October 21, 2012

Shoot Shirt

One of my friends here in Sofia offered to take our family pictures but it had to be this week. I put the girls' outfits based on Katelyn's plaid pink shirt. After I went through Emma's clothes and couldn't find a pink shirt that would look good with skinny jeans, I decided to make something fast. I even was willing to buy a pattern online. I was deciding between Figgy's Banyan Tee and famous Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee. I went with Banyan Tee and do not regret my decision.

Banyan Tee

I really like how it turned out. It was very easy and fast to put together. I think I spent 30 minutes from cutting the fabric to finishing the shirt. I used one of my stashed knits - I bought it right before we left from Joann's remnant bin. I am pretty sure it's rayon. I usually sew only with cottons but I liked the stripes and the pink that was not very overwhelming.

I am very pleased with the pattern and how fast it came together. The only thing is that, like with Ayashe blouse that I made last spring, Banyan Tee turned out a little short even though I made size 6/7. I am not sure if Figgy's patterns run a little small or maybe my child is a giant much taller than others. So I left the tee unhemmed. Good thing it is made out of knit fabric which does not unravel.

Love projects like this. Fast and easy.

October 16, 2012

KCWC Fall 2012 Round Up

I am done! I am kind of glad it is over. As I said I wasn't in the mood for sewing and it is hard to do something when you don't really want to. I did make six things over the week and I am glad I did as Emma needed some new things.

KCWC Fall 2012

I was thinking about why it was so hard for me this time around and I found a couple of reasons. First, is that my sewing room is still not very organized and I really don't like when I cannot find things. Second, this time around I really only had an hour or so to sew after Matt would come home from work. Last spring I'd pick Matt up from his training at noon and I still had tons of energy to tackle my projects. Third, the availability of a craft store nearby. This one is a big one. When I planned what to make I jumped from thing to thing just because I didn't have enough fabric, right colored buttons or an invisible zipper. I am still looking for a craft store here in Bulgaria and even if I find one it won't be as close as it was in DC. Crafting overseas is hard.

On day seven of KCWC I started pajama pants for Emma but was too tired to finish them. So I don't know if I can actually count them as another item made for KCWC because it took me an hour to finish them on Monday.

KCWC Day 7

The pattern is from the Growing Up Sew Liberated book. I don't know if I was tired and made a mistake while tracing but the front of these pants looks a little weird. It "balloons" (sorry, forgot the right word) in front. Otherwise I like how it turned out and Emma was happy to have another pajama pants. She likes pajamas. :)

Oh, and I am proud of myself for using only my stashed stuff. I do have a lot of fabric and I promised myself that I would use most of it before we move again. But apparently I don't have enough things because it seems like most of the things I want to make require something I do not have. Or even better, all my fabric is half yard to one yard cuts which is not enough any more for my growing girls. Bummer.

October 15, 2012

KCWC Fall 2012: Day 7

On day seven of KCWC I woke up full of energy and ready to tackle one last project before calling it done. I had a pattern traced and cut out for a raglan dress for Alyssa (size 100cm). But after I finished making the dress it turned out a little too big. So I told Alyssa that she needs to do some growing and Emma will borrow the dress for a bit while Alyssa is doing her growing business. It looks like it's going to fit Emma for a while. And she seems to like it a lot so I will have to make another one for Alyssa.

KCWC Day 7

Pattern is from one of my Japanese Books. It was easy to make and not much hassle. The main body of the dress is made out of the knit fabric that I've had in my stash for quite a while. The sleeves, the pocket and the neck binding I made out of one of my old shirts.

KCWC Day 7

KCWC Fall 2012: Day 6

So now, when the KCWC is officially over I can catch up on blogging about it.
By day six of KCWC I remembered that Emma asked me to make her a dress for her coming birthday. I had to oblige.

KCWC Day 6

I had this beautiful japanese double gauze cotton (Nani Iro) that I wanted to use. I only had a yard of it though. Which is obviously not enough for a dress size 6. I went through all my books again looking for a perfect pattern but could not find one. Then I remembered about the Ice Cream dress by Oliver+S. And it worked perfectly.

