Monday, August 14, 2017

9 years...

It's been 9 years since M joined our family! 
This past year held answers and challenges...
We always knew M was different...she always had different things that would calm her...
Things that would make her scream...
This year we got our answer - M's Autistic.
Knowing this we quickly got her help where we could and continue to let her know she's supported by us no matter what!
I drafted a pattern for her pants so she could be comfortable...


 or her birthday this year A came to visit us, we had a princess pinata, hot dogs, pool time, and time in the sandbox! M was quite happy and enjoyed her day...sad B couldnt come though...
The 1 thing M has enjoyed since we got her into it in Kindergarten was dance! She loves to dance...to watch her on the dance floor is to see a side of her you don't see elsewhere...she truly comes alive...becomes 1 with the music, and enjoys it...dances her heart out and asks for more...
last year we gave her the gift of Dance Camp for her birthday...this year she asked if she could go again, little did she know, Mommy already had her signed up...
This year the coaches were amazingly supportive and understanding with M...it made for a truly great experience for M!
I made her her pins, she shared those pins with as many girls as she could...loving every second of it...she made friends...she enjoyed herself...she's asked to go again next year - you bet! I can't wait to see how she will grow in her dance classes this year - she's a 2nd grader now! she's part of Wee Dance group...no longer a Wee Petite...She's growing up.

Requests and a Challenge...

When M was 6months old a friend's daughter gave her a pink and white little bear...
Over the years this bear has become known as "Baby Bear"
Baby Bear goes just about everywhere with M...
She is a treasure much like M's blanky
One day M comes to me "Mommy Baby Bear wants clothes too"
so I take measurements of Baby Bear...and let me tell you there is NO patterns out there for a bear of this size and proportions...
So I got busy...I had recently drafted a pattern from M's pants I got this!
LOL the pants were the hardest for Baby Bear! But I did it!
Baby Bear's order was 3 pairs of socks, 1 pants, 1 shorts, 1 dress, 1 short sleeve shirt, and 1 long sleeve shirt - above she is pictured with her socks...
 Short Sleeve shirt
 dress
 shorts
 pants
long sleeved shirt


and yes I kept those patterns...I suspect Baby Bear will come asking for more lol

A Sewing Mama...

I really enjoy being able to sew clothes...it's a relaxing thing I can do when I just need to relax ;)
This is all stuff I'e made for ME!
I seen this panel and I had to have it! I love it! DBD WRCT complete with pocket and howl! soooo comfy! I think I need more ;)
SUAT Brazi, tunic length

The following are all TWT Gazelle 
 This print...when I was younger I learned to make paper airplanes from both my Grandpa and my Daddy. Me and Grandpa use to fly them all the time in the house...when I seen this print it brought back any memories of my Grandpa on cold winter nights making paper airplanes with me to fly around in the house...he always told me to never settle for anything, to reach for my dreams and fly amongst the stars doing whatever I wanted in life...I have achieved what I wanted in life, as Grandpa would say I have found my stars to soar amongst...
 Vintage Sewing Machines! Cotton Lycra
 this is French Terry Stained Glass Lace
Cotton Lycra 
 Cotton Lycra
 Double Brushed Poly
 Double Brushed Poly
Double Brushed Poly

And then...I got creative..
I had tested SUAT Arial Leggings...and I LOVED the leg warmers option! but alas I no longer fit into little girl sizes so...I hacked the Gazelle! I may need to make more of these ;)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stitch Upon a Time Ariel Leggings


Once again I'm here after having tested a pattern. This time it was different...I started testing on a friends baby and ended testing on Miss S. I got to sew tiny clothes! I haven't done that since J was a baby! 
For this test I started out sewing up 3m pants for a little boy, he ended up set on the pants for winter lol. 
SUAT Ariel Leggings come with a number of options so possibilities are endless and if you got a picky one like Miss S their pickiness will be well satisfied! LOL


Let's start with plain ol' leggings. This specific pair is done in a size 3m. Plain, straight forward...not much more to say on it...


By adding a cut line and an accent we now have Leg Warmers! These are seriously the cutest little pants! I mean, this gives the pattern itself a unique twist...I like patterns that aren't the same as 500 others out there...so definitely a bonus here in my book! 


Take those leg warmers and add a single tiered skirt and it's a whole new pair of pants! 
Miss S had been asking for "flag pants" in her description this was to be a pair of pants that are Red, White, and Blue...I hadn't been able to find the perfect pattern to meet these special requirements...until a couple days ago now she has her flag pants!


 Add Mermaid Fins and it's another whole new pair! These Miss S loved. She said she was like Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
When you take the Single Tiered skirt and add the Mermaid Fins you get "Queen of Skirts Pants" as Miss S has stated. 
That Single Tiered Skirt with Bow Cuffs makes a "Minnie Mouse Pants" 
 Miss S REALLY is loving the bow cuff! She's a HUGE Minnie Mouse fan so naturally bows are her thing.



Above is the different versions from the pattern minus the double tiered skirt *pictured below with a modification to the original pattern*
I really enjoyed testing this pattern! I look forward to making my girls more leggings! I also have a few pair in mind for my nieces who will enjoy them also!

To get a copy of the pattern for yourself head over to SUAT Ariel Leggings and pick up a copy!  
Use code SummerFun for 25% off the ENTIRE site! *Good til 8/5/17*

Modified versions:

Double Tiered Skirt + Capri length 
*this pair is slightly modified from the pattern by cutting the Capris 2" shorter and attaching the Bow Cuffs*

 *This pair is slightly modified by doubling the width of the cuffs for some added length for a growing baby*
*this pair is slightly modified by cutting the bow cuff tie a little longer added a different accent to the cuff*