Coffee Date Friday {#33}

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you all about our adventure this week — J got his very first stitches! I got a call at work on Wednesday around lunchtime that J had an accident on the playground at school and cut his ear. It was bleeding pretty badly and they thought it might need stitches. I hightailed it over there and picked up both the kids. J had a pretty good gash on his ear (but thankfully not in the cartilage) so I took him to the doctor.


Our pediatrician was able to fit us in so we didn’t have to go to the ER (much faster, and no people looking at us like we’re abusing our children). J ended up with 4 stitches in the top of his ear. He was a real trooper, and other than asking every person he saw not to give him a shot, none of it really bothered him. He didn’t even cry!


If we were having coffee, I would also tell you about N’s doctor visit yesterday. We took her to a pediatric ENT because she has very frequent nosebleeds (like every day, and sometimes multiple times per day). It runs in Albert’s family (it’s an anatomical thing — the vessels in her nostrils are too close to the surface and are weak so when they’re disturbed at all, they bleed) so when this started about a year ago, we knew that eventually we’d end up at an ENT to have her nose chemically cauterized. After several months with daily nosebleeds, and 4 in one day on Monday, I made the appointment and we got it taken care of. She’s on the young side for the procedure, but she was amazingly good, and hopefully will not wake up covered in her own blood anymore!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that Baby J is more mobile every day. Earlier this week he learned that he can climb up the slide on J’s loft bed, and now he loves to do that at bedtime. He thinks he’s such big stuff!


He’s getting more brave about letting go while standing up, so I know walking isn’t far off. It’s so hard to believe that on Tuesday he will be one year old!


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I broke my RTW fast today. Earlier this year, I signed up for Goodbye Valentino’s RTW fast, committing not to buy RTW clothing for a year, and so far I’ve done really well. But I’ve lost so much weight over the last year, and very few of my clothes fit. In fact, half of what is currently in my closet is too big, but I’ve kept it so that I have something to wear every day. Anyway, I’m getting tired of wearing the same few tops every day so I shopped the Labor Day sales today.

Part of me feels bad, but most of me is feeling more realistic — I don’t have unlimited hours to sew and I just can’t keep up with all the needs. My current sewing is focused on my brother’s wedding at the end of September, and that definitely needs to be my priority! If my RTW fast is the victim so that I can finish these projects but still have clothes that fit, so be it.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

Made: My Eucalypt Dress

This is a repeat of a pattern from one of my favorite indie designers, Megan Nielsen. As you can see, I decided to give the Eucalypt Dress from her Breakwater Collection another go. It was pretty successful, wouldn’t you say?

Comfy Eucalypt Dress in Liberty tana lawn sewn by Katie @

Eucalypt Dress

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KCW outfits for the boy

I wasn’t as productive as I had hoped during summer KCW, but I did manage to finish a couple of outfits for each kid. Here are J’s:

Blank Tank and Parsley pants for KCW Summer 2014 sewn by Katie @

Rocket ship tank with blue linen pants

Blank Tank and Parsley pants for KCW Summer 2014 sewn by Katie @

Airplane tank with brown chambray pants

No new patterns or reviews here — when I sew for J, I pretty much stick to my TNT patterns anymore. He has fairly simple and predicable taste in clothes. Comfy t-shirts and tanks, loose, comfy pants or shorts … do you sense a theme?

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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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