Friday, November 29, 2013

More Laura Jane Sewing

The Laura Jane Dress has quickly become my favorite pattern to sew, and YOURS too!!
 
This little pattern is flying out of the Pattern Shop. And what's not to love? It's easy to sew, looks completely adorable, and comes in 12 sizes...perfect for all ages of little girls!
 
I've sewn up a few more myself in the past few weeks for my baby, and for others. Here's a couple of more sewing ideas for you with this dress.
 
Simple and sweet. A perfect  little navy blue dress with a monogram. Great on its own, or even better with boots and leggings for winter.
 
 
It's a modest dress, but simply adorable.

 
A friend of ours welcomed an adorable baby girl into their family last week. She needed some dresses as well! Her Mommy wanted one for fall and one for Christmas. They're even cuter in tiny sizes!
 
 
I've been using my new embroidery machine (my latest addiction) to embellish the dresses I sew, but there are soooo many ways to add personality and embellishment on your own! Pockets, ric rac, trims, simple appliques, and multiple fabrics can be used to make a truly unique dress.
 
These sew up in no time at all and would be well-loved by a little girl in your life.
What a great Christmas present!
 
*Remember, use the code   HOLIDAYS   to receive 30% off your pattern purchase
in the Pattern Shop until Christmas!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sweet Little Diapers

 


Almost exactly a year ago on our Facebook Page, I posted a picture of these little babies I was sewing up for my upcoming little one. I am a lover of cloth diapering, but the expense of the cute little newborn diapers was not as appealing as how cute they were. So I sewed a lot of my own.
 
 

 
 
I mentioned that there may be a pattern in the future. I didn't forsee it taking over a year to actually happen, but I'm now working on getting it drafted for YOU! Even better...it will be FREE.
 
My goal is to have 4 sizes: Newborn, small, medium, and large to sew all-in-ones and fitteds.
(You can also make pockets, but I won't include instructions for those)
 
My sweet boy doesn't fit in these anymore, but he's almost ready to try fitteds for night time diapering, so I'll be sewing up some new diapers soon.
 
Hopefully it doesn't take me another whole year to get this one out to you.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Deck Your Halls

It's almost time to deck your halls for Christmastime again. I am in complete denial that it's almost Christmas. This time last year I was blown up like a balloon, and typing up tutorials for my Becoming Mommy series.
(If you missed it, it was two weeks of mommy/baby projects!)
 
Because I was prepping a nursery and our home for our newest bundle of joy, I didn't do a lot of Christmas crafting. I did, however, pull out these goodies from years past. Check them out and get your crafting started!
 
It's almost time to put up the trees!
(Ours does not go up one second before the end of Thanksgiving.)


 

 


 
Natural Goodness

 


Check out the Tutorials Page for lots of great gift ideas for a DIY Holiday!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful for my Readers

I am SOOOOO very thankful for each and every one of you who stops by to visit, and read about my ramblings adventures in sewing, crafting and mommyhood.
 
I am especially thankful for those of you who support my Pattern Shop by purchasing patterns to make sweet and unique clothes for your little ones.
 
To say THANK YOU to my crafty friends, use the coupon code
 
-- HOLIDAYS --
 
during checkout in The Shop to receive 30% off of your pattern purchase
(Not applicable to custom clothing items)
 
There is still plenty of time to sew up a few, or a lot of these
winter beauties for the little elves on your list.
 
 
The Merebeth Paper Bag Skirt
Sizes 12 Months- 12 years

 
 
The Adams Vest
Sizes 12 Months- 12 Years
 
Perfect for BOYS and GIRLS


 
 
The Laura Jane Dress
Sizes 6 Months- 12 Years


 
 
 
 
 
The Bradshaw Reversible Jon Jon
Sizes 6 Months- 4T
 


 
 
There are many other patterns for skirts and dresses as well!
 
If you're sewing for yourself or an another fabulous lady in your life...there are patterns for cute bags and clutches too!
 
