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Lily October 20, 2009 015

I finally finished the hoodie I have been working on in my sewing class and it fits Chris perfectly! I used McCall #M5991 and did the jacket in view F. This turned out better than I could have expected. It was super basic with very easy to follow instructions.

This was a fun pattern because it has a hood, separating zipper, pockets, and small pockets on the sleeves. Real pockets and a hood were new to me but the instructions were so good I didn’t have any problems. This is definitely a pattern any beginner could complete with good results. The jacket sews together in so few pieces that it works up really fast and fleece is so forgiving that even if my stitches weren’t completely straight it isn’t noticeable. I will definitely be using this pattern again to make a hoodie for myself!

Horray, I finally completed something wearable for an adult!!!!!! And doesn’t Chris look excited?? ha ha ha!!!


Lily outside

This dress is one of the reasons I wanted to learn to sew. I found a dress made from this fabric on Etsy a few months ago and HAD to have it for Lily. It was $26.50, which isn’t expensive, but I kept thinking if only I could learn to sew I could make the dress myself for less. Well, ta-dah, I did!!!!



I paid $7.99 + $2.50 shipping  for the fabric (and have quite a bit leftover to use for fun appliques or maybe even a rockin ruffle on another dress), McCall #5916 on sale for 99 cents, used a 40% off coupon and bought the zipper for 90 cents at Hobby Lobby, and found some thread on sale at Hancocks for $1.00.  Total cost = $13.38.

I couldn’t be happier!!

hospital wagon ride

 Trying to take a picture of an active baby isn’t very easy!! I made this skirt as part of One Crafty Mumma’s Sew Along!! The pattern was from Oliver + s. This was a very basic, very easy, very simple, and very FREE skirt pattern. Fun fun! Thanks Mel, for starting this Sew Along. This skirt is so simple and so cute that I know I will use this pattern again!

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I made this adorable dress for Lily from Lil Blue Boo’s Paper Doll Dress Pattern.  As soon as she posted the pattern I just knew I HAD TO HAVE IT! It is  fall in Colorado and warmer dresses are a must. The girl can only wear so much corduroy so it is great to have something a little different. The dress looks great with tights and a long sleeved onesie, but would look just as cute with bare legs and a short sleeved shirt.

The dress was super easy to make and I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. It was simple to follow with excellent color pictures and descriptive instructions. There are a lot of ideas to customize the dress too, which is great. I chose to do the baggy pockets and extended the shoulder straps so they would hang down a little longer in the front. Everything about this dress screams “Lily”!!

Isn’t it cute how the straps cross in the back?


Lily wore this dress on Sunday when we still had company in and out of the house for her birthday. Everyone was shocked that I had made this dress because it looks so professional. Remember, I’ve only been sewing for a couple months, so if I can pull off a dress that looks this good I’m pretty sure anybody can!!! I will be using this pattern again and again.

 Now I’m looking for a cute, long sleeved dress pattern for an infant. Lily is wearing 6-12 month clothes still and it seems most of the patterns for long sleeved dresses are for toddlers. Yes, I could modify a bigger pattern for her, but I’d rather not! I found this adorable fabric on Etsy and really want to make a cute, long sleeved cotton dress. Any ideas???


 happy birthday car

Lily’s birthday and party were great. She had a wonderful time on her birthday at the Butterfly Pavilion. The little girl who babbles non-stop was speechless at the sight of so many butterflies! Today she had a blast at her party. She opened her presents, entertained her guests, and ate cake for the first time! I had a first too, I made Lily’s cake and have never decorated a cake before. It wasn’t perfect but it looked pretty good and I am really proud of it!

cakes (1)I bought a #1 cake pan from Hobby Lobby a Wilton cake decorator set. Both contained instructions on decorating a cake and a delicious butter cream frosting recipe. Considering I had never used bags and tips for frosting I was impressed how basic and easy to follow the Wilton directions were. The cake looked exactly how I had hoped and I had so much fun, I am considering taking a Wilton decorating class in the future!


Happy Birthday baby girl. I can’t believe you are already one year old. I am so proud to be your mommy.

happy birthday family

This is a great idea for a Sew Along with a FREE pattern! Mel over at One Crafty Mumma posted a Sew Along for a little skirt using this adorable Oliver + S pattern for a Lazy Days Skirt. Click here to go straight to Mel’s Sew Along Post and sign up.

My plan is to make a Halloween themed skirt for Lily. The pattern looks beyond easy and it is just adorable!

Lily turns one on Friday. I still can’t belive my little bug is already one year old. This weekend I sewed up a few outfits in celebration of her birthday!  She doesn’t like modeling her clothes so daddy helped hold her still! Everything I made this weekend is  from Simplicity #3582. I bought this pattern on sale at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents and it has so many variations and has really simple, descriptive instructions.


I got the idea for this outfit from a post on Lil Blue Boo’s site. These pants are what caused me so much ruffle drama earlier in the week. Once I sat down with a clear, well rested head the ruffles were a piece of cake! The owl appliques are cut from some Robert Kaufman “On a Whim” fabric and the shirt is a plain white t-shirt from Dharma Trading Company. I did the same applique on the pants and shirt, but added a circle of corduroy on the shirt so it would be larger. It turned out great! This is definitely my favorite outfit I have made Lily.


This outfit is my husband’s favorite. This is an adorable little vest and pants I made from some seersucker and lined the vest with laundered cotton. The vest pattern was super easy and looks just adorable. I think Lily looks like a little beatnik in it 🙂

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These pants fit Lily perfectly right now but I cut out ruffles to add some length as she grows a little taller. The shirt applique is traced from a heart cookie cutter.

Finally, I made this long sleeved, jersey shirt. I LOVE this shirt. long sleevesI’m a big fan of layering and this honestly looks like something I would wear myself! I have a bunch of old punk rock t-shirts from when I was a kid and I plan to use this pattern to re-use the old shirts. I think I would just melt if I saw my little bug in an Operation Ivy t-shirt!





I am hoping to finish a little pair of overalls before her birthday, but with company arriving this week I will be pretty busy.  BUT…I do have another project I’ve been working on in my sewing class which I am hoping to finish this week! It is the first time I’ve made anything wearable for an adult (other than my apron) so I’m pretty excited to show it off!