New Jammie Pants

I finally did it.  I made pants!  For some unknown reason I haven’t made any sort of pants yet {please don’t think less of me}. I had some goofy flannel to use up and we are running low in the pants department.  Emily’s pants are all too big around the waist for her (I’m planning on fixing that with this tutorial).  And Natalie is getting too tall for her old jammies.  I always find it hard to sew clothes for them because most of the time they don’t need anything, but this time they did!  And guess who wore their pants all day long today? Yep, they both did.  I was amazed.  I let the sewing fairy leave them their pants at the breakfast table for them to discover in the morning.  Kinda fun. 

I used Handmade Mommy’s 15 minute jammy pant tutorial and it worked great!  Up until now I had been fearful (for some yet undiscovered reason) of using clothing to trace to make patterns with.  I just had one tiny snafu.  I traced a pair of tighter stretch knit pants for Natalie.  Of course flannel isn’t stretchy like knit, so her pants may only fit her for a couple weeks before we’ll have to tuck them away.  Anyway, I’m glad I made them and now I’m excited to make more!


Black Apple Doll Christmas Presents

I’m probably one of the last people to jump on the Black Apple Doll wagon, but here are a couple I made for the girls for Christmas.  They were really fun to make, the pattern and directions were really easy to follow (can’t go wrong with pictures). 

I hand painted the faces, which I’m relatively happy with for now.  I did get a good tip from Deanna of Just Deanna about adding a seam allowance to the leg and arm pattern pieces.  I added about a 1/4 inch which turned out great.

I’ve got more plans for these dolls in the future – some cute clothes and shoes perhaps?  And then I got to thinking about making the dolls their very own sleeping bags or tote bags to use, I can hardly wait!  They’re taking a nap in my closet until Christmas, shhh! don’t wake them up!

Oh, and I couldn’t resist, don’t tell Santa I’ve been naughty!
pattern, sewing

Flower Girl Dress

Ashley at Lil Blue Boo with her recent (maybe not so recent now) flower girl dress post, reminded me of a flower girl dresses I made with my mom.  We ended up making two dresses for the flower girls in my brother’s wedding (my daughter and another niece of the bride). The wedding was in October two years ago already! time flies.  Looking back at the pictures is so fun.  And the flower girls were so cute!

I used Butterick pattern B4112.  I think the fit was pretty accurate, maybe a tad on the big size, but I highly recommend it for a flower girls dress!

The bow was from David’s Bridal (to coordinate with the bridal party).

I’ve never seen Natalie like she was that night of the reception, she was in rare form.  I think I barely got to sit down for two minutes (kind of difficult chasing a toddler when in a strapless dress/high heels, especially when you’re used to wearing t-shirts).  She was in and out and running around like crazy, it was fun though!

Congratulations J&L on two years, you love birds!