July 29, 2014

Beach Day Bonnet

We returned from our quick beach weekend, and while the sea worked her magic on my cranky kids, it is good to be back in the swing of things. Vacations aren't so much about relaxation when you have young kids, ya know? On our drive back, while Caroline cried (she's not a car napper, so cranky pants just wailed when she got too tired) Matt commented on needing a vacation from our kids after our vacation. Maybe next year:)

July 25, 2014

Flora and Fauna V neck dress

I'm at the beach. That has nothing to do with this post or this dress, but you guys. The beach! It's been a week with a cranky teething baby and the beach is the only remedy. We went and collected shells before dinner, and I tell you, the ocean worked her magic on my sweet Caroline, because for that half of an hour, she was filled with delight. I miss delighted (and delightful) Caroline.

Before we left I did two more projects for Kids Clothes Week. One is to-be-photographed still- a beachy bonnet for my babe, and the other, this dress.

July 24, 2014

Triangle Swing Tank

So, we just got an iMac. It is quite possibly the most expensive thing we've ever bought together to date, which is pretty crazy when you think about nearly 6 years of marriage. We have old cars and haven't bought our own house yet (but plan to buy both in the next year, so help me), but I digress.  I tend to have crazy bad buyers remorse for even silly little things, so I thought surely I'd have some buyers remorse over this beautiful beast of slick machinery, but so far I'm totally smitten. I'm totally lost, seeing as how I've only ever owned PC's, but I'm googling it all and figuring things out. Unfortunately, what I didn't figure out until it was too late, was that Adobe Bridge and iPhoto don't work so well together. Yes, we got a new computer, and some fancy new programs (upgraded to CS6 from CS3- woo!) and then I mindlessly tried to navigate, assuming surely it would work similarly to a PC, and somehow I ended up messing things up real good. I lost all the pictures from this photoshoot, but luckily everything else we have is hanging out on an external hard drive. I'm still not sure what I did, but I did manage to recover these pictures, so all is well for now.

Long story long, I'm happy I didn't have to retake these, because although my model is adorable, she's not always super cooperative:)

July 22, 2014

Mini Blinging Prefontaines

It's Kids Clothes Week again!! Which means I'll be busily sewing all the things, and actually posting about them in almost real time. I prepped for Kids Clothes Week by cutting out most of my projects ahead of time so I could bust them out real quick like. It's immensely satisfying to finish up multiple projects in a matter of days, so the prep is well worth it, particularly since I'll be heading to the beach at the end of the week (HAAAALLELUJAH!) so I won't be able to sew the entire week. I did start a day early though, to make up for my beach weekend, so I made these shorts on Sunday.

June 10, 2014

Metallic Dot Bombshell

Yep, it's another bathing suit. I'm a little obsessed. It's just such an immensely satisfying project! Maybe it's because I never thought I'd make a bathing suit, or maybe its all those years of ill fitting suits, but I just can't help but feel rockin when I put on my self made suit and head to the pool. So I made another, using the same fabulous Bombshell pattern by Closet Case Files. Because why not?

June 4, 2014

Gingham Bombshell for Perfect Pattern Parcel

Hello again, friends! I'm back with another project made using the patterns sent to me by Perfect Pattern Parcel from Parcel #3. Sewing a swimsuit has been a secret goal of mine ever since I saw the one Miriam made (I've been a long time fan of hers) so when I saw the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern in the patterns sent to me I took it as a sign and worked up the courage to give it a go. It didn't hurt that the design is exactly my style- in fact, I already own a swimsuit that could be mistaken for a Bombshell that I LOVE but doesn't fit my current hip size. Anybody else feel like they need at least four different wardrobes through the childbearing years?? Swimsuits just don't bridge the gap between pre-pregnancy and postpartum like other clothes can. They either fit or they don't. Too loose and it's hanging off and dragging in the water, too tight and it hurts!  That's the plight I'm in this summer- I've got a great suit that is too tight to bear, and a great suit that is hanging off of me. We've got an awesome pool close by and two girls who love water, so dealing with an ill fitting suit just aint gonna cut it this summer!

Enter, my Gingham Bombshell:

June 2, 2014

Blingin' Prefontaines for Perfect Pattern Parcel

I'm so so excited to be sewing for Perfect Pattern Parcel again- this time for Parcel #3. Not sure what Perfect Pattern Parcel is? Here's the gist of it, straight from their own mouths...er...keyboard.

"Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality."