Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Round Neck Top/Dress Pattern Review



I have had this lovely Heather Ross Mendocino fabric for about a year now and I always new exactly what pattern I wanted to use with it.  The Round Neck Top/Dress from That Darn Kat at You Can Make This.  Well, I finally got around to doing it. 


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I really love how they turned out.

This pattern was very clear and had plenty of photos.  I found it easy to follow.  I would say that it would be a great pattern for an advanced beginner to an intermediate sewer.  It involves, gathering, topstitching and sewing a button hole.  This would be a great pattern to try out some French Seams on the side seams of the dress.

I did have a little bit of a mishap when cutting out my pattern.  One of the photos in the tutorial is a mirror image of what the pattern piece actually looks like and like a ding-dong, I looked at the photo and didn’t pay attention to the actual pattern piece.  Luckily I was able to fix the problem and not waste too much fabric.



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The finished dresses are very comfy on my girls and I think that the style is very versatile.  It can be worn in the summer as is and is roomy enough to be worn with a long sleeve shirt underneath in the winter.

Great news, That Darn Kat now offers this pattern in sizes 2-7  and 8  -14!  Yippee!


Now get going and sew up a few! :)


Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Captain America Shirts and Happy 4th?

A week and a half later I am finally getting around to posting pictures from our 4th of July weekend!  Are any of you finding it difficult to blog in the summer?   I feel like I am trying to keep the kiddos busy and outside this summer and can sometimes find time to sew at night.  However, finding any extra time to blog about what I might be sewing or crafting seems next to impossible.  I’ve decided not to stress about it.  This is supposed to be fun right?  I’ll post as often as I can and get back to more regular blogging when the girls start kindergarten in the fall.  Sniff Sniff.




We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  I’ll post more pictures tomorrow of all that we did.  Today, I just wanted to share with you these cute Captain America shirts that I made for the boys. 

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The idea came from Cheri at I am Momma Hear Me Roar!  Go on over and check out the full tutorial HERE.

They were really simple.  I liked that they were perfect for the holiday but could still be worn the rest of the summer.



Apparently they are “cool’ too because my 9 year old nephew asked for one!  I was so excited to finally have something that I could make for him.



You may remember from my Memorial Day post HERE that I made these madras shorts for my boys too.  Well I had planned on the girls wearing their matching skirts. 




Then we remembered that one of their dance costumes from this year would be perfect.



I think that you can only pull this look off if you are five.  They were a big hit and the girls were so happy with all of the compliments they got.




Here is the view from the back.

Happy Sewing!




P.S.  My boys thought that it was pretty awesome that candy was just being thrown at them during the parade!




I  love this picture of his little hand holding on to his lollipop for dear life!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Favorites: Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I would have to assume that most of you already know Dana from MADE.  She is kind of amazing!  If you are one of the few who haven’t visited her blog, you need to go right now!  It is full of wonderful sewing and crafting tutorials.  Well as if that wasn’t enough, Dana also has some pretty yummy recipes on her blog as well.  See my post HERE about her Pumpkin French Toast.



A few weeks ago, I tried her Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  As Rachel Ray would say, “YUMMO!”  Seriously, I don’t think I can express to you how very good these are.  One of my two year old boys is sitting with me while I write this and he just saw the pictures and said, “Cookies!  Yumm Yumm!”    



What’s even better than rows and rows of yummy cookies?



How about enough dough left over to make six logs to put in the freezer for later?  This could be dangerous!

If you would like to try these too, please click HERE for the recipe.

Happy Baking!


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