Finishing Projects

I am one of those people who starts about a million projects but often doesn’t finish them. This year I became determined to change that.

About 3 years ago I had gone to Texas for Christmas, my brother is a pretty big and tall guy and was telling me how hard it was to find a good fitting church shirt. I had just finished up a class on how to make a tailored button up shirt, so I took his measurements, made a pattern, and started working. I got about a third of the way done with sewing when I got the flu and wasn’t able to finish during the break. Started school immediately after I got back and shoved the shirt into my massive unfinished projects box. It got lost and forgotten. Until this past spring. During spring cleaning I picked out all the projects for my family that I had put off. A brown dress for my mom, the shirt for Kyle, pillowcases for William, etc. I was determined to finish in 2016! and guess what, I actually did it all! I literally just prayed things would still fit after several years, and had my mom send over her measurements. It felt kind of awesome. And you know what? They still fit! and my brothers shirt is such that when he loses weight I can easily take it in for him. (He is working hard on taking care of his health now that he has finished all schooling, and can finally get sleep at night and have some time to think about it, super proud of all he has worked for and is working toward)

For his shirt I added length all around, and made the side only slightly curved so it wouldn’t expose his belly when moving around. this shirt will Stay tucked in, unlike the shirts he had before that would creep up on the sides and then not look professional. He has to wear nice dress shirts for his job, so this is a really good thing to have in his wardrobe. I also added length to the sleeves, and made the sides to flare out slightly in the middle so that it would be more comfortable while still looking nice.img_20161225_141943

Aprons

This year we spent our Christmas in Texas! My whole side of the family lives down there within a few hours of each other. Being there during the winter makes me miss the warm weather and Texas skies like crazy! I mean, I love my mountains, but it was so nice to get out of the snow and bitter cold for a whole week. This year I made most of the gifts for family.

One of my main Make-it Christmas gifts this year were aprons! This was my go-to gift for all the girls in my family. I decided to use mostly fabrics I already had on hand and make these cute ruched aprons. Each one took a little over an hour, but that might be slightly off since I cut them out and everything all at the same time to make it easier and faster. I used this pattern. Super simple, easy, but cute.

My favorite part is that it has pockets so you can put in your cooking spoon, some eggs, or whatever you need! img_20161225_165421img_20161225_165424

I love these girls and they are all gorgeous 🙂 Also, I love Texas, 60+ degrees on Christmas and felt amazing!

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I made matching ones for mom and daughter! and making one for L’s doll too! I LOVE matching outfits.img_20161225_165433_1

classic 90’s band photo.

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I just think they all turned out SO cute! and I got to finish the edges with my brand new serger! (My Christmas present, literally the only thing I asked for) Aprons are just so fun to wear in the kitchen, or when you are eating if you are messy like me. Seriously, I always manage to spill on myself. I am amazed by people like my husband who somehow never drop a crumb. I also made a pink one in the same fabric pattern as my mom’s for me to wear! I didn’t have an apron so I am pretty excited to have a cute one now. I am also making cute less frilly aprons for the little boys! They really wanted some too, so I will have a post on those soon!