Thursday, August 29, 2013

First Day of School - Preschool and First Grade

My girls started school last week. Abby is in full day preschool now and Maddie is it 1st grade. They are growing so fast!!! 
I made them each "What I want to be" first day of school signs like I did last year.
In keeping with her love of animals, Maddie said she wanted to train police dogs when she grows up. Last year she wanted to be a farmer. 
This was Abby's first year to announce her future plans. She kept going back and forth between a princess and a ballerina, but this particular morning she landed on a princess. 
Maddie got a "big girl" backpack this year and I am all about the owls. Abby went with her love of GIANT bows and Minnie Mouse. :)
Abby was excited to have a seat with her name on it that was all her own. 
Maddie was excited about a "real" desk with a spot for her books inside and everything. 

How your little ones are enjoying the new school year as much as mine. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Whimsy Couture Pattern Review - Boho Tunic

I recently started back to school. With work and my little ladies it has been crazy around here. With what little free time I have I have been sewing up a storm and I hope to be able to share some new posts with you here soon. 

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to pattern test the Boho Tunic from Whimsy Couture. This pattern is a really quick sew and a great introduction to shirring. There are only 2 pattern pieces to cut and the instructions are very straight forward.
This top can be made out of knit or cotton. I went with the cotton on this top because I let Maddie choose her fabric. The neckline is serged then shirred. Sewing with elastic thread is not as intimidating as it sounds. This pattern has great tips to get it done.

There is an option to shirr across the bodice to give the top a more fitted and flared look, but Maddie looked at the test pictures and specifically asked that I didn't add it because she wanted the shirt to be 'flowy'. I have learned by now that I might as well make things like my girls want or they will never wear them. 

My little hippie at heart is happy with her new top and I'm glad that she likes it.

**This pattern was provided to me to test for free, but the opinions are all my own.**

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