Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to School

Monday was the first day of school here for the Once Upon a Notion household. Erin started the First Grade! And my little man started Nursery School. Wait what?! Both my littles are in school now, how did that happen?! Oh Father Time why must you speed things up so? As much as my little rug rats drive me crazy when they are together for too long, I still miss them when they are away from me. The house is eerily quiet for a good 7 1/2 hours a week now. (Jack is only going three days a week - the way I am carrying on you would think he was in full day too!) The time to myself will be good. I get a chance to sew, uninterrupted!! *Does happy dance*

Since the first day of school is a special day, Erin needed a special outfit to wear. And since I am a sucker for the Geranium dress ( this is my fourth one now) that is what I sewed up. The day before. Just like I did last year. Only this time I started a lot earlier in the day and finished the dress by nine at night instead of one in the morning. Yay me! I'm getting better at not being such a procrastinator :)

I had a minor hiccup that I posted about on Instagram,  I had to cut against the grain for the skirt portion. I had originally purchased the fabric to make a tunic version of the Geranium dress so I really didn't have enough fabric for a dress if I cut it out the right way. I am actually glad that I had to be such a rebel and cut against the grain - ha! I like how the ladybugs are going in a different direction on the skirt than they are on the bodice. Yay for a happy mistake! And my procrastination actually paid off a bit. I added some flat piping in between the bodice and skirt that I wouldn't have thought to do if I had not seen Gail's version of her daughter's back to school Geranium dress. So thank you Gail! I really love how that little touch adds something extra to the dress.

The first day of school was a success for both the kiddies! No tears from them, just from mommy!

While poor Jack didn't get a handmade outfit from mommy, don't feel too bad for him. My parents got him a very cool dinosaur shirt and jeans from Janie and Jack to wear for his first day! Thanks Gram and Poppy!!

I am going to try something different when I post about clothing or anything else I make dealing with patterns and fabric. I'll link back to where I purchased the fabric and patterns whenever possible like I normally do but now it will be all in one place called The Details which will be at the end of each post. I have seen quite a few other bloggers use this format, so to speak, and I think it is helpful. Plus I always forget to put this info in and then either go back and edit my post or just leave it out all together ha!

The Details:
Pattern: Made by Rae Geranium dress size 4 view B bodice, view A skirt with patch pockets
Fabric: main: Tula Pink - The Birds and The Bees - Ladybugs in Sugar lining: Art Gallery - Pure Elements - Spiceberry
Notions/Trim: fabric covered buttons and flat piping in Spiceberry

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  1. Oh, cute! She really rocks a geranium! Tell her we say hi! :)

    1. Aww thanks Monica!! Hi to all of you as well! Hope first grade is going well for Chloe :)


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