Black Alice Top

Hi friends!

This might be my last post for a little while, because we are moving!

To Alaska!

Juuuuust kidding… We are moving across town into a bigger house, closer to my parents and my sis.  Very excited!  There is a nice big random room off of the master bedroom that will become my sewing room.  High-fives!  Currently, that room boasts a large heart-shaped Jacuzzi tub in one corner.  Believe me, it will be the first thing to go- I don’t care what my kids say.  Lord knows what kind of parties happened in that thing.

The new yard has a great large fenced off area with a small barn.  I’m not sure we are farm animal people, but I did text my husband some of these pictures as soon as our offer was accepted.  If he knew how to use emojis, I’m pretty sure he would’ve responded with the angry orange face, followed up with the happy turd face.

I dunno, maybe we’ll just start with a bunny.

The first thing I did when I found out that we got the house, was to start packing up my fabric.  Because, I will not be able to complete all of the projects I must do at our current house before we sell it if there is fabric staring at me.

I organized all of my sewing patterns as well, but kept my Tessuti Alice pattern out just in case I had a little time to sew it- I have wanted to make this one all Summer!  I snuck in some time this week to get it done.

I had a terrible time deciding on fabric for this one.  Which is probably why the pattern sat there for months.  I pulled out this double gauze last minute and just got working.  It was a spontaneous move, but I’m pretty happy with it.

(Coco thought it was sooo funny that Mommy’s new shirt is named Alice- just like her favorite baby doll!)

I made a medium and there is a bit of wiggle room in the chest area- but it’s easily the most comfortable thing I’ve ever made myself!  It does dip a little lower at the arm pits than I’d like (see below), but it’s not horrible. Though, if you are shorter than me (5’11”)- and 90% of you probably are, just keep that in mind.

Usually with PDF’s, I find that cutting between the M and L lines works for me.  I also always add length(I added about an inch to the bottom pieces here).  I did a lot of research on this pattern, and found that most people found that sizing down was a great decision.  I second that.

One review that really helped me was Mie’s.  She has lots of great tips, including a little underarm adjustment that make the sleeve piece less “wingy”, that I may try on my next one.

The only change I made to this, was removing 3-4″ of the width on the back bottom piece.  I remember when making my Voila tops, that the back and front shirt pieces were cut from the same pattern piece.  I love my Voilas, but I don’t love that there is the same amount of swingy fabric at the back as there is at the front.  I think it worked well here.

After I finished sewing this, I popped it into the dryer with a bunch of wet clothes.  It came out covered in white fuzzies!  Whoops.  My lint brush is MIA, so I had tried taking it off with some painters tape wrapped around my hand.  It didn’t work so well…

#blackshirtproblems

Also, I did not finish any of my seams on the serger because my Mom often has her serger set up with black thread- and I really didn’t want to take the time to change all 4 spools on mine!  I will have to wear this to her house soon and fix it up. ;)

All in all, I am happy with my Alice.  Hell, I might even name my first Pygmy goat Alice.  Alice all the things!

-Erin

Gramercy + Chambray Lulu Dress

Today it was downright chilly (by August standards).  It drizzled all day, we had the windows in the house wide open, and it was just a nice break from the usual.  The kids were amazing and played together so nicely for few hours in the afternoon, leaving me some time to sew.

They played babies and babysitter, camped in a fort on the couch and ate lunch, and my personal favorite, Guacamole!  Guacamole is the best.  They simply take every chair in the house and put them in the living room to make a restaurant.  Then, they take every single bowl we own and every kitchen tool, and “make” guacamole for each other, tableside.  Ole!

We must be eating a lot of Mexican lately.

Since Ellery has grown 6 inches in the last two weeks, I decided to make her a dress from one of my favorite patterns- the Lulu by Craftiness is not Optional.

I drew the pattern between the 7 and 8 lines.  It’s a pretty perfect fit.  (She had her bathing suit on underneath, so that’s what you see through the bodice.)

The bodice fabric is this great Art Gallery knit by Leah Duncan (city lights in day from her Gramercy line.  I purchased mine from the Imagine Gnats shop and literally got the last 1/8 yard during one Rachael’s great sales).  The skirt is a lightweight Kaufman chambray.  This time, we went the capped sleeve route, and added pockets too.  Girl loves some pockets.  A long strip of coral knit creates a faux tie at the front- it’s a nice touch.

