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Sprightly Soaker Add-On Soaker Pattern *Updated*

I’m slowly but surely working on updating all my patterns for digital downloading, and it was brought to my attention that the freebie add-on for the sprightly soaker had been lost in interspace on the web because of expiring domains, so what better a time to update it and post it up here for all to download here.

It is a companion for the sprightly soaker pattern, soon to be available on my etsy shop. Keep an eye out!

Optional Soaker

My Tooth Fairy Doll Pattern on Sew Mama Sew!

Come join me on the Sew Mama Sew! today. I designed a pattern for Molly a month back and decided to make it available as a freebie to you all exclusively on their blog.
Tooth Fairy Doll

The pattern includes full instructions and a free pdf download to make your own tooth fairy doll.
Toothfairy16

Also, since as you can see, Molly already has her own doll, I’ve decided to giveaway the one I sewed up for the tutorial! Head over to Sew Mama Sew! to get the pattern, and be sure to comment to be entered to win the random draw. Good luck, and happy sewing!
sewmamasew

Exploring biomes, literally.

I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about biomes. It’s only February and we are well on our way to discovering them first hand.

In January we visited the Coniferous Forest of Crested Butte, CO and partook in the snowy fun of sledding.
Crested Butte Sledding Hill
Thomas
Molly
Thom and Marcus

The kids {and Thom} had such a blast on this trip, that we thought why not explore another biome? So we packed up the car and headed to the desert. Joshua Tree National Park to be exact.
Hidden Valley Trail, Joshua Tree National Park

This time, I made up some nomenclature cards about desert life. {Which you can download in pdf form in 4 parts here: Part1, Part2, Part3, and Part4}
Desert Nomenclature
We brought them along with us on our hike of Hidden Valley Trail while the kids photographed them with their iPods.
Photographer Marcus

I brought along my camera too and managed to get a couple shots…
Rock Chilling, Molly Style

Rock Chilling, Thomas Style

…as did Thom.
Photo Op

The kids hiked the whole mile without a complaint and many a climbing opportunity detour.
Exploring

It's high up here!

Rock Jumping

Molly even discovered where the fairies live in the desert, and happily showed me.
Secret garden

Fairies live in the desert too!

Well, that’s two down and so many more to explore… who knows where life will take us next? All I know is that this girl is up for the adventure.
Striking a pose.

President’s Week {aka 8/52/2013}

Presidents' Week Trays
We had lots of fun with presidents’ week, and it gave us an opportunity to work on our coin skills, since they happen to feature many of them.

Branches of the US Government.The kids made a tree featuring the three branches of our government and sorted who’s involved in and the responsibilities of each branch.

While we were talking about our country, I thought it was a great time to introduce the nesting geography blocks I made up.
nestinggeographyblocks

They started out life as these. I spray painted them and drew up silhouettes on my computer and used my vinyl cutter to make the geography decals.
Geography Nesting Blocks

Molly played with them for hours on end all week, building and stacking and nesting.
Nesting Geography

While we are on the topic of building, we learned about simple structures and Molly decided to demonstrate a load bearing post and lintel construction that she came up with.
Post and Lintel

Followed by some excellent presidential poetry. {disclaimer: Thomas doesn’t think that the president is a snake or an egg, they are just words that he thought of that started with those letters and that he could spell on his own. ;)}
Presidential Poetry

I made up these US Currency Nomenclature Cards to help the kids conceptualize some features of our coins. They actually had a great time working these together, which was unexpected and lovely. {psst, download them for yourself below!}
US Currency Nomenclature Cards
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US Currency Nomenclature Cards

We also conducted the “Many Penny Experiments“. We discussed what solution would make a penny look the newest. I even threw in ketchup, which they thought was hyesterical, which also turned out to work smashingly well. 😉
The Many Penny Experiments.

We baked cupcakes and sang happy birthday to George Washington on Friday. He would have been 281 years old.
Singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.
8/52/Portrait - Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
Happy Birthday, Mr. President. {We are not only home free, but we are full of surprises with our reigniting candles.}

Valentine Unit Study, part 1.

