Wednesday, April 27, 2011

End radio silence. Ask a bunch of questions. Resume radio silence.

First question. Is there anything cuter than this?

Wait. Before you answer, look at this.

Eric won tickets to Sesame Street Live and Rylee and I went last night for a girls' night out with some BFFs. I didn't make an Easter dress for Rylee this year so I would have time to make matching Elmo groupie outfits. It's about priorities.

The top is a simple pillowcase shirt made from a yellow poly-blend knit with the cuteness pumped up by a lettuce edge.

I got the Elmo applique pattern from this Etsy seller and you should go buy many appliques from her because they are adorable and easy to make AND she lets people sell things made from her patterns. Skill and generosity should be rewarded.

The skirt is my third attempt at a Kitschy Coo pettiskirt and this time I used some stretch mesh based on Amanda's suggestion. Less puffy, more swirly. Observe.

I only used three layers of mesh with a satin underskirt because I could only scrape up 2 yards and a few inches of the wonderful stuff. Three layers was plenty and allowed me to make two skirts. The Sesame Street Live motto is GO BFF MATCHY OR GO HOME.

A few more questions, inspired by this picture.

Q. Are you really that excited to see Elmo's Healthy Heroes?
A. No.  But it was actually pretty cute. Lots of showtunes and other adult references to keep it tolerable.

Q. Since there was only one camera taking your picture, where are you looking if not in the lens?
A. No idea. I didn't even have a margarita at dinner!

Q. How much sunscreen are you wearing at the pool these days?
A. Not enough, apparently.

It was fun and the girls had a blast. And seeing them swish around like manic muppet twins was worth gathering more yards of mesh than I care to contemplate.

Now about that radio silence. In late February I actually got a short-term contract and spent some time Working For The Man. No time for blogging or even sewing, and since I was doing a lot of writing there weren't any excess words for blogging even when time allowed. I'm hoping (and they indicated) that they'll have me back on a semi-regular basis so I think I'm hanging up the keyboard here. Thanks to everyone who spared a moment to read my ramblings when I was going toddler-mommy stir crazy. You can find me on Facebook with my handle (auntninn) attached to an email account at gmail.


KID, MD said...

Eee! I squealed when I saw them on FB. SO! DARN! CUTE!!!

jamie said...

so cute!!!! I want to see a close up of the applique... did you just use something like wonder under?

auntninn said...

@jamie, You can click to enlarge the first picture and get a pretty good look at the applique. I used fusible bond, the lightweight kind that is still sewable. You could use just the bond, but then the appliques tend to peel in the wash. So I sewed around it with the applique stitch on my machine (looks like a capital T). You can also sew with a straight stitch.

Kitschy Coo said...

I squealed when I saw the fangirl pic on FB too :) So cute. Glad you had a better experience with the pettiskirt, mesh is soooooo much better.

Sad about the radio silence, but glad you'll still be on FB to amuse me. BTW, that is a fantastic picture of you.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Too stinking cute! You and some of these other women are so generous to make clothes for other people's kids - bravo! Congrats on work, but boo on no more blogging - I'll miss your excellent photoshop skills in labeling your pictures with witty comments.

Sharon said...

How fantastic!! THis is a great outfit any toddler would LOVE to have! I know my little girl would it! Where did you find the skirt fabric at? I want to try my hand at making one for her too. :)

auntninn said...

@Sharon, thanks so much! Unfortunately the fabric I got was a designer sample from this seller on etsy She said she didn't have any more. But she does have some other stretch mesh that's really cute.