I really recommend this pattern if you’ve got a school-aged girl (it goes up to a size 8).  It is the perfect school dress, so comfy and cute.  Ellery wore her last two (blogged here) at least once a week.

My girl!  How can she be wearing a size 8???

Sniff.

-Erin

Shorts. So Many Shorts.

 I have enjoyed a fun-filled Summer so far with my three kids.

We just got back from an utterly amazing Outer Banks vacation with our entire family, and it was just such a special week for these kids to be with their cousins and grandparents every day!

Here’s an outtake from an impromptu cousin photo shoot.  That was a nail biter.

Here are my sweet parents.  And their giant poodle, Lenny.  And my Dad’s plastic cup of fine red wine.

My mom used to make me and my sisters “Hungie Gungie” for dinner often when we were little.  You can thank her for our silly blog name!  Hey, all the other good ones were taken.  ;)

ANYwho… back to the topic at hand. On several occasions, people I’ve run into at the park or pool have said, “Are your kids signed up for any camps?”

“Ah, er, Nope!”

(note to self: DEFINITELY sign kids up for a camp next year.)

We have had lots of pool time, bike rides, cousin sleepovers, ice cream trips, and slip ‘n slide sessions. Late bedtimes, lazy mornings, and so much firefly catching- I love them, but why do they have to show up and ruin bedtime every night?

I really realize how much I crave some quiet, uninterrupted sewing time.  It’s been hard to dive into the projects I planned to sew this Summer for ME.  I’m looking at you, Southport Dress, Alice Top, and Greenwood Tank!

  There’s just no time.

Because Lots of kids in my face, THAT’S WHY!  (<– that would be a shout-out to Junie B. Jones right there)

I started making these little bubble shorts, and then got so fast at making them, that I just couldn’t stop making them.

  My sewing space is squeezed into a little nook in our playroom.  Since making these became sort of brainless for me, I’ve been able to crank them out while my kids are playing in the same room.  In the A.C.  With popsicles and iced tea at the ready.

Virginia, you are hot.

Easy Summer sewing.  I’m all about it.

Anyway, I have been selling these in my Etsy shop.  I’ve been playing around with drafting my own little pattern for these for a couple of years now, and I finally have it they way I like them.  I gather the bottom of the shorts at the sides, and then attach a cuff… which I feel like takes them out of true bloomer territory, and more into regular girls shorts.

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 Coco has been wearing hers all Summer and I just love the look of them!  Not quite bloomers, not quite shorts… I actually considered calling these blorts.

And then someone slapped me and handed me a cold beer.

Anyway, you can see more here and tell all your hot-weather residing mama friends!

** to see some HG bubble shorts in action, you must check-out our friend Allie’s blog, Crozette.  I have followed Allie’s blog for years now, but we met 2 years ago when we were both at the same outdoor concert downtown with our kids.  I immediately recognized them from her blog and went over to say hi- that probably seems weird if you aren’t a blogger, ha!  She has been a good friend and a huge Team Wes supporter ever since and I just love what she makes!**

XO,

Erin

Concert Ruby

Hi guys!  I thought I’d throw up some pics of my first Ruby Top.  Erin and I celebrated the last day of our kids’ school with a mama’s night out!  We had tickets to see Alabama Shakes that night.  So fun!  076 adjustedSo, while Wes napped that day, and my big kids were in school for one last day, I whipped up this simple and breezy summer top.  I’d had the pattern cut out forever, so that saved me a lot of time.  The fabric is from our local store Les Fabriques, and I think I bought it with plans to sew pants or a button down for one of my boys.  Although my mind is always dreaming of things I will sew, it is rare these days that I have the time.  So, whimsical sewing it is!073 adjustedMy kids thought this was really ugly.  They see all the pretty fabric I have in my stash, and I choose brown.

 I said to Wes, “How do I look?”

He said, “weird.”051 adjustedWell, I like it, so there.  It’s a really light weight breathable cotton, sort of like a linen.  Erin snapped some pics before we left for the show.  I love my little photo bombers!062 AdjustedEllery and Grant helped me relax during my photo shoot.  It’s never not awkward doing these!  I showed them how I was going to dance at the concert…silly collageThey were appropriately mortified by their strange aunt.

I take pride in that. 057 adjustedHappy summer!

