28 Oct 2014

Cuffed and Color-Blocked Sunday Picnic Dress

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I am so happy to be a part of the Sunday Picnic Dress Tour by Sewpony Vintage I think you can see why.
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I  just love the adorable vintage styling of this pattern and I couldn't resist whipping one up for Hannah.  
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Since we're smack dab in the middle of autumn now, I decided to go directly into dark autumnal colors with this deep plum-colored fabric and play with some color blocking for the details.  The pattern has options for long sleeves, elbow-length sleeves, or a sleeveless fully-lined bodice, but I opted for something in the middle and made a 3/4 length sleeve and slightly oversized flip-up cuffs.
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I lined the dress with this dusty pink fabric, and as I ironed the front bodice of the dress I pulled just a sliver of the pink out and topstitched it down.  This gave a little more definition to this spot and the appearance of piping.  
(Also, I have always considered doing a collection of photos in which one of my children is holding my lens cap, because this always seems to happen.  Anyone else?)
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While I was taking Hannah's pictures Chris and Jayce were nearby working on riding his bike without training wheels.  He had a few good stretches of success and Hannah kept dibs on him the whole time and periodically cheered him on.  Such a good little sister! 
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Back to the dress, the collar is a muted shade of aqua blue, but the zipper color isn't subtle at all.  The pattern calls for an invisible zip but I didn't have any on hand, and when I was flipping through my (small) stash of zippers I saw this one and knew that it was meant to be.  Right?!  Plum fabric with contrasting aqua accents is my dream. :)
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The dress is a fast sew, even with the zipper installation.  Suzanne's pattern provides a detailed photo tutorial that walks you right through it.  
There is a 15% discount during the pattern tour which is today until Friday the 7th of November with the code SUNDAYTOUR15, so head on over to her shop to pick up one for yourself.
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 But wait, there's even more Sunday Picnic Dresses for you to check out today!
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Victoria from As It Seams and Rachel from Stitched Together have both made stunning Sunday Picnic Dresses that they are sharing in detail on their blogs today.  Click over to see their dresses and don't forget to check in with Suzanne at Sewpony over the next few weeks to see these bloggers' gorgeous works as well.
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**I was provided a copy of this pattern for free for participating in the pattern tour, but I was delighted to do so because I love the design and my enthusiasm is completely sincere.**

24 Oct 2014

On Making A Rain Jacket from A Table Cloth

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When I sawFive and Ten Designs Volume 2 was all about jackets, I was so excited.
 I have been on a bit of a jacket-making kick lately.  I made four other jackets for my kids in the past three months: a 3/4 sleeve swing coat and a spring bomber jacket for Hannah, and a lightweight zip up and knight hoodie for Jayce.  But there is a major void in my kids' outerwear, and the need for it in London is no joke.  
They need rain gear.

22 Oct 2014

Two Wides Make a Right

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My friends, I am very sorry that it has finally turned off cold in the mid-west.  But for some odd reason, it is still relatively warm here in London.  Don't kill me for saying so, because it will probably still be chilly here when you are wearing your spring clothes. (I'm thinking of last year when it snowed while we were doing our Easter Egg hunt.)  I know that the days of thick sweaters and and wolly hats are ahead of us, but while we are enjoying the last few gusts of warmish autumn air, I had to get Hannah into this all-wide ensemble.
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I'm not sure why she decided to plop right down, but we went with it.  What other options are there for sassy 3 year olds who are being photographed?

21 Oct 2014

Floral Color-Blocked Syrah Skirt for Perfect Pattern Parcel #6

Syrah Skirt at Our Family Four 7Well folks, it's about that time again.  Perfect Pattern Parcel time.
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You already know that I love this company.  A collection of fantastic patterns at a discount, YOU CHOOSE the price, all proceeds go to charity.  Money saver, wardrobe filler, do good-er.  Check, check and check.  I have sewed previous parcels for myselffor Jayce, and for Hannah, and now it's back to me again. :)  You can only get this collection for a limited time, so get it now, here.

16 Oct 2014

The Robin Hood Marathon

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A few weeks ago we all went to Nottingham for a long weekend so that Chris and Chelsea could run the Robin Hood Marathon there on Sunday morning.  We kicked around a bit on Friday after we got in, visited Wayne Manor on Saturday (more on that later) and on Sunday the runners headed out for a long morning.

14 Oct 2014

Around Here: Chelsea, Masters Degree, and Moving

 If it seems like things have been particularly quiet around here again, they haven't.  That is, unless by "around here" you mean "on the computer," in which case they have.  I have had more problems with my hands, and working on the computer just doesn't really work for me at the moment.  If you were thinking yourself, "Why in the world are you typing this blog if you're having so many problems with your hands?"  The answer, thanks to my amazing and full of helpful info brother, is that I am currently using a Siri like device on my computer.
And it is awesome.  Awesome.
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 Anyway, the first and biggest change around our household in the last week is that our fifth family member moved back to the US.
 You might be wondering to yourself, "Sooooo, does that mean that Chelsea is finish with her masters degree?" And the answer to that is yes!  In fact, she killed it.

30 Sep 2014

They Get Sick

IMG 5419It has come to my attention since being a parent that kids often have a particular way that sickness manifests itself in each child.  Some kids are highly susceptible to tummy bugs, others  ear/sinus/chest infections, some it's croup, and many other horrible things to keep your kids on medicine and you up at night.

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