Back to school tees, a bit of I spy, and family time

A lot of you have little ones that have already started school.  One of my nieces started the last week of July!  Bopper and Sweets however don't start until September so my back to school sewing is still just getting going.


Turtle Power!

Bopper has been OBSESSED with Ninja Turtles.  Not sure when the obsession started but it was full swing prior to going to his grandparents' for the summer and was continuing strong when he got home.  Needless to say when we went fabric shopping afterwards he returned he picked out this fabric.

Mommy and Me Tops

I guess it's time to jump back on the blogging horse.  I've been crafting and busy with a variety of family things but the blogging well the blogging took a back seat.

I mean I couldn't let these tops go unrecognized!  I found this cotton and steal fabric from the August line last fall at my local Ben Franklin's and fell in love.  It sat in my fabric pile neglected except when I stared at it longingly wishing I had some sort of plan for it.  Last week I decided to do something about that and finally find something to coordinate with it to make a top for ME.

I settled on Deer&Doe's Datura top as I had it traced but hadn't made it.  I thought the simplicity of the lines of the top would add to the flowy gorgeousness of the fabric.  



Top Stitchers: Chicago!

Hey guys!  If you came over from Top Stitchers to check out my materials list and a few more pics, then you rock.  You're way better than those that didn't.  But don't tell them I said so...it's a secret.  If you're just seeing this look for the first time, head over to the Free Notion blog and read all about it!  It's a look for moi based on The Lion Kind Broadway show and I made a lion sex joke over there...no seriously, I did. Anyway, here's my look!



And here are my materials =)



Top: Crinkle chiffon with a metallic gold finish purchased at Fabrics 'n Lace on Etsy

Skirt: Metallic Bronze stretch faux leather purchased (and gifted to me by my bestie, Karly over at Paisley Roots) at Nuttall's fabrics in Layton, UT

Necklace: Backed with white faux leather from Fabuless Fabrics on Etsy.  Beaded appliques from Trimendous on Etsy.

My accessories include:



Earrings: Sears Outlet
Sandals: Charming Charlie
Flower Necklace (Worn with shorts): Some random shop in the mall 10 years ago...
Belt: The bestie's closet
*note: I WAS going to wear those wedges, but I couldn't climb the rocks in them.  It was quite fun to watch me try though...just ask my husband.


During this process, I muslined, of course.  There's nothing quite as awesome as a cute wearable muslin.  My skirt test was so fun that I just had to share. New favorite skirt BAM!




Now go gimme and Brianne from AliCat & Co some love over on Free Notion.  NOW, dammit!



And many thanks to this stud muffin for taking my pictures and being so patient with me <3



-Crystal-


Project Run & Play: February (Crystal)

It's time for February's Project Run & Play challenge! This month's featured past contestant is Susan from Living with Punks and she's chosen her Mademoiselle muscle tee tutorial for us to change up.  My girl is all about the lounge wear lately- I guess my yoga pants addiction rubbed off.  I knew an all knit look would tickle her fancy, so I went with it.




I didn't make her a dress because honestly I didn't want to.  Such a great reason, I know.  But good enough for me!    I also wanted to use the tank in a way that would be a little unexpected, so I used it to make a scarf neck cardigan.  No, I didn't use the shirt pattern to make the shirt...I make lots of sense. I like the long, drapey, comfortable look of this cardigan and the black and white polkadots are super fun. 


I used the tank as a base then extended the front 11" and made some dolman sleeves.  Easy peasy and comfy womfy for my wittle wovey dovey.

The shirt without the cardi is hilarious.  I had no intenton of making a guinea pig shirt, but when I asked my kid what her favorite animal was, she said "Guinea Pig".  Challenge accepted!  The pattern I used was the Skipper Top by Sew Much Ado.  I just did a little colorblocking and busted out the iron-on transfers.  




The Pants are the Nightfox Pant by Puperita.  These pants are so super comfy and I want them for me. I've made them for my son before and he loves them too.  I totally dig a pattern I can use for both of my kiddos.  My cheap little heart sings.





One more picture of the shirt because...well...guinea pigs!





Well, that's it!  I hope you like it and can't wait to see what all everyone else links up.  There's some great stuff already <3



-Crystal-


Valentine's Day Goodies

Normally I'm the mom the just shows up to preschool on holidays to volunteer with the party and maybe bring an item or two from the teacher's wish list (this timeI'm bringing frosting and convo hearts).

But some part of me this time went crazy.  I think it's because Bopper had missed so much school and some big class celebrations while we were gone.  I didn't go get the $5 Valentines cards that you can just write names on and pass out.  No I HAD to do something special.  So I fully expect to get those looks of "Oh so you are THAT mom with over the top goodie bags."  Not that it's my norm at all but Bopper (and Sweets) are pretty excited about them and that's what I was aiming for.

Now to the goodies all found from Dejah Vue Designs.

Lollypop holders in mustache and lip shapes.  How fun are these!?    I mean these were super quick.  6 stitched out in my 5x7 hoop on my embroidery machine.  Cut and punch some lollipops through.


Shake it Off: Look 2!

Yay themes!  They make me sew!   This is gonna be short and sweet folks!

 Paisley Roots is having her contest here and you should link up like I am! Here's my second look.




BaBAM!  Look 2 based on the hip hop break dancing people.  Lets be real: I have no idea what type of dancing they're doing there.  I can't do it...that's all I know.



I used the Aurora Tee by Hey June with a few small mods.  I tapered the sleeves more and lengthened the hem but removed the curve...I have enough curves.  Other than that, it was awesome!  Fast, simple and fun.   PEACE OUT!  (told ya it was gonna be a quickie :::That's what SHE said:::)






-Crystal-