Our Valentine's Week Trays

This morning we started school right at breakfast time and embarked on a special heart filled cereal box scavenger hunt.
Cereal Box Explorations

Vowel Diagraph Charts.
Vowel Diagraphs

We added with kisses, using a quick little printable I made up.
Counting Kisses

Thomas rocked this monstrously fun advanced addition matchup. Freebie from Emily Ames on TpT.
Monster Math Match

Marcus played with the color tablets today too.
Color Tablet Play

The kids learned about symmetry, and I learned that an ipod touch when off makes a lovely makeshift mirror.
Simply Symmetry

Then, they practiced the hundred’s chart by patterning with M&M’s. Yeah, that was a hard sale…
Hundred Chart Patterning

Finally, we observed Sweethearts candies with this awesome printable from 2 Teaching Mommies.
Observations

…and had a little science experiment.
Sweetheart Science

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In case you were wondering where the valentine heart number cards are from up top… I was inspired by Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Valentine matchup, and decided to make my own heart number cards from 0-10.
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Valentine Number Cards 0-10

We didn’t get to it yet, but hey, it’s only Tuesday! {Promise to update with action shots when we do.}

Spin Around with Short Sleeves

I finished up the second Spin Around Dress with short sleeves.

Actually, I have two options now.

I totally made up this cute pdf and I totally had plans to release it tonight, but I totally stayed up too late and finished way after Molly’s bedtime, AGAIN! :)

Sooo… you’ll totally just have to wait until tomorrow until she tries it on, and then I promise I’ll totally share.

I really need to break this habit of late night sewing.

…{totally}

Come on, you were waiting for it!

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psst… Here it is.

Spin Around Dress Revisited

As I was updating fixing my website links yesterday, I got to thinking about how the Spin Around Dress is one of my favorite patterns, and from the looks of it, it’s one of yours too. Which lead to more thinking and I arrived at the sad fact: Molly could no longer fit in to the 2T pattern that I designed for her back in 2009. So, what else could I do?

I started out this morning with this:
Here's what today's "sew what?" looks like right now.

But now I’m…

spinaroundspinnier

Introducing, the updated Molly size Spin Around Dress:

Instructions are the same as the old spin around dress, but this one comes in XS(4/6). I decided to mix Molly’s dress up a bit and instead of hemming the bottom I finished it with bias tape as well as using the remaining bias tape to make a waist tie.

Happy Sewing and Enjoy! {and don’t forget to spin!}

Look Ma, I’m Famous!

Well, sorta. If “famous” means having your passions featured in two different blogs that you idolize in less than a week, then YES!!

On Saturday, my cloudscape photo of Thomas and Molly won the tap tap tap contest.

I was completely floored that they also chose another photo entry of mine in the honourable mentions. If you have an iPhone, I totally recommend Camera+ it’s a great app (and I’m not just saying that because I won, lol).

Today, I’m guest blogging over at Sew Mama Sew! Can you just pinch me now? I submitted an idea for a Summer Sewing series and they liked it, they really liked it! I hope you all do too. It’s for a freebie swim diaper pattern!! You can find their intro about me here (I’m so flattered by their kind words), and the Aquarius Swimmer Pattern is available as a PDF download on their blog.

While you’re at it, head over to Sew Mama Sew! and look around, it’s one of my favorite sites (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Summer Sewing contributor, lol)!

Knit Spin Around Dress

So, if you know me, you know I can never leave well enough alone. Which is why yesterday I thought, hmm I wonder if it would work as a knit and I could totally make sleeves to go with it for the cold weather months ahead. :)

Well, that should be easy, right? All I needed to do was cut the two back pieces on a fold where the first line is (totally thinking ahead when I made the pattern) before the part with the snaps in it. Knit part complete! Oh and here’s my sleeve pattern add on while I’m at it:

**** FOR KNITS****  http://www.samanthaliz.com/KnitSpinAroundSleeveAddon.pdf
***FOR WOVENS*** http://www.samanthaliz.com/WovenSpinAroundSleeveAddon.pdf

Here’s some quick modifications, with kinda bad pics, sorry I used my iphone.

After you sew the shoulder seams, the neckhole should look like this:

Pin and sew!

Clip V’s or pink and turn right side out, topstitch.


Match center to seam of top, right sides together. Pin.