*Happy Shopping*

 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Let's Sew Some Vests

It's here crafty friends!! The Adams Vest Pattern
 is ready for YOU to sew!
 
 
I adore this sweet little vest, and with 12 SIZES you will too! The pattern includes sizes 12 months to 12 years and is perfect for both boys AND girls!

 
I love our boy/girl versions
(Although I think baby girl would look cute in camo too)

 
It's the perfect layering piece for fall and spring, and that extra warm layer for the cold wintertime.

 
Comfy and warm, but roomy enough to play all day.

 
I had my friend test this little gem for me. She is the author of Such Big Dreams and mommy to an adorable baby boy.
 
She's an absolute wiz with crochet hooks, and turns out some sweet items on her sewing machine as well. You can find some of her creations in her Etsy Shop, or visit her Blog for some amazing FREE crochet patterns.
 
Her baby's vest is outdoor-ready. He looks pretty happy to be wearing it!


 
"Possum Commander".
If you aren't from around here.... you wouldn't understand.

 
She did a beautiful job didn't she?
 
Now it's time to make yours!
 
The pattern is only $6.50 and you can buy it for INSTANT DOWNLOAD
on Etsy or Craftsy
 
Happy Sewing

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Little Preview

I have really fallen in love with pattern making. Because I LOVE making things for my babies, I sew a lot. And if it's something I like, I draw out a pattern to have again. I figure, if I'm drawing it in one size, I might as well spend a little extra time and do more sizes...which results in adding to
 
My family is a little obsessed with fleece vests. They're practical. They keep you warm without lots of bulk, and they add a little color to a boring long sleeve shirt. We all wear them.

(This was the one time Hubby WASN'T wearing one)
 
With winter approaching, I wanted my babies to be warm, without the fussy bulk of a big jacket. Vests were on the sewing menu.
 
I loved them SOOOOO much when I was done, that I got out my pen and paper, and started drafting.
 
 
This little baby is being tested as we speak.... and I've sewn up a bunch myself!
 
I am head-over-heels in love with this camo version for baby boy. Hubby is jealous of his boy's new vest. I think he wants one in his size.
 
 
Goldilocks' is over the top girly, lined with pink fleece and with a little pocket on the front for all of her treasures.

 
It's soft, comfortable, and warm. Just like babies like to be!


 
The pattern will be for sizes 12 Months- 12 years.
I cannot WAIT to have this ready for you to sew too!
You're going to love it!
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Merebeth Skirt

Goldilocks was in need of some sassy new skirts in her life, and I just knew they needed to have some ruffle and flare to them! And of course, I wanted you to be able to sew them as well...

so....

The Merebeth
Paper Bag Skirt Pattern
is now available!





You can find it Here at Craftsy or HERE on Etsy
 

 
 
The pattern is available in sizes 12 months - Girls 12
All the sizes you'll need!
 
Our PDF patterns are easy to download and use, with lots of color photos and step by step instructions on putting your garment together!
 
All little girls love accessories, and this little skirt is ready for them! Belt loops give you a place to add a belt, ribbon, or sash to make an outfit even cuter!
 
 
Or wear it without a belt for a classic skirt style.

 
So precious! Perfect for those upcoming holiday card pictures and trips to visit Santa Clause.
 
Make it playful with bright and vibrant quilting cottons, or make it super sophisticated with a tweed or suiting material. The possibilities are really endless!
 
 
 


Friday, November 8, 2013

Sew Sweet Holidays

I'm not usually one to talk about Christmas  before Thanksgiving. Turkey Day, after all, is my favorite holiday!! But if you're going to be MAKING gifts for Christmas this year...you have to start NOW!

Gift shopping is hard enough as it is, but throw in the added thought of fabrics, and patterns, and fit, and personality...well you'll need a couple of extra weeks to get it all done.

That's why you should check out Craftsy.com for all of your pattern and crafting needs! It is a database, a community, an all-in-one for all things sewing, quilting, crafting, and edible decorating! There's soooo much to look at and learn.

