Teal Knit Romper & Some Exciting News

I am really excited to share today's post with you! I had to finish a few things up before I could, and now the day is here that I can finally share my news!

First, I'm going to share the details on the romper I posted on Instagram back in March. If you're too impatient to wait until the end, scroll to the bottom to see the news.

Otherwise, here's a closer look at the teal knit romper!

This is the Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection. I absolutely love this pattern. It features a fitted bodice, with a fun scoop back. The legs are baggy, harem style, with a cuff at the ankles. The wide legs make it really easy to move in, while the cuffs prevent there from being any loose fabric to trip over.

I think the scoop back is adorable. It's a simple feature, but it really takes a basic pattern up a notch, and I think it's a nice little girly detail. 
What I love most about this is how easy it is for Addison to play in. There's no closures (no snaps, zippers, ties, etc) so it literally just slips on and off. Even with Addison still in diapers, the fabric and the style make it easy to slip down for diaper changes and pull right back up to get on with play time. 
I really want to dress her in this outfit everyday, but since I only do laundry once a week, I'll have to make more of them before I can do that. 

And now for the news....

That's right! The past couple months I've been working on getting a little shop set up. 

The first item to be listed is this very romper! The teal knit romper will be available in sizes 18 months to 4T. There will be 5 available during this first sale!

Custom items are always available as well. 

Each of the items in my shop are handmade to order, and there are limited quantities! 

I'd love for you to visit the shop and check it out! I will be adding new items in regularly and can't wait to show you what will be next!

Thank you all for your support! 

**If you're curious about the new look of the blog and the logo work, all credit goes to Amanda of AmandaBurgDesigns. Be sure and visit her shop if you need any brand work done!


easter dress (maybe?)

This post has been a long time coming! I finished this dress a couple weeks ago and I've just been sitting around waiting to share it.

I am sharing what will hopefully be Addison's Easter dress. I say hopefully because you never know what's going to happen lol! There have been many times I have wanted her to wear a certain outfit on a certain day and then, life happens, and we end up in some leggings and a t-shirt!

I've waited to share because I was debating on if I should take pictures of her in it on Easter or just go ahead and share it. Since life with a toddler is so uncertain, I decided to just go ahead and share it! So, for now, I've got shots of the outfit, and hopefully, come Easter Sunday, we'll have shots of her in it, too!

This pattern is the Madeline Dress from Me Sew Crazy. It's a free pattern in sizes 2T-6, so if you like it, make sure you go grab it over on Jess's website.

What I love about this dress is that it's really easy to get creative with it. Not only is the bodice lined, but it also has what I call an "inner bodice" and an "outer bodice" which means you can have some fun mixing and matching prints and colors. I kept mine pretty simple because this was another "use what I've got" project, but I have some ideas for a few more.

The fabric I used was 2 cuts that were given to me by my grandmother. The one that I used on the inner bodice with the little flowers was also what I used on my Spring Romper. The other was this beautiful yellow gingham which I absolutely love. I don't know where she got this one, but I've got my eye on some others because right now I just want to sew all things gingham.

The pattern is pretty simple. It's a lined bodice and Jess gives great instructions for that, and then it's a gathered skirt. Just like Jess recommends, I would say to follow her guide and hem the skirt pieces before you start to gather them and attach them to the bodice.

This dress gave me another opportunity to practice sewing button holes. I love the automatic button hole feature on my Bernina 1630. I think most sewing machines have this now, so make sure you pull out your manual and give that feature a shot! I don't use the automatic button feature to put the actual buttons on, though. Something about sewing buttons on by hand just makes it feel special.

The bloomers pictured are not part of the pattern, but I thought she needed something to go with it, so I put them together with the rest of the yellow gingham fabric I had (so sad that it's gone, must get more!).

I ended up getting one shot of her in this dress, before she completely lost it...Hopefully she likes it better come Easter morning!

What's your plan for Easter? Do you find something special to wear? Do you go the matching route, coordinating route, or just hope everyone shows up without dirt on their faces?


spring romper

March is here and while some people are feeling the first signs of Spring, I feel like the weather has been the same here in Baton Rouge since January. Every now and then we have a cold day, but for the most part, it's been pretty nice here. The down side, no cute winter clothes. The up side, we get to spend more time outside, which keeps me and my toddler both a lot happier.

Now that we are approaching months where it will just continue to warm up until it's unbearably hot, I am starting to think about all the spring and summer patterns I want to sew. Plus, there are so many fun fabrics out there in all sorts of spring and summer colors. 

While I dream about all of those things, I decided I needed to save some money and use up some more of the fabrics I have on hand. I've been gifted a lot of fabrics from family and friends and every time I pull out a new pattern, I've been able to put bits and pieces of them together. 

However, this time I went rogue. I didn't use a pattern. There were ups and downs to this decision. The upside was that I had a dream for an outfit and I was able to make it happen without being limited to pattern options and instructions. The downside is that I am still learning how to put together an outfit just from measurements and this one may only last us a month (or a week) depending on how much more my baby girl grows this season.

All in all though, I really love this outfit. The fabrics are perfect. Cute, but also sturdy and ready for playtime. I love that it's all one piece and I also love the ease of just tying up the straps. Although, Addison wasn't a huge fan of those ties, so next time, I might just do snaps or buttons.

While I was thinking about this one, I had a lot of time to think about what I want out of the clothing I make for my daughter and why I love creating it myself. I adore all of the cute baby clothes I see, but some of them just aren't practical for our lifestyle or her age right now. Yes, I will make her some cute dresses for holidays and special occasions, but for everyday I like cute and practical. To me, this means something that she can move in easily, something that is easy to get on and off, and something that is easy to care for. In making her clothes, I love that I can take all of those things and then find a pattern and fabric that also make it cute and fun. Because let's face it, right now I get to make all her clothing decisions, but it won't always be that way.

What do you look for in your child's clothing? Do you feel like it has changed over time as your kids get older?

Coming up soon, I'll be sharing some Easter inspiration as well as the latest thing I made for myself!