Change is Good. Right?: E&M Patterns No. 6, Girls Top and Dress

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

My first time EVER doing pintucks. Alison's pattern piece is perfect to help even new seamstresses with this part!
My first time EVER doing pintucks. Alison’s pattern piece is perfect to help even new seamstresses with this part!

A few months ago, back when there was still snow on the ground, I had the opportunity to test the E&M Top #6 for Alison, of E&M Patterns.. Back then, it was just a top. And it was woven. We tested and tested, and so many of us fell in love. But Alison, she’s a perfectionist, I think and just never was quite happy with it. So it got back-burnered. Every once in a while, we would ask her about it, fingers crossed that she was ready to try again. Months went by.

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SewVery Pretty: The SewVery Sunny Dress and Top

Recently, I had the opportunity to test the SewVery Sunny dress and top for Veronica Lovern of SewVery.

One of my sweet blondie sisters! As beautiful outside as they are inside.
Introducing Lexi! One of my sweet blondie sisters! As beautiful outside as they are inside.This is View A, in the top length. It features a face-framing neck ruffle.

Veronica is a really talented designer. I’ve stalked followed her blog for a while now, admiring her skills as a seamstress. As a designer, Veronica does not disappoint. A southerner like myself, Veronica, unlike me (see here and here), learned to sew at the knee of her grandmother and mom. While she earned a degree in Civil Engineering (a woman after my own kiddo’s heart), she retired from airport design/planning to resurrect her mom’s old Bernina (jealous…..) and began sewing for her sweet, adorable Ella. The Sunny Top and Dress pattern is her first pattern to be released for sale. One of many, many more, I hope!

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Happy Mother’s Day

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.~~William Ross Wallace

The first time ever I saw your face...
The first time ever I saw your face…

The Saturday before mother’s day, my girlfriends Heather and Katie and I had a mom’s night out. A local organization called MomsBloom and a local kids and parenting blogger and Facebook friend, Melody of GRKids, joined with our local theater, Celebration Cinemas to host Mom’s Night Out. Our tickets included the movie, a small popcorn, a large soda, and a Mom’s Night Out party with make up application from a local salon, product demonstrations for Things Moms Need. But we’ll get to the movie in a bit.

 

 

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Happy Birthday To Me

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”~~Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

wasted childhoodSo… apparently, I’m officially over the hill. That’s right. This year, I turn 41. In just a few days. Like…. Tuesday. I guess I missed my birthday last year, because I didn’t know I was 40 until just now.

I know. I have no idea when it happened, either. I mean… just last week I was graduating high school! And earlier this week, I was pregnant with my…. 14-year-old?

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For The Birds: Another KCW blog fail

Bluebirds/Singing a song/Nothing but bluebirds/All day long~~Ella Fitzgerald

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI promise… I swear to you on my Kindle’s imaginary stack of the Divergent series e-books (because, really, who buys paper books anymore? I know… I know.. I love the smell, too… And the way I can annoying flip pages while I read… but seriously. Who has space for all these book? Plus, I think if I continued to flip the page corners the way I do, my husband might have to go to jail for murder. And that would be no fun for either of us.)

So, I did sew this top during KCW.

I even had pictures edited and ready to go.

I just didn’t blog it.
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The Lie and the Truth about Marriage: My Truth

A lifetime with the person you love is shorter than you should be prepared to accept.
A lifetime with the person you love is shorter than you should be prepared to accept.

So, I was reading this post that Jeanett over at Life Rearranged linked in her Link Love post today.  And y’all know how I get. I am moved to comment. And then before I know it, I’ve written a novel. Or at least a blog.

Well, I was reading Glennon’s bloggy birthday gift to her husband. And it moved me. It was the most honest thing I’ve ever read about marriage. And then I got to reading the comments. And they started out innocently enough.. Supportive. Encouraging. And then they changed. They just kind of started ticking me off. Because yeah. That might be her truth… and I’m going to share with you my truth… and it’s not your truth, but that doesn’t mean my truth or her truth is any less truthy. Or that our marriages are any less real because they don’t look like yours.

And I sincerely do not understand these women who are so insistent on making themselves feel better that they must tear down everyone else. That if we don’t all look alike, then those of us who look differently should be squashed like pesky flies. Or put in time out like errant children.

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Kids Clothing Week April 2014: Summoning Spring

She loves them, she loves them… knot?

the love me knot shorts
the fit of these short’s was spot on!

Chelsea from Get Your Crap Together Designs recently invited me to test her newest pattern. The Love Me Knot shorts.  And I do. I love those knots! These little shorts remind me of vintage shorts from the 50’s. The sweet little knots and ties hanging down sweet chubby baby and toddler thighs. *sigh* So cute. So, so cute.

Because it’s Kids Clothing Week, I am TOTALLY taking advantage of this pattern test and considering it a project! It’s like it just fell in my lap that this week I am SUPER busy with clothes for the little people in my world. 🙂

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