Dr. Seuss says that unslumping oneself is not easily done, and the saying holds true for sewing slumps. My unslumping project ended up being part necessity and part fun. Because my kids really did need new pants. What’s with them growing? They just keep doing it. And crazy hot pink pants are just fun.
(Fabric and pattern details will all be neatly rounded up at the end of the post)
This photo makes me cackle. They’re such a hot mess of cuteness. Hahaha. Clover keeps getting hairstyle and braiding books from the library, and realized you could curl your hair overnight by braiding it. So she had me put in french braids after a bath and came out of her room the next morning with……Hermione Hair. Then Violet was super pissed that she didn’t have frizzy hair too, so she pestered me until I consented to curl it while she jerked around and read Mo Willems books out loud to me.
Move over ladies. The adorable boy wonder has arrived.
Normally Violet would be totally against pink in her wardrobe, but she seems to be evolving as a “boy thing” loving person and apparently even likes pink in some circumstances.
Holding this fabric up in front of her at our local shop, I wasn’t sure how large a new leaf she’d turned over. Her new leaf approved. Then the fabric sat on my ironing board for a while. A while while. It wasn’t until I did the dirty work of cleaning out the girls’ dresser drawers and organizing things that I felt like adding anything new to them.
Now I have a gigantic bag of baby and little girl clothes to drop off at the thrift store if we ever stop having snow or freezing weather. As I cleared my closet of baby girl items, it felt a little sad and weird to be acknowledging that we’d never have another person to put into them.
But then I remembered that we still live in a 2 bedroom townhouse with soon to be 4 kids, and I happily got over it long enough to drag the trash bag down to the van trunk like a very pregnant santa.
Hawthorne insisted on crashing the photo shoot. Which is actually fine because he’s wearing a sweatshirt I made for him and probably forgot to blog. I can’t remember. Anyway, there’s my adorable son in his Chewbacca stenciled sweatshirt. He’s almost grown out of it over winter.
It’s been pretty cute seeing my girls, who can rarely agree on anything aside from devious plans to kick their brother out of their room and lock the door behind him, happily prancing around in their matching hot pink pants. They’re like a pair of loud flamingos.
I could use a pair of these pants (maybe in a color that attracts less attention) in my size. It’s like third trimester wardrobe exile here right now.
I’m 7 months pregnant and down to a meager selection of things I can actually wiggle my huge body into without feeling like it’s being cut in half by a waistband (even the one on my one pair of mostly broken maternity jeans) or having my tee shirts start creeping up and exposing my stretch marks.
Leggings. A few knit skirts. Three identical v neck maternity tees. An oversized flannel shirt I stole from my husband. These shall get me through my last 2 months ever of being pregnant. Then again, there IS the fourth trimester. If you’ve never been pregnant, look it up before you have your first baby so you’re not shocked and horrified after you give birth.
I’m glad our third kid has a big enough personality not to get lost behind his crazy sisters. He somehow manages to rise to the top most of the time. Like delicious cream. Ha.
Poor Violet. Her lips look like a mess all winter long.
Pants Pattern used: Mini Hudsons by True Bias
Sweater Pattern: Hatteras hoodie by Hey June
Fabric: Hemp/cotton blend french terry from Finch sewing studio (but I bought the last of it, so I can’t tell you where to find any!)