4.22.2014

Easter Family Outfits

We snagged this picture before my husband had to leave early for church meetings. He has to wear a suit so that's why he isn't exactly matching. We were in a rush so that's why some of us aren't wearing shoes.
Outfits Details
Kevin- shirt: hand-me-down, pants: made by me, sandals: Walmart
Heather- shirt: made by me, skirt: made by me, shoes: hand-me-down
Henry- shirt: made by me, vest: made by me, pants: made by me, shoes: thrifted
Claire- cardigan: made by be, dress: made by me, tights: gifted, shoes: hand-me-down
Claire doesn't run away so here's a close-up of her!
Heather

4.21.2014

Lua Sleep Sack Review

I had the wonderful chance to test the newly released Lua Sleep Sack by An from StraightGrain. (An also has an adorable baby with oodles of hair!) She had the great idea to make a sleep slack that opened on the side instead of on the front. This idea is great for kids that like to sleep on their tummy. Claire is still too little to sleep on her tummy, but if she's anything like Henry when she's able to roll it might become a regular thing.
I made the smallest size, 0-6 mos, for Claire. We still swaddle her right now, but we'll stop in a couple of weeks and use this sleep sack instead. Then it won't be so big on her either! Since summer is beginning, I chose to put a cotton flannel in the sleep sack instead of wool batting so it wouldn't be too hot.
I really enjoyed sewing up this pattern. An is so thorough in her work and makes really good patterns and instructions. It was easy to understand and sew, and it comes together quickly. She makes putting in an invisible zipper really easy. I actually love putting in invisible zippers, but An's technique was a great refresher since I haven't done it for awhile.
I chose fabric with a simple pattern for the sleep sack. I wanted something I liked (because I will be looking at it often) and that would work for a boy or a girl so that I could use it for future children. I also omitted the piping and piecing on the front to get clean lines.
I almost chose giant matching turquoise buttons, but luckily I got help on instagram and chose the fun, red buttons instead. I love the pop of color! I also chose a dark fabric for the lining to help hide any stains that might happen.
Look at those eyes!
This sleep sack is smart and the curved piecing is beautiful. I feel so lucky that I was able to test it! The pattern goes up to size 2, so I'll be able to make more as Claire grows. I can't wait to try the other style!
Check out the other gorgeous sleep sacks that everyone else made!
Heather

4.17.2014

Easter Outfits

One of my goals this year was to make Easter outfits for the family. Now before you think I'm wonder woman because I did make them with a newborn baby, I will be honest and say that I made Claire's outfit before she was born and Henry's pants were halfway finished when she came. Also, I apologize that no children are wearing these clothes; they can only handle so much modeling. I will get some good pictures on Sunday though and share them!
I used some pretty white and yellow fabric for Claire's dress. I used Rae's free Little Geranium Dress Pattern and I love it. (I think I'll buy the Geranium Dress Pattern and if you know me, I never buy patterns.) I made a basic gray cardigan in case it's cold. It brings gray in to match Henry's outfit.
I added a lace trim to the waist and the top of the pockets.  
Henry will be wearing striped pants and matching vest with his chambray tunic and tie. The tie is from the same fabric as Claire's dress! 
For Henry's vest I altered the Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern. I just added one flap for a faux pocket. 
I really love the yellow tie with his outfit! I'm hoping to make a basic pencil skirt for myself from the same white and yellow fabric for Easter Sunday. My husband has the matching pants, but he wears a suit to church so he's kind of the odd one out.
Henry's outfit looks really similar to his Easter outfit I made him last year. He looks so little in those pictures!
Heather

4.16.2014

Summer Dress Shirts

I was able to test the Mulberry Tunic Pattern which was designed by Olga from Kid Approved for Willow & Co. The Willow & Co Pattern line will be released next week on April 22nd. Let me just say, I loved sewing up this pattern. There are lots of variations and fun details. I made two and added collars to them so these will be Henry's summer dress shirts. 
The first one I made one I used some pretty blue gingham. It turned out so cute, and he looks so dapper! I also made some bright yellow shorts and a chambray bow tie for this adorable outfit.
I love this little outfit, and he will probably wear it to his daddy's graduation in a couple of weeks. I'll probably make some suspenders to help keep his shirt tucked in!
These yellow shorts are so fun! I used Titchy Threads free 2T Small Fry Skinny jeans pattern.
I had a really hard time getting him to sit still for pictures; he wanted to leave so he could play with this girly.
I loved the tunic so much that I made another one. This one I used a pretty chambray that was on sale at Joann's. This shirt will be apart of Henry's Easter outfit which I'll show you tomorrow!
I had fun playing with both sides of the chambray fabric for a subtle colorblocked look. 
And he's off! 
Heather

4.15.2014

Daddy and Son Matching Pants

One of my goals this year was to make the family Easter outfits. I had some beautiful gray and white striped twill fabric that I decided to make matching pants for my husband and Henry. I actually had Henry's pants cut out and half finished before Claire was born, and I cut out my husband's pants a couple hours before my water broke. (I definitely think crawling around on the ground cutting out fabric made my water break.)
Henry is SO excited about having pants that look just like daddy's. He calls them his matching pants.
For Henry's pants I used the free 2T Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern by Titchy Threads. They still fit him well with some room to grow even though they are a size 2T. This pattern is so great and detailed. I love the way the pants turn out every time. I've used this pattern a lot and am in the process of making Henry some yellow shorts!
For my husband's pants I used the Jedediah Pants Pattern from Thread Theory. I got the PDF pattern on sale last winter. It's one of the only patterns I've actually purchased. I wanted a good men's pants pattern to make, so I would be sure to get a good result.
My husband had to keep watching for Henry because he was up to this behind my back.
Well, I loved using this pattern and love the pants I made for my husband. They look so good, and I worked really hard to make them look professional. This is probably the only item I've made that I actually brag about! My husband really likes them except we've decided their hard to wear because the style is casual, but the fabric is a little more formal. I guess that means I'll have to make an awesome shirt to go with it!
I love these two boys! 
Heather
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