Penelope Peplum Tour: One for Each of Us Girls

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

Last week was a fun and new experience for me. I was able to go away on a short little trip for a very special event! It was nice to have a small break from routine and be in such a creative and inspiring atmosphere. I just finished going through all my photos last night, so I’m planning to blog all about that tomorrow. Today, I’m sharing a Penelope Peplum knit top (for women) and two Pippa Peplum knit tops (for the little ones) I made using this fabulous pattern by See Kate Sew PS: There is also a circle skirt add on for the women’s pattern to make it into a dress here.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I have always adored Kate’s patterns, so I was more than happy to sew some of these up. I went knit fabric shopping online at Girl Charlee for my fabrics. Miss J picked out the pig fabric. She’s still on her animal/farm kick and I love it. I can’t wait for the day I can get her some real animals to take care of. I picked out the foxes for miss E because she really likes that “what does the fox say” song, like most little ones. What is it about that song? lol.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I picked this vintage inspired fabric. Typical me, right? The shirt pattern has three different sleeve options: cap, bicep, or half sleeve. I did the bicep length. I also used the circle skirt add on for the bottom and sliced it up a bit so the back bottom fabric peeked around the front. I think that striped fabric was from a recent GC purchase as well, but don’t remember. It was in my stash. I kept the top with the same and just angled the sides when cutting to get this look. I also added a small fabric strip around the neckline inbetween the outer fabric and interfacing piece.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I am happy with the fit and how the look turned out. I like how she suggests to use elastic thread where you sew on the bottom. It helps it have better stretch for when putting it on. I didn’t use it on mine, but I did for the girls. I wanted to see the difference. The next time I make one for me again I will try the elastic thread. I have a dress in mind with some lovely black stretchy lace in my stash.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together
Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

For miss E’s, I added a doily to the neck. I had one just the perfect size and cut it in half. I tacked it in place before sewing on the inner facing just like I did on mine with the fabric. I did the cap sleeve style on this one.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I had to add a little something to miss J’s too, so we made a little pocket for it. I would recommend this pattern for a quick and easy sew with a polished look.
Thank you Kate for letting me try the patterns out! You are a rock star :)
-Jess

Fort in a Bag DIY with OshKosh B’gosh

Disclosure: Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

This month OshKosh B’gosh challenged us to create a fort in a bag. How fun is that? I have to say, it’s very easy to do and would make a great gift for a child. It can be used outside and inside and can be created on a budget. But before we get into all of that, I want to announce the winner from the $50 Gift Certificate giveaway! Congratulations Kelly!!!! I will be in contact with you. Now, back to this fort thing.

I started by purchasing a few supplies and using a few we had already: a bag, a bed sheet, flashlights, clothespins, snacks, coloring supplies, and chalkboard/chalk. Of course, you could really add so many things. I thought about books that they could read in their fort or toys. You could even use different things to send them to hold the sheet in place. I had ordered these small clamps, but alas, they haven’t made it here yet. I think they will be easier for the girls to use though once we have them. And what about lanterns instead of flashlights? How cool would that be? Or glow sticks? Possibilities = Endless

I made it a little cutesy by adding the crayons in a small mason jar and by wrapping up the sheet nice and tying it together with some scrap fabric. Little touches can really make a gift more personal.

For the bag, I took a bowl and traced it right on the middle of the bag. Then I placed stickers in the middle that spelled fort. I grabbed some fabric paint and painted in the circle and over the stickers. Once dry, I removed the stickers.

My girls love making forts, so they had a lot of fun going outside and playing in it. It was funny watching miss E trying to color with her mittens on. She refused to take them off. She’s very much an accessories kind of girl.

A lot of what they are wearing is c/o OskKosh. Here is a run down of where you can find those pieces. Miss J (the oldest): coat, hat/mittens. Miss E (the littlest): coat, hat/mittens, jeggings, shirt.

