It’s SOOOO hot

…as i posted to a friend’s facebook wall after she informed everyone that it was nearly 85 degrees out.  Two days ago another friend and I were browsing through Old Navy when I said I wanted some sleepy shorts.  She responded that she would have been all over that if she still lived in Arizona but that it was way too cold here for shorts.  WHAT? It’s nearly 85 degrees! It’s well into sleepy shorts weather.  Crazy Arizona people.

Are you thinking “wow, these people are babies”? Yes, yes we are.  Also, check out these babies

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Sleepy shorts for me out of some I-have-no-idea stash fabric.  I know it’s a quilting cotton but, otherwise I know nothing about it.  Oh, except it’s pretty.  No real pattern here, just used some flannel sleepy pants as a guide but cut them off at about the same length as some shorts I have.  I did do fancy clean finish edge and I think that made my sizing a bit off.  Let’s just say I hardly needed the elastic at the waist.

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I did add some stash ribbon for prettiness and (I’m very proud of this) I used the button hole feature on my sewing machine for the ribbon holes.  I have never use it before and, wow, was it super easy.  Nicely done, Singer.

I like them quite a bit.  In fact, I’m wearing them now.  No, there will not be pictures 🙂

Well, those turned out weird

As I have mentioned before (and before and before and before) my projects don’t always work.  A lot of the time they are just weird.  It’s because I don’t follow the instructions. It’s because I take short cuts. It’s because I didn’t really understand.  In short, user error.  Every time.  I have made these pants before. Before they have worked.  This time they were weird. I’m sure it was me.  It’s always me.  Clearly they are just not long enough for the width.  BUT, here is a tip for sewing for boys: if you put a super hero on it, it doesn’t matter that the sewing is wonky. They are his favorite pants. I’ve re-sewn some seams twice now due to active use.

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The grey corduroy is the same from the first installation of these pants.  I went up a size this time (4/5) so I needed to draw out a new paper pattern. I’m thinking that is where I made they mistake.  The contrast fabric is from a Marvel comics print at JoAnn’s that was 70% off.  All in all, I think I spent about 5 bucks.  Tim Gunn would not be impressed but my little guy was.  Good use of 5 bucks.

No-Sew Burlap Bowties

Our beautiful, wonderful nanny recently got married and who was the ring bearer? Why a little boy I happen to know.  We could not be more excited to be part of her special day. As the boy said yesterday “my family has a mommy, a daddy, and a nanny.”  Truer words have never been said.  She is part of our family and, in some ways the most important part, as without her we would probably devolve into feral creatures: unwashed, unfed, and with no gas in our car.

For the big day, I made no-sew (hot glue gun ftw!) burlap bow-ties for the two little boys.  I followed the basic instructions here.  Burlap is much thicker than normal fabric and frays like a mo-fo.  I used lots and lots of glue.  To attach to the boys’ shirts I glued the bows to small hair clips like these.

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Of course on the wedding day, none of this went to plan.  But really, if something is going to go wrong on your wedding it might as well be some little bow-ties.