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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Geeky 3 Tier Ruffle Girls Skirt

It was my intention of getting this tiered ruffle skirt tutorial up WAY before back to school season. Here I am, an entire month later, writing up the pattern. Gah! Seriously, the last 2 months have kicked my butt. Not Gonna Lie! But I am so grateful for my new little boy that has joined our family, and that I feel good enough to sit down and write a little. So here the tutorial/pattern goes.


To start off with.  The daughter that I made this skirt for is a tall, skinny, Kindergartener.  She just turned 5.  In ready to wear she wears a size 4 or 5.

To start I took a coordinating fabric and cut it in a trapezoid shape.  The bottom 17 inches wide and the top 12 inches wide.  To get the top measurement I measured her waist (23 inches for her) and added an inch for seam allowance.  I wish that I would have made it 2-3 inches wider so that it would still fit her next summer, but I didn't think about it until after I had sewn it all together.  The length for her was 13 inches.


Sew (or serger) down the long sides of the skirt.  Then fold over the top by and inch and sew it down, make sure to leave an opening so that you can thread your elastic through it.

Serge the bottom edge to get a nice clean finished bottom.

Then I picked out 3 fabrics for the tiers (I used the turquoise and cream dots,  the purple geekly chic glasses fabric, and the cream geekly chic glasses fabric all are made by +Riley Blake )

I cut my strips for the skirt 6 inches wide. I cut 1 for each tier.  To know how much you are going to need plan on 1.5 to 2 times more width than your skirt (this is a good rule of thumb for most ruffling).  The fabric is 44 inches wide so it ended up being almost 2 times the width.

Sew the short ends together. 


Finish off the bottom end of the fabric however you like with a pretty little hem.  I did a rolled hem using my serger.  

Then ruffle your tiers using your favorite method.  This time I used a ruffler foot attachment to my sewing machine, but you could use the kite string method, or elastic thread, or the "shove the fabric under the foot and guess as you go" method.  Whatever suits your fancy. 



Now take your base skirt piece and your first tier for your skirt.  Sew the first tier at the base of the elastic waist seam, making sure to not sew over that seam, but as close as you can get.  Sew it down on the wrong side, with the tier pointing to the top of the skirt.  That way it will hide your unfinished edge under the first tier
 



Now take a fabric marker and measure down 5 inches from your unfinished edge of your top tier and mark a straight line all the way around your skirt.  Now sew your middle tier down using the same method from above. 



Repeat again with the bottom tier. You should be sewing the bottom tier on about an inch above the bottom hem of the skirt.
Now you have a beautiful tiered skirt that your daughter will be sure to love. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Vision to Remember Instagram feed



I've been waiting for this day. Been kinda nervous about it. At least I didn't get shot in the face with it! #firsttimeforeverything #momofgirls #untilnow #apeepeeteepeewouldnthavehelped #momofboy #babyboy via Instagram http://ift.tt/1098x87

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Vision to Remember Instagram feed



Just sent this quilt, bumpers, and sheet out. Love how it turned out. I got it done the night before having the baby. #goodtiming #etsy #custom #ragquilt #babyboy via Instagram http://ift.tt/1ryouzi

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Creative Exchange Link Party #20

Holy Cow!  This week has totally flown by!  We added a new addition last week to our family and I have been just a little caught up in all his newness!  Thanks for being patient with me while I get this post up late this morning.  OOPs.  Sorry!

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Here are our favorite posts from last week's link party!

Bobbie
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This week we let Bobbi pick two favorite things to feature from last week.
This Trick or Treat Sign from Home.Made.Interest is silly and fun and a great way to get your kids involved and document how much they grow each year.

Her other favorite?
Her new baby boy born last thursday! Congratulations to her!
Liz
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The mix of book page and colored leaves on this Paper Leaf Wreath from Vintage, Paint and More are just perfect for fall.
Kristy
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The kids would go "bananas" for these spooky chocolate covered banana mummies from Moments with Mandi.
amy

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I think we all would love to receive this Caramel Apple Basket from Ribbons and Glue. The perfect fall gift.