KCWC Day 6

Emma loved her dress! But who wouldn't?! I wish I had enough Nani Iro fabric to make something for myself out of it. I've heard a lot of good things about it over the years. When I tried it I knew why people love this fabric. It's so soft and sews like butter. And it is very pretty.


The pattern as usual was easy and straightforward. This is my second time making this dress so it went even better this time around. The only thing I changed about it was the bottom layer. It calls for double the fabric but I did not have enough of that purple cotton. So I just cut it longer and hemmed it as a normal dress.

I just hope Emma doesn't hit one of her growth spurts and doesn't overgrow it by summer. I want her to wear it more than once.

October 12, 2012

KCWC Fall 2012: Day 4 & 5

KCWC Day 4 & 5

I worked on this tunic/dress longer than I wanted. My machine kept giving me lemons. My automatic buttonhole option stopped working and I had to figure out how to make buttonholes without it. They all came out wonky but the good thing is that buttons cover buttonholes perfectly.


Notice the sleeve detail. I love how it turned out.

This is a Burda 9503 pattern. I bought it from JoAnn's when K was born and forgot about it. I am glad I found it and decided to make it for this KCWC. It turned out very cute and it would look even cuter from the lighter fabric. I used shirting flannel (is there a thing like that?) for this dress so Alyssa can wear a dress during winter.


Ruffles are always a good touch, aren't they?

On to the day 6 & 7 of this KCWC. I am hoping to make a birthday dress for Emma. We have a lot going on tomorrow but hopefully on Sunday I can catch up.

October 11, 2012

KCWC Fall 2012: Day 3

On the day 3 of KCWC I tackled another refashion project.

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These were my old AE pants. I liked them a lot but they were two sizes too big. I held on to them for pregnancies when my butt grows big and wide and I need bigger pants. I decided I cannot hold on to things and should just make something more useful out of them. Emma needed some transition pants. Her size 6 pants are too long and her size 5 are too short. I made these comfy but still good looking pants for just this purpose.


Because they are 'transition' pants I did not spend a lot of time on them. They have elastic waist and no pockets. It was late last night when I was making them and I decided not to spend more time than needed. She grows like a weed and these pants will probably last her a month or so. Also they are not very warm so when the weather gets colder they go into the warmer clothes storage case.
I still like how they turned out. And the most important thing is that she likes them.

KCWC Fall 2012: Day 1 & 2

I am still looking for my sewing mojo. Have you seen it?
I was tracing and cutting patterns like a mad woman for three days straight. I also got sick with a "head cold" (is that what they're called?) on Monday and had a massive headache that held me from doing anything. Then on Tuesday when I finally got to my sewing room I had weird distractions that kept me from sewing, like I could't find my bobbins, couldn't find fabric cut long enough for Emma's dress, couldn't get my buttonhole foot/option to work, etc. You see, when a mojo isn't there nothing goes as it's supposed to.

I do have something to show you. Project fail perhaps. Ha. You tell me. I wanted to refashion one of my old tops that was a little too tight and a little too short. I decided to make a little tunic for K. In my head it looked adorable. Not so much in reality.


Sorry for the wrinkled look. I tried everything to unwrinkle it but nothing works. I did iron it. Multiple times.


K likes the pocket. I had to put some jelly beans in there for her to stand in one place instead of running away from me.

The pattern is from one of my Japanese Books. I have no idea what the name is but it has a crawling little girl on the cover. Size 90cm. Because it was a refashion I used the existing bottom hem.

The project was easy and pretty fast. Will make it again but closer to summer so she can wear it without a shirt underneath it.

October 6, 2012

Day Two Before KCWC

I've had a hectic couple years weeks. So after being really excited about the KCWC I got a little overwhelmed by all the things going on right now in my life so I put it on the back burner. I kept thinking about it but every time had something in the way that kept me from preparing for it. Then I organized my kids' clothes to see what they have and what they need. And that is when my motivation went really down. My girls have way too much clothing. Their dressers are pretty full and there is no room for more stuff. Luckily Emma asked me to make her a new dress for her birthday that is coming up. Then Alyssa decided that she needs a cute new shirt. And Katelyn wouldn't say no to something mama-made, right?


