Halloween 2015

This costume may always be my favorite. (Although, this year’s is becoming a very close second.)

Amelia Earhart costume, plane and all!!

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I had so much fun designing this entire costume.

The jacket was a thrift store find. I took the patch on the right off and sewed on a solid color knit around the bands.

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I made the aviator cap, the goggles, pants, a scarf, and boots. (The fabulous boots pattern is from here.)

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I was especially particular how I wanted to design the plane. I really wanted to model it after Earhart’s red Lockheed Vega plane.

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Boxes, red duct tape, a wagon, red paint, and my little helper.

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I used my Cricut Explorer to cut the letters and decals. (I LOVE this  machine. I have many Cricut projects I need to share.)

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The propeller was a bit of a challenge. I didn’t take in consideration the need to navigate the wagon with the handle. I had to make several adjustments and ended up making it so the propeller could be taken off if needed.

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Our little Lady Lindy

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We went to a Halloween party and Miss Rey won best kids costume. :)

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Deciding on a costume for this year was tough after this costume. So, I went through our favorite books……

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I love it. More on this costume coming up next post.

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Quick Sews and Fabric

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A little something different than what I typically sew. I recently was selected to sew up these strike-off fabrics from Peek-A-Boo fabrics. This is my first time sewing with Peek-A-Boo fabrics and I can’t get over the quality! Seriously. The fabric is thick and super soft. The difference compared to the local big chain fabric store is….well, there’s just no comparison. I have only ordered  knit fabric online once before and I was very disappointed. It was very thin and the stretch was terrible. Although at the time, I didn’t truly understand the ‘weight’ of fabric. Now that I do and I have felt the difference, my fabric budget will need to be adjusted accordingly. ;)

This panel and coordinating fabric is part of Peek-A-Boo’s back to school line. Pre-order closes June 6th, so you may want to hop on over there and place your order before it’s all gone.

The tank pattern is by Brindle & Twig. It’s perfect for summer and is a very quick and easy sew.

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This skirt pattern by Bella Sunshine Design is also a very quick and easy sew. I love it! I’m not really the twirling skirt/dress type of mom, but look at that twirl! It also has attachable shorts for underneath. I’ll for sure be making a bunch more of these skirts for summer.

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Up next……one of my favorite things, large template plastic! :)

I’d Rather Sew than Buy

I might be obsessed with sewing. I’m not new to sewing, but this past year my sewing has certainly reached a new level. So much, I’d rather sew an outfit for my daughter than buy one. By no means do I plan on having a mom made only wardrobe for my daughter, but my trips to Target are greatly decreasing. The shorts below are one Target trip that didn’t happen. I planned on buying my daughter jean shorts to wear with this blouse I made for her. Instead, this happened. Mom made jean shorts. :)

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I have been sewing off and on for 20 plus years. If I count home economics in high school, even longer. One of my favorite movies in high school was Pretty in Pink. Partially because of the whole opposite social class love struggle, but mostly because Andie upcycled her prom dress and it was fabulous! I wished to be that good.

I still have and use my first sewing machine I received when I was 20 years old. Many years ago I opened an online children’s clothing boutique. I quickly learned selling handmade clothing was not for me and closed my shop about 2 years later. The time and pressure selling handmade clothing took away the enjoyment. I’ll admit I’m very flattered when friends tell me I should sell what I sew, but I have no desire to do that again. Although, if I ever got offered a job making comic con costumes, I would totally take it. ;)

Here is our extraordinary girl wearing her mom made clothes. This makes me happy.

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And then there’s those shoes! A $5 second hand store find. Second hand finds might be another obsession of mine.

The lovely top pattern is The Haven Acres Blouse by Jennuine Design.
The wonderful shorts pattern is Pixie Shorts by Big Little.