Sunday, February 7, 2016

My Sewing Space

So, now that we are settled in our home, here, in Utah. Allow me to take you on a tour of my current sewing space. It's not glamorous by any means - and I am still not completely organized in this space of the house. But, it's my space and it's large so I'll take it. 
As you can see, I am in the dreary basement. We originally had this space as the play room our first few weeks in our home. But, if you see those pipes on the left....yeah, our main water. Not to be left alone with children. So it's now my studio. 

On one side of the room is my sewing table. On the other side, is my cutting table, with Tom Selleck looking over me....sigh.....Anyone love Magnum P.I. as much as I did/do?

I feel bad that I left my "happy" light on when I took this photo. Behind my dress form is my huge built in cabinets where I store my fabric. I am fortunate to have such spacious cabinets because I have so much fabric, and my bolts easily fit in. One of the greatest things about owning an old home, is the so much built in cabinets and storage. This was my Great-Uncle's home, that he built in 1956. We live in such a treasure, that happens to need a lot of updating.

I don't necessarily need this bookshelf. I could have fit all this stuff into my cabinets, but somethings I really want close by. My space is currently messy, as I am working on 4 things at one time. But, that's a constant for me. I always have something to work on - hence, why I am still not entirely organized. Such is life!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My New Online Shop!

Hi friends! I recently opened my own online shop, Lilbitlovely. It's baby and toddler wear, all designed and handmade by me!

Which explains why I have been away from my blog. I have been soooo busy, I barely have opened up my laptop.

So far it is baby rompers, sizes ranging from 0-6 mos to 18-24 mos. I'm currently in the process of toddler dresses and tees, ranging from sizes 12-18 mos to 4T. I hope you all can take some time to look at my shop and enjoy what I've created.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Goldilocks and Baby Bear

This year, we decided to go as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I didn't make Mama and Papa Bear costumes, so I'm not bothering showing you. They are pretty embarrassing. I kept putting it off, due to SO MUCH TO DO around our new home. But, the girl's costume's are made by me, and they aren't embarrassing at all. They are ADORABLE!

Lil' Miss insisted on wearing the wig. Oh well. Goldilocks dress is from a vintage pattern I had. The bodice and the apron are from a fabric my mom gifted me a few years ago, while the orange gingham for the sleeves and skirt is actually vintage fabric a friend gave me. the vest is a velvet cotton found on (I used it for the bodice of last year's Anna Dress). I laced the vest up with a leather strand I had on hand. And the eyelet ruffle is leftover from a blanket my mom made for Lil' Lovey. 

For Baby Bear, the one piece jumpsuit is corduroy, from a vintage dress that belonged to my late Grandma. I thought I would wear it often, but I haven't. When it came down to the wire of making Lil' Lovey's costume, this is the only brown fabric I had. I even had a vintage brown neck zipper to go with it. The crocheted bear hat I found at Natalia Treasures on etsy. She did a great job! She was speedy with her work, and the hat even came with a flower clip. SO CUTE! There was no way I was going to attempt a hat. I'm so glad I found her shop. 
My cute lil' baby bear. Swoon. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sewing for Kindergarten: The Ultimate Swing Dress and No Sew Leather Vest

Welcome! I'm participating in a series post called Sewing for Kindergarten. Mie, from 
Sewing Like Mad, was kind enough to let me join in on the fun. This is her third year hosting this annual series, and it's pretty awesome! I looked back on her first two years and saw some awesome creations.

I was super excited to participate! I drew up so many designs. I had so many plans. I was determined to make Mary-Elizabeth five outfits, one for each day of the school week. But, alas, we had to move again! This time it was a permanent move. We finally have a house! So, needless to say, I was only able to create one outfit for the series.

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten?
Yes. Mary-Elizabeth is my oldest. Though M.E. has done two years of preschool, starting Kindergarten wasn't too different, except she goes 5 days a week rather than 3. She is what they call an "Early Bird" (half day morning kinder). Which happens to be the same hours as preschool.

Do you feel like crying or celebrating?
Both. I celebrate her education. I have invested a lot into it over the past 3 years. But, I literally bawled after dropping her off. I mean, c'mon, my first born is not a baby anymore. She is growing up into such a beautiful little girl and I really want to stop the hands of time and go back to the days when she would let me cuddle her.

