Saturday, May 26, 2012

Flashback Tee Pattern Test - by MadebyRae

I was recently chosen to test out Rae of MadebyRae's Flashback Tee pattern for Big Kids!

 I made the 7/8 size for Miss A. She turned 7 in March, but is very healthy! One thing I like is the pattern is broken up into sizes, so you don't have to print every single page to make just your size. Much more economical! I didn't want to stray from the pattern as originally written, so I went ahead and made the long-sleeves (even thought it was up to 110 here this week!Gah!)
See baby sister photobombing?

 It has cutting lines on the sleeves for options: no cuff, 1" cuff, or 2"  cuff. I left them full length, and forgot to trim before adding the 1" cuff option. So, the sleeves were too long (although I like my longsleeve tees that way!). One thing I did change about my sleeves is that the pattern calls for cutting the sleeve cuffs the same width as the sleeves, but I found that my rib knit stretched a lot, and caused the sleeves to bell out. So when I altered to short sleeves, I cut the sleeve cuffs one inch less than the sidth of the sleeves. They fit perfect!
 She asked me if I could make it short-sleeved, and since I had to alter the too-long sleeves, I agreed. I used the recommended neck measurements, not the method described of figuring out your own neck measurement.
 Overall, this pattern came together quick (less than an hour, even with the sleeve alteration!) I didn't hem the bottom, because my knit sits well, but this would be cute with a baseball tee type curved bottom hem. The fit through the chest and torso are perfect, as in the shoulders and neck! Well written, and easy to follow! Well done!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mama's Cookin- Picnic Brussels Sprout salad

So this is a shameless Trader Joe's knock-off (In their lunch section! Who knew!? Well, I did, obvs...)

I love all things cabbage, and Brussels Sprouts are no exception. Plus, there's bacon. Everything is better with bacon. And butter.

This salad is great because it needs no refrigeration. And I even find my kids eating it! There is something about the combination of salty and sweet that is just so yummy!

2 lbs. brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if they are huge (mine weren't)
Bacon bits (from Costco, these are truly the LLOML {love of my life})
Newman's Own light balsamic

I roast my brussels in 400 degree oven with EVOO and kosher salt for about 45 minutes.

After they've come to room temp I throw in a handful of all the good stuff, and a healthy squirt of dressing, toss it all together, and...

Voila! Picnic yumminess! (best let sit overnight, serve cold or room temp)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In which I may or may not return to blogging...

Ummm, hello? Been awhile, eh?

I'll just say that the last 2 years have kicked my butt. Adding a third chiclet is crazy! We finally have our bearings, and pretend like we know what we are doing. (psh..)

So, school lets out tomorrow, and all 3 kids will be home all summer long! Wah! Oh, I mean, Yah! Really, I'm ambivelant about it. On the one hand, they can be really great together, and keep eachother entertained for hours, on the other hand, it's easy to see them shanking eachother. We shall see how it plays out. Bets, anyone?
{chevron ruffle pants available in my shop}

I'm still sewing about 10-12 hours a week. The biz has grown a bit, and is steady now. Which leaves less time for sewing frivolous projects, but means more "mad money", so I'll take it!

I've got some exciting projects coming up this summer, so I'll try to post, but I'm not feeling any pressure, since I've abandoned you all long ago! (crickets chirping) I also plan on reviewing some patterns that I've sewn up recently, so that should be fun!

Peace out!