So finally today I sat down and chose some patterns that I like. It turns out I like a lot of patterns. I still have no idea what to start with and what to make. I haven't pre-washed the fabric, traced or cut the patterns out. I am really behind this time around.


I am making some progress on my knitting though.

September 18, 2012


I think I might be back. We successfully moved overseas, got all our stuff and our car, almost unpacked everything, put two out of three kids in school, and so I might have some time to sew and do my own things. When I have so many things to do during the day I think of escaping to my sanity corner and sewing or creating something. The problem is that when I get some free time I don't feel like sewing. I need to find my sewing mojo because Elsie Marley just announced this fall's Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I am definitely in. So I will see you in October. I just have to set up my sewing nook and pick out patterns and fabrics.


July 6, 2012

Seashell Dress

It's this time of year again when each and every one of my friends is leaving to their new place of living and I am the one left behind. But let's not talk about this depressing part of my life and better talk about the darling dress I made.
One of my dear friends who left today is pregnant with her third baby and is expecting a girl. As usual I couldn't resist making something for the coming baby. They are moving to Hong Kong which means it's always pretty hot there so my choice fell on a cute dress.


The pattern is from Ottobre 3/2011. Fabric is Walk in the Woods from Moda Fabrics. Love those little birds sitting on their apples.
Last summer I made a little romper for my K from the same issue of Ottobre and it had the same upper part. So making it this time around wasn't new to me and came together very easy and fast. Considering the power outage that we had for more than three days, I had to finish the whole dress in two hours. So good thing I knew what I was doing.

And that's why I love making teeny tiny things. A lot of cuteness and not much time spent making it.

June 23, 2012

Ruffle Bum

Couple months ago I saw this post at Kelly's at Sewing in No Man's Land. I instantly fell in love with the Sun Suit. Isn't it adorable?

So I had to make it for one of my girls. I thought Emma would look funny in it and they don't offer her size. Alyssa wouldn't probably wear it as she likes dresses these days. So Katelyn it was.


It came together very quick and looks very adorable. Have you seen a person who can resist ruffles? I haven't yet. And obviously I am not one to even try to resist.

The pattern is by Little Lizard King (LLK) and the fabric is just some quilting cotton from JoAnn's. Perfect for summer and just makes me want to cuddle her for hours. She loves it too as you can tell from the picture.


And just look at all those ruffles before they run away! :)

June 22, 2012

Gift Dress

I've been taking a break from KCWC. And it seems like the break has gotten a little too long. I still sewed here and there but nothing major. It's summer, you know. We are spending our time at the pool and at the playground. I am slowly getting mentally ready for the next move which means I have to pack my sewing machine away and will not do any sewing for a while. I am not happy about that.

Today I have some time to share with you a dress I made for a friend's daughter. Our daughters were very good friends too and played so well together. But then my friend left to visit her family and we are leaving for Bulgaria before she comes back. I felt like I had to make something for her and settled on making a dress for her four year old daughter, M.

Ottobre 3/2012

It is a darling pattern from a new Ottobre magazine, 3/2012. I picked Lisette fabric because it's so light and flowy and I thought would be perfect for this dress. I was wrong. The fabric is a little too busy for it. The dress has very cute pintucks in the front and the back of the bodice and you cannot really see them because of all the dots on the fabric.

pintucks No matter what the dress turned out really well and I loved the end result. It is a perfect dress for a girl and I will be making it again for Alyssa or Emma.

May 2, 2012

Look At Me!

I was featured by Elsie Marley here! I was so excited to see Emma in her new PJ's there! Yay! :)

It's pretty funny, but I am going through sewing withdrawals. I come home and think that I need to be making something instead of resting. I almost feel guilty about not making anything anymore. I should start sewing again as it gives me serenity and even better feelings of accomplishment.

