6.24.2015

A Hawaiian Geranium

Once we were going to go to Hawaii.  
But the month that Superman was scheduled to go for work, just happened to be the same month that I was due with Madelyn.  Obvs it didn't happen.  We got a beautiful, healthy baby instead.  

A fair trade....despite what some would say ;)

There's a time and a season for everything.  At least that what wise, old people are always telling me.  So right now I guess our season is full of sleepless nights, faces covered in spaghetti sauce, baby snuggles, teething, yelling, all the kids at home all the time.  It's crazy and sometimes just downright hard, but intermixed with all the chaos are moments of pure, indescribable joy. The kind of joy that creates fulfillment that a grand vacation could never replace.  We could travel the world, but being at home with these little ones is a kind of adventure that I wouldn't trade for all the trips to Hawaii.   
But someday, I'd still like to go to Hawaii. {Also, spot the peacock photobomb!  :)}
For now, I'll settle with watching this little doll discover dirt for the first time in her Hawaii inspired dress. 
It's a geranium dress {of course}.  Sophia fits perfectly in a 6-12 m, but I purposely made this one a little bigger {12-18} so that it would be a little more loose {like a muu muu}.  
The fabric is from my moms stash {she's very sweet to share with me}.  It's a nice gauzy cotton that must have been pretty high quality because it sewed up like a dream.  
   
Sophia was being very congenial when we took these pictures.  
I guess she's pretty cute.  I guess.  :)
Let's face it, no matter where we travel, we'll never find a souvenir this perfect.  
I think we'll keep her.  
kid's clothes week

6.23.2015

African Safari Shirt

Deep in the heart of Africa.....

Just kidding.  The farthest we're going this summer is to our local zoo.  Still fun.  And much easier than travelling half way across the globe.

Our zoo has a fun little African exhibit with birds, zebras, lions, and a little excavation/discovery tent.



Ezra loves his new shirt.  Ezra is always highly gratified when I sew him things and he has officially announced that he will wear his "animal shirt" whenever we go to the zoo.

The fabric and the boy blend perfectly in the wild.  :)

When I saw this fabric in mama's statch, I had to snatch it up.  Little rinos, elephants, tigers, giraffes, lions, hippos, and zebras?  Don't mind if I do.  It reminded me of my Grandpa who served an LDS mission to Africa in the 40's.  He and my Grandma later served two more missions there.  They loved Africa and there's always a little part of me that would like to go there.  But for now we'll settle for shirts inspired by the place and weekly trips to the zoo.  :)

This shirt was a particular challenge for me because I've had "sew a collared dress shirt" on my sewing bucket list foreeeever.  I bought the Classic Oxford button up ages ago, but I've been a little nervous to jump into uncharted sewing territory.  I really wanted to make this kinda funky fabric into something special for my little man.

And you know what?  It wasn't too bad.  Sure I had to re-read instructions over a few times and carefully study the pictures, because that's just how my brain works.  But truth be told, I'm excited to sew more.  So yay for that.

Turns out sewing a collar when you have a pattern + instructions isn't as hard as I thought....go figure.

Classic Oxford Button Up // old fabric

kid's clothes week

6.01.2015

Blinded by the light

First of all.  Check the farmers tanning goin' on up in here.  Like check it.  Superman and I are raising legit Idahoans.  ;)

Second.  Happy June 1st.  May all your summery dreams come true.

And third.  Swimsuits.  This is like straight up scruffy nerf herder of me, but I really dig making swimsuits for my girls.  I like to customize them.  My girls like picking out their own material and they get all tickled when they get their own one of a kind suit.  That being said, I don't know that I'll do this swimsuit making stuff every year, but it's a great option when you missed last year's swimsuit sale and you can get the fabric at a discount price.  Plus you have all the swimsuit elastic from last year.

#talesofamiserlymom

The best part about a swimsuit is that while it's not the easiest thing to sew, I'm discovering that it's definitely not the hardest.  So what I'm saying is that it's attempt-able.

I love peplums and I'm a huge fan of the Pretty in Peplum pattern, so I  did a little hack and turned it into a swimsuit.

Plus another swimsuit.  

I made a few notes on each one that I thought I'd record.  For posterity....but really just for me next year when I'm sure to forget what I did.



  • Sew using a double needle or a stretch needle with a zigzag stitch.  I used a simple zigzag on these.
  • Take off 1-2 inches from both sides of the shirt so that it fits tighter like a swimsuit.
  • Don't do a facing, just turn the neckline wrong sides together and zig zag around the neckline.
  • Omit sleeves.  Simply turn the arm holes under wrong sides together and zig zag around
  • Use the dress length of the shirt for a higher peplum top. (like the bright coral suit)
  • or leave the the shirt length for a longer suit top (like the light pink/purple suit) 
  • Use swimsuit elastic for the neckline and clear elastic for the arm/leg holes.  Gently pull the elastic while you sew.  Don't pull so tight that you ruffle the fabric, just pull it enough to make the opening a little smaller.  You still want it to have a little "give" so that it will lay nicely.  You can tell that Lila's top wasn't pulled enough so it's a little loose.  I unpicked and re-did that after pictures.  :)


I drafted the bottoms myself and while they don't look amazing in the pictures since they're covering a lumpy diaper, they actually turned out pretty well.

These are tankini style so potty trips/diaper changes will be a breeze....I mean as easy as potty trips and diaper changes can be, right?

Right.
Happy swimming!  My little girlies will be blinding all other pool goers for the rest of the summer.  
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