The Cool Kids

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Run, Forrest!

I was staring out my kitchen window this morning, when I saw an old friend running by. She was as in shape as any normal Olympic athlete you might see every four years. Ageless, tan, bouncy hair, perky...ahem...let's just say there was not an ounce of fat to be witnessed on her. (Trust me, I tried.)

I watched her run down the rest of our street (like the stalker that I am) and looked down at my own soft belly sticking out over my pajama bottoms. I scanned my yoga mat in the corner and then the clock to see what kind of time I had left before all the kids would be up. Twenty minutes.

Twenty beautiful minutes...what to do, what to do? Then it came to me. I was on it.

In case you're wondering, Circus peanuts taste divine on top of Captain Crunch.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sew What?

Hello friends.

Well, the sewing-of-the-bags has slowed down a bit. You know how much I enjoy all of it. I'm just trying to get motivated again. In case you didn't know, it's been hot as a campfire frying pan outside!

I'm not complaining. The sunny skies have been gorgeous. The (little) rain we've received has been very welcome and to be honest,  I haven't killed all of my outdoor plants. Yet. Score!

One of the real reasons I haven't been hooked to my sewing machine: My kids are home for the summer and I have truly enjoyed having them around. They've been both helpful and hilarious.  Even though I go to bed most nights thoroughly exhausted, I know that during the day, we were all present together. I don't want to take that for granted..

I have had some custom bag orders in the last few months that have been a lot of fun to create.  Working with each customer has been a blast. It kind of feels like a team effort, you know?

I do have a few things left in the shop. I'm trying to put new items in as I go, so check back often. As always, if you need something in particular, leave me an inbox at the shop or email me on that little envelope sitting on the right side of my blog.

I hope you are all eating Popsicles, wading in some cool water or at least reading in the shade of a big old tree.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Here are a few pics of bags I've made in the last few months. All were custom orders. I'm blessed to have customers with so much trust!

Hot Pink quilted stacybean bag

Floral cotton/black canvas kimmi-bean bag

Japanese linen baby-bean bag

Matching blanket :)

Green quilted stacybean bag with frogs inside!

Embroidered Milla-bean bag (little girls)

Embroidered Milla-bean bag (little girls)

Yellow and Blue kimmi-bean bag (canvas)

Aqua and Navy Sammi-bean! (1/2 size stacybean)

Black and white cotton stacybean with faux leather straps.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The kindness of siblings...

"I can still feel his fur.."

-quote from the still-shivering seven-year old. He was bribed by his older brother and sister to hug a man who was wearing a cow costume. This all went down yesterday, at  the Chik-fil-A.

Is getting a five dollar bill EVER worth hugging a stranger who is busy giving out free waffle fries?

Who are these children?

I totally would have done it for free.

Well, for the free waffle fries.

There is no shame in hugging people dressed as farm animals, people. THAT is a lesson I learned a long time ago... in college...

... Oh, wait.

Happy "do-what-you-have-to-do-when-you're-hungry, poor, or have-lost-your-dignity" day, friends.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rollin' Solo...

"I am not going to get married, mom. I am going to adopt my own children. If I don't have a wife, I will be able to name them all by myself. The girls always do that and it's just not fair..."- Quote from my youngest and future father to Han Solo, Chicken "Mac" Nugget, and the twins, Phineas and Ferb.

Happy "Independence-for-all" day, friends :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pattern Review- McCalls 2401

Hey-O friends.

Here is a review of a new dress I made. If you sew, pick up this pattern. It is a very simple dress that came together in an afternoon. I think I will be able to wear it forever; it is that versatile. Plus, it cost about 5 bucks to make. Yeah, I kind of of LOVE that. :) I hope you are all staying cool and enjoying that sunshine!

Pattern Description: This is a pattern for a simple semi-fitted sheath dress. The dresses have darts in the front and back. There are three different necklines to choose from: high-rounded, square and v-neck. There are also different sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow and long. I chose View F. (Sleeveless, round-neck)

Pattern Sizing: This pattern (B) is sized 8-10-12. I wear a 4/6 RTW, so made the 10. It fits very well..

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The dress looks exactly like the photo on the front (View F,) Even the length..(below the knee)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The dress went together pretty well. This is the first time I've worked with one long piece to double dart. Usually I have a bodice/skirt combo. I was pleased to see the flower pattern I was working with actually line up!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved that the pattern had minimal pieces and that the dress came together so well. I get excited when the dots and darts all match up! Can you tell I'm still new at this? Facings confused me a bit, but once I figured them out, I was really happy with how "finished" everything looked.

Fabric Used: I used a cute floral cotton blend I bought on clearance from Sew Mama Sew. After the first washing, the fabric had a soft-vintage feel. So comfortable for this hot weather. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As usual, I had to hem more of the dress than I wanted. I have shorter legs and the dress was designed to come below the knee. I always worry that it will compromise the shape, not to mention the back vent, but it was fine.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would absolutely sew this again. It works well under cardigans for Spring/Summer. I think I could even make it in a heavier fabric to wear for fall. It is flattering without being too showy. I would recommend it to anyone looking to add an easy piece to their collection. It has both a simple and classic shape.

Conclusion: I love how many choices come with this pattern. I think that the sleeveless sheath alone is a great addition to a wardrobe. I can add a belt or sweater to it and create different looks. Woo Hoo to that!

Side View (Darts)

Back view (Darts and invisible zipper)

View with ribbon belt

Yeah, I know. Another cardigan. Cute though, right?

Happy Tuesday, friends :)

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