Sorry, for no picture post. I just needed to brag really quick. :)

April 30, 2012

KCWC Day Six and Seven: Pajamas

I burned out after a week of sewing and on Saturday sewed just because I had to not because I wanted to. Some bloggers are sad that it's over but to be honest I am kind of relieved. I could not do it any longer. Having three little kids and finishing one thing a day was a little hard. That being said I am glad that I've done it and I will definitely do it again when the time comes for the KCWC Fall (and hopefully I have all my stuff by then).

For day six I tackled the Sleepover Pajamas by Oliver + S. I've done them before so I was hoping the project will go fast. It did indeed go fast but not without problems. As I said I burned out and I had to drag myself to finish with dignity. I made some mistakes but was not ready to go back and fix them. Good that mistakes were minor and didn't require me to redo things. I could have but I didn't.


This is the only picture I have of the PJ's as my camera's battery died in the middle of taking pictures. Emma refused to take her pajamas while I charged the battery and then spilled pizza sauce during lunch on her pajama top. So there will be no pictures ever until I do the laundry and iron pj's to make them presentable again.

As I said the pattern is Sleepover Pajamas from Oliver + S. I made size 5 again as I already had the pattern traced in this size. I made it out of a thrifted sheet. It was my first time sewing out of a thrifted sheet and I loved it. It was big enough for the pj's (with quite a lot left) and so very soft and all for $1.99. Great! The yellow polkadot fabric for the facings and cuffs is from JoAnn's.
For day seven I just sewed the buttons on and called it done and done.

Now back to real life. I am sure Matt is happy to have me back and I am thrilled can get back to making dinners and doing laundry.


That's pretty much how the place looked throughout the week. And it's just the morning.

April 29, 2012

KCWC Day Five: Paperboats Top

I think I am getting tired of sewing everyday. Or to be more precise I am getting tired of making a thing a day. It's too much pressure. Usually I cut the fabric out then procrastinate for a while before finally getting to sewing it. On average it takes me a week to make something. So this week has been crazy. I've been spending a lot of time at my sewing machine. I made five clothing pieces so far and have one more to go. I have Sleepover Pajamas cut out and ready to be sewn. I am also going to cheat and count it as two projects for Day Six and Day Seven.

So for Day Five I decided to make something easy-peasy. You can tell I am getting to the end of my rope. Ha. I had some fabric cut out for one top from Everyday Girls Clothes book. It was a breeze to sew and turned out cute.


The pattern is top #15 from Everyday Girls Clothes. The fabric is from Children's Lisette line. I really love this line. The cotton is very soft and light. It is also super cute. I made the biggest size they had in the book which is 120cm.


Emma loved it and insisted on wearing it even in the rain with a jacket on top of it.
I think Emma had a change of heart and now she is more willing to wear stuff I make for her. I know how sensitive she is to anything inside of her clothing and try to make changes with that in mind. I made almost all the KCWC things with french seams so E wouldn't complain. So now instead of complaining I get a happy smile and lots of twirling. Gotta love that!

April 28, 2012

KCWC Day Four: Seashore Sundress

For Day Four I planned another thing from the Oliver + S.These patterns are just so easy to put together and I don't have to strain my brain to read the instructions. Before the challenge started I had to come up with the things to make during the week. Emma came into the room, found fabric that she liked and asked me to make her a dress. Right away I thought of the Seashore Sundress. I bought the pattern last summer and then recently got the same pattern for smaller sizes to make matching dresses (I know, lame, right?). I will be making this dress again in sizes 3T and 18 months.


The girl could not be happier. She's been asking me for a cute dress for a while now. I think letting her pick the fabric from my stash makes it even better.


I made size 6 because Emma is quite tall and I did not want it to be short. It fits her great. I made the facings and pocket lining out of blue cotton and it looks very nice. I also added some topstitching in some places. I love Emma's fabric choice as it is very summery.

