Life Lately

It’s nearing the end of August! We have a busy few weeks coming up.  Aaron’s band has a bunch of shows and then Sam starts preschool and then we’re having a joint birthday party for the boys.  The party is going to be farm themed because they boys love tractors.  I have grand pinteresty plans so we’ll see how that plays out.

I’ve made a couple things on the sewing machine lately.  My sewing room is a huge mess.  I need to come up with a pattern organization system because my current system involves throwing them in piles all over the floor.  And my sewing room is a spacious 8×10.

I feel redundant posting pictures of the things I’ve made lately because I think a lot of people that read this blog also follow me on Instagram and I’ve already posted pics there.  If you don’t follow me on instagram, you can! I’m pam_foxandcotton.  I’ve really been into the Instagram “stories” lately.  I just wish more people would post them because I like watching them.  I’ve also read that some people don’t have Stories on Instagram yet.  Is this true?

Here are some pics of lately:

We took the T to the Pirate’s game a few weeks ago.  It was fun! and HOT.  We stayed through the 7th inning and Tucker completely skipped his nap that day.

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We took away Tucker’s pacifier.  We started talking about taking it away around his second birthday which is the end of September.  And then one day Aaron was putting him to bed and Tucker didn’t ask for one so Aaron didn’t give him one…and that was the end of that.  It was way easier than I expected.

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I tried to take a picture of the boys with balloons for their birthday party invitation but they all pretty much turned out like the ones below. fail.

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I’m going to a baby shower this weekend and I’m making the cupcakes.  I made little fondant toppers for them which kind of made me want to make decorated cookies again.  Not enough to actually do it, but I thought about it for a minute.

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I made these little baby pants using this free pattern.  They are really quick and use the tiniest amount of fabric.  I did the whole thing on my serger.  No top stitching or pinning required.

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Now I hear Tucker waking up from his nap early… gooooo back to sleep

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Wednesday

The boys are at mother’s day out this morning!  I saw two mothers singing “Freedom, 3 hours of freedom” in the parking lot after drop off.

I sewed these two little hats over the weekend.  I used this free tutorial from Make It Love It.  It is e.a.s.y. and requires very little fabric. Plus just one pattern piece.  I’m getting sick of taping together patterns.  Especially since Sam finds and uses all of my tape all the time. (The only photo I had of them was from my Instagram)

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I also sewed this little pillowcase dress over the last couple of days. I kind of want to make another because I still have more of that pretty, green fabric.  My favorite thing about that dress is the pink bias tape.

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My phone almost died last weekend.  I ended up having to do a factory reset.  According to Verizon, it’s because I had 6,000 pictures on my phone.  Luckily, I did not lose them. What am I going to do with 6,000 pictures?

Yesterday, I massacred the hedges.  I don’t like these hedges.  They have spikes.  Who plants hedges that have spikes?  So after I trimmed them, I couldn’t pick up the clippings because they were stabbing me through my gloves.

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I watched the Game of Thrones finale on Sunday.  omg.  That show is crazy.  I told Aaron I think it’s the best show I’ve ever seen.  He’s never watched it.  Is another book coming out soon?  I’ll be curious to see how it differs from the show.

I’m wearing my homemade tank today.  This is right now.imag0089_27945547236_o

Alright, 2 more hours until I have to pick up the kids. 🙂

Toddler Dress with Buttons

imag8891_24211483093_oI pinned this little free dress pattern to my sewing pinterest board a long time ago and finally got around to making it.  To be honest, if my serger wasn’t STILL in the shop, I probably wouldn’t have made this.  But it’s a pattern you don’t really need a serger for.  Just a zig zag stitch.

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It’s only three pattern pieces and doesn’t take much fabric at all.  I just had this fabric on hand from other projects.

The bodice is lined but the skirt is not.  I actually want to make this in my size but figured I should follow the pattern first and then attempt to make an adult size pattern.  I managed to cut and get most of the dress finished during Tucker’s nap.  

Also, the seam allowance is in metric.  And I hemmed the skirt too much because I was being lazy, so maybe it’s on the shorter side for a 2/3T.

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This pattern was fairly easy but it involves a placket and I had no idea what that was… Rather than spending the time googling, I just kind of guessed, so the back is a little messed up.  It works though. (You can see how the placket is a little uneven/bunched in the picture above.)

For the back, I cut buttons off of one of Aaron’s old shirts because it’s what I had on hand.  If I make it again, I’ll probably buy some buttons that are a little bigger and contrast more. And you know, they’d match, whereas these ones don’t. Also, I broke three buttons sewing them!  I refused to hand sew them so I used my machine.  It’s a miracle I didn’t break any needles.

Also, sewing button holes is oddly satisfying.

imag8889_24470701419_oI sent the dress to the daughter of a friend from high school.  She is adorable!

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I think, if I attempt to make this in an adult size, I’m going to have to mess with the bust and lower the waist a little.  Plus I think I’ll shorten the sleeves.  I like the cap sleeves but I would like them to be a little less capped.  No clue if I could actually manage this!