Monday. Happy Monday. It has been a happy Monday. A simple Monday.
A quick pick up from the busy weekend. Laundry. Groceries. Girls.
Quiet play. Imaginations at work. These little things make a Happy Monday.
Boy in a cool hat. Focused. Hard at work. Happy Monday.
Mary. Eager for her work. Challenged. Happy Monday.
Toddler. Cup and cereal “o’s”. Busy hands. Laughter. Happy Monday.
Planning history. Making list. Requesting books. Happy Monday.
At home. Surrounded by my children. Doing the daily grind. Happy Monday.
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It has been quite some time since I have been at my sewing machine. I have a list of items that need to be sewn, a small stack of fabric waiting to be cut and a few girls who would like a new dress or two. Time seems to fly by and by the end of the day, my sewing machine just collects a bit more dust. This past Friday, I decided that I really needed time at the machine. Despite the mistakes I make and the love/hate relationship I have with the seam ripper, sewing relaxes me.
Martha had a small growth spurt and her dresses have become a bit short. Also, since she is the smallest, sewing for her is quicker. We love peasant dresses here. Simple and cute but very easy to dress up a bit. The peasant dress is also a quick project. Just an hour or two and a dress is done!
What makes the simple peasant dress even better? Recycling fabric! For Martha’s peasant dress and matching bloomers, I used an old flat sheet and an old jumper dress that had a few holes and stained spots.
Peasant dresses are very easy and one can quickly do a bit of math and have their own pattern. I’m lazy when it comes to math so if I can find a pattern that does the work for me, I use it!
Sew Much Ado has a great peasant dress pattern for Infants 0-3 months. Very simple project and you can easily adjust the sizing for an older infant. I took this pattern and made it just a bit bigger for when Martha was around 6 months.
For Martha’s new dress, I used the 12/18 month peasant dress pattern from Scattered Thoughts from a Crafty Mom. She also has a pattern available for 2T/3T and 4/7.
The pinafore is a very quick way to dress up the peasant dress. I did this for two girls at Easter 2012 and they received many compliments. So easy! You can learn how to whip up a Pretty Little Pinafore at Sew Mama Sew. Lots of great tutorials there.
My model was not in the mood for a photo shoot. Martha and the dress had spent 6+ hours in the van and posing was not on her to do list. Excuse the wrinkles!
The past week or two, we have been fighting colds and coughs. Not everyone was hit at the same time and some had just a mild case. The cough and runny nose were just bad enough to aggravate but not bad enough to get the kiddos out of responsibilities of school and chores.
Martha was pitiful with her little runny nose and cough. She still enjoys a good cuddle and I do love to rock my babies! However, life doesn’t stop in our home just because a little one is under the weather. Algebra still had to be discussed, dinner cooked, reading instruction given and laundry washed.
It was interesting how there were so many big sisters willing to do the rocking and cuddling!
Lydia, 9, is an expert at rocking babies. While doing a bit of reading she rocked Martha to sleep several times on this particular day. So sweet to see the love and care she has for Martha.