April 27, 2012

KCWC Day Three: Ayashe Blouse

So for the Day Three of KCWC I decided to make Ayashe blouse. I've been seeing a lot of them lately on the blogosphere and all of the versions look very cute. I bought the pattern long time ago but put it away waiting for the perfect time. So when the KCWC rolled in I decided that this is the perfect time to make the blouse. I went with the short sleeved version with no strings at the neck or waist and no elastic at the waist. Just a simple and straightforward little blouse.


Pattern is by Figgy's. I also have her 'Tee for Two' pattern but haven't made it yet.
So this was my first time sewing something from Figgy's patterns. After Oliver + S patterns it was a wake up call that not all of the patterns created equal. The instructions were minimal and I had to re-read couple paragraphs more than five times to get what I was supposed to be doing. I had a hard time making the collar so I just winged it. I did it backwards first and so had to rip it out. Then I just somehow attached it to the blouse but I am not proud of it. I was too tired and frustrated to rip it out again and so I left it as it is… with ugly stitching and all. Thus I do not have a picture on the hanger because it looks quite bad inside of the blouse.

I made size 4/5 with 6/7 length added to it but as you can see it is still a little on the short side. Either Emma is too tall for this blouse or I did something wrong (which can really be true when considering I was a little frustrated).

April 26, 2012

KCWC Day 2 - Linen Dress

I am still sewing and kicking. I finished a dress yesterday but it was too late to get a picture of it. I could barely wait till the morning to take a picture and share. The only problem is that I was very busy today and did not have a chance to sit down and write a post about it. After dinner I went to the sewing machine again and sewed for a couple of hours. Then I started making mistakes and when I made a big one I just turned everything off and was done for the day (let's just say tomorrow will start with lots of ripping). So Day 3 is done but I am a little behind on posting and will be sharing the dress from the Day 2 today.


The pattern is from one of my Japanese books - Everyday Girls Clothes. I've been meaning to make it long time ago. When Emma was 3 years old I cut it out and put it away. Then when we were packing out to leave Moscow I found the fabric pieces and threw them away as Emma wasn't 3 years old anymore and I did not feel like making the dress back then. I am so glad I decided to try it again. I love this dress!


I did have a hard time with this ruffle thingie at the top. I have no idea where it went wrong but it came out a little wonky as you can see. It was my first attempt at making a ruffle like that so I had no idea how to treat it and japanese descriptions did not help with it. When I will be making it again (and yes, I will be making it again) I will take more time to figure out how to make it.


The pockets are my favorite part of this dress. Loved making them and they came out very cute. Every 5 year old kid loves having pockets in their clothes and Emma is no exception. She was quite excited about having pockets to store all her little junk treasures.


While I was making this dress I had a moment of a disappointment. It looked quite big and I thought it will end up being huge for E. When I finished it though it was just perfect. I mean, yes, it is roomy but that's how it is supposed to be. Japanese people do like to have their clothes a little roomier than us.
I am in love with this dress. And that's all I have for today. Now I am going off to bed.

April 24, 2012

KCWC Day 1

Today started Kids Clothing Week Challenge (KCWC). I woke up all ready to tackle my first project. Yay! The only problem was that my kids did not want me to do anything but cater to their needs. Thank goodness for my husband and his amazing language training schedule. We picked him up at noon and after lunch I started sewing. I started with Oliver + S pattern. I knew how easy and straightforward Oliver + S patterns are and thought it would be great to start the sewing with one of them. I was so right!


This is a Classic Picnic Blouse pattern. I cut it out on Sunday and it was all ready for sewing. It came together pretty quickly. The only problem was my perfectionism as I had to do some ripping out to make it look just right. I probably spent the same amount of time ripping out the stitches as I did the sewing. The fabric is from JoAnn's and I love how colorful it is. It just screams summer to me.


Alyssa was so happy for her new shirt! She couldn't wait for me to finish it. Then she put it on and ran to show everyone. I love how happy this girl gets when I make something for her. Sadly it probably will be the only thing that I will sew for her this time as she has a ton of clothes.