Laura
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I love a cute chalkboard banner and this Easy Chalkboard Banner from The Domestic Heart is perfect for all year round.
Summer
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I love the beachy feel of these Coastal Pumpkins from Crafts by Courtney. A fun take on a traditional fall decoration.







Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sisters Love: A Vision to Remember Instagram feed

Seriously, these girls can't get enough of "baby brother" and neither can I!



Me: "Are you done yet?" Her: "NO!!" The 3 girls just came back from 3 days with #grandma and they can't get enough of #babybrother. #newborn #sisters #baby via Instagram http://ift.tt/1xkakoL

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love my Little Boy: A Vision to Remember Instagram feed

And I say little, because he is far from that! But still we love everything about this baby. Even if he wakes me up every hour or 2 all night long, and then sleeps in 5 hour segments all day long. Silly Boy!



And we are home and happy. #homeagainhomeagainjiggityjig via Instagram http://ift.tt/1upGURb

Friday, September 19, 2014

Newborn Baby Boy: A Vision to Remember Instagram feed

I am so stinking excited to introduce you all to the newest addition to my family. It's been an eventful day for us. This "little" boy joined our family at 1:21 pm weighing a whopping 8 lbs 14 oz and measuring 22 inches long. We are so in love with him already. Don't mind the purplish skin. He got a little bruised on entry



Later on I plan on writing the birthing experience.  Even though it was a short labor, it was nice and eventful (but not too eventful)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Creative Exchange Link Party #19


Thanks so much for stopping by this weeks The Creative Exchange Link Party!  I can't wait to see what you all have been working on.  

Here are the favorites we chose to feature from last weeks party.
Kristy
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Fall if finally here, and this BEAUTIFUL Fall Wreath by Blooming is Seriously Lovely!
amy

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Speaking of fall, doesn't the Vintage Apple Sign from Carissa Miss, make you want to go pick apples?
Vintage apple sign

Laura
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I love how cute these DIY Washi Pencils are.  This is such a fun and easy project check out Blooming Homestead for the tutorial!



Summer
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It's easy to see why Summer picked this Darling Paper Pinwheel Pumpkin by A Glimpse Inside.  
pinwheel pumpkin- labeled

Liz
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And we were all blown away by this Gallery Style Command Center by Her Tool Belt. That Geometric Wall is to Die for!
Gallery-Style-Command-Center


Bobbie
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And last but certainly not least, this Shadow Box Fall Centerpiece by Find it Make it Love it  is the PERFECT early fall display!


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2. Please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

38 Weeks Selfi: The one and Only

So I hate #selfies, especially if they are me �� But here is your one and only pic of me huge and pregnant.



UPDATE:  This pic, come to find out, was taken at 39 1/2 weeks.  Apparently, when they pushed my due date back, they shouldn't have.  Upon delivery I was 40 weeks instead of the hopeful 39 weeks.  No wonder I was so huge and uncomfortable.  Plus, delivering a 9 lb baby and 22 inch long boy didn't have anything to do with it ;)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Girls Sport: Shooting with Daddy

Let me start this post out by saying that I have shot 2 guns in my life.  The first knocked me to my butt, and the second hurt my ears.  Lets just say that I am not a fan of guns.  They make me nervous. I would rather not touch one, or even see it for that matter.  Why?  I have no idea.  Maybe because I didn't grow up around them (unless my dad was shooting obnoxious birds or critters on the farm) and even then I only heard the shot and never interacted with the gun. 

That being said, my husband enjoys hunting.  He enjoys fishing.  He enjoys going out with the boys and target shooting. 

Does this bother me? 

Nope. 


So when my 2 older girls started asking to go shooting with dad, and then to have their own gun, I didn't have a problem with it.  I knew my husband would TEACH them the power of guns, and he would TEACH them to not be afraid of them.  So after much scrimping and saving they bought their own little gun. 

I have no idea what it is.  Nor do I really care.  All I care about is the learning, the bonding, and the growing that will take place with that little gun, 3 little girls, and 1 awesome dad!


The girls have scrimped and saved for this silly little pink gun. Seriously, they can't be my girls. I've only shot 2 guns in my whole life. #daddysgirls #couldnteventellyouwhatkindofgunitis #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1m8sXIB

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