Sew/Serge together. Repeat for other sleeve. (see? I was ambitious, I even got out my serger this time!)


Looking like something!


Pin bottom of front piece and top of bottom piece right sides together, sew and then topstitch. Repeat for back and bottom.

Match up front to back along sleeves and down side seams. Pin together, sew down both sides. (Pretend I took a picture of this step.)

Fold up your sleeve hem. I did 1-1/4″ for Molly, I would probably do 1″ for a standard 2T. Topstitch up 😉 (I did 1″ from edge, 5/8″ for standard 2T)


Hem the bottom of the dress! I serged this time, then folded up 1″ and topstitched 5/8″ from bottom edge. (Feel free to do it like the original post as well.)


Done. On with your day then.

“It Spin Around?” A Molly Size Freebie Dress Pattern.

Spin Around Dress

Whenever I come up with a new dress pattern for Molly, she always asks, “It Spin Around?” In this pattern, she is all princess and all spin. The Spin Around Dress, made just for Molly, and she’s not shy about sharing.

This Pattern is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not reproduce or sell items made from this pattern.

Quicky instructions and full size pattern pieces available in pdf form for downloading here:
http://www.samanthaliz.com/SpinAroundDressFreebie.pdf

Materials:

  • A yard and a half of any woven of your choosing. I picked a lovely quilters cotton for mine. A good key to selecting a fabric is to remember that the lighter the weight the more the flowyness. If you pick a cordoury (which you could) expect it to be much less drapey and a bit more tenty 😉
  • About a 50″x7″ strip coordinating/contrasting material to make a sash. If you are not folding it in half (ie: ribbon) then you only need it to be about 3-4″ tall. Totally optional, totally cute.
  • Snaps. I like to use metal snaps on my dresses. You can get them at just about any craft store with a “snap setter” or get all fancy and order them online from somewhere like The Snap Store. I have the #16 size because that’s what the cool designs are in, but you can pick whatever size you think you’ll use most.
  • Thread, match fiber content to your fabric as best you can.

Instructions:


Print out the .pdf of the pattern, being sure to turn all print scaling off and checking that your 1″ square is actually a 1″ square when you are all printed up nice. Read the labeling on the pattern, using the diagram to match it all together, see that you but the edges and tape together the bottom piece and NOT OVERLAP. :)


Cut out your pattern pieces. Lay out onto fabric and cut away.


When it’s all cut out, it should look something like this :) I cut the sash fabric too.


Match up right sides together fronts to backs pinning at the shoulders.


Sew all four using 1/2″ seam allowance.


Match your newly formed “top” pieces right sides together, pinning along inner neckline and armholes.


Sew with your 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure you follow the sweetheart neckline and cut v’s or use pinking shears close to your stitches so that when you turn it lays nice.


Turn right side out, pin and topstitch 1/8″ from the edge the inner neckline from back snap panel to back snap panel.


Line up the armholes to make um, well arm “holes”.


Match right sides together and pin.


Repeat for both sides and sew them!


Fold right side out and topstitch 1/8″ in all the way around for both arms.


You’re halfway there! Set aside your FINISHED top piece and grab your two bottom pieces.


Pin side seams of the bottom pieces right sides together (of course!) and sew. I did a little zig zag down the edge of the seam on this one since it’s exposed on the inside. If you have a serger (and aren’t too lazy to take the cover off and use it, lol) then by all means serge this one 😉


Grab your top piece and pin it to the bottom piece. I pinned together the back pieces so that they overlapped about 5/8″ or so. Pin your front and side seams then line it all up in the back, it’s much easier that way.


Sew together and then topstitch it facing the inner seam down. (Have you figured out that I love topstitching by now?)


Almost done! Hemming time!


Fold and pin bottom edge up 1″ all the way around.


Fold down 1/4″ hiding the unfinished edge neatly inside, repinning as you go along.


Sew inside all the way around 1/8″ from your “top” edge.


Mark your snap placement on the back of the dress.


Pick out your pretty snaps and apply.


Make your sash. I just sewed all the way around on three sides folding the fabric in half leaving a hole for turning then topstitched all the way around. Then I tacked it on by hand to the dress at the side seams 1/2″ down from the armhole opening.


Put dress on model and initiate spinning!