We LOVE all of the pieces they received. The girls had fun picking out what they wanted. I am most thrilled about the coats personally, but they would say the hats were their favorite ;). The coats are going to keep my girls warm this winter! Here is a little more information on what OshKosh has in their Winter Shop right now.
Girls:
o        A great option for
girls winter clothes on cold days is a puffy bubble jacket. With a fleece-lined hood and plenty of weather protection, it’s great for layered looks and will keep her warm.
o        Find lots of fun, girly details like polka dots, colors and floral prints that are fashionable and provide warmth on wintry days.
Boys:
o        With a bubble jacket, bib and reversible hat, your little outdoor adventurer can keep warm on cold expeditions!
o        Sporty and colorful for a cold day,
boys winter clothes like, the heavyweight parka is one of OshKosh B’gosh’s warmest options!

OshKosh B’gosh also has everything you need for a “B’gosh Believes” holiday! Fun tees, cute socks and adorable dress-up outfits are perfect for holiday photos and family occasions. I can’t wait to share the next posts coming up. More giveaways, outfit ideas, crafts, and other tips coming your way soon!
You can find OshKosh online or find the store nearest you.


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Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the OshKosh B’gosh Holiday Network.  As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girl Dresses

Guess what? I’m almost done with all the wedding pics! After going through hundreds of them, it feels good to be on the last few left to edit. So you know there will be wedding sharing coming up…let’s begin with the flower girl dresses I made.

Flower Girl Dresses

Miss J and another lovely little girl were the flower girls. My sister-in-law asked me to make dresses and of course I wanted to and said yes. In fact, miss J has been a flower girl four times and I have either made or greatly altered each dress. What a fun memory!

Flower Girl Dresses

I was sent some dresses that the bride liked and went to town. I used Butterick 3351 for the dress base. I did change it so the straps would tie in the back though, because I wasn’t going to be able to have the other little girl try it on prior to the wedding (we had to go to Virginia for the festivities).

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I also made the side front edges a bit more curved. I made rosettes from ribbon and added some white leaves from the craft store to them. I put a dab of glue over the wire on the back of them to make them not sharp. In hindsight, I should have just ripped the wires off, but by the time I had my “duh” moment, I was getting close to being done with hand sewing them on the dresses.

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I added a yellow ribbon with a rosette flower ribbon/leaf for the waist. It matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly! It’s fun to do a project that I don’t normally do often. Miss J had a bunch of fun and they were beautiful flower girls.
-Jess

A Foxy Top

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We are home from our super fun visit to Virginia. It was so good. I am sad to not be there, but a part of me is also happy to be back home and getting back into regular life. I can’t wait to share pics from the wedding! I have to say that I really admire all of you who do wedding photography. Before we left, I did finish up this little top for miss E.

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My friend Delia sent me over this eBook/pattern that she helped create. It’s the five and ten designs “Volume One” eBook. Basically, five amazing seamstresses created a simple pattern and each made two designs using that basic pattern. They share how to make the changes they did and everything. It’s really quite fabulous and a genius idea.

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You can see all 10 looks here in the lookbook. It’s a great way to learn about altering patterns and a great deal since it’s 10 different looks. I made look #2 and am smitten with it. I used this fox fabric and it’s coordinating fabric that I had in my stash.

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I am going to add on one more ruffle at the bottom to lengthen it for miss E, but isn’t it just darling? I even learned a new trick on hiding those raw edges from this eBook. I have been seeing others creations from this all over instagram and it’s awesome to see all the variations. It is inspiring creativity. Great job ladies! I know your future volumes will be awesome as well :)
-Jess

OshKosh Back to School Outfit and $100 Giftcard Giveaway (CLOSED)!!!!!

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are 100% my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Oshkosh B'gosh Back to School Giveaway

It’s that time of the year again. School is getting ready to start. Maybe it already has for some of your little ones. Miss J starts next week and is finally starting to get excited about it. There is no doubt she loves her summers though :) With school starting comes school shopping. Along with supplies, this girl needed some new clothes for her ever growing like a weed self.

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We picked out this outfit together c/o OshKosh B’gosh. Notice the shirt???? It has a unicorn on it! Her new current favorite animal. She was so excited to get that shirt. We paired it with a cute floral button down to make some layers, added some adorable pink skinny jeans, and finished it off with the silver shoes. If you need some new clothes for a little one in your life, read down to the bottom to enter for a chance to win $100 giftcard to OshKosh B’gosh!

