life right now

Well here we are. I think it's been over 6 months since I've blogged about the twins. And look at them now. With their cute faces and hair so thick it looks like a wig. (Forgive the fuzziness, we were running out of daylight.) These girls are an absolute dream come true. Not that twin life isn't hard. I mean its everything hard about having one 10-month-old plus another 10 month old. But it's also double all the good things too, so naturally we love it.
Last year when I was pregnant forever I dug through my stash and found this tiny little scrap of fabric from my Grandma Lou. Flowery and old school, I've always loved it and I've never been able to bring myself to cut into it. But with the twins coming, I eeked out 2 tiny little skirts and added different colored bodices on top. I only ended up sewing half of either dress before I went on bed rest and couldn't finish. So the other day, when I was organizing some sewing stuff (because I'm competing in Project Run and Play this season! What is life??) I saw these half made little tunics and thought, "Why not?" 
And I kind of love them. No pattern, a little funky/quirky, but meaningful. Very much like my life right now. Not planned or scheduled, not a lot of structure, but meaningful and valuable. When I see the fabric of the skirt, I think of my grandma Lou and how I used to watch her sew when I was a little girl. She'd make all kinds of costumes, funny little elves at Christmas, and sometimes she'd let us hand sew with her. I remember a collared shirt that she made for my Grandpops and I distinctly remember thinking, "That looks just like it came from a store. How did she do that?" And the wheels in my head started turning and I think those memories contributed to what I do and what I make now. 
And so that's that on Random Thoughts by Bethany today. I leave you with the beginnings of the Penny and Clemmy Zombie crawl. Just picture them crawling at you at the same slow little crawly pace. It makes me laugh every time. :)



Memory lane

Shirt (on sale) //self drafted similar tutorial here // pom pom trim // tights (similar)

Nothing is more satisfying than a good refashion, am I right? That is to say, nothing in the sewing world. Outside of sewing, I can think of a few things equally satisfying. Homemade chocolate cake, taking a long nap--neither of which thing I'm eating or doing right now, I'm just sayin'...but let's move on before I start thinking too much about that chocolate cake I don't have. 

Back to sewing. Every year, I channel my inner grandma and get all gung-ho about using up what we have, de-stashing, refashioning etc. So when Jonathon got rid of a bunch of t-shirts, I made them into skirts for my girls. I was putting together a tutorial when I realized that a t-shirt skirt very similar to this was one of the first things I ever sewed back when I got re-interested in sewing. The original tutorial is from Sew Much Ado. I've always been inspired by Abby's sewing and I'm so grateful for those early tutorials way back in the blog day that inspired me to get into sewing. It's been such a fun hobby! 
Fast forward seven (!) years later and I'm still making the same projects, with a little more confidence, so much so that it becomes my own and I don't have to look at step by steps anymore because it actually makes sense in my mind! #yay 
Anyway, the only thing I did differently is that I increased the length and measurements to fit my 4T-5T Madelyn and I added pom poms, lace, and flowers to the different skirts. 
So that was a fun little walk down memory lane. Thanks for stickin' with me on this journey guys. My blogging is sporadic at best, but I love this little outlet. :)



Pattern self drafted//Fabric 
Here we are. Mid January. I haven't left the house in days. I'm totally ok with that. My kids are totally not. So to appease them, I stepped into our backyard to take these pictures. I figure that's gotta count for something?
I just had to snap a few quick shots of this dress. And the girl who I made it for, because she's growing fast. All her friends are losing their baby teeth and I figure I need to document her right now before she gets big girl teeth and becomes officially not my baby anymore.
I drafted this pattern and added some front pockets. I was just messing around, so I won't lie, I wish I'd picked a different type of fabric for the style of the dress. (Note to self, quilted knit is thick and therefore hard to pleat.) But Lila is always really sweet about anything I make her, which is so much less than it used to be. :( #somanykidsnotimetosew 
(by the way, this pic below is more true to the color of the fabric, just FYI)
But at least, we documented the teeth. And I got outside. 
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