Back to School Dresses

It’s hard to believe but school has started around here!  My Cupcake is a first grader this year!  She goes to school all day!  She’s loving it so far.  Though I think lunch is her favorite part of the day.  And my Pumpkin headed off to her first day of preschool yesterday!  I can’t even believe it!  Though it should come as no surprise as she is almost 4!  So, in preparation for their big days momma got sewing!  I found the cutest pencil fabric and knew I had to have it for first day of school dresses.  And it was the perfect time to finally try out the Harper Dress from Made for Mermaids.

Made for Mermaids Harper DressI let the girls pick out what color fabric they wanted for the bodice and they both picked pink.  I was kind of hoping one of them would pick a teal blue, but they said pink.  So pink it was!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressCupcake loved how full the skirt was.  She’s not usually a girly girl, but she loves this dress!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressAnd I added a fun pop of color with the buttons.  So cute!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressAnd the twirl factor! Cupcake approved!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressExcuse the seriousness of Pumpkin, but she wasn’t too sure about this school thing.  She was very slow to get moving yesterday morning.  She hid from me when she woke up.  And well, it was raining, so that didn’t help.  But those cheeks!  Those are some kissable cheeks.  Back to the dress.

Made for Mermaids Harper DressThe flutters and the pintucks are such sweet details!  And even though the pintucks take some extra time they are so worth it! 

Made for Mermaids Harper DressPumpkin approves of the twirl factor as well.  And coming from her that means a lot!  She is the twirly dress expert! 

Both girls had great starts to the school year and they both looked adorable! 


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1 Fabric, 3 Ways

So, Cupcake likes dinosaurs.  Like really likes dinosaurs.  Do you need more proof of dinosaur love? I’ve got plenty!  So, when I saw a preorder for this adorable dinosaur fabric I bought way too much!  The great thing about it, though, was that it was white fabric, which opened up lots of possibilities. 

Dinosaur shirtPlease ignore my need for a pedicure.  One of the items I made for her was this cute tank. And then I dip dyed it in the color of her choice.

DInosaur shirtShe thought the effect was pretty cool.  And frankly I thought so, too.

Dinosaur shirtShe also chose the color for her skort.

Dinosaur skortAnd while we were dying the skort purple I added a few pieces of her tank dress.

Dinosaur DressThis one I dyed before sewing it so I could do two colors.  She wanted it two colors.  And I love the way it turned out.

Dinosaur dressThese have been on regular rotation in her summer wardrobe.  Any time they are clean she wears them right away!  The good news is I have plenty more of this fabric, and it’s easy to pick up some fabric dye, so I can make her some new outfits for fall and winter! 

Her Name Was Lola

And now that song will be stuck in your head all day.  You’re welcome.  Happy Monday!!!  How was your weekend?  Ours was fun.  I stopped at a native plant sale to pick up some pretties for the yard, then did a lot of cleaning up of my flowerbeds while the kiddos ran around.  I cut some fabric and I sewed a bit.  And Cupcake had her first soccer game.  The one item I finished sewing was a Lola Top by Violette Field Threads.

Lola Top #sewingI picked up this gorgeous Moda fabric when I was shopping in Amish country earlier this month and I knew it would make an adorable girly outfit for my adorable girly girl.  And I love the result.  The ruffles, the full, gathered skirt, and pink!  Pink isn’t her favorite color (it’s purple) but I just loved this pink!

Lola Top #sewingThis was my first time sewing a Lola, or a Violette Field Threads pattern for that matter!  The pattern was easy to assemble, the instructions were clear, and overall it’s a great pattern.  I had a little trouble with the elastic casing on the back, so I may try to approach that a little differently in the future.  Pumpkin thinks the big bow on the back is fun.

Lola Top #sewingOnce I had the top sewn up I was stumped about what to put underneath.  Leggings maybe?  I looked through my stash and I have a purple knit that is a pretty close match, but like I said, I love this pink. I dug through my patterns (both PDF and paper patterns) and found a basic shorts pattern (old Butterick pattern, no longer in print) that fit on what fabric I had left, so I went with that.  Except I wanted them girly, so instead of a standard hem I made them bubble shorts by sewing a casing and threading elastic through.  And I love the result!!

