Now that my ladies are back in school I have found NO extra time to do all the things I thought I could do. That, my friends, is the irony of life. We cannot find time we can only make the time to do what we feel is important to us. As a mother of five I feel it hard to make time for ME! So when Lauren mentioned this blog series I decided that now was the time to make some time and clothing for me! Motherhood is one of the most rewarding roles I have…it is also one of the hardest. I find that I put myself, my needs, and my wants at the bottom of the list. The thing about it is that when I do this, while those that I love are cared for – I am unhappy and that rubs off on those around me. Motherhood is a journey and a balancing act! I have to give a little to my husband, a little to my children, a little to my community and a little to ME. While I have always enjoyed clothing and making clothing for my children, I have let my own closet become a collection of team tees, Star Wars tees, Bigfoot tees (have I ever mentioned I am a bit of a dork?!?), and a few scattered garments that can be worn on a date night or to Church. My family is growing up however and it is about time my closet gets a little loving! I am ready to enjoy the next part of my journey in style!!!
I chose to make two tops for myself. Of course, once I made then I had to test them out in real life and see if they would pass the test of motherhood. So we ventured out first to the library for story time. I choose to wear my new Button Up byWinter Wear Designs. I have made a handful of PDF Patterns from Winter WearDesign’s and I have enjoyed all of them. This design has a great lose fit that allowed me to move freely as we gathered books from the endless rows of literary delights. I use two Art Gallery woven fabrics for this beauty. The main fabric is Art Gallery's Blueberry Zest. To brighten up the shirt and play with the fun accent panels and cuff in the pattern, I use Sunday Clippings. If you have never used Art Gallery fabrics you are missing out! I choose to use Pearl Snaps instead of buttons for three reasons: (1) I had them on hand (2) they remind me of some of my favorite ‘western’ shirts from collage (3) they are fast & easy (remember I have 5 kids and a life). I love the detail that they added to the shirt.
It is funny how simply putting on this Button Up shirt made me feel a bit more ‘put together.’ My hair was still pulled back in a bun and my jeans had a bit of morning peanut butter on them, but I felt pretty and I loved looking at my cuffs and seeing a playful print that reminded me to enjoy the day and live in the moment. Did this amazing shirt make it easier to read a book to my kids in the library or prevent my little man from crying as we had to say good-bye to the train table till next week….Absolutely NOT! Yet, as I was dragging his sweet 2 year old body out of the public library – I felt like a stylish mom ready to conquer the rest of my day!
For the second shirt I once again used Art Gallery Fabrics (there is a chance I am playing favorites here) but I mixed it up a bit and used knits. I pair the Painting Morale with the Deep Dark Ocean solid knit. These knits are amazing to work with and a soft as can be. I turned these fabrics into TheSutton Blouse by True Bias. This was my first time using a True Bias pattern and I was very happy with every aspect of it! This is an instant gratification kind of pattern because it is simple and fast and my results were exactly what I needed for crisp days of fall. Another perfect thing for the crisp days of fall is Hot Coco, but alas because I made time to sew for myself finally I had not been to the grocery store in a while and we had no milk. So with my new outfit hot of the ironing board we headed out.
I felt amazing strutting my stuff (aka kids), down the aisles in search for milk, fruit, cereal, and few other staples. Did this flowy fall shirt make it easier to stand in line at the checkout, maneuver my cart of kids and groceries to the car while one little man pulled off three bananas and my lady drank milk right out of the bottle….Absolutely NOT. Yet, after the cart was returned, the groceries were stored out of arms reach, and the kids were buckled in their seat (for perhaps the next five years of their lives)– I looked in the rear view mirror and felt like stylish mom who just conquered the grocery store!
So again I repeat myself; Motherhood is one of the most rewarding roles I have…it is also one of the hardest. Motherhood is a journey and a balancing act – now, thanks to my new Momiform Makeover, I can enjoy it with style!
