Fancy Nancy

If movie makers were developing a Fancy Nancy movie with open casting and they came to Idaho, they'd have their girl, I tell you.  Madelyn Peach is the fanciest of them all.

But really though, she's obsessed with the Fancy Nancy books and she is expecting a Fancy Nancy party for her 3rd birthday and you are all invited.  Really.  She's inviting everyone from the cashier at the store to the neighbors down the street.

I made her a little Fancy Nancy Dress just to help encourage the love that is already there.  ;)  I used the Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations.  I've sewn a few (here here and here) before and I always like how the pattern comes out.  I sewed this version in 3T with some gifted cotton fabric.  

Though I couldn't get the collar to lay flat.  I don't think that's the pattern so match as it was my lack of ability in the art of sewing collars.

Imperfect collars aside, this dress fits the Fancy Nancy bill.


First Day //Sewing for Kindergarten 2015

First truth.  I begged Mie to let me be part of this series.  Truth two.  Mie is very gracious and let me in.  Third truth.  This is one of my very favorite sewing series' that I look forward to each year.  No joke, I am ecstatic to be here (even if I invited myself).

At this point, I'm going to drop the whole "truth" phrasing and you can just assume that everything I say is honest to goodness from here on out.  ;)  In fact, I'm gonna let you in on a few truths that you might not know if you're a first time sending your kid to school mom, which I am this year.

Before I sent Lila to school, I fretted.  She's my oldest and I just didn't even know how I was gonna deal.  And I worried.  Would her teacher understand that she's the most adorable child on the planet?  Would she have friends.  Or worse, would she be a snot-nose to other kids.  When does the bus come?  What if she neeeeds me?!?!

It also meant that a chapter of my mom life was over.  We've had all our babies really close together and we've always been home and I was aware that sending a child to school meant we'd be opening a new chapter in our family.  No more having all of my kids around me all the time.  No more wearing pajamas till noon.  No more let's go anywhere whenever we feel like it.  Sigh.

BUT here's the thing that I didn't realize.  Having a child in school is so much fun!  The structure, the joy of seeing my child learn, the homework, the after school snacking, the glimpsing into what my child is becoming, the waiting and praying that she'll have a good day.  All of it!  It's really is so much fun for us!

And what better way to celebrate trying a new "first" than sewing up a First Day Dress from MADE?  This pattern is a blast!  The fit is true to the sizing chart and the finish is clean (hide all the seams, right?) It's always nice to get a professional finish without a lot of fuss.

I sewed this in a 4T based on Lila's petite measurements and it fits perfectly!  I used a chambray from Joann's.

The back button closer makes sewing simple too.  And throw on a sweater and we're ready for fall!

Lila gets to participate in our public school's Spanish Immersion Program and she has loved it.  Learning new words has definitely been her favorite part of the whole experience.  And all the new friends she's making.  And "all the rules, Mom!"  Because she loves having rules.  Like really.  Rules are her love language.  I honestly don't know how she's mine.  Her only bad experience so far is that she hasn't mastered rolling her "r's."  And she missed her stop on the first day she rode the bus home. Long story but we are over it....almost. ;)

I guess I'm not one of those mom's who is like, "Oh good, my kid is gone!  Let's partay." And I'm not weeping over her being gone either.  Lila and I defined how we felt about the first day of school as "nervexcited."  Ya know, that jittery, but can't wait kind of feeling?

In the end, I'm so impressed by Lila's determination.  She inspires me to be brave and try something new.  Even if it's hard.  Because there's always gonna be a first day for every new thing.  If we didn't have first days we'd be stuck waiting.

I mean really, what's life like without a little nervexcitement sprinkled in here and there?  Bring on this new chapter, life.  We're ready!

I put a silly little video together to remind me to try something new.  Enjoy!

Thanks again for having me Mie!  Check out all the other fun Sewing for Kindergarten looks over at Sewing Like Mad!


How to add lace to any pattern//tutorial

Sometimes I have this problem where I choose clothes for Lila based on what I would wear, not what she would wear.  Like black, gray, navy--muted tones.  And all she wants is a sparkly shirt with Elsa on it.  
But sometimes our tastes align and Lila really likes something that I like.  This usually has to do with lace of any color.  So I end up adding a lace overlay to lots of things, just so I'll get a guaranteed "wear" out of it. :)
I whipped up a little tutorial to show you how to do it too!  This method is fairly simple and it eliminates hemming (que angels singing).  I've done it using patterns that I've drafted and patterns that I have purchased as well.  It works especially well with patterns that use knit fabric.  
I originally came up with it way back when I drafted a pattern for this lace circle dress for Madelyn.  (It only took me this long to put together a tutorial...yikes) But I'm using it here on the Pretty in Peplum Pattern by Sew Much Ado.  
It veers quite a bit from the original pattern instructions, but the pieces are the perfect base to show you how to do this.  And if you're not in the mood to draft a pattern of your own, the Pretty in Peplum Pattern is a pretty rad pattern.  (Not being paid or anything.  That's just my honest to goodness opinion.)

What you'll need:
  • Stretch Lace
  • Knit Fabric in a coordinating color.  
  • Coordinating thread 
  • Sewing Machine (obvs)
  • iron
  • Some type of pattern

I've put red lines and arrows to help indicate where things need to be sewn.  Hopefully, you'll get the picture.  

The first step is to cut your pattern pieces.  In this case, I'm making a peplum.  All you have to do extra in this step is to cut double.  That means you cut one piece in one fabric and cut a second piece in your lace fabric.  Also eliminate cutting a waste band/neck facings if they're required on the recular pattern.  
Now sew your shoulder pieces on one bodice.  Do the same with the other.
Attach wrong sides together and sew around at the neck.  Flip in around and set aside.  
Now put wrong sides together on your sleeves ad sew down the arm hole.  
Do the same with the circle piece.  (Giant red bulls eye is meant to be helpful...not sure if it is.)
Flip around and press both pieces.  
Attach sleeves to the bodice r.s.t., sewing all layers together
(It should look like this right side out)
Sew down the sides.
Insert the bodice into the circle rst and sew around. 
and sew around.
Press all seams and your done!
Now you can add lace to all the things!
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