A Summer Summary!

That may have been the longest blogging break I’ve ever taken! But for good reason! I’ve finally opened an Etsy Shop, Painted Truth Co. and have been busy “stocking shelves” over there! If you follow me on Instagram then you I’ve recently taken up painting again (after about a 15 year break!) and it’s been so fun! So far I’m just doing digital downloads, but may add prints in the future 🙂

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Surfin’ Shorts

surfin shorts

Ha, like we’re anywhere close to surfing here in northern Alberta. Maybe at the indoor pool’s wave runner? Anyways, when I was asked to join in the swimwear tour, I almost said no, because I just bought the kids new swim clothes and besides, swim fabric is probably like formal wear fabric and not much fun to sew with, haha! But then I saw the cute swim shorts that Jess from Gracious Threads had done and I was all over that sign-up sheet! And y’all, she has a ladies pattern too! Do you know how hard it is to find swim shorts that will fit my hips and still cover my butt? Not everyone wants shorty-shorts! So she has done three lengths with optional built-in swim bottoms so everyone can have what they want 😉

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The Doll Wardrobe!

dolly clothes

I’m finally doing a post of the doll clothes saga you may have followed along with on Instagram! I started off by making a matching dress for this Geranium Dress by Made By Rae.

I used the Chloe Dress from Imagine Gnats for the doll, but made some modifications to make it fit this Our Generation Doll from Target. I think the sizing between 18″ dolls is mostly the same, but there are some differences in the shoulders (these doll are made like a linebacker!) and chest/torso circumference. I added 1/4″ to the back seam allowance to make it fit this doll better. I used the faux cap sleeve option on this which makes it a super quick sew!

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Charlotte Dress by ModKid

*this pattern and fabric were given to me at no cost in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own, as usual 🙂

Have you tried double gauze? I’ve seen that name thrown around in different groups here and there, but WOW. This stuff is amazingly soft. It basically turns any completed garment into pajamas! When Courtney from ModKid contacted me to do a pattern review and sew something up in some double gauze, I was all over that! This is the Charlotte Dress by Patty Young for ModKid.  

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The Dolly Princess Party

My baby girl turned FIVE a couple weeks ago. I feel like if I blink she’ll be off to college tomorrow…*sob*. Ahem, carrying on! She requested a dolly party, then changed it to a princess party, then said a dolly princess party would be great, haha! So this is our interpretation of that!

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Mori Dress Tour

I’m baaaack! Haha, I’ve been keeping up with my Instagram feed, but I’m so behind in reading blogs let’s not even talk about how behind I am at WRITING a blog. I just had to pop in to share my Mori dress with you! I started eyeing this pattern when it first came out, so when Heidi from Elegance and Elephants asked me to join in the pattern tour, I couldn’t say no! Besides, having a deadline is the only way I’m getting any sewing done these days!

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The Reason


…for the two month blogging break. This little guy:

He’s my biggest baby yet, 9lbs, 6oz at birth, up to 12lbs, 4oz by 6 weeks and who knows at 2 months?? Better book that appointment – time flies!

Anyways, I’m starting to get some short sewing sessions squeezed in here and there (that is, if I’d rather sleep than sew….sometimes it’s a real battle!). I’ve been working on some doll clothes for J’s birthday coming up in April. I know I have a whole slew of things to blog about, but getting photos in the daylight is my downfall right now. One day I’ll be back to regular blogging. Until then, you can find me snuggling my babies over here 🙂

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(not just a) Basic Blazer

Basic Blazer

Bringing home a post from over at Melly Sews to show off my little guy in his stylin’ Basic Blazer (*affiliate link)! He was SO excited to wear this to church. I think he felt like a big boy for sure! I love blazers as a layering piece. They’re also a great transitional piece for those weird spring or fall days when you just don’t want to wear a coat outside! 

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Hello, New Year!

Car Seat Cover

Heeeeelllllooo. Is anyone still there? I’ve been absent for a MONTH on my poor blog! But I’ve been busy making all sorts of cute baby things! This is one of the latest things that I needed and at the right time got a chance to test out the pattern!

This is the Car Seat Cover by Peekaboo Pattern Shop (*affiliate link). It’s part of the Lullaby Line (with a bunch of great new patterns being added to that line-up over the next couple of months!). I’ve used a different type of car seat cover in the past, but they are never the style of fabric that I like. When you make it yourself, you can go all crazy, or keep it simple! This pattern comes with the “shower cap” style with a peek-a-boo window or a canopy style with snaps. 

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Pacifier Clip Tutorial

Pacifier Clip Tutorial

I’ve had one thumb-sucker and one paci-lover and so for this baby I’m getting prepared just in case he likes pacifiers. What better way than to make some cute little clips??! I used the MAM brand clip with J and hated them. They were a sliding kind of clip and always loosened and fell off. These clips hold tight and should work with most pacifiers, as far as I can tell, as long as there is a hole on the pacifier somewhere. I ordered the clip piece from I Love Big Buttons on Etsy, but you could also use a mitten/suspender clip that can usually be found at Joann Fabrics. 

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