Monday, April 27, 2015

Kid's Clothes Week: Another Swingset Tunic

Miss H and I liked the first Swingset Tunic so much that I had to make another. It ended up being perfect for our beach trip today. I'm sure I'll even make a few more for the summer. I used some remnant fabrics that Miss H picked out at the store a couple months ago. I kind of wish I had enough to make something for me with them! I love the colors and patterns!

Pattern: Oliver + S Swingset Tunic
Size: 4
Fabric: Both are remnants, the blue and white says it is Mint to Be from Camelot Design Studio, and the green is Color Me Happy Cluster Drops in Emerald Green from Moda.
Changes: Swapped buttons for snaps, and finished the inside side seams rather than leaving them raw.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Infertility Awareness Week and an Update

Apparently it's infertility awareness week, so all sorts of posts and articles have come across my screen the past few days. None of them have really stood out as something worth sharing or passing on until this one, which is pretty encouraging for me to read.

We are 9 and a half years into this journey. While it hasn't gotten easier, it has gotten less bitter. We know God holds both our future and that of our children. Miss H brings joy to our lives every day, but that does not dissipate our desire to both birth and adopt more children. She frequently asks us when she can have a sibling to play with and prays regularly for another little someone to join our family. I never realized that our infertility would affect her heart as much as it does, sometimes leaving all three of us in tears.

Many people have asked us about different fertility treatments, adoption options, and why we don't just pick and do "x." None of the decisions are easy or inexpensive, and all are filled with ethical considerations. Building a family is not just about a desire for more children under our roof; it is about loving people in the way Jesus loves and adopts us.

Here's a little update on our story. We have tried several medications to combat PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), none of them worked. We adopted 6 embryos in 2009, have transferred all of them now, and have lost 5. We briefly held a foster care home license in Washington before moving to San Jose, and are now in the final (hopefully!) stages of getting certified in California. We recently revisited medication, though not to the desired effect. The doctor has again recommended either IFV, which we do not feel comfortable with ethically due to the culling that happens once eggs are fertilized, or more embryo adoption.

The doctors have again recommended that we do IVF, but the precedent for, and almost certain, destruction of newly created embryos make this ethically not ok for us. We plan to again pursue embryo adoption, while caring for Miss H and any children we welcome to our home through foster care.

Kid's Clothes Week: Kitty Swingset Tunic

Again, this is a pattern (Oliver + S Swingset Tunic + Skirt) I've had for a long time, but have only made the skirt portion before! I love the tank tunic, but was never sure it would look great on my skinny girl. I decided that because she is about to outgrow this pattern completely, I should give it a shot.

The pattern instructions for the tunic are pretty general and not very specific where I could have used more guidance. I'm thinking this is because it is one of the older patterns. Thankfully, I found this wonderful picture tutorial on the Five and Counting blog. I'm sure this took an hour or so of speculation out of this project for me!

When I started this top, I didn't have any periwinkle thread. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten some to use for the top stitching, rather than white. Overall, I'm very pleased with the fit and the look. My favorite part are the three colored snaps on the back!

Pattern: Oliver + S Swingset Tunic
Size: 4
Fabric: Cat Nap Finn Pink by Lizzy House for Andover for the main section, the periwinkle and white dots was a fat quarter I had in my stash.
Changes: The only change I made was my usual button to snap conversion.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Kid's Clothes Week: Bubble Bee Dress

My second Kid's Clothes Week creation is an Oliver + S Bubble Dress! I have both size ranges in this pattern, and have only made it once before. I'm not sure why, because it is very easy and fun to make! I love that it is fully lined, giving a crisp look inside and out.

This is one of the older Oliver + S patterns, which make the differences in instruction quality stand out. It was a little unclear how far the back placket should overlap, so I kind of just fudged it to make it look right to me. I added some fun red piping, which I think I did correctly, but I'm still not sure!

Pattern: Oliver + S Bubble Dress
Size: 4 with an added inch in skirt length
Fabric: Cotton + Steel Bees in Navy by Melody Miller, bodice lining is a Moda navy solid, skirt lining is a soft muslin, piping is a bright Moda red
Changes: Added some length, used snaps rather than buttons

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kid's Clothes Week: Mustang Skirt

This quarter's Kid's Clothes Week theme is Wild Things! I think this is the first theme they have selected that I have really enjoyed. Miss H loves animal print clothing, so I have a few things in my stash that work well for the theme.

Pattern: Oliver + S Swingset Skirt
Size: 5
Fabric: Cotton + Steele Mustang in Pink by Melody Miller, lining is a light green Kona from JoAnn (pretty coarse, not as soft as I'd like, but it was on hand!)
Changes: I made the size 5 for the length, but ended up using the elastic size for 12-18 month pattern!

This Swingset Skirt also falls into the Oliver + S Size 5 Project. This means it is the last size available in this pattern! So sad, but I'm pretty sure I can just keep making them longer as we need them since Miss H has a tiny waist. This skirt is definitely one of my favorite Oliver + S patterns. It takes less than a yard of fabric for the exterior, and is very quick to sew!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sewing Stream: An Easter Dress

Miss H picked out her Easter dress fabric about a month ago, and then I spent a few weeks trying to decide which dress to make. I settled on a Roller Skate Dress. I didn't make any last year because the size 2 still fit from the year and a half before!

Patter: Roller Skate Dress by Oliver + S
Size: 4 with an inch of length added
Fabric: Petal and Plume Seeing Stars in Lime for Art Gallery Fabrics from The Intrepid Thread, Chambray for the collar, muslin lining
Changes: Lengthened the dress and used a snap in the back rather than a button and loop.

I felt like this dress needed a little pop somehow, and couldn't get a felted wool flower to look the way I was hoping. After looking around flickr for a while, I came across this little origami butterfly made with fabric. This is the tutorial I used. It works so well! I just added a little gathered bit of fabric down the center to tie all the colors together.