February Plans: Part Two

I shared my selfish sewing plans for the UFO retreat I’m attending, and now here are my unselfish sewing plans (minus a few which are surprises).

Speaking of UFOs:  today’s the last day to vote in the PR UFO contest.  I would be over the moon if you’d consider voting for my Christmas Quilt!

UFO Contest 2017

And now for the rest of my sewing plans…first up, what I plan to make for my sweet boy:  CHEEKS!  He’s good clothing-wise for the rest of winter and Wisconsin spring (which is all of like 3 weeks long), but needs some more stuff for Summer.

Here are my planned makes!  Links to fabric included, if they are still available.

Brindille & Twig 023: Cuff Shorts



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Robe of Infinite Cuteness

We keep our house pretty cold in the Winter, because we’re cheap asses.  Around 65 while we’re awake, and 59 while we’re sleeping.  But at times 65 still feels chilly, and poor Cheeks’s hands get pretty cold sometimes.  We had been putting sweatshirts on him…

Then I saw Simplicity 8224 and it was decided:  he needs a robe.

Simplicity 8224

I think that we can all agree that animal ears automatically make baby and toddler clothes cuter.  Yes?  YES!

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…If I Only Had a Heart


*tap tap*

Is this thing on?

OH!  Hi; long time no see.  Since I last wrote, Summer has turned to Autumn and the trees in our yard are almost bare.  I’ve also sewn up at least six garments that I have yet to photograph or write about.

The problem with that is I begin to forget the tweaks and fitting changes, but if I get around to blogging them, I’ll do my best to recall.  I really should just start keeping a notebook to document fitting.

Alas, I could wax about these things for a whole post, but that’s not the point, my friend…

It’s HALLOWEEN!  Happy All Hallows Eve to you all!

Last year, Mr. Cheeks was a monkey.  I bought the costume from Costco because I was an exhausted new mom.  THIS YEAR Cheeks is…drumroll…

Simplicity 4024

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Wedding Wednesday: The Flower Girl

It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means:  wedding DIY!  If you don’t like this series, don’t worry, there are only two more left.  ;)

All of the photos in this post were taken by our wonderful professional photographers, Chrystal + Lucas Photography, with the exception of the second to last one, which was taken by my sister.

Before I launch into it, I just wanted to thank you guys for all of your very sweet comments on my BurdaStyle skirt that I made for the Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee.  When I found out on Sunday that I wasn’t chosen to advance to round 2, I was very disappointed and a little POed (Now feeling a bit sheepish for this, but I really thought my skirt was at least good enough to be in the top 56).  But, that boil has relaxed into a simmer and the only thing bothering me now is that I will never know what the judges thought was wrong with it.  Soon that shall pass as well.

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OK, back to the weddingness of it all.

When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I really wanted my niece and nephew to be flower girl and ring bearer.  I also knew that could be tricky, since my niece would only be 2 (and change) on our wedding day.  My sister warned me that kids don’t always do what you want them to…  That’s part of the charm of having them in your wedding!  Riiiiight?

I also decided early on into our engagement that I would not be making my wedding gown, because I would just stress myself out too much.  Turned out that was an A-OK decision because I found the perfect dress at the local bridal salon.

So, in lieu of making MY dress, I decided I must make the flower girl’s and it had to be totally poofy cupcake city.

In steps Vogue 7819, AKA the fanciest dress I may ever make.

Vogue 7819

This dress has six, count ’em, SIX layers of skirt.  I picked up all of the fabric from JoAnn, so I could color match in person, and ordered the waistline trim from Fabric Mart.  Here are the layers from the outside in:

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