April 11, 2014

KCW - Day 4 Recap

Well I almost reached my goal. I finished the Elsa shirt redo and completed the Anna shirt as well. I got two pairs of shorts made to go with the Elsa mess-up for J and the redo for the order (well almost... I had to add the waistband and buttons this morning. Hence the late post). The only thing I didn't get done is the skirt to go with the Anna shirt. I kinda impressed myself. I haven't done that much sewing in one day since I found out I was prego!

I really love how the Elsa shirt/shorts combo turned out! I am so in love with the cutie princess designs from Lynnie Pinnie. I also have Rapunzel, Merida, Aura, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, and Pocahontas in addition to Anna and Elsa. So if you are intrested in a set for your little princess obsessed cutie, just send me a message at hootycutiedesigns@gmail.com.

My Silly Girl!

And J really loves the outfit too which makes it soooo much better! I sometimes have to bribe her to wear what I make, but she put this outfit on in a second. She has already requested one of all the princess. She even wants one for her baby sister (which is a giant leap in acceptance for this little lady. LOL)!

I've already technically gotten my one hour in today for day 5, but I am going to try to get some shorts made for J tonight to wear to the Garnet and Gold Game tomorrow. Talk to you guys tomorrow (hopefully... day 6 is going to be a very busy day!).

April 10, 2014

KCW - Day 3 Recap

Day 3 is in the books. We had a busy day running errands, and I had a lot of work to do on the computer (technology is such a time black hole!). But I did manage to get in my sewing time working on my new embroidery machine that my hubby got me for my birthday! (He's just the best!)

I'm still learning, but I am loving it. I did have a few mishaps with this shirt. I caught the back of the shirt with the needle (I knew it was going to happen!). I only looked away from a second and bam! But I was able to save it making only a tiny hole in the back of the shirt. Then I see a teen-tiny little bug crawling on the design. I go to wipe it off and crush it leaving a tiny blood trail. Just perfect! So J gets a new shirt and I get to do the design all over again (which isn't so bad). (I found this and several other super cute princess inspired designs over at Lynnie Pinnie.)

I even manged to get a little more hand embroidery done on J's "Pink Dress" I shared on day one. She is getting really excited about it (I think because she is helping mommy sew) which has me motivated to keep things moving on it. I may finish sooner than I think. 

I'm off to redo the shirt from last night and make one other. Can you guess what princess it is going to be? I'm also making matching bottoms to go with the shirts. I can't wait to see the finished outfits. My goal is to try and get them done today! We will see...

April 9, 2014

KCW - Day 2 Recap

Hearts and Ladybugs Project
Day 2 went much better then day one! J was in serious need of some new pants. She is still such a skinny mini, but she is getting really tall. So all of her size 2 still fit, but were all 3 inches too short. So last week I had the hubby cut a bunch of pants projects out. Day 2's project... heart pants per J's request.  
"That's so funny!"
I used the Lovely Rita Skinnies pattern from Shwin Designs. I just love her patterns. They are so unique. They are also very well written and true to size. This was the first time I had sewn the Ritas, so it took me a little longer. But the outcome was perfect. They are a little bigger in the legs than I hoped, but that is only because J is so supper skinny. 

"Look Mom, Pockets!!"
When I finished the pants, J said "I love them. Now make me a shirt please." Gotta love my little sassy girl. At least she said please right? So out came the ladybug fabric that she choose the last time we were at Hobby Lobby. She said it matched because it had hearts on it. She even choose the pattern she wanted. She choose the Olivia Top by Cali Faye. Yet another fabulous designer. I love her style as well. And her patterns are also well written and true to size. 

I tried out two new patterns today (not bad for one day's work). I didn't want to have this post be ridiculously long, so I only included a general review of the each pattern. I will try and get full reviews up sometime next week. 

Day 3 is off to a rough start (as you can tell by how late I'm getting this posted). So I'm off to try and get an hour in before I have to cook dinner! 

April 8, 2014

KCW - Day 1 Recap

Well yesterday did not go quite as planned. You may know that we made a trip to Disney over the weekend. Well between all the unpacking, laundry, and sheer exhaustion from the trip, I wasn't able to get into the sewing room for the hour. My compromise to meet the challenge... hand sewing! Well hand embroidery to be exact.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may remember this photo I posted last week:

It is one of the four campers I am embroidering on the bottom of a skirt for the "Pink" dress J has requested. Hand embroidery is always something I have admired, but didn't think I had the patience for. But I started putting some small embroidery on the back pockets of pants and really enjoyed it. So I thought I would dive in with a big project! 


