Since fleece won't ravel and doesn't need to be hemmed, they're easy enough that I made a dozen the night before the party in just one evening.
These capes won't actually make you fly, but it would be cool if they did.
What you'll need:
fleece, about 24 x 30 inches
a contrasting color fleece scrap, about 6 x 6 inches, large enough to cut a star or other applique shape
small pair (1 x1 inch-ish) of sew on (don't try to sew through sticky back on your machine!) Velcro
And this is what you do (I made these so long ago I didn't take process pictures):
If you'd like to make this in a no-sew version, just substitute the sew-on Velcro with sticky back Velcro and use fusible web to attach the applique.
ps. Our cape wearing friends are aged 6 and under...if your child is older/taller, adjust your measurements to size.
Gatorade. Goldfish. Prescription drugs. Breakfast of champions.
Enough carry out. Time for mama to get to the grocery store.
Housework got a few days off, too.
And here are a few non-medically and non-scary deets, for anyone ever finding themselves in the same situation as me. When I told everyone what I was having done, friends, both in real life and bloggy, came out of the woodwork to share support and talk me off a ledge. I'll do the same and hopefully ease someone else's fears. :)
Got to the hospital at 6 am, had my IV placed (by an awesome nurse that claims she's the "Vein Whisperer"...and I agree!!)
Went into surgery by 7:30 am.
In recovery around 11ish. Not feeling too bad, just "out of it."
Pumped and dumped on account of the anesthesia.
Ate some crackers, took a pain killer and was on my way home.
Got home and napped with Sister for the entire afternoon.
Woke up with a metally taste in my mouth from the anesthesia, but feeling almost normal.
Ate a normal dinner of pork chops, applesauce and green beans and felt great.
Took another pain killer, went to bed and slept til morning.
Woke up a tiny bit sore, like I did a killer ab workout, but no pain at all.
And that was it. Really. The recovery (and surgery for that matter) was so easy, I'm still surprised about it. I'm a girl so afraid of all things needle-y and doctory-y that I almost considered giving birth without epidurals just to avoid it. Big. Chicken.
I lifted the baby. I vacuumed. I drove. NBD.
If you're in the same spot and need the surgery, just do it. Get it over with. Everyone promised me it wouldn't be that big deal, and it really wasn't. :)
A few weeks ago I tested Shannon's new pattern, the Commuter Cowl.
I've always been a scarf loving girl, but I've gotta say...I really like this pattern a lot. It's simple (just a few cuts and no wasted fabric!), it's quick (less than a half hour!), and it's definitely stylish (so many options!). When you have an evening to yourself or a few extra minutes of naptime, this is the perfect project.
I picked a lightweight madras fabric for a spring cowl, and I'm loving it paired with a jean jacket. Next up will be a fall version, and I already have my eye out for a the perfect heavier weight wool or herringbone fabric.
Want to see all of Shannon's Commuter Cowls in her gorgeous fabric choices? Check them out right here! Want to just cut to the chase and get a copy of the pattern for yourself? Buy one right here!
It's just as easy as it sounds: gather up a jar, a few rolls of washi tape and a bunch of flowers. Wrap the jar with the tape as you like. Enjoy.
And as you're reading this, I'll either be having or have just had my pesky gallbladder removed. If you're the kind of person that likes to send good thoughts a complete stranger's way...I'll take them! :)
I love the finished product, but the process was brutal. I couldn't figure out the casings and how to connect the arms to the body for the life of me. I finally just ditched the directions and did what made sense to me. And it worked. I must've over-complicated things or been under-caffeinated, as a quick google search will come up with dozens of rave reviews.
This was once again the LBB Sienna dress pattern, made with an old shirt of my own. Sister got to wear it for St. Patty's Day since 80 degrees was too warm for the rainbow top.