01.28.15New Years party and our bar cart

Hello! I hope you had an amazing holiday season! We have been off in Japan for the last little bit soaking up that amazing country and some time with Chris while he has a break from the Embassy in Afghanistan. But I felt like i had to hop on and share our pictures from New Years before it is no longer January because that would just be lame to post something THAT far out of the game right? (Yeah I totally have some tutorials from my time in Timor I haven’t gotten around to posting so honestly no stone throwing here). I have totally drunk the kool-aid as far as the mad-men mid-century mod trend goes. My kool-aid is not spiked though so when it came to the bar cart craze I felt left out. But then I thought about how a lot of us non-drinkers sure like our soda, especially when they are filled with flavored syrups and fruit wedges. So I got the bar cart I had been drooling over at Target and decided for New Years we would have a non alcoholic bar cart. Because lets be honest if I am going to make it to mid-night I am going to need some caffeine.

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We had four different soda’s, three different syrups, and cut up some lime and lemons for the cart. In hind sight I probably should have bought the smaller syrups in more flavors but the store I went to had some really odd ones that would taste much better in hot chocolate and coffee then in soda (aka pumpkin spice, cinnamon, chocolate etc.) We stuck with Strawberry, Coconut and Vanilla. 
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When I was a child I always wanted my own Martinelli’s, but my parents were good parents and didn’t let their daughter drink her weight in fizzy apple juice. But I thought these mini ones would be perfect for the kids so they felt like they had their very own but wouldn’t end up vomiting an hour later.

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We were pretty laid back on the decoration’s. The banner is from Anthropologie and I am embarrassed to say is hanging right behind me STILL. Ummmm valentines can wait right?

2015-01-28_0008 I bought WAYYYY to many sparklers but in the end it was kind of fun to keep handing them to the kids until they were too cold to stand on the front porch anymore.

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We got the over sized glitter for throwing at midnight from Paper Source and I am still finding it all over the house. Which I am actually okay with because it looks pretty cute.

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My little sister and her hubby Paul were in town and were nice enough to come over to the party early so I could get a few pictures with actual good light. They are so much fun and my kids adore them.

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Afte we filled up on doughnuts, Ruby’s cookies and soda we played a bunch of minute to win it games which were a HUGE HUGE hit! The kids especially loved trying to dance the ping pong ball out of the kleenex box we taped around their waist’s (Video on instagram if you want to see it). We told the kiddos at 11pm it was midnight and i am sure we confused our neighbors when they were out banging pots and pans an hour early but they were all dragging and wanted so bad to bang in the new year. Our home has an amazing view of the entire valley so after they were in bed I went up and watched about ten fireworks shows right from our master bedroom. I cannot wait for 4th of July!! As far as goals go I discussed it a little on IG that this year my goal is to FOCUS. Focus on family, faith, our health and fun. It has been almost a month and I have felt a great difference in myself and the kids since I have worked on this goal. Here is hoping I can keep it up the whole year!

Cheers!

Kelly

12.21.14Sunday Sew: A Christmas Dress

Each Sunday I am taking turns sewing up something for one of us Crawford girls to wear to church. If you or your company have a pattern you would like us to try out please email us at sewingingnomansland {at} gmail {dot} com

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Today I am sharing Evie’s Christmas dress. Usually I pair or triple the pictures up together so as not to bombard you but to bad, I loved all of them so they ALLLLL get their own spot ha!

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To make her dress I again used the Franklin Pattern by Brooklyn Pattern Company. Just FYI I do not get anything kicked back aside from kind words from the lovely owner for sewing up this pattern so many times. I just love altering it and playing around with different versions.

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This time I again removed the button placket in the front and used the front facing pattern piece for both the main and the lining, cutting it on the fold. I then cut three layers of tulle lengthening out the center length SIGNIFICANTLY so I could gather it all back up to the original size.

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I also added hand made gold piping around the neck and waist lines.

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Used the same short sleeve as I did on the previous dresses but this time added two layers of tulle. I also finished the arm holes with double fold gold bias tape.

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I decided to put the zipper in the back because of the tulle layers though if I could do it over again I would just reverse the dress and have the button placket in the back.

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The tulle I used had gold glitter in it but it wasn’t attached very well and it looked like I had taken a bath in it by the time I was done ha! I had to warn people at church before she would climb up onto their lap that they were about to be glitter bombed.

