Friday, September 18, 2015

Make It Mine Challenge!

I am participating the the Make it Mine Challenge this year, hosted by Whimsical Fabric. Basically, they give you three fabric line choices, from Art Gallery fabrics, that you must feature in your designs, and you can enter multiple projects. The winner gets a Janome sewing machine and tons of beautiful fabric, gift cards, and free patterns. It was a no brainer to compete in this.

I was naturally drawn to the Curiosities line. It took me a good while to figure out exactly what patterns to use and with which fabric. I am happy I took my time when ordering the fabric, because I am in love with how my projects turned out. I have also never sewn with Art Gallery fabric before, and I must say, it was so nice. I may be addicted.

My first outfit is the City Girl Romper by Lil Luxe Collection. I modified it slightly by adding sleeves. It was the first time I had ever drafted a sleeve pattern from scratch, and there were definitely some outtakes before I got it right.

My second project is a knit cardigan. I used the Aster pattern from Willow and Co. My love for this pattern runs deep.

My third project is the Limon Dress, also from Willow and Co. They really put out some amazing patterns.

Those pleats!!

All three fabrics are from the same line, so they all coordinate perfectly. I wanted to create different looks using the same pieces, and layering is a great way to accomplish that. I had some left over fabric, so I made some accessories also. Namely, a fabric necklace with marbles inside, a hair bow, and an infinity scarf. So fun for fall!

Now for the fun pictures....modeled! Avery was such a good sport. It was actually really cold during our photo shoot, so she tried her best to not shiver during it all. Poor girl.


I really loved creating these interchangeable outfits, and participating in this amazing contest. Even if I don't win, Avery has some awesome wardrobe staples now, I have some dang cute pictures of my growing girl, and I got learned some new skills. Can't beat that.

Off topic true story: while taking these pictures, in the Wyoming wilderness, we quite literally heard a bear roar/growl pretty close to us. That quickly wrapped up our photo shoot. "C'mon, into the car, in the car, hurry, hurry." I was totally freaked out, especially since it was just Avery and I. When we got in the car Avery said, "Whew! That was close! We won't get eaten now, mom." My heart is still racing!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Art Museum Trousers for Dutch

My little guy has one pair of trousers that he wears every Sunday. They are the only ones that fit his skinny little body well, and the only ones he looks adorable in. Unfortunately Dutch has outgrown said pants and has been wearing high waters to church for the past couple of months. Its so funny when I compare his wardrobe to my girls'. They have at least 8 dresses each that they could rotate between each Sunday...and Dutch has one single, solo outfit. I sort of love how minimal it is with boys and really, how little I care about what he is wearing.

That said, I couldn't deny anymore that the dude needed some new church pants. I looked online (since I can't physically shop anywhere now that I live in very rural Wyoming) and didn't really find anything I liked. Old Navy had a decent option, but they were $17 bucks! So I decided I would make him some new ones, and learn some new skills while I was at it, since I don't sew pants that often.

I researched a ton of patterns, and finally settled on the Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers. It was the most expensive pattern I have ever bought, but the great thing about patterns is I can use it over and over again as he grows. So I look at it more as an investment, plus an opportunity to become a more well-rounded seamstress. At least that's what I'm telling myself, and my husband. 
To off-set the cost of the pattern, for the fabric I up-cycled a pair of thrifted pants I got for a whopping 25 cents. Score!