Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada

This post is brought to you by Tuttle Publishing

When I was asked to do a book review for Sew Chic Kids I immediately said YES! I love the clean designs of the Japanese sewing books and I loved that this book had designs for girls AND boys. I had lots of questions from readers when I first posted about this book on my Instagram. So let me answer the question most of you have, "Is this book in English?". I am very happy to say YES the entire book is in English so you don't need to know Japanese to read it.

I also had a lot of questions regarding the book layout and the paper patterns themselves so I thought I would address all of those questions in this post.

The book comes with 20 sewing patterns, and like I mentioned before it has patterns for both boys and girls. I have included the table of contents just so you can get an idea of what kind of patterns this book has.

I am in love this shirt, is this tiered blouse not the cutest? I also love how this book includes separates as well as cute dresses for the girls.

I can not wait to make this outfit for my son. He is going to look so handsome and stylish in this pull over parka and shorts set.

Since I received questions about the sewing instructions I wanted to show you a sample for the above gingham dress.

As you can see the pattern pieces required, the pattern layout, and the materials needed are all displayed at the beginning of each sewing instructions.

The actual garment sewing steps follow. All of the patterns are very clearly labeled at the beginning of the book, with wonderful pictures, so you know exactly what page you need for the instructions.

As for the patterns included in this book they are all paper patterns and come in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is a wonderful sizing chart inside of the book with some great instructions on how to measure your child. There are also some wonderful sewing tips and tricks inside of the book as well.

The actual paper patterns come printed as shown above and their is overlapping between the pieces. You will need to trace your pattern onto paper since these pages are also double sided.

You can order Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada at Tuttle Publishing. As many of you know I love to sew for my daughter so I will be posting a cute dress I made her from Girls Style book by Yoshiko Tsukiori and H.H. next week. If you wanted to look at the book before my next post you can find it online at Tuttle Publishing along with some really cool women's sewing books I have been eyeing.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Catching Up Today

Well it has been quite some time since I have had a chance to post on my blog. I am expecting baby #3 and unfortunately this has been a rather hard pregnancy. At 19 weeks I am still experiencing morning sickness, albeit at night, and I just haven't had time to get much sewing/crafting done. I am hoping that I will be feeling better soon and get to enjoy some second trimester energy before the third trimester hits. Fingers crossed!

I did get some sewing done last week, finally! I made my daughter the Janey Jumper from The Cottage Mama. I created the patchwork for the main fabric using three different fabrics I had in my stash. I add pink piping to the contrast strip. At first my daughter wanted nothing to do with this dress, I don't like it were her exact words. After some convincing she finally put it on to model and then she magically liked the dress, thank goodness.

Halloween is coming up so I hope to have some costume tutorials up soon, if my pregnant body cooperates.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Summer Summer

Hello!!! It's been a long time since I had time to write a blog post. The summer has been quite hectic this year. My daughter has been home from Pre-K and she starts Kindergarten in a couple of months. I can't believe it! She will be at school every day now and I am going to miss her lots. I can't think about it for too long because I get teary eyed. My little boy is 13 months now and is walking. He is always on the go and can't sit still for longer than 5 seconds. He is a real dare devil too. I'm going to have my hands very full with that one.

In order to prepare for Kindergarten, I have been doing daily science experiments with my daughter. It has been such a great experience, I highly recommend it. I added some toddler science experiments to my Pinterest.

I have decided to start selling my handmade goods and it has taken up lots of my free time. I did loads of research and I will have to write a blog post very soon about it. I never knew how much work was needed to get compliant and to get all your taxes in order. Starting a business is hard.

I also have some great giveaways and tutorials coming up so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Easter Garland

This post is brought to you by Baker Ross.

Easter is almost here, April 20th for those of you who are wondering, and that means I need to start decorating. Usually I only decorate the house during Christmas but since my daughter was born I have been decorating the house for almost every holiday at her request.

She loves to craft so we usually make all of our decorations together and she helps me hang them up. This fun garland was no exception. I love how the bright colors just pop, very summery.

Baker Ross sent me some great craft supplies and I used the A4 card stock and paper doilies to make the banner.

While my daughter counted the paper doilies I used my Cricut to cut out the banner letters. I then used my glue dots to stick them on my doilies. I love how each color has a different pattern. So pretty.

My daughter did a great job decorating the Easter eggs for our garland. Aren't they pretty?

I used some yarn I already had and taped each doilie on. Easy Peasy!

I think I am going to make a Happy Birthday sign next for my son's first birthday.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break Vacation Recap

I just came back from our family spring break vacation. We went to Jacksonville, Florida to visit family for a week. We were all super excited to get away and we all had a wonderful time! I wanted to share with you some of our adventure packed 4 day itinerary. We had to let the kids recover for a couple of days at the beginning of our trip because the long plane ride and time change really tired them out.

On day one we took the ferry to cross over St. John's river. It was a very short ride, maybe 5 minutes, but the children loved it. On our way to Amelia Island we stopped by Kingsley Plantation to visit the historic site. I just want to warn you the drive to the plantation is a little scary. Its a long narrow road full of pot holes out in the middle of nowhere. It's a great site to visit with a beautiful river running next to the main house. We even got to see turtles burrowing by the garden.

Our next stop was Amelia Island. We spent three days in this beautiful beach city. The town has such great charm. My daughter is a beach baby and she was in heaven. Not to mention these beaches are covered in sea shells. We came home with a bucket of shells to make necklaces out of. I highly recommend the dole whip at DeNucci's soft serve. I also recommend Alvin's Island for your souvenirs. It's one big store that has everything you could possibly want all in one stop.

Our last stop was St. Augustine. This city also has a lot of charm as well as interesting history. We took the green train tour and it was well worth the money. Not only did we see the whole town, we got a lot of great history facts and we didn't have to do any driving.

The city is beautiful and has such great architecture. Mr. Tiffany himself made lots of stained glass windows all over this town. We visited the old jail, the old country store, and the pirate museum. My daughter also wanted to take the ghost tour but we ran out of time.

I highly recommend spending the whole day there so you can truly enjoy the city. That's it! Now I'm home tackling the huge mountain of laundry that we brought back. Wish me luck!