So last night instead of an hour at the sewing machine, I spend almost 2 hours in bed relaxing and working on the second camper for J's "pink" dress while hubby did some work on his computer:
Starting Point (sorry for the terrible night time cell pic)

Ending point about 2 hours later

Progress on whole skirt so far (will have 4 total). 
I am just loving how these little campers are coming out. And I can not wait to get the whole dress done. Progress is slower than I normally can handle, but J is helping me pull the needle through and it is so great for me to see her enjoy something I love so much. 

And now I'm off to get some actual sewing done today. Talk to you guys tomorrow! 

April 7, 2014

Kid's Clothes Week - Spring 2014

kid's clothes week

So if you have been around for a while you may remember this fun challenge that I did last year (if not, you can catch up here). It is called Kid's Clothes Week. It is a challenge to sew for kiddos for at least one hour a day for an entire week. You can learn more about it on their blog. It is a really great challenge and there are some really amazingly talented ladies who take part in it. And they best part is they share their creations in the KCW Community.

They do several challenges a year, but this is the first one I have been able to participate in since the very first one last spring! It is always on a week where we are out of town. So I am very excited to be participating again! I will be doing my blogging the day after just like a did last year, so look out for what I do today (day one) on the blog tomorrow.

March 18, 2014

Button Storage Improvement

If you been around for a while, you know that I have a love for all things button! And long ago Miss Amy over at Brownie-Goose (you know my favorite pattern designer) posted a picture of all of her buttons lined up by color in these adorable little baby food jars. I mean it was cuteness overload. And then I remembered all of these baby food jars I had my sister in law keep for me that where stashed only god knows where. So after some digging, I find those cute little jars and begin to fill them with all my fun button finds.

Fast forward 2 years and things have gotten majorly out of control. You know that button obsession means that I collect them much faster than they get used (darn JoAnn and their 50% off button sales!). They where literately taking over my ledge behind my sewing machines. Then I get an email from DecorSteals and there are these stacked lazy susans. A light bulb goes off instantly. I rush to the website and guess what... they are sold out of the 3 tier option. Of course! So what little light bulb goes off next... oh I just make my own. So off to Pintrest I go and find these pins:

      DIY Pottery Barn Lazy Susan

Off to the store I go in hunt of the items I needed (which was not an easy process as the dollar store didn't have any of it and I had to go to 3 different stores to find what I needed for a reasonable price). Then I followed the tutorial and volia!

  1. The items I used. 3 candle sticks, 5 cake pans, 2 lazy susans, spray paint, gorilla glue and epoxy. 
  2. We (my hubby helped) added the lazy susans to the bottom of two of the pans with the epoxy. 
  3. We spray painted the candle sticks. 
  4. We attached the candle sticks to the cake pans with the gorilla glue (hence the bottles of cleaners for weight). If I were to do more, I would use the epoxy for this part also. It seems to have a much stronger hold with the metal to metal. We almost did, but the epoxy was dried out by the time we got to this step. (So I would have painted first and then done all the assembly at once). 

And here is the before and after shot of my button storage. The pictures just do not do it justice! It was an unbelievable transformation! I am so in love with how everything turned out.

February 18, 2014

Why I've been so quiet...

Shirt design by Magic by Marcy
So you may have noticed that things have been very quite here in HootyCutie land. I promise there is a good reason. We are expecting baby girl #2 in June! We are beyond thrilled (well most of us that is... Jaycelyn is coming around. LOL)!! But the real reason things have been so quite is that the first trimester was really hard for me. I was constantly sick and could hardly keep my house in order, let alone stand for hours to cut fabric. You guys just don't know how depressing that was... LOL. So with the holidays and January being a slow month usually, I decided that a nice long break was in order.

I am finally feeling much better and I am so ready to start creating again! However, things are going to be a little different than they have been in the past. I will be doing many more ready to ship (already made) items. It is simply easier and quicker for me to make several of an item at one time than one at a time as orders come in. One of the most important things to me is keeping my turn-around time as short as possible. Having things ready to go out the door means you get them in a few days rather than a few weeks! So keep an eye out on my Facebook page as I will be posting fabric combinations there and taking pre-orders like I did with the sailboat and red dresses last year.

I will still take a very limited number of custom orders per month. So if you are looking for birthday/special occasion outfits (which you guys always have the best ideas for), please please try to remember to get your orders in at least one month in advance. Just send an email over to hootycutiedesigns@gmail.com to see if their are any spots available.

Another change for 2014... I will no longer be selling on Etsy. Due to a combination of many factors, I have decided that it is no longer the place for me. HootyCutie can now be found exclusively at http://shop.hootycutie.com.

So I hope you guys will bear with me as I get back up and running with the new way of doing things. And I'm so looking forward to catching up with you guys!