a pretty cool life.: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

KCWC day 5: swing coat

This post is all kinds of silly since KCWC was last week and this jacket is only about 90% complete with its unhemmed sleeves and missing tie.

But oh well. :)

Swing coat pattern from Heidi&Finn.  Sweatshirt fleece and pink gingham shirting fabric both from JoAnn's.

My bobbin and I are back on speaking terms after the weekend, so I'll finish up my last two sewing days this week.

See what else I made:

Day 4 here.
Day 3 here.
Day 2 here.
Day 1 here.


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

KCWC day 4: onesie t-shirt dress

I went to bed early so this is the sum of day 4's sewing.

This has got to be the easiest dress in the history of dresses.   I loved these dresses in the Mini Boden catalog, but they're so DIY-able.

So onesie + 1/4 yd. fabric = t-shirt dress.  A lot has changed since my last onesie refashion. :)

See my other KCWC sewing:

Day 3 here.
Day 2 here.
Day 1 here.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

KCWC day 3: sweet little dress

I had to give the Leila & Ben sweet little dress another shot.  

I ditched the directions, used my serger, and finished in just over an hour.

I now love this pattern. :)

Fabric is a gauzy cotton from JoAnn's.

See my KCWC sewing from: day 1 and day 2.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

KCWC day 2: diaper covers and pattern pieces

Again, I opted for quick and easy.

I used Dana's diaper cover pattern.

The white ones are made from a thrifted eyelet shower curtain.

The pink gingham ones are leftover from this dress.  Another free project = awesome.

I also got a jump on my ambitious project of this adorable little coat and traced the pattern pieces onto freezer paper for tomorrow.

See my day 1 KCWC sewing here.


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Monday, April 23, 2012

KCWC day 1: shirred gingham dress

After a full weekend of birthday parties, an engagement party, and just staying up too late, this quickie smocked sundress was all I had in me today to sew for KCWC.

Super simple, super fast.  I love how it turned out.

And hopefully I'll find more motivation tomorrow. :)


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

DIY: Monogram button art

This is a project for the boys' room that I've been meaning to do for a while.

I always love a little more rainbow happy in the house.

So today I finally pulled out my glue gun and buttons and spent the 20 minutes it took to make it.

I traced a wooden letter  onto a piece of tag board as a template, but enlarging a letter from any simple word processing font would work as well.

See, even Woody likes it.  Yee haw!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I Wore

Proof that I don't always wear yoga pants. :)

Sister's 9 month check up

gingham button down:  Land's End Canvas
jeans:  Citizens of Humanity...from before Little Brother was born...and they fit again!
flip flops: Havaianas

Sunday brunch

maxi dress:  Eight Sixty
jean jacket:  Gap, circa 2001 (do they ever change?)
flip flops:  Havaianas

Afternoon wedding

dress:  Jones New York  (I really wanted this very similar one, but I waited too long to order for it to arrive in time.  Boo.)
peeptoe wedges:  Target

Wedding reception

jacket:  Adrianna Papell
skirt:  Tadashi Shoji I'm so in love with this skirt. I felt so Project Runway in it. Ha!

Linking this with Lindsey.  


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Are you in? KCWC

I've been adding to my stash of fabrics and patterns in anticipation of KCWC for weeks now.

Girl sewing!  Yay!

My wish to-do list:  

a few pairs of leggings
one or two more of these dresses
a few pairs of bloomers
this jacket for the fall
plus I'll make a few pairs of simple elastic waist pants and skirts, maybe a sundress, but no real pattern for those 

Are you participating?  What are you making??


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Sunday, April 15, 2012


Peeps + S'mores = S'meeps.  I'm clever, no?

I've been waiting to try these since I saw them floating around the blog world last Easter.  And now that we are armed with more leftover candy than I know what to do with, we made a few s'meeps and enjoyed the sticky mess in the backyard.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What I Wore

Spring break and not going anywhere has gotten the best of us...too many yoga pants to picture. ;)

taking the boys for Easter haircuts

stripey top:  Ralph Lauren
jeans:  Target
shoes:  Puma

way out of focus pic of me running way late for a pedicure appointment
You know you want to pin that!!

button down:  VonMaur
jeans:  Seven for all Mankind
flip flops:  Havaianas

Linking these with Lindsey.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ten on Ten: April

I say it every time.  I can't believe that yet another month has flown by.

Here are April's 10 on 10.


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter tradition

This may be a little late to share, but I always enjoying looking back at our egg coloring pictures.

If you'd like, see what we did last year and the year before.

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