Tomorrow I will be tackling a dress for Emma from a Japanese book - Everyday Girls Clothes. It will probably take longer but I hope to finish it by tomorrow night.

April 21, 2012

I discovered a new very neat little blog named Trula Kids. It was love from the first sight. I love blogs like that with beautiful pictures and amazing mom behind it who makes clothes for her two kids. I was blown away by her creations as she sews without any patterns (I guess she uses patterns for some things). I spent an hour just reading the posts and looking at the pictures of the clothing she made. I am definitely feel inspired now to make some clothes for my kids. The only difference is that I cannot make a thing without a pattern. I am a nerd like that - I need all the directions and patterns you can get. In other news, KCWC starts on Monday. I am starting to freak out. I know it's not like somebody will be grading me on it but I feel like I should be sewing a thing a day. I told Matt that I will be sewing like a mad woman next week and that he's on a dinner duty for the whole week. Ha. He wasn't very happy about that.


That's my fabric stash all washed and ironed. So ready for cutting. I wanted to cut some things before the week starts so I would just sew next week. But it looks like I don't really have time for that. Maybe over the weekend I will get some time off and get to work. That would sure help.

Well, I am half ready myself and cannot wait to see what other bloggers create next week.

April 20, 2012

Baby Gifts

My friend just a had a beautiful little boy. There is nothing better than a new life coming here to Earth. I always get so excited when people close to me announce their pregnancy or birth of a child. The wheels in my head start turning as I think what I can make and give for a new baby. Making for babies is a pure bliss. Baby things are just so small and sweet that making them just makes me happy.

This time I asked my friend what would she want me to give her for her new baby. She asked me to make some appliquéd onesies for summer. I've never made anything for a boy other than knitting so I decided to find something cute for summery hot days on top of the onesies.


Pattern: Ottobre 2010-03 #3
Fabric: Linen blend from JoAnn's romp1

I was asked to make size 3-6 months but Ottobre sizes are in cm. I have no idea how many cm is a baby boy at three months. I made size 74 and it was a little too big. I think it was more like for 6-9 months. So I had to make another one.


Used the same pattern but different fabric and size is 68cm. At first I thought it was light linen blend but when I started sewing with it I changed my mind. I have no idea what it is but it was finicky to work with. It is light though so should be great for summer.
I also made this romper with snaps on top straps instead of buttons.

Honestly, I like the first one better. I think fabric looks much better and crisper. The second one is lighter and softer though.

Then came onesies. One of them is a stencil and the others are appliqué. Had a fun time making them and I think they make the fastest and easiest gifts.


I am in love with a tie onesie. Too bad I have girls only because I would totally make ten onesies with different little ties on them.
Yay for baby gifts!

April 4, 2012

Birthday Sailor Dress

Oh, how I love sailor dresses. No, not for me but for little cute girls (or not so cute). I've been meaning to make one for ages now but always had too many kids excuses. Then as I was browsing some sewing blogs I noticed that there is a thing going on with making birthday outfits. I loved the idea so much that I decided to make a birthday dress for my little K. The only problem was that I had three days to complete it. So I went right to work. Remembered about my dream of making a little sailor dress, found a pattern and cut into fabric I already had on hand. And that's what came out of it. Ottobre 2009-03

Pattern: Ottobre 2009-03 #15
Fabric: some calico cotton I had on hand

I had a little issue with buttons. I was short of one red button so substituted it with a white one. Also notice how bottom button is not spaced right. I got too excited about making buttonholes that I did not check the spacing before making the bottom one so it came out a little lower than supposed to be.

All in all it was an easy pattern + stash fabric = cute little sailor girl on her birthday. Happy Birthday, K!

March 22, 2012


I am so excited about this one. I've been longingly watching it every year and drooling over every creation but never had a chance to participate. I mean I had a chance but always had some other things interfering like pregnancy/tiny baby, moving, sewing machine in the storage or too much whining from the kids. Now I think I have the perfect opportunity to do it. It's now or never! :)

Emma needs some new clothes for summer and I am ready to tackle it. I am sure I will make something for Kate and Alyssa too. Alyssa is a fan of my sewing so I will be happy to do it for her. Katelyn needs some summer things too so this is the perfect timing for the sewing. I better start deciding what I want to make for them.

