The baby is 2 months old already. Whaaaaaat?!

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I figure it’s about time for a HUGO UPDATE! He’s now…um…about 2 and a half months old, so here are the photos I took of him when he turned 1 month and 2 months old. I especially like that first one where he is cross-eyed. In my head, I was going to post awesome weekly photos of him in his handmade clothes on my blog with updates on his developmental milestones, you know, in between all of the other amazing things I was sewing for my other kids. BWUAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!!! That’s a good one.

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In reality, he grew out of most of the newborn stuff I made him before I could take any pictures (WHEN did THAT happen?), I haven’t sewn much at all, for anyone, and I’ve forgotten to write down most of the cool things he’s been doing like chewing on his hand and smiling at us and that one week when he started crying real tears instead of just making a lot of noise and it just about broke my heart.

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I only slept about 4 hours last night (which is actually pretty strange because overall he’s been doing quite well at night) so I really can’t think of anything else interesting to say because my brain is just going MORE COFFEE MORE COFFEE MORE COFFEE right now, so I think that may have to be it for this post. XOXO, Rae

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*Please don’t repost/pin pictures of Hugo. Thanks!*

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Lotus Pond + Green Bee shorts and top

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

Oh heyyyy there. Look who got aNOTHER new outfit! Clementine is sporting the Anya Top & Shorts from Green Bee Patterns (the same ladies who designed C’s Sally Romper HERE). This top is a great project to mix and match some Lotus Pond! Here we have sleeves in the orange Lotus Drop print and the bodice is the pinky peach Fluttering Fields. I just love these prints together.

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

We made the shorts out of Interweave Chambray, a lovely line of cotton chambrays from Robert Kaufman (I also LOVE the Union Chambrays which are flowier and perfect for dresses and tops). Clementine wasn’t sure the shorts and top matched until I convinced her that the shorts are the same color as the antennae on the butterflies. *phew* close call there. In retrospect, we could’ve made the bows out of one of the top fabrics, eh? But anyway, can you even handle these shorts? The bows! The gathers! Too darn cute.

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

Pattern notes from Jess:

This was another really fun sewing experience for me, with a little more challenge than the Sally Romper. I’d call this an intermediate pattern, with a couple of tricksy elements that take a little bit of precision and skill. Based on Clementine’s measurements, I traced the pattern for the height of size 5 and the width of size 4. This worked just fine; the only thing I had to watch was to be consistent in transferring markings to the fabric after cutting.

The shorts were a total breeze to make, and the bow cuffs are so slick and easy! I’ll definitely be incorporating bow cuffs into future projects (now taking suggestions on how to wear shorts like that without looking like a child).

In the next couple of photos, you can see where my greatest challenges were.  I just couldn’t get the back button placket to lie flat, which is probably partly due to my inexperience and partly due to a tricky construction. With some practice, I think I’d probably get it right (and THIS is why we make muslins, right?) After I sent the outfit to Rae, they did some remedial work at the studio and just look at that placket now. And hello, cute buttons!

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The top has an inset sleeve construction that was new to me. It allows for some really fun colorblocking, but you have to be careful and patient to put it together. Sewing the sleeve on is a bit tricky because you have to turn two sharp corners and pivot the pattern pieces to match as you go. But as long as you keep the seam allowance perfectly even throughout and pin each section as you go it turns out fine!

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One of my favorite things about Green Bee patterns is that they use really sharp finishing elements. They suggest using a serger or zigzag stitch to finish all exposed seam allowances before sewing any pieces together, so the inside of the garments all look really nice. Additionally, the sleeves on this top (and a lot of their other patterns) aren’t simply folded and hemmed: they have cuff facings! This does add a pattern piece and a couple of extra steps, but the result is a stable, crisp cuff, and you could even use a contrast fabric for just a little barely-visible fun detail.

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

You can see the entire line of Green Bee sewing patterns over at the Green Bee Shop, and to see all the posts from our Lotus Pond Extravaganza, click HERE.

