Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern)

 

CLICK TO BUY PATTERN1 Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) LLDPP 300 Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) Yipee! Gosh golly gee this has been a long time coming! Three years ago I received a custom order for a Rockford Peach Costume and created a darling version with the original asymmetrical button placket, and authentic patches, but also a full twirly circle skirt, gently puffed sleeves, and simple to make D ring belt. Now you can buy a Rockford Peach Costume pattern so all you crafty mamas to make your own just like it! The PDF pattern is available HERE in my SHOP as an instant download, just in time for Halloween this year!

Rockford Peach Dress PDF Pattern One Little Minute Blog Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) LLDPP 305 Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) The vintage baseball costume is really fun, and I love the lines of the dress. Mrs. Wrigley and her design team of 1943 deserve kudos for style. Made with a different color fabric or a fun print it would be transformed from costume into a fun dress for any time. In addition, with the Little League Dress Pattern I include Option B as a way to create a really timeless and fun button-up play dress. In this option the button placket is centered, highlighting the unique angled neckline which can be made with or without the collar. LLDPP 3071 Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) LLDPP 308 Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) Little League Dress PDF Pattern One Little Minute Blog Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern) I mean, come on. Does it get any better than a twirly skirt? This dress is easy fitting and perfect for frolicking, skipping, and twirling. Click through for more information about the pattern, and to start working on one of your own Little League Dresses! (Huge thank you to my darling little models! It’s sure fun to have friends with really cute kids!) LLDPP 3061 Little League Dress Pattern (Rockford Peach Costume Pattern)

 

 

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3 Tips for Learning to Love the Laundry

This post shared in partnership with Steele Canvas, who I absolutely adore. However, all ideas and opinions are my own.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m crazy, right? “Love the Laundry?” That never-ending, unrelenting chore that hangs out in the background of our heads day in and day out? I confess, I’ve been among those many of you who have said, aloud, quite seriously “I wish for one single second we could all just hang out naked together so that I could know what it feels like for every bit of laundry in the house to be clean, dry, and put away at the same time. Sigh.” But we can’t. And we don’t. And the laundry wagon rolls on and on, whether we like it or not. So, rather than continue feeling overwhelmed, annoyed, and disgruntled by the business of laundry, I want to share a couple simple tips I’ve learned make it better. Make it bearable. Enjoyable even! And you know what? I do enjoy it! Not in the way I love going on a Sunday hike with my family or eating a good cheese plate at my favorite restaurant, but I have learned to look forward to the laundry. I’ll bet with a little effort, you can, too.
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Tip One: Make it Pretty and Functional

Do you love the way your laundry room looks and feels? Does the sight of your laundry hampers make you smile? If you answered no, this tip is for you! Make your space pretty, and you’ll enjoy being there! Replace the torn open packages of detergent with cool glass or plastic containers. This immediately cleans up the space and makes it look and feel intentional. I buy my detergents in bulk and simply store the big boxes to the side of the dryer, where I can easily refill the jars, but don’t have to look at them. Try using a piggy bank or a fun bowl to keep that loose laundry change in one place. Wipe down the machines with a baby wipe or wet rag every day or two to keep them clean and looking nice. It takes ten seconds, but makes the whole space feel better.

3 Tips to Love the Laundry Make it Pretty One Little Minute Blog 3 Tips for Learning to Love the Laundry 3 Tips to Love the Laundry One Little Minute Blog 3 3 Tips for Learning to Love the Laundry Find laundry hampers that you adore, and that will hold up over the years of use and abuse. Steele Canvas is my favorite laundry and storage solution. I found them  years ago while searching for an industrial  hamper option for my tiny DC apartment, and have been totally impressed and in love with their products ever since. The two that I reviewed back then are some of my very favorite household items, and still get their daily use. For our new house, though, I needed a couple more for the space. The laundry room has a funky corner with a super narrow and angled wall, and the only thing I could find to work was the Steele Canvas Large Bag Caddie, which fits like a charm. The baskets and rolling trucks come in every size and shape you can imagine, are high quality, stylish, and have found their way into every bedroom in my home. 3 Tips to Love the Laundry One Little Minute Blog 6 3 Tips for Learning to Love the Laundry 3 Tips to Love the Laundry One Little Minute Blog 3 Tips for Learning to Love the Laundry

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Glamping Birthday Dinner Party

Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 18 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Ever since Jordan Ferney started posting about her outdoor dinners, I’ve dreamed of hosting a dinner party in the wild. Not the wild of my yard (although after six months of neglect it is pretty much a complete prairie back there…) but a fully out-of-the-way location, with all the magic, intrigue, and charm that unexpected events tend to hold. As the birthday of my dear friend Rachel approached, I decided now was the time, and went to work planning.

Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 1 e1406149579562 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party I recruited another good friend, Lori, to  pull it off with me. I wanted to host it out in the big nature preserve behind my house, which is a beautiful, rugged, section of Texas Hill Country, and we settled on a “Vintage Camping” or “Glamping” theme to guide choices. I designed the invitations based on these  incredible wedding invites. Ours were a simplified version (read–made with my limited illustrator skills) but turned out perfectly for this event. I printed them at home, tied each invite with it’s accompanying map to the table location, and hand delivered them to friends.

Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 20 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 22 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party The event was set in in the trees on the left along this cave-access road in the local nature preserve. When we built our house last year, we were told about an endanger beetle that lives in the small, underground caves in this area. Since their discovery here, about eight acres have been set aside as preserve land. It’s amazing, because the land is beautiful, diverse, and readily accessible for trail running, hiking, and mountain biking, but it will never be developed further. And it’s right out our back door! I occasionally run along the trails here, and the location turned out to be ideal. It only took about six trips along the five-minute walk from my house to get out to this spot, but it felt like we were in the middle of the wilderness all evening.

