Coffee Date Friday {#32}

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that we are all tired at our house today. This was the kids’ first week back at school and while they were very happy to be back with their teachers and friends, it can take a while to get back in the routine after three weeks off. N is going four days a week this year for the first time, and by the time her week was done, she was just one big crabball. She was crying and throwing fits over the tiniest things this morning — it will be good to have a quiet weekend to rest up.

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Two-Piece Setacular Part 2: The Vanamo Top

Welcome again to my Two-Piece Setacular!  Today I have part 2, my Vanamo top.

Named Vanamo Top sewn by Katie @

The Vanamo Top — a great little crop.

So as I mentioned on Tuesday, this is the top from the Named Vanamo Two-Piece Cocktail dress, which was released with their SS 2014 collection.

My tentative plan is to use Vanamo for my dress for my brother’s wedding in September, so I decided to take this opportunity to muslin the top for that dress.

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My Two-Piece Setacular (and a Tap Shorts Pattern Review)

When Sophie over at Ada Spragg asked for company in her Two-Piece Setacular month, I jumped right on that bandwagon.  I am oddly drawn to the matching two-piece sets that I see all over fashion magazines and the blogosphere lately.

Two-piece set with Katy & Laney Tap Shorts sewn by Katie @

Two-Piece Setacular!

Maybe it’s because I just can’t get behind the other big trend I’m seeing lately — rompers.  They’re everywhere and I just don’t get them.  I can’t get behind any garment that requires me to get almost completely undressed to pee.  Maybe these bodily functions are at the forefront of my brain because I currently have 3 children 5 and under and potty access is a top priority.  Or maybe it’s just my down-to-earth Midwestern sensibility kicking in…who knows.

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Pretty in Pink: The (Modified) Popover Sundress

This little sundress for N was the first garment I finished during the recent Summer 2014 Kids Clothes Week, and it was a huge hit!

Darling Oliver + S Popover Sundress modified for more fullness.  Sewn by Katie @

My first KCW make this summer. She wore it every day for the rest of the week.

This is a modified version of the Oliver + S free pattern, the Popover Sundress sewn up in Triflora Perfume voile from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi line.  This light, floaty voile was absolutely perfect for this dress!

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Coffee Date Friday {#31}


Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee today, we’d be drinking crappy hotel coffee since I’m spending my entire Friday in a CLE (continuing legal education). On bankruptcy litigation no less. I know that sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, but I actually like it. What can I say, I’m a dork litigator.

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The Julia Cardigan … Finally

Wow, it’s crazy that I’m just now getting around to blogging about these cardigans.  I made them during my Back 2 Basics week back in June and I have worn them a lot since then.

This great basic pattern has been making the rounds of the blogosphere the last several months and likely needs no introduction: The Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations.

Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations sewn by Katie @ Creative Counselor

Every girl should have a bright pink cardigan.

I have made both the long-sleeve and cap-sleeve versions of this cardigan, and I love them both!  Not surprisingly, I’ve been wearing my cap-sleeve version a lot more lately since it’s summer, but as the weather gets cooler, this long-sleeve pink number will be appearing a lot more often.

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My Anima Pants!

So it turns out that I was too slow on the uptake to participate in Papercut Patterns’ Anima Pant competition, but I’m soooo glad I finally finished these!

Super comfy Papercut Patterns Anima Pants sewn by Katie @ Creative Counselor

Anima Pants — I’m in love!

Outfit details:
Pants: Anima Pants (made by me)
Cardigan: Julia Cardigan (made by me and post coming soon!)
Tank: Just a Tank Top (made by me and blogged here)
Shoes: Coach
Glasses: David Kind

Peeps, these are probably the comfiest pair of pants that I own. I love coming home from work and changing into these. They are so incredibly comfortable, but I also feel put-together enough to run an errand or two if necessary.

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Pattern Review: Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt

And here I am with another Oliver + S pattern review! This time for my boys. Now, Oliver + S has a nice line up of little girl dresses, but their boy offerings are pretty weak. The Sketchbook Shirt and Shorts are one of the only Oliver + S boys patterns that has ever tempted me. I decided to give it a shot last month when I wanted to make J and Baby J some button-up shirts for Baby J’s 9-month photos.

I searched around quite a bit for a good little boy button-up shirt and finally settled on the Sketchbook shirt since (1) it looked like the classic style I was going for, and (2) Oliver + S patterns are usually put together quite nicely.

Classic Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirts in chambray sewn by Katie @ Creative Counselor

My boys in their coordinating shirts. Photo by Red Bicycle Photography.

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Coffee Date Friday {#30}

Happy Friday everyone! I swear, Wednesday felt like Friday to me this week, which made me really sad when I realized it was only Wednesday. But it’s here now at least.

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee this week, I would tell you that we have officially survived week 2 of J and N’s summer break from preschool. Only 1 week to go! I’m sure summer break is a wonderful, glorious thing for older kids, but for a very active 3-year-old and 5-year-old, 3 weeks at home without the daily opportunities to play with their friends and teachers, do new activities, etc., can be pretty brutal. Particularly when mom and dad don’t get a 3-week break. By the middle of the first week, they were bouncing off the walls with boredom, and it hasn’t gotten any better since.

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