I had so much fun with these amazing ladies that are participating in this series! Be sure to see how they changed-up & vamped-up their Momiforms by reading the other posts. You can also work on your own Momiform. Lauren and an amazing group of sponsors are making it eeasy to do by giving away so many awesome prizes, so go enter and win. I also want to say thank you again to Winter Wear Designs and True Bias for helping my feel my best! Be sure to get new fabrics for your Momiform from our shop Phat Quarters! Now go conquer your day…in style!
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Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of momiform inspiration!
Reyna Lay Designs | Call Ajaire | Golden Rippy | Love Notions Sew Not Perfect | Scientific Seamstress | Rebel & Malice Creative Counselor | Mabey She Made It | If Only They Would Nap | Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts Shaffer Sisters | FABulous Home Sewn | Fa Sew La | Baste + Gather Lulu & Celeste | Swoodson Says | Phat Quarters | Hey June | Stitch Upon a Time Climbing the Willow | Everything Your Mama Made & More | Näh-Connection | 110 Creations A Jennuine Life | Straight Stitch Designs | Sew Straight & Gather | KZJO'STUDIO Wild & Wanderful | Mae & K | Handmade Frenzy | HattieLu Handmade
Special thanks to these major sponsors who generously donated the following items for the giveaway:
(There will a different winner for each line item so we can spread the love around!)
Janome - One Skyline S5 Sewing Machine* Indiesew - Four $50 gift certificates (four separate winners) Michael Levine / Low Price Fabric - Four $25 gift certificates (four separate winners) and 10% discount for readers through October 1 - code: Makeover10 UpCraft Club - Two $25 gift certificates (two separate winners) and 20% discount on patterns through October 1 - code: MOMIFORM
And the following pattern designers who graciously provided patterns for the series participants and/or contributed the following items for the giveaway:
Grainline Studio - Two patterns of your choice True Bias - Hudson Pants & Southport Dress patterns Colette -Two patterns of your choice Closet Case Files -Two patterns of your choice Sew Much Ado -Two patterns of your choice Sew Straight & Gather - Three patterns of your choice Golden Rippy - Two patterns of your choice 110 Creations: A Sewist's Notebook Patterns for Pirates - Two patterns of your choice Itch to Stitch - Two patterns of your choice Mouse House Creations - Two patterns of your choice Hey June Handmade -Two patterns of your choice Peekaboo Pattern Shop - Three patterns of your choice Go-to Patterns - One women's pattern of your choice GreenStyleCreations -Two patterns of your choice Puperita - One pattern of your choice Sofilantjes - Two patterns of your choice Charlotte Kan - One pattern of your choice So Sew Easy - Two patterns or one bundle of your choice OUSM Designs - Women's Thumbs-Up Tee pattern E-Beth Designs - Two patterns of your choice Muffin Head Patterns - Any pattern of your choice up to $10 GrayDay Patterns - Sandpoint Top or Athena Top pattern (your choice) Scientific Seamstress - One pattern of your choice Stitch Upon a Time - $20 gift card 5 out of 4 - Two patterns of your choice Frianki Patterns - Two patterns of your choice KZ Jo Studio - Two patterns of your choice Straight Stitch Designs - Full collection of patterns Sewing Patterns by Aivilo Charlotte - Two patterns of your choice Striped Swallow Designs - Two patterns of your choice Rose and Lee Designs - Two patterns of your choice Sewing Geek Patterns - One pattern of your choice Filles a Maman - One pattern of your choice Bella Sunshine Designs - One pattern of your choice Liola Designs - One pattern of your choice Cali Faye Collection - One pattern of your choice Tinman Patterns - Orbit Skirt pattern Felicity Sewing Patterns - Two patterns of your choice Winter Wear Designs - Two patterns of your choice Ellie Inspired - Three patterns of your choice Love Notions - One pattern of your choice a Sparkly Baby - Two patterns of your choice Terra's Treasures Designs - Two patterns of your choice
*Janome giveaway winner must be located in U.S.A. and is therefore on a separate Rafflecopter below. Machine must be picked up at a local dealer; it cannot be shipped.
This second Rafflecopter includes all the other sponsor items since they can be awarded internationally! You must enter both Rafflecopters in order to be entered to win both the sewing machine and the rest of the giveaway items. All patterns awarded will be in PDF format. Enjoy!