)

If you know me at all, you know that I avoid enclosures like the plague. If I can figure out a way not to use zippers, buttons, and what not, I will. That's why neither of these dresses have them. Instead, I sewed Madelyn's dress with a criss-cross back detail that attaches to the gathered bodice. The opening let's her head in easily. I made the dress a maxi dress (per Madelyn's request) and because I didn't want to detract from that pretty peachy/blush flower detail at the bottom, I kept the short sleeves simple and hemmed them and the neckline with homemade bias-tape.

Sophia's dress has a wide enough opening at the neckline and flared ties in the back, thus rendering buttons and zippers useless. Hip hip hooray for that. I made big ruffly sleeves and attached it to a gathered scalloped skirt. It's so soft and feminine--perfect for my little sweet cream Sophia.

This little face. :)


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Madelyn's Look: Started with the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. Modified the neckline and lengthened the back at a 45 degree angle to create a criss cross back to enable the head to get in and out easily. Added self drafted sleeves, and hemmed neck and sleeves with bias tape. Made and attached a self drafted gathered maxi skirt. Larger hem at the bottom. Fabric from Joann. So sorry, I can't find the link!

Sophia's Look: Started with the Mori Dress by Elegance & Elephants. Modified the sleeve and made self drafted ruffle sleeves instead. Modified the original "back tie" measurements and created a flared tie for the back instead. Adjust skirt width and length of gathered skirt based on Sophia's measurements.  Fabric from Joann. So sorry, I can't find the link!
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