2014-12-21_0002 OKay so I have to say something about her crazy hair (which I love). We went to go see my very talented niece Ally’s cheer performance and they all had these AWESOME faux hawks. I loved how messy and rocker they were with an elegant twist.

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I figured since the rest of her dress was over the top glamour she could rock a punk hair do. I had her sleep in curlers so that the pieces that stuck out would be softer and more feminine. Pretty sure I am going to make her do this once a week now ha!
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Cheers!
Kelly

12.16.14Sunday Sew: The Franklin Dress

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This weeks Sunday sew is a few days late (obviously ha!) This weekend was a doozy for me Sunday in particular. Nothing bad just busy busy busy. I know that is how most people are right now. Man the holidays are nuts! Wonderful, but crazy! The lateness should in no way reflect my excitement about what I got to sew up this week. Erin from Brooklyn Pattern company emailed me asking if I wanted to give her Franklin Dress a try! I am always up for a new pattern!

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The first time I sewed it up it was with very different fabric (I will eventually get pictures and post this). I did a poor job cutting the pattern and didn’t measure Evie first.

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It ended up being way too big and resembled more a nightgown (which this would be SUCH a cute pattern to use for that as well in a soft flannel! Ding! Idea!). This trial run though ended up being the perfect inspiration though for what I REALLY wanted to make.

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I have been gaga over THIS shop on etsy for a while and decided to see if I could use the Franklin Dress to Mimic my favorite little top of theirs.

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The Black strip and solid cotton are all from Hobby Lobby. The triangle print is from Spoonflower and I kid you not I had only little scraps that I had saved and saved. I just need to break down and order some more ha!

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Chloe’s dress is the exact Franklin pattern only I shortened it a good chunk and I downsized her to a size two, and I made a flutter sleeve instead of the 3/4 length it comes with.

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I only did two buttons instead of three because they are GINORMOUS. I also removed the pleats and black double fold bias tape to finish the neckline and underarms.

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On Evie’s I also removed the pleats because I didn’t want the triangle pattern to get lost in the pleating (otherwise I think the pleating looks gorgeous and I did it in the first dress I made). I used the front yolk facing on the outside as well (so I cut four pieces of it instead of two and none of the front yolk).

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I also did the same flutter sleeves as on Chloe’s and again down sized her from a size five to a size three in some areas and four in length. I think I am going to go back and put a little elastic in the outside edge of those sleeves so they don’t look so pokey outy.

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You guys I am just soooooo in love with how it turned out! I kept telling the girls how cute they looked until Evie finally said: “Mom we know they are your favorites its okay” ha!

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The patterns instructions were very clear and it was easy to sew. I love all the details. I would be sure to measure your cutie before sewing and think about the ultimate look you are going for. The other dress I made is much flowier and roomier.

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I wanted a more tailored look with this particular fabric hence the downsizing. But this wouldn’t always be the case.

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Also make sure you are in the correct viewing mode when you print out the pattern. The first two times I printed it out it did not print the squares and letters/numbers to line everything up. I finally figured out I was in the wrong viewing mode.

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The girls were super good while taking pictures for me and their requested reward was to eat all the mini marshmallows out of a jar of hot chocolate mix a neighbor had brought by.
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I happily obliged. Easiest reward ever! And no, none of the chocolate powder ended up on my rug! It was a christmas miracle ha!
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Thank you so much Erin for sending along your gorgeous pattern! Hopefully ya’ll don’t mind me showing off the other versions I made because I have several in mind ha!

Cheers!

Kelly

12.09.14Sunday Sew: Mint Jersey Glam

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The Sew Fab Winter Bundle is only available for a few more days! You can purchase the entire bundle of ten patterns HERE.

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I have had a lot of feedback about the lack of large sizes for this dress and wanted to address this issue as I have a plus size sister/ sister in laws myself and know that they also would love to sew up some fun comfy/ glam dresses themselves. It is not a matter of not wanting to offer additional sizes it is simply my still being new to the pattern grading world. Each time you grade a pattern you have the opportunity to skew the patterns proportions if you do it incorrectly. I have found that my current pattern grading abilities drop off sharply after I have graded it up or down three sizes from the original. All of a sudden hips are ginormous and lengths are too long etc. I am currently re-viewing the pattern grading videos I purchased from Melly Sews in hopes to remedy my poor skills and I am hoping to offer the Jersey Glam dress in three additional sizes eventually. I would kindly ask that the fact that I am working on these projects while being a single mommy to four little kids while their daddy is in Afghanistan please be kept in mind. My pattern sizing in no way reflects my feelings towards peoples personal sizes and to assert such is extremely hurtful.

