Friday, May 9, 2014

Shoreline Boatneck 2.0

This is the second shirt I have made from the Shoreline Boatneck pattern from Blank Slate Patterns.  This time I used a super soft Brazilian Cotton I found in the 20% off remnant bin at Measure: A Fabric Parlor in Savannah, GA on vacation.  I had never even heard of Brazilian Cotton but I love it! So soft and easy to sew with and I love the color.  I really like the fit of this shirt, I cut the Large with no modifications.  I love wearing clothing I've sewn for myself so I cannot wait to make myself more shirts and try a dress!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Shoreline Boatneck Test

I was so excited to be able to test a new pattern the Shoreline Boatneck for Blank Slate Patterns.  I made the Blank Tank for my daughter last summer and really loved the pattern, it fit very well and was easy to sew especially for my first time sewing with knits.  It was exactly what she wanted, simple, nothing fancy but you could play with colors to fit your own personality.

I really loved the Shoreline Boatneck pattern, it fit very well with no alterations, I used the measurements on the pattern to find my size.

There are 3 sleeve length options, I chose the elbow length and added elastic to help hold them up, I love 3/4 sleeves and always push them up around my elbow so I wanted them to stay, it worked perfectly.

The sleeves were very comfortable around my shoulders and not restricting at all, I also really liked the tip to stitch in the ditch along the shoulder seams to hold down the facing so you didn't have to top stitch around the whole neckline for a cleaner finish if you choose. This pattern can be made from woven or knit fabric, and has a dress option. I can't wait to make some more, I really want to try it in knit.  I really love Melissa's lace version but do not think I am brave enough to sew with lace yet!

You can purchase the pattern and make one yourself here!  Blank Slate Patterns Shoreline Boatneck

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's "Dance"

We've been talking about Valentine's Day and all the fun things the girls get to do this week at school.  Unfortunately some of the fun will be cut out from all the snow we will get Wednesday night into Thursday but hopefully they will get to exchange valentine's at least.  Payton has music class on Friday on Valentine's Day and her music teacher said they would partner up a girl with a boy and dance. We were asking her who she would want to dance with and she got all shy and wouldn't say anything.  Payton told Tung this afternoon that Reagan told her if she had to pick someone in her class to dance with that she would choose James because he is cute, sweet and he listens.  That is so funny to me because James really is cute and sweet, he always wears the same grey and lime green sweatshirt when I see him at school, it makes me laugh for her to say that he listens because if you know Reagan, you know she likes a good story.  I'm sure James has heard more than a few of these stories.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Peasant Dress

My cousin asked me to make dresses for two of her girls out of her husband's old Army uniform shirts.  I was nervous to cut them up, but he said he had more than he needed so just to go for it!  The dress she liked immediately made me think of the Perfect Peasant Dress, I have seen the pattern many times but had never made a Peek a Boo pattern before.  It was a lot of fun to make and the directions were so easy to follow! I loved finishing the sleeves and neckline with the elastic, but really need to invest in a bodkin, pulling it through the slim casing with a safety pin is hard on the fingers! I have already purchased the Lily Blazer pattern and cannot wait to make that for my daughter.

This dress is a  Size 5 for my little cousin Kenadie.  I hope she likes it.  I have one more to make in a Size 7.  I am going to make that one with the camo on the bodice and use the tan fabric for the skirt with a pink sash.  I also think I will make a pink flower to put around the neckline or to wear in their hair.  

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Payton's homework last night was to ask 4 adults what they were afraid of so they could use the information today to do a graphing activity in Math.  Payton asked her Grandma, she said snakes.  She asked Grammy, she said spiders, I said I was afraid of flying and Tung said snakes.  We asked Reagan what she was afraid of, she said Monsters.

Reagan said to Tung this morning, "I know what you're afraid of Daddy, you're afraid to wrestle someone bigger than you because they would crush you".  Then Payton says "yeah, they would crush his glasses too" and then they both crack up.  I love when they both gang up on their Daddy to make fun of him, he needs a little joking back to balance what he gives to everyone else all the time!