Thursday, November 22, 2012


It's Thanksgiving and we are all enjoying a lazy morning. The kids are watching the Thanksgiving Day parade and I thought I would take advantage by doing a blog post which doesn't seem to happen very often these days.  This time of year seems to have days and weeks pass so quickly.  Next week we find out if we are having a boy or a girl. I just can't believe I'm almost halfway there.

Well, I have a long list of sewing projects that I want to try.  I usually shy away from clothing, especially for me, but I got a little spark in me to try it- without a pattern! And I'm actually pretty pleased with the results.

First, if you have a 4 year old girl, or want to readjust the pattern, you must try this pattern by Un Petite Design.  I have a hard time buying dresses for Madeline that fit her around but aren't too short.  This fleece one is so cozy and comfy. Perfect for wintry days. She loves it.

And my mom thinks I'm crazy, but I've been messing around with making maternity clothes. I made this one out of thicker jersey fabric - kind of like sweatshirt fabric and just used another shirt to draw a pattern.  I had been wanting a longer shirt to wear with straight or skinny jeans for the fall.  To accommodate my quickly growing middle, I added some elastic on the sides as ruching.  I used this tutorial as inspiration. Sometimes the neckline looks a little homemade, so I just took a tube of fabric, sewed it to the neckline and made a cowlneck. Here is a tutorial.  Just attempting it gave me a lot more confidence in trying to make or rework clothes I already have.  I'm working on fall/winter tshirt dresses for me and madeline. I'll let you know how those go...

Feeling a little awkward about posting a "posed" picture of me on my blog.  I tried cropping my head off but that just looked even weirder. Madeline and I had fun taking pictures of each other. We got some very silly poses.

Girls are so much fun to make things for. I think I need to come up with some boy ones so Charlie can get in on the homemade action. Although, a couple of weeks ago I looked at all three of us sitting on the bench at church and realized I had made something on each of us.  It was a little embarrassing!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are missing family today, but putting on our own Thanksgiving makes me feel kind of grown up - I guess expecting my third child, being married for almost eight years, and having a husband in a medical residency doesn't really provide that, but being in charge of a turkey does?! :)  It will be a good day.  My little family is together and we have so very many things we are grateful for.


  1. You do such a great job sewing! I really like the color of your shirt and Madeline is the cutest model!

  2. First of all, you look darling! And next, it really is amazing that you can do this! Also, both your hair and Madeline's hair look so long! Can't wait to hear about if it's a boy or a girl!

  3. You are seriously AMAZING!! I love that you just "try it out" and it looks awesome! Good work Mal.

  4. I totally know what you mean about missing family and starting to feel like a grownup during the holidays... after only, what, 8 years? Psshh! We didn't go visit anyone on Christmas or Christmas Eve... and it was odd. Half the time enjoying making new traditions with my little fam, the other half very much missing my parents. Anyways.... very cute job on the projects, as usual :) I want you to post all the silly poses too!