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Bright baby pants with pockets

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A friend of mine recently gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Emma. Tara and I met at university 11 years ago. We were quick friends. I think we bonded quickly over silliness, that is, that we can both be pretty silly. We like to laugh, and we do… a lot.

We’ve been through a lot together – life is sure different from what it was 11 years ago. But, after the graduations, career changes, marriages, and kids, at the end of the day, she’s still one of a handful of people I want to share my news with first. 

I made Emma a ruffle bum romper and these bright and pocketed pants.

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These are made from the same pattern (Rae Hoekstra’s Basic Newborn Baby Pant) that I used to make monkey pants for my friend Julie’s babe, Emily. Of course, the big difference is that these pants have pockets and trim at the cuff.

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Welcome to the world, Emma! We can’t wait to meet you.

 

 

 

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Simple skirt

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I adore this skirt!

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I bought the pattern from Craftsy, and it is super easy to make. Definitely beginner material.

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I just love the fabric too (picked it up at Lens Mill), so I made one for Ms. Maddycakes:

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And one for my friend Meagan’s baby girl, who’s coming soon:

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Ruffle bum romper

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One of my longest friends, Meagan is having her first baby in a month-ish. We became friends a long time ago when we were 4 and lived on the same street. SCAN0015

I’m so lucky to still call Meagan one of my best friends. I was honoured and blessed to be a part of her wedding a couple of years ago, and now I am beyond excited to meet her little one. Meagan and her hubby are going to be amazing parents.

I made her soon-to-be-here baby girl two little outfits – here’s the first:

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I bought this pattern from ‘You Can Make This’. I found the pattern a bit confusing, but I was able to make my way through it with a seam ripper and some patience.

I learned two new things in the process of making this romper. First, I made my first buttonholes!! Thank you to Amber Price – her ‘Learn to Sew’ series gave me the courage to give them a try. If you want to try buttonholes, she has a great lesson here.

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It took some time, and a lot of test buttonholes, but eventually I got it! For the longest time I didn’t realize I had to “reset” my machine by moving my dial off of the buttonhole setting and back between buttonholes. Once I figured that out, I was set. I’m so happy that I no longer have to avoid patterns with buttonholes now!

The other first for me was inserting snaps into a pattern. This is key for things like rompers, so the whole outfit doesn’t have to come off when changing the baby’s bum. I have been avoiding patterns that had snaps in them, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I tried a couple of test snaps on some scrap fabric, and then put them into the pattern. They’re not exactly spaced evenly, but that gives it a bit of charm, no?

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I think this pattern is beginner-intermediate. Definitely doable for a newer sewer, but it might give you a couple of headaches along the way.

For the lack of a live model, I give you the ruffle bum romper on a model that can’t refuse:

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Hope you all enjoy the last bit of the weekend!

Figure 8 velveteen scarf

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Remember when I had a mild obsession with velveteen?

Well, I searched high and low and couldn’t find any nice velveteen prints in any of our local stores. I tried to put velveteen out of my head, but the more I tried not to think about it, the more I was determined to find some. After a fairly lengthy search, I finally gave in to the shipping costs and ordered some online.

I was so excited when it arrived – and I love the fabric even more than I did when I saw it online. It is just gorgeous! It has been sitting neatly in a pile in my disastrous sewing space (we’re making big changes turning our loft into a sensory play room and my sewing area is temporarily torn apart). After a particularly bad day, Eric moved some tables upstairs, put Maddy to bed on a night that I was supposed to do bedtime routine, and told me to sew.

I pulled out the velveteen fabric and just held it in my hands for a few minutes. I was feeling really tired, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to sew. I started dreaming of my finished velveteen scarf, and that’s all it took to get me going.

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The scarf is just as dreamy as I imagined – it sits beautifully, it is soft and warm, and the perfect accessory to a fall or winter outfit. If you’re like me and love wearing scarves in cooler weather, I highly recommend making yourself one of these.

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There is a free online tutorial for this figure 8 scarf by Anna Maria Horner. It’s a beautiful and easy project – a great project for beginner sewers. I finished my scarf in a couple of hours, with a couple minor bumps in the road. I had to use my seam ripper once when I accidentally caught my voile in a “sew only the velveteen” step.

There is one slightly annoying part to the pattern – the final step is hand sewing. The tutorial provides three very good reasons for why, and although more time-consuming than machine stitching, it is honestly not that bad. The pattern calls for a blind stitch, and if you’ve never done one, you can learn how in this video.

I’m so happy with my scarf, and I’m glad I have a few months left to enjoy it.

