Sewing for Kindergarten


 I'm not quite sure how it happened... but my BABY is in Kindergarten this year!!! She is SOOOOOO excited about it and loving it sooo much!

Her first day when she got home she says to me,  "Mom, I listened to my teacher ALLLLLLLLLLL day - and I even did the boring work!! ALLL the boring work even!"

and that was Kindergarten, day 1 folks...

"See mom, these boots don't have good enough grip for spinning"
So, we sew a fun new dress for fall kindergarten weather! She, of course, has LOADS of dresses... but not very many fall dresses. and she LOVES wearing dresses! 

Fabric is Michael Miller Peacock Pavillion
I did a button front with ruffles on both sides of the front (Cheeks was pretty insistent it needed ruffles), a faux tie, elastic in the waistline for a nice fitted ish look to suit the faux tie and a full gathered skirt. I also did a little elastic in the sleeve hems, so they can easily be pushed up and stay up for class work.

"Look I'm a T-rex!"
 I have to admit I REALLY enjoy that our kindergarten program in town is only 2 days a week (and every other week a 3rd day). So we still get some days together, and she gets used to full days of school (preschool here is only 2 half days a week) and in grade 1 begins full day every day.


I'd love to be able to tell you about the pattern.... but I made it up!
Sorry..... But I have blocks. and I feel like I don't make up patterns as much anymore as I used to and I was missing the challenge and putting a little more creativity into my sewing. 

This is a pretty straight forward sew though, so I'm sure you can figure it out too and use your favourite button front dress and add a faux tie and ruffles if you want to re -create the look.

This is her "It's TOOOOO chilly outside, please can we go inside now" face
I remember one of my first makes for her, teeny tiny little baby hats .. and now she's in Kindergarten!

You can all be proud of me though, I didn't cry on her first day of kindergarten!!! but I felt weird and off center alllll day until I picked the kids up from school lol.

How did you do on your child's first day of Kindergarten?


WEDNESDAY:  Handcrafted by RED

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The ESTEEM dress! A lot of pics and pattern details!



This post is ALLLL about the new Cali Faye ESTEEM dress

Which, BTW,  is on SALE!!! You can get 30% off your entire purchase until Sept 10, 11:59pm EST with the coupon code NEWRELEASE.  (and yep that is an affiliate link :)  I do try an semi support my sewing and blogging habit... so if this post inspires you to buy the pattern - I'd be much appreciated if you used my affiliate link to do so <3) 



ok, now, let's talk the pattern! First off - The reason I jumped to test this is a LOVE a good openness/cut out to a summer dress and I LOVE princess seams!  


The pattern comes in 00-16 size range - which covers a full bust measure of 31"-43".
The dress includes pockets!! yay!!! 



The bias bound waistline adds stability and a pretty contrast finish if you want some contrast! 


I sewed up this dress in good quality quilters cotton, Jennifer Paganelli Sunny Isles by Freespirit.


I'm pretty sure the question will be asked, "how do you wear a bra with this???" My answer- I don't. They are the devil's contrraptions anyways in my humble opinion. BUT since the dress is empire waistband and lined bodice it would not be hard to add sewn in cups to the bodice at all! Or if you like torture you can try those sticky bras... 


I sewed this dress up in about 3hours, everything is quite straight forward and put together without any surprises. I do love the unique crossover back giving princess seams construction and it really is a fun thing to sew!

To buy the dress pattern head on over to the Cali Faye Collection shop! and don't forget to use the coupon code listed at the start of the post if you are in the timefram to do so!


Kitten Birthday Party


Cheeks had her 5th birthday celebration this week!! (I do NOT know how on earth my baby is 5 already... but it happened)

Her and her friends LOOOOVE to play kittens together, so she HAD to have a kitten themed birthday party! And I did it on the cheap! So if you want to get some animal inspired birthday party ideas - here you go!


The majority of the party budget was spent on Beanie Boos. I was going to make cats... but I really didn't feel like making 7 cats was a good use of my time, and especially not when I found beanie boos at Chapters for 5.06 each (yay for getting an email with a weekend coupon code!)

7 Beanie Boos =  $35.42

TOTALLY worth the money too have a fun take home gift (I HATE doing goody bags... mostly because I end up throwing most of the dollar store stuff out when my kids get them)


Next up I found headbands on EBAY (I got them for about 1$ each) Here is a link to them, there are many sellers who have them as you can see 

7 headbands: $7


The craft was a make and decorate your own collar - I made these with a simple tag shape and ribbon using vinyl and fabric.  

Ribbon cost : $2 - everything else was scraps



The kids had a blast decorating with little self adhesive dots.  Dots cost: $2 at Walmart


For the cake I used 2 boxes of cake mix and a container of icing 

Cake mix + icing = $4

The ears and nose I made using scraps of felt and candles were ones we bought previous years. 


Total cost = $50.42

or $54.42 if you include the $ on buying the Kitty Garland banner embroidery file... but that has other uses and will be used to make banners I can sell at markets too.






Me: "Show me your I'm 5 now face!" and this is the face she gives me!


The dress she is wearing is the Buby&Me Darcy dress, which I tested and you can read all about in THIS blog post. The fabric is fabric I designed for True North Fabrics. I'm not including the dress in the party budget - since she needed some new school appropriate dresses anyways.



She really does love her new dress though!


I hope you enjoyed reading about the birthday party - I know it is a little out of my normal posting, but hopefully it helps give some ideas! 

I'd love to hear some comments below! What do you love about the kitten part theme?

Bring on FIVE! 

Happy Crafting!

Making Skinny Jeans for back to school with Little Lizard King Patterns



I signed up to test the newest Little Lizard King pattern the Cambridge Skinnies pattern

I signed up for the test for 2 main reasons
  1.  My oldest kid needs pants!
  2. Buying pamts is hard because her waist and legs are a bit smaller in size than her height is tall.



The pattern features a great guide on mashing sizes, even thigh measurements to help you get the skinny fit you want!


I skipped the front pockets - because my kid never uses them anyways and more often then not they are just inside out pains to deal with lol. BUT, I did do the back pockets!!! I Added some fun free motion to decorate the pockets.

The fly is Faux - so it looks great but is an easy sew!  The front is flat and the back has elastic.

I made these pants with a slight stretch to it denim (like maybe 10%) I also did a tester version in regular cotton woven - which for my kid worked great - but she takes after her momma and is a rectangle... 


How are your back to school sewing plans going?
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