Christmas Dresses 2016

I feel so ahead of the game right now!  I’ve already got the girls’ Christmas dresses done!  Wait, I still need to send out cards, sew their pajamas and do some shopping, so I guess I’m not really ahead of the game.  The Christmas cards are ordered, though!  We took photos over the weekend in their new dresses for our card, so I thought I’d show them off.

Christmas DressesHave you ever seen such cuteness? 

Oh, yeah.  Their dolls got matching dresses, too.  Both dresses are a mash up of two Made for Mermaids patterns.  It’s Pumpkin’s favorite combo of the Brooklyn dress bodice and Riley skirt.

Brooklyn Riley Christmas DressPumpkin and her baby, Rosie both got plaid flutter sleeves per request.  I lined the flutters because I don’t like to do a rolled hem finish and because I wanted them to look a little nicer than with an unfinished edge.  I topstitched with my coverstitch machine to give them a clean finish.  And I love the way they turned out. 

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressWhen I asked Cupcake what kind of sleeves she wanted she said plaid.  So she and Kit Kitredge got plaid sleeves.  Once she saw Pumpkin’s flutters she was having second thoughts, so I made a bow to fancy up her dress a bit and she was much happier.

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressBoth fabrics are from Girl Charlee.  I just loved this buffalo plaid and knew it would make adorable dresses.  And I was right.  And I kind of wish I had ordered more and made myself a dress, too!

dsc_4449Why is this Pumpkin’s favorite dress?  The twirl factor!  I asked for a twirl and she was on it!  Cupcake not so much……

Do you have holiday outfits picked out, yet? 

 

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Friday Fitness: Hot Chocolate 15K or Running with Bronchitis

I ran my last race of the year on Sunday.  I’ve always wanted to do the Hot Chocolate 15K, but usually have a conflict.  This year I was able to fit it into my schedule!  I was so excited!  And a bunch of my MRTT crew was there, too, so it was super fun and cold!  Hot Chocolate 15K

We had amazing weather last week, particularly on Friday (it was in the 70s!!) so when race morning rolled around and it was only 34 degrees, cloudy and windy it was a smack in the face!  Also a smack in the face was being diagnosed with bronchitis on Friday, after having felt under the weather for almost 3 weeks.  I struggled with what to wear because we hadn’t eased into the cold temperatures.  Thankfully I picked the right outfit for running. Not so much for standing around before or after the race.

Hot Chocolate 15KI had originally submitted proof of time when I registered for this race.  I ran a 10 miler at an 8:56 min/mile in March so I used that as my proof of time for a preferred corral.  That put me in corral A.  Granted it was the back of corral A, but the first corral none-the-less.  Because I was constantly coughing up a lung I wasn’t holding out hope that I would actually complete this race in my predicted time. 

When the gun went off I just started running at a comfortable pace.  I was just going by what felt good and trying not to look at my watch.  I was pretty consistent, too.  9:33, 9:47, 9:19, 9:29, 9:41 Just over half way.  But then my chest was feeling really heavy.  I found a pit stop just after mile 5, so I took a bathroom break, coughed up a lung, blew my nose about 10 times, coughed some more, then walked through the water stop.  After that I felt a bit better.  11:41, 9:32, 9:52, 9:55, 8:46 sprint to the finish.  

Chip time 1:32:26 (9:55 min/mile)

So about a minute slower per mile than anticipated, but I survived.  It took quite some time after running for me to stop coughing and make my way over the the gear check to get my extra layers.  I put on some dry, fuzzy gloves and a fleece jacket, but it was still just so cold! 

Hot Chocolate 15KI managed to eat my marshmallow and Rice Krispie treat before my chocolate hardened and once the rest of my crew was done running we didn’t stick around.  It was just too cold!!!  We had a nice hot lunch at Melt Bar and Grilled and then we headed back home. 

I didn’t meet my goal and I didn’t get to take my picture with the inflatable marshmallow (they didn’t put them up because of the high winds), but it was a fun race!  I’d love to do it again some time and hopefully be able to enjoy the after party a bit more!

 

I’ve taken most of the rest of the week off to try and kick this chest stuff, but I did run to and from our local Turkey Trot (3.1 miles each way) to volunteer yesterday.  I helped out as a start line marshal and a finish line people mover and got to see a bunch of my MRTT friends run a great race!  I’m still struggling with chest pain so I’m hopefully heading back to the doctor today to get this taken care of.  Until then I’ll (try to) rest.

 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have a great weekend!!!

 

The Perfect Tunic to Wear with Leggings

Once upon a time I blogged about more than sewing.  But lately that seems to be all I do.  Actually I baked last week.  I made fudge.  It turned out horrible.  So I won’t be blogging about it.  Instead you get to see my cute new tunic!

