Mommy and Me Set

I will go against the grain and say – boys are NOT hard to sew for!

While I would love to sew some frilly pink dresses, I really enjoy sewing for and dressing my boy!

The only thing I find harder, is finding prints that I can make Mommy and Me sets from!

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This neutral Black and White Plaid from Barncat Knit Fabrics was the perfect print for my first attempt at a set!

I used the free Slim Dolman top from Halla Patterns for my shirt (first time sewing it up).

And I used the free Ringer Tee from Brindille & Twig for Little Mister A’s shirt.

To be honest, I picked these patterns largely in part because I already had them cut and assembled in the correct sizes and wanted to cheat that step.

I think they look pretty cute as a set together though!

The fabric is a polyester spandex blend with 4 way stretch. It is niiiiiice and smooth! But was super easy to line up and cut straight – the fabric didn’t shift around on itself!

Haven’t never sewn with fabric quite like this before so my sewing machine and I fought a little bit to get the right flow, but we settled on a short, narrow zigzag stitch and successfully sewed both shirts with relative ease! (And a 1/4″ seam allowance on both to boot!)

If you haven’t heard of Barncat Knit Fabrics before you should go check them out! It is an America group but she was able to ship to me for an okay price AND I wasn’t charged duty when it arrived! (Might just be coincidence) Also, it came way faster than I expected seeing as it had to make it through customs!

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Epic Fails

Have you ever had an epic fail?

Well I’ve been having a boat load of them this past week!

If anyone of you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post the other day for Day 1& 2 of my sew-a-long for the Tami Revolution Hoodie by New Horizons Designs.

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The sew-a-long was being hosted by Kiss My Stash, and as an admin, I felt obligated to join along!

Who doesn’t love a good hoodie, though?

And after Kristen mentioned it had a nursing hack I was completely sold!

I was doing good for the first two days getting my pattern together and the fabric cut out.

But then life happened and I fell a few days behind….

On Saturday, I finally had the time to focus on figuring the nursing hack out so I pulled out my fabric pieces.

I was at a loss for words!

I wouldn’t figure out what was what!

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I think these two are SUPPOSED to be sleeves.

And if anyone has any idea of how the heck this happened please let me know cause all I can do it cry looking at that pretty fabric that I just wrecked.

I don’t have enough fabric to re-cut the sleeves and the fabric came from my USA trip back in February, so I can’t just pop to the shop and get more.

Sigh.

I think I will be bowing out of the sew-a-long and revisiting the project later.

…..

But now it is Sunday night and I have a few hours to try sewing again.

So I pulled out a pattern I am testing for Goober Pea Designs and for the life of me I can’t get the hood to fit the pattern.

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I’ve tried like 5 times!

I have completely written this weekend off as an epic fail.

Who wants to pass me a glass of wine?!

(Crappy epic fails didn’t deserve good photography so just excuse the badly lite snap shots! You get the idea!)

Carefree Dress by Halla

Were you one of those people that was hitting the refresh button every 10minutes all day until this pattern (Carefree Dress) was released?!?!

I was!

Despite that fact, it took me until the week before Easter to finally get around to sewing it!

Funny how projects pile up, and how priorities get shuffled!

This dress was actually supposed to be finished earlier in the week but I hit a snag on attaching the top to the waist band and had to stitch rip the whole thing.

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I have to say, my favorite thing about the Halla patterns that have been coming out lately is that they are nursing friendly!

As soon as I say that I made a nursing friendly dress everyone asks if I am expecting again.

The answer is “No”.

BUT, we are planning to have more kids, and with Little Mister A it drove me crazy how inconvenient both pregnancy and nursing was in half of my wardrobe.

With that in mind I am trying to only sew things that will last me through at least two out of the three coming seasons of my life (over the next five years ish): normal size, maternity, and nursing!

This Carefree dress works all three seasons!

Therefore it is a HUGE success in my books!

I have received so many compliments about it today (and my sister in law was jumping on me to make her one the instant I showed her it was nursing friendly)!

Originally I wasn’t a huge fan of the skirt being grey (I knew I wanted the floral top) but I couldn’t think of what color to use, and this is what I had on hand.

Over all, I’m so happy with it and really liking the color combination!!!

Next up I might just make the skirt for myself and try to mix and match it with some of the Stardust Tanktops!

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P.S.  I forgot to add that it also has POCKETS!!