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Snail Trail Sleepsack for Hugo

We are big fans of the sleepsack around here. All three of my children needed a good snug swaddle to sleep for any decent amount of time. Plus our doctor mentioned multiple times at Hugo’s early checkups that we should NOT use a basic blanket to swaddle, that instead we should always use the velcro swaddler, so there you go. They’ve gotten plenty of use by our clan. So this free snuggler pattern from Lotta Jansdotter‘s Simple Sewing for Baby book on Make magazine’s site (that first link goes to something called a Craft podcast, but the free pattern is there…yeah, I’m confused by that too) seemed like the perfect way to pair some of the plain white Fanfare flannel I had in my stash with some new Lotus Pond snails!

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The snuggler is easy to use, it’s just a matter of folding the two outer flaps over each other; your baby’s legs go in the pouch portion at the bottom.

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Snail Trail Sleepsack

Snail Trail Sleepsack

I should note that I didn’t find the free pattern to be completely intuitive; I had some issues piecing the pattern pages together (an issue that would, admittedly, have been a non-issue if I had actually purchased the book rather than downloading the free version…you get what you pay for am I right??) and the instructions took us a few thinks to get right, but once it was together it made total sense and I think the design is totally adorable. So there’s that for my 2-cent review. Most importantly, Hugo will sleep in it, so clearly he likes it too!

This snail fabric is one of the prints from my new line of fabrics for Cloud9, Lotus Pond! To see all the posts from our Lotus Pond Extravaganza, click HERE.

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Lotus Pond Extravaganza

We are winding down on the Lotus Pond projects! Here’s Very Shannon modeling her amazing Ruby Dress. So springy and pretty, and I love the print combo!

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We’ve certainly been having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool! More photos are sure to crop up in future roundups too, so stay tuned for more inspiration.

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More Lotus Pond Extravaganza

I’m back with a few more links to gorgeous Lotus Pond projects!

Gail of Probably Actually made reversible bucket hats for her kiddos.

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Tara of Girl Like the Sea made an amazing, randomly pieced picnic blanket using a drop cloth as a template and backing. Awesome idea!

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Kristin of Skirt as Top made this adorable Lulu Dress for her daughter. I love the knit top/woven skirt combo!

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Katy of I’m a Ginger Monkey had a sad sewing machine SNAFU last weekend, so she only has a Work in Progress to share at this juncture. Oh Katy! Our thoughts are with you and Bernie for a swift recovery and happy reunion.

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Jessica over at A Little Gray got her kids all decked out in Lotus Pond duds, then had a super awesome photo shoot.

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We’re having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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Shops that carry Lotus Pond

Hey Hey! Here’s the list of shops that carry Lotus Pond if you need to stock up. Thanks to the folks at Cloud9 for the letting us know where they’ve shipped!
A STITCH IN TIME – Franklin, NC
ALEWIVES FABRICS – Nobleboro, ME
CATHY’S SEW + VAC – Chico, CA
CITY CRAFT – Dallas, TX and online
CITY QUILTER – New York, NY
CRIMSON TATE – Indianapolis, IN and online
DRY GOODS DESIGNS – Seattle, WA and online
ECO|ARMOIRE – Dallas, TX
FABRIC CORNER – Arlington, MA
FABRIC WORM – Paso Robles, CA and online
FABRICATE – Boulder, CO
FANCIFUL FABRICS – Fort Worth, TX and online
FANCY TIGER – Denver, CO
FINCH SEWING STUDIO – Leesburg, VA and online
FRESH MODERN FABRIC – Bluffton, OH and online
GATHER HERE – Cambridge, MA and online
GENTLER TIMES STITCHING – Naperville, IL and online
HANDCRAFT WORKSHOP – Philadelphia, PA
HARTS FABRIC – Santa Cruz, CA and online
HEARTS TO HOLLY – Charlevoix, MI and online
LITTLE MISS SEW IT ALL – East Moriches, NY
LOLA PINK FABRICS – Lafayette, LA and online
M IS FOR MAKEonline in the UK!
MARIENHOFFGAARDENonline in Denmark
MODERN DOMESTIC – Portland, OR
NANCY’S SEWING BASKET – Seattle, WA
OWL & DRUM – Tulsa, OK and online
PIEDMONT FABRICS Oakland, CA
PINK CASTLE FABRICS – Ann Arbor, MI and online
PINS & NEEDLES – Cleveland, OH
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS – Montclair, NJ
SEW LA – Los Angeles, CA
SEW MODERN – Los Angeles, CA and online
SEW TO SPEAK – Columbus, OH
SEWN STUDIO – Cincinnati, OH
SPOOL OF THREADVancouver, BC
STONEMOUNTAIN & DAUGHTER – Berkeley, CA
THE VILLAGE HABERDASHERYLondon, UK and online
THIMBLE PLEASURES – Chapel Hill, NC
THREAD – Tuscumbia, AL

