blog tour · General/Misc · Sewing

Cuddle Me Comfort

I love comfy. Yoga pants, off the shoulder sweaters, cozy socks to take the chill off from the hardwood floors. All of it. And when I became a Mom, the definition of comfy became less “cute” and more “function”- also known as, “whatever would be nursing friendly and I wouldn’t hate to throw away after nights of spit up and being stretched out.” But now that the days of being a food source are over, I have slowly started to work my closet back to more “cute”, including my “lounge” drawer. Which is why when I picked my stop on the Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour, I knew I needed to find something outside my normal Pippa Pants and Drapey top.

Enter, The Chloe Cami.*

This is not my first rodeo with the Chloe Cami. I actually featured it on a previous blog post when I showcased a “Mommy and Me” version with MY Chloe-girl. But this time I wanted to make it a stand alone piece. So I extended it, quite a bit.

I still used the short and long layer to get the look I wanted. I took the pattern and laid it against that of a mini dress pattern I use (and apparently added a few extra inches) to get the extra length. I made sure to extend my pattern not just down but also out to the sides to get a nice swingey drape.

This fabric I found at Wal-Mart in the “value fabrics” section, so I am not 100% what kind of woven it is. I am pretty sure it is actually some sort of home decor piece, due to the weight and sheen. But it is lightweight and airy and just gorgeous. I love this muted olive color for me.

After I got the dress assembled I slipped it on and started to spin. It falls nicely and looks fantastic, this is definitely something I could wear around the house and take photos in Christmas morning! But even better, add a belt and some boots, and I’m ready to head out for some Southern Stylish Christmas fun for dinner too! Dual purpose. What more could a burgeoning fashionista Momma ask for?? I mean, except possibly pockets… Oh the joy!

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‘Tis the Season right? I hope my short and sweet Chloe inspires you to revisit an old favorite in a new light. Whether you are having a white Christmas, or a heavenly hot holiday, the Chloe extended can be the perfect “go-to” in your wardrobe!

If you give it a try, link to your photo below! I would love to see your version of this Chloe!

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Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter the giveaway posts in our Facebook group for a chance to win some prizes from Rebecca Page.

  1. Monday, November 26: Rebecca Page (Intro), bigflynotions, Stitched by Jennie
  2. Tuesday, November 27: Ropp Originals, Flaxfield Sewing
  3. Wednesday, November 28: Simply Kyra, Seams Sew Lo
  4. Thursday, November 29: Seams Like Style, Jot Designs, Sixth Snow
  5. Friday, November 30: The Sewing Unicorn, PatchWitch
  6. Saturday, December 1: Sarcastic Sewist, Bellephant, Princesse et Tresors
  7. Sunday, December 2: Liviality, Soul Fed on Thread, The Scatty Sewer

    *As always, my posts may include affiliate links. By purchasing an item from them I will receive a small commission from your sale. Thank you for supporting me in my sewing obsession!

Fabric · General/Misc · Sewing · Top K

This Buttoned Berlin is DINO-MITE!

You have to love the Berlin Tee. There are just so many different options already built-in to the existing pattern. But thanks to the terrifically designed base, it is such an easy pattern to modify! For this version, I wanted to switch it up and give it a button placket. My original plan was to make this more like a Henley, but my son has a current obsession with “hats on his shirts”, aka as hoods. So anything Momma Made MUST include a hood or else it will get shoved in his closet and rejected forever.

You would think at 3 I could dress him however I please still, but no. Shirts that don’t meet his Toddlerific standard he will declare “for pictures ONLY, Momma” and absolutely refuse to wear them ever again. It’s a bit heart breaking to be honest. I can only imagine how this will progress. Of course by then he will have spent enough time with me in front of my machines I can tell him to “suck it up buttercup” or sew his own!  *Yes, I have big dreams for his future sewing skills*

Back to this Berlin.  I got this CL Paper Dinosaur and coordinate fabric in from I LIKE LACE CUSTOM KNITS and Beast about lost his mind.

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Side Bar: If you haven’t checked out I Like Lace yet, you really should. The owner, Ariel, has been very dutiful and mindful about setting up her business. It all started, probably almost a year ago, with a casual conversation on one of the sewing boards. Someone was looking for more of a “boy”ish fabric in DBP and at the time, there really were no affordable options, or any at all. A lot of fabric companies tend to focus on either just providing solids for men and boys, have very juvenile prints, or just ignore the need altogether.

I get it. Most people who sew are women. Sewing for themselves or wanting to make one of the millions of dress options available out there for their daughters/nieces/granddaughters. There is a deficit in the market for boys/mens patterns overall. At least in the PDF world which is most popular right now. I mean how many shirts/pants/hoodies can you really make for someone before they all just look the same?

Answer. A Lot. It may take a bit more creativity then your basic pattern can offer but the options are endless. And when you add in a Fabric Supplier determined to offer more prints in a wide variety of bases instead of just one, it unlocks so much more.

Ariel was on that post and decided to do something about it and she really took her time to do it right, it was not an overnight process. So far I have worked with her Cotton Lycra and French Terry bases and they are HEAVEN. A great weight and saturation that doesn’t lose it’s color when stretched.

So thank you Ariel for seeing that void and taking the time to fill it with a quality product!

When I asked him what he wanted with the Dinos, he said “a shirt with a hat”. So Momma set out to work to make something new. I was chatting with Elizabeth over at Toby K. Patterns *and mentioned my thoughts on modifying their Berlin to include a button placket and  she gave me her full blessing to go for it and attempt a how-to.

So, may I present:
 The Berlin Tee- Button Placket Hack

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To start, I cut out my pieces as I normally would using the crew neckline cut line. I also used the zipper placket pattern piece provided to get the length I would need for my placket piece. I wanted my finished placket to be about 1″ wide so I cut my pattern width five times that, plus length of the zipper placket.

 

Then I marked off the center inch marks, an inch on each side of those, as well as 1/4″ in from the sides. You can kind of see where I marked these, top and bottom, on my placket piece. You also want to mark a line horizontally about 1/2″ up from the bottom. 46492101_10101313174914059_3168592709371822080_nI started by pressing the placket in half so I would have a clean center line. You will see that line is in the MIDDLE of my centered inch. I then folded each side in to the 1/4″ and pressed.  Then took each side and folded it in towards the middle, using those outside inch marks as my guide and pressed. And finally I folded it over onto itself again and pressed. When it was all folded and pressed I had ONE strip that was about an inch wide. These pre-pressed lines will help you to line up the placket as you go along.

