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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Llama, llama, made by Gracie and mama!


These adorable llamas were made from Simplicity 8441. Gracie wanted to try making something to enter into the Lee Regional Fair, so she and I made these sew-a-long style. I made the pink llama and after every step, she copied me on the teal llama. They turned out so fuzzy and cute.
We haven't been to the fair yet to see how they did, but we'll update when we do!








Monday, September 4, 2017

Another batch of cheer gear

I love Jalie patterns! They have the best activewear patterns and their size range is without par. I revisited several old favorites, but I also tried out a new pattern - Isabelle leggings. I really like these and I thing I will attempt a pair for myself at some point.

This turned into a mix and match collection. I wanted her to be able to keep wearing pieces that she has where she outgrew half a set, plus just have some variety.

After all, she's at the cheer gym 4 times a week, soon to be 5 as the competition season approaches.


Of course, she loves it! She's been busting her behind working on her skills this summer and has even attempted her round off back handspring back tuck on the floor (it's still a work in progress).



She already has a tie-dye print sports bra, but the coordinating skort was a bit small after a year and a half. I still have more of this beautiful print!. The last set was squeezed out of some of the Loungletics fabric from Joann's that I had leftover from a pair of leggings I made myself.

I decided to attempt a different finish with a colored elastic waistband and bra band. I will definitely do this again.






Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dress it up!

 Starting off summer vacation with a couple of knit dresses...Ottobre Magazine 03/2016, design #31 Whirlpool dress for Gracie. This is a great pattern for using up bits and pieces of knits from the stash.  I also liked the gathering technique for the flounce at the shoulder - clear elastic.

My dress is Cashmerette 1301 - the Washington dress. This is another pattern with lots of fun mixing fabrics. In this case, you can mix woven with knits which opens up lots of possibilities. I also am excited about Cashmerette's options for larger cup sizes. No FBA needed! I need some more of their patterns.

Silly Gracie was trying to photobomb me while her brother took my pattern review picture, but I grabbed her. She's a mess...



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mix & Match Cheer Practice Wear - Part 2


Jalie 3247 - sports bras and workout shorts...one of the best patterns to have in your stash if you girl does all-star cheer! These pieces mix and match with the items in my previous post.
She wore this set to her 2017-2018 season tryout. She looked like a pro and she nailed her skills. 
This is version C of the sports bra - love how professionally it came together - especially in the back.

My girl has been working hard to increase her flexibility and upgrade her tumbling. I can't wait to see what's in store for her next season at Cheer Extreme!




 She's hoping to be able to compete as a senior since she is finally 10 (the current minimum age to be on a senior team).  She's competed two years as Youth 1, one year as Junior 1, and hopefully will be on a level 2...now we wait for practice group announcements.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mix and match practice wear - part 1

Gracie and I love bright colors, so this fabric was an easy pick! The shorts are tried & true Jalie 3247 and I made a second pair in a textured black knit (kind of like a denim texture). The top is a pattern hack - leotard 3354. I cropped it at the length-shorten line and added a front lining to make it as a sports bra.

I have one more sports bra in all black (from Jalie 3247) ready to sew. Sometimes she needs all black for a gym event, but since it is the same black fabric as the accent fabric on this outfit, she can also mix up the solid black pieces with other colorful pieces,

 ...and a final shot before tumbling as she taste-tests her biggest brother's food chemistry project (chocolate cookies).

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Sunday Sewing

I was busy today - cut two tops last night, sewed them this morning. I then cut out this adorable bag and sewed it up as well.

I found this patriotic knit at Joann's and bought enough to do mother-daughter coordinating tops. Mine is Simplicity 1805, while Gracie's is from the Summer 2007 Ottobre magazine - design #33.

Gracie was happy with this set of tops - no small feat with a picky ten year old.

I think it will be fun to wear these together - especially for summer holidays.

My top and hers are both cold shoulder designs, but I like the gathered and draped effect.

For her, the more simple cut is perfect.





Saturday, April 1, 2017

New Jalie patterns!

I was very excited to try out some of the new Jalie patterns for Gracie. Here's Pika (just the sports bra) with Louluxe skort in spandex mystique from Joann's.

I made her a size 10 (she is a size 9) so she'd have a little growth room.

Here's a link to the review for the sports bra: https://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/133985

and skort: https://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/133987

I will definitely be making these patterns again!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mermaid blankets!!

Last month, Gracie and I found this awesome fabric at Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC, while we were on our way to Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta. I knew the project instantly - mermaid blanket!


I was prepared to draft my own pattern, but I came across Simplicity 8275 - a mermaid blanket in child, adult, and doll size (also fits a kitty!) Plus, it has a boy-friendly version with a shark.

The big boys have decided they can't wait to go pick out fabric for their own shark blankets!