Wild & Wanderful

Mama Quinn by Made for Mermaids

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I told you that this was a busy week!  I've been a part of three big releases, the Wear to Where? blog tour, Louis' last day of preschool, and a 20K P4P celebration.  I'm whipped and my phone has been getting so many alerts that it won't stay charged.  But having a great time because it's really making my sewing mojo burst out of control!

Allow me to introduce you to Mama Quinn, Made for Mermaids' newest women's pattern.  The best part?  It's made for wovens!!  Yayyyyy!

Mama Quinn is a slip style top or dress with no darts or closures, making it very quick to sew up! Includes 4 lengths- cropped, top, dress (above knee) and maxi. Choose double v back, center straps, criss cross straps or straps that tie at the shoulder.  It takes very very little fabric and time to sew up...the hardest part will be the choosing the fabric!

I went two very different directions with the Quinns that I made.  Both were out of my style comfort zone.  The first was a maxi dress.  Let me tell you, I NEVER wear maxis.  I feel like they drown me and I loose all of my shape.  Bennett is always begging me to wear maxis, but I think it's because he thinks that if I start to wear them, it'll begin my transition to full blown hippie.  (You think I'm joking!)

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One of the options with Mama Quinn is to use the front piece twice, to get a double v.  I love this option the most.  I even kept my regular bra on with it.  Sure you can see the straps a little bit, but for the most part they are concealed and I'm comfortable.

I'm not saying Bennett has won here.  Not in the slightest.  But I'm not mad at this dress and I plan to wear it a lot this summer.  In fact, is this print not PERFECT for our Good Zoo Brew events?  Hello!!

The second version I made, also out of my comfort zone, is the crop.  Ooooo girls!  You will hesitate to make this, but when you put it on you'll be strutting your stuff.  A high waisted skirt/pants and this top are the CUTEST thing for a girl's night out.  For reals.

This version, I opted to do the standard back with cross, tie shoulders.  I'm not going to lie when I tell you that I had to have Bennett tie my straps for me.  I seriously couldn't dress myself this day.  But he got me into place and it all worked out in the end. Ha!

Like I said, the crop Mama Quinn pairs super well with a high waisted bottom.  I wore the new P4P Pirate Pencil Skirt and did my best modeling.  They work so well together!  

Have you been convinced yet that you NEED the Quinn?  Um.  Because you do.
**does contain some affiliate links.  Thanks for helping me feed my sewing habits!

Go grab your own copy of the Mama Quinn pattern HERE (it's on sale thru 5/28).
Made for Mermaids has also released a girl's version of the Quinn HERE.
AND, you can also get a bundle of both Quinn and Mama Quinn HERE.

Want fabric details?  Sure!
Maxi dress: Matisse Crepe Animals | Crop top: Crepe Geo Circles

Wear to Where? Spring 2016 | Summer Wedding

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It's wedding season, you guys!  And that means you're going to be spending some (or a good amount of) time in front of your closets, trying to figure out what to wear.  We've got you covered with this one!

ME! (Keep scrolling for my photos) | Wally and Grace | Hayes Days


**this post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for helping me feed my sewing habits!

My look was something I debated over for a while...and didn't actually make it until the night before a wedding that we hosted in our home.  I wanted something casual-ish, comfortable (because we were also photographing the wedding) and was dying to add lace.

At first I had considered a dress, but then decided to make a top and skirt, so I can mix/match as I please the rest of the spring and summer.  

My ultimate decision was a circle skirt and a lace overlay top.  Instead of doing any prints, I decided upon a teal rayon blend for the skirt, and a basic off-white lace with a matching cami underneath.

I am fully in the party that doesn't believe in letting your bra straps show.  I totally broke my own rules with this, and hard.  Whoops. 

My top is a Patterns for Pirates Sweet Tee with zero hemming.  Like, none.  Fastest shirt in the west.  Lace is an epic pain to hem and I liked the raw edges of it all.  I used a curved hem and was nervous about it being longer than my cami underneath but ended up loving the look as a whole.

My skirt is the circle skirt from the Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Dress.  During the sew-a-long we had with the Sweetheart Dress, we gave some waistband measurements so you could hack your pattern into a skirt as well.  (You can find those measurements HERE.)

I looooove me a good circle skirt!  They're so twirly and feminine!

