The Fifth, and Final

Today I had my first appointment, and it’s official (even got pictures to prove it) : I’m pregnant!

(sorry it’s very fuzzy, it’s a picture of a picture)

{I know, you guys totally wanted to see my insides. funny funny.}

I sure hope so, with all the morning sickness I’ve been having. Never have I been this sick! I’ve been hoping that the doctor tells me there is only one baby, and there is only one! (twins are in my family)

Every pregnancy is different to an extent, however, the emotions and nausea with this one are crazy. Of course I am very happy and blessed to have another baby, but this one is proving to be much more challenging than the others (at least for now).

I guess this explains, a little, why I’ve been such a bloggy slacker lately. I have however been cranking away on Pinterest, it’s just so addicting and almost mindless, lately that’s been quite nice.

Am I crazy to be having my 5th child, I think so. Crazy in love with my kids and the thought of having another! 

Thinking about some things I want to make during this pregnancy has been really fun. There are tons of really cute patterns out there for just about anything and everything baby!

Annabel’s Blanket

Baby Mary Jane Skimmers (if it’s a girl)
Helena Sweater (for my 2 yr old)

Organized To-Go Bags
Flat Front Pants
Re-purposed Baby Pants (can you imagine these in cute boy/unisex stripes??)
Baby Food Lid Game

There are even sites with clothes altering ideas for maternity wear, google it for even more.

DIY Maternity
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One thing that has been quite nice is all the nesting that is kicking in already. I haven’t been feeling well enough to really tackle what I want to, but the urge is there already! Must be something to do with how this is #5 and I know how quickly things will be over and another little one will be here to snuggle, love, clean up after, and adjust to. Just hoping I get it all done!

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 2908 Baby Bonnet

I am on a hunt for a summer sun hat for my one year old Baby Girl.
This is the bonnet I started with, the C option, and I changed a lot, maybe even more than 1/2 the hat. I was completely in love with it while I was picking out all the fabric and notions, and even more so while I was sewing it.
I put it on her and, no love, the love was gone… Next pattern.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a beautiful bonnet, and I adore the detailing. I just think I need something that fits her personality a little more.

On to the actual pattern review. 

Click on the picture to the left to view the pattern at the Simplicity Website. 

Pattern Description: This pattern had no description, so I”ll overview. The pattern is for 6 different hat/bonnet styles for little girls from birth to about 2, depending on head measurement. The sizing goes from a 17″ to 20″, and sizes are on the inch in between those measurements.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

The hat itself did look like bonnet style I chose to make (option C), I did make lots of alterations, so there is no appliqued piece inside the brim of the bonnet. But, the overall shape of the hat was the same.

Written Instructions: The written instructions were very easy to follow; specific, easy to follow along with, and lots of pictures.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how there are several different styles to chose from within one pattern. I also like that it’s easy to alter.

Fabric Used: I used cotton eyelet that has a decorative trim instead of selvage on one side.


Level Of Difficulty: I would say Beginner Intermediate, maybe even Beginner if you don’t do any alterations.
 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not do the applique in the front of the brim, instead I used eyelet and made my fabric fit the piece so I could utilize the border from the eyelet fabric. I made fabric ties instead of using ribbon. And, I added 3 trims to the top of the hat (my favorite part).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would sew it again, and plan to make a different style next.

Conclusion: Good pattern, doesn’t require any crazy amounts of anything (fabric, trim, etc.). Very clear instructions with plenty of pictures. Very cute!

Blessing Gown Revamp

I have a blessing gown that I made for my son. Yes, I know, a boy in a “dress”?! My husband felt the same way, and yes it was somewhat of a battle. I did win this one though, maybe it’s because I’m the one that sews in the household 🙂

It was rather plain, just white satin with some minor trim, nothing ruffly. I used the McCalls pattern 3063. I didn’t want the sleeves puffy, so I altered my pattern to give me a longer straight sleeve.

But, now that Miss Lily is here, I need to spruce it up a bit. I went to the fabric store and picked up some lacey sheer fabric with a scalloped edge and some ruffly trims. I am very excited about how it will turn out! Here is a photo of my loot:

Infants Bandana Shirt- Tutorial

This was something I came across quite a while ago in the library, of all places. There was a vintage clothing book that I borrowed, and so many ideas spawned from this one book.

Needless to say, there was a pattern to make a bandana shirt, but I created one, just to have my ‘own’. So quick and easy!
This pattern makes a shirt for a 3-6 month old (approximately- every baby is different!) and uses a 20 inch square bandana. You could make a large size if you have a larger bandana, or even a square silk scarf (that’s next on my list for me… 🙂 ), just use the same proportions.
What You Need:
-1 bandana- 20 inches
-About a yard of bias tape
-Thread
-Sewing machine
-Scissors
-Ruler
First, you need to fold the bandana in half, then in half again (into 4ths). Pin the bandana together around the edges to hold all the layers together.
Then, trace your pattern onto the bandana. The piece for the neck will cut out a 3 1/2 inch circle from the folded corner. So, measure 1 3/4 inches from the corner down each folded side, and draw an arc to joint them. The piece to cut out to make the sleeve and body is measured this way: From the bottom corner that has all the corners from the bandana stacked, measure 6 3/8 inches up and mark a small dot. From that dot, draw a straight line 4 1/2 inches in length perpendicular to the fabric edge. Next, on the same edge of the bandana you just drew the line from, come down 1 1/4 inches and mark a small dot 5 inches from the edge (you will draw the next line to this point). Next, measure 3 3/8 inches from the corner, that has all the corners from the bandana stacked, down the other side and mark a small dot, draw a line 5 1/4 inches long meeting with the dot you just drew. Now, draw an arc connecting the 2 lines. Hardest part is now done! Cut along the lines you just drew.
Now, unfold the bandana, and from the center, where there is now a hole, cut a straight line down the back measuring about 3 inches toward the bottom, this will give more headroom when dressing. MAKE SURE YOU CUT DOWN THE BACK AND NOT A SLEEVE!! (The sleeves are narrower). Now, sew the sleeve/side seams, making sure the wrong sides of the fabric are facing out, if it’s hard to tell with the appearance/color of the fabric, look at the hems.
Next step is to apply the bias tape. You first start from the top of where you cut the line down the back. I use a zigzag stitch to first apply the tape to the shirt, with the right side of fabric up to make sure it is secured.
Then I fold it over, and stitch a straight seam as close to the edge of the bias as possible. Now that you have gone down and up the cut you made, it’s time to do the neck edging. Leave about 6 inches past the edge of the neck fabric to make a tie, then sew the bias on in the same manner as the last piece you just did. Leave another 6 inches on the other end. Stitch or heat seal the edges of the bias, and you’re done!

Introducing "Topless Pants"

So, I made my first pair of ‘babylegs’, in all of 10 minutes!! They turned out so well, even my hubby thought they were cute! I just got some socks I don’t wear anymore, and went to town. I think I will be making LOTS more to sell as “Topless Pants”, but out of new socks of course! Here is my little Pooka sporting the only boyish ones I had on hand.

All I did was cut the sock right above the heel. Then to make the cuff, I cut off the rest of the heel and the toe. I then cut down the bottom of the sock between the toe and heel that I just cut out, and sewed it back together taking it in about an inch worth. Folded that baby in half, sewed it to the bottom of the leg part of the sock, and TADA!! I think I am officially hooked… 🙂
I think Daddy was hiding because he was having a bad hair day… 😀