Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bathing Suit Pattern Tester: Bahama Mama

Yep, you read that right. 

To be chosen as a pattern tester is astonishing to say the least, but to then have the pattern be for a bathing suit? What was I thinking, right? Swimsuit the suit? Never done that before....Crazy!

I was sort of thinking that I wouldn't be chosen, because I have entered tests before and hadn't gotten picked, so I just kind of put it out of my mind and went on with my day. Lo and behold I checked my email the next morning and discovered that I was indeed chosen as a pattern tester! Shock and amazement all around!! Oh, I wanted to share it with everybody. But I had work to do.

The pattern is the Bahama Mama color block tankini and boy shorts from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I tested the xxs size. (Stop hating. I'm naturally thin, and don't work at it. We are all beautiful and different. The way we are supposed to be.) I'm even in the lineup for photos on the website under each pattern. I'm famous, y'all! :) Not really, but I do feel a little bit special.

I went to Hancock Fabrics to get the swimsuit material because it was close to where I was working that day, and JoAnn's didn't have anything for adults.

never did use the nude for the lining, I used black instead.

I wasn't thrilled with the fabric I chose, but it wasn't for a kid, and the pattern reminded me of water so I bought it.

Then, I got to work cutting out the pattern, and the fabric, and getting everything ready for sewing.

all the pieces!

I used my serger for most of this project. I had never really done that before. I had zero issues with using the serger to sew swimsuit fabric.

I loved how it came together. I love that it is something for me since I sew so much for the kids. I loved the print even more as the project went along.

The final awesome bathing suit that I made...for me!

I had my son take the photos since I couldn't find a friend who had a half hour to help me on the one nice day we were going to have the week I needed to do photos. 

He did a pretty good job with little direction from me. The ladies in the test group were impressed and said that their husbands could use some lessons (especially if my hubs had been the one behind the camera). Way to go, Son!
yes, I have an outie. :)
great coverage

I love the fit of this suit and the pattern was easy to follow. Never sewed with swim fabric? No worries. I hadn't either, really. I had no issues at all with my fabric and my machines. Everything went very smoothly.

My husband thought I did a good job on this project, but did say that it didn't show enough skin. Heehee. Sorry, sweetie.

If I ever get a chance to make myself another suit, I think I will go up a size in the top to make it easier to put on and take off. It's like you almost have to be a contortionist to get in to and out of those things.

The bottoms are fully lined. The top is lined as well, and has a shelf bra. My swim fabric was a nice quality (thick/dark) so I probably could have left out the lining and just used the shelf bra. I might do that next time as well. And maybe lengthen the shorts a bit. I am just long all over and a bit more coverage would be ok with me. The suit was very comfortable to wear and walk around in. No riding up or plumbers cleavage. 

If you are looking for a great bathing suit pattern, this is it! Sizes range from xxs-xxxl. You can mix and match your sizes to get the best fit for you.

Sew yourself a suit! You won't regret it. Promise.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fox and owl racerback dress

I took a short break to do some family things. All in good fun, of course.

Today I have a knit dress I made for my girl. I generally don't sew with knit fabric because it seemed tricky, but I haven't really had any issues with it at all, and my ability to make things for my kids has increased. If only the time to make things would also increase.

This is the Rio Racerback tank and dress pattern from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop. The neckline is a bit funky, but that is a sewing error on my part. I forgot to gather that part, but it's ok, the dress still works.

I love this fox and owl print fabric. So cute for this dress.

It's perfect for warm weather, if we ever get any for an extended period of time. This is a great play dress and it looks and feels so comfy on her. She is ready to play!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mustache Peasant Dress

I have another dress to share with you today. 

I loved this mustache fabric from Hobby Lobby so much, and when I saw a peasant dress made with this fabric on pinterest, I, of course, had to make one for my girl. 

The pinterest version had a bright blue ruffle with buttons in the middle. I did a "u" ruffle neckline with buttons. I loved it when I finished the dress, but when I put it on my daughter, well, the embellishment seems a bit overwhelming. I should have made it smaller. 

Yep. Definitely should have made it smaller. Oh, well.

She loves a dress. Besides the neckline embellishment, I kind of love it, too. I look forward to her wearing this dress at the same time that her brother wears his mustache shorts. Fun.

She had a wonderful time being my little model on a rare warm day just before Spring. She cracks me up!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dress Ready

Ok, I am finally ready to show off what I have been working on since this year started. I got the photos taken, cropped, and ready to post. Look at me accomplishing things! Feels great.

So, the first dress I am showing is a peasant dress I made, and I love the cute fabric I picked up at Joann's. 

Gosh, those adorable owls with umbrellas! 

There were so many fabric options that I could have used for accenting. It was a hard decision to make.

I decided to use two coordinating colors and do a little patchwork. I cut 2.75" squares from a bright blue and pink/pink chevron fabrics, sewed them together to form a panel for the sides alternating the squares. 

I cut the peasant dress smaller on the sides to allow for the extra panel. I used some gray fabric to make the sleeves so I could add in one more coordinating fabric.

(ignore the green triangle thingies at the bottom, my camera lens has a crack in it and the sunlight hit it just right.)
I adore this dress. And I think even Dana would be proud of my attempt at piecing together a little patchwork. My corners lined up and everything. Amazing.

More to share later.
Enjoy the spring-like weather if you got it. :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March already?

And it is half way over? 

When did this happen?

Time needs to slow down. I have so much to do, things to plan, organization to accomplish, cleaning up, sewing to do, and a picture album to make. 

Good news, however, is that the dresses that I made my daughter during colder weather have been worn for photo taking purposes. Yea!! Posts will be forthcoming, I promise.

Also, work-related grant things are aggravating me so much. I don't want to talk about it. But work must get done, people!

My boy started his first season of Spring coach pitch baseball. He's on a good team and they are doing well so far. Just has to keep his eye on the ball. Also, his birthday is coming up. 7. He'll be 7! 

I can't wait to get to a point that I can put together posts about what I have been doing lately.

Enjoy the warm weather if you got it. We sure have been when we can.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Ruffle Layer Skirt: Valentine's Day

I've been enjoying my week off from work, so I haven't been in the blog world as much, which is why this post is late. 
I still wanted to share the skirt I made for my girl for her preschool Valentine's Day party.

I used a tutorial from Dana from MADE. You can find it here
It was cold during the week so I paired the skirt with some red pants and a plain white long sleeve tee. I guess I could have added some embellishment or applique to the tee, but she needed the white tee for other outfits. :)

Hope you had a super loving Valentine's day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Checking In

Hello. (random thoughts ahead)
Work things have been occupying my time lately, but part of that is over with so I am moving on to other projects. Some sewing related. I have completed projects to share when the weather gets warmer, as my daughter has 8 new dresses to wear, and my son has two new button-up shirts. What a feat already for 2015! 

I am working on a couple of other sewing projects as well. Valentine's day is coming up and I have a project to share about that. 

Hopefully the weather will turn warm soon. My son will be doing coach pitch baseball this spring season and I am hoping that he will learn a lot and enjoy it. Practice starts today. He hasn't played baseball for a year so his skills are a little rusty. We've been practicing at home though.

Fun stuff is yet to come!
Can someone bring me some hot chocolate? Thanks.