To assist in keeping things centered, I folded the front bodice piece in half and pressed. This gave me a clear line down the center I was able to put my placket piece on, matching up the center pressed lines. Make sure you put right sides together.

Pin down the center of the placket, and I would suggest the sides as well to keep the fabric from stretching too much. You could also interface the placket to stabilize it, but that could cause a lot of extra bulk in your final placket. Starting at the top and following the center inch marks, stitch down and around the rectangle. Remove the pins and cut an upside down “Y” shape from the neckline down, stopping as close to the bottom corner stitches as possible without cutting through. You also want to make two cuts up from the bottom to the bottom corners of the stitched box as well.

Two things I did to help reduce bulk in my final placket was that I cut off the two corner sections of that bottom 1/2″, and that I cut out the center triangle piece in the Y. If you look at that piece you have a top triangle, a center one, and then a bottom square. The middle triangle wasn’t necessary so it was easy to remove.  Both of these are pictured below.

Now, flip the bodice over and start with your bottom placket piece, you want to fold it back onto itself, making sure you are catching those excess bottom square and triangle piece inside as you fold it up. Take the edge you pressed in 1/4″ at the beginning, and making sure it lines up just over the stitches you just did, pinning it down.

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Stitch down and along the bottom of the placket, making sure not to catch the unfinished side. If you stitch back over your first set of stitches, you will have a cleaner final look!

Now, repeat on the other side to create your front flap piece. This time though you wont be attaching the bottom to your shirt, it will just flop around at first. I’m not going to lie, I had the hardest time getting this to line up and I think I walked away a few times before I got it right. No clue why, but just putting it out there in case anyone else hits that moment and needs a reminder that THIS may be a good time to take a snack pit stop. (For me it is Hot Tamales. The keep me from clenching my jaw.)

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Once you have both pieces done, you want to add your button holes. No real science here, pick out your buttons and lay them out to see what looks best. That determines your button-hole size and spacing. REMEMBER though, you will be sewing a box at the bottom of your placket to keep the two together, so account for that. Or that. Totally your call. Go wild my friends.

46482673_10101313174085719_677389911074013184_nAfter you did your button-holes on your top piece, you should lay the plackets together and sew that box along the bottom to keep them secure. It’s way easier to do in this order then doing it AFTER your buttons-I may have forgotten this step the first time so I learned that the hard way.

When it comes to lining up my button holes and buttons, I have always used this little trick. I get a piece of chalk and color the backside of my button holes. Then I press that piece against the other side and when I lift up I have these nice, removable marks to show where I need to sew my buttons on!

Sew those buttons on the bottom placket panel and TA DA! Pat yourself on the back. You have successfully made a placket. Now you can attach a collar like normal, or in my case a hood. You just need to remember that you will need to give yourself just a LITTLE extra length on the neckband to bring it over and slightly wrap your placket edge.

If you have never done a collar versus standard neckband the first obvious step is that you don’t sew it into a circle. But you do want to turn it in half, long ways, and press. At each end you will trim it to form a point versus being squared off and sew down the raw edge. When you turn it back over you will now have a long piece with two clean angled ends that you will use to wrap over the edge of the placket and give it a clean finish. The same concept with the ends of the hood! For the Toby K. Hood, I added about an inch of extra to the end of the hood pattern piece in the shape of an elongated triangle.

I’m still new to writing out tutorials since a lot of what I do is very much wing it and pray. So if you have any questions about a specific step, please comment below or come find me in the Toby K. Patterns group and I will be happy to help you trouble shoot!

**For details on the Spikes, Look for my post in the Toby K. Pattern Group on Facebook! We are currently having a BIG 5K celebration with lots of giveaways so I would definitely join!

Thanks for following along!

-Kelly

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blog tour · General/Misc · Sewing

Sewing for Fall: The Cora Cocoon

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August is HERE! Fall is RIGHT around the corner. Alabama Football kicks off in about 9 days and 15 hours (at the time of this publication) *ROLL TIDE ROLL*!! HALLELUJAH, AMEN! Which also means it is time to start thinking ahead to my fall wardrobe! Rebecca Page is a lovely designer with a lot of versatile patterns that suit all body shapes and skill levels. Recently, I was invited to join her newest blog tour -Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons- and since I am currently going from Summer to Fall, it was an easy yes from me! (Get it, Page…. as in the next chapter….also as in Rebecca PAGE)

Punny! Right? Ok, Back to Summer to Fall…I am not a summer gal. I have way too fair of a complexion for that. I think sun damage prevention is extremely important and I always put sunscreen on my face, even under my makeup. But having to make sure not only me, but also Toddler Beast, are slathered head to toe in SPF CASPER LEVEL just to go outside for an hour or so, is EXHAUSTING. I mean you would think I was applying straight acid to his skin or something as he runs, writhes, alligator rolls, and hollers for me to “WIPE IT OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF”! The drama is real ya’ll.

(No. I don’t want to hear about the “chemicals” in sunscreen that are slowly seeping into my baby’s pores and will one day turn him into a Oompa Loompa or something. Know what is worse than researched and tested chemicals ensured to prevent sunburns? Sunburns. The kind that makes your skin bubble up and lands you in a doctor’s office; crying as they slowly peel away the roasted skin so you don’t get infections and can heal. Don’t believe me? First hand experience. Beach day. Lower back. Come at me bro.)

I also don’t trust the spray can for my kid. Momma is NOT playing around with Beast and a Sunburn. No Ma’am. So yeah. Summer Fun in our house requires a healthy pre-fun workout.

My fairest of them all skin tone also makes it impossible for me to look good in pastels, so there goes the Spring Wardrobe too. But Fall….Fall is my time to shine. Jewel tones, lightweight sweater knits, boots, scarves. I sparkle in Fall. So yes, I am VERY excited that fall is RIGHT around the corner. Just ONE little problem…. I live in Alabama. Where Fall won’t ACTUALLY show up for a couple more months. So my Fall wardrobe has to be adjusted slightly to be a little more versatile. One day it may be in the high 80s, the next could be a crisp 50 degrees. It can even make the swing in the course of the day if the conditions are right!

