An Azur Swimsuit

A couple of years ago, I discovered I could sew swimsuits for my girls. I was empowered, if not captivated. I made five Cosi swimsuits in a row, two of which were for Indigo.

She wore those swimsuits frequently and the fabric held up amazingly well. It didn't fade nearly as much as the store-bought swimsuits we've owned. My double needle stitching held up admittedly less well and popped in several places. (I can't seem to make the double needle work with my machine, but that's another story!) Even still, the swimsuits were perfectly wearable and worn they were!


Two More Hummingbird Dresses

After I made Iris' first hummingbird dress here, I knew I wanted to make a few more for my girls to get us through the summer.  The pattern is so simple and fast and the dresses are so light and breezy.

We checked our extended forecast recently and it displayed consecutive 100 degree days with no rain in sight.  Sigh.  So light and breezy dresses are good ones.  :)


Anspired :: A Hanami romper

Hello and happy Friday!  Today I am so excited to be part of a surprise called Anspired.  Spearheaded by Suz of Sewpony Vintage, several sewing bloggers and I are sharing creations that have been inspired by An, the designer extraordinaire behind Straightgrain patterns.

I have a special place in my heart for An being that her Hanami pattern was and is one of my all-time favorite patterns.  This pattern played an enormous role in helping me finding my style.  The style of the dress was different than anything else I had seen on the pattern market at the time and I loved everything about it.   I went on to make many Hanami dresses!


A Hummingbird Dress and Felt Flower Crown

Summer is officially here and while we lucked out with unseasonably cool temperatures for a long while, that's now a thing of the past and the sweltering heat has set in at full force.

I was in search of a simple little sundress pattern for my girls, something breezy, light, and cool.  I discovered the Hummingbird dress on Erin's feed on Instagram.

As an aside, I have to say that Instagram is where I get most of my inspiration these days, even over Pinterest.  There's so much beauty there!


The Miss Polly Dress in Kaufman Railroad Denim

Hello, Hello!  I took an unintentionally long blogging break as we wrapped up our homeschooling year, completed 21 hours of standardized testing, and took a celebratory road trip getaway to the Texas coast, where unfortunately both Iris and Hazel were very sick with a stomach virus.  After all of that, I needed to sit and just stare out the window for awhile.  But, with five kids, that obviously didn't happen, either.  Haha!  Anyway, I'm back, today with the Miss Polly dress by Suz of Sewpony Vintage.

 I had hoped to take photos of this dress while we were away at the ocean.   I hemmed it just moments before we were about to leave.  I didn't want to make my family wait, so I zipped it through my serger and then my sewing machine, pedal-to-the-metal style.  I was quite proud of myself for how quickly I hemmed it. No one even seemed to notice.

It wasn't until Indigo was struggling to put on the dress while we were on our getaway that I realized I  had accidentally sewn the front inner skirt panel to the back skirt, making it literally impossible to put on.  womp womp


Another Mori Dress in Double Gauze

After I made Iris' Mori dress, I knew I wanted to make one for Tia, too.

Tia and Iris have been in the cutest stage recently where they love to dress alike.  Since they don't have matching dresses, this often requires them to pair leggings with a tshirt - worn backward so any differences like a flower, bow or pizzazz-y print are facing the back.  From the front, it appears as though they match perfectly.