*pattern modifications:  added a little more fabric at tops of shoulders, and about 1″ to hem.  I folded in my fabric edges under, rather than using bias tape.

~Caroline

Twisted Tank + Dress

It’s Twisted Tuesday!

Laura of the blog Craftstorming + Titchy Threads patterns has organized this fun little tour to showcase her newest babies, the Twisted Tank and the Twisted Trousers.

I chose to make the twisted tank since it’s H-O-T in Virginia already and none of my kids are wearing pants at this point…

 This tank pattern is another GREAT one!  You can stick to the twisted version or you can use the basic tank that Laura includes in this pattern as well.  The twisted one is cool because you can really have fun with bold color-blocking, or print mixing.

I had a decent amount of the knit scraps leftover from our STYLO looks, so I used those- both cotton/lycra blends by a company (that I can’t find much info on), Elite knits.  The watermelon-y red is a really nice color and the off-white just goes with anything of course… the yellow binding is from Joann.

I sewed a size 4 and the fit is so great- Laura’s patterns are so legit fit-wise!  Her Rowan tee pattern is one of my absolute favorites (blogged here) because the fit is just spot on.  The twisted tank follows suit!  Highly recommend checking both of them out!

The instructions are clear and concise and very thoughtful.  And with plenty of pictures to help you along.

I thought I’d play with the regular tank pattern piece as well.  Coco doesn’t love dresses, but she loves this one!

Again, I cut a size 4, using some nice Birch knit leftover from another project.  I extended the pattern down only about 5 or 6 inches below the arm pit, and then attached a gathered skirt.  I used Kaufman dot Chambray for this and it’s super light and bouncy.  Really happy with the way it turned out!  Might need to make about 5 more of these.

Anyway, I think this is a great pattern for summertime!  I made Ellery a couple of nightgowns using the basic tank version, and I’ll share those soon.

I hope you’ll check out Laura’s patterns.  They are so professional, and well done.  I like that they are great beginner patterns, but also include options galore for people looking to make something with some extra details.

Thanks again, Laura for having me along!

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Ciao!

-Erin

STYLO4 DEETS: part 2

Hey y’all!  We’re back to talk about our second look for STYLO.

(you can read part 1 here.)

This one was really fun because we sort of threw the instructions to the wind and just let the girls hang!  We shot the other look that morning at UVA, had a quick lunch in the cafeteria there and then hopped across the street to a great Charlottesville treasure, Sweethaus.

Not a soul was in the shop at 2:00, so the girls had the whole adorable place to themselves.

They were silly, happy, and high on sugary treats!

For this look, we wanted to be fashion-forward, but really true to our styles.  We wanted to make clothes that were comfortable, but also cool.  We wanted to use colors and prints that popped, but weren’t outrageous.

For Avery, we used the Figgy’s Zephyr romper pattern but extended the legs- going for a more modern jumpsuit take on it.  Rompers on a 5-year old can either go one way or another- we didn’t want this falling into babyish territory! We fell in love with Pat Bravo’s Etno line, and were kindly sent two yards of this really great print, Drops in Pamplemousse.  The bodice is Cotton Couture in Seafoam.

Her glittery silver sandals are from Target.

For Ellery, we used two Oliver + S patterns.  For the hide and seek tunic, we used Cotton + Steel Bespoke double gauze in peach for the main fabric.  For the yoke, we used a lovely printed voile by Avril Loreti for Cloud 9 which they generously provided to us for this project.  The mini mint tassel trim is from this etsy shop.  Ellery’s class picnic shorts are made with this awesome Italian Corduroy from Joann- it’s got a different texture than regular corduroy- almost velvety.

Her Swedish clogs are by Hanna Anderson.

For the zipper bracelets, we just sewed Velcro squares to the ends- so easy.

Not gonna lie…STYLO consumed us for a while.  We went through phases of loving our ideas, getting a little unsure, and sometimes throwing them to the wind (We’re talking to you, black suspenders!).  In the end, we just stuck to our guts and made what we wanted to make.

And we couldn’t be happier with the result.

Thanks again to Jess and Celina for this opportunity!  It really pushed us (and our decision-making skills) to be better, and to nail down our point of view.

Now.

It is our Hungie Gungie sisterly duty to leave you with Avery’s money shot that sadly did not make the final cut:

It’s just too good!

Erin + Caroline