So in setting out to make my perfect fall wardrobe for 2018, I wanted a pattern that could be versatile as well. I love cover ups! Cardigans, Kimonos, Dusters, whatever you want to call them. They are my favorite. They can be used to dress something simple up, cozy you up on a chilly day, or be lightweight enough to wear for errands.


Rebecca Page released the Cora Cocoon Cardigan and it became an instant staple in my wardrobe. I love the versatility of the sleeveless and different sleeve lengths options. Since it is available in both ladies and children’s sizing, it is perfect for mini me matching too!

I have made the Cora a few times, but for this post I am going to focus on my two most recent makes. This pattern is written for knits, but I can’t leave well enough alone and wanted to try it with this lightweight woven I got. I actually found this fabric at Wal-Mart for like $2 a yard, so for me, this is a STEAL and I wouldn’t cry too hard if it didn’t work out. I also really wanted to try it in this woven for my littlest sister (in-law, if you gotta get technical) who works for a bridal boutique.

SHAMELESS SHOUT OUT TO BIRMINGHAM’S OWN BELLA COUTURE ! If you’re in the Alabama area and looking for the perfect dress for your dream day and a team that truly cares about what makes YOU happy, schedule an appointment!

She has tried on one of my Kimono Cardi’s before and we were talking about how much we love them but the wide sleeve opening can be a pain.

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I can’t tell you HOW many times I have caught my sleeve on a door handle or something else, just to be jerked backwards. So for her, that style is difficult to work in since she is in and out of racks and working with big dresses and tight spaces all day. BUT the closed off style of the sleeveless version of the Cora Cocoon I thought might be perfect for her! So I sized up a size, adjusted where I wanted the sleeves to close up since there is no stretch, and I actually hemmed the sleeve section BEFORE sewing up the sides. My woven Cora was born! Here she is rocking hers at work, she is just so stinkin’ cute! I had enough fabric to make me one as well, so now we can be twinsies!

As I mentioned, the Cora is also available in Children’s sizing. When my daughter saw this pattern she wanted one, no hesitation. She has a very creative soul, and like me, she can’t just leave things be. So she had this idea that the sleeves could be removable. That way when she is cold she can put them on, or if it is warm she can leave them off. Girl is brilliant. So we talked about a couple of ways she could attach them. When I got this baby french terry fabric in from The Fab Clique* for the August Mystery Fabric, my science loving girl claimed it. We decided the Cora would be a perfect pattern to use since she can wear it all year and use it for school. Going off the colors in the fabric, Buttercup decided she wanted to use buttons that complemented it for her hack.

I cut the Cora out and assembled as the instructions are written, sewing the sides up first. Then I quickly realized that there was NO way I was going to be able to do the buttonholes thanks to the small circumference of the opening. So I got to use my fancy new seam ripper my husband gifted me to take it apart.

seamripper.jpegI have to take a moment to highlight this seam ripper. It is made locally in Huntsville, Alabama by The Grain Turner. He crafts each piece by hand and puts a lot of thought and attention into his designs. My Spalted Maple Seam Ripper has a delicate profile, but since it is made from wood, it has a desirable weight that actually makes plucking seams easier for me. It did take me a day or so to adjust to the difference from the plastic ones I am used to, but so worth it. I also love how stunning it looks laying on my cut table (so stunning I had to send him a photo and he is now using it on his page!), and the fact that I can take the tip out and turn it around to house INSIDE of the handle is awesome for keeping it from turning into a swashbuckling sword in the hands of Toddler Beast. You can check out more of his work, including pens and paper mills, here. **not an affiliate link. Just reminding you to Shop Small and Shop Local when you can!**

I hemmed the sleeve portion and laid out the buttons, spacing them out appropriately. Make sure you don’t put them too close to where the side gets sewn up, it won’t lay right if you do, ask me how I know…Whoops. Once I figured out what would work right, I marked those spots and used my machine to make the buttonholes. I finished assembling the cardigan and moved to the sleeves.

To make sure everything would line up, I slid the sleeves inside the cardigan as if they were attached- taking care to make sure the seams lined up. Then I marked through the buttonholes to determine button placement. I attached my buttons and ALL DONE! Buttercup now has the perfect ALL Seasons cardigan with her removable sleeves! I showed her that the sleeves could also be attached so that the buttons didn’t show, but she likes the buttons to be seen. This would also be really cute done with toggles and a cable knit I think!

Once we were done, I couldn’t resist waking her up early the next day and heading over to the Space & Rocket Center for some photos! She is a real trooper and went along with it for the whopping price of a breakfast date for biscuits and gravy. My favorite. Girl drives a real hard bargain.

When working on transitioning a wardrobe between seasons, the right coverup can extend the life of some of your favorite outfits, or allow you to bring others in early. The Cora is a definite NEED in your pattern arsenal!

I love how versatile this Cora can be. From funky, to edgy and chic, the final vibe all depends on the styling!

Special Thanks to Rebecca Page for including me in her sewing blog lineup! Make sure you check out the rest of the talent on the tour! And don’t forget to grab your copy of the Cora Cocoon Cardigan HERE*!

*As always, my posts may include affiliate links. By purchasing an item from them I will receive a small commission from your sale. Thank you for supporting me in my sewing obsession!

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Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!

  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

 

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General/Misc · Parenting · Sewing

It’s Shark Week

Growing up, Shark Week was always one of my favorite Summer events. It was one week that FOR SURE I would be allowed to stay up past my bedtime and as a family we would clamor onto the couch and watch the beasts of the deep. I remember it being a lot more educational back then though. More true life, exploring the deep and natural habitat type stuff; not as many “Megaladon” style tales. I kinda miss that. And in case you didn’t know, it is officially Discovery Channel’s Annual SHARK WEEK!

Most of the time in posts, I just refer to my son as Toddler Beast or Beast. (Sorry Nana, but he is). He has his moments of driving me crazy but my thought process for this nickname is actually a little sweet. When he was born we had some issues with weight gain. He was a little thing and we were in and out of weight checks for months. He didn’t register on the dreaded “percentile chart” until he was 7 months old. I was nursing, pumping, crying around the clock. But he would eat like a champ and would soar through his developmental milestones with ease. So he was my little Baby Beast.

