Apr 25, 2012

Vote, vote, vote! {Part 4}

I'm so excited that I get to ask you to vote one more time!  Yup, the final round of Sew-vivor is here and voting is happening right now!  

This weeks challenge was to sew anything with pleats and wow, was I ever intimidated!  I've never even attempted pleats, since I thought they were only for the sewing elite.  I'm absolutely relieved though, pleats were not nearly as challenging as I thought they'd be, and I'm pretty pleased with the result of my pleat-themed project. 

 This week I sewed up a box-pleated skirt for Addie's bedside table and matching stool to transform it all into a mini vanity any little girl would love!  And check out this bonus feature:  The table and stool skirt are a totally removable so they can be tossed in the wash without a problem.

Head on over to Family Ever After to show your support!

Apr 19, 2012

I Can't Keep My Eyes Open

Hey Y'all.

I. Am. Pooped.

Like really, this whole Sew-vivor competition is knocking me out!  I'm slightly ashamed to say we've had a lot of thrown-together-at-the-last-minute-because-holy-cow-it's-already-five-thirty-and-Zach-will-be-home-any-minute kind of meals.  And my house?  Disaster zone.  

 Week 1
Don't get me wrong, I am positively thrilled to have placed in the top three each week of the competition!  I am over the moon that I came in #1 in the polls after yesterdays voting!  All that being said....I can't wait til this is all done!  Ha!

 Week 2
 Week 3
One more challenge, one more vote, one more crazy week, and then my life will maybe return to some form of normal! 

I can't wait to show you all what I'm working on for the fourth and final round of Sew-vivor.  The challenge is pleats...I can sew anything my little heart desires, but it must have pleats.  I think I've got a great idea, and I'm really excited to see it all come together!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each one of you who have supported me through this competition, both by voting, encouraging, and believing in me.  You've made my heart smile!  If I could bake a batch of cookies for each of you who have spurred me on throughout this competition, I would!

Be blessed,


Apr 18, 2012

Vote, vote, vote! {part3}

It's that time again!  Round three of Sew-Vivor is up and running, and I would just l-o-v-e it if any and all of you would head on over to Family Ever After to vote for me, contestant #4!  

This week's challenge was a sew for charity challenge, and I created a couple of trendy baby hospital gowns for a little guy I know who has spent his whole life in the hospital.

Thanks for your support!

Apr 11, 2012

Vote, vote, vote! {part 2}

Thanks to some really wonderful people who voted for me, I made it through last week's first round of sewing in the Sew-vivor competition.

Now, round two is up and running and I'm hoping to make the cut yet again! 

Head on over to Family Ever After to cast your vote!  Only the top 5 competitors will be making it through to the next round, and voting closes tonight at midnight, EST. 

Thanks for your support!

Apr 9, 2012

Addie's Easter Dress

 With the first challenge of Sew-vivor and Easter hitting our home all in the same week, I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.  So of course, that equals Addie's Easter dress.

Side note: I made it through the first round of Sew-vivor, coming in third place in the polls!  The next round of Sew-vivor is coming up this Wednesday, be sure you swing by Family Ever After to cast your vote!  I'd appreciate your support!

The first challenge for the Sew-vivor competition is the judge's challenge, where I get to peruse each of the judge's fabulous blogs and reinterpret any one of their tutorials for myself.  Let me tell you, it was so hard to choose.  There are so many beautiful tutorials between all the judge's blogs, but I kept going back to this Charlotte Russe Inspired Skirt tutorial from Tam over on Sew Dang Cute.

I loved the ruffle/tulle combination, and thought it would translate beautifully into a girly and sweet Easter dress for my girl.  By the way, Tam, your modest interpretation is flawless, and w-a-y cuter than the original version, if you ask me!

I started by finding a basic pattern that I liked, and that I knew would be easy to tweak.  I thought it was only appropriate that the pattern I went with was a Project Runway pattern, make it work, right?!  I followed the pattern directions for the bodice and combined what I liked from look A and look B to make the dress I wanted for Addie.  

Then, following Tam's great how-to, I whipped up the skirt with ease.  Her easy ruffling trick saved me some major time!  To add just an extra touch of sass, I whipped up those sweet five-petal flowers for Addie's hair using some left over scraps of fabric.  Oh, if you can't tell, Little Miss is in love with her long flowery dress!

 Her cheesy posing just cracks me up!

I think Addie will get a ton of wear out of her new dress, and with the extra details I know it's a dress both of us will treasure.

Thanks for stopping in, I am so glad you came!

Be blessed,

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Apr 4, 2012

Vote, vote, vote!

Update:  I made it through to the next round of the competition!  Thanks to everyone who put in a vote for my dress!  I'm so excited to be competing again next week :)

Eeeek!  Today is the big day!
Today is the first round of Sew-vivor, and I'm on pins and needles, just waiting to see what happens!

I'd be absolutely thrilled if you'd head on over and vote for my entry, Addie's Easter dress.

I can't wait to see what everyone else made for their entry.  I think that's been the hardest part for me, not knowing what my competition is up to! 

Voting is open from 6 am - Midnight pacific standard time, and the advancing competitors will be announced on Thursday.  You can check it all out for yourself right here.

Thanks for your support!