5/18/2015

A little bit of real life home pictures

I have a project I have been working on all week and was going to show it to you today but just as I was coming to the end I ran out of interfacing, grrr. So naturally I went to the store to buy some and guess what? they were out of all interfacing as well! I mean what the heck!? I guess it wasn't meant to be posted today! ;0)
So instead I am going to share 2 projects we are working on in our home right now.

First is our master bathroom. The shower decided to go kaput and flood our floor so we needed to rip everything out and redo it. I'm really not complaining it wasn't in the best condition as you will soon see.

The bathroom is pretty small and longish shape  but I'm hoping our chages will make it look a little better when we are through.

Now I promise, promise the shower is super clean! Its just old, cheap and old. It had a major cracks in the bottom but we couldn't buy a new shower just yet so we tried to patch it up but didn't get the right paint, so it looks really bad. The patch job didn't last (go figure) and now we get to redo the whole thing because it flooded pretty good!
I'll be sharing updates on it when we finish...if we finish, lol!

Next is the boys room. Its been bad guys, so bad! All four boys share a room and even though there is plenty of space it is constantly a mess and they cannot keep their beds made, not even keep their sheets on!

I have a few ideas to change things up a bit and hopefully give the boys a place for all their things. I also will make some changes to their bedding.

They have sucjh a nice closet but I really haven't used it to its best capacity.I'm not entirely sure how to best use this space yet, I have a couple of ideas but it all needs to be able to fit in our super tight budget, so we'll see what actually happens..

Oh and do like our cheapo curtains? Those are courtesy of my husband who got tired of the boys complaints of it being to bright in their room so he grabbed some blankets and nailed them to the window. Yes its a red neck fix and no I wasn't happy and yet I still haven't changed it. real life folks that is all I can say.

Next time you see these rooms in their full glory I hope they will look better and more blog like ;-)
oh and I've been pinning some things here and there but if you have any ideas please, please share!


5/11/2015

9 Free patterns for boys!

This weekend I added 9 new patterns to the Free Patterns for boys page! I am seriously amazed at how many I am finding for boys there used to be to barely any any and now there are so many to choose from and in a lot of sizes too!




Free Baby Pants Pattern || PDF Pattern || Shwin&Shwin
Shwin has released a new pattern for these adorable baby leggings in size 3 months!




 Here is an excellent pattern for baby leggings in a larger size range of up to 2T!



http://www.running-w-scissors.com/2012/09/e-cords-pattern-and-text-instructions.html#.VUok3fCrHMt 
 Running with scissors has a great pattern for toddlers sized 18 months!


 Blooms and bugs has a whole series using her own free pattern size 3T!

 Free baby sewing pattern
 These baby leggings can also be made into the cutest shorts! size 6-12 months.



http://icandy-handmade.com/2013/07/boys-tank.html Need a summer tank for your boys? This is sized 6-7 perfect for the older boy ;-)
  
 A simply adorable button-up shirt for Summer wear and comes in a great size range of 2 to 6 years!

Sew a boys vest with the FREE Punk Vest pattern - Melly Sews I love Melissa's patterns and this is for a free Punk vest size 5 years!

http://naeh-connection.blogspot.de/2014/09/birthdays-pr-sew-along-and-free-pattern.html This shirt has a cowl neck s and looks totally awesome! size 5T Perfect for cool Summer nights :0)




5/04/2015

Classic Oxford Shirt

You guys, I am so excited about this shirt! Really, really excited, like jumping up and down and squealing excited! I made this shirt and I can't believe it!

 Preston had Cowboy day at school last week. I was thrilled when I realized that I not only had a good pattern but I also (by some miracle) had fabric that was perfect for a Cowboy day!

  Preston wasn't too happy about the shirt that morning and was kind of difficult to deal with. Looking back I can see that he was embarrassed by all the attention I was giving him over his shirt and was nervous for the up-coming activities that day.

Sometimes I forget that being, almost, six is hard. There is a lot of uncertainty in Kindergarten with questions like, "Is there really a vampire that will grab you if you go past the fence?" "Will my word-time-machine take me away from my family...forever?" "Will my pretend Robot win the pretend Robot battle at recess?" Those are the questions of life that consume a six-year-old boys mind.

 Preston was happy that there was a pocket so he can put his treasures (meaning bugs) inside. After finding that out he was much better to deal with, lol!

 I was careful to put the singing cowboy on the pocket and did some tricky cutting to get it exactly where I wanted it ;0)

 I am so impressed with this pattern! Look at how well the inner collar turned out? After I read through the directions I went ahead and made the shirt without making a muslin first, sometimes that is risky but in this case it worked perfectly.

  I never in 100 years thought I would be capable of making a shirt this nice! It honestly is better made than my boys church shirts that are store bought. For years my standard of a good sewing job was to compare to store bought but now I realize how cheaply made most of those items are.

There is even a pleat and yoke in the back! I am seriously so pleased with the outcome of this shirt and I already have an idea of others I want to make :0)
http://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/classic-oxford-button-up/#aid=2853
Pattern details: I used peek-a-boo patterns Classic Oxford button-Up shirt pattern which starts at 3 months and goes up to 12 years. Preston's chest was measuring between the 4T-5T but in length he needed a 6. After looking at pictures and reading it was a slim fit shirt I went ahead and made a 6 without any changes, I think that the fit turned out perfect. I am so pleased that this shirt goes up to a 12 my two older boys have outgrown some of my favorite pattern makers and peek-a-boo patterns size range is a major bonus!
The only part I had a lot of trouble with was the way the directions have you do the pocket I could not figure it out (ok so I read it a few times and tried once) but that is really a small detail and I just did it my own way. I had to read how they did the yoke a few times but it is worth the extra time to figure it out, it really makes it look nice the way the pattern has you do it!

The fabric is from Michael Miller and here is some on amazon if you are looking for some.


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