Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Carly Bubble Romper

My older sister is pregnant with twin girls so I couldn't resist making them some cute outfits! 

Her husband, E.J., said that he didn't want the girls matching all the time. I decided to listen
to him this one time and make the girls outfits that were the same style, but different fabric. 

I purchased this adorable pattern from Sew, Mama, Sew!. It's by Sis Boom and called 
the Carly Bubble Romper. It's a bit pricey, ok, really pricey. But totally worth it. There are 3 
different sleeve options and can be made in sizes preemie-24months. When I have
a tiny baby again this pattern will be used many times! 

The pattern itself is incredibly easy to understand. I only had two issues, one being that
 I didn't quite understand how to sew the legs holes so I did my own thing. I ended up 
turning them in and sewing two lines, then feeding the elastic through. 

The second issue was with the snap closure. The pattern says to use interfacing where the
snaps will be, but I think this caused the fabric to be too thick and I had some issues
getting my snaps to stay. I even had my hubs try a few of them...let's just say 
we went through two packages of snaps trying to get them on really tight! 

The next time I make this pattern I won't use the interfacing. However, I did
purchase a cheapo snap fastener from Walmart. It only costs me $12 and the
snaps were $3.58. If you have a heavy duty snap fastener than I'm sure you'll
be fine using the interfacing! 

You don't have to have a snap closure either. Buttons would be fine too! 

The romper is completely lined and will easily fit the twins for awhile.
I made size 3m but with it being a 'bubble' romper I think it could easily
fit 1month to 4months+! 

 Sorry, I can't figure out why some of the pictures are right side up! Dang blogger... 

All the fabric was purchased from Hobby Lobby. My favorite print, the pink/teal/black animals is from their spring collection at $8.99(!) a yard, so make sure you print off a coupon from their website! I, of course, printed mine off and then forgot to hand it over during checkout. Guess that what happens when you have a 3yr old and almost 2yr old not following directions...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Rita Skinny

Shwin Designs just launched their Spring Pattern Collection and, of course, they have some
adorable patterns! Right away I knew I wanted to make G the "Rita Skinny".  I think next
I want to make the "Maggie Mae Tunic". I just checked out their flickr group and love what 
some of the other sewers did with the tunic pattern!

Back to the Rita Skinny though. The pattern was very easy to read and put together. 
My only issue is that Gianna is in between an 18M and 2T. I made the 2T pattern
with the 18M length. I wanted the pants to be more ankle length or even capris. 
They are a bit big still, but hopefully they will fit perfect when spring is finally here! 

I just love them! I think they actually look like store bought pants, which is what
I'm always going for. 

Rolled up for capris!
Love the button details

And pockets in the back!

After a few bribes, I got Gianna to do a 'photo shoot'. She may or may
not have been bribed with croutons...she loves those things!

How can you not love these jeans?! Probably the best pant pattern
I have ever bought/used!