Category: Sewing

A Whimsical Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!!  My girls are so excited for trick-or-treat tonight.  They thought long and hard about what they wanted to be for Halloween this year and Pumpkin changed her mind about 100 times but in the end they settled on a fairy and a butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesCupcake, not typically a girly girl, requested a fairy costume.  Not just any fairy, but a pink fairy.  With a wand and wings.  Pumpkin wanted to be a monarch butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesI used the same patterns for both costumes, which made my life a little easier as I didn’t have much time to get these whipped up after our vacation (which I’m still trying to finish a blog post on!!).  The dresses are the Tinkerbell dress from Made for Mermaids.  The wings are the Wonderland Wings from Peek-a-Boo Patterns

Butterfly costumeOH, she’s just the cutest butterfly I’ve ever seen!  She just loves this costume.  From the moment I finished it she’s wanted to wear it nonstop.

Butterfly costumeI modified the wings pattern just a bit because the accent pieces are only on one side if you follow the pattern directions, but I needed the the orange on both side.  So I appliqued the accents before assembly rather than “quilting” them into the wings and they turned out great.  I also used one less piece of fusible heavyweight interfacing because I didn’t like the way Cupcake’s wings turned out with it.  I also added some heat transfer vinyl dots to give it more of a monarch look.

Fairy costumeDespite the specific request for an all pink costume this kid was less than thrilled about the result of her fairy dress and wings.  It’s too pink and the wings are too small.  She does like how sparkly the wand is, though!  Ugh, 6 years old, going on 16.

Fairy costumeShe eventually warmed up to the costume and flew around like the beautiful fairy she is. 

The Tinkerbell pattern only has a pattern piece for short sleeves, but because we live in the Midwest I wanted long sleeves, so we wouldn’t have to layer.  Well, so I wouldn’t have to color match their layering.  So I used the Harper pattern, also from Made for Mermaids to extend the sleeves.  Turns out it’s supposed to 62 degrees tonight, so layering shouldn’t be necessary! 

Fairy costumeThe wands are simple, made from a dowel rod and a wood cutout from the craft store.  I painted them, glued them together and added some ribbon accents.  Despite the fact butterflies don’t carry wands Pumpkin insisted she have one, too, and who am I to argue? 

In the end I’m really happy with how these turned out given the time crunch I was in (and the fact I had to keep going back to the fabric store for more fabric, then supplies for the wands, then pom poms for the antennae!).  And I’m sure that after tonight these will be put into regular rotation in the dress up wardrobe.

 

Happy Halloween!!!

 

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M4M Best Friends Collection

Made for Mermaids had another new pattern release yesterday!  This time it’s the Skipper Skirt, Stacey Top and Barbie Headband!  That’s right!  Three new patterns!  And there was a rerelease of the Hailey and Rose patterns.  You can get them either in a bundle of the 3 new patterns or all 5 patterns until Sunday.  Or they can also be purchased individually.  So, you want to see how cute they are?

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsPumpkin of course loves this outfit because it’s full of ruffles!  She loves the ruffles of the skirt and the ruffly shirt. 

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsIt’s the perfect compromise outfit for us because she always wants to wear skirts or dresses and I always need her to have leggings underneath.  The Skipper Skirt has 3 legging options; shorts, capris or pants.  So it’s a pattern I can sew every season!

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsThe Stacey Top has lots of options, too!  Short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve.  Pocket, bib with ruffle, elbow patches, tabs for the roll up sleeves.  

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsOh, and did I mention you can make the skirt with knit or woven fabric?  The polka dots above are knit.  The arrows are cotton woven.  The main part of the shirt and the leggings need to be knit, though.  And I used these great solid knits from Purple Seamstress

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsNot only does Pumpkin love these patterns, but Cupcake does, too.  I just knew she would be excited about a butterfly skirt.  She’s been eyeing this fabric in my stash for quite some time.  Luckily I had some navy knit to go with it, so she got a whole outfit, too.

