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Winter Coat Pattern Hack

Leather, Houndstooth, Brushed Brass. Yep, it's a win. This classic silhouette mixed with the beautiful  black and white wool houndstooth makes for a winter coat with style that doesn't quit and the fuchsia satin lining ensures that this Fancy Nancy still feels as girly on the outside as she feels on the inside. With leather shoulder details, a full collar, width adjustments and a slimmer silhouette in the skirt, this pattern took on a different feel which I am definitely loving.

This pattern hack was done using Bella Sunshine Designs Gabriella Winter Coat pattern. I love the design and the details of the pattern, with the princess seams, and stand up collar. It's classic. 

The original pattern is designed to be more roomy, to accommodate winter layers, but since I was making this as a dress coat, I wanted it to be slimmer throughout. So I sized it down and adjusted for length.

There were so many ideas I had with this coat.  Just take a look at this page in my sketch book:

And I very well may try out some of these other ideas in the future. This project has made me fall in love with outerwear!

The leather on the shoulders was my own addition. I wanted to add a little edge to this classic design. I think it makes it a bit more modern.

I also elongated the collar so that it was a full wrapped collar. It doesn't break the line of this beautiful double breasted coat, and also makes it warmer. Here you can see the fuchsia lining peaking out. I was originally going to go with a mustard, (because I think that would be AMAZING) but this girly girl loves pink, so I decided to go with pink. At least I don't have to look at it all the time. Pink is not my color. She loves it all the more for that small touch.

Thanks to Bella Sunshine Designs for such a great pattern. It was so fun to play with. Run over and grab one of her patterns, they are 40% off until February 29th! And be sure to follow along this week and check out all the other pattern hacks from the talented bloggers who have joined this blog tour!

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Easy Peasy Handmade Valentine

Valentines Day is coming up fast, and with 3 kids in school I needed an idea that was thoughtful, fun, and EASY. They each have approximately 25 kids in their class, so that means about 75 valentines.

We are part of a wonderful school community that encourages zero waste, no sugary foods and no licensed characters. I had some red felt left over from our family halloween costumes some years back (we were a family of garden gnomes, SO cute) So I set off to come up with something that would fit with those values.

What we ended up with was this cute little heart necklace that is easy enough for the kids to help with!

And then of course, you have your toddler model it for you in front of the only south facing window, which coincidentally is next to a bed.... perfect for jumping.

I hope that you have an amazing LOVE day, celebrating all the people in your life that you love; family, friends, neighbors, anyone. This day isn't just about lovers, it's about sharing love with everyone around us.

Baby Skater

The Babe was in need of a Sunday dress that fit (she is growing like a weed)

I drafted a quick and easy skater -style dress.... By the way, does anyone know why it is called a Skater Dress? I have no idea. 

Anyway, it fit perfectly, and despite not having my serger for this project (it was being serviced) I was adequately satisfied with the way it turned out.

On a side note, does anyone know why baby dresses are sized to barely cover their diapers? 

I don't know that either.

Handmade Holidays 2015

So, I'm going to tell you a super sad story about how my 3 year old broke my camera lens....

My 3 year old broke my camera lens. 

The End

But on Instagram I promised pictures of Greg's handmade christmas gift, so you get glorious iPhone pictures for now. 

He made me HOT PADS! Yes, seriously. This finance/big picture/MBA man sat down at my sewing machine and spent 3 hours making 1 hot pad, and then decided to make a 2nd one... that one only took an hour and a half. ;)

And guess how many times he asked for my help? 

About 100. 

It was adorable.

And he made "bias tape".... which I put in quotations because it wasn't cut on the bias, which actually makes it even more awesome.

What makes handmade gifts so special is the time and thought that goes into each one. My girls helped Greg pick out the fabrics, and Greg stepped out of his comfort zone to make these imperfectly perfect pot holders. And I honestly couldn't love them more! BEST GIFT EVER.