Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Two in a Canoe



We went canoeing with two other families last weekend.

Between the six adults, we had thirteen kids under 13!

And one dog.

Joyous chaos.




It was a gorgeous day and about 15 degrees cooler at 10,000 feet.









My oldest sporting mud freckles.



Kids + Summer.

I highly recommend.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"The Bees Knees" - A Pinafore Set

After a few months of sewing for myself, I'm starting to feel my kid sewing mojo trickle back. My mind is all a-swirl with ideas involving classic summer staples (tees, shorts, a-lines) and embroidery.

A notable distraction, however, is this pile of lovely.



I've been dreaming of adding something in a summery yellow to my wardrobe. I fell in love with this fabric a few weeks ago and found the pattern shortly thereafter. The ribbon detail on the dress - swoon swoon. It reminds me of Grosgrain Kathleen's "Stolen From Your Sister's Closet" dress highlighted in my last post.

I've promised myself that after I finish up a few custom pad orders and some hemming work for a neighbor, that my reward will be a new lemon-lime summer dress with chocolate brown trim. Yum.

But back to kid sewing mojo.

For the three darlings that follow this blog that don't know me (i.e., are not my mother and BFF. Hi Mom! Mi BFF!), I sew for an online boutique, Necessitae. I often wonder how I wiggled my way in with this amazingly talented group of women! We stock the store twice a month and my contribution this week includes a vintage style child's pinafore set.




This is the same JoAnn fabric I used for my fave Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress. I happened upon the coordinate fabric recently and love how well they pair.




I love the covered buttons and pin tuck detailing.



I'm a sucker for baby hats. So sweet!



Since I have no babies in my life to give this outfit to should it not sell at a set price, I'm auctioning it with a starting bid of $1. I'd rather at least cover my fabric costs then have it sit unloved and unworn in my sewing room closet. Hopefully it will sell for at least a dollar. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Coffee Date Dress

I have a girl crush on Kathleen of Grosgrain. She sews things for herself and for her children that make me all swooney and weak in the knees. Then she gives them away.

But I never win.

I'm only slightly bitter.

Anyway.

I view her blog and my voice goes crazy high pitched and I screech, "CUTE!" "CUTE!" "CUTE!" like some insane bird.

Exhibit A:



Oh, and everything she makes looks fabulous on her. She even looks ridiculously glamorous pregnant, which is just unfair.

Exhibit B:



SEE?? Pregnant. Glamorous. So wrong.

One more. Exhibit C



You totally just screeched, "Cute! Cute! Cute!". I heard you.

I love you Kathleen.

And I sort of hate you.

But mostly I love you.

Anywho, she is also kind enough to post tutorials and sew-alongs so that Kathleen wannabes (that would be moi) can attempt to follow in her footsteps.

I participated in her first Frock By Friday sew-along (although I participated about 3 weeks after everyone else).

The pattern is from BurdaStyle.com and is called The Coffee Date Dress. It is free pattern that was created and uploaded by Elaine May who is another fabulously talented swoon-worthy seamstress and equally impressive writer. And gorgeous. I love hate her too.

I learned so much from sewing this pattern. I lined my first bodice and semi-successfully inserted my first hidden zipper. I also got to try out my handy dandy new tripod for the pics!



I'm wearing my Mother's Day Steve Maddens. Holy cow those are some HIGH heels. I love them.







So that's my Coffee Date Dress.

Now I just need a date.

Hint.

Hint.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June One

May 24. My garden.



Tres Depressing.


June One. My Garden.





Much Better.