A Swingset Skirt, Ottobre top, and Raising Our Kids in Accordance with Their Way

This past summer, I had plans to teach Indigo how to sew.  She's 9 1/2 and such a capable girl.  She loves knitting and felting and working with her hands.  She's creative and artistic.   Sewing seemed like a natural fit.

We had fun picking out fabric together.  We printed and tiled the pattern together.  I showed her how to lay out a pattern on the fabric in the correct way.  Then it was time to sew.


Mini Tania Culottes for Miss Tarikua

Last winter, Megan Nielsen asked if I wanted to review her children's patterns.  I made five mini briar tops and three mini virgina leggings.  Needless to say, I was a fan! :P  I was eager to try the mini tania pattern as well.

Like her other patterns, this one does not disappoint! The instructions are extremely thorough and easy to follow.  It's a fantastic pattern for the beginner and experienced sewer alike.  Also, the fit is spot on.


A Hanami Romper, a Birthday, and Bumping Up Against our Limits

Last week, we celebrated Hazel's second birthday.  Two!  It feels like just yesterday I was sitting at the kitchen table, 41 1/2 weeks pregnant, wondering if I might be the first person to be pregnant forever.

Simultaneously, it also feels like it's been about a decade since I've been able to sit down for more than a minute or two, before Hazel is into something.  I know someday this stage will feel like a blip on the radar, too.  So there you have it, folks.  Time is a weird thing, isn't it?


A Geranium Dress and Letting Your Light Shine

This summer, one tragic thing after another has happened in our world.  It's easy to feel despondent.  Yet, even in the darkness, so many people are shining brightly in their love and goodness toward humanity.  Unfortunately, those people don't tend to make news headlines.

I wanted to honor a woman named Chrystal whose light has inspired me.  She has three biological children and added a fourth child to her family through adoption through the US foster care system.  She not only welcomed this beautiful child into her family but has opened her heart to her daughter's birth mother who had aged out of the foster care system.

Chrystal also started an organization called Foster Village Austin, as a way to support foster and adoptive families.


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.  :)