Now, my other reason, is selfish former softball playing me is sure one day he will be a big baseball star and when ESPN does his origin story we can say his nickname has been Beast his whole life. 😂😂  He can already hit a ball pitched to him, run the bases, and throw with pretty good accuracy. So I have high hopes for his baseball future and my status as a “Baseball Mom”. Not to mention, “Beast” is a lot more intimidating than his other moniker of “Turtle” which he earned from being a skinny, wobbly head, big eyed newborn. It’s a nickname still used fondly by his Aunt Kim.

12027622_10100509341422819_682021985678922449_nAnyways, Beast does have an actual name and the shortened form of it is “Finn”. It could not be more fitting as he is a total water baby. I was pregnant with him through the Summer and it was a HOT Summer. I found a lot of relief wandering out into the gentle waves of the Chesapeake Bay off Buckroe, allowing them to both cool me and take the weight off my back and hips. We have photos from his first sink bath in the hospital, and with the water running over his head, he just has the sweetest newborn look of contentment.  When he was an infant, I spent many nights trying to soothe him and would end up in a dark bathroom with the faucet running. The sound of the running water instantly calming him. Even to this day, at bedtime, he prefers a green light with water sounds on his player. 13923382_1042219025855851_5156379350626552735_oHe has zero fear of water and will happily play in it for hours. He is my little Finn Shark. (Yes, we sing the song about a zillion times a day and now you probably are too).  His first birthday was “Finn-tastic First”, complete with Shark Cake with red inside. Sharks are kind of  a big deal for us.

I purchased this Shark Cotton Lycra about 2 years ago. I got enough for a Mommy and Me set but I have been sitting on it just waiting for the right outfit. And then came along Toby K’s Berlin Tee*. Beast is right at the beginning of their size chart but I didn’t make any adjustments on this Size 2. I didn’t even hack it! Which is a pretty big deal for me because I modify pretty much everything. He actually picked out the red zipper so I used a red ponte for the lining and I think it really makes the bright Fins on the print pop. So good job designer Beast. I’m also kind of obsessed that the zipper all the way around the hood gives it this Shark Teeth/Mouth sort of feel.

The Kids Berlin Tee*released on Monday; right at the beginning of shark week. So the fact I had this fabric was perfect. Beast loves his new shirt. He loves that the hood zips all the way up, even if he can’t see – Daddy’s suggestion is I should have given him mesh Shark eyes as well.- Momma loves that this shirt pattern has so many options: from tank to long sleeve, various necklines: hood, crew, or vneck options. Even 2 hem options! My oldest son is excited about a long sleeve version with the asymmetrical hem and thumb cuffs.

I used this pattern to up cycle a pair of his pants too for a Christmas hoodie, but I’ll post on that later. For now, enjoy our Shark Week shirt and make sure you catch your pattern copy this week! Toby K.* has a sale site-wide through Sunday!

*As always, my posts may include affiliate links. By purchasing an item from them I will receive a small commission from your sale. Thank you for supporting me in my sewing obsession!

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General/Misc · Sewing · Uncategorized

Our Boho-“chic”-emia

I had some Virginia friends comment recently on a photo that “Alabama looks good on you”! I have to agree. It suits me. Where we live on the outskirts of Rocket City suits us. It is this crazy mixing bowl of science and arts. There are people from all over here and people actually care. Not just about each other but the city we live in. They do downtown art walks, and festivals, and you can find live music on the streets, in the parking decks, just about anywhere almost any day of the week. You find a range of beliefs from the very conservative to the very liberal. The vibe is very eclectic and not at all what I expected we would find here. There is an old 3 story mill that has been converted into an artist market and commune that has some of the most interesting pieces and individuals you will meet and on the weekends they open up space for additional creatives to come in and sell their handmade goods. I was introduced to the local Fashion Alliance (SO much more on that later) which is a very energizing group of individuals who all have vital roles to play in the artistic vision of the industry. In a very weird way, it is almost like we found a modern-day bohemia.

“Traditionally, bohemian style includes lots of nonconformist attitudes. The term itself originated in late 18th and early 19th century France and was used to describe someone who chooses to live outside the mainstream. A “bohemian” came to refer to a poor artist who lived a nomadic lifestyle and rejected many of the trappings of traditional society. Several other styles, including beat and dandy, share some of the same attitudes and ideas, and there is often intermixing among them. Beyond clothing, bohemianism also involves anti-establishment action; critical thinking; individualism; and above all, an interest in art, whether it be music, visual arts, or literature.”
-https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bohemian-fashion.htm

Since moving here, my personal style has begun to truly evolve. I was talking with someone I have started to consider a “mentor” in my fashion journey and we were discussing me wanting to do designing down the road. Particularly how I felt like before I could do that, I thought I needed to figure out what my personal aesthetic is.

One thing I have learned through pattern testing is the Designers who stay true and kept their pieces to who THEY are, instead of trying to appease the masses, are the happiest. You don’t need to be something for everybody, just everything for somebody. So, I’ve been exploring what I think makes me happiest and is a visual reflection of who I feel that I have become. And I am finding inspiration in the “boho chic” category with a mix of an edge.

My latest piece was inspired by the fabric itself. Dhee from The Fab Clique sent me this Rayon Spandex in a Distressed Denim Colorway (available starting today HERE*) and I was in awe when I opened it. It is lightweight, soft, and has the most beautiful drape to it.

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My original plan was to do a pants romper, specifically the Cerena Romper* from Rebecca Page. But with this Alabama heat I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to wear it until Thanksgiving, at least. So to be more practical, I decided on the shorts version. Now I am NOT a romper person. I didn’t really understand them. I mean besides the fact you have to strip down almost entirely in a public restroom to “use the facilities”, I just didn’t think they were cute. Sorry not sorry. But that’s also because almost every time I see one “in the wild” it just doesn’t seem to fit right.

Rompers are an interesting piece to be so popular right now. For a romper to fit perfectly right of the rack, you have got to be the designer’s ideal proportions. And not just in one spot. If you are long or short-waisted or have a flatter or rounder butt then designed for, it is just NOT going to fit as intended. That can just look awkward. BUT when you sew your own romper, or have one made to your measurements, you are guaranteed to have a fit that is perfection and you can enjoy the joy that is #RomperLife.

I made the Cerena with the placket back. I used a wooden button to secure the top of the placket, it felt consistent with the natural vibe from the crocheted lace trim and cording trim as the necktie.

