Wednesday, September 12, 2012

back to school backpack

Recognize this guy?

Yep, he's off to pre-K this year!  Not a minute too soon for him either.  He's been watching his three older siblings head out to school forever and he wants in on the action.

Here's his new robot backpack:

I'm sure everyone recognizes this as the wildly popular
This backpack pattern even has it's own flickr group!

It only took me 2 years to get around to making it.  Luckily Rae also included instructions on how to enlarge it from toddler sized to school kid size.  
This fits his folder and lunch box perfectly.
He's already informed me that he doesn't miss me at all.  Ouch.
Well, let's hear it for 10 hours of sewing time per week!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Last minute vacation dresses

Recently we returned from a relaxing cruise to Bermuda. It already seems like a dream, it was the perfect week with our family.

Commissioner's House, king's Wharf, Bermuda

Snorkel Park Beach, Bermuda

Here are two dresses I made and wore on the trip:
1. Jamie Christina Sunny Day Dress
This is made in AMH pastry line voile. This has been in the works since last summer and even though my attic sewing room was hot and stuffy, I knew I had to get it done to bring on the trip. I was glad I did too, because it was hot, hot in Bermuda! Don't ask me why my back was all red, wicker chairs?
I lined the whole dress in lightweight white cotton because the voile was so sheer.

2. Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

I made this in an unknown cotton blend from JoAnn's red tag apparel section. I had a little trouble, the bodice was way huge, so that's why I tied it so tight/weird. I'll have to figure that out before making another one. I think it would be great in red.
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When we returned from the trip our computer, TV and phones were all fried from a lightning strike.  That is why I've been scarce around the blog!  We replaced everything now, but it took some negotiating deciding which computer to get.  More on that later!