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As with any pattern please refer to the sizing chart included before you purchase the pattern. We made it available for this specific reason. Again the limit to five sizes is due to my limited grading skills which hopefully will be improved with restudying of the process, but it will not be done over night that is for sure.

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This particular version was made from Mint Green thick jersey I purchased from Girl Charlee a long time ago and had been hording. I originally planned on pairing it with a fur vest but when I did the cute dress seemed to get lost. So instead I went for a more plan monochrome look. With those white legs I think I could almost be invisible if we had a sudden snow storm ha!

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Cheers

Kelly

12.06.14Jersey Glam Dress

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You guys! I have been sitting on this pattern for so long my bum is sore. Ha! Just kidding. But I HAVE been DYING to release it. Nothing is worse then having so many people help you test and perfect a pattern only to have to wait for the release date ha!! But it is finally here! Yay! The Jersey Glam Dress is now available for purchase as part of the Sew Fab Winter Sale Bundle. You can purchase the bundle, which contains ten never before release patterns including the Jersey Glam HERE. We weren’t able to release photos before though so over the next few days I am going to be sharing the different versions, myself and my wonderful pattern testers have made. The first is one of my favorite versions though (hence it being the cover shot).

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I made these dress from super soft and stretchy jersey that I had hoarded from the fabric district in Paris. But then as I was desperately digging through the jersey section at Joannes looking for ANYTHING even remotely cute (there is a SORE lack of cute jersey at local chains) low and behold there was a bolt of the exact same fabric! I may have (did) bought all that was left (sorry). But it’s okay because I found it at Joann’s online ekkkk!!! You can buy this exact fabric (the same fabric I also used in my last sunday sew) HERE. That is if I don’t buy it all first Moowahahah!

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Now back to the pattern. I had gotten so tired I seeing posts with cute jersey dresses that were ALLLL made from “simply using an old tank top of shirt” as a guide. No. There is nothing “simple” about that. And it NEVER worked for me. I wasted so much expensive jersey just trying to get that right that I gave up. I looked and looked for a good jersey pattern I could download and came up empty handed. Apparently I may be the only person in the world who cannot make a jersey dress from a tank top. And if that is the case this pattern is going to sell pretty horribly ha! (Did I mention you can buy it in the bundle here… oh I did? Okay)

PS This is a PERFECT pattern for you serger lovers out there. You can do allllllmost the entire dress on the serger!!

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But hopefully there are others of you like me who just want to be able to get a great fitting dress without guestimating how much bigger I should cut it then the tank top. And lets not even go into the fact that none of them have a good sleeve option.

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So the Jersey Glam dress was born. Now for the nitty gritty. This dress runs large. I did this because I wanted the jersey to hang a bit not stretch tightly across my bum. It is also SUPER important to note that my gorgeous nieces is 5’9 so as you can see the dress on her is a wee bit in the shorty department. It hits my knee exactly with a nice chunky hem and I am 5’5 (I am! Shhhhhhh! Okay I am just over 5’4). You will get more of a sense of the sizing over the next few days as you see the dress on different body types.

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I also made it run a bit large because you can ALWAYS go back and do little adjustments to make it fit perfect if you have extra fabric to work with. You cannot with a super fitted pattern. I’m a safe side kind of gal.

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I cannot wait to keep showing you all the other versions I have sewn. This bad boy has been sewn A LOT ha! It is once of those patterns that the actual sewing is wayyy faster then the pattern taping/ cutting so once that part is done subsequent dresses are whipped up! Due to the nature of the bundle and agreements we as pattern makers made when we joined the bundle, this particular pattern will unfortunately not be for sale on its own for a good chunk of time. Sooooo hop on over HERE to see more about the bundle or go straight HERE to purchase it.

Thank you so much for all the support and especially thank you to all my fabulous testers!!! They were so patient as I worked out all the kinks and tried to make this into a “go to” pattern.

Cheers

Kelly