UPDATED: After nearly 5 years, we are sorry to inform you that this pattern is no longer available in the larger size. So sorry for the inconvenience!
So I’m so excited to finally post about this — Amber has been kind enough to provide us with a toddler-sized version of the Itty Bitty Dress Pattern (and HOW CUTE IS THAT with the teeny tiny version and big sister version together in this picture???). The pattern is really very high-quality and impressive (Amber’s hubby is scoring significant points for help in the Adobe department!).
Amber says that the pattern is about a 3T, as she made it…
I really don’t like to give away surprises, so this one had to be kept until after Mother’s Day:
I got the idea for painted silhouettes from Anna Maria Horner, who did a segment on Martha Stewart demonstrating the technique (warning: video will begin). We all took digital pictures and Elli produced outlines from the pictures which Krick and I printed out, traced onto freezer paper and ironed onto the canvasses before we painted them. Midway through the process it was pointed out…
I’m sorry I can’t come up with a more creative title than that. I’m tired from cleaning out the basement today and can’t think. Also I should apologize for some hideous photography in this post. But whatevs. The important thing is that I feel really productive for finishing so many little projects. So here they are in no particular order….drumroll please!
: : Cloth Pocket Diaper : :
I actually made a couple smaller ones (pictured below) last summer by tracing a pocket diaper of Elliot’s. He outgrew those long ago and I’ve wanted to make some more large ones. The outside is waterproof PUL and the inside is white fleece. I stuff them with extra inserts I bought for my other diapers.…
Last week I made some pajama tops for Elliot with some knits that have been hanging around in my fabric stash since last summer. My fabric closet is about to explode and I’m feeling the pressure to sew away my fabric before I get sick of it. Case in point: I still have Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan prints waiting for a project (for those of you out of the loop, that was her first fabric line). Sad, I know.
I used one of Elliot’s shirts to make a lap-tee pattern. Seriously it is so much easier just to trace clothes that fit him than try and find patterns that do. However, the first shirt (the alien one) came out so ginormous I’m pretty…
I’ve heard many other new mothers suffer from anxiety over things they have little to no control over. My issues are global warming, toxic plastics (like those containing bisphenol-A and PVC) and other environmental toxins from things like mattress flame-retardants and cleaning products.
On a few occasions when Elliot was really little I had this feeling like the house was caving in on me as I realized that it was not possible to eliminate all potentially deadly factors from my baby’s environment in one day. It did not help that I spent every nap reading Healthy Child articles (a website I had found, ironically, in the eco-issue of Elle last year. WARNING: If you are pregnant or a new mother do NOT look…
I really love IKEA because their stuff is so durn awesome and cheap, but I’m still not exactly sure how to feel about it. First, everything is made in China (which, don’t get me wrong, is not necessarily bad but do you know how much coal they burn in those factories over there???). And second, is it possible to make that much stuff out of wood without deforesting half of the globe, you know? They seem to have this whole earth-friendly vibe going on but I’m not sure if I’m just being duped by their team of marketing savants or what. So I’d really like to have more info on that.
In the end my uncertainty about IKEA did not prevent me from…
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