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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Romper Revision

I know it has been awhile since I've posted anything. Almost two years is quite awhile. Life has gotten away from me with the addition of our little man in February 2013. Add to that a new addiction to sewing, and I have not had much time to blog. But I'm going to try to fix that. I've had many ideas of posts to make and hopefully, I will get around to typing them up.

To start out with, I've fallen in love with The Cottage Mama blog and patterns. Lindsey Wilkes has created some beautiful patterns, great tutorials, and a wonderful Facebook page to follow for help from fellow Cottage Mama blog followers. Most of her patterns are beautiful dresses for girls, but she has an awesome pattern, the Run-Around Romper, that I love for my little guy. I wanted to make him one for Thanksgiving, but wanted to make it with a snap crotch for easier diaper changes. Another fan on the Facebook group posted that she had done it, and agreed to send me a message telling me how to do it. It was easier than I expected, and with her permission I want to share that help with you.

First, you will need to purchase the Run-Around Romper pattern. You can get it from the Cottage Mama shop here, or from her Etsy store. All the Cottage Mama patterns are available in PDF form for instant downloads.  Follow along until you finish step 7 (sewing the top of the romper together).

Once you turn and press the straps that have been stitched,

 A. Press the edge of the crotch 1/2 inch down all the way around from one ankle to the other on both the exterior fabric and the lining fabric (I did not do this step here, but figured that it would helpful in retrospect). Unfold the pressed edges and sew the bottoms of the legs together, twisting the fabric to put them right sides together. Turn right sides out and press.

B. Measure up one leg from the ankle to the crotch and back down the other leg (basically the inseam x 2) and add one inch. For example, for the 18 month pants, this measurement is approximately 22 inch+1 inch=23 inch. Cut a piece of fabric that length by 2.5 inches. Fold right sides together and sew 1/2 inch seam on each short edge. Cut corners and turn right sides out and press.

C. On the back edge, pin your narrow strip of fabric to the right side of the exterior fabric (raw edge to raw edge), making sure its the correct length. Baste together with a 1/4 inch seam. Fold under 1/2 inch (already pressed in step A) and sew the lining fabric to the exterior fabric with the strip sandwiched in between, using a 1/8 inch seam. Pin together the front edge and sew with a 1/8 inch seam.

D. Add snaps or buttons/button holes to finish. I used snaps.

You can do this with either View A as shown or View B (shorts). I'm not sure how you could do it with the ruffles at the bottom in View C, but it is probably possible. 

I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Leave me any comments or suggestions for any changes or improvements or any questions you might have. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Come On, Baby!

38 weeks today and I am ready to be done. It's not really that I'm super uncomfortable, I'm just ready to meet my newest offspring, and to find out if it's a boy like everyone keeps predicting or another girl. And I hate waiting.

With my daughter, I wasn't expecting her to come early. It was a complete shock to me at 37 weeks, 6 days when my water broke. 17 hours of labor later, she was born. 2 years, 10 months later here we are, and I still haven't finished recording her birth story. Bad mommy!

This pregnancy was a ton different than my first, at least in the way of how my life was. Obviously, having your second child typically means you already have one that you have to take care of. This has kept me more active (if not on my feet as continuosly as I was when I was pregnant with my first and still working evenings in the laboratory). I have to carry around a petite person (so glad she only weighs 25lbs!), chase that little person, and get on the ground to play with that little person. So different than when I spent my free time reading parenting books and napping during my first pregnancy.

I also have been preparing in different ways for this new baby. I realize now how much cooking is going to be an afterthought once this new baby comes, so I've prepped and frozen a bunch of meals for our family so we don't need to stare blankly at one another when 5:30pm rolls around. I also have a group of mommy friends who take care of one another by bringing meals after new babies arrive, and my husband and I couldn't be more excited by this prospect. They have it so organized, they even use a website to coordinate who is bringing what on specific days (check out and allow me to see what to expect and when so I can plan other meals around these wonderful gifts.

Today, to beat my impatience, I've decided to bake some cookies. I might as well indulge and enjoy myself, plus there's the added excuse that I must bring something to share to a Super Bowl party this evening. Check out this wonderful recipe, the yummiest cookie recipe I have ever come across. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!