-In truth, I don’t QUITE have the elastic on the top of the back quite right. Initially it was too long and then I over corrected and one side is a smidge too short, causing it to pull a bit more than it should. But once I get that fixed this will fit like the dream it is.-

Since I changed from pants to shorts, I still had material left over and my plan was to use an existing pattern to make a wrap skirt to go with the romper. As I was checking to see how much fabric I had remaining exactly, I casually draped the fabric around my waist and it was breathtaking. The drape of the fabric, the movement it allowed, the uneven hem and raw edges. I fell in love and it just felt right. So instead of the planned skirt I sewed it together to create a beautiful waterfall edge, took up the hem, and added a waistband to it. Once I put it on I couldn’t stop staring in awe. I intentionally brought the slit up high enough that the trim from the shorts would occasionally peek out at the top. I thought it was a beautiful and dangerous element. The billow of the top allows the skirt to slide up perfectly in place to create one long and slender maxi dress.

I love that from this ONE piece I get two entirely separate outfits. Both very free-spirited, and with the cool blue of the fabric and the rustic nature of the notions, the whole look is just serene and calming. I feel like it reflects the direction of my life right now.

It has been almost 1 year since we made the big move from the coast of Virginia to the mountains of Alabama. 1 year of new experiences, fresh starts, and finding out who and what really matters to me and our family. A year of discovering who I am after being removed from the comfort of the only area I’ve ever known as “home” for the past 31 years. And I am SO glad we took this risk and jumped.

Don’t get me wrong, I miss my family every day. I hate that I am not there for the after work stop-ins for a hug by my Daddy, having my Momma just short drive away for a walk around the historic district, or right now my biggest heartbreak is not being there to spend every Friday evening with my little sister and my brand new sweet niece like my sister was for Toddler Beast. Yes, phone calls and video chatting are nice, but it is just not the same. And I’m not sure the ache for that will ever go away. But there are so many positive things that have come to us because of this move that overall it has been a blessing.

The biggest change is I feel free. I feel at home. I have weeded the flower beds at least 5 times, I mulched them, I bought flowers and planted them. As I type this I am sitting outside on my swing and looking at the dirt by the mailbox I started turning up yesterday to start a new bed.

-I had to stop yesterday thanks to an unexpected swarm of fire ants that needed to be taken care of. If you have never been bit by a Fire Ant, consider yourself lucky. It has been years since my last one and yesterday was not going to be the end of my “Days since Ant Bite” streak.-

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Point is, I don’t garden. I definitely don’t start new gardens. I don’t know why, I just didn’t enjoy it. But here I am, complaining to my Husband about these stupid bushes in the garden and how if it was up to me (we rent, so it’s not) I would remove them all and plant something practical like vegetables or more herbs. I am trimming branches, weeding gardens, and just growing things. You know who does that? Someone happy in their space. Someone who feels at home. Somebody who is at peace. So here I am, staring at my mountains, just being all creative living my best “boho chic” life, and seeing a reflection of that peace in my designs coming to life.

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Sewing

“Rave”ing For Figs

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It has been awhile since I made a post, but when Molly put it out there that she was organizing a Summer Blog Tour for George + Ginger (personal favorite of mine) I knew I needed to get these fingers tickling the keys(board) again!

Welcome to Day One of the Festival Fever Blog Tour! What can you expect along the way? Well I can’t tell you for sure, but I know you will find a bit of spunk, a lot of creativity, and if you check in over at the George + Ginger Blog you may even find a giveaway or two. I am in great company today and you can check out the full line up at the bottom of this post!

That brings me to why you are here, my sensational vintage style take on George + Ginger’s Rave Top featuring Fig fabric from Sugar Ink Fabric (aff link)! (Currently on pre-order until June 23).

*Disclaimer: the scale of the Figs was too big in this strike off fabric and will be a smaller size in the final fabrics.

Summer in the South means a lot of festivals. Strawberry Festivals, Music Festivals, BBQ Cook-offs, Fried Pickle Festivals (Tennessee I am looking at you…See you in September), shoot we just went to NASA in the Park this past weekend with Toddler Beast and that was really cool for me since my Pappy worked for NASA in Virginia! If you have an interest, there is a festival for that I’m sure. But one of my absolute favorite things in Summer is the good ol’ Farmer’s Markets! Down here you can find one AT LEAST 3-4 days of the week. Usually early mornings until about noon, or in the evenings when temps are finally dipping back into the 80’s. I love that I can divvy up my grocery budget for some fresh local produce and canned goods instead of grabbing everything at the store. It all just tastes a little sweeter when you have to clean the dirt off of it yourself.

 

I couldn’t think of a better place to wear this vibrant Fig fabric then the place where you can actually find figs…fresh, jam, jelly, butter, sauce… you get the picture. The day we went to snap some pictures (sorry to EVERYONE there who wondered who the paparazzi was lol) There was actually someone set up that was…. Fig Leaf Farms! It just seemed meant to be!

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A great fabric needs a great pattern to show it off, and I got such a vintage vibe handling it that I knew I wanted that Summer Sweetheart/Farmer’s Daughter style look. So I took one of my favorite patterns, George + Ginger Rave Shirt, to the drawing board (literally) and I came up with this!

Since I adore Kristi, and respect her hard work that goes into her designs, I will not be showing any of the full pattern pieces. If you need help after following along, you can always find me over in the George + Ginger Pattern Group on Facebook and I’ll be happy to help you out!

To recreate this look, you will need your Rave Shirt with the Square Neckline. I LOVE this neckline. It was the one I got to use during testing and even though those corners were a learning curve for me (imagine 4 v-necks….yikes), I adore the clean lines look.

Tape and Cut your pattern like you normally would. You will need to make some additions after all your usual adjustments for height and grading.

For the front and back of the neckline, I did a binding rather than the regular neckline. I wanted that clean line across the front and back instead of the thicker neckband. So to compensate, I taped the neckband pieces to the bodice piece. (I did have to add a little extra with some scrap paper). Originally I thought I could just do a binding/facing all the way around; but my first assembled fit check showed me real quick I would need a way to pull the shirt in together more on the shoulders to keep it on. So that cute shoulder/bodice detail ended up being a happy accident!

 

You can see here I have my bodice pieces and sleeves cut out and ready to go! At this point you should use a straight pin or clip to find and mark the middle of your bodice front neckline. Trust me.

