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Sweater Dress

Lately I haven’t been creating many of my own projects… just checking out my favorite blogs for ideas to try. And Ashley at Make It and Love It¬†never fails to inspire me!

I used her tutorial for an Old Sweater into a Short Sleeve Dress. Absolutely adorable! And what a great way to get new life out of a nice sweater that got a hole in the front!

Now that Emily is moving so much more, getting her to stay still for a full length picture of the dress never happened!

Now to thrift stores so I can make Emily more of these!

Emily loves reading her books ūüôā

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New Clothes

I have to admit, I spent my whole maternity leave and most of the summer so far in yoga pants and tank tops. So comfortable, easy to wash when they get baby yuck on them, and comfy (did I already mention that?). In the back of my mind, I heard Stacy and Clinton from What Not To Wear yelling at me. “There are ways to be comfy and stylish!”

Yeah, yeah, I know. So now when I leave the house, I put on real clothes. Poor Logan, who pretty much still only sees me in yoga pants. But I’m trying.

Shortly before Emily was born, I came across a website called Polyvore¬†while wasting time looking on Pinterest. People design outfits and tell where you can buy the individual pieces. I found several “designers” (is that what they would be called?) who put together outfits that I loved. Mostly basic pieces, often in neutrals. And layering in a way that those basic pieces don’t look boring.

So my goal this summer (besides losing the baby weight so I can actually fit into the clothes!) is to piece together the outfits. I have lots of the pieces, so putting it all together is more looking at what I have in a new way. I do have a list clothes I want to buy but want to make as many as possible. Which has meant more searching on Pinterest and blogs I love! It also means that when people ask if I’m making tons of clothes for Emily, I sheepishly have to say no!

Here’s one of the outfits I’ve been putting together:

yellow green
I guess I didn’t realize that putting cardigans and scarves together would look so cute! I should note that I’m not worrying much about the bags or jewelry right now. The jewelry will mostly come from what I already have. And since I pretty much just carry a diaper bag, the bags aren’t too important!
Blue dress with eyelet bottom:  Old Navy last summer
Orange flower cardigan:  New York and Company several summers ago
Striped scarf:  Spring Infinity Scarf by The Cottage Home
Teal and brown bracelet:  Global Gifts
Brown boots:  really need to find a pair! My summer alternative is my Ikat wedges:  Toms from Nordstrom (my birthday present from Logan).

These shoes are cute enough that they need a close-up.

Me in the outfit:
As I put together more outfits, I’ll be sure to post them!

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Boho Maxi Dress

In the last two weeks, I’ve been on of those bloggers who can talk about crafting during nap time. When Emily sleeps during the day, I workout, shower, clean, do laundry, and sew. I’ve really been trying to include sewing during at least one nap, because it makes me feel like I have something to show for what I’m spending my time doing (I’m the only one who notices that the floors are swept!). Besides, I have a long list of things that I want to make for both Emily and myself!

But this post isn’t about my napping schedule…

And yet, quick and easy are the key to making it to my sewing list. So when I found this tutorial from Sweet Verbena for a maxi dress, I was thrilled. I’ve always loved the idea of a maxi dress, but had never gotten one.

from Sweet Verbena

This one definitely fit the bill for quick and easy. Especially since I found knit in a color I liked, which eliminated the dying step.

I hate having pictures of myself taken! Ugh, look at the awkward face. At least the dress is cute!

I followed the tutorial pretty carefully, but there were a few changes I made:
*I used a thicker fabric because that’s the only weight the color I liked came in. Not a good change.
*Because of change 1, I took some of the bulk out of the waist. The thicker fabric gave me more hips than I really needed. I just used a shirt I like the fit of and followed it’s general line.
*I hemmed the neck and arm holes. I just liked the finished look of it.
*I did a 7″ cut for the neckline. Still pretty modest.
*I washed my fabric before I started this project, so I didn’t have the shrinking problem Katy did. I just put a 1 1/2″ hem at the bottom.




