Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Miscellany

I kind of enjoy having features...and reading blogs that have an ongoing feature. Plus, we know how much I love random smatterings of thoughts, photos and ideas. :)
  • I made no official Me Made May pledge this year. I am wearing something handmade almost everyday. It's pretty much a shock if I'm NOT wearing something handmade. So thanks to everyone that blogs about it vs keeping it on IG!
  • Carolyn reviewed the new Sew Sew Def Magazine and I commented on definitely wanting to give it a try (even though I'm more of a paper-in-hand kind of person), and Mimi was kind enough to offer me an issue for free. I hope to read it this weekend!
  • Orlando was SO MUCH FUN!!!! The weather was absolutely perfect while we were there. HOT and sunny the day we were out on the lake and *cool and breezy when we went to Epcot.
*I was melting when we first got in town. My company has a location in Orlando so we visited for a quick minute and they were SO happy with the weather and I was practically gasping for air. By day 2, I had on a jean jacket in the early evening even though it was 80. It was "cool". When we left, I had on jeans, a tee and my denim jacket. When I got home, Minneapolis was around 66 degrees and I was so hot!!!! in that jacket and jeans. Hahahaha! Perspective! :)
I adore this dress and it was very comfortable while traveling.

He had to prove to some 2nd graders that he met Anna and Elsa! I chose this one because Anna is realllly gripping that bicep there! :-p

We spent HOURS at the pool...
...and look how toasty-brown my face is! I get so ruddy when I do manage to get a tan
Even though Minnesota is home to 10,000 lakes (it's actually 11,842 lakes that are 10 acres or more!), I am rarely just outside, chilling. A decade ago I went to Mexico with intentions on lying by the pool and "getting a tan". Well, I had never in my life put sunscreen on my body and! My face peeled so badly when I got home! Lesson learned!
So we were armed with sunscreen before heading poolside!
I found the cutest, most perfect suit, with cup sizing (!!!) at Target of all places! Win!

We did some kayaking and jet skiing (the boy was a complete maniac on the jetskis!)

I opted for a cute, curly half wig during the trip because I am currently (attempting) to transition from relaxed to natural and 'ain't nobody got time' to be trying to manage all this on vacation!

Somehow "mom you should get those!" turned into all 3 of us getting new shoes (same shoe, different colors...they didn't have black in my size)

We came home to a very happy kitty who certainly missed us dearly! Though he was being pretty shady...I think he was mad. ;-)
I was being quite the bum on Sunday and decided to head to the cave. Boy was I glad that I'd (mostly!) cleaned up before I left!
IDK why there's a basketball there. I had to retire my (otherwise amazing!) Fitz Like a Glove! ironing board cover. It was REALLY nice and had amazing padding and was only moderately discolored. But some boy (he says his friend did it which means he totally probably did it...) had a moment of curiosity with an ironing board cover and a rotary cutter. :side eye:
I cut out 3 t-shirt dresses for the girl using M6964 which I've made for her 2-3 times already as dresses.

On Sunday I cut them out and serged them up. On Monday, I pressed all the hems up (bleh). On Tuesday, I hemmed them and applied the neck bindings.

The first one is a fantastic jersey from a FM precut. Great recovery, completely opaque, really nice fabric.
The second one is a 1 yard (about 40") cut of ponte also from FM, purchased a long time ago.
The third is the same jersey I used for the failed Burda dress. MUCH stretchier than the first one and harder to manage with hemming, but still opaque enough.
I stabilized the shoulders of the jersey dresses with elastic. I also cut the black/white neckband a little shorter since it was crazy stretchy, and cut the ponte one a tad bit longer. After finishing, I removed about an inch of flare from front and back at the hem, grading to nothing at the hip.

She loves these dresses!
Are you still here!? :) IDK what's up next. we have a busy weekend planned and I'm unsure I'll get to all of my May "must haves" less known start dress-a-palooza. We shall see!


  1. If these really are your kids, lets just say you look like a not much older sister. Love your blog but don't comment much. Love your sewing and envy your speed as I am so slow! Glad you had a wonderful vacation and look forward to reading many more wonderful blog posts.

    1. Ha! Thank you!! They are indeed mine! :)

      Thank you for visiting frequently even if you don't comment. I am some kind of sewing speed demon, especially with knits.

  2. Looks like you had a awesome vacation! Beautiful family :-)

  3. I love your vacation recap! And what a wonderful gesture from Mimi G.! I look forward to seeing what you think about the magazine. Also, you are going natural!??!?!?!?!? How awesome! I transitioned for a little over a year before I cut my relaxed ends off. This November will be 6 years natural for me (with some cutting in between, lol). Overall, I love having natural hair. I hope you enjoy your journey! That pink maxi dress is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you Vanessa!

      OMG it's been a good minute since I was natural but it all started with my being annoyed by my stylist and trying someone new. Who proceeded to over process the heck out of my hair. When it became clear it couldn't be saved it was either a) go back to old stylist and go super short again (which I don't have a huge issue with...just have an issue paying her $125 for a relaxer!!) or b) give the transitioning a shot! My plan is 12-18 months. We shall see :) Congrats on 6 years!

      Can't wait to review the mag!!!!

    2. OMG! Really $125 for a perm? That might stop me too! I pay $75 and only have it done 4x a year...I think that every 6 weeks is hogwash and ruins your hair.

      So glad you had a great vacation!

  4. I'm glad you had such a good time away! Looks like a fantastic holiday.

  5. Glad you had a wonderful vacation!

  6. Vacations are so awesome. I'm glad you and your family had a fantastic vacation. You looked absolutely amazing and that swimsuit, yes indeed!

  7. Yay, back to natural hair! Also, great maxi dress - and your eyebrows were so perfect!!! :-p Glad you had a good time with your children.

  8. Glad you and your beautiful family had such a nice time and you looked fabulous!

  9. You look like you had a great time! :-) I love vacations lol
    And you look AMAZING in that multi-colored maxi!

  10. I enjoyed reading your post. I'm glad you had a wonderful vacation. Kudos to you for going natural. It takes a lot of work, but I'd love to go natural as well.


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