Next I cut out 2 pieces the same size as “Front/Back” Neckband pieces. These I used as the binding. I sewed them, right sides together, along the top edge of the front and back neckline. I pressed the seam down to lay flat on the wrong side of the bodice. Then I folded the binding over twice, encompassing the seam, and pinned it. You could baste it in place if you wanted to, but since I was kind of winging this as I went, I just pinned it to death and waited to see what would happen.

 

Next I added the neckband pieces for the shoulders. I cut the pieces (2, one for each shoulder) slightly shorter than the original neckband pieces to compensate for the fact I originally already added some length to the fabric in the neckline. I knew I needed to pull the neckline together so I wanted to make sure it had some ease.

This is where it got fun. I’m not going to lie, it probably took me a good hour or two to figure out this next step. Could be it was legit tricky, could be I was in Mombie mode, could be I really had NO idea what I was doing…. But eventually I came up with this plan AND. I. LOVED. IT.

So, my issue was how to create the look I wanted without having an exposed seam on the shoulders. Solution? I made an itsy bitsy snip into the corner of the neckline at the base of each shoulder (front and back). This allowed me to fold those sides back. I took the neckband pieces I cut out and folded them in half long ways, wrong sides together. Then I lined them up raw edges of the neckband and bodice; with the right side of the neckband against the wrong side of the bodice neckline. I scooted the neckband back just enough that I was able to fold the small edge of the neckline OVER the raw edge of the neckband.

-I was totally winging this ya’ll…. I mean WINGING it… like applying eye liner, in the car, on a bumpy back road, with a dirty mirror. Could cut you, could be a disaster, won’t know til it’s over.-

Using a stretch stitch, I sewed the shoulder bands (as I call them now) into place. I brought my stitch down and around towards my front and back necklines in a neat little angle just to catch that edge I had snipped. I ended up really loving this detail as it looks almost decorative.

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Next I flipped the shoulder bands out and pressed them. (Because of the length I cut the bands, I got sort of wavy look on my shoulders. I wish I could say it was intentional, but it wasn’t. But once again, HAPPY ACCIDENT!) After pressing the bands out, I top stitched ALL the way around the neckline close to the seams. This ensured my bands stayed out and laid flat behind the front and back bodice lining. This is also the only stitch I put in the front neckline. For the back I did add a second row just to keep it from flipping over.

Now you can see my pretty square neckline! I almost left it like this. ALMOST.

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For the next step, I made a small amount of tubing. I cut a piece about 2.5″ wide and probably about 8″ long. I wasn’t sure how long I would need it to be so I wanted to have plenty to play with. I sewed the tube along three sides, enclosing the one end, and turned it right side out. I pressed it flat, making sure the seam was in the middle of the back side.

This is where that middle marker on your front bodice neckline will come in handy. Using that middle marker, you want to stitch the enclosed end of the tube to the right side of the front bodice fabric about 3-4″ down from the neckline (see picture above for my pink and yellow markers). This can really vary by bust size and how deep of a neckline you want. I would advise trying the shirt on and pinching it together in the front to see where it will lay best for you.IMG_6276 Make sure you stitch the tube so that it is right side against the bodice, open end pointing down towards the hem of the shirt. That way when you flip it up, it is folding over itself, hiding the edge and extending OVER the neckline and into the shirt. IMG_6278Once you flip it over, pull your tube down to meet the stitching on the inside of the shirt. I hand stitched it in place at this point. There may be an easier method, but this worked for me. I made sure to stitch in the seam of where the tube meets the bodice so there were no obvious stitches from the front. Then I trimmed my tube end and VOILA! Va Va Voom Retro Beauty.

I rocked my shirt to the market with some denim shorts and my boots. But it also pairs perfectly with its original partner, the Riot Skirt! For when I’m feeling extra sassy, I made a complementary one using the fitted skirt, flounce, and crossover waistband (slightly modified to add buttons later). You can purchase the Rave and Riot individually or as a bundle if you Click here (aff link)_!

 

Well, that’s about all the time I have for now! I hope this inspired you to make some SWEETheart style shirts as well!

As always, my posts may include affiliate links. By purchasing an item from them I will receive a small commission from your sale. Thank you for supporting me in my sewing obsession!

If you liked this post comment or interact below, follow me on Instagram (@bellephant_kel), or come see me in the G+G Facebook Group and let me know! I will try to post another one soon!

Caught the fever? Check out all the amazing looks in the Festival Fever line up!

Monday, June 18 
Confessions of the Pink Obsessed | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing
Our Play Palace | Wild & Wanderful | Bellephant

Tuesday, June 19
Threadistry | Cross Stitches | Middle River Studio

Liviality | Threads of Magic

Wednesday, June 20
Seams Sew Lo | So Sara Sews | Tenille’s Threads
My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life | Aurora Design

Thursday, June 21
Middle River Studio | The Needle and the Belle
Sweet Mama Life | Sewing Scientist

Friday, June 22
Sewing Ambi | 52 Week Sewing Challenge
Needles to Say | My Sewing Roots

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And special thanks to our tour sponsors!
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General/Misc · Sewing

The Devil’s in the Details: The Julianne

The newest release from the Do It Better Yourself Club, The Julianne, is not what I would describe as an “easy” sew. As they say, the Devil is in the details. The pattern itself is not difficult, but it is not a quick sew. There are many different pieces to it and it can be time consuming to assemble them all. The version I made for testing was a mid thigh length, 3/4 split cuff, full placket, that had to be graded both in size and height.

There are also options from shirt to knee length, short to long sleeves, cuff tabs, half or full placket, additional collar, hood, and a drawstring waistband casing.

As this is a woven pattern, you also have to compensate for material which can stretch out during assembly. As many of us found during testing, by the time we went to attach our collar the neckline had stretched out, rendering the cut collar useless. I would HIGHLY advise stay stitching all pieces as you cut them out in an effort to prevent this frustration. I also found that by the time I went to attach my cuffs, my sleeve openings had also stretched so I would recommend stitching around the opening as well.

This pattern presented a new first for me. I have done buttons before, and I have done buttonholes. A whopping 3 of them. And I have only sewn buttons on by hand. There were two things I was determined to learn this round: how to do a full placket and how to use my machine to sew on buttons.

Yes, for all my newbie-advanced beginners out there,  your machine may be capable of sewing on buttons FOR YOU!

