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02.23.15Sunday Sew: St. Paddy’s Day

For those of you who have been following the blog for a while you know that we have a lot of Irish pride. I spent several summers there with my family growing up and our cuties have already made several trips. It stands to reason then that St. Paddy’s day would be big around our house. I decided this year to whip the girls up some fun super green dresses to wear to school so there would be no pinching ;)

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After I made Evie’s though I hit a wall and wanted something colorful. I remembered her little top from the “color my summer” photo shoot in Paris and thought that would look festive with a little green skirt for Chloe. Luckily she loved it! Mainly because I STILL haven’t attached it to anything so she could lift up and show her belly to her hearts content.

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The girls were in the CRAZIEST mood and being completely ridiculous.

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I tried getting just one picture of them by themselves but Chloe REFUSED to stay out of the shot.

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When I said their crepe payment was on the line things got serious….

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It’s funny because I would say the Murphy’s law part of my heritage (I am a murphy several times over) has definitely dominated my life more then the “luck of the Irish” but looking at these hilarious and spunky girls I am pretty sure I am the luckiest mama out there!

Cheers!

Kelly

FYI: All cotton fabric, dress pattern for Evie: Roma by C’est Dimanche, in french but I did an english walk through you can find HERE. Chloe’s top and skirt are self drafted.

 

02.18.15Sew Up: Mini Hudson

I have been itching to sew something for my boys… that didn’t involve weapons and a cape. Finn is my trendy boy. He loves “looking handsome” and lets me put gel in his hair without immediately flattening it down and often sports a leather jacket and a scarf, in short, he’s a keeper. Which is what inspired his freezer paper stenciled shirt. He was wearing his “stay gold pony boy” one to death so I thought it was time for a new one. I also thought he would So I love a pair of Mini Hudson‘s (from True Bias) with some leather detailing, and I was right!

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2015-02-17_0001 ^^^Oh my gosh you guys I just want to hug him through the screen!!!^^^

2015-02-17_0004 My kiddos are obsessed with my sister’s pug Winifred. They seriously would ask more about Winnie when we were in Paris then most family members ha!

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I knew if I wanted Finn to have a fun photo shoot and give me some real smiles I just had to bring Winnie along.

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The pattern itself was an easy sew. This was my first time working with ribbed jersey and I LOVE it!

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I had some trouble with the pockets initially and ended up redoing them so that they laid nicer.  I am telling you that sewing with a tissue paper layer when sewing with jersey is GENIUS!!! It makes every single seam just gorgeous!

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Finn is small for his age so I sized the sweats down because I knew they would already be baggy and I didn’t want them looking like MC Hammer pants…. though um they kind of do, in an awesomely hip and stylish way.

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The jersey is from my Japan haul. I am telling you had I known just how mind blowingly incredible the fabric shopping was going to be I would have taken out a small loan. My heart literally aches for the fabrics that I didn’t purchase. Their jersey section was an entire floor and there were the most gorgeous shades of grey… I think they were like 50 different shades… HA! But seriously there were at least 30, and I am a sucker for marled grey jersey and have yet to find it in any stores locally. 

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^^^Rockin my ultra cool modern MC’s like a boss^^^^

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This was Winnie’s first time to the mountains and I think she was a fan! Both participants enjoy a treat once we returned from what Finn dubbed “Winnie’s Mountain Adventure”. He has been asking me everyday when we are going to take her back. Look at this face, wouldn’t you go on an adventure with her too?

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Cheers!

Kelly

02.13.15Mini Marthe

I have loved Trine from Groovy Baby and Momma since I found her blog. Then we competed in Project Sewn together and I got to actually know her and loved her even more! Everything she makes looks straight out of my favorite Parisian stores and her dark palate is so appealing to me after our years there. A pattern I see her sewing up again and again is the Mini Marthe from Republic Du Chiffon.

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When I found this awesome (but odd weight) scuba/jersey/who really knows fabric at Joann’s I knew it was time to bit the bullet and sew it.

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Oh my goodness after the first sew I know it will be one I make over and over.

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The instructions are in French so I was thinking about doing another sew along. Much like the Roma dress you could not make this without the pattern so the sew along would just be helpful for english speakers who want to purchase the pattern.

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It would be easy because I have a feeling I will be making tons of these. Next time though I am doing the longer option on the bottom so we don’t have any belly flashing incidents :)

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I have to mention the artwork Chloe is standing in front of (on the table I made…hence the bare feet). My amazing friend Elizabeth Moon painted it for me and it is one of my favorite things in our house. It is up on our main dining room wall which I pass by at least 100 times a day. Every time I do I love it more. Before living in Paris I was not a huge fan of abstract. I thought anyone could do it and that there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to it. Well after going to the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay countless times I have since grown to not only appreciate but love a lot of modern. Don’t get me wrong there are still pieces I think are ridiculous but lets just say I attempted a painting similar to this and it ended up in the trash. It really does take a hefty amount of talent to make the chaotic seem chaotic with a purpose. And I was happy when the idea popped into my head to do pictures in front of it! Now it will be documented forever! Along with that super cute face!

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Cheers!

Kelly

PS Let me know if you would be interested in a sew along!

02.10.15Jersey glam

 Jersey Glam Pattern found HERE

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It has been over a month since out bundle sale and I have been going like a crazy person. I haven’t been able to grade up the Jersey Glam dress like I wanted so it is still only available from 2-10 (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read over the size guide before purchasing and cutting). I have had lots of inquiries as to when I was going to release it though so I thought I would just post what I have tested and polished and was included in the bundle now and when I can continue graded for more sizes. The pattern can be found HERE

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Keep in mind my leggy niece is 5’9 and I added a bit of length just to make sure the dress hits just above the knee.

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I had such a fantastic testers this time around and what is the best part? They continue to send me pictures as they make MORE dresses! You know its a good pattern when people are still making more versions of it! You can also read a review on the pattern from a non-tester HERE. Tasha sewed up this super cute version:

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Here are some of my wonderful testers versions:

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And some more detailed shots of my fav version I made:

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 Happy sewing and thank you for supporting Sewing In No Mans Land!
Cheers!
Kelly

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