And what about your child?
She was really nervous. Since we moved states, she knew she wouldn't be seeing her preschool friends, and that she would have to make new ones. But, she adapts so well and makes friends very easily.

What kind of school does your child attend?
Public. I'm a supporter of all education, but the majority of children in our nation attend public schools, and every child's education matters, whether they belong to us or our neighbor down the street. Every child matters. My hopes and dreams were to put M.E. in a private school or a Year Round School, but that didn't happen. And that's okay. As long as I'm still invested in her education, she will be fine.

Question to my kindergartner: What has been the best and worst part so far?
The best part is recess and making friends. The worst part is homework.

From my five designs, M.E. requested the Swing Dress. She wanted something comfortable, girly, and twirling capabilities is a must. She wanted long sleeves for the real winter she will be experiencing for the first time (we aren't in Southern California anymore, Toto). And I decided to make her a leather vest for good measure. They pair really nice together.

The dress fabric is an interlock knit from and the leather is from The Leather Hide Store
The toggles, I bought at JoAnn's.  As for the patterning, I drafted both myself. Drafting a swing dress is really easy. Merrick and Riva both have tutorials, and I've made my own here. The vest, well the drafting wasn't hard, but the cutting was. I have a special leather knife that I used to shape the vest and cut the arm holes.

M.E. loves this new dress and vest, and the recent weather certainly calls for it!

Thanks for having me Mie! Check out the rest of the line up below.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back To School Floral Jumper

I am so glad I made this jumper months ago. As the school season approaches, I realize that I don't have time for ANYTHING! Among the busy tasks of finding us a place to live, kindergarten registration, nap schedules, and a teething 13 month old - life is straight up busy!

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I had a tutorial all set for this dress, but within the process of constant moving, I lost the most important part to it, the measurements. I seriously love this jumper, and I really want to make one for myself!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Matching Birthday Tunics

While on a one night getaway with my husband, last June, we came across a quilt shop and decided to check it out. I cannot remember the name of the shop, but it was in Midway, UT. I fell in love with this Riley Blake ice cream fabric. I also found this adorable coral checkered print cotton to contrast with the light blue of the ice cream fabric. I did a simple pattern draft of the tunics, empire waist bodice, and gathered rectangle skirts. The tunics are fastened with a loop and button in the back at the neck. I really wanted to make the girls these tunics for Maggie's first birthday party. It was Ice Cream themed, so the fabrics worked out perfectly. We offered Chocolate Ice Cream Sodas, Ice Cream Sundaes, and a scoop of Ice Cream in a colorful Cone. The dresses and the party were both a success!
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Me Made Monday: The Tropic Topic

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I found this fantastic tropical floral fabric at JoAnn's. I bought 2 yards of it. The blouse only took one yard, and I used bias tape at the neck line. The elbow length full sleeves are so comfortable. This blouse is lightweight and has been great to wear during these super hot days. I used Simplicity 1364, but, I had to size down a lot.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Me Made Monday: Sweater Kimono DIY

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 I purchased a Girl Charlee June Knit Fix, and I received two yards of this stretch sweater knit. At first I wasn't sure what to do with it. But the idea came to my mind that a Kimono style cardi would look good. And, hey, why not share a DIY out of it! So here it goes.

Click after the jump.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Me Made Monday: Abstract Tent Swing Jumper

I purchased this fabric from Mood in Los Angeles. I saw it featured on their Instagram feed and was so happy to actually come across it in the store.

I originally had plans to add sleeves and make it a dress instead. But, when I tried it on without the sleeves, my husband said it looked really cute how it was, over my black tee. So, I left it. I might add the sleeves later, if I tire of the jumper look. 

The cut is very simple. Using your favorite tank, fold it in half, lengthwise and place on fold of fabric, then using your pins draft out a wide A-line, as wide as your fabric will allow to go, starting from the bust of your tank, cut two on fold. I used 2 yards, but I'm really short (5'2).  

Wednesday's Child: Zigzag Swim Suit

I made this swimsuit for M.E. for her birthday, last March. A fun zigzag print I scored as a half off remnant at JoAnn's. This is a super easy suit to make. I mean, like SUPER EASY. If I had the time to share a tutorial, I would totally do it. So maybe sometime in the future. I'm considering making a matching suit for Magpie. If I do, I could possibly throw down a tutorial.