Story Time

A new school year is upon us!  Well, it has been for over a month now, actually, but I’m just catching up.

My big kids are participating in their usual activities- dance, basketball, dance, baseball, dance, Faith Formation, dance, and this year we’ve added Ninja Warrior classes.  And some more dance.  We spend a lot of time at the dance studio.

I decided that little Miss G needed something to do while her big brother and sister are in school, so along with a friend, we signed our littlest ones up for Preschool Story Time at our public library.  Signed them up, you ask?  Yes.  Apparently this is quite the waiting-list-encurring activity around here.  We had to arrive at the library about half an hour before the sign-ups ‘opened’, wait in line with our 3 & 4 year olds and a bunch of other parents and their 3 & 4 year olds, and fill out a form and choose a coveted morning time slot before meeting individually with the children’s librarian so she could verify that, indeed, our children were 3 or 4 years old.

It was nerve-wracking.  Really.

Then came the challenging part.  Miss A (now also known as Miss Middle School) challenged me to make Miss G a new outfit each and every week for Story Time.  But not just any old outfit, no, that would be easy.  She challenged me to make a new outfit based on a storybook for her little sister.  Every.  Single.  Week.

Challenge accepted, young one.

Week #1 came, and we went with a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme (because that’s one of my favorite books of all time!!!).  The knit fabrics came from the awesome Sara Miller over at Starfluffle Fabric, and it just happens to be open for pre-order RIGHT NOW!!  Go on!  Grab some!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Then I made these cute little embroidered clippies for her hair to match the fabrics!


She does love her Starfluffle Fabric though!  This dress looked comfy enough that I was tempted to make one for myself too.  Get yourself some of this one (it’s called ‘Alphabet Tree’) or some of the other awesome prints Sara has open for pre-order right now!!!


Then came Week #2, when Mommy pulled out the all-time favorite, Curious George!!  This fabric has been out of print for a long time, but I was able to snag just enough to make this little dress and leggings set for Miss G.  I used one of my go-to simple patterns for the dress- Maddie’s Hi-Low Tunic from Ellie & Mac!


In fact, I made this outfit big enough that it’ll fit her for at least a year.  Hopefully more!

For Week #3, we decided to upcycle a t-shirt that was a favorite of Miss A’s- Pinkalicious!


See all of those amazing polka dots and hearts and stripes??  All of those knit fabrics came from my friend Vania over at EuroGirls Boutique.  Head over to her Facebook page where she’s teamed up with some amazing fabric designers to find out what the newest coupon code is, and get these and so many more awesome quality fabrics at a great price!!!

For this week, it’s my favorite outfit yet…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar!!!


This was my first-ever Simple Life Pattern Company pattern, and I must say, I’m in love.

Helena is one of their newest releases, and she went together so easily (and pretty quickly too!)!  I love the scooped neck of the bodice, the flutters and dainty puffed sleeves…


Even the back is beautiful, with buttons all the way down!!!


If you look closely, you’ll see that ours are matched up to what our Hungry Caterpillar friend eats throughout his story- apples, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, a nice green leaf, and the very bottom is when he turns into a beautiful (sparkly in this case!) butterfly!


Such a sweet dress, with a timeless fit and style!


I hope to get more pattern reviews, fabric reviews, and free tutorials loaded onto here soon, so please keep checking back!

In the meantime, have a great week from Miss G!



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