4.22.2015

Mini Madame Butterfly Dress/Tunic

I've got a tutorial for this dress/tunic somewhere.  But dadgumit I can't find the cursed pictures.  And since computer time has become a minimal thing in my daily schedule {just ask anyone who comments or emails me, I take ages to respond} the search for the missing mini madame butterfly tutorial will have to recommence another day.

For now, just know it's a simple a-line dress/tunic with sleeves inspired by butterfly wings.


My girls are into all things butterfly and so I released my little butterfly girls into the wild with their new outfits.

Which just happens to fit into the Kids Clothes Week Wild Things theme.

 Love my little wild girls and their love of nature.





4.21.2015

Wild Boy

Hey look!  I have a son!  What??

It's been a while since Ezra got any face time on the blog.  It's not because I don't love the boy. Because I do. Obvs.  I just find that I really like to buy boys clothes.  I think they're cute.  Boys are fun to dress and I can't usually find the material that I want to create the boy clothes that are in my minds eye.

But today is all about that boy.

Because it's Kids Clothes Week and the theme is Wild Things.  I mean, what's more wild than a little boy?  :)

Boys are just the best.

Sure get a little crazy-town and need a good wrestle every once in a while, but we love having a son in this house.  Recently, some friends of ours noticed that we call Ezra "boy."  Just Boy.  I didn't even realize that we did that, but I guess that's kind of the lot of being the only boy in the family.  They get the lone title of BOY.

It's a solitary world, but Ezra bears it as best he can and he claims sole possession of all things "boyish."   Plus Ezra adds a level of stability to our family to balance out all that girly drama.

And as wild as this boy gets, he can be the sweetest little fellow on the planet.  Long live the boy!

Top: Anytime at all Tee // Cotton/Poly Knit (thrifted)
Shorts: KID Shorts // Cotton (Hobby Lobby)
Shoes: Similar

4.14.2015

Brownie Goose Hattie Dress/Tunic Review

I pretty much go running approximately once a year.  Today was the day.  It was a big event.  I woke up, literally dusted off the neon laces of my running shoes and out the door I ran, then walked, then ran, then walked etc.  I went for a mile, came home to the kids celebrating my run by holding balloons leftover from a birthday party.  Superman was very proud and tried to feign astonishment at how quickly I ran that mile.  We ate our breakfast of champions {oatmeal}.  After which, I preceded to lay down on the couch convinced that I was going to die.  And now I'm exhausted. The coughing and wheezing that's occurred for the rest of the day has served as an excellent reminder as to why I only do this once a year.

Naturally, that story held no purpose to this post.  Just my inner need to search for validation, I'm sure.  ;)

Back when I did Flip this Pattern, I practiced sewing up The Hattie Dress by Brownie Goose, so I thought I'd share what I thought about the pattern.

In my humble opinion, one of the biggest things going for this pattern it's cute semi-vintage vibe.  Tunic or dress, it felt very Brady Bunch but modern enough that it still works.

The collar was a fun twist on a normal collar.


And I always like when a pattern uses cotton just because I have so much of it in my stash.  I also thought the front pleat was functional and cute.  The back is held closed by a button and elastic, which was simple to attach.

The sleeves were also cute and I liked the little gather + cuff on the end made for a more professional finish.

I did recieve the pattern for free as part of Flip this Pattern, but these are my thoughts, free or not.  :)

PROS:
Easy to understand instructions
Cute pattern and unique pattern.  {Not like a lot of other patterns}
Uses cotton which is easy to sew with
Fit was accurate {a little on the loose side, but that's the style of the pattern}

CONS
Honestly, I don't even know if this counts as a con, it's not a pattern that I would normally sew with, if that makes sense.  I tend to gravitate towards knit based patterns. That's not really the patterns fault.  I just usually opt for a different style, but the style of the pattern can easily be modified and it's a fun sew!

Overall, I feel like it's a cute pattern.  I made a dress for Lila and a few tunics for Madelyn and they've held up well!

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