New addition's

It's here! it's here! Sprout's new friend has arrived.
My dear friend Lindsay from Hedgehog & Rabbit has made a new darling collection "Dolly, The Handmade Friend". They are just adorbs!. She had just started posting pictures on IG (Instagram) of a few she had made. I took one look at the picture and just fell in love with one. She was going to be selling them at a Farmers Market where she lives, so I hoped (fingers crossed) that the one I liked would still be available. I left her a comment about it and she replied that the Dolly I wanted was! (wooo hooo!) She makes different styles also child/baby safe as well. She's even making some with different colored hair.

 Sprout loved it too I guess, since she practically tore it out of my hands when I opened the package.
To my surprise (well I knew just wasn't expecting what else came) there were some other goodies in the package also.


Bug got a new furry little pal (That he named Fluff) to go along with another character he picked out from Lindsay's lovely bunch of creations Fuzzy Bean. Fluff is a mini bean that is also a magnet. :)
I got a cute little spool necklace, some wooden gift tags, and some great red polk-a-dot material. It was a wonderful package to receive.

If you get a chance, Go check out Lindsay's shop!. Her creations are just awesomesauce! (yes i said that) Just click on the button to the right over there. The one with the cute little Sloth couple.
 

Flutter top Knock off

While scouring the Clearance racks a few days before Thanksgiving I found this cute top by Mossimo. I scored it for $6.00. Yes this is what I wore for Turkey Day. :)

 
So on Saturday, what? you really thought I'd go out on Black Friday, with an 8yr old and a 10month old?!?! hahahaha! yeah no.... (This mama doesn't do that. It's safer for the people that do go out from me and my big mouth.) *^_^*
Anyway, on Saturday the 24th it was Shop Small. I decided to go to Rainbow Fabrics instead of Jo-Ann's like I normally do. I've never been in but they had lots of gorgeous fabrics. The personnel was so helpful and kind. Especially having 2 littles with me it was a breeze to get in and out. I found a gorgeous jersey knit fabric with a tiger print (can you tell i like stripes??) on it in their clearance stash for only $1.50 a yard.
                                                                                         
Sorry picture isn't all that great, flash went off when it wasn't supposed to... grrr but it's a light roseish/tan with black stripes. I had the perfect project in mind for it when I spotted it. To make a replica of my Mossimo Turkey Day top. :) yay.
 
I don't do measurements well off of pre made items (never comes out right when I try to). So I drew out my own pattern, like so:
 


 
 I know very odd shapes. Maybe when I've had a little more experience making patterns I can turn this into a tutorial and printable pattern. (not yet there though sorry, it's not you it's me.)
Here's where I started sewing it: (Only the second time working with Jersey knit. First attempt, well lets not go there shall we)


About an hour and a crying baby later,
Ta Da!!, Finished knock off...


I need to fix the sirring in the front (it's a little to big other wise) But I'm happy with the turn out. (Sorry for the really bad lighting/bathroom shot)



 
 

Baby Jean upgrade

Did you ever realize how fast babies grow?!? I mean really. It's insane. Then it's like the sizes they should be wearing aren't right either. Sprout is 9months and is wearing 6-9 months in some outfits. Pants depending on what they are can go anywhere from 3-6 to 9months. I'm half tempted to just stop shopping for clothes for Lil' miss Sprout and just start making her clothes my self all together. Lol. I'm just tired of getting things and they don't fit right. So anyway (sorry about my rant there). Here's a little upgrade for those pesky clothes that are still wearable and just need a few tweaks.
 Well of course Pinterest is an inspiration here. (If you have not experianced Pinterest yet... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!) If only I had enough money for everything I have pinned to try from that site..... oh the Joy I would have. *^_^*

Here is the Pin from Pinterest:
(the photo is from Totsy.com where they sell the pants like this.)
 
I decided to take Sprout's bottoms that still fit her waist and just lengthin them this way. I thought this was such a cute idea. Saves money and your child gets more use out of their clothes. Perfect for Sprout, I've had many clothes that she's only been able to wear once because she out grows them too fast.
 
Here's her cute little 3-6 month jeans:
They have become capri pants on her. Which would be fine if it was still the season for it. But it's fall and she needs to cover her little legs.

Here's the upgrade:

I opened up the hem on the bottom to give me a flatter area to sew onto and add about a half inch to the jean length. The black is a cotton fabric. I cut two strips to add about 3 inches to the pants. The finnishing touch was the little pink bows I had. Just to add that little something.


Here she is with a whole new outfit for fall: (The coat is from the previous blog post  Cute fall Swin Coat)

 
 




Cute fall Swing coat

So it's fall here in California (finally!) and now it's a scramble to get nice warm-ish clothes for Lil' Sprout. (Which of course if you have kids, and a little girl, you know how expensive it can be) Unfortunately she is a lot like me and Bug and we get hot very easily. So I tend to have to watch what I get her material/ clothes wise.
Well I found some nice semi warm long sleeved onesies and a great free pattern from The Mother Huddle for a coat. It's call the Central Park Swing coat.
(Click picture to be taken to the blog tutorial and pattern)

It's more like a capelet to me. But it's still very cute and I figured I'll later play around with the pattern and create full sleeves for it. It's actually a pattern sized for 3-5T, so I tweaked it a bit to make it work for 9month old Sprout.
So I searched through Jo-Ann's fabric's till I found the perfect print in fat quaters for this cute coat. I was able to use 2 fat quaters, plus I had just enough of some plain flannel fabric left over from making Bug's Link costume.

Here's the fabric I chose. The tan/brown fabric is the left over flannel I had. This print was very cute. Reminded me of peacock tail feathers. It's a pretty coral pink type color.
 
 
I added a bit to the front of the coat to overlap. I was going to make it a button up, but then decided to close with snaps. I Like that it's also a reversible coat as well since so much of Sprouts wardrobe has prints on them.
 
Here's the coat finished.
 
 
 
Here's Lil' Miss Sprout in her new coat last night after I finished it. (Note the pj's. lol)

(I think she Loves it!)