If you’re already sewing with some Lotus Pond of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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Lotus Pond Extravaganza

Let’s take a peek at what some of my sewing pals are making with Lotus Pond!

Cherie of You & Mie is Lounging in Lotus Pond.

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Deborah of Whip Stitch made a Tunic and Shorts outfit for her daughter.

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Jess made the most adorable Geranium Dress mashup with a circle skirt for her daughter over on Craftiness is not Optional.

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Lotus Pond + Green Bee Frog Romper

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When Green Bee Patterns (the design + sewing collaboration of my friends Alexia and Michelle Abegg) first signed up as a Made By Rae sponsor earlier this year, we immediately started dreaming of some uber-cute ensembles out of Lotus Pond fabric with the Green Bee Patterns. Jess did most of the sewing since I was (am) still on a bit of a maternity break and she did a fantastic job!! I adore the little bit of green diamond print that she used for the facings and waistband casing. It’s just as pretty on the inside as outside. My contribution was to add these awesome red buttons for a fun pop of color:

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Here are Jess’ notes on the pattern:

Hey all! Isn’t this just about the cutest thing? I have fond memories of a couple of rompers that I had when I was right around Clementine’s age (probably hand-me-downs from Rae, come to think of it!), and I wish I could get them back. I know at least one of them was made from terry cloth for true five year-old comfort.

This pattern is the Sally Romper and Dress. Based on Clementine’s measurements, we decided to trace the pattern pieces for View A using the size 4 lines for width and the size 5 lines for length. This worked really well, and was not a difficult adjustment. I’m not the *most* experienced sewist, so this was a nice lesson in simple pattern modification.

The pattern is clear and well-written, with a nice big sheet of instructions that I just pinned to the wall in front of my sewing machine for reference. Sewing a romper is basically like sewing a blouse and a pair of shorts, then stitching them together. All those steps seemed a little daunting at first, but each one is manageable and well-illustrated. I’d put this in the intermediate skill level for sewing.

My favorite features of this pattern are the the side-seam pockets on the shorts, and the button-up front. I think this would be adorable with contrasting waist band and shorts cuffs…maybe next time!

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And then it was ready for Clementine to take it for a spin!!!

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(Please don’t pin photos of Clementine. Thanks!)

We’re having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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Lotus Pond is all around!

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Thought I’d share some Lotus Pond projects that have been popping up on the web and in social media!

Top Left: Heidi posted a glasses case tutorial over on her blog, Fabric Mutt.
Top Right: My friend Anna of Noodlehead made a sweet Road Trip Case for Cloud9′s booth at Quilt Market last week.

Bottom Left: Did you know that Michelle at Cloud9 has designed a free pattern for the Ebbing Quilt, featuring Lotus Pond?
Bottom Right: Kirsten via IG made a gorgeous 241 Tote (also a Noodlehead design).

If you’re already sewing with some Lotus Pond of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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