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We wanted maximum impact with minimal effort, so kept things relatively simple with a few fun details. We threw an assortment of fun, bottled sodas from World Market into a cooler, and attached the bottle opener with twine to the handle for easy access. The favors went into a mini picnic basket. The chalkboard fabric pendant was a gift from Rach of Family Ever After, and looked so fun here. This thrifted bar caddie was a lightweight, perfect display for the assortment of camping accouterments we pulled together, as well as the gorgeous layered lemon berry birthday cake, which Lori made.

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Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 12 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 16 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 25 copy Glamping Birthday Dinner Party We used two six-foot folding tables pushed together to make the square, and surrounded it with these awesome wooden folding chairs which we borrowed from a friend. We threw a variety of plaid fabric on as a table cloth, and added clumps of wildflowers (all cut from my backyard…total wilderness, I tell you!) as centerpieces. For dinner, I made one of my favorite pasta dishes from the Favorite’s Cookbook. It’s chicken, bacon, spinach, onions, cheese, pasta, and a dijon balsamic dressing with toasted almonds. The whole thing is delightful hot, warm, or room temperature, which made it a great option for pre packing into tin-foil dishes to set at the table. I renamed it “Backcountry Pasta” for the menu, and served it with foil-wrapped warm ciabatta baguette with butter. At dusk, in the wild, everything hit the spot.

Glamping Dinner PhotoBooth One Little Minute Blog Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Dinner Party One Little Minute Blog Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Of course, of course we had a Photo Booth. Because what camping party would be complete without one? Melisa hauled her setup into the wild, and we took turns taking some fun shots and poking each other with roasting sticks. Even got a perfect portrait of the birthday girl!

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The experience was incredible. I think everyone had a good time, and most importantly, I know the birthday girl felt celebrated and loved, which she is.

Phew! Now I can stop myself from posting every single one of these photos on my instagram feed, and get back to sharing my normal, everyday life and photos of my darling babies.

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Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt

Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 21 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt There is something positively magical about a full, drapey maxi skirt that calls for grabbing by the handful and tiptoeing through the garden. I made this  fun polka dot maxi skirt out of the softest lightweight voile designed by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline.
Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 7 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt I first met Caroline last year at Sewing Summit, where we each taught an apparel sewing class (mine was leggings and her was a skirt). She is sweet, sincere, and positively…well, GLEEFUL! That also just happens be the name of the limited edition line of fabric she recently designed in partnership with Art Gallery. I was excited to get my hands on some, and jumped at the chance to join her Gleeful Blog Hop.

As with most current designer editions with fabric houses, the line is primarily printed onto quilting-weight cotton. Unfortunately, I don’t use basic cotton all that much, as my style lends itself to more apparel-weight wovens like rayon or voile and stretch knits (we all know how I adore knits!) I was thrilled to find out that one of my favorites of Caroline’s prints, After the Rain, was available in this lightweight, silky voile! She sent me a couple yards and after petting it lovingly for a few days, I packed it into my suitcase to take on vacation to Utah last month, where I designed and sewed this pleated, pocketed, high-waisted, ultra-long maxi skirt.

Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 20 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt The lightness of this voile allow the small pleats in front and back to add some structure to the design without all of the yardage getting bulky at the waistband. And pockets, because really everything that anyone wears, ever, should have pockets. amiright? I made these extra deep. I’m sure they’ll be filled with legos and cheerios this summer at the park. My first attempt at the waistband actually included these super clever elastic sections in the back–but I was experimenting and the skirt came out a couple inches too big around the waist. So, I just cut them out and added an invisible zipper along the side seam. Maybe I’ll try again with that elastic concept…it was good in theory! Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt When my mom saw the finished skirt she asked if I was going to hem it…and it was already hemmed! I felt like creating a drapey, puddling skirt, and this hit the nail on the head. Here I’m wearing it barefoot, where It drags about an inch and a half on the ground. And with heels it’s still perfectly long. The extra length adds a sort of drama to the gleefulness (if you will) of the print. Every time I wear it I feel sort of glamorous, but still informal and fun. It can go from park to date night with just a switch of the shoes and maybe throwing on some makeup.

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A “Texas Summer” Drawstring-Waist Box Dress

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Ah, summer. It’s arriving in slow, subtle awakenings here in the beautiful Texas hill country. First were the brilliant blossoms along every roadside, wildflowers as far as the eyes could see. Next came the buds on my new trees, fuzzy and hopeful (then turning slowly brown and dry as I’m just learning how to water regularly). Day by day my layers have become lighter, and these last few days I’m breaking a sweat even while sitting still if I’m in the sun, rather than tucked into the safety of the shade.

We moved to Austin exactly one year ago, and even though it’s creeping up quietly, I know what’s in store for the summer months: heat and humidity, sun and sweat. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for the Texas Summertime than sew a super simple, lightweight sundress for Melissa’s 30 Days of Sundresses Series.

30 Days of Sundresses A Texas Summer Drawstring Waist Box Dress

 

Drawstring Box Dress One Little Minute Blog 61 A Texas Summer Drawstring Waist Box Dress For my Texas Summer sundress, I designed a simple-as-they-come box dress with an optional drawstring waist, made of the most delightfully breezy single layer gauze (which I double with the lining) and sewn in an entirely new way. Guys, it’s as easy to make as a pillowcase, though decidedly more fun to wear. Check out the details and a fully illustrated tutorial below.

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