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FOUR EYES

11.30.2012

Today is a big day for me - my very first pair of glasses.  Apparently I have been straining my eyes too many times trying to thread a needle or sew into the wee hours of the night!


MADE : OANA BEFORT BEAR ONESIE

11.26.2012

Oana Befort offered up this free template for a kiddo tee and I just couldn't resist.  It's so stinkin' cute.  I decided to make it for my baby boy (due in Feb.).  It was really simple to do although I tackled the project a little different than she did.

I cut a piece of freezer paper to 8 1/2 x 11 inches and printed the template directly onto the freezer paper (rough side).  Because I was making it for a onesie I printed the template at about 60% size.  Then I cut out the template on the freezer paper with an exacto knife, ironed it to the onesie, and used a sponge and black fabric paint to paint inside the lines.

I LOVE the way it turned out.  I want to make a full size version for my 2 year old on a tshirt (perhaps without the bow tie to make it less masculine).

Thank you Oana Befort for being so generous and offering such a cool free template.  I'm a big fan.

MY TOP BABY BOY SEWING TUTORIALS

11.19.2012

Let's face it.  Baby boy stuff just isn't quite as exciting as baby girl stuff and I am having a lot harder time getting excited about making stuff for this little bundle.  To help rectify the situation I decided to do a little research and come up with my favorite sewing tutorials and patterns that are either specifically for boys, or gender neutral.

baby boy cap tutorial




 
 
 




OK, I'm a lot more excited to get sewing now.

Do you guys have any go to tutorials for baby boy stuff?  I'd love to check them out.

DIY : LINDSEY ADELMAN CHANDELIER

11.15.2012

Our new apartment didn't have a light in the living/bedroom.  We have been putting off buying something because everything seemed expensive and a little boring.  Until I came across this DIY project on Design Sponge and I fell in love.  Lindsey Adelman is a lighting artist who very generously put up a DIY for this chandelier on her site.  We decided to give it a go.



In fact I am pretty glad that my husband who has at least a small amount of understanding about electrical work was there to help out.  In the end it was about 2 hours and I am really happy with the outcome. Yes, we know that it is a little bold, but at least it isn't boring right? I wouldn't say that this is an easy project, but doable.

SEWN : MEGAN NIELSEN'S RUCHED MATERNITY SKIRT

11.05.2012

Megan offered to send me a couple maternity patterns as a baby gift a few months ago and I was thrilled to jump on this one right away.  I have never understood why most maternity skirts are full or a lined.  Why would you want to add more bulk to your body during this time.  Megan's maternity skirt was an answer to that dilemma for me.




Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Ruched Maternity Skirt

Materials Used: Burgandy Ponte Knit from Mood Fabrics

Sizing: I made a size M even though I measured as a S because I knew that my fabric was a really structured knit without a ton of stretch.  I am glad that I did because any tighter might have been too tight.

Changes Made: Besides the sizing (explained above), I also used a straight stitch on the elastic ruching instead of a zigzag as the instructions suggested.  I just found that the zigzag was slipping all over the place.

The Good:  GREAT pattern.  Easy to follow instructions.  Sews up really fast.  I also used stitch witchery for the first time on my hem as suggested and I love it.  Will be using that from now on with all knits.

The Bad: Just to be careful with your sizing if your knit is less stretchy.  You can always take it in a size if its too big. 

Conclusion:  Awesome pattern and a new staple in my wardrobe.  Making a black version too just for practicality sake.

HOW I'M WEARING MY SEWN ITEMS DURING PREGNANCY

11.01.2012

Hello everyone.  It's been a little slow around here due to the hurricane.  We are fine and have running water and electricity.  We feel very blessed.  Even though we have only lived in NYC for a few short months, I feel so saddened by the destruction and loss to this great city.  So many people are suffering right now.  Today was the first day that my husband went to work and he had to bike in to get there.  Its almost eerie to see how vacant the streets have been in such a busy place.

Since I don't have a lot of sewing to show you - I do have a couple of projects that I need to photograph before blogging - I thought that I would show you some of my iphone outfit shots that I took to show you all how I have been wearing the clothing that I have sewn and converting it to maternity wear.

Silk Maxi Skirt - When it was still warmer a couple of weeks ago I just hiked the skirt up over my tummy, belted it and wore it out and about.  I was pretty happy with how well this one transitioned as well as how extremely comfy it was.

Chambray Blazer - I love how a structured blazer looks on a prego tummy.  It makes me feel less curvy and more sophisticated.

Infinity Scarf - Another one of the things that I love to sport while pregnant are scarves.  I feel like it breaks up all of the large areas on my upper body.  This infinity scarf has been worn A LOT.

Black blazer with Yellow lining - Loving this blazer right now.  It has just enough structure and warmth for my growing belly and cold days.

How about you guys?  

Any go to items when you are pregnant?  
Any items that easily transition between regular wear to maternity wear?  

I am 6 1/2 months pregnant now so I really don't want to buy anything else that is just for pregnancy.  Just seems like a waste to only be able to wear it for a couple of months and then be done with it.