The Perfect Tunic #sewing #tunic #leggingsCute, right?  This tunic is the perfect shirt to wear with leggings!  I want a million of them!  It is a “mash up” of two Patterns for Pirates patterns.  It is a Free Spirit Tank combined with the Layer Me Up shirt.  I’ve been meaning to make one forever and now that I know how perfect it is I’m sad I didn’t make it sooner!!

The Perfect Tunic #sewing #tunic #leggingsIf you think mashing these two patterns sounds difficult I promise it’s not! There’s a tutorial on the Patterns for Pirates blog that explains it!  It was so simple and now I know what I’m going to do with all my rayon spandex fabric!  I have more great tie dye prints from Knitpop that will be perfect for more FST/LMU mash ups!

The Perfect Tunic to wear with leggings #sewing #tunic #leggings

 

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Sew What Do I Wear? Holiday Edition

sew-what-do-i-wearToday I’m joining in on a blog hop with Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates

The holidays are fast approaching!  And I don’t know about you, but I love photo cards!  So holiday cards are a great reason to get some family photos taken.  And the tricky thing about family photos is figuring out what to wear!  And getting the kids to look at the camera and smile (normally).  I can’t help with the second part, but the first part I can!!!  I think for family photos this year you should sew a Timeless Tunic from Patterns for Pirates!

Timeless TunicHow cute is this dress?  Normally I love to sew with knits, but I saw this floral denim and I just had to have a dress made out of it!  I love this style!  Not only is it perfect for family photos, but also for holiday parties. 

Sew what do I wear? Timeless TunicThere’s a pretty good chance I’ll wear this to our holiday family reunion as well.  There are 3 sleeve lengths included with this pattern so you can make it fit whatever kind of weather you have in your neck of the woods.  It also comes in shirt length, tunic length or dress, so mix and match! 

Sew what do I wear? Timeless TunicI went with 3/4 sleeves and dress length.  Paired with leggings and boots it’s such an easy outfit!  It’s comfortable and looks great! I have a red infinity scarf that will look great with it, too!

Now I just need to get the girls ready and get those family photos taken!

If you’re still looking for more options be sure to check out the other ladies on the blog hop!

Nov 14 – Wild & Wanderful/ What Does She Do All Day?/
My Creative Room
Nov 15 – Sew A Piece of Joy / Red Stitch Blue Stitch/ Sewn Of A Stitch
Nov 16 – MaMoose / Rebel & Malice / On Wednesdays We Sew
Nov 17 – It’s Liesel / Stitching and Making / The Kisses Co
Nov 18 – SewSophieLynn / I’m Just Like Mommy/Lady and the Gents / The Crunchy Mommy

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What They Wore at Disney World

When we decided to go to Disney I started collecting all the Disney fabric for my girls outfits.  This trip was a big deal, so any old clothes wouldn’t do!  For months I bought a little of fabric at a time and then saved it until we were about a month out and then I got sewing!

First up, Magic Kingdom Day 1

Disney OutfitI picked up this Riley Blake polka dot knit and whipped up Skip-a-Long Skorts for the girls and a matching Skyline Skort for myself.  Their tops are the Flutterby, also from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  Mine is a Slim Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates.  I cut out the Minnie Mouse heads with my Cameo and heat transfer vinyl and applied them to the shirts after they’d been sewn up.  The white cotton lycra fabric is from Purple Seamstressdsc_2725On Day 2 the girls wore Violet dresses from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  I found the super cute  toss Mickey fabric on fabric.com and the solid red is also from Purple Seamstress.  I also made them little matching shorties to go underneath.  I just loved how these turned out! I also had a matching Mama Ella that I made with the leftover fabric.  dsc_2812These Samantha Suspender Skirts were also a favorite!  They also have pockets.  Pockets in skirts are the best!  The Disney emoji fabric is also from fabric.com and the shirts were a Target clearance find.  I was hoping to find red shirts to go underneath, but finding red, short sleeved shirts in October proved to be very difficult.

dsc_3096Pumpkin’s favorite twirly dress (Riley by Made for Mermaids) made an appearance as well!  The Anna and Elsa dresses were a big hit when the girls met the sisters. dsc_3333For the last day of our Disney trip the girls didn’t match.  🙂  Pumpkin got a Cinderella dress because Cinderella is her favorite princess!  And she had to dress like her favorite princess when they met.dsc_3338Cupcake got a Rapunzel dress because she doesn’t have a favorite princess, but I think she’s most like Rapunzel.  Minus the hair length. 

 

Despite the last minute frazzledness to get everything sewn up I’m really glad the girls had special outfits to wear every day of our trip.  They got a lot of compliments on their outfits and well, they just look so darn cute in the pictures!

 

 

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