Maralee & Adeline

My sewing shop sadly closed its' doors this past spring. Sarah Howard Stone will always hold a special place in my heart because it was in this place that my fingers began to learn the craft of sewing. As the final days of the store approached, the shop had some really incredible deals on their fabric. I picked up this pink plaid fabric and couldn't wait to get started on a cute summer outfit for my girls.

I decided to try out the Sophie pattern from Maja's Heirlooms. I really liked the pattern because it included options for a bubble or a top with shorts, pants, or bloomers. I decided to go with the swing top and the bloomers for my girls and could not have been more pleased!

 

On the top, I smocked this ladybug plate from Creative Needle magazine (I couldn't find a link for it but I'm sure you could just ask your local sewing store). I have been wanting to try out ladybugs for a while and thought three little ladybugs would look cute on this top. Since the smocking area was so small, I finished in no time.

Then, on the back, I just took the geometric from the ladybug plate and added a diamond geometric instead of the ladybugs. This went super fast too.

The directions for this pattern are pretty easy to follow in most places. The shoulder straps were a little difficult to understand because you had to fold and stitch a certain way but once I did the first one it was easy to do the rest. I also made my top a little longer than the pattern suggested in hopes that they can wear these outfits again next year (I used the 24 month size and as you can see, it's big on my girls).

On the bloomers, I learned a new trick to get that cute ruffle in place. I sewed a strip of single fold bias tape to the wrong side of the leg and then ran elastic through it to get it to bunch up. Super fun! Even though I have done plenty of pants, I still get confused with putting the two legs together. My Sydney Back Wrap pattern was easier to follow than this one so I ended up using that to finish off my shorts. I love the end result!

I hate that I didn't get a good picture of the girls on the first day of school, but I was a proud mom sending them to Mother's Morning Out in style.

My mom and I also found a store in Dothan that makes these bows FOR A DOLLAR Y'ALL. One dollar for one really cute bow...seriously? So, we bought four for pig tails :)

Hope you get a chance to try out this pattern on your little one! My friend made the bubble out of a soft paisley fabric for a three month old and it was irrestistably sweet. I'm also considering using the pants pattern for some green fabric that I also bought on sale for the fall. Endless options!

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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Can y'all believe Adeline and Maralee are two? Check out our family's NICU video testimony to see how much these munchkins have grown! You can share it with your friends, family, or church too! To make their day shine a little brighter, just send them this link: http://youtu.be/N-iIofRz0dw .  

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