Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lego Movie Party: Ezekiel Turns 6

It's no secret, that I love a birthday party. Especially a kids party. This year, Ezekiel decided on a Lego Movie party. It was such a fun theme to decorate for, & even more fun for the kids to dress up.

I barely had time to make an Emmet shirt, but managed to make one when we got back from vacation.

He also got a piece of resistance.

We found some hair chalk to make Adalae look like Wild Style.

While we were planning, Zeke threw out the idea of a taco bar. So, I made taco invitations, & decorated the dining room around the "Old West" part of the movie.

I totally screwed up the sign above the table, & quickly threw up a replacement that ended up a little dinky. But, whatever.

We opted for cupcakes this year. They are so quick & easy. No one even missed a big cake.

I found a tutorial for making a piñata for Adalae's party in March. Most of the kids got a chance to hit it, but it broke pretty easily. This time around, I may have gone a bit overboard reinforcing the box.

It ended up being so strong, that not only did every kid get a turn (or two), but Tommy even tried his best at breaking it.

Not even the crepe paper came off! I may be an expert piñata maker. Either that, or the worst piñata maker in history. Eventually, Tommy busted out his knife, & cut into the bottom. The kids were all screaming "CANDY" as he dumped it over their heads.

The toy room was my favorite part. I started saving boxes months in advance to make giant legos. The kids are still building forts & castles with them months later.

I did my best to avoid setting out any regular legos. I didn't want the mess from that. But, I had to at least put out some. Duplos for the win!

"We are from the planet Duplo. We are here to destroy you."

I'm already getting excited about next years party!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

KCW: Summer 2015

So, we had family in town during Kids Clothes Week this summer. I did still sew some clothes, just not as much as I usually do. Adalae got two new dresses, & Ezekiel got two tee shirts.

The first shirt was a quick refashion from a thrift store shirt. Quick & easy using the flashback skinny tee pattern.

I usually try to ask the kids for their input. They like to be involved, & it makes some interesting clothes. This season, Ezekiel requested a "cookie shirt." He talked about it for a month leading up to KCW, & kept asking when I was going to start. Another simple flashback skinny tee, because its fast, easy, & such a great fit.

The first dress for Adalae is a simple self drafted sundress. She loves her animal prints, so I knew she'd love it. It's already in heavy rotation over here.

The last dress is definitely my favorite. The Charley Harper fabric, & the little pocket. I love it! I took the Blank Tank pattern, & lengthened it to a dress. Also, I took off the seam allowance at the neck & arms. Then bound them with grey ribbing. I think it gives it a much cleaner finish. 

I was hoping to get a little more accomplished, but you know, life & all. I had another dress ready to cut out, but chocolate milk got dumped all over it. Fabric had to get washed, & I've yet to reprint the pattern. Sometimes that's just how it goes though. If it weren't for the crazy kids, & the messes they make, there'd be no KCW.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

KCW: Surf Shirt

This sumer, Kids Clothes Week ended up being the week my mom & aunt were in town. It made for a fun week of beach trips & my house getting cleaned, but not for a productive sewing week. I did however manage to get in a few projects.

One of my favorites is this surf shirt for Ezekiel. I saw this fabric from Miss Matatabi, & knew Zeke would love it. I've been hoarding saving it for awhile now. 

The pattern is the Johnny B Good hoodie from Shwin Designs in a 5T. I cut out the pattern last fall, & didn't measure him again. I totally should have printed out a size 6, but didn't realize until I was halfway through the shirt. Thankfully, it still fits him, but it probably won't for much longer. Live & learn, I guess.

This was my first time sewing a button down. I usually avoid buttonholes if I can. We don't exactly get along. I can usually get one to look nice. But, sewing multiple buttonholes in a uniform size isn't my forte. In the end, I had 5 same-ish sized buttonholes. 

Of course, he loves the shirt, & that's what really matters.  It came out a little short on him, but it will be great for trips to the pool & beach this summer.

Next time, I may round out the hem a bit, & try out some pearl snaps. I love a good pearl snap shirt.

This little one pulled her shoes out of the diaper bag, cried for me to put them on her, & then promptly pulled one off, running amok through the library. She loves to make us laugh.

Adalae was rocking another handmade of yore. Her Lulu dress I made her last fall. She loves to pair it with all things leopard print.

I'll try to post about the rest of my KCW makes later this week.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bule Ridge Dress by Hello Holli

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of  testing The Blueridge Dress for Hello Holli. It really is a wonderful pattern. 

The construction of this dress is unlike any other I've sewn. And, that's a very good thing! I was thrown for a moment when I saw that the shoulder seam isn't the first step. But, Holli uses clear & helpful illustrations to walk you through it all.

The dress details include a curved bodice trimmed with bias tape, button closures, French seams, & a full skirt. Which is great for practicing "ballerina twirls." I can't wait to make another with mini pom trim along the bottom of the bodice! It's such a sweet detail.

(I promise, Adalae really loves the dress. This is just the face she makes when watching people.  She's not exactly a people person.)

The inside of the dress is really what makes it for me. Such a clean finish! That is no small fete when it comes to a curved bodice, but that's where the clever construction comes into play.

Adalae wasn't sure what to think about me taking so many pictures of her. We had a really great time, just the two of us, at the Botanical Gardens. It's not often that we get to explore without the rest of the family.

Speaking of the gardens, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens has teamed up with the Chrysler Museum, & placed these great frames all over the gardens. Tag your photos with #norfolkblooms, & they could be on display at the museum. We couldn't resist joining in on the fun.

I really enjoyed sewing this dress, & look forward to sewing many more. I already have my next one cut out! The pattern is for sale here. Don't forget to head on over to Holli's blog for a chance to win a copy of the pattern!