Knit Popover

We’re heading to the beach tomorrow for some Summer fun, and I was determined to finish up another KCW project before we left.  Since Ellery has gotten a lot more persnickety when it comes to the things I make her, I decided change things up by sewing her a knit dress- I knew she’d appreciate the soft and stretchy fabric since she still doesn’t like to wear my “bumpy” (a.k.a. woven cotton) frocks!.

So here you have it!

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The pattern is the tried and true (and free!) Oliver + S Popover Sundress sewn in a 5.  I extended the length a few inches, and also cut the pieces wider so I could pleat the front and gather the back so the dress would be flowy.  The main fabric is a repurposed blue jersey maxi of mine (I kept the original hem to save a step), yellow knit from Joann for the binding/straps, and pieced woven cotton scraps for the yoke.

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This is such a great little pattern- actually, it was the first dress I’d ever sewn!

I’ll end with a few of my favorite popovers.

First, this one (I swear it would be a fave even if it weren’t made by my sis!), this vintage-y top version from True, Pure, Lovely.  This one by Kristin- I  love love love the fabric she used!  And this fabulous zebra face one from Rachel… so great!

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I’ll say hello to the Atlantic ocean for you.

-Erin

My First Flashback

I bought this shirt a while back at a thrift store, thinking that it looked big enough to fit me.  I just loved that retro squirrel print!  Trying it on at home, I soon realized that this shirt came straight from the tween department.  It wouldn’t even stretch over my rib cage!  That’s alright, I knew I could turn it into something cute for Avery.

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Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee was the perfect opportunity to use this fun print and to get some practice sewing with knits.  The thrifted shirt only provided enough fabric for the front and back of the tee.  So, I had to scavenge for sleeve fabric.  I found a  purple rayon knit shirt that I’d never worn balled up in my closet.  (I couldn’t take it back to the store because my parents’ puppy chewed up the tags, thank you Lenny. 😉 )   It was the perfect color for my sleeves, albeit, a difficult one for a novice- so thin and drapey.

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Pretty sweet right?  With all new sewing projects, you learn a lot.  Rae’s pattern is perfection, and she gives so many wonderful hints and options.  My excitement got the better of me, and I made a couple of errors.

#1. I did not pre-wash that rayon shirt!  My cuffed sleeves shrunk to a 3/4 length!  I cut them off, and may decide to turn it into a short sleever later.  For now, its cool with a raw hem.

#2.  I did not measure my child.  She is 3 1/2 , and is always 50th percentile at the doc, so I just went with the standard 3T sizing.  I should have taken into account that she “has a pot”(Pulp Fiction anyone?) and used Rae’s instructions for adding length.  Oh well, I took out the bottom hem, and left that raw too.

Now we’re in business.

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I added the stripe across the front to cover up a seam that existed in the original shirt.  The back of the original shirt became the front of this tee.  I’m kinda glad it was there because I wouldn’t have thought to add such a cute detail!

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Avery loves it!  And so do I!  I cannot wait to make another Flashback Tee!  It is just so satisfying to be able to create something as mundane as a tee-shirt.  What kid would object to such comfort?  Not mine!

Happy Monday!

~Caroline

Two new additions

Hi everyone, I’m baaaacckk!  After a long hiatus, I’m finally stepping out of the fog, and ready to introduce you to the little something that’s been keeping me so busy these past few months…

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Isn’t it the most beautiful hallway that you’ve ever seen?!  It is when you’ve been living in 800+ square feet for 6 years!  We added 3 bedrooms and a basement to nearly double our living space and create a small roller-rink below.  Slab basement for now = future cave for stinky teenagers (or home theater, mini gym, sewing studio ;)… endless possibilities).  In progress photo:

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 Living in a tiny house, I learned a lot about organization and space management.  I love getting rid of STUFF!  It is like a giant *EXHALE*

However, even with my diligence to conquering clutter, I was losing the battle.  Pei’s cookbook collection was is getting out of control, my sewing stash was bursting out of our closet, and Jet and Avery would NOT STOP GROWING!

Oh yeah, and there was this other little thing:

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Meet Wes Charles Chang, born November 10, 2012!

I’m such a slacker, he’s already 3 months old.  Best baby EVER!  Don’t tell Jet and Avery I said that.

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So, yeah, just to add to the chaos of living in our home during construction, we decided to bring a newborn into the mix.   The only thing that kept me sane through the holidays was knowing that I would soon have a walk-in closet.  And, a second bathroom! *high-fives with husband*

Slowly we’ve been moving into our new rooms, but we left a lot of the finishing work to ourselves (painting, plumbing, light fixtures, tiling).  And, as most of you know, newborns and getting-sh*t-done don’t really mix! Looking forward to sharing many DIY reveals with you in the future!

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While my sewing machine enjoyed a long winters nap, I did manage to squeak out a few holiday crafts…

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Inspired by one that I pinned, this door mat looked so cool for about 2 weeks.  I spray painted an old one with silver, taped off the triangle shapes, and painted them shades of green.  I won’t show you what has become of it.  Next year, I will leave it on the covered porch that no one uses.

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I made these beaded icicles out of a necklace that my mother-in-law made me.   She doesn’t read this blog, in case you are wondering.

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I wish I could’ve captured how beautiful these looked on the tree with the lights sparkling through.  My photography could not do them justice.

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When Avery decided just days before Christmas that the one and only thing she wanted from Santa was a rocking horse, this one, donated by a friend, saved the day!  But, since Avery was familiar with said friend’s rocking horse,  I needed to give it a new look (on Christmas Eve mind you).

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Ah, the lengths we go to in order to perpetuate a gigantic lie, I mean preserve the magic of childhood! Don’t worry, Avery doesn’t read this blog either.

I will leave you with a few more photos of our new favorite kid.  Did I just say that?  Ha! Kidding! Kind of.

14-chritmas to jets b-day jan 2013 109Wes is wearing a beautiful hand-knit Baby Surprise Jacket (a Soulemama go to), made for him by dear friend, and often-mentioned-here, Grayson Butterfield.  She also made him these:

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Obviously we are in mad love over here, both with Wes AND our new rooms.  Its shaping up to be a fabulous 2013!  Happy Year of the Snake!

~Caroline