The idea- was amazing. The execution- not so much at first.

On my muslin version of this top, I spent a good hour trying to figure out how to get the button attached. I read the directions provided in my handy Singer manual (I have a Singer Talent FYI). I set the stitch length and width. I put my darning plate over top of the feed dogs. I used my button foot. I made sure I was on the button sewing option, but EVERY TIME, I would end up with the wrong side looking like a rats nest and the button would just fall off. All those happy prim and proper Vloggers could take their perfect buttons and shove them up their button hole as far as I was concerned. Every video I watched just showed perfect buttons- nobody seemed to have the issue I did.

So my muslin had all 11 placket buttons sewn on by hand. For perspective let me tell you how long that took. Almost 2 episodes of Pretty Little Liars (finally catching up on the final season). That to me is just unacceptable. 2 hours of my life sewing on 11 buttons!

So I posted in one of my favorite online help groups and got some sound advice- your button may be too big, try it without the button foot.

What. I bought basic, simple, $1.99, 4 hole, 1/2 inch buttons. That should not be the issue.

But, 2 episodes of PLL later and I was desperate. So I tried it. I took the foot off and held the button down as I gently lined my needle up with the holes and slowly hand turned until I was satisfied it was secure. The seconds as I slid the fabric off the machine and turned it over felt like an eternity. I was prepared, seam ripper in hand for the impending rat’s nest and instead I was met with greatness. Pure, secured, CLEAN perfection. I did a happy little wiggle in my seat and lined up my next button, did a few quick hand turns to set the button, happily pressed on my presser foot and *BANG*. Like the snap of a mouse trap. The fabric moved, the needle hit the button, and shattered it in two sending a piece of button shrapnel flying after my poor confused Boston Terrier.

So I learned my next button lesson: Take your time.No need to rush. Using the machine in slow motion is STILL faster than attaching by hand. I can attest to this as I attached all 11 buttons on my final piece in less than an episode of Pretty Little Liars and during the Toddler Beast’s bath time. (For those of you wondering, I did finish the series AND know who A.D. is. If you would like to discuss, I will happily give my thoughts on that jaw dropper.)

As I said, the Devil is in the details. My husband will be the first to tell you I love to complicate even the simplest pattern given enough time.

My frustration during testing was with the collar. I ended up using the stay stitch, but I also cut my collar on the bias which gave it a bit of stretch to compensate for the fabric “relaxing” and in the end I think that was my saving grace. But as I fought with the collar, and I stared at this gorgeous fabric, I had an idea.

Lace.Everything is better with Lace.

So I added a few more steps to my pattern.

To add the lace to the back yoke, I inserted the lace between the RIGHT side of the back bodice and the RIGHT side of the OUTSIDE yoke layer. Lining the raw edges up together and assembling all 4 layers (inner yoke, bodice, lace, outside yoke) per the second step in the bodice construction instructions. When adding the lace, make sure you leave a little extra on the sides to be caught in the side seams when the sleeves are attached to give it a clean finish.

When adding the lace to my cuffs, I laid the lace in between the two cuff layers with raw edges aligned. I brought the lace down onto the sides slightly, just enough to hold it in place. Once the cuff was assembled I turned it right side out, pressed the lace down and top stitched it along the top of the lace, away from the cuff, to help offset some of the added weight.

The collar lace was added after the collar was attached, as I had already assembled the two pieces of collar fabric together when I had the great lace epiphany. I laid the lace on top of the completed collar and top stitched around the bottom edge. In the future, I would probably assemble this as I did the cuffs for a cleaner appearance.

In conclusion, I wouldn’t suggest this to be an easily beginner pattern simply because there are so many ways you can mess up without even trying. But, I would say it is an adventurous beginner to intermediate pattern. It may take a little more time then most PDF Patterns to sew up, but in the end you get a gorgeous garment that looks like it was worth every moment spent. Not to mention that with all the options this pattern includes you can incorporate it into your wardrobe so many ways! From shirt to dress, to even a jacket with the right material!

You can catch the pattern here! It will be on sale for $8.99 until Friday,  November 10.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the tester gallery .

And as an added bonus, check out the release day post from Do It Better Yourself Club for a chance to win free pattern and plaid fabric bundle!

Want to hear more about The Julianne? Make sure you check out the rest of the sewciopaths on this Pattern Blog Tour!


The Julianne Blog Tour Schedule

November 3rd – Sewing With Sarah | Bellephant
November 4th – Very Blissful | Stitched by Jennie
November 5th – Styling With Christina | Mermaid Mama Designs | Diskordias Curvy Sewing
November 6th – Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen | Bex Textiles | Love Made Handmade


General/Misc · Sewing

Pip Pip Hooray! Pippa Pant

Let me set the scene for you, it’s a cool autumn night. The lights are bright over the field as you watch the boys of fall line up for the count. The QB throws long and TOUCHDOWN! The crowd goes wild and as you settle back into your seat from celebrating the chill of the bleacher against your impractically thin jeans makes you shiver. So your boyfriend does as any good boyfriend would do and gives you his sweatshirt…. where it will remain until the ultimate breakup and find a new home in the donation bag.

Stealing comfy hoodies- a right of passage for any teen girl.

So what happens when that clothing kleptomaniac girl grows up to be a married woman? She steals her husband’s oversized and comfy pants to wear around the house on those cool autumn mornings.

Guilty. As. Charged.

Almost every morning, after Hubby leaves for work and Toddler Beast drags me out of the comfort of our covers, I would reach for Hub’s gray drawstring sweats. They do absolutely nothing for my sense of fashion- but MAN are they comfortable!!

That is until I met Pippa.

Pippa is the new comfy, every day pant from Rebecca Page Patterns.

The pdf pattern is such an easy project. Easy to print (layers and print guide), easy to assemble with no trim pages, easy to sew. I think it took me longer to glue the pattern together then it did to actually sew it up.

It also has options to meet your needs and personal style. You have a yoga or wide leg option as well as the choice of a standard or fold over waistband with cute ruching side ties.

For the pair shown here I used French Terry (hello comfort!) and the wide leg option with the fold over waistband. I chose to skip the side ties this time as well.

These are heaven. They are soft and comfortable and because they are made to fit me they hit my legs exactly where it’s designed to, giving me this fabulous silhouette.