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Quick Summer Tank Dress

My sister, Shannon, goes through major creative spells every one in awhile. Recently, she’s been going through her closet to remake some of her clothes, which has meant two afternoons hanging out while she remade shorts, dresses, shirts.

So… she inspired me to look at some of my clothes and see what I could remake to get new life out of. I had this blue tank top and decided to make a cute little summer dress.

What you need:
*tank top
*1 1/2 to 2 yd coordinating fabric

1.  Cut the bottom of your tank top off. Set aside.

2.  Wrap your fabric around your waist about 1 1/2 times. Cut that side if you need to (Mine was just fine so I used the whole 1 1/2 yd for the skirt).

3.  Fold your fabric in half (going the same way that you just were working with) and cut along that fold. You now have a front and back to your skirt.

4.  With the right sides of the fabric together, sew the two side seams.

5. ¬†Set your stitch to the longest length. Sew a basting stitch 1/2″ from the top of your skirt. Don’t backstitch. Based on making mine, I’d suggest starting one basting stitch at one side seam along the front and ending at the other side. Repeat for the back. (See this post from Make It and Love It about creating ruffles for more details on this step. Don’t worry that it says for knits, because the process is the same no matter the type of fabric.)

6.  Pull the top thread to create a ruffle. Do this to both the front and back of your skirt.

7. Pin the right side of the skirt to the right side of the tank top you cut, matching the side seams. I pin on the tank top side so that runs through the top of my machine. I find the ruffles stay more even that way. Use LOTS of pins!

8.  For the belt, cut a strip of fabric to go around your waste and can be tied in the back. The strip should be double the width you want the belt to be.

9.  Fold the belt in half, right sides together. Stitch around three of the sides (two long and one of the short).

10. ¬†Turn it right side out. Fold the open end in and pin. Top stitch around the whole thing. (I messed up with my cutting so I didn’t have enough to comfortably tie the belt behind my back. I attached a piece of velcro instead. Oops.)

Tada! A quick summer tank dress.

That’s me in my classroom ūüôā


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Shift Dress

I subscribe to the Martha Stewart Craft of the Day, and a few weeks ago, this tutorial to repurpose an elastic waist skirt into a cute shift dress. I love how cute the white and black look together. How easy the dress would be to wear. And how easy it would be to make! 

But I couldn’t find a skirt at Goodwill or garage sales (okay, I only went to Goodwill once… I was just too excited to try this out!). I’ve made elastic waist skirts before and decided to combine the two projects to make my own dress.

Since the white with black looked so great, I got those supplies from JoAnns. But then I found this fabric and thought “why not two?”

What you need:
*a front and back panels that are about the size of your waist and as long as you’d like (I chose¬†a thick knit that measured 28″ by 43″)
*3-4 yards thin ribbon

1. Sew the front and back panals together. Start at the bottom and stop¬†9 1/2″ from the top.

2. Measure up 8″. Sew the rest of the way to the top. This makes your arm holes. (From the top of the dress, your seams go: ¬†top to 1 1/2″, no seam for 8″, start again at 9 1/2″, all the way to the bottom.)

3.¬† Since I’m using 1/2″ seams, I pressed the armholes back 1/2″ and sewed it. If you’re not using knit, you’ll want to surge or zig zag the edges so they don’t fraw.

4.¬† At the top, measure down 1/2″ and then another 1/2″.¬† This is the casing for the ribbons along the top. It’s really bulky because of your side seams around the armholes. Stitch along the bottom of the casing you made, doing the front and then the back of the dress. Don’t stitch into the seams for your armholes so you can thread the ribbon through. (When I finished the casing, I did a quick stitch right on the front/back seam so the ribbon would stay better.)

 Making the casing

 Quick stitch on the armholes

5.¬† Hem the bottom of the dress to a length you like. (I measured up 3/4″ and then another 3/4″.)

6.  Thread the ribbon through the front of the dress. Then thread a second ribbon through the back of the dress. Fray check the ends of the ribbons.

7.¬† Scrunch the dress in a way that hangs nicely. I tied a ribbon around the waist, but that’s your choice.


(It is SO hard to be in pictures all by myself!)


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