I totally meant to iron out the wrinkles in my skirt before photographing this.  But......sorry!

Pirate Pencil Skirt by Patterns for Pirates

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A year and a half ago, I sewed up my first P4P pattern ever.  I was overly ambitious and took on a Lumberjack Jacket for Louis...even though I was still pretty new to sewing clothes.  Two weeks later, I sewed up my first shirt: the women's raglan (now called the relaxed raglan).  Hooked, I was absolutely hooked.  That December, I got to test for the first time ever with Judy...she hasn't been able to shake me since. Ha.

I've been admin-ing on the Patterns for Pirates facebook group since last fall and then was "hired" by Judy last November.  Seriously.  I've been around for a while, sewn all the fabric, bought all the patterns and watched the P4P brand grow and grow.  And here we are: May 2016..and Judy's page has reached 20K fans.

It's unreal!  I'm so happy for her!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Judy decided to go and be awesome all over again and release a new pattern.  FOR FREE!!  In secret, we've been testing and working on the perfect pencil skirt and it's available now.  (Join the Patterns for Pirates facebook group to find the code.)

Ready to hear about the last skirt you'll ever want to sew for yourself?  Allow me to embarass myself with a Sir Mix-a-Lot dance.

36, 24, 36?  Haha.  Only if she's 5'3".  :: insert whip noise here ::

As always, the pattern has a giant size range.  Like, XXS - Plus 3X.  And every single woman during testing looked FABULOUS in this skirt.  It has three lengths (above knee, below knee, and midi) and then two rises (high and mid).  The skirts fit like butta and highlight all of your fabulous womanly curves.

Pssssst!!  Eyeballing my sewing machine necklace?  I MAKE and SELL it!
Go check it out in my online store: HERE

After becoming a parent, I've realized that i know how to do a few things really well:
-- balance just about anything in my hands and still make it without dropping things everywhere.
-- run on very little sleep and very much caffeine.
-- throw a mean thumbs up.

This pattern got my major thumbs up approval.  I've made four skirts so far (two of which I managed to photograph) and I plan to add a million more to my wardrobe.  It can be perfectly dressed up or down.  Which makes this a staple item.

The other Pirate Pencil Skirt I photographed and made is also featuring a top that I will be sharing tomorrow in a post.  So for now you just get this one image of me in a crop top and pencil skirt.  Momma's pretending she's still got it.

The details about my outfits:
Purple top: P4P Sweet Tee. French Terry fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.
Multi-color Pencil Skirt: P4P Pirate Pencil Skirt, Nicole Miller Scuba Knit from JoAnn Fabrics.
Crop top: Made for Mermaids Mama Quinn, Crepe Geo Circles fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.
Charcoal Pencil Skirt: P4P Pirate Pencil Skirt, Charcoal Ponte from Fabric.com
**does contain some affiliate links.  Just helping feed my sewing habit!

Go make all the skirts!  What are you waiting for?!?!

Last Day of School 2016!

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:: excuse me while I go sob in a corner ::

My baby's last day of school was today.  His last day of Preschool.  How has this happened?  While we are so incredibly proud of him, it still is unbelievable that in a few short months, kiddo will be in Kindergarten...attending class full days and eating lunch without us.  It's all happening so fast.

This has been a huge growing year for Louis.  Not only in size (because he outgrew his pants like three months into the new school year) but also in maturity.  We've continued to see a difference in how he handles himself with his peers and in social environments.  

Louis has always been a very emotional child.  He feels everything.  Everything is his "favorite thing ever" or "the best day ever" but he's been able to keep it in check a little more.  It's been fun to watch his emotional maturity develop.  We've also watched our sweet little one create real friendships.  Not just ones that we introduce, but friends that he's made at school and then hung out with outside of the classroom.  It's brilliant to witness.

We started the school year by knowing how to only spell his name.  Now Louis can read, write and spell SO MANY words.  We can't go anywhere without him reading signs and contextually figuring out what they say.  His brain is always working a thousand miles a minute and his eagerness to learn has not dwindled in the slightest.

We couldn't be prouder of this young man that we see developing right before our very eyes.  (But I'm still allowed to get a little sappy when it comes to watching my teeny baby become a youth.)  

Happy Last Day of School, sweet thing.  Momma and Daddy couldn't be prouder of you.