 Pumpkin was so happy with her new outfit she did a little dance.

Lola Top #sewingShe loves dancing.  I love her!  I foresee a few more Lola Tops in our future.  And I’m going to have to take a closer look a more Violette Field Threads patterns!  I usually prefer to sew with knits, but cuteness like this is making me branch out. 


Friday Fitness: The Heat of July

Happy Friday!!!  I hope you had a great week.  Ours was busy!  And fun.  We spent time with friends, checked off a few items on our summer bucket list and ran the air conditioning more than usual.  It was hot this week!  And I got my sweat on!

Friday – Group Power.  One of our local Y’s is just starting the April release, so it’s the routine I’ve been doing for over 3 months.  This was the class I went to.  I really loaded up my bar and boy did I feel it! It was definitely a workout!!

Saturday – My legs were feeling the effect of the previous day’s heavy lifting.  But I cranked out 6 miles and helped one of my MRTT girls push her pace (10:10 min/mile).  Later that day the whole family headed up to one of our many gorgeous parks and went for a nature walk.

hikeWe hiked 2.25 miles then let the girls play on the natural playscape and go creeking.  It was a lot of fun!

Sunday I took a much needed rest.

Monday – Group Power.  The first day of the July release (for me).  It was a new routine so weights were a bit of a guessing game.  I think I’m going to like this new routine!

Tuesday – Cupcake had an appointment, so I dropped her off and took Pumpkin for a ride.  In the hot sun.  Not a cloud in the sky.  It was a tough 3 miles, especially pushing that stroller up some hills!  (10:02 min/mile)  On tired legs from the previous day’s workout.


Wednesday – CSI (cardio, strength, intervals).  So. Much. Plyo.  There was a whole lot of jumping going on.  And after jumping we worked legs.  My legs got no rest!  And then I ran 3 miles on the trail. 

20160713_185557_1468543185471_resizedThursday – I started out on the treadmill and only made it 1 mile (9:37 min/mile) due to some ankle pain.  So I hit the weights instead.  Luckily I got my 40 minutes of strength training in before the weightroom was overtaken by a dozen baseball players. 

It was a good week.  I’m feeling stronger and even though I ran slower than usual I think it was needed.  I’m not training for anything right now, so I’m just running for the love of running. 

Twinsies for the Fourth

Every year we have a family reunion around the 4th of July.  And I usually like to dress the girls in matching outfits.  Last year I made them adorable “twirly” dresses.  They were a quick sew from adorable knit.  This year I wasn’t on my game.  I had no plans to sew them outfits.  I suppose they could have just worn their matching watermelon dress from H&M, but I got a crazy idea the day before we left town.  I needed to make them matching outfits! 

Open Back Top and Potato Chip ShortsTie Dye Diva released the Open Back Top and Potato Chip shorts earlier in the week and I’d been on the fence about getting them because I usually prefer to sew with knits.  But I just thought they were so cute!  But I didn’t have any fabric so……

I went to Joann hoping to find the elusive berry fabric, but alas my store never has it in stock.  But I did find this adorable floral and some tiny red and white polka dot fabric.  I picked up the required yardage, ran home and threw it in the wash.  Then purchased and printed the patterns.  While the fabric was drying I assembled and traced the sizes I needed and did a bit of packing. 

Open Back Top and Potato Chip ShortsI got the fabric cut before dinner and started sewing after the girls went to bed.  And 48 minutes after my usual bedtime I had two Open Back Tops and two Potato Chip Shorts.  And hadn’t packed my own bag for the week long trip. 

Open Back Top and Potato Chip ShortsThe tops sewed up very quick, especially since I used a snap press instead of a button closure for the back.  The shorts took a tad bit longer with having to finish the raw edges, create faux pockets and real pockets and finish the waistband.  The waistband gave me a little trouble, but I think it’s because it’s the second to last step and I was nearing the end of my sewing marathon!

These were the first patterns I’ve ever sewn up from Tie Dye Diva so I was a little nervous about sizing, but once I put them on the girls on reunion day I was smitten!  They turned out better than I’d hoped and the girls looked adorable.  And they were comfortable, too.  They played, ran, ate, and had a ton of fun at the reunion.  (and Pumpkin didn’t even complain that it wasn’t a skirt or dress!)