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::Christmas duds::

In kids, look what I can do!, sewing on 20112011-11-22T15:30:46+00:0030 9/11 at 15:30

I guess I could stop sleeping…

Sewing for my littles has been a real treat for me, and I’m always thinking of more things I’d like to make them (which means I’ve been pinning a bunch of things I’d like to make them – haha). Wonder where I can scrape up some more hours in the day? Well, I guess I could stop sleeping…

Here’s a peek at the kids’ Christmas duds, made by yours truly. Thanks to this easy how-to video by Couturier Mommy, I put together H’s Christmas dress, based on the pattern I made from an existing dress in her closet (I love DIY patterns – you never have to wonder whether you missed a step!). I made the pattern and cut and pinned the fabric while watching A River Runs Through It, so honestly, it doesn’t even take that ┬ámuch brain power. But I wouldn’t have thought to attach all four pieces the way this gal does, so props to her for teaching me something new.

H's Christmas dress

Bonus: I got to use this fantastic vintage-style Christmas fabric I picked up at the January sales last year. It’s less vibrant than in the photo, but my camera’s a little…lacking. I’ll be using this fabric for her new stocking, too. Note: the straps will have buttons on them but I hadn’t measured H for placement at the time I took the photos.

A sophisticated print for the reverse side will prolong the wearability of the garment

And I just love this line of fabric (I have three of the different prints) and I have kept it for something special. Now H can wear the dress in January and beyond.

As for Baby O, the suit I made for his dedication will definitely be too small by Christmas, so I needed to whip up something more. I still plan to use the scraps of his suit fabric for a bow-tie bib, but I wanted to make him something festive, too (girls seem to get all the cute stuff! It’s just not fair). So I bought a plain white tee at Walmart for $5 and dug out my Christmas scraps to see what I could do. Here’s the result:

A holiday shirt for the little guy

Ric-rac and Christmas scraps = Christmas shirt!

I also had grand plans to make a reusable Advent calendar for the year but I think I’ve left it too late to put real thought and care into it. Next year I guess! Gotta wait for the Christmas fabrics to go on sale in January anyway.


“Let the little children come to me…”

In family, look what I can do!, sewing on 20112011-11-20T20:55:54+00:0030 9/11 at 20:55

“And [Jesus] took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16

Today our son was dedicated to the Lord at Calvary Temple in Brandon. His spirit was joyful and the decision was easy. Special friends were in attendance and we are delighted to be parents to our little son. Our commitment to train up our boy in the way he should go, so that when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6), has now been witnessed by our brothers and sisters at church, and in life. We do not take this task lightly.

Here are some photos from the day. Unfortunately, only one from the actual dedication turned out (somewhat) on my silly camera.

Getting ready to go

Happy boy

H in her refashioned jean skirt and magic pocket(less) blouse

A clearer image

Our one half-decent shot of the dedication. Note to self - must buy GOOD camera

An ambush in the car seat

Another attempt to get her standing still

Happy to move around

Thanks for a great day, friends!

As you can see, this suit is quite…tailored (yeah, that’s it). The bottom snap kept popping open. Next time I make him a vest, I’ll leave more room for him to move around. And grow. Cuz that’s what babies do. I guess this ensemble will go straight into his baby box. But it was still worth it for the significance of the day.

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