My favorite piece she wore are the jeans. They are so soft. That is great for her because her skin can be rather sensitive at times to clothing textures. They have the inside elastic adjuster so these will grow with her for a while too. She’s on the slim side, so that is another thing I always look for in pants as ones without the elastic are usually swimming on her. Here is some more information about OskKosh’s jeans:

-They currently have $10/$12 doorbuster on jeans in store AND online! That’s a great deal. It’s the lowest price of the season for a limited time.
-The jeans are made with 100% cotton, reinforced seams and adjustable waists.
-The  boys jeans come in many different styles: Straight, classic and carpenter. Carpenter denim styles are all available in sizes 6m-5t, 4-12 husky and slim. Timeless and true, OskKosh classic jeans sit at the waist and slightly taper at the ankle. Your OshKosh kid will love the Carepenter style with a real metal hardware, double-stitched seams, and pockets galore. Try the OshKosh B’gosh Loose denim style that has a slightly slouchy fit and full through the seat and legs.
- The girls jeans have skinny and bootcut styles available in old and new school washes with adjustable waists. They offer enough flare for everyday wear so your little one will look classic and cute while feeling comfortable too in the Bootcut denim style. They are also available in plus and slim sizes. The B’gosh Skinny jean (sizes 6m-5t, 4-12) is the go to girly style with stretch, so your little one will be all set for school or play.

Oshkosh B'gosh Back to School Giveaway

Along with the great deal on jeans, they are also offering original tees for $7 (like miss J’s unicorn shirt!) and $8 in stores and online as well. They are one of a kind graphic tees, made with 100% cotton, making them perfect for layering and transitioning from warm to cold weather. Check this out: Each original tee is hand-drawn and created by OshKosh designers!!! That has to be a fun job :)
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Oshkosh B'gosh Back to School Giveaway
Oshkosh B'gosh Back to School Giveaway

Now for the giveaway. One winner will receive a $100 giftcard that can be used online or in store. 
To enter, simply leave a comment answering the following question:

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLSUE!!

“Which pair of B’gosh Blue Jeans in the OshKosh B’gosh Back to School collection is your favorite?”

Please note:
-Open to US residents only
-Make sure there is a way I can contact you in case you win. Your email must be somewhere on your blog, in your comment, etc, or email it to me if you want more privacy.

Want more entries????
Leave a separate comment saying you did the following for each one to gain extra entries:
-Follow OshKosh B’gosh on Facebook
-Follow OshKosh B’gosh on Twitter
-Follow OshKosh B’gosh on Pinterest

Enter away! I will be back around the 19th announcing the winner and sharing our fun OshKosh B’gosh Back to School party we hosted for our friends :)
-Jess

Oshkosh B'gosh Back to School Giveaway

 
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote Back to School Denim.  As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Spring Sunshine in Their Hair

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The weather has been so pretty these past few days. We have been going outside each evening and soaking in the warm sun rays. Today I grabbed my camera and took some pics of the girls wearing these beautiful hair accessories from ClipIts Design.

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If you remember, she sent us some last year and I loved them. So I feel really blessed to have some more from Joanna, the creator of these lovely pieces.

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One of my favorite places in our yard right now is this clover patch. I asked my hubby not to cut when he mowed the grass and he so graciously obliged.

It has grown into such a beautiful spot, so plush and fun to jump into.

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Miss E will sit there forever and just pick the clovers. I love this above pic because it’s so them! E is not big into miss J hugging or kissing her most of the time, but loves her so much.

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J really turned on her model self today and was actually posing for me. Usually it’s more like “okay go run over there and tell me a silly joke” coming from me to get something for pics. Today she was like, “Mom, take a picture of me like this.” She’s growing up even more I tell you.

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They both love the flower headbands and kept them on their heads all afternoon. They are so soft on their sweet heads.