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It “seamed” so easy: How not to do a french seam

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What is a french seam? It’s a seam made up of two seams. It hides the raw edges in a fold, making a very neat finished product. It’s great for making burrito pillowcases… unless you don’t do it properly.

How not to do a french seam? Well, like this of course:

See all of those raw edges? They’re supposed to be hidden. Whoops.

Now, I bet you’re wondering how you should do a french seam. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Pin your two pieces to be joined with their wrong sides together. Sew together using a straight stitch.
  2. Trim the seam allowances.
  3. Open the fabric layers and press the seam allowances to one side. Bring the right sides of the fabric together and fold the fabric along the seam.
  4. Press and sew.

I still have no idea what exactly I did wrong in my first french seam. I can’t seam (okay, I know, enough already) to wrap my brain around it. That means I can’t give you a really good not-to tip. But, I can wish you good luck on what everyone says is an easy technique. Don’t worry, it probably is easy. I’m just really good at making silly mistakes. Some might say too good.

Good friend, good book

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Last week I had an all-day visit with an old friend of mine, Ashley. We’ve known each other since we were young. I can’t quite remember how old we were when we met, but I very clearly recall attending a tea party birthday party at her house years ago.

After many years of friendship, her family conveniently moved into the house next door. As you can imagine, we were thrilled. It was particularly exciting because it was the year that she would be heading to the Catholic high school and I would be heading to the public high school.

Through high school, we spent a lot of time together (I mean, it was so easy being neighbours and all). We videotaped our trampoline routines, swam in her pool, painted our nails, put on fashion shows, and did what teenage girls do best: gabbed. We even worked as camp counsellors together during the summertime. Ashley squared made a lot of great memories together.

This recent visit was our first in a long time. It was so welcomed. It was particularly nice as our last visit was with our husbands (sorry, boys!). Sometimes girls just need some girl time. We picked up exactly where we left off: gabbing.

The first thing Ash did when she came into our house was hand me a gift bag. Inside were two super thoughtful gifts. A little vibrating pull-toy for Maddy that also has a rattle, crinkle, and a variety of textures (aka SPD-friendly). Maddy played with it for half the day, giggling when we’d put it to her cheek and make it vibrate. As soon as the vibrating stopped, Maddy would turn her head and rest her other cheek on it and wait for us to make it shake.

The second part of the gift was for me – an awesome book (should I really expect any less from a teacher and former Chapter’s employee?).

Sewing Clothes Kids Love is written by Nancy J.S. Langdon & Sabine Pollehn, and includes 10 full-sized patterns for adorable kids clothes – everything from shirts, to leggings, skirts, shrugs, jackets, dresses, and tank tops. All of the clothes are colourful and fun, and each has a skill rating. Mere minutes after dropping Ash off at the bus stop, I was perusing through the book and letting my creative juices flow while Eric fed Maddy dinner.

My favourite part of our visit was watching Ashley interact with Maddy. Early in the day Maddy seemed skeptical. She huddled close to me after she awoke from her first nap, but it didn’t take her long to warm up to Ashley. Eventually, she was approaching Ash with outreached arms, and climbing into her lap. It was so amazing to watch them interact with one another. Ashley came fully prepared having read about SPD online, and was tweaking games to be SPD-friendly. When Maddy was playing with empty bottles, Ash got up and filled one half-way with water to give it more resistance. Incredible!

Ash had Maddy smiling and giggling like nobody’s business. I’m pretty sure by the end of the day Maddy was fully convinced that Ashley was her new friend. Maddy sat patiently while Ashley tied kleenex around her arms and legs (of course, after Ash put one “bracelet” on, Maddy kept signing for more). In the car, Ash keyed up Maddy’s favourite Sesame Street video (thanks Aunt Lyndsay!) and introduced her to a new one. Ash awkwardly held her arm over the back of her seat so Maddy could see and hear the songs. Maddy is so obsessed with her favourite Sesame Street song that she fusses, points, and signs more when she hears in the music that the song is soon ending. Ashley quickly solved that by putting the song on loop.

All in all, one fabulous day. An incredible friend, an incredible book (thanks again!). I’ll leave you now with another of Maddy’s favourite tunes.

!yadhtrib yppah

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Remember way back when I was so excited to receive this fabric in the mail? I made my second Happy Birthday banner out of it.

When we hung it up for Madeleine’s first birthday, I thought it was just perfect.

It wasn’t until days later, when I was hanging out with boo-boo in the sandbox that I happened to notice something was off about it.

I laughed, and laughed, and laughed. Clearly a mistake that is so true to me, nothing can be done but laugh… really hard. Look carefully through the mosquito net…

Note to self – must reverse letters for double-sided banners.