Monday, March 31, 2008

What I've been up to

Well, I've never fancied myself as a "Susie Homemaker" type. In fact, I'd describe myself as the farthest women from that. But, since becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I've had the urge to delve into things that never interested me before. So, while I was in Ohio, with a mother-in-law who is practically an expert at sewing, I knew I needed to take the opportunity to learn a few "skillz"!

So, I picked up two patterns, borrowed one sewing machine and dove right into sewing. And with the much needed help from my mother-in-law, this is the end result:

Isn't she the cutest thing EVER! And I just love this little outfit on her. What's that you ask? Yep! I even made the little ruffles. "Everything from the scratch," as Hubby would say!

So, after I conquered that, I knew Baby Lulu also needed an outfit. And this is what I came up with:

And this little outfit is a little too big for Baby Lulu right now. But I can just picture her wearing it this summer.

After these two outfits, I got to thinking and wanted to make some other little things for Maddy and Baby Lulu. And, I began to wonder, how can I simplify the process and this is what I came up with:

And here's a closer look:

I bought this little knit outfit for $5. And it definitely needed something. So, I found this ribbon and decided to trim the top and bottom with it. Cute, huh? And easy peasy!

So, anyone have any sewing tips, tricks or projects you'd like to share. I know my sis-in-law in Kansas is a sewing genius also -- maybe she'll take this opportunity to comment publicly (hee! hee!)


Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Sew adorable! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Well now! Aren't you just "right on"! That ribbon trick is great & the outfit looks so cute! Proud of you....Love, Pianomum

Anonymous said...

Maddy's outfit is so adorable!! It looks perfect on her & I love the capri pant look! Pianomum
(P.S.--hope my other comment about the cute ribbons got saved~)

acer4u73 said...

These are so cute! Girl, you got some talent!! Look at Madi all sassy and stuff!!

asheakes said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the outfits!!!!!! I am very impressed!!!! love ya, call you soon! ash

acer4u73 said...

You know what would also be so cute on those outfits, the same colored grograin ribbon of the scenes. I think "E" has a couple of outfits like that, the bows are safty pinned on, so you can take them off and put them on other outfits:)hmmmmm. miss ya girl!

At A Hen's Pace said...

Oh, I am thrilled to see the end results of all your efforts!! Maddy is adorable in those ruffles. And Lulu will look darling in that little sunsuit--can't wait for the pics.

Tell Madison to keep up the good work at boot camp! And you hang in there too.



Anna K. said...

I'm impressed! Not only with the end results (which are SOOO cute), but with the fact that you dove right in and weren't intimidated about trying something new. Great job, Shug!

Anonymous said...

Hi, We need a picture of Lacy in hers, too! Madison is truly adorable in that capri pant outfit!! You chose so well! And the ruffles are just precious. Love, Pianomum