Sewing Up A Storm

*All professional photos in this post were taken by the very talented Brandi Hoffman Photography.

I haven’t been sewing up a storm, per say, but I have been busy sewing. And now that it is the Christmas season my sewing list just got longer. I did manage, however, to sew a dress for the Doll Face for our family pictures.  The last family pictures we had done where when I was pregnant with her, so it was long over due. I really wanted to make something special for all the kids, but time was not my friend and Doll Face was in desperate need of a wintery dress so she won out.

Earlier this summer Violette Field Threads released the Matilda Dress and the Rosemary Pinafore and I knew immediately that I needed to make one for Doll Face. It is not in my usual style of dress, but there was something vintage about it that I absolutely loved!

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I thought I was going to make a mustard yellow polka dot dress with a navy blue pinafore but found this gray damask in my stash and knew that was it. It took me forever to decide on the lace trim though. Should I add it, should I not. I couldn’t decide. I had never sewn with it before and I had a hard time visualizing it with the damask, but once I bit the bullet and bought the whole spool (yikes!) I knew there was no turning back.  The directions for both the dress and the pinafore were easy to follow and I adore how it turned out. And I’m happy to say that I am not as afraid of lace as I had been.

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Here is our whole family, including the Honey Bear. Don’t ask how we managed to get everyone looking at the camera because it was no easy task, especially with those hay bales temping my little dare devils. The top I’m wearing is the Parisian Top by Go To Patterns. I made it last winter and it has become a quick favorite. I used a thick knit I found at Hancock’s so it is nice and warm. I’m not a huge fan of 3/4 length sleeves, and I don’t know why I made this top knowing this was the sleeve length, but I really like the way this looks on me. I may just start wearing more 3/4 length sleeves.

Currently, I am making lots of angel and shepherd costumes for our kids program at church, then it is back to my Christmas sewing and a coat for our oldest, Buddy Bear. If I manage to get all my Christmas sewing done in a reasonable time, I will be sharing a tutorial for this fox dress I made early this fall. If not, be on the look out before the new year!

Foxy Dress

Until then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mama Bear

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It’s That Time Of Year

What happened to fall?! It has been in the low 70’s this week and it is not helping me get into the Christmas spirit.  We did put the tree up the other day. Last year we started a new tradition of letting the kids decorate the tree. I bought some plastic ball ornaments and tied some ribbon to them for hanging. So when it came to decorating, I just dumped them on the floor and let the kids at it. No hooks to loose or worry about. Since they can’t reach that high, most all of the ornaments are hung low on the tree. We do put some fragile ornaments on the tree way out of reach, but we haven’t pulled that box out of the attic yet. (If you didn’t read fragile like fra-gee-ley, then you need to go watch A Christmas Story a few hundred times more). We also add anything they make at school.

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I also wanted to do something a little more interactive for advent. In the past I would find a chocolate advent calendar for each kid. Each day they would open a window and behind would be a piece of chocolate they would pop out and eat. That was it. So I went to Pinterest (shock!) and found several really cute advent calendars and settled on two. The first one is focused on the story of Christmas with bible verses. Every evening, one of us reads all the cards up to that day. So today, we read days 1-4. Then I tape them to the fridge so that when we are done it will be a tree shape. (This is huge for me. I hate things on my fridge.) The second one is just for fun, but I like the look of it much more. I painted a magnetic chalk board on a narrow wall a few years ago and knew this would be the perfect spot for this calendar. After I printed everything out and assembled the pieces, I taped some craft twine to the wall and tied each ornament to the string. In between the rows I had just enough space to write a bible verse.

Advent Joke Calendar

Now my focus is turning to sewing. Doll Face and I made a trip to the fabric store the other day. I love fabric shopping. There are so many pretty fabrics and I would love to have them all, but alas, my budget says no. I’m not sure who enjoyed the trip more, me or her. At least she figured out how the umbrella works.

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Merry Christmas y’all!

Mama Bear