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Joanna also sent these really cute pea hair clips and carrot hair clip/pin. Miss J is wearing a Draped Cardigan that I made. We pinned it up with the pin for a cute style.

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It’s so her. She loves gardens and she loves these pieces.

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We can’t wait until we get our garden restarted here soon too.

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We actually have a lot of volunteers that came back and are growing again though. I have a lot of lettuce regrowing in particular. We have been using it on our burgers, for salads, and more. Now I need to find some other things to add in the garden. Do you have a favorite thing to plant?

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Thank you Joanna for the girls gifts!!! We love them :)
Don’t forget to check out ClipIts Etsy shop here and facebook page. You can also use the code BACKFOR15 to receive 15% off your purchase from her Etsy shop.
-Jess

Kidswear: A-M-E-R-I-C-A

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This little shirt was suppose to be for fourth of July, but I was a bit late on that. But who says you can only wear patriotic colors on certain days? What’s interesting is when I scheduled my blog posts for the month of September, I totally didn’t realize I put this outfit post on 9-11.

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It totally fits the day though. A day that changed so much. I am so grateful for so many things. Thank you to all who serve our country and help when we need it.

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I used this pattern for the top and the bottoms are from Target. The blue striped fabric was leftovers from another project. It came from Walmart. The red is from Pezzy Print by American Jane for Moda fabrics.

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She was a bit hard to photograph, but it’s fun to try! Have a great night everyone.
-Jess

Kidswear: Birthday Dresses

Birthday Dresses

This summer was a busy one for us, especially towards the end of July/beginning of August because both of my girls had a birthday!

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Their birthdays are only 4 days apart, so we celebrated them together this year with miss E turning 1 and miss J turning 5. We found out we were going to be in Virginia during that time, so I planned a fun party for them at a farm. I saw the cute farm fabric at a fabric store and knew it had to be made into dresses for them. The above dress was miss E’s and I just kind of winged it.

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Then for miss J, I used the Out for Lunch Dress pattern and added a little apron to the front.

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I was so pleased with how it turned out.

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I wasn’t able to get a decent pic of them together standing still on the day of the party, so we took these a few days later.

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The next few days I will be sharing more about their party and all that good stuff.

Birthday Dresses

Oh, and because I’m sure someone might want to know, the sheep and bunny fabric are from the Modern Whimsy by Laurie Wisbrun collection. I forget what the pink fabric on top of J’s dress is and then the striped fabric is some I had from a yard sale. Then I used linen for the rest.
Have a great day!
-Jess

Kidswear: The Ecuadorian Dress

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It’s been very warm here recently, so I decided to put miss J in a dress that was given to her by her Aunt Keren. It’s a special dress. It’s from Ecuador, which is where my sister in law is from.

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The dress fits her perfectly and I couldn’t help but snap a few shots this morning before church. She was more interested in the loose dog running around though.

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I tried a new style with her hair and LOVED how it came out. I just twisted it from each side and brought it together in a low side bun. Then clipped on a flower.

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This week I’m hoping I might get some projects done ;) We’ll see! Do you have any crafty plans for the week?
-Jess

Kidswear: Glittery Mermaid Apron

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One of the last projects I finished up before our move was making 8 mermaid aprons.

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It was for one of Miss J’s classmates. Her mom had this idea for a mermaid birthday party where the little girls wear mermaid aprons and then the boys be pirates.

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She couldn’t find a mermaid skirt she liked and after looking at handmade ones online she decided she wanted it to be more of an apron so it would grow more with the girls and they wouldn’t trip while running around in it.

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She made the pattern and bought the supplies. I just sewed them all up!

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Isn’t that such a cute idea?

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It did take me forever to clean up all the glitter from the sparkly tulle fabric that she picked out though.

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We moved before the party happened, but she had me make one for Miss J as well.

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Here is a picture of the pattern she created. The ribbon was sewn on in 5 places across the top and the tail was just two long pieces of tulle sewn on.

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I had to trim the tulle once sewn on. All in all, it was an easy project, especially since I did it production line style ;)

(Miss J’s Shirt and Shorts are from Target)

-Jess