I’m sure I’ll continue to steal Hubby’s pants occasionally, I mean how else will he knows I love him lol, but Pippa has definitely earned top billing!

What if house pants aren’t your thing? No worries! The listing has examples of how these have been dressed up to wear more like palazzos! With wide legs and bell bottoms making a comeback, this pattern will help keep you in style!

Grab the Pattern now while it’s still on New Release Sale! (Affiliate link) Pippa Pants Pattern

The French Terry I used is from Vinegar and Honey Co

General/Misc · Parenting

Paper Clips

Being a parent is never easy. I mean Momming is hard. All the worries, and pressure, and doubts, and stress…wooooooo! Nobody gets into this gig and is like “man, this is going to be the easiest thing ever! I’m totally going to nail it all”.

It.is.hard.

Some days are harder then most, for various reasons.

Last night was hard y’all. Sooooo hard. And not because my son was being a toddler, not because anything was wrong, but because I was just….I didn’t even know.

I wanted to cry, I wanted to scream, I wanted 5 minutes to just sit on the couch in silence and enjoy the movie with my husband. I wanted my sweet perfect giggly happy son to please just go to sleep without Momma or night boob for once. I wanted to be weaned but at the same time we’re not ready. I wanted to be able to lay him down and he just go to sleep without my help, but we’re not ready. I didn’t want to be touched but I wanted to be held. I wanted to talk about the day but I wanted to just not have to think. I wanted to be able to devote some actual time and attention to my husband and our marriage but Toddler Beast had other plans. I was tired but I felt like there was so much I needed to do. I just felt…overdrawn.

And then I felt upset with myself that I was getting frustrated because I am so lucky to HAVE such a perfect amazing little boy who loves me so much and trusts me to provide his blanket of comfort and safety. One thing I never want to take for granted is how lucky I am to have every moment of life with him. That each stage is precious and fleeting and I will one day look back and long for the days he needed me so much. That we have no idea what the future holds and no tomorrow is a guarantee and I need to be grateful for the now. But last night I wasn’t and I was so mad at myself for feeling that way.

So I forced myself to take a few breaths and I snuggled back into the twin size bed covered in car sheets and a super hero comforter. I nuzzled against his soft baby wisp hair and inhaled his scent while I tried to once again shush him and lull him to sleep. And when his babbles finally quieted and his chest rose and fell in deep sleepy breaths, I gave him one last look and a kiss and left his bed for mine.

Then I climbed in and crawled into the arms of my husband who let me just snuggle and breathe heavy huffs as I wrestled with the waves of emotions in my head.

And in that time this is what I thought about. Spoons. Yes, spoons. If you’ve never read the Spoon Theory you need to. It’s written by a woman who has Lupus and deals with the effect of it on her life and how she explained it to a friend. The Spoon Theory essentially is that you start each day with a number of spoons, a healthy person can have an unlimited number of spoons but a sick individual has a limited amount that they must protect. And that each action throughout the day is a spoon you give away until you have none left. So you must make choices wisely so that you don’t run out of spoons.

Now I am in no way comparing Motherhood to a disease. But I have always related to this analogy because of my anxiety and I think the same concept can be used for anybody. A phrase more commonly used is “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, meaning if you aren’t taking care of yourself you have nothing left to take care of others. It’s one you hear frequently in mom circles.

So I thought about this and how maybe I don’t have it as serious as spoons, but more like paper clips. A mother is made up of paper clips. All these little pieces that hold her together and make her who she is. But everyday we use these clips to help hold together parts of our lives. Our children, our home, our spouse, our job, our friendships, our duties. All of it require some piece of the mom paper clip to keep in working order. And you have to decide who gets which paper clip when. But sometimes, someone needs more of your clips to hold them together and when that happens, Mom falls apart.

That was me last night. Toddler needed more of me the past few days. He is cutting molars, it’s been raining, he isn’t eating well, and we still haven’t found a solid tribe yet, and he just needed mom. And I used up all my clips.

I felt frustrated, failure, disappointed that I was letting down either him or my husband. That I wasn’t getting my “list” for the house done. I wasn’t being everything I felt I needed to be. I felt like I had just fallen apart.

So. I don’t know who drifted off first, but I know I fell asleep with my husband silently giving me the same blanket of security and comfort I had just given our son. And I felt my clips slowly starting to slide back into place.

Momming is hard y’all. And sometimes we all need a little help to remember it’s ok to hold onto one little clip for ourselves.

General/Misc · Sewing

Let’s start a Riot (Skirt) and Rave (Shirt)!

So I mustache you a question, have you ever found a pattern that was so you, it was like the designer had you in mind when drafting it?

I’m sure that is not exactly how things went over at George and Ginger when Kristi designed the Riot Skirt and Rave Shirt but it may as well have! This is, by far, my favorite outfit I’ve ever made. It fits like perfection. It makes me feel sexy and sassy and yet very vintage classy. My wardrobe would be full of these if I wasn’t chasing a toddler around life 75% of the time.

And there are OPTIONS. SO many options. Give the girl options because girls LOVE OPTIONS!

Riot Skirt

  • Basic Waistband
  • Curved Waistband
  • Striped Waistband
  • Fitted Skirt
  • Fitted with Flounce
  • Pleated Skirt
  • Circle Skirt
  • Mini Circle Skirt

Rave Shirt

  • Scoop Neck
  • Square Neck
  • Angled Neck
  • Short Sleeve
  • Long Sleeve
  • 3/4 Sleeve
  • Tee Length
  • Cropped Length

So I’m definitely not a mathematician but that is like 759,375 combination possibilities (or something, because… math). Talk about getting the bang for your buck!

I made the fitted with flounce, basic waistband skirt and the square neck, short sleeve, tee shirt. I love that this is a look that can be made (and purchased) individually so I can wear these super cute shirts whenever I want.

At first I was a little intimidated about the suspenders, but Kristi made their construction SO easy and everything is marked for you to line it up perfectly. If you are under the 5’6″ standard height, or have a shorter torso; I would check the length before attaching your suspenders to make sure they don’t need adjusting.

I am currently working on my version of a hack so the suspenders can be removable and you can wear the skirt with or without them! You can make the skirt without suspenders if you would like (there I go, upping that combination count).

Point of this is: you need this. You need this SO bad. It covers so many of your outfit needs and today is the last day to get it on sale for 25% off from George and Ginger Pattern Co, no code necessary.