Best of all, you can find your favorite Grits & Giggles patterns for INSTANT DOWNLOAD. There's nothing wrong with a little instant gratification right??


My easy to use PDF patterns are full of color photos and directions to make sewing boutique-style clothing easy and fun!


Visit GritsandGiggles's Craftsy Pattern Store »

 
With dresses, skirts, tops, and rompers to choose from, there's something for everyone!


Are you sewing for the special ladies in your life? Check out the pattern store for sweet bags and clutches, sure to be a hit! 

 
New patterns are being added all the time 
(Two are in the works right now!!)

Happy Christmas Sewing

I'm a craftsy designer

Sunday, November 3, 2013

{Giveaway}

Who's ready for a giveaway!!!??
 
Since I've released soooo many patterns here lately, I wanted to give my awesome readers a chance to WIN one!
 
Click HERE to enter at
Grits & Giggles Facebook Page.
 
"Like" and "Share" to win your choice of our three newest patterns!!



Choose from the Aprile Knot Dress, The Laura Jane Dress, or the Kristen Apron Knot Dress
 
All precious, and NEED to be in your little girl's wardrobe!
 
I'll choose a winner Monday night so head on over to Facebook and share the giveaway love!

A Two-fer

There are about a million other things I should be doing than sewing right now... but it's too much fun. And so is pattern making! Therefore... I decided to release these two patterns together. A two-fer if you will.
 
First is the Kristen Apron Knot Dress.
 
I love browsing Etsy and seeing these darling little dresses, so naturally Goldilocks had to have one.
(or two or three)
 
 
The bodice is perfect for monogramming, as every southern dress should be.


 
The pattern includes sizes 6 months-5T, with photo instructions on putting the dress together.

 
It also includes directions on adding a ruffled apron if you wish!



The second pattern is the Aprile Knot Dress and Top

 
This pattern is available in 6 months-5T and includes measurements and directions for making a dress AND a top. I love both, but this top version is my favorite. Can you tell who chose the fabric??

 
Such a sweet little top.

 
Use 2, 3, or 4 fabrics to make a one of a kind garment!

 
The dress is a conservative length, and with a shirt underneath is perfect for the cooler months.

 
This bodice is also perfect for monogramming.


Both are available at Grits & Giggles on Etsy, or Craftsy
 for instant download, and are only $6.50.
 
 Make sweet layered looks for the winter and cool and swingy warm weather garments for the spring. Little girls NEED these in their wardrobe!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Happy Halloween

It was all treats and no tricks for our family this year! Yippie!
 
I hope your Halloween was safe and happy as well.
 
A little Goldilocks told me she wanted to be one of "Aunt Kai Kai's Cheerleaders" for Halloween. Kaileigh is a cheerleading coach at our high school, so I obliged and made her a legit uniform to wear. I think she could join the sideline crew tomorrow!

 
The old-school pleated skirt makes me happy. And of course she loves that it twirls.

 
She needed a monogrammed ribbon to match.

 
Like a good supportive brother, baby boy was a football. He was a little small for pads and a jersey this year.

 
We had our annual Trunk-or-Treat at the church. It's a fun time, with a safe place for neighborhood kids to trick-or-treat without the door to door. I borrowed Mama's d├ęcor this year and set up a harvest theme. All Halloween doesn't have to be spooky.


 
Of course, some participants go all out! Goldilocks' Sunday school teacher made for a decent death-row inmate! Noose included.

 
Hubby helped her trick or treat around the parking lot. I was proud of her though...she had more fun handing out candy than asking for it!

 
My "niece" was a pumpkin pie. How stinking cute is she???
Her Daddy's a chef, so it was totally appropriate.

 
Her and baby boy are just a few weeks apart in age. Little twinsie cousins.

 
Now that Halloween is over with I can wait for my favorite holiday....Thanksgiving! I boycott all things Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. First things first people...first things first.
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