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsI was super excited to try out the 3/4 rolled up sleeves on her outfit.  And I think they’re adorable!  She loves the pocket.  She wore this outfit to school the other day and came home with a little piece of paper folded up in her pocket.  #loveher

Stacey and Skipper patterns from Made for MermaidsThe star of the show is this headband, though.  She was over the moon excited about a matching headband.  She, of course, wore it to school with the rest of the outfit.  And then the next day with another outfit.  And she wants me to make a bunch more. 

This outfit sews up so quick, so I know I’ll be adding more of these to their wardrobe.  It’s a new favorite!!!

Be sure to pick up your copy of these patterns while they’re still on sale!  (through Sunday, 10/2)

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Market to Market Relay 2016 Recap

Last Saturday was my favorite race of the year!  Market to Market Relay Ohio.  This was my third year participating in the race (and it’s also the race’s 3rd year).  New this year was an earlier start time.  In the past 6 AM was the earliest start time, but this year they added 5:00 and 5:30 waves.  Lucky us drew the 5 AM wave. So the day started at 2:30 AM.  It’s so hard to wake up so early!!

Upon arrival at the start line (which is an hour away from home!) we picked up our “baton” and proceeded to the photographer for our official costume contest photo.  If you’ve read my previous years’ recaps you know the costume contest is my favorite part of this race (2015 and 2014).  We’ve won the costume contest both years and we were looking for a threepeat!

Market to Market Relay Ohio - fruit running costumesWe went with a fruit theme and everyone got to pick what fruit they wanted to be.  I sewed all the costumes using Patterns for Pirates’ Essential Tank and embellished them with heat transfer vinyl and/or screen printing paint.  I had a little help with the HTV on the strawberry and watermelon.  I also made the headbands out of felt.  I was so excited to see us all together looking so cute!

We sent our first runner (grapes) over to the start line and at 5 AM the trombone wielding, pink fuzzy guy led the pack.

Market to Market Relay start lineShe ran in the dark.  Runner #2 ran in the dark and I started in the dark as well as my leg started around 6:40.  Thankfully halfway through my first leg the sun started to make it’s way up and I was able to turn off the headlamp and see where I was going.  I was feeling pretty good about my run, but keeping my pace a bit on the slower side as I was anticipating a 5 mile run.  Turns out the leg was only 4.3 miles, so I was saving gas for no reason.  But I had two legs ahead of me so I was happy with that.  And well, we’re in it to win the costumes, not the race.  😉

Market to Market Relay Ohio

It was a beautiful morning and we all ran through our first leg feeling good.  Then it was back to the top.  By the time my second leg rolled around the sun was shining really bright and the heat and humidity were really picking up.

dsc_1538I threw on my visor to give me some sun protection (blue eyes problem) and grabbed my handheld water bottle and braced myself for a 5.6 mile leg. 

Market to Market Relay Ohio I started the leg feeling pretty good.  I didn’t get very far before the wind knocked my pineapple top off my head, so I ended up having to just carry it.  So, with a water bottle in one hand and a pineapple top in the other I cruised through the first two miles of the leg.  I could definitely feel the heat, but I had the shade of the trees to help it feel somewhat bearable.  But I spend the next 3.6 in the sun.  The hot, hot sun.  I was fading fast, but I told myself I just ease back and keep running until I was passed by April (she’s was on our 3rd M2M team and I knew she would pass me on this leg).  But just before 4 miles I needed a break.  So I walked.  I poured a little water on my head, drank a little and tried to give myself a pep talk.  I started running again and right at 4 miles April caught up to me.  We chatted for a minute and then she went on ahead.  I had been playing leapfrog with another runner and in commiserating about the heat she mentioned it was lunch time.  And then it dawned on me that I hadn’t eaten!  No wonder I had no energy.  It was now after noon and all I had eaten was an egg sandwich at 3 AM and a Quest Bar after my first leg (around 7:30). 

