Monthly Archives: March 2013

Basic pocket pants…

My latest sewing for Addie (aka Baby A) is a pair of Basic Pocket Pants from this wonderful book:

Cover of sewing book, Growing Up Sew Liberated: Handmade Clothes and Projects for Your Creative Child

My version:

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This is such a great pattern!  Easy to follow with great tips.  I love how Meg instructs to finish the seams.  I think I will use that technique on many items.

I think the contrasting fabric adds just enough detail to add interest:

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Of course, I love the little truck…

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Addie wore them today, but I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of her.  I’ll try to get one the next time she has them on.  As I said before, she LOVES pockets and these stayed filled most of the day with money, Legos, Cheerios…whatever she could get her cute little two-year-old hands on.


Pattern – Basic Pocket Pants from Growing Up Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee

Main fabric – Michael Miller Madrona Road Farmstead Petal (I bought mine here)

Contrast fabric – Michael Miller Madrona Road Broken Herringbone Pink (I bought mine here)




Chocolate Week???

Have I not been paying attention in recent years?  I just learned today that the third week in March is National Chocolate Week.

The kids and I are very excited about this, I must say.

Now we just have to think of ways to celebrate – every single day.  We like things dipped in chocolate.  Strawberries, Ritz crackers with peanut butter in the middle, marshmallows.  However, I want to try less conventional recipes for using chocolate.  I just came across this recipe for Cincinnati Style Chili that uses some chocolate.  Interesting, but I think I will definitely make it.

Check out this all this deliciousness:


Chocolate Buttermilk Donuts with Salted Caramel Sauce



Chocolate chip cookie dough brownies


sandwiches chocolate

Panini al cioccolato

And while I was searching for chocolate, I found this:

So cute…

I hope you have a wonderful National Chocolate Week!


Pushups Challenge…

I’m joining Elina over at Homeschooling Hearts for her Pushups Challenge.  We have already begun, but it’s not too late to join us!

I was showing my boys the calendar and they said they want to try it with me.

Here’s a calendar that Elina made:


So…are you in?


I just want to…

just want to make beautiful things

The Geranium Dress lured me in…

Have you seen the Geranium Dress over at Made By Rae?  I was looking for a pattern with pockets because my little one LOVES the pockets.  I had heard about this dress by many a sewing blogger, so I dove in and bought the pattern.

Let me just say Rae does not disappoint!  The pattern is super easy to follow and the fact that I only had to print out the pages with the sizes that I needed…perfect.


For my little one, I went with the size 3 bodice and size 2 skirt.  I used a fancier fabric because the dress is for my cousin’s wedding at the end of the month.  The pattern calls for the bodice to be lined, but because of the occasion,  I lined the skirt as well.  I am in the process of adding a ruffle to the lining to make the dress a little fuller.

I decided to make a little belt that Baby A can wear with it.  I just made a simple one using grosgrain ribbon and a snap.



I used covered buttons and snaps for the back closure.  My sewing machine is getting serviced right now, so I had to sew the belt by hand.  I haven’t done anything by hand in so long and I could tell that I needed to practice more.


Here’s a picture of the lining with the ruffle pinned into place.  I discovered that I don’t really care for working with silky fabrics.  It’s pretty and it feels nice, but what a pain!