All that glitters

Mori Dress (modified) // bodice fabric // skirt fabric (similar)
4 years ago, this girl was in my belly. What a weird sentence to type, but I'm feeling nostalgic so let's go with it and take a walk down memory lane. 
We'd just moved to a new town only 20 miles away from our old town, but man it felt farther. I was so terribly lonely. Jonathon traveled for work back then and he was gone almost the entire month of September. So I tried to navigate that little town and figure out something to do with my large belly + two kids. 
And then, on a brisk October day, came Madelyn. She was beautiful, perfect, and exactly what I'd always pictured what a little baby girl should look like. Then came the storm. A dark, heavy cloud that I'd never felt before. Granted, Madelyn was a little fussy and she didn't believe in sleep. Plus my hormones are always a little out of wack for a week or 2 after my other babies, but this time, I was just so sad. I felt so stretched thin with 3 kids. I didn't have enough hands. I didn't understand what was wrong with me. I felt like a horrible person. I had a beautiful baby, wonderful children, a kind, hard-working husband. What was wrong with me??? It wasn't until December and I was flipping out about something as small as where the star should go on the tree, that I realized something was wrong. This wasn't normal. Facing postpartum depression was tough, but thankfully, I worked though it and that sad, heaviness moved away. And I haven't ever had anything happen to me like that again. I mean, it's not like I don't have down days, but I've never felt that very heavy darkness on me for that long.  It was so real and although I don't pretend to understand what people with long term depression go through, I empathize.  That has to be so tough.  
After I went through it, I felt a renewed sense of love for my babies.  Especially Madelyn.  She's always given me a bit of a run for me money, but I like to think that she'll be worth it. 
 Everywhere Madelyn goes, she shines. When I thought up this dress hack, I knew it would make a perfect dress for Madelyn and for the current projectrunandplay challenge. Never mind that it's too short. I swear I measured. Sigh. It will make a perfect tunic.  :)

Hard times do pass. And sometimes, you get a perfect little curly haired angel in the bargain.


Sewing for Kindergarten 2016

Aw man, I'm so honored to be here for Sewing for Kindergarten!  Is the word "honored" too-over-the-top-much?  Like I'm accepting an Oscar or something?  Probably.  Forgive me guys. I just mean, I always enjoy this series and Mie is just such a phenomenal seamstress and so down to Earth with all her amazing skillzzzz.  It's a pleasure and a half to join in on the fun.  We're this excited about it.  :)
 Now onward and upward.  It's that time again.  Last year, it was Lila and this time around, we sent Ezra's.  Good thing Madelyn doesn't go to Kindergarten until 2018, so we can give the school system a break from my babies...for the time being.  :) Anyway, Ezra needed a few clothes, so I had a hard time limiting myself to just one outfit.  So naturally, I didn't.  I sewed 3.  The one I'm sharing today is my favorite, but feel free to check out Outfits 1 
and 2 for more inspiration.  Just click on the pictures to see more!

I made them all inter-changeable so that Ezra can mix and match without me having to worry about things clashing.  As if he cares.  Ha, that's totally me.  But I did use all of Ezra's favorite colors.  Or lack thereof.  :) 

I loved this particular look because I hacked this Skinny Jean Pattern to make some jean joggers and they turned out exactly how I wanted them too.  Oh the joy of creating something just how you envisioned.  Sewing mama's, you feel me??  Plus this denim was Ezra's pick, not his sisters.  More on that here.  

The jist on these is that I cut it out based on the pattern instructions except I added 1/2 inch all around and eliminated the denim waistband and used ribbing instead.  (not pictured, sorry!) I inserted elastic inside the ribbing so they'd stay on his waist for all the running and jumping this kid does.  
This type of waistband is a lot easier for me to sew on.  For the bottom I added an ankle band/casing and inserted 1" elastic just to gather the bottoms in a bit.  I love the look of jean joggers on boys.  I've mentioned this before, but Ezra struggles with eczema, so a lighter bottom weight denim is feels much more comfortable on his skin than regular jeans.  I intentionally made them a little long for him to grow into over the year. 
Ezra's t-shirt is an oxymoron because Ezra used to be terrified of dogs when he was little.  He's growing out of this fear (#thankgoodness) so when I saw this fabric at Joann's, I couldn't resist.  
I made the t-shirt by tracing an existing t-shirt, but their are t-shirt patterns and tutorials all over the place if you don't know how to make.  Google it and give it a try!
And now for a little Q&A:
- Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not, which number child is this?
Nope, this is child number 2 that we've sent to school.  Lila is in first grade.  And we've got 4 more kids at home.  We're basically walking insurance for all future teachers out there.  ;)

- Do you feel like crying or celebrating? And what about your child?
Oh no.  All the feelings. I have a love/hate relationship with school.  And I think every family is so different in their own specific needs.  As for me, Jonathon and I feel strongly that we should send our kids to school and help supplement their learning at home.  But I miss them terribly and I always feel a slight trepidation on their first few days.  I can't say every day goes perfectly smooth for them, but I think that's an important life lesson.  Plus, I love watching their growth and I enjoy being able to help them along and talk with them and add to what they are learning, who they're friends with etc.  This isn't to imply that you don't get that with other forms of learning/education, this is just what works best for us. 

- What kind of school does your child attend? (Public, charter, private or homeschool)
Ezra is attending a public school with a really great duel immersion program.  He's learning Spanish and he's absolutely loving that.  
- Question to your kindergartner: What have been the best and the worst part so far? 
Best: "Snacks, recess, and Spanish."  
Worst: "The crying."  Sad day.  Ezra struggled a little with anxiety in the first couple weeks of school, so he had a few crying moments. We're working with him here at home to be able to deal with his emotions and thankfully, his teacher has been very sweet and involved in helping ease some of his fears.  I know that often these kinds of kinks work themselves out, so right now, I'm just trying to love that boy as much as I possibly can.  It's not hard.  
Overall, Ezra's doing just fine.  Plus he's armed with a Darth Vader backpack and water bottle.  Can't go wrong with that kind of protection.  :)
Keep your eye out for lots of other Kindergarten Sewing Inspo from all these lovely ladies!
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Thanks again for having me, Mie! 


Black and gray and.....gray all over

Ezra is like my dream come true when it comes to choosing fabric colors and styles.  It's almost always black or gray.  And if you've ever seen my closet, you know how much black and gray I wear.  Also white.  Man, I am so boring.  But simple is easy and classic.....at least, that's what I tell Jonathon when I add yet another gray, black, or white item to my wardrobe.  :)
But this was Ezra's favorite outfit that I made for him for school this year. 
It's the ultimate comfy outfit.  (I'm a little jealous)  Ezra is like his Mama and all about comfort.  I made the hoodie out of soft sweater knit from Joann.  The pattern is modified from this free pattern.   
I added pirate fabric inside the lining.  That's about as much color as either of us like to add to things. 
I used the mini hudson pattern.  Which is a fantastic pattern.  Fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It sewed up quite well.   
Now Ezra is free to run 
and jump with the best of 'em.
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