I hopped in the van after my leg and devoured my lunch!  We continued moving through our legs, chatting with other teams along the way, occasionally  running into our two other teams, and just having fun.  We sent runner 7 out on her second leg and shortly after we got a notice of a lightning delay.  Our poor lemon had to run the last 2 miles of her leg in the pouring rain with a lightning rod on her head!  (the headbands were made of foil wrapped in felt)

Market to Market Relay 2016For every 30 minutes of lightning we had to move forward an exchange point.  So we waited for a bit, then moved on.  So runner #8 didn’t get to run her second leg.  And at the next exchange it was the same situation. And then again.  It had been stormed for an hour and a half at this point.  So we just hung out in the van, sang along to the radio, ate lots of chips and begged the lightning to stop so we could run the last leg of the race.  We made it to the last exchange point and decided whoever wanted to run could run.  And our second team was planning to do the same, so we could all finish together.  Just as we were preparing to head to the path a huge streak of lightning flashed right where we were standing, so we packed up and drove to the finish line exchange.  We ran in for the team finish and our 2016 relay was in the books. 

Market to Market Relay OhioDespite the disappointing ending to the day we still had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again next year. 

We hung out a big after the race for our free pizza and beer and to hear the result of the costume contest.  Even though they wouldn’t be able to hand out the time awards because of the adjustments that needed to be made for the lightning delays we were told they would announce the contest winners.  Finally it was time!  After a quick tally of the votes the costume contest winners were announced and once again we won!!!

Market to Market Relay OhioI tell you what.  Waiting for those results and listening to them announce the runners up is torture for me.  A lot of thought and hard work goes into our homemade costumes, so it really means a lot to me.  My team is awesome for wearing the silly headbands I made for them or carrying them while they ran! 

So, now the pressure is on!  It’s time to start thinking about next year’s costumes!  We’ve got a reputation to maintain! 

 

Ava and Mama Ava

What sounds super fun to do on an 80 degree morning?  Take pictures in long sleeved shirts!  I’m getting a head start on my fall wardrobe with the new pattern from Made for Mermaids.  The Ava and Mama Ava patterns are the perfect relaxed fit top and tunic to go with all your leggings and skinny jeans this fall!

Mama Ava from Made for MermaidsI sewed up this v-neck sweater knit in the top length to pair with skinny jeans. It’s going to be so cozy this winter! 

Made for Mermaids Mama AvaI love the relaxed fit without feeling sloppy. 

Made for Mermaids AvaAnd how cute is this curved hem tunic on Cupcake?  Oh, this is the perfect top for leggings!  And I just loved this striped fabric and knew she would, too.  This is her new favorite shirt!

Made for Mermaids AvaI love this one on her, too!  The key to this top is fabric choice!  You need something drapey and flowy!  This rayon/spandex blend is exactly that! 

Mama Ava and Ava by Made for MermaidsCupcake didn’t love this one as much as the other, until she saw momma had a matching shirt! 

There are 2 neckline options, 3 hemline options and 3 sleeve length options with this pattern.  So you can mix and match for your perfect combination.

Mama Ava by Made for MermaidsThis is such a fast sew and on sale through Sunday, so you should head over and pick up these patterns before then!  Buy one or buy both in a specially priced bundle!

Mama Ava and Ava by Made for Mermaids

 

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Sew Caroline’s Magnolia Shorts

Last week I did a little more pattern testing for Sew Caroline.  Her new Magnolia Shorts pattern is now live and on sale through the end of month.  Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsI made this pair in a very flowy rayon spandex knit I found at Joann’s.  This pattern is designed for flowy fabrics, such as voile, rayon, or guaze.  Something with a great drape. That’s what makes these shorts look more like a skirt!

Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsI wore these to IKEA one day and a friend thought it was a skirt.  She was surprised to learn I was actually wearing shorts.  And since I was wearing shorts I was super comfy! 

Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsThese are a wonderful addition to my mom wardrobe!  I feel put together wearing them, but comfortably so!  I can keep up with the kiddos without worrying about flashing an audience. 

I’m hoping I can find some time to whip up another pair soon! Probably something in a solid color fabric to pair with fun tops.  So if you’re looking for a fun addition to your wardrobe pick up this pattern while it’s on sale!

 

Behind the scenes.  Pumpkin wanted in on the photoshoot, too.

Sew Caroline's Magnolia Shorts