Little LadyBug

It is so hard to get a picture of this little stinker. I'm a poor photographer to begin with, add a runaway toddler and you've got a mess. I hate to think what my pictures would have looked like in the "olden days" before digital cameras. We probably wouldn't have any pictures of anyone actually looking at the camera. Well, at least you get the idea. Just don't compare my photos to the dozens of bloggers who own really great cameras and have super photography skills.

I made these super easy pants for Miss A recently. They were so easy I made them during her nap time, start to finish. It's really a good feeling to complete a project, especially when I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of half finished products in my craft room.The prints are a little wild, but they look so darn cute together I couldn't resist. I made a top to match it, but she can remove it too easily. It's just not worth the effort it takes to chase her down and try to put it back on her 12 times a day. So we'll stick with a not so easy to remove shirt for now.

Fabric: Joann (lime green with ladybugs and red with white polka dot)

Pattern: Britches and Bloomers by Jackie Clark designs (purchased at Farmhouse Fabrics). I shortened the leg length to make them capris and added 1/4" to the ruffle at the bottom to make it easier to hem. I have great difficulty with narrow hems (it's my chubby fingers) and adding to the ruffle length made it much easier to press and sew.

My Favorite Creation, So Far

So far, this is my favorite thing I've made for Miss A. I think it's the print for the top that I love, maybe it's just the bright, happy colors. I almost hated cutting the fabric to make the top, I adore it so much. I love that quilt fabrics are so hip. They are no longer the pioneer calicos they used to be. I also love that quilt stores are everywhere! It's so conventient to be surrounded by so much inspriation. Not so good for my wallet, but great for my creativity!
Pattern: New Look 6473
Fabric: Micheal Miller, Carnival Bloom. The polka dot for the yoke is Deb Strain for Moda
Shoes: Pediped

How many dresses can one girl have?

Not like she needs more dresses, or clothes. It's just so fun to shop for a little girl. Especially a little girl who doesn't yet have an opinion about what to wear.
This is a jumper I made for Miss A. At first, I thought the fabric would be too busy for a baby. But I'm glad I took a risk because I love it! We get so many compliments when she wears it.
Pattern: Simplicity 4711
Fabric: Michele D'Amore for Marcus Brothers textiles. The neckline and arm holes have baby piping made from a turqouise fabric from the same collection. I added turqouise grosgrain ribbon at the waist and it ties in back. The onesie is from Target.

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I Sew Stuff

Yes, I sew stuff. Mostly, I sew stuff for me and my family. I don't really like sewing for other people. Not because I don't enjoy the praise, it's just that I really like the "whole" creative experience. I love fabric stores, sketching out ideas, and even being awakened in the early morning with an idea I just have to sew.
I'm not so good at making other people's creative vision a reality. If you want me to sew something for you I will probably say "Yes" but I will wish I had said "No". It's not that I don't like you, It's just that once I say yes, I feel all this extra pressure. Thoughts run through my head like, "Crap, I gotta get that done", "I hate hemming pants, I don't even hem my own", "Oh, this isn't good enough for someone else"or "Next time I'm charging $100 an hour because this is taking a lot longer than I thought."

So here is what I will do instead:

How about I post pictures, ideas and patterns on this blog and you can do it yourself?
Your creativity via inspiration from me. You can take the credit, I don't mind.