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Category: Mom Life

Mom life is fun, but it isn’t easy. This is a glimpse into my motherhood.

I made another Handmade Nursing Dress!

I am so excited to share my newest make with you all. It’s another nursing-friendly dress… and this time, it has an invisible zip down the center front. This dress is a variation of the previous dress I made for myself. I just altered the button placket to accommodate the invisible zip instead. Oh and I changed the sleeve a bit… On my sleeve pattern, I shortened the sleeve & then increased the width of the hem using the slash and spread method. I actually love how it turned out! Nursing Dress with a Zipper Alterations: I added a 5/8” seam allowance to my bodice’s center front and my skirt’s center front. After sewing up the darts on my bodices’ front and back pieces…and then pressing them, I attached each of my bodice front pieces to the corresponding waist seams of the skirt front pieces. I finished the seam allowances of both CF edges and proceeded with inserting the invisible zipper – making sure I matched the zipper up at the waist seams. I eliminated the center back seams for both my back bodice and skirt…

My First Pattern Testing Experience – featuring The Alivia Dress

When I launched this blog earlier this year, I longed to share about all the major milestones in my Lovemade & Handmade life whenever I could.  I feel like I have been doing that, but the milestones are happening quickly and sometimes simultaneously so sharing about it ALL is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Life isn’t pausing for me to blog about it, you know? But that’s all good, no? Life shouldn’t be so predictable anyways… that’s what makes it fun! So, here I am, a few days late in telling you about this amazing opportunity I recently got to be a part of. I got to be a pattern-tester for Handmaiden’s Cottage for their new Alivia Dress! Yay! My first pattern-testing experience… talk about a MAJOR milestone! For me, at least… I loved it! It was so interesting seeing some of the hard work that releasing a new sewing pattern entails. It sure isn’t easy! There’s so much as a pattern-maker to keep in mind and double check… and that’s where us pattern…

I made my very own Birthday Dress & it’s Nursing Friendly!

Hey y’all! I finally finished my 30th Birthday Dress… Yay! Let the heavens rejoice! And I’m FINALLY sharing about it on here. It feels like it’s taken me FOREVER… and I’m so excited to share some of the process with you all. If you follow me on my sewing/craft instagram, you probably saw a bit of the process already, but in case you don’t follow me on there (…yet? 🙂 ), I’ll share about some of it right here in this blog post. It all started the weekend before my birthday. Truthfully, I thought I could finish this dress THAT weekend. What was I thinking?!?!? I must’ve forgotten that I’m a giant KID magnet and my kids just love me. I can’t complain though because I absolutely LOOOOOOVE them too and I tend to give into their requests for snuggles and cuddles – even while I’m trying to sew. And somewhere along the way, summer took over and I indulged in birthday celebrations, day-dates with friends, date nights with my handsome hubby, weekends at the beach, and…

Handmade Pinafore Birthday Dresses

My youngest daughter, Kari, turned 2 years old last week. And in honor of her growth, I made her a new dress – A Handmade Pinafore Birthday Dress! And I’m gonna tell you all about it, but first… I’m in awe at how quickly the years pass by when we welcome a new baby. It’s like time speeds up while I’m trying my best to slow it down to savor every little moment. I clearly remember bringing Kari home & I knew it then that time was going to pass by quickly & here we are, 2 years later, and it has definitely passed by waaaay too fast! We JUST celebrated her 1st birthday and now she’s turning TWO?… Why is she growing so fast? And why is it all happening so quickly? Am I having too much fun? Probably! But, I sure do wish she’d stay a baby just a little while longer… If you’re curious to see what we did for Kari’s 1st birthday, I shared about it HERE. This year, I continued the tradition I started 5 years…

Trust your instincts!

I wanted to write a quick post to remind you about the importance of trusting your instincts and your intuition… I didn’t plan on writing a faith post today, but I went through a situation recently that I felt extremely uneasy about. My instincts were telling me to keep my guard up so I kept asking God for clarity as to why. I had no clear reason to feel the way I was feeling – none of it made any sense! It’s like what was before me seemed perfectly fine, but whatever was hidden from my view wasn’t. And I hadn’t the slightest clue as to what it was that I wasn’t aware of. Have you ever felt like that? Suddenly, God reminded me of a dream a close friend of mine had shared with me years ago (concerning my life…) and that dream was exactly what I was going through then & somehow it was also extravagantly relevant to what I was experiencing all these years later.  My jaw dropped when I recalled her telling me about the dream. The words she used were applicable for my…