Long time no post

My blatant absence on the site of fawn and Joey is entirely a result of my returning to work after my 18 month (yes, 18 month) maternity leave. I cannot believe it is over. It’s not that it went fast, u tried to experience each day, but it’s more that I can’t believe that part of S’s childhood is behind me. It is unreal the metamorphosis that a first time mom goes thru. Truly, I am not the same person. No other life experience has grown me like this one. It’s hard work- the hardest work- but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Like so many, I am so thankful this thanksgiving, for the beautiful little girl I am lucky enough to call my daughter.

Although I’ve been busy getting into a new routine with a demanding job and a little one at home, I still managed to carve out some time to make this lovely little top from shwin and Shwin. And it fits. Perfect.

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Rainy day upcycled

Today’s nap time endeavour turned out pretty well. It was supposed to be a dress with a paperbag style skirt but I had too much trouble with fiddly bias tape for the arms and gave up. It’s now just a skirt.

The patch of grey is from a top I got at the one of a kind show several years ago. It seemed like such a shame not to reuse this cool screen printed design. The pink part was a maternity shirt that just reminds me of being fat. And now it will remind me of the brilliant little girl the extra weight was for!

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My Little Geranium

I’m super excited about two patterns I just picked up from Made By Rae.  I’m going to try the Geranium Dress and the Washi Dress.  First up: bring me the geranium.  My printer is broken (by broken i mean I don’t have one) so I had to scale the pattern on my mac so i could trace it directly from the screen…. In theory, this should work.  The very definition of laziness?  Maybe.  As a result, I have decided to try the Geranium first, and to keep it simple by doing view A only (shirt vs. dress,  faux cap sleeve vs. flutter sleeve).  Washi will need to wait until I come up with a more reasonable method to reproduce the pattern.

I had no idea that there is such a cult following for this dress!  It’s like a huge contest to come up with the most variations of it possible. Sign me up!  I found this really pretty and super soft lavender, blue and green print at my local big box fabric store for 3$ a meter.  I was planning on making a pair of little pants for my daughter but decided it’s fate was in fact, the Geranium

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Pieces cut.  You can’t see it well here but there is a sweet little notch cut into the neckline.  The pattern comes with a couple options here but I thought the notch mirrored the print best.

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Now that i see the accent print against the main, I instantly regret not doing the flutter sleeve in the green.  Next time.  Now I have to find fabulous green buttons for the back.  I hope it turns out well – it looks so sweet and I think Scarlett will look precious in it.  I’m already thinking ahead to the half dozen variations i plan to do myself.  Stay tuned.