The rules are to do something sewing or knitting related every day for at least an hour. That's easy. I will probably trace and cut out some patterns before the KCWC week so I can just sew every day instead of spending precious time on prep work.

You can see I am pretty giddy about this event. Let's hope it goes well and doesn't end up being a disaster that makes me feel all overwhelmed and heartbroken because I was trying to do too much in one week.

March 20, 2012

Thank You :)

Gaylene, this goes to you. Thanks for checking this blog often and leaving comments. You make me feel like I do really accomplish something in this crazy life with three kids and not much time on my hands.


My sister-in-law Gaylene at Unwritten was nice enough to give me an award!! I feel so honored. I have nobody to give this award to but I will still give some fun facts about me.

1. When I was in school I had a music teacher bug me about going to her choir because she liked my singing voice. She even went to my mother asking her to make me join her choir.

2. Once for the New Year's my brother and I made my mom handmade gifts. My gift was a knitted scarf, my brother (whom I taught how to knit a day before that) decided that he did not have time for a scarf so he made her a knitted square with embroidered words on it. My mom still thinks the ugly and short scarf is from my brother and my talent of knitting came out when I made this beautiful "work of art" knitted square. I keep trying to prove her wrong.

3. I have a bad habit of twirling my hair in one spot and the patch of my hair in this spot has weird texture now being all coarse and curly. Weird, huh?

4. I cannot stand wearing socks inside if I am not wearing my shoes.

5. I went to Belgium when I was 15 years old with a student exchange program from my school. I spent a month and a half there going to school and living an 'ordinary' life with some stranger family I never met before.

So here you have it. Thanks again, Gaylene! You made my month! :)And here's a sneak peak of something I've been working on last week (or more like weekend). My friend is due on April 4th with a baby boy and I wanted to make her something. I will show the full thing when I ship it off and it's not a secret anymore.


March 6, 2012

On a Roll

I seem to be on a roll these days. I finished another little thing. It is a little knitted raglan tee. I made it for Katelyn this time. DSC_0008 I used this Immie Tee pattern from Ravelry. I fell in love with it when I saw it on somebody else's blog. I had perfect yarn for this tee and started right away. The central part is so pretty that I cannot stop looking at it. DSC_0008 I think Katelyn likes it. DSC_0008

March 3, 2012

Emma's PJ's

I sat for five minutes thinking of a smart name for the post but could not come up with anything. So I'd rather show you the pajamas I made for Emma. She is the only child who actually needs new clothes. She is growing out of her 5T clothes and I find myself not really liking what's in the market for girls older than 5 years old. It seems to be all too grown up. So I decided that I can slowly make stuff for her. But we'll see how it goes. Store bought pajamas are usually cute for any age but I thought it would be nice to get a pattern and then make as many as I want. BUT it turns out that making clothes for older girls is so much more expensive. For example, to make pajamas for a 5/6 year old you need approx. 3 yards of fabric. If you buy fabric without any discount it would cost you $8x3=$24, plus the buttons. I was lucky to score this flannel on one of JoAnn's sales for $2.50/yard and I already had buttons. So it cost me $7.50 to make these PJs. Awesome! DSC_0008 It is hard to make things for Emma as she is quite sensitive to clothing. It seems like everything is itchy and scratchy these days. So the first thing she said when she put the PJ's on was 'Mom, it's not itchy!!!' Great! PJ I used this Oliver + S pattern. I love Oliver + S patterns. They go so easily and without a glitch. Her instructions are great and very easy to follow. There is an option to make these PJ's with ruffles but i decided it would be too much work. So I went with an easy option. PJ All in all great pattern and I will be making many more pajamas for Emma with this pattern. I already have another 3 yards of flannel waiting for me to cut into. Too bad it's getting warmer and warmer and soon I'll have to make summer versions of stuff.